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Traitor Joe’s?

A big thank you to all the listeners who stopped by to say hi to Matt and me up at the Mid-State Fair on Friday. Folks really turned out to see Bob Dylan. The weather was fine and people of all ages seemed to be enjoying themselves. The fair runs all this week, so head on up to Paso and catch the fun.

Last night, a group of us drove down to Santa Barbara and caught Lyle Lovett and k.d. lang at the Bowl. One of the best concerts I’ve ever attended and it once again reminded me of the missed opportunity in Atascadero. Back in the ’30s and ’40s, people flocked to concerts at Stadium Park in Atascadero, but now the land sits vacant, largely forgotten by time. It would be great to see summer concerts return to Stadium Park and it could help alleviate the economic woes for the city.

Meanwhile, Paul sent me this email, with a legitimate question about Trader Joe’s:

“Maybe you’ve already heard that Trader Joe’s has some folks outside the front door gathering signatures to “Impeach Cheney.” I’m no fan of the vice president but it’sa matter of fairness that bugs me.

I recall a few years ago when TJ refused to allow the Salvation Army to ring bells in that location.

TJ’s managers told my wife that the police refused to get involved in removing them. T.Joe’s corporate office said that they don’t own the building and cannot force someone off the sidewalk…..funny….they did get the Salvation Army to go away.”

We’re looking into this, but it does sound inconsistent, unless Trader Joe’s decided to reverse their policy after all the flack over the Salvation Army. Anybody know?

  1. the ghost of christmas past
    July 30, 2007 at 2:10 am

    I think the title of this thread is needlessly inflamatory. I don’t believe trader joe’s is being traitorous by allowing people to collect signatures for a cheney impeachment. I do think that they are being very hypocritical in not letting the Salvation Army collect charitable donations there but allowing a petition drive. In the end, I think that TJ is making a poor business decision by allowing even the perception of showing a political bias one way or the other. Republican or christian greenbacks spend just as well as Democrat or atheist greenbacks. By allowing themselves to get caught supporting one side of the other creates impressions that my drive away business. After all, Bob would be stupid to refuse my business solely on the fact that he is liberal and I am conservative, and I don’t think Bob is stupid. Why would TJ allow that perception to be formed?

  2. carol
    July 30, 2007 at 3:32 am

    Trader Joes is a corporation that should be congratulated for standing up to the illegal Bush adminstration and getting people to unite against these neo con devils

  3. Rudy McCain
    July 30, 2007 at 3:35 am

    They tried to get me to sign and I told them where to stick that petition.

    Is anyone surprised by this? Gee, isn’t TJ’s down there by that lefty public radio station?

  4. Paul William Tenny
    July 30, 2007 at 4:02 am

    Proud to support Trader Joe’s.
    Bush and Cheney must be stopped.

  5. slo to respond
    July 30, 2007 at 4:15 am

    Must be a new policy because I clearly remember them saying no to the Salvation Army and it was private property so they could get away with it.

    Is TJ’s owned by a lib? Must be.

  6. Chuck from Atascader
    July 30, 2007 at 5:10 am

    You’ll never get concerts at Stadium Park. There’s absolutely no parking and the park is surrounded by a residential neighborhood on three sides. They won’t want the noise.

    But it would be nice.

  7. Downtown Bob
    July 30, 2007 at 7:51 am

    ghost: I appreciate your comment, very thoughtful. I agree that the title is unnecessarily provocative, but as a punmeister myself I see the lure of transposing Traitor for Trader. I also agree that there appears to be hypocrisy involved when juxtaposing the situation between the Salvation Army and the impeach Cheney petitions. If I am approached by the petitioners at Trader Joe’s, I will not hesitate to sign the petition, but it would seem that they should either allow all who wish to petition, or nobody at all.

  8. Common Sense
    July 30, 2007 at 10:06 am

    Here is the deal, TJ’s do not want people in front of their store whether it is the Salvation Army or signature gatherers. When TJ’s asks the Salvation Army not to be in front of the store, they respect that, and do not have a bell ringer or collection bucket.

    These impeach Cheney nutjobs* are jerks and will not leave unless forced too. The simple fact is the Salvation Army could be in front of Trader Joe’s but they are not that rude and respect the store owner.

    *I use the word nutjobs because Albert Einstein said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” I am going to bet this is not the first time these people circulated a petition against someone, even though signing it has no legal basis. Lets all be honest here this petition will not have any political impact.

  9. Kyle
    July 30, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    The question isn’t whether or not this one petition will have any impact. The issue is one of fairness of access to the public. If TJ’s is going to chase away other groups, they shouldn’t be allowed to make an exception for a political grouop, especially not for those who are trying to removie a true patriot from office.

    Sounds like Dick Cheney needs to go hunting again.

  10. your congress sucks
    July 30, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Lyle Lovett and k.d. lang? Wow! a fund raiser concert for gays and lesbians…not surprising because that’s the croud Traitor Jor’s caters to as well.
    No Christians allowed…but slam the administration? Impeach Chaney? BRING IT ON!

    Dave? Honestly, with all we have to talk about this is the best you can do? Or were in a oinch because you libs were taking a pounding on the last thread.
    Hypocrisy lives strong on theis liberal blog.

    Let’s talk about Nambla nancy’s ear markes in the defense bill! Remeber? She was going to lead the most loral house yet!
    What a scam, what a sham!
    And all you can talk about is a chain store that welcomes women in comfotable shoes?
    Get real!

  11. Dave Congalton
    July 30, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Your Congress,

    What does your post have to say about anything? I’m sorry, but I don’t speak jibberish.

    A listener emailed me his concern and I’m sharing it with you. That’s all.

  12. prairierose
    July 30, 2007 at 5:47 pm


    I agree with you about the “jibberish.” Half the comments made on this blog would never be allowed on your excellent radio show. It’s too bad you can’t control the bloggers like you do your callers.

    By the way, I think Matt is doing a nice job.

  13. Anonymous
    July 31, 2007 at 12:46 am

    oooops…sorry! I forgot. Common sense isn’t spoken here.

    I’ll dumb it down next time

  14. GrandWega
    July 31, 2007 at 1:16 am


    Me thinks it’s much ado about nothing.

    There’s not enough information in the original letter to Dave to really know what the score is.

    TJ’s sits on a large concrete pad, sort of surrounded by an asphalt parking lot. While they (TJ’s) may have some degree of control over the concrete “apron” around their store (typically 10-12 feet) they really have no say nor control about what goes on on the asphalt, so someone walking back and forth on the asphalt doing whatever it is they may be doing is beyond the “control” of TJ’s while someone on the concrete may be within their control.

    How did the liberal vs conservative card wind up being played here?

    Does it have anything to do with the jerk who, in 2000, said “I’m I uniter, not a divider?”

    Mostly what I know (and like) about TJ’s is they have great stuff.

    And that’s the way it is.

  15. Anonymous
    July 31, 2007 at 2:30 am

    Well…Congratulations! Guess Trader Joe’s won’t be sponsors of “hometown radio”!!

    I think calling them “Traitor Joe’s” was a little over the top Dave. No matter what….cute..but not smart.

  16. jibberish clarifier
    July 31, 2007 at 2:43 am

    The original topic was about:
    1) The mid-state fair
    2) Bob Dylan
    3) A concert in SB
    4) The Atascadero stadium park
    5) Economic woes of the city
    6) Some guy names Paul & an email
    7) Trader Joe’s name being mispelled in “Traitor Joe
    8) Impeaching Chaney petition
    9) Fairness
    10) The Salvation Army being banned
    11) Dave’s wife
    12) The local Police
    13) Corporate America
    14) Some kind of investigation
    15) Reversal of policy

    Now how’s that for continuity? Or would a normal person call that “Jibberish”?

    The blogger comments are as disjointed…so go figure.

    What I do love is how a topic with 15 elements with no mention of George W.Bush our President, illicits responses out the same.

    G W Bush hate? on this blog? no way! really? hmmmmm

    Get a grip libs! Your party is over!

  17. scared liberal
    July 31, 2007 at 4:26 am

    Well, if we stop hating “W”, what would we do?
    We complain best. Please don’t take that from us. Don’t make us think!

  18. disgusted with sick libs
    July 31, 2007 at 6:27 am

    You people are SICK!!! First you are wishing that Cheney was actually murdered in a suicide attack in Afghanistan. Now you are all giddy that John Roberts had a seizure. I hope that you spiteful hateful people never have anything bad happen to you because your sick insane f*&ked up karma will come back to bite you in the ass tenfold. You, the ones cheering Roberts’ seizure, deserve all of the pain and suffering the Bush administration has caused you.

  19. Downtown Bob
    July 31, 2007 at 7:02 am

    The seizure that Justice Roberts had was most unfortunate, and as an outspoken liberal progressive I want to state here and now that I wish Justice Roberts a speedy recovery. If he does not fully recover and cannot continue his work on the Supreme Court, I am not going to cheer; we could get much worse, say Robert Bork. I am certainly no fan of the way Justice Roberts has been conducting the high court, but to wish him ill is just wrong.

    To “gibberish clarifier” and other assorted anonymouses: Is the spell check feature broken on your computers? Or, are you either ignorant of how to use it, or just too lazy? I know that this is “only a blog”, but spelling your comments correctly would give your view a little more credence.

  20. the ghost of christmas past
    July 31, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Bob, Robert Bork would not have been as bad as Teddy Kennedy said he would have. Bork was slandered by Ted Kennedy because the man actually spoke honestly and with candor that he thinks the Roe v. Wade decision was a bad decision and needs to be decided at the state level. Overturning RvW would not force women into “backroom abortions” as the Swimmer said, it would force the states to decide if abortion should be legal within the confines of the state. funny how it is the liberals that invade people’s privacy, like Judge Bork’s video rental history or Michael Steele’s credit information all the while claiming to be champions of individual privacy rights. I guess the ends justify the means to liberals.

  21. setting the record straight
    July 31, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Boob, relax pal! “Jibberish” types with passion and they are his own thoughts. Look past spelling and get the content!

    When you copy-n-paste your comments someone else has already done the spell checking for you.

    I’d rather read original and passionate comments that to read others comments you copy into the blog because you don’t have an original thought in your head.

    Now, here’s the test.
    Will Dave delete boob’s comments because it attacked a conservative? Or just mine for putting the boob back in his place?

    As for “disgusted’s” comments. I agree 100%!
    No matter who you put on that bench Roe v wade is going down.

    Talk about Bush destroying the constitution! What about those poor babies you vacuum out of these slutty immoral sex pots’s bellies?
    What about the rights of that baby?
    If you scramble a bald eagle egg for breakfast you go to jail!
    If you kill a baby, the libs build you a throne to sit on.
    The “Secular Godless immoral socialist radical lefties” days are over in the new America!

  22. Dave Congalton
    July 31, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    I like the headlline. It’s a question, not an accusation.

  23. relieved conservative
    July 31, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    CNN is reporting John Roberts to be released from hospital today!

  24. Hoosier21
    August 1, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Let them collect all the signatures they want. It will do no good, but might make the signee feel better and less hateful. If Cheney had committed an impeachable offense, the house would have already acted.
    Illegal Bush administration? Here we go again.

  25. NewsstandGreg
    August 3, 2007 at 11:59 pm


    Sure the “freeper” trolls are here in force! With all their bad spelling and “passion,” etc.

    It’s all they can do to type the name “Cheney” correctly.

    Ever hear about the guy whose main daily exercise was–jumping to conclusions?

    –goooood-day! Newsstand Greg

  26. Anonymous
    August 25, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    Marilyn said:
    “I left this blog for a period of time last year after the barrage of hatred, insults, racist, religiously bigoted, and misogynistic comments that were constant, and the ridiculous challenges”

    Leave again. We do much better without your JR High drama!

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