Editor's note: This item has been removed as of March 1, 2013. It was originally submitted and published on a now-defunct guest blog that we once ran on the Washington Examiner website called "Opinion Zone."

Our contract with Opinion Zone bloggers specifically required that they "have neither received nor arranged to receive any compensation from any manufacturer of any product, provider of any service, or any other person or entity mentioned in any of the Content."

Unfortunately, the author of this item presented content for which, unbeknownst to us, and in violation of our standards, he had received payment from a third party mentioned therein -- a payment which he also failed to disclose.