And we shouldn’t be surprised. The response to Hank Aaron may only be a small part of it, but it is still very indicative of the tenor of the country. Racism, anti-Semitism, white supremacy. And on and on.
Like many corporate executives, those at General Mills decided they could save a lot of money on lawsuits by finding a way to force aggrieved customers and the like to use arbitrators rather than hire lawyers to settle their grievances. Now, this happens all the time when a consumer is forced to sign or otherwise agree to what amounts to a contract, such as the purchase of licensed software or cellular service. Lawyers for companies who provide such goods and services know there is nothing worse for their companies than other lawyers, and so they insert clauses basically telling their peasant customers that if they want Internet or cable TV or a mobile phone, they had better give up the right to hire a lawyer should their ears or balls fall off due to negligently configured microwave towers or web packets or what have you.
But until the New York Times reported it today, we had heretofore never before been forced into giving up our right to hire lawyers through the act of eating a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. Now, apparently, we have:
“PLEASE NOTE THAT SECTION 3 BELOW CONTAINS A BINDING ARBITRATION CLAUSE AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER,” the company says, shouting, all in caps, in the “Legal Terms” section of its web site. “IT AFFECTS THE RIGHTS YOU HAVE IN ANY DISPUTE WITH GENERAL MILLS (INCLUDING ITS AFFILIATED COMPANIES AND BRANDS), INCLUDING DISPUTES ARISING OUT OF YOUR PURCHASE OR USE OF ANY GENERAL MILLS PRODUCT OR SERVICE FOR PERSONAL OR HOUSEHOLD USE, INCLUDING GENERAL MILLS PRODUCTS PURCHASED AT ONLINE OR PHYSICAL STORES.”
General Mills’ team of lawyers then goes on to say that you are entering into a “binding legal agreement” and consent to give up the above rights “in exchange for the benefits, discounts, content, features, services, or other offerings that you receive or have access to by using our websites, joining our sites as a member, joining our online community, subscribing to our email newsletters, downloading or printing a digital coupon, entering a sweepstakes or contest, redeeming a promotional offer, or otherwise participating in any other General Mills offering…”
The Times says that new lawyer words added to the General Mills web site after a Times reporter called them up now indicates “that buying its products would bind consumers to those terms.”
And what, exactly does all that mean?
Ergo, eat a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, give up your right to hire a lawyer with whom to sue General Mills.
Bob thought about that and wondered why General Mills would go to so much trouble to keep customer’s attorneys away.
The Times reporter wondered, too, and found that General Mills had paid $8.5 million last year in a suit over health claims it made about its Yoplait yogurt, and was forced in another case to remove the word “strawberry” from its Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups, which somehow did not happen to contain even a trace of strawberries.
And that wasn’t all. An online search for both “recalls” and “General Mills” revealed:
→ General Mills recalled some single-serve cases of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal last year because they might have been tainted with salmonella;
→ General Mills recalled some batches of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls With Icing last year because they might have contained fragments of plastic;
→ General Mills recalled some cases of Old El Paso Hot Chunky Tomato Salsa last year “due to the presence of glass.”
→ General Mills recalled cans of Progresso Italian Wedding Soup last year after word got out beef used in the soup had come from a slaughter house the U.S. Department of Agriculture accused of processing “diseased and unsound animals” whose meat was not inspected by the government, you know, as is required by law.
Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and toasty? At least Bob Dunn figured out a way to even the playing field.
So in response to General Mills’ contention that I have (mistakenly or otherwise) purchased one or more of the company’s products and thus in effect signed a contract that I knew nothing about giving up my right to hire a lawyer and sue the crap out of said General Mills if I eat a mouthful of high-fructose corn syrup-encrusted glass shards for breakfast, I have made some changes to my web site’s Legal Terms, to whit:
IF YOU ARE A CURRENT OR PAST EMPLOYEE, CONTRACTOR FOR OR REPRESENTATIVE OF GENERAL MILLS CORP. OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES OR SUBSIDIARIES, BY HAVING READ THIS BLOG POST, GLANCED AT THIS WEB SITE OR THOUGHT ABOUT READING THIS OR ANY OTHER ARTICLE LOCATED AT THIS INTERNET DOMAIN YOU HAVE FOR ALL LEGAL PURPOSES AGREED THAT BOB DUNN AND ALL MEMBERS OF HIS IMMEDIATE AND EXTENDED FAMILY POSSESS THE IRREVOCABLE RIGHT TO HIRE A VERITABLE BUTTLOAD OF LAWYERS IF THEY SO CHOOSE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUING GENERAL MILLS AND/OR ITS AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, EMPLOYEES, EXECUTIVES AND/OR CONTRACTORS INTO SUBMISSION ANYTIME THE MOOD STRIKES AND THEY FEEL SO MOVED.
You know, I wonder if Bob would sue me if I “borrowed” this wording for my blog?
I’m glad we got that settled.
Me too, Bob, me too. Sheesh! And they wonder why everyone hates lawyers…
Source: Bob Dunn’s Southern Homesteading
One of the big social problems that Conservatives have comes from the fact that they spend most of the time talking amongst themselves. So, when they occasionally have to talk to a ‘real’ person, they don’t have those built-in censors that normal people have. You know, like a husband who’d never, ever say “yes” when his spouse asks, “Does this make me look fat?”
Those internal censors come from bad social experiences that teach you when to keep your thoughts to yourself. But when Conservatives have a thought, it comes right out of their mouths as if everybody must not only agree with them, but must be interested as well. And so we come to white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, who was recently charged with three counts of murder in the deaths of a 14-year-old boy, his grandfather, and another woman at a Kansas City-area Jewish Community Center, and his Conservative buddy.
Dan Clevenger, who was elected Marionville [Missouri] mayor on Tuesday, said he came to know Miller about 12 years ago as a customer at his auto repair shop.
“I considered him a friend, and everyone is entitled to freedom of speech and I didn’t keep him away because he was a customer,” Clevenger said. “I can just ignore things that people say.” He said Miller — whose self-published memoir, “A White Man Speaks Out,” sits on the town library’s shelf — was honest and respectful of others, particularly older people. “As long as they were the same color as him,” Clevenger said, laughing.
Even though he deplores what Miller was accused of doing, the mayor said they sometimes found common ground.
“Kind of agreed with him on some things but, I don’t like to express that too much,” said Clevenger. He has expressed his agreement with Miller before, such as a letter to the editor of the Aurora Advertiser he wrote about 10 years ago. “I am a friend of Frazier Miller helping to spread his warnings,” wrote Clevenger. “The Jew-run medical industry has succeeded in destroying the United State’s workforce.”
He claimed Americans had “made a few Jews rich by killin’ us off” and complained the “Jew-run government backed banking industry turned the U.S into the world’s largest debtor nation.” Despite his claims to the contrary, Clevenger’s views haven’t changed much since then.
“There some things that are going on in this country that are destroying us,” he said. “We’ve got a false economy and it’s, some of those corporations are run by Jews because the names are there. The fact that the Federal Reserve prints up phony money and freely hands it out, I think that’s completely wrong. The people that run the Federal Reserve, they’re Jewish.”
But the mayor insisted he doesn’t hate anyone and deplores violence.
I’d love to say that in this modern age such a story shocks me. I really wish I could say that. How sad is it that it doesn’t?
Must be nice to spend your retirement years painting pictures, and not worrying about the destruction that you caused while President.
Brian McFadden at DailyKos.
As most of my readers know, I’m officially a pastor (pastar?) for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. So it’s with great pride that I announce the bureaucratic screw-up that made Pastafarianism an official religion in Poland!
Pastafarians in Poland are rejoicing over a new ruling that lets their church apply to register as a religion. Shouts of “pasta” filled the air outside a Warsaw court Tuesday as Judge Wlodzimierz Kowalczyk overturned a previous ruling that had banned the noodle worshippers from being recognized as an official faith community.
The judgment was based on a technicality, Polskie Radio reports. Kowalczyk said the group hadn’t been given a required two-month extension for submitting outstanding documents.
As I’m sure you know, the Carolinas are particularly addicted to bombing, shooting, and other general mayhem towards “abortion clinics” and their staffs. Unfortunately, the people who enact such righteous punishment are generally charged with a crime. What to do…what to do?
The South Carolina State Senate had an idea: make it legal for pregnant women to use lethal force to protect their unborn.
Critics of the bill, including state Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, said that, under current law, mothers and everyone else already have the right to use deadly force against “imminent peril of death or great bodily injury.”
But some attacks on pregnant women – being punched in the abdomen, for example – might not rise to the level of severity that would justify a stand-your-ground defense but still could cause a mother-to-be to miscarry, said Republican state Sens. Chip Campsen of Charleston and Greg Hembree of Horry.
The proposal would protect pregnant women from criminal prosecution in the event that they had to use lethal force to defend themselves, Campsen said.
Of course, that’s just stage one. If this law sneaks by the courts, then stage two will be to let other people use lethal force to protect the unborn. And that’s what they’re really after. Can’t have all these “martyrs to the cause” being actually punished, you know…
Source: Rock Hill Herald Online