This is just so sad I don’t even know where to start:
Walmart’s first response to the garment factory fire that killed more than 100 workers in Bangladesh was to deny that any Walmart clothes were made in the factory. Then clothes from Walmart’s Faded Glory brand were found in the factory, so Walmart switched to claiming that it had stopped doing business with that company but a rogue supplier had subcontracted to the factory, so really, Walmart had nothing to do with it. But it turns out it wasn’t one rogue supplier subcontracting to a factory Walmart had stopped doing business with. Five different Walmart suppliers were doing business with the Tazreen factory, accounting for five of its 14 production lines in September, documents show.
Just keep the above in mind as you read news reports about Walmart workers across the United States asking for better wages and benefits. IMHO if Walmart could get away with paying US-based workers $1/hour they would. They don’t care about the employees of their suppliers nor their employees here. It is as simple as that, their actions speak for themselves.
McCAIN: I think we have to have a bigger tent. No doubt about it, and, obviously we have to do immigration reform. There is no doubt whatsoever that the demographics are not on our side and we are going to have to give a much more positive agenda. […] And as far as young women are concerned, absolutely. I don’t think anybody like me, I can state my position on abortion, but, to—other than that, leave the issue alone. When we are in the kind of economic situation and, frankly, national security situation we’re in.
CHRIS WALLACE (HOST): When you say leave the issue alone, you would allow, you say, freedom of choice?
McCAIN: I would allow people to have those opinions and respect those opinions and I’m proud of my pro-life position and record, but if someone disagrees with me, I respect your views.
Wow, what insight. I never would have thought that might be an idea that helped them garner more votes from well women, college educated people, young folks, you know people that make up well more than 50% of the country.
I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I just can’t wait for this:
Just over a month from now, Doctor Who fans will snuggle up together on Christmas Day to
open presentswatch a new Doctor Who holiday special. The 2012 Christmas Special will include the return of Doctor compatriots Vastra, Jenny and Strax, as well as the official introduction of new companion Clara, all wrapped-in a holiday-themed story full of bah humbug and seasonal cheer.
GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?
Marco Rubio: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.
Of course, to most scientists or really anybody that has taken Science 101, the Earth’s age is not much of a mystery and has not been for a long, long time. But he core base that Rubio is playing to doesn’t agree. See those who follow a strict interpretation of the Bible regularly dispute the chronology put forth by scientists, and well that group is a core group for Republicans. Heck in June, Gallup found that 58% of Republicans take a creationist view of the world—i.e, God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years.
Update: Oh great. Rubio might not fancy himself scientist, but he IS a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee. God help us!