“The Real Deadbeats”: You’re Not The Deadbeat. The Waltons Are The Deadbeats

The Walton’s are disgusting. So much money, yet they want even more. They are the ones that labor laws and unions are meant to protect us from… They knowingly “play the system” to their benefit, and the government let’s them get away with it.

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If you are tired of your taxpayer dollars being used to pay Wal-Mart employees the money that the Waltons refuse to pay them, then you might be interested in the large Black Friday protests that are occurring at 1,600 Wal-Mart stores in 49 states throughout the nation right now.

“I have to depend on the government mostly,” says Fatmata Jabbie, a 21-year-old single mother of two who earns $8.40 an hour working at a Walmart in Alexandria, Virginia. She makes ends meet with food stamps, subsidized housing, and Medicaid. “Walmart should pay us $15 an hour and let us work full-time hours,” she says. “That would change our lives. That would change our whole path. I wouldn’t be dependent on government too much. I could buy clothes for my kids to wear.”

The nation’s largest employer, Walmart employs 1.4 million people, or 10 percent of all retail workers, and pulls…

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Thanksgiving: Then and Now

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone and the Christmas season is officially under way.

I’m an early riser, even on weekends, so that’s when I do most of my reading, thinking, contemplating about various things, and writing my blog. Like a lot of people my age (65), I got to reflecting on how much Thanksgiving has changed during my lifespan.

 My earliest childhood memories of Thanksgiving was of my mother cooking a turkey all night long, having to get up during the night to check on it. Then she was up early making and cooking the dressing and all the other things typically made for a Thanksgiving meal.

My grandmother, and sometimes my aunts and uncles, would come. Sometimes the meal was at my grandmothers. But regardless of where we had the meal, me being the youngest of all the kids, I remember always being delegated to the card table, bar, or kitchen table to eat. Sometimes, we kids didn’t eat until after the grown-ups ate because there just wasn’t enough tables and chairs for us all to eat at the same time. But that was okay, because the adults obviously got more out of the meal than us kids.

Thanksgiving OldThen after the meal, all the adults would just sit around and talk, maybe play cards or dominoes. We kids would typically go outside or find something to do to entertain ourselves. There was no rush. This was a holiday and everyone just enjoyed the day. Since it was a holiday, all stores were closed, so there was no thought about getting a jump on Christmas and going shopping.

Like most families, as we all started getting older, Thanksgiving started being just our immediate family. Not much changed though. My mother still went through her routine of cooking the turkey all night and making all the goodies to go with it. But now that we kids were growing up, getting married, and having children of our own, we all shared in bringing food. By then, football on Thanksgiving had become a tradition. So after stuffing our bellies with a ridiculous amount of food, we guys would head for the television and the football game. To be honest with you, I really don’t remember what all the girls did after eating except for sitting around talking. Then after the game, it was time for us to eat again, even though we couldn’t possibly be hungry.

That was Thanksgiving. It was all about family, food, football and everybody just relaxing.

Now that we are older with extended families of our own, we have carried on this same tradition. My wife cooks the turkey and makes most of the meal, and all the kids bring their favorite dishes. We all pig out, get miserable, and sit around for a while, keeping an eye on the football game of course.

We have extended our Thanksgiving tradition to include setting up our Christmas tree and letting the kids decorate the tree. I put on my Christmas music mix, my wife pulls out all the boxes of ornaments we have collected during our forty years of marriage, and I sit back and take pictures while our three grownup boys and their wives return to being just kids again. Now that we have two grandchildren as well, I hope they remember these times as fondly as I remember mine.

I know my brother, sister and their families have also carried on the traditions from our childhood and added some new traditions of their own. Just goes to show what influence a great mother has on her children.

That was what it was like before Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and stores open on holidays with Christmas decorations up and Christmas music playing 24 x 7 — prior to Thanksgiving. Our holidays have become super-commercialized. Thanksgiving is no longer about Thanksgiving and just relaxing with family. It’s about when the stores will open with their special deals, designed to lure you into their stores to start buying Christmas gifts now, and kicking off a full month of in-your-face marketing and sales leading up to Christmas.

It’s Thanksgiving, so Merry Christmas!

Don’t Worry…The Adults are in Charge Again

Adults in Charge AgainNo sir, you don’t have to worry anymore because the adults are now in charge. We know what you want. We know what is good for the country.

  • We’ll protect you from all those liberal, socialist-thinking ideas
  • We’ll repeal ObamaCare – we won’t force affordable insurance and health care on you
  • We’ll reform Social Security – you should be able to save for retirement on your own
  • We’ll reform Medicare – why should we have to pay for health care for all those old people
  • We’ll stop all this ridiculous climate change activity – it’s our world and it will last forever
  • We’ll stop all these alternative energy initiatives – OIL is all we need (drill baby drill)
  • We’ll remove all those pesky safety regulations that are holding back our big businesses
  • We’ll stop all this talk about immigration reform – we just need to get rid of all these foreigners
  • We’ll stop all this minimum-wage discussion – our big businesses need cheap labor to stay profitable

This is just for starters. We will continue to dismantle all those other bad things the Democrats did while they were in charge. If the President tries to stop us from doing our job, we will teach him a lesson and ”shut down the government.”

We know this is what you want because you voted us back in power.

We know what’s good for the country because our financial supporters told us.

So, don’t worry, we are going to take care of you.

Alter Egos: George Zimmerman & Darren Wilson

George Zimmerman ALter EgoThere are way too many similarities here:

  • Victims are young black men in a hoodie
  • Victims are unnecessarily detained by the antagonist
  • Victims show uncharacteristic aggressiveness
  • Victims are unarmed, yet violently attack their antagonist
  • Antagonist fears for his life
  • Antagonist shoots and kills the victim
  • Antagonist is not charged with any crime

This has got to change…

“Old Selfish White People”

This is perfect. I agree wholeheartedly with his comments.

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Gentle Reader, here is a magnificent bit of prose from musician/artist/awesome dude Bob Ray Starker. Read and become enlightened, as did my cranky self:

Okay, I started out today trying to be civil and constructive, but all anyone wants to do is throw mud at each other… so what the hell, let’s get into this…

I am a 50 year old white american straight man and here is what I know for sure: Black people have never messed with me. Gay people have never messed with me. Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans, poor people, none of them have ever messed with me. 

Which group of people have repeatedly made my life harder than it had to be for no good reason at all? White people with more money than me. 

They have laid me off, closed companies I worked for, made a lot of money by underpaying me for the work…

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