Mission:1)Advance the principle that Pacifism, Liberalism, Environmentalism, + membership in the Democratic Party are not sins nor of which one need be ashamed. 2)Move us in the direction of a political culture which would enable public persons to proudly proclaim their leftist tendencies, just as those on the right may do at present.
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Bluebelle the Wonder Cat in an Edible Arrangements Box
Given to Us by my Mom and Dad-in-law Thanksgiving 2010
A few months ago Momcat went missing. We've been the foster parents of formerly feral Momcat and Meow for over a year now. We agreed to care for these beautiful felines when a dear friend needed us too. This person is awesome with animals, and has a knack for training wild animals and creating friendly pets out of them. As a child I would watch in awe as this outdoorsman would capture a muskrat, lets say, and have it in his lap being petted like a domesticated guinea pig within days.
As a child we always had animals, as pets primarily. We had Trixie, my first recollected pet in life. Trixie was a standard poodle-springer spaniel rescue dog my parents heroically rescued. She was great with us kids growing up. Trixie understood the danger of cars and used to walk around our property unchained and unfenced-in without any concerns by us or our neighbors. She loved to play outdoors, running with us and indoors she loved being petted and rolling around with me on the carpet.
Meow the formerly feral Cat
We also had great canines in Iggie and Gout. Iggie was a comical-looking, but cute as all get-go beagle mix who was a clown and loved attention. One time, I was all hippied and depressed-out in High School, and a carload of beered-up irrelevant football players from a crosstown High School parked near the beach at dusk where I was walking Iggie. They had baseball bats and were looking to 'rumble' with one lone semi-depressed high school hippie. Iggie chased them back into their car, and they rode down the street and beat up another guy and put him into the ER.
Our current hero and former pound pup 14 year old Augie
Gout was a jumper. He was maybe 30, 35 lbs and could jump so high when you came to the door, you'd see his head and face bobbing up through the window of the front door as he jumped to catch a glimpse of who was coming in. He was the tug-of-war King of all time. He loved socks with tennis balls in 'em and wouldn't let go no matter what. You could lift Gout clean off the ground and he'd cling to that toy. He luvved playing tug-of-war and jumping!
We had guinea pigs--I wound up having 2 rosette abyssinians; one growing up and one while living in Boston during grad school. Hamsters. Box turtles[Sam and Sam II], green turtles, an iguana, the Rabbits--Bonnie and Clyde, white mice, white rats, squirrels that would come into the kitchen for peanuts and more. We'd trap backyard birds, marvel at 'em and then release them. Boys! Yaknow!
So we had been foster-caring for Meow and Momcat, strays from the urban streets of West Haven, CT for 3 months or so. And suddenly at midnight Momcat was nowhere to be found. When Momcat came to stay, she still was very wild in her fears of humans in many ways. It took weeks to develop a relationship with her that allowed me to even touch her. Then feed her. Then get her to not run when I came down the stairs. One day and one hour and one minute at a time Momcat taught me the ways I needed to behave in order for her to develop trust in me. What a great life lesson. The first time she let me touch her head I was honored, indeed.
That day, I touched her head and she allowed me to scratch her neck and she rubbed and purred. :) Oh my. Tears. Yaknow this Unabashed Leftist is a bit overemotional at times. Joy. The first time she came out of hiding when I was down in the basement was an equal honor. Same as the first time she came to watch as I fed her. The first time she jumped up onto the furniture I was sitting on with me was a day for great celebration, indeed! What a distinct honor to have as fine a soul as Momcat, the mother of my own raised-from-a-kitten pet Bluebelle the Wonder Cat, invite me into her life as one of two trusted servants and friends. Wow. Momcat.
So, I'm in the basement and she's nowhere to be seen. Looking for hours in every nook and cranny. Finally give up. The Momcat rescue operation is over. The Momcat recovery operation is over. Meow is alone, and seeking my attention all night during the wee hours as I search. Meow, though a paternity test has not been done, is the father of Bluebelle and Momcat's loyal mate from the streets of West Haven. Momcat's done for.
I hear a faint meow. Then another. And more. I track the sound to a cranny I'd never imagined existed. As high as the basement ceiling, this particular cranny was. I climbed a ladder and peered in. MOMCAT'S THERE!! YIPPEEE! She's huddled in the corner looking scared. I got bowls and trays. I gave her milk, tuna, dry cat food, wet cat food, cat treats, water and more right there in her cranny to make her comfortable. I stayed on the ladder and reached in and petted her. I thought back and remembered she hadn't had her normal bowel movement routine lately, and hadn't had much appetite. She was constipated and scared.
She stayed in the cranny for a day or so, and came down. She pooped! Yippee. She was better. I was better. Spiritual awakening and spiritual experience for both of us. A transforming event in my life. Momcat's alive! Miracle. Praise the Lord, once again in my life. I told Momcat I loved her. I use the "L" word, the "G" - God word, and the "J" - Jesus word, alot more since then. :) Jesus is God and I Love him and You. :) +
Tony "Wayward" Hayward sponsors a big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico a couple of months later. We all sweat out whether millions of animals will get soaked in oil and wash up dead. We see the pics of tortured animals because of corporate greed. 11 dead platform workers: HOW EXACTLY DO YOU MAKE 11 DEAD FATHERS, BROTHERS, SONS, HUSBANDS AND PARTNERS "RIGHT" BRITISH PETROLEUM???" Ditch the ridiculous and insulting PR slogan and ad campaign pleeeeze!
I see a CNN report in the middle of the spill crisis, one ridiculous attempt to seal the spill after another, that cats and dogs in shelters are overpopulating shelters and being put to sleep because people in Louisianna, poor Katrina-ridden New Orleans[but at least the Saints had won the Super Bowl in January-:)] and LA, had to make the decision to give up their pet family members because they couldn't feed or medicate their human children. OMG!
The report shows the awesome work being done by http://www.la-spca.org/ on the Gulf coast to reach out to families, provide shelter, medicine, veterinary care, food and more to cats and dogs. I wound up coming online for the sole purpose of trying to help raise money for them and to save dogs and cats. This blog website is a consequence of all that! Tony "Wayward" Hayward gets himself demoted and hides in Putin's Russia to avoid testifying and extradition, where he is right now.
My Black Leather Baseball Cap With The 'Scratch 'n' Sniff Stickers'(retired)
I got involved in the local Democratic campaigns of 2010 as a consequence. I had been wearing a black leather baseball cap as more-or-less a trademark of mine. I started going to a great chiropractic practice here locally where I provided them with stickers for the kids. They bought scratch-and-sniff stickers at my request. :D It's always a "Great Day at the Tobin Center" according to Dr. Dawn Tobin's chiropractic assistant Anna Gagliardi and I blogged about it. Anna would award me a scratch-'n-sniff sticker each time I was a "good" patient. Sometimes I wasn't "good" in my opinion, and I was awarded a sticker anyway. They say things like Wow, Spectacular, Wonderful and what-not on them. I started to feel wonderful and spectacular because of the Chiropractic care and because of Anna saying I was wonderful and spectacular when awarding me stickers three times a week usually. :) TY Anna. TY Dr. Dawn.
I've been very sick this year, and have documented it elsewhere on this website(see 'The Nuclear Purple Pill,' for example). My Mom-in-law had pneumonia and congestive heart failure and has since made a full recovery. I had pneumonia, 200/100 blood pressure and a 102 temp one day. I had Iodine Radiation for Graves Disease. I have lost 20 pounds in the last month. I have had chest X-rays, blood tests and have a colonoscopy ordered. I can't do yard work, or work standing up. So I'm trying to make a living writing and doing sit-down kinds of work instead.
I kid Anna alot. But wearing a black leather baseball cap and eating vegetarian animals just didn't seem right anymore. Hypocritical even. My Lord and Savior called the members of the Sanhedrin 'hypocrites.' I do not want to be in THAT category, Mr. Hayward. So I won't eat any animals. At all-- carnivores, omnivores nor vegetarians or vegans themselves. I'll do so publicly and try to educate myself and the public about the health benefits, about my own health matters, diet and exercise. I was dieting and exercising until about a year ago and stopped. Got sick this year. Correlation? Cause and effect? I'll be writing about all that.
We'll call this series the 'MOMCAT'S VEGAN PROJECT.' This is actually the second installment, I will retitle the first after I post this one. Thanksgiving weekend just passed. I promise not to gobble a gobbler next Thanksgiving and to give thanks for having alternatives in this life. And pleeeeze, donate today and every day as much as you can and as often as you can to http://www.la-spca.org/
Good Health Toya, Sideways Moon Toya and Peace, Pleeze..... Steve Alexander In Jesus' precious name I pray, AMEN!
The 8pm Palm Sunday conditions at Wallingford Wal-Mart
A small, pre-school or kindergarten child navigated the littered fecal stained trash
on Manager and Co-Manager Doug Yeakey's Wallingford Wal-Mart
Men's Room floor to utilize the facilities which his Mom outside
appropriately assumed was safe for her beloved child.
Once again I apologize for the graphic nature of
the photos in this article. :(
Elsewhere on this blog in recent days and in our position as the Hartford Government Examiner for Examiner.com, available at Examiner.com/government-in-hartford/stevenalexander, we have reported on filthy, vile, unsanitary conditions which pose a health hazard to the people of Wallingford, CT and surrounding towns, and any visitors to Wallingford's Wal-Mart. On Palm Sunday evening, April 17th, we observed the conditions above and below as photographed at the time in their front Men's room. The bottle redemption area was also filthy and unavailable, and was also documented. Complaints to management that evening were unsuccessful, as the reprehensible conditions remained after we left an hour later. We had attempted to contact store Manager Doug Yeakey over a month ago, and he refused our inquiries, first as a customer with complaints and then as a reporter seeking some answers to questions regarding Wallingford Wal-Mart's relationship with Wallingford. At the time Mr. Yeakey was unavailable for days, and when finally reached by phone was unwelcoming and rude, refusing to hear any complaints and unwilling to answer questions. When asked if he wanted his comments published he yelled his response: "NO!" was the Wal-Mart manager's response to customer complaints and journalistic inquiries. He allowed that he would 'accept' my publishing his referral of all inquiries to a telephone number in Arkansas about Wallingford Wal-Mart's relationship to the community of Wallingford. I asked Store Manager Doug Yeakey, "Are you saying that if I want to know about your store's feelings about it's relationship to Wallingford and to Connecticut, that I should call Arkansas?" Wal-Mart Store Manager Yeakey responded with a firm: "Yes!" and vacated my call.
The Wallingford Wal-Mart Front Men's room one day after a Health Department
Complaint on April 19th. Yes, unfortunately, that is feces. :-(
The next morning, this past Monday April 18th we published the aforementioned articles, complained to the Wallingford Municipal Health Department and attempted to file a complaint with Wal-Mart corporate headquarters and still await responses from the Health Dept. and from Wal-Mart corporate management. Yesterday we reluctantly went shopping again at Wallingford Wal-Mart.
At this point your Unabashed Leftist is a bit on the physically disabled side, and unable to spend oodles of time outdoors tracking down household essentials, including food, cleaning supplies, etc.
Since taking over as CEO 2 days following his father's, Sam Walton's, death in 1992, before his body was actually buried (that is the historical fact of how quickly he and his brother moved in to take over the Wal-Mart company upon Sam's death), Robson Walton and his brother James Carr Walton have become the 15th and 16th richest multi-billionaires in the world with a borderline criminal and clearly amoral/immoral market strategy. The Robson Walton Wal-Mart plan was simple and follows:
Buy up or rent retail acreage as close to competing discount chains and independents on a large-scale basis. Contract with China for the manufacture of cheap, poor quality products made by low-paid, unfairly treated workers without human rights nor the labor-rights guarantees enjoyed by American workers(including child labor and abusive management styles). Undercut the pricing of the nearby retail stores and put them out of business(remember Caldor's, Bradlee's, the Sears' outlets when they were successful...). Design ever shoddier merchandise with cheaper raw materials(ie.: furniture made of particle board that the consumer assembles him/herself at the expense of his/her own sanity, instead of oak or maple, and iron or steel nails/screws/bolts by highly skilled carpenters and cabinetmakers) and retain the same prices as with the previous products of much higher quality. Gradually increase prices as the market will bear.
The result has been the strengthening of the Chinese economy, and the Communist Party of the Peoples' Republic of China, the abuse of Chinese workers, the loss of the largest (consumer home furnishings and more) sectors of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. on a permanent basis (encouraged by the policies of the Cheney/Bush Administration), poorer quality merchandise, a lower quality of life in general for the nation and for the world. Customer service is discouraged, 'fast, faster, fastest' is the Wal-Mart motto when it comes to speeding each unit (customer) out of the store after dropping their money at the registers. In this regard the Walton Brothers have been wildly successful for themselves and for their investors and upper management.
Cutting back on customer service staff and retail store staffing has been a key to the Walton strategy as well. Long lines at registers, spills that don't get cleaned, dirty bathrooms, and unsanitary conditions are part of the balance sheet for Wal-Mart in 2011, and Wallingford's Wal-Mart is an amazing and typical case-study.
I am unfortunately in no condition to shop elsewhere at this point or I'd boycott. For sure! Probably will sooner or later ennyway! Lol. But navigating life on a cane at times, exhausted from medical matters quickly, and the Wal-Mart here in town being the only one-stop-shop available within 7 miles of my home thanks to the con-job marketing success and near-monopoly Wal-Mart has been allowed to achieve and the immoral Walton brothers have pursued; leaves me with little choice but to shop there and complain when appropriate. Mind you, until recently, my only conversations with management were to praise. I praise and love doing so and have singled out a few staffers to management for praise. This local situation is unfortunate indeed.
So, after my Health Dept. visit on Monday and a promised visit to Wallingford Wal-Mart by a sanitarian and a follow-up report to me (which has not happened yet, but I will go there today to file my latest complaint from last evening's latest Wal-Mart fecal debacle) I went to Wallingford Wal-Mart to see Mr. Yeakey for my formal complaint. He was not available. I was escorted to the back warehouse area and an office to see Co-Manager "Larry." I expressed my concerns about the dirty Men's room and Co-Manager Larry, with whom I'd never had any prior interactions, raised his hands gesticulating saying in a loud and intimidating voice "So what do you want me to do! What do you want me to do!" Immediately defensive and attempting to intimidate this customer instead of address legitimate concerns, he tried arguing and attempted to anger me as best he could. Several other large men and one woman were right outside the warehouse office door 'observing' carefully. The woman turned her ID badge so it would not be visible, and when I asked her why she did so, she said she denied doing so. But when I asked her to turn it back so I could see her ID she refused. Interesting customer relations tactics, indeed. I presented Mr. Yeakey, in his absence, and Co-Manager Larry, who refused to identify himself any further, with the photos I had provided to the Health Dept., and with the articles including the photos that morning. Larry insisted that I leave the warehouse area at that point, and he and what could only be called a contingent of 'goons' followed me about the store until I left the facility.
I followed my most recent visit, following my second Men's room complaint of the week with Co-Manager Larry by phoning Store Manager Doug Yeakey and did finally succeed in having him speak with me at that point, early in the afternoon on Tuesday April 19th. Mr. Yeakey began our conversation by saying that he was not allowed by Wal-Mart's corporate policy to answer any questions from media and again referred me to Arkansas. I indicated to Mr. Yeakey my repeated attempts to leave messages at that number for weeks following our first interaction, and Wal-Mart's Media Office failure to respond. Mr. Yeakey gave me another number, putting me on hold to acquire it, as though this golden number would hook me up. When I phoned that number later, it turned out to be a totally non-functional number.
When I offered my complaint about sanitation at his facility Mr. Yeakey did apologize then immediately defended himself by saying he does not understaff his store and "always has 6 or more maintenance" people in the store. We challenge Mr. Yeakey to document this assertion. He assured me it would improve and said he wished for his store to "Continue to meet or exceed my expectations." When I indicated to Mr. Yeakey that it has never met nor exceeded my expectations, Mr. Yeakey modified his promise to say that he intended for his store to "Meet my expectations in the future." The future was, in fact, that very afternoon, and the conditions you see in the photographs below of the Men's room and the redemption area Tuesday April 19th.
Wal-Mart's Idea Of "Meeting Or Exceeding" Customer Expectations
As Promised By Wallingford Wal-Mart Manager Doug Yeakey
Top is the redemption area Monday and the bottom is the Men's room.
Mr. Yeakey also was again informed of the full bins in the redemption area and the failure of his store routinely to make bottle redemption available (CT has a nickel deposit on most soft drink bottles). This was our original complaint weeks ago. Store Manager Yeakey attempted to deny all personal responsibility for these deplorable sanitation and legal considerations by telling me that Tomra, Inc. (a recycling company) was the contractor for those services. When asked who puts that contract out to bid, and asked who holds Tomra accountable, Mr. Yeakey would not reply. When asked if Wal-Mart contracts with Tomra he would not reply. He gave us a phone number for Tomra in Stratford, CT which was totally non-functional when we phoned it this morning. We went to the Tomra website and tried the two other phone numbers we could locate online, and they, too are non-functional. We found a global media-relations number for Tomra, phoned it 2 hours ago and await a reply. Mr. Yeakey did say that retailers are "not required to redeem containers" of beverages they sell. A phone call to the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Affairs proved Wallingford Wal-Mart Store Manager Doug Yeakey wrong about this.
The very customer and taxpayer-friendly Department under the new leadership of Governor Dan Malloy, and the very nice responder for the Department, Holly, indicated that retailers, Wal-Mart included, very much ARE required to redeem bottles and cans while they are selling those same products. Mr. Yeakey further indicated that when the vending area is full that the service desk is available for returns. When informed that I was previously turned away by one of his greeters when attempting to bring bottles and cans to the service desk and not allowed to do so, Mr. Yeakey simply contended that I was apparently lying about the event and that all his staff welcome filthy bottles and cans being redeemed within the store proper at the desk in line with returns of merchandise in sight of the produce aisle. He said "All my staff are aware that bottles and cans can be returned at the service desk." We might just give that a try next time all the machines are down, Mr. Yeakey, and report on that result here, as well.
I also informed Mr. Yeakey that I've interviewed employees of his who shall remain anonymous for obvious reasons and that bitter complaints about cutbacks, the way recent lay-offs were handled, and managers who have taken demotions and choose not to work as Wal-Mart managers anymore, and he chose to ignore these concerns and wouldn't answer any questions about store staffing levels beyond saying "We are not short-staffed."
On Tuesday at 5:30pm, I saw conditions including the fecal matter all over the floor of the Men's room and waste all strewn about once again, and went to the back desk to once again complain. Co-Manager "Larry" was once again on duty, not Doug Yeakey. While attempting to intimidate me--and your intrepid Unabashed author is not easily intimidated at this point, nor easily discouraged, I'm certain the Wal-Mart management will acknowledge--Co-Manager "Larry" [about 6 foot 4 and maybe 230 lbs or more, quite a physically intimidating guy, if I might say, compared to your 5'8" 160lb, 54 year-old cane-wielding radiation-ridden reporter ;-)] disparaged me personally and insulted me repeatedly, saying, among other things, "I don't know why you are the way you are!"
At the time that Larry said that I had just brought him into the back bathroom to show him conditions in there. When he saw the filth, his quick thinking Wal-Mart management 'team' solution was: "You can't take pictures in here." I replied simply that I wasn't taking pictures, that I was, at that point in time, showing him the bathroom.
I was then bringing him to the feces ridden bathroom up front when he insulted me by yelling at me "I don't know why you're the way you are!" Within seconds he saw what you're seeing, and what Assistant Manager Kurt also saw a few minutes earlier at 5:30pm on April 19th, 2011-- a feces ridden floor one day after a complaint to the Health Dept. and one day after Larry tried to intimidate me in his office.
Larry, to answer your implied question behind your personal insult of yesterday afternoon, "I am the way I am about this" because neither you, Store Manager Doug Yeakey, nor any of your management "team" at Wallingford Wal-Mart shouldn't even let a rodent have to utilize bathroom facilities like the ones that you are compelling the people of my home town, a kindergartner I witnessed kicking feces out of the way to get to the toilet with his mom innocently waiting outside the room, or myself, exist anywhere at anytime for any one. The prison and jail bathrooms I've visited have all been in better condition and far more sanitary. Larry or Doug, would you let your own kids live in these kinds of conditions?? If anyone subjected your family members to these conditions for any reason, would you complain at the very least, Larry or Doug? And Misters Walton and Walton, these questions apply to you as well, maybe especially. It's a sad day in Wallingford as I must leave the comfort of my home to go to City Hall once again to complain to the Health Department about Wal-Mart and the health hazard it poses to the community.
By the way Mr. Yeakey, being made aware by you that Wal-Mart policy precludes Store Managers from doing media interviews, thanks for the interview, and I'll be forwarding a copy of this article, with interview excerpts, along with my full report to the folks at Wal-Mart regional headquarters whenever they decide to call back.
And a special message to Co-Manager "Larry" and Store Manager Doug Yeakey: You have my contact information, I always gladly and eagerly accept apologies and hope that occurs to me and to the greater Wallingford community, and I'll gladly convey them here quickly.
and Pleeze Remember, Managers of the World:
You're People Too,
And Kids and Other People
and Other Peoples'
People Matter Too!
Store Manager Doug Yeakey
James Carr Walton
Wake Up, Please
Smell Some Roses.
And Happy Easter Toya
If You Happen
Like I Do!
and pass the bisquits,
After writing that I need this tune,
done only as Arlo Guthrie can do it
and Tell the Story of the guy who wrote it:
He was the captain of a slave ship.
He changed his mind mid-ocean.
Turned the slave-ship around and
sailed his human cargo back to
Freed those folks.
Started writing great tunes like this.
Arlo tells the story well.
Here it is.
For my great readers,
those who imagine for some reason they're not my friends.
fecal matter on the floor of the same Men's Room in the
Wallingford, CT Walmart which was reported to the city's
Health Department yesterday morning. We decided that
the horror of the health hazard justified publishing this
horrific and nauseating photograph, and we do so only after
careful consideration for the readers' taste and stomachs.
We had to do more Wal-Mart shopping today and stopping in the Men's room we expected nothing but cleanliness following our publication of photos and two articles in two different publications, a conversation and complaint with the store manager, and with Wal-Mart corporate headquarters in Arkansas. Unfortunately the two public men's rooms were once again filthy beyond belief due to mismanagement and Wal-Mart corporate greed.
We apologize to our readers, but apologies, unfortunately were NOT forthcoming
from the Co-Manager of Wal-Mart Wallingford, Larry, today. In fact he was insulting,
demeaning, verbally abusive, and irritated that we should bring this nauseating hazard to the
community to his attention.
We spoke at long last with Store Manager Doug Yeakey by phone yesterday after being stonewalled for weeks, apparently the right combination of published photos, documented articles detailing the legendary Wal-Mart greed, and complaints to government authorities and his own corporate superiors motivating him to speak. We are following up his comments with some research to document some of his assertions, and will deliver a Wal-Mart update very shortly, both here and at Examiner.com/government-in-hartford/stevenalexander.
This was once again the vile filthy disease-fostering situation once again today,
April 19th, 2011
the day following a complaint to the Health Department.
Just to give a clue as to Yeakey's perspective in advance, he actually asserted during our conversation yesterday that Wal-Mart is not required by law to redeem returnable bottles and cans when he sells those same bottles and cans. These are the types of assertions that we will follow up on before publishing a complete report of Yeakey's comments. We did not hear back from the Arkansas media hotline and have not for 6 weeks now. We complained to a phone answerer in Arkansas who said she'd send it to the 'next highest management level', regionbnal, and we haven't heard from them either. She said give them 3 to 5 business days. We certainly will. We await their call with bated breath.
Daymon J. Hartley's Juvenile FB Profile Picture Which Aids His Mission Of
Maintaining His Own Anonymity When Making Personal 'Private' Attacks
On Strangers Online.
Rocket Scientist Hartley Was Apparently Unaware That
I'd Decide To Render Him A Published Author On All
Six Populated Continents Today.
Congratulations Mr. Daymon J. Hartley,
You, Sir, Are Now A Published Author.
I Hope You Are Proud Of Your Little Essay!
Daymon J. Hartley April 17 at 2:59pm Report
Daymon J. Hartley: Sorry...I can't support anyone who unabashedly proposed peace and now supports war in three different nations. It is not about deems or repubs. It is about finally seeking an independent program in the interests of working people and not the corporations. If in your heart your you are a good and honest person you will abandon yet another mouthpiece and spokesman for the ruling class or stop referring to yourself as being left.
Unabashed Left: April 19 at 8:36am
Please don't be personal in your political discourse with me in 'private' messages. Your bumper sticker shorthand personal attacks in private are not debate. Please read my blogs: Unabashed Left and Examiner.com and address the specific points in detail, point by point without personal characterization. You are inciting with this type of absurdity. How dare you call yourself a supporter of peace when you 'privately' call the President and by implication, me, a 'mouthpiece' and 'spokesman for the ruling class.' Issues, not personality. I accept apologies, and publish 'private' messages. Congratulations Mr. Liberal, you are now a published author. Please don't be so angry in life and agressive in their personal approach to strangers and simultaneously claim to be supporters of peacemaking by government leaders, but not for themselves in their own lives. Your response is welcomed, but must be civil. Your first definitely was not. I want peace at ALL levels by all possible means and in such a way that a Kindergartner would be welcomed to read anything written by me, or to me. This definitely does NOT meet that criterion. Try again or be reported and deleted. Peace... Steve
Unabashed Left: April 19 at 8:38am
Here are my links, if you actually want to discuss issues, not incite personalities. :) Peace...
The Wallingford Wal-Mart Men's Room On Palm Sunday 2011 At 8pm
Corporate Greed Is Out Of Control
We sincerely prefer reporting good rather than bad news. This is a bad news report, unfortunately. Wal-Mart of Wallingford, under the dubious direction of local Store Manager Doug Yeakey, and ultimately led by CEO and world top-20 billionaire S. Robson Walton (who moved in as CEO only 2 days following his father Sam Walton’s death in 1992, even before all the funeral ceremonies were complete) and his brother, another top-20 billionaire James Carr Walton, is a routinely unsanitary, neglectful and unresponsive facility. Several weeks ago at Examiner.com we reported on abuses of employee relations, understaffing, failure to provide adequate handicapped access, the sale of bottled beverages when bottle redemption, as required by Connecticut law, was not enabled by Wallingford Wal-Mart, deceptive and inappropriate pricing schemes and more.
It Was Hard Watching A Little Kid Trying To Walk Around The Filth In This Bathroom
While An Unsuspecting Mom Waited Right Outside The Door For Her Beloved Son
Assuming The Store Manager and Wal-Mart Inc. Was Responsible and Humane Enough
To Ensure A Safe And Disease-Free Environment.
The photographs in the accompanying slide show are from approximately 8pm at Wallingford Wal-Mart last evening, Sunday night April 18th, 2011. The Men’s room was filthy, unhealthy and unsanitary beyond description. A young child with her unsuspecting Mom waiting outside the bathroom was attempting to navigate the facilities trying to avoid the scummy debris as he walked across the floor, the Mom not able to accompany her boy into the Men’s room unfortunately unwittingly subjecting her grade school son to potential severe health hazards and disease! Thank you Store Manager Doug Yeakey! The toilets clogged, the floor littered with toilet paper and paper towels, the trash bin overflowing by 2 to 3 feet! It was evident that it had gone neglected by the Wal-Mart management for most of the busy shopping day, one Sunday before Easter, a big retail shopping day. It took a long time to get this bad, and understaffing is the obvious reason, as we’ve reported in earlier published articles. These photos will be provided to the Wallingford Health Department this Monday morning, and follow-up reporting will be done here.
The Public Bottle Redemption Area.
We went to the service desk and offered our complaint, and the head cashier was clearly offended and took as immediate action as she could, but no maintenance person was apparently available, and she went on her dinner break, as scheduled and appropriately following acting upon my complaint. I went about my brief business within the store, and found the bathroom still untouched by maintenance when I finished my shopping and spoke with a man who said he was a manager. He, too, said he’d follow up, saying “I’m only hourly, not salary” and denying personal responsibility for the condition of the bathroom which was no more than 20 feet from his station and within eyesight as we spoke. He was aware of my earlier complaint before I spoke with him, and I gave him my contact information and requested a phone call back from the store manager today. I have yet to hear back from the store.
The bottle redemption area was horrific again last evening as well, as in prior visits. Only one can machine was operable, glass and plastic could not be redeemed. Wallingford Wal-Mart routinely keeps the bins full for reasons of their obviously intentional policy of cutting corners on maintenance and cleaning (as well as customer service) staff for profit motive. The area was, as usual filthy, the garbage overflowing and a health hazard and disease-fest for anyone daring to enter the facility. Torn and open crushed dirty empties from the machines lay on the floor, the floor had obviously not been recently mopped and it was a cesspool of potential viral infection. This is typical of this redemption area at Wallingford Wal-Mart.
It is rarely possible to redeem bottles and cans because of Wal-Mart's short
staffing policy for profit.
By cutting back so severely, the Wallingford Community's health is now severely compromised.
The Store Manager responsible for these deplorable conditions refuses to answer questions,
saying "Call Arkansas." His name is Doug Yeakey.
The primary owners of Wal-Mart are world top-20 billionaires
S. Robson Walton, CEO and his brother James Carr Walton.
Corporate greed at all levels stinks Mr. Walton, Mr. Walton and Mr. Yeakey!
You couldn't redeem all your bottles and cans last night, a routine situation in violation
of Connecticut law. It saves the store money galore.
It also creates a filthy environment and makes people wait forever
for a bin to be emptied if they are assertive enough, healthy enough and
comprehend how to get a maintenance person out to do it, if one is even on
duty at all! And yet, Mr. Yeakey and his defensive
Wal-Mart management 'team' have the nerve to fail to
provide adequate redemption facilities as required by law while
selling full beverage bottles and cans galore for huge profits!
We’ve asked Doug Yeakey, Wallingford Wal-Mart Store Manager to hear our complaints and answer questions, but he’s refused as reported in an earlier article. The last time we attempted to speak with Mr. Yeakey we did succeed in speaking with him briefly by phone after several in-person and phone attempts, and at that time he abruptly and rudely refused any comment, referring all questions regarding Wallingford Wal-Mart’s relationship to the Wallingford community, including the general health and welfare of the people—especially the kids—of this wonderful little New England small city—to an office in Arkansas. Our repeated calls to the number provided by Yeakey in Arkansas, including several messages left with our contact information provided, have gone totally unanswered.
We will once again provide Mr. Yeakey with this documentation today and the opportunity to address these matters. We will once again phone Arkansas, the number provided was 800-331-0085, and attempt to solicit a response. And we will visit the Wallingford Health Department and inform them of conditions at Wal-Mart last evening, as well as visit Wallingford Wal-Mart to see if conditions have improved at all since last evening. Stay tuned, we will keep you posted on developments on this health danger to the community that is Wallingford Wal-Mart.