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Pure Essence Lifeessence Powder, 261-Grams
Pure Essence Lifeessence Powder, 261-Grams
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No bed of pleasure cruise., December 1, 2014
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Upon opening the canister, the powder had an ashes-of-Aunt-Tillie appearance. I placed a scoop of powder into a tall glass of water. After a clump of powder sunk into the water, a few seconds later, the clump returned to the surface. I told my wife "don't call the priest yet, I haven't been to church since 8th grade". After mixing what looked like pond water, I drank down the slurry substance thinking, "what have I done?". The taste? I now understood why there is no flavor listed on the canister and I realized it was unfair to expect Pure Essence to assign a flavor on the label for it would have said "Paint and Orange Peel". It was, how do you say....DISGUSTING. Combined with the green sludge you find at the bottom of the glass that separates from the greenish-yellow water and it's unpalatable, um, flavor, I was left with no choice but to ask for a refund, which was granted. I gave two stars as I cannot speak to the efficacy of the nutritional attributes because I was not able to choke down much more than one serving of...whatever that was. The search for a good multi-vitamin powder continues...

Red Dragon Cartel
Red Dragon Cartel
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3.0 out of 5 stars Happy to hear from Jake again but was expecting better, February 21, 2014
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I am a guitarist and Jake E. Lee is one of my guitar GOD heroes. My favorite period of his is the Badlands material. I wasn't expecting Badlands IV by any means when I heard "Feeder" and "Deceived" so I was staying open to something different. I'm really pleased that Jake decided to make a return but, my feelings on the new album are very mixed. Out of the ten tracks, I only like 4 of them. That's not a good percentage for an album's value. The songs I don't care for may be partly because the style of rock doesn't suit my taste but, mostly, I don't think they're strong songs.

First, I'll address my "duds". "Shout It Out", "Wasted", "Slave", & "Big Mouth" all have the trappings of a BIG arena-rock sound that comes off as pretentious and dated and basically just gives me a headache. "Big Mouth", while featuring some kick-a$$ lead vocals from Maria Brink, sounds like one of those weak, post-Empire Queensryche songs. (doesn't the new Geoff Tate-Queensryche album have a 'Slave' on it, too?) "Feeder", while being the first song that kicked off this RDC project, is ok, but, not great. It sounds like it was written for Ozzy's whiney voice ("picking daises in the summertime") so getting Robin Zander to sing it was a bit of a waste. It's not a good vehicle to display the unique tonalities of his voice. I saved War Machine for last. This one is particularly bad. While obviously paying homage to one of my favorite bands of all-time, Sabbath, did we really have to wait 15 or so years for Jake to come up with a porno-style chord re-arrangement of War Pigs and N.I.B.?? The chorus in the tune (which I liked) is left stranded by a verse that has me singing "some people say my love cannot be true" in my head. Why, Jake??

On the bright side of this review, my faves are "Deceived", "Fall From The Sky (Seagull)", "Redeem Me", and "Exquisite Tenderness". I LOVE the main "Bark"-style riff of "Deceived" and the song itself is very strong. It's first on the album for a reason. Another one of those 'last songs written for the album' stories. "Fall From The Sky" has a beautifully written and performed main melody line that will (at least, should) have you singing it after the first listen. It's a great tune that TOWERS over the songs adjacent to it in the track listing. "Redeem Me" is an awesome blues-rocker that I imagined Eric Martin from Mr. Big ripping up to give you an idea of what it sounds like if you haven't heard it yet. Vocalist Sass Jordan did a GREAT job on this track. "Exquisite Tenderness" is a 2 and a half minute-long piano piece that I'm assuming was performed by Jake(?) and I was really impressed. A beautiful piece with some very alluring melodies throughout. Although the performance was a bit heavy-handed and lacked the finesse of a more experienced player, I still really enjoyed it.

Overall, as I listen to the album, it's too scattered and lacks focus because of all the style (in music and production approaches) and vocalist changes. Please understand, I don't shy away from diversity of style on a single rock album. "News Of The World" from Queen, for example, is one of my faves and it's ALL OVER THE PLACE (like many of the awesome Queen albums) but, it works. RDC seems too "patchwork" and is a difficult listen all the way through. This approach doesn't flow for me and I feel like I deserve a partial refund! lol I am planning on seeing RDC live (mostly because I'm DYING to hear him play a Badlands song live. I saw a NAMM performance of "Sun Red Sun" on YT and it was great!) so I'm curious and enthused to see/hear the dynamic of this new band.

So, I'm hoping Jake will finish the tour and stick around this time and release another album but, more focused and 'band-like".
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It's All Grift
It's All Grift
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a true talent! You have to pick this up!!, October 9, 2013
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I'm a musician and most musicians know that other musicians can be the harshest music critics. Having said that, Roux's voice is A-MAZING! No prisoners are taken and she can belt it out with the best of them. Get in on this before she forgets us little people. A steal at $5 and change. That's roughly 9% the cost of and WAY more rewarding than GTA 5!! Get it!!

Max Payne 3 - Xbox 360
Max Payne 3 - Xbox 360
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Major Disappointment, September 16, 2012
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I enjoyed the previous Max Payne games on the "lesser" platforms and waited quite a while for this latest installment to finally hit the street. Rockstar basically took WAY too long just to bury this legacy. I didn't get very far into the game but, I decided to write this after I had enough of the monotony. This game should be titled "Shooting Gangstas Wearing Ski-Masks (in Slo-Mo)". You get to SIT BY AND WATCH some really cool action in FMV's (at the beginning, were so long, I fell asleep) which you did yourself in previous games, then you get to finally play and...more shooting at dudes in ski-masks. There are already dozens (hundreds?) of games where you run around and do nothing but shoot things, we didn't need to wait YEARS for one more. The getting-around-the-environment, the detective element, mood, feel, etc. is gone. And the artwork/concept is basically Grand Theft Auto now. Maybe something improves later in the game but, I don't feel like wasting any more time to find out. I really wanted this game to be a technical improvement (it definitely is, reason for 2 stars) while retaining the integrity of the previous games (nope). However, it ended up being a major disappointment. Attn Ebayers: a clean copy of Max Payne 3 up for sale very soon!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fits the Maytag Performa but, cheaper elsewhere, April 30, 2012
Fits the Maytag Performa we bought new in '04 (8 years is pretty good for a dryer belt, I think). But I'm finding other sellers offering the same FSP (by Whirlpool) #341241 belt for $5.99 & free shipping. Too late now! Install tip: BEFORE you attach the belt to the motor/idler pulley, use the leveling feet to make sure the front slide pads (only 2 rollers in rear on the Performa) the drum rolls on, are BOTH making even contact with the drum so it doesn't wobble while turning. I did that and the dryer seems quieter now. Have fun!!

Gator GK-2110 Gig Bag for Micro Controllers (22.5" x 11.5" x 4")
Gator GK-2110 Gig Bag for Micro Controllers (22.5" x 11.5" x 4")
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4.0 out of 5 stars Toyt (or toight) but, still good for the price, October 11, 2011
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I bought this for the Line6 POD HD500. It's a good quality case/zippers and the HD500 does fit into it but, it's a bit too snug than I would like. I'm worried about the corners of the device rubbing into the case over time. However, I got this puppy for $28 (It just went up a cup o' bucks) and you're not going to do much better than that. I paid $40 years ago for an official Line6 bag for the now disco'd FBV board for the Vetta II head (still in good shape, my review should still be on Amazon...I'm rambling!) and $50+ for the also historic X3 Live, off'l Line6 case is wack, yo. The only other option I can see is the Gator GMULTIFX-2411 but, it's $38 right now and seems to be wider than nessa. And in case you're wondering, yes, like most of our other little toys, it's made in China. BOTTOM LINE: Until something better-fitting comes along, get the GK-2110 for your Line6 PODHD500!!

Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder
Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder
by Lawrence W. Sinclair
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Make The Call!!, April 26, 2010
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From the outset, I should say I am not on the "R" or "D" teams and I approached buying and reading this book from a biased yet informed perspective of the Obama phenomenon. Yes, I believe BHO is a fraud. And fraudulent, corrupt politicians make for the best power-elite-controlled Presidents because someone always has something on them. They consequently exist in office compromised and dangerous to the general public.

Ok, with that said, I'll continue. I had no idea what to expect when this book arrived. I had been predisposed to expect, due to the "scurrilous" nature of the material, that it would be in Mongo-style (from Blazing Saddles, "sign please") handwritten chicken-scratch. But, to the contrary, it's intelligently written.

In the Foreword, radio host Jeff Rense leaves it up to the reader to come to their own conclusion concerning Mr. Sinclair's story. Although Rense does take the account very seriously and guarantees that "you'll never forget it."

This "Tell-All" first-person account is one that no publisher that Sinclair approached, would touch. He started his own Sinclair Publishing, Inc in order to get it out. Does that mean it's "too hot" or just "too unsupported"? Who knows.

It was interesting how LS's tone, as the one making the accusations, seems to be more that of "the accused." You feel as if LS is on trial here, not Obama/Soetoro (Note: When I see a name change document back to "Barack Hussein Obama II" from Barry Soetoro, I'll feel more at ease about the name Obama). Sinclair's account begins with him coming clean about his sordid crimes committed from 1980-1986. He eventually finds himself in Gurnee, Illinois where he meets a man he claims to be O/S. After LS "spills the beans" about the 2 days in November '99 in question, the remainder of the book has LS in the defensive position due to the comparatively much more well-funded, and completely outnumbering counter-attack.

LS's account is very detailed, supplying legal documents (mostly pertaining to the smear campaign against him), documents pertaining to his questioned whereabouts, all the while naming names and pulling no punches. The "Murder?" part in the title refers to the story/claim of O/S having a long-time affair with a man named Donald Young. Young was an ex-choir director for Jeremiah Wright's Trinity United Christian Church, which O/S attended for around 20 years. Young was ultimately murdered on 12/23/07 in his home by an unknown assailant. LS accuses that O/S and Wright were somehow involved.

I feel the need to impart three of the more noteworthy passages of the book (there are many). The first is Chicago Tribune reporter John Crewdson telling LS that he had spoken to David Axelrod, who Crewdson had known for 25 years. Axelrod had told Crewdson that the Obama camp was determined to connect LS to the (Hillary)Clinton camp and that they would "destroy" LS before they allowed his claims to see the light of day. This "Clinton connection" strategy would be an example of intended deception from Team Obama via Axelrod. The second is an interesting business connection between the "man-party limo" driver Multani and Tony Rezko brought to LS's attention by an "unnamed" Bloomberg News reporter. And the third a quote from one of LS's lawyers Francis Farren: "Larry Sinclair was threatened with his life, and he still stood his ground."

LS's accusations bring to mind the issue of libel. Some might say, "If LS is lying, why doesn't O/S sue for libel?" and someone else could say "Why would he? And draw more attention to LS and his -he said/she said- B.S.?" Make of that what you will.

Towards the end of the book, LS reprints a letter he authored and mailed to Michelle Obama via USPS and was accepted at 1651 Penn Ave including allegedly specific details of O/S's "manhood"! Yeesh!

Much of the surrounding elements of LS's story was stated to be verified by Crewdson and others but, without corroborating testimony from the limo driver or any other first-hand witness(es) to the events that allegedly took place (from 11/6 to 11/7, 1999) or recorded phone conversations with other key people thereafter, I doubt a definite conclusion could ever be reached from LS's account alone.

If nothing else, "Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies, & Murder?" does make for a VERY interesting read. And a quick one. The book is 194 or so pages but, the lines are double-spaced in what seems to be a larger font size than I'm used to. This book should really be the size of Smedley Butler's "War Is A Racket" but, they fluffed it's size.

So whether or not you're a fan of O/S, you'll at least get to see what the establishment political Party machines, Democratic or Republican, can do to one person standing against them.
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Line 6 FBV Bag
Line 6 FBV Bag
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got the board? Then you need the bag!!!, February 15, 2009
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I've had this bag for my FBV controller, that I use for my Vetta II head, for over 2 years now and it's great. It has kept my board safe throughout multiple gigs and all the zippers/velco handle-grip are still in good shape. Def worth the price!! JR

Wake-Up Call: The Political Education of a 9/11 Widow
Wake-Up Call: The Political Education of a 9/11 Widow
by Kristen Breitweiser
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars This should be on your "must read" list., February 15, 2009
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I'm glad Ms. Breitweiser wrote this book (I wish she didn't have to). She and other family members of victims are key characters in the modern-day horror story of global domination. They are part of the front edge of the wound inflicted by the oligarchy that had the ability and the most to benefit from 9/11. KB lets you into her life before and after her and her family's lives were ripped apart. I felt guilty at times reading this book because she so unabashedly opens her life and soul to the reader in a way I haven't experienced before. KM tells the story about how she and the other "Jersey Girls": Mindy Kleinberg, Patty Casazza, and Lorie Van Auken were put through a 2nd hell trying to get the "9/11 Commission" constructed. The resulting report came to be quite the white-wash, but much important information, although later buried, came up during the hearings.

She also talks about her tough decision to "pick a side" (meaning, 'which crime family do I support?') and campaign for John Kerry for the '04 Presidential election. I felt Kerry (fellow Skull & Bones-er with Dubya) used her and the rest of his supporters by conceding before "every vote" was counted. (Ohio: wink,wink) Dealing with a serious health issue while being an involuntary single mother, she committed herself to the cause traveling around the country on the Kerry campaign and her sacrifice was utterly wasted.

My only critique of KB is that, while finally getting to peek into some dark and sinister closets inside the U.S. Government/Intelligence/Oligarchy fun(horror)house, she has trouble following through and directly facing the evil she uncovers. For my taste, she gives way too much benefit of the doubt to the intelligence agencies that knew a heluva lot more before 9/11 than most Americans understand; giving credence to the illogical "incompetence" thread instead of the MIHOP (Made It Happen On Purpose) explanation. I understand her fear to follow things to their logical conclusions: that 9/11 was a false flag operation. It would be extra-horrifying to me to think that my loved one was killed by a rogue element inside the U.S. Gov't (with my tax money) not that I don't find it horrifying. As painful as it is, she, as well as the rest of us, will eventually have to face this. She unnaturally stops short of this next logical step throughout the "9/11 Commission" parts. But I understand her apprehension.

She had to come to understand a few key truths in her discoveries around the events of 9/11 that were beyond the ability and purview of "Al Qaeda": Transportation Sec. Norman Mineta witnessing Dick Cheney (mole) already in the Presidential EOC by 9:20am (not 9:58am as reported by the Kean/Zelikow commission) being told "the plane is 50 miles out.....the plane is 30 miles out....the plane is 10 miles out. Do the orders still stand?" Cheney's snarling answer: "Of course the order still stands. Have you heard anything to the contrary?" Evidence of partially-ignited thermite chips and iron-rich micro-spheres in WTC dust. Military-grade, aerosolized anthrax spores mailed to high-profile targets traced back to Fort Detrick in Maryland. The 9/11 colluders having the secret codes to send messages directly to Bush's Secret Service the morning of 9/11 that "Angel (Air Force One) is NEXT" while A.F. One zig-zags across the country after starting is panicked journey WITHOUT fighter cover. Day-of 9/11 events identical to military exercises being carried out on 9/11 (same profile found in 7/7/05 attacks in London). "Able Danger" exercise tracked and manipulated the movements of Al-Midhar(patsy) and Al-Hazmi(patsy). Lengthy cell phone calls taking place at 30,000 ft and above in 2001. 118 NYFD firefighter accounts of explosions in the buildings at WTC. And on and on and on....

The book ends with an open letter to professional media-clown, Ann Coulter. She's not worth the ink but, KB being a reality-based human has trouble understanding the motivations and goals of the current-day media-whore types that went beyond rational critique (the word is 'attacked') concerning the Jersey Girls. Bottom line: An important story from an important figure in this tragic story of the end of America as we knew it. JR

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