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"That cop that gave you the speeding ticket when he could've let you go, he has an asshole factor of about 2. Now, the higher you go in rank the higher your asshole factor becomes. The Feds, they have an asshole factor of about 100,000. So that by the time you get to the President, he has an asshole factor out of this world. And these are the kind of people we have going to UN meetings saying stuff like 'Do what we say or we'll bomb the place.' The US is like an apartment building. We as citizens are living here and it's cool because there's no civil war going on. But we're not the managers or supervisors of this apartment building. We don't know the managers or supervisors of this apartment building. We don't know what the supervisors are saying to the apartment building across the street. That's how this war is, nobody really knows why we're over there."
- Ice-T

This little page here is designed to reduce my stress level. If you recognize yourself here, you have a chance to reform. I'm usually nice, even if I am smiling over clenched teeth.



It's been a while, friends. It's not that I have been encountering a better grade of people as I try and sell  stuff,  it's just that I bit my tongue and let things pass. I've mellowed and besides, sharp objects don't get through  the computer screen. The morons aren't standing before me any longer. They are out in some digital ooze  and they can just crawl back into their slime. Still, every once in a while we get an exceptional one and we can't let it go.

We received the following negative feedback on Amazon. I am convinced that the feedback systems employed by major internet retailers give voice to the voiceless. In every other corner of the universe these whack jobs would be ignored for what they are. When these Einsteins discover feedback they wield it like Genghis Khan. Suddenly their opinion has importance and...well, you get my drift.


"Item came 5/4/09. Ordered on 4/23/09 too long a wait! When package finally arrived was in a reused white plastic sleeve with previous address scribbled out in blue ink & my address printed on the label slapped over that scribble. Very tacky! My wife felt the same way. Beside the long wait & and poor packaging the CD plays fine. May consider this seller in the future."

 While most everyone else on the planet is weeping over the plight of the polar bears and even Dick Cheney endorses a form of conservation, this screwball wants a pretty envelope.

"Why, look at this tacky envelope Margo!"

"To think that it was placed in our mailbox where letters from our friends and family go."

" I wouldn't be surprised if the electric company stopped billing us all together."

As for the "long wait", bozo actually ordered it on a Friday after we went home for the weekend. Yes, I know that we are supposed to be here 24/7 and so is the post office, but we have to spend some time at home to monitor the state of the envelopes we are receiving.

The much maligned post office got the package halfway across the country in six days. This guy paid $2.98.

Oh, please return the tacky envelope and we will be sure to send you a fresh new one for your collection. And please, please, please consider us in the future. We'll throw in a few !!!! for your trouble.


Stumbled across the piece of wisdom on an on-line blog for techies.


Posted March 22, 2007 00:09 March 22, 2007 01:09
The cost to RIAA member companies for online sales is close to 0 per song since apple, etc. bear all the costs of servers and software.

The cost for physical CDs includes pressing and distribution (shipping, warehousing, tracking, processing returns).

Given that, a drop in cost-per-disc CD sales with a gain in zero-cost digital sales needs to be reported with adjustments for the difference in costs.

If 2 songs are sold gaining 1.40 in pure profit (since record companies grab .70/song) how does that compare to the revenue less pressing & distribution from 1 CD?"

Geez, Dave (last name obliterated here to protect the moronic)I'd like to respond, but I got to get down to Guitar Center to get me all that free gear they are giving away. Then I got to go and get sprinkled with pixie dust, because I don't have to invest anything in learning how to play an instrument. Then I have to go and get that free studio time, where my fellow musicians, producers and engineers are all standing by to create a recording. Then I have to mix it and master it so it will sound good compressed into an MP3 file - so that poor Apple and I-Tunes can bear the brunt of the expense maintaining the platform that delivers it you.
This stupid bastard probably would rather listen to the microwave hum than a musician anyway. Hope your tongue gets compressed in your hard drive and your ears fall off and you work real hard for nothing for a real long time.


Just one time before I die (and that could be any day now) I'd like to get a mention in one these 'Best of' articles that some of the local rags like to run.
I admit that the ego needs a little caressing from time. The best that I have is a customer stating that we are the 'best store in the...neighborhood' or one guy saying that we are here because we 'just refuse to die'.
Not much to keep me putting my pants on in the morning.

I had thought about taking out an ad in Chicagoland Tails, a pet magazine and proclaiming myself the favorite record store for dogs in the city. I could just euthanize any critics.

So it was with more curiosity than anticipation that opened the "Best Of" issue of the local New City rag.
I was shocked to discover...

"Best Place to Buy CD's....

Best Buy...

Where a Maxell fifty pack spindle is only $17.99. Wait..this category is for music Cd's released by record companies? People still buy those ? Did we enter a wormhole? Is this 1996? Who you gonna vote for Clinton or Dole? And did you hear about the new Nintendo 64? It sounds awesome.
"Best Audience Comment: "Who buys CD's anymore?"

"Best Place to Buy Music Cd's Then"

Virgin Megastore "

I guess the lack of record company ads has finally got to this smarmy little rag. Best Buy doesn't appear to be advertising their spindles there either. A lot of massage parlors and book stores.

I guess after reading shit like this even a good bodice ripper (or back rub) would look like literature to you. "Best Place to Buy CD's Then"? The grammar check must be broken over there.

At least the four or five readers of this zine have the good taste to name Reckless as their favorite place to buy CD's.

Still I've been dying to find out who won "Best use of bone marrow as an appetizer" and I'm overjoyed that they approve of the fast food red beans and rice at Popeye's.

I guess that I must be in a wormhole because I'd rather vote for Dole or Clinton (or Roosevelt or Eisenhower or Lincoln or anybody) than the progressive dickwads we get to vote for. I'd rather listen to music than spend my off hours burning it. Of course, I never was much one for sitting my fat ass on a couch and twiddling my thumbs immersed in some make believe fantasy game either.

MAYOR DALEY PLEASE!! put up a big toll booth at the borders of our city so that weasels like these stupid m*%#@*f*%#%#@s stay up in their suburban wastelands. Until then I'll avoid these 'winners' like the plague.


Best audience comment: "Who reads weekly shoppers anymore?"


The phone rings and a woman on the other end says that she is doing a story for NEW CITY and wants to check some facts. She asks for the store's correct address and phone number. Then she asks if we still do in-store performances. I say 'not anymore' and she slams the phone down. No 'thanks', no 'goodbye', no pleasantry that one has grown to expect from a toll collector or bored fast food worker. Just slam the phone down, honey. Time can't be wasted on the likes of me.

The next week, the story on indie record stores appears. I guess that they are trying to make nice after the smarmy 'best of ' issue. It should be up at for a little while.
In any case, here's what they say about the home team,
Record Emporium
3346 N. Paulina, (773)248-1821
If you have ever dreamt about owning a record store, Record Emporium may be the store that's been haunting your dreams. Around since 1979 and jam-packed with CDs and vinyl, at Record Emporium you'll find classic rock, folk and, oddly enough, Shania Twain. Mike Felten, owner of Record Emporium, also gives people a chance to buy from home through the store's Web site,

Johnny greets the warden at San Quentin
Jim Marshall photo

Apparently Jackasses aren't unlimited.
                  I hope that I haven't confused anyone by putting two words together. Maybe we will call this page Jackasses Limited. If that
                  doesn't offend anyone.
"I was viewing your website, and I noticed you are using jackasses 
                  unlimited. I
                  have purchased and setup am informing you of 
                  because I dont want to have a conflict with your site and mine. thank 
                  you for
                  your time on this matter.
                  webmaster of"
Wait a second, I don't capitalize the J,
                  the A and the U. That should be enough to eliminate any confusion. Whew!

          The Mother of All  Jackasses :"You know (the poor folks uprooted due to Hurricane Katrina, who have lost their homes, jobs, loved ones and seen their city devasted) were underprivileged anyway, so this is working quite well for them" - Barbara Bush

The Questioning Jackass... After a tough retail Saturday. Jackass walks in fifteen minutes before closing time, gets two steps in the front door and declares, "I don't know how you guys survive!" Thanks for that insight. I think the same thing whenever I walk into a chain store, but my social skills are a little bit more developed. I shrug off the jackass. I didn't think he was asking for my analysis of the retail music climate. He takes a couple more steps in and attempts to put the listening station headphones on, he drops them and knocks over a couple of albums.  "Are you price competitive?" he demands. "With Starbucks," I reply. He snorts and mutters at the listening station. Unable to figure out how to work the thing, he leaves.

So it is another Saturday night and this jackass ain't got nobody. His idea of a good time is walking into a shop and try to run it down.

So let me explain how I 'make it'.

Our friends in Oklahoma taught my wife how to make jerky. We have all the equipment, all we need is meat. When a 200 pounds plus rack of meat walks in my front door and conducts himself as if he has no tangible purpose on the planet, I just consider the possibilities and independent business has always had to innovate to survive.

Jackass YoYo Fan... Customer buys a $3.99 disc on line. We have a minimum order of $4.99 pasted all over. After we get done with credit card fees and all the nonsense we have to deal with we’re lucky to make a nickel on these sales. We also have it stated on our grading page that discs may not have the final artwork. These are clearance discs. We think that you might appreciate getting a full-length disc for a fraction of the price. I know that I’m supposed to take all of these masterpieces home, but my wife doesn’t share that idea.

So this guy buys a disc and tries to convince me that Israel is part of the United States and should qualify for domestic shipping. It didn’t work.

Although the order was less than our minimum, I thought I’d bend the rule and let it go through. I recently had a .99 customer berate me because ‘someday’ he was going to spend $100 but not with me because of my ‘stupid rules’. Likewise I think that all the fees that I am charged are stupid rules, but the credit card companies and my bank don’t listen to me. So thus begins our saga…


 just got the cd  YO YOS -uPPERS AND DOWNERS- what did you think of before send me this joke cd with no sleeve no booklet and no !!!!

im simply amazed and shooked ! i dont need this cd as it is ill like to get a FULL  refound to my visa acount . its not fair this mass and this big big dispointment, after ill get my 9.99$ back ill send you this cd. way didnt you told me before ive made the order? 'cos its not writen anywere! let me know ASAP


I too am ‘shooked” I respond to Mr. Jackass:


We will refund your account when we receive the disc


This is why our minimum order is $4.99 - even on

budget sales titles.

From our Gemm page ...

"Items priced below $6.99 often do not have complete

artwork. ASK before ordering. There is a now a $5.00

minimum order."


And then:...

what do you say about .....after well receive the disk we will refund..... hows gonna pay the shipping to you .!
maybe you prefere that ill proch to with
our problem. i have to say that im buyin alot of staff on the web and its the first time i get this tritment.
im askin again becuose its not the order that ive
made, please give me a full refund to this order im NOT a socker. or find me the disc sleeve and a

No ‘socker’ this guy..


We aren't going to give you a refund until the disc is

in our possession.

Everything from the shipping -$6 foreign not the $4

domestic (US) that you requested - to the statement

that budget items under $6 may not include the final

art - and that $4.99 was a minimum order - was clearly

spelled out on our Gemm pages.

"proch" whoever, we aren't going to allow you to scam



send me  your address to deliver the disc.

ill send it regesterd so youll get it for shore

thanks for nothing


and so,the gene pool sinks to a greater depth. We’ll add if this drama continues...

THRIFT STORE JACKASS..."Do you have used classical discs? How much are they. $7.99!!! C'mon" I'll c'mon, jackass, if you promise to take me to the land of cigarette trees and the Big Rock Candy mountain.
ONLINE JACKASS...Comment/Question: I recieved my package opened and damaged.  It looks like you didn't properly seal the envelope, which was kinda flimsy.  I know you were trying to save on shipping, but please don't do it at the risk of damaging it.  The dvd box has a dent ripped in the front and the insert is missing...You had a HP $50 rebate coupon in there instead...what is that???  Did the insert fall out?  This is definitely not in "like new" condition.  Can you please issue me a partial refund?
hmmm...couldn't be that the thing just got damaged in the mail. We all know that doesn't happen. We just insist on using flimsy envelopes so all of the thousand of things we send out get damaged. Of course, we don't seal them either and then stuff them with $50 HP rebate coupons...We begin welding our envelopes shut as of this day.
PART 2- ...After we suggest a return for a full refund including shipping
 Dear Record Emporium.

If I want to have tracking on the item to return it, I have to buy the full postage for it.  If I don't have a record and the dvd gets lost, I'm screwed out of a refund.  From experience, it takes a lot of time and trouble dealing with USPS regarding matters such as this.  So it doesn't seem to be worth it.

You asked me to help determine what went wrong.  The problem is the shipping envelope is a NOT top quailty envelope for shipping DVDs through USPS.  Your single bubble wrap is very thin.  I paid 2.49 for shipping, couldn't you spend a dollar for a extra bubble wrap or a larger envelope?  You only spent $1.29 to mail it.  If you do need to be that thrifty, just put the DVD between two pieces of cardboard inside a padded envelope.  Another thing is, don't deal with a customer on an impersonal didn't even leave your real name in the email!

I'm not trying to give you a hard time.  But since you are apparently operating more like a business than a private seller, you need to consider inconveniences like this.  Things like this give a customer second thoughts about buying an item from you.  A customer shouldn't have to waste his time on a problem that could have been prevented.   That's why I wanted a partial discount instead of wasting my valuable time to get this cleared.

Since you have my money now, at least you can take the time to take my complaint seriously....
managed to get a neutral feeback from this guy. Don't know if I am going to refund the DVD or not. It may be too much of a hassle taking the DVD and mailing it back to us for a $9 refund. Looks like the 'Shrek' DVD was OK or we would have heard about it. If you can't get a discount one way, there's always the partial refund scam. $9 bucks! C'mon.
I'd like to offer all my customers the option of shipping their items in a concrete box. Hell, when you pay $2.49 you expect top shelf.
LOST JACKASS...A guy comes in and asks my opinion on a half dozen discs. He asks to listen to a couple more. Then he asks if there is a Best Buy around here...You just walk north on Paulina and keep on going, you can't miss it. If you reach the Arctic Circle you've gone too far.
CLASSIC JACKASS...We are selling discs on sale for $3. Toothless White Folk asks me if I'd take $2 because of the 'condition'. ..Look, I'm giving you $5 off the regular used price. How about I just give you a dollar and a free kick in the ass and you listen to the Black Crowes on the radio for free.
JACKASS THIEF ...I am checking out a customer and look up to see a yuppie with a baseball hat and sunglasses walking out with a Jim Morrison bio ...We sell our books at half price, but that still isn't good enough for Joe Cool to buy it? Why don't you go stealing at some place that sells at full list price to get your money's worth. Of course, it is impressive that someone will actually steal a book at all. The dollar store is an easy mark too. I spend an evening fantasizing about my fist landing on the bridge of his nose. It is worth the wholesale price.
JACKASS DOWNLOADER... It is three hours after our scheduled closing time and the guy walks in with a cup of FourBucks coffee. He looks at my DVD's and says "Ten Dollars, wow. I can buy these in Bucktown for a couple bucks. I have a computer at home and I can download a lot of movies myself. What I can't download, I'll rent from Blockbuster and burn them". Well, thanks for sharing that with me. I'm really impressed with the part that some jackass like you has a computer and actually can do more with it than play Pong (oh, that's what you do with your free hand!) You know if you pick up butts from the street you won't have to buy cigarettes. If you bathe in the river, you can save on plumbing. Oh, but why bathe at all? When you can download pictures of clean people for free!
Damn those twelve year old girls that get caught up in the RIAA anti-piracy nets, give this smug bastard a cell next to Martha Stewart. I tell him that I have to close so I can go home and brew a pot of coffee. Surprise, he doesn't draw the connection to the four dollar cup in his hand. He goes home to download a later Molly Ringwald movie.
"Pardon me, I have someone to kill" - Johnny Paycheck.

And if you are offended by any of the language found on this site, let me say.....
I like you, and if sometimes I take poetic license with you and you are this is just with semantics, dirty words. Believe me, I'm
profound, this is something that I assume someone must have laid on me,
because I do not have an original thought. I am screwed. I speak English.
That's it. I was not born in a vacuum. Every thought I have belongs to
somebody else. Then I must just take, ding ding ding, somewhere.
So I am not placating you by making the following statement. I want to help
you if you have a dirty word problem. There are none, and I'll spell it out
logically to you.

Here is a toilet. Specifically - that's all we're concerned with, specifics
- if I can tell you a dirty toilet joke, we must have a dirty toilet.
That's what we're talking about, a toilet. If we take this toilet and boil
it, and it is clean clean, I can never tell you specifically a dirty toilet
joke about this toilet. I can tell you a dirty toilet joke in the Milner
Hotel, or something like that, but this toilet is a clean toilet now.

Obscenity is a human manifestation. This toilet has no central nervous
system, no level of consciousness. It is not aware - it is a dumb toilet -
it cannot be obscene - it's impossible. if it could be obscene, it could be
cranky, it could be a Communist toilet, a traitorous toilet.
It can do none of these things. This is a dopey toilet, Jim.

So nobody can ever offend you by telling you a dirty toilet story. They can
offend you from the area that it's trite - you have heard it many, many
times. Now all of us have had a bad early toilet training - that's why we
are hung up with it. All of us at the same time got two zingers - one for
the police department and one for the toilet. "All right he made a kahkah,
call a policeman. All right, OK. Are you going to do that anymore?
OK, tell the policeman he doesn't have to come up now."

All right, now we all got the "Policeman, policeman, policeman," and we had
a few psychotic parents who took it and rubbed it in our face, and those
people for the most, if you search it out, are censors. Oh, true, they hate
toilets with a passion, man. Do you realize if you got that ranked around
with a toilet, you'll hate it, and anyone who refers to it? It is dirty
and uncomfortable to you.

Now if the bedroom is dirty to you, then you are a true atheist, because if
you have any of the mores, the superstitions, if anyone in this audience
believes that God made his body, and your body is dirty, the fault lies
with the manufacturer. It's that cold, Jim, yeah.

You can do anything with the body that God made, and then you want to get
definitive and tell me of the parts He made, I don't see that anywhere in
any reference to any Bible. Yeah, He made it all. It's all clean, or all

But the ambivalence comes from the religious leaders, who are celibates.
The religious leaders are "what should be." They say they do not involve
themselves with the physical. If we are good, we will be like our rabbi,
our nun, our priests, and absolve, and finally put down the carnal
and stop the race.

Now, dig, this is strange here. Everybody today in the hotel was bugged
Knight and Nixon. Let me tell you the truth. The truth is "what is."
If "what is" - you have to sleep eight, ten hours a day, that is the
truth. A lie will be: People need no sleep at all. Truth is "what is."
If every politician from the beginning is crooked, there is no crooked.
But if you are concerned with a lie, "what should be" - and "what should
be" is a fantasy, a terrible, terrible lie that someone gave the people
long ago: This is what should be - and no one ever saw what should be,
that you don't need any sleep and you can go seven years without sleep,
so all the people were made to measure up to that dirty lie.
No, there's no crooked politicians. There is never a lie because
there is never a truth. -Lenny Bruce