Beware World Choice Travel Affiliate Scam

I just wanted to warn people of what appears to be deceptive practices by World Choice Travel. This company shows as being a Travelocity partner network as well as Orbitz. Whether these well-known companies are one in the same I do not know, however both are still showing live on the internet as “World Choice Travel Partner Network” (WCT). Their main website brings you to pages that show the apparent contradiction. But this is not the issue. Just an example that there are contradictions within the site. The contact information they both provide is showing similar contacts. But more on that later.

Page showing Orbitz Partner Network:

wct - orbitz

Page showing Travelocity Partner Network:

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I want to briefly explain what the program is about. World Choice Travel works as an engine for those who have websites who want to use their service to sell travel related bookings. Those using the service basically make commissions for sales that take place through their own travel websites.

I used the service for a long time. I only had a small website that was never advertised and made very modest earnings. At the most I think I made about $100-$125 in a year. Those earnings basically dwindled down to nothing a couple years ago. I had suspicions that something was amiss, especially since I had some regular customers who booked travel through the website. Sometimes you have to take some things on faith as far as affiliate or advertising type ventures on the internet. Unless someone investigates the companies it is difficult to know if you are getting the proper credit. But I do know that the links were working (live) the different times I did check them.

I hadn’t checked the site in quite a while and noticed over a week ago that the links were giving an “ACCESS DENIED” message. So I figured I missed something and needed to update the links. When I contacted them through partners@wctravel.com and tech@wctravel.com the emails bounced back with fatal errors. I tried for a week with the same results and decided to give up. I do not know if they are working now or not. I did manage to use a web form and also contact them through customerservice@wctravel.com. But they never responded to my concerns.

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To make matters worse in my suspicions of World Choice Travel I noticed a couple other sites that were using them had the same “ACCESS DENIED” error message. I know I never received any notification of any issues/changes with the affiliate program. I suspect others didn’t as well. As I mentioned they are still pushing the program online with contact info that was not working for over a week and at last check still wasn’t. I was a very small affiliate so any lost earnings were probably rather small. A larger website could have lost a lot of money in just a short time by having a site that no longer worked with the program. Loss of regular customers who find the site does not provide the expected services can cost anyone a lot of money over the long term.

Ironically the pages listing World Choice Travel (WCT) have them listed as a BBB Online Reliability Program. I know how the Better Business Bureau works and do not expect anything to come of this, but I filed a complaint on principle. This is the same reason I am posting this warning to prospective travel affiliates. I strongly urge those considering this program to go elsewhere. It is not worth dealing with a company that is so unprofessional it will not contact its partners when the program changes or goes under; A company that cannot update its contact information. Have they cheated affiliates out of money? I can’t say for sure. They never paid me the small earnings I still had coming. I know enough to consider it to be a scam on some level. That is my opinion. At the very least I feel they are dealing in an unethical manner. Their actions/inaction potentially cost some who partnered with them. It would seem more than likely to me. It also raises questions as to just how far they have gone in not delivering on their part of their arrangement with affiliates.

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Why Did Barack Obama Win the Nobel Peace Prize?

Well what the Nobel Prize panel had to say might answer that.

The Nobel Prize panel cited Obama’s call for a world nuclear free world. That is the naive Obama they are talking about who believes/believed you could dismantle your weapons and trust murderers to do the same. His disgraceful agreement with Iran proves he is willing to risk the security of the United States and Israel just to further his own legacy. Even if many will view his legacy as one that risked the lives of millions.

The Nobel Prize panel also brought up Obama’s role in combating global warming. What? The Nobel committee also credited Barack Obama for his support of the United Nations. Support of a historically inept group full of haters of America. Well, I suppose you can start to see how politics plays into these decisions.

Maybe this would be a good time to mention some of the other winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Al Gore. I refer you to the climate-gate scandal. Jimmy Carter was also a past winner. He wasn’t a very good president to say the least. In fact, he was very much like Obama, but with some limitations and seemingly some moral compass. His presidency may be the only time where the economy rivaled this one, with the exception of the great depression. Then there was Yasser Arafat. Really? Lets face it – the last couple decades have been a complete joke when it comes to the Nobel Peace Prize.

In September of last year it turned out that Geil Lundestad, director at the institute for 25 years, said in his memoir that he and the committee decided to grant the award to Obama just after his election in 2009 more in hopes of aiding him to achieve his goals on nuclear disarmament, rather than in recognition of what he had actually accomplished. He stated that giving him the award did not fulfill the committee’s expectations that it would strengthen Obama.

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T.D. Jakes’ Tweet to Me – Did his George Zimmerman Verdict Response Expose Racism or Dishonesty?

Shortly after the George Zimmerman acquittal in the Trayvon Martin murder trial I saw a tweet from T.D. Jakes. Something about it was unsettling to me given the timing so I called him out on it. He actually tweeted back to me, although he did not clarify what he meant by his statement. His original tweet was:

“Some times things happen in life that even leave communicators speechless!”

My tweet back was:

The timing of this post begs for clarification. Does race trump God?

His response back:

“There is nothing to clarify sir…speechless is speechless. Don’t read into it your suppositions about me or GOD!”

Twitter exchange with T.D. Jakes

Obviously there was something on his mind, but I told him that out of respect for his work I would not press him on it. But then something shocking happened. He gave a sermon a day or two later and he repeated the words of his original tweet and then went on a rant of how Trayvon Martin did absolutely nothing wrong on the night he was killed. I would just like to say here that bashing someone’s head into the pavement is wrong in a decent person’s eyes. I am not sure what is more unsettling to me; his claiming to know things he cannot possibly know or his denial to me that he meant anything in particular when he posted his tweet.

Later from T.D. Jakes’ sermon:

“it would be disingenuous of me to not tell you quite honestly and quite succinctly that I was stunned, shocked, [and] speechless about the outcome of this trial”

“committed absolutely no crime at all, walking down the street on his way to his daddy’s house with some Skittles and a soda”

He also mentioned that Trayvon was smaller than Zimmerman even though he was 6’2 and towered over him. The media pictures of a 12 or 13 year old Martin bore very little resemblance to where he was at the time. But that should be irrelevant. Even Trayvon Martin’s history shouldn’t be important. I mention some of these things because people are unwilling to give the benefit of the doubt to a man who was brutally attacked; Someone who was looking out for his neighborhood that had been repeatedly victimized by criminals. I simply don’t expect this kind of judgment from Christians, especially from those who call themselves pastors.

I doubted what T.D. Jakes had said to me after I read his back and forth tweets with his followers right after his original tweet. They were all Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman related, and his followers were united in their anger at Zimmerman being acquitted. I also received some nasty comments from some of his supporters. Apparently if you believe Zimmerman had a right to defend himself from the brutal attack then you are an evil white man. How sad is that? These are people who claim to be followers of Jesus.

Perhaps being put on the spot Jakes didn’t have the courage to say what he was thinking when I questioned his tweet. Then after reading the tea leaves from his followers maybe he decided to give them the red meat they wanted. All in contradiction to his tweet to me and delivered from the pulpit, no less. I guess I can see now why some people say it is all about the money.

I have never been one to be critical of televangelists. In fact, I tend to stick up for them when people criticize them. I am even quick to forgive and dismiss past personal indiscretions. I believe they play an important part in delivering the message of God to the people of the world. The Bible does warn that there would be wolves in sheep’s clothing so obviously they are not all doing God’s work.

I have heard other things in regards to T.D. Jakes and his ministry being less than down the middle when it comes to race. I haven’t done any research on that so I will just leave it as hearsay for now and let the readers do their own diligence if they are interested in that now.

I cannot fathom how people can ignore what the Bible says and be so one sided when it comes to race. The Bible says God is not a respecter of person’s. We are to judge a man’s heart and not the outward appearance. Yet we have people who want a man put in prison for defending themselves from a brutal attack. People who somehow can look at a person and decide he is guilty in spite of the evidence that says otherwise.

I wasn’t there when Trayvon Martin was killed. But in this country we have a pretty good rule when it comes to sending people to prison: Innocent until proven guilty. Sadly, we have found out after the fact that many people were sent to prison who were indeed innocent. I can only imagine how many were convicted falsely who were not able to prove themselves innocent.

The George Zimmerman trial and aftermath look like a modern day lynching. People are bloodthirsty. Some are racist. We can all decide for ourselves who those people are when we see them. I think it is disgusting to want to send any human being to prison when the evidence does not warrant it. To believe that someone who was lurking around an area victimized by crime who had a less than stellar personal history could not have possibly had any bad intentions is puzzling to me.

To think his brutal attack on another human being is considered by some people as doing nothing wrong is shocking to me. To then want to convict someone when the evidence supported his recollection of events is simply sickening. How can people call themselves Christians and then act like a bloodthirsty lynch mob? How does a so-called spiritual leader make this about race and take a stand against a six person female jury do anything but cause division? Zimmerman was a racist and the six woman jury? And about 70% of Americans? How many decades does this set race relations back? And why? To appease people? To keep those who financially support you happy? What are we to think?

The whole Zimmerman/Martin case made national news when the 911 tapes were spliced by the media, making Zimmerman look racist. They then managed to falsely turn Zimmerman into a white man. Sadly, there are people out there who still don’t know these basic facts about the case. Even sadder is the fact that his race makes a difference. But those two false narratives are what drove this story to such a frenzy.

Unfortunately there are people murdered every day and it is not national news. Some are race motivated and others are not. Some are self-defense and others are cold blooded murder. This is a case that would not have even made it to trial if it weren’t for the misreporting of the media and race-baiters who played this as white vs. black, instead of a tragedy that involved two human beings. The local authorities were satisfied that this was self defense.

I don’t know what is buried in the heart of T.D. Jakes. I do know he was less than forthright with me in his twitter response. He said he was speechless, but in the end said a whole lot. Perhaps more about himself than anything else. I responded back that I would not press him on it out of respect for his work. That was before he took to the pulpit and answered the question for me. To say I will be avoiding looking for any spiritual guidance from Mr. Jakes should go without saying. Others can decide if they want to stay away from someone like him. You can look at the full details of what happened here and research what others are saying. Don’t trust anyone blindly. Do your homework. I can only hope that those who partner with people like this start doing their own.

Personally, it makes me sick to think that T.D. Jakes has such influence with our Christian brothers and sisters when I consider my belief that we are children of a colorblind God. No longer seeing him as an honest man only reinforces my feelings that this is not someone I want to be listening to or following. There are other options. When in doubt, we should open the Bible up for ourselves. It is something we should probably do either way. We live in perilous times when we should not take a chance at being deceived. The wolf is at the door.

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Barack Obama is Dumber than a Box of George Bushes

Sarah Palin recently put up a Facebook post of some of Barack Obama’s gaffes. This was a response to the media jumping on her saying North Korea when she should have said South Korea. She did this once and corrected herself immediately. Throughout her interview with Glenn Beck she referred to South Korea as our ally. This is your wonderful media and honest kindhearted liberals who fail to point that out. That would not help them painting the sexist picture of a dumb broad.

Barack Obama has already reached or surpassed George W. Bush in the gaffe department. You just have to search the videos if you want to see them. I’ve included a few links below. The libs do not believe turnabout is fair play. Then there is Joe Biden. He is the champion at gaffes. The media made Dan Quayle look awfully bad for just a couple of gaffes. Joe Biden is the gift that keeps on giving. Dan Quayle and Al Gore combined do not even approach Biden.

Just a few of the many Obama blunders:

My fellow Americans in all 57 states

The time has changed for come

With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago

The reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system

We know that countries like Europe

 

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Bono Hypocrisy – Bono is the Reverse Robin Hood

Bono, of the band U2 has come under fire for remarks where he uses the internet policing of China as an example to go after file-sharers:

“We know from America’s noble effort to stop child pornography, not to mention China’s ignoble effort to suppress online dissent, that it’s perfectly possible to track content.”

Using what most people consider are China’s very less than ignoble efforts to suppress dissent as an example to follow has a lot of people scratching their heads.

What is equally shocking to me is that Bono also claimed that internet service providers were “reverse Robin Hoods.” That is strange considering it is the record industry that is suing poor people for millions of dollars, such as the mom of four with limited means who was fined $1.92 million for downloading 24 songs. Who are the reverse Robin Hoods here?

Keith Urban proved to be the real Robin Hood when he accepted his People’s Choice Award he said:

“I don’t even care if you download it illegally, give it to your friends, I really don’t care.”

Maybe if Bono had as much passion for music and respect and gratitude for the fans as Keith Urban he would not need to blame file-sharing for his inability to sell his songs.

Bono, who has received a lot of publicity for his campaigns against third world debt once called upon the Irish government to contribute more to Africa. When Ireland closed a loophole that let musicians and artists avoid paying taxes on royalties Bono and the band U2 moved their music company to the Netherlands. I guess he didn’t want to be a part of that contribution. At least, if there were no cameras there for the free publicity.

Those are two examples of strange comments and examples coming from the man who calls himself Bono. Hypocritical statements and actions cause some to take pause and examine the motives of those who call on “others” to do more to help the poor and the oppressed.

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VFW Freezes Family out of Their Home

This is a very sad story that is local and personal to me. A Waterford, NY family forced from their home under very suspicious circumstances by the VFW made the local paper The Troy Record in November. There is now much more to this story on eNewsAlerts.com. The town of Waterford couldn’t even condemn the terrible action.

To sum it up, a broken water line leading to the property was cobbed up by the tenant’s VFW landlord earlier in the year and the family was led to believe it would be repaired right up until November when they were told they would not fix it. The cob job was a garden hose stretched across the property from the local VFW. Then they told them they were evicting them because it was not profitable enough to them to fix it.

The family did not even have time to fight the action because the garden hose was no match for winter, which was a perfect checkmate for the VFW, who had the family living under an illegal setup for months. The family was then left with no recourse, but to flee, throwing out many of their possessions and leaving their home of 27 years. Had the family been told sooner they would have at least had a reasonable time to find other living arrangements. It was quite a Christmas present. The mayor of Waterford, Bert Mahoney, who is allegedly behind the action has been silent on the matter. You have to wonder if these people have hearts. Shame on the VFW and the town of Waterford, NY. Shame indeed.

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