Hello Loyal Readers,
Once again, it is time for Friday Odds and Ends. All the news that is fit to print, but not really big enough for its own post.
1) First, the good news. The jobs report came out for July and it is pretty good. 172,000 new private sector jobs were created, although 9,000 public sector jobs were eliminated, giving us a net gain of 163,000 jobs. Here’s a chart that shows job changes over the last couple of years.
While the numbers aren’t stellar, it is still positive growth. Each month we add jobs, more people are getting a paycheck and fueling the economy.
2) Mitt Romney, fearing the bad publicity, decided against watching his wife’s show horse compete in the Olympics. Yes, because before that point you could totally claim this trip as a success. Here’s what I don’t get, why not just sit with his wife and watch the show? How humanizing is that? What partner hasn’t sat through something they weren’t that interested in for their significant other, like say, the BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre? The four hour version. Sigh. My point is that it would have been a moment to show the
Romney’s (Romnies? Rom-knees? Damn you snarky readers!) doing something positive together, rather than just being on stage, and would help soften his robotic image. No such luck. Oh, and their horse didn’t win the medal :(
3) Chick-fil-a. I cannot express how sick to death I am of this issue. People have every right to vote with their dollars, and since Chick-fil-a contributes several million dollars to groups trying to strip LGBT citizens of their civil rights, it is completely fair to call for a boycott and not eat there. The counter boycott, while weirdly forceful, is fine as well. Huckabee and Palin can encourage people to support Chick-fil-a all they like. Here’s what is driving me batty:
Why in the name of Col. Sander’s ghost is this news? Seriously, I understand that the summer months are the slack time for political reporters. They’ve got lots of news space to fill and most candidates are holding their fire until closer to election day, but seriously, fast food-themed activism? Is this how lazy we have become that our most dramatic way of protesting is to choose a different corporate giant to give our money to? Why is the media still juggling this story?
Oh yeah, that’s right. It’s a really easy story to cover. Why cover the rising tensions in Syria, or the roll out of the Affordable Care Act when you can just get a few talking heads to banter about fried chicken for twenty minutes.
Final note on this subject, this year Woods Coffee petitioned the city to require the Pride Parade not to go past their store. This wasn’t an economic decision, considering the hundreds of cups of coffee they sold as a result of the pride festival being on their doorstep, this was a religious decision by the owner who objected to the Pride Parade. So, if you are looking for a local way to continue the boycott with your dollars, avoiding Woods Coffee would be it. EDIT: I have heard this from two activists involved in the Pride Parade, I am currently seeking more documentation.
UPDATE 8/21/12 - I spoke to the Bellingham Police who approved the parade permit and they seem to collaborate Wes Herman’s story, that there was no comments of any kind on the parade route. So if there were any objections, I am unable to verify them. I try to keep all the information on this blog accurate, and in this case, it looks like I was wrong. I still have a few phone calls out to Bham Pride, but in the meantime, I’m marking this as false.
4) Election night is this Tuesday, and I will be live-blogging all the fun. In year’s past, I have leap-frogged from party to party, but this year, most of the election night parties I want to attend are consolidated into one event at the Chuckanut Brewery starting at 7 p.m. You can join me in person or follow the fun right here.