One of the first things I always notice when I venture into the Dark Empire is the fact that few, if any, employees – no, I’m gonna use that stupid word “associate” – are wearing those neat shirts that you see on TV commercials, where bright, chirpy actors tell you all about the wondrous savings you can find.

I guess that’s because the employees have to buy the damn things out of their own pocket?


That was just one of the vagrant thoughts that went through my head this week after the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision concerning discrimination against women in the workplace. Tossing out the suit because it was “too large,” supposedly the way is now clear for individual cases to go forward.

Lots of luck.


Thanks to the 2011 version of the Dred Scott decision, this will affect millions of workers – men and women – across the country for years to come, though it may be difficult for many working class folks to immediately see the steel shutters which have just slid down over their futures.

I was reading up on Wal-Mart employees online today, and it is nothing short of horrifying to read how many would like to see employees fired after an encounter they have had with them in a store.


Did they physically assault them?

Steal their wallets?

Sell their children to the circus?

No, they did far, far worse, Caustic Reader. They didn’t know everything there was to know about the items in their section. They didn’t get off the phone (where they were assisting another customer) quickly enough, or move as fast as a busy customer thought they should.


In my day, we’d have strung ‘em up!

Many Wal-Mart employees have never been shy about expressing their feelings about the Dark Empire, something that must just confound the hell out of Wal-Mart Central Command.

This week I feel like apologizing on behalf of the United States to every female Wal-Mart employee that I meet. The Supreme Court has done them a terrible disservice, and the ripple effects of this decision will be felt for many years to come, in all sorts of businesses, affecting all manner of employees.


The least that Wally World could do

One might think that the least the Dark Empire could do is to install tip jars at registers around the store, so that customers could donate money to help out those who work there.


And then there is the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

On Tuesday there appeared a cartoon in the ADG by Roger Harvell, a cartoonist who is only liberal in his use of ink.


The heading on the cartoon read:

Supreme Court
Always Close Decisions

Always was then written underneath in the Wally World style.

Walking under the banner was a Wal-Mart employee, wearing a smock with a smiley face, wiping sweat off his worried brow. In his hand is a paper reading:


It is, perhaps, telling that the Wal-Mart employee so grateful for the Court decision is male. At least Comrade Harvell had the good taste not to make the grateful employee a woman.


Quote of the Day

Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. – Edwin Markham