America is a bad place

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...


for not living in reality

America is a bad country. Bad for everyone but the rich. Bad for women. How bad? Let's look at women's rights in some other nations ...

According to Amnesty, Int'l ...

"In Saudi Arabia, women cannot travel, undertake paid work or higher education, or marry without a male guardian’s permission. From June 2011, scores of Saudi Arabian women supported a campaign against the ban on female drivers by getting behind the wheel. Some were arrested and made to sign pledges not to repeat the offence and at least one woman was tried and sentenced to 10 lashes."

In Yemen, "Tawakkul Karman is a leading Yemeni activist and one of three women awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on 7 October 2011. She symbolizes women’s central role in the region’s recent uprisings. Female Yemini protesters were harassed, arrested and sometimes beaten. Some of their fathers, uncles and brothers also received threats designed to silence their female relatives."

According to the New York Times, "India, a country best-known for its rising economic might, is the worst place to be a woman among the world’s biggest economies. The Group of 20 survey by TrustLaw, a legal news service of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, found that a combination of infanticide, child marriage and slavery left India at the bottom of the ranking, lagging even Saudi Arabia, where women are still not allowed to drive and only gained the vote in 2011."

According the the Guardian, UK newspaper, " maternal mortality rates, limited access to doctors and a "near total lack of economic rights" render Afghanistan such a threat to its female inhabitants. "Continuing conflict, Nato airstrikes and cultural practices combine to make Afghanistan a very dangerous place for women," said Antonella Notari, head of Women Change Makers, a group that supports women social entrepreneurs around the world. "Women who do attempt to speak out or take on public roles that challenge ingrained gender stereotypes of what is acceptable for women to do or not, such as working as policewomen or news broadcasters, are often intimidated or killed."

The Congo. One recent US study claimed that more than 400,000 women are raped there each year. The UN has called Congo the rape capital of the world. "Rights activists say militia groups and soldiers target all ages, including girls as young as three and elderly women," the survey reports, "They are gang raped, raped with bayonets and some have guns shot into their vaginas."

Pakistan is ranked third on the basis of cultural, tribal and religious practices harmful to women. "These include acid attacks, child and forced marriage and punishment or retribution by stoning or other physical abuse," the poll finds."

Yeah, according to liberals, America is a bad place. Go spend a year in any of the countries above and then come back and tell us how horrible America is.

Congratulations you idiots who think America is such a bad place, you deservedly earned this week's Stu Pitt Award!

Benghazi - Obama lied

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

Barack Obama

for lying to the American people

Benghazi. People died. Obama Lied.

Congratulations President Obama, by lying to the American people about the cause of the attack in Benghazi, Libya (you, and your minions, told us it was a spontaneous mob), when you knew perfectly well what really happened (terrorism), and for playing election politics with the deaths of Americans overseas at the hands of terrorists, you deservedly earned this week's Stu Pitt Award!

Election Day 2012

"People get the government they deserve".

On this election day, November 6, 2012, with the re-election of a socialist president, I, an American patriot, who was born in America, grew up in America, and enjoyed 66 wonderful years of freedom and opportunity in America, have been betrayed by my country.

Welcome to the new America. "Press 1 for English".

Congratulations, American voters! For your voting to continue in the wrong direction for another disasterous 4 years, you deservedly earned this week's Stu Pitt Award.

(And, no, for the record, I am not a Republican. I am a registered Independent. An independent American).

"It is the duty of a patriot to protect his country from its government" - Thomas Paine

Apple Map app

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...


for their map app

From WPTV (West Palm Beach TV) ...

... "Tech blogger and entrepreneur Anil Dash was especially critical of the new maps, which he called "pretty but dumb," and of Apple for releasing what he said was a flawed product. "Apple made this maps change despite its shortcomings because they put their own priorities for corporate strategy ahead of user experience," he wrote. "That's a huge change for Apple in the post-iPod era, where they've built so much of their value by doing the hard work as a company so that things could be easy for users."

"Apple did not respond to requests from comment from CNN. But in a statement to tech blog All Things D, the company preached patience ..."

Apple statement:
"Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service," spokeswoman Trudy Miller said. "We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover, turn-by-turn navigation and Siri integration. We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better."

By all accounts, Apple Maps is a giant embarassing flop. A huge screw-up. Their released prepared statement by their "spokeswoman" (i.e. PR bullshitter) is nothing more than Apple corporate PR spin. They are really saying, "we won't acknowledge that we screwed up and we definitely will not admit that we screwed up royally, even though we did, and we certainly won't reveal that it may take 3-5 years to fix the screw-up, if we can fix it at all".

Meanwhile, Apple wants to thank you for drinking its Kool-Aid.

Congratulations, Apple, this week, for your map app, you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt Award!

Bloomberg soda ban

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg

for his ban on big sodas

From the New York Times, "Seeking to reduce runaway obesity rates, the New York City Board of Health on Thursday approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and movie theaters, the first restriction of its kind in the country. "

"Asked about the soda industry’s well-financed campaign against his plan, Mr. Bloomberg responded with an amused look. “I just spent roughly $600 million of my own money to try to stop the scourge of tobacco,” the mayor said, as a round of laughter began to rise in the room. “I’m looking for another cause ..."

I think he found it. Big sodas. A threat to the lives and livelihood of every New Yorker! Yeah, right. Mayor Bloomberg is a control freak! A mayorial extremist. A rich liberal. And a complete a-hole! The government should mind its own business and keep it's nose out of mine!

Banning sodas. Really? Amid high unemployment, huge budget deficits, high taxes and high prices the City of New York is spending the taxpayers' time banning big sodas. Really? It's stupifying!

Is New York a Nanny state? Yes. Will the soda ban spread to other cities? Undoubtedly. Is it dangerous to personal freedom of choice in America? Very. Is New York's ban on big soda un-american? Quite.

Is America the land of the free and the home of the brave? Not any longer.

Congratulations Mayor Bloomberg, by restricting personal freedom of choice in New York, the largest city in the U.S., you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt Award!

Barack Obama (again)

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

Barack Obama

for the direction of gas prices

FACT: In December 2008, 1 month before Obama took office, gas prices in L.A. (where I live) were $1.61 (regular).

FACT: Today, September 9, 2012, 3 months shy of Obama's first full term as president, gas prices (regular) in L.A. are now $4.17.

FACT: That is an increase of $2.56 a gallon. That is a 159% increase in gas prices under Obama. An average increase of nearly 40% a year under Obama.

FACT: The average number of miles driven by Los Angeles residents per day is 23.

FACT: According to the L.A. Times (2011) the average mpg for new cars is 22+ (let's call it 23 for Los Angeles)

23 miles/day = 1 gallon /day

1 gallon x $2.56 increase in price = $2.56/day

$2.56 x 30 = $77/ month

$77/ month x 12 months = $924

Obama now costs Los Angeles drivers an extra $900+ a year each, out of pocket, for gasoline.

If you are rich, an extra $900 a year doesn't matter. On the other hand, 1 out of 6 Angelenos are living below the poverty line. Having to pay an extra $77 a month, an extra $900 a year, for gasoline, is taking food out the mouths of their children.

Blame Obama!

Congratulations President Obama, by not supporting domestic drilling and, instead, supporting a 159% rise in the price of gasoline, the lifeblood of America. For that you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt Award!

Medicare donut hole

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

The U.S. Congress 2006-2012

for their disasterous donut hole

For those of you who are not familiar with the dreaded donut hole it’s the gap in Medicare coverage where Medicare drug plans currently cover only 50% of the RETAIL price of brand name meds and 70% of generic brands. This could and does cost millions of seniors hundreds of dollars each month … out of pocket.

As many seniors are on fixed incomes the donut hole can force the choice of “do I buy food or pay for my medications?” Surveys show that many seniors can not afford to do both and, as a result, stop taking heart meds and other life saving prescription drugs. Why not just switch to generic medications? Because, despite what we’ve been led to believe, sometimes generics just don’t work, or sometimes don’t work as well as the brand name.

In July, 2012 I suddenly fell into the dreaded donut hole. How? In June I inexplicably started to have severe constant atrial fibrillation. My cardiologist put me on 5 new medications. I tried the generic brands but some of them simply did not work for me. When I went to refill the prescriptions the next month I suddenly found myself falling deep into the dreaded donut hole, with the cost of my daily medication co-pays skyrocketing to over $500 a month! Out of pocket. I had fallen into the donut hole and couldn't get out. I was now paying 50% of the retail price for my life saving brand name meds. One brand name co-pay was $157, another was $121. Co-pay. For a 1 month supply. Plus, I now had to pay 50% -70% of the retail price of my other 5 medications. Each month. Total? Over $500 a month. Out of pocket.

I fell into the Medicare donut hole. More like the rabbit hole, from Alice in Wonderland. Pure insanity. As a senior citizen, born and raised in America, I worked, I paid into Medicare, I got Medicare, only to find myself in the Medicare nightmare called the donut hole. The donut hole is costing me $500 a month. And I probably have to live in this donut hole nightmare until a new year starts, 5 1/2 months away. Yes, I am aware that there are government and private programs which can financially help low/no income seniors who are in the donut hole. In my case, I do not qualify.

Being forced, as a senior on social security and Medicare, to spend $500 a month out of pocket for life saving medications, is crazy. It’s stupefying. It’s frightening. It’s maddening. It’s the government.

Under George Bush, Congress instituted the donut hole in 2006. Under ObamaCare, the Medicare donut hole was reduced by 50%, an improvement, but, at an out of pocket cost of $500 a month, is still totally unacceptable. Seniors on Medicare will have to wait until 2020 for the dreaded donut hole to close, when many of those who need meds the most and can afford them the least, may already be dead. What about Congress, they voted to put the donut hole in Medicare, can’t they fix it? Yes, but they didn’t and won’t, until 2020. Instead, since 2006, Congress has chosen to throw millions of seniors under the bus, or in this case, into the donut hole.

My Medicare is now costing me over $800 a month total! $300+ a month in premiums and $500 in prescription drug costs. $800 a month. That is NOT what seniors over the age of 65 in America should have to pay each month for medical care and medications!

I, and millions of other seniors, fall into the donut hole and can't get out!

The Medicare donut hole is tantamount to severe financial abuse of seniors. Financial abuse of old, poor and sick citizens of the United States of America. For shame! Shame on Congress. Shame on the President of the United States. Shame on the medical profession. Shame on the Medicare insurance industry. Shame on every lawmaker/politician in Washington who was there when the Medicare donut hole was allowed to happen in 2006 and shame on every one of them in Washington now who continues to allow it to happen.

Shame, shame, shame!

Congratulations, Congress, for your disasterous anti-senior Medicare donut hole, you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt Award!

Mitt Romney

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

Mitt Romney

for his VP running mate pick

Romney Picks White Guy As VP
Paul Ryan of Wisconsin chosen as Romney running mate for 2012 U.S. presidential election

Stu Pitt says, "Hey Mitt, haven’t you heard about political correctness? First of all, for your VP running mate, you should have picked a woman, not a man. What‘s the problem, couldn’t you find a black, hispanic, asian, jewish (or muslim), eskimo woman? Preferably not rich. And, of course, she should be gay. Or at least bisexual. Or transsexual. Or all three.

It’s 2012. It’s the “new” America. You Republicans are out of touch. You need to get with the program and be more liberal, and a lot more politically correct!

The world is watching. Europe is watching. Asia is watching. The underdeveloped third world is watching. Women are watching. Liberal Democrats are watching. Gays and lesbians are watching. 2 straight white guys on the same ticket? No way, Jose!

Congratulations, Mitt, for your politically incorrect VP choice, this week you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt Award!"

If you have a sense of humor politically, the above is satire, it's supposed to be funny. If you have no sense of humor politically, nothing is funny.


This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

AOL customer service

for the WORST customer service on the planet

OK, I am totally disgusted with AOL. Outraged! Why? Here's why ...

I have aol webmail. Had it for years. Lately when I am composing a new email the font size defaults to size 10. Too small. I want font size 12. I thought that maybe there was a simple way to increase the default font size for sending email - permanently. So I went to aol Help. There it was, a simple fast way to reset your email font size. Except that my email setting did NOT include the portion aol says to change. It was NOT there. I think they were referring only to the PAID aol software. So I looked up how to do it up on google. Nothing.

So, now I will call aol tech support. I can do that because I have the paid aol software on my other computer so I am entitled to tech support. So, I look up the tech support phone number and call it. The automated phone operator asks me about 10 questions before it is willing to transfer me to a human. I waited about 8 minutes on hold. Finally, it rings through to tech support ... and promptly disconnects me.

I did this 4 times. Each time, after going through the entire frustrating automated process I was disconnected, all 4 times! That obviously was not working so I then went to their Live Chat. I filled out the form and hit the "connect to Live Chat" button. No Live Chat. Instead of connecting me to Live Chat it disconnected me and threw me off the web. I tried this 3 times, with the exact same result.

Throwing a fit, but not one to give up easily, I will now call aol corporate headquarters and

1. tell them they suck
2. get my font size fixed the way I want it

I found the phone number and called it. I wanted to make it a quick call as they were in New York and I was in Los Angeles and they did not have a toll free number (why am I not surprised). I called the aol corporate headquarters. I got an automated operator who gave me a couple of choices. I could leave a message OR speak to customer service. What! A major American corporation, in New York, during business hours on a Monday, who didn't even have a human being answering incoming calls to their corporate headquarters? WTF? Faced with this insanity I opted to speak to customer service. I was put through to aol customer service at their New York corporate headquarters and, lo and behold, ended up with the same stupid automated operator and voice tree I had gotten in L.A.! Needless to say I was put on hold. Same b.s. as before except now it was long distance and I was paying for it. I stayed on hold for about 5 minutes and finally, completely pissed off and totally outraged, hung up. And promptly gave aol the Stu Pitt Award for this week.

4 separate phone calls to tech support, 3 Live Chat attempts, 1 long distance phone call to corporate headquarters, 1 wasted hour of my time. Ending up with no help, no hope.

AOL really really really sucks!

Congratulations, AOL, this week, for having the absolute WORST customer service on the planet, you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt Award!

U.S. Supreme Court

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

The U.S. Supreme Court

for upholding Obama Care as a tax

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Obama Care was constitutional because it was a "tax". Because it imposes a penalty for not having health care. I am not a lawyer but common sense tells me that a penalty is NOT a tax. It's a penalty, a "fine" for NOT doing something. A tax is a levy on something you did, i.e. earned money (income tax), bought something (sales tax). A penalty is NOT a tax! Now, according to the Supreme Court a penalty IS a tax!

This Supreme Court decision means that the federal government can now legally force you to do whatever it wants you, the individual, to do, simply by imposing a "fine" or "penalty" for not doing it. Your government can now force you to do something you do not want to do simply by levying a fine for not doing it (in this case not buying health insurance). This Supreme Court decision means our government can now force citizens to do anything; buy broccoli or electric vehicles or use birth control or buy clothes made out of hemp. Or exercise an hour a day. Or go to college. Or join a union. Or vote. Or use only mass transit. All of these things may now be constitutionally legal and enforceable. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court reinterpreting and upholding the federal government's unlimited reach, and breach, of power, America's fate is sealed. We Americans, who live in the nation with the most individual freedoms, are no longer free. The government now, legally, has total control over our life! The government now, legally, has total control over YOUR life! Based on it's "taxing" power. America's fate is sealed. YOUR fate is sealed. As of today, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, we as individuals in America, as American citizens blessed with over 230 years of freedom, no longer have any. YOU no longer have the freedom to do or not do what YOU want to do or not do with your life.

Un-American? Quite. Socialism? Yes. Horrifying? Very.

This is the saddest day in American history, because, today, America is no longer America. It's Europe.

And this Supreme Court decision means that YOU may soon have to eat broccoli. Every day. Whether you like it or not! Welcome to the new America.

Congratulations, U.S. Supreme Court, for your stupid and un-American extreme liberal judicial activism and your rewriting of the Constitution of the United States from the bench, you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt Award!

Obama 2013

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

Barack Obama

for the 2013 federal budget

Today, President Obama announced his proposed new federal budget for 2013. This budget would bring the total federal expenditures for 2013 to 107% of gdp. If the budget is passed as is that means, in 2013, the federal government will be spending 107% more than the total dollar amount of goods and services produced in the entire U.S. that year. And THAT means the U.S. will be effectively bankrupt in 2013 ... like Greece ... which would make it very expensive, if not difficult, if not impossible, for the federal government, and state and local governments in the U.S., to borrow money to continue operations. As the U.S. federal government now borrows 40% of all the money it spends - that means another devastating financial crisis is looming.

Why? Politics as usual. Business as usual in Washington. SOS (same old shit). SAU (spending as usual). Only this time, after 236 years, America - and we, the people - will absolutely, positively, finally run out of road financially. Thanks to government spending, or should I say overspending. A financial crisis is looming ... the likes of which we have NEVER seen ... a financial crisis culminating in the demise of the once great America. The end of America as we know it. Due to goverment spending.

In my book, The Final Bubble, I predicted exactly this scenerio, and I predicted it to happen in 2015 or later but it looks like it will happen sooner, as early as 2013.

Is there a solution, a way to avoid this catastrophic disaster? Yes, there is ONE solution. What is it? Massive voter revolt. Massive voter turnout in November 2012 ... to throw out every single politician in Washington - and everywhere else throughout the U.S. - who is up for re-election. Regardless of party. Throw out every politician up for re-election AND vote in ONLY Tea Party candidates. Based on our system of government that is the only - and last - hope for the survival of America.

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.” - Thomas Paine

Congratulations, President Obama and those Washington Democrats who blindly follow him, this week, with your bloated irresponsible 2013 federal spending budget which will bankrupt America, you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt Award!

Tide sucks

This week The Stu Pitt Award goes to ...

Tide laundry detergent

for not getting my brights bright

OK, I am totally disgusted with Tide. Why? Here's why ...

I did some laundry. One week I did 1 load with Tide With Bleach Alternatives. According to my research via google Tide is the #1 rated laundry detergent ... by everyone. The next week I did 1 load of laundry with SUN, a cheap brand. No whites in either load.

I can report some interesting results. Laundry? Interesting results? Am I kidding? No.

After a 27-minute "normal" washing, using SUN, and a 55-minute drying, upon folding my clothes I noticed that SUN made my bright colored t-shirts (a yellow, a coral and a purple) about 20% brighter than Tide with Bleach Alternatives. And SUN got ALL my clothes (7 t-shirts, 7 underwear, 7 pairs of socks, 1 pair of jeans, 2 pillow cases, 2 washcloths, 2 towels) as clean, if not cleaner, than Tide with Bleach Alternatives.

At less than 1/4 the cost.

My bottle of liquid SUN contains 48 loads and cost me $2.99. That about $.06 a load.

My liquid Tide with Bleach Alternative contains 26 loads and cost me I believe $6.99. That's about $.26 a load.

Tide is a major brand name, owned by the giant company Proctor&Gamble. And here is a direct quote from "Help keep whites white and colors bright with Tide plus Bleach Alternative".

My little unscientifc laundry experiment says a lot about Tide's product hype, advertising, pricing AND consumer ratings. Caveat emptor. Buyer beware.

Congratulations, Tide, this week, for your DULL bleach alternatives, for NOT getting my bright colors bright, and lying about it, you deservedly earned the Stu Pitt Award!