Sunday, October 4, 2009

BOYCOTT ACTION ALERT - Tomorrow in Paramus, NJ

The teabaggers are having themselves a "buycott" and we are all invited to attend.

National media WILL be there. (confirmed) as will the "founder" of the "buycott."
It would be great if we could have a presence there, too.
(But this is short notice and Paramus is far away for many of us (that's why they chose it, I imagine)

Anybody interested in carpooling from the Berkshires should contact me.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

President Carter Calls Out Bigotry (posted on Daily Kos)

President Carter on NBC said:

I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward president Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American.  I live in the South and I’ve seen the South come a long way and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shared the South’s attuitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly african americans.  That racism inclination still exists, and I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of a belief among many white people, not just in the South, but around the country, that African-americans are not qualified to lead this great country.

It’s an abominable circumstance and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.

Expect President Carter to face a hurricane of reight-wing bloviating about his comments tomorrow.

Expect President Obama to be forced to repeat that he doesn't believe these people are motivated by racism.

President Carter understands: IT IS UP TO WHITE PEOPLE to call out racism.  Period.  Full stop.

When a black person calls out the true motivation that underlies the ginned-up anger of the Fox minions, they are discounted and accused of seeing racism everywhere.

If you are white, and you do not raise your voice, calling out this abominable prejudice and ignorance for what it is, it is assumed that you agree with the lie that racism has nothing to do with this sudden and fierce animosity towards the very idea of the United States of America.
 (Where were the calls for secession under our white presidents?)

White people have got to stand up to racism.  We must have our non-white brothers' and sisters' backs in this battle.  By not choosing a side, you are allowing the haters to claim you as their own, by default.

Which side are you on?

Must See Video of Teabaggers Being Schooled (Is Our Teabaggers Learning?)

Is Our Teabaggers Learning?

The Glenn Beck hordes are told where "czars" really started and how Joe Wilson really voted on providing health care for undocumented workers.

Like so much today, it's terrifying, enraging and (hopefully) will spur good people to act.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Charmed, I'm sure.

So, I guess the lesson these teabaggers "learned" (are being forcefed) from "history" (by Fox Limbaugh Righty-Tighty-Whitey News) is "We need to be bigger assholes and we need to get our kids to wear the really hateful t-shirts."

(The revolution will not be t-shirtivised)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Whole Foods Threatens to Sue the Organic Consumers Association



It  starts out with a bang:

Dear John, Thanks for your letter dated August 26, signed by one of your attorneys, threatening to sue the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), under the bizarre pretence that a petition we've been circulating violates your "intellectual property rights." Given all the bad publicity that you've gotten lately for admitting that Whole Foods Market (WFM) retail stores are purveyors of "junk food;" that WFM needs to sell a lot more certified organic products (rather than conventional items greenwashed as "natural"); that WFM's "365" private label products need to be thoroughly tested for GMO contamination; that you don't think all Americans deserve government subsidized access to health care; or need labor unions; perhaps you may want to reconsider suing the largest organic consumer watchdog organization in the United States.


I mean, seriously, WOW.

Whole Foods is wildly flailing all over the place, alienating historical allies, pissing off customers, insulting Canadians...  

Is John Mackey some sort of Manchurian CEO?  I have to wonder if the people from Bush's Securities and Exchange Commission planted some sort of device in his brain when they brought him up on charges in 2007.  Is what we're seeing the result of a recent, seemingly random meeting with Laura Bush in the bulk nuts section, where she whispered the secret words in his ear, causing him to not only try to destroy health insurance reform, but his own company, as well?  Requests for comment from Whole Foods have received no replies.  (possibly because none have been sent, and yet...)


Here's the money shot from the OCA reply as it applies to the boycott of Whole Foods:

"OCA hasn't yet called for a boycott of WFM because our experience over the past decade is that you will respond to organic consume...r pressure, if enough of us raise our voices loudly enough to tarnish your brand image and threaten your bottom line."


I love that word.

So, here's to this boycott helping to ramp up the pressure on Whole Foods to negotiate with the OCA in good faith, rather than trying to squash dissent with their lawyers.  (And the Fox zombies think this is about free speech.  HAH!  Their speech isn't free; it's been bought and paid for by Fox)

Friday, September 11, 2009

BOYCOTT WHOLE FOODS upcoming events

*****************    UPCOMING EVENTS *****************

SAT, Sept 12 - OAKLAND - 9:30-11:30am

SUN, Sept 20 - PASADENA - 2-4pm
Crashing the planned "tea party buycott"
Orly Taitz, queen of the birthers has RSVP'd
(Let's be the ants at their picnic)

THURS, Sept 24 - AUSTIN, TX - 1:00 pm
Holding signs on corner of Lamar and 6th

WED, Sept 30th - SAN FRANCISCO - 9:45-1pm

(If you want to have an event in your town, email us the info!)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Corporate terrorists, tantrum-throwing toddlers, & teabaggers w/ Tourette's: can we negotiate with any of them? I think they all need a time-out.

(I just like this picture.  I think it only relates to this post because scary clowns relate to children.)

You can not negotiate with terrorists or toddlers and far too many of the politicians and noisemakers on the right are terrorizing the country with lies and making discussion impossible with their teabagging tantrums.

While they're busy throwing themselves onto the floor and beating their little fists against the berber, the tears of the recently thwarted running down their faces and the enraged cries of the by-God-entitled bursting from their sneering lips, the rest of us have work to do.

Until they are ready to wash their faces, stop gasping for air in that post-tantrum way, and until they can use their indoor voices like the grown-ups are doing, I think we should ignore them. Send them to their rooms until they remember how to behave.

(I am against spanking children, but could possibly be convinced if those children are middle-aged, Republican crybabies)


Until they can at least ge to the "Everybody hates me, nobody love me, i think i'll go eat some worms" stage of the tantrum, there is simply no reasoning with them.

So.  We move on without them and they can catch up with us when they've had enough of being ignored.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

My comment from this morning's NYT piece on Michelle Obama's organic garden at the WH

wasn't approved
re-submitted without identifying myself as the creator of the Facebook Boycott Whole Foods group. Let's see if it makes it past moderation.

(and it was in response to a right-wing loon who hijacked the conversation in the first comment)

This bit about Organizing for America supporting the Whole Foods boycott is a new one to me!
Those lies just keep on coming.
TR, did the voice in your head tell you that or did one of your commandants on the radio or Faux News whisper it in your ear?
I just have to shake my head at the vocal but tiny minority of people in this country who are, apparently, repeating their terrible twos and stuck in an endless loop of "NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!" whenever they see or hear anything positive about President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, or anyone or anything connected with them.
We wouldn't try to reason with tantrum-throwing toddlers, so why do we try to have discussions with these colicky fools?
Mark E Rosenthal
creator of Boycott Whole Foods group on Facebook
(when these right-wing trolls start signing their real names, I might begin to believe that there are more than a dozen of them)

Great point of view on Mackey's Whole Foods sponsored selfishness

Mackey to people with disabilities and traumatic injuries: "Does that hurt? Well, I can't feel it. That genetic condition is your own fault for not eating my food in the womb. If you'd have been preparing my organic quinoa, that car... would never have crashed into you. You deserve what you got, and I deserve everything I get."

I love this article:
Whole Foods and whole fools by Lynn Rogers-Lent

join the boycott, already in progress:

Welcome One and All

The world has been speaking to me, privately but not confidentially, and it turns out that what the world needs now (in addition to "love, sweet love" since there's still just too little of that) is, in fact, another blog.

I was shocked, too!

I asked the world if it was sure that another blog was what it really needed, suggesting peace among nations, clean water, an environment less likely to collapse and even campaign-finance reform might be things the world would be happier for having, but the world just smiled and shook its head as if to say "You're just trying to be funny. Stop kidding around and get blogging."

So. Here I am. Here we are.

The Whole Foods boycott is my current project, so I've got a lot of posting to do about that. (links and such) Hopefully there will be even more interesting things to come after that is over!

(I have included a picture of myself. I was standing under a tree when the picture was taken.
I am not standing under a tree now.)