Fast Food Workers Strike For Living Wages

Laborer

Laborer (Photo credit: M. Pratter)

Many fast food workers in the U.S. have joined in a nationwide effort to get paid a living wage. This action has brought numerous comments from various sources.

Most of the responses I have seen have been negative. Some asking how much a burger would cost if these people were paid $15 an hour.

Others compared their personal wages to the wages sought by these teenagers in their starting job.

A private in the U.S. army does not make this much.

I worked for XX years and never got paid that much. And so on.

For the record, McDonalds pays their workers in Australia $15 an hour and according to The Economist their Big Macs sell for anywhere from 6 cents to 70 cents more than American Big Macs.

In France the workers are paid around $12 an hour, no data on cost of Big Macs.

Last time I was at a McDonalds I saw as many adults working as teens. Starting jobs?

Our military has been underpaid for years; many qualify for food stamps and additional welfare benefits.

All workers in America have been working for stagnant wages for the past 20 years or so. This is the result of many actions including the elimination of union work forces and the trickle down economic plan of Reagan.

As a retiree living on a fixed income I support Senator Tom Harkin’s (D) Iowa goal of increasing Social Security benefits.

I urge anyone who is a U.S. citizen to contact your Senator and ask them to support Harkin’s bill.

And to all the folks that have expressed dismay at the workers trying to get an increase in pay I say.

Rather than trying to drag those people down why don’t you work at lifting them and yourselves up?

Enjoy the LABOR DAY weekend. A holiday provided courtesy of union workers years ago.

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The way to stop Syrians from killing each other with chemical weapons is to kill them with bombs?

By the time this is posted we may have already started bombing Syria

Hopefully not, but I am writing this Thursday afternoon in anticipation of posting Friday morning. Change of plans, this is going out now, Thursday evening.

Have seen many videos of the chemical weapons used in Syria and the results.

Main Stream Media seems to be hell bent on stirring up the emotions of U.S. citizens in an effort to gain support for another “humanitarian” war.

Humanitarian is in quotes because that is one of my questions regarding this public relations effort sponsored by whom?

If we as Americans were truly concerned about atrocities against mankind why have we allowed such atrocities to take place in the world in such places as Darfur, Sudan, Somalia, Myanmar, Ethiopia and many other countries?

http://www.genocidewatch.org/alerts/countriesatrisk2012.html

Why are the atrocities taking place in these countries not being broadcast on the nightly news?

Is the American public selective in their concern for humanitarian rights? Or are they being led into a selection?

And I also ask who stands to gain from American involvement in Syria’s turmoil?

Well the military industrial complex for sure; those cruise missiles go for about $1.5 million ea. This does not even include all the supporting war material manufactures.

And of course two of the three groups fighting to overthrow Assad are Al Qaeda associates with strong ties to Iran.  So one would guess they would gain from our support.

Military experts have stated that a quick strike with missiles and air force bombing would not achieve the intended goal but would merely send a message to Assad. So is the next step boots on the ground?

A few reasons not to get involved include:

No end game.

Not clear what actual affect of limited strikes would be.

United States does not like either side in this conflict.

Red line of chemical weapons has already been crossed as noted in White House press conference.

Our bombs will not stop the killing of civilians.

Come on fellow Americans join me in putting a stop to this senseless waste of resources both in materials and life. Turn off your television, write or call your elected officials tell them that enough is

enough, take to the streets and shout it out! “NO MORE WAR!!” This constant war mongering is an insult to all of us.

Here is a list of anti war demonstrations scheduled for this weekend, if you cannot participate drive by and give them thumbs up!

http://www.answercoalition.org/national/news/hands-off-syria-take-action.html#cities

Story Time

Map of USA with Midwest highlighted

Map of USA with Midwest highlighted (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a make believe story so don’t pin my ass to the wall over some minor detail.

Fifty some years ago Jesus looked down from heaven at the small children in a small Midwestern town.

He looked down and saw the little girls in their frilly dresses having a tea party. They had set up their dolls neatly around the small table and placed the tiny cups and saucers in the correct positions. This was followed by exquisite filling of the cups and then drinking of the tea by all. On occasion the girls would take a small cup of imaginary tea and hand it to grandma or grandpa offering them a cup, the grandparent would drink the tea and thank the child for the delicious beverage. The gleam in the little girl’s eyes and beaming smile on their faces were worth more than money can buy.

Jesus then turned and looked outside where he spotted the boys playing a more active game of kickball. Some were also spotted splashing through puddles chasing frogs. These boys were laughing heartily as they played the time away.

Jesus also notice that some of the girls were not in frilly dresses, they had donned outdoor clothes and were playing with the boys and likewise some of the boys appeared to prefer the more docile activity of a tea party. But Jesus noted all were smiling and happy with what they were doing.

Jesus closed his eyes and smiled serenely. This is good, he thought and then Jesus slept.

Yesterday Jesus again looked down from heaven at the small children in a small Midwestern town.

But to his surprise Jesus saw no girls in frilly dresses preparing tea, he saw no boys joyfully playing kickball or chasing frogs.

Jesus saw little boys dressed in camouflage splashing through puddles carrying child sized assault weapons. There was no hearty laughter, just grunts and groans as they fell quickly behind a fallen log holding their weapons at the ready to fire at and kill the enemy.

The little girls were also dressed in camouflage and holding downsized assault weapons. They were on one knee in position to fire if necessary. Jesus saw no glint of joy in these children’s eyes, no warm smiles on their faces, rather he saw a cold steely eyed stare appearing to shout out “Kill or be killed.”

Jesus shook his head in disbelief. This is bad, he thought and then Jesus wept.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Feds-investigate-Sabattus-official-on-Obama-threat.html

Great day at the rally in Lansing

English: The former Castle Station post office...

English: The former Castle Station post office, which is now the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, in Saginaw, Michigan, United States, is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We started out at about 8:45 am leaving Saginaw in a bus provided by the good people of SEIU.

Picked up a few more in Flint and then on to Lansing where we met with additional people; had a light lunch and then off to the capital building.

We went to the third floor of the rotunda and enjoyed chanting and general cheering. As near as I could tell our only audience was a few security type people and perhaps some tourists.

We then entered the senate galley where we were told to be quiet and take a seat. Making noise and standing in the galley is not allowed.
The senate was is session and passed a few minor amendments. The Republicans in control then decided it was time to recess for lunch. After returning from a three month vacation they were hungry.

This did not sit well with our group and we began chanting “Time to vote, time to vote, time to vote” We were gaveled and told to remain quiet or we would be taken out of galley. We sat quietly for a few minutes and then began to chant again. “Time to vote, time to vote, time to vote.”

At this time we were escorted out of galley, we all went peacefully and no problems were observed.

We did stop in rotunda for another series of chants, mixing them up this time to entertain the state police that had joined us.

One officer was standing within striking distance of me so I reached out and shook his hand telling him “we are doing this for your benefit too.” He smiled at me as if to say I understand.

On our way out I bumped into Brian Wood a reporter for WNEM tv5 in Saginaw. I said hello to him and he asked me if I could answer a few questions. Of course I told him yes.

He asked me what group I represented and I told him I represent myself and am not a member of any group although I did come down with the SEIU. I also told him I was here to help the 4 to 5 hundred thousand workers in Michigan that do not get paid enough to afford health care insurance get assistance in obtaining same.

Maybe unfortunately, He misunderstood me when I said I represent myself because when the clip was shown on the 5 o’clock news he introduced me as someone with health problems who would be helped by passage of the bill.

I say maybe unfortunately because I am thinking someone saw me on tv5 and thought “gee that old gray fart looks like he needs our help.”

We then left the capitol building and went to present the first of three “Crackpot” awards. This is a really neat event. We have a couple of guys dressed as tea party crackpots and they read from a scroll giving typical tea party gibberish. An additional two awards were presented to two senators with offices in the capital building. I did not get the name of any senator receiving the awards but rest assured they were all well deserved.

There is a video link of this award presentation and if someone will send it to me I will provide it to you either here or pm or on facebook.

It was a great day but the senate Republicans are continuing with their chicanery and the bill still sits idle as of this writing.  At approximately 8 pm the bill passed the senate. Yahooo!!!

Running way long today, hope you feel the joy of the day as I did. And next time join me, it is a fun thing to do!

Sort of a wonky blog tonight

1297 copy of the Magna Carta, purchased by the...

1297 copy of the Magna Carta, purchased by the Australian Government for £12,500 from King’s School, Bruton, England. On display in the Members’ Hall of Parliament House, Canberra. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The rights we have taken for granted all these years are not givens, they were fought for and earned by our forefathers.

“What you have, has been painstakingly built for you, and there will be those who will try to demolish it. Not perhaps with a loud bang, but in time, like water: patiently, slowly hollowing out your freedom, one drop at a time.” Quoted from a blog by vicbriggs’s blog

A basis for these rights can be found in the Magna Carta issued 15 June 1215

Lord Denning described it as “the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot.”

However, its perceived guarantee of trial by jury and other civil liberties led to Tony Benn referring to the debate over whether to increase the maximum time terrorist suspects could be held without charge from 28 to 42 days as “the day Magna Carta was repealed”

Many attempts to draft constitutional forms of government, including the United States Constitution, trace their lineage back to Magna Carta.

The United States Constitution and the amendments gave the citizens these rights.

But much like in the quote above, these rights are being slowly washed away.

The 1st  amendment is being watered down daily by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his capital police.

The 4th amendment appears to have been washed away with the Patriot Act and NSA surveillance.

The 2nd amendment with corporate support seems to be one that is holding strong.

The voting rights act of 1965 that so many fought so hard to achieve has also been weakened by the U.S. Supreme Court.

And who can forget the many battles of those hard working men and women in the 1930s sitdown strikes in Flint, Michigan? Fighting for the right to organize and have a say in their working conditions.

These rights have all but been neutered as a result of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and his cohorts in passing the right to work(for less) law.

A women’s right to choose has been hindered in every way possible in many states in our union; mostly by similar laws composed by ALEC.

It is time for all join together and demand the rights our forefathers fought and died to give us.

Working together we can do it!

Monday Muses

A hodge-podge of thoughts this morning, pick your favorite.

Syria, WMDs used in this country at the hands of Assad? Does the United States step in now without UN support? Russia and China are the blocks in the UN.

If we go in and wipe out Assad who is then in control, Al Queda?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she is not planning on retiring this year from the most activist court in her memory.

“Justice Ginsburg said she had made a mistake in joining a 2009 opinion that laid the groundwork for the court’s decision in June effectively striking down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The recent decision, she said, was “stunning in terms of activism.””

Link… http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/us/court-is-one-of-most-activist-ginsburg-says-vowing-to-stay.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder published extolling the virtues of extending Medicaid in the state.

Top foe of helping the less fortunate Michigan citizens continues to be tea party favorite Senator Hildenbrand.

Supposed to get up to 90 degrees here today, Koch brothers say we should not use the term global warming, is climate change acceptable yet?

Midland, Michigan’s daily paper publishes editorial piece inciting more racial hatred.

Who woulda thunk? (sarcasm)

http://www.ourmidland.com/opinion/editorials/stevens-all-race-based-attacks-are-wrong/article_8e88388c-4d4c-5925-beb7-890bfbc51af9.html

Short clip from a book written by a young lad with Autism

“To give the short version, I’ve learned that every human being, with or without disabilities, needs to strive to do their best, and by striving for happiness you will arrive at happiness. For us, you see, having autism is normal—so we can’t know for sure what your “normal” is even like. But so long as we can learn to love ourselves, I’m not sure how much it matters whether we’re normal or autistic.”

For more go to this link…

http://www.parade.com/66492/parade/excerpt-the-reason-i-jump/

Various thoughts this morning all laying on my mind and I did not even mention gun control, what do you think?

Church and State my reply to notestoponder

First Lady Betty Ford sports a button expressi...

First Lady Betty Ford sports a button expressing her support for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment while taking some personal time as President Ford plays in the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic Celebrities Golf Tournament, Hollywood, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s blog is an attempt at calming the fears expressed by fellow blogger notestoponder a few days ago.

If you have not had a chance to read her blog, scroll down for the link. This will provide you with the background information explaining this blog.

In the 1970s a group (Moral Majority) was started.

Some issues for which the Moral Majority campaigned included:

The official group dissolved in the late 1980s. But their efforts continue to this day.

Pat Robertson a media mogul and former Baptist minister is still extolling the supposed values of the Christian right on his television broadcasts.

Now then, the group itself has dissolved; their goals have not been obtained and in some areas they even lost ground.

Roe v Wade is still the law of the land despite the Republicans having control of all three branches of our federal government during the Bush years.

Gay rights are gaining at the state level with an ever increasing number of states now recognizing gay marriage.

The repeal of DOMA was an additional blow to this group.

These facts have created an atmosphere where the supporters have become somewhat disillusioned and no longer have the fervor they once had.

To the best of my knowledge we have no high ranking people of faith with government control unlike the Imams in Iraq.

The number of young people in the U.S. professing to be of no religious faith or belief continues to grow, they have seen what radical religion has to offer and have chose not to participate.

And so, in conclusion my opinion is that the Christian right and their attempt at taking over our government has seen its peak and will continue to diminish.

This does not mean we can disregard them or their efforts, we must maintain our vigilance for they are still a force to be reckoned with but their power is waning.

Sleep peacefully Notestoponder, we have the matter in hand and are watching it closely.

And to all the rest of you good people, carry on and have fun doing so!