Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Do You Believe In Magic?

By Michael Reagan
Many Americans have been laboring under a false impression.
If you thought magic words were a plot device in Harry Potter books and other semi-supernatural stories, you’ve got another think coming. As far as the Obama administration is concerned magic words do exist and invoking them forces powerful institutions to bend to one’s will.
Take, for example, illegal aliens. Let’s say you’re a tattooed MS-13 gang-banger who wants to come to the U.S. to enjoy the fruits of El Norte and a larger customer base for your activities. The chance of you getting a green card is nonexistent and with your criminal record, the same goes for citizenship.
You make your way north and cross the border. Instead of dodging the Border Patrol you seek out the nearest officer and as he starts to talk about deportation, you interrupt with the magic words. You declare you’re seeking asylum because of a credible fear of harm back home. It can even be fear of harm from competing gangs or the police.
Presto, you metamorphose from potentially criminal illegal alien to beleaguered refugee yearning to be free from fear. Plus you get to stay in the U.S.
Citizens also have a set of magic words thanks to Obama and his appointees on the National Labor Relations Board.
The Associated Press reports that a Hooters employee who loudly cursed out her colleagues and boss in front of customers had to be rehired. And a Starbucks employee who told his boss to “go [expletive] yourself” also had to be rehired.
Why? Because the employees said they were union supporters and were fired as retaliation. The fact that neither Starbucks nor Hooters has an employee union and the employees weren’t engaged in organizing activities makes no difference. The NLRB isn’t dealing in reality, it’s dealing in magic words.
And to prove just how powerful those words are, the NLRB forced Hooters to put up a sign in California that read: “WE WILL NOT maintain or enforce a provision in our Employee Handbook that prohibits employees from being disrespectful to the Company, other employees, customers, partners, and competitors, posting no offensive language or pictures and no negative comments about the Company or coworkers of the Company.”
Which means it will practically be impossible to fire a Hooters employee for anything that’s not an arrestable offense as long as they invoke the magic words.
Thanks to the Obama administration, the Border Patrol can’t manage the border and California employers can’t manage employees. But that’s what happens when you have an administration that believes in magic.
Michael Reagan is the son of former President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the League of American Voters. His blog appears on reaganreports.com
Comment:
I'm no Republican or Republican supporter or sympathizer, but Reagan is making sense here.  All someone has to do to get into the country is claim he's in danger.  All a person has to do to avoid getting fired for cussing out his boss, a fellow employee, or even a customer in public is to claim it's a retaliation for being pro-union.  In other words, people no longer have to take responsibility for their own actions is to claim some sort of persecution.  It seems they no longer even have to prove these allegations.
Before I was self-employed, I was a teacher.  In one case I can remember I knew I was technically in the wrong, but my union protected me.  Before that I was non-union. When I screwed up, I had to face the consequences.
I remember one time I was hired to drive a truck.  It was non-union.  On my first day at my new job I was sick as a dog.  You don't call in sick your first day.  It does happen sometimes, but you don't call in sick.  Another driver was training me.  I didn't goof off even though I felt like hell.
On Friday after I finished work, my boss said those words with that tone of voice that every employee dreads, "Dan, can I see you in my office a moment?"
I'm sure you can guess that he fired me.  It was not for being sick.  To make a long story short, he told me that a 62-year-old buddy of his was being forced into early retirement.  Naturally he didn't want to retire early if he didn't have to because it means getting less Social Security than if he worked until 65.  My boss told me that he was going to let me go and give his buddy my job.  Well, at least he was honest about it.
I had done nothing wrong.  I was sick but worked my butt off anyway.  As I needed a job I wasn't particularly concerned about his friend's situation.  I was so angry I paid a $50 non-refundable consultation fee and spoke to a lawyer.  The guy told me that my ex-boss was within his rights.  It seems that in California (in the 1980's) a boss can fire you for any reason whatsoever as long as it doesn't violate the Civil Rights Act.  In other words, I had NO protection at all.  I worked at the whim of my employer.
Now it seems that today all you have to do is claim "persecution" in some form and PRESTO-CHANGE-O!  You have your job back.  No proof necessary.  It doesn't matter what you did.  You can cuss the boss out, be nasty to your fellow employees, be rude to the customers and can get out of it by saying you're being persecuted.
As Al Pacino said in the movie "...and Justice For All.", "Something's REALLY wrong here!"  

Dan 88!

Monday, September 29, 2014

ANP Announcements

This one is going to be a little on the short side.

First, I hope all pledges for September are in by now.  October is the day after tomorrow so in a couple of days I'll be calling for next month's pledges.

Most supporters who are current with their pledges should have received their copy of "The White Worker" by now.  This one is a little larger than usual, and again in color.  If you received yours I hope you enjoy it, if you didn't, you're really missing out.  Check the sidebar for info on how to get your copy.  As our chairman said in his last ANP Report, we are not a free entertainment service, although with his Reports and all our blogs you do get a lot for free so you shouldn't complain. 

Next, Sense And Sensibility has just hit 175,000 visitor mark in less than four and a half years. That's pretty awesome and once again I have all of you to thank for that.  I don't know for sure how much good my writing does, but at least I know it is actually being read by someone.  Thanks again, comrades.

Finally, and most importantly, we are finally having another episode of ANP Talkshoe Radio. I still say we need a better name for the show than that.  It's kind of like calling "Duck Dynasty" The Robertson Family's Duck Show or Bob Vila's  programs The Show About Fixing Up Houses.  Anyway the show will be this Saturday, Oct. 4th at 5:00 PM Pacific Time, 8:00 PM Eastern.  Talk to you then!

Dan 88!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

You'll Like These!

Q.  What's the Cuban National Anthem? 
A.   Row, Row, Row Your Boat. 

Q.   Where does an Irish family go on vacation? 
A.    A different bar. 

Q.   What did the Chinese couple name their blonde, curly-haired baby? 
A.    Sum Ting Wong. 

Q.   What do you call it when an Italian has one arm shorter than the 
other? 
A.    A speech impediment. 

Q.   Why aren't there any Puerto Ricans on Star Trek? 
A.    Because they're not going to work in the future either. 
   
Q.  Why do Driver Ed classes in redneck schools use the car only 
on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays? 
A.  Because on Tuesday and Thursday, the Sex Ed class uses it. 
 
Q. Black babies usually utter only half a word for their first word. 
What is the half?
A.  Mother

Q.  What's the difference between a southern zoo and a northern zoo?
A. The southern zoo has a description of the animal along with a 
recipe. 

Q.  How do you get a sweet little 80-year-old lady to say the 'F' 
word? 
A.  Get another sweet little 80-year-old lady to yell, 'BINGO!' 
 
Q.   What's the difference between a Northern fairytale and a 
Southern fairytale? 
A.   A Northern fairytale begins ...'Once upon a time...' 
A Southern fairytale begins ... 'Y'all ain't gonna believe this shit.'

Q.  Why doesn't Mexico have an Olympic team? 
A.   Because all the Mexicans who can run, jump or swim are already 
in the United States
Q.  What phrase do Jewish shopkeepers find incomprehensible?
A.  Buy one, get one free.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Most Illegals in Recent Surge Have Vanished

Friday, 26 Sep 2014 11:58 AM  (AP)

For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released into the United States with instructions to report back to immigration authorities.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and others said they faced deportation. But it turns out that tens of thousands of those immigrants did not follow the government's instructions to meet with federal immigration agents within 15 days. Instead, they have vanished into the interior of the U.S.

The Homeland Security Department privately acknowledged that about 70 percent of immigrant families failed to report as ordered. The disclosure came during a confidential meeting at its Washington headquarters with immigration advocates participating in a federal working group on detention and enforcement policies.

The Associated Press obtained an audio recording of Wednesday's meeting and separately interviewed participants.

On the recording, the government did not specify the total number of families released into the U.S. since October. Since only a few hundred families have already been returned to their home countries and limited U.S. detention facilities can house only about 1,200 family members, the 70 percent figure suggests the government released roughly 41,000 members of immigrant families who subsequently failed to appear at federal immigration offices.

The official, who was not identified by name on the recording, also said final deportation had been ordered for at least 860 people traveling as families caught at the border since May but only 14 people had reported as ordered.

Overall about 25 percent of immigrants facing deportation do not show up for court hearings, according to court data maintained by the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review.

The Homeland Security Department did not dispute the authenticity of the recording.

In an emailed statement Thursday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said the no-show figure represented "an approximate snapshot" of cases since May. Christiansen said some people may still report to immigration court hearings, and a "significant" number of deportation cases are still pending before judges.

The AP reported in June that the administration would not say publicly how many immigrant families from Central America caught crossing into the U.S. it had released in recent months or how many of those subsequently reported back to the government after 15 days as directed. The AP noted that senior U.S. officials directly familiar with the issue, including at the Homeland Security Department and White House, had dodged the answer on at least seven occasions over two weeks, alternately saying that they did not know the figure or didn't have it immediately at hand.

Homeland Security's public affairs office during the same period did not answer roughly a dozen requests for the figures.

More than 66,000 immigrants traveling as families, mostly mothers and young children, have been apprehended at the border since the start of the budget year in October. Nearly 60,000 of those immigrants are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and cannot be immediately repatriated, so the government has been releasing them into the U.S. and telling them to report within 15 days to the nearest Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices.

Republican lawmakers have been critical of the administration's decision to release any immigrants caught crossing the border illegally.

"With this administration's failure to enforce our immigration laws, it is no surprise that 70 percent of the families released take their chances to stay here and don't show up for their follow-up appointments or court dates," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said.

That previously undisclosed no-show rate led in part to the government's decision in June to open a temporary detention facility at a federal training center in Artesia, New Mexico.

A second immigration jail in Texas was later converted for families and can house about 530 people. 

A third such detention center will open in Texas later this year. Before the new facility in Artesia, the government had room for fewer than 100 people at its only family detention center in Pennsylvania.

Immigration advocates have complained that the new detention centers were punishing immigrants who ultimately may win lawful asylum claims to remain in the U.S. In the meeting, they also questioned whether immigration officials had clearly and properly instructed immigrants to meet with federal agents within 15 days.

The ICE official said it was necessary to detain families to ensure they didn't vanish into the U.S. He encouraged advocacy groups to help find ways to ensure that immigrants reported to federal agents as ordered so the government could begin processing their cases, including any requests to remain in the U.S. legally.

Comment:

Gee, how could this have happened?  They PROMISED they would appear.  How could they have gone back on their words like that?

Folks, anyone with half a brain could have called this one.  In fact it's a no brainer.  I'm sure every single pro-illegal supporter knew damn well that the majority of them would fail to appear as ordered. 

The illegals are counting on Obama's amnesty in the next few months.  They figure all they have to do is stay in hiding a couple three months and then they'll be home free.  I'm very much afraid that they are probably right.

However, as they say, when life hands you lemons make lemonade.   Several different polls have found that 60 - 70 percent of the American people (not counting illegals) are against a mass amnesty. When it comes (and we all know it will) that will really grind people's gears.  We can use this.

After the amnesty is announced will be a great time for a recruitment drive.  People will be mad and will be more receptive to our message.  This is an opportunity we must not waste, so when the time comes, let's be ready with that literature.

Dan 88!


Friday, September 26, 2014

White House moves to limit corporate offshore tax moves

By: Kelsey Snell and Brian Faler
September 22, 2014 06:42 PM EDT



The Obama administration announced on Monday that it will use its regulatory authority to crack down on tax inversions, the maneuver used by Burger King and other companies to cut their tax bills by moving their tax home outside the United States.

“We’ve recently seen a few large corporations announce plans to exploit this loophole, undercutting businesses that act responsibly and leaving the middle class to pay the bill, and I’m glad that [Treasury] Secretary [Jack] Lew is exploring additional actions to help reverse this trend,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.

It’s the latest bid by the White House to make policy on issues it says Congress cannot agree on, and comes amid a summer of companies mulling the moves offshore. It drew immediate criticism from Republicans.

Both Lew and Obama have said that they would prefer to see Congress take action to prevent inversions, but lawmakers have been deadlocked. Most Republicans have argued that a tax code overhaul is the only way to prevent companies from moving abroad, while Democrats would prefer to do something to address inversions, nothing that tax reform is a ways off.

Speaker John Boehner and top House tax writer Dave Camp (R-Mich.) blasted the move on Monday.

“A few campaign-style speeches and stopgap measures from Treasury won’t do it — it hasn’t worked in the past, and even Secretary Lew admits the only real solution is tax reform,” Camp said.

The issue of inversions picked up over the summer with bids by the drug giant Pfizer and drug store chain Walgreens to invert. A recent Congressional Research Service report found that 47 U.S. corporations moved their tax base overseas through an inversion in the past 10 years. A total of 75 inversions have occurred since 1994.

The actions announced Monday fall into two broad categories — those that make existing inversions less lucrative and those that make future moves more difficult to engineer.

The first provision aimed at making inversions less appealing would prevent companies from using what Treasury called “creative” loans to move profits among overseas subsidiaries to avoid paying taxes on dividend payments. The so-called hopscotch loans allow the controlled foreign corporation that owes dividends to make a loan to the new foreign “parent” company to avoid U.S. taxation.

The new Treasury rules would consider value of the loans taxable as U.S. property and apply dividend rules to loans made to the U.S. parent company before the inversion.

Current rules allow the foreign parent company to buy enough stock to take control away from the U.S. company so that the foreign income earned by other subsidiaries is never subject to U.S. taxes. The new provision would continue to tax the controlled foreign corporation on its profits and deferred earnings.

Other changes would make future inversions more difficult by making it harder for a foreign company to own enough of the company to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

The current rules require the new foreign owners to control more than 20 percent of the total stock after an inversion and the new rules would limit which assets can be used towards that threshold.

Senior Treasury officials complained that companies manipulate rules stipulating that the foreign partner own more than 20 percent of the combined company by either artificially shrinking the size of the U.S. firm or by inflating the size of the foreign company.
The administration took aim at those maneuvers by announcing it will ignore so-called skinny down dividends that U.S. companies issue prior to an inversion to reduce their relative size. It would also eliminate the ability of companies to dump assets in foreign subsidiaries in a related tactic known as “spinversions.”

The changes also eliminate the practice, known as a cash box, if at least 50 percent of the foreign corporation’s assets are passive. Banks and financial companies would be exempt.

The new rules will affect some inversion deals that have already been announced but haven’t closed.

That’s because the new regulations take effect on Monday, so any inversion plan that has already closed would be exempt. Those that have not been finalized would be subject to the new restrictions.

Asked whether that’s fair to companies that could find themselves on the wrong side of the line, a senior Treasury official said: “That’s just part of the process of doing guidance.” The official said, “whenever you do tax guidance or tax legislation with a particular day, there’s situations where folks are on one side of the line or the other.”

Asked why the administration is not making retroactive changes, as some lawmakers have proposed, the official said the announcement is consistent with how they normally implement new rules.

The Treasury Department did not take former Obama adviser and Harvard University professor Stephen Shay’s advice to target so-called earnings stripping by using its regulatory powers to reclassify company debt as equity.

Still, a Treasury official said the moves announced today were only the “first step,” and that it will be asking for public comment on a “wide” range of earning stripping issues.

Critics of the practice hoped last month’s news that Burger King plans to move its headquarters to Canada in part to slash its U.S. tax bill — making it by far the biggest name so far to announce inversion plans — would force Congress to act. But lawmakers left Washington last week without any agreement on a path forward and are not expected to return until after the November midterm elections.

Both Democrats and Republicans still insisted that Congressional action is the best solution. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), said in a statement that Congress should move legislation in the lame duck session later this year.

“Only Congress has the full range of tools to address both the immediate problem and ensure U.S. businesses continue to be competitive in the global economy,” he said.

Comment:

It looks like the Judeo-Capitalists have created in Obama a Frankenstein.  I guess they just pushed too far.  This country is going broke yet still big business are finding ways to avoid their fair share of taxes.

The government has known all along that the People couldn't support this country on their personal income tax.  Even with the help of small and medium sized businesses we are still going broke.  They finally have to bite the bullet and try and make the big boys pay their fair share.

The big question is will it work?  In my opinion it might help some, but it won't get the job done.  Big corporations have armies of attorneys (mostly experts in business and tax law) to find ways of wriggling out of their tax responsibilities.  You have to admire how slick some of them are.  If there is a way out of this, they'll find it.  After all they have to do something to earn their seven figure salaries, expense accounts, and company cars.

An even bigger question is how will the big boys react to this?  It's too early to say, but I'll bet many of them pasted a picture of Obama to their dart boards as soon as they got the news.

Personally I hope this either proves ineffective, or better yet - backfires on the government. It will make the People even angrier than they are now and even more will turn away from the system.  That's good - for us!

And yes there is a National Socialist answer to this problem.  In NS Germany they had what they called a Flight Tax.  Any company who took flight to move their corporate HQ out of Germany yet still did business there was put into the 75% tax bracket with no deductions allowed.  Having to pay 750,000 Reich Marks for every million they earned made outsourcing and inversion very fiscally unappealing.  

Dan 88!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thousands of Illegal Immigrants Enrolled in Obamacare

Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 01:36 PM
By John Blosser
Thousands of illegal immigrants have been allowed to illicitly enroll in and receive taxpayer-funded healthcare benefits from Obamacare.


Sen. David Vitter, R-La, has blasted the administration and sent a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), demanding action on eliminating illegal aliens enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, the Washington Times reports

"The Obama administration is bending over backwards to give Obamacare to illegal immigrants but won’t protect hardworking American citizens who are losing their healthcare coverage," Vitter told the Times. 

"The Obama administration has been granting deadline extensions, making excuses and turning a blind eye to falsified documents by illegal immigrants.

"Enough is enough, and they need to provide answers to why they think illegal immigrants should be eligible for Obamacare."

CMS states that 115,000 persons enrolled in Obamacare had not provided proof of citizenship by the Sept. 5 deadline, down from 966,000 in May, and will be dropped from Obamacare as of Sept. 30, but those with "immigration data-matching issues" were allowed to retain their Obamacare coverage during a six-month grace period to provide documentation. 

The Times noted that even those who are facing losing their Obamacare coverage by the end of September "may qualify for a special enrollment period to regain coverage."

Vitter, a longtime critic of Obamacare, wrote to Tavenner, "It is critical as the administration moves forward into Obamacare’s second enrollment period that CMS dramatically improves the verification process in determining eligibility for taxpayer-funded subsidies.

“Last year was nothing short of a disaster, and as a result, the administration continues to bend the rules for people who did not comply with the law in the first place, with an exorbitant cost to the U.S. taxpayer."

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) commented that Obamacare eligibility rules sacrifice "document standards, authentication assurance, and identification integrity in order to speed and maximize enrollment in federal health coverage, including welfare programs such as Medicaid. 

"Rapidly expanding health coverage to some 40 million people, coupled with relaxed ID and verification standards, only increases the likelihood of fraud and improper enrollment of ineligible people, including aliens. Furthermore, the combination of relaxed verification and documentation standards could enable certain identity fraud schemes to be developed." 

"We are pleased that the number of individuals who were at risk of losing their Obamacare insurance coverage or seeing changes in their costs because of data matching issues has been dramatically reduced in the last three months," Tavenner told the Times

Comment:

If anyone is surprised over this then they need to pull their heads out.  This sort of fraud was bound to happen the moment Obamacare became law.  Indeed I'm sure most liberals are glad of it.  You know how they are.  "Illegals are people too" and all that crap.  Sure they are people.  They are people who are not supposed to be here in the first place.
How do we stop this kind of fraud?  First, we get Obamacare to stop "bending" the rules. Illegals don't qualify.  That's the end of it.  No further discussion is required unless the current law is changed.
Secondly, we start with some real penalties for Obamacare fraud.  If someone is fraudulently on Obamacare and is found out, his coverage is cancelled.  That's all.  I say we should make fraud punishable by five years imprisonment at the minimum.  If people know they'll go to prison for illegally enrolling in Obamacare maybe they'll think twice.
Until we start making people take responsibility for their actions, there will always be those who will try and get away with whatever they can, regardless of how it impacts the rest of us.
Dan 88!  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

93-year-old former Auschwitz guard charged

FILE - This undated file image shows the main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I,  near Oswiecim , Poland, which was liberated by the...
By DAVID RISING
BERLIN (AP) — A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp, prosecutors said Monday.
Oskar Groening is accused of helping operate the death camp in occupied Poland between May and June 1944, when some 425,000 Jews from Hungary were brought there and at least 300,000 almost immediately gassed to death.
In his job dealing with the belongings stolen from camp victims, prosecutors said among other things he was charged with helping collect and tally money that was found.
"He helped the Nazi regime benefit economically, and supported the systematic killings," state prosecutors in the city of Hannover said in a statement.
Groening's attorney, Hans Holtermann, declined to comment on the charges.
Groening himself has openly talked about his time as a guard and said while he witnessed horrific atrocities, he didn't commit any crimes himself.
In 2005, he told Der Spiegel magazine he recalled one incident on "ramp duty" when he heard a baby crying. "I saw another SS soldier grab the baby by the legs..." he said. "He smashed the baby's head against the iron side of a truck until it was silent."
Groening, who lives in the Hannover area, is one of some 30 former Auschwitz guards who federal investigators recommended last year that state prosecutors pursue charges against under a new precedent in German law.
Groening is the fourth case investigated by Hannover — two have been shelved because the suspects have been deemed unfit for trial, and one was closed when the suspect died.
Holtermann said, however, his client is in good health.
Thomas Walther, who represents 20 Auschwitz victims and their families as co-plaintiffs in the case against Groening as allowed under German law, said it's their last chance "to participate in bringing justice to one of the SS men who had a part in the murder of their closest relatives."
"Many of the co-plaintiffs are among the last survivors of Auschwitz," he told The Associated Press.
Comment:
It seems that with all the troubles in the world, and in Germany itself, they have nothing better to do than persecute a 93-year-old-man for crimes allegedly committed nearly 70 years ago.  The Jews are getting really desperate to find new ways of "reminding" people of the Holohoax.
Bearing in mind Auschwitz was closed 70 years ago, and Herr Groening (pronounced Graining like in Simpsons creator Matt Groening) and that he is now 93, it means he was 23 when it ended.  I haven't seen any mention of his rank so he was most likely a private.  Privates don't give orders, they take them.
Now let's suppose hypothetically the Holohoax happened.  Now assuming this for the sake of discussion, and that the SS were as brutal as the Jews claim, what do you suppose would happen to a private who refused to follow orders?  BANG!  BANG!  That's what would have happened.
Now we're still hypothetically assuming the Holohoax happened.  They kept it a good secret.  An ordinary German who joined the SS would have surely not have known what was going on in the camps until he got there.  Being in the SS was like being in the military.  An enlisted man can't just up and quit.  If he did, they had a word for it:  Desertion.  What happened to deserters during war time?  BANG! BANG!  That's what happened.
Now once Herr Groening joined and was stationed at Auschwitz and realized what he was going to be required to do, if he refused or tried to quit he would have been shot.  What did the Jews expect him to do?  Refuse to comply and get executed, plus have his wife and children (if he had any) be denied his veterans benefits?  The families of traitors or deserters were denied veteran's benefits - just like in the United States.  I don't know about you, but I'm not that noble.  I would have thought about my own ass and my wife and children first and would have done what I was told.
So whether or not the Holohoax happened is irrelevant.  One way or another Herr Groening did nothing wrong.  He is an old man who is being persecuted for political reasons.  For Chrissake, he probably won't even live long enough to be sentenced.  After all surviving Nazis are dead, what are the Jews going to do next to "remind" us of the Holohoax?  I have it!  Why don't they arrest and try the children and grandchildren of the SS who were never brought to "justice"?  I wouldn't put it past them.
Dan 88! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wal-Mart Has Found A New Way To Profit From Their Employeess

By Hamilton Nolan

Walmart Workers Rant About the "Nonsense" New Dress Code

Retail juggernaut Walmart maintains an internal website for employees only. There, Walmart workers are free to bitch anonymously to executives. Sometimes, these comments are leaked to us.

Walmart has instituted a new mandatory dress code for employees. Last month, Walmart HR executive Barbara Simone took to the internal website to explain the new dress code rules to employees, in an extremely cheery fashion. One Walmart employee was nice enough to send us Barbara's dress code posts, which are below. You'll notice that Walmart employees—who are notoriously low-paid, even though they work for the richest family in America—are required to purchase their own new uniforms.

For inexplicable reasons, Walmart employees are allowed to leave anonymous comments [correction: not anonymous on the WM site, but the names have been removed here] on internal postings like these. Below is a small sampling of a couple of days worth of employee comments on the dress code posts. They provide a good window into the opinions of workers who are mostly kept silent. The Walmart employee who sent us this information told us, "I believe Walmart is placing yet another financial burden upon the workers who have to now purchase a new wardrobe on our poverty wages. I do hope that media attention will cause the company to either set up a hardship fund to help us pay for this, or even better, do away with it all together. I believe these comments will give you and your readers great insight into the problems with this corporation."
WM Associate 29 Aug 2014
I sent an email to our wonderful new CEO because he said he was "listening" and wanted feedback well guess what? No one is listening to the associates or the customers for that matter not even him. Lets face it wal-mart is not a family anymore and they are not customer center. They don't care as song as they are collecting their paychecks and bonuses. We, the ones that do the physical work, will be the ones to continue to suffer and our poor customers. I used to absolutely love my job and now I pray every night that I can find another one and leave this one. I work 2 jobs Walmart is my part time job but I work these 2 jobs for a reason, to take care of my family. It is pretty bad that my full time job is a administrative assistant in a law office and I can wear jeans there, but I can't wear jeans in a grocery store. This whole mess is just non-sense.
WM Associate 29 Aug 2014
i have to agree with many of the negative comments I liked this company in the beginning but it seems they are out of touch with employees or there are to many "leaders"who really are not concerned with employees. In pharmacy we have had a light out for over a year, the heat is oppressive, we can not have water unless it is a small pointy paper cup with warm water from the sink. The counters are uncomfortably low and when ringing customers out causes so much back pain I personally have had customers comment at how uncomfortable the position we stand in to ring orders is. Now more money which I like many others just don't have to buy clothes and a hot vest. I understand that customers come first but I am a customer also and so are my friends and family. It is difficult to be great at your job when you feel so disregarded and expendable
WM Associate 29 Aug 2014
Management will be required to wear these vests as well right? Hmmmm
WM Associate 29 Aug 2014
barbara simone you've seen that 99.9% of the associates have an issue with the new dress code. too expensive too hot/cold doesn't address the problem uncomfortable to work in/not appropriate for some work etc when will you admit you and the big fish at walmart were wrong and scrap this busy work project that you and others are using to justify your big paychecks...every few months you guys dream up something new to torture the associates with...let us just get on with our work ...making you more money ... don't worry ...you'll still collect your big paychecks
WM Associate 29 Aug 2014
I was an assistant manger for over 6 years until I was pushed to the point of stepping down ( and there was no resoluttion to the open door)!!! I know how hourly feel with no help and low pay scale and often there were unrealistic goals ( I can honestly relate)... I read a lot of the posts and we do need an affordable cost to the dress code cost of the shirts and pants. I have a sick husband and am the sole bread and bring home the bacon winner. Thank you and I really do love my new store!
WM Associate 29 Aug 2014
Ive been at Walmart 21 yrs and i tend to keep buying better quality clothing other than the standard polo for a better appearance at work and it seems like its a waste of my money to keep changing the dress code and we are not given any clothing allowance or given 2 shirts for free.
WM Associate 28 Aug 2014
Working conditions at my store are atrocious. There is little coverage in any dept. to provide anything close to decent customer service. CSS' at this store cover money center, run registers and many other tasks because the staffing/hours given to associates are mediocre- I am one of them. For ten years I gave my all but my efforts and voice are ignored. My complaints as well as other associates' seem to not matter one bit. Our registers and other equipment are slow and unreliable. I do not see how bringing back the vests as if we were living in 1994 will change anything. There are real problems to solve in our stores.
WM Associate 28 Aug 2014
With all due respect to the company, this is more of a financial burden to our family since this is our only source of income with my wife and two kids. We can hardly afford to live on my income now with us having to pay for a new uniform (aside from the vest). It's silly. The uniform we have now works. Why change it?
Last year, Walmart gave its shareholders nearly $13 billion in dividends and share repurchases. Walmart employees may purchase new Dickies work pants for the low price of $19.97.
Comment:
In some states, large companies are required to pay for any uniforms their employees must wear. However, Wal-Mart has gotten around this by calling it a "dress code" and not a uniform.  And as the required vest their "associates" must wear includes the name "Wal-Mart" on it, the company will pay for them, but not the shirt, pants, and shoes.  That's on the employees.
These people are paid minimum wage or slightly above if they've been there awhile, and now the company is telling them how to dress and making them pay for it.  Of course every item of required clothing can be found at Wal-Mart and the employees can purchase them for a generous ten percent discount.  As the Dickies pants cost about $20.00, the employees only have to pay $18.00 for them.  Wal-Mart has a heart as big as all outdoors.
Perhaps one of the company's motives is to have their employees look more professional, but they've also made it a way that they can profit by it.  Well that's the Judeo-Capitalist way. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
The fact that Wal-Mart makes billions in profit every year is obscene enough, but they have to put the screws to their workers just to make a few more million.  That's like you and me putting the screws to people just to make a couple of hundred dollars a year extra.  Sure we'd all like to make a couple hundred extra.  Every little bit helps.  But hurt people to make money is bad enough, but hurting people to make chump change is obscene.
This system has got to go!  And if we don't do it who will?  And we can't do anything if you're not willing to help us by giving out literature and a few bucks every month.  Freedom isn't free.  If you can't donate then work.  If you don't want to work then donate!  Simple enough. If you can do both them you are the type of dedicated National Socialist the Fuhrer would have been proud of.
Dan 88!

Monday, September 22, 2014

COPS SEARCHING FOR TEENAGE ILLEGAL ALIEN FOR CARTEL ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT IN TEXAS

by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ 17 Sep 2014


LUBBOCK, Texas -- Cops are on the hunt for a previously deported 14-year-old illegal alien suspected of trying to execute a teen aged human smuggler on the Texas border in an apparent cartel hit. The victim in the case had a lengthy criminal history that had already resulted in two deaths.


While details remain unknown, investigators with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office began looking into the case on Sunday when they found a 16-year-old with a gunshot wound to the head inside a crashed vehicle. The victim survived the hit but ended up dying on Monday morning; Justice of the Peace Luis Garza pronounced the teen dead at a local hospital and ordered an autopsy.

While authorities have not released the victim's name, Breitbart Texas has learned that the teenager has a lengthy criminal history that includes several human smuggling arrests and deportations. In October, 2012 the victim drove a red Ford pickup filled with illegal aliens as he tried to elude authorities.  The pursuit ended near the border town of La Joya when a Texas State Trooper in a helicopter fired several shots at the truck eventually blowing out its tires. The bullets struck three illegal aliens from Guatemala killing two of them. Since the shooting,  DPS has changed its use of force policies. 

Authorities have developed a person of interest in the case, however Breitbart Texas has learned that a possible suspect is a 14-year-old male who had been previously been arrested and charged in juvenile court and had been deported three weeks ago. Law enforcement sources have confirmed to Breitbart Texas that one of the leads that investigators are looking at is a possible cartel hit. 
Comment:
And still the liberals insist we must open our borders.  Unbelievable!  With some of them the only way they'll learn is if someone they care about is killed by an illegal.
These Third Worlders are so different from us they might as well come from another planet. To allow them to come here and integrate into civilised society is nothing less than absurd. You can take the man out of the jungle but you can't take the jungle out of the man.  These people come from a society (if you can call it that) with a completely different set of values (if you can call it that).
They have come from a place where life is very harsh and you have to be prepared to do whatever it takes to survive.  Coming to this country does not change this kind of thinking. That's how they were raised, and that's how they raise their own children (even in this country).  
I'm sure after they get here each generation catches up to us a little more than the generation before, but how many Americans must be victimized before they do?  And I don't think they ever will.  
As they (slowly) evolve, so do we.  As they advance (slowly) we advance even faster.  They will always lag behind.  
Oh there will always be a few exceptional individuals that do much better than the rest of them, and these they hold up as an example to us as to how "they are just as good as we are."  But the actions of their majority say different.  I don't judge a people by the colour of their skin or the language they speak.  I judge them by their actions.
As they say, actions speak louder than words.
Dan 88!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

More Timed Just Perfectly

 Never shake your beer.


 Can you give me a boost?


 Too bad that wasn't Obama's picture!


 A reverse Centaur?


 Is this a cat or a furry penguin with a tail?


His wedding day and he's already in trouble with the Mrs.!

Dan 88!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Our Caring Government Strikes Again

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014, BY JESSICA MCMASTER
RICHLAND, Mich. — A mother from Kalamazoo is losing her home after she missed a property tax payment.
It has been a rough couple of years for Deborah Calley, who has overcome physical and mental obstacles following a devastating car accident.

The crash happened in 2008, and it left Calley with several injuries to her arms, wrists, and neck. She said also she had four big bruises on her brain.

Calley was told the recovery process could take several years. Initially, she was unable to do most things for herself, the kinds of things most people take for granted, like driving or getting dressed in the morning.
In 2010, Calley paid cash for a home on Bunkerhill Drive in Richland that she thought would make recovery easier while she was still raising her two children. She called it her dream home.
“It was a five-minute walk from the middle school, a 10-minute walk from the high school, 10 minutes from the grocery store and the bank. Plenty of room for myself and my two girls,” Calley said.
Fast forward four years, and that dream home has now been foreclosed on after a single missed property tax payment.
“When I paid the taxes in 2012 right there in Richland, no one said, ‘Oh, well you still owe money for 2011,'”Calley said. “So, I didn’t really have a clue. I thought I was right on time.”
Calley admits that confusion and memory problems from her accident may have played a role in the missed payment.  Additionally, her realtor Becky Doorlag said most homeowners pay just two payments a year. However, because Calley lived in a village, she also had that payment.
Still, Calley said she should have been warned that her house was about to be foreclosed on.
Court documents show several notices were sent out from the county treasurer’s office over the last year. However, Calley said she didn’t see a single one.
FOX 17 Problem Solvers discovered that 10 letters were sent out.  However, only one was addressed to Calley. The others were sent to banks.
“I’ve never been affiliated with any of those banks, ever,” Calley said. A receipt from Calley’s realtor shows she paid more than $164,000 in cash for the home, so she didn’t have a mortgage.
As for the single letter that was addressed to her home, Calley said she didn’t get that one either.
“I know for a fact that it went back to this company called Title Check, because I have a receipt from the person at Title Check who signed it at their address in Kalamazoo,” Calley said.
Realtor Doorlag said confusion over property taxes causes a large number of foreclosures in Kalamazoo County. “Especially the elderly people, widows that have never paid bills. They’ve never paid their taxes.” Property tax payments are usually included in a person’s mortgage through an escrow account.
Calley has until Sept. 19 to convince a judge that proper notice of foreclosure failed to take place. She said she wants to pay what she owes and keep her home.
“She’ll pay it today if they’ll let her,” Doorlag said. “The government will take her home — the only thing that she has that she owns that’s paid off free and clear. That is her future and her retirement and her kids’ future. She will lose it to the government unless the judge has mercy.”
If the county decides to keep her home, it will be auctioned. If it’s sold for more than taxes owed, Kalamazoo County will also keep the profits. The last bid was nearly $80,000.
“To take my $164,000 house over less than $2,000, I would say that’s extremely excessive,” Calley said, sobbing. “If I had a mortgage, a bank never would’ve let that happen. It was a mistake. My life has been turned upside down because of this. I had to send my youngest daughter, who’s still in school, to live with her father so she can have a home, because I don’t know if I have a home anymore.”
FOX 17 contacted Kalamazoo County treasurer Mary Balkema, who referred us to Thom Canny, Kalamazoo County corporate counsel. He said other letters were sent to Calley in addition to the 10 listed in the court file. The county is within its legal rights to take her home, he said.
“If this was a case where there was a default or a defect in the notices, then we would agree that it shouldn’t go to foreclosure,” Canny said. “But, it’s just too late.”
Comment:
“If this was a case where there was a default or a defect in the notices, then we would agree that it shouldn’t go to foreclosure,” Canny said. “But, it’s just too late.”
In other words, the property will net the county more at auction than if Deborah Calley paid the missed payment.  I do feel sorry for Ms. Calley, however this action demonstrates how heartless the government is.  One of the reasons they are picking on an old lady is because she is an old lady.  As far as the government is concerned she is now useless and a drain on resources.
It seems we are returning to ancient times when if the elderly had no one to look after them they were turned out to die in the jungle or desert.  Or have we ever truly left those times?  If you think about how Judeo-Capitalism works, we have always treated those who cannot work like that if they have no money or family to help them.  It's no wonder that the suicide rate among the elderly has been increasing.
Ms. Calley worked hard all her life and this is how she is being rewarded.  She had a little trouble, and as a result the government is going to take everything she has simply because they are legally in the right and the county desperately needs the money it will get for her house.  The government mishandles its money, and the little person is the one who suffers - as usual.
When are people going to learn that the government is NOT our friend?  It's amazing how gullible and naive many people - especially the elderly - can be.  
In NS Germany, this sort of thing only happened when a person refused to pay his taxes without good cause.  If there was a good cause the government worked with them.  They would rather work with people than take their homes and throw them into the streets.  But not in our heartless society.  The $$$ i$ king, and they can do no wrong in hi$ $ervice.
Folks, it's time for a change.  It's either a change or continue to let the government and their Judeo-Capitalist masters drain us dry.  I for one have had enough.
And as for the county's claim that they are within the law, as someone (I forget who) once said, "When the law is nothing more than a book of rules, there can be no justice."
Dan 88!