My personal Wal-Mart horror: What it’s like working here as a mom


Originally posted on Central Oregon Coast NOW:

NOTE:  Many Walmart workers our striking on Black Friday for reasonable wages and working conditions.  While there is not a strike at our local Walmart, it is important that those who shop at Walmart be aware of the deplorable working conditions their purchases are supporting and that everyone understand that the poor working conditions at Walmart translate into those of us who are taxpayers subsidizing the wages of Walmart workers by providing food stamps and other government assistance.  Also remember that the Walton family (the primary shareholders of Walmart stock) is the wealthiest family in the world; it could also be thought of as the greediest family in the world as in reality we, the taxpayers and consumers at Walmart, are also subsidizing the wealth of the Walton family as we provide the government benefits that Walmart should be providing to its workers.

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Happy Thanksgiving? HELL No.


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Happy Thanksgiving? If you’re caucasian. And accepted for who you are. If you’re wealthy and have food to eat. If you’re a racist and express hatred toward those unlike you. Yes, I guess today would be a Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Not a Happy Thanksgiving for me. Or The Michael Brown Family. The Trayvon Martin Family. The Sean Bell Family. The Oscar Grant Family. The Michelle Cusseaux Family. The Miriam Carey Family. The Renisha McBride Family. The John Crawford Family. The Kajieme Powell Family. The Clinton Allen Family. The Ezell Ford Family. The Eric Garner Family. The Roshad McIntosh Family. The Vonderrit Myers Family. The Kendrick Johnson Family. The Jordan Davis Family.

 

There are literally thousands I am not listing here this morning, mostly because I can’t recall them all, and that shames me but also makes me violently angry that a list of Black Americans, Black human beings, have been executed by AmeriKKKan Law Enforcement. The largest gang of true thugs on the planet. So well organized a gang are they, that they all have unions to protect their legalized murder of Black  Life.

The REAL Thugs In AmeriKKKa...The Police.

The REAL Thugs In AmeriKKKa…The Police.

I offer my sincere apologies to all the families of victims of The Black Genocide. I am sorry I can’t remember each and every dead Black man & woman, each slaughtered Black child, at the hands of those we pay to “Serve & Protect” us. I am saddened the total number of those murdered by police is not tracked or documented by anyone in AmeriKKKa. I am pissed that there is no agency policing the police.

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I am also very angry with the multitude of caucasians who criticize the reactions in Ferguson, Missouri, to Darren Wilson being exonerated for murdering UNARMED Michael Brown. 

 

 

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Lets get to the rioting in Ferguson. This image says it all: From Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King…..I took the liberty of writing this quote from MLK so those who condemn the reaction in Ferguson by asking the dumbass question “what would Dr. King do”, can read his words.

 

 

Just in case you can’t see the words………

 

“But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contigent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. Ans I must say tonight that a riot  is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promise of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

 

I have come across many many many dumbass caucasians, some racist and some not racist, with all types of opinions on what is happening not only in Ferguson, Missouri, but nationwide in cities and towns….protest against the no indict decision by the Ferguson Grand Jury. Racist or not, many caucasians just don’t get it, simply don’t understand. 

 

Until you experience racism, until your caucasian race starts to die for being caucasian, until a caucasian POTUSA gets the racial hatred Barack Hussein Obama has received just for having skin like mine, until you get racially profiled in a store when inside your pocket is 7 times the cash of anyone else in that store, your judgement of the violence in Ferguson means jack shit. I love how people sitting comfortably in their homes pass judgement on people reacting to Black Genocide in Ferguson, Missouri. Racism is the problem, racism is the cause and racism requires a response. The response in Ferguson is appropriate.

 

Black Americans are tired. Fed up. Angry. Hurt. Insulted. Disrespected. All because of a beautiful skin tone given them by DNA missing in caucasians. YOU mad cause you lack Melanin in your skin. Then you turn around and attempt to judge a people who bear the brunt of racial discrimination, racial profiling, racial hatred and being singled out as a thug every time a Black man stands up and reacts to violence with violence.

 

Then there’s this bull shit miscarriage of justice: From Lawrence O’Donnell’s Rewrite…..

 

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MSNBC  host Lawrence O’Donnell blasted St. Louis County assistant district attorney Kathy Alizadeh on Wednesday for taking weeks to tell the grand jury in the Darren Wilson case she made a major mistake regarding police officers’ right to use legal force.

 

“With prosecutors like this, Darren Wilson never really needed a defense lawyer,” he said.

 

O’Donnell said that early on in the jurors’ deliberations, Alizadeh handed them a copy of a 1979 Missouri statute saying police were “justified in the use of such physical force as he or she reasonably believes is immediately necessary to effect the arrest or prevent the escape from custody.” However, he explained, the Supreme Court found those kinds of statutes to be unconstitutional six years later.

 

NBC host Lawrence O’Donnell blasted St. Louis County assistant district attorney Kathy Alizadeh on Wednesday for taking weeks to tell the grand jury in the Darren Wilson case she made a major mistake regarding police officers’ right to use legal force.

 

“With prosecutors like this, Darren Wilson never really needed a defense lawyer,” he said.

 

O’Donnell said that early on in the jurors’ deliberations, Alizadeh handed them a copy of a 1979 Missouri statute saying police were “justified in the use of such physical force as he or she reasonably believes is immediately necessary to effect the arrest or prevent the escape from custody.” However, he explained, the Supreme Court found those kinds of statutes to be unconstitutional six years later.

 

Thank you NBC host Lawrence O’Donnell.

 

In 1985 the Supreme court found the statute that had allowed police to shoot a suspect for running away, unconstitutional. This old outdated law, struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court was handed out to the Ferguson, Missouri Grand Jury by St. Louis County assistant district attorney Kathy Alizadeh…..as fact and jury instruction.

 

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As of 1985, American law enforcement is no longer allowed by law to just shoot a suspect, or any American citizen, for running away. That police action was deemed Unconstitutional by The U.S. Supreme Court. Yet St. Louis County assistant district attorney Kathy Alizadeh, handed out that outdated law, that unconstitutional law, as a guideline in considering Darren Wilson actions in murdering Michael Brown.

 

Darren Wilson testifies before the Grand Jury

 

A Closer Look at Darren Wilson, Cop who Murdered Michael Brown – Lawrence O’Donnell

 

You can see from the contents of this post, how this Thanksgiving is not Happy for me. Or for any Black family missing their loved ones due to Black Genocide.

 

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Thanksgiving (((Hugs)))


Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Thanksgiving (((Hugs)))

BIG Thanksgiving  and ({({(Hugs)})}) going out…

…to the lost, the hurting, the lonely, the bullied, the oppressed, the deserted, the addicted, the abused, the unwell, the frightened, the homeless and to every.single.one of the awe-inspiring people out there who help these people every single day.

Our thoughts are with you all.

Be well.

Team Kindness Blog (Mike & Kristi) xx


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The hilarious hypocrisy of Republicans complaining about the imperial presidency


Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

The imperial power grab is nothing new.

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The Week

President Obama’s announcement that he will use prosecutorial discretion to semi-permanently prevent five million unauthorized immigrants from being deported has brought the usual accusations of galloping tyranny from conservatives. “Barack Obama: American Caudillo” is the title of Rich Lowry’s very dumb column for Politico.

There is more awareness from Ross Douthat, who grudgingly recognizes that George W. Bush broke some important laws in his time. But only by eliding the very worst of the Bush years can Douthat reach his desired conclusion, that Obama’s executive actions are an unprecedented imperial power grab. In fact, growth of the imperial presidency is a bipartisan affair, and George W. Bush is a major culprit.

Here’s Douthat:

How did the man who was supposed to tame the…

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Originally posted on Monica's Tangled Web:

NaBloPoMo DAY 27:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving and I’m still posting!

For me, nothing evokes the holiday like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Growing up, watching the parade, sometimes in person, was a staple in my family. It’s a tradition I’ve kept all these years, though these days I’ve been watching it most years on TV.

I can’t imagine celebrating without it. The floats, the high school bands, the giant balloons, and the Broadway shows’ dance numbers–along with my personal favorite–the fabulous Rockettes, all guarantee to delight the child in all of us.

I remember waiting with baited breath for the grand finale, the last float featuring none other than Jolly Old St. Nick. His arrival has come to symbolize the official start of the holiday season.

So, from my home to yours, wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving, and a joyous holiday season.

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