TLP: Abuse Allegations Threaten Career of Once-Popular Muppet


No, not Elmo. That was an adult being accused of abusing children. I'm talking about Grover, a child accused of abusing adults. And it's starting to sound like some of the grown-ups may have had enough.

Huffington Post:
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) unloaded on anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and his "no new taxes" pledge this week, saying that it has impeded meaningful progress toward finding additional revenue and a path away from the fiscal cliff. ...

"I care too much about my country -- I care a lot more about it than I do about Grover Norquist," Chambliss told Georgia's WMAZ in acknowledging that he could face repercussions from Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform. "Norquist has no plan to pay this debt down. His plan says you continue to add to the debt, and I just have a fundamental disagreement about that and I'm willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves."

Although Norquist and his pledge have held sway among congressional Republicans for many years, his coalition appears to be weakening in the wake of the recent elections. Some in the GOP, including newly elected lawmakers, have come out arguing against the type of anti-tax rigidity promoted by his pledge, especially amidst an effort to patch the federal deficit and avoid the looming budget cuts required by sequestration.
It was bound to happen some day. Norquist clearly had Chambliss and the other Republicans at "poopy head."


Visual Evidence From Across the Country As Black Friday Madness Overtakes The Masses

Remember years ago when it was totally normal for a store to stay closed on Thanksgiving and for overindulgent Americans to sit around the Friday after Thanksgiving digesting the meal from the evening before? As if stuffing our faces to the point of popping buttons on our pants weren't embarrassing enough, somehow it became normal for stores to open Thanksgiving night and for stampedes of sale-hungry morons to trample each other for a bunch of made-in-China crap no one actually needs. Oh the shame, America, the shame.

Thanks to the proliferation of camera phones, the shame is saved for eternity and all over the Internet. Let's point and laugh, shall we?

Here's a Dick's Sporting Goods cashier passed out as captured by Twitter user @stevie_lynn.

Here's a future consumer about to get buried in a pile of crappy discount shoes in South Carolina. Note many Rampage styles regularly retail for $69.99 - $39.99 at Famous Footwear. Hope the extra couple of bucks saved was worth looking like greedy freaks on an episode of Supermarket Sweep, you tools.

That's a line to get into Best Buy according to this Instagram pic uncredited by the Daily Mail. BEST BUY, people.

Here's a scene of madness at Walmart last night. You know, when most people should be napping off their food coma and when those poor underpaid saps who work at Walmart should be with their families.

Black Friday logic dictates that even if you don't need it, you should buy, like, 3 of them because they are on sale and therefore you're saving even MORE money! Disregard the fact that you're spending more than you need to:
There were 11 shoppers in a four-tent encampment outside a Best Buy store near Ann Arbor, Michigan. The purpose of their wait? A $179 40-inch Toshiba LCD television is worth missing Thanksgiving dinner at home.

Jackie Berg, 26, of Ann Arbor, arrived first with her stepson and a friend Wednesday afternoon, seeking three of the televisions. The deal makes the TVs $240 less than their normal price, so Berg says that she'll save more than $700.
Um... does Jackie realize she could have actually saved almost as much by NOT BUYING TVs AT ALL?!

Of course, you can always try to turn around and pawn your Black Friday booty off on Craigslist. Keep in mind the 50-inch Westinghouse LCD HDTV was on sale for $349 at Target and this guy in Minneapolis is trying to get $450 for it. This dick in Rochester wants $500. Worse, this asshat in Las Vegas wants $600. And WOW, this prick in Orlando is actually asking $700 for this low end garbage! In fact, the things are all over Craigslist all over the country so if you missed out on this amazing "doorbuster," go ahead and get your financial backdoor busted by one of these tools trying to make a buck. Word to the wise, check out the comments on the Westinghouse Facebook page before you pull the trigger, especially for $700.

But wait, there's more! You know there's video of the shopping madness too. Thank you, YouTube, what would we do without you?

I've watched a lot of zombie movies in my day and let me tell you, this is exactly what it looks like toward the end of the movie when the zombies get their hands on one of the few alive dudes left and make a snack of his intestines while still technically connected to his body.

Shoppers storming a Victoria's Secret at Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I'm not a terribly religious person but I've read the Bible once or twice and this reminds me of Matthew 7:13 "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it."

It's great when you can involve your children in what will become the crippling nightmare of their adulthood that is consumerism. Sure, the guy in this video says he brought the kids to show them what animals people can be on this horrible day but given the real deaths that have resulted from Black Friday madness in the past, he might as well bring his kids out onto a destruction derby racetrack to teach them how to drive.

Black Friday wouldn't be Black Friday without a bunch of animals fighting over shitty cellphones. I can't believe this is real and people - human beings - would willingly subject themselves to this.

Alright, so this guy Mark Dice is funny, if a little too Alex Jones-y about it. Watch him troll the "zombies" and cops protecting the scene at a Best Buy in Oceanside, CA.

WC Varones said it best today: you don't need that shit. Well, he technically said "sh!t" because he doesn't like to swear on his website and I respect him for that (even though I've done it... my bad, bro).

You should all be ashamed of yourselves. How many TVs does one human being need? I admittedly have 2 but one is a bad ass 20" Sharp Aquos I picked up cheap on Craigslist over two years ago which is about to celebrate its 10th birthday! Now THAT is a deal.


So Yeah, And Then There Were These Cats I Saved...

Sorry I haven't been posting as much lately (ugh, again, I know, you guys must hate me by now... it's not like I have a real day job to occupy my days, unless you count my daily column on Going Concern that I usually pound out in my pajamas before noon) but I've had my hands full over here in Richmond.

For those who don't know, I'm a certified cat lady (y'all should know this by now). I took in my mother's elderly cat when my mom died too young at 50-something in 2010 and I've been hooked ever since. I adopted two gaywad boys from the Washington Humane Society in DC in 2011 and somehow ended up saving a NYC Animal Care and Control death row inmate I renamed Cheddar in May of this year. Luckily we moved to a bigger apartment with way more room because things were getting crowded in DC with all that fur flying.

When Hurricane Sandy completely dissed Richmond and devastated my beloved Cheddar's homeland and beyond, I got a little itchy sitting here knowing I had two big bathrooms, a great Richmond vet and plenty of Friskies to go around. So I did what any self-respecting cat lady would do and pledged to save some lives.

I left Election Day morning, stopped in my old DC hood (among Marion Barry's enthusiastic supporters in SE) to vote for Gary Johnson and sped off to Brooklyn not knowing if my trusty Mazda would even be able to get us there on one tank of gas. I should have trusted her, she's a good girl. Still, I was frightened to death of what I'd find once I crossed the southern part of New Jersey and let me tell you, it was certainly not normal. Gas lines... an empty turnpike... hardly any traffic. It was just weird.

Anyhoo, I came back to Richmond 15+ hours later with two beautiful little things busted out of NYCACC just happy to be in good hands. One was - and still is - sick with a shelter cold but she's getting better and the other I believe is lost post-Sandy as he was found wearing a flea collar and dumped at ACC just hours after they reopened on November 1st after a few days of post-hurricane closure. He's up on Craigslist but if anyone with NY friends happens to see this and you know of someone up there looking for a darling shiny black 1 - 2 year old unfixed male Bombay with stunning copper eyes, let them know I have him and he's all good here. And I'm getting his balls chopped off because that is the fucking responsible thing to do, damnit.

Our story was picked up by Life With Cats which is AWESOME but 2 cats don't even put a dent in the NY problem. To date, I've adopted 1 and fostered 3 and even that is nothing when put into perspective. At the height of kitten season, it was not uncommon for 50 - 60+ cat kill lists to come out each and every night.

I get berated a lot for being a cat lady but as anyone who has been to my house can tell you, you'd hardly know I have them except for their obviously clingy behavior. It's not a madhouse all hours of the day. Everyone gets along. The house never smells like cat piss. They're taken care of; loved, well-fed and even given a pass for clawing up my $3000 sofa every now and then because they can't help it. This is something important to me and I'm just happy to be able to help.

If you feel so compelled and want to support my mission, you can pony up a donation to All Sentient Beings, a bonafide 501 (c)(3) non-profit no-kill animal rescue and the NY rescue that scrambled to buy my Cheddar the one extra day she needed to survive the NYCACC angel of death back in May which was all it took for me to step up and save her and the people who arranged for me to fetch these two post-Sandy cats in need.

I might be out of my mind for turning my lovely apartment into cat heaven but every second is worth it knowing these guys have the time they need under a loving roof to find their forever homes. I'm hoping I can find Storm's family in New York - if they are out there - but if not, he'll probably be sticking around here until I can. The female calico I picked up with him will be up for adoption in Richmond in a few weeks once she's cleared her shelter cold and spayed and I've still got another mini-kitty tabby girl I'm fostering who'd love to find her forever home in the Old Dominion as well.

Safe to say it gets a tad crazy around my house. I wouldn't have it any other way.

And now, Storm and Tina's rescue from Richmond to Brooklyn to the tune of Roxette's "Joyride":


An Open Letter To Francis Koenig's Fake Lawyer Who Bullied Me Into Removing a Post

Another pic via SFW-porn

Hey Chris Jones, ESQ! Since you aren't answering my emails sent to your email address of after the last time I asked you to confirm that you are, in fact, not authorized to practice law in the state of California, I just wanted to let you know... I've printed off your emails and they are in the US mail as we speak to the California Bar so they can evaluate your fake lawyer-ness because it's a crime in the state of California to pretend to be a lawyer when you have no legal right to be one. Although I totally appreciate you not signing your emails as ESQ and removing your lame fake legal disclaimer once I outed you. So there's that. Also, I've been in touch with the SEC and am in the process of getting all documents related to the AdultVest investigation, and the SEC person who signed off on AdultVest's "exoneration" is aware that you threatened me by email to remove a post I was fully within my First Amendment right to keep on my website. So there's that too.

But I just wanted to let you know that I continue to dominate Google for "Francis Koenig" (rightfully so since I am clearly an authority on the subject by now and this is just the beginning) and just to be safe, I'll go ahead and email Google proactively to make sure you can't bully them into changing that too. Although Google has the legal team to battle fake lawyers and won't be so easily punked into removing content as I was when I thought you were a real lawyer. But I'm totally cool with spending my Saturday chatting with them just to make sure.

Check this out, dude!

You see that? That's Page 1, bro. Your "client's" LinkedIn page and then FINalternatives and then ME ME ME (because I'm in Google News too, didn't you know?). You like that? I know I do.

So while Francis Koenig lists "expert experience with SEO and SEM" as one of his LinkedIn specialties, something tells me he must not be that much of an expert if he can't make old thorn in his ass JDA go away. It's gonna take a whole lot more than a fake lawyer to do that. Especially now that he's resorted to sending fake lawyers after me, as I think I've proven over the last few days. Dangit!

OH and then there is this post by Outrun Change, who was kind enough to pick up this case and remind anyone else looking to pull this same nonsense that it’s a bad idea to pick a fight with someone who buys pixels by the terabyte.

I've also been in touch with a few of my financial journalist friends and will continue to do so just to let them know you're a fake toolbag bully in case you have the guts to come at them too. Something tells me you won't be trying such a stunt any time soon.

Lesson learned: DO NOT fuck with the Internet. We are not to be crossed.

It's really only going to get worse for you once I uncover the SEC investigation via FOIA and whatever else I can gather now that you've dared mess with me. Sorry for your luck, you shoulda known better I guess. A real lawyer might have known that.

Is there anything else I can do for you? Because I'm a reasonable girl. At least I was before you came after me.

But hey, thanks for dropping me from that lawsuit. I really appreciate it. LOL!