We’ve got a new Think Again column called “CBS and Dan Rather–Doing theRight’s Dirty Work,” and it’s here.
My Nation column, “Where have you gone, William Safire?” is here.
The worst day of the Obama campaign for me was the day I got an emailsaying “Vote Charlie Rangel for Change.” My congressman is quite properly a symbol of everything people hate about the Democratic Establishment and they are cowards for trying to sweep this away. If anyone can imagine a bettersymbol of corruption that a guy who can’t be bothered to pay taxes onthe resort he owns in foreign country–who gives the excuse that theywere speaking Spanish to him when half his district is Spanishspeaking–writing the goddam tax laws that the rest of us losers have tofollow, I’d be mighty impressed… I wrote this columnin December 2008, things have only gotten worse.
With Ralph Nader wasting the world’s time with counter-productivepresidential runs and unreadable 700 plus page novels, I thought I wouldpick up some of the slack by warning people against scams I’ve noticed.
1) T-Mobile rebates and S-Wireless: I upgraded my Blackberry at aplace called “S-Wireless” on Broadway and 108th. The upgrade wassupposed to cost only $50 with a new contract after rebates. Of course,after I paid them the $200, I learned I was ineligible for the rebates,and this store had no business promising them to me. Once they had mycontract, however, it wasn’t their problem. I don’t know if I found onedishonest broker or if this is endemic but in any case, read the fineprint and stay away from “S Wireless.” (T-Mobile “communications”eventually got me my $ once I told them I planned to write about ithere…)
2) Third-party Amazon purchase and ImportCDs: I bought the 2008Japanese import re-release of Santana’s “Lotus” from “Importcds” viaAmazon. But ImportCDs was lying. It was the original 1991 domesticversion. When I told them, they asked me to send it back at my ownexpense. I did that. They claimed never to have received it. So I’m outthe original price plus shipping and handling twice. It’s easy to returnstuff to Amazon but not if you’re buying from third-party sellers, likethe liars at ImportCD, whom I see, are looking for another sucker, here.
3) Medico. I get my Lipitor from Medico. The other day, I got sixtypills I didn’t request and of course was billed for them. When I called,which is a pain in the neck, they said my doctor had signed theprescription. Thing is, they sent him the request, not me. I didn’t wantor need them. The first person to whom I spoke told me to blame mydoctor. Then I got that person’s supervisor on the phone and they wereall apologies, and told me to keep the bills, though I’m guessing theymade plenty of $ from my insurance company on the deal.