I had a very instructive conversation with them today. I pretended to look for my credit card but left them on speakerphone, and I could overhear the background conversation. A very rude and pushy individual was telling somebody something about a $690 fee to be applied to a credit card. This may be their scam. On the other hand, law enforcement could probably trace them through the bank through which this fee is processed if they try to collect it, so maybe their real agenda is to steal credit card numbers.
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A mall peon is somebody with so little self respect that he or she will wait in line to get into a store to buy Chinese-made trash, pepper-spray other shoppers to buy Chinese-made trash, trample other people in the process of buying Chinese-made trash, or be so obsessed with buying Chinese-made trash as to walk by a man having a heart attack without doing anything to help.
A lot of time is wasted in traffic because of all the mall peons tying up the highway between Black Friday and Christmas.
Only a mall peon would wait in a long line to get into a Wal-Mart for any purpose, at any time of year.
Intelligent people laugh while mall peons squander their money on Chinese-made trash, and then wait until Boxing Day to buy said trash for roughly what it is actually worth.
They called today (not mentioning Rachel, maybe her reputation has spread, but I recognized “Consider this your final notice”–don’t I wish), and their representative asked for my credit card’s expiration date. I gave him one (and made sure it was not the one that actually went with my credit card). Then he asked for my credit card NUMBER. This is the first time this has happened (the last time they asked for the bank’s 800 customer service number) and it is outright evidence of criminal intent.
In any event, I told him I did not have the card with me, and I would have to go get it. I kept him waiting a good 5 minutes, and he finally asked, “Are you sure you are looking for the card?” I replied that I hadn’t been looking for it at all, and I was on the Do Not Call List. He said angrily, “I bet you think that’s funny, don’t you?” I said it was funny as hell and that, if he didn’t want it to happen again, his organization should never call my number again. I think he hung up before the last part but he was obviously mad while I was not upset at all, so he got stressed and I didn’t. Keeping somebody on hold while you read the paper, work on the computer, or whatever is probably the rudest and most disrespectful thing you can do–worse than cursing them out (they just hang up) or telling them not to call you again (they just hang up).
The Phelps family wanted the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of offensive hate speech. We agree with this ruling because limitations on what they can say could some day be used as a precedent for limitations on what we can say. On the other hand, we are pretty sure the USSC ruling covers any form of nonviolent speech about the Phelps family that does not actually constitute libel (e.g. a false accusation of a crime).
Q: What is the difference between Westboro Baptist Church and Coney Island?
A: You can see the freaks for free at Westboro Baptist, and they are far more exotic than performers with multiple body piercings, human blockheads, and so on.
“Dear Margie Phelps: please send me a nude picture of yourself so I can save the immortal soul of a lesbian whom your church says is going to Hell. When she sees your picture, she will either become straight or take vows of chastity. Please send it in an opaque package, though; I am a heterosexual male and I wish to remain that way.”
“Dear Shirley Phelps-Roper: our state is planning a new program to eliminate its Megan’s Law sexual predator list. Please send us pictures of you naked in sexually provocative poses. Any convicted rapist who agrees to look at the pictures for ten minutes will have his name removed from the list because he will never want to go anywhere near a woman ever again. Please be sure to send the pictures in an opaque container, though; there are a lot of married men here whose wives do not want them to turn gay, take vows of chastity, or castrate themselves and become harem guards.”
“Dear Fred Phelps: I want to save a gay man’s soul, so please send me a picture of you naked in a sexually suggestive pose. Once the gay man sees it, he will turn straight, take vows of chastity and become a monk, or castrate himself and become a harem guard. Please send it in an opaque container, though; I don’t want my wife/girlfriend to become a lesbian.”
Westboro Baptist displayed a sign that said “Thank God for breast cancer” at Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral. Why don’t Shirley Phelps-Roper, Rebekah Phelps-Davis, or Margie Phelps worry about this disease or even bother to get annual mammograms? Hey, if YOU were a cancer cell, would YOU go anywhere near those monstrosities?
Q: Why doesn’t the Phelps family have to worry about the Black Plague?
A: Professional courtesy from the Yersinia pestis bacterium.
The Phelps family was on a cruise off Somalia when their ship was captured by pirates. The pirates sent a letter that said, “Unless you pay us one billion dollars, we will release them.”
Q: What is the difference between the Phelps family and excrement?
A: Excrement is useful as fertilizer.
Q: Why is the Westboro Baptist Church God’s house?
A: The Devil had first choice and he took Hell.
Q: Why is Fred Phelps the Lord’s servant?
A: The Devil had first choice and he took White Aryan Resistance leader Tom Metzger.
The Left has suggested that members of George Bush’s administration should be prosecuted for their role in sanctioning the physical coercion (waterboarding) of terrorists to extract information that could be used to prevent mass murders by other terrorists. The idea of prosecuting members of the previous Administration is highly reminiscent of Stalinist purges of previous regimes, royal families (Shakespeare’s Richard III comes to mind) who murdered every rival who might have a claim on the throne, and of course Napoleon’s extermination of Snowball’s followers in Orwell’s Animal Farm. Now, however, the Left has a serious embarrassment in the form of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the question as to what she knew about waterboarding and when she knew it. The following cartoon should help Ms. Pelosi with what was once known as the Four-Step Nuremburg War Crime Alibi.
Now, Ms. Pelosi, repeat the following:
(1) “Es geschah nicht.” (“It didn’t happen.”)
(2) “Ich wusste nicht.” (“I didn’t know.”)
(3) “Ich war nicht dort.” (“I wasn’t there.”)
(4) “Ich folgt nur Auftragen.” (“I only followed orders.”)
We contended previously that membership in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership does not speak well of a company’s mission or strategy, although there are admittedly good performers on the list. This is because a well-managed corporation does not need government mandates to force businesses and individuals to buy its products (e.g. alternative energy sources, compact fluorescent lamps). As an example, if General Electric was up to the job of engineering cost-effective wind turbines and solar panels, it would probably not be able to make them quickly enough to keep up with demand even without tax credits to encourage their purchase. When Henry Ford engineered an affordable alternative to horses and their solid waste, he did not need government mandates to sell his product either.
As an experiment, we created a hypothetical stock portfolio that assumes the purchase of $1000 worth of each USCAP corporate member’s publicly traded stock on January 2, 2002. (It does not include Duke Energy, DUK, because there appears to have been a stock split of some kind, Shell Oil, which has multiple symbols, or NRG, which was not listed in 2002.) This gave us $18,000 in eighteen stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 10,073.40 and the Standard and Poor 500 closed at 1,154.67 on January 2, 2002. March 9’s closes were 6,547.05 (down 35%) and 676.53 (down 41.4%) respectively. Our hypothetical $18,000 worth of USCAP stock (18 companies) would be worth $10,555.58 (down 41.36%) on March 9. In other words, a portfolio of equally weighted USCAP publicly traded corporations underperformed the Dow, and just about equaled the S&P 500. Had we also purchased $1000 worth of former USCAP members Lehman Brothers and AIG, our $20,000 investment would now be worth about $10,556 or so, i.e. down 47 percent from January 2, 2002. (more…)
You can take the ape out of the jungle, but you can’t take the jungle out of the ape.
Television Executive Accused of Beheading Wife Remains Jailed
- A Muslim-American television executive who allegedly beheaded his wife days after she filed for divorce remains jailed without bail following a court appearance in western New York.
…Following multiple episodes of domestic violence, Aasiya Hassan filed for divorce on Feb. 6 and obtained an order of protection that barred her husband from their home, according to attorney Elizabeth DiPirro, whose law firm, Hogan Willig, represented Aasiya Hassan in the divorce proceeding.
Militant “Islam:” the religion of domestic violence and (allegedly) beheading.
Retailers predict the economic equivalent of coal in their Christmas stockings. Who cares? As stated by Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, Christmas does not come from a store, and we encourage our readers to let the Grinch have Black Friday and the whole holiday shopping season. Young children can be taught the virtue of delayed gratification with the explanation that Santa Claus can bring them more if they wait until after Christmas. This is, of course, because the same amount of money can buy far more after Christmas.
Twenty or thirty years ago, there would have indeed been reason to care about holiday sales figures. The purchase of American-made goods would have enriched American workers and their employers, which would have in turn stimulated the American economy. The purchase of Chinese-made trash–and “trash” describes numerous personal experiences with it plus the well-known cases of poisoned pet food, contaminated heparin, and dangerous toys–stimulates China’s economy while it rewards importers for shipping American jobs offshore.
Allegations are no longer confined to ACORN
- There is no place in the American electoral process for the types of voter suppression, intimidation and harassment systematically engaged in by the Obama campaign, its allies and supporters.
Lyn Utrecht, Counsel, Hillary Clinton for President
It is said that, during the Nuremberg trials, Nazi war criminals used the following defenses: (1) “It didn’t happen,” (2) “I wasn’t there” and (3) “besides, I was only following orders.” Given the onslaught of indictments and guilty pleas of ACORN personnel for voter registration fraud, Barack Obama’s handlers and enablers cannot argue that it didn’t happen. Barack Obama’s “Fight the Smears” page says he never organized with ACORN (i.e. he claims he wasn’t there), which has been exposed as an outright falsehood. Now that his own campaign has been implicated directly with highly credible allegations of election fraud, he can’t even argue that he was just following orders.
We recommend that our readers do a Google search on “Lyn Utrecht” (Hillary Clinton’s campaign counsel) and “Obama.” The result will be a large number of Web pages with credible allegations of tactics such as intimidation of voters by threatening them with the loss of their jobs if they caucused for Hillary Clinton, preference cards that were pre-marked for Obama, shutting Clinton supporters out of caucusing locations, stuffing the ballot box with the votes of unregistered voters and children, and other conduct far better suited to a Third World dictator like Robert Mugabe, or a corrupt political figure like Boss Tweed, than to a United States Senator. (more…)
Should Dick Tracy’s, Mary Poppins’, and Jive Turkey’s votes count?
The American social contract, like that of any democracy or republic, includes a universal agreement to abide by the will of a majority in a democratic election. Even if we do not like the winner, we recognize his or her right to hold office according to the will of the majority. We similarly recognize the fastest runner in a race as the winner, and the student who earns the highest grade point average as the valedictorian.
No one, however, recognizes the outcome of a game in which one of the competitors is proven to have used steroids. When an athlete is caught cheating, his or her prizes are revoked, and any records he might have set are expunged from the record books. A student who is caught with a cheat sheet gets an F instead of an A. No one pays a gambling bet when the “winner” is caught with extra cards up his sleeve. A political candidate whose electoral “majority” includes the votes of minors, dogs, dead people, Dick Tracy, Mary Poppins, Jive Turkey, and so on, has no more right to an office than a banana republic dictator who overthrows a government by force. There are now so many credible allegations of electoral fraud by Obama’s campaign and its associates that Barack Obama cannot be accepted as the legitimate winner of the upcoming election. (more…)