General Rants

Apparently if you are unhappy with the new AT&T data plans, then you just need to keep those thoughts to yourself.  Complaints will not be tolerated. In this day and age of hyper-connectivity, it is not unusual for customers to e-mail CEOs of companies directly with questions and complaints.  Very few of them respond, although… read more

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Why does Ikea have an aversion to putting stickers on furniture parts? Would it kill Ikea to put removable stickers on things that say things, like, oh, I don’t know, “A”?  Maybe get wild and use the whole alphabet and label all the parts? After the last time I wrote about Ikea, I thought I… read more

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On Friday night’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, an interesting question was posed: Should Steve Jobs be running the country? I’m not sure if it should be Steve Jobs per se, but I have always wondered if perhaps the president of the United States should be more of a business man than a… read more

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About once a year I blow the dust off the “Crimes of Fashion” category around here.  It isn’t that I really follow fashion, but as I cruise around the Web I get exposed to bits and pieces of it, and occasionally something just leaps out at me.  Well, this year the honor goes to a… read more

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Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, was arrested in connection to the failed Times Square bombing tonight around 12:00 AM EST while boarding a plane at JFK in New York City for Dubai. On Sunday evening, a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder was parked on Broadway in Manhattan as the Broadway shows were loading… read more

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Once again, government knows what is best for us. Apparently parents in Santa Clara county California are incapable of telling their kids “no”, so they got county officials to do it for them.  In a three-to-two vote by officials, toy premiums are banned in any incorporated part of the country from being included in what… read more

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The Lower Merion School District which came to some fame as of late, has made another in a long line blunders when it comes to its court case. In case you don’t remember the story, Lower Merion School District was the school district that had a class action lawsuit against because it used a secuity… read more

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Didn’t Kentucky Fried Chicken change its name to KFC some years ago to get away from the idea of it being unhealthy for you? Could someone please explain this abomination called the “Double Down” to me then? Launching on April 12th, the Double Down is a sandwich that replaces the bread with either two pieces of original recipe chicken or… read more

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Ah, those lovable rapscallions at the Westboro Baptist Church are back for another round, but this time they are taking on someone who won’t just ignore them. On March 27th Kevin Smith, director of such films as Clerks, Dogma, Cop Out and more, will be giving one of his talks in Kansas City.  You can’t… read more

| | | has reached a settlement in a class action suit that could see it paying out up to $9.5 million to unhappy customers. TechFlash is reporting that will pay either $3 or give a $2 credit for renewals to up to 3.16 residents of the United States who were mislead by e-mails that indicated… read more


The saga of the Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania is getting another chapter added to it: The FBI and local detectives have entered the picture. The other day I reported on a class action lawsuit (PDF link) being filed against the Lower Merion School District over the discovery that the school district could remotely… read more

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It seems that handcuffing school children has become the new favorite method for getting problems under control. Haley Shalansky, a six-year-old first grader in Port St. Lucie, Fla. was handcuffed at Parkway Elementary on Fed. 3rd after throwing a tantrum. Because she only weight 37 lbs, both of her wrists were put into the same… read more

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