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  • just a conservative girl 10:24 AM on 11/27/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: black friday, , , holidays, shopping, , walmart   

    Here’s an Idea, Don’t Want to Shop on Thanksgiving? Don’t Go to the Stores 

    This is another thing that just sits in my craw.  All this hullabaloo about stores opening on Thanksgiving.  For the record, I have zero intention of going to the stores this weekend, let alone on Thanksgiving day.  But I don’t make a big deal over the ones that do.  I have a friend who lives in Texas and I remember last year on Thanksgiving she was posting pictures of her and her kids standing in line to get into the stores.  She labeled a few of them as creating memories.  She was doing this not so much to get a big bargain, but for her kids to remember those moments spent with mom and dad on Thanksgiving.  Again, I wouldn’t do it.  But who am I to tell her she can’t or that she is somehow a bad person because she chooses to?

    Another thing that really gets me is the total lack of concern for those that work at restaurants that happen to be open on Thanksgiving.  There are plenty of people who can’t be bothered to cook a large meal and go out for dinner.  Do you think that the dishwashers in that restaurant are getting big tips?  Not likely.  They too are away from their families.  So are the chefs/cooks.  What about the cater waiters who go to people homes to help serve meals?  Yes that does happen.  Do you think that those people don’t have families like the poor abused Wal-Mart worker?

    Look, I have long ago thought that the holiday season has become so commercialized that “the reason for the season” has gotten lost.  That is the society we live in.  That is the society that we have chosen for ourselves.  This isn’t be pushed upon us by Wal-Mart.  I remember when I was a kid I was in the family station wagon driving to our destination on Thanksgiving morning and my parents being worried about having enough gas to get back home.  There were no open gas stations back then.  There were no open grocery stores for those items that you didn’t remember to buy on your trip for your family meal.  You had to make due.  But today virtually every major grocery store chain is open for at least part of the day.  Oh yeah, they are primarily unionized so the cries for them aren’t quite as loud.

    Yes, Thanksgiving should be about family.  But the fact is that people have been working on holidays for generations now.  Do you think those football stadiums aren’t staffed?   I have a Christmastime birthday and I am a long-suffering life-long Knicks fan.   I was trying to decide what to do for my birthday this year and was thinking about going to a Knicks game since I am now back in the New York area.  They are playing on Christmas Day.  Do you have any idea how badly I want to go to that game?  I found about it far too late and it is all sold out and I am way too cheap to pay the exorbitant prices that tickets are going for at this stage, but let me tell you, I would love to be sitting in the stands on that day.  Does that make me a bad person?  How exactly is that different from Wal-Mart being open?  People will be working won’t they?

    People decide for themselves what is family tradition and how that time is spent with said family.  There are people who have very tight budgets for Christmas gifts and the deals that are sometimes available during these big events are more than they can resist.  I have another friend who when her children were young, didn’t have a great deal of money and her daughter wanted a doll.  That doll was on sale for three hours on the middle of the night.  She got her butt out of bed and went and got it.  Why?  Because she couldn’t have afforded it otherwise and that was the one thing her little girl really wanted.  That was important to her.  You may view it a different way, but for her and her daughter it was something special.

    This is yet one more example of people trying to use something for a political goal.  This isn’t about people missing time with their families.   This is about unionizing Wal-Mart.  If this were simply about people working during “family time” they would be complaining about all the  other businesses that will be open on Thanksgiving Day.  When you start worrying about the servers, the dishwashers, the unionized grocery store workers, then we will talk.

    • Matthew A Bennett 10:43 AM on 11/27/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Inside My Pics.

    • kerry 10:55 AM on 11/27/2013 Permalink | Reply

      I totally agree with you. Another thing that no one mentions is: what about the people who choose to work that day? Maybe they really need the money and are willing to sacrifice that family time because they need to make rent or buy groceries or pay for their own Christmas shopping. I’ve noticed this push this year about not shopping in thanksgiving, even by conservatives, and it just makes me uncomfortable to agree with the whole thing, even though I have no intention of shopping that day or the next, because it makes the assumption that people working that day don’t want to be working, which is something we can’t just assume.

      • just a conservative girl 10:58 AM on 11/27/2013 Permalink | Reply

        Also we are making a huge assumption that people want to spend time with their families. Many people don’t get along with them and going to work is a great way to get out of it. Another thing about many retail workers is that many of them are new immigrants to our country and dont’ necessarily feel a kinship towards Thanksgiving. Yes, some of those working would much rather be home with their families, but some will not.

    • joyannaadams 12:34 AM on 11/28/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Every New Years Eve, for 20 years, I was singing Auld Lang at midnight and watching everyone else get kissed. I must admit, it was always a lonely moment. But…I had a job.

      The people who have to work, know how bad the economy is now, and has been for years. And I think most people will have the get together on Friday, or even Wednesday night just for that special relative that HAS to work. I saw lots of family gatherings tonight in my neighborhood.

      Tomorrow, I plan to go buy a camera before I go to Thanksgiving dinner with my family. It’s not something that I want to do, but the camera I want will be on sale almost half price. In this economy, who can resist? So many things are a luxury now. That mother loved her child. I remember going without dental work to buy my son hockey equipment.

      And I will say, “Happy Thanksgiving” to the salesperson…and I think that most people just try to deal with it. If the camera is sold out…such is life, right?

      The spirit of Thanksgiving is still there…all I had to do was read your wonderful post to know it…so…

      Happy Thanksgiving MS Conservative Girl! I hope someday you will get to go to that game:)

    • Robin H 3:07 PM on 11/29/2013 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been pointing out the gas stations, grocery stores and Dunkin Donuts every time someone mentions this on facebook. Someone else mentioned the emergency workers, police, fire, EMT’s. Who comes to your house if grandma starts chocking on a turkey bone? Do we want them to not work? There have been many years we’ve had our Thanksgiving dinner on Friday or Saturday if someone can’t attend. And why do we only get together on holidays? Let’s bring back the Sunday family dinners, then the holiday meals are less important.

  • just a conservative girl 8:34 PM on 05/11/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: church, , walmart   

    There Are No Words………………. 

    I don’t know about you, but I when I go to church, I don’t want to hear about Walmart. 

    • nicedeb 12:37 AM on 05/12/2011 Permalink | Reply

      It’s not a real church. They call it “performance art” for activists. I think they’re basically mocking church.

    • loopyloo305 5:22 AM on 05/12/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Crazy people and crazy church!

  • fuzislippers 3:13 AM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Wal-Mart, Obama, and “Fundamental Transformation” 

    Is anyone else wondering what is going on with Wal-Mart and the leftist BO regime?  All of a sudden, after at least a decade of being the target of leftist vilification and rage, Wal-Mart is being wooed by Obama and his traitorous horde.  DHS and FLOTUS are cuddling up to Wal-Mart . . . and Wal-Mart is spooning them right back.  Let’s not forget how Wal-Mart came out in support of BO’s government takeover of healthcare; that didn’t really seem to make sense at the time, particularly given Wal-Mart’s shaky history with its employees’ health coverage and poverty-level wages.  Oh, sure, the SEIU hasn’t received the memo and that marriage of convenience between the purple shirts and the yellow smiley face over health care is definitely not going well, but something is going on here.

    It seems to me, given Wal-Mart’s history of supporting crap legislation (like cap and tax and the aforementioned job-killing healthcare monstrosity), that Wal-Mart is more than happy to support anything that will push their competitors–small businesses–out of business.  Sky-rocketing health care and energy costs?  Sure, that’s wonderful . . . for massive Wal-Mart.

    The free market isn’t free (or much of a market) if the biggest players, abetted by the federal government, manipulate it through regulation and assorted under-handed, dishonest machinations that eliminate all (or certainly most) competition.  This seems pretty obvious, right?  And yet, one can’t help but wonder if this isn’t exactly what this regime and Wal-Mart are doing.   Using socialist progressives to further your own business interests at the expense of the middle class?  What can go wrong?

    The unanswered question: what’s in it for the Tyrant in Chief and how does this play into his “fundamental transformation” of our beloved country?

    • Yukio Ngaby 3:31 AM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s more likely that Walmart supports Obama, and then Obama keeps most of the unions off its neck. Obama gets an odd, across the aisle (not really, but that’s how he spins it) endorsement, and it doesn’t really cost him anything.

      • fuzislippers 6:58 AM on 01/26/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Well, no. Walmart has become, like unions, an extension of this administration. What is that again when private business colludes with and is essentially run by the government?

    • just a conservative girl 4:00 AM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am not a Walmart fan, I don’t like their business model and I have a real problem with the fact that they don’t seem to care that they get their merchandise from slave labor in some cases. But, I do understand that many need the low prices in order to survive. Personally, I shop at Target for those type of things. My local Target just added a food section that has some quality produce at good prices.

    • SignPainterGuy 1:18 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I like WallyWorld for the same reasons the late-great Paul Harvey did, but I have to wonder how much of the change mentioned here is the result of changes at the helm similar to that at Disney after Walt died !

    • BackyardConservative 1:56 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Walmart is trying to expand in Chicago. They are buying peace with this administration. I bet Michelle will be on their board after his term ends.

      • Yukio Ngaby 6:56 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Good bet. I didn’t hear about the Chicago expansion. Very interesting. I heart crony capitalism.

    • RightKlik 8:14 PM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Walmart abuses eminent domain as well. Walmart is not an example of a free-market capitalist enterprise.

  • just a conservative girl 12:57 AM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , walmart   

    Anti Walmart Protest of Private Home 

    There was a protest at the private home of one the developers who is trying to bring a Walmart into a poorer section of Washington, DC. 

    I decided to go down and take a look at what they were doing and what type of press was covering it.

    See here

    • fuzislippers 3:21 AM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you got out there and filmed it. Your final comment about the fringe media’s reaction if any Tea Party group showed up at someone’s private residence to protest is spot-on. The silence around this . . . deafening. And typical.

    • just a conservative girl 3:31 AM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      It wasn’t even on the local news. I got home in time to watch it and switched to all three chanels and didn’t see a darn thing.

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