2009/07/31 at 8:24 pm (political correctness)
Tags: colon cancer, Dan Hydar, foodz, humor, political correctness, Psycho Donuts
“chatostewart” asks the musical question …
Wow, I wonder if you would be siding with the discriminating Donuts shop if made a joke out of something that has caused you years of pain and suffering? What if … your loved one died of cancer, would you eat a Colon Cancer Hole[?]
Sorry, but the word “Cancer” is not the main reason I’d avoid that particular food.
Hint: it begins with “C”. I’ll wait…
… still waiting …
… time’s almost up …
Right! The word is “Colon”. “Colon” is not a yummy word… in fact, it represents the opposite of eating. Adding the word “hole” only underlines the problem…. making “Cancer” the most appetizing word in the name. Ironic, ain’t it?
Cancer Doughnut (Astrologically speakin') - yum
Well, OK maybe the crab-shaped donut was not the most attractive thing, but compare that to this :
Colon - yucky
Oh yeah, remember that there are far worse pictures of colons out there. You know this to be true.
2009/07/31 at 6:25 pm (political correctness)
Tags: Dan Hydar, NAMI, peers, Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services, political correctness, politically correct, Tim Burton
… for children.
“I don’t know why adults keep fighting that. They keep fighting the fairy tales that have been told since the beginning of mankind. They’re fighting Pinocchio. They forget what it’s like to be kids. Kids like to be scared.
“Most great children’s literature is politically incorrect, so I don’t know why they can’t get used to it by now.
“Dr. Seuss, there’s something wrong with him. His stuff was, at the time, considered having communist implications. I don’t see it myself but certain people do see those kinds of things.
“Real people, real life, your neighbours – that’s scary.”
And the Nightmare Before Christmas moviemaker insists such political correctness often makes it hard for him to do his job.
He explains, “When I was first doing stuff like Beetlejuice or Batman I used to get a lot of s**t for things being dark… When I was working on Nightmare Before Christmas I had endless arguments with the studio heads who said, ‘You can’t have a main character that’s got no eyeballs. How is someone gonna feel about somebody with just eye sockets?’
“It’s those kinds of things that really kind of wear you down.
How much worse are the would-be nannies who would infantilize adults by limiting their freedoms? Just askin’.
2009/07/30 at 12:45 am (political correctness, politics)
Tags: Charles Grassley, Daniel Weaver, NAMI, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, www.psychodonuts.com
Hmm… it seems that National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one of the previously-blogged-about enforcers of political correctness has some issues of it’s own, being investigated for, ahem, “overly friendly” ties to drug companies.
US Senator Grassley has been asking them for information. I’ll have to poke around some of the information later. Might be interesting. Apparently, it’s just as easy to set up namipharma.org as it is to set up www.psychodonuts.com. Ain’t that a kick in the teeth?
Here an exerpt :
Big Pharma won’t escape from Sen. Charles Grassley’s eagle eye yet. Rather than slipping into newly Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter’s seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley made a deal to postpone his move until the next Congress launches in 2011, the New York Times reports. In the meantime, the ranking Republic on Judiciary will be Sen. Jeff Sessions–and Grassley will stay firmly fixed on the Finance Committee, the better to influence healthcare reform and follow through on his pharma-oversight initiatives.
Grassley has made it his business to delve into all sorts of pharma issues: DTC advertising, doc-payment disclosure, and so on and so on. Last week, when Grassley was widely believed to be stepping into Specter’s Judiciary seat, pharma was buzzing with speculation that those issues would be forgotten. Or at the very least, pushed farther down on Finance’s to-do list. But the Iowa senator is too involved in the healthcare-reform push to change horses now.
Grassley’s latest? Funding for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a lobbying group. Last month, Grassley wrote for a breakdown of the organization’s money sources, and according to Furious Seasons, he’s now discovered that 56 percent of its $12 million to $13 million annual budget, on average, comes from pharmaceutical companies. Perhaps because of Grassley’s activism, NAMI is now disclosing pharma (and other) contributions; for the first quarter of 2009, for example, the organization reported $1.2 million in donations from drugmakers, including $262,500 from Bristol-Myers Squibb.
No word on where Grassley’s NAMI probe goes now–hearings, perhaps?–but in any case, it further extends his drive to expose financial ties among drugmakers, doctors, disease societies and academic researchers, particularly in psychiatry. And you can be sure there’s more where that came from.
Amazing what you find just hopping from link to link, isn’t it?
2009/07/29 at 1:25 pm (american history, donuts, political correctness)
Tags: Dan Hydar, Daniel Weaver, jelly donut, Jfk, John F Kennedy, MHT, November 22 1963, President Kennedy
Makes the JFK == Jelly Donut thing all the more funny. The word “Berliner” in “Ich bin ein Berliner”, can refer to a type of Jelly doughnut made in Berlin.
If good ol’ Jack Kennedy called himself a donut, maybe Psycho DOnuts could run with that. Heck maybe that is included in Oscar Wright’s secret plan? Change three letters (“MHT” becomes “JFK”) and all the protesters go away?
2009/07/29 at 1:08 pm (political correctness, Psycho Donuts)
Tags: Brain Injuries, brain injury, Dan Hydar, Daniel Weaver, head trauma, Jfk, massive head trauma, mental illness, MHT, November 22 1963, President Kennedy, Psycho Donuts, stigma, stigmas
No, really. He did. Even when posting ALL IN CAPS LIKE HE’S YELLING, he still doesn’t surpass the ice pick page for sheer over-the-to-ness.
Here’s a handy guide for the perplexed :
Fig. A - Pastry
Fig B - Pastry
Fig C - President
Fig D - Pastry
Fig E - President (full of pastries)
Fig F - Pastry pretending to be President
I hope this clears everything up.
2009/07/27 at 8:28 am (political correctness, Psycho Donuts)
Tags: Agnews State Hospital, campbell ca, campbell california, Dan Hydar, hyperbole, peers, Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services, politically correct
OK, granted our favorite stalker’s Godwin FAIL is technically much more hyperbolic (he directly references an entire country and millions of deaths)… but he shrinks away from specifics.
The good folks at “Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services” have generated some of the following text, regarding Psycho Donuts :
Featuring a “padded cell” exploits the worst historic abuses of the mental health system, where people with mental health disabilities were sometimes starved, tied to beds, beaten, and subject to “ice pick lobotomies,” electroconvulsive shock treatments, and immobilizing medications.
And also …
Finally, after a life of institutionalized abuse, people with mental disabilities were dumped into unmarked, sometimes mass graves, deprived of all human dignity. “Psycho Donuts” is located just 12 miles from the former Agnews State Hospital, where over 8,751 people were buried in unmarked graves. But “Psycho Donuts” doesn’t just reference history.
Sorry, but I haven’t seen an “unmarked grave” doughnut there. It might be cool for Hallowe’en, though. Still, the point here is that the donut shop in question doesn’t “reference” the hospital in question. Heck, the vast majority of residents of Silicon Valley know nothing about it, unless maybe they work for Sun. People going to the doughnut shop surely aren’t thinking of lurid tales of ice picks.
This is a good example of what I’ve been seeing; it seems like the people that are getting worked up about these doughnuts are reacting to images inside their own head. Not in the heads of doughnut makers, or customers, or “the children”.
2009/07/26 at 11:01 pm (Psycho Donuts)
Tags: Cops & Donuts, Cops & Doughnuts, Cops and Doughnuts, Dan Hydar, donuts, doughnuts, foodz, stigma
A commenter on another blog, who goes by the name of “hymes“, when reacting to a condemnatory description of Psycho Donuts suggested :
Would they have water boarding for kids or even “the hole” as in prisons for kids in any donut shop?
Well, the awesome people over at Cops and Doughnuts, the 100% cop-owned doughnut shop in Clare, Mi have realized the dream! Can it get any more awesome?
The Hole - Inside
The Hole - key hook
2009/07/26 at 10:44 pm (health, Psycho Donuts)
Tags: campbell ca, campbell california, Dan Hydar, KCIU, Kipp Berdiansky, KTVU, Marketing, Oscar Wright, Psycho Donuts, Rosy Chu
At a certain point in the discussion, Oscar Write quoted some study or other that stated the 66% of parents expressed “concern” with “medication”.
He said it like it was a bad thing.
It seems that there is a fair amount of evidence that children are being over medicated these days, so surely any parent worth their salt would be concerned about medicating their child. It just stands to reason.
Anyhow Wright was using this as yet another example of some bad thing that could somehow be attributed to the “stigma” that can somehow be blamed on donuts.
2009/07/26 at 5:57 pm (fun, Psycho Donuts)
Tags: Dan Hydar, doughnuts, NAMI, Nazi, nazism, petition, www.psychodonuts.com
Take a look at this petition; under the “demands” are only pictures. Apparently, they are demanding donuts and Nazism.
Scary… no wonder only 8 people signed.
2009/07/26 at 1:39 pm (Psycho Donuts)
Tags: cancer, cancer ice cream, Dan Hydar, donuts, doughnuts, humor, ice cream, laughter
My neighborhood donut shop caused quite the stir for a while … an d still seems to in some online quarters. So I’ve been watching the “fun” for a while now. A common trope seems to be to compare “mental illness” to AIDS or cancer. Today, I saw yet another variant in the comments here :
(Rachel Weldon) … I know, let’s start a “Chillin with cancer” ice cream shop & see what people think. You could have bald nurses & people hooked up to fake IV’s of Chemo. Funny? Lighthearted? Obviously not. Mental illness is a debilitating disease, which causes many people to lose their loved ones, their freedom, and in worst cases their lives. . .
A couple of things occur.
First, a “Chillin’ with Cancer Ice Cream” shop isn’t funny (at least as described). “Psycho Donuts” and “Heart Attack Grill” are funny. Funny kinda just is. If someone thinks about it, then declares that, yes, it has all of the proper elements of “funny”… he probably isn’t laughing.
Second, we are told that 26 Percent of US Adults suffer from “mental illness”… and some claim that is a conservative estimate. If that is the case, then the cancer comparison simply goes out the window. It’s simply a fact that 1/4 the population of the USA is not experiencing anything close to dying of cancer. So the analogy is simply false.
2009/07/26 at 12:51 pm (politics)
Tags: Congressional Budget Office, Dan Hydar, healthcare reform, obama
Apparently, the Congressional Budget Office is doing it’s job (figuring how much things will cost) too well.
2009/07/26 at 12:46 am (Psycho Donuts)
Tags: campbell ca, campbell california, Dan Hydar, KCIU, Kipp Berdiansky, KTVU, Marketing, Oscar Wright, Psycho Donuts, Rosy Chu
Well, Psycho Donuts owner Kipp Berdiansky and Oscar Wright had their chat this morning at 6:30 am on local channel, KTVU. This is a result of a few local groups having decided to become offended by local Donut Shop, Psycho Donuts. (The protesters seem to have gone away at this point, having been reduced to posting yelp spam and blog rants.)
Here’s a few impressions.
Oscar Wright didn’t seem to really be able to tie his argument together; he seemed to think that merely saying that 3 kajillion kids would have mental health problem X. Since he had a vague notion that Psycho Donuts would somehow worsen problem X, he simply assumed that all right-thinking people would therfore see that the donut shop was very, very bad. It’s the kind of argument that people that already agree with you will accept, but has not power to convince, or even explain.
An example : “1 out of 5 children per year(!) consider suicide” … was given as a reason why the “images children are bombarded with” need to be controlled. Then, wee’re meant to leap to the conclusion that a big part of these “images” is … having a donut or two. No reasosn are really given, they are links in a chain of assumption.
The assertion that things must be done “for the children”. Helen Lovejoy killed the raw force of that argument years ago; unless some kind of evidence is given to indicate that “the children” are being harmed, it’s very easy to laugh off.
For the last several minutes of the discussion, Wright tried to get Berdiansky to agree some kind of The Grand Sixty Day Plan he’d cooked up. First, he asked if Berdiansky would agree to “talk off air”, when that seems agreeable, more an more was added (it started to sound like Wright wanted a series of meeings with many, many people). Next, he wanted the meetings to be about making a plan to change the dout shop… which kind of an arrogant thing to ask from a business owner (“Hey, let’s split the difference on how you run your business.”) Apparently Wright was a regional administartor in California’s Small Business Administration bureaucracy. Maybe that kind of background gets one in the habit of seeing businesses as owing you concessions.
Oh, at the end of sixty days, Wright wnats to issue a joing press release. Huh.
Berdiansky asked Wright to share soem of his suggestions out in the open (they were, after all, both on TV to inform the public). Wright expressed reluctance to come forward with his “plan” for changing Psycho Donuts – he said he wished to avoid the “sensationalism” of discussing it on TV in “one or two minutes”.
With all due respect for Rosy Chu, this is a show being shown at 6:30 am, with probably dozens of viewers. What would be the harm in giving a rough idea? I live in Campbell; I don;t think that blood woukld flow in the streets if Wrights Ideal Donut Shoppe concepts turned out to be lame.
More later, pr’haps…
2009/07/26 at 12:23 am (book hound the cyberstalker)
Tags: book hound, Catholic Church, Catholicism, Dan Hydar, Dan Weaver, Daniel Weaver, mental illness, mentally ill, political correctness, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholicism, stigmas
Ah, the stalker is at it again. He loves linking (or even quoting) random pronouncements by the Catholic Church (such as Cardinal Lozano Barragán. Daniel Weaver then always goes on to pretend that somehow his enemies reject what was said. One could, in fact, argue that he seems to conflate the disease and the person with the disease, which is very much against the spirit of the text.
This behavior is, of course, the flip side of what he does with Nazis – quoting them and then pretending that his enemies agree with them.
Hint to Dan “the stalker” Weaver : you might want to read some of these texts before trying to exploit them; none of them seem to ever be germane to your “case” (whatever that might be now).
2009/07/25 at 8:30 am (fun)
Tags: blogs, books, child abuse, crafts, Dan Hydar, libraries, retarded
Now here is a cool blog; it dredges up bad choices from the local library.
2009/07/24 at 1:54 pm (Psycho Donuts)
Tags: campbell ca, Dan Hydar, doughnuts, politically correct, politically incorrect, Psycho Donuts
From article posted today :
“We made it very different, because if we didn’t, it would be like any other donut shop. Because our donuts look and taste crazy, we chose a fitting name. Because donuts have no feelings, they won’t be upset that we’re making fun of them.” Berdianski wrote.
“Because we love Campbell, we chose our location. Because we will not fire our eight employees, we won’t shut down the shop. Because of First Amendment rights, we won’t change our name. Some groups are going after us…because they are bullies.
“Because there are a million donut shops, everyone has a choice. Because most people have a sense of humor and like our donuts, we are thriving.”
It’s actually kinda funny how permutations of the same article can be posted for months on end…
2009/07/24 at 8:19 am (politics)
Tags: Boxer, Dan Hydar, John Kerry, Palin, Saracuda, Sarah Palin, Senator Maam
So the Washington Post has published an OpEd piece, signed by John Kerry and Senator Ma’am. It is meant to be a refutation of Sarah Palin’s OpEd on “Cap-and-Tax”.
It starts out with the assertion that they hope “for a substantive dialogue” and that they “want to put facts ahead of fiction and real debate ahead of rhetorical bomb-throwing.” The problem, though, is that they piece is pretty much void of substantive anything, and is just bomb-throwing.
Heck, in the paragraph that immediately follows, they pretend that Palin opposes “clean energy legislation” as if that was identical to the “cap-and-trade” bill. Do they even understand their own bill?
Other than making a couple of undefended assertions, that the bill (somehow) will Save Us All and that the bill will (somehow) create Millions of Jobs(!), there is nothing that comes close to addressing the bill or why it should be supported. The rest of the article can be summarized as this : “If you are against our bill, you are just like people who opposed clean water”. That’s it read it yourself and count the number of times this trope repeats, with “acid rain”, “superfund”, etc.
If they wanted to take a stab at substance they could have given some examples of the assertion that “Each time, our environmental laws have cleaned the water we drink, the air we breathe and the communities we live in at far lower cost than initially expected”. It isn’t relevant to cap-and-trade, but it would be interesting if true.
2009/07/23 at 7:08 pm (donuts, Psycho Donuts)
Tags: California, campbell, cocoa puffs, Dan Hydar, donut shops, donuts, doughnuts, Europe, halloween, murder burger, Psycho Donuts, restaurants, seattle, top pot hand forged doughnuts
I’d complete forgotten about Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts; reminded by the Something We Dreamed blog.
Sadly, I don’t think I’ll ever have a chance to go to Murder Burger. Too far.
2009/07/23 at 6:58 pm (book hound the cyberstalker)
Tags: American Dream, Bay Area People, Berdiansky, bipolar, California, Comcast on Demand, Dan Weaver, Daniel Weaver, debate, Jordan Zweigoron, KCIU, Kip Berdiansky, Kipp Berdiansky, KTVU, mental illness, Oscar Wright, Psycho Donuts, Rosy Chu, sacramento
2009/07/23 at 3:18 pm (Psycho Donuts)
Tags: campbell ca, Dan Hydar, Oscar Wright, Psycho Donuts, www.psychodonuts.com
Snicker… why would Oscar Wright issue a press release like this :
While on air, Wright challenged Berdiansky to meet again outside of the media spotlight to engage in further discussions about changing negative public opinions about mental illness. Berdiansky repeatedly sidestepped the offer saying he would only do so in public…
This was billed as a debate… or at least a discussion of issues. Who cares that the Psycho Donut guys didn’t want to meet with him personally, so that he could help them shut down their business and maybe open a different one.
If Mr Wright wants to be taken seriously, he needs to explain his seemly elitist (or even misanthropic) idea that (for example) a Massive Head Trauma doughnut “leads to misunderstandings and confusion and furthers the stigma associated with a physical brain disorder that is not a choice”.
Ah well, more later, maybe.
2009/07/23 at 8:01 am (fun, Psycho Donuts)
Tags: Crazy Eddie, Dan Hydar, El Pollo Loco, Heart Attack Grill, Marketing, Poll, Psycho Donuts, Sales
From a (five star!) review of Psycho Donuts :
I don’t want my money to encourage these inconsiderate and insensitive people to exist in our business community. What next crispy cripples? Swine flue punch? Herpie Pie? Obese fudge? Crack cocaine frosting? Alcoholic’s hangover soda, Making fun of people is not cool and neither is smoking cigarettes. These people want to make money….
Which made me wonder… how do these stack up?
So let’s find out! Please be honest; if you had to pick one, which would it be? Assume that it’s a legitimate, tasty food, just with a non-standard name.
Try your luck – follow the link below to a special poll!
What food product name would most cause you to try it?
2009/07/22 at 10:51 pm (political correctness, politics, Psycho Donuts)
Tags: book hound, campbell ca, Crazy People, Dan Hydar, Dan Weaver, NAMI, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, stigmas
Our friend Dan Weaver’s many Nazi posts seem to be a good example of a lack of self-awareness I see in the anti-doughnut jihadis. They like to blather about opposing promotion of supposed “stigma”, but they have no problem casting actual stigmas on those who dare to disagree with their accusations. They call people Nazis.
Or maybe equating people with Nazi killers isn’t a stigma by their definition?
These folks would impress Orwell.
(Previously published here.)
2009/07/22 at 9:04 pm (political correctness, Psycho Donuts)
Tags: Dan Hydar, NAMI, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, www.psychodonuts.com
It’s kind of interesting … there is an anonymous site that has been set up to attack one of the more fun businesses in my hometown, Psycho Donuts. As has been reported, the “donation” goes to a PayPal for “NAMI Santa Clara County” (the payment goes to firstname.lastname@example.org ). As a certain cyberstalker has mentioned, the actual WHOIS entry has this as the registrant :
New Day Foundation
480 Crafton Court
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043
It’s kinda cute that your friend the New York stalker thinks that, somehow the registrant can’t hold a domain from someone else – in fact, it’s done all the time.
Anyhoo, this makes me kinda curious how New Day Foundation guys got involved in trying to intimidate a donut shop; it’s giving me a whole new perspective on where my charitable contributions … and those everyone else… might be going. Do some of them simply form an “old boy” network, blindly joining in on whatever misadventure any of the others invent? It’s weird.
2009/07/22 at 9:26 am (political correctness)
Tags: campbell, campbell ca, campbell california, CM war room, Crazy People, Dan Hydar, Dan Weaver, Godwin, Godwin's Law, Nazi, Nazi Germany, nazi propaganda, Psycho Donuts, stigma
Poor guy thinks this is about traffic, so he doesn’t want to be honest and link my posts. Oh well.
My friends from the good ol’ STM War Room will appreciate the lack of proportion indicated by the following quote :
I especially want to thank the very devout Catholic blogger from Campbell, California who claims to be pro-life but espouses the same attitudes toward the mentally ill that the Nazis did.
Now lets see… how many countless people were murdered by the Nazis because they considered the disabled to be “useless eaters” and “life unworthy of life”? You’d think that there’d be a pretty high bar for declaring equivalence, wouldn’t you? Well, our friend Daniel Weaver is willing to declare donuts to be the same as a highly organized murder campaign. What are the mental processes by which that conclusion is reached?
This guy is the poster child for Godwin’s Law!
Well… as he’s stalking his way around teh intertubes, he could pause and do some reading, and consider how Nazi “attitudes” might somehow be worse than donuts covered in Fruit Loops and Cocoa Puffs.
(Note this is a duplicate of this post on my main blog.)
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