Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fascinating new reviews on The Scam Watchdog Blog

Here's an update on some of the new reviews on The Scam Watchdog Blog...

First, there's an update on Franco's Binary Options Trading System. This system is where you buy access to watch Franco trade. Franco is a professional trader and makes $250,000 a year trading binary options. You basically pay to watch him, copy him and learn from him. So far, the system has had huge success and people are happy with it.

Secondly, there's a new review about Cloud Cash Commissions. This system is a scam.

There's a third review about CB Passive Income, a great introduction to online affiliate marketing.

Forth, there's the Free Money System review here, Tokyo Bot review and Binary Matrix Pro review. All highly recommended with some fascinating stories and details.

Some of the top new binary options systems include Legal Insider Bot, Insured Profits, 2014 Millionaire, Hercules Profit Pro and Secret Money System. Check those reviews out, too.

I highly recommend checking out all these reviews. Roy does a great job of buying these things, testing them and giving results.

Mike Smith, webmaster

Monday, July 7, 2014

Google's Panda 4.0 Update Causes Controversy

Google's Panda 4.0 Update Causes Controversy

Internet Marketers and SEO Companies Rattled by New Google Strategies

How Google's animal-named updates create huge waves While the public is not likely familiar or aware of it, Google, the world's top search engine, is continuing to release new algorithms for its search engine that deeply affect the rankings of millions of websites. Those behind the scenes, working in search engine optimization (also known as "SEO"), internet marketing and website building watch these updates closely. The updates are so far-ranging in their impact that businesses' bottom lines and revenues can be impacted by each update, sometimes positively and sometimes negatively.

There are various types of updates
 
Google releases various updates under different animal names, and they include Penguin updates, Hummingbird updates and Panda updates, all of them more or less targeting spam and doing their best to improve search rankings. Most Panda updates are centered around spam targeting, some recent of which have targeted "payday loan" spam that is so prevalent. The impact is so striking that many sites once ranked in the top 5 of search rankings may drop completely out of the index altogether.

How SEO companies are in constant battle with Google

 
The SEO world is a huge marketplace of webmasters, coders, web gurus and internet marketers. These people work tirelessly to promote their websites and clients' websites. Their main goal is to achieve the highest ranking in Google, Yahoo! and Bing for their respective search terms, keywords and business niche.
Over the course of recent years, Google's updates have impacted many legitimate business as never before. Many of these businesses acquired links over the years from spam sites and other undesirable sites simply by accident. With Google's updates, these businesses were then tasked with having to laboriously remove these links, one by one. This meant their site was removed from the top search rankings while they worked to remove the links, with no guarantee they would even return to their previous spot in the rankings.

The beginning of the end, or a new start?
 
The Google update disaster caused countless businesses to lose nearly all of their online revenue. SEO companies made a killing, as businesses had no choice but to hire internet experts to fix the problem and try to remove the links. The ultimate goal was to "make Google happy", with no guarantee it would even work. This entire rolling process of Google updates has shell-shocked the internet world, and once again with Panda 4.0, many companies are reeling, but also hoping this most recent update will target real spam sites, instead of legitimate businesses. Only time will tell what the effect is, as the update was just released in early June.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Rising Star on ABC has new official fan comments website.


New ABC hit music reality show has special website dedicated to fan comments
 

The new hit show "Rising Star", feature judges Brad Paisley, Ludacris and Kesha, aims to be the biggest new show of 2014 and possible the biggest show of all time. It will directly compete with popular music reality shows "American Idol" and "The Voice", except it offers one, new feature the other shows don't: live fan voting via social media. Instead of waiting a day to see fan votes through cumbersome phone voting systems, the fans will vote in real time and see the results in real time.

Since the popularity of the show is likely to be of a blockbuster level, a new website has been set up for fans to share their comments via an official Disqus comments section on RisingStaronABC.com

Check out the site here and make your voice heard as to who your favorite rising star is.

In Christ,

Craig

Sunday, April 27, 2014

New Penny Stock Prophet review shows product can make you money.


New review of Penny Stock Prophet!

I just checked out a new review on Justin Tribble's Hoax and Scam Watchdog blog about Penny Stock Prophet. This product is one of the most widely used penny stock guides around. I've heard about it for a few years now, but I've never made a purchase or tried it myself.

From what I can tell, a lot of these penny stock programs are weak and rarely give you might insight you couldn't otherwise find yourself for free. Some of them actually cause you to lose money through expensive monthly subscription fees. The great thing about Penny Stock Prophet is that it is a one-time purchase. It also has a huge 8 week long money back guarantee, which is almost unheard of.


Check it out and see for yourself. Justin actually is making money using it!

In Christ,

Craig

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Man of Steel 2 to be biggest film of all time, says new web site.

A new website dedicated to Man of Steel 2 uses inside Hollywood sources to reveal secrets about the new film.

Man of Steel 2

The site quotes numerous sources who say the film will be the "biggest movie of all time" and "may surpass 3 billion dollars in ticket sales." The sources, an unnamed Hollywood executive and a source on the film set, report the film will be huge in 2016. "We're expecting it to be gigantic. It will be bigger than Star Wars. It will be so huge," said one source.

As of press time, the film will star Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. It will also include Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor and Catwoman. To find out more about Man of Steel 2, visit the site here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cannabidiol - miracle cannabis / hemp cure for cancer NOW LEGAL


I thought I would share with everyone that cannabidiol is now legal in all 50 states and can be purchased online.

Check out a review of cannabidiol here.

You can buy it on Amazon here.




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jim Kelly, NFL QB great, back in hospital with cancer. Help him!

Once again, NFL QB great Jim Kelly is back in the hospital with a flare up of his cancer, and the doctors are recommending another round of toxic chemo treatment.

Will it kill him this time? Maybe. That's we why have to step in and help.

Please go here to the WHEC TV Facebook page and recommend he try ALTERNATIVE treatments:

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For a list of alternative cancer treatments click here.




God bless,

Craig

Monday, March 10, 2014

New Dan Bilzerian Instagram site impressive; showcases Playboy photos.



I really love the new DanBilzerian.info site. It's got a lot of the best Playboy photos from all of his antics and escapades. The blog also features dozens of articles and videos relating to Dan's poker life and party life. Definitely worth a look.

I'm a big fan of Bilzerian. I know some people find him offensive, but I love his style and how he's just an all-out playboy crazy person. He's someone to look up to, in my opinion. I know Justin is disgusted by my views on this, but too bad for him, I happen to run this blog and he doesn't have the password to get in it or change it.

As far as I'm concerned, Dan Bilzerian is a hero of mine. He's made millions, he's partied his ass off and he's rich beyond his wildest dreams. What's not to look up to?

Check out his site here.

In Christ,

Craig Sanders

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Share your awards, achievements, successes and dreams on Treehouse.io

Each social media platform seems to have its place. Facebook is for friends. Istagram is for photos. Pinterest is for posting your interests. Linkedin is for posting your professional profile and resume. Now we have Treehouse.io, which is perfect for posting for what you have done in your life and what you plan to do. Go ahead and take a look at it here and give it a try.  

We all know about Facebook, Istagram, Pinterest and other social media platforms where we can share our interests, thoughts, photos and opinions. What about a place where we can share solely our achievements and accomplishments?

I finally found it in a site called Treehouse. This new platform is completely dedicated to helping you categorize, post and share your achievements and accomplishments. Check the site out here and give it a try.

 God bless,

Craig Sanders

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Aftermath - Why they keep saying I "hoaxed" Joel Osteen

They want to create "white noise"

The media has given pastor Joel Osteen a pass on his numerous schemes, frauds and scams. His books are obvious, flavorless attempts to cynically use the Bible and scripture to push cheap self-help dogma in a bid for fame, profit and his ever-persistent pursuit of the almighty dollar.

The man has no scruples. He fleeces millions everyday. His Lakewood, Texas church continues to rake in tens of millions a year in pure, tax-free profit while he enriches himself with planes and mansions. He seldom invokes Jesus or even uses actual scripture; he's more likely to quote himself in one of his books. He is one of America's great hoaxers.

Yet, I am called the hoaxer. I am trashed, maligned and defamed. I am attacked mercilessly. I am sent death threats and my property is vandalized. I am the target of scorn and ridicule.

Why?

Because they want to brand me the scammer, the hoaxer, the charlatan. It's ingenious. Here I am the one exposing these cheats and liars, yet I am branded one. This is their white noise. Their attempt to befuddle and confuse the public. Their distractions, their red herring, their bait and switch. The media has no interest in truth; in fact, to expose Osteen would be to expose themselves.

This isn't over. I will not rest until this man is brought to the foot of the judgment of the Lord. He will account for his sins. He will pay the piper.

What we're doing now

My team and I at the Web Fraud Squad continue to expose fakes, liars and scam artists, like Theresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium, fake shows like Mystery Diners, Storage Wars fake, Duck Dynasty, dangerous sociopaths within the truth movement with the help of Dr. Bill H. Weld (who is now missing), our government's NSA spying, and Sean Hyman's Bible Money Code scam. 

We also continue to promote a series of fan sites for our social media company TL Enterprises, LLC, including Morgan Smith Goodwin, Wahlburgers new show. We're also doing reviews on our blog for excellent products like a Google Sniper 2.0 review.

We will continue to fight to expose liars and frauds, and fight for our free speech against those who wish to suppress and destroy it.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Joel Osteen Hoax Original Blog & Website Where It All Began




Please visit Justin Tribble's Hoax & Scam Watchdog Blog for the latest news.

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An interview with the hoaxster on ABC's "World News Tonight" with Diane Sawyer is available here.

For a moment, the world held its breath...

 On April 8th, 2013, it was announced that megachurch pastor and renowned televangelist Joel Osteen had lost his faith, had "rejected Christ" and had resigned.


His official Facebook, Twitter and web site accounts legitimized a statement he had posted indicating his defection from Christianity. A convincing YouTube video that quickly received 170,000 views showed screen captures of various media sites, including Drudge and CNN, announcing the news.
     

These headlines announced Osteen's supposed resignation


Not only had Osteen rejected the faith, in a statement, he said the Bible was full of "fallacies" and that no God "worth believing in" would send people to Hell. He also admitted his brand of "faith-to-wealth" teachings had drifted further and further from scripture.

Osteen also made a series of political statements, decrying chemical giant Monsanto for its genetically-modified, "GMO" "frankenfoods", toxic fluoride in the public water system, Obama's "destructive" policies and our collective lack of attention to serious, real-world issues.

This headline appeared on the site www.joelostenministries.com

He said he it was time for him to "wake up" and that he had been "questioning everything" for some months now.

Osteen's Lakewood, Texas church was flooded with over 500 phone calls from around the world. Frantic followers desperate for answers asked, "Has he really left the faith?"



If only it had been true...


Joel Osteen in front of his congregation in Lakewood, TX

The entire resignation and denunciation of faith by Osteen was an artful ruse committed by a 31 year-old freelance writer in Minnesota by the name of Justin Tribble.

It didn't take long to discover the hoax, as the main site was mispelled "www.joelostenministries.com", with just one "e" instead of the two in Osteen's real name.

Over one million internet users on April 8th viewed the phony web sites before a media frenzy ensued, as NPR, The Huffington Post, ABC News, The New York Daily News, Houston Chronicle, local Houston TV stations and dozens of blogs reported the story.

ABC'S "World News Tonight" with Diane Sawyer

Thousands of comments had already flooded into the hoaxed sites, many from Christians and non-Christians alike celebrating Osteen's "bravery" in following his heart and leaving the faith. Meanwhile, the expected venom-filled Christian trolls crawled out from under their rocks to blast the hoax, defend their beloved and defied pastor and appear in every manner possible anything but "Christ-like."

Many media sources called the hoax "elaborate", "intricate" and implied the hoaxer must have spent a tremendous amount of time and money to stage it. The hoaxer would later reveal that the whole production cost a total of $12 dollars and took about five hours to get up and running.

An interview with the man behind the hoax

"It's hard to compete with a guy who tells people, 'Pray to God, He'll give you goodies.'"

This interview was conducted by phone on April 12, 2013:

Christianity News Texas (CNT): First of all, tell us, briefly, a little about yourself? Who are you?

Justin Tribble (JT): I'm just a regular guy. I'm a freelance writer with a background in business and public relations. I've been recently brushing up on my web design skills.

CNT: I see. I assume that's how this all got started?

JT: Yes, it is. I had been building a few sites recently and I got the idea, "Why not throw one together about Joel Osteen?" I'm a fan of his. I'm familiar with him. The idea grew from there. What if... the site showed him resigning?

CNT: Did you intend to attract this kind of attention, a million hits in one day, so much media attention?

JT: Absolutely not. I spent $12 on this. It took about five hours to get it all up and running, and from there, a few more hours of refining the sites and fixing code, once it all took off. I wasn't even paying attention and I found out along with everyone else this had gone viral. This was not "elaborate", by any means. Anybody can put anything up on the internet. Whether you want something to go viral or not is not in your control, it's in the public's control.

CNT: Tell us more about what you think of Mr. Osteen. Your interview on ABC News suggested strongly you're a fan of his, if not a bit obsessed with him.

JT: Yeah, that interview was unfortunate, because I was somewhat misrepresented. I'm glad I was charitable to him and expressed that I liked him. The last thing I wanted was to continue tarnishing this guy, because I was already in enough hot water as it was! I am genuinely a fan of his, but on another level, I'm also highly critical of some of the things he's doing.


CNT: Do you feel you are going to be in legal trouble?

JT: Time will tell. Joel seemed to handle the whole thing with class. If they want to come after me now and make a big stink about it, that seems like a big waste of time. All of the sites were immediately taken down within twenty-four hours of the hoax exploding on the internet and in the media. If I had left all these sites up and made an effort to keep the hoax going for days and days, then yes, I think their case would be stronger. I also think the nature of the hoax was somewhat benign. If I had said, "Osteen found with two hookers," then yes, there would be a very strong defamation case there.

CNT: Are you a Christian? An atheist? You seem to like this guy, but at the same time, you put up a hoax that suggested not only had he left the faith, he utterly denounced the Bible itself.

JT: Right. That's a tough question. I was raised a Christian, I eventually left the faith, embraced atheism, and now I'm somewhere in the middle. Truth be told, it's religious people who fail to follow their own doctrine who piss me off the most. The hypocrites! A lot of religion I think is pure bunk. There's no basis behind it. But if people want to believe, who I am to tell them not to? I don't begrudge people of faith. I do take issue with those who deceive their followers, are hypocrites, who fail to follow scripture. If you embrace a religion, you need to be consistent, or get out of it.

CNT: So are you trying to -- ok, what is the point you're trying to make here? I'm confused.

JT: I simply want people to start questioning this guy. That's it. I know he makes people "feel good". I hear that a lot. So what? Drugs make you feel good. Alcohol makes you feel good! I also think it's telling that so many people believed the hoax. Do you think people would believe Billy Graham rejected Christianity? No, because he's a man we all know to be consistent and of extraordinary character. The fact this was so readily believed by people suggested to me, in the backs of their minds, Osteen seems a little sketchy to them.

CNT: Do you think Joel Osteen is just cynically in this for money?
 JT: Who knows. His lifestyle is extravagant. There is no dispute there. I'm sure the church helps people. I'm sure they give back. In fact, I know they do. I think even if Joel thinks he's doing "good", he may be deceived and not know it.

CNT: How do you think he should live? Should he just give his money away?

JT: Well, here's the problem. So much of his ideology, his sermons, his message is wrapped around justifying his wealth! How ironic! I've literally seen him praying before thousands and telling God, or asking God, to give all those people "bonuses", "inheritances", "raises", "better jobs". Ok. I'm sorry. But that's just nuts.

CNT: Well, what is wrong with that? What is wrong with praying for people to have better things, and more money?

JT: It's a total distortion of Christ's message, of Christianity, is it not? In the Bible, wealth and money, in particular Christ's words, it is discussed very much in a negative light! I'm not saying God wants us to be poor and miserable, but do you really think God wants us praying to him for bonuses, raises and money?

CNT: You make a good point. It does seem a little selfish to pray for money.

JT: Money is the root of all evil! That's literally where his message has gone. It's this "pray for more stuff" gospel. Then you add the books into it.

CNT: Osteen has fifteen best-selling books. Many people seem to love them and feel they've been helped by them. What is wrong with that?

JT: Shouldn't they be reading the Bible? Shouldn't the Bible be helping them? Shouldn't Jesus make them feel better, not Joel Osteen?

CNT: You certainly have a point. What do you want him to change?

JT: I want him to donate all the book sales to Christian charities, one hundred percent. I want him to tone down the cliches and platitudes, get off the "faith to gain" message, and start sticking to scripture and Christ's words instead of "interpreting" them. I want him to start talking about real-world issues affecting Christians and non-Christians alike.

CNT: What sort of issues?

JT: Genetically-modified foods and Monsanto. Do you think God wants GMO foods? They're toxic and incredibly destructive to the environment. I want him to talk about fluoride in the water. They put this crap in our public water supply to fight cavities  They're administering a medication to the public. It's not only proven not to do much of anything to stop cavities  it's also one of the most toxic substances known to man even in small quantities! Hitler also put it in the public water supply because fluoride has been shown to have an effect that causes people to become docile, compliant.
 CNT: That's terrifying stuff. But why should Joel Osteen jump into the political area?

JT: This stuff isn't political. It affects everyone. Democrats don't want poison in their water. Republicans don't want poison in their water. It doesn't matter your party affiliation  nobody wants Obama drone bombing us.

CNT: Ok, so what is the next step?

JT: Maintain this blog. Hope and pray people wake up, get involved, join me, pressure Osteen. I don't have much hope, though. It's hard to compete with a guy who tells people, "Pray to God, He'll give you goodies."

Mr. Tribble went on to expose other fakes and scam artists, like Storage Wars, Breaking Amish, Duck Dynasty fake, Bitcoin to USD, Bitcoin Antminer, free Cydia downloads, Brandi on Storage Wars, Man of Steel 2, Avengers 2 trailer, the Wahlburgers tv show, Dan Bilzerian, the NSA spying scandal, and the Bible Money Code scam and for Northern Arizona SEO and buy social media. Also Google Sniper 2.0 review. Wendys Girl is recommended as well. Best CPM network review.

For those not familiar with the story, news links are provided below:

-- ABC News, "Good Morning America", April 9, 2013

-- The Huffington Post, April 9, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Why can't people find the original Joel Osteen Hoax blog and website?



Why can't people find the original Joel Osteen Hoax blog and website?


An interview with the hoaxster on ABC's "World News Tonight" with Diane Sawyer is available here.

It can be very confusing navigating the myriad of web listings trying to find the ORIGINAL blog and site!

Due to the nature of Google and Yahoo!'s search engine listing algorithms certain news and opinion pieces are appearing in searches for "Joel Osteen hoax" before our site.

Since our site is the ORIGINAL, real source of the hoax, many internet users are likely to be interested in seeing it all first-hand. However, they are having trouble finding our site buried within the search listings.

Many superfluous listings and news stories are appearing before our listing. Our blog and site IS the ORIGINAL blog and site that received a million views and started the hoax. Many may not be aware of this! We are doing our best to rectify this problem and alert Yahoo!, Google and Bing of this discrepancy!


READ ON FOR THE FULL STORY...


On April 8th, 2013, it was announced that 
megachurch pastor and renowned televangelist Joel Osteen had lost his faith, had "rejected Christ" and had resigned.


His official Facebook, Twitter and web site accounts legitimized a statement he had posted indicating his defection from Christianity. A convincing YouTube video that quickly received 170,000 views showed screen captures of various media sites, including Drudge and CNN, announcing the news.
     

These headlines announced Osteen's supposed resignation

Not only had Osteen rejected the faith, in a statement, he said the Bible was full of "fallacies" and that no God "worth believing in" would send people to Hell. He also admitted his brand of "faith-to-wealth" teachings had drifted further and further from scripture.

Osteen also made a series of political statements, decrying chemical giant Monsanto for its genetically-modified, "GMO" "frankenfoods", toxic fluoride in the public water system, Obama's "destructive" policies and our collective lack of attention to serious, real-world issues.


This headline appeared on the site www.joelostenministries.com

He said he it was time for him to "wake up" and that he had been "questioning everything" for some months now.

Osteen's Lakewood, Texas church was flooded with over 500 phone calls from around the world. Frantic followers desperate for answers asked, "Has he really left the faith?"

If only it had been true...


Joel Osteen in front of his congregation in Lakewood, TX

The entire resignation and denunciation of faith by Osteen was an artful ruse committed by a 31 year-old freelance writer in Minnesota by the name of Justin Tribble.

It didn't take long to discover the hoax, as the main site was mispelled "www.joelostenministries.com", with just one "e" instead of the two in Osteen's real name.

Over one million internet users on April 8th viewed the phony web sites before a media frenzy ensued, as NPR, The Huffington Post, ABC News, The New York Daily News, Houston Chronicle, local Houston TV stations and dozens of blogs reported the story.


ABC'S "World News Tonight" with Diane Sawyer

Thousands of comments had already flooded into the hoaxed sites, many from Christians and non-Christians alike celebrating Osteen's "bravery" in following his heart and leaving the faith. Meanwhile, the expected venom-filled Christian trolls crawled out from under their rocks to blast the hoax, defend their beloved and defied pastor and appear in every manner possible anything but "Christ-like."

Many media sources called the hoax "elaborate", "intricate" and implied the hoaxer must have spent a tremendous amount of time and money to stage it. The hoaxer would later reveal that the whole production cost a total of $12 dollars and took about five hours to get up and running.



An interview with the man behind the hoax

"It's hard to compete with a guy who tells people, 'Pray to God, He'll give you goodies.'"


This interview was conducted by phone on April 12, 2013:

Christianity News Texas (CNT): First of all, tell us, briefly, a little about yourself? Who are you?

Justin Tribble (JT): I'm just a regular guy. I'm a freelance writer with a background in business and public relations. I've been recently brushing up on my web design skills.

CNT: I see. I assume that's how this all got started?

JT: Yes, it is. I had been building a few sites recently and I got the idea, "Why not throw one together about Joel Osteen?" I'm a fan of his. I'm familiar with him. The idea grew from there. What if... the site showed him resigning?

CNT: Did you intend to attract this kind of attention, a million hits in one day, so much media attention?

JT: Absolutely not. I spent $12 on this. It took about five hours to get it all up and running, and from there, a few more hours of refining the sites and fixing code, once it all took off. I wasn't even paying attention and I found out along with everyone else this had gone viral. This was not "elaborate", by any means. Anybody can put anything up on the internet. Whether you want something to go viral or not is not in your control, it's in the public's control.

CNT: Tell us more about what you think of Mr. Osteen. Your interview on ABC News suggested strongly you're a fan of his, if not a bit obsessed with him.

JT: Yeah, that interview was unfortunate, because I was somewhat misrepresented. I'm glad I was charitable to him and expressed that I liked him. The last thing I wanted was to continue tarnishing this guy, because I was already in enough hot water as it was! I am genuinely a fan of his, but on another level, I'm also highly critical of some of the things he's doing.


CNT: Do you feel you are going to be in legal trouble?

JT: Time will tell. Joel seemed to handle the whole thing with class. If they want to come after me now and make a big stink about it, that seems like a big waste of time. All of the sites were immediately taken down within twenty-four hours of the hoax exploding on the internet and in the media. If I had left all these sites up and made an effort to keep the hoax going for days and days, then yes, I think their case would be stronger. I also think the nature of the hoax was somewhat benign. If I had said, "Osteen found with two hookers," then yes, there would be a very strong defamation case there.

CNT: Are you a Christian? An atheist? You seem to like this guy, but at the same time, you put up a hoax that suggested not only had he left the faith, he utterly denounced the Bible itself.

JT: Right. That's a tough question. I was raised a Christian, I eventually left the faith, embraced atheism, and now I'm somewhere in the middle. Truth be told, it's religious people who fail to follow their own doctrine who piss me off the most. The hypocrites! A lot of religion I think is pure bunk. There's no basis behind it. But if people want to believe, who I am to tell them not to? I don't begrudge people of faith. I do take issue with those who deceive their followers, are hypocrites, who fail to follow scripture. If you embrace a religion, you need to be consistent, or get out of it.

CNT: So are you trying to -- ok, what is the point you're trying to make here? I'm confused.

JT: I simply want people to start questioning this guy. That's it. I know he makes people "feel good". I hear that a lot. So what? Drugs make you feel good. Alcohol makes you feel good! I also think it's telling that so many people believed the hoax. Do you think people would believe Billy Graham rejected Christianity? No, because he's a man we all know to be consistent and of extraordinary character. The fact this was so readily believed by people suggested to me, in the backs of their minds, Osteen seems a little sketchy to them.

CNT: Do you think Joel Osteen is just cynically in this for money?
 JT: Who knows. His lifestyle is extravagant. There is no dispute there. I'm sure the church helps people. I'm sure they give back. In fact, I know they do. I think even if Joel thinks he's doing "good", he may be deceived and not know it.

CNT: How do you think he should live? Should he just give his money away?

JT: Well, here's the problem. So much of his ideology, his sermons, his message is wrapped around justifying his wealth! How ironic! I've literally seen him praying before thousands and telling God, or asking God, to give all those people "bonuses", "inheritances", "raises", "better jobs". Ok. I'm sorry. But that's just nuts.

CNT: Well, what is wrong with that? What is wrong with praying for people to have better things, and more money?

JT: It's a total distortion of Christ's message, of Christianity, is it not? In the Bible, wealth and money, in particular Christ's words, it is discussed very much in a negative light! I'm not saying God wants us to be poor and miserable, but do you really think God wants us praying to him for bonuses, raises and money?

CNT: You make a good point. It does seem a little selfish to pray for money.

JT: Money is the root of all evil! That's literally where his message has gone. It's this "pray for more stuff" gospel. Then you add the books into it.

CNT: Osteen has fifteen best-selling books. Many people seem to love them and feel they've been helped by them. What is wrong with that?

JT: Shouldn't they be reading the Bible? Shouldn't the Bible be helping them? Shouldn't Jesus make them feel better, not Joel Osteen?

CNT: You certainly have a point. What do you want him to change?

JT: I want him to donate all the book sales to Christian charities, one hundred percent. I want him to tone down the cliches and platitudes, get off the "faith to gain" message, and start sticking to scripture and Christ's words instead of "interpreting" them. I want him to start talking about real-world issues affecting Christians and non-Christians alike.

CNT: What sort of issues?

JT: Genetically-modified foods and Monsanto. Do you think God wants GMO foods? They're toxic and incredibly destructive to the environment. I want him to talk about fluoride in the water. They put this crap in our public water supply to fight cavities  They're administering a medication to the public. It's not only proven not to do much of anything to stop cavities  it's also one of the most toxic substances known to man even in small quantities! Hitler also put it in the public water supply because fluoride has been shown to have an effect that causes people to become docile, compliant.
 CNT: That's terrifying stuff. But why should Joel Osteen jump into the political area?

JT: This stuff isn't political. It affects everyone. Democrats don't want poison in their water. Republicans don't want poison in their water. It doesn't matter your party affiliation  nobody wants Obama drone bombing us.

CNT: Ok, so what is the next step?

JT: Maintain this blog. Hope and pray people wake up, get involved, join me, pressure Osteen. I don't have much hope, though. It's hard to compete with a guy who tells people, "Pray to God, He'll give you goodies."


For those not familiar with the story, news links are provided below:


-- ABC News, "Good Morning America", April 9, 2013

-- The Huffington Post, April 9, 2013