…because even the low minimum wage is too much to pay…

As Susie Madrak says, just when you think WalMart can’t get any lower…they provide you with even more reasons to loathe them….

As a side note, here is a list of the companies paying the least in taxes.  (hat tip to huffington post)

Note that Verizon is on the list–Verizon in recent years was sending their sales folks out on the street (door to door) to sell their product.  They paid them nothing. Not one cent.  Meanwhile, the poor sap employee used their gas/vehicle to get to the assigned area….only getting a paycheck if they signed someone up–low pay that maybe, just maybe covered their gas expenses…or not.

Here’s another post on companies that pay employees the least. Note Walmart on here, too.  Shock. Surprise. /snark

More here on employees not being paid.  More here.

And here. 

And this on Walmart doing what it does best–using the law for its own purposes to avoid paying health insurance: forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/12/09/walmart-bails-on-obamacare-sticks-taxpayers-with-employee-healthcare-costs/

Same here: gawker.com/5950331/olive-garden-red-lobster-scale-back-employee-work-hours-to-avoid-paying-for-health-insurance

(A note here–when I did my search, page after page came up with links for business owners and helping them with legal questions of not paying their employees.  I’m thinking WTH?)

And given the golden parachute….um, yeah, paying one or a handful of people millions of dollars as they leave a company…paying someone for not working versus not paying folks who do work…makes no sense at all….

Walker continues assault on public schools

….because public education means an educated public that asks questions of its political leaders and No Child Left Behind hasn’t destroyed public education fast enough…so we need to drive them out of business with charter schools that see kids as products.

Past posts on charter schools here. And here. And here. Mitch Daniels love affair with charter schools, who is likely to destroy Purdue University with the same zeal.

Krugman on Cyprus

(hat tip to common dreams)

Paul Krugman has a few thoughts on Cyprus:  Leave the euro now.

The only issue with Krugman’s column is that he should get a little more detailed and put it into context.  Most folks are not literate in the financial world (which I think they bank on (pun intended)), so a little “lesson” on the history of economics and why we continually bail out banks and financial institutions and anyone else they deemed “worthy”…just as long as they don’t give those sleazy poor people food stamps!!

Banks and profiteering on food.

Making a note

I assume that others know when something has become common….and I shouldn’t assume that.


Just want to clarify that my statement in the last blog wasn’t my own. And no, I’ve never seen Full Metal Jacket.

Other wise sayings and bumperstickers:

Jimi Hendrix. Amen.

Even Big Bird. Haha.

Anti-nukes. (Okay, for some reason the page keeps coming up Jimi Hendrix, even though I was on the page with the sticker:   “driver has less than 20 tablets of potassium iodide…”)

The Cree Proverb. Looking around….seeing it disappear before my eyes…

Jesus and not killing your enemies.  I saw this on a bumper here in FW.

Manning nominated for Peace Prize

fire dog lake has this up on the nomination of Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Even Dwight D. Eisenhower, a general no less, was against what he perceived as the coming military industrial complex.  Has anyone else noticed the touchy-feely commercials for the military since Newtown?  They are actually promoting the National Guard as a protector of the environment now.  Unbelievable.

See new countries.  Meet new people. And kill them.