Semi-Independence Day

This morning was a perfect Mahoning Valley (MV) Friday. Why you ask? First off I got on the phone and called, (330) 746-9577 for the perfect Friday MV lunch. That number and $7 got me a Briar Hill Pizza from St. Anthony’s  Church located at, 1125 Turin Ave. Youngstown, OH. St. Anthony’s members have been making these pizzas for decades and they are something special.  Think of them as the perfect Italian communion host. They are only available on Fridays and need to be picked up by 11:30 am. They will make them again next Friday and then not until after Labor Day.

Next, Mrs. Elecpencil and I  headed for Ghossains Mid East Bakery 3990 South Ave. Youngstown, OH. They also have a branch on Rt 422 in Niles near Rt. 46. I bought a package of their whole wheat pita bread, some hummus and tabouli.  The bread is baked fresh Mon-Fri and is wonderful  as it’s fresh and still warm.

Next, we set out for our weekly destination of Rulli Brothers Market at 8025 South Ave. Boardman, OH. We bought pineapples for $.99 each, red bell peppers $.99 a lb., leaf lettuce $.79 a lb., bone-less skinless chicken breasts for $1.89 a lb. and  T-bone steaks for $4.99 a lb. All Elecpencil family friendly prices.

The only thing missing from such a perfect Friday outing was an ice cream cone from Handel’s the best ice cream in the world. I passed one on Belmont Ave. but I was just to full from eating pizza for brunch. Damn we live in the best place in the country!

I don’t tend to get a lot of comments but I do get quite a few e-mails about things I have written. Feel free to do either. I got a few e-mails when I wrote about the horrible conditions in the factory that makes many of Apple’s products.  One e-mailer chastised me, saying I was practically calling him a murderer for buying Apple’s new iPhone. I was not calling him a murderer,  but I will point out that he is supporting murderers and rapists. Corporations that make both PCs and Macs do business with the war-torn Congo. Over a ten-year period in the Congo three million have been murdered and a 100,000  girls and women have been raped. Corporations buying minerals from the Congo have helped fuel the  deadliest war since WW II. The minerals like tin, tungsten and gold are being called conflict minerals. The products are available in more peaceful nations but would cost penny’s more per product. It seems Third World lives just aren’t worth a cent. See more about it  in this video.  Ways you can take action about the conflict minerals issue.

I got an e-mail from my friend Bob who lives in Pittsburgh, PA fighting the good fight. Bob said, “This Independence Day, let’s think about those who made that “God Bless America” T-shirt.” Bob sent along this article about garment workers in Bangladesh being attacked by police for striking over poor working conditions and back pay they are owed. Like Bob, I find the photo of police striking a young boy very disturbing. These are our brother and sister FW’s  (fellow workers) who make global brand products that might be hanging in our closets. It’s a big world but the internet is bringing us closer together information wise. Out of sight does not have to be out of mind.

We need to make corporations accountable for their actions. They respond best to a closed wallet or purse. Corporations are not human beings because they have no social conscience. They will never be human beings no matter how many times the Supreme Court says they are.

Happy Semi-Independence Day and let’s work towards a world-wide Independence Day.

Buck 65: Protest

Buck 65: Mr. Nobody

I really like Buck so one more: Wicked and Weird

All historical experience demonstrates the following: Our Earth cannot be changed unless in the not too distant future an alteration in the consciousness of individuals is achieved. ~ Hans Kung



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2 responses to “Semi-Independence Day

  1. great post!

    Just had St. Anthony’s for the first time on Friday.

  2. elecpencil

    Thanks janko. Love your blog thanks for what you do.

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