Home Depot Scam

A ‘heads up’ for those men who may be regular Home Depot customers. This one caught me by surprise. 

Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be a quite traumatic experience. Don’t be naive enough to think it couldn’t happen to you or your friends. 

Here’s how the scam works: 

Two seriously good-looking 20-21 year-old girls come over to your car as you are packing your shopping into the trunk. They both start to wipe your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. 

It is impossible not to look – I tried my very hardest. 

When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say ‘No’ and instead ask you for a ride to McDonalds.   

You agree and they get into the back seat. On the way, they start to undress. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and starts to crawl all over you, while the other one steals your wallet. 

I had my wallet stolen October 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th & 29th. Also November 1st & 4th, twice on the 8th, 16th, 23rd, 26th & 30th. Three times last Monday and very likely again this upcoming weekend.

So tell your friends to be careful. 

P.S. Walmart has wallets on sale for 2.99 each – I found cheaper ones for $1.99 at K-Mart and bought them out. Also, you never will get to eat at McDonalds. I’ve already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth to Home Depot.

Our foreign policy on Syria is the same as al-Qaeda’s – something isn’t right here

Al-Zawahiri, chief of al-Qaeda, has pledged his terrorist organisation’s support for the rebels in Syria. How reassuring to see therefore, that our very own Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and al-Qaeda are on the same side. Quite a triumph for foreign policy that: discovering that we share one of the main aims of the international jihadist gang we have been trying to exterminate for the last decade.

Naturally, the bien pensants, the neocons and the obsessive democrats in the West – notably in the BBC and whole sections of the press – are all on the side of the Syrian rebels. They always salivate juicily at the prospect of a dictator being brought down. It’s a pity that these wishful thinkers don’t have a little more foresight – or even better memories.

For they imagined the downfall of Saddam would restore the fertile crescent to conditions resembling the prelapsarian Garden of Eden. But after nine years in which hundreds of thousands have been killed, Iraq is a worse hell hole than it was when Saddam was running the show. The West’s no fly zone, designed to help the Libyan revolution, was a military success. The only trouble is that the triumphant revolutionaries have turned out not to be tweeting%2

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Democracy and transparency remain the biggest victims of the euro crisis

The 80,000 Greeks that came out in Athens yesterday to protest the latest round of bailout austerity imposed by EU-ECB-IMF troika can shout all they want. They can even express their disgust at the polling booths in the country’s general elections, scheduled for April. It won’t make much difference. To get its second bailout, the leaders of Greece’s main political parties are required to submit a written commitment to fully implement the package regardless of who wins the elections in April.

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David Cameron has raised the prospect of throwing Abu Qatada out. Now he has to deliver

“Underpromise, overdeliver” is one of those handy rules of politics that those in Government should keep in mind at all times. At some point today, we are told, Abu Qatada will be released from Long Lartin prison. What happens after that is a bit of a mystery. We know the bail conditions are strict, and as Hizzoner the Mayor explains in his column today, police surveillance will require 60 officers a day divided over three shifts to keep a 24 hour watch on him wherever he is (his family moved a few months ago and no one seems to be quite sure where he will turn up). The matter is exercising politicians and officials alike. David Cameron is under heaps of pressure to stick him on a plane back to Jordan, not least from Boris Johnson.

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Abu Qatada release imminent amid ‘exhaustive’ efforts to deport radical cleric

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman today would not rule out the idea that Qatada could simply be sent back to Jordan, as the 51-year-old was about to walk free for the first time in six years.

This would ignore a decision by the European Court of Human Rights that Qatada would not get a fair trial in his own country.

Qatada is being released on bail in Britain today, even though he has been convicted in Jordan of terror offences in his absence.

He has been fighting extradition to Jordan, but he is being freed because the European Court of Human Rights has concerns that evidence to be used against him was obtained by torture.

A growing number of Conservative MPs have been calling for Qatada, known as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, to simply be sent back.

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Israeli embassy car explodes in New Delhi

Israeli officials confirmed another bomb had been found in the car belonging to one of its diplomats based in Tblisi, Georgia. The device was safely defused.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately blamed Iran for the attacks.

“Iran is behind these attacks. It is the biggest exporter of terror in the world,” Mr Netanyahu told members of his rightwing Likud party.

In the New Delhi attack, the wife of an Israeli diplomat was believed to have suffered minor injuries in an explosion in the rear of her car. She was helped from the scene of the attack to the Israeli embassy and later taken to hospital but her injuries appear to be minor.

An eyewitness told a local television channel he had seen the car being followed by a young man on motorbike, who leaned out and threw or attached “a device” to it shortly before the explosion.

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Apple investigates ‘sweat shop’ factories following suicide threat

The technology giant, which has faced criticism over working conditions at some of its suppliers’ plants in China, said today that it had asked the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to conduct “special voluntary audits” of several facilities, including factories owned by Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, in Shenzen and Chengdu.

A team of inspectors from the not-for-profit organisation, which is headquartered in Washington DC, started inspections this morning at the Foxconn City plant in Shenzen.

Apple’s problems with Taiwanese company Foxconn, which manufactures almost all of its devices, date back as far as 2010 when a string of workers committed suicide at a plant in Longhua, which employed between 300,000 and 400,000 workers.

However the troubles have continued and last month 150 Foxconn employees threatened to leap from the top of a three-floor plant in Wuhan amid allegations they were paid piecemeal and were expected to work in a pressured environment without any training.

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Abu Qatada is not an extremist, he’s a ‘radical’ – like Genghis Khan, or Hitler

Do you recall when Boris Yeltsin had his tank top moment back in the hot summer of 1991? I don’t mean he was caught wearing a tank-top, though I wouldn’t have put that past him, I mean he actually stood on top of a tank. He did this to face down a coup led by generals, who were hardline communists.

The reason I mention it is that when the BBC reported these events, it didn’t describe the hardline communists as hardline communists. It called them “hardline conservatives”. See what they did there? Quite an Orwellian insinuation, wasn’t it? As a character in 1984 says: “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.”

But that was back in the good old days when you knew where you stood with the BBC. They had a Left-wing bias and they made no apology for it. Now they have become almost pathological in their desire to avoid making any value judgments whatsoever. As James Clappison MP asked on Wednesday: “It makes you wonder what you have to do for the BBC to call you an extremist.

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The double standards of teenage sex

It used to be that schools were institutions in which one learnt to read, write and wield a hockey stick. Now, at least in nine schools in Southampton, school is also the place where 13-year-old girls can be fitted with contraceptive implants without their parents’ knowledge. The implant is a plastic tube that continuously releases hormones that prevent pregnancy, and requires a minor surgical procedure to insert it beneath the skin. Its effectiveness lasts for three years: in the case of a 13-year-old, just long enough to bump her neatly up to the age of consent.

Ah yes, the age of consent. Remember that? It currently stands at 16, which makes it illegal to have sex with anyone under that age. If a boy has sex with a girl between the ages of 13 and 15, he could theoretically go to prison for two years, and if she is under 13, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment. In such cases I presume that the name of the boy concerned would be entered on the sex offenders register, and seriously damage the remainder of his life.

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David Cameron should stand by his courageous health minister

One of the best decisions made by David Cameron when he became Prime Minister was to stick with his team. Mr Cameron resolved that he would not be panicked into sacking ministers, and he has put an end to the Westminster tradition of an annual reshuffle. When resignations have been forced upon him – as they were over David Laws, Chris Huhne and Dr Liam Fox – he has not taken the opportunity of generating a wider exchange of senior posts. Rather, he has made the minimum necessary alteration. There is a refreshing maturity in this approach. It sends out a signal that Downing Street is not going to get over-excited when a cabinet minister faces intense criticism. During the Blair government it became normal for a minister to be dumped thanks to a few bad headlines – think of the Peter Mandelson and Charles Clarke sackings. Mr Cameron is determined not to allow short-term media handling considerations to carry the same sway.

This calm stoicism at the centre helps ministers do their job with added confidence. It makes a huge difference that they are being given the time and space to bed down and get to know their department. I believe, for example, that Michael Gove may come to be regarded as one of the greatest education secretaries Britain has ever known. This would not be possible had Downing Street not stood behind him when he made some early mistakes, and given him a full parliamentary term to see through his historic changes to British schools.

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