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May 27, 2010

Is Goldline really scamming people?

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 6:54 am
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Anthony Weiner would have you believe that Goldline, and Glenn Beck, are scamming people into buying gold.  Since I like to do my own research instead of just taking someone’s word, I looked into Goldline a little bit today.

First I looked at their prices, and market values, and frankly it doesn’t take a genius to see that they are charging more than the market value.  This would lead any reasonable person to ask why.  Well, since I am a collector of other things, such as Comic Books, I understand the subjective market of collectibles.  Many of Goldline’s products are collectible coins and antique currency.  They are naturally more valuable than the market price, but only to collectors.  Just like you can’t take a Comic Book worth $20 to a store and expect to get $20 for it, you can’t buy an antique gold coin, take it to a gold buyer and expect to get what you paid for it.  You have to go to other collectors.  It’s a simple concept, and covered in their risk disclosure.

The Weiner would also have you believe that the Goldline representatives claim to be investment advisers, misrepresenting themselves to customers.  Well, I guess if a person looking at their site didn’t understand the difference between an account executive and an investment adviser.  Maybe the Weiner should look at their risk disclosure page, it’s not like the company hides it.  It’s right there under all the products you can buy.

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES: The Account Executives at Goldline are generally commissioned salespersons. Their commissions are usually greatest on rare coins and semi-numismatic coins and least on bullion related products. Their work experience, knowledge, background, and training vary widely. They and/or Goldline may receive, from time to time, undisclosed compensation for recommending specific coin or currency products (including but not limited to contests, cooperative advertising, and trading profits in coins that they may own and/or sell). Goldline’s employees are not licensed as investment advisors and are not authorized to recommend the purchase or sale of any product or investment other than the products specifically sold by Goldline. Check with a licensed professional with expertise in a particular market before making a decision to buy or sell any security, bond, annuity or financial instrument.

So, where again is the misrepresentation?

The Weiner also expects people to be upset that you have to hold onto your coins to make a profit.  Um, does he really expect us to believe there is an investment potential out there that gives you a profit the minute you buy it?  I want to know where that sweet deal is so I can get in on it.  Honestly Weiner, even if Goldline didn’t come right out and tell you that you have to hold on to your coins for 3-5 years, preferably 5-10, to turn a decent profit, don’t you think people would realize that themselves?  Oh yeah, I forget, Liberals think everyone is stupid.

HOLDING PERIOD: If you are purchasing coins, bullion or rare currency for investment purposes, they should be considered a long-term investment. We believe that rare coins and currency should be held for at least 3 to 5 years and, preferably, 5 to 10 years to maximize your potential for gains. Any specific holding period may be affected by current market conditions which may require a longer or shorter holding period.

We could go on and on all day like this.  The Weiner really needs to read their risk disclosure, it answers just about every allegation he makes.  As for his claim that Glenn is in on it…so we are expected to believe that he is scamming himself?  He invests in gold, by buying it from Goldline, which if the Weiner is correct is a scam, and Glenn knows it?  The Weiner is almost as delusional as the people who think Bush is diabolical enough to pull off the 9/11 attacks without anyone knowing, but can’t do something as simple as plant WMD’s in the desert.

I think I will order their free…get that Weiner FREE, investment guide and see if those same disclosures are there.  To me this doesn’t seem to be a scam, or a case of buyer beware.  Goldline seems to be up front about everything, explaining it in a reasonable manner that even someone like me, who has zero investments, can understand.  I will let you know what I find out.


May 21, 2010

James Gandolfini is a man of honor

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 9:32 am
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Well, you could get this story from a site like this one, which has it all wrong.  Or, you can get it from the horse’s mouth.  Well…I expected to see a link to the conversation, or show clip on Beck’s site but it seems for now that Glenn really thinks the issue done and over.  Well, I listened to the show so real quick recap…

Glenn took his kids and wife to the opening of the Cirque du Soleil show recently in New York.  He found that he was sitting in front of James Gandolfini, and during the intermission when Glenn was taking his 5-year-old to the bathroom he introduced himself to the actor, saying they had a mutual friend.  Gandolfini responded with ‘whats Satan doing at the clown show’.  Beck didn’t respond, for many reasons including the presence of his son, and the fact that Glenn has morals.  He brushed it off as just another character attack.  Later Mr. Gandolfini approached Glenn and apologized.  Glenn said it was all right, he had heard worse.  He accepted the apology with grace, and in telling the story called James a man of honor for having the integrity to return and apologize.

It is an example of honor and respect, which we need more of.  It takes more courage to face someone and admit a mistake, instead of the knee-jerk reactions that most have.  Gandolfini succumbed to the knee-jerk at first, but realized that it was wrong.  I say we need more men of honor, men and women who know that we can all disagree, but at the end of the day we must treat each other as human beings.  James is a man of honor, he is human, he made a mistake and he turned it around, that is true honor.

I’m telling you readers, both of these men are examples.  Glenn for not responding as many would and as I am sure he wanted to, and James for admitting his mistake and treating someone he dislikes with human decency.  We, on the side of truth, must follow these examples.  We stand above them, we are better than those that spit and spew bile.  We know who we are, and we have nothing to fear from them.  They will lose, and drown in their own filth, except for those that also rise above it like Mr. Gandolfini.

I applaud both of them for rising above the hate, treating each other with decency, and being men of honor.

May 20, 2010

Attacks on Glenn Beck rise to congressional level

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 6:41 am
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I guess it wasn’t enough that StopBeck.com was running…no wait they are sponsored by color of change dot org which is co-founded by Van Jones…well go much deeper and it becomes a web of progressive luminaries.  That last sentence didn’t work did it?  Oh well, it wasn’t enough that a large group of progressive, left, liberal, and communist websites, politicians, and White House staffers are trying to stop Glenn Beck by driving a boycott, now Congressman Weiner has jumped on the “Hate Beck Bandwagon”.  He is calling for an investigation into Goldline, and calling Beck’s relationship with the company an ‘unholy alliance’.  (I picked that weiner link because it’s just so anti-Beck it’s funny)  They do forget to mention that Beck never says gold is a good investment, he says it’s good insurance.  He constantly says he buys gold for that ‘in case the dollar collapses’ situation.  They also mention all his testimonials, but forget to mention he was a customer of Goldline before he started advertising for them.

Of course this has sprung up more hate all across the net.  People calling for more boycotts, people who don’t watch Glenn commenting on his show, and his supposed lies.  It’s funny how the left continually shows their stripes.  People who don’t watch his show, but comment on it, are as bad as politicians who comment on a state law without having read it themselves.

I am going to try something, and it might not work, or I might lose interest for something else (school, writing, working, family, lots of things to do and little time to do it).  Work with me on this one.  Pull off their list there at stop Beck, of advertisers, and write to them.  Ask them why they did it, if they were even advertisers in the first place, and if their boycott is even legit.  I have a feeling that many of them just told this site they wouldn’t advertise, when they never did in the first place.  That’s not a boycott folks.  If I say I am not going to shop at Wal-Mart, when I never had any intention to, I am not boycotting them I am continuing expected behavior.  Anyway, if you get a response, post it here or email it to me.  The administration is backing this push to stop Beck, and whether you agree with him or not, his right to free speech, and our right to hear it are in jeopardy.

Don’t forget to check out Weiner Facts.

Edit:  Here is a site that has three responses from three ‘boycotters’ of Glenn Beck.  You will notice that they either had no intention of advertising in the first place, or don’t advertise on commentary shows at all.  StopBeck.com, that’s not a boycott.

Another update:  I sent this email to Verizon Wireless.  Why did I choose someone so far down the list?  Well, I am a customer of theirs so I am very interested in their answer.  If I get a response I will post it here:

I am writing an article for my political blog and was hoping I could get an answer to a couple of questions.  I am also a customer of yours and your answers would be appreciated in that respect as well.

I have seen that you are on the list of boycotters of the Glenn Beck Show.  My questions are:

Did Verizon ever advertise, or intend to advertise on Glenn Beck?

Is there a reason that Verizon is boycotting the show?

If you are indeed boycotting, what entity contacted you to sway your company’s decision on this?

Has anyone at your company actually done research, by watching the show, or contacting Mr. Beck, in order to make an informed decision about whether to boycott?

Thank you for your time
Trever Bierschbach

Wow, another update:  Geico isn’t really boycotting either.  Way to go StopBeck.com, got another one wrong as usual.

Yep, another update:  This page has some interesting statements from advertisers that, according to StopBeck.com, are ‘boycotting’.  Again, not spending money, where you never intended to spend money, isn’t a boycott!

Notice Allstate’s statement:

“While we do purchase advertising on Fox News Channel, we did not intentionally purchase commercials in or around the show, ‘The Glen [sic] Beck Program,’ nor do we sponsor the program,” said Jennifer L. Egeland, director of integrated marketing communications for Allstate Insurance Company, in an email to ColorOfChange.org. “You should not expect to see Allstate advertising during this program in the future.”

They ‘did not intentionally purchase’, which is completely different from ‘we intentionally did not purchase’.  It means they chose other time slots when they set up their advertising with Fox.  Something that StopBeck forgets to mention is 5 p.m. eastern is a crappy time slot.  Most advertisers are going to avoid it anyway.  Not choosing that time slot is not the same as boycotting it.  It seems that Allstate is just being clear that they did not choose to advertise at that time, not that they chose not to advertise with Glenn Beck.

Same thing with Anheuser-Busch, they did not purchase those time slots.  They did not say they avoided them, or were advertising there and stopped.  This ‘boycott’ by Busch has taken no money from the time slot.

The Idaho Potato Commission does not advertise on ANY controversial shows.  Whether you are a Beck supporter or not, everyone will agree that his show is controversial.  Again, not a boycott.

ANOTHER UPDATE:  Go here, if you don’t see it refresh a couple of times.  Gold Line ad on the HuffPo, on an article about the investigation of Glenn and Goldline.

Well it didn’t take long for HuffPo to make the change and remove the ads, good thing for us I got a screen capture of both gold ads.



April 28, 2010

Progressives and fringe (MSM) media ignore their own double standard again

Woohooo 100th post, and my birthday yesterday!  Been a good week and month (thanks Billy Boy for all the hits two days ago).  Now on to the brain dumping.

I wrote about something similar awhile ago, so if you like here is the link.

So, if you believe the fringe media, including sites like the Huffington Post, and Media Matters, then Glenn Beck and the Tea Parties are violent, or inciting violence.  Nancy Pelosi cried at a press conference when comparing the words of the Tea Parties to those leading up to the murder of Harvey Milk.  Bill Clinton has even had the gall to suggest that the Tea Parties could lead to another Timothy McVeigh.

So, I expected them to come out harsh on one of their own when this podcaster actually used references to violence, some might say inciting it, against wall street.  This clown, David Plotz, said:

“And we shouldn’t talk to them, try to persuade them.  We should burn them down. We should go after them with pitchforks, knives, guns, clubs we find, mace – anything, because it’s appalling. You only need to read the story that ProPublica did about the hedge fund Magnetar and what they did or Michael Lewis’ ‘The Big Short’ or these stories about Goldman to realize these guys are corrupt.”

Doesn’t Plotz see the irony of his statement?  What’s more appalling, scamming people out of money, or talking about taking away someone else’s most fundamental right (life)?  Where are the tears Nancy?  Where’s the consternation Bill?  (You know it was your administration that McVeigh was mad at right?)  It’s funny, when Glenn says ‘non-violence’ on a daily basis to his audience, and never says anything about actually hurting anyone, he is deemed to be inciting violence.  When Tea Parties gather, with zero arrests so far, they are deemed violent.  When they have incitement right in front of them…nothing, nada, zilch.

This leads to another example.  Recently a very controversial law was passed in Arizona to allow police to uphold federal law that the federal government is failing to uphold.  You must have heard about it.  I am on the fence on this one.  This law could be abused, but again, it’s already federal law and they don’t abuse it.  Hell, they don’t even enforce it.  That’s not what I want to talk about though.  I want to talk about the protests.  The violent protests.  Again where’s the progressives on this one?  Where’s Pelosi’s tears?  I mean, the protesters used swastikas, shouldn’t that rate them as ‘astro-turf’ and at least elicit a tear?

You have a protest in which protesters are throwing bottles, rocks, and other unidentifiable objects at police, and the fringe media just touts it as people angry for a good reason.  Then you have a protest in which protesters are…well standing there, singing, talking, sometimes shouting, and no arrests, and the fringe media accuses them of violence.  Can you tell which one is which?  Probably not if you watch MSNBC.  The first group are protesters in Arizona, the second, Tea Parties.  Would it surprise you to know that there weren’t ANY police that I could see at the local Tea Party rally in Peoria?  Well, not if you read my post about it but work with me here.  Local news estimates that nearly 500 gathered on the riverfront, and not one cause for alarm.  There were even minorities present, and no one broke out in a racial fueled fight!  I even saw an Obama supporter, wearing an Obama tee-shirt and riding an electric bike!  He left alive, just amazing, I think I even saw him talking civilly with lots of Tea Party protesters.

Seriously people!  Wake up!  The fringe media, and it’s offshoot bloggers are lying to you.  They aren’t journalists anymore, they have no idea what their jobs really are.  They have no concept of free press, or journalistic integrity.  You even have citizen journalists lying about the Tea Parties (yeah I mean you Billy).  Not only do we need to start reforming how Washington works but we need to start demanding the media fix itself.  Call them out on their bias, no matter which news organization.  If Fox reports something unfairly call them on it, but don’t ignore all the others that clearly have their noses right in Obama’s backside!

March 24, 2010

James Cameron: Director, childish hypocrite…

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 6:04 pm
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So James Cameron has fallen in step with the latest Hollywood trend of condemning Glenn Beck.  This time it isn’t on policy, or ideology, and James doesn’t even do it in a way that puts him on the moral high-road.  He took a 3 year old joke, in which Glenn said the director of Titanic must be the anti-christ, especially for that Celine Dion song (I agree by the way).  It was clearly a joke, a joke that many of us have told in one form or another.  Trust me, anyone that watches Glenn knows that he doesn’t think James Cameron is actually the anti-christ, that slot is reserved.

James, in his infinite wisdom, called Glenn a F*****ing ***hole.  Then he went on to say that he would like to meet any global warming deniers at high-noon and shoot them.  Well James, that would be me, and about 78% of the country.  Who’s the F***ing ***hole now?  You want to shoot me because I don’t buy the hype?  Your thinly veiled attempt at educating us was pretty, but it was clearly a rip off of Pocahontas (I hope Disney doesn’t take notice), and we saw right through it…in 3D.

Grow up James.  Learn to take a joke.  Come to terms with the fact that like the global cooling hoax of the 70’s the jig is up.  Common sense prevails, and science is soon to follow.  In ten more years you will be the joke, along with all your friends.

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