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Diversity Gone Wild: Lifeguards Who Can't Swim?

By Bobby Eberle

Here is another case of just how messed up our country is. The left is notorious for finding a "problem" that doesn't really exist and then doing everything, fair or not, to correct the so-called problem or injustice. That's exactly what's going on in Phoenix where there is a push to hire minority lifeguards, even if the recruits can't swim!

As reported at NPR.org, the Phoenix aquatics department noticed a "problem." At the public pools that are used mostly by black and hispanic kids, the lifeguards were mostly white. Horrors, right? Thus, the quest began to recruit more minorities to be lifeguards.

The report indicates that the old "model" used to be that the city would recruit from schools that had swim teams, i.e. that had better swimmers, and these better swimmers happened to be white. And this is somehow a problem? Apparently so.

"The kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or black or whatever, and every lifeguard is white," Kelly Martinez (who works for the city) says, "and we don't like that. The kids don't relate; there's language issues."

Question... when someone is flailing his or her arms in the air, is it in a particular language? What about when the person starts sinking to the bottom of the pool? Is that in German, English, or Spanish?

Judicial Watch digs more into the story and reports that thousands of dollars were raised to recruit minorities for the job of lifeguard, even if the minorities were not good swimmers.

Evidently officials are willing to compromise those “effective services” at 29 public swimming pools spread throughout the city. To diversify the lifeguard force, Phoenix will spend thousands of dollars to recruit minorities even if they’re not strong swimmers, according to an official quoted in a news report. Blacks, Latinos and Asians who may not necessarily qualify can still get hired, says the city official who adds that “we will work with you in your swimming abilities.”

If a person is drowning, do you think he or she cares who is doing the saving? Probably not. However, the sinking person probably hopes that the person doing the saving can actually swim. It seems like common sense, but maybe it's not too common any more.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    April 5, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Just goes to show you that Liberals subconsciously have a death wish and a phobia and fear of adulthood and success. This is why they only gather at the shallow end of the pool where they dive in headfirst and suffer brain damage when their heads continuously hit the bottom of the American gene pool and can only get damaged where the bottom feeders dwell in comfort and darkness. Failure is indeed their comfort zone and when put into situations where they can succeed and will actually have to take responsibility for their own lives, well being, and have to co-habitate with successful self sustaining people, they get extremely uncomfortable and make excuses to have them removed from the disturbing presence they bring to their comfort zones of failure. This is why successful life saving white people, or successful people of any color make them so nervous. It takes them out of that comfort zone of dependency and worthlessness that their own self-definition of failure gives meaning to their otherwise meaningless lives. “Hey guys look at me I am somebody, I am a victim and that is my role in society, so serve me!” It is the Liberal co-conspiracy of co-dependency that serves neither the victim nor the enabler very well. Just how is that working for you Americans who vote democrat? Maybe next time you will vote for a president who knows how to swim, or at least put one in postition of national lifeguard who is actually qualified to guard this nation in safety that continues to drown in his pathological political paradigm of national co-dependency.

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    • tedankelComment by tedankel
      April 5, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

      Right on point with the parallels drawn to the Oval Office!

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    • conserveusa38Comment by conserveusa38
      April 5, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

      Another example of how screwed up this country has become. Liberals and democrats are so off the hook…their agenda has now been put right put their by Obama. I would be so embarrassed if I was a democrat…and also so very ashamed to be affiliated with such a party who promotes this kind of politically correct nonsense! Someone always has to die before common sense can even begin to sink in to any of these wing nuts! Are they this insane? A lifeguard that cannot really swim… So lets have teachers that didn’t go to school! Lawyers who didn’t graduate high school! Lets have police men and women that were drop outs! Lets use criminals at our day cares! Hey, why not a president that was an organizer? Really….where and when will it end? As you can see it is all BS. I am of the generation X who didn’t get anything handed to me ever. No race got any special treatment ever. And no race should get any special treatment now. If you are white, black, asian, Latino or anything else….you should only get what you DESERVE and what you are QUALIFIED FOR based on YOUR SKILLS…NOT YOUR RACE. Why would anyone want it any other way? I could never feel good about myself knowing I got into college or got a job just because of the color of my skin. I would know I was not smart enough and not good enough and I only got where I was because my race told me I could. This is NOT THE AMERICAN DREAM folks. That is the liberal way… The politically correct way… Just to God Forbid NOT offend one single person.

      They are so afraid of offending people that it is the same reason why we do not have prayer in school, the mention of God, any religious holidays and God Forbid our kids mention Santa or the Easter Bunny. This has gotten wayyyyyyyy out of control and we need to fight back to get our country back to the way it once was. The children cannot have Santa these days but they are going to learn about homosexuals being the norm. Does anyone find something wrong with this? If you want your kids to learn about homosexuals…teach them at home. Kids don’t even learn about heterosexuals in detail… Lets leave the grown up stuff out of their innocent minds.

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    • sirodComment by sirod
      April 6, 2013 @ 10:19 am

      This is the result of all the dead people and acorns voting several times. Life guards can’t swim and dead people can vote. A very good observation of how this potus runs his administration. WOW, what a guy!

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  2. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    April 5, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Boy, this is definitely a racist policy. Let the minority kids drown just so they can have lifeguards that look like them?

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    • wumingrenComment by wumingren
      April 5, 2013 @ 11:08 am

      Actually, if a person who can’t swim well attempts to save the life of someone that is drowning, there is a good chance that both will drown. You have to be a very strong swimmer and be able to overcome the drowning person’s frantic attempts to turn his savior into a rock to stand on.

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    • rustypatComment by rustypat
      April 5, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

      So now they have taken a literal “life & death” matter and turned it into a “politically correct” one. I have no desire that harm come to anyone, but can you say liability for wrongful death. Gee, I wonder how they’d try to backpedal out of that one.

      TOTALLY ABSURD !

      If you want to start a lifeguard training program, that’s fine. But do not hire and place unqualified leadership/swimmers in charge of the others welfare and well being … ooops, my bad, they are just following the model set by our POTUS. You either have the skills to do the job, or your don’t.

      Obama-Nation is an Abomination.
      http://www.openbible.info/topics/abomination

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      April 5, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

      So, Wumingren, I guess that means that two minorities will drown in one incident. Then again, Obama is much more concerned about 20 white kids in Connecticut getting shot and killed than thousands of black kids in Chicago getting shot and killed. I think the liberals see the minority children as expendable.

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      April 5, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

      Well posted all! I was afraid of the water as a young child. Terrified that whales, killer whales to be exact, were lurking in the deep end. (I mentioned I was a very young child right?) Point is, it’s an irrational fear. One thankfully, my parents made me face with swim lessons every summer until I was more than proficient at swimming.

      I was a jr. lifeguard at 12, a certified lifeguard at 15. It was not easy by any means and took allot of practice and work to achieve. I was proud of what I had done for myself, and was more than happy to offer my services free to the local pools when they had need of a lifeguard.

      I badly wanted to patrol a lifeguard stand at the beach; it was something I was driven to do. The test to make such a placement is grooling to say the least; and due to a move to Nor. Cal, one I did not complete.

      To have a poor swimmer or average swimmer perform lifeguard duties for a public pool for any age group, race or gender of people is mute. It shouldn’t matter. Best person for the job (meaning a strong swimmer with strong skill set in that area) is what should be hired to patrol these pools. Race, language, gender shouldn’t matter one whit.

      PC is most certainly killing the common sense mantra America used to be known for. No one is keeping anyone from attaining their goals and dreams…not in this present day anyway. PC is pulling up those who never learned how to reach up for themselves in the first place. Dr. Ben Carson most certainly has it right on this aspect of the damage PC is doing to our nation.

      ~M

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    • jetstreamComment by jetstream
      April 6, 2013 @ 4:57 am

      I’m hard pressed to imagine any language problems that the current employment aggravates. When I guarded, the guards were ordered NOT to spend time chatting … attention was to be focused solely on the pool. When the pool was crowded, the sole language employed was the screech of the whistle, accompanied by head and hand movements indicating “stop, walk, and out of the pool!” In reverse, most people needing assistance don’t yell for help; you observe them struggling, bobbing up and down in the water, or not re-surfacing/on the bottom of the pool.
      Good guards aren’t there to chit-chat, get a suntan, babysit, entertain, or “relate” to the patrons. They have a serious charge to protect and ensure safety.
      This is obviously PC politicking, at its stupidest. The residents of Phoenix should be outraged.

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  3. BobinmsComment by Bobinms
    April 5, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    Ya know, this is a brilliant idea that should be applied to the NBA.

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    • rolly0412Comment by rolly0412
      April 5, 2013 @ 9:09 am

      Yeah, lets have a “balanced” NBA. We need more Whites, Asians and Latinos in the mix.

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    • lindarmComment by lindarm
      April 5, 2013 @ 9:24 am

      What’s next? Doctors who can’t doctor? Speaky Inglis?

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    • wumingrenComment by wumingren
      April 5, 2013 @ 11:12 am

      When Obamacare kicks in and American doctors leave the profession, we’ll have lots of doctors who barely speak English.

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    • RobertRComment by RobertR
      April 5, 2013 @ 11:16 am

      We already have plenty doctors who can’t doctor…. please no more!

      This is just as ridiculous as everything else that comes from the wonderful governments. No matter how big or how small they are all missing common sense and it’s all about how it looks. Nobody cares if it actually works. In fact when that part is brought up they wring their hands and tell you those are risks that you simply have to live with.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      April 5, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

      Congress had the opportunity to make English the “official language” of the U.S., but they voted it down. So we have to have entire neighborhoods who refuse to speak the common language, they don’t want to learn English, but they expect our teachers to educate their kids and teach our kids Spanish. We get to see road signs, government forms, and instruction manuals printed in 3-4 various languages. Our politicians refuse to understand that people who migrate to this country should be subject to the jurisdiction of this country including language and culture.

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  4. wedeyComment by wedey
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    How stupid can lawmakers get? I don’t care what color anyone is as long as I feel safe that they can save me and I wouldn’t feel that way if they couldn’t swim. I agree with the comment stated before, maybe we need more whites in the NBA

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  5. freedixieComment by freedixie
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    Let’s get some minority airline pilots hired, even though they can’t fly. We have to achieve a racial balance in everything, no matter if it harms others. We have to be “fair”. What a crock of c r a p! These commie liberals are the biggest whiny-butts on the planet, and are destroying this nation. Makes as much sense as hiring welders for a pipeline or refinery work who can’t pass a weld test. What kind of danger would that pose to the public? It’s dangerous enough with qualified people. This idiocy has got to stop.
    It would be good if all the libtard commies would settle in one spot, like Mexifornica, and just separate from the rest of us and live in their own utopia. But that’s not reality, and neither are most of the things they propose.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      April 5, 2013 @ 10:21 am

      Would blacks hire Obama if they needed brain surgery??? You’d be surprised how many Would! And he would be as successful operating on their brains as he has been operating on our economy.,,,maybe he already has which is the source of all our problems. Liberal free frontal lobotomies a must part of the new Obama free healthcare package.

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  6. jbdestinyComment by jbdestiny
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    Watch for headlines in not-too-distant future: “Minority drowning deaths on rise” followed by “No Justice, No Peace” marches decrying whites who want minority kids to swim in unsafe pools while turning a blind eye to the increased number of incompetent “lifeguards,” and fully supported by government officials at all levels.

    The really sad thing is that you find what you go looking for. If Phoenix really wanted to recruit good swimmers who happen to be Hispanic, black, etc. they would find them. Instead, skin color is all they’re looking at, so they compromise on the essentials. (Implying, of course, that blacks and Hispanics are incapable of high achievement in swimming and lifeguarding.)

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  7. burningmanComment by burningman
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    The usual requirement to be a lifeguard is that you successfully complete a course and become a certified lifeguard. It isn’t easy. If you can’t swim, you definitely wouldn’t pass, in fact you would probably drown.

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    • westtexaslibraryladyComment by westtexaslibrarylady
      April 5, 2013 @ 11:59 am

      The lifeguard certification is rigorous, and not only includes the ability to swim hundreds of yards without stopping, it includes CPR, safety training in assisting swimmers with back or neck injuries, etc. It is not something a nonswimmer or weak swimmer could master in a week or two or training. It demands a high skill level as well as strength and stamina. To put people without the skill required for the certification in the position of responsibility for the lives of swimmers is not just irresponsible, it’s criminal. The lives of swimmers and lifeguards alike are jeopardized.

      I hope the American Red Cross doesn’t buy into it. Reducing the standards of the certification in the name of political correctness is insane. Of course, communities are free to hire uncertified lifeguards. I wonder if they’ll post big signs notifying the parents of the kids in the pool that there are no qualified lifeguards around, only neighborhood peers.

      Even in school districts where all kids have equal access to the swim program, there is not an equal distribution of ethnicities represented in the programs. Swimming is a tough sport; it not only requires commitment from the kid, it requires commitment from the parent(s). There aren’t that many kids who want to go to practice an hour and half before school, swim thousands of yards, do weight training, and then go to competitions, too. The kids that do commit to the training wind up becoming strong, skilled swimmers who make excellent lifeguards.

      Naturally, not all communities have swim programs in the school system that are accessible to all students, but Lubbock, Texas, does, and the junior high and high school kids on the team come from every part of the city. Every one of those kids is successful because of hard work, not because of some nonsense government racist policy that tries to suggest some of them might not be able to attain their success from their personal efforts.

      Why aren’t minorities offended at the suggestion that they “can’t” achieve a standard of excellence, and instead must simply settle for poor or mediocre and that’s ok? Rather than putting unqualified lifeguards on duty, why not have a program of swim classes in the communities to train neighborhood children for several years so they would be strong, competent swimmers when they were old enough to earn the certification? Of course, that actually empowers people by making them skilled, competent and confident in their abilities to achieve goals. Maybe the goal in some communities is to make sure minorities don’t ever learn what they’re actually capable of. Insidious racism in the guise of “help.”

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      April 5, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

      So since lifeguard training and certification is so rigorous, does that mean that Phoenix is actually ignoring the criteria and putting people in danger by basing lifeguard jobs solely on skin color? That sounds like a lawyer’s dream.

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  8. VeeDubComment by VeeDub
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    “Diversity”. What a really nice, politically correct way of saying, “government mandated discrimination”!

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    • rattlerjakeComment by rattlerjake
      April 5, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

      This reminds me of when the military forced Special Forces to drop the swim requirement from the Special Forces Qualification Course so that they could get blacks through the course. This greatly limited teams who had a black member from doing any water infiltrations, river crossing, operations in swamps, etc. As a pre-scuba instructor, we often wasted huge amounts of time when these ‘non-swimmers’ tried to go thru the combat divers course. I say, give them the non-swimming life guards and let them ALL drown, we’ll see just how fast they change their tune.

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  9. whitComment by whit
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    Wow ! How dare we expect Hispanics to learn enough English to yell HELP in case they are drowning. Instead let’s spend more money to hire and train Hispanic life guards. You can’t make this stuff up !

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  10. westfloridaComment by westflorida
    April 5, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Big question is the person who is going to work with the Latino’s, Blacks and Asians going to be white and a great swimming and Lifeguard instructor or do they have to hire a minority for that that may be under qualified as well. And if the new hire cannot speak English will he or she be able to help those that do if they are white black or Asian. Maybe they need a body count to justify the problem, so how many of these children (Black, Latino, Asian) at the public pools have drowned because the life guards were white and unable to connect that the child was in trouble??
    Diversity BS maybe Phoenix needs to give a pay raise to the City Parks and Recreation Manager just like the did the City Manager so she will not go some where else and cut some more Police and Fire department jobs.

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  11. racefishComment by racefish
    April 5, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    On the Job Training gone awry. What will they think of nest? Maybe they’d better recruit these people from Texas since many have swam across the Rio.

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  12. freebirdComment by freebird
    April 5, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    You can’t make this stuff up. It’s enough to make you pull you hair out. Ignorance and stupidity are the armor of the left. Don’t let your stupidity go unexercised. Get out there and show the world just how dumb you are. All in the name of PC – the syndrome that will bring down the country. Just because little Johnny is blind and deaf is no reason to keep him off the basketball team. To do otherwise would be discrimination!

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    • byndblfComment by byndblf
      April 5, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

      Freebird…. I’m quoting you to all my all my low info contacts… wonderful

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  14. mvotano58Comment by mvotano58
    April 5, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    A leader who can’t lead….lifeguards that can’t swim. Makes perfect sense to me. SMDH

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  15. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    April 5, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    When the first black or Hispanic child drowns because the racially correct lifeguard who doesn’t know how to swim well can’t save them I hope the city remembers their attempt to be ‘politically correct’ cost someone their life (and will cost the city millions in the ensuing lawsuit).

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  16. abe022Comment by abe022
    April 5, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Solve diversity by discrimination. Now the pools that mainly have subpar lifeguards. So, we are forcing minorities to accept lesser standards.

    Here would be a good experiment. Take 10 pools and post a sign out front that says, ‘Qualified Lifeguards on duty, not as diverse.’ Take 10 pools and post a sign out front that says, ‘Diverse Lifeguards, Less qualified.’ See which pools are frequented more.

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    • TomPFComment by TomPF
      April 5, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

      Excellent Abe! That’s what I was thinking too! I don’t care if the lifeguard is freaking PURPLE and speaks KLINGON! If my kids or I are in trouble, I want AQUAMAN/WOMAN to be on that chair!

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  17. ltparComment by ltpar
    April 5, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    If the wisdom of Phoenix government provides hiring lifeguards who can’t swim, where do they go next to accomodate less skilled minorities? How about Firemen who are not fit enough to climb a ladder, carry a hose pack or perform the other physical requirements of the job. How about hiring Cops who have past criminal records and gang affiliations? The list could go on and on, but I will conclude with Paramedics who are so uneducated that they can’t pass the First Aid Exam, much less qualify as EMT’s. Moral of the story folks is, you get what you pay for and if you want to scrape the bottom of the barrel for critical service providers, expect to lose lives in the process.

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  18. freebirdComment by freebird
    April 5, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    If you’re a black, white, Asian, Hispanic drowning in the pool I have no doubt you would wait for someone who looks just like you to come and save you. Get those other people away! I want…glug, glug, glug…never mind…

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  19. copakemanComment by copakeman
    April 5, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    these under qualified life guards’s will be simply placed at all Caucasian public swimming pools to avoid any federal discrimination investigations by our unbiased attourney general’s justice dept.

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  20. popeyeComment by popeye
    April 5, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    In every Tarzan movie any time Tarzan jumped into the water to avoid capture the tribesman never jumped in they threw spears at him in stead. You would think after all these years they would become better swimmers.

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    • VeeDubComment by VeeDub
      April 7, 2013 @ 11:43 am

      TOO FUNNY!

      Perhaps “evolution” moves at a slower pace for some? It would seem that evolving into a more intelligent, civilized peoples has been as slow as learning swimming skills.

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  21. js071257Comment by js071257
    April 5, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    If there is any doubt America is in free fall, this story confirms it.
    It’s acceptable to have 25% of all births to be from a married 2 parent(male and female) family, it’s acceptable to have less than 50% of graduation rates in most urban public school systems,
    it’s acceptable to have $16.5 trillion in debt
    it’s acceptable to have 50% of the population on some type of government assistance
    it’s acceptable to have 7.7% unemployment which is a false number since so many people have quit looking for work
    it’s acceptable to be paying $4/ gallon of gas
    it’s acceptable to continue to be lied to by this administration with absolutely no accountability from the statist media
    it’s acceptable to watch freedom after freedom be torn from the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
    it’s acceptable to condemn Christianity,
    it’s acceptable to paint anyone who disagrees with progressive, liberal, marxist, alinsky philosophy as homophobic, racist, bigot, or hateful

    Why should this story be any different?

    Logic in the mind of a progressive, liberal, marxist alinskyite is illogical to any normal, rational thinking person.

    But let one person die because of this policy, and the left will blame assault weapons and guns with more than 10 bullets, Fox News, Republicans, George Bush, Christians, Conservatives, the Koch brothers, White men, the Sequester, Right wing militias, the crisis in Cypress and the European Union, the tsunami in Japan, Global warming, the war on women, homophobia, intolerance, and hate.

    WAKE UP!

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      April 5, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

      js, I think you have a very good understanding of our situation, but it’s astounding how many people ignore the warning signs or try to explain them away.
      I wonder if it’s still even possible to salvage this nation.

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    • TomPFComment by TomPF
      April 5, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

      Agree! We’re in a world of hurtin’, and I agree with bna42 that I’m not sure we can pull out of the dive at this point. I thought we had a slim chance in the 2012 election, but it would be tough. Now I think it’s impossible. He’s just getting started on his second term agenda and he’s enabling all the loons like in this story! It would be an absolute miracle if we recover from this Obamanation.

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  22. MichaellabordeComment by Michaellaborde
    April 5, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    Brain dead libetards love to commit suicide. They are totally ignorant. It will take a conservative to save their sorry lives.

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  23. popstComment by popst
    April 5, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    Does anyone in Washington DC need a life guard?

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  24. darralComment by darral
    April 5, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

    HOW LONG is the American people going to put up with this ****? abolish this insane Destructive Democratic party. we would still have three other parties to chose from. Libertarians, republicans, Tea party, and also independents,
    Abolish this Destructive Dem-Rat Party.

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      April 5, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

      Or just let the Democrat’s vote be as empty as the views they champion, like abortion, contraceptive, gay marriage.

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  25. lyninpaComment by lyninpa
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    Maybe it’s a covert eugenics experiment after all, since it is all the black and Hispanic people in the pool who would suffer from the lack of their lifeguards experience? Imagine how hard it will be to staff at least one transgender or cross dressing lifeguard at every community pool, I mean equal “rights” right? Probably next on the liberals list.

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  26. scallywagComment by scallywag
    April 5, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    OK, it is ridiculous on its face, but I have an idea to make it even more absurd. Make every family of every kid who uses the pool guarded by a non-swimming lifeguard sign an agreement stating:

    “I understand that this pool has a life guard who cannot swim. Therefore if my child drowns as a result of the life guard’s inability to swim, I swear that that fact will in no way be considered as a reason to sue the city for wrongful death of my child due to a non-swimming black or hispanic life guard preferentially hired to placate the black and hispanic communities.”

    See how many people sign that.

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  28. bowler1hatComment by bowler1hat
    April 5, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    This is nothing new to this nation of “can’ts”. A Lifeguard who can’t swim goes hand in hand with a DOJ that can’t obey the law; a Homeland Security that can’t find trespassers walking over their feet; a HHS that can’t save a single life without bankrupting a generation (or two); Two 2008 Congressional leaders who can’t tell the truth and a president who can only golf, campaign and pick the NCAA 64 Bracket.

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  29. empty pocketsComment by empty pockets
    April 7, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    Welcome to Obamanation! The wacky, weird Jerry Springer/”B” grade sci-fi-inspired wonky reality show we live in now! Words are just words and mean nothing. Unless they can be twisted and used against you. Government is destroying all it SAYS it’s trying to “save”. The only “transparency” is the lies…and the blatant stupidity. The language and history are being rewritten second by second…along with a million new regulations no one knows about so can’t possibly obey. S’okay, though since they’re intentionally conflicting yet mysteriously ambiguous.

    Having fun yet?

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    • TomPFComment by TomPF
      April 8, 2013 @ 11:14 am

      You’re right Empty Pockets — we’re getting what we as a collective entity (certainly not me or the vast majority on this site!) voted for! You elect lunatics, you’ll get lunacy! I REALLY despise liberalism which spawns all this stupidity, and though I know it’s coming at us at every turn, it makes it no easier to witness the dismantling of our great country.

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  32. akspbxnComment by akspbxn
    April 9, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Wow. Yes this is misplaced compassion, out of control “affirmative action” or whatever. But – there is one issue I have with the article. The author sort if indicates the job only entails rescuing the drowning.

    As a parent of a teenage lifeguard, in another state – the guard has to do way more than just “rescue” drowning swimmers. In fact, that task is pretty rare. The lifeguard is there to also insure safety, keep order, maintain the pool facilities, and fulfill a myriad of other duties, many that require dialogue with the patrons. Hence, yes, if indeed their was a serious language barrier with the patrons it could present a problem. From that point I could see pool management making an effort to consider lingual abilities of perspective lifeguards in the hiring process.

    Still, ability to swim well should be the priority as with all the handy dandy translation tools available there should be ways to bridge the communication gap.

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