Dear Organizing for Action….

I have now unsubscribed from your email.   Why?  Because I’m tired of the “win time with the President”, “win time with the candidate”…. “win time with ___________” emails.   Why?  Because I think raffling off time with our government officials cheapens the democratic process.  Because I think the notion of needing to “win a lottery” in order to have lunch with a politician cheapens the political process.

Because I’m appalled at the notion that our government, and it’s agents, have become so cheesy and “buyable” that the US Government is turning into a sleezy “reality show”, instead of the venerable institution that it should be.   Because I expect more class than that from my representatives.

Don’t get me wrong — I still fervently believe that President Obama was a far better choice than any of his opposition, not a perfect choice, but a far better one.  But I’m finding this cheapening of access to our representatives to be grossly offensive, and ethically questionable — and I want nothing to do with it.   Not now, not ever.

But if there were ever any question that we need major campaign finance reform in this country — the raffling off of politician’s time to their constituents is proof positive that we do.

Phishers, you just screwed up……

Minding my own business.  Watching the inaugural parade on TV.  Phone rings…..   They confirm my phone number and then tell me they’re from “technical support for Windows”…. ????   I ask what company…… “windows”……   yeah….. SCAM!   So now I’m working on getting the number traced and getting whoever that was put out of “business”.   But with the very thick Indian accent, I’m guessing they’re not in this country.

Watch out folks…. the creeps are out there.   If they ARE in the US, I’m going to do everything I can to help nail their butts.

People in Hurricane Zones and Tornado Alleys who vote for Romney are Morons.

Romney wants to kill FEMA

I’m sorry, make that COMPLETE morons….

Vote the Obstructionist Bastards Out!

Every constructive bill that has come up during the current administration has been put forward by Democrats. And every one has been blocked by Republicans determined to not have anything positive happen while President Obama is in office. In the apparent hope that the voting populace it too dumb to look beyond the bleak economy at what’s actually keeping it that way.

Look at the “Bring Jobs Home” Bill as a prime example. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s3364 This bill would have reversed the tax incentive that help send jobs overseas and instead giving the breaks to companies bringing jobs back into the US — helping to reverse the outsourcing trend. The Republicans have enough people to have even blocked it from getting voted on. It failed even Cloture — which means they blocked it being voted on at all.

All Democrats voted for bringing the Bill to a vote, only 4 of the Republicans did (and we don’t know whether they’d have voted for the Bill once brought to a vote, or not — but I’d like to think they would have). The only 4 who broke with the Republicans “just say ‘no’ to anything that might help while Obama is in office” blockade are Dean Heller (R); Nevada; Susan Collins (R), Maine; Olympia Snowe (R), Maine; and Scott Brown (R), Massachusetts. And there may be other reasons to vote/not vote for the 4 of them if they’re running this term — but every other Republican should be voted out — EVERY ONE OF THEM. Blocking any bill that would help bring jobs back to this country because you don’t like the President and would rather see the country crumble than improve under his watch is nothing less than treasonous IMO, and they should be punished accordingly….. starting with being drummed out of office.

Here is a link to the record on who voted for and against it even being brought to a vote: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/112-2012/s181. IMO every one of those who voted against even voting on this act should be voted out of office.

Gifts that Give Twice

As we get ready to blow the budgets this year, we can use our gift giving to support causes we care about while giving great gifts.

The Greater Good Store has tabs for different causes. Your purchases generate funds for the cause.

I see quite a few items that people I know would love, so will definitely be doing some of my shopping here this year.

How about you?

Time to Buy Myself Some Wrangler Jeans

After a tornado took out their plant in Alabama, instead of using it as an “opportunity” to move production, they’re not only rebuilding the plant, they’re adding to it and creating more jobs. And they’ve continued paying their workers.

Thank you Wrangler Jeans, for showing what a company should be and demonstrating the business values I was taught in a basic business class in school in the 70s…. that business are not just there to take money out of the pockets of customers, that a good business also serves the communities in which they do business, and is loyal to their workers…… I applaud you, and will be buying your jeans in appreciation — and wearing them very, VERY proudly.

Wrangler to Rebuild

Too often companies give us reason to complain — I love it when one gives us reason to cheer.

HSN’s response to my e-mail — bribery?

No, HSN, I’m not going to lose my ethics on this for ANY amount of money. $6.95 in my “Ka$h” account? — are the majority your customers really pathetic enough that they can be bought off for that?

I am truly sorry that you found selling the “Commemorative Coins” offensive. HSN’s intentions were certainly not to offend you with this ‘Today’s Special’ offer.

I apologize that you were not happy with our choice for the “Commemorative Coins” as a ‘Today’s Special’ on Sunday, September 11, 2011. I have forwarded your concerns to the appropriate department. I appreciate your taking the time out of your busy day to write to us in regard to your feelings about the ‘Today’s Special’ yesterday.

Ms. …, I see that you are a very good customer of HSN. I am truly sorry that you were offended and that HSN’s intentions were not to offend anyone in regard to our ‘Today’s Special’ yesterday.

I have taken the liberty of adding $6.95 into your Spendable Ka$h (in store credit) account, as a form of an apology for offending you. Please use this Ka$h on your next order, perhaps to take care of the shipping and handling charges. This Ka$h will expire in 60 days, (November 11, 2011) so be sure to use it before it expires. I hope this helps you decide to stay with HSN, you are a valued customer and we would hate to loose you as a customer, Ms. ……

I truly appreciate your understanding in this matter and I hope you allow us another opportunity to serve you in the future.

I’ve blocked HSN on my cable box, unsubscribed from their emails, and won’t shop from them again. I’ve had a slightly “better” response from them since the above. Here is my response to the above:

You can take the $6.95 blood money out of the account — I’m not shopping with you again after the attempt to profit off of 9/11. I am not the only one offended by this, I’m getting feed back from many people who are incensed by this — hopefully sales were lousy on those items. It is unbelievable to me that someone had such poor judgment to choose to offer such an item — whoever made that wholly disrespectful decision should be fired.

I’ve already removed myself from your promotional e-mails, have “unliked” your facebook page, and am blocking HSN on my cable box.

I am not just “offended”, I am repulsed and disgusted.

As someone who lived in Manhattan at that time, had the dust from the towers come through my windows and volunteered at the 26th St Armory in the following days and saw the faces of the family members bringing in anything they could find that might have DNA on it for matching — the thought that they would be subjected to seeing someone try to profit from “memorabilia” of those events is truly inhumane, unethical and soulless.

Again — shame on HSN for doing that.

Short of pulling the product off the site, firing whatever soulless moron decided profiting on that was okay, and issuing a public apology for bad judgment — there is not one thing HSN could do to get me back as a customer.

Then there’s the ironic “icing” on the cake of bad judgment — those “commemorative” coins and medals are all made in China…. an added insult to US workers that an item supposedly “patriotic” in nature isn’t even an American product, it’s a foreign-made “replica”. Bad form all the way around.

And their response to mine — at least they didn’t insult me this time by trying to offer me a store credit as a buy-off…

Let me begin by offering a sincere apology the Today Special coins were so very upsetting. My name is Pam and I will be happy to forward your dissatisfaction.

I certainly understand how you feel and do not blame you for being so upset. I have forwarded an e-mail with your information to our management.

It was a horrible day and I cannot imagine living right there and watching it all go on right in front of you!

We take our customer’s concerns seriously and I appreciate your taking the time to let us know this was a truly negative experience.

It has been my pleasure to assist you tonight.

Thank you for shopping online with us.

Not sure what “Pam” thinks she’s done that qualified as “assist[ing]” me. And considering the fact that the coins are still for sale on the site, and in fact they appear to have MORE VARIETIES of them…. I have to come to the conclusion that my objections have effectively fallen on deaf ears. So perhaps it’s time to start a facebook page to boycott them until they remove the items from sale…. or give ALL of the profits from them (the $10 they were offering on one of them is just an insult on a $400 item) to the fund for medical care for the emergency workers and rescuers who are becoming ill after dealing with the dust from the buildings…. then, MAYBE, I’d think selling such had a reasonable purpose…. as it is, it’s just profiteering on other people’s pain.

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