Friday-Sunday, August 26-28, 2005
Outsourcing: The Forgotten War
We lost. It's just that simple. Go to the mall. Go to an outlet center. You could even stop by the Factory Merchants Outlet Center in Barstow, California, right in the middle of the Mohave Desert. It's all there. Tons and tons of merchandise made for American that's not made in America.
Yes, there are Jackets with BROOKLYN emblazoned all over the garment, and a tiny, little tag that says "Made in Vietnam". There are Sweatshirts and T-Shirts that say HOLLYWOOD made by children who live in a factory in some inland province in the middle of China.
Call Dell Computer and ask for help with your Chinese manufactured Dimension desktop. Your call is being routed through to India. "Hello, my name is Doug. How may I help you?".
Sure there are American manufacturers, but they are few and far between. You can find a boutique here or a specialty store there who might carry a nice jacket or belt. But all that bulk stuff on the shelves at the local Wal-Mart or Old Navy are coming straight to you from a giant container ship.
After all, who needs unions?
But there is a problem. By outsourcing our manufactured goods and services, we are re-defining our future. Everybody needs a job. Okay. Everybody retrain yourself. Okay! Everybody retrain yourself, again. OKAY! Everybody... well, you get the point.
Recently I bought a six-pack of athletic socks at Sears, which was manufactured in the USA. I paid about the same as the package made in Costa Rica. I also bought a winter coat at Model's made by Carhartt, made in the USA. Nice and warm and comfy. The quality appears to be better on the Carhartt coat than my old, Chinese manufactured coat. Even the zipper on my new USA coat seems to be of better quality. I already replaced the zipper on my old, Chinese coat
More importantly, it was made by someone in America. American made goods sold by Americans to Americans. What a novel idea.
Who needs unions? Why, we do of course.
Someone give me a reason why we can't make goods here, right here, at home, in the USA, to sell here, right here, at home, in the USA.
Health care costs are too high? Well then, why don't we fix that? Why can't we make sure that employing someone doesn't mean that a company will go out of business? It seems to me that if we fix this one, little problem, many of the other problems will fix themselves.
Take, for example, the story of Toyota who sells more cars in the USA than anywhere else. Where are they opening their new factory? Well, Canada, of course. The reason is simple: Canada has a national Single Payer Universal Health Care System and we don't. Simply put, it is going to be cheaper to make that new Prius in Canada than in Detroit.
We can do better.
Let there be praying, country-western tunes
So the secretary of defense has announced a Million Moron March in Washington to "commemorate" the events of 9/11. A parade from the Pentagon to the National Mall, to be followed by — ta-da! — a country-music concert!
If you want to mourn the dead and honor the heroes, nearly every faith community in New Jersey will be holding memorial services on Sept. 11. Go to your church or temple or mosque or meeting. Pray for the dead, pray for the survivors, pray for the children growing up in this broken world, and pray for the clueless at their country-music concert.
-Stephen J. Spiro (Published in the Home News Tribune 08/25/05)
Former Halliburton employee, Glenn Allen Powell, might have to go to prison for 25 years and pay a $1.25 million dollar fine just because he took $110,000 (that they know about) in bribes from an Iraqi company, and for defrauding the United States government.\
$110, 000? Is that all? What'll that buy, like 3 shower curtains?
Powell worked for Halliburton's KBR engineering and construction unit. You remember Halliburton, don't you? They're the largest war profiteer in the world and a no-bid contract winner in the Iraq War Sweepstakes. They're also the company that Vice President Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney used to be in charge of.
"I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind,"
-Cheney, on Meet the Press, September 14, 2003
"In 2001 and 2002, Vice President Cheney was paid almost as much in salary from Halliburton as he made as vice president,"
-Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) - The U.S. vice president's salary is $198,600 annually
Payments to Dick Cheney, former CEO of Halliburton, made whole he is Vice President of the United States, so far:
$205,298 in 2001
$162,393 in 2002
He was and is scheduled to receive more in ensuing year
Cheney also has 433,333 unexercised Halliburton stock options, with exercise prices below the company's current stock market price. That's an immediate profit, as long as the Iraq war goes on.
"As vice president, I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts led by the Corps of Engineers or anybody else in the federal government,"
What a fortunate coincidence for you, Mr. Cheney. What an unfortunate coincidence for our troops. We know your incentive to keep the war going, but what is your incentive to end it?
I'm a woman who has learned a lot from men.
First off, killing, as long as it is called a war, is okay.
Nowadays, it is even okay if you do not actually define an enemy, but just get people together in uniform, with a printed up 'rules of engagement; and some structure of command.
I have a plan. I'm going to create lots of fancy paperwork, including some money, and designate the plot I live on, a sovereign nation. I have learned from guys though, that it should be a 'classified' sovereign nation, so no one gets to know about it.
I will construct a constitution, which allows me to appoint myself President, as well as Commander in Chief and . . .oh yeah. . . I get to be the troop too.
I'll shop for a dress uniform and some form of fatigues and the good part, the black swat outfit with all sorts of gear to accessorize with.
I'll declare war and I think I want to declare war on Karl Rove.
As far as I can tell, from what men do, this will make it okay to kill Karl Rove.
Even in God's eyes, according to men, if I create the nation state, and declare offensive war on Karl Rove, sort of like Bush did in Iraq, it's okay if I kill him, it won't be murder, it will be an act of war.
Okay, if it will make all you guys feel better, I'll put on a business suit and pull on some cowboy boots and declare the war, at a press conference, with lots of tear wiping patriotic (jingoism) stuff, and then change to my swat clothes to fight the war.
I'll have diplomatic immunity, like Bin Laden, so no one can kill me.
Note to self: Remember to issue to self, diplomatic immunity. Ah yes.
The reason for pre-emptive war on Karl Rove is that I believe he has a weapon of mass destruction.
I'm sure from some metal tubes I've seen, and some foodstuffs in Africa that he is buying, that he is going to suck all the food up into his belly with those tubes, explode, and wipe out my tiny nation and the entire east coast.
I think to kill him, I will bomb the perimeters of his house first, and work my way inward till he is severely wounded, and then drag him to my place where the basement is fixed up as a detainment camp for enemy combatants.
I say it and I am President and therefore, it must be so.
I'll keep him there without medical treatment for about five years, and without allowing him to speak with an attorney.
Sometimes, I will go into his cell and poke him with an electric cattle prod and then laugh, while my buddies take photos. Sorry, stripping him naked would be much too disgusting even for me.
I have a dog who might bite him though
I'll publish in my national newspaper BMM, that I'm making him more democratic. .
Well, war is fun but Karl Rove is too tired now to be much fun to bully, so I'll finish him off, dump him in a river, and declare war on a guy named Rumsfeld.
I have heard he writes poetry and I'm dying to duct tape him to a chair, and read him his own poetry till he chokes on his own puke.
I want to thank you guys for teaching me so much.
In response so "You follow that up with 'true believers' who will follow the candidate regardless of flops, fopahs, and lies. They will be true to the candidate because they are followers.
Hello the likes of Condoleezza 'I'll do or say anything for George' Rice", Dorothy Schwartz writes:
Do you think she will really do anything? That is my suspicion too!
Absolutely. There is a method to their madness. What looks like incompetence, actually is an organized incompetence. Its goal is to divert our eyes to what is really happening and make US pay attention to the less important. Here is an example:
Which is more important?
A) A health care plan that will cover every man, woman and child in the United States, including those 45 million presently not covered by any health care plan; a health care plan that would make it easy for people to go to a doctor without the fear of losing their home; without the fear of being turned away; without the fear of losing a day's pay because they'd have to wait all day in a crowded doctor's office, who needs to schedule multiple appointments for the same time, in order to make ends meet; a health care plan that would allow an unemployed person to start their own, small business, without the fear of having to work the first 20 hour each and every month just to pay their health insurance bill; one that would truly enable manufacturers to start new production plans here in the US and hire American workers, the best workers in the world, so that they, too can contribute to the betterment of society?
B) A Flag-Burning Amendment to the Constitution.
If I were running for congress or the senate, I would run a campaign that would push for an amendment to the Constitution that would require a means for every man, woman and child the ability to GO TO THE DOCTOR.
These "blind-followers" and "true-believers", like Condi Rice, have one collective mind. And that is the mind of Karl "The Traitor" Rove. By the way, GW himself is a follower, but he is also the front-man. -NG
In response to Rush Limbaugh's, "We all lose things," regarding Cindy Sheehan's "loss" of her son, Spc. Casey Sheehan, Dorothy Schwartz writes:
I can't believe Rush really said that. I have never in my life listened to him though, so I wouldn't know what to expect. God help us all, with the kind of people in the White House and on the air waves.
In response to the "Open-Minded Republicans", Jenny Hanniver writes:
The Bush administration's definition of "open minded" seems to be "a hole in the head"!
In response to GW Bush's "Terrorists in foreign lands still hope to attack our country. The lesson of Sept. 11, 2001, is that we must confront threats before they fully materialize," Rhian writes:
Terrorists don't have to attack America. All terrorists have to do is attack India, where 2/3 of our banking processes are handled without back-up systems. America would be incapacitated. Remember the jobs that were outsourced? Bush tax incentives paid?
"The rest of us may be fixated on the depressing tableau in
Iraq, where the US
seems to be delivering a fundamentalist Islamic state
into the dirty hands of men like Ahmad Chalabi, who
conned the neocons into pushing for war,"
-Maureen Dowd, The New York Times
I wonder where we read that before. Oh yeah, right here in "Today's Note from a Madman".
"We owe them something. We will finish the task that they gave their lives for."
-GW in Idaho speaking to veterans in Salt Lake City (even though his administration tried to shortchange the veterans agency by $1.5 billion).
"What twisted logic: with no WMD., no link to 9/11 and no democracy, now we have to keep killing people and have our kids killed because so many of our kids have been killed already? Talk about a vicious circle: the killing keeps justifying itself."
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