Messing with my credit card, not a good idea

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

August 29, 2013 1:26:03 PM PDT
Hey, to the jerk who tried to use my credit card number: How'd that work out for ya, eh? Ya know, pal, trying to buy something online without knowing the correct billing zip code will only lead to some cops coming to your house.

Which they might be doing right now, hopefully.

In the meantime, enjoy any and all time you spend behind bars.

And too bad that whatever products you tried to buy won't be arriving. I'm just sayin'.

Meanwhile, thanks a heap for disrupting the lives of several members of my family, and forcing me to cancel my credit card. Really with the U.S. about to take military action against another Muslim country, and with economic uncertainty still too raw for so many people, this is how you're trying to make a living? Sheesh.

So that's my personal back story as we prep the 11 p.m. newscast. But I feel better now, venting. Keep thinking of all the staff hours that go into fraud prevention these days for the credit card companies, and how much it's costing all of us. (Ya don't think the corporations aren't passing all that along to us, do ya?)

As for our newscast tonight, all eyes remain on Syria, or rather on the White House as it weighs what to do in Syria. Meanwhile, the sounds of drumbeats for war by Pres. Obama are getting competition from the growing sounds of drumbeats against taking action against Syria. The New York Times editorialized against it, members of Congress from both parties are asking tough questions about what the end-game and goals are, and the State Dept. tonight is sounding extremely defensive and dismissing any comparisons between the rush to war in Syria with the Bush Administrations disastrous rush to invade Iraq.

All of this of course going on with the disturbing issue of whether the Syrian government gassed and killed its own people. And if that really happened, then what is the U.S. supposed to do? We'll have the latest on the crisis.

Also at 11, we're in Nassau County, where survivors of Superstorm Sandy ? 10 months later! ? are furious that they're not getting a fair shake from FEMA. They're rallying tonight, and they're not happy.

And finally, a note about our story last night involving Justin Timberlake's ill-advised Tweet saying that the first 150 people who showed up at the now-closed "Maxwell's" club in Hoboken could see a mini-Timberlake concert as part of shoot for a Target commercial. Ya know, I grew to like Justin Timberlake ? so talented. But clearly not smart. Thousands showed up after his Tweet, and there was chaos on the streets.

But c'mon, really, what to expect from someone who gets a "lifetime achievement" award at the ripe old age of 32? I'm just sayin'.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's Labor Day weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Diana Williams (in for Sade Baderinwa) and me, tonight at 11.


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