A million years ago I worked in retail. We had a regular I named Goldie. All gold all the time. Luckily, the tacky home decor chain provided much gold to goldie. I never once saw her wear anything that wasn't gold, nor did I ever see her purchase anything that wasn't gold. Lady knew what she liked.
Delayed news here, but too satisfying to pass by. More of a dig against notoriously crappy American cars, but of course taken as an affront to Amurikha by the usual suspects. Ironically making ClearChannel money...
HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE isn't exactly a trusty source of news, inappropriate caps or no. But there are a few issues where the far right and the far left circle back to overlap each other. Free trade is one. The right hates Mexy-chuns, so they're opposed to the freer boarders and sending "our" jobs down south - basically anything that helps other, poorer people. On the left we're onto the scam that is outsourcing - which allows U.S. retailers to avoid labor laws (including kids and sweatshops) buy "outsourcing" their labor to other countries that don't care so much about protecting their citizens. So that allows Human Events to write up the "NASCO" superhighway in a tone that scares me just as much as any righty:
Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the
plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide,
through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican
border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn.
Eeek - four football-fields-wide? Who wants that in their backyard? There's already a question of allowing Mexican trucks into the U.S. because of their - ahem, relaxed - safety and emission standards. Aside from enriching corporations (who could avoid U.S. longshoreman unions and port charges and security) and ahhh, Texas, what's the benefit to Americans? 5% cheaper prices at Wal-Mart? American citizens have seen very little concrete benefit from NAFTA, but we can see the very real costs that have been paid - especially in manufacturing jobs, which are pretty much drying up.
Yet corporations (who are setting record profits, merging into smaller and smaller monopolistic baddies and generally subverting most legislative efforts at regulation) keep feeding us the same whine about their perceived need to keep "competitive." At what point does a company become "competitive" enough? After it's achieved a Microsoft monopoly? What's wrong with competition? I thought that was a hype-tastic part of the free market? How free can a market be when the deck is stacked like this? And who fucking wants a 400-yard expressway built anywhere?