Friday, June 4, 2010

Bundle This!

Have you ever tried to unbundle a service from Verizon? It is not possible. At least Verizon does not make this easy. After waiting on hold for what seems an eternity, the customer service represent is determined to have me keep the telephone service I no longer had use for. My logic was that because in fact, I never did use for it, so why have it? Doing what seems to make sense to one person is lost revenue for unused services by another. I am being told that should I remove a service I do not need, the other services such as Internet access and television will have their contract extended by another 24 months from today, but only reduce the entire bill by about $20 for only the phone portion of service currently costing me $50 before taxes. On top of the the extension, if that was not bad enough a $179 disconnection fee would be charged. The best possible outcome is for to wait until October when the contract expires and cancel EVERYTHING and move to someone one else.

Which I will!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Watch FOX News or Else!

 I was sent the above graphic that advocates a certain point of view. One which enforces the belief that those who watch Fox News viewers are not only not-smart, but paranoid, and confused. Their tag line says Fair and Balanced. Yet, to be balanced would they have to be extremely right wing by their repeated condemnation of the mainstream drive-by media as being left wing and in the pocket of liberals? To regain some credibility and to be logical would this necessitate FOX News to  remove the word fair as well? It seems FOX News has no interest in promoting a fair and balanced news source. The motivations are clearly to offer substitute news for a specific consumer much in the same way thatMSNBC does with its own newsertainment programming such as Rachel Maddow. Yet, does MSNBC pretend to be something it is not? No. Since FOX News demonstrativelyis so intellectually inconsistent is own tag line, how can a reasonable person put this in perspective?  One idea is to read, listen, and watch a variety of sources. Just like socialism is bad because it eradicates choice and options in favor of monopolies which otherwise could not be competitive. Those who consume FOX News exclusively may be self-imposing the equivalent of a vitamin deficiency from exclusively consuming an unbalanced diet of  only same food product. It is really easy to dismiss the FOX News viewer as under-educated, non-informed, teabagger. The issue is they do manage come together and believe otherwise.

 FOX News has elements of being anti-education, anti-science, and self deluding. Consider Mr. Glenn Beck, who's education is limited to what he chose to learn when not performing as a shock jock.  Mr. Beck suggested that an education such as his is due to the good fortune of having access to a Public Library and is the equivalent of a publicly provided secondary education, but at a much better price. He believes the books there are free. A book is a tool. Selective reading does not necessarily make one educated, nor does it allow for perspective.  I seriously doubt he was challenged to consider much that fell outside his comfort and concepts put forth not to necessarily agree with, but to at least understand. The idea of education is lost on him. The promotion of ignorance is a  terrible thing, yet, he promotes it. It allows him to form a belief based on narrow information and provide a forum to promote his belief. For example, one example that if the USA continues to expand from the center by adopting a so-called  liberal agenda, we will end up much like the former USSR or North Korea. What his education disallows for his pondering of what would happen if we moved to far to right? Where we could end up with theocracies not unlike Iran. For those of you in Rio Linda, that is 'religious' run dictatorships. He fails to discuss this aspect, does he consider himself to be unfair?  No. quite the opposite and that should scare most people.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Unsolicited Evangelicals

Below is snippets of a message I received. I am  not sure why someone would have the need to send something so provocative as well as being so intellectually dishonest. At the end of the message is what the constitution says on the matter, not anyone's particular opinion. The law.  I am glad we have something to prevent mob rule such as our constitution.

Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established Orthodox churches in the colonies..

Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of Interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy the rule of few over many.

How then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for 220 years in this Country is now suddenly wrong and Unconstitutional?

Lets put it around the world and let the world see and remember what this great country was Built on

I was asked to send this on if I agreed or

Delete if I didn't. Now it is your turn. ..

It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore, it is very hard to understand why there is such a mess about having the Ten Commandments on display or 'In God We Trust' on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Why don't we just tell the other 14% to Sit Down and SHUT UP!!!

If you agree, pass this on


The law disagrees. No bogus polls, just the law:

Otherwise known as the establishment clause in the First Amendment

Article [I.]

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

and this little notion from the constitution

Article. VI.

Clause 3: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.