I’m writing for tomorrow, and I’m having a bad air day, as my COPD is severe, so pardon me for brevity.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:48 (average 4:25). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Upworthy: Hey you guys! Guys! OK, I have a new idea. Kind of radical, but just hear me out: What if we don’t pay Walmart’s employees … but Walmart pays them instead?
Bernie, a national treasure, got only one straight answer. It was from the other national treasure, Robert Reich. Note that, if we raise the minimum wage to $10.10, Wal-fart could absorb the cost by raising the price about $1 per $2,000 in sales.
From The New Yorker: The state of Arizona found itself in the middle of a conundrum today as it awoke to the awkward realization that gay people have money and buy stuff.
Just days after the Arizona legislature passed a law that would enable businesses to discriminate against gays, it emerged that gays spend billions of dollars in Arizona each year—an unexpected development that seemed to take many legislators by surprise.
Carol Foyler, a Tea Party Republican who supported the anti-gay law, said that the startling bombshell that gays play a role in the state’s economy put her and her fellow lawmakers “in a tight spot.”
“Quite frankly, we were blindsided by this,” she said. “We had no idea that gays had money and bought things just like regular people do.”
LOL Andy! Arizona Republicans are running scared over the realization that their pseudo-Christian hate has earned them national attention in an election year.
From Alternet: The anti-gay atmosphere in Uganda is heating up. On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law that toughened the already harsh laws against gays in the African country.
That law mandates life sentences in jail for those who have gay sex. It also prohibits the “promotion” of homosexuality. Being gay is already outlawed in the country.
The latest anti-gay news, as the Associated Press reports, is that a Ugandan newspaper published a list of the “top” 200 gay people in the country. The list includes gay activists, a hip-hop star and a Catholic priest. “The media witch hunt is back,” tweeted Jacqueline Kasha, an activist.
It echoes a 2011 list published that called for the execution of the alleged gay people listed. One Ugandan gay activist named David Kato was killed after the 2011 list was released.
In case you are not aware, this hateful legislation was conceived, aided and abetted by pseudo-Christian Republicans in the US House and Senate. Many travelled to Uganda to help make this happen. I suspect they are using Uganda as a test case in the hope of establishing similar discrimination here in the US.