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1.) DParker - 06/24/2016
2.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
:-)


:tu:


I hope they don't soil their armor, leaving like that!



Looks like the manky Scots gits will try for independence again, since remaining in the EU was why so many of them voted to remain part of the Empire.



3.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=DParker;41917][/QUOTE]

LOL, much agreed.
4.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
Brexit, schmexit...


How about Texit?


I saw this yesterday. You can thank me later.

(Honestly, though, I hope Texas doesn't become over-run with Californians and Indianans and Connecticutians, and such-like....And don't even get me started on the Pennsylvanians...:wink)


[I]Are You Ready To Move To Texas? ---A Scientific Quiz[/I]


[url]http://thefederalist.com/2016/06/22/are-you-ready-to-move-to-texas-a-scientific-quiz/[/url]
5.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
If you're moving to Texas, race is gonna be a consideration now whether they let you in.
6.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
Race?

You mean whoever gets there fastest before it fills up?
7.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
LOL, yeah, something like that.

As long as certain races fill it up first.
8.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
[url]http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/supreme-court-upholds-lower-court-ruling-affirmative-action/story?id=40071133[/url]

The blindfold is off.
9.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
People leaving Crete Nebraska are really the ones you need to be concerned about.
10.) DParker - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=Swamp Fox;41934](Honestly, though, I hope Texas doesn't become over-run with Californians and Indianans and Connecticutians, and such-like....And don't even get me started on the Pennsylvanians...:wink)[/QUOTE]

Alright...but we don't want the Irish!
11.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
I see bumper stickers around here saying "Put Teachers First."

They reference the state government budget process and the issue of teacher pay.

One of these days, I'm gong to knock on the window of someone with one of those stickers and ask her, "What happened to putting the children first?"

[I]
The Federalist[/I] has an article today proposing that if K-12 schools were working, we wouldn't "need" affirmative action. It goes through the problems at home, and the ineffectiveness of schools to close the performance gap shown by "underprivileged" kids.

It's worth a read if you're paying taxes.


[url]http://thefederalist.com/2016/06/24/we-wouldnt-need-affirmative-action-if-k-12-schools-actually-worked/[/url]
12.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=DParker;41940]Alright...but we don't want the Irish![/QUOTE]



LOL...:grin:
13.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
[I]Pre-K and kindergarten teachers are warned that it is developmentally inappropriate to seat children at desks, make them work to learn the alphabet, letter sounds, and math, or assess their academic skills. Reading teachers are told children will become better readers if they can choose what they read. Math teachers are taught that kids will be better at math if they are made to figure out their own strategies to solve problems, rather than learn standard procedures from the teacher. All teachers are told that different children learn the same thing in different ways, requiring different teaching methods for each, and that it is wrong to group students by skill level to instruct them in skills (because children learn best from each other).[/I]


Well, what are these kids even doing in school then? Sounds like they just need to find their own way since school isn't providing the structure.
14.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=bluecat;41939]People leaving Crete Nebraska are really the ones you need to be concerned about.[/QUOTE]



LOL...Is that like the Hazzard County of the Plains?


No good parts at all? ---LOL


15.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=bluecat;41943]
Well, what are these kids even doing in school then? Sounds like they just need to find their own way since school isn't providing the structure.[/QUOTE]


Somebody has to give them breakfast and lunch, or they won't be able to function properly.

"Put Lunch Ladies First."
16.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=Swamp Fox;41944]LOL...Is that like the Hazzard County of the Plains?


No good parts at all? ---LOL


[/QUOTE]

exCretians
17.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
:wave:
18.) DParker - 06/24/2016
The best comment I've seen on the 'net about this so far:

[I]"Brexit to be followed by Grexit. Departugal. Italeave. Fruckoff. Czechout. Oustria. Finish. Slovakout. Latervia. Byegium."[/I]
19.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=bluecat;41946]exCretians[/QUOTE]



LOL....Very good...Three points....:-)
20.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
Lickitsuckahstein...
21.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
Whoneedsthisspainintheass....
22.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
Poland...
23.) DParker - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=Swamp Fox;41952]Poland...[/QUOTE]

:tap:
24.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=Swamp Fox;41952]Poland...[/QUOTE]

exitPol
25.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=DParker;41954]:tap:[/QUOTE]


LOL...That was mostly for Crookedeye's benefit...:-)
26.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=bluecat;41956]exitPol[/QUOTE]


"Wish I'd thought of that..." :p








Hang in there for about 30 seconds before the video portion kicks in.
27.) DParker - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=bluecat;41956]exitPol[/QUOTE]

28.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
I think this is the second day this week Bluecat has won the internet...:-)
29.) bluecat - 06/24/2016


Genius!

I actually wrapped myself up in a blanket one time. If only I'd gone one step further. Damn!

Sadly my arms had to come out the side to manipulate the remote.
30.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=Swamp Fox;41960]I think this is the second day this week Bluecat has won the internet...:-)[/QUOTE]

:beer:
31.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
There's still hope...Figure out how to add feet to that and you can retire tomorrow...


"Do you have any idea how much time I waste in this apartment?"


32.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
:shh:

I'm working on a prototype.
33.) DParker - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=bluecat;41961]

Genius!

I actually wrapped myself up in a blanket one time. If only I'd gone one step further. Damn!

Sadly my arms had to come out the side to manipulate the remote.[/QUOTE]

What were they manipulating before you brought them out?

Never mind.
34.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
35.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
:wink
36.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
I hear the newer versions have a pocket for the remote. There's some smart people out there.
37.) bluecat - 06/24/2016


So something like this with feet? Hmm, now my mind is going through all the possibilities. Let me jot some of these ideas down.
38.) bluecat - 06/24/2016


Now this guy is a genius. It took him two years to develop his pillow.
39.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in some of those war-room meetings.

Worker Bee: "Hey Mike, the pillow has no cushion."
Mike: "Let's add some foam."

Worker Bee: "Hey Mike, the stuffings coming out."
Mike: "Let's sew the bag shut."

He spent some long nights in his laboratory on that one.
40.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
He couldn't have done it without the loving support of his family.
41.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
Do you think it has the tags on it that threaten the law on you if you remove them?


I'm sure Mike has figured out something for that too.
42.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
Wait for it....




The tagless pillow.
43.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
Worker Bee: "Hey Mike, this thing is filthy."
Mike: "Let's make it machine washable."
44.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
He had to come home at night completely exhausted.
45.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
Worker Bee: "Hey Mike, my head barely fits on this thing."
Mike: "Let's make it bigger."
46.) DParker - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=bluecat;41969]Hmm, now my mind is going through all the possibilities. Let me jot some of these ideas down.[/QUOTE]

You use your tongue purtier'n a $20 whore.

[video=youtube;1UmjN1QMFZs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UmjN1QMFZs[/video]
47.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=bluecat;41969]

So something like this with feet? Hmm, now my mind is going through all the possibilities. Let me jot some of these ideas down.[/QUOTE]

So maybe a pocket for zit cream?
48.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
Maybe I'll make them crotchless too, for the show tune crowd.
49.) bluecat - 06/24/2016
[QUOTE=Swamp Fox;41963]There's still hope...Figure out how to add feet to that and you can retire tomorrow...


"Do you have any idea how much time I waste in this apartment?"


[/QUOTE]

LOL, I could ballpark it.
50.) Swamp Fox - 06/24/2016
You two...


:laugh::laugh::laugh:
51.) bluecat - 06/28/2016
[QUOTE=DParker;41948]The best comment I've seen on the 'net about this so far:

[I]"Brexit to be followed by Grexit. Departugal. Italeave. Fruckoff. Czechout. Oustria. Finish. Slovakout. Latervia. Byegium."[/I][/QUOTE]

ScotFree
52.) Swamp Fox - 06/28/2016
Portugo....
53.) bluecat - 06/28/2016
Nice!
54.) bluecat - 06/28/2016
Scramsterdam
55.) bluecat - 06/28/2016
Hauland
56.) Swamp Fox - 06/28/2016
[QUOTE=bluecat;42003]Scramsterdam[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=bluecat;42004]Hauland[/QUOTE]


LOL...:applause:
57.) bluecat - 01/05/2017
[QUOTE=bluecat;41970]

Now this guy is a genius. It took him two years to develop his pillow.[/QUOTE]

My Pillow is fighting more battles in court.

I reported earlier this month that two early investors in the My Pillow concept sued the Chanhassen company and founder Mike Lindell, alleging that he wrongfully took the intellectual property rights behind the foam-filled product and denied them ownership of what's now a fast-growing company.




NANCY KUEHN | MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL BUSINESS JOURNAL

Now My Pillow is fending off accusations that it stiffed a sales software company after making a $125,000 payment with an employee's American Express card to get the ad-tracking system going last year, according to IDG News Service:

"My Pillow Ö wished to begin running shorter ads than the half-hour infomercials it had used to market its products, and needed technology 'that could be used to track the short-form media and determine the profitability of each advertisement,' according to a separate filing by My Pillow. Ö My Pillow purchased 'substantial' amounts of short-form advertising time but due to Salesforce.comís failure to deliver a system as planned, the ads 'were not successful,' according to its filing."
My Pillow refused to pay and said it had to lay off workers after the deal went bad.

The My Pillow employee who charged the payment, Vice President of Show Management James Furlong, sued Salesforce.com, American Express and My Pillow to get the charge reversed.

Salesforce.com's lawsuit seeks more than $550,000 from My Pillow for breach of contract.

My Pillow denied owing money to Salesforce.com, American Express or Furlong.

The investor lawsuit could go to a jury trial as soon as October, court records show.

[url]http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/blog/law/2013/04/my-pillow-faces-more-legal-challenges.html[/url]
58.) bluecat - 01/05/2017
Not letting me edit the post.
59.) bluecat - 01/05/2017
[url]http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/blog/law/2013/04/my-pillow-faces-more-legal-challenges.html[/url]



NANCY KUEHN | MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL BUSINESS JOURNAL

Now My Pillow is fending off accusations that it stiffed a sales software company after making a $125,000 payment with an employee's American Express card to get the ad-tracking system going last year, according to IDG News Service:

"My Pillow Ö wished to begin running shorter ads than the half-hour infomercials it had used to market its products, and needed technology 'that could be used to track the short-form media and determine the profitability of each advertisement,' according to a separate filing by My Pillow. Ö My Pillow purchased 'substantial' amounts of short-form advertising time but due to Salesforce.comís failure to deliver a system as planned, the ads 'were not successful,' according to its filing."
My Pillow refused to pay and said it had to lay off workers after the deal went bad.

The My Pillow employee who charged the payment, Vice President of Show Management James Furlong, sued Salesforce.com, American Express and My Pillow to get the charge reversed.

Salesforce.com's lawsuit seeks more than $550,000 from My Pillow for breach of contract.

My Pillow denied owing money to Salesforce.com, American Express or Furlong.

The investor lawsuit could go to a jury trial as soon as October, court records show.
60.) bluecat - 01/05/2017
[QUOTE=bluecat;41970]

Now this guy is a genius. It took him two years to develop his pillow.[/QUOTE]



[url]http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/blog/law/2013/04/my-pillow-faces-more-legal-challenges.html[/url]



Lowly pillow engineer: "Hey Mike, how do we do more with less?"
Mike: "Let's stiff our advertisers."


NANCY KUEHN | MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL BUSINESS JOURNAL

Now My Pillow is fending off accusations that it stiffed a sales software company after making a $125,000 payment with an employee's American Express card to get the ad-tracking system going last year, according to IDG News Service:

"My Pillow wished to begin running shorter ads than the half-hour infomercials it had used to market its products, and needed technology 'that could be used to track the short-form media and determine the profitability of each advertisement,' according to a separate filing by My Pillow. Ö My Pillow purchased 'substantial' amounts of short-form advertising time but due to Salesforce.comís failure to deliver a system as planned, the ads 'were not successful,' according to its filing."
My Pillow refused to pay and said it had to lay off workers after the deal went bad.

The My Pillow employee who charged the payment, Vice President of Show Management James Furlong, sued Salesforce.com, American Express and My Pillow to get the charge reversed.

Salesforce.com's lawsuit seeks more than $550,000 from My Pillow for breach of contract.

My Pillow denied owing money to Salesforce.com, American Express or Furlong.

The investor lawsuit could go to a jury trial as soon as October, court records show.
61.) bluecat - 01/05/2017
[url]http://www.consumerreports.org/my-pillow/my-pillow-health-claims-lawsuit-settlement/[/url]

Lowly pillow engineer: "Hey Mike, our pillows ain't selling worth a darn."
Mike: "Let's tell them it cures sleep apnea and multiple sclerosis."

[quote]
Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, once said that “people are tired of phony advertising.” But the company found itself being accused of misleading advertising in a civil lawsuit brought earlier this year by several California consumer-protection groups. My Pillow agreed to settle the case this week and pay almost $1 million in civil penalties.

Late-night infomercials and other ads claimed that the company's pillows could cure not only insomnia but also such ailments as sleep apnea, fibromyalgia, and even multiple sclerosis.

Earlier this year, the consumer watchdog Truth in Advertising (TINA.org) warned My Pillow that it would file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission if the unsubstantiated claims continued. My Pillow scrubbed its website of any health claims, but others continued cropping up on its social media sites, TINA.org reports.

TINA.org shared its information with the California consumer groups, and last month the district attorneys of 10 counties filed a lawsuit alleging that My Pillow “knew or reasonably should have known” that the marketing claims were likely to mislead consumers.

The result was a stipulated judgment, meaning the company admitted no wrongdoing, that included $995,000 in civil penalties and a pledge to give $100,000 to homeless and domestic violence shelters in California.

“We decided to pay out rather than pay millions to prove our innocence,” Lindell told the Star Tribune in Minnesota, where the company is based.

In addition, My Pillow must stop promoting itself as the “official pillow” of the National Sleep Foundation because it failed to disclose its financial connection with the foundation to consumers.

“Companies making millions from unsupported health claims that are warned by TINA.org to halt their deceptive marketing practices are going to pay a price if they don’t comply,” said TINA.org Executive Director Bonnie Patton.

The troubles My Pillow has seen this year are enough to keep anyone up nights. In August, New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, announced a $1.1 million settlement that resolved a whistleblower case against My Pillow that alleged that My Pillow knowingly failed to collect and remit sales tax on purchases made by New Yorkers over the phone or internet.

Based on the investigation, the attorney general contended that My Pillow failed to collect and remit $537,000 in New York sales taxes from 2011 to 2015. Again, My Pillow denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier this year, Consumer Reports bought three My Pillows to test and examined them inside and out. Although we did not issue any ratings, one tester described the pillow as “kind of lumpy, but comfortable.”

We also polled staffers who bought My Pillow on their own in hopes of getting a better night’s sleep. Half said the pillow helped them sleep, and one-third said it didn’t help at all.
[/quote]
62.) DParker - 01/05/2017
[QUOTE=bluecat;46427][url]http://www.consumerreports.org/my-pillow/my-pillow-health-claims-lawsuit-settlement/[/url]

Lowly pillow engineer: "Hey Mike, our pillows ain't selling worth a darn."
Mike: "Let's tell them it cures sleep apnea and multiple sclerosis."[/QUOTE]

I thought that market was already cornered.

63.) bluecat - 01/05/2017
It takes a lot of snakes to create one bottle of snake oil.
64.) Swamp Fox - 01/05/2017
LOL...Way to bring a thread back up to the top! :applause: I'm tellin' ya, long-form forum discussion/comedy is not a lost art, even in the age of Twitter. :grin:. Kudos for your archival memory (in business they call it "institutional memory") and for your uncommon ability to use the HuntingCountry search function successfully. :wink

You can have any prize from the top shelf, including the giant plush panda. :-)


I noticed the false advertising lawsuit a month or two ago. The sales-tracking software thing is new to me. If I went into hock for a $125,000 tracking system that didn't work, I'd withhold payment, too. Let's see how the details flesh out. Not a lot of meat in that Biz Journal article.

Around here we've (I've) never heard health claims in the ads, although the "Sleep Foundation" thing is a staple. On both of those fronts, I'm suspicious that California commonly goes overboard in "consumer protection" cases. [I]C'est la vie.[/I]

Lastly, as far as I'm concerned, NY can go pound sand on the sales tax claim. I am an internet sales = no tax purist, and doubly so when there is absolutely no physical presence by a company in the state or jurisdiction.


I actually did buy a My Pillow about six months ago when I saw them in Walmart. I remembered Crookedeye saying that he had $50 burning a hole in his pocket and that he was gonna spend it on a My Pillow a couple of years ago, and I said to myself "Hell, yeah. Be like Rick."

There wasn't a "Get a second one free; just pay a separate handling charge" offer at Walmart, so I can only boast one specimen. And it's not even the one they recommend for guys, or guys my size, or however they do it. It works great for me, though.

So, until something new happens, I'm still on the Mike Train...

:wink
65.) DParker - 01/05/2017
[QUOTE=bluecat;46435]It takes a lot of snakes to create one bottle of snake oil.[/QUOTE]

Plus I hear they don't really like being squeezed all that much.
66.) bluecat - 05/30/2017
So I'm driving and listening to the radio when a good ol' "My Pillow" commercial comes on. I didn't realize that the pillow comes with instructions. Whoa! That sucks. Can you imagine getting one of these on Christmas morning and before you can put your head on it, your dad has to spread out the instructions on the floor and systematically go through the parts list while your mom is going through the care and instructions information. I hate that.
67.) Swamp Fox - 05/30/2017
Creating understandable instructions in good English is what took most of the two years of development. You should be thanking Mike.
68.) bluecat - 05/30/2017
"Place large melon shaped object here."
69.) Swamp Fox - 05/30/2017
....