Daily Archives: May 9, 2015

My Phone Company

I am a CREDO subscriber. They’re best known for donating to progressive causes. It costs me a little more than carriers that have enormous customer bases, and they use the Sprint network-which is awful. But I was attracted to the concept of the company. Recently they laid into the president for trying to shove the TPP through. An astute author dressed down CREDO, and rightly so:

CREDO’s entire business – selling mobile phones/devices and service – runs entirely on products made in Asian (and a few other) sweatshops.

You simply cannot buy a single product from CREDO that is made in America.

CREDO isn’t alone in selling sweatshop phones, of course, as evidenced by the fact that Motorola had to shut down the factory almost a year ago as the higher costs simply weren’t being made up.

So it may not have been entirely under CREDO’s control where the things it makes money off of were made, but let me be blunt: when your entire business model is based on selling foreign made goods to your customers under the guise of “progressivism”, you should really shut the hell up about trade.

I’m going to stay with them, for the time being. It is still a company with ethics I support. They still give a LOT of money to great organizations. I would even pay extra for them to make their shit in the USA or at least in places where they have fair labor practices. I think I’ll write them today after reading this.

Low Hanging Fruit

You really have to work hard to be dumber than Ted Cruz. But that’s where Ben Carson has decided to dig in his heels as a presidential candidate. Here he is asserting in an interview that gay marriage is like a gateway drug. He says stranger unions will follow:

Carson started out saying if you “change the definition of marriage for one group, what do you say to the next group?”

The interviewer then asked the logical follow-up:

“What is the next group?” Harwood interjected.

“There are more groups, I guarantee,” Carson said. “I think you know there are more groups. Everybody knows there are more groups.”

I don’t know that…so explain your dumb ass. Answer the question:

“Well, but what other groups are there?”

Unfortunately, the interviewer lets poor Ben off the hook by putting the proper words in his mouth:

“You mean like bigamy or something?” Harwood asked.

“That’s a possibility, that’s a possibility,” Carson said.

Hey, wasn’t Carson done talking about gays?

“I simply have decided I’m not going to really talk about that issue anymore because every time I’m gaining momentum, the political press says, ‘Let’s talk about gay rights.’ And I’m just not going to fall for that anymore,” Carson said.

But he can’t help himself. None of them can. They’re positively obsessed, frightened that they will lose votes if they don’t stand up for the straights.

Bother Someone Else

I don’t know if I can stand reading Salon anymore. Every fucking day they feature an apologist for faith and religion. But they do it in an insidious way; what they do is write long polemics against atheists or non-believers. Why do they get to do this? Because it’s easy and you don’t get in trouble for insulting us. I’m waiting for the stories that attack believers…the stories that attack a certain race of people…or an attack from a straight person on gay people. Oh, but you can’t do that. But atheists? Sure. Kick them around because it’s socially safe, an unprotected minority. It’s OK to be a fucking fundamentalist Christian, but it isn’t OK to be out, proud, and loud about our convictions as non-believers.

If a religion can’t stand up for itself-if your faith can’t handle criticism- pound sand. The foundation you are on is rickety and crumbling. We’re just pointing it out.

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