The SafeLink scam: Free cell phones for welfare

Yes, it’s true! The US government is giving away totally free cell phones. But there is a catch. You must be super-poor or taking government charity to qualify to get a free cell phone!

Safelink is not about safety. Any cell phone can call 911, even without any service plan, and that’s why Safelink is a scam because it only pretends to help the poor stay safe.

Safelink keeps the public safe, not the users

My guess is that safelink is secretly being used by federal, state and local law enforcment to spy on people who accept government handouts. Because the government is paying for the safelink service, by law they have the right to eavesdrop on the conversations without getting a warrant. Brilliant!

Safelink could be a Godsend for state and local police.

SafeLink is a foreign company

This giveaway of free telephones is not part of the Obama economic stimulus package, and does not benefit Americans.

SafeLink is a subsidiary of América Móvil, a MEXICAN company!

Worse, Safelink is not designed to help the worthy “working poor”. Instead, this communist giveaway is exclusively for welfare dependents, food stamp receipients, and the chronically underemployed.

No modest landline telephones for welfare, Medicaid and food stamp users:

Safelink does not give away modest landline phones

Evidently, welfare and food stamp dependents deserve the very best. They get very nice, top-notch cell phones, all at taxpayer expense:

A free telephone for people on food stamps

I’ve wondered, when the First Lady visits a poverty-stricken neighborhood, how everyone has expensive cell phones with built-in cameras?

Luxury for the poor – All paid for with your tax dollars

Warning: Visiting this site will leave you pissed off – Free cell phones for welfare recipients.

Just look at what it takes to qualify. All that is required is that you are a certified loser and government moocher:

“The process to qualify for Lifeline Service depends on the State you live in. In general, you may qualify if…

You already participate in other State or Federal assistance program such as Federal Public Housing Assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid.


Your total household income is at or below 135% of the poverty guidelines set by your State and/or the Federal Government.”

This article confirms that SafeLink is just a scam, paid for by taxpayers.

And it’s not just for lazy Americans; it comes in Spanish too, for illegal aliens:

“The site is also available in Spanish, leading to the not-too-unreasonable conclusion that a significant percentage of the applicants conceivably could be, may be, might be undocumented aliens.”

Si – Uncle Sam will get your ass a free cell phone

THIS IS DISGUSTING. Why should the taxpayers give Mexicans free cell phones if they won’t even bother to learn English?

Icky People also expresses shock at this ridiculous waste of taxpayer dollars:

“This is a bizarre policy.

The U.S. Government has started giving out free cellphones, free service, and free minutes every month, plus rollover minutes, caller ID, call waiting, and voicemail to citizens who qualify.

Uncle Sam pays for everything. I’m not making this up.”

The working poor must get by with lesser cell phones

And if you think that this program was just to allow poor people to communicate in emergencies, think again. These free cell phones are not just for emergencies!

“Through our Lifeline Service you will receive FREE cellular service, a FREE cell phone, and FREE Minutes every month!

SafeLink Wireless Service does not cost anything – there are no contracts, no recurring fees and no monthly charges.”

This makes me sick, it’s absolutely outrageous.

Please write your congressman and have this stupid government giveaway changed. Cell phones for honest working poor is a great idea, but it’s beyond offensive to give free luxury goods to people on welfare and food stamps.

Note: So far, SafeLink Mexican-owned free phones are only approved for people in Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York and parts of Michigan and Pennsylvania. Let’s stop this foreign cash drain before it spreads to other states.

Reader comments:

Mr. Burleson,

You may have missed the point about SafeLink. It may be a government sponsored scam.

SafeLink may just be a way for law enforcement to circumvent wiretapping laws. If the government owns the cell phones they have every right to eavesdrop on all telephone calls.

Studies confirm that welfare and food stamp recipients are far more likely to commit crimes than working citizens, so SafeLink may be an clever and inexpensive method to circumvent the Federal wiretapping laws!

Inside the MMPI Machiavellianism (mach) scale

The MMPI is among the world’s most validated test, an incredible exam of 500 true/false questions designed to give insights into personality. When I got my degree in Psychology, I was fascinated by all of the unobtrusive questions to detect lying, and personality dimensions.

The MMPI was designed using empirical methods on zillions of people, using proven statistical techniques to assess every dimension of ytour personality.

See below for an actual example of an MMPI personality assessment, it’s quite impressive.

The validity of the MMPI is based on empirical statistics, using real-world collections where people with a known disorder will tend to answer a question in a certain way!

Often as not, psychologists don’t fuly understand the “why” for a statistically significant correlations, but that’s not important. All that counts is the predictivie validity of the answer!

Unobtrusive questions are used to disguise the ointent of the measured metrics. For excample, people with a certain combinations of disorders tend to be scared ot taking showers, and the innocent question “Do ytou prefer to take showers or baths” will reveal a dimension to the respondent’s personality.

The most fascinating MMPI scale was the Machiavellian scale, called the “mach” scale. This is a MMPI scale devised to measure your propensity to be able to manipulate other people:

See my notes on the MMPI and business profiling.

Main MMPI scales:

1 Hs – Hypochondriasis
2 D – Depression
3 Hy – Hysteria
4 Pd – Psychopathic Deviate
5 Mf – Masculinity–Femininity
6 Pa – Paranoia
7 Pt – Psychasthenia
8 Sc – Schizophrenia
9 Ma – Hypomania
0 Si – Social Introversion

Clinical Subscales

(Harris-Lingoes and Social Introversion subscales, Extended Score Report and The Minnesota Reports)

Harris-Lingoes Subscales
D1 – Subjective Depression
D2 – Psychomotor Retardation
D3 – Physical Malfunctioning
D4 – Mental Dullness
D5 – Brooding
Hy1 – Denial of Social Anxiety
Hy2 – Need for Affection
Hy3 – Lassitude-Malaise
Hy4 – Somatic Complaints
Hy5 – Inhibition of Aggression
Pd1 – Familial Discord
Pd2 – Authority Problems
Pd3 – Social Imperturbability
Pd4 – Social Alienation
Pd5 – Self-Alienation
Pa1 – Persecutory Ideas
Pa2 – Poignancy
Pa3 – Naiveté
Sc1 – Social Alienation
Sc2 – Emotional Alienation
Sc3 – Lack of Ego Mastery, Cognitive
Sc4 – Lack of Ego Mastery, Conative
Sc5 – Lack of Ego Mastery, Defective Inhibition
Sc6 – Bizarre Sensory Experiences
Ma1 – Amorality
Ma2 – Psychomotor Acceleration
Ma3 – Imperturbability
Ma4 – Ego Inflation
Social Introversion Subscales
Si1 – Shyness/Self-Consciousness
Si2 – Social Avoidance
Si3 – Alienation – Self and Others

Content Scales

(Extended Score Report, The Minnesota Reports, and Criminal Justice and Correctional Report)
ANX – Anxiety
FRS – Fears
OBS – Obsessiveness
DEP – Depression
HEA – Health Concerns
BIZ – Bizarre Mentation
ANG – Anger
CYN – Cynicism
ASP – Antisocial Practices
TPA – Type A
LSE – Low Self-Esteem
SOD – Social Discomfort
FAM – Family Problems
WRK – Work Interference
TRT – Negative Treatment Indicators

Content Component Scales

(Extended Score Report and The Minnesota Reports [except the Alcohol and Drug Treatment System Report])
Fears Subscales
FRS1 – Generalized Fearfulness
FRS2 – Multiple Fears
Depression Subscales
DEP1 – Lack of Drive
DEP2 – Dysphoria
DEP3 – Self-Depreciation
DEP4 – Suicidal Ideation
Health Concerns Subscales
HEA1 – Gastrointestinal Symptoms
HEA2 – Neurological Symptoms
HEA3 – General Health Concerns
Bizarre Mentation Subscales
BIZ1 – Psychotic Symptomatology
BIZ2 – Schizotypal Characteristics
Anger Subscales
ANG1 – Explosive Behavior
ANG2 – Irritability
Cynicism Subscales
CYN1 – Misanthropic Beliefs
CYN2 – Interpersonal Suspiciousness
Antisocial Practices Subscales
ASP1 – Antisocial Attitudes
ASP2 – Antisocial Behavior
Type A Subscales
TPA1 – Impatience
TPA2 – Competitive Drive
Low Self-Esteem Subscales
LSE1 – Self-Doubt
LSE2 – Submissiveness
Social Discomfort
SOD1 – Introversion
SOD2 – Shyness
Family Problems
FAM1 – Family Discord
FAM2 – Familial Alienation
Negative Treatment Indicators
TRT1 – Low Motivation
TRT2 – Inability to Disclose

Supplementary Scales

AGGR – Aggressiveness
PSYC – Psychoticism
DISC – Disconstraint
NEGE – Negative Emotionality/Neuroticism
INTR – Introversion/Low Positive Emotionality
Broad Personality Characteristics
A – Anxiety
R – Repression
Es – Ego Strength
Do – Dominance
Re – Social Responsibility
Generalized Emotional Distress
Mt – College Maladjustment2
PK – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder–Keane
MDS – Marital Distress

Behavioral Dyscontrol

Ho – Hostility
O-H – Overcontrolled Hostility2
MAC-R – MacAndrew–Revised
AAS – Addiction Admission
APS – Addiction Potential

Here is a Sample MMPI result:


Significant levels of emotional upset are reported which may interfere with memory, concentration, abstraction and judgment.

Mr. Sample is not reflective or thoughtful which can limit insight and judgment. He does not try to understand the world in cognitive, rational ways.

Concentration difficulties are probable with Mr. Sample being distractible, preoccupied, and inattentive. This may cause Mr. Sample to miss important environmental cues leading to decreased judgment and coping.

Mr. Sample is likely to be concrete in his thinking due to personality factors despite his potential level of intellectual functioning as personality factors predispose Mr. Sample to overly focus on detail and miss general trends.

Mr. Sample likes clear-cut situations and has trouble dealing with ambiguity, novelty and change.

He is an extremely cognitively rigid individual who has fixed ideas from which he has trouble deviating. Mr. Sample may fail to take in additional information or alter his opinion once an idea is formed. Poor judgment and situational misperceptions can result from reacting in terms of these fixed beliefs without seeing if they match the current situation. At this level, delusional ideation may occur.

Due to a lack of self-confidence, Mr. Sample may be indecisive and have problems with decision-making.

Mr. Sample may show poor planning as he is severely cognitively impulsive. A lack of proper cognitive mediation and/or planning is likely as he often acts without considering consequences or alternative courses of action.

Due to his cognitive style, Mr. Sample may have severe difficulty learning by experience and may repeatedly make the same mistakes.

Severe racing thoughts and flight of ideas may be occurring which can result in cognitive impulsivity, poor concentration, inattention and misinterpretation of situations.

Severe obsessive ruminations and worries are reported that are very likely to disrupt Mr. Sample’s cognitive
efficiency. Levels of brooding over problems exist to the point where he may lose control of his thought processes.

Mr. Sample reports feeling somewhat mentally dull as he reports experiencing increased cognitive inefficiency.

Schizotypal features were not present.

Thinking is goal-directed and orderly without significant mental confusion. Mr. Sample reports having significant levels of psychotic-like thoughts and sensory experiences with hallucinations, delusions, ideas of reference, and strange physical experiences possible.

This should be clinically examined. Significant ego-alien ideas and feelings of unreality are reported that distress Mr. Sample and make him feel as if he is “losing his mind.”

The Stella awards for frivolous litigation!

I was raised in Albuquerque, home of many of the most outrageous lawsuits in the world, acts that precipitated the Stella awards, a hall-of-shame for American litigation.

just finished reading “The Stella Awards” book by Randy Cassingham, a tad dated, but a must-read for anyone interested in frivolous lawsuits and tort reform (also a popular web site).

The Stella award has the coffee cup from the Albuquerque incident, a case where a woman placed a hot cup of coffee between her legs, and sued McDonalds, winning millions of dollars:

The Stela award is modeled after the Albuquerque coffee case

The American legal system can be simply fixed, just require the losing party to post a surety bold to pay the legal bills of the loser, and require all judges to punish frivolous litigators.

This book on the Stella Awards is out-of-print, but you can get a copy on Amazon stores.

Urban legends on frivolous litigation

This one is a common “urban legend”, exposed by the Stella awards:

In November 2000 Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32 foot Winnebago motor home. On his first trip home, having joined the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly the Winnie left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the handbook that he couldn’t actually do this. He was awarded $1,750,000 plus a new Winnie. (Winnebago actually changed their handbooks on the back of this court case, just in case there are any other complete morons buying their vehicles.)

Here are the 2007 Stella award winners:

#3: Sentry Insurance Company. The company provided worker’s compensation insurance for a Wisconsin “Meals on Wheels” program. Delivering a meal, a MoW volunteer (who was allegedly not even wearing boots) slipped and fell on a participant’s driveway that had been cleared of snow, and Sentry had to pay to care for her resulting injuries. Sentry wanted its money back, so it sued the 81-year-old homeowner getting the Meals on Wheels service. It could have simply filed for “subrogation” from her homeowner’s insurance company, but by naming her in the action, it dragged an old lady into court, reinforcing the image of insurance companies as concerned only about the bottom line, not “protecting” policyholders from loss.

#2: The family of Robert Hornbeck. Hornbeck volunteered for the Army and served a stint in Iraq. After getting home, he got drunk, wandered into a hotel’s service area (passing “DANGER” warning signs), crawled into an air conditioning unit, and was severely cut when the machinery activated. Unable to care for himself due to his drunkenness, he bled to death. A tragedy, to be sure, but one solely caused by a supposedly responsible adult with military training. Despite his irresponsible behavior — and his perhaps criminal trespassing — Hornbeck’s family sued the hotel for $10 million, as if it’s reasonably foreseeable that some drunk fool would ignore warning signs and climb into its heavy duty machinery to sleep off his bender.

But those pale compared to…

The winner of the 2007 True Stella Award: Roy L. Pearson Jr. The 57-year-old Administrative Law Judge from Washington DC claims that a dry cleaner lost a pair of his pants, so he sued the mom-and-pop business for $65,462,500. That’s right: more than $65 million for one pair of pants. Representing himself, Judge Pearson cried in court over the loss of his pants, whining that there certainly isn’t a more compelling case in the District archives. But the Superior Court judge wasn’t moved: he called the case “vexatious litigation”, scolded Judge Pearson for his “bad faith”, and awarded damages to the dry cleaners. But Pearson didn’t take no for an answer: he’s appealing the decision. And he has plenty of time on his hands, since he was dismissed from his job. Last we heard, Pearson’s appeal is still pending.

The Christian explanation of the 404 error

The Christian explanation of the 404 error is mighty strange!

Check out this fascinating page; the Christian roots of the 404 error.

“The 404 Error message was created by an unholy menagerie of vile atheists, Democrats, liberals and Godless Soviets in the Year of our Lord 1992.

We’re told through electronic pathogens and demonic incantation rituals, they managed to create ways to electronically limit the amount of lost souls and seekers of truth that ‘web servers’ could process in a given minute.”

Thanks Andy!

Creepy eyes!

This Madagascar gecko is the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen:

In addition to having eye that makes reptilian eyes cute by comparison, it has the most teeth of any animal, over 300 teeth!

It’s endangered. I hope this creepy thing goes extinct!

Man gives birth to a parasitic evil twin

Man gives birth to a parasitic evil twin

This is so creepy, it speaks for itself:

No fetus can beat us: Man births his own dead twin

“In a scene echoing the horror movie Alien, Gavin staggered into his GP’s surgery bleeding from his belly button.

His stunned GP Dr Joe Santos said: “It was like something from Alien. I didn’t believe Gavin when he said something was coming out of his belly button until I saw him.”

Medics said the growth was a parasitic twin — Gavin’s identical brother who died in the womb early in their mum’s pregnancy.

The 4cm foetus then became embedded in Gavin’s tissue and stayed in his stomach for the next 30 years.”

Thanks Nothing To Do With Arbroath

The priceless look of Surprise

The priceless look of Surprise cannot be faked.

Priceless, the look on this lady’s face:

Baby elephant is curious . . .

The baby elephant was just curious; I hope that she did not traumatize it . . .


Gawd I hate the Internet

Back before the Internet, database magazines vetted their authors. Sadly, today’s web is chock full of posers and jerks, intent on ruining the power of the web and inserting profanity and sleeze into even the most innocent web searches.

For today’s example, Google for Client server database

Warning! This incocent Google query will return profanity.

Tghis remonds me of when I was teaching my kids to search the web. It was 1997, and the movie “Titanic” had just came out.

Doping a web search for “titanic” was a big mistake! Lots of references to titanic-sized body parts. . . .