Sorta Feelz Good Stories To Start Your Day

| October 13, 2019

Since AW1Ed is busy right now, I’m dropping these two stories in for you early risers to read and be amused.

Greta Thunberg did not receive the Nobel prize last week. Instead, it went to Abi Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, for working to resolve the issues that have wrought havoc between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

From the article:  Though her passionate plea to save the planet had made her a frontrunner in many eyes, teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg was not awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, leading many on social media to take it upon themselves to recognize all of the good she’s so far inspired.

The coveted award instead went to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, for “his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in a statement on Friday.

The committee said the win was also meant to recognize “all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.”

Meantime, Dicks Sporting Goods has to date destroyed over $5 million worth of guns, proudly announced by its CEO last week. And a rival company, Sportsman’s Warehouse, is moving right in to take over Dicks branch stores “Field & Stream”, having recently bought eight of those stores.

From the article:  Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS) keeps distancing itself from the firearms market, which suits Sportsman’s Warehouse (NASDAQ:SPWH) just fine. The smaller sporting goods retailer is buying eight of Dick’s Field & Stream stores, outlets that focus in good part on the hunting market, as it seeks to return to a program of expansion. – article

The timing just might be right, too. Although the firearms industry has been in a slump since late 2016, there are numerous indications the bottom has been reached, and it is starting to rise again. Sportsman’s Warehouse could be perfectly positioning itself to capitalize on the recovery.

It’s just as well; destroying something that could have been returned to the manufacturer, who would resell it elsewhere, is a manifestation of virtue signaling gone ‘round the corner. It is as dumb a business move as putting ‘Gun Free Zone’ in your store window and leaving the cash registers open.


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  1. 26Limabeans says:

    Poor Greta. Sixteen going on eleven.

  2. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Dicks gonna dick.

    They remind me of the losing goose strutting and tail wagging, honking loudly.

    WAGGLE! “Yeah. We lost millions of dollars in revenue and shareholder value. We ran off a bunch of gun-customers who spent much, in hopes of selling sports gear to preening couch-potatoes. We meant to do that. Yeah. We did -not- just get our asses handed to us by reality.” HONK!

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but was not the premise of the FIRST Peace Prize awarded for well…Promoting Peace? IMO that award got cheapened considerably when it was given to the supposed “cool black guy” when all he did was get given the election as POTUS. Pray tell me what this little whiny kid did to even be considered for a Nobel? Did I miss something, somewhere? Is it part of that whole participation trophy thing that has been such the rage over the past 20 some odd years? Is it because she is from Sweden? The fictional Sheldon Cooper getting to share a Physics prize with the fictional Amy Farrah Fowler for giving Amy a big bang, finally? I’m confused?

    If I were a Dick’s Sporting Goods stock holder, I’d be raising pure hell at them as I sold off my stock. Maybe they are going to somehow take a tax write off that will negate the profit loss of destroying $5 million in gunz inventory. The profit margins on firearms are slim, comparatively, but still. Some manufacturers do make it difficult, and expensive, to return product, but no where near as costly as destroying it. As you said, virtue signaling at its finest. Dumbasses. Have never bought anything from Dicks, but may drop by a Sportsman’s Warehouse just for shiggs & gittles. Or not. 90% of my buying is done from independent Mom & Pop places. I’m weird that way.

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      There’s a Sportsman’s Warehouse just down the road from me – I think you’ll be impressed with it (think of it being a smaller version of Cabella’s or Bass Pro Shop).

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      But, the Nobel did NOT go to Greta, after all. She’s a curiosity, an oddity, and they knew that. There was no reason to promote the idea of her getting one, either

      Instead, it went to Abi Ahmed of Ethiopia, who DID work for peace in his corner of the African continent, as I’ve indicated above.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Yesum, I had copied all that not getting it. I was just curious as to why she had even been considered for it. I mean all of a sudden here’s this whiny little brat showing up on TV at the UN and all of a sudden there is talk of a Nobel Peace Prize. I’m thinking, daHell? And I picked up on the awarding of same to Mr. Ahmed, who actually DID do something for the award, unlike little greta AND/OR the “cool black guy.”

        • Jan Koekepan says:

          First, the peace prize:

          Trying as hard as I can to be as charitable as I can the the committee in question, I come up with the idea that Obama somehow represented a break from the past, and with his conciliatory tone in his speeches about all being in this together, president of the whole USA and so on, he basically did a snow job on them and they wanted to wave their banner because it was all historic and stuff. I don’t agree with them any more than apparently Obama did, who openly said that he wasn’t sure why he was getting it, but let’s take it as pro-level virtue signalling plus a heaping helping of starry-eyed hope.

          While I’m not Obama’s biggest fan, nor a fan of that kind of politics, I am the first to say that his track record doesn’t mesh well with his getting a peace prize. He didn’t open any new doors to peace, and he didn’t close any new doors on conflicts. Instead he presided over it dragging on, and expanding, and dragging on, and expanding, at a massive cost in life and limb and property across a large chunk of the globe.

          So there’s that.

          As for Greta. Poor, poor Greta. She failed so very hard on so many levels.

          Her one success is that she raised her profile. She’s now qualified to get a position in some kind of nonprofit or teaching position or something like that. Her career is set as climate virtue signaller in chief for some institution somewhere.

          But her little stunt ride to the UN? She sailed for weeks to stand in a room with a crowd of people who are largely powerless to do anything (this is the UN, after all) and who mostly agree with her (this is the UN, after all) and get TV time looking like yet another tiresome scold without (don’t laugh) Al Gore’s grace and emollience. The result is that she did nothing to persuade anybody of anything, except to underline the hypocrisy of people who fly to New York instead of sailing while lecturing us all about carbon footprints. Arguably, she weakened her own side.

          The other interpretation is that she’s a sock puppet or tool for some larger group. I doubt that she’s a full sock puppet, rather than a useful tool (otherwise why let her talk to the UN, after all), but this is just an expansion, at this stage, of the “Think of the children!” political stratagem.

          Politically speaking, she would have done a lot better to identify a group of people who could have been on the edge, but persuadable, in a country that’s kind of on the edge about climate policy, and maybe see if she could move the needle there.

          Maybe China?

          The sympathetic interpretation is that

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            Thanks Jan, that helps to make a little bit of sense out of it. Pretty much what I thought anyhow. Read something somewhere the other day that the whole Greta thing had George Soros’ hand in it. To me, a lot of what is in the news lately has just been a distraction of the Deep State and NWO folks for their ultimate goal of people control.

            • Fyrfighter says:

              5th, A good rule of thumb that is use is that ANY action designed to destroy the western world and her values has Soros’ hand in it.. He was raised as a Nazi collaborator, and took those lessons to heart. It’s who he (and his son) is..

  4. 5th/77th FA says:

    The other feelz good linky went poof. Is admin just messing with our heads cause, well…you know, they can? Was the other one a pigment of my imagination?

    ‘Ed an Ex making bandwidth room for a big article on Navy’s 244th Birthday? ‘Ed still making merry ’cause the Navy whopped up on Tulsa?

  5. Roger in Republic says:

    Very Interesting. The Nobel committee (Sweden) does not award the Peace Prize, that is done by another committee (Norway). Mark Twain once asked “Whats dumber than a dumb swede? A smart Norwegian!” At least this time they didn’t give it a known terrorist, an empty suit or, an autistic highschool dropout.