September 29, 2006
Foley, do the world a favor and blow your brains out.
And don't think for one minute that if this guy was a Democrat that Liberals everywhere wouldn't be wringing their hands over what a poor, tortured soul he is.
Seriously, dude. Smith and Wesson. One shot to the temple. Goom-bye!
August 30, 2006
First of all, dashing prince? I think not. Have you seen the picture on one of the scandal rags of Captain HighPants in the '80's? Waaaaay too much black eyeliner. Startling, to say the least.
And I really don't think Depp would go from being known as Captain Jack Sparrow to Captain HighPants.
The DNA didn't match, this guy got a free ride over from Thailand, he still faces child pern charges in CA...and he was teaching children?
Lock this freak up...in Neverland for crying out loud, but get him out of society!
(Cross posted at Fiddle Dee Dee)
August 11, 2006
Is there no depth of depravity that hezbollah is not willing to traverse? Can anyone doubt the stage handling of this incident at Qana? Will the media start asking pointed questions regarding the veracity of the stories being sold to them from Lebanon? Well, I think we all know the answer to question number 3...
This is absolutely despicable.
May 03, 2006
On Monday, a settlement was announced in the class-action suit that bought off a huge number of plaintiffs by giving them one free month of service. This of course means that NetFlix is free to continue "throttling" customers just as long as they are "upfront" about it by burying it in their terms and conditions list.
This guy does a good overview of the situation. And here is a site that chronicles the trials and tribulations of Netflix. In a nutshell, here's the issue. The most popular NetFlix plan is $17.99 per month for "unlimited" DVDs - three at a time. The company figures that if a member gets nine DVDs during a given month then that works out to about $2.00 per title - an acceptable cost/benefit ratio for their bottom line. Any more than nine DVDs, however, and the number goes under $2.00 per title. If a member gets as many as fifteen that means NetFlix only earns $1.20 for each DVD that goes out the door (less than the total $1.56 shipping cost - .78 cents each way - to and from the member's mailing address).
So what's a poor little company to do? Well, first they can not acknowledge that they're received the DVD for an extra day or two. Then they can "process" it so late in the day that it takes two (or more) days to deliver your next DVD in queue. And on top of that, they can send the DVD from a distribution center farther away than they normally would. All of these activities can add up to stretch out the turnaround time. And it's all kept track by a computer system rather than live people. So it's nothing personal, right? And if the DVD in question is damaged or they send the wrong one it gets even worse.
Now the average person is not likely to go through so many DVDs in a given month, but it so happens that I'm watching all the past seasons of "24". Theoretically, I can get a four episode disc, watch all of the episodes in one night (though usually it's over two or three nights), and return it the next day.
NetFlix doesn't like that. I've already been living the consequences of fast viewing. A little less than two weeks ago, the last disc from the season that I was watching took a week to deliver. Screw that, I went to Blockbuster and picked up a copy.
First thing this morning, I got a notification that they received a DVD that I had sent back and that they expected to ship the next title in queue today. Guess what? A few hours later, I was notified that it would ship Thursday (tomorrow) instead. Why the sudden change? I have a theory. Later this morning, they probably also received the one I mailed out Saturday morning, which set off bells and whistles and bumped the release of my next DVD. Not that they've acknowledged receiving the other one. I'll probably get a notice about that one tomorrow and it'll probably ship Friday at the earliest. See how this works?
The reason I suspect that they received the other one (but aren't telling me) is that it took three business days for me to get it in the first place (shipped Tuesday the 25th and received Friday the 28th). When you return a DVD, it goes back to the same distribution center it came from so it should take three days for NetFlix to get it back, no? Well, after watching it on Friday night, I mailed it early on Saturday the 29th at the post office and here we are three business days later - May 3rd. Coincidence? Hmmm.
***Update II (5/4/06)***
Ha! I knew it. First thing this morning, NetFlix notifies me they received the one I sent Saturday morning. If it really came in this morning, they wouldn't normally notify me until after 10:30am at the earliest - which means they probably had it in their hands yesterday, just as I figured. They say they'll ship the next title today. How much you want to bet they don't?
Oh and they keep dangling this extortion offer in front of me that tries to prod me into upgrading to the four-a-month plan: "Get another movie for only $3.39 and we'll send it Thursday". Why don't they just come out and say, "hey, we know you're desperate for us to get you that next title, so c'mon pay us a little more and you can have your precious "24" disc tomorrow. You know you want to"? The four-a-month plan is $23.99, six dollars more a month. If I'm that desperate to get that one extra disc sooner, I'd rather pay $4.75 to Blockbuster and have it today. Nice try, guys.
***End Update II***
NetFlix CEO Reed Hastings has got you right where he wants you - bent over.
So why am I bitching? Why don't I just cancel NetFlix and go with another service. Well, two reasons. First, it won't be long before I'm finished with "24" and I'll be going back to a "normal" pace for getting DVDs. Second, the competition isn't much better. All of them, except for GreenCine.com, resort to the "throttling" process and most have plenty of service complaints against them from dissatisfied members. While GreenCine promises not to "throttle" their customers, their selection is a lot smaller, the monthly fee higher and they admit that their turnaround for East Coast customers is slower than for West Coast customers.
Now I understand if you have a start-up operation (NetFlix began in 1999) and you're struggling to stay afloat until you get the necessary volume. But NetFlix pulled in $42 million in net profit last year. Far be it from me to criticize an enterprise for making money, that's the point isn't it? But it's bad business to increase profits at the expense of satisfied customers. NetFlix better be careful because they're in danger of losing a lot of good will that they've built up over the years. One of the reasons they are getting closer to reaching their goal of five million members is because of all the free advertising they get from people who sign up and get the royal treatment during the two-week free trial period.
But if they keep this crap up, a lot of people - myself included - are going to jump to other services and bad-mouth NetFlix to anyone who'll listen (or read). They may have pioneered the process, but it's not rocket science as to how they're able to do what they do. And the competition is only going to get tougher. Can you say digital downloads?
December 12, 2005
Vince Aut Morire says it best: "Sorry, assmonkey, your 15 minutes are long gone." Perhaps the insurance money is, too.
What despicable piece of shit.
October 24, 2005
These Olsen-twin wannabees have every right to sell their garbage, but anyone who owns a copy of their CD deserves a kick in the ass.
September 18, 2005
H/T: Dog Snot Diaries
September 14, 2005
Let's set aside the utter boneheaded-ness of using a symbol that, inadvertently or not, commemorates the killers' faith instead of the victims' revolt. The soft-and-fuzzy memorial design of "Crescent of Embrace" still does injustice to the steely courage of Flight 93's passengers and crew. It evokes the defeatism embodied by those behind a similar move to turn the 9/11 memorial in New York City into a pacifist guilt complex.Read the whole thing here.
September 10, 2005
Have you seen the design for the new memorial for the victims of the ill-fated flight 93, which crash landed into an open field in Shanksville, PA - after the passengers and crew fought back against their Islamofascist killers? The so-called "Crescent of Embrace" is so obviously symbolic of the Islamic Crescent - as recognizable a symbol as the Christian Cross - but the architects thought people would be too stupid to notice.
How offensive is this? Captain Ed puts it into perspective by describing a known memorial as it could have been had these guys gotten a crack at building it.
Update: 11:20pm - Michelle Malkin links the graphic that reveals all...
September 06, 2005
And we all know why Democrats are so quick to use this tragedy to direct their fire at the President. As H-Bomb at ABP explains:
Though it is controversial to say so, the political Left in America has been waiting anxiously for Hurricane Katrina to come along for quite a while (almost four years, to be exact) and now that she has come, they can hardly contain their glee.Patrick Hynes, also of Ankle-Biting Pundits, has a column in today's American Spectator Online that chronicles the co-ordinated efforts among Liberals and the MSM to make this all about Bush.
Oh, I dont mean that the Left has been waiting for a hurricane, per se. Actually, they always figured it would come in the form of another terror strike: the moment when they would finally change the average American's point of reference. They desperately need Americans to forget about 9-11. They desperately want Katrina, not 9-11, to be the defining moment of the Bush presidency.
Even Hillary is calling for a "Katrina Commission" to investigate how this happened. You know how it happened. New Orleans has been a city below sea-level since it's inception. Louisiana is located in the heart of hurricane country. The State and local officials have had forever to come up with a contingency plan for something like this. They chose to ignore the problem. FEMA and Homeland Security could be doing a LOT better, true. But that pinhead Mayor Ray Nagin has a lot of balls throwing blame around when he sat idly by and did NOTHING to evacuate those who needed help the most. What a bunch of crap.
I agree with H-Bomb, that non-partisan Americans aren't going to fall for this. Even ABC couldn't manipulate the results of its own poll enough to come to a different conclusion.
If you need a better example of the treachery of the American political Left, you'll never be convinced.
Understand, these are also the same people who giggle amongst themselves every time an Armed Service man or woman is killed in Iraq. These are the people who want the Afghan elections in mid-September to fail. These are the people who hope the Iraqi constitution is voted down. These are the people who promised us they would just leave if we re-elected George W. Bush; they would move to Canada or Europe. (Talk about your broken campaign promises.) These are the people who, for partisan gain, have hoped against all hope for another terror strike in the United States.Truly disgusting.
Yes, we lost a lot of Americans as a result of Hurricane Katrina. But Im not talking about her victims. Im talking about the political Left who was singing in the rain and dancing on the corpses because they thought they could score political points.
September 02, 2005
I think the worst ones are from Moonbat bloggers whose typing fingers seem to be disconnected from their brains (not to mention their hearts). A-holes.
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