Trump scam artist gets me instead of my grandmother

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I was at my grandmother’s house today when the phone rang and I picked it up. A man with a thick accent informed me that I, [insert horrible mispronunciation of my grandmother’s name here] had won the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes worth 2 million in cash and even a new BMW. I thought it would be fun to record my fucking with the scam artist until I figured out what they were after. After that, shit got real.

This is an edited version of two calls I had with this crook. During the call, he mentioned that he had paperwork on my grandmother’s home he wanted her to sign and he said that she would have to pay 50,000 in taxes before she would be able to collect her prize. The taped conversation in full is over an hour and a half long. The guy spent a lot of time trying to groom me (again, he thought I was my grandmother) into giving him access to bank accounts, pressuring me to sign some set of papers regarding my grandmother’s home to “protect” her from the IRS taking her house after winning the Sweepstakes.

What you here is me having fun just knowing that I’m wasting his time. Then you hear me working to get identifying information about his scam. He then gave me the name and address of his accomplice, which I will publish here. I’m publishing it here because my grandmother’s local cops refused to even take a report. They instead told me to call the FBI, who also wasn’t interested. The FBI gave me the number to the Federal Trade Commission where I guess they thought that reporting what was certainly as spoofed number would help. Anyway, when I called the FTC number the FBI gave me, the office was closed. So, I reported the accomplice to the sheriff local to the scam artist’s accomplice who did at least take a report.

It pisses me off beyond belief that there are people out there who’d be happy to scam my grandmother out of her money and even (apparently) her home. It’s even more frustrating that law enforcement seems to not really give a shit. I mean, I live in a country where people like me are being monstered on national news every minute of every day, but when have I ever heard of an investigative news sting into BS like this? Legislators are working hard to stop people like me from being able to simply function in society, but what laws are they passing to help elder folk like my grandmother who are obviously targeted specifically because of their age?

So, here’s the edited version of the scam call:

Here’s the information on this guy’s accomplice:

Deborah Beitler
407 North Locust
Whitewater, KS 67154

Atheism: Cold, Hard and Heartless

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The above video
is one of my favorite Hitchisms.  Christopher beautifully elucidates what brings life to our existence… and what does not.

I’ve heard so many times that atheism is cold; that atheists see no real beauty or passion; nor can we truly experience marvel or the transcendent because, as the meme goes, ‘atheists believe that everything came from nothing, is going nowhere and doesn’t mean anything’.  Scores of religious apologists have attempted to paint the atheist position as something that is without the essence of life and that the only option which offers access to beauty, love and the transcendent is, you guessed it, their particular sect of their particular denomination of their particular religion!

To quote one apologist:

They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see.  They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats.

So long Hitch, thank you for helping me free my mind!

Christopher Hitchens: Thank You

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Hitch was the catalyst that freed my mind. This video is from the 2011 Texas Free Thought Convention and is one of Hitch’s last public orations.

As Dawkins notes, the debate style that made Christopher such a grand orator has become known as the “Hitchslap”:

Hitchslap: The process of utterly obliterating an opponent’s entire (usually religious or political) argument, usually in one or more succinct or terse statements, orally or in writing.


Douchebag of the Year: Manuel Rodriguez Jr.

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The Houston Press just came out with their much more PC version of this blog post title, “Turkey of the Year.” Unfortunately,  I didn’t think that Turkey of the Year properly conveyed the disgusting behavior of this Houston Independent School District Board member, Manuel Rodriguez Jr. So, instead of calling him a turkey, I’m going to refer to what he really is: an absolute douche.



So, here’s what the Houston Press has to say about this guy:

And then there was HISD’s Manuel Rodriguez Jr. Never one of the most inspiring members of the school board, Rodriguez apparently sensed his re-election bid was in trouble.

He sent out a flyer just days before Election Day that offered reasons to vote against his opponent, Ramiro Fonseca.

Highlighted in that list about Fonseca: “Program manager of minority male initiative at HCC. His records show he spent years advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights…not kids.”

Thinking that might be too subtle for his constituents, Rodriguez added that Fonseca was endorsed by the Houston GLBT Caucus.

Still afraid the message had not gotten through, the list ended with these two bullet points:

• 54 years old man with no children

• Male partner

We can only surmise there wasn’t room to include




• IS GAY, GAY, GAY, GAY, GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After (very barely) winning re-election, Rodriguez apologized. And he apparently had read Larry Taylor’s Apologizing for Dummies in the interim.

He said, “I am aware that some people have said they were offended by one of my ads, and I apologize to all of those people.”

Oh, Manuel: Some? You couldn’t even bring yourself up to a Larry Taylor “many”?

Thus far, Manuel Rodriguez has gotten away scott-free. Yup. He won his re-election by 25 votes and basically doesn’t give a crap that his disgusting behavior has inspired protests…


and public outcry…


And still he still doesn’t give a crap. Well, the time has come to stand up to this bully and I’m not the only one who thinks that:


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Thus far, 2,579 agree: The bully needs to go!

Please join with these folks and sign the petition demanding that Manuel Rodriguez Jr. be REMOVED from the HISD School Board!

Dr. Heir Stephan Hotze on 1041 BASH AM Radio

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A radio interview with arch right-wing anti-trans Republican financial backer Steven Hotze’s  brother, Dr. Heir Stephan Hotze:


Steven Hotze is a hatemonger.

For nearly twenty five years he has stoked the flames of bigotry in this community like no other local politico. In the mid-1980’s he masterminded the repeal of the City of Houston non-discrimination ordinance which had been enacted by Mayor Kathy Whitmire and the Houston City Council. The following year, he fielded a group of right wing zealots to run for City Council on the “Straight Slate.” Their platform consisted of unadulterated gay-baiting epitomized by the reply of their mayoral candidate to a question of what could be done about the AIDS epidemic: “Shoot the queers.” Hotze would not repudiate that response, nor the mayoral candidate who uttered it. Fortunately, they all lost.

Hotze continues vehemently to espouse his brand of extreme intolerance. For example, he regularly insists that the death penalty is fitting for homosexual conduct. And in 2008, he insisted, without one iota of evidence, that gays and lesbians were devoted to “recruiting sexually confused adolescents into their lifestyle.”

Hotze’s bigotry and extremism are not confined to homophobia. His anti-women beliefs are evidenced by his strident insistence that “a wife may work outside the home only with her husband’s consent.” And in 2008, he was reportedly behind the financing of a blatantly racist piece of campaign literature which depicted Barack Obama, Harold Dutton, Congressmember Sheila Jackson-Lee, and the Anglo Democratic candidate state legislature in House District 144, and an ominous line of black crows on a dead tree, with the caption “birds of a feather flock together.

Gerry Birnberg
Chair, Harris County Democratic Party
November 17, 2009