In re: Arrests Real; Badge Was Fake

A crazy story that is just to strange to be fake that is written up in the NY Times.  Basically in Missouri a man  known as “Sergeant Bill,” went around w/ the local police who he convinced that along w/ him they did not need search warrants to enter their homes because he was a federal agent (multi-jurisdictional task force anyone?).  Unfortunately a reporter checked into it and found out that Bill was not a federal agent, and that Bill was Bill A. Jakob, unemployed former trucking company owner, a former security guard, a former wedding minister and a former small-town cop from 23 miles down the road.  Why he ended up Gerarld, MO, kicking down doors and trying to put an end to the meth problem there is apparently unclear.  See the story here

In re: Welcome back and Wal-Mart

Well until I get a few posts strung together maybe I shouldn’t welcome myself back to the blog, but I have had enough complaints about my extended recess to remind me to get back on here.  About to head down to DC for a quick weekend trip so I will keep this first post short, but I actually just thought I post a link to an article on Slate that was pretty interesting on Costco’s worker treatment versus Wal-Mart, basically Costco is notorious for its good treatment of workers compared to Wal-Mart, but if its so good for business as Costco claims why isn’t Wal-Mart testing it out?

I’ll throw out into the area that I don’t shop at Wal-Mart, I don’t really care if others do, but its my opinion that they aren’t particularly good for our society for a variety of reasons that I won’t go into here as I have probably spouted off on them before.  I do belong to Costco and occasionally make the 15 minute trek on the highway out to their store, part of the reason I belong aside from some of their prices (contact solution is half the reason) is that their company is progressive and treats their employees fairly well and I am willing to sacrifice the ‘lowest cost’ for that, but call me crazy, but there yah go.  Now check out the article if you care.

Article here

“A cashier at Costco, after five years, makes about $40,000 a year. Health benefits are among the best in the industry, with workers paying only about 12 percent of their premiums out-of-pocket while Wal-Mart workers pay more than 40 percent.”