Skip to comments.Sleep Train & the Betrayal of Rush Limbaugh
Posted on 03/03/2012 8:43:31 PM PST by gaijin
Dale Carlsen was about 24 years old and had been merely selling mattresses, but finally Dale got frustrated and went into the biz for himself. He was coming up on having to make a payment on the loan for his new, tiny mattress company.
He didn't have much money, and this loan was at over 20% interest, ok?
Worse was that Dale had chosen the location of his first mattress store in gritty South Sacramento, near Sac State, alongside some train tracks, next to a flea market. He'd thought the flea market foot traffic would bring customers, but in fact flea market afficianados are not huge mattress spenders, right?
And in fact that first Sleep Train location had lots of drug dealers and SLUTS nearby --I'm serious.
So in fact young Dale was looking at a major business failure for his little struggling company. But next door to his little disheveled mattress dump was a pizza place, and that's where Dale, the CEO of the erstwhile tiny Sleep Train, Inc. would eat:
A drummer had taken time off from touring with his band to sell radio ads for KFBK, a Sacramento radio station, simply cuz his buddy worked there. So this drummer had gotten this gig as an, "Account Exec" and he would eat at the pizza place next to Dale's tiny, dumpy mattress store:
One day Dejected Dale is staring off into space over an oily pool in a piece of pepperoni, muttering about not being able to sell mattresses to sluts (a bit like that Georgetown feminazi from hell, except that these really were pro sluts). Meanwhile sitting next to him was Mr. Radio Account Exec, drumming his hands on the table, and he chirps back to Dale's, to cheer him up a bit, "Well there's a new guy at KFBK who just moved into town, and he needs a mattress..."
Dale goes, "OK well send him by..."
Maybe you have figured out that this guy who needed a mattress was Rush Limbaugh...?
OK well, poor fat Rush (who by that time had been fired 7 times and was 42 or so) waddles into Dale's place to buy his mattress for his tiny and empty apartment in none other than Rio Linda (which was the only place poor Rush could afford to live in Sacramento, at the time).
Rush bought a mattress, and being a natural salesman also convinced Dale to consider advertising on his show, on KFBK.
And Dale did exactly that, he took out ads on the show of fat, poor Rush Limbaugh, the unknown whose career would shoot skyward like a P51, and completely transform AM radio from an empty backwater for kooks and weather afficianados into a hotbed of politics and a, "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy".
And Rush turned on the charm, and talked up Dale's mattresses so much that they drove from miles and miles around, saying, "I want the same mattress Rush sleeps on..."
And so with that thunderclap of Rush-mediated publicity it turned out that Dale could make the payment on his +20% interest loan --he survived. And soon after he opened up a branch adjoining the parking lot of Rush's station, so intimate was the link between the growing success of each man.
And now Dale Carlsen has over 250 stores, in Sleep Train, making 1/3 of a billion dollars yearly.
But then something happened:
Dale fired Rush, the saleman extraordinaire, who'd saved Dale decades before.
--> Because Rush insulted dishonest feminist who thinks the government should pay for contraceptives. < --
I could understand some of the brand loyalty exhibited on this thread if they made their own mattresses and they were just heads and above better than the rest, but it just isn't the case.
No, I never heard of Sleep Train, either. Very possibly, they have no franchises on the east coast, or, at least, in the Philly area. So the station here advertises something else.
We have our own side taking halfhearted efforts and compromising...
Between the Tea Party and OWS extremes there is nothing left to do except cry in the streets?
It is far too late into this matter. Listen to Reagan's farewell address and realize how much we have failed ourselves. Our time for preventing this has long since passed.
You must not have READ Rush’s statement. Go read it again, slowly and carefully.
Rush always has been and still is brilliant.
Agreed! Rush knows exactly what he is doing. He’s a master at thinking first, and acting second. Every action has a reaction, and he’s setting up the reaction. That’s all.
Rush will survive.
A Freeper the other day shared this information on Quicken Loans - apparently, they are a disasterous scam of a company and deserves to have every negative incident reported and records for all to see.
I know from personal experience that the sleep number beds are horrible and do not even come close to the comfort of a conventional spring mattress.
We can do this much legally to show our disgust with these shysters who fly by night at the first whine of a lefty. Let's see who actually drives this economy? When is the next time some DUher or OWS freak is going to shell out $1500 for a mattress or enroll and actually pay for a monthly service?
Time for the powers that be to speak their mind.
You are so right. While listening last week, I kept thinking wow is this good.
Then read his statement and knew Monday’s show is going to be hot. Only 29 more hours to wait.....
And I’m sure the guy from Sleep Train said something to the effect, “Hey, it’s just business! Nothing personal, Rush.”
Yes, if they are real Freepers. I suspect many are Sleeper Freeper Trolls from the Dark Side. (c8
Your link doesn’t work.
The left doesn’t want the apology of Rush..the goal is and always has been to get him off the air.
We all know the left aren’t offended by the word “slut”.
They use it all the time against the women on our side.
Rush has a billion dollar property when you look at national and local advertisement sales, tie ins and potential to draw millions of additional subscribers to satellite..."
Not only that, but who is to say Rush doesn't mind getting some of these yahoos off the ad slate? There was a program in Jan. where he was out-loud complaining he didn't have enough room for everyone who wanted to advertise with him.
This woman will be completely and utterly forgotten in three months, while Rush will have replaced the dopey mattress ads and Carbonblabla with more willing adverti$ers...
Hold on there.
I doubt Rush is gonna advertise a product that is dishonest or crappy.
I bought a Sleep Number bed the week after my 2nd wife got her stuff out of my house - in 2005 - and I still think its the best. Heard about them first on Rush.
Can’t speak to Quicken or Carbonite and never heard of Sleep Train but I’ve a funny feeling it’s gonna be their loss and some other sponsor’s gain.
I’m a big advocate of boycotting companies with PC philosophies that annoy me - GE, HomeDepot, GM, anything union - and I happily email them with my reasons. But it’s irrational to trash their products if they perform as advertised. And it’s misguided to trash a good product that gets sold or serviced by an internal company idiot.
Yup - I emailed Sleep Train - told them they screwed up. But ironically, they’re making their own PC bed and the market will make them sleep in it.
I think Rush had no choice but to pen the “apology” (read the whole thing, it is not a flat out mea culpa but being portrayed this in the media by our enemies. Frankly, Rush has come back from worse, recall the pill flap? He was bombarded by the left then too but chose the right path by taking the issue straight on. This one, he did even better with the “apology” wherein he continues to highlight his point while retracting having called the whore a slut.
The Fluke bimbo got what she wanted, she wanted a Breitbart moment and unfortunately for us, he gave it to her. Hopefully, once used she will be discarded like a used condom by the lefties once they have ridden her fame as far as it will go (pun).
Meanwhile, Rush like any businessman facing a loss of revenue cannot just sit there and be blasted. He issued the “apology” in light of the ginned up firestorm. Reading Carbomite’s press release on its site, it did not say they were dropping him, just they would have a meeting this week to discuss going forward. I expect they will say the “apology” sufficed and they will put him on super probation and move forward because they don’t want to lose their prime advertiser.
In any event, looking forward to Rush tomorrow. It will be interesting seeing the path he takes about this. If he is smart, he will let it go and not try to get the high road back because as correct his logic, the use of the loaded word “slut” was not wise. My advice to him if he cared would be the same as one given to rookie attorneys: when the law is against you, argue the facts and when the facts are with you argue the law. In either of these cases, any argument for using “slut” falls short.
One thing he cannot come on and be contrite, he does that, and he is done.
You folks who are chipping your teeth about Rush apologizing need to chill. Rush appologized for a choice of words not an expression of truth. You people are as fickle as Sleep Train. Just Damn!
Consider also that Rush has now innoculated the GOP candidates on this by taking the lightning rod hit (imo quite purposefully).
The MSM, instead of being able to pursue this absurdity, now can only ask the candidates about Rush's statements; and the candidates can only thusly appear reasonable, and use the fracas as a pivot point to "let's talk about what's really important...ie jobs and this horrid economy."
OK, I've read it twice now. Pray tell, why do you consider it zotworthy?
True, he apologized for his choice of words. I will be very interested in hearing what he has to say on Monday. In the meantime, everyone needs to call or email these companies. I know people who are extreme liberals. They are still gloating about Glen Beck. Now they are aiming for Rush Limbaugh, (well they have been for a long time)
TAKE A STAND, FREEPERS! CALL OR EMAIL
AS Henry Ford said “never complain never explain” or something like that. that was before PC Amerika came along.
We were thinking about getting a sleep number bed to replace our aging one soon. To bad. They will be getting a call from me. No sale.
Very well said!
You point out one of the major differences between libs and conservatives. When a conservative stubs his toe, the rest are willing to throw him to the wolves insteadd of sticking together.
Good point and hopefully the GOP candidates are smart enough to take your advice...at least Newt would be.
While it could work to the benefit of our candidates, I don’t think Rush had this in mind when he overshot the runway with his commentary though.
I asking the person who implied there was something wrong with it. I know nothing wrong.
and right on cue:
WASHINGTON (AP) Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says Rush Limbaugh was wrong to call a college student a “slut” and “prostitute” in the debate over contraception coverage, and was right to apologize for the comments.
My own advice: “Good point and hopefully the GOP candidates are smart enough to take your advice...at least Newt would be.”
“Gingrich tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that he’s glad the conservative commentator issued the apology on Saturday and that it’s time to move beyond the controversy.
Gingrich says it’s “silly” to suggest that Limbaugh speaks for the GOP. Gingrich contends the media are “trying desperately to protect” President Barack Obama.”
That was sort of my reaction too, maybe mixed with sadness. But I think maybe we should give Rush a chance and see whether he has some other shoe to drop. Folding like a cheap camera (anachronistic expression, I know) hasn't exactly been Rush's MO over the years.
I'm glad you had a good experience with it, Bossmechanic. We ended up donating ours. We found it deflated frequently, the distribution of air was unequal, and in the cases where it deflated over the course of one night, we'd wake up with terrible back pain. It couldn't take the same kind of punishment a normal spring bed could handle. We were outside of the warranty period by then, so no use complaining. We donated the bed in the end.
It was a terrible experience.
Quiken Loans is a documented scamfest: Quicken Loans sucks
Rush will survive. This slut has done her job well though. She is a slut in more ways than one. She is a political slut.
Limbaugh takes his marching orders from his advertisers and sponsors. People who are manipulated, and or who's actions are motivated by money, should never be taken seriously.
Thank you-well said.
The left is honest enough to know that they do not care whether they are being dishonest hypocrites. Meanwhile, the right is concerned about honesty, which is one of its major appeals to the newly converted. Is dumping that asset what you really want?
Here is what we should say: Ms. Flake is admittedly promiscuous by her own choice. She is expecting the public to pay to preclude the predictable consequences of using the reproductive organs of her body for their biological purpose. She is expecting you to buy the idea that pregnancy, the natural consequences of promiscuous behavior, is equivalent to a disease. She has a disease all right, but the cure is psychiatry, not contraceptives.
Virtually every human being knows that if a young woman has sex she might get pregnant. Every study on the consequences of female promiscuity cites venereal disease and pregnancy as likely, if not inevitable outcomes. Every study on marriage and family indicates that premarital promiscuity is bad for the stability of the succeeding family. Every study of the eventual success of children as adults suggests that the future of our society absolutely depends upon stable two-parent families.
This Flake doesn't care what her behavior costs society and she feels NO responsibility to its future. She wants to continue this self-destructive pursuit of animal gratification, and expects the government to FORCE you to pay so she can play.
Premarital sex isn't a right; it's a choice. Pregnancy isn't a disease; it is a blessing (and if you don't believe that, look at how much people will pay for infertility treatment or adoption). This young woman's values are destructive to the one essential process necessary for a successful and happy society. Yet she wants to force you to pay to make things worse... ALL so that she can have orgasms.
She is a slut. And I won't take it back.
The reason conservatives have no power despite being a majority, we do not take revenge, we always find away to excuse peoples actions if we have to take a hard stand!
I think Rush fans should convince Mark Levin and Sean Hannity to kick Carbonite off their shows.
He dropped GM because he didn't want to push the Dolt.
How many radio shows do you know of who drops sponsors like GM?
20-25 million listeners is a powerful position to be in. Rush picks his advertisers, he doesn't need to march to their tune.
Tht was an amazing retort.
I agree with you 10,000%.
I don't really have any source link --I simply got really mad and wrote all that stuff by myself --the source really is my own mind, my ears.
When folks post a thread, they must provide SOME sourc --even for a Freeper Exclusive-- so the source URL I supplied was something I had to simply make up out of thin air.
It's a database thang.
Ah, ok!! Thanks, sorry I misunderstood.
I don’t understand.
Why did you say, ITBZ to me?
Rush almost single handedly launched and made Snapple a household name. When it was sold to the Quacker Oats the Cintonistas put the regulatory pressure on and Rush was given the bums rush.
Snapple sales shortly cratered. Something else will come along and Rush will recover. It just says something of the left that they would resort to economic blackmail to silence vocal opposition.
Because the way you wrote your story, it sounded like more liberal rant on Rush.
I have since taken a second look (in a bit calmer frame of mind) and understand the point you were trying to make.
If I may, allow me to offer a suggestion - the headline suggests that Rush betrayed Dale and Sleep Train. Also, the bulk of the story sounds like a whiney, tear-jerking zing on Rush who seems to think all women are sluts (not your words, but the current leftist talking point).
The last line finally clears up the story and the point you were trying to make. So, allow me to pull back my IBTZ <—ZTBI! and thank you for adding a little more information to an ugly non-story whipped up by the left.
Rats sort of figured that Rush or other prominent commentators might go overboard and say something not justified by the facts. This is all pure Alinsky of course. But in the end, the stiff, proud demonic will fail and the human heart of flesh, even when it errs and needs to repent, will be recognized as the true object of God’s blessings.
millions of years of rushbo?
Lying about a hypocrite is still lying.
I’d like to know where you obtained data on Ms. Fluke’s personal love life? Or even about what Ms. Fluke even claimed her love life to be?
It seems that circumspect speaking has suddenly gone out of vogue. Ms. Fluke is a sympathizer to sluts and an advocate for sluttiness, and taxpayer funded sluttiness at that. But we know nothing of her personal love life that would justify identifying her personally as a slut. If such a thing were known, Rush would have no reason to regret calling her a slut.
Now let me get you totally clear, here:
1. Snapple sponsored Rush
2. Snapple flourished
3. Snapple betrayed Rush
4. Snapple cratered
5. Rush started his OWN brand of ice-tea
Still with me?
6. Sleep Train sponsored Rush
7. Sleep Train flourished
8. Sleep Train betrayed Rush
9. (this step is not yet knowable, though I have a preference)
—>10. WHAT SHOULD GO HERE IN THIS STEP, HMMMMMMMM......?!! <—
THINKING WHAT I’M THINKING.....?
Sleep Train still seems to owe much of its fame to Rush. If it wants to walk away from Rush, it had better be able to survive on its own purchased publicity. I have doubts that it can. Even the metaphor in its name isn’t particularly pleasant.
He will. He'll grovel to his sponsors.
Can't wait to see him on the Dittocam tomorrow chomping away on his expensive cigars, begging forgiveness from the sponsors.
Then after that, the story will have died because Rush refused to fight for what's right.
Why should Carbonite associate itself with those comments? They have every right to bail on Rush. They don't need Rush, Rush needs them. Market forces at play that has nothing to do with Sandra Fluke or her begging government for a handout.
Ms. Fluke is the source. She's single and taking birth control. She claimed no other medical need for birth control.
That's all I need.
But we know nothing of her personal love life that would justify identifying her personally as a slut.
Yes we do. You just don't like high standards for what constitutes as much.
If such a thing were known, Rush would have no reason to regret calling her a slut.
No reason? You call losing millions in advertising contracts "no reason?
Horse pucky. I don't care if she's shacked up with but one guy in her whole life. As far as I am concerned, if she expects me to pay to "protect" her from pregnancy and she isn't married then she fits the definition. She values orgasms more than family, responsibility, or children.