I grew up in a Republican household, though my mother cried her eyes out when Kennedy got shot. Little John-John salutes the casket when it goes by. You couldn’t help it, whether you were Republican or Democrat. I don’t know what would happen now, but I do know one of the reasons to write the book was because there’s so much hate in the air now, so much hate. A lot of it’s directed at Obama. I think I decided I wanted to write this book when Obama was giving the State of the Union speech and that guy shouted, “You lie!”Speaking of right wing outbursts, the guys at OTB highlighted a particularly funny one. If you run your business like a joke rather than an enterprise designed to make money, that is.
A dude in Atlanta, who's going to be having a going-out-of-business-soon sign hanging next, posted this on all his trucks:
New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone.Brilliant business strategy.
Posting company policy on your trucks, for one, but seriously? The way things are looking, Obama's not going to be "gone" for a while and even when he is, he'll still be a shadow that haunts the history books. Too late for all that.
I'll repeat a part of my comment on OTB:
I suspect many successful right-wing businessmen would love to do something like this but won’t because it doesn’t make any business sense. It may make them feel good and express their 1st amendment rights, but it will limit their customer base and have negative implications for their bottom line.If your business isn't politics, it's best just to keep calm and carry on. Don't let the Obama paranoia ruin your day.
Also, Herb got first place in the Caption Contest. The winning quip? "Pete Zah is a vegetable." Click to see the pic.
And now...Black Friday.
In some ways, today was a black Friday for me. It was dark when I got to work, and it was dark when I left. This is how my weekends will be for the foreseeable future. Friday through Monday, I'll get maybe 15 minutes of daylight and that's if I take all my smokebreaks. It's like I'll be living in Antarctica or something.
But all day at work we kept seeing footage of hon-gry crowds defiling Wal-Marts and Best Buys all across the country. And it's weird, weird! I remember when Black Friday was just a phenomenon. No one knew about it except for the bean counters, and even then it was no big deal. That was just the day they could start writing the figures in black ink. But then something happened, the marketers got a hold of it. It became this shopping event, limited time deals with cut rate prices on name brand electronics.
One talking head on CNN called the people going nuts at the stores "mentally unhinged." It may seem like that, but let's look at the environment they're put in. Get it while you can? Do these stores even know what that means?
Someday, maybe not this year or next year, but something really bad is going to happen, even more shocking than a lady macing her shopping "competition." These stores are going to feel the pinch. (Sorry, Target dude, but your petition is going nowhere. They don't care about a bunch of signatures, unless they're on checks endorsed to them.) Some jury is going to get punitive, and these stores might chill out.
I'm sure they'll still open early, have big sales on the junk they're trying to peddle, but I bet their marketing departments do it with a whisper and a kind word. Or not.