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Shell Station 655 S Ventura Rd Oxnard CA 93030

November 15, 2014

I am appalled at both the shoddy service and even shoddiest reaction of the manager when it was brought to his attention.

I spent over $45 on gas and then opted for the $13 Economy Wash. Not only were the inside windows not washed, nor the interior wiped down, but there was still dirt and obvious dry spots on the outside of the car.

When this was brought to the attention of the manager, he just stood there. He did nothing.

Not only am I NEVER going back to that location, but I am forwarding this email to any and all social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, etc.

Went to the Chevron station received better service for less money.

S. Augustyniewicz


Those Who Forgot History

October 26, 2014

Are doomed to Repeat it. Our declaration of war on Muslim miscreants began when our greatest President, in my estimation, sent an American Naval force including the US Marines to the Barbary Coast. The Barbary Pirates of course were Muslim and the Europeans, as would be expected, bought them off. And we followed suit. Is any of this sounding familiar? Read much more below and the role of Thomas Jefferson. Of of course those familiar with the Marine Corps Hymn know that the second line is “to the shores of Tripoli!” And now you will know where the term “Leatherneck” comes from.

Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago, the United States had declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led the charge!

At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms. Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart breaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.

These extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers – collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic!
Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain. When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets. Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.

Beginning in1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America’s Minister to France. That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States, rather than engaging them in war. In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships. The Algerian pirates demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000. It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further payments. Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace. A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam “was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.’

Despite this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years, the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over twenty percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800.

Jefferson was disgusted. Shortly after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming. That changed everything. Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand. The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States. Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit. Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long enough, decided that it was finally time to meet force with force. He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget. Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to “cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify”.

When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the might to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli. The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815. The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Hymn, They would forever be known as “leathernecks” for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.

Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply. America had a tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen. A religion based on supremacism, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers was unacceptable to him.

His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States!

This should bother every American. That American Muslims have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim
defendants are being judged, Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities. Ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah, public schools are pulling pork from their menus, on and on in the newspapers….

It’s death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America. By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda.

Sadly, it appears that today’s America would rather be politically correct than victorious.

Any doubts, just Google Thomas Jefferson vs the Muslim World

Test Post via email

July 24, 2014

This is just a test of posting via email


July 16, 2014

This might end up cross posting multiple times, but that’s OK.

As you all might or might not know, I have several blogs, three to be exact. I presently am using three:
🔹Worpress –
Long, essay type posts with pics, charts etc. it’s not that mobile friendly, so I usually compose an “article”over time and then post it.

🔹Blogger –
My holiday postings from Thanksgiving to New Years and all things Grinchy.

🔹Tumblr –
Quick, mobile postings without too much text formatting (my HTML is a bit rusty and it’s a bitch to type those codes on a touch keyboard).

A whichever one I do use, I try to cross post to Facebook at, so you can either follow my postings there, or subscribe to these three and get alerts according to your preferences. Some require you register, but just set up an account, don’t post anything, and you might browse into something interesting…

Closed for the Holidays

December 1, 2013


I’m closing this blog for a while.


During the holidays, I’ll be reporting on things “Grinchy” on my “GRINCH REPORT on Blogspot.

I’ll be back in 2014.

Dear Internet

November 26, 2013

Dear Internet,

As we progress towards the end of this year, I want to thank you for your educational e-mails, tweets, blogs, and posts over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.

I can no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, nor let the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can’t sit down on a hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years.

I can’t touch any woman’s handbag for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public toilet.

I must send my special thanks for the email about rat poo in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.

ALSO, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I can’t have a drink in a bar because I fear I’ll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with one of my kidneys gone.

I can’t eat at KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers.

I can’t use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

Thanks to you I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

Because of your concern, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer buy fuel without taking someone along to watch the car, so a serial killer doesn’t crawl in my back seat when I’m filling up.

I no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer.

And thanks for letting me know I can’t boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life.

I no longer go to the cinema because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit down.

I no longer go to shopping centers because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me..

And I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a huge phone bill with calls to Jamaica , Uganda , Singapore , and Uzbekistan …

Thanks to you I can’t use anyone’s toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instant death when it bites my butt.

And thanks to your great advice I can’t ever pick up a dime coin dropped in the car park because it was probably placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.

I can’t do any gardening because I’m afraid I’ll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.

If you don’t send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor’s ex mother-in-law’s second husband’s cousin’s best friend’s beautician!

Oh, and by the way…

A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mails with their hand on the mouse.

Don’t bother taking it off now, it’s too late.

P. S. I now keep my toothbrush in the living room, because I was told by e-mail that water splashes over 6 ft. out of the toilet.

Thanks Again!

I’ve Never Done this Myself but Go Ahead…

September 14, 2011

I just can’t believe the shoddy tech training that must be going on at certain institutions across this country. My particular rant today focuses on imaging technicians. Now I have worked with, and have been worked on, by various medical technicians before. You know, physical therapists, phlebotomists, x-ray, etc. In most cases, they seem to show some knowledge or compassion for the patient under their care. This was not the case at my last visit to get some scanning done.

Some background: The particular scanning done involves receiving an injection of an indicator, and then lying down in an apparatus, similar (so they claimed) to an MRI chamber for some images to be taken, slowly, by a camera of sorts. Then you leave, only to return after a few hours to repeat the process sans another injection.

The technician was quite thorough in her explanation of the machine and the procedures, she didn’t seem very familiar with, nor sympathetic to the “patient experience”. The machine was uncomfortable, claustrophobic, and plain old intimidating. Following the 2nd round, I asked if, at any time during her training, had she ever been in one of these devices. Her answer floored me. She had NEVER been in one, even to just feel what it was like to lay in a tube for an indeterminent amount of time. So, she has never had a clue as to what her patients are going through.

I have several friends in the physical therapy or health care profession. The phlebotomists tell tales of themselves and their lab partners practicing IVs and drawing blood on each other, the physical therapists work out with their classmates, heck even the security folks have to take a mace or taser hit to complete their training. I’m pretty sure that flight attendants have to dive down the exit slide and use their seat-back as a flotation device once ro twice.

So I wondered, as I lay there listening to the A/C fan and the overhead light buzzing, why can’t these imaging techs or CAT Scan operators spend an hour or two in one of these machines? I think then, they’d have a little more understanding and patience for their patients (customers). When you were growing up, did you ever see a Ford salesman drive a Chevy? How about a Sears salesperson at JC Penny’s? Where did the IHOP servers eat lunch? Yep IHOP. Aviation crew-chiefs get their names painted on their aircraft because they go up in them post repair. Now it seems that everyone is just there for the paycheck.

The old adage “Customer’s Point of View” doesn’t seem to be in the lesson plans of the “Do no harm” oathed medical community. Why? Is it a money thing? I doubt that Obama Care or health system reform will change this. It’s not just the medical community though.

Too many have lost the notion that good customer service makes return customers. When you produce a physical thing like Apple, Honda, even McDonald’s it’s not too difficult, but when you’re pure service, the felling of content or comfort that your customer experiences in your presence IS the product. Words like compassion and empathy (look them up) come to mind. Sometimes the good old days were better.

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