Contact Info for Saving Lawrence O’Donnell, What’s left of MSNBC and Our Sanity — Bonus: Contact Info for Lakeland Bank, Which Likes to Hassle Employees Out of a Job if They Dare Have “Unapproved” Political Leanings

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

The main Comcast number that I’ve seen will send you to their Executive Customer Relations office, where a very nice young man chatted with me this morning….but that’s NOT the place to deliver your comments.   After I delivered my speech (see below), he said he was getting a lot of call about this but…

He referred me to NBC-Universal in NYC, which handles the NBC broadcast side.  So, I called there and was able to leave a voice mail. Hit # afterwards which will confirm that your message has been recorded (they don’t give you that instruction, but it is an “option,” so I suggest you do it.)

Here’s the number:  212-664-4444

Of course, in my speech, I brought up Andrew Lack, Brian Williams, the top ratings of  the Hayes, Maddow, and O’Donnell lineup, and Lawrence’s own unique insights that he brings to the political news because of his experience working in the bowels of the Senate.  I also told the message machine the same thing I told the young man at Comcast…that Williams was a known liar that was being rehabbed at the expense of O’Donnell and that if we see Hugh Hewitt with a show, that would make me puke.  I finished by saying that if O’Donnell goes, I go.

I made another therapeutic call for my soul just before calling NBC…over at  Raw Story there is this item:

GOP lawmaker targets New Jersey activist by sending letter to her boss — and she resigns under pressure

An activist who lives in Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s (R – NJ) district resigned from her job earlier this year after the congressman called her out as a progressive “ringleader” in a letter to her boss.

WNYC reports that Saily Avelenda, a resident of West Caldwell, NJ, stepped down from her job at a local bank after being confronted over her work for a local progressive activist group called NJ 11th for Change.

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Having grown up in the general area, this name goes WAY BACK for me…and for New Jersey.  This name represents a New Jersey dynasty…lots of places associated with it, including a building at Rutgers University.  See this 2009 NJ Monthly profile:  Like Father, Like Son, And Son, And Son…

So, I guess when you get a donation from a board member at Lakeland Bank by the name of  O’Dowd, who runs an advertising firm, a guy like Rodney feels he can just call the bank up and suggest that they hassle an employee until they feel they need to leave.

Mr. O’Dowd, advertising guy, now has a pretty lousy public relations situation on his hands.  Of course, the Congressman who never holds town halls will be getting a lot of flack, but I found it more interesting to call the Lakeland Bank, where I talked to a nice lady in Customer Service who dutifully took my name and typed up my comments, even asking if I wanted someone to call me!

Well, I declined the offer because I heard her typing what I said…which included my familiarity with Rodney, my background in marketing research that gave me some cred in my comments about O’Dowd the advertising guy, and the fact that I have some wealthy relatives who live in West Caldwell, NJ, whom I will be talking to about where they put there money.  Of course, I said that I would suggest they’d look around for another bank if they do, indeed, bank there and expressed my happiness that I was out Jersey and wouldn’t have to consider banking with them at all…

So, if you would like to talk to a nice lady at the Lakeland Bank, here is the number:

Customer Service Department

Toll free 866-224-1379

  • Monday – Friday 7am to 8pm
  • Saturday 8:30am to 2pm
  • Sunday 10am to 2pm

Lakeland Bank was named on of Forbes’ 2016 “Most Trustworthy Financial Companies” which apparently doesn’t reflect how they actually treat their own employees, who know have to watch their backs if they aren’t conservative enough and apparently have no right to a private life outside of work.  Needless to say, I did NOT add my congratulations to the bank as the nice lady typed my complaints about their treatment of their progressive employee.

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I’ve Been Tagged…So Here Are Six Things About Me….

A few days ago (or was it MANY days ago…I forget, I’m losing track of time these days), I was TAGGED by our ex-pat in Italy (my ancestral homeland), American Indy in Italy….

Which means I have to write 6 things about myself and write to 6 other people. I’m going to include the crew at IA in this, too, just to cover all the bases here at IA.  I’ve probably broken the chain, but here goes:

1) I graduated #1 in my class in Automotive Technology back in the mid-80’s and then was given jobs like fixing water leaks on convertibles instead of the money jobs like brakes.  See how long my being pissed goes back??? (and it goes back even further, believe me!) (At least to my undergrad and graduate student days at Cornell and Rutgers School of Library and Information Studies, which is now called something else…)

2) I really love COOKING!  My latest kick is watching Gillian McKeith on BBC America. The show is “You Are What You Eat” and it is brilliant!  The one recipe that I have adopted with gusto is here Sweet Potato Pie Pizza….that crust is AMAZING!!  I top it with greens like fresh-from-the garden steamed mustard, kale or collards, or stir-fry up some broccoli and top the crust with that and lots of olive oil and garlic.   I’m making it tonight!!

3) I’ve gardened for at least 25 years and really got into it while recovering from foot surgery. I read lots of books since I couldn’t walk for awhile.  I had a huge garden in Jersey complete with a Troy-built rototiller. I canned tomatoes for the whole winter.  I’ve had to re-learn everything for the Southwest (high desert) and have two raised beds (about 3 feet high) to spare my back (had surgery 9 years ago).  You can see pictures of my winter garden on this site in various places.  I planted more lettuce yesterday, by the way.

4) My doggies and betta fish are my babies. Toro, the oldest and the one we bought via the vet, a chi but with lots of rat terrier in him (a “deer chi”).  Tico, who is probably a mix of chi and Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and Slick, the min pin rescued from the street.  The fish is still unnamed and I could use a  few suggestions.  I’m trying to learn chess, and still listen to shortwave radio.  But I’ve just found a new site that I will be writing about that is really great…foreign TV!  My favorite TV channel is Turner Classic Movies, especially anything they air that’s pre-1970.  Preferably black and white.

5) I lived in London during the mid-80’s and made a lot of trips there before and after that experience (and the rest of Europe, too, including behind the Iron Curtain, including a foray alone into East Berlin). I had a work permit and had a blast working around London. I also attended Vidal Sassoon to perfect my haircutting (I had graduated from a local “academy” and got a work permit for the UK since I had been a student at 35!)  The only time I ever got sick traveling was when I went to Paris for a quick few days. On the train to the Hovercraft, it started.  So, I actually got sick in London, not from the traveling!!  I had also planned to go to Moscow and Leningrad and had my tickets all set from the official tourist bureau…but Chernobyl blew up.  The Russians decided to refund my money….I guess I was caught in the radioactive cloud as I walked around Kew Gardens that day…

6) I started inviting folks to contribute to the blog and wound up with the crew you see on the sidebar! Kenosha Marge is a really talented seamstress!  Grail Guardian is a history buff and works with computers!  American Lassie has worked in the tax field!  And Leslie works in a Chicago hospital setting and is a long sufferer as she deals with the media there!

So now I have to write to 6 bloggers…I don’t know who’s been tagged, but I’ll find some folks and tag them as soon as I eat lunch!!!