Ruminations of a Red Dirt Hussy

August 6, 2015

Why my head hurts

Filed under: General — Vadasmaker @ 6:41 pm

Will somebody please tell me why Oklahoma legislators need to go to a conference at which they are given fill-in-the-blank and ready-to-introduce bills? Don’t they get paid enough to think up their own attacks on those of us who work for a living?
The annual American Legislative Exchange Council conference is not a conference geared toward citizen taxpayers but meant to benefit the corporations who fund those attendees. As Deidre Fulton reported on billmoyers.com, the conference is an “annual corporate-political lovefest.”

According to Source Watch, published by the Center for Media and Democracy, ALEC is “a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wish-lists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve ‘model’ bills.” You can read more on that at ALECexposed.org.

These are the people who brought Oklahomans the bill proposing that we keep cities from raising the minimum wage above the state rate. Sound familiar? God knows Mattress Mary and her pinhead posse don’t have two brains to rub together and so haven’t the ability to come up with anything original, but I seem to recall her signing something very similar.
These legislators are not attending a non-partisan gathering hoping to insure that “taxpayers get the best bang for the buck” (Tulsa World, 26 July 2015, A17). ALEC does not “respect diversity of thought” and it is not “a non-partisan resource for its members, which include more than 2,000 Republican and Democratic state legislators.”

Two words. Bull. Shit.

As of September 2014, the executive board of ALEC consisted of 10 republicans and 3 democrats. None of the three democrats—Bobby Hogue and Steve Faris of Arkansas (what’s up with that?) and Delores Mertz of Iowa—is currently active on the board. Of the 17 board members, not one republican is listed. Not one.
What’s nonpartisan about that?

And while I’m in this frame of mind, how about some corporations to avoid? This is just my list, by my rules, the first of which is never support an enterprise that doesn’t share my ideas of what’s important.
Chick-Fil-A (duh)
Hobby Lobby (double-duh)
A & W
Long John Silver’s
Taco Bell
KFC (this one breaks my heart)
McDonald’s
Olive Garden
Red Lobster
Longhorn Steak House
Wendy’s
Papa John’s
White Castle
Pizza Hut
Chili’s (Quesadilla Explosion Salad, I miss you!)
Church’s (I guess this just leaves Popeye’s)
Cracker Barrel
Hardee’s
Anything owned by Sheldon Adelson—Las Vegas Sands Corp., Adelson Drug Clinic
Walmart
Marriott
Home Depot

I cannot in good conscience leave out the despicable Koch Brothers—here are just a few of their products, and believe me, giving up the last one was almost debilitating for me. You can find an extensive list at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/01/1288957/-Sign-the-pledge-Don-t-buy-these-Koch-products
Soft and Gentle toilet tissue
Brawny paper towels
Georgia Pacific paper products
Stainmaster carpet
Dacron
Oxyclear
Dixie Cups
American Greetings greeting cards
Teflon
CoolMax
Lycra
This list could go on and on and on but I can’t. Suffice to say, don’t be a Koch-sucker. Seriously.

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7 Comments »

  1. True dat! Yes “Matress Mary” doesn’t have a clue! Loved this. I need to keep the list in my billfold. Thanks for that!

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    Comment by Terry — August 6, 2015 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

  2. Loved “Mattress Mary” ! So, I am down to using the “does a bear shit in the woods” toilet paper? OK! How are going to live without our “Jon fix” every day? Love you and miss you, Carol. LW

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    Comment by pony-tale — August 7, 2015 @ 8:22 am | Reply

  3. Who owns red lobster?

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    Comment by Lottie Wilds — August 7, 2015 @ 8:24 am | Reply

    • Red Lobster is/was own by Darden but has been in the throes of a change of ownership. The problem with them is that they contribute heavily to the republican party. I put some links below.

      These are all Koch funded, founded or under management of an arm of the Koch brothers or Koch Industries. Source

      BUSINESSES WHO FUND THE KOCH BROTHERS POLITICAL AND POLICY GROUPS ABC Supply – building materials Home Depot Geeknet Think Geek Slashdot Freshmeat SourceForge.net VA Linux Systems Holiday Companies Holiday Gas Stations Erickson Gas Stations Gander Mountain Super America Arkady’s Market Db Convenience Amway Alticor Quixtar Access Business Group Gurwitch Products ReVive Skincare Laura Mercier Cosmetics Interleukin Genetics Fulton Innovation Pyxis Innovations Inc Orlando Magic A & E Industries Udi’s Healthy Foods Ultra Solutions Con-Tech Lighting Dynaloy Aon Group Simmonds Restaurant Management Burger King in Iowa & Nebraska TCF Financial TCF Bank Twin City Federal Bank Winthrop Resources Corporation TCF Equipment Finance, Inc. TCF Inventory Finance, Inc TCF Commercial Finance Canada, Inc. Cooper State Bank Bank of America JLM Investment Allied Capital Corp AMG National Trust AMG National Bank the Blackstone Group Citadel Investment Elliott Management Corporation Aspect Energy Murfin Drilling Anschutz Company

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/lauriebennett/2012/07/23/red-plate-blue-plate-fast-food-by-political-persuasion/

      http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2012/09/19/corporations-which-are-republican-which-democrat/#7427101=0

      http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/inside-the-koch-brothers-toxic-empire-20140924?page=6

      “She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick.” ― Flannery O’Connor

      On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 8:24 AM, Ruminations of a Red Dirt Hussy wrote:

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      Comment by Vadasmaker — August 7, 2015 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  4. Yay, Carol! A helpful, comprehensive list. In addition to these, I’m keeping track of and boycotting various products and corporations that are busy contributing to Israeli apartheid and occupation of Palestinian territory. I’m also using a free app for my cell that allows me to enter corporations I want to boycott and then I can just scan UPC codes and it will make a nice little path to all those hidden connections that you don’t realize exist. It’s called “Buycott.” Becoming environmentally, politically, and socially aware and responsible requires a lot of thinking and some days I just want an app for that. Next we’re working on convincing Guilford College to divest itself of corporations invested in Israel. Sorry about the KFC–I know you love fried chicken.

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    Comment by Michelle — August 11, 2015 @ 6:39 am | Reply

    • I’m getting Buycott. Do you have Buy Blue?

      “She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick.” ― Flannery O’Connor

      On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 6:39 AM, Ruminations of a Red Dirt Hussy wrote:

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      Comment by Vadasmaker — August 11, 2015 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

      • I don’t have it yet, but I will now. A person could spend their entire day NOT doing things. It’s exhausting, and why I love those who write algorithms, making it easier for me to protest and lookalike a badass. If only I could be as badass as RBG. Or you.

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        Comment by Michelle — August 11, 2015 @ 6:15 pm


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