Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Restoring Sanity" Rally Brings On Stars To Boost Head Count

The "Restoring Sanity" rally may or may not have been larger than Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor" rally, which received absurdly low head counts reaching as low as 87,000. Despite the fact that Glenn Beck was the major personality, the theme of the rally alone drew possibly as many as 500,000 people. Now, the media is repeating the mantra "215,000 to 87,000. We won !

Not so fast. The National Park Service estimated the attendance at Glenn Beck's rally as being 300,000 to 350,000. The same National Park Service estimated "well over 200,000 for the "Restoring Sanity" rally, a figure tweeted by Brian Stelter of The New York Times.

Scott Baker of The Blaze asks a legitimate question.

"So if the National Parks Service “unofficial” estimate of over 200,000 for the “Sanity” rally was good enough for The Huffington Post, why wasn’t the National Parks Service “unofficial” estimate of 300,000 for Beck’s “Honor” rally not a fair comparison too? Guess it might change the obliteration."

That is a very good question. The only way you can come up with 215,000 vs 87,000 is by switching the source of your estimates. If you just stick with the National Park Service, you are left with "Restoring Sanity" sitting in a cloud of dust kicked up by Glenn Beck.

Additionally, Glenn Beck's star like up was exclusively conservative political stars. "Restoring Sanity" had a multitude of big names, as reported in CQ Politics, from "Guido Sarducci" to Ozzie Osbourne, Tony Bennett, John Legend and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. There are probably plenty of people who showed up to see the stars. Had the lineup been political big names instead of entertainment personalities, the attendance figures would have been lower.

There are enough people to play three card monty with crowd estimates, to switch sources instead of using the same yardstick for both crowds. Will people buy this sleight of hand deception? The reporting on these two rallies,, and the dishonest comparison made between the two of them is the reason why millions of Americans are Googling their way out of buying a local paper. In addition to "restoring sanity", it will be a tall order to restoring newspaper circulation, because of the blatant bias displayed after the "Restoring Sanity" rally. Sphere: Related Content

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Fine Print Scam Run By

It pays to look at your bank statement. About a year and a half ago, my son ordered a book "The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary". from An option offered was a trial membership, which my son accepted. That got him a 5 dollar discount and free shipping. He was given 3 days to cancel the membership.

Rather than look at the fine print, my son assumed that the membership was a free or nominal charge book club membership, such as Barnes and Noble legitimately offers at $25.00 a year. It does not take too long to recoup the charge for such a membership.

My son ordered his scrabble dictionary, back in 2008. Since then, he has been charged $12.00 a month for 18 months by He has not purchased a single book from For his $5.00 discount on the book plus free shipping, he has paid $180.00. A woman named Christine told me after I read from the bank statement that she was "sorry I feel that way" about the illicit charges". She told me that she could cancel the membership, reverse 2 months of charges and refer my concerns to corporate headquarters for a possible third month refund.

I informed Christine that she was working for thieves and wished her success in finding honest employment. How many people out there are being charged an outrageous membership fee that they ignore? It is wise to look at any "free offer" or "trial membership". I once belonged to a CD club and just passively accepted the CD each month. Eventually, they went out of business. I have no beef with them. They gave me merchandise and were out front about what charges I incurred. If you are going to order discount books, go to

If you want to look for used books, go to Barnes and or and look up the book you want to buy. If used copies are available, there will be a link on the side of the page for the book you want that will refer you to a used book seller. These merchants have a reputation to uphold and will try to keep you happy. is not such a company. They prey on people who are ordering a book on line in a hurry and will check off on a free offer that is far from free.

If you have had any dealings with, you may want to check your bank or credit card statement. If you see anything you don't like, their number is 888 646 1662. I will continue to seek redress, but in the meantime will settle for the satisfaction of publicising the loathsome and sleazy activities of

Following are links with loads of complaints about HotBookSale.Com Sphere: Related Content