Here’s your “living wage,” douchenuggets!

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It had all the makings of a heartwarming victory for the little guy.

A horde of minimum wage workers campaigning for what they claimed they were entitled to: a wage high enough to live in pricey London, because they deserve… because a concession stand cashier selling overpriced sodas and popcorn is entitled to the Pound Sterling equivalent of $14/hour… because RICH CORPORATION IS MAKING LOTS OF MONEY AND SHOULD GIVE, GIVE, GIVE ME WHAT I WANT – EARNED OR NOT.

A famous film maker supported the workers in demanding the cinema owners fork over the outlandishly high salaries, and sniveling mediots called for support of the oppressed workers.

When the company finally gave in, the ecstatic staff celebrated until the job cuts were announced.

Picturehouse Cinemas said that the cost of increasing basic wages at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton to £8.80 an hour would be absorbed by reducing the number of staff by at least 20, with a redundancy programme starting next month.

Two management posts will be axed along with eight supervisors, three technical staff and other front-of-house workers from its workforce of 93.

And now the workers union is crying that it’s retribution, that the company makes enough money and should not only pay workers more than their labor is worth, but also keep all of them in their jobs, whether they’re needed or not.

Apparently, these unskilled, barely educated, pierced, tattooed freaks feel themselves entitled to dictate to the executives of a company, who are ostensibly better educated and more experienced at running their business, how much profit is sufficient. So they’re demanding that their worthless asses keep their jobs at a higher wage, because their employer has enough profits.

Campaigners claim the Ritzy is the most successful art-house cinema in the UK and is owned by Picturehouse Cinemas, part of Cineworld, which is the largest cinema chain in Europe and has revenues of more than £400m.

Workers posted on Facebook: “This is nothing short of pure vindictive retaliation because we the workers showed that with determination and collectively, we could effect change to make our lives that tiny bit more comfortable.”

You know what makes lives more comfortable? Getting an education. Starting at the bottom and working your way up.

Forcing your employer to pay you more than what your labor is worth will get you only one thing: downsized.

The Duck Flap

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I don’t know why I’m even mentioning this, other than I need to get this off my chest, and my Facebook feed is filled with photos of those bearded doofi and calls to boycott A&E.

If you’ve been living under a rock, the flap is over some show on A&E called Duck Dynasty (which I never watch), because the guy starring in it (who looks like a scarier version of Willie Nelson), who is apparently some really successful businessman, but looks like he lives in a rundown trailer in the middle of the Ozarks, said some ignorant shit about gays, so A&E suspended this redneck owing largely to a whole lot of screeching on the part of gay groups and advocates.

Point 1: What he said was absolutely ignorant and repulsive. He went on a rant about how vaj > anus, and how homosexuality is something akin to bestiality.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina…would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Phil Robertson told the magazine.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there: bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that women and those men…it’s not right,” he’s quoted as saying.

Classless. Stupid. Repulsive. All of the above. For someone who is supposed to be a successful businessman, this Duck Dynasty fellow is sure ignorant about human relationships. It’s as if he thinks relationships are all about where you stick your penis. Additionally, comparing a sexual act between two consenting (human) adults to animal cruelty and abuse (and essentially comparing both human beings to animals merely because of whom they choose to love) – let’s just say it’s not exactly Christian, as this Duck guy claims to be.

But hey – whatever. It’s his views, and I’m not out to change them.

Point 2: Duck guy is a celebrity, and he represents his show, and by extension his employer A&E. The “vaj>ass” remarks were simply in bad taste, and reflected poorly on his employer.  I’m not A&E, nor am I GLAAD or any other homosexual advocacy group, but I would venture an educated guess that had Robertson said “I’m a Christian, and my beliefs are that homosexuality is a sin,” I doubt there would have been much to suspend him for. But no… he had to venture into “gays = beasts” territory, which makes him seem ignorant and crass in the eyes of a lot of people.

Point 3: Robertson’s suspension from A&E has NOTHING to do with his First Amendment rights. The First Amendment protects individuals and groups speech and expression from government prosecution and persecution. It certainly does not protect them from the consequences, which include job loss, and outcry from others when they say something stupid. In other words, Duck guy has every right to air his views about gays, dogs, adulterers or anything else, but he’s not free from the consequences of his words. No one is jailing him for speaking out about his views. No one is imposing fines on him. He’s free to speak and continue speaking. And his employer is free to end the association if need be.

Point 4: Robertson has no right to a job. A&E is and should be free to suspend him, fire him, etc. should the network feel it necessary, for whatever reason. If what Robertson said impacts the station negatively and impacts its bottom line, it should have the right to get rid of him. Again, Duck dude is not free from the consequences of his actions.

People screeching about his First Amendment rights should understand this.

That said…

Point 5: Come on, GLAAD! It’s some redneck on some reality show! It’s not like you’re being hanged for being gay in Iran! Get some perspective. Get an enema. Don’t watch the show. Don’t watch the channel. Boycott whatever advertisers that show has. But understand that everyone has a point of view, and while society in general is a lot more accepting of gays and lesbians, not everyone is going to accept you. Sorry, but it’s true. You can’t force people to change their opinions, and you shouldn’t. I know not everyone is going to like me, because I’m a ginger… or because I was born a Jew… or because I’m an atheist. I know many Christians who tell me I’m going to hell. So what? If I took everything they say about me seriously, I’d be rotting in a mental institution by now, drooling on myself and excited for my next lithium pill.

In other words, chill the hell out!

All of you.

It’s a redneck on a reality show voicing his opinion in a pretty ignorant manner, not some plot to imprison you for your lifestyle!

I was pretty vocal in my defense of Dan Cathy in the Chick-fil-A flap, because the chain really was persecuted by local and state officials in some areas for its owner merely voicing his opinion. I don’t agree with his views on marriage, but he’s Christian and he’s entitled to voice them without fat, drooling shitbags like Menino in Boston trying to hinder his livelihood because of them.

In this case, Duck guy has no right to a job. His employer is a private employer and has every right to fire him.

So, please – stop yammering on about his rights being violated! All that has happened is that the guy said some pretty ignorant shit in public and his employer decided to end the association. That’s it. Get over it.

ObamaCare operator fired

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As I’m sure many of you heard already, Earline Davis, an ObamaCare operator whom Sean Hannity called on the air to quiz her about public reactions to the program, was summarily dismissed from her $25,000/year job after the interview aired.

To be sure, I feel incredibly sorry for Ms. Davis. All she did was answer questions from a caller, who just happened to be Sean Hannity, and who just happened to have put the call on the air. I doubt she meant any harm. She was just telling the truth. She just took a call, as was her job.

According to the transcript at RealClearPolitics.com, here’s what transpired:

DAVIS: Okay, the day I received the call from the radio station, I had to go pick up my best friend that night, and then someone was like, ”someone was looking for you.” But, I don’t know who that person is. So I was like, well I’m going to come back in the morning, because I had to go back to work. So the next day I came back and they had, like, two people escort me upstairs to H.R. And then it was three head people and me, we sat down, and I’m like, “why am I up here?” I figured, okay, they wanna talk about the phone call – the incident.

Then the lady sitting behind the desk; I don’t know what their name is, but the lady that was sitting behind the desk, I guess called up another head lady on her cell phone, so the lady was talking, and I couldn’t really understand what she was saying because she had me on speakerphone. I remember her saying, “We can’t have this type of stuff going on here, so we have to release you.” But they had locked the doors and everything; I guess they didn’t want anybody to come in there.
So when she told me they had to release me, that’s when I put my name tag – my badge – on the desk, and something was going wrong with my cell phone, so that’s when I tried to call my ride to come pick me up, but the lady next to me was just, like, being rude. She had, like, an attitude.

HANNITY: Now, did they give you… You were hired… How long had you been working with this company?

DAVIS: I started September 23.

HANNITY: Okay, so it’s a fairly new job for you. Did they—I assume they put you through some training, right?

DAVIS: Yes sir, they did.

HANNITY: And did they ever tell you that you’re not allowed to take a call from a radio show? Your job was to answer phones.

DAVIS: I did not hear anything about that. There were so many of us in a big group, you can only talk so loud.

HANNITY: Right, and one of the things that struck me. I was really impressed, and I said that to you on Monday. You are patient, you are kind, you answered all our questions. You were totally honest. Wasn’t that what you were hired to do?

DAVIS: Yeah, I’m just out here tryin’ to help everybody. And I know, like, some people have been making bad comments about me. Some people have been making good comments about me. But, some people are like, “Oh, you knew you shouldn’t have said that!” And I’m just like, okay… I kinda felt bad about it. My gosh, I got fired.

HANNITY: And what was the specific reason? When they sat you down, did they give you a specific reason?

DAVIS: They said that no contact with the media. No type of media whatsoever. We’re not allowed to do that at that company.

To be sure, I understand Ms. Davis’ plight. For whatever reason, she was not informed or did not understand the company’s policy regarding media communications. This type of policy isn’t new and it’s not different from any company’s policy. Generally speaking, a company of any significant size will have its own media department. These are people whose job it is to field media inquiries. Generally speaking, that means that any other employee would be stepping out of their lane if they agree to speak to the media.

This should have been made very clear to Ms. Davis during her training, especially since she was a telephone operator, who may get a call from a radio show on the hotline, much like she did from Hannity. This apparently was not made clear. At least from what Ms. Davis said. I would think that if you have telephone operators who could possibly receive a call from the media via the hotline, it would be made expressly clear in both written and verbal form that they are to direct any media calls to the company’s public relations office.

This is certainly the case in the military. When I was a Public Affairs specialist, I conducted training with all troops on how to deal with the media on the battlefield. At my current job, I also received very clear instructions – both verbal and written – on dealing with the media. So the fact that Ms. Davis had not received this training, or at least the policy wasn’t made expressly clear, tells me that the company did not do its job.

Unfortunately, Ms. Davis drew the short straw when she got Hannity on her line, and she got fired for that stroke of bad luck.

I will give Hannity credit for what he did. He gave her $26,000 and promised to help her find another job.

I do hope she finds other employment really soon. She sounds like a nice lady, who was dragged into the deep end of the pool after just a few weeks on the job, without a life jacket.

As for her former employer… Jerks. Just plain jerks.

Shots Fired!

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The first 3D-printed gun has fired its first shots.

All 16 parts of the controversial gun, called the Liberator, are made from a tough, heat-resistant plastic used in products such as musical instruments, kitchen appliances and vehicle bumper bars.

Fifteen of those are made with a 3D printer while one is a non-functional metal part which can be picked up by metal detectors, making it legal under U.S. law. The firing pin is also not made of plastic, though it is easily crafted from a metal nail.

This thing is phenomenally goofy looking.  It reminds me of the nozzle of a garden hose. Nothing I’d ever actually buy except as a goofy novelty.

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Plus, according to the Guardian, it’s inaccurate and jams, and appears to be a general pain in the ass.

And yes, it’s detectable by a metal detector, owing mostly to the fact that IT HAS METAL IN IT, so stop panicking!

Screeching, hysterical efforts to ban coming down from DC in 3…2…1…

Letter to Auto Zone

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Dear Auto Zone -

I just finished reading two documents:
Your Pledge and Values and the news story about Devin McLean, who was fired from your York County store after defending his manager from an armed robber.

I’m disgusted at the contradiction, and suggest you immediately modify your values to include a statement about punishing employees for doing the right thing.

As your values, you claim that an AutoZoner always…

puts customers first
cares about people
strives for exceptional performance
energizes others
embraces diversity
helps teams succeed

Does punishing a young man and a veteran who honorably served his nation for defending his manager from an armed thug count as “caring about people?”

Does firing him before the holidays when he has a child on the way for merely protecting the life of another employee count as “values” in your book?

Please do explain this to me, because I’m flummoxed.

Does prohibiting a man from defending his life, your property and the life of another human being count as “energizing others?” Who are those “others?” Criminal vermin?

Or do you consider punishing a man for exercising his rights as part of your “diversity” policy? After all, you must appease the hoplophobes among you, right?

The young man in question obeyed your policy and remained defenseless by leaving his legally-owned firearm in his car on the job. But when he saw an armed thug point a gun in the face of his manager, he thought that MAYBE, POSSIBLY saving the manager’s life was worth violating your stupid store policy. So he got his gun, defended life and property and got screwed by you in the process.

Instead of thanking him for taking decisive action, as he was taught in the military, you stripped him of his job and his livelihood when he needed it most.

You disgust me. Your policy of disarmament disgusts me. And your disingenuous “values” disgust me.

You have lost a customer, and I will ensure that every last person I know stops spending money with your immoral, unethical company.

Your Zero Tolerance Sense stupidity is appalling. Your lack of human decency is repugnant. Your disregard for human life is disgusting.

You deserve every bit of consternation that comes your way, and I hope the free market punishes you with a loss of profits so great, you close down your pathetic excuse for a store.

Dear Adam Smith, you are a douchebag

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So yesterday was Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, and thousands upon thousands of people turned out to give the restaurant a monetary boost after some groups and some scumbag politicians decided to abuse their power and relieve the business of its earnings merely for holding views with which they disagreed.

You all already know my views on the subject, so I won’t belabor them.

What I do want to address is this festering yambag by the name of Adam Smith (not the economist, the rancid bag of vinegar and water). Smith decided to be a smartass and go through the drive-through at his local Chick-Fil-A, but order nothing but water. He figured it’s free, and he would relieve the company of some of its profits. Why he thought this would somehow cut into the company’s bottom line, I’m not sure. It’s not like he ordered a sandwich and ran out without paying. That would be theft. Instead he merely ordered a cup of water, and the very nice girl at the drive-through tried to hand it to him with no drama.

But oh, no! That was not to be!

Instead of just taking his fucking water like a decent human being, Adam Smith decided to berate the girl, yammer at her incessantly about how shitty her employer was, and act like a general turdball toward her, even though all she wanted to do was politely hand him his water.

You work for a horrible company!

Chick-Fil-A is a hateful corporation!

I don’t know how you can live with yourself and work here.

This sweet girl tells him that she’s always happy to serve him. She tells him that her personal views don’t belong in the workplace and that she feels uncomfortable with him recording her.

Not that he gives a flying rat’s fuck. He continues to blather on about how he’s a nice guy, and that she should stop the hate.

Yeah, he tells a young kid who wants nothing more than to earn a paycheck, who is nothing but polite to him, who treats him with respect, even though he’s a bullying assnugget, that he doesn’t understand how she can work there. And then he drives off all satisfied with himself, arrogantly proclaiming how he just did a good thing.

Way to go, you fetid fucknozzle. You just harassed and bullied a nice girl for making a living, drove away with a free water and decided to be all satisfied with yourself because you made her work for your cold beverage, while you berated and antagonized her.

Nice job, asshole! What will you do for an encore, kick a baby seal?

Well, apparently, Smith’s employer didn’t like what transpired between Smith and this young lady, so they fired his ignorant ass. (h/t: The Rott)

Now, before you start hammering me with the whole free speech thing, remember this. The First Amendment prevents GOVERNMENT from persecuting you for speaking your mind. It is a limit on GOVERNMENT, not on individuals! The First Amendment doesn’t protect you from criticism, nor does it protect you from the consequences of your own stupid actions.

Randazza said it best here:

The First Amendment protects you from government action suppressing your right to free speech. It does not protect you from private individuals’ negative reaction to your speech. As an extreme example: In my younger and more impulsive days, I punched out a guy who offended my then-girlfriend (now wife). He said he was exercising his First Amendment rights. I agreed and told him that I would defend him if the government messed with him, but the First Amendment didn’t protect him from a private punch. I broke a few laws that day, but I didn’t violate the First Amendment.

Adam Smith’s actions reflected badly on him and his employer, and his employer had every right to give him the boot – NOT because of his views, but because he badgered and hassled a young girl trying to do her job for no reason – because he disliked the views of her employer.  The shitbag in question was CFO/Treasurer at Vante. The company, upon seeing his smug, foul mug on his YouTube channel and noticing that he had the name of his employer listed, decided that Mr. Smith did not reflect the values of the company and that they no longer needed his services.

We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others.

Karma is an evil bitch, ain’t she, Adam?

Way to go, Vante!

You’re nothing more than a skidmark on the underwear of life, Adam.  You’re lucky the young lady was polite to you. I hope she gets a raise.

I would have cockpunched you. With a crowbar.

I admit it. I laughed out loud.

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So for those of you who haven’t heard, progressive swine Keith Olbermann is no longer with Current TV. The short-lived relationship ended bitterly with Current giving Olberdouche the boot, and Olberdouche threatening to sue (creating a rather disturbing image of Al Gore and the Olberdouche mud wrestling in a wading pool wearing nothing but loin cloths made out of synthetic bear skins).

Here’s the mind bleach.

You’re welcome.

Olberdouche was apparently doing what he does best: being a prima donna, and acting like such a brat, that Current chose to let the door hit him in the ass. Olberdouche replied in a series of Tweets that he was going to take Current to court, because goddammit, it’s illegal to fire him, and he kept that show alive! Or something. I guess the assumption here is that someone actually watched that dreck?

Anyway, soooooo…

The Daily Beast got a hold of a bunch of emails that detailed Olberdouche’s primadonnery.

On Aug. 2, 2011, according to emails reviewed by The Daily Beast, Olbermann’s manager, Michael Price, sent Hyatt a list of about 40 “deficiencies” that needed to be corrected. Six days later, Price told Hyatt that the problems required “immediate attention” and that “we are not aware of any demonstrable effort to address the issues.”

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Even the subject of internal communications was contentious. Some at Current were miffed when Olbermann refused to talk to certain executives except through his lawyer or agent; his team believed they were following procedures set down by Hyatt.

No issue was too small to precipitate a fight. A continuous argument over which car service would ferry Olbermann, who doesn’t drive, was emblematic of the deteriorating situation. Olbermann wound up using eight different car services, finding fault with each one, sometimes objecting when drivers talked to him.

Pretty pathetic for a guy whose viewership in the 25-54 age group dwindled to something like 30,000.

Even more pathetic, this tool is being replaced by Eliot Spitzer!

Like I said. I laughed out loud.

Karma’s a bitch, eh Keith?

 

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