Monday, July 5, 2010 Drops The Ball on The 4th of July!!

I logged on the 4th of July to check my shop for any new sales, or see how many extra views my silk creations might have gathered.
Then I went into the etsy forum threads. I keep a thread going for one of my teams, and I have a bit of fun in the 'etc. thread which supports word games.
I also checked into the 'site help' thread, as I enjoy helping out other newbie shop owners, and it's also a great thread to see and respond to hot topics.

Well, the hot topic on the 4th was this thread:

It started from a post from one of our friendly Canadian posters, who wondered why etsy did a Stourque article on Canada Days, but there was nothing done , or written about America's celebration of Independence Day on the 4th of July? In fact the front page treasuries did not reflect that America was celebrating the 4th of July.

In fact, it wasn't till the aforementioned thread and quite a few posted threads on this topic, did a weekend etsy tech step in to say she would notify some merchandising etsy tech to get some July 4th treasuries on the FP!!

And, they did post a few treasuries that were 4th of July themed.

But, come on etsy, you had to have etsy sellers remind you of the July 4th celebration? And you're an American based company right in New York City!!

OK, so about 4Pm I log off etsy, thinking they would post many, many more 4th of July treasuries.

Here are some of those treasuries that were posted:

And a post from :
Autumn2May says:
littlesistahstudio says:
I agree, shame on you Etsy!

Here are 2 pages of Treasuries tagged with American.

And I'm sure there are many, many more to come. More than enough to run all day.

See Admin doesn't even have to look for them, we're doing all the work for them! This one is really cute too! It's got an Americana theme!

If you read the thread , you'll understand why there was a reason to be upset.

And now, etsy has moved that thread out of the front line of posts to the 'idea' section. In the 'idea' section topics usually sink to the bottom , and it becomes a matter of "Out of sight, out of mind"

Sad tribute from an American company that it forgot to make Independence Day( 4th of July) a day of celebrating on etsy!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

LeBron James~ Can One Man Hold So Much Power?

LeBron, James; the King, the savior of a city, and all the other accolades being tossed at his feet. Billboards with his image, songs being sung to the tune of " We Are the World" literally begging LeBron to stay and play for the Cleveland Cavaliers!
Give me a freakin break! No major city should be begging an athlete to stay to save the economic welfare of their city. If that city needs to do all that begging to keep the coffers of that city full, then there's something big time wrong with that cities commerce plan. Where in the hell are the jobs for that city to help keep the state of the economy on the plus side? Is that all that Cleveland has going for it, is LeBron? Then albeit LeBron's a great athlete, but it's not on his shoulders to save any city. Nor should any city be dependent on any one man.

"Atlas Shrugged"~By K L Martin

Atlas shrugged,and the world shifted.

Then all the weights and responsibilities

fell onto the shoulders of many,

who were just as strong,

but didn't know it,

till Atlas shrugged,

and the world shifted.

Be well, and strong everyone

Does it Never End?~

In 1964, my mother and brother moved to Dearborn, Michigan.
The street they lived on was small neighborhood, pleasant, with well maintained lawns and landscaping. You could walk down the street anytime of the day and feel relatively safe. Maybe the only noises you'd hear would come from a cluster of kids riding their bikes up and down the street, or playing jump rope. Once it got dark,the kids came in: Any big time crime was in the city of Detroit.
My mother and her hubby seemed happy there, the neighbors were friendly, and all was well with their world.
Keep in mind mom was born and raised in Garfield Heights, Ohio, surrounded by German immigrant families. Her culture, her world would not tolerate, and became suspect if families of other nationalities tried to move into her neighborhood. The owner of the local supermarket must be white caucasian, and preferably German.The same standards stood for the local owner of the drug store, the bakery, and any other place of business where my grandparents would spend their hard earned money.

But her level of tolerance grew a bit, when she lived in Dearborn. Back in the late 60's a few of the convenience stores were operated by Islamics. I remember her asking in her offhanded way, " Where did these people suddenly come from?"

Well, bless her heart and soul she passed in'72'. And I haven't been back to Dearborn since. AS things stand, I doubt I would ever go back, even to visit her burial site. I hear I would not feel comfortable with all the drastic changes in the neighborhood. I would feel more like a out of place stranger to this once American city. In fact I understand, I would not be allowed to attend the local festivals.

And, yet, I wonder if we Americans prohibited the Islamics from visiting our festivals, would we be be breaking some Constitutional law?
And, if we had our Christian prayer times, and prayers, blasted through the neighborhood, calling people to prayer, wouldn't we be arrested for disturbing the peace?

Is this what my dad went to war for, so that other nationalities could immigrate to the USA only to completely take over one of our cities and turn it into their city with their laws?

I thought in coming to this country, you learned the ways of the USA, you learned English , you melted into the city, you did not take it over.

I'm glad mom is gone, she wouldn't be able to understand what had happened to her Dearborn, Michigan.