Pat Robertson Scam: The Standard in Moral Corruption

Pat Robertson is a legendary scam artist on a scale most people can’t even imagine. If you visit his website, you will find one of his most recent scams. Pat Robertson is trying to sell his “age-defying protein shake”, which he claims gives him the energy to continue in his criminal religious enterprises. On his page he claims to have leg pressed 2,000 pounds.

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To put this claim in perspective, Ronnie Coleman who has won 8 Mr. Olympia competitions (best bodybuilder currently on earth) has an all-time max leg press of 2,300 pounds. ronniecolemanimage.jpg

This is just a goofy, ridiculous claim that doesn’t really harm anyone, except for Pat Robertson’s reputation. Unfortunately, that is not the case with the rest of Pat Robertsons scam enterprises:

-Pat Robertson is extraordinarily wealthy with some estimating his net worth at a quarter of a BILLION dollars. Isn’t he supposed to be a Godly man who works for non-profit Christian organizations? How do you amass the kind of wealth that allows you to live on top of a mountain in Virginia in a magnificent mansion with your own private airstrip? Ooooh yeah, I forgot, he’s not just a cheesy televangelist ripping off senior citizens; he is a man who supports and does business with evil dictators.

-In 1960, Mr. Robertson founded CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) , later renamed the Family Channel and eventually sold to the News Corporation for $1.9 billion. He became massively wealthy by running non-stop fundraising “praise-a-thons” on this channel.

-Pat Robertson ran for President in 1998 and lost the Republican nomination to George H.W. Bush. After his campaign he wrote a book about his experience and here is a quote from it ”

“When I said during my presidential bid that I would only bring Christians and Jews into the government, I hit a firestorm. `What do you mean?’ the media challenged me. `You’re not going to bring atheists into the government? How dare you maintain that those who believe in the Judeo-Christian values are better qualified to govern America than Hindus and Muslims?’ My simple answer is, `Yes, they are.'”

-from Pat Robertson’s “The New World Order,” page 218.

Pat Robertson is as bad as the Islamic theocracies in the Middle East; if he could have his way this country would be run under a Christian dictatorship.

-Pat Robertson used his powerful influence in Washington D.C. to help support the vicious reign of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko. Mobutu was one of the most horrible dictators in modern times who kept his people starving and dying from rampant disease while he became wealthy beyond imagation. Mobutu outlawed public demonstrations, ordered the killings of opposition and journalists and banned most religious groups. So why would Pat Robertson support such an evil man? One word: Money. Pat Robertson had a partnership with Mobutu running a diamond mining operation, using his television company’s non-profit aircraft to fly in mining equipment. When Pat Robertson sees an opportunity to profit, no amount of human suffering and misery will stop him. Below are some quotes directly from the mouth of the devil himself:

“You say you’re supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense. I don’t have to be nice to the spirit of the Antichrist. I can love the people who hold false opinions but I don’t have to be nice to them.”–Pat Robertson, The 700 Club, January 14, 1991

Pat Robertson is a Pentecostal Christian and only believes those who are evangelical Pentecostal Christians are going to heaven. This means that all Catholics and most Protestant denominations are out-in fact, not only are they not Christian, they’re downright evil.

talking about apartheid South Africa) “I think ‘one man, one vote,’ just unrestricted democracy, would not be wise. There needs to be some kind of protection for the minority which the white people represent now, a minority, and they need and have a right to demand a protection of their rights.”–Pat Robertson, “The 700 Club,” 3/18/92

Pat Robertson has a carefully concealed racist side.

“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” — Pat Robertson, fundraising letter, 1992

HAHHAHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHHAA… What an animal.

“We want…as soon as possible to see a majority of the Republican Party in the hands of pro-family Christians by 1996.” –Pat Robertson, Denver Post, 10/26/92

Terrifying… Pat Robertson succeeded in this goal. What other goals will he accomplish?

-“I think we ought to close Halloween down. Do you want your children to dress up as witches? The Druids used to dress up like this when they were doing human sacrifice… [Your children] are acting out Satanic rituals and participating in it, and don’t even realize it.”–Pat Robertson, “The 700 Club,” 10/29/82

Pat Robertson believes Halloween is evil… are you f’in kidding?

Pat Robertson is one of the craziest, most wicked men alive today. Pat should check out the Bible sometime and see what it says about men like him:

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness”

-Timothy 6:10

New, Final Chapter of the Bible’s Book of Revelations Found! Accompanying analysis by world’s foremost religious scholars

Disclaimer: Post meant to poke fun, not offend. Crude humor involved.

The lost chapter of Revelations, Chapter 23, foretold of the the coming onslaught:

Revelations 23:1 In the Revelation passed onto me by the Lord I saw the tall man coming up out of the earth and he had two followers;a small, kindly box that chirped and hummed like a songbird alongside a gargantuan beast with legs like tree trunks, a chest larger than that of an ox, eyes of flame and an unsurpassed manhood.

23:2 I witnessed the small one sparkle like the stars and point skinny antennae at the man to guide him onto the wise path.

23:3 However, the unstoppable beast would sometimes stop and grab the square one and with a mighty heave hurl him over the cliff’s edge. At these times, the man would find the beast pushing and whipping him onto paths the righteous do not follow.

23:4 The man would wallow his way blindly through the ravines of darkness and wallow through the blood orgies. The man would find himself participant and observer of brutal gladitorial contests.

23:5 I foresaw the beast lead the man into the pit of womanhood and from thence poured out endless legions of darkness. Armies of uncountable numbers and horror rushed forth, beheading the tall man and destroying the beast. When I came close to the armies, I saw they were made up of innumerable tall men, each with two followers; one boxy and kindly, one a gargantuan beast…

Bible Lesson:

Extensive research into this final, surprising book of Revelations has been performed by our crack team of the world’s foremost Biblical Scholars:

Ted Haggard: Listed by Time magazine as one of the top 25 most influential evangelicals in America, head of the 30-million strong National Association of Evangelicals and #7 most evil man in America. Recently faced disgrace for doing meth and having butt sex with male prostitutes.

Jim Bakker: Helped Pat Robertson found the televangelist industry, the 700 club and megachurch pastor. At his peak, he brought in a million dollars a week from gullible religious viewers to help fund his Christian theme park and television network. Fired in 1989 for public sex scandals and massive accounting fraud. He paid himself and his wife each annual salaries of $200,000 and gave himself $4 million in bonuses so he could continue the Lord’s Good Works on earth.

Pat Robertson: One of the top religious leaders in America alongside the Rev Billy Graham and the highly respected Al Sharpton. Also sells a “magical” protein shake on the side that he claims gave his 76 year old body the ability to leg press 2000 pounds. Truly, God is with him, seeing as the all-time Florida State leg press record was 1335 pounds done by a 23 year old, 300 pound lineman in the prime of his life on a specially fitted leg press machine. He is also the nation’s #3 cable operator, behind Ted Turner and HBO after he took his religious channel public and sold it for $1.9 billion to Fox.

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-The tall man actually refers to someone by the name of JoelX
-The boxy, kindly thing is an analogy for his brilliant mind which always reveals to him the correct choices!
-The beast is his physical desires, which occasionally lead him astray from his goals!
-The “armies of darkness” are the spawn he will father!

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Pat Robertson: “Gotta love abusing superstition for profit…”
Ted Haggard: “Hell yeah! How else do I fund my meth habit and need for gay hookers?”
Jim Bakker: “And to think, we almost took the moral high path and became used car salesmen. Muhahahaha… I think even child molestors cause less harm to the world than we do!”

Gametime!

The University of Washington has the hardest schedule of any college football team in the nation this year. UW won their first game against Syracuse in a dominant fashion led by elite freshman quarterback Jake Locker, but now they face the toughest stretch of games in their history:

-Today they play #22 Boise State at 12:30 (of last year’s Orange Bowl fame vs. Oklahoma… Statue of Liberty play anyone?)

-On September 15th at 12:30, they play #12 Ohio State. The same Ohio State that was ranked #1 all of last year and played in the National Championship game.

-On September 23 they play #13 UCLA. UCLA has a very, very good team this year.

-On September 29th at 5pm, UW hosts #1 USC at home. Stanford’s head coach called this team the greatest in college history. When asked by reporters to clarify if he meant USC’s franchise or the Matt Leinart/Reggie Bush team, he said, “No. This team, the 2007 Trojans.” And he’s probably right. USC has 9 running backs… every single one of which was a Parade All-American in high school… any of them could start for any other school in the country. John David Booty looks like he is going to be the 3rd straight Heisman winner to come out of Trojan country, following NFL starters Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. USC’s defense returns all 11 starters, including the best linebacker trio in the game.

If UW can win just one of these games, we’ll be well on our way to a bowl game.

Win 2 and we’ll be in the top 25.

Win 3 and we’ll play in a BCS bowl game.

Win all 4 and we’ll be #1 in the country on our way to our first National Championship since 1991.

Win none and we’ll be exactly where we have been for the last four years of shitty Husky football.

GO HUSKIES!

Note to Fletcher: I realize none of this matters to you and your East Coast elitist leanings, but nothing is really important anyways. Why not watch entertainment consisting of giant men brutally savaging each other for a meaningless game?

A fine evening=

(Rooftop deck with the best view in Seattle+

Vibrant sunset full of intense colors+

A giant pot of spicy pasta, 2 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon )*

Great company; beautiful, intelligent and entertaining

Seattle Homeless: Shambling Zombies

I was coming home at around 4am last night through Chinatown and the only people up at that ungodly hour were the crazies, bums and druggies: Seattle’s homeless population. The International District seems to be a hotspot for these dredges of humanity, I saw tons of them walking around and engaging in aimless wandering, windmilling their arms or just staring blankly at me as I passed.

I felt like I was in a zombie movie. The bums had the same blank stares, awkward stumbling walk and terrible stench as zombies. Every so often, one walks toward you to beg for change. When he gets near, you feel revolted and want to avoid him.

If you ever feel like seeing what a horror movie is like, wander Chinatown at 4am. I should get my golf club or a gun and see if I can get some headshots in. I love zombie movies.

P.S. If you want to lecture me on the homeless problem and how it’s not their fault, go to hell. I understand the issue and this is a tongue-in-cheek look at it from a different perspective. Besides, you know you are too much of a wuss to go visit them on their turf late at night with no protection… the zombie analogy isn’t bad.

Seattle Thursday Art Walk

Last night, Fletcher and I went on the artwalk. On the first Thursday of every month, all the art galleries downtown open their doors and let people peruse for free. Many of the art studios serve wine and snacks and there are tons of interesting people to talk to, including the artists themselves.

My favorite art of the evening was done by an artist named Jessica Geiger. She makes mostly miniature clay sculptures depicting the outcasts of society. Many of them are really messed up… such as a piece titled”First Love” and has a young girl sitting at home on her computer with a message on the screen saying, “You sound really nice, we should meet up soon.” lol.

Real woman’s guide to weight loss by Jane GeigerSuzy doesn’t play well with matches by Jane GeigerBoys’s life by Jane Geiger

From the left; “Real women’s guide to weight loss”, “Suzy doesn’t play well with matches”, “Boy’s Life”

Click on the thumbnails to see them in full size.

Horrifying, eh?

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Holy Mother of God

I just got an email forwarded from my old preacher grandfather who lives in Arizona that was completely ridiculous. Here is an excerpt:

Death is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death!

Make a personal reflection about this….Very interesting, read until the end….. It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7):“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap. Here are some men and women who mocked God :

John Lennon (Singer):

Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said:

“Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him” (1966).

Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.

Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet): During A show in Canecio ( Rio de Janeiro ), while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said: “God, that’s for you.”

He died at the age of 32 of AIDS in a horrible manner.

Marilyn Monroe (Actress)She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: “I don’t need your Jesus”.

A week later, she was found dead in her apartment.

Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer) said the Bible(Word of God) was the worst book ever written.In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.

WTF!?!?!?!?!!

So the logic is that God gets pissed when people insult him and he intervenes directly to harm them? I thought God was supposed to be perfectly good and kind and forgiving? And why the hell doesn’t God intervene to help good people? How about all the countless good people who die of various accidents every year? Were they insulting God in secret or something?

Damn, I hate superstition.

Negative Marketing Campaigns

What is a negative public relations campaign? It’s the attack ads typically used by politicians ripping on their opponents. Negative marketing is Pepsi advertising that it’s products taste better than Coke’s in blind taste tests. It’s the propaganda nations use when trying to change the mindset of either its own populace or the populace of a target nation. Negative marketing campaigns can be extraordinarily effective when implemented correctly.

American propaganda reached it’s peak during World War 2. One of the primary objectives of American propagandists was to dehumanize the enemy. Marketers created poster art depicting Japanese and Germans as demonic animals intent on raping and subjugating the world. President Roosevelt had massive amounts of wartime power and was able to exert considerable influence over commercial media. He had the media bombard the United States constantly with themes of Us vs. Them, Good vs. Evil and always showed the Japanese and Germans as evil people preying on the weak. Nazi Germany and Japan engaged in similar negative marketing campaigns for their own people. Adolf Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf about different methods of propaganda and gave a basic how-to course in controlling popular sentiment.

Propaganda launched today by the United States government is mostly ineffectual. American leaders today are no longer able to have the same level of control over media outlets as the Roosevelt administration had. More importantly, they are missing the unifying visions: Bush has not laid out a clear enemy (“terrorists” doesn’t count), nor has he emphasized the negative characteristics of the enemy and has neglected to make a strong advertising push to win the hearts and minds of his own people. The American government faces all time lows in public opinion towards our domestic and foreign policies. His enemies on the other hand have realized the power of public relations and completely dominate the hearts and minds of their citizens. Al Jazeera, the Arabic language media congolomerate, and other localized media outlets present a unified theme and have clearly outlined their enemies. We will lose this war in the long run if we cannot find good leadership that can launch a proper negative public relations campaign.

Wal-Mart for the last six or seven years has faced a difficult negative public relations campaign. Grassroots organizations have launched negative websites about the company, attended shareholder meeting and decried real and imagined abuses and been featured prominently in the media. As a result, Wal-Mart’s share prices have stagnated badly even as their profits continue to rise. Wal-Mart’s expansion is facing great difficulty as well, with many major cities and counties drafting regulations that prevent Wal-Mart from opening stores in their area.

Many individuals have also faced negative marketing campaigns, such as George W. Bush, Don Imus and many others. Most have brought the criticism upon themselves, but sometimes organizations have stood in the background fueling the fire to help bring down their opposition.

During the 2008 presidential elections, we will be hit with millions of dollars in negative marketing campaigns and attack ads. Every candidate will do everything in his power to trash the other candidates as much as possible while trying keeping his/her own image clean.

Recently, I have begun to get much better at public relations and reputation management, including my abilities to launch and run negative marketing campaigns. I may open my own PR firm at some point. Many recent powerful marketing campaigns have been run entirely online with great success. The world of media is moving online and the smart call by any PR firm out there would be to adjust to the paradigm shift before others do and establish a strong market presence early.