I have said for years that EVERY American should visit Arlington National Cemetery. If it doesn’t humble you, and make you appreciative, there is something wrong with you.
March 30, 2015 at 10:22pm
Angie’s List is not some two-bit blog where angry schlubs can post libelous reviews anonymously. That’s what Yelp is for.
Were you an Angie’s List member? Probably not. That’s why they wouldn’t let you post a review. See, for someone to just go on their system and report being “ripped off” would be tantamount to libel/slander. Angie’s List is is a MEMBER-driven system of reviews of businesses that have been invited to list their verified info. They have a pretty well-defined system of handling bad reviews/complaints.
No; I don’t work for them. A client of mine does very well with them and I handle all his marketing and paperwork. I get angry when people slam businesses about which they obviously know very little.
Is their system perfect? NO! Show me one that is. And yes, Angie’s List is getting hit hard by competitors. And yes, their announcement is politically correct garbage.
And as far as them “catering” to businesses, I could tell you a very compelling story that actually proves quite the opposite. Trust me when I tell you that paid members wield a lot of power at AL.
If you were ripped off, you need to report it either to the police or prosecutor’s office, especially if you truly “feared for your life.”
 March 30, 2015 at 9:56pm
“They pick a name from a Contractor who lists themselves.”
NOT true. Do you have any idea the Angie’s List process really works? I do.
You cannot list your business yourself. If someone reviews/recommends you, then they invite you to list your business.
I am NOT an apologist for Angie’s List — I think their advertising is misleading in some respects. They say, “No one can pay to be on Angie’s List.” That’s true, but once you get reviewed they come after you for big bucks — BIG bucks.
But they do, in fact, verify a great deal of info on the people who are listed. How do I know? I have filled out the paperwork for a client of mine who is doing very, very well on Angie’s List.
Now, he’s spent a lot of money advertising with them, but he is attracting a very well-qualified clientele that is pre-qualifying themselves. From a marketing standpoint, it couldn’t be better. He’s been able to eliminate the tire-kickers almost completely (he offers a very expensive service).
AL does not just “pick a name.” That’s just a ridiculous claim that shows your ignorance about AL.
The reviews are absolutely the key. People really read them. And businesses live and die by them. But Angie’s List does NOT “pick a name” and give it to customers. Clients choose a business themselves, most often based on the business’ reviews.
I don’t agree with everything they do; and this announcement smacks of knee-jerk political correctness. But your characterization of their business practices is wrong.
HOGWASH..............I've hired many "Exe" grade people over the years long before Angie and since....never had a problem hiring someone with "class" and brains...
March 27, 2015 at 9:44pm
The White House knew EVERY BIT of the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s desertion very early on.
Anyone who says otherwise is a fool or a traitor.
I am convinced now more than ever that Barrack Hussein Obama has but one goal: destroy America.
As for Bergdahl…perhaps we could arrange a little “reunion” with his former comrades. I’m quite sure they missed him a great deal, and would just love the chance to get reacquainted.
 March 27, 2015 at 9:26pm
Block Flash player. Solves a lot. Unbelievable the amount of garbage running when you visit The Blaze.
This site used to bring my machine to an absolute crawl, and cause it to massively overheat (MacBook Pro, BTW). Same thing at Daily Caller website, too.
March 27, 2015 at 8:11pm
Perhaps you should change your screen name to “liberalapologist.”
Of course, when you cite Wikipedia as a source, I dismiss you completely.
 March 27, 2015 at 8:08pm
Research what Gary Sinise already has done to support our military. THEN make your comment.
Normally, you would be right. In this case, you are not.
 March 16, 2015 at 4:21pm
You are, of course, referencing the Ford Pinto — which wasn’t introduced until 1971.
 March 11, 2015 at 10:01pm
Two days and Troy Landry will have that place gator-free.
March 5, 2015 at 9:04pm
Seriously? OK, first, not all Conservatives are overtly religious (or evangelical). Next, even believers can have a sense of humor!
Actually one of my favorite Carlin bits was a particularly off-color, vulgar joke about Marilyn Quayle.
March 5, 2015 at 8:57pm
I’ve been predicting for 25 years now that one day we will “mine” our landfills for raw materials. Can you imagine how much steel, aluminum, glass and plastic we could recover?
Our stockpile of “unnatural” resources is huge — and growing.
 March 2, 2015 at 8:20pm
As a writer, editor and now publisher with 30 years of experience I say without hesitation that The Blaze is edited by absolute amateurs. Sometimes it’s all I can do to read the stories. Don’t even get me started on the headlines…
Frankly, the amateurish copywriting and grotesquely inaccurate and/or sensational headlines are a big part of why I often skip this website for weeks at a time.
For grins, check the header about handshaking today (3/3).
It's “Do You This After Shaking Someone’s Hand?” WHAT?!?!?
February 20, 2015 at 10:09am
Please allow me to tell you a little story…
We have a place in Wooster, OH called Coccia’s Pizza. Third generation; awesome pies. The other night, just when this latest Arctic blast hit, my family and I decided that instead of cooking, we would treat ourselves a bit. After phoning for half an hour just to place our order, I arrived 10 minutes before they opened, to pick it up.
The parking lot was already packed, with people who also had called ahead. When they opened the doors at 5 p.m., I said to one of the folks traipsing in with me, “I wish I had a business where 50 people were waiting for me to open the doors.”
There’a a reason people buy Apple products, and are willing to wait in line to do so.
There’s also a reason people DON’T camp out for Windows products…
thank you for your story..
but it sounds as if you agree with my comment …at least in the spirit
of giving the choice between being the person BEHIND the cash register selling the shellacked fecal matter…..
or in your yarn the ” tasty Italian cuisine ”
and not in front of the cash register … waiting out in the dark,cold , the elements, exposed and appearing slightly odd, surrounded by others that are just as odd. if not down right foolish
…. to be know as ” the FIRST ”
Regardless how well crafted the shellacked fecal matter may be
or delicious the food may be . .
That's how the couple phrased it. I could make some snarky remark about leaving your keys in a running car and poor grammar, but I won't ;-)
@ohiowordguy: I was just thinking the same thing! I’m pretty sure you can’t use “had” and “drove” together. If the writer hadn’t inserted the word “had”, the sentence would have been fine, but since the writer did use “had”, “driven” should have been used instead of “drove.”
Good English is about as fleeting today as the guy's blue van.
 February 19, 2015 at 8:57pm
THANK YOU for your perspective. Incredibly well stated. I think you’re probably correct in every observation you made.
Best wishes to you and your family.
 February 19, 2015 at 8:50pm
I think you’re wrong. You can’t force friendships!
Sometimes, as much as parents try to explain that “everyone is different,” a child simply doesn’t bond with another child like we would hope.
Kids also may be uncomfortable with someone they don’t understand. If the boy is autistic, how does it manifest itself? Silence? Outbursts? It’s entirely possible that the other children aren’t comfortable around him and really don’t want to go to his party.
I’m not judging either way. Just trying to point out that I doubt very much that the parents said “no.” More than likely, at least a few of the parents tried to talk their child into going, but the child refused.
Again; I don’t care what the circumstances are, you can’t force friendship and it’s wrong to try. Regardless of the situation, receiving an invitation does not obligate the recipient to attend — or to explain nonattendance.
I can see your point. I do think that the parents could have at least said they cannot come, even if they didn't want to say why. That way the parents could have figured out some other way to celebrate their son's birthday.
No, you can't force friendship. But, it's never too early to teach civility, compassion and tolerance. My oldest son is autistic so I have some experience here. He can be hard to deal with. He's certainly hard to relate to. But, I thank God every day that my other children have had the experience of growing up with someone like him. They've learned that relationships are not just about what you yourself get out of the deal. They've learned to put the needs of others ahead of their own. They've learned to value those with profound differences. At best, I'm a mediocre dad. But when you see the character my children have developed from growing up with their older brother ...
These parents missed out on an excellent opportunity to teach and/or reinforce important virtues to their children.
 February 12, 2015 at 10:58pm
NOW who looks stupid, Barry?
February 3, 2015 at 10:41pm
“Plenty of people get arrested for not paying taxes.”
Really, Blaze? Name one. Just one.
Nonpayment of property taxes is a civil matter, NOT criminal. They take your house, not put you in jail.