To restructure morality to accommodate business is wrong but to restructure business to accommodate morality is right:
A fifteen-buck minimum wage is an ethical, moral, and a human issue…
For small businesses that can least afford an increase in a fair working wage the government can restructure taxes, workman’s comp, unemployment, and other federal and state programs and expenses that are a part of operating costs for all businesses
with the goal of keeping operating costs the same for these small businesses as before the wage increase.
"(In July) Independent US Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, along with US Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) and Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona), introduced legislation in Congress designed to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020"...
- Business Insider/ sanders.senate.gov
Please give to: St. Jude's Hospital, Danny Thomas Place/ Memphis, Tennessee, 38105/ 800-822-6344
To Enslave Ideas:
To enslave ideas, ideals, idealism, to torture imagination, dissent, argument, to take the life of belief, hope, free will, begins with the imprisonment of free speech, the free pursuit of the truth, and the freedom to report the truth. (posted earlier)
To Enslave Ideas, and all other material on this website, stories, blurbs, cartoons are the original work of Kevin O'Kendley. Any material not original is noted by author or source.
Not objectively true in any way that I can ascertain:
The border towns of Broken Nose, New Hampshire, and Cauliflower Ear, Maine, were settled by refugees from the Canadian Boxer Rebellion of 1961. The Canadian presence is still powerful in the twin cities manifested by the word “ay” in just about every sentence, local newspapers, checkers tournaments, and screamed out by many very attractive women while in the throes of sexual ecstasy.
The following information on women’s breasts is subjectively true:
Women in both Cauliflower Ear and Broken Nose have breasts that fit right on their chests as if that’s right where they go, the breasts, right on the chest there, perfectly fitting on the ladies chests, just as if they go right there on the chest, and perfectly rising out from all women’s chests in various shapes and sizes, you know right on the chest there -- Ay.
Please give to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc./ 2600 Network Boulevard, Suite 300/ Frisco, Texas, 75034/ 972-248-9200
"I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if they knew they were slaves." - Harriet Tubman/Underground Railroad Freedom Fighter, Union Spy (sources: Brainy Quote, Wikipedia)
Please support the National Education Assocation/ 1201 16th Street, NW/ Washington, DC, 20036/ 202-833-4000
A Wee Bit of Truth:
I was once told that with one Irishman you get a revolution, and with two Jews a democracy. I decided I wanted to marry one of the Jews. I figured the lady and I could start a family that might become a Democratic Revolution...
Sadly, she fled Tijuana, destination unknown.
At a social level where an environment or a bubble of political correctness is paramount it can exist in places by thin veneer, camouflaging sexism, anti-gay sentiment, working class contempt, racism. Where political correctness doesn’t often exist socio-cultural camouflage is rare: Where racism, anti-gay sentiment, sexism, class contempt might exist, it often does so without dishonesty; plain, jagged, brutal.
Not likely true:
A long time ago, when my ex-girlfriend and I used to walk around naked, I stepped onto a scale out on the lanai to weigh myself.
My Ex checked the results. “Huh? How’d you do that?" she asked, "You lost 8 pounds in an hour.”
I smiled with honest anticipation, asked her to grab my hummerhonger -- she did. And,
as a mystical-magical woman might; she instantly built a full-size woody. I stepped back onto the scale and said, “This is how” --
I was 8 pounds heavier.
The lady checked the scale. “Huh?” she smiled as a mystical-magical woman might.
An hour later, dwindled, I was 8 pounds lighter, again.
The first time I saw a hair-knob creation-thing on my daughter’s head (that woman thing where women put their hair up into an artichoke kind of thing) I understood immediately that she would be able to confuse police authorities in a suspect lineup as to her actual height. I then wondered why Congress or professional criminals never thought of this.
You’re so tired, exhausted, you get home, grab a bottle of Tokay, fill out a questionaire for the Totalitarian Unified Nation of Aberrationists (T.U.N.A.), spell coma this way -- comma -- but before you can fix it you fall into one.
Please give to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence/ One Broadway , Suite 210/ Denver, Colorado, 80302/ 303-839-1852
Happy Valentine’s Day: Cait, Shelley, Con, Deb, Tila, Lindy, Tina, Pamela, Aunt Ruth, Aunt Beth, Aunt Donna (and sisters) Colleen, Michelle, Cassie, Sherry, Kelly, and Susan…
Saint Valentine of Terni is the third-century Roman saint of love. - Wikipedia (kind of)
The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was born in Kentucky on February 12, 1809...
"Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. --January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address, Abraham Lincoln (from Lincoln Online)
"Whatever you are, be a good one." -Abraham Lincoln (from Google)
Everett copy of the Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863:
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here, have, thus far, so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." (from Abraham Lincoln Online)
Please give to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758540, Topeka, Kansas, 66675/ 877-832-6997
February 10: Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Season of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, penance, abstinence, and reflection, which prepares for Christ's Redemption. On the Day of Ashes, a Christian is marked on the forehead by a paste made of ashes and formed in the shape of a cross. - Catholic Online
Please support the First Amendment Museum/ 184 State Street/ Portland, Maine, 04101
Happy Chinese New Year: The Year of the Monkey began last night, 4714 in the Chinese calendar.
Welcome to the 21st Century; the future is in the rear-view mirror and gaining on us:
In Flint, Michigan, “there’s so much lead in children’s blood" from the public water source that the mayor has declared a "state of emergency.”
"According to the World Health Organization, 'lead affects children’s brain development resulting in reduced intelligence quotient (I.Q), behavioral changes such as shortening of attention span and increased antisocial behavior, and reduced education attainment. Lead exposure also causes anemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs. The neurological and behavioral effects of lead are believed to be irreversible.'” - Washington Post
Please give to the Catholic Charities of Flint/ 901 Chippewa Street/Flint, Michigan, 48503/810-232-9950
and the American Red Cross/`1401 South Grand Traverse Street/Flint, Michigan, 48503/810-232-1401
Please support the Michigan Environmental Council/602 West Ionia Street/Lansing, Michigan, 48933/517-487-9539
(Welcome to the 21st Century blurb posted earlier).
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