Saturday, September 22, 2018

Weekend fun with 2ndVote

Dana Loesch is probably compensated for this ad and she is not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer. She is still "funding progressives."
Saturday, an email from 2ndVote is highlighting this weeks scores. They have decided to trash Verizon. I couldn't care less what they think of Verizon. It's the intent that counts.

2ndVote attempts to steer consumers away from progressive companies and towards more conservative organizations. They have an entire section on the Human Rights Campaign listing every sponsor and every company with a score of 100. Those are all deemed to be evil, evil, evil.

Speaking of evil, according to 2ndVote: “Verizon contributes to The Nature Conservancy, which supports cap-and-trade, carbon tax and the 2015 Paris climate deal.” Holy crap! Actually it is the Verizon Foundation but why split hairs?

In the alternative, they recommend Patriot Mobile. Patriot Mobile is an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) which means that they purchase voice and data connectivity at wholesale rates and then resell it to consumers. A very large percentage of revenue goes back to the wholesaler.

According to Patriot Mobile:
Every dollar that comes through Patriot Mobile goes on to help fund an American organization focused on principles such as family values, honoring our veterans, or helping out first responders.
Every dollar? That is an amazingly false claim. Most of the money that goes through Patriot Mobile goes back to their wholesaler and Patriot Mobile is not incorporated as a nonprofit organization. Among the companies that Patriot Mobile claims to support are anti-LGBT hate groups like American Family Association and Family Research Council.

In addition to the NRA, they claim to support Gun Owners of America. Larry Pratt, now executive director emeritus of GOA, is an anti-Semite and just plain nuts.

Patriot Mobile's wholesaler is Sprint but you won't find that anywhere on PM's website. Sprint, it turns out, is just as evil as Verizon according to 2nd Vote.

Patriot Mobile's plans are reasonably competitive. However, what the MVNOs are reluctant to tell consumers is that traffic is prioritized. Sprint customers are usually going to get better overall service than an MVNO using the Sprint network.

According to Patriot Mobile:
The issue is that too many cellphone companies out there today use their profits to help fund those who are doing everything they can to see our conservative America fail. Each dollar spent with these companies is a dollar that could have been spent protecting what matters most!
Patriot Mobile's dollars that they spend to purchase connectivity from Sprint are used for the same “nefarious” purposes. According to 2ndVote (just a snippet):
Sprint received a score of 100 on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. See more on HRC’s position on marriage here, Accessed 4/5/17.
Sprint contributes to the National Urban League, which supports same-sex marriage, Accessed 4/5/17.
Patriot Mobile is just a scam to fleece conservatives. The folks as 2ndVote are too stupid to realize that it is just a deception.

2ndVote also recommends Century Link (which does not offer cell phone service) and Charity Mobile, another MVNO. It looks like conservatives are going to have to be content doing business with a progressive company. AT&T is the most evil. It scores lower than either Verizon or Sprint (1 vs. 1.7 on a scale of 1 to 5). T-Mobile scores a hair better (2) for no discernible reason. My carrier, by the way, is AT&T.

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