Why ANYONE in their right mind would go shopping on Black Friday at Wal-Mart?
And yet, millions put down their forks and scarf down mom’s pumpkin pie early in the morning just so that they can be first in line when the Black Friday Sales start.
My husband and I went into Wal-Mart around 11p.m today. It was pretty empty. But somebody had been working hard overnight to stock all the sale items onto the aisles. Sales that…were certainly not worth standing in line for an hour to buy. But, AMAZINLY people will stand in line for TVs, or a toy that they know their kid want for Christmas.
If they save $50 dollars they feel like they’ve REALLY done something great. Really, just pay the $50 and go at a less crowded time.
I don’t understand it.
For instance: There was Tupperware set, boxes and boxes of them on sale. It usually sold for $19.00 and was on sale for $7.99. REALLY? Who doesn’t have Tupperware already? And then I think: more than I might know.
I often ask myself, if Wal-Mart was selling one of those $300 dollar mixers for $100.00 would I too stand in line for it?
Would I risk getting a disease from South America, or bruises from a kicked shin? Would I stand in line for hours just to get to the kitchen aisle and see they were all sold out?
My mixer bit the dust years ago. I’ve been using a hand mixer, which works just fine. The other day, I saw a mixer with a bowl for $24.00. Sure, you have to turn the bowl yourself, it’s certainly not for someone who spends hours every day cooking, but that’s not me. I bought it and couldn’t be happier.
Think about it: You rarely have to mix anything more than 5 minutes. How hard it that?
When my hand breaks and I can’t turn the bowl any longer, there’s always TV dinners.
And you know what? Even if I DID cook every day, I really think those mixers are way overpriced. China truly is ripping us off.
Another pet peeve of mine is the new America sales scam:
Like—SALE! 50% off! Was $250.00, now only $150.00!
Which is the price it normally is, if you shop at the store and know. And they do this with clothes, appliances, well, just about everything.
I call it the, “You think you are saving money, but you’re NOT!” scam.
Are any of the companies reprimanded for false advertising? No.
Or how about the “Buy one get one half off!” (Or free as the Clintons used to say.)
(In Clinton’s case, we will be paying for them, the rest of our lives.)
Trust me, you are paying for both.
But people fall for these scams. Woman especially LOVE to brag how they got something, ANYTHING, on sale. As if, that makes them special. As IF, that makes them smart.
Still, the economy is SO bad, inflation and the price of food SO high, that the luxuries that you can’t afford go on sale just one day a year…you’d better be there.
For some people, that truly is the norm. And to have these sales one day a week, is…close to cruel. People go wild. They get all excited, like they are drunk with anticipation. It’s social engineering at it’s finest. They make you WANT it. DESIRE IT.
And while I’m ranting about people standing in line to get bargains, I actually am guilty of that:
Today my family stood in line for over an hour to eat Thanksgiving Dinner at Cracker Barrel. It was great, reasonably priced, and best yet: no dishes. What’s great about Cracker Barrel, they have a store that you can amuse yourself with while you’re waiting.
There’s nothing like a home-cooked Thanksgiving turkey dinner, don’t get me wrong. But, what’s most important is to spend time with those you love.
And it seems, in some cases: SHOP with them too.
Now, excuse me while I get ready for my Black Friday.
I’m raking leaves.
Do you ever feel like you’re in the Twilight Zone? My husband and I went to a Vitamin Store today to get some protein stuff that my husband likes to make sometimes. We went to the nearest Vitamin Store, about five minutes from the house.
Okay…you might ask? So you went to a mall? At LEAST you didn’t get shot at, look at the good side. Tonight in a Mall in Washington near Seattle, four people were shot by an “Hispanic”, but I wasn’t too concerned about getting shot, because this Mall is a ghost town. When it opened, 13 years ago, it was full of shops and people. NOW…there are only two stores left (and an IMAX): The Vitamin Store, and Cabela’s. And Cabela’s doesn’t have to pay taxes because it claims it’s a museum, due to the clever idea that they put stuffed deer and wolves and bears everywhere.
Anyway, That’s it. I’m seriously thinking about bidding for those stuffed mountain lions and buffalos so that I can turn MY house into a museum. And pay no more taxes. What do you think? I have quite a collection of sea shells in the basement. I could start getting my dead parakeets stuffed, like Mrs. Edison did…anyway, I’m off the subject. I could even have myself stuffed when I die. That should draw a crowd.
The middle-age guy working the store all by himself, you could tell, was so bored that he started talking real fast, in hopes that we would stick around. Out of the blue, he starting talking about his new 16-month-old son, (Whom he named Thaddeus after Thor, go figure that out.) and WHY he thought all the malls in the United States were closing down, because we wanted to know just how much longer the store was going to stay open.
He wasn’t sure.
“Everybody shopping online now.” He said. “That’s why all the malls are closing down.”
“You don’t think the economy or the fact that this is about ten minutes away from Ferguson has anything to do with it?” I asked.
“No. Here’s the truth. All the remaining Malls in St. Louis are by major highways.”
The fact that TWO major highways passed right by the mall, and it was rush hour, and we were the only three people in the mall didn’t seem to register. I was hearing Rod Sterling say.
Doo, do, do do…do do do do…
“Thaddeus’s father, deep in thought, doesn’t know it yet, but he will soon learn the lesson…that he’s NOT on another planet, and sometimes, things are not what they seem. No, Thaddeus’s father will soon learn, that home is not always were the heart is, but…online.”
As he was talking, I was remembering the conversation I had with my friend Mona today. We talked about how the blacks for the last eight Obama years, would just walk into a store, take whatever they wanted, and walk out. They were never prosecuted, and sometimes, on a Saturday night, looting at the Mall was the most exciting thing happening. She and I both agreed, that with daily looting, and the simple fact that people didn’t have much money to spend anymore, the stores just couldn’t keep in business. Especially in depressed places where there are more minorities.
But, I kept my mouth shut.
“With online shopping, you don’t have a sales tax.” said the guy.
“No” I said. “But the shipping prices are pretty much the same expense” And having been a ‘girl’ all my life, shopping online for clothes is nothing to compare with trying something on. Not only do you have the WAIT for the package to get there, if you don’t like it, you have to send it back and pay for the shipping. It’s like a DOUBLE tax.
Yes, I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. This man, could not fathom the reality of the destruction of the American economy. Even though, he probably had to bring his lunch to work because the food court was dark, and the Merry-Go-Round in the middle was begging to be moved to a Stephen King movie.
As we walked out the door, I yelled back. “Be sure and take lot of movies of Thaddeus!”
He gave me the funniest look.
I should have added “You can get a really nice camera online!”
But, I was still,.in the Twilight Zone of American Denial.
It’s apparent: The rich watch too much TV. I was thinking about that today. How do they get the idea that America is doing really well? They come on our TV’s and assure us everything is fine…don’t worry, our economy is just fine. They all must hang out at the same places, the best restaurants, and you have to wonder…do they even look out their limo windows? They only see the ghettos when Blacks decide to riot? What? Do they think Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis…really are just a small part of the American universe?
After all, they see mostly beautiful houses all day long. It’s getting hard for me to imagine their disconnect.
Yesterday, I was cleaning the kitchen, and I was searching for something to listen to on my cheap little telly…and there was Ben Stein, on some FOX show. Ben Stein is the genius of conservatives. Most people knew him as the teacher in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off…but he actually use to write speeches for Nixon and Ford. Most importantly, and not mentioned much, is he was a graduate of Yale Law School..in fact he was Valedictorian.
Ben Stein, has made some really astute observations, like this one about Richard Nixon:
Can anyone even remember now what Nixon did that was so terrible? He ended the war in Vietnam, brought home the POWs, ended the war in the Mideast, opened relations with China, started the first nuclear weapons reduction treaty, saved Eretz Israel’s life, started the Environmental Protection Administration. Does anyone remember what he did that was bad?
Oh, now I remember. He lied. He was a politician who lied. How remarkable. He lied to protect his subordinates who were covering up a ridiculous burglary that no one to this date has any clue about its purpose. He lied so he could stay in office and keep his agenda of peace going. That was his crime. He was a peacemaker and he wanted to make a world where there was a generation of peace. And he succeeded.
That is his legacy. He was a peacemaker. He was a lying, conniving, covering up peacemaker. He was not a lying, conniving drug addict like JFK, a lying, conniving war starter like LBJ, a lying, conniving seducer like Clinton—a lying, conniving peacemaker.
Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.
He also called Obama a racist…
What’s not to like about Ben Stein? Ben Stein has written stuff that has put tears in my eyes, and that hasn’t happened since Bambi lost his mother.
So, when Ben Stein said yesterday that the dollar was strong, and the economy was strong, I almost threw the spoon down the garbage disposal, while my hand was still attached.
How can such a brilliant man say such a stupid thing? I thought to myself.
But, then, sadly, to me, the answer is obvious. Imagine…a day in the life of Ben Stein. He gets up, maybe reads the Wall Street Journal, The Times, and perhaps a few dozen other papers online, and maybe writes a column or two. He sees the same cable news that we all do, so, you have to wonder, how he came to this conclusion?
There is only one answer: To the rich, the Ben Stein’s of the world, the rich connected to D.C. elites, America IS Wall Street. They judge America on the stock market, on their portfolios’, on the strength of their money in their banks. Appearing on FOX news is just a lot of fun to the man like Ben Stein. A man, well connected enough to the global cabal in Washington D.C. that he honestly believes that it’s Wall Street that determines the health of our nation. Big business, big government, has worked well in Ben’s world. It’s the only history he knows. In his world, America will never change, as long as the right money men remain in power.
What else can it be?
And it’s not just Ben Stein. I don’t know how many times I watched Sheppard Smith whoopeeing his wins in his stock market portfolio…during his news reports.
After 9.11, the Fed just kept pumping money and the poor got poorer and the rich got richer, and somehow, Ben Stein thinks that now…That worked pretty well. The economy is good.
Nobody ask him…FOR WHO?
No…rich men like Ben Stein, are in a dream world where if THEY are doing well…that means America is doing well.
Maybe I didn’t hear him right. It was a stupid thing to say, for such a ‘knowledgeable’ man. After all, I guess he doesn’t care that America’s debt is over 20 trillion, and WHAT school taught him economics, can we ask with a straight face?
Nobody Wonders…..when was the last time Ben Stein got out of his house in Beverly Hills? Maybe if we all had just a little bit of Ben Stein’s money, we’d think the economy is doing great too.
In the meantime, I think I’ll skip the Ben Stein’s “America is doing great” class. Down here in real life, Ben’s money fell off the back of the cliff so long ago, nobody will ever find it.
So, what news this day, from the man who OWNS the only conservative channel on cable? He hates Donald Trump so much, he wants his other rich buddy, the X-Mayor King of New York, to run for President: He tweeted:
“With Trump becoming very serious candidate, it’s time for next billionaire candidate, Mike Bloomberg to step into ring. Greatest mayor.”
Greatest mayor? Rupert must be hanging out among the boobs in Times Square. Can you imagine what ‘laws’ President Bloomberg would pass?
Bloomberg lives in London now. What? Does Rupert just want free rides on Air Force One? Is he missing his friend? Or is this just another attempt at getting Jeb and Hillary back in the saddle?
When the owner of FOX news and FOX sports, and the man who owns The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, wants the country ruled by liberals, that should tell you something.
The RICH, do not want Donald Trump in power. Jeb, Hillary, Bloomberg would be their puppets.
In the meantime, we are being told, “Don’t worry! You’ll get your money back! It always comes back!”
Here’s someone to explain the fact that what we are hearing about the Greeks are all wrong: Greece was set up by the bankers to “fail” so that the billionaires could come in and buy up the Greek assets for pennies on the dollar. I’m sure they are looking to do the same thing here.
Which is why Hillary already sold our uranium to Putin.
Greg Palast is an investigative reporter. So congratulations Greg! You win the Nobody’s Fool Award for the week, for helping explain this whole Banksters rip-off to the people over here who are talking about …how Jeb Bush thinks we should all work longer hours.
Sure Jeb. If only the 100 million out of work could find a job, we’re all for it!
(And thanks to Alex Jones)
Most of us who read the news have figured out, that Wall Street had some big players who rigged the system long before the crash of 2008, by building a special internet system that got to certain servers owned by certain banks. While it cost them ‘millions’ to build, they knew that even getting information a few seconds before everyone else would give them the ‘edge.’ These ‘players’ received information faster than anybody else, thereby giving them first bids on trading. I read this in Vanity Fair, whose article I do not have in front of me but because this is a blog not a newspaper item, sorry.
I mention it, because I was amazed when I read it. It fit in with our Presidents (George W., Bill Clinton and Obama) handing over the U.S. treasury to Goldman’s Sachs Presidents. Have you noticed that hardly ANYBODY anywhere has found this Executive closeness to Wall Street and the Feds a bit…suspicious?
Like I said, I only read about it in Vanity Fair.
Now, China is on the verge of their own 2008, where the little guy is going to lose a lot of money. The E.U. is in a panic…the Euro is in trouble, Greece is about to depart so…this will cause a panic, which they don’t want.
What would the big boys do who control the banks?
Would shutting it down the New York Stock Exchange stop the bleeding? Just tell the public it’s a minor thing, don’t worry, be happy.
And nobody knows what happened. (sure)
The Euro is an important part of the global government plans and so, NOBODY WONDERS…just WHO closed down the New York Stock Exchange to make sure that the right parties did NOT lose big money.
Who buys that there was a computer glitch?
What came first, the chicken or the egg? Did the elites PLAN to outlaw cash and therefore, invented the debit card so that cash could slowly be erased from the planet?
I can’t tell you how many young people I have talked to brag about how EASY it is to pay all their bills online. Having anybody reach into my stash of cash at the bank STILL gives me the willies…what you are basically doing is telling your uncle to go into your house, and take the cash he needs every month, and you will trust that he takes only what he needs, with you not there.
It’s clear, that the banks want to completely get rid of cash. There are too many people who can make ends met, or trade among themselves with cash transactions, and the bankers and politicians HATE it.
And here, David Knight gives proof of what the Banks want to do.
When all the cash is controlled by banks alone, it’s not going to be pretty. Nothing will be able to keep them out of your bank account if they so choose.
We ARE being forced into it…and they are trying to make everyone buy their necessities by offering you cash back incentives. They are paying you to not use cash.
When our ability to trade with currency is gone, so along goes our freedom to survive on our own.
Sadly– most everyone in the world thinks this is a natural evolution of our wonderful technology. (Idiots)
So, Congratulations David Knight! You win the Nobody’s Fool Award for the week, for at least trying to wake people.
Good luck with that.
I was standing in line at my local cable company today, because they had just told me my “introductory” rates were over and I now had to pay another $100 for services, when I just couldn’t help myself—-
It seems, he was an insurance broker and the first words out of his mouth were, “They really screwed everything up with Obamacare.” As I listened to the man, he was complaining that nobody knew what was going on, the doctors were refusing to “lower” their rates, and therefore, many people were going to hospitals and doctors, where they were NOT covered and didn’t even know it. He couldn’t get answers from anyone, and everybody was paying MORE money, and well…to be fair, I did start the conversation with, “What do you do?”
So, there I was…there to cancel my phone and Cable service, but I had to keep the internet, which of course also went up another $30 dollars, and I was realizing the vast network of money being sucked up by everyone that can.
When it was finally my turn, I asked the lady why my internet kept going up, and she shrugged.
“Well, how about I cancel it, and then go home, and join up again for the introductory price and save myself thirty dollars a month?” I said.
“That sounds like too much trouble.” she said.
So, because I truly do need the internet, I decided to go home and think about it.
This is such everyday stuff I know, and boring, but Americans are having to make these decisions every day, because everything is going up…and the salaries are not. It’s like we are all trapped in one of those movies where the people are at the bottom of a well, and the water is rising, and they keep trying to keep their heads above the water and then there’s screaming…AHAHHHHH!!!
Which is what I feel like doing today. Scream. My Santa Fee broke down last Saturday, in the middle of a very popular main drag, and luckily, my girlfriend had AAA or I would have had to pay a big tow fee. And I was feeling guilty about it…the dealer had told me that at 60,000 miles I needed to replace the timing belt…which of course was $600. But I thought…WHY? My old Pontiac Firebird went on for over 125,000 miles without me having to do anything to it but change the oil and tires.
So…I didn’t get it done.
I found out today, from the garage it was towed to, that it was going to cost over $800. Timing belt had to be replaced along with the OTHER thing that broke. (Some kind of drive shaft)
“So” I asked,” I should have had the timing belt replaced like everyone says and this wouldn’t have happened? ”
“Well, no.” he said. “We might have replaced the timing belt and not seen this and you would have had to bring it back and it would have cost you even more.”
So, here’s the deal.
They say, all the ‘sensors’ in all these new cars are the problem. They may all do great things, but the parts in them? They break.
Thomas Edison made a light bulb that shone for over 100 years, and they use to make cars that did not have to have major engine work every 60,000 miles. I know, I have owned a few.
What don’t I get?
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and the corporations which grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent of their fathers”…Thomas Jefferson
By now, we all know how our many recent past Presidents worshiped the Federal Reserve Chairman’s, and how this private banking organization called the Federal Reserve controls our whole economy…at least some of us do.
The average man doesn’t think much about the Federal Reserve because, besides Ron Paul, you won’t catch ANYBODY anywhere saying anything against it. No politician dares speak of it.
So, I thought I’d take an excerpt out of Judge Napolitano’s book, It Is Dangerous to be Right when the Government is Wrong, to help us all remember, the true history of the Federal Reserve, and how it has been the cause of so much misery.
On November 22nd, 1010, Senator Nelson W. Aldrich (R-Rhode Island), with five companions, set forth under assumed names in a privately chartered railroad care from Hoboken, New Jersey, to Jekyll Island, Georgia, allegedly on a duck-hunting expedition. The need to maintain secrecy was extremely important to the men who were aboard the train traveling to J.P. Morgan’s private retreat at the Jekyll Island Club. The full guest list would be later revealed as including Senator Aldrich (Rockefeller kinsman,) Henry P. Davison ( a J.P. Morgan partner), Paul Warburg (a Kuhn Loeb & Co. partner), Frank A. Vanderlip (a vice president of Rockefeller’s National City Bank of New York), Charles D. Norton (the president of Morgan’s First National Bank of New York), and professor A. Piatt Andrew (Head of the National Monetary Commission research staff), who had recently been made an assistant secretary of the treasury under President Taft, and who was a technician with a foot in tin both the Rockefeller and the Morgan camps.
These powerful banking elites would devise the new central banking system and draft what is now known as the Aldrich Plan. The Fed was given a monopoly of the issue of all bank notes: national banks as well as state banks. All nation banks were “forced” to become members of the Federal Reserve System.
A lower interest rate means it is less painful to the government to borrow money. This system led to the national debt ballooning from $2.6 billion in 1910 to $25.9 billion in 1920, which also led to the sharp spike of inflation that followed.
The great nations of the world would abandon the gold standard in order to print money to fund World War II. With the massive debt accrued by European nations to fight the war, as well as the need for the United States to pay its bills for the war, a new monetary sits had to be formed. Shortly after World War II, Lord Keynes and Harry Dexter White, a U.S. Treasury official, propared the plans for a new global financial system. Representatives of the financial rulers of the United Nations assembled in Breton Woods., New Hampshire, and they enacted the new global monetary system.
And it’s funny….Every day we hear how the Feds will not raise interest rates, because then the government can continue to borrow at 0 percent. I have read way too many articles saying that it’s all going to collapse, and soon.
In the meantime, the rich are getting MUCH richer, as if they all know what’s coming and like squirrels they are gathering as many nuts as possibly to last out the winter ahead.
The crash of 2008, was basically a major theft of the American people. We really haven’t recovered and Obama’s policies, Like FDR’s has made the economy worse.
Still, thanks to the Fed Chairman’s, ..the stock market continues to soar. Good for people who own stock. Not so much, for the majority of the people.
And the dollar, is only worth about 30 cents.
Wouldn’t it be something to one day, go to the morning Drudge report, see the pictures of all the men who run and profit from the Federal Reserve, their names, and their incomes?
Nobody Wonders how much they are all worth NOW— don’t you?
This week, we have Ronald Reagan Teaching Obama Economics 101.
Nobody Gets Email
They are predicting that the dollar bill will soon disappear to be replaced by the Amero. …but according to this email, it’s already been replaced with…the Obama coupon:
(Thanks to Kris)
This video was made during the occupy Wall Street fiasco, but…it’s so brilliant, I think they should play it to high school classes. (Fat Chance)
Enjoy the master, Molotov Mitchell, who not only educates, but entertains with delightful fun.
Molotov, you ARE the epitome of Nobody’s Fool.
(LOL! Like Molotov even knows who I am.)
Nobody Get’s Email:
Hey, here’s an email that I did not check out on Snopes, (okay, I admit, I never check out emails on Snopes.) but I think that Bill Downey has something here:
On the other hand….I could do a blog about this…and I probably already did!
$20 Hamburgers or minimum wage?
For those fast food employees striking for $15 an hour, let’s do some math.
At $15 an hour Johnny Fry-Boy would make $31,200 annually.
An E1 (Private) in the military makes $18,378.
An E5 (Sergeant) with 8 years of service only makes $35,067 annually.
So you’re telling me, Sally McBurgerflipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deploying for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective asses on the line every day protecting your unskilled butt!?
Here’s the deal, Baconator, you are working in a job designed for a kid in high school who is learning how to work and earning enough for gas, and hanging out with their equally goofy high school pals. If you have chosen this as your life long profession, you have failed.
Rupert Murdoch was on FOX today, and the discussion was about Scotland’s independence, and somehow the subject got around to why people all over the world were upset: He basically said that the rich are getting much richer, and the poor are getting poorer.
As long as the little guy’s life got better, he could have cared less about how rich the Duponts, or the Rockefeller’s, or even Rupert Murdoch got. But, since the great crash of 2008, the people of the world have watched the rich elites get richer, while everyone else had to make do with much less than before.
The masses are NOT happy, and Scotland is just the tip of the iceberg.
So, I thought it would be a good time to remember a senator named Huey Long. Huey was a democratic Senator from Louisiana in 1935, (during the first depression) and here are a few things he said on a radio address given in January, 1935. You will be reminded of how little the democratic party has changed:
“We ran Mr. Roosevelt for the presidency of the Unites States because he promised to us by word of mouth and in writing:
- That the size of the big man’s fortune would be reduced so as to give the masses at the bottom enough to wipe out all poverty: and
- That the hours of labor would be reduced that all would share in the work to be done and in consuming the abundance mankind produced.
What these promises meant was:”Share our wealth.”
When I saw him spending all his time of ease and recreation with the business partners of Mr. John D. Rockefeller Jr, with such men as the Astors, etc, maybe I ought to have had better sense than to have believed he would ever break down their big fortunes to give enough to them masses to end poverty. Millions of people were fooled at the same time.
He goes on:
- The Fortunes of the multimillionaires and billionaires shall be reduced so that no one person shall own more than a few million dollars to the person.
- We propose to limit the amount any one man can earn in one year or inherit to $1 million to the person.
- With that money we will provide a home and the comforts of home, with such common conveniences as radio and automobile for every family in America, free of debt.
- We guarantee food and clothing and employment for everyone who should work by shortening the hours of work to thirty hours per week, and to eleven months per year.
- .All education would be free. Even college. Why have the right to a college education depend upon whether the father or mother is so well to do as to send a boy or girl to college.
- A pension to everyone over 60.
- Forgive everybody’s debt.
The few own everything, the masses own nothing.
I imagine Huey would be very popular with Obama if he were alive today, and Harry Reid would have serious competition.
Of course, Huey’s ideas are nothing new. He was popular in his day. According to Wikipedia, he did a lot of good things for Louisiana for the short time he was there. Many of Huey’s wildest dreams of wealth redistribution have actually been put in place by the democratic party.
And if he were alive today, he would be saying the very same things, and I’m sure would have just as big a following as he did in 1935.
Getting back to Rupert Murdoch and Scotland—Nobody has quite figured out how to stop the rich elites from grabbing all the power and wealth, while millions of other people lead lives of “quiet desperation.” We don’t need to take the money from the rich, we just need the rich to stop stacking the deck in their favor.
Figure THAT out, and you’d have a whole new world.