Raspberry Award

walterHas anyone seen this video floating around where the kids are purchasing groceries for complete strangers?  This has been going around for a week or two.  It is so refreshing to see young people doing good works, soothes my soul, gives me a warm fuzzy.

Evidently WalMart has updated its policies on charity giving and such.  Not long ago a friend told me that a guy had went into a ChinaMart and bought some pre-paid gift cards and was standing in the doorway of the store handing them out to people and wishing them a “Merry Christmas.”

Which it was, until security showed up and demanded that he stop the practice.  Now this is kind of lousy, he did after all purchase THEIR CARDS in order to fulfill his holiday destiny.  But ChinaMart was having none of it … they stopped him dead in the water.

So the Holiday-Do-Gooder went to Target as the story goes, told them of his problem, asked them if they would replace the ChinaMart gift cards with theirs, and allow him to do this good work in their store. 

They readily agreed, took all of the left over ChinaMart cards and redeemed them for full face value, and then issued the guy new TARGET GIFT CARDS and made available for him a space to do his thing.  God Bless Target … A lump of coal and a steady supply of raspberries for ChinaMart if this anti-holiday policy is still in effect.

Here is one more we will throw out on the porch and see if the cat will lick it up.

You want to greet me with Merry Christmas, that is just fine.  I am not going to be all touchy about it.  If you are hassling your employees about this practice, then you should be ashamed of yourself.

As for me, I don’t do the gift card thing.

Americans already have too much stuff, they don’t need any more cheap trash from you know where.  We will find an older couple (most likely several of them) in an eatery and we will pick up their tickets and buy them lunch/breakfast.

At this point you are tiring of the diatribe, so I will close with this:  “I don’t need a Brown Thursday, Black Friday or Super Saver Saturday” to make it thru the week, and neither do you.

That is all I got, see you, tah-tah tootle-loo.

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Turkey Day

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Speaking of turkeys?  A day off for our new ramrod of the Fed. Mr. Paulson, who is currently heading into his THIRD PLAN on solving the banking crisis.  It seems that you just cannot get anything concrete or decisive any more, $800 billion just doesn’t buy what it used to buy.

Most certainly nothing in Leadership or problem solving skills.

The first Thanksgiving feast was a large turkey dinner that took place in November and lasted for hours.  That is what everyone is lead to believe, not exactly the way it went down.  It took place at some time between late September and Mid-October 1621 according to historians.

It wasn’t a solemn feast, but a raucous celebration that lasted for some three days.  And the main dish was deer … not turkey.  More than likely there wasn’t any turkey eaten at this celebration at all.  The celebrants did eat some kind of bird as a side dish, but the nature of that bird to this day is unknown.  No one actually knows what kind of bird it was.

Most Americans are suffering thru what they call “Turkey Trepidation.”  About 15% of Americans have refused to host Thanksgiving because they are wanting to avoid cooking the entire dinner.  There biggest fears are:  It will be too dry 43%, it will be overcooked 28%, that they will have to touch or clean a raw turkey 8%, it will taste bland 6% or my favorite, “if it is cooked by me” it will be burned beyond recognition and will be the centerpiece of black residue in the middle of the table.

Say No To Crack

Valentine Nebraska – Nine misdemeanor counts of public indecency and one count of disturbing the peace were filed against Tom Larvie, 35. He’s suspected of leaving greasy, graphic imprints of his naked behind – and sometimes his groin – on the windows of stores, churches and schools in Valentine since the spring of 2007.

Too Much Camouflage

Wausau Wisconsin – Five hunters were shot and one died during the opening weekend of Wisconsin’s deer hunt – a number that a state safety expert described as fairly typical. The death and two other accidental shootings happened during deer drives, in which groups of hunters walk forward, pushing deer toward other hunters. The nine-day hunt opened Saturday, it will close in a few more days if the rest of the hunting population can manage to survive it.

Oops, did I say that?

Anyone catch Barbara Walters slip up on the interview with Michelle and Barack Obama last night?  During the interview while talking about the Barack girls living in the white house, Barbara said that “they had to adapt as they would be living there for the next “8” years?” Isn’t Mr. Barack’s term for “4” years?  I found that interesting, she will take some flack for that one.

All The Luck

In a span of 10 days, a man learned he won two automobiles in separate contests.  Michel Horton picked up his newest ride on Friday, a 2008 .  He was notified of the win on Oct. 15.

The entry also netted him a guitar and gold-plated Bon Jovi records.  But that was his second Lancer in a contest sponsored by Bic lighter. free vehicle. Horton was notified Oct. 5 he had won a Mitsubishi

As if that weren’t enough, he also won tickets to a recent Kansas City Chiefs game in
another drawing.  As he opted to take the cash-in value of $28,800 for the car. He said that will help pay the income tax and personal property taxes on his winnings.  When was the last time anyone ever won anything, certainly not me.  I won something for free when I was in the service, but I had to get shots for it later on.

Come Back When You’re Ready

Kalispell Montana- The Forest Service suspended work on an environmental analysis for a natural gas pipeline that NorthWestern Energy proposed building in the Flathead National Forest. NorthWestern said the pipeline won’t be needed until the heating season of 2012 or 2013. The Forest Service said its analysis can resume when the company is prepared to go forward.  Now someone needs to explain why if it has already been funded, why suspend it?

Why not, do the prudent thing, and finish the project, so that when the company is ready to build the pipeline the working documents are already in place.  Oh wait, that makes sense, we don’t want to do anything that actually makes sense, do we?  Sorry.  What was I thinking?

Down and Out In America

Food banks around the country are showing a sharp decline in donations to stock their shelves and at the same time a very marked increase in the amount of people needing their services.  It doesn’t look good for those that are out of work and out of luck.

I’m not sure if this is true, but it’s interesting.

1.      At Wal-Mart, Americans spend $36,000,000 every hour of every day.

2.      This works out to $20,928 profit.  Every minute!

3.      Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.

4.      Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target + Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.

5.      Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people and is the largest private employer. And most can’t speak English

6.       Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.

7.       Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger & Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only 15 years.

8.      During this same period, 31 supermarket chains sought bankruptcy (including Winn-Dixie).

9.      Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.

10.  Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are SuperCenters;  This is 1,000 more than it had 5 years ago.

11.  This year, 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at a Wal-Mart store (Earth’s population is approximately 6.5 billion.)

12. 90% of all Americans live within 15 miles of a Wal-Mart.

Let’s fire Paulson and let WalMart bail out Wall Street.

Enjoy your holiday everyone.

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“The cartoon courtesy of Center for American Progress” (online)