Broken Pieces but No Peace

I found a few things in the Warren Tribune the last few days I found appalling. I’m talking other than the corporate tool editor’s right-wing B.S. opinions.
I call this poem:

“Broken Pieces but No Peace”

The annual Peace in the Valley Celebration
will be Sunday September 21 in Warren.
The peace walk will begin at 1:30 p.m.
at Courthouse Square and go to the
Warren Community Amphitheatre.
There the top three student essay writers,
will read their prize-winning essays on peace.
The topic of the essay is “If I Could Talk Face to Face
with My Elected Officials, Here is What I Would Like
to See Them Do to Bring Peace to Our Valley.”
A neighborhood peace event
had already started a few days before
on Friday September 12th.
Oddly enough it started in Warren
on a street named, Peace Street.
A resident of N. W. Peace Street known as Saylor
decided to sail over to his next door neighbor’s house
and spread some peace and love to his neighbors.
Saylor knocked on their door and
when they answered he professed his love.
Sadly, his need to spread his love
was fueled by his ingestion
of many illegal substances.
The neighbor woman’s boyfriend
thought Saylor was not there
to spread peace and love
but trying to spread his love seed
by trying to get a piece
of his girlfriend who Saylor
has been leaving love notes for.
He had tucked them in her door’s crack.
It does seem as if Saylor was on crack
and trying to get a crack at
his neighbor guy’s girfriend’s crack.
Saylor turned from a peaceful missionary of love
to an angry violent man attacking the boyfriend.
A neighborhood man named, Christian
lived up to his name and broke up the fight.
The police arrived and arrested Saylor.
The police didn’t want Saylor’s Peace Street home
to be broken into so they secured it.
If you or I secured someone’s home that would mean
we got the key and made sure the doors were locked.
When the police secure your home it means
they ransacked it looking for any contraband.
In this case they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Because Saylor was high from illegal drugs
he was transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital
where he was given legal drugs and is resting peacefully.
Peace Street made the local news again
two-day later on Sunday September 14th.
A Chevy Cruze cruising Peace Street
shot several times at a Ford Explorer
that was exploring peace Street.
A 21 year-old man was shot during
the vehicle chase and gun fight.
Resident’s homes and vehicles
on Peace Street suffered bullet holes.
As I type this on September 17th
the Warren Tribune’s front page
shouts out that on September 16th
three men were shot just before 6 p.m.
on Burton Street S.E. in Warren.
The police are on the lookout for
two gray cars involved in the incident.
The definition of an incident is an event that
disrupts normal procedure or causes a crisis.
It appears that shootings and violence
in Warren, Ohio shouldn’t be considered
an incident because it is normal procedure.
The 22 year-old suspect in the
Burton Street shooting of three
has a tattoo that says, “God.”
I don’t think that means he believes in God.
I suspect that means that he thinks he is God.
I don’t like to hear anyone trash talk
any community in our county or valley.
That being said I still have to say,
I’m sorry Warren but having an annual Peace March
and having our young generation write peace essays
isn’t going to bring peace to Peace Street
or any other street in Warren, Ohio.
It’s going to take a 24/7 zero tolerance to violence
by the citizens of Warren to set an example
for our younger generation’s future.
The name Warren has the word war in it
but that is no excuse to turn the city
into a daily battleground.
Our nation thinks we should be the “cops of the world”
but the truth is we can’t even police our own streets.
People of Warren do you have to sink so low
that you have to jump up to reach the bottom
before you speak out or do something?

Greg Robbins: “Not Again” - A Song Dedicated to the Victims of Gun Violence.

“All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.” ~ Marshall B. Rosenberg

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Color Our World Blue

I enjoyed some good Barbecue while I was on vacation. I went to some of the most popular BBQ joints in Memphis, Nashville and Austin. Truth is I’d put Youngstown’s Royal Oaks raspberry BBQ ribs and Austintown’s Barry Dyngles baby back ribs ahead of any ribs I ate on vacation. Austin especially market’s itself as a foodie town. Given the great variety of restaurants we have in this valley we could easily do the same. Austin has areas where food trucks gather for lunch and are met by long lines of customers. I see Akron now doing occasional events with food truck gathering at local parks. I’m wondering if we have enough food trucks in the valley to pull off such an event.

Tennessee and Texas are both red states. I have to say, I was impressed with the work liberal thinking people are doing in places like Nashville, Memphis and Austin. In an anti-union state like Tennessee it was great to hear that a judge ordered Kellogg Co. to end a nine month lockout of union workers. The workers had been locked out after turning down a contract that lowered many of their wages by $6 an hr. and took away benefits. The judge ruled that,”To allow the lockout to continue would place significant hardship on employees… .”

Memphis now has what they call, “The Green Machine Mobile Food Market.” It is a bus that travels to senior housing and poor neighborhoods selling fresh produce. Its first customer in 2013 was a 103-year old former school teacher in a wheelchair. The areas they service do not have full service grocery stores. The bus has been a big hit and served over 15,000 customers. Another hit, has been changes to the city’s waterfront that includes a pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk.

Young professionals in Memphis started an organization called, Undercurrent, a year ago. The monthly gathering at various venues has about 250 attendees each month. They make no speeches or have no agenda. They have connected more than 2,500 creative individuals for networking, making new friends, dating and finding new jobs. They have also produced Ignite Memphis, an event series that enlists presenters to make timed, slide-based presentations on a range of topics.

In 2011 Visible Music College started a downtown campus in Memphis. Music business and music production bachelor degrees are offered at the college. The school also houses Madison Line Records where the students will have hands on training mixing, mastering and distributing actual label releases. Students will also learn about promoting and booking the label’s musicians. Memphis like Nashville has turned into a music recording hub and now it is branching out. This fall Visible will have a satellite Chicago campus. In the fall of 2015, Visible will add a Dallas campus.

I spent less time vacationing in Nashville so I don’t have as much to say about it. I did note that lots of bars and restaurants in Nashville had musicians and singer-songwriters performing. They sang at all times throughout the day and night. Most were playing for tips so the exposure was worth more than the money. It was sad that most of the singer-songwriters were being made to play classic songs instead of their own material. Nashville had lots of free buses to transport visitors and locals. I was glad to see Nashville had an active peace and justice center. It was good to read that Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said Nashville is a little splash of blue in a pool of red.

In Austin it was nice to see a “Texas Stands With Gaza” rally. The Texas Freedom Network was showing a film, “Roe at Risk: Fighting for Reproductive Justice” and discussing it. Roe is at risk in Texas because of the passing of House Bill 2.  House Bill 2’s restrictions have already close half of Texas’s abortion-care clinics. There is a big progressive movement in Austin and other parts  of Texas to get Wendy Davis elected as the next Texas governor. She has been the victim on a nasty smear campaign and is down 17% in the polls against GOP candidate Greg Abbott.

A U.S. magistrate judge denied motions to dismiss the case filed by Antonio Buehler against the Austin Police Department. Bueler is founder of Peaceful Streets Project. Austin police arrested him Jan. 1 2012 for videotaping a woman being investigated for a potential DUI. He was also arrested for filming officers in action in August and September of 2012. Buehler is looking forward to his court date where he says he will prove police crimes and corruption. I think this is an important case in light of some of the deaths we are seeing at the hands of police across this nation. I also love this action taken by activists in Austin to help the homeless.

As you can see we have some activist in the red states adding some blue color! I thank all of them for their efforts to get this nation painted a soothing blue instead of an angry red. I admire red state activist for fighting against such odds. It should inspire blue state activist who aren’t so outnumbered. I realize I’ve spent the last year being a “slacktivist” and need to step up my game. How about you?

Bahamas: “Stronger Than That”

“Caught Me Thinking”

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” ~ Rosa Luxemburg

 

 

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How Little Peace in the World

I was going to report on some progressive things I found while traveling to some of our red states, while on vacation. I’m putting that on the back burner for now. That is because I have been focusing on the shooting of unarmed, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown is African-American and the police officer who shot him six times is white. This article’s comment section, will give you some insight on how black and whites differ on the shooting. I am left wondering where is the NRA on this issue? They are telling people how they may well end up needing guns to fight against an encroaching police state. Is the NRA not concerned if a police state is harassing and shooting black America citizens? After every school shooting there is an outpouring of sympathy and caring for victims of gun violence. Where is that out pouring when the victims are black youths gunned down by police and would be vigilantes? When it is a black victim, there always seems to be a rush to prove the black victim did something that warranted his being beaten, choked to death, or shot half a dozen times.

In the case of the Ferguson shooting, rioting erupted. What if instead, the black community would have heavily armed themselves and stood toe to toe with the police and National Guard? In the case of white rancher, Cliven Bundy in Nevada armed white men from around the country showed up to aid Bundy. They were defending someone who had been stealing taxpayer money for over twenty years, by poaching on government land. Bundy made racist remarks that had the right-wing media flee from supporting him. The right-wing militia guys did not flee and faced down the armed agents of the Bureau of Land Management. These white right-wing militias are opposed to the U.S. turning into a police state. Why did these militias not show up in Ferguson to aid those protesting a police state? I guess many whites are OK with black Americans suffering from a justice system that makes them second class citizens.  I’d like to leave on the good things that are happening in Ferguson.  

Now for a poem I just wrote about how little peace we have in this world:

The Good Examples are too Few
We have protests in Ferguson, Missouri

over an unarmed black teen’s death

shot six times by a white policeman.

As always the police said they

are going to investigate themselves.

65% of Republicans expressed confidence

in the investigations into the incident.

About the same percent of 7 year olds

say they still believe in Santa Clause.

All over the world, tensions are high,

including unrest over self-rule in the Ukraine.

Practically every country is at war

— in some way or another.

The latest study from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)

says just 11 countries aren’t embroiled in conflict right now.

The ranking takes into account

everything from foreign involvement

to unrest on the home turf.

The U.S.is not in the top 100 most peaceful nations

as we come in at 101 on the list.

The 11 countries with the lowest rates of conflict were

Switzerland, Japan, Qatar, Mauritius, Uruguay, Chile,

Botswana, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Panama and Brazil.

They were detached from wars in other countries

and free of internal conflict in their own nation.

Eleven countries is pretty damn pathetic.

But even those countries aren’t home free.

The data from the 2014 report only goes up to the end of 2013,

so events like the protests at the World Cup festivities in Brazil

will change next year’s ranking removing Brazil from the list.

I’m not sure how it got on the current list

as it is ranked number 2 on the earth

in highest sex slave trade for women

and men are also sold as slaves for labor.

As for Switzerland how did it get on the list?

This is a country where “blood” diamonds,

and hard currency passes through Swiss banks

in order to be “laundered.”

There’s no telling how much suffering and violence

people suffered so others could earn these profits.

As far as Qatar is concerned this is a country where

immigrant workers from India and Nepal die

due to unbearable working conditions,

and how many others workers never received any pay.

The violence that is in Botswana is caused by drought

and Aids/HIV which infects a quarter of its population.

Some of these 11 peaceful nations manufacture weapons

and sell them to countries in conflict.

The world is faced with too much greed,

too much fighting over limited resources

including jobs which leads to the cheapening of life

then war and conflict.

I’m not sure I believe in evolution,

maybe it shouldn’t be taught in schools.

After not learning anything from

centuries of war and conflict

can man really claim he has evolved?

 

Akron’s Jacob Arthur: “Robin” (a tribute to Robin Williams).

“We Stand as One”

“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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The Elecpencil Goes Red State

I am now home from my car trip to visit my son who works at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Many of the roads in Texas have 75 and 80 mph speeds. Even with that our hybrid sedan averaged over 39.5 mpg for the whole trip! I want to talk about some of the positive things I found in a few of the red states I stopped in. I will do that next post but put some vacation photos on this post.

I arrived home to find that my parents were in a car accident. They are both in their 80’s and were both bruised up with my dad suffering neck and shoulder pain. They were driving their bright red 39 Ford hot rod. Such an old car has no air bags and many hard metal surfaces. They were stopped with a turn signal on to turn left into an antique car show. They were rear ended by a woman in a Kia going over 55 in a 35 zone. The woman never braked at all before hitting my parents. The Kia driver claimed she never saw them. She was fine as her air bag deployed. Witnesses who were standing at the car show and a driver behind the woman said there was a reason she never saw my parents. That is because she was talking on her cell phone. The car my parents built and loved for 27 years is totaled, but at least my parents are alive. If you are someone who talks on a cell phone while driving, please stop before you kill someone.

I want to mention a couple of guys whose negativity I had to witness, as I returned to my valley, in this blue state. I arrived to hear; Regional Chamber President Tom Humphries claim that the Community Bill of Rights Committee has “a radical anti-development, anti-business agenda.” What the Community Bill of Rights Committee actually has is a common sense agenda. That agenda will protect the very existence of Youngstown’s citizens against earthquakes and polluted air and water from fracking.

Then I learn that Warren Tribune editor Frank Robinson is censoring one of the community writers that he hired to write columns. The writer wrote a column supporting activists fighting against fracking in our area. Frank didn’t run the column telling the writer, “Er um. I didn’t mention that there are some topics that we won’t run, particularly if they stand in such opposition to our point of view as yours does.” Imagine a newspaper not publishing columns because they don’t reflect the editor’s view. So much for the First Amendment. No wonder print media is becoming obsolete.

Now some photos:

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My daughter and I walk in the land of the Delta Blues on Beale St. in Memphis.

Blues music poured from various bars as we walked with the “ghost of Elvis.”

This is the original music hall for the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

These guitars were for sale in a clothing store in Nashville. The store was called, “Two Old Hippies.” This old hippy could not afford the $150 shirts or $180 leather belts sold there.

This window is in one of several bath houses located in a row in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The bath houses now serve other purposes but were places where you went to experience the healing power of the hot springs water. I brought home a few gallons and it is the best water I have ever tasted.

Here is one of the hot springs pouring down into a park in downtown Hot Springs. The water is a natural 140 degrees and steam rises from it.

 

You know you’re in the Lone Star State when your hotel’s breakfast included waffles in the shape of Texas.

A photo of Austin, Texas from Austin’s botanical gardens.

This is Austin’s statehouse.

Austin’s beautiful botanical gardens.

We spotted this horse getting some fresh air as my wife, daughter and I hoofed it back to Ohio!

Thanks to my daughter Mackenzie for being the family photographer.

 

Marc Cohn: “Walking in Memphis”

“Silver Thunderbird”

Vacation: a period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need.” ~Author Unknown

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It’s Time C.I.A. Stood for Caring for Illegal Adolescents

Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.

 “War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.” Also, “I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

  It’s been over 80 years since Gen. Butler’s speech and things haven’t changed. The United States still bases foreign policy on what countries natural resources benefit our nation’s corporations. We still invade countries, fix elections and back (train and arm) brutal right-wing dictators if U.S. business interests deem it necessary. The Reagan administration gave $5 billion in aid to brutal dictator Duarte in El Salvador. That blood money led to 75,000 Salvadoran deaths including Bishop Romero who spoke against Duarte’s immoral war on his people.

 In Guatemala in 1982, General Montt came to power in a military coup.  Reagan declared: “President Ríos Montt is a man of great personal integrity and commitment….I know he wants to improve the quality of life for all Guatemalans and to promote social justice.” Gen. Rios used $10 million in Reagan supplied military hardware to torture and kill the Mayan population of Guatemala. Israel also supplied arms, intelligence and training to Montt’s death squads. Tens of thousands of non-combatants were killed by Gen. Montt’s death squads. In 2013, Reagan’s hero, Ríos Montt was found guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide against Mayan Indians by a Guatemalan court. He was given a sentence of 80 years in prison. In 1944, President Jacobo Arbenz’ was elected on a platform of land reform. That platform conflicted with multinational corporate interest. That led the C.I.A. to facilitate a coup and set up a right-wing military dictatorship, friendly to corporations needs. The next fifty years were filled with political violence. From 1960-1996 over 200,000 Guatemalans were killed with 93% of those deaths at the hands of government forces.

 In Honduras Reagan backed Battalion 316, a CIA – trained military unit that terrorized Honduras for much of the 1980s. Reagan also used Honduras as a camp for his illegal Contra rebels to attack Nicaragua. I don’t want to let the Obama administration off the hook either. In 2009, the Honduran military overthrew the elected government, and the Obama administration accepted the coup over the protests of pro-democracy forces there. He did this in an effort to fight drugs and has sent troops to train Honduran police and military to further the war on drugs. Former Honduran President Zelaya said, “The police are the drug traffickers. If you fund the police, you’re funding the drug traffickers.” The military there is also corrupt. They have had a captured drug smuggling plane and 300 automatic rifles and 300,000 bullets disappeared from a warehouse. The U.S.’s war on drugs in Honduras and other Latin American nations has escalated the violence in all those countries.

 The U.S. has spent decades propping up right-wing dictators throughout Central and South America. These dictators were corrupt and only cared about lining their own pockets while their citizens suffered. This greed filters down to the police, military and central governments in these countries. These corrupt officials and street gangs now see drugs as the path to riches. The criminal drug gangs are the new rulers of nations like; Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. These gangs recruit children in the drug trade and have turned these three countries into the deadliest places in the world.

 The U.S. government and the C.I.A. has done all it can to back multinational corporate interest in Latin America. Nuns, priests, bishops, environmentalists, union organizers, human rights activists, indigenous peoples and all manners of fighters for democracy have all been murdered by U.S. backed right-wing dictators. I am surprised that Latin Americans have never committed a terrorist act on U.S. shores, to pay our nation back for the terror we supported for many decades on their soil. Hondurans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans have now asked the U.S. to protect their children. They have sent their children to our nation’s borders to ask us to save them from the murderous climate of their own nations. The U.S. violent history towards those nation’s people demands we help these children. We call ourselves a Christian nation and claim we are the beacon of light in a dark world. We’ve said those things while we’ve not only backed brutal dictators, but trained and armed them. We owe it to these nations to finally do the moral thing and welcome these children with open arms.

Killer Mike: “Reagan”

“Upset the Setup”

“International politics is never about democracy and human rights. It’s about the interests of states. Remember that, no matter what you are told in history lessons.” ~ Egon Bahr

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An Auschwitz for Mother Goose and Air Time For Racists

    In Youngstown’s Mill Creek Park we saw a wild goose chase that ended deadly for 238 geese and goslings. They were herded into a gas chamber and euthanized in an effort to control the population of the nuisance animals. Their excrement is being called the nuisance. Park officials are blaming people who come to the park and feed the geese bread. Not having to travel to find food has messed up the bird’s migratory nature. With all the extra food from park visitors the geese are defecating more and messing up their water and surrounds. This could lead to more diseases for the geese. People who feed the geese bread are doing the birds a real disservice. That is because a diet composed of white bread can cause a bone disorder known as “angel wing” in young birds. This causes their wrist joints to fail to develop, and the affected wings will not lie flat against a bird’s body. Once this happens geese will lose the ability to fly.

  I think the park’s police should have written tickets enforcing the law against feeding the park’s animals. That would have been better than euthanizing, controlling, managing, roundup, gathering or whatever bullshit name you want to call murdering geese. June is said to be a good time to round-up geese. That is because the adults can’t fly because they are molting (shedding), and the goslings haven’t learned to fly yet. In other words they are most defenseless and can’t flee. An article in the Youngstown Vindicator stated, “because of possible heavy metals and other contamination, park officials decided not to donate the meat from the euthanized wild geese.” What are these heavy metals and are they also in the water and air that could harm humans? Are they chemicals from the park’s use of weed killers or contaminates from fracking in the area? We have lots of people who have no problem with opening up our nation’s parks to be fracked. To them killing geese would be a golden egg to make room for fracking wells. Let me mention one such guy.

  That is WKBN radio talk show host Dan Rivers. Dan stated on air that he loved the goose holocaust so much he was now willing to pay twice as much for taxes to fund Mill Creek Park. Dan is a teabagger that has gone with other teabaggers to D.C. to protest illegal immigrants. The gassing of Canadian geese (they are illegal aliens to him) is the kind of welcome Dan would probably like to give to all human illegals. I heard Dan mention an author he was going to feature on his show. The author had written a book about slavery in America. The author’s point was that blacks should have been happy to be slaves in this country because it was better than living in Africa. I was happy to hear a black caller phone Dan, and tell him that is the kind of crap white racists want to believe. I didn’t listen later when the author was on, because I didn’t want my head to explode with rage. Most folks in the media would never give such an author one second of air time. Our local boy Dan I’m sure read the book cover to cover a couple of times, and couldn’t wait to get the author on.

  Could we locally please stop murdering geese and stop the racism and move into the 21st century? The 21st century is also known as the Anno Domini era or the Common Era. Can we all agree that killing helpless animals, promoting racism and spreading hatred towards people who want to become citizens of our country is not something that should be accepted or common in the 21st century?

Next time I wish Mill Creek Park officials would use the “Goosinator” that many other parks are using to chase away geese.

New Castle, PA band: Vito’s Lot

“The law doth punish man or woman that steals the goose from the common, but lets the greater felon loose, that steals the common from the goose.” ~ Unknown Quote

Park police did a better job of enforcing the “no feed” regulations. Issue a few citations – See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/jun/27/more-than–geese-euthanized-at-mill-cree/#sthash.cbAq9yXI.dpuf
“because of possible heavy metals and other contamination, park officials decided not to donate the meat from the euthanized wild geese”. – See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/jun/27/more-than–geese-euthanized-at-mill-cree/#sthash.cbAq9yXI.dpuf
“because of possible heavy metals and other contamination, park officials decided not to donate the meat from the euthanized wild geese”. – See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/jun/27/more-than–geese-euthanized-at-mill-cree/#sthash.cbAq9yXI.dpuf
“because of possible heavy metals and other contamination, park officials decided not to donate the meat from the euthanized wild geese”. – See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/jun/27/more-than–geese-euthanized-at-mill-cree/#sthash.cbAq9yXI.dpufI would ask Mill Creek park police next time to use the humane Goosinator to drive geese off.


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In Sorry Company With a Sorry Assed Company

Do you think practicing racial and gender discrimination is acceptable?

Do you think women should be paid less than men?

Do you think women should be promoted less than men?

Do you think men make better managers than women?

Do you think people should not be paid livable wages?

Do you think people working full-time should make so little they still qualify for welfare?

Do you think it was good to ship U.S. manufacturing jobs to China?

Do you like buying Chinese goods instead of U.S. goods?

Do you agree with trying to pass Chinese made products off as being made in the USA?

Do you think it is OK to have children in China working in sweatshops?

Do you think it’s OK for people to die in fires because the doors were locked in sweatshops?

Do you think it is OK to work employees overtime without paying them anything?

Do you find it acceptable to fire older employees because they have health care problems and replace them with younger workers?

Do you think a company should deny their workers breaks, lunches and bathroom visits?

Do you think it is right to fire employees for trying to start a union?

Do you think it is OK for a company to work towards destroying public education?

Do you think it is right to violate environmental laws?

Do you think cheating on your taxes and bribery are good business practices?

Do you think buying term insurance policies on people who work for you, so you can profit from their deaths is just?

Do you believe that a business should censor what books, movies or music you can buy?

Do you think it is alright to sell anti-Semitic books?

Do you think it is moral to lie and claim you do charity work?

Do you think it is alright to bash public welfare but believe that corporate welfare is a good thing?

Do you think treating people you do business with shabbily is a good plan?

Do you think it is acceptable to wrongfully terminate employees?

Do you think it is alright to fire employees who use their doctor prescribed medications?

Do you believe workers should be allowed to air grievances without fear of retaliation?

Do you think it is fine to hire illegal aliens and pay them off the books below minimum wages?

Do you think it is a good idea to destroy communities?

Do you believe history is unimportant so therefore it is fine to destroy Native American burial grounds and Civil War battlefields and sell them off?

Do you think it is fine for a business to be a predator and destroy other businesses by fixing prices?

Do you believe it is good to sell furniture made from wood from protected forests around the world?

Do you find it alright for a company to bask in good PR claiming they hire veterans and then harass their veteran employees, when they need time off to go to a doctor’s appointment?

You might not verbally agree with these things but you endorse all of them if you are part of the group of millions of Americans

known as Wal-Mart shoppers and Sam’s Club members.

  From 1986 to 1992 Hillary Clinton served as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors. During those years she remained silent as Wal-Mart busted all union attempts to unionize Wal-Mart workers. At a June 1990 stockholders meeting Hillary said, “I’m always proud of Wal-Mart and what we do and the way we do it better than anyone else.” Hillary Clinton held nearly $100,000 in Wal-Mart stock before she and her husband moved from Arkansas to DC. Hillary now tries to distance herself from Wal-Mart policies and says now she knows better than she knew then. Many unions were dumb enough to believe that and endorsed her for president in 2008. I’m sure these same unions will back her in 2016. The unions might believe she has cut ties with Wal-Mart, but I don’t. I say that because the Wal-Mart Foundation has been a major funder of the Clinton Foundation, donating between $1 and $5 million through 2013.  One of the Walton’s who own Wal-Mart, Alice Walton worth $35 billion—donated the max $25,000 to Ready for Hillary (the Super PAC urging Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016). Hillary might have started her recent book tour at Costco but she showed up at a book signing at a Wal-Mart in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  Hillary by still taking money from Wal-Mart is an apologist for Wal-Mart’s immoral behavior on every social justice issue. When you walk through their doors, or join a Sam’s Club you are also an apologist for their immorality. The Supreme Court considers corporations to be a person. These corporations are not people because they lack a heart and soul. The heart and soul of a corporation is profit. The only way to change a corporation like Wal-Mart is to boycott it until it has a coronary profit attack. Wouldn’t you rather be part of the solution, instead of the problem for our children’s sake?

Wal-Mart: Supply Chain

Confessions of a Wal-Mart Hit Man

“At the end of the day, we supported globalization because we wanted to be able to buy cheaper computers, cheaper vehicles, cheaper clothes and cheaper furniture. Wal-Mart parking lots were jammed with North American workers buying bargain-basement-priced goods made in China even if in the process they were shopping themselves right out of their own jobs.”
Jeff Rubin, Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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