April 7, 2012

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (040712)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:30 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.


Not a spoof, look like a spiff (Click on graphic for a bigger picture of the whole home page; I’m not going to provide a link to the URL, but the home page is at incomeathome22.com)


It would appear that Al Sharpton gets some kind of referral credit every time someone signs up for “income at home” because users heard about it from him. Really?

In general — The web site used to be absolutely free — and in that sense, even though most of the opportunities presented are not suitable (I’ll stop at that word; I have some stronger ones, but I’m not interested in getting unwanted grief), it wasn’t in and of itself a problem. But now you can’t do anything without paying an upfront fee, and I have a problem with that (they should be able to make plenty of money from business opportunity offerers who pay for visibility).

Sadly, talk-show hosts like Sean Hannity (personally) and Glenn Beck (commercials during his show citing his name) are promoting it. I want to believe their promotion is based on not knowing that it has turned into a fee-based site. If I’m wrong, shame on them.


At the Orlando Sentinel (“Two arrested in brutal hammer beating in Seminole”) — The alleged perps are black. This link claims that the victim, who according to the Sentinel is “a 50-year-old Winter Springs man whose name has not been released, (and) is on life-support at Orlando Regional Medical Center,” is white. To be clear, I do not know that, and haven’t seen confirmation of that anywhere else.

The beating occurred on March 26, the same day Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson led a Trayvon Martin-related rally. I would love to know if either or both of the alleged perps were there, and if they might have been “inspired” by what they heard at the rally to commit what, if the victim is indeed white, would likely be a hate crime (in the liberal parlance; in the real world every crime of this nature is steeped in some form of hate).

Anyone with a lot of patience and the ability to recognize faces (this appears — emphasis appears — to be the Facebook page of one of the two arrested) might consider looking through the 96 pictures found here to see if either of the two suspects arrested and pictured at the Sentinel link were there.


We all like legitimate comeback and redemption stories. And though I’d really rather not see Tiger Woods eclipse Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 wins in major golf tournaments, I really would like to root for him to win one or two more, which would give him 15-16.

But as long as incidents like those described here which occurred during the second round of the Masters keep happening, I’m not going to. It was so bad that AP writer Tim Wahlberg is suggesting that Masters Chairman Billy Payne “would do well take it upon himself to show Woods the door.”


Hilda Solis, Head of the Department of Labor, reacting to yesterday’s “ruh-roh” jobs report, is out of touch, but on message.


At Heritage: “Brace yourself. In a mere 271 days, you and your fellow Americans will be hit with a tax hike the likes of which this country has never seen.”



  1. Why Chrysler may yet survive while GM probably won’t.


    Comment by dscott — April 7, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

  2. Great item. Marchionne probably wouldn’t put up with WH micromanagement that GM had to because it had no one like him who would stand up to the WH — certainly not anyone with anything resembling an entrepreneurial spirit (that said, Marchionne often overdoes the crony capitalism, and is no angel himself).

    Ed Whitacre voiced some dissent about being tired of having GM called “Government Motors” and wanted more autonomy, and he all of a sudden was retiring. GM’s management is not “car guys.” Marchionne is a car guy.

    Only someone like Marchionne could have turned around Chrysler after the Bob Nardelli disaster, and I have to say that I thought they’d be in deep trouble by now. But I wasn’t alone. Almost no one banked on Marchionne changing the culture as he apparently has. Part of the difference: Fiat has a controlling interest, and the union’s health plan (not Uncle Sam) has most of the rest.

    All that said, Chrysler’s sales volume is a bit more than half of what it was in 1999, and about 70% of where it was in 2006.

    Comment by Tom — April 7, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

  3. [...] As I said this morning (third item at link): … though I’d really rather not see Tiger Woods eclipse Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 wins in major golf tournaments, I really would like to root for him to win one or two more, which would give him 15-16. [...]

    Pingback by BizzyBlog — April 7, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

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