I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Please remember not to shop anywhere which forced its employees to work yesterday. Let’s give thanks to those responsible retailers who allowed their workers to enjoy the holiday with their families.
In that regard also join the Occupy Black Friday boycott of corporate, publicly owned retailers who are beholden to Wall Street. Chain stores bleed money from your community. When you shop at locally owned stores all of your money remains in the community. Chains, franchises and other non-locally owned businesses send 45% of your money to their headquarters locale.
Companies like Wal-Mart urge its suppliers to outsource their manufacturing in order to cut prices. When you enjoy those “good buys” you’re actually kissing your job good-bye. Then you get to wave good-bye to your home, savings and retirement.
The most powerful tool we each have is our money. Every day, where you shop and where you bank can have an impact. The sum total of all of us acting responsibly can bring down the corporate tyranny. For an example of what individual actions can do go to this Amazon page where they sell the pepper spray used at UC-Davis and see the ridicule being heaped upon it by person after person in the product review section. The things people have posted are hilarious and poignant.
You know, if this is for sale publicly perhaps we all need to start buying Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray ourselves. Imagine the shock on the cops faces when they target the next Occupy group and discover they have their own pepper spray to use in their defense? It might put an end to scenes like these:
Gary Johnson is mulling over leaving the Republican presidential field for an independent effort with the Libertarian Party. What’s that, you didn’t know the former New Mexico Governor was even in the race? No matter because he wasn’t even a blip on the radar screen.
In state news Rep. John Payne wants a license plate available for sale which says “In God We Trust.” The way the idiots around here drive they’ll need it. At least when I see one of these it’ll tell me there’s a moron behind the wheel. Thanks for the hint.
The folks in Dimock who had their wells poisoned by Cabot Energy are now on their own. The DEP has given the gas driller permission to stop providing them with water. First they pollute their water source with methane then they tell the people to go f*ck themselves. All the while Cabot has drilled without paying a red cent in extraction taxes for destroying an entire community for their profit. Welcome to the new Pennsylvania people, get out while you still can.
If anyone was still under the illusion that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection existed to protect us from polluters this is your wake up call.
Republicans in Harrisburg are slashing welfare payments and services for the poor claiming there isn’t any money to fund them. Programs for the developmentally disabled were cut by 40%. Curiously though there’s enough money for 3% pay increases for state legislators.
Obviously inspired by the University of California campus police a shopper in an LA Wal-Mart pepper sprayed other shoppers to keep them away from the bargains she wanted. In a way if you are shopping at Wal-Mart maybe you deserve to be pepper sprayed.
Welcome to Pennsylvania, land of the “castle doctrine” which mandates a death penalty now for burglary. A homeowner in Philly shot and killed two burglars and wounded two more. Next summer it may be open season on Mormon and Jehovah Witness missionaries. Bag limit is four.
Pennsylvania’s Gibson Guitars is under fire for importing wood from India in violation of Indian law. No other guitar makers seem to need to break the law as Gibson has done. What makes them exempt?
Former Senator and now Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has thin skin. He had a high school student sent to the principal’s office because he didn’t like a Tweet she sent about him at an event. Grow up asshole.