Green Acres clearly not the place to be

WalMart shoppers at the Valley Stream, NY Green Acres Mall trampled a temporary employee to death early on “Black Friday” this year in their rush to be the first to buy shiny under-priced garbage. I am sickened and outraged by this tragedy, but I am also so ashamed of both the mobs of brainless American consumers and the manic greed of the retail corporations who nourish this sick spending spree. It’s difficult to say who is more at fault for the atmosphere of Must-Have, Must-Buy, Must-Spend, but it MUST STOP!

Join me in demanding a moratorium on this ugly spectacle. Whether it is to lobby the big stores to put a stop to their early hours and “doorbuster” items, or to boycott the day yourself, please let’s not do this another year!

It is human nature to join in crowd mayhem; we see it all over the world. In other countries, people get injured or killed for the sake of religion or sport. In an earlier decade here in this country, you could take your life in your hands when Filene’s Basement put their wedding dresses on sale (there’s a happy wedding memory: “Maimed for Love”) or rock bands played in sold out arenas with the dreaded general admission tickets (for some reason “Festival Seating” never made me feel too festive). Sure, mob mentality will never go away, but we don’t need to feed it and reward it for its greed.

The New York Times  
BUSINESS   | November 29, 2008
Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death
A crush of shoppers tore down the front doors and thronged into a store in suburban New York, killing a temporary employee.

By 4:55, with no police officers in sight, the crowd of more than 2,000 had become a rabble, and could be held back no longer. Fists banged and shoulders pressed on the sliding-glass double doors, which bowed in with the weight of the assault. Six to 10 workers inside tried to push back, but it was hopeless.

Suddenly, witnesses and the police said, the doors shattered, and the shrieking mob surged through in a blind rush for holiday bargains. One worker, Jdimytai Damour, 34, was thrown back onto the black linoleum tiles and trampled in the stampede that streamed over and around him. Others who had stood alongside Mr. Damour trying to hold the doors were also hurled back and run over, witnesses said.


“When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, ‘I’ve been on line since yesterday morning,’ ” [a shopper] told The Associated Press. “They kept shopping.”


“NYTimes: Obama and the War on Brains”

It is a wonderful relief to be able to listen to the man who will be president without cringing and arguing back at the TV screen, as I have had to do for 8 entire years with Shrub. It’s probably too much to hope that intelligence will make a comeback in this country as a whole, but I am hopeful that at least a few more young people will feel inspired by the example of good leadership to improve their minds and do great things with their lives.  Nicholas Kristof says it better than I ever could (below).

Of course, Rush Limbaugh maintains that this (the election) is just a battle lost and the people he thinks agree with him (honestly, I can’t insult conservatives or Republicans by painting them with that poor brush) should take this opportunity to step back and figure out what they did wrong, so they can launch the war anew. I’m pretty sure he is also talking about the War on Brains.

Aside: How is it possible that ANYONE in the U.S. thinks that the sun revolves around the earth? Read on..

The New York Times 

OPINION   | November 09, 2008
Op-Ed Columnist:  Obama and the War on Brains
When Barack Obama goes to Washington, I’m hopeful that his fertile mind will set a new tone for our country. Timothy Egan: This American Moment — The Surprises


The New York Times 

OPINION   | November 5, 2008
Timothy Egan: This American Moment — The Surprises
By Timothy Egan
If you look closely at who voted for Obama, you’ll see a lot of people who weren’t supposed to.


One of the better lines in Obama’s election night speech was a slap to the rejectionist politics of Bush. Rove always insisted a president only needed 50 percent plus one to win. And Bush governed that way, permanently angering half the population.

On Tuesday night, Obama reached out to the other half. For those who did not vote for him, he said, “I will be your president, too.”



Barack Obama Election Day

Heard on NPR today, the absolute worst reason I’veheard yet to vote for John McCain:

“He represents the future, and I don’t want tolive in a socialist country.”

A 72 year old career politician bent on continuing Bush’sfailed policies at home and abroad is the future of this country? Areyou insane? Oh wait, I forgot about the 2nd half of the sentence: not insane, just incredibly, sadly, stupid.


I prefer the future where smart people are expected to leadand where children are rewarded for getting smarter. And where people who cando nothing but parrot nasty, ignorant slogans are sidelined in favor of peoplewho can think for themselves.