06 November 2010

Thanks, but I'm Staying Home

Once a week our mailbox is crammed full of ads that usually make a bee-line to our recycling bin. These include one-sheet flyers from Pizza Hut, Captain D's, and Kentucky Fried Chicken, the weekly flyers from area grocery stores and the occasional card announcing special pricing on replacement windows. The cover of last week's mailing was a coupon ad for Steak 'n Shake, and to my amazement I saw this:

Why on Earth does Steak 'n Shake feel it necessary to be open on Thanksgiving? Do they think that we might want to stop in to ruin our appetites while we make our way over the river and through the woods? Shouldn't the day be set aside for togetherness with family and friends sharing traditions or creating new ones?

It's clear to me that there are a lot of folks who don't share my reverence for the day. Hell, grocers started staying open on Thanksgiving years ago. I guess it was to "save the day" for the panicked cook who forgot something on their list. At least they close early.

Searching "open on Thanksgiving," resulted in a link to a CNBC article announcing that Sears would be open from 7 AM until Noon on Thanksgiving day for the first time in its 85-year history. It goes on to say that Sears-held K-mart has been open on the holiday for close to twenty years.

One comment on the article, attributed to "Spin1," caught my eye. It included the sentence: "Give these poor, under paid employees the day off with their families." I pretty much concur. And not just because it's hard to believe there would be an exodus of people wanting to satisfy their Steakburger cravings that day but also because it's the right thing to do.

05 November 2010

$200 Million a Day for Obama's Trip to India? It's a Lie.

"To say this figure — $200 million a day — has made the rounds in the blogosphere would be a huge understatement. It has been repeated by nearly every conservative pundit in the land: Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck, Drudge. Always with a healthy dose of indignation."
Read the full story here.