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  1. November 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Lots of locally made gifts and goodies at Pierson’s Christmas Store, support the local economy!
    Don’t forget as well, the Humboldt Artisans Christmas Crafts Fair at Redwood Acres Dec 2-3-4, only best local crafts and art, many things are one of a kind items so shop early !

  2. Ben Franklin
    November 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

    On my way to Crescent City to hit Home Depot and Walmart. There is nothing at Piersons that I want.

  3. Plain Jane
    November 25, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Ben is so typical of rightwingers who claim on one hand they want local jobs but then do everything they can to destroy our local economy. What a POS community traitor,

  4. Decline To State
    November 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I think I’ll take the dog for a walk down around the bay and admire the VERY high tide instead of participating in the “black Friday” debacle.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fn%2Fa%2F2011%2F11%2F24%2Fnational%2Fa233955S49.DTL&tsp=1

  5. Decline To State
    November 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Hmmm, that didn’t work,
    try this one:

    “Woman pepper sprays other Black Friday shoppers”

    http://news.yahoo.com/woman-pepper-sprays-other-black-friday-shoppers-110009506.html

  6. Decline To State
    November 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Never mind.

  7. tra
    November 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

    When Trends Collide: Pepper Spray Fever Meets WalMart Black Friday Consumer Feeding Frenzy!

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/day_of_spray_cops_shoppers_turn_to_pepper_spray_to.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

  8. Plain Jane
    November 25, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Such is the mentality of Walmart shoppers. Pepper spray – a competitive shopper’s best friend. Walmart should stock up.

  9. Plain Jane
    November 25, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I would love to hear of “Ben Franklin” getting sprayed in a fight over the last Cain book on the $1 rack.

  10. November 25, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Hey DTS, buy my locally made stuff so I can spend my money buying more supplies and materials HERE, and support somebody you know! All our tools and supplies are locally purchased and we buy “Made in America” when ever possible. so skip the $30 dvd player or the huge flat screen at Mega-Mart (they only have 6 anyways) , buy local!

  11. Anonymous
    November 25, 2011 at 10:51 am

    “Ben Franklin” (and other American consumer’s) have got to be one of the stupidest groups of humans on the planet.

    They’d drive 170 miles (Crescent City round trip), spend about $30 on gas, and waste a half day of their time to buy products imported and sold by companies who are outsourcing American jobs – maybe even their own job. They’ll likely be taking those products to a landfill (and paying tipping fees) within a few years.
    And if that’s not enough, they’re actually convinced that they are “saving money” in the process.

  12. Anonymous
    November 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

    – consumers, not consumer’s

  13. Plain Jane
    November 25, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Not to mention the money he earns locally but doesn’t spend in local businesses is money that will never recirculate through his hands again so he’s undermining his own economic health twice. It takes a special kind of stupid to hold views like his today.

  14. doughboy
    November 25, 2011 at 11:15 am
  15. tra
    November 25, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Another Wal-Mart, Another Violent Incident:

    Today’s lesson: if it’s Black Friday, stay away from Wal-Mart at all costs. Following multiple reports of robberies, brawls and pepper-sprayings at Wal-Marts across the U.S. comes this from Buckeye, AZ:

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/2135.

  16. tra
    November 25, 2011 at 11:26 am

    The “Buckeye Brawl” at the Wal-Mart in Arizona featured a woman getting punched, a child being trampled, and the child’s grandpa’s face being slammed into the concrete floor by a police officer.

    It seems that in his haste to extract his grandson from the trampling, the grandpa tucked a video game into his waistband, which is why the cop body body-slammed him, “shattering” his face on the floor.

    As one witness put it, the way the shoppers were fighting over the box of video games, “you would have thought the cure for cancer had been in that box.”

  17. tra
    November 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

    And on and on it goes:

    Taser Makes Appearance In Wal-Mart Black Friday Chaos

    After a pair of pepper spray-related incidents at Wal-Marts across the country, a police Taser has finally made an appearance. From WAFF-TV in Alabama:

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/2137

  18. Danko
    November 25, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Just think all of these bluenoses around here don’t want medical marijuana dispensaries because they “cause crime.” LOL.

  19. Apologist Not
    November 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Great point Danko!

    Local media depends on ad sales, they’re not going to start informing readers that most police calls are generated from businesses with the largest parking lots.

  20. High Finance
    November 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Do you people realize that, Christmas shop aside, most of what Pierson’s sells is also “imported and sold by companies outsourcing American jobs” ?

    Hypocrites here want you to believe they are dismayed at the police calls at the WalMarts and “largest parking lot” stores. But the “Occupy” campers at the courthouse have generated more police calls in two months than our Target has in ten years with nary a protest.

  21. Anonymous
    November 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    so hi fi….u shop pierson’s ….good for u. buy local.

  22. Plain Jane
    November 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Andy Borowitz:

    In Positive Economic Sign, Walmart Customers Killing Each Other to Buy Shit
    Pepper Spraying, Homicide Bullish Indicators, Economists Say

    Report) – In what economists are hailing as a clear sign of economic recovery, Walmart customers across the USA jammed into stores on Black Friday, sometimes killing each other to buy useless shit.

    “We have been looking for evidence that the economy is on the mend,” said Davis Logsdon, chairman of the economics department at the University of Minnesota. “When people resort to homicide to buy a Blu-ray player, that is very, very good news indeed.”

    Mr. Logsdon said he was “impressed” by the lengths to which some Walmart customers were going to grab coveted sale items: “They’re using tactics we usually associate with the UC-Davis police.”

    With many customers using pepper spray and other weapons to get a shopping advantage, however, Mr. Logsdon advised Americans not to enter a Walmart unarmed.

    “If you want to get your hands on a doorbuster, you’d better have a firearm,” he said. “Fortunately, Walmart is offering several great doorbusters on firearms.”

    Walmart and other retailers’ decision to commence their Black Friday sales a day early carries with it an added benefit for consumers, he noted: “Now, Americans will be able to declare bankruptcy one day earlier.”

    All in all, Dr. Logsdon said that the increased violence and mayhem at retail outlets across the country was “a testament to the greatness of the American consumer.”

    “Egyptians risk their lives for new government,” he said. “Americans bravely do the same for new flat screens.”

  23. Kultcha Kampf
    November 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I heard Wal-Mart was getting out in front of this trend by offering .99 cent doorbusters on pepper spray. Instead of handing out donuts and coffee to shoppers lined up outside at 3 am, they were handing out pepper spray and Tasers. “It’s the American way,” one store manager opined, “let ’em fight it out themselves and I’m sure Jesus will sort it all out in the end.”

  24. High Finance
    November 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    A dirty rag-tag bunch of Occupoopers are out with their signs in front of Marie Calendar’s.

    I am taking our family to dinner there in a few minutes to show our opposition to all things the poopers represent.

  25. Anonymous
    November 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    So that makes TWO reasons to avoid Marie Calendar’s!

  26. FoxStudio
    November 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    So HiFi can’t even be bothered to go to a locally owned restaurant. Like the protesters would care what he thinks. Way to support local businesses and jobs. Not.

  27. Kultcha Kampf
    November 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    In the colonial era, HiFi would have been tarred and feathered as a royalist supporter of King George.

    Feathers, anyone?

  28. Surly MacLaine
    November 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    You are spot on Kultcha, all we need is feathers.

    We can take the Tory Hi Fi out to the balloon tract and just roll him on the ground for a few seconds. The feathers will stick to him, no tar needed.

  29. What Now
    November 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    “High Finance says:
    November 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm
    A dirty rag-tag bunch of Occupoopers are out with their signs in front of Marie Calendar’s.

    “I am taking our family to dinner there in a few minutes to show our opposition to all things the poopers represent.”

    Exactly the reason Marie Callendar’s set up hog troughs behind the toilets, Highly Fried.
    To better serve you and your kind.

    Don’t forget to wipe your trotters!

  30. Guest
    November 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Well done High Finance, you choose the worst restaurant in town

  31. Anonymous
    November 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    We’re morphing from “Shop ’til you drop” to “Buy or die.”

    Emptito ergo sum.

  32. November 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    At least THREE shootings reported at WalMarts last night. The future of retail?
    Have you seen those disgusting Target ads with the woman literally frothing at the mouth waiting for the Black Friday sales. She’s psycho, at the very least!

  33. sergei
    November 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Or “shop til you’re dropped”

  34. Plain Jane
    November 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    He probably took his family to Hometown Buffet for dinner yesterday so they don’t have any leftovers.

  35. Jack Sherman
    November 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Now I understand why most posters here ignore Heraldo’s resident provocateur “High-Liar”!

    Is this the last chump on Earth who hasn’t suffered the indignities of poorly trained temps at national retailers who typically don’t know what’s in stock, where it’s located, or how it works?

    What kind of sad and bitter fool doesn’t understand what a rare treasure Pierson’s is?. (I know contractors who despise Pierson’s solely for the exceptional do-it-yourself advice they provide…it’s “bad for business”!).

    Furthermore, police calls from Target represent only a fraction of Eureka’s largest, busiest parking lots at the Eureka and Bayshore malls.

    Maybe Hi-Liar would like to forfeit his GI Bill due to those awful police complaints generated by those who occupied the White House lawn in 1919.

    What a hypocrite.

  36. Anonymous
    November 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Some spirited young folk were out on Broadway today protesting the WalMart planned for the Bayshore Mall. They gave out information asking people to call the landlord Carrington Co. at 445-9601.

    The number for information on getting involved locally is 442-7465.

    They also gave out the web addressed walmartwatch.org and
    humboldtgrassroots.com/hg

  37. A Parent
    November 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Hometown Buffet is one of the few good family restaurants (that isn’t fast food), Jane. If you had kids, you wouldn’t invoke the restaurant’s name in a petty insult.

  38. sergei
    November 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Thousand Oaks, California

  39. sergei
    November 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    One more time, Thousand Oaks, California Black Friday 2011 Urban Outfitters

  40. Load Me Another
    November 25, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Wait a minute, isn’t Bill Pierson part of the local 1%?? He’s rich $$, so where’s the venom?If we’re going to be consistent folks, we must acknowledege that all local businessmen, uh…capitalists, inflict pain on the community, not just the you want to demonize.

  41. I am the 99%
    November 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Gotta love Heraldoville, where the 1% pretend they are influencing the other 99% who have a brain and independent thought.

    Good call on boycotting the major retailers.

    Target had a long line waiting for hours to get into the store at 10 pm last night.

    The Bayshore Mall had huge crowds at 4 am.

    The Eureka Mall had hundreds lined up at 6 am this morning.

    Forget about Costco. Their parking lot was full from 10 am (opening) all day long.

    The vast majority of people vote with their wallets, whether Christmas shopping or at the polls in November.

    See you all at the Occupy rally tomorrow from 1-3 pm where your anonymity will be well protected.

  42. High Finance
    November 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Heh, had a good dinner. The place was crowded and the food was fine.

    And all the jobs there were filled with local people.

  43. Alas
    November 25, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Indeed.

    The same local kids you’ll see lined up for food stamps, welfare, medi-cal, and the emergency room when they’re pregnant.

    Mr. Barnum and his ilk wouldn’t be caught dead at Marie Calender’s! (It figures that his pseudo-identity would be a Hi-liar).

    Calling the owner of an independent, small town hardware store part of the 1% must play well at the local hillbilly right-winger hoedowns, but, seeing in print screams MORON!

  44. scooter
    November 26, 2011 at 7:31 am

    The TV advertisement that gets me is the Home Depot ad that asks “How can we make this holiday season better than last year’s?” And then goes on about buying shit from HD. So we are in a never ending competition with ourselves to out do ourselves every year? Oh god I cant take the pressure. The kids want that new playstation6, and the wife wants that diamond pendant, and my daughter wants a new Audi R8. Where’s my pepper spray and my shotgun? I am an Amerikan and I damnwell need to have a better year than last year, so get the F@#$% out of my way!

  45. Jack Sherman
    November 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    The perfection of waste is a cancer that our opponents rightfully call “growth”.

  46. What Now
    November 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    …as the herd stampeded towards the checkout chutes the role of natural selection became obvious. Heavier, dominant females who had spent the summer foraging on diet coke and family-sized bags of Ruffles utilized their bulk to overrun the theiir weaker counterparts.
    The cement slab floor shuddered under the pounding of hundreds of flip flops and cheap Chinese sport shoes as the ancient, annual ritual reached its peak: although many would tempt the raging torrent of flesh in pursuit of discount plastic goods, only a few would survive the dangerous process of checkout and exit.
    But for those who do survive, and who return to their trailer parks with their precious cargo intact, there is a great sense of satisfaction.
    Because only they can impart to the next generation of the herd the “true meaning of Christmas”.

  47. Walt
    November 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    “The TV advertisement that gets me is. . .” If we know TV is programming America into endless, mindless consumerism and endless, mindless war, why in the world does anyone watch it? Because you’re ordered to, and you must obey?

  48. Eric Kirk
    November 27, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Lots of locally made gifts and goodies at Pierson’s Christmas Store, support the local economy!

    It’s a great display. Some very good deals too.

  49. Eric Kirk
    November 27, 2011 at 1:33 am

    “Ben Franklin” (and other American consumer’s) have got to be one of the stupidest groups of humans on the planet.

    They’d drive 170 miles (Crescent City round trip), spend about $30 on gas, and waste a half day of their time to buy products imported and sold by companies who are outsourcing American jobs – maybe even their own job. They’ll likely be taking those products to a landfill (and paying tipping fees) within a few years.
    And if that’s not enough, they’re actually convinced that they are “saving money” in the process.

    I think Ben is just trying to get your goat.

  50. Eric Kirk
    November 27, 2011 at 1:35 am

    A dirty rag-tag bunch of Occupoopers are out with their signs in front of Marie Calendar’s.

    I am taking our family to dinner there in a few minutes to show our opposition to all things the poopers represent.

    It’s one thing to make your own sacrifice for politics, but to subject your family to that food? Over the top.

  51. Anonymous
    November 27, 2011 at 7:03 am

    have you ever eaten there?

  52. Anonymous
    November 27, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Marie Callenders has some good food and smart choices can be made to have a healthy and nutritious meal there, like most eating establishments. Many menu items are chock full of calories and fat, so watch out. I think the caloric content might be on the menu. It is at similar restaurants, perhaps part of a new law. My choice would not be to go as far vegan as Wildflower Cafe (though that is excellent) but to stay somewhere in the middle. I like that alley spot called Cafe Nooner.

  53. High Finance
    November 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I think Eric was making a little joke.

  54. Apologist Not
    November 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    NONE of Humboldt County’s actual high financiers would be caught dead at a chain restaurant, they’re crap, and everybody knows it.

    However, they remain essential venues for unemployed Americans to enjoy a holiday meal on their parent’s social security check.

    The same appeal is offered by Walmart…cheap, toxic crap for the masses….for whom quality has become a distant memory.

  55. Anonymous
    November 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Hey Apologist, I know some of the High Financiers around here and some of them actually don’t have much taste, either in food or decor. Money doesn’t give you taste, or the desire to be healthy.

  56. 69er
    November 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Tthis would be a preffered type of disruption to the riff raff that now occupies our public areas.

    http://www.flixxy.com/symphony-flash-mob-copenhagen-central-station.htm

  57. Apologist Not
    November 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Nevertheless 4:57, most human beings that have the option of health and quality of life, take it.

    However, there’s always the rich who NEED to go “slumming”.

    It’s a version of Schadenfreude that provides perverse satisfaction to wealthy voyeurs who enjoy observing the less-privileged who are forced to settle for toxic food and worthless bobbles.

    The epidemic of waste, poverty and cancer have done wonders for short-term investment portfolios.

  58. High Finance
    November 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    What an idiot. Many, maybe even most, of the rich were not born that way but aquired their wealth by hard work and sacrifice over many years.

    It is not their fault you wasted your life by partying and smoking dope Apologist Not.

  59. Bolithio
    November 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Fi:

    Ive been working ‘hard’ in the woods for quite a while now. Ive made an OK living doing it, regret nothing. But the bosses, they ‘make’ money in a way the worker cant. Sure the worker can become the boss right? But how many bosses can there be? It is a flat out lie that everyone can be rich in America. We all know that. A good boss spreads the wealth, while still making a good-ole fashion American profit from other people working. Then there are the barons, who do nothing but squeeze the life out of everything they touch. Dont get me wrong, being Ebeneezer Scrooge sounds like a tough job. Emotionally exhausting, lonely, bitter. But the billionaire who simply collects huge paydays year after year – just because they have tons of money – is NOT hard work. No one has EVER said you shouldn’t be able to work hard for more money than people who choose not to. Thats never been a problem. But Id prefer to not live in the shithole this country was during the 1880s, is that seriously how you want this country to be?

  60. Anonymous
    November 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    AP, no, I am talking about lifestyle, which is a choice when you have the money for it. I know people who are very wealthy who just don’t have good taste, or the culture to improve themselves in traditional ways, by which I mean education or physical health. They don’t think they are slumming, but are attracted to low brow goods and services.

  61. What Now
    November 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm
  62. jr
    November 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I can remember when the only chain restaurants in Eureka were Denny’s and Sambo’s. Now the independent restaurants are in the minority. Same with retail. I rarely, if ever, eat at a chain (or formula) restaurant and have never been inside a Target or Costco. Moreover, I never buy online. A community prospers when its citizens “break the chains” and ONLY buy from local independent merchants.

  63. Walt
    November 29, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Thanks, WhatNow, for that link. It was worth it just for the quote “The very long list of things I’d rather do than go to a mall on Friday after Thanksgiving includes listening to Josh Groban cover the collected works of Celine Dion.” Interesting point: large part of the sales increase was inflation. Then there’s e-sales. When everything we buy is made in China and sold over the internet, will all the Americans who used to do those jobs become mercenaries in Iraq and Afghanistan? I can’t wait for Walmarts to start opening in Kabul and Baghdad, and see what frantic shoppers do to each other THERE. Kevlar Santa suits, anyone?

  64. Apologist Not
    November 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Anonymous says:
    November 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    “AP, no, I am talking about lifestyle, which is a choice when you have the money for it. I know people who are very wealthy who just don’t have good taste, or the culture to improve themselves in traditional ways, by which I mean education or physical health. They don’t think they are slumming, but are attracted to low brow goods and services”.

    You’ve just described the Beverly Hillbillies!

    I concede that they exist…but they represent a minority in their class.

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