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Good morning from Western Washington.  Well today's the big Glenn Beck fiasco in the "not so fair" community of Mount Vernon.  Although I hadn't planned on going up to protest, I have found myself in the vicinity today, so I am going to stop by on my way through and tell a few of the local merchants that my family's tourist dollars will not be spent in a community that allows such glorification of hate and violence – not now and not in the future.

I understand the city council tried to do something to stop this “key to the city” ceremony, but apparently it was too little and too late. They may be getting a one day economic boom from the event, but I want to do what I can to make sure they realize that although their new-found national reputation as the home of a fear-mongering, hateful bigot, may be putting them on the map today, it will NOT be worth it in the long run.  

So I’m asking anyone that will be going – PLEASE don’t spend any money in Mount Vernon while you are there – buy enough gas somewhere else, bring your food and don’t support the local merchants; but let them know why.  It may be a small gesture, but it seems money is the only thing they “get” or hopefully not get in this case.  Glenn Beck is a poison no state needs!

Originally posted to bluebluelady on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 06:46 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    I agree with no man's opinion. I have some of my own!

    by bluebluelady on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 06:46:41 AM PDT

  •  Tip Jar - not dollars for Mount Vernon (5+ / 0-)

    I agree with no man's opinion. I have some of my own!

    by bluebluelady on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 06:46:56 AM PDT

    •  You know the local merchants better than (4+ / 0-)
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      Piren, nextstep, JDog42, bluebluelady

      we do, but can you be sure they all agree with this presentation to Beck?  It might be harsh to punish them economically for something the mayor himself decided to do.  I used to run a small business, and I had very little say in the goings-on in the town.

      Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

      by SottoVoce on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 07:11:07 AM PDT

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      •  If we put pressure on them, then they (3+ / 0-)
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        lyvwyr101, marykk, Jacques

        will in turn, put pressure on their own for allowing this to happen.  If any merchant is truly against this "honor" and is active and posts a very visable notice or sign that they DO NOT support what is being done in "their name" then of course I would cut them some slack.  But without the community pressure and the dollars this will bring to Mount Vernon, this sort of thing will be hailed as a "win" for the right wingers.

        I agree with no man's opinion. I have some of my own!

        by bluebluelady on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 07:20:15 AM PDT

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      •  also by doing this it will move the merchants (0+ / 0-)

        to do whatever they can to oust this mayor and work against his reelection.

      •  Also from Western Washinton. (0+ / 0-)

        I have been following this story closely, and the majority of the merchants and residents are against honoring Beck.  It is grossly unfair to punish the merchants for the stubborness of their mayor.  

        •  When you look the other way (0+ / 0-)

          and not take a public stand against something that is so wrong, just because it's "economically convenient," who wins?  Just ask the oil companies. They've been doing it for years!

          I agree with no man's opinion. I have some of my own!

          by bluebluelady on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 10:04:45 AM PDT

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          •  As a former small businessperson (1+ / 0-)
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            Piren

            and the child, and grandchild of small businesspeople:

            Just ask the oil companies. They've been doing it for years!

            You cannot equate giant corporations with local businesspeople.

            Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

            by SottoVoce on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 10:25:51 AM PDT

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  •  Maybe you could explain (1+ / 0-)
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    bluebluelady

    what you are talking about.

    I am really enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 06:51:53 AM PDT

  •  Calling all Progressives in the area... (7+ / 0-)

    Go make us proud!

    The Southern Strategy, is alive and well in the Republican Party, and their Terrorist Recruitment Campaign is well underway.

    by cyeko on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 07:00:40 AM PDT

  •  Change the lock (3+ / 0-)
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    lyvwyr101, marykk, MRA NY

    After the Beck gets the key.

    I am for any protest against Beck... but don't punish innocent business owners.

  •  i HATE Glenn Beck with a white hot heat (6+ / 0-)

    but I KNOW some of the merchants personally. They are very upset that he is coming and even more upset that they might be punished for something totally out of their control. Mayor Norris did this all on his own. The city council is furious with him.

    Please, don't take it out on the local merchants. Protest mightily, hold the signs high, and continue to find ways to make the MAYOR miserable. But my friend who owns a restaurant downtown hates Beck as much as we do. She should not be on the receiving end of that hate.

    We all have photographic memories. Some people just don't have any film.

    by fireflynw on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 07:58:18 AM PDT

    •  Perhaps those who wish to protest (4+ / 0-)
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      lyvwyr101, myrealname, Piren, bluebluelady

      could meet at her restaurant?

      If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

      by marykk on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 08:00:50 AM PDT

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    •  Is she willing to just silently stand by and let (0+ / 0-)

      this happen or does she have the courage of her convictions and will post her non-support of this action in her restaurant?

      I agree with no man's opinion. I have some of my own!

      by bluebluelady on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 08:36:59 AM PDT

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      •  "The courage of her convictions"? How about, (2+ / 0-)
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        Piren, nextstep

        enough money in this down economy that she does not need to worry about offending some of her local regulars that might feel differently?

        I own a small business in northern NY - a conservative rural area (though our rep is Dem, since nearby cities are in our district).  I had so many people tell me I shouldn't have my Obama lawn sign up, but it stood.  BUT the lawn sign was in front of my home, which is adjacent to my nursery (although my car with my bumper stickers was parked at the nursery every day).

        I would guess that NY republicans are mostly a different breed than the right wingers to be found elsewhere (though we have our share).  I work with many of these people in my town, and know many 'mixed' very active couples (i.e. married dems & repubs each active in the parties), so, I didn't really feel my signs/bumper stickers would turn too many off (though possibly some).

        Thing is, a restaurant where some customers come in 1, 2 or even more times a week is very different than the late summer/early fall plant purchaser.  I might even have come to a different decision if elections were held in June and my signs would then be up during my busiest months.

        I think it is wonderful for you and others to get out there and protest Beck, but to demand it of others is a bit weird, to be honest.  If there is an issue others around you feel strongly about, should they be able to demand you get out there - on equality, environment, the war.  Even though you may agree with them on these issues, does it mean they can demand you have 'the courage of your convictions?'

        "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

        by MRA NY on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 09:04:40 AM PDT

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    •  maybe those who HONESTLY oppose this could post (1+ / 0-)
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      bluebluelady

      a note in their window or something? So they are not punished?

      •  As MRA says above (0+ / 0-)

        this is a small town and the business people are just scraping by. They can't afford to offend anyone. They must remain apolitical on the job.

        Please don't evaluate the purity of someone's feelings just because they have to express them a little differently than you.

        We all have photographic memories. Some people just don't have any film.

        by fireflynw on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 03:11:49 PM PDT

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  •  Glenn Beck... (3+ / 0-)

    ..has been officially mainstreamed by the traditional media & American culture at large.

    What gets me is nobody outside of the liberal blogosphere seems to realize Glenn Beck is a mentally unstable individual who presents a real danger to this country (and probably to himself also).

    It's amazing how the most vile characters are able to worm their way into American society & be taken seriously.

    Mount Vernon is making a huge mistake.  Just like CBS made a huge mistake when they "sat Glenn Beck down" & portrayed him as some type of whacky yet loveable raconteur.

    Karl Rove was a Czar.

    by wyvern on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 08:07:48 AM PDT

  •  can someone(s) that goes to this please post pics (1+ / 0-)
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    bluebluelady

    make us proud!!!!!!!!!!

  •  From this report on Yahoo (2+ / 0-)
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    Piren, bluebluelady

    http://buzz.yahoo.com/...
    it sounds like Beck got quite a reaction from the crowd - exactly the reaction he deserved.  I wonder how the next election will go for this mayor.  I wouldn't worry about boycotting the businesses - the ceremony didn't go as planned.

  •  Better yet, don't go there n/t (0+ / 0-)


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 11:20:12 AM PDT

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