Monday, September 10, 2007

Random Observations...

Yoko says NO to enviro-friendly cars!

YOKO ONO will never use an environmentally friendly car - because they are not as comfortable as her Bentley.

Yoko says, "Can someone make Hybrid cars as comfortable as a Bentley, please?"

Internet Scams Abound

There are a fair number of internet scams that have been well advertised on the radio and TV. One, Internet Speedway promises to deliver a “home-based business that virtually runs itself.” What it delivers is something different; “Internet Speedway does not have a good standing with the Better Business Bureau, and is considered by many to be an Internet Scam, specifically a work from home scam. While they are a legitimate business, reports of their business practices from disgruntled former participants certainly make the company seem ethically questionable. Internet Speedway is famous for offering “free” software, but charges $9.99 shipping and handling. Many people have complained about be charged monthly fees of nearly $70.00 long after the cancelled their accounts, a process that seems difficult in and of itself. Critics also claim that the wholesale prices of their items are not competitive with other retail outlets.


"My husband answered an ad for a start your own business kit. It was a kit to help you design your own online business. He paid seven dollars for the kit that was purported to be free. he was only paying 'shipping and handling'.We received the kit in October, with the seven dollars being debited from our bank account through a Mastercard debit card. In December, a charge from Internet Speedway showed up on our debit card again. This time, for $69.99. I called their number to find out where the charge came from and they informed me that we were paying for the kit we received in October. I asked if the kit cost $69.99. She informed me that the cost of the kit totalled $360!!Outraged, I cancelled the debit card to ensure no further charges. The $69.99 is gone, in addition to the overdrafts that this unexpected charge incurred. DO NOT FALL VICTIM!!"

Voter Registrations Gone to the Dogs

King County, Washington resident Jane Balogh has been prosecuted for registering her Australian Shepherd to vote, claiming she wasn’t trying to commit voter fraud but highlight the laxities of Seattle’s election registrations.

"I wasn't trying to do anything fraudulent. I was trying to prove that our system is flawed. So I got myself in trouble," she says.

Balogh was offered a bargain to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and accept a $250 fine and 10 hours of community service.

As Stefan Sharkansky, over at Sound Politics noted,
“In my opinion, this woman performed a noble act of civil disobedience to call attention to ineffectual voter registration standards that allow real fraud to occur. If it weren't for the paw print stunt, which she used to deliberately give herself away, she could have gotten away with casting the dog's ballot. It's impossible to know how many ballots from non-existent people are cast and counted, but we do know there have been hundreds of illegal votes that were counted for which nobody was ever prosecuted (See this memo from the Prosecutor's Office and the discussion of it that I mentioned in the write-up of my interview with John McKay last month) I'd prefer that the PAO prosecute more of the genuine illegal voters and the election

Adam Gadahn May Have Penned Some of Bin Laden’s Recent Speech

Anti-American traitor Adam Gadahn may well have written some of OBL’s recent statement, according to security sources who’ve reviewed the tape.

"This is why I tell you: as you liberated yourselves before from the slavery of monks, kings and feudalism, you should liberate yourselves from the deception, shackles and attrition of the capitalist system," he said.

Several current and former government officials said they believed an American — 28-year-old Adam Gadahn may have written some of that speech.

According to a recent AP report, "
Gadahn, who has been charged with treason and supporting terrorism for serving as an al-Qaida propagandist, has appeared in several past al-Qaida-produced videos, lecturing against capitalism and globalization and making insider references to American culture.

"It has Adam Gadahn written all over it," one former senior intelligence official said of bin Laden's tape, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

In the new video, bin Laden derided President Bush, saying events in Iraq have gotten "out of control" and the American leader "is like the one who plows and sows the sea: He harvests nothing but failure."

Bush made the rare move of speaking about an al-Qaida video. The tape is "a reminder about the dangerous world in which we live, he told reporters on the sidelines of a summit of Pacific Rim nations in Sydney, Australia.

"It's important that we show resolve and determination to protect ourselves, deny al-Qaida safe haven and support young democracies," Bush said.


mal said...

Let's see:

As to Internet Speedway, thanks for the due diligence, JMK. I unfortunately have to listen to their ad on Limbaugh's show and it screams out the old but true cliche:

"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

I have little sympathy for morons who buy into get-rich-quick scams such as these, however.

As to the Amercian turncoat writing bin Laden's speech - who cares? It was a rambling rant which had only one piece of intel which the MSM carefully avoided:

He again (and will again with the upcoming harangue) clearly shows that he orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. This is important in that there are still far too many Islamists who deny this fact.

Where are the journalists asking the doubters about their opinions now?

JMK said...

That's certainly true ("If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is"), it's still strange that such ads would be a staple on Radio - and that's all radio, not just political talk (sports, music and news radio as well).

That's a fair point about bin Laden's having pretty much taken responsbility for the 9/11 attacks, but I don't think logic, or rational judgments have much of a place with "9-11 Truthers," as they don't with any conspiracy theorists.

A part of the problem is that there are many in the MSM who buy into the conspiracies themselves.

The "Truthers" here aren't that different from Gadahn over there. They both rervile America and actively work for and root for the enemies of the USA.

gerry rosser said...

Yoko: "Let them drive sub-compacts." Was she a friend of Leona Helmsley?
Bentley, indeed. I personally don't give a shit what car she rides around in--presumably in the back seat while some paid person drives. She's rich, let her drive what she wants. However (you knew there was going to be a however, didn't you?), if driving more environmentally friendly vehicles is a good idea (I know right-wingers don't even like to give this idea credence), isn't it a good idea for everyone?

JMK said...

Gerry, I have no problem with alternative fuels etc., so long as they bubble up freely from the marketplace and are NOT foist upon us by government decree.

All I have to do is compare those in government (G W Bush, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy, Link Chaffee, etc.) to the great men of business and industry (the Sam Walton's, the Jack Welch's, etc) and every time, the government crew comes up very poor imitations of "the genuine article."

I have no doubt that if ANY of those in politics COULD have made it in business they WOULD HAVE. The rewards are so much better there.

Besides, the people, in a free society, have a right to choose for themselves.

The people may not always be smarter than a Sam Walton, or a Warren Buffett (ironically enough, two guys who spent their entire lives LISTENING TO the people) but they ALWAYS ARE smarter than the Gore's, the Kennedy's and Giuliani's.

What we MUST strive for in a free society is to continually seek to reduce the role of government, while restricting its powers, so it CANNOT get in the way of what the people want.

That seems to be the essence of freedom - freedom FROM obstrusive government.

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