Raging against the little guy

October 20th, 2009 · 187 comments

Kellye from Huntsville, Alabama spotted these notes posted on boarded-up diner during last month’s G20 summit in Pittsburgh.

Explains Kellye: “The broken windows were caused by a few rowdy anarchists/drunk college kids from Oakland who apparently missed the mark in their defiance of the man. Since the vandals represented only a very small cross-section of protesters involved, other more local-friendly civil disobedients apparently saw fit to apologize for in their stead and offer their respectful patronage.”

related: silent protest

FILED UNDER: heart · note wars · Pittsburgh · raging against the machine · spelling and grammar police · Starbucks


187 responses so far ↓

  • #1   pony girl bang

    So, if Starbucks gets nailed next, can they sue the notewriters?

    Oct 20, 2009 at 9:30 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   infant tyrone bang

      PG,

      That’s bound to be season opener for new series “CSI: Pittsburgh”.

      Oct 20, 2009 at 11:53 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   Barbara

      I work just down the street from this place, the only reason anyone could come up with for the protesters smashing their windows is that President Obama liked their pancakes! McDonalds, Starbucks, FedEx, Wendys, and at least 2 banks withing 1/2 block from there. The protesters we got here were idiots, they got that right at least.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 2:29 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   infant tyrone bang

      Dayum, Barb…

      Thanks for updating us on that…it certainly tell me who I’m not going to cast in my at-home version of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” !!

      Sidney Poitier ?
      Sure !

      Spike Lee ?
      Sure !

      His “O”-ness ?
      Not until I check w/ State Farm + get a sign-off from Legal, m’deah !

      Oct 21, 2009 at 3:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   oi bang

    Did dear M&P realize that they signed the note as assholes?

    Oct 20, 2009 at 9:31 pm   rating: 59  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   infant tyrone bang

      oi,

      I heard it was compromise.

      Mom wanted to sign “holes in wall”.

      Pop wanted to sign “holes in ground”.

      Pop wouldn’t take no for answer, but Mom got to write sign.

      Pop never noticed switch.

      Mom always said, “Pop doesn’t know assholes from holes in ground.”

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:19 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   clumber

      @2.1 Yes, I agree! Remember all, stretching is a vital component to having a great roll on PANcomments! You don’t want to have pulled any tendons or cartilage and then find out you’re in the same thread as RunBarbara or Claw. Seriously, that shit can put you in the hospital if you don’t have your core properly warmed up.

      no, it is not a Gigglebrax fail, just a bit ambiguous

      Oct 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   infant tyrone bang

      Coach ?
      No clue, man…but I’ll be in the sauna *over yonder* if you come up with anything a little less ambiguous…..Sure you’re OK ?

      Oct 22, 2009 at 4:56 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Narwhal

    Urge to correct spelling… rising.

    Oct 20, 2009 at 9:31 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   pony girl bang

      hehehe.
      It will probably be spelled that way in 100 years, though, since most people pronounce it that way.

      Oct 20, 2009 at 9:38 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   infant tyrone bang

      Perhaps in fewer than 100, PG.

      There are some variants that it will have to defeat, though.

      r-e-s-t-r-a-w-n-t is quite popular nowadays.

      For other examples, drop by any 6th through 12th grade classroom.

      Stop by cafeteria for h-a-w-t lunch while you’re there.

      Oct 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   spottedbuddy bang

      #3.1 pony girl: Sadly, I’d give restraunt about 20 more years tops before it’s in the dictionary.

      Coorperate and happend, however, are going to take some campaigning.

      Enterprses? I got nothin’

      Oct 21, 2009 at 3:37 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   BlackMarketBeagle

      Sadness has nothing to do with it. Languages change- the meanings change, the spellings change- it’s neither good nor bad. (or bad?). It just is.
      If you look up the history of the word “nice” you’d be surprised about it’s origins.

      Now, back to the comedy.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   park rose bang

      You’re the tradegy guy, bmb! ;) Nonetheless, or even so and because of, I agree with you.
      (rose the verbose).

      Oct 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.6   infant tyrone bang

      *rose the verbose*

      But, if at all, evah so succinctly !

      Oct 21, 2009 at 6:22 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   oi bang

    Switching between capital and small in the first note is fucking delicious.
    I know I know. :P

    Oct 20, 2009 at 9:33 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   cheesyMonkey

      You know you suck?

      Oct 21, 2009 at 10:21 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   infant tyrone bang

      I think she was going for

      “Oh no I know” (a dirty word)
      from “Teen Spirit”

      but she *forgot* spelling….

      Something like that young lady ?

      ET playing *hunch*

      Oct 21, 2009 at 11:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   oi bang

      @ 4.1, In your dreams.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   As you Wish®

      Aww they didn’t see Saraswati that is in you or they would have known they were going to get schooled. BAM!

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   oi bang

      ♥ Timo ♥

      Oct 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   infant tyrone bang

      oi + Mr. As You Like,

      You, oi, my deah…like Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw’s character in “Indiana Jones & the TOD”)…appear to have had monkey’s brains for lunch.

      Only difference is Willie wasn’t hungry afterward and you must still be starving (Lean Cuisine-ish calorie count on today’s pop-top monkey).

      Last thing I heard monkey say came out funny and sounded like sing-song version of Talking Heads oldie:

      Take me to the river, dip me in the water
      Washing me down, washing me down.

      sorry bout articles…copyright thing ‘n’ all…

      ET remembering at last minute to ask ala Dr. Lecter if you had white or red wine with that, or was it Kingfisher or maybe even gin and tonic?

      Cheers, carnivores !

      Oct 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.7   Mo® bang

      ? ? ? :???:

      Oct 21, 2009 at 3:04 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.8   Chatterspot

      Infant Tyrone

      Really? Willie ate the monkey’s brains?
      I was sure we’d purchased a legitimate copy of the movie where Willie is seriously disgusted and starving by the end of the meal. Of course if she would have enjoyed that delightful looking dessert there would have been no reason for Indiana Jones to knock on her door with a sumptuous looking plate of fruit.
      Wow! I wonder how the version you watched might have ended. Damn bootleggers and their bogus films. I feel cheated.

      Oct 22, 2009 at 7:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.9   infant tyrone bang

      @ #4.8 Dear Ms. (Apparently) Chatterspot:

      OK, mano a mano al muerte si necessario por que yo creo en la vida despues de esta….

      Sheesh, folks like you can ruin a good experience w/ drugs

      Or…if the monkey brain scene was the point at which she said something exactly or roughly like “No, thanks…I/we had bugs for lunch”, then you’re probably remembering better than I was doing. But in terms of the posted material, my bad memory was the “perfect mistake”.

      Oct 23, 2009 at 3:56 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Perplexed

    If you own a restaurant, shouldn’t you be able to spell “restaurant?”

    Oct 20, 2009 at 9:36 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   pony girl bang

      Well, they did sign it, ‘Assholes.’

      Oct 20, 2009 at 9:39 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   Wade bang

      Maybe Aunt Restr is dyslexic.

      Oct 20, 2009 at 10:45 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   infant tyrone bang

      And maybe their patrons are dyspeptic.

      If your spoon gets hit before Starbucks, you need to seriously look at changing your alfredo sauce’s base from lard back to butter.

      Lower sign is signed “Hungry Protesters”, not “Gourmet Protesters”.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:31 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   Canthz_B bang

      Aunt Restr is how she referred to herself while speaking to Lamont after she’d been in Fred’s Ripple.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 3:52 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.5   infant tyrone bang

      Can’t get ma breath…
      Face is turnin’ three shades of Redd…

      Oh, it’s the big one, Elizabeth!
      I’m comin’ ta join ya, Honey!

      Oct 21, 2009 at 4:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.6   spottedbuddy bang

      Look, don’t go knocking restraunts until you’ve actually eaten in one. Some of them serve some pretty tasty fude.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 5:10 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.7   Lhyzz

      Also, if you protest corporations, shouldn’t you be able to spell “corporate”?

      Oct 21, 2009 at 6:01 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.8   Amanda

      This is exactly what I thought…

      Oct 21, 2009 at 7:12 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.9   Wade bang

      Pittsburgh: Where the LOLcats Are.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 8:08 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.10   Canthz_B bang

      That’s nothing, even Spock expressed emotions when he saw “ENTERPRSES” beneath the display of scale models of USS ENTERPRISE A through D at the Alpha Quadrant Air and Space Museum.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 8:18 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.11   park rose bang

      LOLcats can has rvlshoon?

      Oct 21, 2009 at 8:29 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.12   park rose bang

      Wade, at 5.2, I actually think the restaurant is dyslexic and also in favour of elision (maybe it caters to elided fops?)… therefore ‘au’ is either playing hooky, or taking a well earned smoko.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 9:23 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.13   infant tyrone bang

      rose been on da roll

      eateries in da mirror houz
      skippin o’er macaroneese
      auzzies skippin skool tday
      burnin up da leef’s dey pleez

      sing it sistah !
      u say ya wanna rvlshun
      betta chng yr mine insted
      marx n lennon…two burnin tigers

      Ref 2 hunks a burnin churnin love…
      Tanks, Dahlin’

      Oct 21, 2009 at 11:41 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   oi bang

    Would it have been less damaging if they had broken starbuck’s window too?

    Oct 20, 2009 at 9:39 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   JetJackson

      I am sure Starbucks took the initiative of installing bullet proof glass when they heard the G20 was coming.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:22 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   infant tyrone bang

      They probably swapped gallons of coffee with folks at Pittsburgh Plate Glass factory across street.

      Barter for Bullet-proof
      Goddess smiles ironic-ly
      Mom and Pop miss spell

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   oi bang

    Journey of protesters: from dear to assholes

    Oct 20, 2009 at 9:42 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   pony girl bang

      Unfortunately (when it comes to protesters) that journey is usually a short one.

      Oct 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   spottedbuddy bang

      What a long, strange trip it’s been.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 3:40 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   infant tyrone bang

      Maybe the window was hit by a meteorite…

      Plunging like stones from a slingshot on Mars

      Oct 21, 2009 at 4:12 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   park rose bang

      It’s a God-awful small affair,
      to the girl with the mousy hair but. . .

      Oh man, look at those cavemen go
      It’s the freakiest show
      Take a look at the lawman
      Beating up the wrong guy

      Wonder if we’ll ever know
      Is there life in Ma’s (& Pa’s?) restraunt …
      at the end of the universe (of course).

      Sorry to mix up the genres and galaxies there.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 9:18 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.5   infant tyrone bang

      It’s a ground ball hit sharply, but…

      Oh my, it falls as prey to the deadly double-play trio of

      Truckin’ to Ace to Bowie

      The Red Sox are playing over their heads and out of this world, like creatures from an alien dimension, or as *they* say it “From Ma’s !”.

      Final score: Sox 4 Pirates 2

      Nite game…”Moonage Daydream” played at 7th inning stretch, w/o irony.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 11:53 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Canthz_B bang

    When drunken protesters are in town it’s best to remove the “Restrooms Are For Paying Customers Only” sign.

    Oct 20, 2009 at 9:48 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   infant tyrone bang

      Or just cover that sign up with one saying

      “Closed for menu remodeling…
      but Starbucks is open”.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:53 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Adrienne bang

    I love that place! Those Lyonnaise potatoes are fucking delicious.

    Oct 20, 2009 at 9:49 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Canthz_B bang

    Does everyone aboard the Galactica have more than one asshole, or is this a congenital anomaly particular to Starbuck?

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:32 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   infant tyrone bang

      No, CB, just him…Lieutenant Starbuck.

      And to think…his next role was Faceman.

      Oh, shiza-whillikers !

      Is that what “A” stood for in “The A-Team”?

      Oct 21, 2009 at 1:05 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   zombieBlanco bang

      Youse guys are so old school.

      Team Kara!

      Oct 21, 2009 at 1:14 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   Canthz_B bang

      zB, I tried to keep it gender neutral for fans of either incarnation of BG. ;-)

      Oct 21, 2009 at 1:49 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.4   zombieBlanco bang

      CB – you’ll never be gender neutral to me :wink:

      Oct 21, 2009 at 2:15 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.5   Canthz_B bang

      ♥ zB. Oh! Now I’m verklempt! :oops:

      Oct 21, 2009 at 2:38 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.6   GK bang

      Oh! Now I’m fur-clamped!

      (I told her I wasn’t into that handcuff thing…)

      Oct 21, 2009 at 3:25 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Starbucks Barista Extraordinaire

    Oh, sweet irony! (Alanis, take notes on REAL irony).

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:33 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   GoldenShow-Slumbers

      You mean rain on a wedding day isn’t irony?!

      Oct 20, 2009 at 10:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   Critical Grass bang

      Or win the lottery and die the next day?

      Oct 21, 2009 at 4:30 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   GK bang

      It’s like ten thousand quotes from an irritating song when all you need is a funny comment.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 5:51 am   rating: 37  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.4   Critical Grass bang

      Oh c’mon it’s a good song, you just have to get the real irony. A song full of non-ironic situations called Ironic. I say that Alanis did it on purpose. We have understand her in a deeper level.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 11:00 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.5   Massive Tracts o' Land

      Oh I will understand her on a deeper level alright!

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.6   infant tyrone bang

      Six feet deep ?

      Or were you working what E. Costello calls a more shallow foxhole ?

      Oct 21, 2009 at 3:33 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.7   GK bang

      I must be interrogating the lyrics from the wrong perspective.

      Oct 22, 2009 at 3:14 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.8   infant tyrone bang

      @ Massive Tracts…

      R U channeling Alex from the ending of A Clockwork Orange?

      “deeper”…. almost=…. “cured”

      Oct 22, 2009 at 9:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   B.Marten

    Huntsville Alabama Representing!

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Canthz_B bang

      Huntsville Alabama Representing Pittsburgh!

      Oct 20, 2009 at 10:42 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   spottedbuddy bang

      Canthz B: Except you’re supposed to Roll, Tide on the football field, not by flattening neighborhoods.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 3:44 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   Canthz_B bang

      Not quite sure you got that one, Spot.

      Re-read the intro at the top of the page, ‘buddy.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 6:49 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.4   infant tyrone bang

      Dear Friends,

      How can you be in two places at once, when you’re not anywhere at all?

      F.T.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 11:57 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   P&G diner lover

    The P&G Diner is a tasty place. Incredible pancakes. And apparently now windowless…

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:40 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   adnoxious

    They didn’t forget about Starbucks. Where do you think they got the energy to trash the diner?

    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   infant tyrone bang

      Aye…and ammunition !

      Tried eating Starbucks biscotti lately ?

      Yet street-legal to carry, until you throw it.

      Provisional Soundtrack:
      I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass, Nick Lowe
      Heart of Glass, Blondie
      Shattered, Rolling Stones
      Street Fightin’ Man, Rolling Stones

      Oct 21, 2009 at 1:24 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   spottedbuddy bang

      Throwing Stones, Grateful Dead

      Burning Down the House, Talking Heads

      Crumblin’ Down, John Mellencamp

      Piss on the Wall, J. Geils Band

      Kung Fu Fighting, Carl Douglas

      Revolution, the Beatles

      Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, Elton John

      Oct 21, 2009 at 4:14 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   Neeners

      Starbucks paid the protesters with free drink cards and day old muffins to wreak havoc. They didn’t even rate fresh muffins.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 10:33 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   Neeners

      14.1 Those biscotti are good for toddlers who are cutting teeth. Don’t knock em.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 10:35 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.5   park rose bang

      At 14.3, I disagree. I think that the heart looks suspiciously like an ‘M’. Don’t blame the protesters, nor Starbucks. Guess who hired them? Another cold corporate enterprise. MacProtesters, the golden an-arch-ists.

      Btw, neeners, where’s your doggie?

      Oct 21, 2009 at 10:36 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.6   infant tyrone bang

      Buddy…indeed!

      We missed many, but lest we forget:
      Kick Out the Jams, Motherfuckers! MC5

      rose…

      On orders from Insane Clown Posse head thug, Ronald McMayhem ?

      On the other clown-shoe-shod-foot, I did think Ma & Pa might have (being sinless) thrown the first stone at their own window, hoping their sympathy traffic would far out weigh the cost of replacing the glass. Kind of like some folks pretend offense or incomprehension in a sad bid for martyred attention. (I’ve never seen that personally, but I read it in a psychology book the other day, and it seemed to make sense for *some* people.)

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.7   Neeners

      Rose-
      14.5-I am still a slave to McD’s french fries. They must be eaten directly from the bag from the drive through window. The time window for the proper temperature is optimum only 5 minutes after that. Otherwise just chuck them for the seagulls. Besides that I think Ronald is the antichrist.

      I was wondering about my doggie myself. He’s lost. I need to put up a reward sign. If found call …..

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:56 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   kielejocain

    Of course, Starbucks is one of the more responsible massive corporations in existence.

    Hating on corporations based on size is just lazy. You have principles other than ‘down with large groups of people,’ I assume; apply them.

    Oct 20, 2009 at 11:37 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   GK bang

      Mine is “down with commercial hegemonisation”, how’s that strike you?

      Oct 21, 2009 at 3:22 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   infant tyrone bang

      I like “Monopolies have a high coefficient of vacuum”, zat work allright?

      Oct 21, 2009 at 4:15 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.3   Canthz_B bang

      Can I just go with:

      “I hate Starbucks because their coffee is too expensive and only an elitist fop would purchase it just to have a Starbuck’s cup in their hand to show just how elitist they actually are and I hate people who would overpay for a commodity and the corporations that prey upon their unfounded wants rather than their actual needs. Mind your business Nike and Reebok, I’ll get to you another time.” (and then breath for a sec or two)?

      Can I do that, kielejocain?

      Oct 21, 2009 at 6:57 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.4   Meesh

      Or how about “resist commercial homogeneity?” Some of us want a little variety.

      That’s what she said.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 7:57 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.5   Meesh

      BTW, kielejocain, you’re wrong to assume that people have well thought out principles. People are reactionary idiots.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 7:59 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.6   Canthz_B bang

      No. I don’t care about that (15.4). I just want a cup of coffee to be under 75¢ ;-)

      Oct 21, 2009 at 8:03 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.7   Rachet

      Nice to know I’m an elitist fop. *thumbs up* Everyone needs to belong to some sort of group. May I take two seconds to say what group you belong to?

      Never mind. I’m too busy looking like an elitist fop.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 8:21 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.8   Canthz_B bang

      Yes, rush off to your impending cardiac arrest. Besides, I belong to no groups as such (because I abhor dogma from any quarter), so you’re better off not trying to categorize me. “Mariah” wouldn’t suit me well, so you can just call me “The Wind”. :-P

      Oct 21, 2009 at 8:32 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.9   Canthz_B bang

      Face it, Rachet, what you really like about Starbucks is not the taste of their Mochas, Fraps, et. al., it’s that you pay someone to prepare it for you who doesn’t earn enough to purchase the product on a regular basis.

      You can’t get that kind of elitist satisfaction at McDonald’s or Walmart.
      I’ll see you at Nieman Marcus later and we can discuss it over a cup of joe. ;-)

      Oct 21, 2009 at 8:47 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.10   anglophile bang

      I have a question. If I regularly get my cappuccino from the Mobil station down the street, am I evil for supporting Big Oil, a hero for undercutting the Starbucks next door, or just a pauper with a horrible palate?

      Oct 21, 2009 at 9:01 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.11   Phalange

      Wait, people actually pay for coffee?

      My advice to you all: get a crappy office job and you get all the free coffee you want! The only thing you have to give up is your soul and maybe a little dignity.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 9:05 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.12   Canthz_B bang

      Pauper, I’d say, ‘Glo…but you probably spend what you have more effectively than a Princess! ;-)

      Just to add…Yeah, I know…I’m not against coporate success, just consumer stupidity. Okay?

      Now go out and don’t forget to stay “hydrated”. The economy depends in large part on folks buying bottles of water…you know, the stuff you pay to have piped into your home?
      God, how I (and P.T. Barnham) laugh when I see someone buy a bottle of water at a convenience store!

      Oct 21, 2009 at 9:07 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.13   Neeners

      15-Spoken like a true manager of a Starbucks.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 10:53 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.14   Erk Erkson bang

      Solution: convince all your friends to get jobs at Starbucks and get all the free drinks you want! My friends get jobs, I get coffee, and Starbucks gets screwed. It’s win-win-win!

      Oct 21, 2009 at 11:43 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.15   infant tyrone bang

      Does this work any better if it’s retroactively placed into the correct sub-thread (if that’s even possible…let’s see)

      ‘glo…

      At the risk of being a little too “inside baseball”…
      (toward the end there, you may need to refer to the Apostle ET’s Epistle to the Australian @17.11 of You’re very welcome)

      You may have lurched into a novel manifestation of the deistic Trinity, one suited to the contemporary ethos.

      I mean, God ! Be all three !

      You have mixed together an image of one who’s taken vow of poverty (or uttered an oath against it), one who’s swinging a terrible swift sword of justice in the fight against creepy corporate hegemony AND overpriced java, and one who is not afraid of being at least a little bit naughty in willingly submitting to the rapacious clutches of the petro-Devil…
      (hey, choices have consequences like cosmetics have precursors).

      Why…bless my soul, if it isn’t that punishment-yardstick-wielding, Sister Mary Discipline in the flesh (and PVC habit ! + fishnets !). Come with me, Sister…let us worship together…yes, indeed, come with me!

      *ironically clicking “Submit” but thinking of ‘glo as an equal partner or as a prophetess*

      Well, on the other side of the wormhole…it looks as if you CAN petition the Lord with prayer…and a nice header…

      Oct 22, 2009 at 6:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.16   Yesenia

      WOW! Canthz_B knows me like no other! It is amazing that someone can deduce so much about me from the coffee I like.

      Dare I say-dare, dare!-that those who enjoy making grand statements like the ones made about people who go to Starbucks are just as much of an elitist as the one at who they are pointing their fingers?

      BTW, I actually prefer McDonalds regular coffee and get it more than Starbucks, although it is their Earl Grey Latte that keeps me coming back. Oh wait, no, I just like feeling superior! *thumbs up!*

      Oct 25, 2009 at 7:56 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.17   Canthz_B bang

      Yesenia, I don’t recall calling you anything in particular (other than a sucker for paying more than market value for a product), so you can keep your guilt-feelings under wraps, and a latte in your lap as you drive to your “work”.

      Surely, it was not you “at who” I was pointing my “fingers” implying elitism.
      I’d never make such a mistake! ;-)

      Nov 25, 2009 at 7:32 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Cynta

    Oh, c’mon. This is awesome. Keeping the fabric of society together.

    Oct 21, 2009 at 1:30 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   infant tyrone bang

      ‘glo…

      At the risk of being a little too “inside baseball”…
      (toward the end there, you may need to refer to the Apostle ET’s Epistle to the Australian @17.11 of You’re very welcome)

      You may have lurched into a novel manifestation of the deistic Trinity, one suited to the contemporary ethos.

      I mean, God ! Be all three !

      You have mixed together an image of one who’s taken vow of poverty (or uttered an oath against it), one who’s swinging a terrible swift sword of justice in the fight against creepy corporate hegemony AND overpriced java, and one who is not afraid of being at least a little bit naughty in willingly submitting to the rapacious clutches of the petro-Devil…
      (hey, choices have consequences like cosmetics have precursors).

      Why…bless my soul, if it isn’t that punishment-yardstick-wielding, Sister Mary Discipline in the flesh (and PVC habit ! + fishnets !). Come with me, Sister…let us worship together…yes, indeed, come with me!

      *ironically clicking “Submit” but thinking of ‘glo as an equal partner or as a prophetess*

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   bowloftoast bang

    By order of the City of Pittsburgh chief police, I hereby declare this thread to be an unlawful assembly. I order all those assembled to immediately disperse…if you do not disperse, you may be arrested and/or subject to other police action.
    *launch tear gas*

    Oct 21, 2009 at 2:04 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   spottedbuddy bang

      By order of the PAN ninja security force, I hereby declare your squad car an unlawful doughnut assembly.

      I order you to immediately hand over the maple bars and chocolate raised… if you take one more freaking BITE, you will be arrested and/or subject to other doughnut confiscating action.

      *launches broccoli*

      Oct 21, 2009 at 4:22 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   Neeners

      or beaten with billy clubs

      Oct 21, 2009 at 1:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Critical Grass bang

    Miss Place and Miss Spelling had a nice dinner at the Assholes’ restraunt. Yeah…

    Oct 21, 2009 at 4:35 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   clumber

      DAMMIT… I got another song title/lyric wrong!? Fuck… whole time I thought it was Alice’s restau(r)ant.
      I guess “♫ you can get anything you want, at Asshole’s restau(r)ant. Walk right in, it’s in the back….♪” does make more sense….

      Oct 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   eslinger bang

    P&G’s: Now offering al fresco dining!

    Oct 21, 2009 at 6:57 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #20  

    Apparently P&G didn’t have the capital to pay for the “protection” that Starbucks did.
    That’s not a mermaid on their cup. It is the Godmother.

    Oct 21, 2009 at 8:21 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   GhostWriter bang

    Pitt frat boys rarely support environmental, labor or social justice- those concerns rank far below keg access, cute Yinzer party attendance, and midnight excursions to the “O” for a chili-cheese-&-onion dog. To them, “G20″ is a new model of smart phone. In short, they wouldn’t spend their weekend protesting, especially if Pitt has a home football game.

    I’m betting those windows were really busted by by “plants” from the local redneck Conservative coalition (i.e., Starbucks management!)

    Oct 21, 2009 at 8:59 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Mark bang

    ♪ You can get anything you want
    at Mom & Pop’s restaurant
    excepting assholes

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:43 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Massive Tracts o' Land

      Walk right in and order up a plate. They got the very best pancakes! At Mom and Pop’s Restuarant…

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23  

    Hungarian Protesters are so caring and polite… :razz:

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:44 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Mark bang

      That’s because their hovercrafts are full of eels.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 9:57 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2  

      My nipples explode with delight!

      Oct 21, 2009 at 10:14 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.3   Neeners

      sounds so messy

      Oct 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.4  

      Do you want to come back to my place, bouncy bouncy?

      Oct 21, 2009 at 1:28 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Charlie bang

    I couldn’t believe the idiots smashed the windows there. Pancakes, man. Pancakes. They also smashed the windows of numerous businesses down Forbes Ave., which was ridiculous. I hate when out-of-towners and drunk college kids come and act the fool.

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:47 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   park rose bang

      Hey, Charlie. Long time no read! Sorry about the destruction and louts.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 10:05 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   Timo®

      Hallo Charlie!!!

      Oct 21, 2009 at 10:13 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.3   Charlie bang

      Hi everyone!!

      Oct 21, 2009 at 10:32 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   park rose bang

    More mom and pop shops!
    More hungry protesters!!
    More rotting meat!!!
    Brains!!!! Must have brains!!!!!
    Cold corpse enterprses MMM
    Cold corpse must co-operate, inter prizes…
    Zombie not like cold corpse
    Zombie wants warm corpse, rancid corpse…
    Mmm, corporal possession…corporeal property…
    Rotting, maggot-infested, wriggling mealy-mouthed capitalist/hippy dripping flesh…
    *drool*
    *drool*
    Zombie wants mom and pop shops to thrive over cold corpses…
    Zombie wants moms and pops…
    Cold corpses and mom and pop in same place very convenient for zombie.
    Zombie no can walk very fast.
    Brains, must have brains…Zombie needs more brains…Zombie has anger too… Zombie wants to share…

    Oct 21, 2009 at 9:52 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   infant tyrone bang

      rose, my deah…

      I suppose you don’t need to study for that test on possessives tomorrow?

      And ridden by loa Ayizan…the god who ate the Paypal nuncio!

      Channeling whom as the Serpent flies over the Rainbow?

      You must be *so* sore and *so* hungry…
      Take 2 of these and use me “any old time”…

      Oct 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26  

    Does P&G serve Soylent green, eggs and Ham?

    Because Soylent green is people!

    Oct 21, 2009 at 10:16 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   park rose bang

      By Seuss, I think it does!

      Oct 21, 2009 at 10:26 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.2   infant tyrone bang

      @ rose-Zombie #25 + Mr #26

      from Chemistry Class (Elvis Costello)
      People pleasing people pleasing people like you

      M&G’s kitchen motto:
      To serve and infect

      Remember kiddies:
      You Are What You Eat

      Oct 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   park rose bang

    Edited.

    Oct 21, 2009 at 10:34 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Neeners

    If the hungry protesters are so sorry then they should do something useful like take up a collection for the ****in broken window caused by who????? Oh yeah the loving (heart) hungry protestors. By the way which of the hungry protestors don’t agree (most of them are angry)?

    Oct 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   llamagirl

      rumor has it that early Friday morning a peaceful protester actually did go to Pamela’s and offer to pay for the broken window.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 8:47 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   Neeners

    If I had my own diner, my restaurant would have to be a dysfunctional mom and step-pop business, or a mom and grandma business, or a mom and live-in insane alcolholic druggie boyfriend business/restaurant.

    I am a product of the times. I would still love to go and vist ‘Assholes Diner’ they serve the best apple pie.

    Oct 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   Mo® bang

      Mom and verbally abusive step-pop diner has step-sister on the pole. Don’t get the cherry pie there…just sayin’. :shock:

      Oct 21, 2009 at 2:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #29.2   Neeners

      While cherry is my all time fave, I would never order it from ‘Assholes’.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 2:11 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   Mo® bang

    Always a good rule to follow Neeners♥.

    Oct 21, 2009 at 2:13 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   Mo® bang

      Garrrrrr a gigglebrax fail! * sigh

      Oct 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #31   Neeners

    29.1 How did you know I had a step-sister, Luwanna. She was from Texas need I say more. No offense to most Texans.

    She is today no doubt a pole dancer although when I knew her, her idea of a pole was something entirely different from mine.

    Oct 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   Mo® bang

      Hey leave my fucking lady friend alone!

      Oct 21, 2009 at 3:00 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.2   Mark bang

      Don’t be fatuous, Jeffrey.

      Oct 21, 2009 at 3:10 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #32   folic

    ‘Yeah! Smash the corporations’…typical bunch of arseholes who will probably end up working for a bank and voting Republican within a few years of finishing their degrees.

    God, I hate students so much…even though I am one!

    Oct 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   Neeners

      Such acid from folic

      Oct 21, 2009 at 11:15 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.2   infant tyrone bang

      Aye…and colic.

      Oct 22, 2009 at 9:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #33   Cat

    …because vandalism is totally cool as long as you vandalise the *right* places?

    I mean, Starbucks are the largest buyers of fairtrade coffee in the world, invest in farmers’ communities above and beyond what’s required for fairtrade certification (and have done for 20 years) and pay their employees well over minimum wage (at least here in the UK), but sure. Smash their windows. Deny their employees a paycheck, it’s not like someone who works in a coffee shop paid by the hour could be strapped for cash. You’re totally showing the big guns who’s boss, not screwing the little people over at all.

    Woo! Go protesters! Yeah!

    Oct 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   PaulBegala2

      Amen, Cat. Well said. See my comment below for similar thoughts.

      Jan 12, 2010 at 11:55 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #34   anaceofkidneys

    Is is just me or do all “anarchists” have the exact same handwriting?

    Oct 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Dacia

    I’m just ashamed that a person who owns and/or works at the diner can’t even spell “restaurant” (although, I’ll allow, this picture was taken in Alabama) but, even worse, they had no trouble with the spelling of “Starbucks”. What a bummer!

    Oct 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   the flammer

    But where would all the ‘anarchists’ go when they want to be seen writing a page every 5 hours for their new, untitled book that they are publishing themselves?

    Oct 29, 2009 at 10:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   mark

    Actually, they found the person who smashed Pamela’s windows and it was a man from the state of California. No one who lives in the oakland area would attack Pamela’s – that would be equatable with a group of farmers going around setting cattle auctions on fire

    Nov 28, 2009 at 12:17 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   Kristin

    As a Pittsburgh resident, I have to defend the diner as well. These signs were posted by angry (albeit, not the brightest) residents, not the owners of the diner. Pamela’s is a Pittsburgh staple, and everyone was very upset that it got vandalized. These signs were later replaced with one from the diner thanking the community for their support (and their sign had no spelling errors).

    Dec 1, 2009 at 4:09 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   Aoife

    My favourite note I’ve ever seen was in London on May Day several years back (the year after Churchill was given a grass mohican I think),

    “Please do not smash the windows of our independent store. McDonalds 50m =>”

    Dec 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   PaulBegala2

    Um, sorry to bring a serious tone to the levity here, but doesn’t anybody realize that the Starbucks down the street is:

    * most likely owned by a different mom and pop who used their money to
    * purchase a franchise,
    * employ people in the community, and
    * provide a service and products that people want?

    Damn people giving jobs and coffee to the community.

    Down with them!

    (Morons.)

    Jan 12, 2010 at 11:53 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #40.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      I don’t think Starbuck’s sells franchise rights…

      Jan 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #40.2   jetjackson bang

      They don’t.

      Best to do your research before getting high and mighty. Then you won’t risk looking like a douchecanoe.

      Jan 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #40.3   PaulBegala2

      Gosh. My mistake.

      In that case, we should definitely destroy some property and put some local kids out of a job!

      That’ll show ‘em!

      ============

      BTW . . . respect for property rights — everyone’s property rights — is not high and mighty, jet. It’s the foundation of all society.

      You might want to look into it sometime.

      (PS: How’d things work out with that jellyfish, Mr. Know-It-All? http://bit.ly/7FVZz9 )

      Jan 12, 2010 at 9:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #40.4   jetjackson bang

      Clearly I must be so self-conscious about the jellyfish incident. That would explain why I posted it on the internet for all and sundry.

      Jan 14, 2010 at 12:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #40.5   Canthz_B bang

      *Wonders how respect for property rights is the foundation of communal societies.

      Wonders further how much land the average person in a nomadic society owns.

      Wonders lastly if a person only considers his own society’s model valid, would that make him a douchecanoe?*

      (Morons)

      As to why a large percentage of people seem to dislike Starbucks, I believe to has to do with the perception that Starbucks don’t really sell beverages, they sell an elitist image.
      Since many people don’t like snobs, they tend not to like Starbucks’ elitist image.

      As for the employment factor, if there were not a Starbucks at a particular location, I suspect there’d be some other establishment located there which would also hire employees…probably at a higher wage.

      Jan 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #41   PaulBegala2

    Jet –

    The point was not that you were self-conscious or not about that incident. The point was that you sometimes make mistakes, as I did above.

    (“Glass houses” and all that.)

    I did, however, notice, that you at least had the intellectual honesty not to try and make a case against property rights and their place as the basis for society.

    Good on you for that.

    Jan 14, 2010 at 11:53 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #41.1   anglophile bang

      PaulBegala2, you seem to believe that because your style of argument has been criticized, the critic must therefore be a proponent of the other side of the argument. This is a common logical fallacy, often held by people who see things in a either/or point of view who have difficulty grasping the concept that it can also be neither/both.

      You got your panties in a twist because jj offered you some advice, which, by the way was sound, and then you went off in a tantrum. This is exactly the sort of behavior you should engage in if you want to look like a douchecanoe.

      Another way of looking like a douchecanoe is to bait thin-skinned people on the internet, but I don’t mind looking like a douchecanoe. It’s a slow day.

      Jan 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.2   PaulBegala2

      Wow. That was a tantrum? I need to check my definitions….

      Jan 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.3   PaulBegala2

      And he didn’t criticize my “style of argument”.

      He corrected a factual mistake I made and used /ad hominem/ to ‘back it up’, so to speak.

      If this is another tantrum by your definition, then so be it.

      Jan 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.4   anglophile bang

      Yep, I call getting so worked up about someone on the internet that you go and read their blog and then link to it kind of a tantrum.

      “Oh yeah, well you have been wrong too!” is not much of an argument. Neither is calling people names like Mr. Know-It-All and Morons. That strikes me as kind of tantrum-y, yeah.

      Jan 14, 2010 at 7:39 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.5   oi bang

      damn! I wish I knew that I won’t be considered wrong if I could find opponent’s mistake on a totally unrelated subject.

      Jan 14, 2010 at 7:58 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.6   anglophile bang

      Oddly enough, oi, that was the exact strategy my debate partner and I used in our freshman year. We just randomly argued against the topic, instead of refuting the specific platform of the other side. No one ever really explained to us how it worked.

      Also oddly enough, we won more than half our debates, which, incidentally, was my first lesson in life that most people don’t really know how to argue.

      Jan 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.7   jetjackson bang

      I must say I agree that I am in fact fallible. Thus lesson learnt that I will never again hold a lions mane jellyfish to my breast. Indeed you would agree. Lesson learnt that you should probably research your statements before posting. Which you did by researching my blog.

      You may notice I didn’t actually use Ad Hominem.

      If you read further into my blog you would find I studied economics and I sell chemicals to mining companies for a crust. I am hardly the anarchist and agree entirely on the point of private property rights. However I do enjoy the spirit of debate and would love to put forward a case against property rights. I love arguing for the underdog. PAN is probably not the right theatre for parlance however. Shall we take this outside?

      Jan 14, 2010 at 9:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.8   PaulBegala2

      What a gracious and interesting response.

      Let’s do it.

      See you there.

      Jan 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #42   PaulBegala2

    And yet you use the oh-so-urbane “douchecanoe” . . . .

    BTW – “morons” was aimed at the protesters.

    You might want to reevaluate your understanding of what a tantrum is if you think this stuff qualifies.

    Jan 14, 2010 at 7:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #42.1   anglophile bang

      I believe the debate put forth by jj was “putting forth unresearched facts tends to make an internet commenter look like a douchecanoe”, and so I added to the list of ways one could do so. Thanks for your help in the matter.

      Jan 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.2   park rose bang

      Urbane douchecanoes – that might be Cary Grant with a paddle. Who’s the modern day equivalent of the swizzle stick in the martini?

      Jan 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.3   PaulBegala2

      First, debate is only a noun when you are referring to a forum in which one debates. It is not something one “puts forth.”

      Perhaps you meant argument, point, or premise?

      Next, you might note that quotation marks go outside adjacent punctuation in a sentence (e.g. your comma above). (cf. 41.3*)

      That out of the way, I am surprised that making a single simple mistake earns the title you have been using.

      You must be very good if you never make any mistakes and thus avoid such honorifics.

      I am dutifully impressed.

      ===========

      * I made that same mistake above. I suppose I am doubly damned. Anybody else want to go canoeing? We can watch anglophile chase us! ;-)

      Jan 14, 2010 at 9:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.4   anglophile bang

      My dear Paul, you mistake me.

      Making a mistake does not make one a douchecanoe. Commenting on a nearly three-month old blog entry in a humorless and tone-deaf manner without even the benefit of being right makes one a douchecanoe. And, as I freely admitted at the beginning, I gladly accept the honorific in consequence of tweaking you in this clearly reprehensible manner.

      But I’m sticking to my guns about the punctuation after the quotes. I stand by the British practice of only including the punctuation inside the quotes if it is actually part of the quote. It’s a little affectation of mine, on account of being an anglophile.

      I could argue your scold of the use of debate as a noun but I won’t, because I worded that very clumsily indeed, and should be ashamed of such an ungraceful sentence.

      Jan 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.5   park rose bang

      I stand by anglophile. Always. I agree with her punctuation, too, but that’s just how I was taught. I won’t get into a nitty gritty hissy-fit over style except to say, Paul, you’ve got one too many ellipses to be truly urbane ;) That’s at comment 42.

      I put fourth in this, too, because I am.

      Jan 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.6   PaulBegala2

      Wow, from an ungainly and odious epithet to “dear” in less than 53 hours. I think that may be a new land speed record. ;-)

      Regarding your first point, I had not realized that being wrong about the franchising of Starbucks meant my entire argument was not “right.”

      My mistake.

      As for it being humorless and tone-deaf, I realized that and admitted it in my first sentence “Um, sorry to bring a serious tone to the levity here . . . .”

      I have an inability to ignore attacks on private property and those who think they are a good thing. Tu ne cede malis and all that.

      Mea culpa.

      As for my “scold” about the use of debate, now that was an artful turn of a phrase.

      Park Rose — I am inurbane for myriad reasons but this, I think, may not be one of them. ;-)

      The four dots were actually an ellipsis and a period.

      As I learned it, this is used when words/thoughts are omitted from a statement at the end of a sentence, as opposed to the three-dot ellipsis in the middle of a sentence. See the second paragraph, third sentence here.

      Jan 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.7   anglophile bang

      I never called you a douchecanoe. I just pointed out that you were going about the right way if you wanted to appear to be a douchecanoe.

      Jan 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.8   park rose bang

      ….

      Jan 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.9   Unknown Poster

      lol, ‘glo! Ozzie Guillen should take lessons from you.

      Jan 16, 2010 at 4:39 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #43   park rose bang

    gigglebrax fail.

    Paul, why don’t you bring your expertise to the current notes? We’re in January 2010 at present.

    Jan 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #44   oi bang

    ok let me get this straight.

    First you came out all serious and pedantic on the three months old entry about how people are being facetious on a humor blog!! Nerve! but with a little bit of wrong information (well when you graciously apologize for being serious you don’t have cover of being facetious, no not even on a humor blog)
    jj pointed out that mistake. that was inevitable as you came with such a serious tone and thinking all commenters on this blog are supporting Starbucks destruction.
    you are pissed off. shit! am I being criticized that too on such a humanitarian point of view?
    *fume fume*
    you go find jj’s mistake admitted by himself on all to see blog and say look look people he was wrong too on a subject that does not have to do anything with present topic of said debate. (that was privet property rights, at least in your mind. jj has merely pointed out your mistake not presented his view at all on the topic.)
    *huh! came here to correct me! the nerve!! *
    during all this glo beautifully pointed out that you are throwing electronic tantrum by not sticking to the subject. Again your blood is boiling how dare people show me I am wrong?
    and what did you do again?
    grammatically analyzed her post. and found perceived mistakes(may be they really are mistakes. not my field so….) and posted it. did it have to do anything with the subject of debate? NO. (this time it was were you throwing tantrum or not)
    so is really a debate going on here? I don’t think pointing out others mistake on random subjects is called debating. or if somebody points out your mistake, going out and finding their mistakes on random subjects rectifies your own mistake.
    that is called being …. yep you got that right. ;)

    Jan 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #44.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      Huh. Maybe I never should have mentioned that Starbucks doesn’t sell franchise rights up at 40.1…

      To me, the real issue here is that this is a HUMOROUS blog and the comments are generally funny in an in-your-face kind of way.

      Paulwhoeveryouare, you need to take a deep breath, man. Get a hold of yourself. This could be much worse. Just imagine if claw71 was here… Am I right?

      Jan 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #45   PaulBegala2

    Wow are you guys wound tight. Relax a bit.

    I made an honest mistake (and acknowledged it as soon as it was pointed out to me) in a comment which was, in fact, on the mark about respecting privacy rights.

    Then everyone went nuts with names and what not and it went downhill from there.

    Relax guys and gals.

    It was just a simple comment. I apologize for interrupting your internet reveries with an actual point.

    Again, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

    Jan 15, 2010 at 10:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #45.1   Canthz_B bang

      Agreed, a simple comment. ;-)

      Jan 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.2   wingnut

      I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together

      Jan 15, 2010 at 11:05 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.3   oi bang

      oh ok. now we are suppose to relax. i mean is it me who came in saying?
      Um, sorry to bring a serious tone to the levity here. :D

      Jan 16, 2010 at 10:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.4   Woman on the Verge bang

      If I had any Xanax, I would distribute them freely to all involved. And I mean that sincerely.

      Jan 16, 2010 at 11:05 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.5   PaulBegala2

      Susan? ;-)

      Jan 17, 2010 at 4:23 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.6   anglophile bang

      Now you’re getting the hang of it.

      Jan 17, 2010 at 8:06 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.7   PaulBegala2

      Do you really think I didn’t have that in the back of mind? ;-) :-) :-D

      Jan 17, 2010 at 9:51 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.8   Woman on the Verge bang

      Does this mean we don’t get to make him wear the unitard? Do you know what I had to go through to get that back from claw?

      Jan 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.9   Wordtinker doesnt smith bang

      Unitard! Unitard! Unitard!

      Jan 17, 2010 at 8:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
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