4.07.2005

We F@#king HATE Wal-Mart

You know the plan was to keep the focus on the ONE project today, but those total bastards at Wal-Mart just won't have it. MaxSpeak points out an article in today's Washington Post:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. yesterday said approval of a bill that would require it to boost health care spending in Maryland could endanger its plans for growth in the state, including a new distribution center that would employ as many as 1,000.
Wal-Mart doesn't want to give it's employees health-care because it hurts their bottom line. Really, how else can you maximize profits if you aren't sticking it to your workers? Hell, Wal-Mart is so bad that most of it's employees are considered to be below the poverty line:
Working for Wal-Mart
Forbes magazine, polling business executives (not employees) has ranked Wal-Mart among the best 100 corporations to work for. Yet the employees on average take home pay of under $250 a week. The salary for full-time employees (called "associates") is $6 to $7.50 an hour for 28-40 hours a week, which is typical in the discount retail industry. This pay scale places employees with families below the poverty line, with the majority of employees' children qualifying for free lunch at school. When closely examined, this amounts to a form of corporate welfare, as the taxpayer subsidizes the low salaries. One-third are part-time employees - limited to less than 28 hours of work per week - and are not eligible for benefits.

Where did we get that? From PBS's STORE WARS

Wal-Mart = Total Bastards

www.one.org

Because Bono asked us to spread the word and it dove-tails with our need for a Song of the week: U2 "ONE".
Publication (0m.dd)

Is it getting better, or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you, now you got someone to blame?
You say one love, one life, when it's one need in the night.
One love, we get to share it
Leaves you baby if you don't care for it.

Did I disappoint you or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love and you want me to go without.
Well, it's too late tonight to drag the past out into the light.
We're one, but we're not the same.
We get to carry each other, carry each other... one

Have you come here for forgiveness,
Have you come to raise the dead
Have you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head
Did I ask too much, more than a lot
You gave me nothing, now it's all I got.
We're one, but we're not the same.
Well, we hurt each other, then we do it again.

You say love is a temple, love a higher law
Love is a temple, love the higher law.
You ask me to enter, but then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on to what you got, when all you got is hurt.

One love, one blood, one life, you got to do what you should.
One life with each other: sisters, brothers.
One life, but we're not the same.
We get to carry each other, carry each other.
One, one.

Go sign because it's the right thing to do.

(By the by? Last night's U2 show in Los Angeles? Religious experience)

Target: the Middle Class

Wow. We admit that we'd written this guy off because of his TV show (and we liked Unfiltered) but BOY was Jerry Springer on a tear right out of the gate this morning. He tore into Congress, the Bush Administration and Tom Delay in particular for their work to really hurt the middle class and benefit the uber-wealthy.

It was stunning. AirAmerica folks, Air America Radio.

4.05.2005

Tom Friedman: The World Is Flat...

And we have to agree. Wow. Friedman was on Al Franken today and it was muy scary... so many good things said there it would be tough to sum them all up.

Suffice to say we'll be running out to get The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century asap.

Until then, check out some of his stuff at the NYT.

More soon... the Man calls.

WOW: Hannity Hated the Pope Too!

Stunning. The Fox folks seemed to have nothing but contempt for the Late John Paul II.


COLMES: …And before you respond, let me just put up what the pope says.

“No to war,” says Pope John Paul II. “during his annual address to scores of diplomatic emissaries to the Vatican… ‘War is not always inevitable,’ he said. ‘It is always a defeat for humanity.’”

Are these a bunch of wild-eyed liberal loonies?

HANNITY: Yes.

First O'Reilly and now Hannity. Again: stunning... well not really, the Pope wasn't kick-ass enough for these folks and that whole 'peace' and 'social justice' was just so much socialism to them...

ThinkProgress is on the case...

4.04.2005

The Real 'Culture of Life'

The death of the Pope has us thinking about what the world would be like if folks actually practiced what they preached. We liked John Paul because even though he could be a bit conservative for our tastes, he knew what 'social justice' was all about.

Alternet breaks it down for us what a The Culture of Life Top Ten would look like...

1. Withdraw the Troops

2. Stop the Death Penalty

3. Pass Effective Gun Control Laws

4. Fund Social Services

5. Create Universal Health Care for Children

6. Research Alternative Energy

7. Investigate Prisoner Abuses

8. Support AIDS Clinics Abroad

9. Implement a Fair Guestworker Program

10. Join the International Criminal Court

Hmmmm, interesting list. The Jesuits taught us a thing or 2 about social justice and the teachings of the Catholic church so we're gonna endorse this list... Remember the Pope was firmly against the Iraq War and the Death Penalty, and after that whole shooting thing we're pretty sure he was for a certain amount of gun control.

Why Did Bill O'Reilly Hate the Pope?

Whose Catholic Church?
Pretty sure this made the Sweet Baby Jesus cry:

But as I’ve said before, I believe also that John Paul is naive and detached from reality.

Kos has more over at the DailyKos

4.03.2005

Good Advice

ProtectYourCheck.Org
Sounds good to us..

ProtectYourCheck.org is a non-profit advocacy organization established to oppose the White House's effort to dismantle Social Security, the most successful retirement and anti-poverty program in our nation's history. ProtectYourCheck.org will educate Americans on the financial health of Social Security, promote policies to strengthen Social Security and encourage citizens to speak out about this issue to ensure that Congress doesn't pass legislation that weakens the Social Security Trust Fund.
Check em out and their nifty ad that'll start running soon.

Seriously.

Abstinence

A little comedy to start the week! According to a new study, while you're busy losing your job your kids are turning into sexual super-freaks thanks not to MTV or Movies, but to Abstinence Pledges! HA HA HILARIOUS!!
Abstinence pledges suck – literally
Take it away Bill Maher...

New Rule: Abstinence pledges make you horny. A new eight-year study just released reveals that American teenagers who take "virginity" pledges of the sort so favored by the Bush administration wind up with just as many STDs as the other kids.

But that's not all -- taking the pledges also makes a teenage girl six times more likely to perform oral sex, and a boy four times more likely to get anal. Which leads me to an important question: where were these pledges when I was in high school?
>sigh< We're asking ourselves the same thing... and we went to Catholic school (though let's be honest: the born-agains & evangelicals hate Catholics. They've said so. It's only recently they're using them to bolster their numbers. Seriouslyl look it up. Whore of Rome and all that...)

For a bunch of teens raised on creationism, these red state kids today are pretty evolved -- sexually, anyway, and for that they can thank all who joined forces to try and legislate away human nature, specifically the ineluctable urge of teenagers to hump.

Yes, the "What do we tell the children?" crowd apparently decided not to tell them anything. Because people who talk about pee-pees are potty-mouths. And so armed with limited knowledge, and believing regular, vaginal intercourse to be either immaculate or filthy dirty, these kids did with their pledge what everybody does with contracts: they found loopholes. Two of them to be exact.

Is there any greater irony than the fact that the Christian Right actually got their precious little adolescent daughters to say to their freshly scrubbed boyfriends: "Please, I want to remain pure for my wedding night, so only in the ass. Then I'll blow you." Well, at least these kids are really thinking outside the box.
HAHAHAHA... Oh Bill, we love you so.

It is even funnier that proper Sex Ed and contraception is actually proven to work and delay initial sexual experiences.

It's too bad most Americans don't seem to do irony... "3 a (1) : incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result (2) : an event or result marked by such incongruity b : incongruity between a situation developed in a drama and the accompanying words or actions that is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play -- called also dramatic irony, tragic irony"