Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 08:42:06 -0400
Subject: All-Star Voting Ends Tomorrow
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Be sure to read Scene 3. Quite interesting.
This is a new one. People sure stay busy
trying to cheat us, don't they?
A friend went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open,
and thought to himself, 'Funny, I thought I
locked the locker..
Hmm, 'He dressed and just flipped the
wallet to make sure all was in order.
Everything looked okay - all cards were in
A few weeks later his credit card bill came - a whooping bill of $14,000!
He called the credit card company and started yelling at them, saying that he did not make
Customer care personnel verified that
there was no Mistake in the system and asked
if his card had been stolen..
'No,' he said, but then took out his
wallet, pulled out the credit card, and yep -
you guessed it - a switch had been made.
An expired similar credit card from
the same bank was in the wallet.
The thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards.
Verdict: The credit card issuer said since he
did not report the card missing earlier, he would have to pay the amount owed to them.
How much did he have to pay for items he did not buy?
$9,000! Why were there no calls made to
verify the amount swiped?
Small amounts rarely trigger a 'warning bell'
with some credit card companies.
It just so happens that all the small amounts added up to big one!
A man at a local restaurant paid
for his meal with his credit card.
The bill for the meal came, he signed it and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along.
Usually, he would just take it and place it in his wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually took a look at the card and, lo and behold, it was the expired card of another person.
He called the waitress and she looked perplexed.
She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man.
All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card.
No exchange of words --- nothing! She took
it and came back to the man with an apology..
Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours.
Check the name on the card every time you
sign for something and/or the card is taken
away for even a short period of time.
Many people just take back the credit card without even looking at it, 'assuming'
that it has to be theirs.
FOR YOUR OWN SAKE, DEVELOP
THE HABIT OF CHECKING YOUR CREDIT CARD EACH TIME IT IS RETURNED TO
YOU AFTER A TRANSACTION!
Yesterday I went into a pizza restaurant to
pick up an order that I had called in.
I paid by using my Visa Check Card which, of
course, is linked directly to my checking
The young man behind the counter took my
card, swiped it, then laid it on the counter as
he waited for the approval, which is pretty standard procedure..
While he waited, he picked up his cell phone
and started dialing.
I noticed the phone because it is the same
model I have, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. ? Then I heard a click that sounded
like my phone sounds when I take a picture.
He then gave me back my card but kept the phone in his hand as if he was still
Meanwhile, I'm thinking: I wonder what he is taking a picture of, oblivious to what was
really going on.
It then dawned on me: the only thing there
was my credit card, so now I'm paying close attention to what he is doing..
He set his phone on the counter, leaving it
About five seconds later, I heard the chime
that tells you that the picture has been saved.
Now I'm standing there struggling with the
fact that this boy just took a picture of my credit card.
Yes, he played it off well, because had we not
had the same kind of phone, I probably would never have known what happened.
Needless to say, I immediately cancelled
that card as I was walking out of the pizza
All I am saying is, be aware of your
surroundings at all times.
Whenever you are using your credit card take caution and don't be careless.
Notice who is standing near you and what
they are doing when you use your card.
Be aware of phones, because many have a
camera phone these days.
FORWARD THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE
AS YOU CAN THINK OF. LET'S GET THE WORD OUT! JUST BE AWARE
Never let your card out of your
sight.....check and check again!
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Saturday, June 26, 2010
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2010 00:49:19 -0400
Subject: Media Matters: Fox News' oily sheen
|June 25, 2010|
| Media Matters: Fox News' oily sheen |
There is a disaster unfolding in America. The Gulf coast has become the scene of one of the greatest tragedies this country has ever seen. Innocent, hard-working people who were guilty of nothing except trying to earn their keep are up against it, their lives and livelihoods threatened by a growing, toxic mess that -- with a malignance that seems almost purposeful -- destroys everything it touches.
Oh, and there's an oil spill too.
That, of course, is the posture Fox News has taken towards the Gulf oil disaster, having decided that the real threat to the nation is not the millions of gallons of oil floating on and under the Gulf of Mexico but, rather, the Obama administration's reaction to the disaster and efforts to hold the culpable parties responsible. And, as you'd expect, such a ridiculous position requires some wild fractures of the truth and an almost complete abandonment of common sense.
The crux of the Fox News position is that the White House is simultaneously doing too much and not enough. If you've tuned in to the Murdoch network at any point over the past couple of months, you've probably seen the likes of Rudy Giuliani complaining that the Obama administration waited 50 days or so before offering any sort of response to the oil spill. America's perpetually confused mayor was off by about 49 days -- the Coast Guard was on the scene immediately and the president dispatched officials to the region the day after BP's rig exploded. None of those easily verifiably facts were enough to stymie the conspiracy theory, articulated by Fox News' Eric Bolling, that Obama "let it leak so he could renege on his promise to ... allow some offshore drilling."
Those Fox Newsers who were magnanimous enough to acknowledge that the White House was, in fact, responding to the disaster concocted a series of lies to claim that they were dragging their feet. Did the administration turn down foreign assistance for the clean up effort? Did the White House unreasonably delay the purchase of Maine oil booms? Did Obama dally in approving sand berm construction? The answer to each of these questions is "no," but on Fox News they were presented as the absolute truth.
The flip side to the administration's allegedly criminal neglect was their allegedly criminal efforts to hold BP accountable for the disaster. Echoing Rep. Joe Barton's (R-TX) now-infamous apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward over the deal the administration struck with BP to establish a $20 billion escrow fund to pay for spill-related damages, Fox News personalities rushed to declare the fund a "shakedown" and a "stickup." Others declared it was unconstitutional for the government to force BP to set up the account (even though BP volunteered to do it).
Indeed, BP has had no better friend than Fox News (no offense to Rep. Barton). Every move the administration has made to hold the oil company accountable has been met with derision from the conservative network. Glenn Beck likened the congressional hearings into the oil spill to the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy hearings. Fox Business host Stuart Varney claimed the administration is "demonizing" BP and trying to "seize its assets."
The question that remains is: Why? Why would Fox News so vociferously and ardently defend BP when even Republicans were fighting to get in front of microphones to denounce Rep. Barton's apology and the company's approval rating is, quite literally, somewhere between O.J. Simpson and Saddam Hussein? It's the same reason they attacked Obama when he sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, and the same reason they attacked him for asking that the country pray for the Gulf coast. It doesn't matter what Obama does, Fox News will automatically gainsay it. It doesn't matter if they make no sense, look foolish, or wildly contradict themselves -- if Obama does it, it's wrong. He could replace Teddy Roosevelt's face on Mount Rushmore with Ronald Reagan's and they'd attack him for desecrating an American landmark.
But such things are to be expected from the self-proclaimed "voice of opposition."
Conservative media uses McChrystal controversy to label Obama "anti-American," anti-militaryThe week's big story came when Rolling Stone published an article quoting Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his aides making unflattering remarks about the Obama administration and its allies. The remarks not only relieved McChrystal of a job, it also gave the conservative media the opportunity to bash Obama as anti-military and dredge up old falsehoods.
Limbaugh, who said "what McChrystal has done here is not defensible," wondered how people like McChrystal can serve under someone like "community organizer" Obama, who has an "open disdain" for the military. Limbaugh added that Obama hopes for military defeat.
Beck, who said McChrystal "probably should" be fired, proclaimed that "we're intentionally having our troops very busy" and "break[ing] the spirit of our military." Last weekend, Beck endorsed the idea of a "private army" taking charge of the war in Afghanistan, with Beck specifically claiming that there are "private individuals that could probably take care of things in Afghanistan better."
Gretchen Carlson, meanwhile, twisted McChrystal's interview to falsely suggest that Obama doesn't support the Afghanistan effort. In Carlson's view, the decision over whether to fire McChrystal was so heavy that it compares to her own duties hosting a cable TV morning show (much to Jon Stewart's amusement).
Following Obama's announcement that Gen. David Petraeus would replace McChrystal, the usual cast of characters went into Obama attack mode. Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and Monica Crowley accused Obama of being thin-skinned. Hannity, Fox & Friends, Michelle Malkin and Clear Channel radio host Jim Quinn distorted comments Obama made during Senate hearings in 2007 to falsely accuse him of "chastising" and "excoriating" David Petraeus. Limbaugh falsely accused Obama of not voting to condemn a Gen. "Betray Us" ad from several years ago.
Finally, radio host Michael Savage said the "Marxist, backstabbing anti-American" Obama made "the worst decision" because he "replaced a fighter with a fainter."
Only two months until Glenn Beck brings the civil rights movement "back to its conservative white roots" This week, when Glenn Beck wasn't busy smearing President Obama and George Soros with blatantly false and absurd conspiracy theories or devoting entire shows to defending Joe McCarthy's legacy, he was promoting his upcoming 8-28 rally in Washington, D.C.
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Friday, June 25, 2010
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 09:22:42 -0500
Subject: Whales victory, whaling ban survives
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:03:53 -0400
Subject: Red Meat
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Subject: The Most Important Job
Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2010 13:13:43 -0500