Gas Pains

Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Prank or Legit?


For the last several months or so we local bloggers on the Tosa homepage have been battling a bad case of the crud.  All you have to do is read the comments.

Yes, just like a pernicious case of jock itch or athlete's foot all you have to do is share your credit card with the sweaty, slave laborer from Putian City, Fujian Provincial Network Of Unicom and he will send my friend Christine McLaughlin a Sinful short_t-shirt_woman $16 direct from 

Not to be outdone Karen Waldkirch's blog will fetch you at $9 Bikini (Ed hardy,polo) $18 FREE SHIPPING Accept Credit Card Payment! --- .  --- A friendship founded on business is better than business founded on friendship. Thanks! 

Heather Zydek's Blue Bungalow Farm has been inundated in cheap Prada stiletto heels - you can find many cheap and high stuff Believe you will love it. WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARD /WESTERN UNION PAYMENT YOU MUST NOT MISS IT!!!

Me?  Roughly forty-five solicitations in December (so far) - not for sporting goods - but for more of the juicy  And the Mothership seems incapable of stopping it.  Moreover, they actually believe it is legitimate.

I call prank.

Consider this...

The onslaught of spam (theoretically originating in China) pitching fake Gucci handbags and counterfeit Nike sneakers is likely the lamest business model on the web.  From my examination it doesn't appear on Tom Skibosh's or the Tree Doctor's commercial blogs.  Less subtle is the pattern of posts.  They certainly don't conform with normal sweatshop hours on mainland China.  They absolutely do not reflect that the NHL is still locked-out and nobody wants to buy their stuff (counterfeit or otherwise).  It hasn't appeared on any of the other NOWCommunity homepages.  And as a final piece of evidence I would submit that no spam is posted during a Packer game or the gun deer season.

Don't get me wrong.  I would be the first to admit to engaging-in and being the object-of a good prank.  After-all who doesn't like a joke?   Nevertheless, at risk of being spotted-out as the target of a prank - I think someone over at the Mothership has had their Christmas stocking pulled-over their eyes.  Someone with a sophisticated anonymizer has been putting coal in their stocking too.

Happy New Year everyone!  Believe you will love it. We have good reputation. Opportunity knocks but once.


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