Jul 14

American Made?

With all the news this week that the Ralph Lauren produced Olympic outfits being made in China, including Harry Reid’s comment that they should all be destroyed and remade in America, I thought this parody by the “Capitol Steps” was appropriate:

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Jul 08

Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012)

Word is just now getting out that Academy Award winning actor Ernest Borgnine passed away. The very versatile actor was 95, and had remained working up until his passing, just recently completing “The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez”.

Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine as Dominic Santini from “Airwolf”

In his more than 60 years as an actor, he seemed to connect with every generation, portraying various roles that would stick with him through his entire career. While others would remember him in “McHale’s Navy”, or the younger set might have recognized his voice in a few episodes of “Spongebob Squarepants”, for me, it was the TV series “Airwolf”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 04

Let freedom ring!

It was on this day 236 years ago, that 56 brave men gathered in the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall) in Philadelphia to sign a declaration that the 13 colonies were no longer under British rule. It took 7 years and many thousands lives lost to be victorious over the monarchy.

“The Star Spangled Banner”, performed by the Voices of Liberty at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Florida 

After securing our liberty, many of them returned to that same hall, realizing that the current “Articles of Confederation” were not working, and they drafted the Constitution, which has now served this great country well for the last 225 years.

Let us not forget that men died for what we celebrate today — freedom.

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Jun 05

The end of Rachel at Cardholder Services’ road?

Editor’s note: This is the last of four parts about the annoying “Rachel” from Cardholder Services telemarketing calls. You can find part one here, part two here, and part three here.

So, by now we have a good understanding about what I suspect makes “Rachel” work, the players behind her, and how to fight back, but the question remains, what is it going to take to put her out of our misery once and for all?


What is the Government doing with the ‘Do Not Call’ list reports?

Over the last several years, there are a number of things that has had a backlash against “Rachel”, although it doesn’t seem to slow her down too much. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jun 01

Fighting back against Rachel at Cardholder Services

Editor’s note: This is the third of four parts about the annoying “Rachel” from Cardholder Services telemarketing calls. To read part one, click here and part two here.

So now there’s a better understanding of who the players are, and what it takes to make Rachel work, we can start to fight back against her annoying calls.

No PhoneWhat can we do?

Before I dive in too deep into this subject. The concepts I am about to discuss are perfectly legal, and can ultimately put some rain on “Rachel’s” parade. At no time will I tell you to do something that could ultimately land you on the receiving end of legal action. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 28

What makes Rachel from Cardholder Services tick?

Editor’s note: This is the second of four parts about the annoying “Rachel” from Cardholder Services telemarketing calls.  To read part one, click here.

Phone ReceiverPreviously, I wrote about the parties that seem as being behind those annoying calls from “Rachel” at Cardholder Services. This time, I want to consider the technology behind “Rachel”, and the way that the program works, and what it is going to take to stop her once and for all.

Since my background is telecommunications, breaking down how I suspect the system works will help to understand the means of stopping it.

How to produce 2.4 Million phone calls a day…

In a typical 12 hour window, there is no way, without thousands of people, to complete calls in the millions (as reports have indicated the volume “Rachel” achieves).  They have to rely on a system called a “predictive dialer” that takes a list of telephone numbers, places the call, and if a live person answers (it has the knowledge to know human versus machine, working and non-working numbers) play a recorded message. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 24

The hunt for Rachel at Cardholder Services

Editor’s note: This is the first of four parts about the annoying “Rachel” from Cardholder Services telemarketing calls.

Back in January, I spotlighted the nightmare that is “Rachel”, and a court case to stop her. Little did I know, that I was only scratching the surface, and the facts in this case go much deeper.

Rachel calling...

Since I wrote about it in January, I’ve gotten a couple of more calls from “Rachel”, who promptly got the hang up treatment. Thinking that as the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission’s case went forward against Roy M. Cox and Castle Rock Capital Management, they would ultimately stop. But, as others have shared through the comments on my earlier post, this is not the end.

I set about to thinking about an operation like this, I came up with several questions, and set about trying to get answers. Hopefully with what I expose here, it will help readers understand it is going to take patience to end this scam. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 20

One hundred…

Actually, this is post #99.

It has taken me over 6 years and 5 months to reach this milestone.  Much longer than I had ever anticipated, but the real world and making money have to come first in my life (I do work for a living, unlike some bloggers who sit in their parent’s basement cranking out hate and filth all day long, getting money from the Government for doing nothing). Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 21

The case for Voter ID

Author’s note – I apologize for not posting in an extended period of time.  I’ve had a lot of things on my mind as of late, most of which I can’t discuss here.  I hope to get back to regular postings soon.

In 2011, the Texas Legislature drafted, like many other states, a law that requires presenting a Photo ID to vote. The Department of Justice quickly challenged that law under the preclearance rule of the Voting Rights Act of 1964.

Texas Driver's License, Voter Registration Card and "I Voted" Sticker

This comes as undercover reporters in other parts of the country have demonstrated how easy it is to get ballots (and presumably vote) as someone other than themselves.  This includes celebrities, high-ranking Government officials and even the deceased. Read the rest of this entry »

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