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Friday, 31 March, 2006

Suspended For Bush Bashing

When I saw the April 1 date on this article, I figured it was a joke. But apparently, it's for real: ABC Suspends Producer Over Bush-Bashing E-Mail.

ABC News suspended the executive producer of the weekend edition of "Good Morning America" yesterday over a pair of leaked e-mails in which he used inflammatory language to slam President Bush and Madeleine Albright.

John Green, whose unpaid suspension will last one month, apologized to the White House in a call to communications director Nicolle Wallace, while two ABC executives called the former secretary of state to apologize.

"No one is sorrier than John for the embarrassment that these albeit private e-mails caused to his colleagues and to the people who were the subjects of those comments," said ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider. "John would be the first to say this has been a real lesson to him. John is abjectly sorry for all the comments that have come to light, and that's appropriate."

In one of the e-mails, written during the first presidential debate in 2004 and leaked to the Drudge Report, Green wrote to a colleague on his BlackBerry: "Are you watching this? Bush makes me sick. If he uses the 'mixed messages' line one more time, I'm going to puke."

"No one is sorrier than John for the embarrassment that these albeit private e-mails caused to his colleagues and to the people who were the subjects of those comments," said ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider. "John would be the first to say this has been a real lesson to him. John is abjectly sorry for all the comments that have come to light, and that's appropriate."

So what lesson have we learned from this? People can no longer express themselves? People need to apologize to the president for bashing him in a private email? Unbelievable.

Permalink | Posted in General @9:51pm | Comments (34)

Crucifixion Update

News for mythologists: Image of Jesus' crucifixion may be wrong, says study.

The image of the crucifixion, one of the most powerful emblems of Christianity, may be quite erroneous, according to a study which says there is no evidence to prove Jesus was crucified in this manner.

Actually, there's not even any evidence that Jesus even existed. But anyway...

A paper published by Britain's prestigious Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) says this image has never been substantiated in fact.

The cross could be erected "in any one of a range of orientations", with the victim sometimes head-up, sometimes head-down or in different postures. Sometimes he was nailed to the cross by his genitals, sometimes the hands and feet were attached to the side of the cross and not the front, or affixed with cords rather than nails.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @5:46pm | Comments (30)


Somehow, it just isn't the same when April Fool's Day falls on a Saturday. But this will be a very popular page tomorrow: Alex Boese's The Top 100 April Fools Day Hoaxes of All Time.

By the way, I do not plan to do anything special on this blog tomorrow, so don't even bother checking in to see.

Permalink | Posted in General @5:36pm | Comments (6)

Exorcism, Abortion, And Taxes

A religious nut In Canada: Man seeks delay for exorcism.

An anti-abortion activist told a court Thursday he needs a delay in his tax trial due to family illness, claiming his wife and stepdaughter are possessed.

David Little, 60, is scheduled to go to trial May 23 on charges of failing to file income tax returns for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002.

He said he refuses to pay taxes because he contends tax money is used in part to fund abortion procedures. He argues that to force him to indirectly participate violates his rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

When asked by the judge how long of a delay he needs, he replied:

"Lucifer was the most intelligent of all the angels," he said, and the Devil won't be "pigeonholed" into a timetable. The battle between God and the Devil "is a war, a real vicious war," he said.

Permalink | Posted in General @5:30pm | Comments (4)

Friday Open Mic

Happy weekend.

Permalink | Posted in Open Mic @2:33pm | Comments (79)

That Scalia Photo

Kind of an odd story: Church fires photog over Scalia picture: Freelancer pays for right thing'.

A freelance photographer has been fired by the Archdiocese of Boston's newspaper for releasing a picture of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia making a controversial gesture in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday.

Peter Smith, who had freelanced for The Pilot newspaper for a decade, lost the job yesterday after the Herald ran his photo on its front page. Smith said he has no regrets about releasing it.

"I did the right thing. I did the ethical thing," said Smith, 51, an assistant photojournalism professor at Boston University

Permalink | Posted in General @12:36pm | Comments (23)


This is a very slick interactive app for artists: Artnatomy. The UI is a bit confusing. You can take the time to learn it -- or just play around and come up with something like this:

(via Eric Zorn)

Permalink | Posted in Interactive @7:46am | Comments (3)

Bad Predictions

Here are the Top 87 Bad Predictions about the Future.

A few examples:

  • If anything remains more or less unchanged, it will be the role of women. -David Riesman, conservative American social scientist, 1967
  • Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop - because women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds. - TIME, 1966
  • The ordinary "horseless carriage" is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle. - Literary Digest, 1899.
  • Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? - H. M. Warner, co-founder of Warner Brothers, 1927
  • The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most. - IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959.

Permalink | Posted in General @7:32am | Comments (10)

Always Google Your Dates

A t-shirt with some good advice: The Man She Forgot to Google.

(via A Welsh View)

Permalink | Posted in Products @7:23am | Comments (2)

The Divine Strake

Bomb test news: Pentagon to Test a Huge Conventional Bomb.

A huge mushroom cloud of dust is expected to rise over Nevada's desert in June when the Pentagon plans to detonate a gigantic 700-ton explosive -- the biggest open-air chemical blast ever at the Nevada Test Site -- as part of the research into developing weapons that can destroy deeply buried military targets, officials said yesterday.

The test, code-named "Divine Strake," will occur on June 2 about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas in a high desert valley bounded by mountains, according to Pentagon and Energy Department officials.

"This is the largest single explosive we could imagine doing," said James A. Tegnelia, director of the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which is conducting the test.

The test is aimed at determining how well a massive conventional bomb would perform against fortified underground targets -- such as military headquarters, biological or chemical weapons stockpiles, and long-range missiles -- that the Pentagon says are proliferating among potential adversaries around the world.

Divine Strake? Strake is a nautical term:

A single continuous line of planking or metal plating extending on a vessel's hull from stem to stern.

Permalink | Posted in General @7:21am | Comments (46)

Nice Play!

For baseball fans, a short video clip of what may be the Greatest Baseball Catch and Throw Ever.

Permalink | Posted in Sports @7:19am | Comments (22)

The Yu Family

Everyone in the Yu family gets their photo taken annually: Yu Family History in Pictures.

It is our goal to take portraits of our family members every July 4 (Jack and Cathy's wedding anniversary) so that we can capture the way we grow and change over time at exact one-year intervals.

Here's four years of Charissa:

It started in 1998, so there aren't too many yet.

Permalink | Posted in General @7:17am | Comments (7)

Thursday, 30 March, 2006

Ugliest Watch?

Pamn's birthday is coming up. Should I get her the ugliest watch in the world?

Or about $15,699 less, you could eat a bag of skittles, stick your finger down your throat, throw up on your wrist, stick your cheap Timexή piece in the goo, and wait for the project to harden.

Permalink | Posted in Products @5:31pm | Comments (16)

Advances In Bathroom Pranks

This would be good for a laugh: Blog Bog Toilet Monster.

WARNING: The Bog Toilet Monster should not be used on the elderly or those of a weak disposition!!!

Easily attaches to the inside of your toilet!!!

Sold out!

Permalink | Posted in Products @5:28pm | Comments (7)

More Catholic Payouts

Child abuse news: Catholic leaders report 783 new claims of abuse in 2005.

New figures released Thursday by the nation's Roman Catholic bishops show the unrelenting toll of the clergy sex abuse crisis: 783 new credible claims last year, most of which date back decades, and costs of nearly $467 million.

While researchers who analyzed 50 years of data on molestation claims concluded the number of new cases is declining, the church is still paying a heavy price for predatory clergy.

The abuse problem was already known to have cost dioceses more than $1 billion since that 1950, including some expenses paid last year. Still, Teresa Kettelkamp, director of the bishops' Office of Child and Youth Protection, said the total abuse-related expenses shelled out in 2005 were likely the largest ever for a single year.

The total number of accusations against Catholic clergy now stands at more than 12,000 since 1950.

I wonder how many others are too embarrassed to come forward?

Permalink | Posted in Religion @5:25pm | Comments (8)

Prayer Research

At The Conservative Voice: Study: Praying won't affect heart patients.

In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery. In fact, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of complications.

Researchers emphasized that their work can't address whether God exists or answers prayers made on another's behalf. The study can only look for an effect from prayers offered as part of the research, they said.

They also said they had no explanation for the higher complication rate in patients who knew they were being prayed for, in comparison to patients who only knew it was possible prayers were being said for them.

Critics said the question of God's reaction to prayers simply can't be explored by scientific study.

But, of course, if the study showed that prayer works, those same critics would be praising the scientific method.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @1:26pm | Comments (28)

Comment Problem Fixed

If you use a 3-character name when you post comments, you probably got a weird message about a "reserved screen name." I think I fixed that problem.

Yesterday I banned that "..." guy and also put his screen name on the restricted list. Apparently, my software uses a dot as a wildcard symbol. Therefore, all 3-character names were not able to post.

Sorry about the confusion.

Permalink | Posted in Site News @10:48am | Comments (75)

House Concert Tonight

Expect another fun time at Whole Wheat Radio. Tonight's live house concert features Diane Zeigler and Brooks Williams.

It starts at 8:00 pm (west coast time), but it's always good to tune in early.

Permalink | Posted in Whole Wheat Radio @9:41am | Comments (18)

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