"Whats wrong with short sellers? Whats wrong with making money in either direction?"
Look - longs don't see this rationally. In effect you're attacking their religion when you don't believe everything Musk says.
"I'll counter with pictures that contain color and light, more like a Kinkade painting."
Great analogy. Thomas Kincaid is to art as JCP is to retailing. But you do know that, don't you? Don't you?
You should own both. That way you cover the low-end and the higher end of the market. Upscale and downscale customers both spend money on coffee. You're a perfect example.
You got a splinter? That's terrible. How long were you laid up? Ever had a hangnail? Burn your tongue? Please share.
"if I had a tesla battery that worked in my flashlight"
That would have cost you $32 and change and Tesla would have reported a loss of $19.75 for every battery sold.