Wow, way ta cover local news, Merc!

no nuthin

Here’s the entire text they published on they website, two days after a big local protest :

San Jose protesters stay peaceful during Boxer book signing

Sen. Barbara Boxer was greeted by about 120 protesters outside Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3600 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose on Aug.15 where she made brief appearance to sign her second novel Blind Trust.

Boxer was accompanied by her San Francisco Office assistants and security personnel. The group remained relatively peaceful in its protest of healthcare reform.

About 100 people showed up at the bookstore for the brief reading and question-and-answer session.

Then again, that’s more than any other local media outlet did – including NBC, which apparently had  a camera there.

It would have been nice if they’d got the number right, at least.  I was there at the moment that Boxer dashed into the back entrance.  (I barely had enough time for a short  Boo!)  There had to have been more than 120 people there.

For that matter, what’s with this “protesters stay peaceful” crap?  They were expecting … what?

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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)

Photos from the Boxer Protest @ Barnes and Noble

Seniors are not shovel ready!

Seniors are not shovel ready!

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(More pictures later; I think I’ll run out for a vegan donut and then run some errands now …)

“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.

(more)

Lolcat break

funny pictures of cats with captions

(In honor of Thurs night)

Directory of Local Blogs

Donut Guide for El Lay!

I came across this list of “exotic” donut shops in the LA area.  I guess someone came down with a case of Psycho Donut envy.  Anyhoo, the list includes a presonal favorite of mine, Stan’s Corner Donuts.  Stan’s is the home of the (formerly Rece’s) Peanut Butter Donut… a donut suffed with peanut butter and covered with chocolate icing & chocolate chips.  A meal in itself!

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.

The was a big protest of Barbara “Ma’am” Boxer in San Jose…

She was at the Barnes and Noble on Steven’s Creek, hawking her novel.  From what I hear, about 35 people showed for her booksigning (not counting her entourage, extra  B&N security and a handful of actual cops).

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There were hundreds of protesters.

There was also maybe four pro-Obama people and a handful of “Single-payer healthcare” folks.

Of course, NBC spent lots and lots of time interviewing one of the Obama people, coincidentally, the only one that was black.  I guess it was a 25% chance, but still against the odds.  Make your own judgment.

Pictures tomorrow.

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!

More Commenty Fun! (or, Fat Times at Ridgemont High!)

In reply to The ridiculous contoversy of Psycho Donuts (examiner.com), Melany,  a Well Meaning Oppressor generate another “scoking” What-If scenario :

Family member name affected by mental illness: Travis. When did mental illness become part of pop culture? When the civil rights act was first implemented, there were idiots who thought it was moronic too. It your concern is the taste of a donut, then why does the name of facility matter. I guess you do not believe in equal rights for fat people too. I see that you are chubby and clearly like donuts, so what would happen if we created a donut shop called Chubby Fatso, which would include your segment of the population? Would your feelings not be hurt? It may seem like not a big deal to you, but those of us who battle the stigma each day, dont want society making a joke of those we love fatso.

Let’s go down the list :

  1. Having  a “family member” “affected”  by “mental illness”  doesn’t make you a spokesman for anyone.  Sorry.
  2. Mental illness has been part of  “pop culture” from before it was called “Mental Illness”.  Look at  King Lear, Victorian Novels.  Poe.  Fritz Lang.  Alfred Hitchcock. The Joker. Twilight ZoneMonty Python’s Flying Circus.
  3. It’s always fun to assume that since some people though something good (ie, the Civil Rights Act) thought it was “moronic”, anything thought to be moronic is therefore good.   Lots of things were thought to be “moronic”, too : Slavery, Nazism, Communism, racism, phrenology, etc, etc.
  4. I note this in a lot of these Psych protester types – they tend to make attacks personal;  “I see that you are chubby…”. They just don’t seem to grasp that there are many things that are only offensive if directed at individuals.
  5. Finally, the “shocking” idea of a restaurant that invokes “fat”-ness.  Oh my.  There couldn’t possibly be examples.

Time for a celebration of Culinary Fattitude!

Try the Double Chili-Cheese!

Try the Double Chili-Cheese!

Bob's Big Boy

Bob's Big Boy

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Heart Attack Grill

Heart Attack Grill

Chubby's

Chubby's

To close, let’s go international!

Chubby Maid Café

Chubby Maid Café

More later, maybe… this is fun!

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.


Yet Another Psycho Donuts Opinion

The ridiculous contoversy of Psycho Donuts (San Jose Independent Examiner)

Obama Staffer Flies Cross-Country with Special Treat!

His taste in beer is lacking, but Obama is a doughnut gourmet!

His taste in beer is lacking, but Obama is a doughnut gourmet!

(It’s possible he’s just sucking up to cops after the “incident“, but I think his donut-eating is sincere.  Just my opinion, though.)

… and lets not even discuss this one…

left-winger

left-winger

Stigmatizing the Deaf …

… and um, “arse”-less!

While investigating the call for “Amputee Donuts” on “stigmanet.org”,  I thought, should these people alos be investigating “stigma” against amputees?  Might there be Evil Stigmatizers out there?

I found one culprit immediately, one Anders Jacobsen … who stigmatically stigmatized persons without ears and/or missing bits of their buttocks :

Stigma cast onto Injuries

Stigma cast onto Injuries

Would the sensative publisher of “stigmanet.org” shove this in the face of a dear friend who was struggling with colon cancer?  Hearing loss?

Well???

Torturing Friends to Score Points?

OK, I found this bit of frightingness while surfing “stigmanet.org” today :

July 26, 2009 – News of the Week …

When I first told Tom about Psycho’s jelly-oozing donut named “Massive Head Trauma,” he wept, then got angry. (Kip Berdiansky calls people like Tom humorless and over-sensitive.) Tom, a caring person, is in extreme pain. His wife had a near-fatal brain hemorrhage in April and she struggles hourly to regain her life. Although he may be partly right about Tom’s sensitivity,

Why the hell would you go out of your way to describe a head-trauma doughnut to someone who is so far out on the edge emotionally?  It’s not like the writer was just mentioning it in passing… clearly someone who’s writing “wekly news” about the donut shop is castng it in the darkest terms.  Why rub your friend’s nose in it?

A donut sitting on a shelf in a donut shop harms nobody.   It doesn’t refer to anyone.  Even if it has a face.   Nobody named the donut after anyone.  It’s a donut.

When you single out an individual and say “Hey – this oozing, red donut is just like your wife!” … then you are causing pain to an individual, a person.

So …  don’t do that! Comprendez vous?

HeadWound

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Keep your “Offendedness” off our Free Speech

I think that one of the major aspect of this Psycho Donut “controversy” that draws my attention is the degree to which some Americans have lost their understanding of our basic rights. The rights of free speech and the right to own property have always been two of the cardinal rights under our Constitution and core to our society.

People are now willing to junk the very foundation of our society in the name of being “offended”. The astounding thing in the case of Psycho Donuts is that the “offense” is so microscopically trivial that it… crazy. Someone calls a half-shaved coconut / half crushed-peanut donut “bipolar”. So what? It harms nobody.

Delicious FREEDOM, Baby!

Delicious FREEDOM, Baby!

Now, I know that the folks that have gotten themselves all worked up over this will claim that somehow this don’t leads children to suicide, etc, etc. They are always quite vague as to how this happens. Essentially, they just assume that it does. Because it must; it allows the Offended to assert that their “rights” are being violated.

Well, maybe a better way to put it would be that it allows them to assert that the rights of someone else are being violated. That someone else is usually conveniently offstage… or better, an abstract group, such as “the children”. The Offended Person has somehow decided that s/he speaks for that group.

Even if the Offended One is a member of that group, it’s arrogant to simply assume that one speaks for everyone else. Did everyone get together and elect you King of the Bipolars or Spokeswoamn for “the children” or “Grand Poobah of Head Trauma”? No? OK, speak only for yourself, then.

The problem here, is these folks take their Offense and use it to stamp on the actual rights of others. I’ve seen a couple examples online recently, Here’s a snip of one:

This is demented and should be stopped by the licensing body in California that must have human rights requirements of their own. The business however offensive to the impaired among us has been operating for months.  … I am not an attorney but I do have years of legal training. There is some levity and outrageous supporting opinions reduced to writing on the Internet. If I were the owners or the vocally or written supporters in a situation that potentially because state charges have been filed could conceivably evolve into a Federal Discrimination case furthered by the Justice Department and the ADA, a lot of donut people may be taking the stand for a long time.

and further :

Maybe someone with clout should get a law firm and proceed to the Justice Department and file a Discrimination Complaint. The complainant does not have to fear a counterclaim in this instance and and may not be, under federal law hindered or restrained from the filing.

Creepy thing 1 : Notice how even individuals who voice support for the target of the Offended should be harassed by legal and governmental means?  And the writer considers that to be a Good Thing?

Creepy thing 2 : Notice how the term “human right” is being twisted for the sake of convenience?    What “right” is being violated by donuts and internet free speech?

Creepy thing 3 : Notice how the goal is to ruin a small business, it’s customers and well-wishers?

Craigslist Posting For Donut Protest

(craigslist postings go away after 60 days, so I thought I’d preserve this event posting here.)

8/2: Noon to 2pm – Help Stamp Out Freedom – Protest Psycho Donuts!!!! (campbell)


Date: 2009-08-01, 9:29PM PDT
Reply to: event-rnpsp-1301332445@craigslist.org


Psycho Donuts is a business in Campbell, CA that says it is a “fun mental institution” and a “lighthearted insane asylum”; has a padded cell where customers can have their photos taken wearing a straightjacket; has doughnuts called “Massive Head Trauma”, “Feng Shui”, “Psycho Panda” & “Bipolar”; has “group therapy” table where people can sit and we like to pretend that there are “shock treatment” areas so it sounds like, ooooooo scaaaaary. Oh yeah, there’s a Bates Motel sign, and we really don’t like the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

Stereotypes are no joke! So we choose to act like them to show you how serious they truly are!

58,000 people are confined in mental institutions in the US and one of these days we might well join them! I mean really, we are willing to stomp on the freedoms of others, in order to fell better about ourselves. Doesn’t that say something to you?

Stereotypes CAUSE discrimination & stigma ruins lives – so please, please, please help us to spread stigma but inflicting it upon a small business serving the people of Campbell, Ca.

When did we decide it is OK to ridicule people who are different? Last Tuesday, just before we planned this event.

For over two months, many local disability organizations have tried, without success, to educate Psycho Donuts business owners and ask them to close their store, fire their employees and put on hairshirts and ashes. We’d like them to sow salt in the earth, so nothing will ever grow on the land again, but were flexible on that. Even STILL, they have refused, saying “Because donuts have no feelings, they won’t be upset that we’re making fun of them.”

This is shameful. Donuts have more feelings than many people. Science has proven this time and again.

In addition, the Campbell City Council, the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Clara Mental Health Board and Campbell’s State Legislators have been approached by the same local disability organizations, asking them to broker a meeting with the business owners, but they have said there is nothing they can do. Something about a thing called “the first amendment” or “first commandment” or first something. We’re NOT SURE. It is DISCRIMINATORY to use clever words like that to confuse us.

Anyway – shame on the City of Campbell for allowing this to happen! Really! Even though we just indicated that there is nothing they CAN do! SHAME!!!!!

There IS something YOU can do – JOIN US on Sunday, August 2nd @ 12 noon sharp

We need large numbers in order order to send a LOUD and clear massage to the owners of Psycho Donuts and to the leadership of the City of Campbell that we have our FEELINGS HURT and think very poorly of the people of Campbell. We won’t stand for this kind of badness against people. We will actually kind of wander around shouting through bullhorns and such-like. We find that our legs cramp up a lot if we just stand.

Wear comfortable Tin Foil Hat and bring “drinkables”. T-shirts and signs will be provided; we don’t care what YOU want to say, we want you to say what WE WANT YOU TO SAY. You understand, we’re sure. If not, well…. it’s not important that you do. Just show up.

  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

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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!

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