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The Good, the Fad and the Ugly
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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Elizabeth Hasselbeck is ridiculous. Her unprofessionalism on The View today was crossing a line. I never really get upset about her comments, even when she’s babbling on about the GOP, but to yawn and say rude comments to a guest is a little much in my opinion. Okay, you don’t like Kathy Griffin, she said some stuff about you, which I think a lot of peeps agree with in one or or another, but aren’t you supposed to do a job without bias? (I love that I’m asking her a question, like she reads this blog. I mean she should, duh). In no way, shape or form is Elizabeth a journalist, but she is still supposed to act accordingly and treat all guests equally when interviewing them.
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I though Elizabeth was rude. And, she does shill for the R’s. (Just as Joy shills for the D’s.) Clearly they need Whoopi, who seems like a straight shooter (i.e., during Obamacare debate, said: “I want what you got”. And her usual exclamation “What the hell!”)
E, J, or any of them in this venue are NOT “journalists”. Barbara Wawa is the closest they have to one. (And, you’ll notice she stays well back from the partisan line. Except we KNOW she’s a liberal. And, throws liberals “softballs. But she tries to be a “journalist”.)
You must realize that the hosts of the views are like Glenn Beck, Rush, and Bill O’R are commentators. Not new people. There’s a diff between opinion, comment, and news.
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Sent: Thu Jun 17 09:02:05 EDT 2010
Message Body: My ringtones that I bought are not shown on the media store. As a matter of fact, the store says I have never bought one. Am I going to have a problem with my upgraded phones?
Argh! What “barbara streisand”!! How many times do they want to be paid for the same stuff?
Does any one care? FTC, FCC, State of NJ.
See the form letter below. I can just see the person push button number #327. Argh!
(Note to their IT Architect: Do you think you might be able to get Morning and Afternoon correctly. Or maybe it’s afternoon in INDIA! Argh!)
This war isn’t over yet. I’m tired of paying for the same “content” over and over again. I think or all my cassettes of content and I can’t listen to them on my iPod, iTouch, or computers. And they wonder why there’s “piracy”?
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From: VZW WFM NE IRT <wfmneirt@HQ.VerizonWireless.com>
Date: June 18, 2010 11:44:04 AM EDT
Subject: RE: Other (WFM61668233)
Good Afternoon Mr. Reinke,
Thank you for contacting Verizon Wireless through our website. My name is Michelle, and I understand that you’re having a problem with the ringtones that you have online. I apologize for the inconvenience. I certainly know the importance of being able to personalize your device with your favorite tones. I’ll be glad to assist you.
Mr. Reinke, I’m glad that I had an opportunity to speak with you today on your mobile number ending in 3625. Per our conversation, I advised you that you can’t transfer ringtones to a new upgrade. I have provided you the information for the Media Retrieval, please remember that the ringtone swill be grayed out and available for re-purchase.
The My Media Retrieval service is a great service for moving Get It Now content to your new wireless phone. The retrieval process is fairly straight forward and easy. Please use the instructions below to retrieve your Get It Now content.
1. Navigate to the Verizon Wireless website, enter the 10-digit mobile number and password then click Sign In. To register, click Register then follow the step-by-step instructions.
2. From the My Services tab, click My Media.
3. Click Get Started.
5. Ensure the desired items are selected then click Retrieve.
6. To continue, ensure I agree to the terms and conditions is checked then click Accept.
7. Download the desired items.
Downloading retrieved ringtones
1. Ringtones retrieved from the website will be sent via a picture message. From the main screen, press the left soft key to choose Message.
2. Select Inbox then press the center of the 5-way navigation pad.
3. Select the desired picture message then press the center of the 5-way navigation pad.
4. Press the right soft key to choose Options.
5. Select Save (As) Ringtone / Save Sound then press the center of the 5-way navigation pad.
6. Enter a name for the file if desired then press the center of the 5-way navigation pad.
-Content unavailable for retrieval will be grayed- out and unable to select. Reasons for unavailability: the subscription has expired, the equipment is not compatible with the application or the application is no longer offered through Get It Now/ Media Center.
-Content not eligible for My Media Retrieval (will be grayed out and unable to select within the My Media Retrieval Screen):
Full track songs
Ringback Tones (Ringback tones transfer automatically)
Non-VZW Tones Ringtone content
Premium Messaging Content (PSMS)
Mobile Web applications
V CAST Videos
Incompatible applications (device cannot support application)
Content purchases within 48 hours of ESN change
Content not transferred with any previous ESN change
Applications no longer supported through Media Center
Non-VZW branded ringtone content will not be supported
MMS charges apply for any ringtone message sent
I hope the information that I have provided for you today regarding your ringtones was helpful.
I make it my personal goal to resolve all of your wireless concerns. I hope I have done that for you today. We appreciate your business and thank you for using Verizon Wireless. Should you have additional questions or feel your concerns are not resolved, please reply to this e-mail.
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Catholic businessman battles ALS, prepares for eternity
By Spencer S. Busby
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San Diego, Calif., Jun 6, 2010 / 01:19 pm (CNA).- Three years ago, Shane FitzMaurice was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The rare neurological disorder is typically fatal within five years of diagnosis.
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Initially, the diagnosis felt like a death sentence. “At first, I was in denial,” FitzMaurice said, “feeling all doom and gloom and ‘why me’?”
But then he decided to fight back. Last August, he traveled with his wife to Monterrey, Mexico, to undergo an experimental procedure that implanted his own body’s stem cells into his brain. While FitzMaurice was pleased that he took action by undergoing the procedure, he admits that it has resulted in only limited improvement.
Still, FitzMaurice believes such therapies should be more freely available in the United States. “People with a terminal diagnosis should be able to sign a waiver with FDA to be guinea pigs, because we do not have the time to wait.”
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We know so little about our own bodies.
And it’s a terrible disease.
That being said, the man has a great point. Why should the FDA keep interfering? Are they protecting him from something worse? What could that be?
TIme to nuke the FDA!
They are just a bunch of bureaucrats captured by Big Pharma.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Thalidomide? That happened with the FDA. And they used it to slow the process and make it more expensive. It’s not like we don’t have drug disasters anyway. And, what good drugs have they prevented by making it too slow and too costly.
I’ll take faster and cheaper. USP, UL, Consumers Reports, doctors, and WalMart will do a much better job of keeping us safe.
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My Life in Key West
THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010
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Actions speak louder than words!
Yesterday I said I was disappointed with the President’s speech. Today I must say I am impressed with what he accomplished yesterday. I refer to the $20 billion committment plus he obtained from BP.
Perhaps Obama is a differnet type leader. He seems much like Teddy Rooseveelt. Speak softly and carry a large stick.
Credit must be given where credit is due. Good job, Mr. President!
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>I said I was disappointed with the President’s speech
As well you should be. Like all Americans, we expect our Presidents to DO something. Other than point fingers.
>Today I must say I am impressed with what he accomplished yesterday.
In a twenty minute meeting? It was more likely just some posturing and a general collapse of BP in front of the Boy King.
>I refer to the $20 billion commitment plus he obtained from BP.
Commitment? I’d call it extortion. So when does the litigation start. The stockholders, the dividend recipients, the British pensioners (from whence they get 20% of their pension), and to a lesser extent the workers were extorted to the tune of 20B$. If their liability was capped at 75M$, where does the BP CEO and team get off giving away the assets of the company? And to a political slush fund? The 911 fund was a disaster that we have only partially seen the facts. More money to be “expensed” by the politically connected.
As a lawyer, would you care to opine on under what principle of law he can extract such a “commitment”? If you were counsel to the BP CEO, would you advise him to pay off like a slot machine? If you were advising the stockholders, wouldn’t you sue?
>Perhaps Obama is a different type leader.
Leader? Sorry, but I haven’t seen ANY leadership out of him. Even on his “signature” items — porkulous and socialist health, he was like a disinterested third party. Lobbyists and backroom aides wrote the bills.
> He seems much like Teddy Rooseveelt.
He’s not “in the Arena”. He’s in campaign mode; still running for the job. Or reelection. Although, he is, like TR, killing folks. He’s expanded Bush’s Predator Drone program. Killing even American citizens!
> Speak softly and carry a large stick.
No speak and no stick. He’s just another corrupt Chicago politician. BP is his biggest contributor and long time benefactor of his Chief Of Staff Rahm. His background tells you a lot about him.
If he was a true leader, he’d have reached out to Sarah Palin for her expertise in regulating Oil Companies. She’d have told him that they “understate the truth”. If he was a real leader, he’d have installed Biden in Texas and asked the Bushes to assist him in “solving the problem”. If he was a real leader, he’d have engaged on Day One.
Sorry, but the only thing that needs to be kicked, is him. Out!
Not that McCain is a saint either. But Sarah would have been an asset to have in place. Not that she’s Joan of Arc either. I dislike BOTH political parties.
But when the Nation is in trouble, EVERYONE needs to be used. There’s no shame in not having all the answers. There’s plenty in not asking the right questions.
He’s yet another “empty suit”.
You were more correct yesterday!
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