Sunday, October 29, 2006

What's the big Ikea?

There is an idea out there floating around on the net and in some skulls that the cheap crap Wal-mart sells is really bad for the well-being of the planet, but the crap Ikea sells is a blessing. Who cares? Watch this.

21 Comments:

Blogger kathleen said...

i have an idea for a great new show, where crunchy cons from all walks of life live together in a house. i mean bungalow. we can call it THE AUTHENTIC WORLD. it will feature an orthodox crunchy con, a catholic crunchy con, a conservative crunchy con, a liberal cruncy con (no, NOT a contradiction in terms), and a homosexually oriented cruncy con who may or may not be living out his/her orientation.

it will be set in a series of authentic cities, beginning with Dallas of course. the bungalow furnishings will feature tons of stuff from ikea, but no wal-mart crap obviously. willl we feature products from Target? unknown. we still await any prounouncements on the crunchiness of Target.

7:46 AM  
Blogger kathleen said...

i forgot to include the *pagan* crunchy con as a necessary element of the quintessential AUTHENTIC WORLD cast.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Oh Kathleen, I have brochitis, and it hurts when I laugh!!

I don't care what anyone says...this site is downright inspired. (I bet God told y'all to put it up, right? ;))

9:04 AM  
Blogger Andy Nowicki said...

I recall that Ikea was mocked by the movie FIGHT CLUB a few years ago. One reviewer took exception to this aspect of the movie, while praising its overall attack on consumerism, writing something like "I could understand them going after Wal-Mart or someone like that, but why pick on Ikea? Apparently to pick on a trendier yuppier version of a discount store was simply beyond the pale...

10:09 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

LOL. What should one call trendy crap? Crunchy Crap?

Tar-ZHAY is another great example, as Kathleen notes. How on earth does it essentially differ from Wal-Mart, except for its slightly higher prices and smaller customer base?

I have two skirts from Tar-ZHAY featuring rayon fabric so thin you can practically see through it. I'm not beefing--they were cheap--but again, how does this differ from what you'd ex[pect at Wal-Mart?

10:48 AM  
Blogger SiliconValleySteve said...

Diane,

I really like "Crunchy Crap". I'm going to adopt it but I think you should trademark it. I admit that I shop at Tar-ZHAY cause the stuff looks better but it's still cheap crap made by 3rd world workers. As far as Ikea, I don't quite get it. We look there every so often and get ideas but then we shop at other stores for similar stuff and find nicer crunchy crap than Ikea sells.

11:18 AM  
Blogger pikkumatti said...

Extra! Extra! Another business is deemed not Crunchy. From Rod's recent post.


Chances are that your friendly neighborhood Applebee's is not the kind of place you're likely to run into a crunchy con.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Pauli said...

I thought that post was funny. I didn't read the book, but I heard the author on Laura I's show. As I understand it, the whole point is that Applebee's is a symbol for the voting bloc that has been putting recent presidents into the White House, i.e., low-maintenance suburbanites that aren't addicted to bungalows and scowling at Joe 6-in-the-pew's life-style. So I think the author and Rod would disagree on a lot, except when the guy criticizes Republicans. Then Rod will quote it on his blog.

For myself, I really like Applebee's, but it was difficult explaining to my kids that the jackalope rack on the wall wasn't a real animal.

10:45 AM  
Blogger pikkumatti said...

You know, I don't think it is just Orthodoxy that Rod converted to. Today we are treated to posts on how he got Kerry's joke, and how he likes VA senatorial candidate Jim Webb. And, of course, the obligatory Bush-bash or three.

I'm guessing that he really converted to the Democratic party, but promised somebody that he wouldn't say anything about it until after the election. Or the end of the month. Or until somebody outs him, anyway.

I am finding nothing interesting over there anymore. Why I continue to read and comment is beyond me, but it will stop soon. It must. I'll start watching Cube's garden instead -- it is more fulfilling than the Crunchy blog.

4:05 PM  
Blogger SiliconValleySteve said...

Pikkumatti,

If you read some of Rod's comments when criticized, I think you get the core of the guy. He thrives on creating controversy. Not just personally but professionaly. That is his schtick. I think he intentionally goads us into responding to his obviously hypocritical stance on almost anything.

When we post over there with anything but humor or gentle mockery, we just feed the beast. Let him sink to dialog with pagans and followers of Peter Singer. The whole enterprise will collapse. Then, he may wise up. It is the kindest thing any of us can do for him.

9:29 AM  
Blogger kathleen said...

really, the guy is just a bore at this point.

11:29 AM  
Blogger pikkumatti said...

Thanks for the support, SVS and kathleen.

Thanks to you, and to Rod's last couple of posts (including a repeated post about his broken Mercedes, which is obviously a Crunchy car make -- who'd have thunk that?), I am proud to report that my RSS reader no longer subscribes to the Crunchy blog.

I feel free already.

I will now read over there only when linked to in this blog.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

His broken [i]Mercedes[/i]?

LOL. But of course the purpose of life is not to be a satisfied shopper. Because, when you're a Crunchy Comservative, you stand outside the mainstream, which means you see things more clearly than all those pickup-driving plebes who, er, think the purpose of life is to be a satisfied shopper.

Oy. My head hurts.

Well, y'all. Even if we don't visit that silly blog, don we still get to hang out here, have a beer, and chat? :)

9:57 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

What I don't get is Rod's near silence on the fact that a new edition of the book that led to his blog has come out. One brief post mentioning he saw it in a bookstore.

Doesn't the fact that there is a new canonical presentation of what he is supposed to stand for warrant, I don't know, some discussion or something?

One might be forgiven for suspecting he's just not that into the opinions he held a few months ago.

More evidence for the thesis that a Crunchy Con is someone who feels the way Rod feels today (today he feels fear for his children, if you can believe it).

"I am pro-life: theirs."

Is sophism supposed to be a good thing in an opinion journalist?

6:11 AM  
Blogger pikkumatti said...

I like this freedom of only reading the Crunchy blog when ya'll link to it. My day is brighter this way.

Rod: I am pro-life: theirs.

Let's think this through. He now favors a pro-abortion candidate because he worries about how he would feel if his sons were on their way to Iraq, even though there is no present chance of that, and even though if they were on their way to Iraq they would be going because they volunteered.

Rod words say: I am pro-life: theirs.

Rod words translated say: It's all about me.

6:35 AM  
Blogger Pauli said...

Rod: "I am Pro-Life: my Mercedes. I refuse to perform a mercy killing. I will not pull the plug on this loyal friend who is 85 years old in car-years just to fit-in with our euthanizing consumerist culture!!!! You're going down, George Allen!!! You too Santorum, you, you... you Catholic, you!!!! Larison, help me!!!! More COWBELL!!!! More exclamation points!!!! AGGHCKKKCK!!!!"

8:45 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

You're kidding me. So, he honestly justifies supporting a pro-abort pol because, for him, now, "pro-life" means being pro his kids' lives? (Never mind the remoteness of the possibility that his kids will ever serve in Iraq. :p)

So, it's "The heck with thousde 4.000 babies being butchered every single day! As long as my kids are safe, I'm happy."

Words fail me. This guy is going beyond annoying. He's evil.

10:28 AM  
Blogger kathleen said...

i wonder what kind of bumperstickers rod has on his hoop-dee mercedes with no a/c that costs him $2200 per year in maintenance costs alone:

"I VOTE PRO-LIFE (EXCEPT WHEN I DON'T FEEL LIKE IT")

or maybe

DON'T LAUGH, IT'S A MERCEDES!

11:39 AM  
Blogger pikkumatti said...

I'm thinking his bumper sticker is:

MY OTHER CAR IS A PRIUS.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Pauli said...

Regarding pro-life, I was just looking back to an older post and reading a comment I made about crunchies and pro-life. [starts with "I don't know what Rod himself thinks, but..."]. I still stand by that remark "The forest is fine, it's those damn trees they can't stand" which I think is really behind all the stupid posturing on Iraq.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

BTW, I apologize for calling Rod "evil." I cannot judge his heart, of course. I was just so staggered by his specious rationale for supporting a pro-abort pol that I, well, didn't know what to say.

10:04 PM  

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