Quotes from Rush

A compilation of heartwarming quotes from our friend, Mr. Rush Limbaugh:


”They are 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?” [About African-Americans]

”I’m a huge supporter of women. What I’m not is a supporter of liberalism. Feminism is what I oppose. Feminism has led women astray. I love the women’s movement — especially when walking behind it.”

“We need segregated buses… This is Obama’s America.”

”This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation…I’m talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of the need to blow some steam off? ” [on the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal]

”Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society. ”

”We’re not sexists, we’re chauvinists — we’re male chauvinist pigs, and we’re happy to be because we think that’s what men were destined to be. We think that’s what women want. ”

”Take that bone out of your nose and call me back. ” [To a female African American caller]

”Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it. ”

It’s sort of like hazing, a fraternity prank. Sort of like that kind of fun. [on the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal]

”We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax. ”
[Discouraging donations to support relief efforts in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, Jan. 13, 2010]

”Too many whites are getting away with drug use…Too many whites are getting away with drug sales…The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them, and send them up the river, too. ” —1995

”I’m…I am addicted to prescription pain medication. ” —2003

”I know these people like I know every square inch of my glorious naked body. ” [On Democrats]

“Obama’s entire economic program is reparations”

”He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. … This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting. ”  [on a Michael J. Fox ad endorsing a candidate who supported embryonic stem cell research]

”And don’t forget, Sherrod Brown is black. There’s a racial component here, too. And now, the newspaper that I’m reading all this from is The New York Times, and they, of course, don’t mention that. ” [Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), is white]

”Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”

We need to shut down this Gitmo prison? Well, don’t shut it down – we just need to start an advertising campaign. We need to call it, ‘Gitmo, the Muslim resort.’ Any resort that treated people like this would have ads all over the New York Times trying to get people to come down and visit for some R&R, for some rest and relaxation.

”There are more acres of forestland in America today than when Columbus discovered the continent in 1492. ” [um…no]

”Obama’s got a health care logo that’s right out of Adolf Hitler’s playbook … Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate.”

”Exercise freaks … are the ones putting stress on the health care system.” [What?]

“Let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do — let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work.”

”They oughta change Black History Month to Black Progress Month and start measuring it. ”

and

“Let me tell you who we conservatives are: we love people. When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups.”

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Fun with the Pope

Incognito

Conn Artists?

I wasn’t home today –  my parents were babysitting.  The conversation I had later went roughly like this:

Dad:   “A pleasant-sounding woman called from a law firm around lunchtime.  She said she was looking for Mr. Lawyer.  It was about the neighbors.”

Me:  “What?? A law firm? Neighbors? Are you sure?”

Dad:  “Yes, definitely a law firm.  Maybe one of your neighbors is going to sue you?”

Me:  “I don’t think so.  People like us.”

Dad:  “Wait, I think they wanted to know something about your neighbors.”

Me:  “Oh, collectors.  I’ll check the caller ID.  Night.”

So I did check the caller ID.  A local appliance company – not a law firm.  I googled the number.  WOWZA!  Lot of people very unhappy with the company.  Unhappy with its collection practices as well as their allegedly terrible customer service and warranty fulfillment practices.

I get calls from this number at least 3 times a day, every day.
I do not have a Conn’s account.
How do I block this caller?

Careful answering or giving any information to these people. I am a lawyer and after some research discovered that they use your ssn and phone number to pass on to credit recovery agencies and law enforcement. I currently represent 2 clients with lawsuits against businesses similar to this. BEWARE!

Received a call today from Conn’s at my work from this number. Lady told a person in our accounting dept that she was filing a report on me with the police dept for theft. I was sick at home and never received a call at home. I called the  police Dept and they told me that there was no way to file a theft report for a credit bill. I only owe $53.26. I Paid on time for 3 years. My final bill said I owed zero.
Please don’t buy from these people.

OMG! I wish we had done our research before buying from Conn’s. These people are the most unprofessional salespeople , store managers , delivery people we have ever ever dealt with. My story is long and I won’t go into it because I get so upset everytime I think about it. But “please believe me” its a nightmare in customer service. I have read all the reviews and I will be contacting the Atty. General concerning their practices. This company needs to be put out of business! Stay away from this company, even if you find a deal you think you can’t pass up, you will pay dearly in the long run. Stay away from Conn’s!!!!!!!!!

Having done work in creditor’s rights before, I was still a little skeptical.  Sure, out of 27 written reviews on one site the company received a paltry single star out of five, but it’s common knowledge that grumpy customers are much more vocal than content ones.  Maybe it’s just a biased site? 

And then I read this press release from the Texas Attorney General linked in one of the reviews:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today charged Conn’s, Inc. with failing to honor product warranties, misleading customers about the nature of its products, false advertising and other violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. According to the state’s enforcement action — and information contained in more than 2,000 customer complaints — the defendant unlawfully relied on aggressive and deceptive sales tactics to increase its extended service warranty sales for consumer appliances, electronics and other products.

“The defendants are charged with using high-pressure sales tactics to deceive customers about their extended service warranties,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Texas law contains important protections to prevent vendors from misleading customers about their goods and services. Today’s enforcement action reflects a concerted effort to ensure the defendant is held accountable for violating the law.”

2000???  Probably not a fluke, huh? Definitely not just a few really outspoken customers.  

We will be shopping for a new clothes-washer and probably dryer before long – the current set has had a few repairs each.  We get the Conn’s sales flier and some of the deals look interesting, but I’ve never stepped foot in the store.  And now I never will.  

 The action was resolved later in the year to the tune of $4.5 million which is getting off pretty cheap on a per-customer basis.  Still, it’s not chump change:

According to the state’s enforcement action – and information contained in more than 3,500 customer complaints – the defendant unlawfully relied on aggressive and deceptive sales tactics to increase its extended service warranty sales for appliances, electronics and other products. The agreement reached today requires Conn’s to reform its business practices and pay $4.5 million in restitution for its customers.

Reformed.  Well, that’s nice. 

Now they can work on their collection  practices.  It’s not legal to misrepresent yourself as an attorney to collect a debt or to obtain information about a debtor.  The following practices are prohibited in Texas:

(16)  using a communication that purports to be from an attorney or law firm if it is not;

(17)  representing that a consumer debt is being collected by an attorney if it is not;

(19)  using any other false representation or deceptive means to collect a debt or obtain information concerning a consumer.

The Texas Debt Collection Act mirrors the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  § 807 of the federal act prohibits representing that you are an attorney or with an attorney’s office deceptively.

Are people more likely to give information to callers who represent themselves as attorneys rather than just collection agents?  From my experience, people know that when an attorney is involved the call is serious – a law license also adds some sense of legitimacy to the collections process.

Was Conn’s trying to intimidate my dad into squealing on the neighbors by saying they were from a law firm?  Maybe.

Does Conn’s have attorneys on staff?  Maybe.  Does that make them a “law firm?”  No, it doesn’t, per se.  But it makes them have a “law office.”   It might make their claim that they are a law firm less deceptive, even if a room full of collections agents are not quite what people imagine when they think law office.  Probably enough to make their calls inactionable under the debt collection acts.

He told the pleasant-sounding woman to call back tomorrow morning, so I guess I’ll ask her then.

Should You Have Kids?

Things that Belong in Sunday School

Sec. 28.002. REQUIRED CURRICULUM.

Subdivision (2)(H) effective beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.

(a) Each school district that offers kindergarten through grade 12 shall offer, as a required curriculum:

(1) a foundation curriculum that includes:

(A) English language arts;
(B) mathematics;
(C) science; and
(D) social studies, consisting of Texas, United States, and world history, government, and geography; and

(2) an enrichment curriculum that includes:

(A) to the extent possible, languages other than English;
(B) health, with emphasis on the importance of proper nutrition and exercise;
(C) physical education;
(D) fine arts;
(E) economics, with emphasis on the free enterprise system and its benefits;
(F) career and technology education;
(G) technology applications; and
(H) religious literature, including the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and New Testament, and its impact on history and literature.

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