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Thursday, 30 June, 2011

Catholic Priest Can’t Present Himself As A Priest

Yes, some people still claim to be a member of this corrupt religion. In Kentucky: Catholic priest indicted on seven sodomy charges.

schook A Jefferson County grand jury indicted a Roman Catholic priest Thursday on seven felony charges of sodomy, alleging he sexually abused two boys in their early teens in the 1970s.

The Rev. James R. Schook, 63 — whom the Archdiocese of Louisville removed from ministry last year — faces three counts of sodomy in the second degree and four counts of sodomy in the third degree.

Six of the charges involve one boy and incidents alleged between 1971 and 1974. The seventh charge involves a second boy with an incident alleged between 1974 and 1975.

And this:

He remains a priest but has been forbidden to do public ministry or present himself as a priest.

That means his church people are still paying for his room and board?

There was probably a time when the Catholic Church actively recruited sexual perverts because they were desperate for priests. But they won't admit it.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @6:33pm | Comments (16)

BP Gets All Orwellian

BP_America has 28,734 Twitter followers, and probably a few of them fell for it: BP tries to put positive spin on negative report with ‘Orwellian tweet’.

Energy giant BP tried Wednesday to put a positive spin on a new report that highlights the devastating impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill using their official Twitter account.


The truth:

The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said there had been more than 9,474 oil-related beach closings, advisories and notices in Gulf states since the spill and that the clean-up effort was still underway in Alabama, Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi.

An NRDC spokesman sez:

“Well-funded oil industry PR campaigns will continue to try to deflect attention away from negative realities on the ground and at sea.  As the tweet about NRDC’s beach report shows, BP will continue to claim success in the Gulf cleanup, even when new reports demonstrate its failures.”

No big deal. In another 1,000 years or so the gulf will be back to normal. It really shouldn't affect BP's profits.

Permalink | Posted in General @5:52pm | Comments (10)

A Smelly Nigerian Gets On A Plane…

Security theater, take a bow! FBI- Stowaway slips onto cross-country flight.

Authorities have charged a man with being a stowaway after he allegedly took a flight from New York to Los Angeles, even though he didn't have a proper boarding pass and was not on the flight manifest.

It wasn't until after Virgin America Flight 415 took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday that the airline discovered the man, identified as Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, wasn't supposed to be on the flight, according to an FBI affidavit.

How do you identify a guy like this?

The flight crew became aware of him when two passengers complained about his odor, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

TSA sez:

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Greg Soule issued a statement saying, "Every passenger that passes through security checkpoints is subject to many layers of security including thorough physical screening at the checkpoint. TSA's review of this matter indicates that the passenger went through screening. It is important to note that this passenger was subject to the same physical screening at the checkpoint as other passengers."

There's a lot more to the story, and a lesson for terrorists: Take a bath before you sneak on a plane!

Permalink | Posted in General @5:34pm | Comments (5)

Governor Calls People

How can this possible do any good? Governor Rick Scott's Robocalls Anger Constituents.

rick scott We started hearing about the robocalls by Governor Rick Scott right after the budget passed in May. Then a week later another call about wasteful spending, and the week after that the phone rang again.

"Hi, I'm Governor Rick Scott," the call begins.

For the past month, the calls have been coming to households all over the state, with Governor Scott touting his pre-recorded accomplishments.

"I'm calling to personally tell you about the state budget I signed," the call continues.

Who pays for it?

The Republican Party of Florida is funding the calls, which on average cost about two cents a piece. And while it won't disclose who the calls are targeting, a statement released says: "The party is committed to helping the Governor communicate his accomplishments directly to the voters of the state."

It seems obvious that the calls are targeting the mentally incompetent. Who else would pick up the phone and actually listen to a recorded voice?

Permalink | Posted in General @12:10pm | Comments (14)

Amazon And California Sales Taxes

An Ask J-Walk question from Aaron:

J-Walk, you are pretty level-headed but also an Amazon associate yourself.

As an Amazon associate living outside of California, what are your thoughts on that state's newest law that will require Amazon to collect sales tax for online purchases? Amazon is attempting to skirt by cancelling all associate contracts for residents of California.

Should online-retailers not be required to collect sales taxes because they have their physical presences in other states?

Is Amazon doing the right thing by cancelling associate accounts?

Amazon is doing what any corporation would do: Crunching the numbers to see if they would generate more profit by dumping the California associates. I suspect that it's not even close. So, by shutting down the affiliate program in California, Amazon is doing the right thing from their perspective.

I'm sure there are lots of people in California who actually make a living by being an Amazon associate. Those people, of course, will say that Amazon is doing the wrong thing.

The net effect is that this California law will put some people out of work -- and that means even less tax revenue.

Permalink | Posted in General @11:17am | Comments (41)

Lucky Heart Attack

In Maine: Man's heart attack interrupts heart disease class.

Dr. Phillips and his angels A Maine cardiologist giving a lecture on coronary heart disease, along with a team of nurses, saved the life of a member of the audience when the man had a heart attack right in the middle of the class.

Dr. William Phillips (shown here) was comparing bypass surgery and heart stents for more than 100 people Monday evening at the Central Maine Medical Center when he was interrupted by the man complaining of chest pain.

"We were talking about angina and this man raised his hand and said, 'I'm having it right now,' " Phillips told the paper. "I said, 'Are you kidding? And he said, 'No.' "

The victim then collapsed, stopped breathing and had no pulse. Without missing a beat, the doctor and the cardiac rehab nurses who had been attending the lecture began CPR on the patient, as another nurse ran for a portable defibrillator. The quick reactions of the group saved the man's life.

And then the lecture continued.

Permalink | Posted in General @11:06am | Comments (2)

Ken Ham Asks Why

From today's Ken Ham blog post:

Isn’t it amazing, that so often, those who claim to be atheists become so upset when they learn of AiG or the Creation Museum? You see, if there is no God—and thus no ultimate purpose, meaning, and hope in regard to life—why do they bother even taking the time to attack us? Why does it ultimately matter?

It's pretty simple, Ken. It's because we have to share this planet with others, including people like you. I think the world would be a better place if people behaved rationally and intelligently. Neither of those terms describe people who believe the Bible is literally true. And, of course, we are all subject to laws -- and I'd prefer that laws that I must follow aren't created based on religious beliefs that I consider to be absurd.

That's why I take the time to attack you.

Permalink | Posted in Religion @11:03am | Comments (14)

Octomom Update

So how's that Octomom doing these days? Nadya Suleman sez: 'I hate the babies, they disgust me'

octomom US Octomum Nadya Suleman has hit a new low in caring for her octuplets and six older children. "I hate the babies, they disgust me," she told InTouch magazine. "My older six are animals, getting more and more out of control, because I have no time to properly discipline them."

How does she cope?

"The only way I can cope is to lock myself in the bathroom and cry," she said.

Does she really hate them?

"Obviously I love them," she said. "But I absolutely wish I had not had them."

Permalink | Posted in General @7:35am | Comments (40)

Quote Of The Day

Today's quote is from Dr. Marcus Bachman, the man who could be the next first lady man:

He's talking to parents about potentially homosexual children:

"We have to understand: barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature."

He's shown here with his wife.


Permalink | Posted in General @7:10am | Comments (27)

Good Samaritan Fined

Kind of odd, In Illinois: Man who found $17K didn't tell the truth.

An Arlington Heights man was fined $500 after he turned in $17,000 but lied about how and where he actually found the cash, police said today.

found money Robert Adams, 54, was cited today for filing a false report with the Rolling Meadows Police Department.

On the evening of June 6, Adams found a Chase Bank bag full of cash totaling about $17,000 near a Walgreens ATM in Midlothian, police said. Instead of turning the cash in at that location, Adams drove to Rolling Meadows and turned in the bag at a Chase Bank. He later told police he found the cash outside a newspaper stand in Rolling Meadows.

After investigators reviewed video surveillance, they discovered Adams found the money in Midlothian, according to Rolling Meadows Police Sgt. Tony Gaspari in a news release.

When reached by phone Wednesday night, Adams said he felt more comfortable turning the cash in to Rolling Meadows officials and filing the report with Rolling Meadows police.

"I know now a little better than I knew then," he said. "I feel very badly and understand why I should have told the truth."

Adams said it was a hot day and he just wanted to get home. "I wasn't looking for a reward. I was just doing the right thing," he said.

Permalink | Posted in General @7:05am | Comments (15)

Jennifer Aniston Without Make-Up

It's amazing what a little make-up can do to a Hollywood star.


Plenty more where that came from.

Permalink | Posted in Visual Arts @7:03am | Comments (14)

Odd Borders

Fun with maps: Seven peculiar U.S. borders.

Here's one called Kentucky Bend.

kentucky bend The Kentucky Bend is an area of Kentucky that sits completely within Missouri and Tennessee, disconnected from the rest of its own state.

To understand how this came to be, we have to look at the entire southern border of Kentucky. Kentucky was once part of Virginia and, in the process of becoming a territory, kept the same southern borders (at 36°30’ N, halfway between the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay and the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina). A few years later, Tennessee separated from North Carolina and, like siblings arguing over the middle seat in a family car trip, each territory accused the other of taking its land.

Thomas Walker, surveyor, set the uneven border between the western edge of Virginia to the Tennessee River as it exists today. The area past the Tennessee River, purchased from the Chicksaw tribe at a later date, stretches to the Mississippi border and sets the border back at the original line, 36°30’ N. West of the Mississippi, it’s Missouri.

However, there is a tiny thumb of land both east of the Mississippi and north of 36°30’—the Kentucky Bend. The fifteen Kentuckians who live there send their children to schools in nearby Tiptonville, Tennessee.

Permalink | Posted in General @6:59am | Comments (8)

Callista By Ernie

Question: What If Callista Gingrich Were An Ernie Bushmiller Drawing?



Permalink | Posted in Nancy @6:54am | Comments (6)

Woman Banned From Walmart!

This isn't just a temporary ban to keep her out of a single store. She's banned from every Walmart, and she's Banned For Life.

banned She was banned from every Walmart in the United States for life, and it was all because of an argument over coupons.

April Cuevas says Walmart has started "cracking down" on extreme couponers like herself who want to use coupons from other stores to save money.

Cuevas says she was told that Walmart's "Ad Match" policy had changed late last week, and asked to speak with a store manager so she could better understand why. She decided to record the interchange -- which quickly became an argument -- with her iPhone.

She says the action wasn't welcomed by the Walmart manager, who slapped her hand away and told her to pay the full price of her groceries or leave.

Which she did.

The big question is, how will they enforce it? Will they post a photo of her at every cash register?

Hopefully, we can all learn something from this incident.

Permalink | Posted in General @6:52am | Comments (23)

Wednesday, 29 June, 2011

Best Of The Monsters

I remember a few of these.

The four and a half minute compilation of every Ray Harryhausen animated creature in feature films, presented in chronological order.

Creature details here.


(via The Political Carnival)

Permalink | Posted in Movies & TV @7:23pm | Comments (12)

Birthers Vs. Esquire

It'll be known as the great Birther Law Suit of 2011: Birthers Sue Esquire Over Parody, Seeking More than $200 Million.

esq-corsi-birth-certificate-book-051811-lg Farah, the CEO of WorldNetDaily.com, and Corsi, author of “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible to Be President,” have filed suit against Hearst, Esquire magazine and writer Mark Warren over a satirical article that they say defamed them and damaged their business interests. They’re seeking compensatory damages of $100 million and punitive damages of $20 million, plus legal costs. [Update: As a commenter points out, that's only for one of the five counts; the full amount sought totals more than $285 million.]

Warren published the article on May 18, 2011, just after Obama released his long-form birth certificate, answering the doubts of Corsi and other so-called birthers. An Onion-style parody, it was headlined “BREAKING! Jerome Corsi’s Birther Book Pulled From Shelves!”

The satirical article is here.

Permalink | Posted in General @7:08pm | Comments (8)

Obama Lies About His Daughter’s Age

This is even worse than that 57 states thing: Obama says his 12-year-old is 13.

MaliaObama President Obama, who has expressed his fears about his daughter Malia becoming a teenager next month, is apparently dreading her birthday so much that for a brief moment on Wednesday, he thought she had already turned 13.

At a press conference at the White House, Obama suggested that his daughters, who “generally finish their homework a day ahead of time,” could serve as role models for members of Congress.

"Malia’s 13, Sasha’s 10," the president said, even though 12-year-old Malia still has a few days to go until her July 4 birthday.

It wasn't just a slip of the tongue. He repeated the lie:

"It is impressive. They don't wait until the night before. They're not pulling all-nighters. They're 13 and 10."

Malia is shown here wearing some kind of Hippie outfit.

Permalink | Posted in General @6:54pm | Comments (27)

Obama’s Pants Catch On Fire

At PolitiFact: President Barack Obama claims his regulatory review is unprecedented.

pantsonfire "What I have done -- and this is unprecedented, by the way; no administration has done this before -- is I've said to each agency, 'Don't just look at current regulations or don't just look at future regulations, regulations that we're proposing. Let's go backwards and look at regulations that are already on the books and if they don't make sense, let's get rid of them.'"

As it turns out:

In fact, a U.S. Government Accountability Office report on July 16, 2007, states that, "Every president since President Carter has directed agencies to evaluate or reconsider existing regulations."

Obama claims that his administration is doing something unprecedented -- "no administration has done this before," he said -- by having each agency review existing regulations, with an eye toward eliminating ones that don't make sense. Lots of presidents have done that. We rate Obama's statement Pants On Fire.

Change? Same as it ever was. All politicians are liars.

Permalink | Posted in General @6:49pm | Comments (16)

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