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Trump's Crony in Homeland Security Refuses to Quit After Judge Rules He Was Illegally Appointed

After a federal judge ruled in a rare Sunday decision that Ken Cuccinelli — the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security — was illegally appointed to his position, the partisan Trump appointee has said that he will refuse to leave his post despite the court ruling.

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss issued a 55-page decision yesterday that concluded that “Cuccinelli was not lawfully appointed to serve as the acting Director of USCIS” and, even more crucially, determined that the policies that the improperly appointed acting Director mandated regarding the treatment of asylum seekers “must be set aside.”

Judge Moss based his decision on the evidence that the appointment of the former Virginia Attorney General and failed candidate for governor of that state did not meet the requirements of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998.

Cuccinelli told Fox and Friends today that he would simply ignore the judge’s decision while appealing the ruling.
Posted by Stonepounder | Mon Mar 2, 2020, 07:31 PM (9 replies)

Final Update: Getting Screwed by Amazon

Just got an email this morning from Amazon reinstating my account and closing out the disputed charges. It took 6 weeks of me doing my best to politely rip Amazon a new one. I complained to Amazon, the Better Business Bureau, and the Fair Trade Commission.

On one of my earlier posts a DUer suggested that I write to the top. So I wrote a letter (USPS not email) and sent it off to Jeff Bezos and a couple of VP's. That was the one that did the trick. Not sure which VP rattled a cage, but the dispute has been resolved in my favor, Amazon is no longer demanding that I pay $500 in fraudulent gift cards that I didn't order.

For those of you coming to this story late you can check out my previous posts about this:



Just wanted to send a BIG Thank You to all of the folks who a) allowed me to vent and b) gave helpful suggestions on how to keep at it until I got my account back. DU is a wonderful place full of wonderful folks!

Getting screwed by Amazon, continued.

The continuing saga of Amazon trying in every way they know to screw me over. I just got another email from amazon saying that they will not unlock my account until I pay them $500 for more of the fraudulent orders that were paid electronically that they never bothered to cancel even though I confirmed the same evening that ALL orders placed on 12/28 were fraudulent and they confirmed that they had cancelled all of the orders.

I'm sorry, but whether overtly or in a 'wink, wink, nod, nod' they are trying to defraud ME! Now I have one Amazon department telling me they are 'still investigating and working with my credit card company' and another department telling me I will never get my account back unless I pay them $500 for orders I never placed, never saw, and it looks like they were for extended warranties on Apple Smart Phones that we ordered and that WERE cancelled. So God knows how much I would be expected to pay Amazon before my account is restored. And I guess that I will never see all my Kindle books that I have bought over the years that I no longer have access to.

I have so far filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Protection Agency, written actual letters to three top executives at Amazon, and am raising a stink on Facebook and Twitter. I probably will never get my account back or gain access to all the Kindle books I have bought over the years, but I will keep harassing them and spreading the news far and wide for as long as I draw breath!

Getting screwed by Amazon

Not sure this is the right place. If not let me know and I'll pull this post.

On 12/28/2019 we were at a Christmas get together for a good part of the evening. When we got home, being the computer nut that I am I checked my email and saw a note from Amazon, then another, then another about things that I had just bought. Huh? Then I got an email from Amazon that they had detected suspicious activity and had locked down my account and cancelled the orders. The email specifically stated that I would be reimbursed for any money spent off the 'Gift Cards'. The 'orders' totalled over $5000 worth of Apple Smartphones (at about $1000 apiece and 'Gift Cards' totalling about $1400. I called Amazon and confirmed that I had not ordered all that stuff, I called my credit card company and told them the same thing, and then I called the cops.

The dummy who thought ripping me off was a good idea had used his own personal email account as the 'ship to' for the gift cards and my address for the delivery address for the Smartphones. While waiting for the cops to arrive I printed off all of the orders for them. When the cops arrived they had to laugh at how easy this one was going to be, since they had his email address. Amazon helped me reset my password and unlocked my account.

I thought all was OK and went back to normal. Even placed a couple of orders with Amazon over the next couple of weeks. Then on 1/12/2020 I got another email from Amazon saying that my account had been locked due to a billing dispute. Turns out that my credit card company wouldn't pay Amazon for the 'Gift Cards'. Seems that if you order a gift card from Amazon, they send it out via email within a couple of minutes of receiving the order, yet have no way of cancelling the gift card once it has been sent. So, even though Amazon knew the orders were fraudulent within 1-2 hours on the evening of 12/28, they couldn't cancel the gift cards and wanted either my credit card company or me to pay for them. Say What?

I tried to call the folks who had locked my account, but customers can't call them and the Customer Service can't communicate with the 'Dispute Resolution Team' via phone either, only by email and they were not allowed to give out that email to customers.

That was a month ago. So, I lost my last month of Prime (which we pay for annually), we can no longer watch Prime TV since the account is locked, I can't play any of the games I used to play on Amazon, and even more importantly I cannot access any of the Kindle books that we have bought and paid for. I would guess we have a couple of hundred dollars invested in Kindle books. And I discovered that I could no longer check Kindle books out of the library since my account was locked.

I have written to the 'Dispute Resolution Team' several times and have received nothing but the same form letter that basically suggests that I pay for the Gift Cards, never anything from a real person. I've filed complaints with the FTC and the BBB, neither of which seems to have done any good.

So, I am looking for any suggestions about what I can do to get my account back. (Please don't just tell me to dump Amazon, we have good and valid reasons we shop Amazon and are Prime members.)

Thanks for taking the time to read this.




LONDON (The Borowitz Report)—In an unexpected televised address on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II offered to restore British rule over the United States of America.

Addressing the American people from her office in Buckingham Palace, the Queen said that she was making the offer “in recognition of the desperate situation you now find yourselves in.” "This two-hundred-and-forty-year experiment in self-rule began with the best of intentions, but I think we can all agree that it didn't end well," she said.

The Queen urged Americans to write in her name on Election Day, after which the transition to British rule could begin “with a minimum of bother.” Elizabeth acknowledged that, in the wake of Brexit, Americans might justifiably be alarmed about being governed by the British parliamentary system, but she reassured them, “Parliament would play no role in this deal. This would be an old-school monarchy. Just me, and then, assuming you’d rather not have Charles, we could go straight to William and those children of his who have mesmerized you so.”

Using the closing moments of her speech to tout her credentials, the Queen made it clear that she has never used e-mail and has only had sex with one person "very occasionally."
Posted by Stonepounder | Mon Feb 3, 2020, 03:50 PM (2 replies)
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