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February 25, 2010

Serious? Parody? I can’t tell

Four Detroit public high schools have decided classroom time should be used to train 60 students to work at Walmart. A new partnership gives participants 11 weeks of job-readiness training during the day and a Walmart job after school. Students earn 10 credits toward graduation…

Advocates say with Detroit’s unofficial unemployment rate nearing 50%, jobs at Walmart are a golden opportunity. Sean Vann, principal of the Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men, has 30 students in the program. He told the Detroit Free Press he’s enthusiastic because along with earning money, since the schools are in the suburbs, the students will be around people from different cultures.

Donna Stern, a representative of the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights And Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) is outraged. “They’re going to train students to be subservient workers. This is not why parents send them to school.”

Unclear is whether Walmart will pay the minimum wage of $7.25 or the $4.25 per hour the Department of Labor allows for the first 90 days of employment of a minor. Paying the latter wage could be perceived as a money saver for Walmart, already viewed by many as the epitome of capitalism-gone-wild and dead-end employment.

Read more: http://www.good.is/post/detroit-high-schools-teach-how-to-work-at-walmart/?gt1=48001#ixzz0gXsnDib5
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Of course people are outraged but with a 50% unemployment rate in Detroit I think this could be a pretty good deal for the students.

-elsewhere-

Jeb Bush doesn’t seem to be a Sarah Palin fan.

it was clear that Bush thinks Palin doesn’t have the intellectual heft to occupy the oval office. He said that Palin’s success depends on her willingness to add a “depth of understanding of the complexity of life we’re living in today” to her rhetoric.

“That’s up to her,” he said. “I mean, I don’t know what her deal is, but my belief is in 2010 and 2012, public leaders need to have intellectual curiosity.”

Do we need Ron Paul? Not according to Reason magazine –

“Congressman Paul is committed to bringing the conservative movement back to its traditional platform of limited government, balanced budgets and a foreign policy of nonintervention,” claims Jesse Benton, Paul’s spokesman.

If only it stopped there. Paul isn’t a traditional conservative. His obsession with long-decided monetary policy and isolationism are not his only half-baked crusades. Paul’s newsletters of the ’80s and ’90s were filled with anti-Semitic and racist rants, proving his slumming in the ugliest corners of conspiracyland today is no mistake.

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of Paul is that thousands of intellectually curious young people will have read his silly books, including End the Fed, as serious manifestoes. Though you wouldn’t know it by listening to Paul or reading his words, libertarians do have genuine ideas that conservatives might embrace.

Speaking of conspiracies, somehow they all tie back to the Federal Reserve

The only things that weren’t brought up were Area 51 and the feeding of Muslim and Christian babies to Jews. I think if he had had more time Paul would have worked his way around to them also.

(h/t)

Lingerie model runs one of world’s largest drug gangs, according to police –

An international arrest warrant has been issued for the 30-year-old, who is suspected of recruiting beautiful women and using them to move drugs to Europe and North America.

Many of these women are believed to be other lingerie and glamour models who compete in international beauty pageants, whom Valencia describes as “unsuspicious, beautiful angels”.

h/t Moe Lane who say’s “It’ll show up on Law & Order first, of course; and if recent reports are accurate, it will preemptively suck.” Don’t forget that somehow the main bad guy / girl will somehow be linked to Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, and Ann Coulter and the only reason that the models are running drugs is the lack of affordable healthcare in the U.S.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. J.S.Bridges permalink
    February 25, 2010 11:08 am

    “They’re going to train students to be subservient workers. This is not why parents send them to school.”

    Right…as everyone knows, parents in Detroit send their kids to school to learn all about being Affirmative Action leeches, advocates for illegal immigrants’ “rights”, and violently demonstrative socialist-minded voter clones for the Demoncrap Party…

    Why not have Gubmint schools everywhere start training Walmart employees and burger-flippers? It’s not as though the school systems actually spend much time on “education” anymore anyway.

    At least that way they have a chance to actually do something to earn wages for working, instead of dealing, stealing, wheeling around and sucking up Gubmint bennies.

  2. John David Galt permalink
    February 25, 2010 6:19 pm

    There’s a lesson to be learned from “Ron Paul’s half-baked crusades”, but apparently this forum is among those who need to learn it: most of those “crusades”, and especially the racism, don’t come from Ron Paul at all. Lew Rockwell wrote and published them in newsletters using Ron Paul’s name. Beware of making Rockwell a spokesperson for any further important libertarian campaigns, lest he smear them into oblivion as well.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      February 25, 2010 6:25 pm

      I’m sorry but even if Rockwell wrote those pieces Paul inherits some responsibility. It was his newsletter issued in his name. He has some ownership.

      Whether or not Paul has individual good ideas when you listen to that video he comes of as a loon.

  3. February 26, 2010 12:19 pm

    The racism smears against Paul are as valid as the book-banning smears aimed at Palin.

    The issues Paul brought up about Watergate and Saddam Hussein are factual, and should be investigated! People don’t like to believe the worst, but quite often, the worst is the truth. Any honest analysis of the Fed’s track-record, should automatically discount any trust you have in the bank that not even your representative is allowed to audit (unlike a publicly-traded company or private on for that matter).

    You may like fiat currency, but the reason your dollar can buy less each year, is because of the deliberate acts of the Fed. This is Econ 101 (see Hayek’s Nobel Prize for example). Keynesians believe devaluing your dollar is good. Austrians know better. Heck, a 3 year old knows better!

    Stealing the purchasing power of the dollars you work for is theft by any reasonable definition.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      February 26, 2010 1:35 pm

      I’m sorry we just disagree on this. As I said Paul inherits some of the responsibility for what appears under his name. As to the other as you know we disagree on whether the gold standard is viable or not, but I don’t call you a loon, because you don’t sound like one. In that video in my opinion Paul sounds like a loony old crank.

  4. February 26, 2010 3:10 pm

    The gold standard works because it gives your dollar genuine value. Maybe it’d be easier to understand if referred to as a commodity-based dollar. But whatever commodity is used, instead of air, your dollar would represent a real, tangible store of wealth.

    And you may think he sounds like a loon, but everything he’s talking about is based in fact. These are things that in a free country, should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law. Bill Gates couldn’t get his hands on the quantity of freshly printed Federal Reserve Notes Saddam was sitting on, so how in the world could Saddam do it without the help of the Federal Reserve?

    The attacks on the central bank are as old as the central bank (and fiat) itself. Nothing is new, and the attacks are grounded in sound economic theory as well. Thomas Jefferson hated central banks! He helped President Andrew Jackson put the Bank of the United States out of business! Same arguments as we have today … collusion, inflation, secrecy, boom/bust cycle, etc.

    I didn’t call you a loon, I said 3 year olds know better than Keynesians! Keynesian theory is what put the Federal Reserve in place to begin with, and what defends it to this day. And as for Paul … What was it that was written? It’s been a long time. But it was something only a hyper-sensitive, politically correct person would consider racist. It wasn’t genuine, Robert Byrd-style racism. Big difference.

    For example, you thought I called you a loon. Re-reading it I can see how that could be implied. But upon closer examination, I didn’t. Communication is a bitch. If we dissected everyone’s personality based on 5 or 10 mere sentences … nobody would get along at all.

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