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Walmart's Brutal Campaign against Pregnant Workers - that IS Low Low


Tiffany Beroid, image The Washington Post

Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

Walmart does not Respect The Bump.

Stop the presses … the oppressive Arkansas Redneck-Profiteering Family success story of our time has a problem with the Sacred Unborn?

If men could be pregnant and bear children, the Republican party would solve half its ideological dilemmas and Poof! most reasons to torture women in one fell swoop.

In April a liberally and morally insulting story at Salon caught my inner-feminist by the throat, and it was no surpreeze that Wiley Wal-Mart was involved. Don't you just instantly  picture boxes in every Super-Walmart where employees could pick up colleague-donated canned yams, Spam and bags of marshmallows to fill out their Easter menus. 

Image, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Image, Chattanooga Times Free Press

The star of this tragedy would have needed baby formula and diapers in that Walmart Employee Charity box, because her high-risk pregnancy was costing her her low low low paying job at her beloved morally vacuous employer.

And of course they were bending over backwards ... to mistreat her,  the at-risk fetus, her already-born child, and anyone within their ham-fisted bazillionaire Neanderthal reach.

Tiffany Beroid, despite having all medical paperwork necessary, was denied safe 'light duty' scheduling during the last months of her difficult pregnancy - by the Maryland (not 'Bama) Wal-Mart she had been employed at as a Customer Service Manager for years. She was also about to enter her last stage of education before becoming an R.N. via community college.




This group challenged the Walton breach of GOP-Tea Evangelical Commandments. As a result, Beroid was hauled before her superiors and castigated - hence grateful for the network she had been instrumental in building, 'Respect the Bump'.

Respect the Bump started with one of the five workers from California named Girshriela. She actually starting posting things [online], and wanted to know concerns about pregnant women at Wal-Mart. And I posted my story …

[We] communicated from then on out, like, “What could we do to change things?” So … other pregnant women didn’t have to go through these things that I did.


                                                           Image, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Walmart infamously relies on Obamacare and SNAP to make up for the low, low wages they pay their worker bees. Yet it took this story to get them to even -- allegedly -- amend their Mesozoic Era pregnancy policy. The Washington Post recently announced the Arkansas Bigfoot's reluctant agreement to probably accommodate any pregnant members of the workforce who whined enough about their complications to get a doctor's note.

Most likely. If they feel like it. But aren't they all about the damned Bump?  Doubt their employees are getting free birth control. 

Only when the baby takes a breath and needs food and daycare do Old White Men and the women that marry them turn the compassion off  -- then wave the kids off their lawns with free trans-vaginal wands and a coupon for Chick Fil A.


Image, Sack @ Star Tribune

Image, Sack @ Star Tribune



Rush Limbaugh gets owned by LA Times reader


Rush Limbaugh Gives A Speech In Michigan

Today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Pulling a story out of thin air," Opinion, March 20

Meghan Daum's column on media coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 raised one point, and somewhat surprisingly so: At the beginning of her column, she noted Rush Limbaugh's complaint about newscasters who "don't know beans about even why an airplane flies" but offer speculation on the vaguest of premises.

I agree. It's sort of like radio show hosts with little or no formal education offering in-depth, "intellectual" political analyses on Supreme Court opinions, election demographics, foreign policy and more.

Lynn Robert Fairbanks

Diamond Bar

Pot. Kettle. Doesn't know beans.




Republicans Traumatize School Children By Starving Them, Forcing Them To Watch As Their Lunch Is Tossed Into The Garbage

Republicans Congress

Republicans in Congress

They cut back food stamps. They drop long term unemployment benefits. They trim millions from the SNAP program. To Republicans, that's not cutting aid  to the needy. It's austerity. That's just taking freeloaders off the rosters. Those poor will find another way.

Really? How about in Utah? Or the rest of the country?  CNN:

(CNN) -- Dozens of children at a Utah elementary school had their lunch trays snatched away from them before they could take a bite this week.

Salt Lake City School District officials say the trays were taken away at Uintah Elementary School Tuesday because some students had negative balances in the accounts used to pay for lunches. But they admit the situation should have been handled differently.

Elementary school kids are being punished by the Republicans because their parents can't find work and don't have the money or wherewithal to cover the essentials. Is this the face of the GOP's austerity program -- starving kids?

starving kids

So the GOP takes the food out of students' mouths, embarrasses and stigmatizes adolescent kids in front of their peers by actually going over and taking back the food they've already been handed. And what do they do with the confiscated food these starving young kids need to keep going?

What else-- they make the kids dump their food into garbage cans in front of the rest of the students. Talk about traumatizing young people.

And how about the school's public ridicule of the kids, stamping their hand or foreheads, making them wear a Hester Prynne scarlet letter so everone else can laugh and ridicule the poor kids? That's what the Republicans have done. But lets not blame just them. The Democrats let this happen with their approval of a farm bill that cut SNAP. There's blame to go around. And here's a clip from the Ed Show where Shultz goes off the charts over this tragedy.


What I will not write about today: News stories, links, and snarkitude



Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

  • House GOP Finalizes Demands to Raise Debt Ceiling- They want to trade a one-year extension for approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, or for repeal of the Affordable Care Act's risk corridors. What, no Benghazi demands? You're sli-i-ip-ping, GOP.

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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