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It came from beyond…

November 7, 2006

Attack of the Killer Heads

In a time of darkness, when Hope seemed to have gone out for a pack of smokes and ended up on a boat to China, when television seemed to have become nothing more than an ad delivery service, when the most flawed candidate in the history of our state seemed like a credible threat, well, in those days the people of Michigan finally got a chance to have their say.

Vote, people, and get your friends, relatives and total strangers to do the same.

Michigan’s future isn’t for sale.

UPDATES GALORE:

Ominous music to hum on Election Day!

Kos Posted with a Kattle Kart o’ Komments!!

Michigan Liberal with a … multitude of meh???!!!

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Dick DeVos Dove Hunt 2006

November 5, 2006

Dick DeVos Michigan Dove Hunt 2006
There I was: hovering high above the Michigan interWeb like a proud but disappointed eagle when a fast-dodging mourning dove alerted me to this post by some bird-watcher guy. A bird watcher? With a political opinion? Hello in there, Mr. Red-breasted Nuthatch. Let’s leave politics to the politicians … and the soap guys.

Read the rest of this entry ?

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Dick Devos: Lifestyles of the Rich & Infamous

November 1, 2006

Ode to Dick DeVos by His Disembodied Head

I don’t like to brag, and I don’t like to boast,

But speaking of mansions, I have the most.

I’ve got lots of cars, boats & yachts from a dream,

And if you want to talk planes, well I have fourteen!

My money’s from Amway, Alticor and Quixtar,

It’s multi-level magic that has taken me far!

I’m the richest to run for Michigan’s high seat,

and my spending on ads just cannot be beat!

If elected as Governor, I won’t take a penny,

but don’t ask me for plans, ’cause I haven’t got any!

My strength is in secrets and vague accusations,

and sending Michigan jobs to far foreign nations!

If you vote for DeVos I can promise you true:

Tax breaks for the rich, higher taxes for you!

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Lifestyles of the Rich & Infamous is an exclusive look inside the swanky life of Dick Devos with guest appearances by Gorgeous George Bush, Jailhouse Jack Abramoff and Tricky Tom DeLay! It was made by the Michigan Democrats but you and I know that they’re just jealous!

Kross-posted to Kos 

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Elissa II: Terror in the Gene Pool

October 24, 2006

Something tells me that this ad won’t be a “hit with college men” in quite the same way as Elissa I: My Daughter on Parade (though I bet Kommie Kittie will like it better).

Don’t forget to cast your vote in the 1st Annual Dick Devos Film Festival!

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Dick Devos and Amway: Big Problem?

October 24, 2006

Amway, Amway, Amway

With the election for Michigan’s governor just 2 weeks away, I figured I better “come clean” on Dick Devos and Amway/Quixtar/Alticor.

WTF? Can I sue for Disembodied Head Infringment??Now there has been a lot of loose talk by the Governor that Dick Devos & Amway sent jobs to China at the same time he was cutting Amway jobs in Michigan. While that is true, it obscures the central issue of “Just what the heck IS Amway?” I’ll let the Disembodied Daddy lay it down for you:

“The thing I want most for you is to increase your income; but I don’t know any way to do that, other than by increasing your volume. And I don’t know any way to do that, other than by sponsoring some new people who get some customers and retail products on a regular basis.”
Rich DeVos, Directly Speaking, 1983

We should also add that in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission requires Amway to label its products with the message that 54% of Amway recruits make nothing and the rest earn on average $65 a month. (see SkepDic link below) Stupid LAWS. Didn’t get our money’s worth on THAT one.

In a nutshell, THAT is Amway: an organization that enriches those like the Devos family who are at the top. It’s a network marketing organization that gives you a cut of sales to those you recruit, your “downline”. Those at the top do very well indeed, but only 2 of 1,000 distributors will earn even $47,000 a year and 3 in 10,000 will earn $72,000 (see Free Press link below). Those at the bottom either create their own network or end up making little to nothing.

The important thing for you to take away from this is not what a sleazy “soap & hope” scam Amway is or how annoying your own encounters with Amway/Alticor/Quixtar reps have been. The important thing to know is that Dick Devos made a heck of a lot of money because his daddy was smart enough to figure out that the top of the pyramid was a great place to be!

Continuing that great legacy of pyramid building, Dick Devos would now like to ascend to the top of Michigan’s political pyramid. So when Dick Devos says “I am a business man with real world business experience”, remember that AMWAY is the business of Dick Devos and help him build a new pyramid of political power right here in Michigan!

A Mess o’ Amway Links

  • Saturday Cartoon DOUBLE FEATURE: Dick Devos never cleaned up his bedroom (or his Amway) 2x the Amway fun from NBC Dateline and some book.
  • Christine Barry says “The Names Tell the Story” A really long list of people who came out on the bad side of Amway but aren’t THEY really to blame?
  • Amway asks Business Opportunity or Pyramid Scheme? They answer “Business opportunity!” The key point is that the network of independent business owners has to sell consumer products supplied by an established company. The Business of Dick Devos is Business!
  • DeVos Run Puts Amway in the Spotlight DeVos touted the Amway distributorships in a 1998 speech in California as “the best business opportunity in the world,” even as the average active distributor grosses very little — just $115 a month, according to promotional material given to new distributors. In the United States and Canada, Alticor’s 370,000 distributors shared $345 million in bonus and incentive payments in 2005, the company said.
  • SkepDic: Amway is a LEGAL Pyramid “Far from boosting their incomes, the vast majority of those who become Amway distributors, particularly those in ‘the system’, are likely to end up losing money.” Well, I should hope so!
  • Speaking of the Federal Trade Commission on “Pyramid Schemes” “There are two tell-tale signs that a product is simply being used to disguise a pyramid scheme: inventory loading and a lack of retail sales. Inventory loading occurs when a company’s incentive program forces recruits to buy more products than they could ever sell, often at inflated prices. If this occurs throughout the company’s distribution system, the people at the top of the pyramid reap substantial profits, even though little or no product moves to market. The people at the bottom make excessive payments for inventory that simply accumulates in their basements. A lack of retail sales is also a red flag that a pyramid exists. Many pyramid schemes will claim that their product is selling like hot cakes. However, on closer examination, the sales occur only between people inside the pyramid structure or to new recruits joining the structure, not to consumers out in the general public.” Now that never happens with Amway!
  • Amway/Alticor/Quixtar Sucks Mad ’cause Amway attempts to suppress the free speech rights of its critics. Bah! Like daddy Rich says, if it’s free, it’s not worth much.
  • Amway/Quixtar Business Analysis “The general public does not take time to understand the poor overall economics of Quixtar’s ‘buy from your self’ product merchandising plan.” Can I get an “Amen” on that, people?
  • Go over to King of France Central and tell them: I think this is something you need to pay attention to.

Man, what a depressing bunch of words. I feel the need for a song…

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Saturday Cartoon Super Bonanza: Amway Guy’s Greatest Hits!

October 21, 2006

WealthyCheck out the nominees over at the Michigan League of Lunchmoney Donors and vote for your favorite Dick Devos movie of 2006. It’s like Cannes, only without the topless beaches and Michael Moore (Michael Moore and topless beach? I think I need to use the facilities now.)

Best Picture: See Dick Run The stick guy is funny and the little girl’s voice is so unbearable cute that she will be making calls about how disappoined she is in Granholm all next week. All that’s missing is a puppy!

Best Performance by a Puppy: Stop Devos I: Puppy Stomp Awww. Stomping puppies? That’s a low blow!! Besides, it’s the Governor’s responsibility to protect puppies from me!

Best Original Score: The Disembodied Head of Dick Devos Music to outsource by!

2nd Best Original Score: I’ve Been Amwayed Also wins Best Director, Best Perfomance by a Disembodied Head, Best Musical Description of the Amway Scam and Tappinest Toes!

Best Foreign Film: Dickenstein (Spain) I admit. I fell asleep but only because I had stayed up all night before watching the Chris Farley film marathon. Farley was a comic genius. His “living in a van down by the river” piece is something I think folks in Michigan don’t appreciate enough. If elected, I vow that you will.


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Blackwater USA’s Erik Prince & Dick Devos: Brother-in-laws in Arms

October 20, 2006

Blackwater USA’s Erik Prince & Dick Devos: Brother-in-laws in Arms

Man, I’m glad that shouty guy is gone! He did want me to tell everyone in Michigan how deeply sorry he felt for them. See?? He was disappointed too!!

Anyway, now I can get back on the road to Take Back Michigan for Corporations & Special Interests on my spiffy new trike! The first stop I want to make is to address all those stories in the media about the connection between Dick Devos & Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater USA (one of the world’s largest private army).

What? Only ONE result? And it’s just a letter to the editor. Wow, I guess if the major news media doesn’t see a connection, then there’s no worries!

Still, our mud-wrestling lady Governor might not be content with sticking a big Amway tag on my chest and drag this issue into the election too. Take a memo, Jenny: when we Republicans say “Character matters”, we’re talking about other people’s character!

Erik Prince is the brother of my wife, Betsy Prince Devos. He is a former Navy Seal who worked in the first Bush White House. At the age of 29, he founded a private military company called Blackwater USA. Blackwater and Eric Prince are featured in the Movie Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (watch a clip about Erik below!) and also in this post from some liberal guy on the Huffington lady’s blog. Speaking of outrageously liberal, here’s an article from The Nation called Blood is Thicker than Blackwater.

Ahhh! A book!! Burn it!!!!

Weak-kneed Willie over at Michigan Liberal noted that the Virginia Pilot had an in-depth series on Blackwater USA:

Blackwater has rocketed from obscurity to the big time in less than a decade. Peter Singer, author of “Corporate Warriors” and a scholar at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, says that although Blackwater might not be the biggest player in the private military industry, “they’ve certainly gained the biggest profile.”

They’ve done it with deep-pocket backing, high-powered political connections and an uncanny knack for capitalizing on the violent milestones of a turbulent time

This comprehensive Blackwater USA feature (with lots of pictures and video) talks about how Blackwater soldiers are trained, has fun facts on what makes Blackwater different, how darn profitable the company is in these dangerous times, the company’s plans for the future and exciting stuff about how Blackwater operates right here on US soil! I bet that’s a side benefit you never thought of from Dick Devos as President of the USA Michigan’s Governor.

Erik has recently been in the news for donating to the Green Party to siphon votes from Dems in Pennsylvania. Genius! Media Mouse shows that the Prince family and the Devos family donate to a lot of the same organizations, and you can find a bunch more about this exciting topic by searching for “Dick Devos Erik Prince” on Google. Except for this article of course. This one will be our little secret.

Finally, this Unseen War link proves that I am not the weirdest thing on the Internet. Through it, I found this quote by some commie by the name of James Madison: “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

PS: It would be really, really terrible if some Michigan newspaper reporter used these sources to write an article about the connection between Dick Devos & Erik Prince and Blackwater. Remember, news is what YOU say it is, media people!