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February 25, 2005

New Jersey......................... Blue State

Having served four years of my youth in the state, I have certainly not been under the impression that New Jersey is some sort of garden spot, or Garden State, for that matter. It's a vile, stinking place consisting primarily of all of the bad things you can find in New York, and very few of the good. That includes their own imitation of NY lefty politics; a sort of sickly liberalism, blanched by years of carcinogenic factory smoke.

They sure have cranked up the moron-ometer lately, though.

Last week, the New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey decided he could grab some press by going after Blockbuster. He claims ads for Blockbuster's new policy of eliminating their traditional late fees are "fraudulent and deceptive."

What makes Harvey's move particulary odious is his decision to send numerous flunkies into dozens of Blockbusters before he had received a single complaint. At the time he filed his lawsuit, he admitted he had received only one complaint, though he expressed certainty that many more would follow. Since he's opening up the Blockbuster feedbag to any dolt who can't read the rental agreement, this seems a certainty.

As for "fraudulent and deceptive," I suppose anything can be deceptive to the slow of mind. I read the policy back in December, and it was pretty clear to me. It struck me as an extraordinarily consumer-friendly change for a company that received about 30% of its revenues from late fees. It basically turned two day rentals into eight day rentals without penalty.

This week's entry comes from Matthew Stanton of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Matt and his pals have extended their love of animals to include those made of fructose. It's the same old bash-a-large-corporation-while-pretending-that-you-aren't-really-anti-capitalist
-no-no-you're-really-just-looking-out-for-the-little-guy schtick. In this case, the little guy is children with learning disabilities rendering them unable to tell the difference between candy and live animals.

Posted by Hrairoo at February 25, 2005 03:54 PM | TrackBack
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