Archive for October, 2011

Obama writes checks?

After reading this article at the HuffingtonPost.com, I had a question to ask Obama myself! In the book “Ten Letters” by Eli Saslow, Obama is quoted to saying he feels “pained” that he can’t “do more, faster, to make a difference in their [struggling Americans] lives”. He told the book’s author:

“Some of these letters you read and you say, ‘Gosh, I really want to help this person, and I may not have the tools to help them right now…And then you start thinking about the fact that for every one person that wrote describing their story, there might be another hundred thousand going through the same thing. So there are times when I‘m reading the letters and I feel pained that I can’t do more, faster, to make a difference in their lives.”

Now my question is this, if the person to blame for all the problems this country now faces “… can’t do more, faster, to make a difference in their lives.”, then who can? You pushed it down our throats but you “can’t do more”, or “make a difference”? And as to a hundred thousand going through the same thing, do you want to try for millions? It would definitely be more accurate of a guess. You started it Obama, you can fix it! If you wanted to. I’m thinking what he has done to this country causes him to, when he’s not on camera, have a great big belly laugh considering what he is getting away with on the American citizens. 2012 can’t get here soon enough!

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Olive Garden is Anti-American?

This from “The Blaze”, full article is located here:  http://www.theblaze.com/stories/olive-garden-american-flag-display-would-disrupt-the-dining-experience/

Appears so!  When 80-year-old Marti Warren thought she was doing a good thing a little over a month ago when she booked a local Olive Garden restaurant in Oxford, Alabama, to host a Kiwanis club awards banquet. The chapter president got a rude awakening the night of the gathering, however, when restaurant staff refused to allow her to bring an American flag inside the restaurant.

Apparently Olive Garden, along with Red Lobster and four other “chain” restaurant’s are owned by The Darden Company. The Darden Company is the world’s largest full-service restaurant company and with annual sales last year of $7.5 billion. That’s $7,500,000,000.00 folks!  With restaurants totaling 1,900 and with over 180,000 employees! Now with all this going on, you wouldn’t think putting up a U.S. Flag and a Kiwanis Banner for a couple of hours would bring and end to the world as we know it would you?

Evidently Olive Garden thought so, and what do they mean when they stated: “The Oxford Olive Garden does not have a private dining area.”  But Warren says that’s not what the restaurant told her, in fact she says they told her she’d be in banquet room three. Now does that sound like there’s no “private dining area”? Sounds like patriots are welcome but only in the back behind the kitchen and then only with no flags or banners, please! I guess it’s their prerogative to refuse admittance of all flags and banners and I agree with that, it is their right! But like Marti Warren, it is also my prerogative not to frequent their local establishments any more in the future! And this includes all the businesses owned by The Darden Company. So yes Marti Warren, I’m with you on this boycott.  Here is a list of their businesses, their corporate office site and their email. Boycott!!

Darden owns six brands:
•Red Lobster
•Olive Garden
•LongHorn Steakhouse
•The Capital Grille
•Bahama Breeze
•Seasons 52

Where is Darden headquartered?
Darden is headquartered in Orlando, Fla.

Email:  http://www.darden.com/

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H&W Carpets review

It’s been almost a year since I hired H&W Carpets to supply and install the flooring in our newly purchased 1974 ranch home. I had to wait this long to write this review for a reason. It was to give them enough time to follow-up on the job (which they didn’t) and time for my temper to cool! Their address is given as: 19505 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Aloha, Oregon.

In the beginning everything went as expected, it was near job completion that he (our sales rep) showed us “attitude” in a comment he made to us about when the payment in full was due! Snarky indeed! We have also found poor quality workmanship in the way they installed the flooring. One section of the vinyl was installed leaving what could best be described as a bubble in the flooring upon completion. A bubble approximately 16 inches in diameter!

In another part of the house, the carpet was cut to reinstall the floor heat register to the heat ducting. Only problem is, in addition to the rectangular cut-out, they also made a second cut from one end of the cut-out and extended it out into the flooring where they proceeded to make a large letter “e” cut into the carpet.

My 45+ year construction background tells me that the 4-inch large “e” cut in the carpet field was the installer trying to find the register opening in the floor in the beginning. He then extended it over to cut the rectangular shaped hole afterwards. The fact that he made this excessively large cut without repairing the damage shows poor work ethics as well as a bit of dishonesty in failing to bring it to the attention of either his boss or myself, the buyer.

In both cases what with the vinyl “bubble” and the sliced-up carpet, a proper installer taking pride in his work would have ripped out the damaged flooring and replaced it with new at his own expense if need be, instead of trying to hide his work and hope the buyer doesn’t notice his shoddy workmanship. With numerous flooring suppliers around, I cannot in good faith recommend H&W Carpets, Inc. to anyone. Nor would I even allow them into my house again to clean my floor much less buy and install a new one. My rating? Is there such thing as a Negative Star Rating?

Too bad, as I prefer doing business with local mom and pop shops and tradespeople. Just not this one I guess!

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$5 fee for using a debit card?

Well by now I’m sure a few of you have already heard the latest.  That soon after the new year, banks will start charging you monthly for you using your debit card!  Some only $3 a month, others up to $10 a month!  Bank of America has stated they’ll be at $5 per month, Chase at $3 and so on.  What with their increases on their credit cards people backed away from them and switched to the less expensive debit card.  Now they increase the prices on the debit card to get you back on their high-priced credit cards!

Some are already looking for alternatives.  Cash, writing paper checks again or looking into credit unions are some possibilities.  As most banks are already going to the low-overhead way of doing business such as paperless and on-line banking only to increase their profits.  This I am thinking is just another stab in the dark in trying to find more sources of income for them.  More ways to gouge the public.  As if the bailouts weren’t enough!  Meanwhile keep an eye out for more ways the bank will use to separate you from your hard-earned money!

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