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corkhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:47 AM
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Colin Powell was right about the "Pottery Barn Rule" afterall...
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/04/20/Business/Rule_that_is...


Supposedly Powell warned Bush that if he sent U.S. troops to Iraq, "you're going to be owning this place." That was based on what Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage called "the Pottery Barn rule" of "you break it, you own it."

The real Pottery Barn has no such rule. And it's a bit weary of Powell's remarks being quoted in newspaper and television reports the last few days.

"This is very, very far from a policy of ours," said Leigh Oshirak, public relations director for the brand, owned by Williams-Sonoma Inc. of San Francisco. "In the rare instance that something is broken in the store, it's written off as a loss."



Yes, Mr. Powell's statement of the rule was incorrect, but in fact, "our great leader" seems to be following the actual Pottery Barn rule...

You break it and not volunteer to pay for it on your own, you will not be held accountable for it, and it will eventually be written off as a loss.


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bullimiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:50 AM
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1. The real pottery barn rule is
if something breaks, they take care of it, after all you are a customer.

so shut up already about the pottery barn.
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corkhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:57 AM
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5. Thanks for the Billo 'riley impersonation
you have a nice day too.
:hi:
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:51 AM
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2. Yeah, so even a broken clock is correct twice a day
The key player (Major then) in the My Lai Massacre cover up? Oh, and "yes man" to the * Administration was right about THAT one aspect of the Iraqi Invasion. Excuse me if I don't fall all over myself with praise. :puke:
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:55 AM
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3. A more apt metaphor would be a "Bull in a China Shop"
The first rule of which would be that the owner should remove the bull post haste before attempting to clean up.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 10:56 AM
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4. mike_c's corrollary to the Pottery Barn Rule....
Edited on Tue May-09-06 10:56 AM by mike_c
Once it's broken, continued smashing will not make it right.
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 11:01 AM
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6. Maybe he should have brought up the Powell doctrine.
It worked before. I guess maybe he forgot.
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paparush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-09-06 11:27 AM
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7. I heard a female comedian..
She was Catholic. When asked why so many girls in her neighborhood married young she replied, "Our community had a very strict policy, you break it, you buy it."
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