Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Wal-Mart just wants to plant some bushes

There was a time, when I was under the illusion, that having a cable connected to my television, could actually enhance my life. It seems with each passing day, I look for reasons to keep the electrons, from the hundreds of cable channels, flowing into my living room. And just when I think I have temporarily stilled my desire, to call my cable company, to ask for a disconnection, yet another corporate image repair ad campaign, assaults my consciousness. This time it’s Wal-Mart and their feel good, we are your neighbors, we bring you good jobs, we save your poor people money, campaign. The first time I saw this corporate image repair advertisement, I wanted to pitch my television set off my back deck and onto the pavement below.

My first thoughts after gaining control of my emotions were; “How much are these assholes spending to convince me, that they are really nice guys?" What exactly is the bill for a nationwide ad campaign, to spin the truth, using friendly faces and upbeat words?

Wal-Mart is probably spending millions on an effort to hide and lie, about what they have done and who they really are. Would it not make more sense to invest that money, in the 1.2 million (serfs) workers who daily toil for the American Wal-Mart machine?

My father, who spent 40 years in the construction business, once told me; “You got customers who will spend the money to fix the foundation of their house and then you got customers who just want to just plant some bushes to hide the cracks from the next buyer.”

Wal-Mart just wants to plant some bushes. Fixing the foundation is not on the agenda or in the budget.

For a great article on Wal-Mart from Alternet click here.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

An Imprisoned Egyptian Blogger

The normal focus of this site is, for the most part, centered on the United States. As our freedoms here, continue to be eroded by a government run by madmen, it is somewhat eye opening, to see the realities of oppression in other countries. The Internet has given (the people), the supreme power of access to knowledge and the instantaneous dissemination of information worldwide. There are those in this country and in countries around the world who see this as a threat to their power. We must try to protect the access and freedom that this technology has given us. For this reason, I would like to alert the American blog community, to the plight of an Egyptian blogger, who has been imprisoned for doing what we do everyday; Expressing our opinions. Take the time to read and then spread the word:

Egyptian Blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil’s update

This blog post is quoted from Jar Al Kamar blog that is originally written in Arabic. He is closely following Egyptian blogger Abdel kareem Nabil Soliman Amer case. I am publishing his last update on Karim's case in English for more outreach.

“The pronouncement of a sentence on Egyptian blogger Abdel kareem Nabil Soliman Amer was adjourned to Thursday, January 25, 2007. He was accompanied in today’s court session by lawyers Ahmed Seif Al Islam from Hisham Mubarak Center, Rowda Ahmed from the Arab Network and Mohamed Baymoumy from the Legal Support Association. The session was adjourned upon a request from the lawyers for further case study and pleading preparations.
Read more here

Sunday, January 07, 2007

The Simultaneous Impeachment of Bush and Cheney

On the eve of the president’s speech to announce his escalation of the war of occupation in Iraq, I can’t help but think of one thing; impeachment. Short of pitchforks and torches at the gates of the White House, this seems like our only option now. I, like many, have been of the opinion, that prospect of Dick Cheney becoming president, made the impeachment option almost completely unthinkable. The trading of one mad man for another carries much risk. But how much worse could it get?

There is certainly no precedent for, what really needs to be done, to stop the darkness and death that is consuming this administration and this country. Both Bush and Cheney need to be simultaneously impeached and forced to resign.

The Speaker of House of Representatives could then become our caretaker president. She could shepherd our country to the next election in 2008. What a different country, we would become almost overnight, with Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi as president. I know I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

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