Saturday, November 29, 2008

Appeal Rejected

Well, I have appealed the cancellation of my google Ads account. That appeal has been rejected.

"Thanks for providing us with additional information. However, after
thoroughly reviewing your account data and taking your feedback into
consideration, we've re-confirmed that your account poses a significant
risk to our advertisers. For this reason, we're unable to reinstate your
account. Thank you for your understanding."

(Direct quote from the rejection e-mail)

My understanding? MY UNDERSTANDING?!

Please, if you can, understand a few things:

1) How, exactly, does donating the profits from clicks on Adsense ads pose a "significant risk to our advertisers"?

2) Just how "thoroughly" was my account data reviewed?

3) If you think MY feedback was bad, just wait until I tell everyone I know about this.

4) I can't make money off my own Adsense ads. When you start a google Ad account, the account records your URL address. And clicks from your own URL do not produce revenue. So if you thought the "risk" was from me clicking my own ads over and over, guess again!

I strongly encourage you, the 3 readers of this blog, to tell everyone you know just how full of crap Google is. And to NEVER use Google again. I certainly won't. From now on, if I need to do a search, I'm using Yahoo. Oh, and if you have Google ads on your own website (if you have one), I encourage you to take them off immediately. Significant risk? Let's SHOW them what a significant risk REALLY looks like!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Account Cancelled

It would seem that the Google Adsense people have a problem with revenues from their ads being donated to charity--specifically to the USO.

My Google adsense account has been cancelled.

There will no longer be any click ads available on this blog. I guess that they don't think that our armed forces deserve our support.

Draw your own conclusions.

Friday, November 21, 2008


Hello to you, the 3 readers of this blog!

Please be aware that this night, Me, the author of this blog, has just donated $100 to the USO, thanks to the the fact that you, the readers of this blog, clicked enough on the google ads that I received a check from Google ads for clicks on the google ads to the right. By the way, the check was for $100.97, but I kept the extra $.97 for myself in case there are taxes due from this check. I really don't think that the 97 cents is going to make a big difference in the grand scheme of things.

I made a promise that all profits from clicks on those ads would be delivered to the USO. That promise has been kept. It will be kept in the future.

If you want to make your own donation to the USO, please go to

Oh, and keep clicking those Google ads. You can click the back button as soon as you do. and my account will still be credited. It's the easiest charitable thing you will ever do! Every penny (after taxes) WILL be donated to the USO.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Congratulations--And Beware!

Congratulations, my fellow democrats. We won. We kicked ass. We beat them like bad dogs. We crushed them like bugs. We sent them home crying to mama. Yes, that's even possible for McCain. (She's 96 years old but still kicking. That doesn't bode well for 2012...)

But I have just three words for all of you:

Don't. Get. Cocky.

I don't include myself in that admonition, primarily because I'm not going to. Get cocky, I mean.

I won't because I am aware that less than four years ago Republican pundits were crowing about a "permanent Republican majority". A lot can change in four years.

I won't because I know my history. In 1964 Barry Goldwater won 6 states in the presidential election, five of which were in the deep south and the sixth of which was his home state. Four years later, Richard Nixon--RICHARD NIXON!--was elected president. A lot can change in four years.

I won't because I know that if Ted Stevens wins his Senate seat, he will most likely be forced out, leaving Sarah "Doggone it!" Palin as the most likely prospect to take over his seat, leaving her with four years to establish her credentials as the new Republican frontrunner. A lot can change in four years.

I won't because I am a member of a Democratic party that couldn't beat George W. Bush--twice!

I won't because this president managed to install on the big bench 2 arch-conservatives who will likely be around for decades, and can easily undo any reforms instituted by a Democratic administration.

And finally, and most importantly, I won't because I know what can happen. Obama won on a campaign to change the way things are done in Washington, but the Washington establishment is well-entrenched, and changing it will be difficult, if not impossible, for him. There is also a lot that CAN'T change in four years.

So celebrate your victory, my fellow Dems, but do not ignore your history. And do not forget all those who made that victory possible. And, most importantly, do not crow too loudly about the "Death of the Republican party". It can take a lot of bullets to kill an elephant.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Things I Know.

There are a few things I know today.

1) There is at least one woman alive today who was the daughter of a slave who lived long enough to see a black man elected President of the United States.

2) We live in a world where there is a slim chance a news anchorperson will be able to say the words "Senator Al Franken" (not likely at this point, but stay tuned.)

3) I may or may not continue the Heartwarming Story Arc, based on the fact that Oliver Stone has already created a 2+ hour movie detailing the life of the current president. Sort of. By the way, if you were planning on seeing it, I have some advice: Save your money. We get that he had, and has, issues with his dad. We don't need a 2 hour movie exploration of the subject.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The 44th President

Ladies and Gentlemen:

The 44th President of the United States of America will be--Barack Hussein Obama.

Thank you.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

What I've Been up to part 2

I wanted to keep going with my heartwarming story arc, but there have been so many things going on this close to the election, I had to take a break.

What has happened:

1) Sarah Palin spent over 5 and a half minutes being pranked by a French Canadian DJ
2) I received my first check for revenues from the Google Adsense ads for this blog. The donation to the USO is now on its way.
3) The Christian Childrens' Fund, to which my Dad is a longtime donor, decided to turn down a donation from Gen Con, a gamers' convention, because the money was donated by longtime players of Dungeons and Dragons. Because players of D & D are devil worshipers, I guess. By the way, I've played D & D. And yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial in nature. Oh, and the heads of CCF are completely off their rocker. But I can't be surprised by this. Fundamentalists have always been a part of the "ready, fire, aim" philosophy.

Hope to resume the story soon.