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Dang.  I think I’ll be heading over to Psycho Donuts today.  Really want one of these –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, there’s a comic book shop next door. Double-win!

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The Getaway : Boxer Protest at San Jose Barnes & Noble, part IV

This is the special getaway car that was rented to confuse the Evil Concerned Citizens.  Most of them were expecting a broom.

This is the special getaway car that was rented to confuse the Evil Concerned Citizens. Most of them were expecting a broom.

Check out the ultra-cool flyer on the winshield

Check out the ultra-cool flyer on the winshield. Sadly, it was removed by one of Boxer's minions before she could see it.

For some reason, Senator Ma'am had one of her minions pointing a fancy video camera at her escape vehicle for an hour or so before she skulked out.  Not clear why.

For some reason, Senator Ma'am had one of her minions pointing a fancy video camera at her escape vehicle for an hour or so before she skulked out. Not clear why.

… eventually she was driven out onto Stevens creek, to a loud chorus of :

“Hey Hey, Ho Ho Barbara Boxer has got to go!”

(Part III)

Boxer Protest at San Jose Barnes & Noble, part III

Zombie Reagan!  (seriously, though ... you gotta admire a guy that walk around wearing  a rubber mask in the hot sun for 2 hours.

Zombie Reagan! (seriously, though ... you gotta admire a guy that walk around wearing a rubber mask in the hot sun for 2 hours.

Astroturf.  No non-professional would have a sign that fancy.

Astroturf Alert! Obviously the Evil Insurance Companies bought this guy with a sandwich. Only a wealthy corporation would supply sign that fancy.

Inform! email flag@whitehouse.gov

Inform on fellow citizens! email flag@whitehouse.gov

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Nurses Against Obamacare

Nurses Against Obamacare

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Obama is kinda squirly...

Obama is kinda squirly...

... but... but... but... money grows on trees, right?

... but... but... but... money grows on trees, right?

Oh Noes!

Oh Noes!

DMV + IRS = WIN!

DMV + IRS = WIN!

(Part I)

(Part II)

(Part IIa)

Addendum to Boxer Protest at San Jose Barnes & Noble, part II

Here's the closest thing to a "Brooks Brothers Brigadier" that was present.

Here's the closest thing to a "Brooks Brothers Brigadier" that was present.

(Part II)

Boxer Protest at San Jose Barnes & Noble, part II

Our local left conspiracy guy did have a few nice pictures, though with snarkly little comments.  Most of the snark is about “important” thinks like making note of peoples’ weight and such.

Here’s some of the pictures that I though were worth your notice :

No astroturf here - just plain old folks!

No astroturf here - just plain old folks!

Cartoony, make-belive care was available for those who can't wait for Obama's cartoony, made up plan to be implemented.  (Seemed like a nice kid.)

Cartoony, make-belive care was available for those who can't wait for Obama's cartoony, made up plan to be implemented. (Seemed like a nice kid.)

I noticed Green Peace Helmet Guy in the "Lucy" picture.  I wish I'd seen him... or at least that someone had posted a better picture of him.  Drat. I wonder if his helmet works like a tinfoil deflector beanie.

I noticed Green Peace Helmet Guy in the "Lucy" picture. I wish I'd seen him... or at least that someone had posted a better picture of him. Drat. I wonder if his Green Peace Helmet works like a aluminum foil deflector beanie.

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If it weren't for the book-signings, Boxer would be on a milk carton by now.  "Have You Seen Me?"

If it weren't for the book-signings, Boxer would be on a milk carton by now. "Have You Seen Me?"

Nay KoolAId!

Nay KoolAId!

Oh No! The sayings of Obama are being Mocked!

Oh No! The sayings of Obama are being Mocked!

One of the cool things about this protest : there were a few handfuls of scattered opposition of various stripes... but none of them were shoved around or harassed.  Heck, the  only thing close to that I witnessed even close to that was a guy in an Obama shirt that just would leave a couple of anti-Boxer protesters  in peace (not the other 'way).  That was just words, though.

One of the cool things about this protest : there were a few handfuls of scattered opposition of various stripes... but none of them were shoved around or harassed. Heck, the only thing close to that I witnessed even close to that was a guy in an Obama shirt that just would leave a couple of anti-Boxer protesters in peace (not the other 'way). That was just words, though.

Yup.  Here's the "angry mob" the Democrats warned you about in that ad of theirs.  Oh, and Nazis, just like Nancy Pelosi told you!  COming up next : Obama will tell you about the Evil Monkey that lives in your closet!

Yup. Here's the "angry mob" the Democrats warned you about in that ad of theirs. Oh, and Nazis, just like Nancy Pelosi told you! COming up next : Obama will tell you about the Evil Monkey that lives in your closet!

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(Part I)

“Psycho Donuts much better than Psycho Medications”

Check out Is Something Not Quite Right With Stan , for the voice of one of those that the High Sheriffs of Political Correctness claim to speak for :

From what I can gather from all the web articles and those so called mental health advocates; there has been quite a Brouhaha going on about this Donuts Shop in Northern California calling itself “Psycho Donuts” –

NAMI and like organizations have actually made this some type of laughable social correctness pet issue.

I have to wonder now if BIG PhRMA is concerned people will stop taking their mind poisons; and instead take the donuts options for all those new DSM-V diagnosis? There is little doubt they would end up much healthier, with less disabling side effects, and with much less weight gain on donuts verses the Psych Drugs Model.

Plus the cost difference could actually make Health Coverage for every American a distinct Possibility. Maybe President Obama should look into this as an effective cost saving measure when selling his shaky health reform package to the House of Representatives?

Anywise, you would think those so called silly clowns at NAMI and like front organizations for PhRMA would have better things to do than complain about donuts.

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Directory of Local Blogs

Michi Sushi

Nice writeup over on the South Winchester News.

Drool, drool…

Local Bookstore Cat gets Props!

Publishers Weekly has declared that the local bookstore cat, Isbn has the coolest name evah. He’s now amoung the illustrious ranks of famous store cats like Fup.

Psycho Donuts franchises?

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Wow… so soon?

I guess it helps when you get so much free publicity, but still…!

Well, good luck guys!

Self-Annointed Guardians Make World a Worse Place

Apparently, the politically, correct Psych Thugs have succeeded in getting Psycho Donuts to become more generic, renaming the Massive Head Trauma and Bipolar donuts.

small amout of hyperbole

small amount of hyperbole

Two things are sad here :

  1. You know this isn’t going to appease the Politically Correct; they will demand more.  Guaranteed.
  2. The PC folks will think that their cultural vandalism is some kind of great victory for humanity.  Pity them.

Anyhoo, here’s davidsbass’ take on this :

Bright and early I stood with a cluster of confection enthusiasts wondering why the door of Psycho Donuts didn’t open precisely at 7:00 as advertised.

“Maybe that’s part of the shtick, opening up at erratic, moody moments, rather than being punctual like any other business.”  I said. It was a charitable interpretation.  Nurse Ratched was just running late.  After brushing back her hair and fixing the gig lines of her uniform, she opened the door to an eager throng.

They’d all been here before.  They just cared about the donuts, and nearly every one of them walked out with a box of a dozen.  I just wanted to soak in the scene, snap a few hurried cellphone shots, and order a bipolar or two.

But they weren’t calling them that anymore.  Apparently the protesters had gained some ground.  Now they were the innocuous, almost hippie-dippie “Duality” donuts.  I felt cheated.

So did the guy with the art-sculpture crash-helmet.  “I notice you’ve renamed ‘Massive Head Trauma'” to something unremarkable and dull.

The attending nurse didn’t know about the reclassification of the donuts to more socially acceptable and therefor tepid terms.  This was something Bike Helmet and I caught onto.  (I’m only calling him Bike Helmet because while we conversed, we never introduced ourselves, beyond my saying I was bipolar and his having caught my remarks to nbcbayarea.com.  he was a serious cyclist, with those special shoes and locking pedals, form fitting tights to cheat the wind, and a sculpted piece of headgear no doubt displayed in museums of modern art.  And he was just as serious about his morning sugar fix for himself and his co-workers).

The interior of Psycho Donuts is an amazing collage of creativity and thematically focused execution.  This is the vibrant makeover of a dull and mundane business niche some imaginative team of entrepreneurs has made a showcase of.  This is what a bunch of well intentioned but too politically correct, i.e., repressive, minded advocates of mental health and the rights of the disabled picketed.  Not only have I argued elsewhere (see “Why, I Buy ‘m at Psycho Donuts, of Course!“) that this was misguided and failed to seize the better opportunity this business afforded, but I would think in today’s economic blight, any business with this degree of verve, creativity, and thoughtfulness ought to be lauded, not picketed.


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Silicon Valley Roller Girls face off against LA

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Info from upcoming.com
The South Bay’s own Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League, Silicon Valley Roller Girls (San Jose, CA), will be hosting their second annual Hot August Fights. Back by popular demand, this year the Dot.Kamikazes of SVRG will face off against Angel City Derby Girls Rocket Queens (Los Angeles, CA). Hot August Fights will take place on Saturday August 8, 2009 at San Jose Skate (397 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose). Doors open at 6 p.m., and the bout gets underway at 7 p.m.

This is an all-ages bout featuring half-time show; raffle prizes; and more. Come and show your support for your local derby girls by donning your green and black. After the bout, join the ladies of SVRG and ACDG for an after party at Jacks in San Jose. For more details about the bout and SVRG, please check our website and blog.

Tickets are currently for sale online at Brown Paper Tickets: $15 for adults and $6 for kids. Tickets at the door are $17 for adults and $8 for kids; babies in arms (two and under) are free. A portion of the proceeds from the bout will be donated to the John Muir Cancer Institute.

Effective 7/31/09, tickets are also for sale at Psycho Donuts, 2006 Winchester Blvd in Campbell, and at Streetlight Records, 980 S. Bascom Ave in San Jose. Tickets are available at the advance ticket price, without the service charge of purchasing them online!

… also, freakin’ ETHIOPIANS!

I didn’t even know there was an Ethiopian Review.  From “We Should All Be So Crazy”  :

Of course, by decrying what Psycho Donuts are doing, organizations like the National Alliance for Mental Illness have brought massive local and national publicity to the bakery as well as attention to themselves. As the saying goes, maybe they’re all crazy — as a fox.

… another party heard from

Mark Whittington writes, on Associated Content :

The controversy appears to be that of Jordan Zweigoron’s right to run a business and name his products whatever he wants to name them and people such as Oscar Wright who think that naming fattening food after mental conditions is somehow socially stigmatizing. One would want to have some kind of hard numbers that calculate the number of mentally ill people who do not seek treatment because of the social stigma and the number who do not do so because of some silly confection named CocoMarbles. One is not sure what term can be applied to people with the need to be perpetually angry at someone or something, like a strangely themed donut shop. That might make a name for a pretty potent confection.

Exactly right.  For all their emoting, folks like Oscar Wright and NAMI simply don’t make their case.

Silicon Valley Tea Party Patriots

For those who want to participate in democracy and whatnot, here is a listing of “town halls” and similar.

Local Boys Do Good!

You know you’ve really made it when you’re in the Weekly World News (“The World’s Only Reliable News”)… and our local donut shop has acheived that distinction!

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… and in other news, why is the media silent about the shocking story of Obama’s half brother?

Mad, I tell you! Mad! MAD!!!

"Moo hoo hah hah hah!"

"Moo hoo hah hah hah!"

Well, so far 65% are laughing and 12% bored according to the imbedded poll on the local NBC affiliate’s webage (“Psycho Donut Theme Making People “Mad”).

It’s fairly interesting how “the National Alliance for Mental Illness” worked the local media to get some free advertising for their protest, which in turn gave Psycho Donuts lots of free advertsing.

Those not familiar with Campbell don’t realize how obscurely the doughnut shop is placed.  It’s in an itty-bitty strip mall, between a Subway and a laundromat.   It’s very hard to notice.  A few dozen people milling around with signs probably got the shop a bit of extra notice from the passing motorists… but I strongly suspect that the “march” through the Campbell Farmer’s Market got Psycho Donuts tons of free publicity.  I bumped into some friends that said they were going to pop by for a donut after buying their veggies.

This seemed to be an especially good day for video-makers.  I arrived very late in the game, but it seemd like folks were being interview all over the place.

The Circus will be in town this weekend…

Apparently the Assorted Nuts will be protesting Psycho Donuts this weekend.  Should be some entertainment for a warm, sunny day.  I’ll have to remember to bring a cold drink that goes with donuts.

Psycho Donuts really should start selling iced coffee…

Nami the Clown

Nami the Clown

Update: Psycho posting on craigslist.  (To be transcribed at a later date.)

South Winchester News

There’s a nice local blog called South Winchester News. Take a look.

The Super Bowl of Hyperbole!

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”.

A disturbing point made in the Psycho Donuts “debate”

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.

Some impressions on the Psycho Donut “debate”

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…

CNSNews.com Political Correctness Watch 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…

“Debate?” Doesn’t sound like it…

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.

Weirdness.

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.

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