AL and Jack -- after several years of verbal jousting, 'tis time to pick a spot to meet, beat the sh!t out of each other, laugh it off, and call it even.
Jack -- I've been a forum geek for 15 years and I've never witnessed trolling at such an elite level.
Of the 3 or 4 years I've read the Bennett cartoons and contributed on occasion, Al has been here and has irked me plenty of times with his Socialist bent.
That said, I never would allow his divergent views to bother me to the point of putting his picture on my avatar, or trolling him beyond attacking his political view points.
Give it up, Jack. And Al, stop feeding the troll.
Lastly, welcome back, Easy123 -- by the way, I've been reading Arguably by Christopher Hitchens -- great reading; highly recommended.
An interpretation from an atheist (me).
Read the title of the cartoon.
Bennett substitutes the deity for a Scientist.
That should be enough to quantify a Christian's frustration.
And, besides, does the TFP keep Bennett for his depth of introspective, thoughtful works, or for his ability to stoke madness in the hearts of Conservative Christians (and increase web hits and newspaper circulation)?
The last thing any restaurant owner is going to do in this highly sensitive and litigious culture is purposely and obviously discriminate.
Think about it.
Whites cower at blacks all the time -- they are afraid of being labeled racists for observing and stating obvious and disturbing trends in black culture (from a lack of tipping to the disproportionate level of crime black male youth commit).
Such behavior is reprehensible, and the fact that I observe blacks are more often than not the ones committing the behavior, does not mean I'm a racist.
IQ -- Stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason!
The group of people who happen to tip pathetically, if at all, at least 80% of the time, happens to be blacks. Regardless whether or not exceptional service was delivered.
It is NOT racism that is the driving factor behind this reality -- it is real life interaction with this particular group.
And when did we follow Japanese cultural norms?
Gauss -- it's not so much economic status as it is different cultural mores. There are always people of all backgrounds that don't tip. But they are the minority of cases.
Blacks, on the other hand, just as young black males commit the majority of all violent crime, largely do not tip. Those are the facts and anecdotes from hundreds of thousands of wait staff nationally.
Sangaree -- take it from a former pizza delivery man (me) and my wife who served locally here in Chattanooga for a half decade at a popular local restaurant.
I delivered exceptional service to all races; so did my wife while waiting tables.
However, YOU are the exception if you are telling the truth (and I highly doubt it, unless you were working in another part of the country).
Blacks in large part don't tip according to customary practices that most everyone else in LARGE part follow (there are always exceptions to rules).
Instead of tipping in percentages, blacks normally tip a buck, maybe two bucks, if you're lucky. Mostly they leave you the spare change.
I guarantee you -- every day a black walks into a restaurant in Anytown, USA -- servers of all socioeonomic and racial backgrounds (that includes blacks, too) that bust their A$$ and give exceptional service and care, are rolling their eyes, arguing over who's got to take them as a customer.
Not because they are racist! But because 1/20 times, they are not going to get a tip reflective of the customary norm everyone else tends to follow.
1) You are paid what you are worth, male or female, black or white. Want to make more? Become indispensable. Work harder, work longer, develop skills that give you an edge.
You do not OWN your job -- you are an employee of the firm, of which truly owns the employment opportunity (never forget that). You merely have the PRIVILEGE to work where ever you work currently.
Have a problem with that? Make a job for yourself (like I did).
2) Regarding tipping -- blacks are outright the worst tippers on the face of the planet. Anybody who has delivered pizza, waited tables, or valeted for a living knows what I'm talking about.
So when Clay drew a picture of an air freshener hanging from the Tea Bagger's hat, is it on his left or right side?
Clay -- you've actually drawn a picture of the left wing wilting away, not the right.
The question is:
Is it moral to give (let's be honest in this context -- to forcibly surrender) one's belongings unconditionally?
Our "poor" live better than Royalty did just several centuries ago.
Running, clean water, heat and air, access to health care, a roof over their heads, subsidized food, cable to watch America's Got Talent, big-arse flat screens.
Is what I've evidenced even debatable? At what point will altruistic Socialist sociopaths, ever so happy to fleece the self-sufficient to fund their boondoggles and visions of Nirvana, ever be satisfied?
Apparently Uncle Sugar doesn't put out enough to satisfy even the most ardent Socialist sociopaths.
Wally, Hambone, EaTN:
Come work for me and I'll teach you a skill (sales) where you can make six figures a year if you work hard and follow my mentorship.
The door is open to anyone, including McDonald's workers. I will work with anyone willing to better themselves and wants to achieve something greater than mediocrity.
BUT... Odds are you'd rather b*tch and moan about wanting more for less, or more for the same, than praising those who want to get out and better themselves.
EaTN -- there are enough welfare programs to help those in need. Ever been in a project or a poor person's home? Have you seen what capitalism and charity has done for America's "poor?" Big screens, cable, heat and air, clean, running water, and more food than the eye can see.
America's poor are kings compared to the starving masses in Africa.
Lkeithlu -- The Law of Supply and Demand. Look at the Oil Boom in North Dakota. Wal-Mart and Subway workers are getting paid $15/hr plus.
Why? Because they have to stay competitive with the salaries the oil industry is paying out to its workers.
Point is the wage offered reflects what the market will take -- meaning what "underpaid" workers will accept, given the supply of jobs and their respective wages available in the job market.