Apr/04
2011

Screw You TD Bank

So, I used to bank at TD Bank. That ended last week. Well, technically, I won’t close my account for a week or two, but all the money is gone already. I just need to make sure all of the automatic transactions are transferred properly before I close it. Sometime in the past month, they decided to start charging fees for using other bank ATMs. It’s a sadly common practice that irritates me because it means that the ATM owner charges me, and then my bank charges me a second time. Both parties are charging me for the same transaction. Both claim that it’s a requirement forced on them by the other party, when it’s really just a revenue stream that they both want to siphon. I switched to TD Bank (then Commerce Bank) a few years ago specifically because they offered accounts that didn’t have that fee. They advertised that fact. Well, sometime last month, that changed. They sent notices that I didn’t really pay attention to, so I discovered the fees when I went to balance my account and pay bills last month. $2 for each withdraw. One withdraw a week, so it’s not that much money. That’s irritating, but not the end of the world. So, I call them up and ask what the deal is. The guy explains the new fees and said that every bank is doing it. I appreciate that, but I remind him that many other banks have more ATMs available. TD only seems to have them in their actual branch locations, which makes it much less useful to me. I only visit my bank once every couple of months, because I can do nearly everything I need online. I don’t think their phone rep understood that. He insisted that EVERY bank was going to charge me fees, so I might as well stick with TD Bank. I explained to him that he was wrong. I can take my accounts to the bank that has ATMs everywhere, and then not have to pay ANY fees. He told me I was wrong, which makes me think he doesn’t’ get the concept. Then he suggested that I get a premium checking account, which apparently involves keeping $2500 in my account. I don’t know about most people, but other than money being used for monthly expenses, I only keep about five hundred in my checking account for emergencies. The rest is in savings, invested or dumped into something like my mortgage. I told him that, and his response is why I’m leaving the bank. “$2500 isn’t much money, so just put it in your checking account and forget about it.” That is bullshit right there. First off, he doesn’t know my finances because never provided my account number. You don’t know if $2500 is a lot to me or not. It’s really not that bad for me, but it is to a lot of people, particularly in this economy. It’s a monthly salary (before taxes) for someone making 30k a year. So fuck you. Second, why the FUCK should I give my bank a couple grand that they can use to loan out at 6% while I get jack shit for it sitting there idle. I save something like $8 a month on fees. I think I can do better things with $2000 than let it sit, particularly when switching banks gets around the entire problem. Fuck you again. And finally, it’s fucking insulting to say something like that to your customers. It’s effectively saying ‘bend over and take it bitch’. Fuck you TD bank. You’re counting on people being too lazy to switch banks. You’re probably even going to be right for most people. For me, you’re losing my checking and savings account, and my safety deposit box. Frankly, I wish there was more service I could take away from you. If it had just been the fee I might have been ok with it. Maybe altered my patterns to get my money out monthly instead of weekly. Maybe made an effort to stop by branch offices to save a fee here or there. But frankly, your customer rep made this all a no brainer for me. I had no problem telling him to go fuck himself. And I have no problem telling TD Bank to go fuck itself too. This is a business arrangement. You should expect your customers to recognize that this arrangement is bad. Oh, and in case you missed it, TD Bank….. FUCK YOU
Apr/04
2011

End of the World

The supposed end of the world is coming. According to Harold Camping, 5/21/11 will be the beginning of the Rapture, with the end of the world occurring 5 months later on 10/21/11. He's wrong. As my follow up post on 5/22 will prove, and the extreme follow up on 10/22. He was wrong when he guessed it would happen in 1994. He's wrong today. Wrong tomorrow. Wrong in 2 months. Wrong in 7 months. Just wrong. Stop listening to this loon.
Apr/03
2011
Thomas Johnson of Gardner, MA, and Seth Davis of Winchendon, MA, fell out of the window of a bus bathroom on a return trip from a brewery. One died and one is in critical condition. Even though it is tragic, I can't help but wonder what two grown men were doing in a tiny bus bathroom that might cause them to fall out the window. . . .
Apr/03
2011
Well, maybe not an infidel. Terry Jones does have "religious belief" even if it is twisted caricature of religiousness. A jackass? That might work. I could even think of few more names that might be less flattering and more appropriate, but jackass works. How we differ greatly from Muslim extremists is that we allow people to be jackasses. Few beyond Rev. Jones' few dozen followers agree with his burning of a Koran. I think it was a childish act on Rev. Jones part. However, some Afghanis are calling for us to punish Rev. Jones, even with death. Sorry, we don't do that here for the burning of an object. Although I personally might find some pleasure if an asteroid fell on his church this Sunday morning. One thing of which many Muslims seem to lose sight is that it is a book, printed by humans for humans to read. Even if someone believes it is a representation of the word of God, it has in no way removed the message because there are numerous books containing the exact same message. God himself did not print it or bind it. A replaceable object is given a higher value than the humans that God himself created. If rioting Muslims take such offense to their holy book being burned perhaps they need to take a look at their brethren who burn Mosques of opposing sects that might contain more copies of the Koran than the single copy Rev. Jones burned. Unfortunately, I think facts are the furthest thing from the minds of rioting Afghanis. Some people just want to be offended and find a reason to accuse and abuse and kill. I think violence is the prime motivator, not some minor insult to their religious beliefs. Hopefully these rioters represent a minority of the Afghani people, but I am not terribly optimistic. This is just one more reason for us to pack our bags and leave them to their own fanatical and corrupt ideals. Rev. Jones has not eliminated the possibility of a repeat performance. I have an idea. We can take up a collection for a one-way plane ticket to the Muslim country of his choosing for him to stage an encore. I think a return ticket might be unnecessary. I think what is left of him afterward might fit into someone's carry on.
Apr/03
2011
Boehner The Bonehead values image over cooperation, disunity over collaboration and conflict over cooperation. Great way to run a railroad, much less a government "of the people".
"Not very interested," Boehner told reporters last week when asked about forming a coalition with Democrats to pass the legislation to keep the government operating.[..] Boehner, R-Ohio, wants the overwhelming majority of those votes to come from his fellow Republicans, even if dozens of easily attainable Democratic votes could help carry the budget bill to victory.[..] Some congressional veterans say Boehner is taking the only realistic approach for a speaker who wants to stay in power. If he cuts a deal that relies heavily on Democrats' votes, he could alienate scores of House Republicans, who might in turn start seeking a new leader.(AP)
Yes that's correct, keeping himself in power is *more important* than a government shutdown. Preserving an image of Republican unity against a bipartisan solution is more important. Wasting the time of the people, putting lives and jobs in jeopardy is more important. Listen Fuck Face, the elected government includes more than just the majority. It includes *all* Americans, even those that voted for the opposite party. I didn't vote for you, but you represent *my* interests too. So stop being such a one-sided cocktard and do your part to keep the government running and serving it's people. Obstructionist poser idiot.
Apr/03
2011
Jazlyn Freel's teacher taped her mouth shut because she lacked the ability to keep it closed herself in class. Jazlyn told her Mommy, Leah Freel, what the big bad teacher did to her and they went running to the administration. The Freels want an apology from the teacher. "It wasn't a really good experience, and I hope that it doesn't happen to anyone else," Jazlyn said. (Video) Mommy says they aren't staying quiet - I think there in lies the problem. Like mother like daughter. Boo, hoo, hoo. I think both the Freels need to STFU. Jazlyn is 13 and she is not a "child" as her mother puts it. She is old enough to know right from wrong and be learning how to control herself. Unfortunately Mommy is too busy worrying that her darling is being "abused" by a simple piece of removable tape to teach her daughter that the world is not going to tolerate all of her behavior unconditionally. Of course Mommy may need to learn that lesson first. Jazlyn has a few years to learn that she will need to conform to certain rules of society. Endlessly talking when you should shut up is one of those. Most bosses will put up with that for only so long. Difference is a boss will tell Jazlyn to pack up her desk and get out if she does it too much. I'm sure Mommy will tell Jazlyn that the big bad boss should hire her back and apologize. Honestly, I think Jazlyn is in for a lot of experiences that are not really good because the real world is a lot tougher than a teacher with a roll of tape.
Mar/31
2011
No, you are just the scumbag CEO of GoDaddy. You obviously ENJOYED shooting an elephant, proudly smiling near your kill. The poor SoB didn't see it coming. For those that can stomach it Are there problem elephants? I'm sure there are. Do they cause a hardship for the farmers? I'm sure they do. I don't have a problem if those farmers kill a rogue bull elephant in an area where there are ample numbers. Especially when the village doesn't leave that elephant to rot and they get a good meal out of it. However, let's be honest, Mr. Parsons was not merely lending a helping hand to his poor African brethren. The grin on his face was not from satisfaction of helping save a man's field and feeding a village. I know a smug, can't wait to show the boys back home, grin when I see it. And there is my problem with Mr. Parsons (and people like him). Mr. Parsons is nothing but an obscenely rich scumbag. He has money to burn and an urge to show what a big man he is. People in that category have to show their manhood in large flamboyant ways such as shotting a very large animal. Yes, Mr. Parsons is the last of the great white hunters. Perhaps if the next elephant gave him an enema with one of its tusks then it would at least be a tie. However, it is doubtful Mr. Parsons would ever put himself in that much danger.
Mar/31
2011
Most people these days just talk on their cell phone any time, any place, any where. They have no problem belting out all sorts of personal issues in a crowded place like a restaurant or air port. I've heard all sorts of personal issues drift by, marriage, dating, funerals, divorce, friendships on the rocks. You name it, I've heard someone chatting about it, out loud, like a performance artist on display. Which is O.K. in my mind because if you're gonna put it out there for public consumption then, clearly, you're also O.K. with what people think about you too. Unless of course you're the guy I encountered today. He was outside the building with his cell phone. Now usually something like that screams "I'm interviewing somewhere else and I can't let anyone else in the office hear me." Alternatively a person might be outside to have a butt and decide to place a call to pass the time while they smoke, but this guy didn't have a cig in his hand. Nope, instead he had his cell flipped open and about four inches away from this face, talking into it at full volume. Basically just short of yelling. And he had it on speaker phone so from fifteen feet away I could easily hear the replies to his caterwaul. He turned and glared when he finally noticed my approach. Barked a quick good bye and flipped the phone shut with a snap. Then bolted back into the building. He was no where in sight when I opened the door. I don't get it. I've seen other guys do it in the car, pretend their phone was a walkie talkie, holding it in front of their face instead of to their ear. I just figure it some sort of fetish. But Loud Talker was clearly annoyed that someone might: a. use the entrance to the building he was standing in front of and b. overhear his larger than life interaction with a 4" phone. Truthfully, had he stood his ground, I might have been hard-pressed not to slap it out of his hand as I walked by. I guess I owe him that, since he had the common sense to glare-and-run. Morons abound in this world. If you want privacy for your call, then go to your car, your house or some other enclosure (handicapped bathroom maybe?) if you need your alone time. Maybe you own this world, but the rest of us have to live in it too.
Mar/30
2011
Bitchin' Bike Exhaust? 92 db. Happy Kitty? 73 db. But ask me which I'd pre-furr....
LONDON (AP) — No need to bell this cat: A gray-and-white tabby by the name of Smokey has cat-apulted to fame with purring so loud it has been recorded at a potentially record-setting 73 decibels. The British community college that measured the sound said it peaked at 16 times louder than that of the average cat. By some estimates, that is about as noisy as busy traffic, a hair dryer or a vacuum cleaner. The 12-year-old, ordinary-size feline first came to national attention last month when her owner, Ruth Adams, decided to run a local competition for the most powerful purr.
For better or worse Smokey is happy almost *all* of the time. Her owners say that she even purrs while eating. Noise cancelling headphones? Eh. Who needs em so long as kitty is happy. That's what I'd call a purr-fect solution to noise pollution.
Mar/30
2011
Virginia Tech fucked up in their handling of the 2007 shootings that left 32 people dead. Even though the administrators knew that a student had shot and killed people in a dorm they decided not to issue a warning until too late, and even then it was completely ambiguous. As a result the school was taken to court over it's lack of reasonable action, found guilty and fined a pittance: 55k - less than the 4 year tuition of 1 in-state student. But they're going to fight it. Because they won't admit, no matter how many people died, that they did anything wrong.
Virginia Tech argues that, relying on campus police, it first thought the shootings were domestic and that a suspect had been identified so there was no threat to campus. The university argued that the Department of Education didn't define "timely" until 2009, when it added regulations because of the Virginia Tech shootings. University spokesman Larry Hincker outlined six other serious cases at other college campuses before and after the Virginia Tech shootings in which notifications were not given for hours, or in some instances the next day, and the schools were not punished.(AP)
I'm sorry but the "well the other people didn't provide timely notifications" isn't a valid justification for *your* fuckups. The court case is about Virginia Tech, not a comparison of who sucks most, because you win that category outright. VT, you were taken to court, you lost. Learn your lesson and move on.
"This is in black and white," said Suzanne Grimes, whose son Kevin Sterne was injured in the shootings. "They're going to spend more money appealing it than just paying the fine, because they do not want to admit they did anything wrong."
And that is exactly what got them into trouble in the first place, isn't it?
Mar/30
2011

Gasp, Gasp, Wheeze

Our building is a non-smoking facility, like most places of work these days. But you wouldn't know it from walking into the lobby. It was as if a cloud nicotine stench hovered in the air. I almost choked on the way in. The odd thing was that there was no one else in the entrance, other than the security guard that is, and I know for a fact that they don't smoke. I passed through the door into the main building and the stank followed me. Or I was following it. Ugh. How rank. A quick dive into the stairwell didn't improve matters. It was equally nasty in there, so I bolted up the stairs two at a time. It's only two flights up to my floor after all. And I almost made it too, that is until I ran up against a woman huffing, gasping and wheezing her way up one... painful... step... at... a... time. It was like taking a drag on a dredged-up butt off the ground being behind her. Now I knew the origin of the miasma. She didn't get off at my floor, thank the gods. I wondered if she seriously was going to make it up the next flight without being airlifted in an iron lung. It's pitifully sad, but she's obviously too far gone to care. Why do that to yourself? Honestly if I was that pathetic I'd either check myself into a hospital or throw myself down the stairs headfirst. Either action would reduce my suffering and be a better choice than being unable to breathe or lift a foot without gasping. Someone needs to tell her that smoking isn't addictive, and that it doesn't lead to long term health problems. After all isn't that what they tell us?
Mar/29
2011
You gotta read it to believe it. Me? I had to read it several times before I could believe that someone could really be this much of a moron.
Rick Santorum the former Pennsylvania senator who is eying a bid for the Republican nomination for president, blamed part of the insolvency problems related to social security on abortion. He says the system would be stronger if not for the 53 million abortions that have robbed the nation of potential workers who would be contributing to the program. Santorum’s comments came during an appearance at an event in New Hampshire, the site of one of the first primary election battles. “The social security system, in my opinion, is a flawed design, period.” [..] Santorum cited the “abortion culture” and said “we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion.”
Wow. That's a new one eh? America is in a hole because of abortion! We need more crack-babies, more unwanted births, more offspring to young, poor, and uneducated mothers who are the main abortion demographic. Yeah, why didn't I see it before? The more low I.Q. workers we have the sooner we can push illegal aliens off the fields and out of the factories. Sure they won't be able to read, write or maintain a steady job. Sure they'll be more interested in drinking, drugs and abusing each other. And maybe we'll have to expand our prison system but hey, we'll have all the elder-care workers we need to tend to the dying herds of Baby Boomers. Yeah I'm sure all those disadvantaged kids, like the ones born to welfare moms today, would be eager, honest, law abiding citizens happy to pay into dwindling government pot, ready to take it on the chin for their elders. Damn Rick, but you're a flaming, fucking retard. Please run for President?
Mar/29
2011
Or go fuck yourself. Whichever comes first. I know you want to "start a trend" by being the first major online news company to charge a subscription fee but face it, while CNN, Fox and all the other news services are out there, while RSS feeds exist for Google, Yahoo and Bing, I don't fucking need to pay for access to the New York Times. Really. You're not all that. And your twenty-articles a month cap? Ha! Don't make me laugh. You want to push people to take their reading elsewhere? Fine by me. You've gotten my hits for over fifteen years. Maybe it's time I tried someone else for a while. So thanks for the incentive to take my clicks somewhere else. You're not getting my money. And if you really believe all those Fox-News-Fakes who claimed to members of your readership encouraging you to pay-per-view? Sucka!
Mar/29
2011
More stupid. Obviously.
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union negotiators on Tuesday abandoned widely popular new legislation that would have banned cloning animals to produce food, after all-night talks bogged down in disagreement. Last-ditch negotiations ended at 7 a.m. after representatives of the European Parliament and the EU governments could not find a compromise on how to treat the offspring of cloned animals — despite overwhelming agreement on banning food from the actual clone.
I'm not sure what people are really all that worried about. No one cares if you eat twin cows, twin pigs or twin sheep so wtf is wrong with eating clones? Further how the hell can you even *tell* if an animal is a clone? They don't emerge instantly, looking just like their parent. They're born so other than a genetic test who the hell is gonna know? And yeah, once they start reproducing themselves (naturally of course, since everyone is so squeamish) then what? You can eat their offspring but not the parents? Get over it people. It's not worth wasting your little brains on. Clearly it's more than you can manage. If it's meat, and it's not green or rotty then just fucking eat it. Sheesh.
Mar/29
2011
Many southern US farmers are going to grow cotton this year. It's a bit better than growing McMansions, but it still will not help feed those that are struggling to buy food due to problems growing food crops in other countries. I'm glad the land is being used for farming. I'm glad that farmers might actually do well this year. I'm sad that a commodity like cotton produces more revenue per acre than a food crop, such as wheat. What does it say about our priorities?
Mar/28
2011

SUV Homes

They're still building 'em. You know what I mean, the stupid McMansions that are oversized monstrosities, wedged into ordinary neighborhoods like the cuckoo's chick trying to squeeze out the resident baby birds. I'm pretty astonished that developers are still pushing these icons of greed and waste, as if nothing has changed in the housing market in the past few years. Who in their right mind is going to fork over a million dollars when the houses next door can't sell for half that? Well the same developer right? By buying out more and more of the classic ranch, colonial, split and bungalow's they can shoe-horn in yet another glossy behemoth into the neighborhood. That way the last person isn't stuck with the most expensive house on the block, the next guy is. The developers today need a good bitch slapping for the greedy fucking bitches they are. Sure the modern materials are more durable, and provide better insulation, but the cathedral ceilings over the "great rooms" (note, please don't call them 'dens' any more) cost "great money" to heat. They're wasteful in terms of space and represent nothing but over-the-top consumption at their finest. Hell, in my day I knew plenty of families that managed to live perfectly comfortable lives in the classic three bedroom, two bathroom, two-car garage homes of the 60's and 70's. No one felt the need to hear their voice echo off the uncleanable, unreachable attic-level windows. I don't get it. There's a housing crisis, but from seeing the new homes getting put up (then put on the market typically less than a year later) no one appears to be going after the developers who are flooding the market with overpriced houses. Clearly these guys haven't suffered, in fact they want to believe that nothing has changed. I can't believe that there are still suckers out there willing to buy these SUV homes, but even if there are they can't last forever. And like the vehicles themselves someday soon the market will burn itself out. That day can't arrive too quickly.