Archive for March 2007

Rosie O’Donnell Rant Advisory

I received this from a source at ABC.
Rosie O'Donnell Rant Advisory - ABC

John Edwards Doesn’t Understand Cancer

I don’t like Edwards. I don’t like his stances, nor how he made his money. I view people like John Edwards as the reason why doctors are fleeing states like mine because of outrageous malpractice insurance rates.

But he’s been married to the same woman for over thirty years. I’ve been with mine for over 16. He’s lost a son in a car accident, and that’s my greatest fear in life. Now will lose his wife to cancer. I know loss having recently lost a loved one to cancer.

So those two paragraphs kind of negate each other.

But as Ron Coleman points out, he’s either lying or a moral retard. I believe he’s lying: He’s seriously considered it, and worse, he’s belittling those who struggle with cancer.

Cancer is not something that you can ignore. It’s not something that allows you to live life the same way you did the day before your diagnosis. Cancer changes everything, and everyone it touches.

John Edwards is being shallow and too cavalier with his wife’s diagnosis. If he had the balls, he would have done the honorable thing and left the race. He’s young; he can compete again in 2012. His wife won’t be there (sorry, but bone cancer is one of the nastiest kinds around) and he will be able to focus on the race then.

Mahatma Gandhi: Suicidal Saint

Former senator Fred Thompson on the anti-war movement:

Besides coolers and mattresses, protesters have brought along a giant paper mache statue of Mahatma Gandhi, who is pretty much the symbol of the anti-war movement. Code Pink was founded on his birthday, and when Saddam Hussein was being given a last chance to open Iraq to U.N. weapons inspectors, posters appeared around America asking “What would Gandhi do?”

And that’s a pretty good question. At what point is it okay to fight dictators like Saddam or the al Qaeda terrorists who want to take his place?

It turns out that the answer, according to Gandhi, is NEVER. During World War II, Gandhi penned an open letter to the British people, urging them to surrender to the Nazis. Later, when the extent of the holocaust was known, he criticized Jews who had tried to escape or fight for their lives as they did in Warsaw and Treblinka. “The Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife,” he said. “They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs.” “Collective suicide,” he told his biographer, “would have been heroism.”

After I read that I had to fact check. Sure enough, Wikipedia cites it:

Perhaps one of the most potent criticisms of Gandhi for westerners were his views on the Holocaust: he believed that the Jews should have committed mass suicide, because this “would have aroused the world and the people of Germany to Hitler’s violence.”[44] By extension, a common criticism of the pacifism preached by Gandhi is the question of what a world full of pacifists would have done against fascism once it had grown “aroused,” other then kill themselves as well.

It just makes you mad enough to want to pummel the next pacifist you run into.

Tom Tancredo for President?

Congressman Tom Tancredo is running for president. The Congressman from Colorado is a darkhorse candidate, but he’s one that I wouldn’t mind voting for. He’s been steadfast in his opposition to labor dumping and illegal immigration. He earned the ITPAA sole “Eagle Award” for his efforts. He has also butted heads regularly with the Republican leadership in Washington, proving that he’s no insider.

If he survives the gauntlet to the nomination, I would welcome the opportunity to vote for him in Nov 2008. In the meantime, I wish him the best of luck.

And send him some cash too since wishes don’t win elections.

Home Depot Avoidance

Evidently, I wasn’t alone in doing my best to avoid stepping foot in Home Depot. This MSN-Money article expresses the same feelings, and blames it on short-staffing.

But I’d like to suggest a much bigger reason that Home Depot has become a troubled and unloved company. I call it time abuse.

Home Depot is a consistent abuser of its customers’ time. Let me explain.

Back in 1990, when my wife and I loved Home Depot, the stores were staffed with well-trained, knowledgeable and helpful people. If you had a question, even a silly one, it was easy to find someone who knew the answer. Home Depot had an amazing inventory. It also had a staff that helped you access that inventory and make choices.

Though it didn’t have employees waiting at the door, as do high-service stores such as Elliot’s in Dallas and Big Jo in Santa Fe, you could make a purchase quickly at Home Depot.

But that was then.

Today, it is difficult to find a staff person at a Home Depot. Personally, I’ve left the store empty-handed after a hopeless wait. During one long wait shortly before Christmas, I commented to a worker that the store was so busy they must be getting lots of overtime.

“No way,” the employee said.

My wife has gotten so frustrated waiting—while trying to buy carpeting for an entire house—that she has taken her business elsewhere.

I know we’re not alone. One of my friends started to seethe when I mentioned Home Depot. He’ll buy things almost anywhere, except Home Depot. He hates having his time abused.

After having to pay for a special order at the Customer Service desk, and waiting for 50 minutes (halfway through I put on my “anthropologist” hat and became intrigued by the dance between furious customers, employees who avoided the desk, and the single CSR who viewed his job as punishment for sins in a prior life), Home Depot lost its charm. I no longer visit there to browse. I do “drive-by shopping” where I’m in and out within 10 minutes after purchasing exactly what I want.

Does Home Depot care? Of course not: It’s a corporation incapable of any human emotions. As for the people that run it, I suppose they are doing their best to become the top-dog who earned a $200 million paycheck for driving the firm into the ground.

On second thought, maybe they are sending out their resumes…

Update: Chad at Pirate-King had a similar experience last summer:

But I had a cart full of heavy items (ceiling fans, etc) and the machine kept going back and forth between “Put the item on the shelf” and “Item was taken off the shelf” or whatever the hell it said. After the fourth or fifth time the item I had wouldn’t scan right, I was ready to leave everything right where it was at, unpaid, and walk out the damn door. People next to us were having the same problems with the thing.
So why did I use the damn thing? Because they closed ALL the other registers at 4:30pm on a Saturday. The only other thing open was the single contractor line, which was about 10-12 people deep. Good 1/2 hr wait based on what I saw.

No more home depot for me. They’ve just lost my business because they wanted to save a coupla bucks on cashiers. Lowe’s is only about a mile further, so no major loss.

No major loss. That’s a good description of the situation for Chad and me. As long as there’s Lowes for the big purchases, and there always is, then there’s no reason to visit Home Depot.

Isn’t the Free Market wonderful?

John Edwards: Faggot?

Unfortunately not.

Ann Coulter has called John Edwards a faggot:

“I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot,’” Coulter said.

Coulter immediately proved her point when people became shocked! shocked! at her language. John Edwards responded in a non-queer manner:

Edwards, however, said the comments were no laughing matter and compared the slur to racial epithets he heard growing up in the South.

“Its not about me and its not about her; this is about what kind of country we want to live in,” Edwards said.

So instead of Edwards taking the comment in jest, by say, making a View joke or commenting on his lack of style as proof that he’s straight, he gets all hurt and “girly”.

It’s unfortunate that John Edwards isn’t gay because honestly, he’d be much more interesting to listen to.

I mean, it’s tough listening to a man who made his fortune on the backs of doctors and patients, but dang! a walk on the wild side might just be the thing to make him tolerable. Somebody introduce him to the Friends of Dorothy – quick!

John Edwards - Weasel but Not Friend of Dorothy