So just who is in charge?

September 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Posted in corporate bullys, elections, humor, political | Leave a comment
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Economics 101

August 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Posted in corporate bullys, crooks & liars, economy | Leave a comment
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Lettuce pray

July 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Atheism, corporate bullys, humor, Religion | Leave a comment
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Blogger Occupied

January 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Posted in crooks & liars, economy, political | Leave a comment
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Due to personal issues I am on a (hopefully short) hiatus from blogging. However from time to time I receive something I think worthy of sharing…which takes less time than actual blogging.

75 Years Ago Today, the First Occupy …a note from Michael Moore

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Friends,

On this day, December 30th, in 1936 — 75 years ago today — hundreds of workers at the General Motors factories in Flint, Michigan, took over the facilities and occupied them for 44 days. My uncle was one of them.

The workers couldn’t take the abuse from the corporation any longer. Their working conditions, the slave wages, no vacation, no health care, no overtime — it was do as you’re told or get tossed onto the curb.

So on the day before New Year’s Eve, emboldened by the recent re-election of Franklin Roosevelt, they sat down on the job and refused to leave.

They began their Occupation in the dead of winter. GM cut off the heat and water to the buildings. The police tried to raid the factories several times, to no avail. Even the National Guard was called in.

But the workers held their ground, and after 44 days, the corporation gave in and recognized the UAW as the representative of the workers. It was a monumental historical moment as no other major company had ever been brought to its knees by their employees. Workers were given a raise to a dollar an hour — and successful strikes and occupations spread like wildfire across the country. Finally, the working class would be able to do things like own their own homes, send their children to college, have time off and see a doctor without having to worry about paying. In Flint, Michigan, on this day in 1936, the middle class was born.

But 75 years later, the owners and elites have regained all power and control. I can think of no better way for us to honor the original Occupiers than by all of us participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement in whatever form that takes in each of our towns. We need direct action all winter long if we are to prevail. You can start your own Occupy group in your neighborhood or school or with just your friends. Speak out against economic injustice at every chance you get. Stop the bank from evicting the family down the block. Move your checking and credit card to a community bank or credit union. Place a sign in your yard — and get your neighbors to do it also — that says, “WE ARE THE 99%.” (You can download signs here and here.)

Do something, anything, but don’t remain silent. Not now. This is the moment. It won’t come again.

75 years ago today, in Flint, Michigan, the people said they’d had enough and occupied the factories until they won. What is stopping us now? The rich have one plan: bleed everyone dry. Can anyone, in good conscience, be a bystander to this?

My uncle wasn’t, and because of what he and others did, I got to grow up without having to worry about a roof over my heads or medical bills or a decent life. And all that was provided by my dad who built spark plugs on a GM assembly line.

Let’s each of us double our efforts to raise a ruckus, Occupy Everywhere, and get creative as we throw a major nonviolent wrench into this system of Greed. Let’s make the politicians running for office in 2012 quake in their boots if they refuse to tax the rich, regulate Wall Street and do whatever we the people tell them to do.

Happy 75th!

Yours,

Michael Moore
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Immigrants for sale

May 12, 2011 at 11:20 am | Posted in bigotry, civil liberties, corporate bullys, political | Leave a comment
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From Robert Greenwald, Axel Caballero, Ofelia Yañez and Brave New Foundation’s Cuéntame team.

From The Washington Spectator on Arizona Senator Russell Pearce:

ALEC on the Border / Say it Ain’t So, Leo
by Lou Dubose | 05/15/2011

ALEC On The Border—A quick trip to the courthouse has resulted in what was predicted by critics. A federal judge blocked controversial sections of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, passed in 2010, which would require state officials to enforce federal immigration law. An appeals court upheld the lower court ruling.

The bill was sponsored by Arizona Senator Russell Pearce, now president of the Arizona Senate. The Maricopa County Republican is known for his American-flag shirts — and for his past association with white-supremacist groups and his inadvertent inclusion, in a mass e-mailing, of an attachment from a neo-Nazi group. (In 2007, the Anti-Defamation League documented Pearce’s neo-Nazi affiliation.)

The logical conclusion is that Pearce’s animus toward immigrants informed Senate Bill 1070, which is not entirely correct. Pearce submitted a draft bill to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force, which wrote the legislation (as reported by Laura Sullivan for NPR and by Beau Hodai, a Tucson journalist writing for In These Times).

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High Unemployment – Wrong there ARE Jobs

August 5, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Posted in economy, government, rants, social comment, taxes | 4 Comments
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The debate goes on.  Should congress extend unemployment benefits and should the government be instrumental in creating jobs?  Some members of congress are sympathetic to the plight of so many Americans who are out of work, out of money, and out of options; while others don’t seem to give a crap if our citizens are homeless, hungry, or even dying in the streets.  It is as if they possess a coldness, a lack of empathy, an attitude that says – let ‘em die, more for me.

Related to the problem of unemployment is illegal immigration and claims that illegals are taking jobs away from U.S. citizens; though it has been demonstrated that, in general, even jobless Americans will not do the work many of the illegal immigrants are doing.  I find a lot of irony in the sentiment that American jobs are being taken by illegals when the truth of the matter is American jobs are routinely being given away to people in other countries.  Please explain to me what the difference is between foreigners doing our jobs on American soil, or somewhere outside of our borders?

Customer service and manufacturing positions, to name a couple, are being outsourced by some companies, while others are using maquiladoras just south of the border because wages are lower and workplace standards are less stringent.  I have had the misfortune to be acquainted with an individual who by virtue of a family manufacturing business, somewhere in the eastern U.S., is quite wealthy; he probably has enough to live extremely comfortably for several lifetimes.  While keeping the business (back east) in tact, he recently set up a maquiladora in Mexico, just a stones throw from the U.S. border because:  1. having way more money than one needs just isn’t enough for some people, 2. he wouldn’t want to have too long of a commute as there is no way in hell he would actually live in Mexico because it’s, uh you know, filled with Mexicans.  I opined that perhaps the right thing to do would be to stay in the U.S and give those jobs to our own.  He actually tried to convince me that his motivation for doing this was to help Mexicans.  I almost choked on my own bile wondering if I really appeared stupid enough to believe that load of steaming dung.  I guarantee you, his motivation is his bottom line, nothing more.

I believe that one of the ways to create jobs and stimulate our economy would be to stop the outsourcing and bring the jobs back to America.  Oh, you say, but that will cause the prices of goods and services to go up because American workers cost the companies more.  I’m not buying that and neither should you.  The real reason to save money on wages is so that executives can continue to receive obscenely large compensation packages, many of which could feed a small country for at least a year.  Executive Paywatch lists the top hundred highest paid CEOs’ yearly salaries that range from over one hundred million to fifteen million.  It must be pretty tough to survive on that kind of money so they throw in some additional perks such as limos, stock options, corporate jets, to name a few.  The compensation of lowest paid on the top one hundred, on the list, would create over five hundred, thirty thousand dollar a year jobs.  Executive PayWatch has an extensive database of executive salaries.  Imagine how many entry to mid level jobs could be created if these greedy bastards could somehow find a way to manage on a mere million or two per year.  I’m in no way suggesting this will solve the problem of record unemployment but it would be one step in the right direction, and we have to start somewhere.  It is my belief that companies engaging in these practices should either be taxed at a higher rate or have some other sanctions imposed upon them; or be given incentives to keep jobs here in the good old U.S.A.

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