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Monday, 30 November 2015

30 November 2015. Who are the “Bloodthirsty Gargoyles?”

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I saw this on FB:

This moved me very much. I was in Wal-Mart this morning and overheard an “associate” telling about buying some new windshield wiper blades for a customer whose old ones were no longer functioning, but she couldn’t afford new ones. The “associate” she was telling this to said that she’d paid for someone’s prescription yesterday. These are people like Kenny and me, struggling to survive on Wal-Mart wages. They’re working for bloodthirsty gargoyles who’d snatch the last crust of bread from the trembling hand of a starving child. It’s always touching to see the poor helping the poor. I hope there really is a Hell, and the Waltons are soon toasting merrily in it!

30 November 2015

Jodda Mitchell

Facebook

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Who are the “bloodthirsty gargoyles?” Don’t look far… it’s the “conservatives”. They defend a fraudulent system that robs from the productive and gives it to the already bloated.

Orthodox people… have a care… the most evil people are “nice”, “polite”, and look and act very pleasant indeed… have a care about poseurs such as Dreher, Potapov, Freddie M-G, Dahulich, Paffhausen, Reardon, and Mattingly (amongst others). There’s NOTHING beneath their smarmy exteriors. NOTHING. Do ponder that during this Fast. Evil comes in many beguiling disguises… “holiness” and “religion” being the most treacherous. Have a care… the times are not good.

BMD

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

6 August 2014. Read n’ Heed on Walmart

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Our Lord Christ was “one of us”… He wasn’t a money-bags oligarch… He wasn’t a smarmy preacher… He wasn’t a greasy and corrupt official… yet, the “Evangelicals” tell us that He taught we should lie down and kowtow to the powers-that-be. That’s not so… remember, Our Lord hung on the cross for “crossing” the First Century equivalents of Sam Walton, Pat Robertson, and Chilly Hilly… fancy that.

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Editor:

The following is a good précis of what’s happened in Walmartised America. It’s all part of the Neoliberal Hell unleashed by Slobberin’ Ronnie, allowed by Bubba Bill, reinforced by Bush the Simple, and acquiesced in by Obama (Chilly Hilly is even worse… she’s a long-time partner-in-crime (literally) of the Walton family). However, take heart, it’s starting to unravel… it’s run its course for 33 years and it’s running out of steam. Yet, the Affluent Effluent won’t go quietly…

BMD

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The definitive Southern company, and the company that did the most to subject the American job to the substandard standards of the South, was Wal-Mart, which began as a single store in Rogers AR in 1962. That year, the federal government extended the minimum wage, set at $1.15 an hour, to retail workers, much to the dismay of Sam Walton, who paid the employees at his fast-growing chain half that amount. Since the law initially applied to businesses with 50 or more employees, Walton argued that each of his stores was a separate entity, a claim that the Department of Labor rejected, fining Walton for his evasion of federal law.

When a Wal-Mart opens in a new territory, it either drives out higher-wage competition or compels that competition to lower its pay. David Neumark, an economist at the University of California, Irvine, showed that eight years after Wal-Mart comes to a county, it drives down wages for all (not just retail) workers until they’re 2.5 percent to 4.8 percent below wages in comparable counties with no Wal-Mart outlets. By controlling a huge share of the US retail market, including an estimated 20 percent of the grocery trade, Wal-Mart has also been able to mandate reduced prices all along its worldwide supply chain. In response, manufacturers slashed the wages of their employees and gone abroad in search of cheaper labour… but Wal-Mart’s antipathy to unions and affinity for low wages merely reflects the South’s historic opposition to worker autonomy and employee rights. By coming north, though, Wal-Mart lowered retail-sector wages throughout the USA. One academic survey found that while just 2.3 percent of manufacturing workers in 1989 were temps, by 2004 the number had risen to 8.7 percent.

Source: 

Harold Meyerson, The 40-Year Slump

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Editor:

This is EVIL… evil incarnate, evil unashamed, evil without mercy or check upon its appetite. This is what the Republican Party blesses and advocates… it’s why I oppose those in the Church who defend Republican greedster enormities (like opposing single-payer healthcare and union protections for all workers). Bernie Sanders is in step with the social teachings of the Church… Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh, Chilly Hilly, John Boehner, and John Kerry are not. Do note that the list is bipartisan. It’s time to take our country back. We should emulate our forebears who stood tall in the sit-down strikes and mine closures… Let’s keep Mother Jones’ motto in our hearts:

 Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.

Now, that’s something to live for and fight for!

BMD

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

20 November 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Fatso and Jerome Shaw on a “Pontifical Visit” (I Kid You NOT)

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One of the Cabinet sent me this:

Have you seen this? Unfortunately there are no words (in both senses!) but the pictures are entertaining.

The image above in all of its glory is from the above set. Another Cabineteer said this about Soraich‘s “parish in a box” in Lost Wages (it applies to the present lot in spades, too):

His new parish looks like a convert freak show.

How low the “mighty” have fallen. Paffso appears to be a modern-day Lord Haw-Haw, whilst Jerome Shaw looks like a bargain-basement Rowan Williams wannabe in a Walmart costume. Truly, you can’t make shit like this up… remember, shitbirds of a feather do flock together. Nu… be kind, they’ve both fallen and can’t get up…

BMD

A Note from your Intrepid Editor:

My main machine’s in the lair of the local geeks for routine maintenance (will have it back on Saturday), and my backup laptop doesn’t have my Corel X6 and Photoshop Elements loaded on it, so, I couldn’t do as good a job on the image as I could have (I do have GIMP loaded, which did do a lot to spiff up this shitty and dull image). On Saturday, I’m going to run it through the abovementioned programs, and that’ll polish it up like no tomorrow! Cheers!

BMD

 

Monday, 2 September 2013

2 September 2013. Video. Celebrate Labour on Labour Day

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In this Labour Day message, Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labour and subject of the upcoming documentary Inequality for All, breaks down what it’ll take for workers to get a fair share in this economy… including big profitable corporations like McDonald’s and Walmart ponying up and finally paying fair wages. McDonald’s and Walmart… pay your employees decent wages! Your typical employee is now earning 8.25 to 8.80 USD (275-293 Roubles. 8.60-9.20 CAD. 9-9.60 AUD. 6.25-6.75 Euros. 5.25-5.60 UK Pounds) an hour. Most are adults, responsible for bringing in half their family’s income. You can easily afford to pay them 15 USD (500 Roubles. 15.60 CAD. 16.40 AUD. 11.40 Euros. 9.60 UK Pounds) an hour without causing layoffs or requiring price hikes. Your shareholders and executives are doing spectacularly well.

28 August 2013

Nick Berning

Move On

http://front.moveon.org/how-workers-can-get-a-fair-shake-a-labor-day-message-from-robert-reich/#.UiTwUBttiyo

Editor’s Note:

We have to end the charade of voodoo economics brought by Margaret “Milk Snatcher” Thatcher and Slobberin’ Ronnie (and reinforced by Shrub Bush). We produce the wealth… we deserve our fair share. If that’s “Red”… so be it, I’m proud to be a Red! Those who didn’t work to produce the wealth, shouldn’t take the lion’s share… and I’m not alone in thinking that way.

BMD

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