Tuesday, March 31, 2009

At Least There Is Some Good That Comes From Tax Increases

If you thought that increasing taxes is all bad you would be wrong. In New York's case it gets you one less egotistical blowhard living within your borders.
Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk show king, announced this week that he's ditching his New York digs and finding another alternate location for his top-rated show in the wake of Gov. Paterson's "stupid, punitive, massive tax increases."

"I'm going to get out of there totally, 'cause this is just absurd," railed Limbaugh, who famously acknowledged an addiction to painkillers in October 2003.

Of Albany's proposed hikes, which will boost income taxes on households earning more than $300,000 a year, El Rushbo said they were "punishing the achievers for the mistakes... on the part of a bunch of corrupt politicians."

The Catholic Church Puts Their Homophobia To The Test

Not content to end a banner month as far a ridiculousness goes by condemning the use of condoms in Africa despite the rampant spread of AIDS and excommunicating the family of a 9 year old rape victim for allowing her to get an abortion, the Catholic Church is now taking steps to ensure that gays don't slip past their gaydar and make it into the priesthood by testing them before allowing them to serve.
THE Melbourne Catholic Church has embraced a Vatican recommendation to test potential priests for sexual orientation.

Under the guidelines, potential priests who "appear" to be gay must be banned.

The head of the Vatican committee that made the recommendations has made it clear celibate gays should also be banned because homosexuality is ‘‘a type of deviation’’.

So I wonder what will be on that test? Score well on fashion and interior design questions and you get washed out of priest school? Is a pedophilia test going to be given to all potential priests as well?

Monday, March 30, 2009

So Who Picks Committee Appointments Anyways?

Illinios Representative John Shimkus has definite ideas about global warming:

"The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this Earth. This Earth will not be destroyed by a flood… God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect."

So which committee assignments do you think he would be well suited for as part of his Congressional duties? How does Energy and Commerce Committee, including the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials sound?

I guess the committee to promote religious wingnuttery had no vacant positions...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Chop That

sham wowIt seems that annoying TV spokesman from those ShamWow and Slap Chop commercials, Vince Shlomi, had to do some "chop slapping" of his own when he got involved with a less than accommodating lady of the evening.

Apparently after providing $1000 for her services, she decided to put his tongue in a bite lock (maybe she was sick of his obnoxious TV commercials as well?) only releasing it after he did some "chopping" to her face with his fists allegedly resulting in several facial fractures and lacerations. Both Shlomi and his "date" were arrested but not charged though his date Sasha Harris, is considering the requisite lawsuit.

No word yet on whether Shlomi put the ShamWow to work soaking up the blood from his tongue or whether Harris will be seeking her next "date" with the other obnoxious TV pitch man, Billy Mays.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Who Would You Want Flying Your Plane?

Aircraft incidents have been quite prevalent in the news lately. With that in mind, the story of a Tunisian pilot recently convicted in Italy and sentenced to 10 years in prison got me thinking. If your plane was in trouble who would you want flying it, Sully Sullenberger whose skill and quick thinking allowed him to save all his passengers or the Tunisian pilot who put his and his passenger's fate in God and prayed instead of following proper emergency procedures resulting in 16 deaths?

I think I'm going with the former...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Another Internet Tool?

For those that just can't fit in all the prayer to the God of their choice that they feel is necessary because of their hectic schedule, a new web offering seeks to help you out. Information Age Prayer is a new site that will perform the prayers you just can't fit into your busy day for you using "state of the art text to speech synthesizers to voice each prayer at a volume and speed equivalent to typical person praying".

So for as little as $3.95 a month ($1.99 for a Muslim childrens prayer), you can get those extra prayers in that should guarantee your entrance into the afterlife of your choosing. What a deal!

Because It Won't Really Matter

We will all be dead soon afterwards anyway right?

(h/t - Tiny Frog)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

How Cool!

I remember how cool it was back in my Navy days when as a crew member of the Kitty Hawk (CV-63), we had the opportunity to have a photo op in Norfolk with the USS Iowa (BB-63) so how cool it must of been for those involved in this photo op that includes 2 of our most famous bombers?

(h/t - Flight Global)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Clean Coal

With the talk about possibly building the Big Stone coal fired power plant here in South Dakota including all the EPA permitting issues, I find this gem about clean coal directed by the Cohen brothers quite lovely.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Say What?

So just follow me here for a minute.

A 9 year old Brazillian girl is raped by her 23 year old stepfather. She becomes pregnant with twins and is told by doctors that the pregnancy is placing her life in grave danger because of her size and age. Her mother decides that the only recourse is to have an abortion which is what is done as that procedure is legal in Brazil. A truly sad turn of events to be sure but as the late Paul Harvey would say, "Now for the rest of the story".

It seems that the Catholic archbishop in the city the child resides, who you would think would be comforting the child and her family in their time of pain, decided that excommunicating the child's mother and the doctors who performed the procedure was what should be done instead only sparing that fate from the child because she was too young to understand.

So there you have it, a child is raped, gets pregnant placing her life in danger, has a procedure done that saves her life, and the church punishes her.

Oh and if you were wondering whether the rapist was punished by the church especially in light of their ongoing priest child abuse problem, the answer would be not yet.
When asked why he did not excommunicate the stepfather who sexually abused the girl, Gomes Sobrinho said: "He committed an extremely serious crime. But that crime, according to canon law, is not punished with automatic excommunication."

No wonder people are flocking away from organized religion in droves...