Saturday, November 12, 2011

(NYTIMES) Whiny people complain about stores opening early on Black Friday

You whiners are morons.
She still loves a good deal — last year she spent a couple of thousand dollars on markdowns that day, the Friday after Thanksgiving — but Ms. Nyberg says that she does not want retailers to ruin the holiday for her or their own employees.

Ms. Nyberg is drawing the line now that major chains like Target, Macy’s, Best Buy and Kohl’s say they will open for the first time at midnight on Thanksgiving, and Wal-Mart will go even further, with a 10 p.m. Thanksgiving start for deals on some merchandise.

Retailers, eager to be the first to draw customers on one of the biggest shopping days of the year, are pulling the equivalent of the Republican primary shuffle by opening earlier and earlier than competitors.

Last year, a few stores, including Toys “R” Us, pushed into Thanksgiving.

But judging from the negative reaction among dedicated Friday after Thanksgiving shoppers on blogs, Twitter and Facebook, the wave of midnight openings this year has crossed a line.

Part of the objection is inconvenience. To be at or near the front of the line, shoppers say they will now have to leave home hours earlier — in the middle of the turkey dinner for some. But the wider objections reflect sentiments like those of the Occupy Wall Street movement, including a growing attention to the rights of workers and a wariness of decisions by big business.

Either way, many in the shop-till-you-drop crowd have had enough with Black Friday creep.

“I just don’t think that’s good business, in a sense, to make your employees come in on one of the biggest holidays of the year and cut their family time short,” said Ms. Nyberg, 31, a saleswoman in Villa Rica, Ga., for a molecular biology company. “With the economy the way it is, no one’s going to say, ‘I’m not going to do that, I’m going to quit or get fired over it.’ ”

1) No one is forcing you to shop on Black Friday and be away from your families.

2) The retail stores are opening up because of customer demand, if the customers didn't indicate they wanted to shop earlier, they wouldn't have done it.

Don't like it? Don't Shop

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Now France cuts frantically as Italy nears debt spiral

Europe is imploding and honestly after years of their high and mighty BS towards America. I am enjoying this a lot.

Shocker. Eric Holder to demand more gun control over Fast and Furious operation.

The operation his department and his officials are responsible for the deaths of people on both sides of the border because the Obama administration wanted to prove some sort of point.

Holder’s prepared testimony does not discuss his May 3 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, an appearance during which investigators say he either lied, intentionally misled Congress or exhibited outright incompetence when answering questions about when he first learned about the failed gun-walking program.

Two congressmen, House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, asked him the same question, and Holder answered the same way each time: He said he first learned of Operation Fast and Furious just a few weeks earlier.

Holder continues to claim Operation Fast and Furious was a “local” program run out of Phoenix, Ariz., despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Most recently, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, the head of the DOJ’s criminal division and Holder’s top deputy, confessed last week to at least some responsibility for Operation Fast and Furious.

“Today, I would like to correct some of the inaccurate — and irresponsible — accusations surrounding Fast and Furious,” Holder’s prepared testimony reads. “Some of the overheated rhetoric might lead you to believe that this local, Arizona-based operation was somehow the cause of the epidemic of gun violence in Mexico. In fact, Fast and Furious was a flawed response to, not the cause of, the flow of illegal guns from the United States into Mexico.”

In his testimony, Holder also advocates for new gun-control laws that he says would have halted, or at least prevented, Operation Fast and Furious. Holder echoes California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s comments from last week, when she argued that stricter gun laws would have stopped law enforcement agents from facilitating the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartels.

“Unfortunately, earlier this year the House of Representatives actually voted to keep law enforcement in the dark when individuals purchase multiple semi-automatic rifles and shotguns in Southwest border gun shops,” Holder’s written testimony declares. “Providing law enforcement with the tools to detect and disrupt illegal gun trafficking is entirely consistent with the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and it is critical to addressing the public safety crisis on the Southwest border.”

Ohio's collective bargaining bill heading for defeat, blame bloodsucking unions and dumb people.

Here is the deal. The bill to curtail the outrageous financial windfall that unions over the years have gotten themselves looks to be heading for defeat. The reason is simple. People from Ohio want something for nothing and it is a heavily unionized state. Now when you see stories like this about the broke ass city of Cincinnati. You realize that the state has a majority of dumb people who just don't understand simple economics.

I say let them have their taxpayer funded union contracts and raise them even higher. As long as that godforsaken state is the only one paying into it.

If they come to the Federal government for a bailout. Tell them to go screw themselves.

Obama and Sarkozy talk behind Netanyahu back..calls him a liar, media cover up.

I expect it from Obama but Sarkozy? Disappointing.
The conversation then drifted to Netanyahu, at which time Sarkozy declared: "I cannot stand him. He is a liar." According to the report, Obama replied: "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!"



The remark was naturally meant to be said in confidence, but the two leaders' microphones were accidently left on, making the would-be private comment embarrassingly public.



The communication faux pas went unnoticed for several minutes, during which the conversation between the two heads of state – which quickly reverted to other matters – was all but open to members the press, who were still in possession of headsets provided by the Elysée for the sake of simultaneous translation during the G20 press conference.



"By the time the (media) services at the Elysée realize it, it was on for at least three minutes," one journalist told the website. Still, he said that reporters "did not have a chance to take advantage of this fluke."



The surprising lack of coverage may be explained by a report alleging that reporters present at the event were requested to sign an agreement to keep mum on the subject of the embarrassing comments.



A member of the media confirmed Monday that "there were discussions between journalists and they agreed not to publish the comments due to the sensitivity of the issue."