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Walmart Canned Food Drive For Its Own Employees Hits Alice Walton Right Where She Lives

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It's that time of year again when the the magnanimous folks at Walmart ask the company's hard-working employees to dig deep into their low-wage pockets to give, give, give to each other, on account of how hard-working employees of Walmart can't even afford to eat that bargain Walmart food on their Walmart wages.


An Oklahoma City Walmart is asking employees to donate food to help their coworkers make ends meet during the holiday season, according to a photo posted by the labor-backed coalition Making Change At Walmart. A sign on the collection bin reads, “Let’s succeed by donating to associates in need!!!”

This is not a new practice; in fact, it's become an annual tradition. In 2013, the same thing happened at a Walmart store in Canton, Ohio, where Walmart is very proud of itself for showing just how caring its community is -- or, as one employee of the store called it, "demoralizing" and "kind of depressing," which is basically the same thing. That's one heck of a tradition, isn't it? Depressing and demoralizing your workers, in the spirt of the season. Traditions sure are nice, aren't they? Like the Walmart tradition of employees living in poverty while the company's CEO makes more money in ONE HOUR than his little worker bees make in an entire year. That's the kind of thing you want to pass down to future generations. Along with those charitable cans of cranberry sauce.

Of course Walmart, in typical fashion, has a perfectly good defense of its employee-organized holiday food drives for employees, at least in the case of the food drive in Oklahoma, which is that the employees started it. The powers that be, in other words, had no intention of giving a damn about whether its workers could afford to eat for the holidays, but gosh, you gotta love how good and kind and caring its underpaid workers are abut their fellow underpaid workers, huh? Really gives you hot cockle feels.

You also gotta love the smart ass who decided to make a pointedly pointed point by expanding the food drive for Walmart workers throughout the country -- and right to the doorstep of Alice Walton, one of the richer-than-god heirs of St. Sam Walton:

Maybe Alice Walton can ask Jeeves to drop in a can of creamed corn for her while she's busy looking at pretty art at the Crystal Bridges museum, which was funded by a $675 million Wal-Mart endowment because what else is the company going to do with all its extra laying-around-doing-nothing money -- pay its employees so they don't have to go dumpster diving for Thanksgiving? Hahaha, don't be ridiculous.

[ThinkProgress/Forbes h/t Wonkette tipster Anna]

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Yesterday afternoon, 45-year-old Gary Martin of Aurora, Illinois was let go from his job at the Henry Pratt Company, a factory that manufactures water valves. In response, he took out a pistol with a laser scope and began shooting at random. He killed five people and injured six others who were just trying to make it through the day at the water valve factory, and then the police killed him.

His mother said he was "stressed out." He "seemed fine" according to the clerk at the Circle K where he bought his cigars that morning. His neighbor thought he was a nice guy. Some people were surprised, others were not.

This kind of thing used to be shocking, but it's a story we're used to now. It gets repeated at least once a month. It's just what happens now, and we can't do anything about it because we can't do anything about gun control. This is, the Right has decided, just the price we all have to pay so they can stockpile guns for funsies, and take sexy pictures of guns shoved in their pants. This is the blood that waters their special tree of liberty.

It's fucking exhausting. And stupid. We shouldn't have to live this way. No one should have to live this way. But we do. Why? Because some day some yahoos might want to overthrow the government, which is (of course) a completely legal thing to do, and their "right" to do that must be protected. So it's literally just never, ever going to stop.

Gary Martin, like most other mass shooters, also had a history of violence against women. In 1994, in Mississippi, he was convicted for stabbing one. He should not have been able to get a gun after that. I would like to know how and why he was able to get that pistol with the laser scope that he killed five people with yesterday afternoon. Maybe someone gave it to him. Maybe he bought it somehow. Maybe someone forgot to do a background check. Maybe he bought it from someone who didn't have to do a background check.

I am so goddamned tired of writing this article. I am out of things to say.

[Sun-Times]

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That's right, Wonkers, while we're all up here in America dealing with the terribleness, your Editrix and her fambly are in MEXICO AT THE BEACH, where they will probably stay for a little while longer or maybe they're never coming back SHRUGGIE EMOTICON. But that's OK, they deserve some time to be AT THE BEACH in MEXICO, oh no, don't get NATIONAL EMERGY CARAVANNED!

Yeah, so it's time to count down your top ten stories of the week, like we do on Saturday mornings. Shall we? WE SHALL.

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