YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: minimum rage, a bad lei, Bundy fundies and Right Said Fred



AH, THE KEY TO THE CONSERVATIVE WAGE-CRISIS ECHO CHAMBER  – ONLY KIDS FLIP BURGERS: Wall Street Journal Editor Paul Gigot argued on Sunday that the minimum wage should be kept low because it would teach workers that they did not want to work low-wage jobs.  During a panel discussion on ABC’s This Week, Gigot predicted that a decision in Seattle to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour would eventually backfire.  “I think what [Mayor Ed Murray] is going to find out is he’s pricing a bunch of people out of the labor market,” Gigot opined. “Particularly the young, the least skilled, teenagers, people who want to go in and gen in on that basic, bottom rung of the economic latter and move up.” “Look, I worked for the minimum wage,” he explained. “Two bucks an hour back in the 1970s. I had jobs that — what did I learn? I learned to show up on time, I learned certain skills, and I learned I didn’t want to make the rest of my life so I better get an education.” The Nation‘s Katrina Vanden Heuvel pointed out that only one out of 10 minimum wage workers were teenagers in today’s economy. “Morally, what does it say about America if you’re an American, and you work full time, and you live in poverty, it’s a broken economic system,” she insisted.  “If productivity gain — enormous productivity gains — of the last four decades were factored in, the minimum wage today would be $22.” (via The Raw Story)


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: “A middle school sex ed program will only be taught to Hawaii students if parents explicitly opt-in, the state Department of Education said today. The announcement was the culmination of a long campaign by a virulently anti-gay state legislator who objected that the program was “normalizing” homosexuality. Hawaii State Rep. Bob McDermott considers gay sex “aberrant behavior” and has been fighting to eliminate the sex ed program, called Pono Choices, for months. McDermott believes that men should “not have anal sex” and “also has problems with oral sex.”  In January, McDermott produced an 18-page report lambasting the program. In the report, McDermott complained the sex ed curriculum was “simultaneously normalizing anal sex and homosexual behavior” and after taking the course students “might be under the impression that homosexuality and lesbianism are quite common.” He objected to the programs “implicit endorsement of homosexuality” and the presentation of “homosexual behavior as the equivalent of male-to-female relationships.” (via Think Progress)


KINDA SAW THIS COMING, RIGHT? THE CONFLUENCE OF THE OPEN- CARRY GUN-NUTS AND THE BUNDY (NOT TED!) TEABAG STEEP AT A WALMART: “We don’t know that the couple who killed a bunch of cops in Vegas over the weekend — oh, by the way, did you know a couple killed a bunch of cops in Vegas over the weekend? A couple killed a bunch of cops in Vegas over the weekend — were Bundy Ranchers. We just know that the couple who killed a bunch of cops in Vegas over the weekend liked to brag to their neighbors about how they’d been spending time at Bundy Ranch, with the other racist White Power idiot gunhumpers. Surprise! Here, let’s catch you up on the Vegas spree killing, apparently perpetrated by two lone wolves who in no way reflect on the rightwing extremists who aren’t terrorists (because they are white): The events began about 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the CiCi’s Pizza at 309 N. Nellis Boulevard when the two armed assailants ambushed [Alyn] Beck and [Igor] Soldo, who were eating lunch.  After shooting the officers and taking their firearms and ammunition, the assailants made their way across Stewart Avenue to the Wal-Mart at 201 N. Nellis. There, the assailants shot and killed a person inside the front door of the store.  Police arrived to the busy store as customers began fleeing through the exits. The assailants exchanged gunfire with police before the female suspect shot the male suspect and then killed herself in an apparent suicide pact, according to [Sheriff Doug] Gillespie. We are sorry, Vegas, but sometimes the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of a couple cops eating their lunch and some lady who went to Wal-Mart probably to pick up a case of Pampers for her grandson along with a 50-inch $19 TV.” (We have no idea why the lady was at Wal-Mart, but we are pretty sure that is how Wal-Mart works.) (via Wonkette)


AL-ASAAD BECOMES ALL ASSHAT VIA THE UNLIKELY REAPPRANCE OF RIGHT SAID FRED. WHAT A COUNTRY!: “On his Last Week Tonight show on HBO, host John Oliver invited one-hit wonders Right Said Fred on to sing a revamped version of their 1991 dance pop hit “I’m Too Sexy For My Shirt” for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who is a fan of the band. Calling Assad, “half-mass murderer and half your creepy sophomore-year roommate,” Oliver notes that a trove of the Syrian President’s emails were leaked two years ago giving the world “a glimpse of his music tastes.” Showing a clip of CNN’s John King pointing out that Assad purchased LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” off of iTunes at the same time “the people of Syria have been fighting and dying for their freedom,” Oliver summed up Assad’s choice of music. “LMFAO? So we’re dealing with someone with the political instincts of a young Joseph Stalin, and the music tastes of a 14-year-old girl from Orange County named Tiffany.” Oliver added that Assad had also purchased Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy For My Shirt,” before noting how frustrating it was that we are “powerless” to hurt Assad. “I guess we could find something he loves and turn it against him,” Oliver suggested. “We could track down, let’s say, Right Said Fred and we could — hypothetically — fly them over here all the way from London to perform a specially re-written anti-Assad version of their greatest hit. But would it really be worth all that time and expense just for the momentary catharsis of mildly irritating one of the worst people on the planet?’” (via The Raw Story)


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