50 years ago, America’s biggest employer was General Motors, where workers made the modern equivalent of $50 dollars an hour. Today, America’s biggest employer is Walmart, where the average wage is eight dollars an hour.
… And Walmart released their annual report this month, and in it was the fact that most of what Walmart sells is food. And most of their customers need food stamps to pay for it. Meanwhile, Walmart’s owners are so absurdly rich that one of them, Alice Walton, spent over a billion dollars building an art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas… And she said about it, “For years I’ve been thinking about what we can do as a family that can really make a difference.” How about giving your employees a raise, you deluded nitwit?
Religion and business shouldn’t mix
"People can hate anybody they like — blacks. Jews, gays, and Muslims are among the currently popular choices among ignorami whose lives are so pathetic that they need someone to feel superior to.
But if you’re going to run a business— an enterprise which is created, supervised, controlled, and taxed by the government — you must get licenses under laws which require you to serve everyone regardless of race, color, gender, religion, and so forth. You must also meet the requirements of the public health laws, safety codes, sanitation codes, building codes, food and drug laws, employment discrimination laws, requirements of the disabilities act — and comply with the terms of your license, which may include hours of operation, signage, noise levels, occupancy limits, parking regulations, and so forth.
In other words, you are not allowed to do what you damned well please and thereby become an irritant to society. You cannot stuff 100 people in a room that the fire chief limits to 50 people. You cannot blast loud music out your front door to attract attention. You cannot serve spoiled food to customers. You cannot chop the fingers off shoplifters, or refuse to serve a blind person because she has a guide dog.
If you hate a class of people, and refuse to serve them, you cannot have a license, and you cannot run a business. It’s that simple. Nobody cares what your private religious briefs may be, or whether you attend church every week, or whether you’re nice to your grandmother. And nobody cares whether, deep down in your heart, you hate and despise the people you are serving.
If you want the benefits of owning/operating a business —making money by serving the public in some fashion — then you must, in fact, serve the public.”
Reblogged from MorningNewsBeat.com 12/12/13
I think this is something the Supreme Court as well as any so-called Christian business ought to consider. Are they in the business of making money and serving the public, or do they get the pick and choose what they want to do in the guise of religious conviction? How would they feel if a Muslim conservative refused to cater their function for being infidels? As Scalia pointed out (and he’ll likely vote against in this case), religion becomes a slippery slope to hide behind.
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC).
1. How exactly is the Ukraine crisis linked to the killing of Americans? I mean, as rough as the situation in the Crimea is, it’s not even clear the Russians have killed any Ukrainians, much less Americans. (Ukrainians have clearly killed Ukrainians, as happens, tragically, in revolutions/coups/civil unrest and instability.
2. How in the left corner of hell is this guy on the US Senate? I know he’s worried about his forthcoming primary, but seriously: I know a lot of smart people who live in South Carolina. I’m even related to a few. Sometimes truth needs to win.(via politicalprof)