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Roseanne on WalMartization

  1. Ann
    August 28, 2011 at 7:35 am

    How does this relate to Walmart? I’d say it’s more about the Obamatization of America, or what used to be America.

  2. Anonymous
    August 28, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Shaking my head and laughing at Ann. It’s people like her that make me wish the requirement for voting was passing a test on current events and at least an average IQ. I’d rather have intelligent, informed non-citizens voting than idiots whose ancestors came on the Mayflower.

  3. August 28, 2011 at 7:52 am

    While not being a fan of Wal-Mart, I find myself caring less and less that it is coming. Its two competitors will be Target and K-Mart. Big deal. All the local stores that survived them will survive Wal-Mart. Cheap crap for the masses will never go out of style and if it gives some people jobs and creates a better place for others to shoplift, more power to them.

  4. Bolithio
    August 28, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I had a huge a crush on Darlene.

  5. Steak n Eggs
    August 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

    We get it Heraldo, Arkley and Wal-Mart are bad.

  6. Ann
    August 28, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Anonymous 7:52, I’ll match my IQ with yours any damn day you choose. At least it isn’t room temperature, like yours apparently is.

  7. August 28, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Arkley is so vain I bet he thinks this post is about him.

  8. Anonymous
    August 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

    You couldn’t match my dog’s IQ, Ann. Blaming Obama for global labor arbitrage (Walmartization) proves you aren’t very smart and haven’t been paying attention.

  9. Anonymous
    August 28, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Who pissed in your cereal 9:02? You sound like you are about 6 years old.

  10. Anonymous
    August 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Oh and 7:52. How elistist. Typical!

  11. August 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

    OK, lets just call it like it is. Obama is not a liberal, nor is he a progressive. You see, the right has been steadily moving further and further right, to the point where the “conservative” Republican viewpoint is actually “reactionary” (look it up). Obama would have been considered a moderate Republican in the 80’s. He is more like Ronald Reagan than he is like Ralph Nader. In fact I would argue that the current Democratic party IS the old GOP, and the Republicans are just ultra right wing nut-jobs and Tea Party creationists. I know its not politically correct to label anyone a Fascist, but the Republicans of today are the actual definition of the word.

    FASCISM:

    Fascism (/ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a radical, authoritarian nationalist political ideology.[1][2] It advocates the creation of a totalitarian single-party state that seeks the mass mobilization of a nation through indoctrination, physical education, and family policy (such as eugenics).[3]

    Fascists seek to purge forces, ideas, people, and systems deemed to be the cause of decadence and degeneration, and to produce their nation’s rebirth based on commitment to the national community based on organic unity, in which individuals are bound together by suprapersonal connections of ancestry, culture, and blood.[4] Fascists believe that a nation requires strong leadership, singular collective identity, and the will and ability to commit violence and wage war in order to keep the nation strong.[5] Fascist governments forbid and suppress opposition to the state.[6]

    Fascism promotes violence and war as actions that create national regeneration, spirit and vitality.[7] It views conflict as a fact of life that is responsible for all human progress.[8] It exalts militarism as providing positive transformation in society, in providing spiritual renovation, education, instilling of a will to dominate in people’s character, and creating national comradeship through military service.[9] Fascists commonly utilize paramilitary organizations for violent attacks on opponents, or to overthrow a political system.[10]

  12. Anonymous
    August 28, 2011 at 9:36 am

    The US has 2 major parties which are Corporate and Corporate Light. There are Republicans and Democrats in both. There are few politicians in office who don’t belong to Corp or Corp Light.

  13. Anonymous
    August 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

    And thanks to Citizens United, there will be fewer non-members in the future. It doesn’t matter what they promise to get elected or how smart or dumb they are, they will do what they are told by their campaign funders and their allies in the right to mainstream media or they will be destroyed. In 2008 we elected a man who had clearly demonstrated that he knew what was wrong in this country and had a concrete agenda to address the problems. President Obama has capitulated with hardly a squeak of protest to continue the agenda which he had campaigned against. For this he is called a socialist by the corporate funded media. What is their definition of a true conservative these days and what would their perfect world look like?

  14. Bolithio
    August 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Actually, I think the majority of people are in the Apathy Party. Come on in, the waters warm, and we have football, beer and snacks!

  15. August 28, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Amen!

  16. Fuzzy
    August 28, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Bolithio is probably right. Most people will passively accept the wisdom that is handed to them by corporate media (between ball games), and will not pay attention until the guacamole runs out and conditions become intolerable. And even then, they’re likely to jump on the dumbest, loudest, most violent bandwagon.

  17. Anonymous
    August 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I was referring to the people who are elected to office, not the people who put them there. The people who put them there are those who vote and those who don’t. We all help the corporate party funders enrich themselves by consuming their products.

  18. August 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Finally some (Mark Sailors) gets (mostly) it! Problem is, he’s a bit confused about Obama and his intentions. Obama is as Fascist as Sailors accuses the Republican’s of being. Look at his record. Look at what he’s actually doing – NOT what he and his enablers are saying. Obama finished the job in three years that Ronald Reagan started 30 years ago.

  19. Anonymous
    August 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Joe is clear on that point.

  20. Bolithio
    August 28, 2011 at 11:49 am

    There is a whole generation of Americans who grew up in the most profitable, comfortable, convenient period in the history of the world. I dont think we are “accepting” anything. The apathy party doesn’t buy “the lie” of the media. We are just too busy working to support ourselves to bother wasting our free time fighting against something that cant even be defined let alone defeated. Its our subconscious correctly reminding us that we as individuals are not in control of the arc of civilization.

  21. The Big Picture
    August 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    The “lie of the media” is the lie of chronic omission.

    If our “community” media informed citizens of the extent of public subsidies required by another big box or more sprawl, the other half of eligible voters might begin to participate in elections to stop digging the hole deeper.

    None of the current Eureka city council members I’ve asked have read the only local economic research that concluded Eureka’s economy was saturated in low wages a decade ago.

  22. August 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for the link. I had forgotten how consistently brilliant Roseanne was.

  23. Mitch
    August 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Here’s an online book that may be of interest to Anne and Anonymous, as well as the rest of us. (I think the history and explanation this provides is dead-on-accurate. The name is unfortunate, as I think we have a responsibility to vote despite the current circumstances.)

    http://smithbowen.net/linfame/stopme/

    And thanks for the Roseanne clip, Heraldo. Very enjoyable.

  24. Anonymous
    August 29, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Problem: Your right-wing brother-in-law is plugged into the FOX-Limbaugh lie machine, and keeps sending you emails about “Obama spending” and “Obama deficits” and how the “Stimulus” just made things worse. Solution: Here are three “reality-based” charts to send to him. These charts show what actually happened.

    http://www.truth-out.org/three-charts-email-your-right-wing-brother-law/1314626142

  25. August 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

    APATHY: IF YOU CAN’T DEFINE IT, DON’T FIGHT IT.

    NOT WORDS TO LIVE BY!!!!TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE

  26. Anonymous
    August 29, 2011 at 11:07 am

    “….is your husband home?”

  27. Debbi Towns
    August 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    i didn’t ‘hear’ walmart but got the jest of it, still i won’t have a problem shopping there becuz its the only place i can afford!

  28. Anonymous
    August 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    YOU GOT TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS

  29. Anonymous
    August 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    You’re right 3:14. Walmartizing our jobs will mean we’ll all have to work 16 hours a day and won’t have any money to waste for internet. The little people shouldn’t spend time talking about what sort of community we want. Our betters will make those decisions for us.

  30. Fuzzy
    August 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    3:14 can’t hear you, unless you type in all caps.

  31. Anonymous
    August 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Heraldo, what I have read and other places has led me to believe that WalMart is indeed very bad for our communities. What about a new subject? How about you do a little investigative journalism into the Coastal Commission’s intrusions into Arcata environmentally responsible plans? We liberals need to take a look at this bureaucratic nightmare that is the Coastal Commission. The name sounds great. What they do in practice is scary. They try to assert their power for the simply to exercise their power.
    Just wanted to see if I could get your take on what you thought about Coastal Commission and its demands on the Arcata city council plan.

  32. skippy
    August 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    To note for others: My computer’s security filter spotted malware– and closed down the page of Anonymous’@9:37 link, above.

  33. Anonymous
    August 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Skippy, That is a link from Truth Out and they don’t even have advertisers. I just checked it and had no problem, nothing tried to open so it must be a problem with your computer.

  34. Pilgrim 218
    August 30, 2011 at 6:05 am

    To Bolithio, re:We are just too busy working to support ourselves to bother wasting our free time fighting against something that cant even be defined let alone defeated. Its our subconscious correctly reminding us that we as individuals are not in control of the arc of civilization……….This is absolutely correct, we are tiny cells in a large body and nobody really has a clue to the Big Picture…….

  35. The Big Picture
    August 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    You must be barely conscious indeed.

    The “arc of civilization” is riveted with tiny cells that often coalesce to make impossible changes…like the weekend you enjoyed…and the fact that your children could also have those days off from work.

  36. Pilgrim 218
    September 1, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Thanks, Big Picture!

  37. September 3, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Walmart? I much prefer the “local” businesses that take advatage of all of us with their high prices and “gotcha” marketing. Bring on the competition, and local comsumers will get more for the buck!!!!
    Buy local is bull, like the worn out phrase “uality of life on the North Coast” Look around, homeless and tweekers everywhere.

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