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Walmart and La Raza

Well, I won’t be shopping at Walmart anymore, considering they are pandering to a group which seeks to destroy this country from within.

I didn’t know this about Walmart until I read this bulletin (I cannot confirm the anecdotal account, but I am passing this along for the purposes of providing the reason why I looked up Walmart’s association with La Raza):

From: America For AMERICANS !!
Date: Jan 21, 2008 5:42 PM

Hi All,

Just received this message from one of my friends here. Of course, you all know that Wal Mart is a Multi-Million dollar contributor, to La Raza, along with the other companies listed on my page, and other sites. Just thought you’d like to hear this, from the source… Had enough yet?

A4A

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Yesterday I went to the Walmart here with a friend, I do not go there on my own and will avoid going there from now on even more.

I was walking down the row in front of the registers and I see a table with papers and pens, the papers are in Spanish only I take a quik glimps for any paper in English. None. So I take the paper and go to customer service. While Standing in line, I look over the paper and relize what it is for.

WalMart Solicitud de Tarjeta de Credito para residentes de Mexico

If you do not understand it is credit application for Mexican citizens. I stay in line even though I figured what it was for. Stay to get one in English, get to the lady, she her self has broken englesh. I ask her for “one of these in English”, she tells me it is for Mexican citizens. So I ask her for a credit application in English, she is confused and ask the lady next to her in spanish, says hold on walked away guess to go find one or talk to a manager. She comes back a few mins. later and says they do not have any credit applications in English, (I’m not interested in WM credit) I tell her that makes no sense, I want a credit app. she says you have to apply right there. I say ok and leave.

Gotta find that pretty anoying (if you were interested) when a Mexican citizen can get app on paper and a U.S. citizen can not get an app and take it home. [ … ]

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Now, again, I cannot corroborate the authenticity of this account, but what peaked my interest was really the claim that Walmart was associating with La Raza.

For those who don’t know about La Raza, you can read all about them HERE and HERE. In short, it is the group highly involved with those illegal immigration protests, rallies and marches and their interests are in completely open borders and Hispanic culture supremacy.

Anyway, in my search for the associations between Walmart and La Raza, I found out that Walmart proudly proclaims its association with La Raza on its website and last year, its CEO proudly spoke at a National Council of La Raza function to praise the participation of Hispanics in purchasing Walmart items.

Wal-Mart CEO Attributes Revenue Growth to Latinos at La Raza Conference
July 25, 2007
By Derek Reveron

Hispanics are among Wal-Mart’s most loyal customers and account for about 14 percent of the 127 million people who shop at the retailer’s stores in the United States every week, said Lee Scott, the company’s CEO, during a speech Tuesday at the National Council of La Raza convention in Miami Beach, Fla.

Many of Wal-Mart’s customers are either immigrants or first-generation Latinos looking to build a better life by stretching their disposable income, he added on the last day of the conference, which began July 21.

Scott said Hispanic consumers have increasingly less money to spend with retailers, including Wal-Mart, due to problems in the economy. In particular, layoffs in the slumping housing market, which employs a disproportionate number of Hispanics, have hit Latinos hard, along with high energy and health-care costs, Scott said.

“Many Hispanics have a harder time sharing money with their families abroad, and I see an impact at stores in Mexico and Central America,” he said.

Despite economic dips, Scott said the Hispanic market’s long-term growth is likely to help fuel retail sales for years to come.

“From 1990 to 2011, if the trend continues, Hispanic buying power will have grown by more than 450 percent. That’s compared to a growth rate of only 176 percent for non-Hispanic buying power over the same time period,” he said.

Yeah, no shit, because they are benefitting from being here illegally and getting handouts from the rest of us, you douchebag.

Scott noted that Hispanic customers are three times more likely than non-Hispanic customers to go without a checking or savings account, adding that Wal-Mart is trying to reach out with different initiatives for a more stable well-being.

Hmmm, yeah, I wonder why some of them don’t have bank accounts? Could it be that they can’t set them up, because they are here illegally? Hmmm?

In June, Wal-Mart announced plans to open 1,000 MoneyCenter in-store financial service centers by the end of 2008. The centers allow Hispanics and other customers to acquire the Wal-Mart-branded MoneyCard debit card and cash checks, with the ability to transfer money and pay bills.

Collectively, Scott said, all of Wal-Mart’s customers will save up to $320 million this year by using the centers. Since Hispanics account for 14 percent of the chain’s consumers, that could mean Latino customers would reap millions in savings through the centers and by buying goods at the discount retailer, he said.

Wal-Mart’s Hispanic ad spending reached $15.3 million from January to May this year, compared with $17.3 million in the same time period in 2006, according to Nielsen Monitor-Plus.

Scott added that Hispanics’ focus on the family continues to bring them to Wal-Mart in large numbers.

“It’s a family affair, literally,” he said. “You can walk through our stores in Hispanic communities and see individuals shopping like they do everywhere else. But you also see a lot more groups and entire families. People are enjoying the experience and their time together.”

He likens Wal-Mart to a community-gathering place where Hispanic families run into friends and neighbors.

Scott noted that Congress needs to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill now, and he is disappointed that it hasn’t happened. Immigration reform directly affects Wal-Mart because it has 154,000 Hispanic employees, more than any other company in the world.

NO, you JACKASS, Congress needs to do NO SUCH THING. Congress needs to ENFORCE THE FUCKING LAWS already on the books. You fucking turd.

Last year, Wal-Mart agreed to pay an $11 million civil settlement after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement discovered that janitors Wal-Mart hired through a cleaning service were undocumented. Wal-Mart claimed it didn’t know the employment status of the immigrant workers.

*cough*BULLSHIT*cough*

Scott said that his concern about social and economic issues affecting Hispanic consumers is far from intellectual. “Having a Mexican-American granddaughter helps me to understand that this is not a cerebral exercise,” Scott said. “This is emotion and real people we’re dealing with.”

Brilliant. Apparently Hispanics who are here illegally are “real people”, but the rest of us law abiding Americans are not real people?

You fucking putz.

Well, enjoy your Hispanic customers, Mr. Scott. You’ve just lost me as one and I hope you lose others as well once I pass on this info. Schmuck.

January 21, 2008 , 9:09PM Posted by | Illegal Immigration, La Raza, Walmart | Comments Off on Walmart and La Raza

Identity Politics vs Ideology Politics vs Issue Politics

I left this comment at this post by Mike at Flopping Aces: Fred’s Revenge!

Nice analysis, Mike, but I really wish the blogs and the mass media would stop with the identity politics and ideology politics and get to ‘issue politics’. I don’t care how self-described churchgoers or conservatives or independents voted. I am more interested in seeing how people voted on the issues. Because then we can all get to work on educating these voters on the issues.

For example, let’s say that 40% of people who wanted a tough policy on illegal immigration voted for John McCain. To me, that makes no sense and I would question whether or not those voters know all about John McCain’s stance on illegal immigration. I would take from that, that they do not and then would know that voters do not seem to know about the illegal immigration issue and would work to get that info out.

Another example would be say 40% of voters whose first priority is the economy voted for Mike Huckabee. This also makes no sense to me, from what I know of Mike Huckabee’s big government, high taxing stance. So I would take that info and then work to get out the facts about Mike Huckabee’s economic policies.

The only thing I get out of “evangelicals voted this way” or “conservatives voted that way” is a way for us to all say “man, evengelicals are idiots for voting for X”. And someone who identifies as a “conservative” tells me nothing. On what issues are they conservative? Fiscal? Social? Foreign Policy? Are they “neo-cons” or Ron Paul foreign policy conservatives?

See what I mean, Mike?

I don’t necessarily blame the blogs as much, since I figure that you are just working with the data you have from the mass media.

BUT, even so, you are still pushing that mantra, which, I believe, is intended to divide people, instead of focus on the issues. I see this happening on a lot of political blogs or blogs which are just covering this Primary campaign. Instead of talking about issues, people are ripping into States, groups of people and religions based on these “exit polls” focusing not on issues, but on identity politics.

I believe this is hurting us and splitting the Party apart. And I believe that is exactly the intention of the mass media in focusing on identity politics instead of issues.

January 21, 2008 , 7:18PM Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Identity Politics | Comments Off on Identity Politics vs Ideology Politics vs Issue Politics

Honor the Fallen – Major Andrew Olmsted

Most people who keep up with military blogs are, by now, well aware of the death of Major Andrew Olmsted. If not, I have included links to a few of the many, many blogs which share his story and/or give tribute to Major Olmsted in their own ways at the bottom of this post.

 SGT Hook has a post up linking to the family’s response to those asking for a way to honor Major Andrew Olmsted:

A member of Andy Olmsted’s family has just written me to say that if people want to do something in honor of him, they can send donations to a fund that has been set up for the four children of CPT Thomas Casey, who served under Andy and was killed while trying to help him. The address is here:

Capt. Thomas Casey Children’?s fund
P.O. Box 1306
Chester, CA 96020

Thanks so much.

If you want to see how this one man touched the lives of so many people, go here to see those who have mourned, remembered and honored him in their own ways on their blogs. Warning: there are an estimated 500+.

Now, here you can get to know the man behind the name, Andrew Olmsted, a man who affected many in action and in word, in person and online. While it is tragic that this man died, it is more of a blessing that he lived.

Why Andrew Olmsted Went to Iraq: Why Go to Iraq?

A common question among those who hear that I’m going to Iraq is ‘Why?’ A lot of Americans consider Iraq already a lost cause, and wonder what might drive me to willingly go there when I could get myself hurt or killed. As I noted in my first post, I’m not here to get into politics, but I think it is a reasonable question that deserves an answer.

The pat answer would be that I’m going because I’ve been told to do so, I’m a soldier, and soldiers obey lawful orders. It would be an accurate answer, too; I have been a soldier my entire adult life, and I am in the habit of going where the Army tells me to go, although this is by far the least pleasant deployment I’ll have in my career to date. But that doesn’t really get to the heart of the matter.

Major Andrew Olmsted’s Final Post, Which He Requested to be Posted in the Event of His Death in Iraq:

“I am leaving this message for you because it appears I must leave sooner than I intended. I would have preferred to say this in person, but since I cannot, let me say it here.”
G’Kar, Babylon 5

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
Plato*

This is an entry I would have preferred not to have published, but there are limits to what we can control in life, and apparently I have passed one of those limits. And so, like G’Kar, I must say here what I would much prefer to say in person. I want to thank hilzoy for putting it up for me. It’s not easy asking anyone to do something for you in the event of your death, and it is a testament to her quality that she didn’t hesitate to accept the charge. As with many bloggers, I have a disgustingly large ego, and so I just couldn’t bear the thought of not being able to have the last word if the need arose. Perhaps I take that further than most, I don’t know. I hope so. It’s frightening to think there are many people as neurotic as I am in the world. In any case, since I won’t get another chance to say what I think, I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity. Such as it is.

“When some people die, it’s time to be sad. But when other people die, like really evil people, or the Irish, it’s time to celebrate.”
Jimmy Bender, “Greg the Bunny”

“And maybe now it’s your turn
To die kicking some ass.”
Freedom Isn’t Free, Team America

What I don’t want this to be is a chance for me, or anyone else, to be maudlin. I’m dead. That sucks, at least for me and my family and friends. But all the tears in the world aren’t going to bring me back, so I would prefer that people remember the good things about me rather than mourning my loss. (If it turns out a specific number of tears will, in fact, bring me back to life, then by all means, break out the onions.) I had a pretty good life, as I noted above. Sure, all things being equal I would have preferred to have more time, but I have no business complaining with all the good fortune I’ve enjoyed in my life. So if you’re up for that, put on a little 80s music (preferably vintage 1980-1984), grab a Coke and have a drink with me. If you have it, throw ‘Freedom Isn’t Free’ from the Team America soundtrack in; if you can’t laugh at that song, I think you need to lighten up a little. I’m dead, but if you’re reading this, you’re not, so take a moment to enjoy that happy fact.

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The following are the many, many mass media accounts of Major Andrew Olmsted:

Rocky Mountain News: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; and 6 (coverage of funeral), 7 (photos from funeral), video
Weekly Standard
Liberation (France)
Guardian (UK), and again
New York Post
The Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)
AP, and again
Las Cruces Sun News
Worcester Telegram
Stars and Stripes
Mail & Guardian Online (South Africa)
Editor and Publisher
The Topeka Capitol-Journal
again) (and again: video here.)
The Herald (UK)
Government Executive
New York Times
Boston Globe; and obituary
Boston Herald
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal (and another)
North Andover Eagle-Tribune
The MetroWest Daily News (and another)
National Journal (The Gate); also, Beltway Blogroll
Cedarburg News Graphic
KWCH (Wichita)
Charlotte News-Observer
WBZ (Boston)
Bangor Daily News, and again
The News Hour (PBS; last segment; honor roll)
Times Online (UK) (Web Grab)
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
NPR: Day To Day, All Things Considered
KKTV (CO)
ABC-7 (The Denver Channel)
Colorado Springs Gazette, and again (obituary)
Arizona Star (AP)
Ottowa Citizen
WLBZ2 (Bangor ME)
Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger
Die Weltwoche
Bangor Daily News
Lawrence Journal-World
Northborough (MA) Villager
Newsday
San Antonio Express-News
WCSH6 (Portland ME)
Passauer Neue Presse
Népszabadság Online (Hungary)

And these are simply the first 25 blog accounts mourning, remembering or honoring Major Andrew Olmsted. 25 of some 500+.

Unqualified Offerings (Jim Henley)
Unqualified Offerings (Mona)
Unqualified Offerings (Jim Henley, Take 2)
Vodkapundit
Marginal Revolution
Intel Dump
Amygdala, and again
Easily Distracted
Tom Watson
MetaFilter
Matthew Yglesias
TNR: The Plank
BlackFive, and again
Reason
Michael Totten
Bitch Ph.D.
Outside the Beltway
American Street
Soccer Dad
PoliGazette
Cold Fury
Unfogged
Protein Wisdom
Neptunus Lex
Balloon Juice (and again)

January 21, 2008 , 1:08AM Posted by | Honoring the Fallen, Major Andrew Olmsted, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on Honor the Fallen – Major Andrew Olmsted