Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Egregious mail coupon brings DK back to the blog!

I certainly didn't plan it this way, but it's been over 6-weeks since I last blogged. I've missed you all terribly! Many thanks to those who checked up on me and kept me in the blog loop.

It's been a busy time for me, filled with new home construction and trying to stay one step ahead of our builder's schedule. You'd be surprised how quickly a new home can be built in a bad economy. At this point, we are still enjoying walking THROUGH the walls for a few more days before the insulation is installed.

Many times during the past 6-weeks, I've wanted to blog about this or that, but most anything I've wanted to say has already been expressed (much better than I could have) by others. Blue Dogs (bah, a pox on their Houses) ... Health Scare (the townhall people shouting the loudest are the ones who have lost so many brain cells, they will soon be in desperate need of the very health care they so vigorously sought to defeat) ... Health Insurance (35% of my premiums going to line insurance CEO's pockets vs a Public Option that would provide affordable coverage for all seems like a no-brainer to me) ... We the People (an overly dramatic group who did not allow their hungry children to eat their normal socialized school lunch today if their country's President would be speaking at the same time) ... Glenn Beck and other brain-dead fox sociopaths who ooze from every public TV in my state (and who are beloved by birthers, deathers, teabaggers, and racist idiots everywhere) ... yup, certainly no lack of blog material for sure.

So if I didn't blog about any of that, what drove me here tonight?

It was this coupon in our mailbox today (click for full effect):

It came in an envelope full of coupons for various local businesses put out by the mass-mail advertiser, Valpak. Usually filled with $10 discounts from a tire store, or free dessert from a restaurant, or 20% off deals from some furniture store, these mass-mail coupons are used by local businesses trying to bump up their sales.

In the current bad economy, many of these stores are really hurting. As sales drop, they have had to lay off employees and trim costs wherever possible, including employee health care and pension benefits for those they are still able to employ. Sadly, many businesses have simply failed and are now history, leaving their former employees free to attend Town Hall Meetings.

To give customers who are increasingly reluctant to purchase non-necessities an incentive, you can understand the idea of offering a little bonus for patronizing one store over their competitor. Usually these bonuses are tied into whatever the store is selling. Free dessert from a restaurant is a logical tie-in.

But what hare-brained idiot at "Auto Trim Design", a place that apparently caters to those who wish to protect their car's front end with a "clear bra", thought that offering a "Free 9mm Hand Gun with every Clear Bra Purchase" was a good idea?

How desperate does a business have to be to give out guns to those who purchase car bras? I mean, I've heard of "targeting" customers, but this is ridiculous, not to mention dangerous! (that is a link to a good read about where all this gun infatuation leads) ...

As far as I know, those car bras are mostly used by people who can't stand the thought of insects dying and leaving bug guts on their precious multi-coated sports cars. Maybe with a "Free Gun", car owners can just shoot the little winged bastards in midair, thereby negating the need for car bras altogether!

Clearly, "Auto Trim Design" did not think through this promotion very carefully since it may just "trigger" the death of their business!


Annette said...

Well, the wing nuts need to be armed so when the president comes to town and they arrive in their nicely dressed sports cars they will be clean and shiny and have no bugs on them and be armed with the latest in hand guns... Make sense...not to me.. or to you..but to the wing nuts it's perfect.. I am sure. Like the idiots in Phoenix who were standing around the VFW convention when the President spoke armed to the teeth.. or to the idiot in New Hampshire.. I truly fear for the President and actually think there will be at the least an attempt within the next 6 months.. Now, that is in no way a threat..please NO ONE, think I am making a threat on the president.. nor am I making any sort of prediction.. just with the escalation of the rhetoric and the hate speak coming from the likes of Beck, Hannity, Rush, and all the rest of talk radio and Fox Noise.. because I can't call them News.. With Pastors, if you can call them that, ( and I don't think you can) calling for the death of the President from their pulpits, someone is going to respond I am afraid.

Yes, I have missed you... even if you aren't blogging you could come by and say HI once in a while you

D.K. Raed said...

I know, I've been very very bad about blogging or commenting. I do skip by to read when I can. Like a ghost in the night.

These gun people are making me nervous! That pastor f*ckhead in Phoenix is dangerous. If he'd been spouting off that way about W last year, he would've been hauled in and locked away.

oh I know you weren't making a prediction, just expressing the dark thoughts we are all thinking and fearing. Much as I enjoyed the 60's, I sure wouldn't want to relive the violent parts of it. EVER. It seems that violent lizard-brained beasts (masquerading as people) have resurfaced. Maybe they've been there all along?

Annette said...

They may have been but I think if they have they have gotten more violent over the years... Yes, there were some on the left..thinking SDS who got violent over the war.. Maybe it is the more openness of television, talk radio and the internet that makes it seem worse.. I do think the Religious Right is on the rise and is a large part of the problem and have written on it a couple of times.. I want to do another post on it later today if I can... going to be traveling so not sure if I will be able to or not.

D.K. Raed said...

Annette, I was thinking more of JFK/RFK and the violent southern segregationists, but you are right, there was violence on both sides. The RR has been visibly on the rise since Reagan but seemed to have mostly kept their schizo "christian" violence under a bushel, waiting for now to come bursting out in full "gory". I will stop by later; want to read what you've posted about them.

Fran said...

My only suggestion: they change the verbiage to *STOP ROCK CHIPS DEAD*