U.S. Senate nominee Todd Akin

by David Sunday, August 19, 2012 2:20 PM

It’s official, U.S. Senate nominee Todd Akin is now officially the biggest idiot in Missouri.  Missouri get’s a bad rap, and it’s idiots like this that make the bad rap oh so true.

Awesome.

Akin says 'legitimate' rape won't cause pregnancy (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

8/20 Update

24 hours later and it appears that Todd Akin has realized how big of an idiot he was, and is changing his “stupid” remark slightly.  He now says he “misspoke”.

Yea, but your still an idiot.  It doesn’t matter whether your a republican, democrat or whatever, your still stupid.  Makes me wonder how he would feel if a member of his family were raped and became pregnant, would be love that child as his own?

Todd Akin, and other’s like him, do the world a favor and please disappear.

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Facebook Admission

by David Sunday, June 17, 2012 5:27 AM

Here’s a secret I haven’t told anyone.  I’m on Facebook, but I really don’t know why except my wife likes to use my account to play games on.  Of course she has her own account, but that isn’t good enough.

Almost everyday I go and visit my Facebook page and see all these posting’s from “Friends” about something they are doing, or thinking or whatever and frankly, I DON’T CARE.

I mean seriously, have we become so obsessed that we really give a damn that Fred is at the bar drinking, or Mary and her kids are biking, or John is watching a movie with Amy?!

Folks, I don’t care, in fact I read your posts with amusement because I think it’s funny you post all this information and feel like someone in the world cares.

Well I have a secret for you, one you haven’t obviously figured out.  Nobody cares what you or your husband or boyfriend or kids are doing.  Unless it impacts us directly, you go knock yourself out and have whatever that is you call fun.

But thanks for posting all that info, it does help me figure out where the in the list of pathetic people I can list you, either towards the top, middle or bottom.

God you have to love Facebook.

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Obama fails to help American’s, but instead helps immigrants

by David Friday, June 15, 2012 6:06 AM

So it was announced today that the Obama Administration is to stop deporting younger undocumented immigrants and grant work permits to them.

Wow, the unemployment in this country is at levels close to that of the depression, overall the economy is in the toilet and getting worse, but instead of doing anything to help it and those of us who are LEGAL GOD DAMN AMERICAN’S, he instead grants illegal immigrants work visa’s.

Right on My President, you will surely go down in history as the one man who single handedly destroyed this country.

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Valentine’s Day 2012

by David Wednesday, February 15, 2012 10:52 AM

I was just reading an article on The Huffington Post about how 1-800-FLOWERS had a major screw up yesterday on Valentines day and failed to deliver hundred’s of orders for flowers.

Now I’m not a big Valentines day guy, but I do try to get my wife and Mom something at least, even if it’s just a card.  This is especially was a hard Valentine’s for my mother since we lost my Father in June of last year, so I wanted to have some flowers delivered to her to try and brighten her day.

Anyway, I ended up at ProFlowers.com, and can’t say anything but nice awesome things about them.  Being a typical man, I didn’t order the flowers until Monday morning 2/13, so of course I expected them to be delivered Tuesday 2/14.  ProFlowers not only delivered, but the poor FedEx guy even managed to find my Mother’s house, even though I entered the wrong address.  I got the street right, but the house number wrong.  Tuesday afternoon he showed up at my Mom’s and told her he had driven up and down the street 3 times and finally saw the name on the mailbox.

Now to me, that’s service!  My hats off to ProFlowers for making it happen, on what has got to be the busiest flower day of the year, and my hats off to the FedEx guy.

Happy Valentines to you and yours!

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Blog Update

by David Friday, December 30, 2011 5:19 AM

Well I just updated this blog to BlogEngine.NET’s newest version, 2.5.0.6.  Lots of new features are in this release, including the much waited for, and much needed, spam protection to keep the spammers from having a field day with comments.

So the comments have been turned back on, though they will be moderated for now until I’m sure things are working, but feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions.

Thanks for visiting, and although it isn’t updated all that often, I hope to see you back soon!

David

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Convenience Fee’s

by David Friday, December 30, 2011 1:43 AM

It seems that now-a-days it’s become common practice to charge “Convenience Fee’s” to your customer’s for things that used to be free, like paying your bill.  These companies tend to twist the truth around and wrap it all up in fancy writing with fancy words and make it seem like they are doing you, the consumer, a huge favor.  You can pay your bill online, or via the telephone or in person with a credit or debit card, but alas we will have to charge you a “convenience fee”.

Well for those of you that may have bought the bullshit they are saying about these fee’s, let me set the record straight.  They are not doing anything to help you, they are not doing anything to make things easier for you, they are simply finding a way to take what used to be a business expense and finding a new way to shove it down your throat and make you pay for it.

For those of you that don’t know, or don’t care for that matter, any business that accepts credit or debit card payments is assessed a special charge by the bank that issue’s the card for every transaction that company processes.  So when you go to wherever and make that payment via credit card, the credit card company charges the company a merchant fee for that transaction.  The fee is usually a percentage of the charge, i.e. .5%, 1%, etc, or a flat fee, i.e. $2.00, $4.00, etc.  The merchant fee is not set in stone, and is different for every merchant, it is based on the amount of money that merchant basically charge’s, and is and can be different for every merchant.

In times long past, since greed and corruption took over America, this was called “the cost of doing business”.  I know, because I ran a business for over 10 years.  I took credit and debit cards for payments, so I had to pay this merchant fee.  And since I was a small business that didn’t do thousands of dollars in charges, my merchant fee’s were pretty high, but I didn’t mind because it was THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS.

Today though, companies look for any way they can to make more money, because that bottom line is what their investor’s are looking at and the only thing they care about.  Being fare, being understanding, BEING HUMAN are a thing for the past.  If they can take these fee’s, which they have had to pay themselves for years, and somehow find a way to make the customer pay for them, then hell, it’s makes the bottom line look better. Yes the economy sucks, people are out of work, people are losing their homes, and we have to decide between putting food on the table for our children or paying that bill, but those companies need to make more money, so they will find a way to make you, the consumer, pay for it, whether you can afford it or not.

I’ve read and seen the arguments, those that say that companies still give you options to pay your bill’s for free, sending in a check, paying via your bank’s online check system, etc. Well sure, cause cashing a check doesn’t cost that business any money, but charging your credit card does, so make the consumer pay for it.

When I was running my business I had to sign a merchant agreement that stated I could not charge more for a credit card charge then a cash payment, in other words, I couldn’t force a convenience fee off onto the customer.  Things have changed, credit cards have become the norm, banks have steered us into becoming dependant on debit cards, so now the rules change and companies are finding new ways to make money.  Gas stations offering lower rates on gas if you pay by cash for instance.  It’s a way to avoid those convenience fee’s folks, a way to improve the companies bottom line.

The sad part, you don’t have much choice, we’ve become a country that is laughed at by the rest of the world because we are a country run my companies.  Our politicians no longer work for us but work for the company that pays them the highest. The old SCI-FI movies and books or a future where corporations run the world appears to be becoming a reality.  There is no middle class anymore, your either rich or poor, no in between.

In the end, I think we are as guilty as the companies that do this to us, because we’re let it happen.  We’ve been so obsessed with material things, with the almighty dollar, that we’ve handed over our future way of life to corporations.  I’ll continue to bitch and moan about it, because it’s my God given right and because in America we can bitch and moan about it.  At least until the corporations get the politicians' to change the constitution and make that illegal too. I guess that will be next.

To all your Occupy protestor’s, I’m with you and behind you 100%, I just pray to God someone starts to listen, and things start to change.

Happy New Year…………………………………………. not so much

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Online Security – A Joke

by David Friday, December 23, 2011 2:56 AM

Well for about the 5th time in the last 3 months I’ve received another email about an online company having had a “security breach” and data being stolen, including account information, possibly credit card information (although they say they have no indication the data is being used yet!).

I personally got nailed earlier this month when evidently one of these thefts got my credit card information and used it to run up $500 in online purchases.  Thanks to CitiBank, I was able to stop it from going any further, and launch an investigation, but this has gotten ridiculous.

I work in the IT industry, I have been for 15+ years now, and I design and develop websites and online e-commerce sites and personally I am appalled at the lack of security many companies in the online world are taking.

Credit card information being kept in databases, but NOT ENCRYPTED, so that any asshole who can gain access has unfettered access to what they need to have a good ole time.  Christ, even common sense no longer seems to come into play anymore with these companies, because seriously I don’t think they give a damn.  THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR LAX SECURITY, THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT DOING YOUR DAMN JOB TO PROTECT MY INFORMATION.

It’s gotten to the point to where I have seriously curbed my online purchasing, I just don’t trust anybody anymore.  So all you online gaming sites, online retailers, etc., get your act together, get off your “holier then thou attitude” and starting take precautions.  It’s bad enough when your sites are hacked because of security holes that were fixed with a patch 6 months ago, but you couldn’t be bothered installing the patch, or taking a lax attitude towards storing information in your database.  Encrypting data is not that hard, DO IT.

Below is the latest email I received, this from Trion Worlds because I had signed up to play their MMORPG game RIFT.  Well I had cancelled my account 2 months ago, and that credit card was the one I mentioned above that was stolen, so that account no longer exists.  Good luck Trion, you won’t see my business again, not that you care.

Oh and by the way, love how they are giving all us poor bastards a free in-game gift.  How thoughtful of you.  Tell me, will that in-game gift help those who get screwed in real life because of this little oops?

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Dear David,

We recently discovered that unauthorized intruders gained access to a Trion Worlds account database. The database in question contained information including user names, encrypted passwords, dates of birth, email addresses, billing addresses, and the first and last four digits and expiration dates of customer credit cards.


There is no evidence, and we have no reason to believe, that full credit card information was accessed or compromised in any way. We have already taken further action to strengthen our systems, even as we, with external security experts, continue to research the extent of the unauthorized access.


You will notice on your next log in to our website that you will be required to change your password, and existing Mobile Authenticator users will also need to reconnect their Authenticator. When you log in, you will be prompted to provide a new password, security questions and answers, and be given the option to connect your account to our Mobile Authenticator to enhance your account’s security.


If you have used your username and password for other accounts, especially financial accounts or accounts with personal information, we suggest you change your passwords on those accounts as well. We recommend that you carefully review your statements, account activity, and credit reports to help protect the security of those accounts. If you need information on how to obtain your credit report or believe any such accounts have been breached, please visit www.trionworlds.com/AccountNotification for more information.
You should have continued, uninterrupted access to RIFT, and we do not anticipate any disruptions to your playing time.


Nevertheless, if you own the RIFT game, you will be granted three (3) days of complimentary RIFT game time once you update your password and security questions.
Additionally, once you update your account and set a new password, your account will be granted a Moneybags’ Purse, which increases your looted coin by 10%, even if you have not yet purchased RIFT.


Please log in to https://rift.trionworlds.com (and we recommend that you copy and paste this link into your browser to access the site) to update your password, security questions and Authenticator.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. If you have further questions, please visit our website, www.trionworlds.com/AccountNotificationFAQ.


– The Trion Worlds Team

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Coyote V. Acme Corporation

by David Friday, September 30, 2011 3:47 AM

I ran across this today and just had to share, I laughed so hard I could hardly see.

Taken from Just For Laughs

 

Coyote V. Acme
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT,
SOUTHWESTERN DISTRICT, TEMPE, ARIZONA
CASE NO. B19294, JUDGE JOAN KUJAVA, PRESIDING
Wile E. Coyote, Plaintiff
-v.-
Acme Company, Defendant

Opening Statement of Mr. Harold Schoff, attorney for Mr. Coyote:

My client, Mr. Wile E. Coyote, a resident of Arizona and contiguous states, does hereby bring suit for damages against the Acme Company, manufacturer and retail distributor of assorted merchandise, incorporated in Delaware and doing business in every state, district, and territory. Mr. Coyote seeks compensation for personal injuries, loss of business income, and mental suffering causes as a direct result of the actions and/or gross negligence of said company, under Title 15 of the United States Code, Chapter 47, section 2072, subsection (a), relating to product liability.

Mr. Coyote states that on eighty-five separate occasions he has purchased of the Acme Company (hereinafter, "Defendant"), through that company's mail-order department, certain products which did cause him bodily injury due to defects in manufacture or improper cautionary labeling. Sales slips made out to Mr. Coyote as proof of purchase are at present in the possession of the Court, marked Exhibit A. Such injuries sustained by Mr. Coyote have temporarily restricted his ability to make a living in his profession of predator. Mr. Coyote is self-employed and thus not eligible for Workmen's Compensation.

Mr. Coyote states that on December 13th he received of Defendant via parcel post one Acme Rocket Sled. The intention of Mr. Coyote was to use the Rocket Sled to aid him in pursuit of his prey. Upon receipt of the Rocket Sled Mr. Coyote removed it from its wooden shipping crate and, sighting his prey in the distance, activated the ignition. As Mr. Coyote gripped the handlebars, the Rocket Sled accelerated with such sudden and precipitate force as to stretch Mr. Coyote's forelimbs to a length of fifty feet. Subsequently, the rest of Mr. Coyote's body shot forward with a violent jolt, causing severe strain to his back and neck and placing him unexpectedly astride the Rocket Sled. Disappearing over the horizon at such speed as to leave a diminishing jet trail along its path, the Rocket Sled soon brought Mr. Coyote abreast of his prey. At that moment the animal he was pursuing veered sharply to the right. Mr. Coyote vigorously attempted to follow this maneuver but was unable to, due to poorly designed steering on the Rocket Sled and a faulty or nonexistent braking system. Shortly thereafter, the unchecked progress of the Rocket Sled brought it and Mr. Coyote into collision with the side of a mesa.

Paragraph One of the Report of Attending Physician (Exhibit B), prepared by Dr. Ernest Grosscup, M.D., D.O., details the multiple fractures, contusions, and tissue damage suffered by Mr. Coyote as a result of this collision. Repair of the injuries required a full bandage around the head (excluding the ears), a neck brace, and full or partial casts of all four legs.

Hampered by these injuries, Mr. Coyote was nevertheless obliged to support himself. With this in mind, he purchased of Defendant as an aid to mobility one pair of Acme Rocket Skates. When he attempted to use this product, however, he became involved in an accident remarkably similar to that which occurred with the Rocket Sled. Again, Defendant sold over the counter, without caveat, a product which attached powerful jet engines (in this case, two) to inadequate vehicles, with little or no provision for passenger safety. Encumbered by his heavy casts, Mr. Coyote lost control of the Rocket Skates soon after strapping them on, and collided with a roadside billboard to violently as to leave a hole in the shape of his full silhouette.

Mr. Coyote states that on occasions too numerous to list in this document he has suffered mishaps with explosives purchased of Defendant: the Acme "Little Giant" Firecracker, the Acme Self-Guided Aerial Bomb, etc. (For a full listing, see the Acme Mail Order Explosives Catalogue and attached deposition, entered in evidence as Exhibit C.) Indeed, it is safe to say that not once has an explosive purchased of Defendant by Mr. Coyote performed in an expected manner. To cite just one example: At the expense of much time and personal effort, Mr. Coyote constructed around the outer rim of a butte a wooden trough beginning at the top of the butte and spiraling downward around it to some few feet above a black X painted on the desert floor. The trough was designed in such a way that a spherical explosive of the type sold by Defendant would roll easily and swiftly down to the point of detonation indicated by the X. Mr. Coyote placed a generous pile of birdseed directly on the X, and then, carrying the spherical Acme Bomb (Catalog #78-832), climbed to the top of the butte. Mr. Coyote's prey, seeing the birdseed, approached, and Mr. Coyote proceeded to light the fuse. In an instant, the fuse burned down to the stem, causing the bomb to detonate.

In addition to reducing all Mr. Coyote's careful preparations to naught, the premature detonation of Defendant's product resulted in the following disfigurements to Mr. Coyote:

1. Severe singeing of the hair on the head, neck, and muzzle.

2. Sooty discoloration.

3. Fracture of the left ear at the stem, causing the ear to dangle in the aftershock with a creaking noise.

4. Full or partial combustion of whiskers, producing kinking, frazzling, and ashy disintegration.

5. Radical widening of the eyes, due to brow and lid charring.

We now come to the Acme Spring-Powered Shoes. The remains of a pair of these purchased by Mr. Coyote on June 23rd are Plaintiff's Exhibit D. Selected fragments have been shipped to the metallurgical laboratories of the University of California at Santa Barbara for analysis, but to date no explanation has been found for this product's sudden and extreme malfunction. As advertised by Defendant, this product is simplicity itself: two wood-and-metal sandals, each attached to milled-steel springs of high tensile strength and compressed in a tightly coiled position by a cocking device with a lanyard release. Mr. Coyote believed that this product would enable him to pounce upon his prey in the initial moments of his chase, when swift reflexes are at a premium.

To increase the shoes' thrusting power still further, Mr. Coyote affixed them by their bottoms to the side of a large boulder. Adjacent to the boulder was a path which Mr. Coyote's prey was known to frequent. Mr. Coyote put his hind feet in the woon-and-metal sandals and crouched in readiness, his right forepaw holding firmly to the lanyard release. Within a short time Mr. Coyote's prey did indeed appear on the path coming toward him. Unsuspecting, the prey stopped near Mr. Coyote, well within range of the springs at full extension. Mr. Coyote gauged the distance with care and proceeded to pull the lanyard release.

At this point, Defendant's product should have thrust Mr. Coyote forward and away from the boulder. Instead, for reasons yet unknown, the Acme Spring-Powered Shoes thrust the boulder away from Mr. Coyote. As the intended prey looked on unharmed, Mr. Coyote hung suspended in air. Then the twin springs recoiled, bringing Mr. Coyote to a violent feet-first collision with the boulder, the full weight of his head of forequarters falling upon his lower extremities.

The force of this impact then caused the springs to rebound, whereupon Mr. Coyote was thrust skyward. A second recoil and collision followed. The boulder, meanwhile, which was roughtly ovoid in shape, had begun to bounce down a hillside, the coiling and recoiling of the springs adding to its velocity. At each bounce, Mr. Coyote came into contact with the boulder, or the boulder came into contact with Mr. Coyote, or both came into contact with the ground. As the grade was a long one, this process continued for some time.

The sequence of collisions resulted in systemic physical damage to Mr. Coyote, viz., flattening of the cranium, sideways displacement of the tongue, reduction of length of legs and upper body, and compression of vertebrae from base of tail to head. Repetition of blows along a vertical axis produced a series of regular horizontal folds in Mr. Coyote's body tissues---a rare and painful condition which caused Mr. Coyote to expand upward and contract downward alternately as he walked, and to emit an off-key, accordion like wheezing with every step. The distracting and embarrassing nature of this symptom has been a major impediment to Mr. Coyote's pursuit of a normal social life.

As the Court is no doubt aware, Defendant has a virtual monopoly of manufacture and sale of goods required by Mr. Coyote's work. It is our contention that Defendant has used its market advantage to the detriment of the consumer of such specialized products as itching powder, giant kites, Burmese tiger traps, anvils, and two-hundred-foot-long rubber bands. Much as he has come to mistrust Defendant's products, Mr. Coyote has no other domestic source of supply to which to turn. One can only wonder what our trading partners in Western Europe and Japan would make of such a situation, where a giant company is allowed to victimize the consumer in the most reckless and wrongful manner over and over again.

Mr. Coyote respectfully requests that the Court regard these larger economic implications and assess punitive damages in the amount of seventeen million dollars. In addition, Mr. Coyote seeks actual damages (missed meals, medical expenses, days lost from professional occupation) of one million dollars; general damages (mental suffering, injury to reputation) of twenty million dollars; and attorney's fees of seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Total damages: thirty-eight million seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars. By awarding Mr. Coyote the full amount, this Court will censure Defendant, its directory, officers, shareholders, successors, and assigns, in the only language they understand, and reaffirm the right of the individual predator to equal protection under the law.

Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, February 26, 1990, p. 42--43.

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OnStar to begin spying on customers

by David Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:46 PM

I ran across this blog article today, and just had to post a link to it here.

Basically OnStar is changing things so that even if you cancel your service with them, they will continue to collect data about your vehicle, including where you go, how fast you drive, whether you wear your seatbelt, etc. 

Their new Terms of Service (TOC) also has changed to basically give them right to use and sell this data at their discretion.

Another example of a big company screwing over the regular Joe for profit.  And Congress doesn’t care, mainly because it’s these companies that line these congressmen pockets with money.

OnStar Begins Spying On Customers’ GPS Location For Profit

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Solving the AT&T T-Mobile Deal

by David Friday, September 16, 2011 1:36 AM

The Justice Department has sued to stop the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, but chances are it will still happen since AT&T will ultimately payoff Congress and the whoever else they need to in order to get it passed.  Welcome to America.

Anyway, here’s a novel idea, hold AT&T accountable to their promises.

What’s going to happen in the end is, is that AT&T will have to make some “concessions”, but besides that, what about all the “good” things this merger is supposed to bring, like all those new jobs?  Well, hold them accountable.  Ok the merger, but then stipulate that they have 1 year or perhaps 2 years for all these promises of theirs to come to fruition and if they don’t, then you will be fined $1 billion dollars per year until you either rectify the situation or break up the company.

Stop stuffing money in your pocket, secretly giving the OK to crap like this, and facing the America public and saying “I’m working for you!”.  Try doing the right thing once, and oh, sometimes simple is the best way to solve a problem.

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