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You'll never be late for church if you're wearing this. Smile!
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At least they got to stay in their vehicles!
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A load of excrement forced the closure of an interstate exit ramp in Indiana on Thursday.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the pooling excrement froze, causing a toxic poopsicle, as well as a traffic hazard.
Hazard pay, anyone??
Any mention of Nazis, except in cases of discussing actual, historical Nazis, shall constitute a felony punishable by no less than ten years in prison and forfeiture of all assets.
The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
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OK, so here are few more WTF Wednesday-worthy links just because they showed up in my news reader today.
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I'm too lazy this morning to find something better, so you'll have to be satisfied by this blödes arschloch:
A trucker in Alabama rolled his 18-wheeler while performing a little do-it-yourself dentistry east of Tuscaloosa, blocking up traffic for miles, authorities said.
The 57-year-old, whose name wasn’t released, had taken both hands off the wheel while yanking a loose chomper, police said. The truck veered off the road and overturned, the report said. Traffic was backed up on Interstate 20 for about 11 hours.
Isn't that what rest stops are for?
Televangelist Pat Robertson warned this week that women could have their pregnancies cursed by a “coven” of witches if they posted ultrasound photographs on Facebook.
I'm surprised it took Pat this long to figure this out.
Some cops just aren't all that bright:
New video footage shows a St. Louis cop warning her colleagues that a dashboard camera is filming their traffic stop, before the camera is turned off altogether. Now, a lawsuit brought against the officers involved alleges that they used excessive force during the incident.
...the video shows Officer Kelli Swinton yelling “Hold up. Hold up, y’all. Hold up. Hold up, everybody, hold up. We’re red right now, so if you guys are worried about cameras, just wait.” The camera goes dark just a few seconds later.
I'd say that proves intent to beat the crap out of somebody.
Therefore a grand jury will refuse to indict, probably.
Didn't think this one through:
A UK branch of Krispy Kreme has been forced to drop its promotion for “KKK Wednesdays” – Krispy Kreme Klub Wednesdays – after a series of complaints.
The Hull branch of the doughnut chain had posted an advertisement for the event on its Facebook page.
KKK Wednesdays was to be part of the doughnut shop’s half-term activities – a series of planned events for children during a week-long break from school.
And yes, they know what the Klan is in the UK.
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Foreign Policy magazine recently polled more than 1,600 international relations scholars from 1,375 educational institutions and one of the questions asked was who they thought was the most effective U.S. SoS in the last 50 years.
The plurality chose Henry Kissinger, but before you laugh too loudly, "Don't Know" was #2. Colin Powell and Condeleeza Rice were ranked higher than John Kerry, who ended up in the basement.
Lots of war criminals on this list.
We here in the Commonwealth don't kill as many as some but this is good all the same:
Governor Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania on Friday saying it was a "flawed system" that needed more study by a state task force on the effectiveness of capital punishment.
He immediately granted a temporary reprieve to convicted murderer Terrance Williams, who was scheduled to be executed on March 4.
The Democratic governor noted that six people who were on death row in Pennsylvania had been exonerated since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1978. Nationwide, 150 people have been exonerated since then.
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When reading the news these days I've become very jaded and not too many things make me laugh. But this? I laughed out loud!
Leaders in the Monessen School District in Pennsylvania are investigating a racy assignment allegedly given to several middle school students.
According to the Valley Independent, the assignment consisted of a word search based on the novel “50 Shades of Grey.”
I don't have kids, so for all I know kids these days know all these words and more. It's just not often you'll find "butt plug" in a middle school assignment.
Conservatives have decided that Kayla Mueller, the American aid worker killed this week while being held hostage by the Islamic State, was a vicious anti-Semite who deserved to die.
Kayla Mueller: Dead ISIS Hostage Was Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel Bitch.
Nice people, modern conservatives are.
The newly-crowned Worst State in the Union™:
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican re-elected in November, on Tuesday rescinded an executive order issued by a Democratic predecessor that offered protections for gay and bisexual state workers.
It's just such a small, petty thing to do. But it expresses mindless hate, which is the most basic plank in the modern conservative platform.
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Hope you've already had your breakfast and it isn't yet time for lunch. Part of me thinks this is TMI but this post is titled WTF Wednesday so this qualifies!
A 52-year-old woman with a history of depression was referred by her primary physician for colorectal cancer screening. She had no family history of colorectal cancer and a review of systems was positive for abdominal bloating. Bowel preparation was done using 4 L of polyethylene glycol the evening prior to screening colonoscopy. The procedure was uncomplicated with no gross mucosal pathology, however, an insect was found in the transverse colon (Fig. 1, to the left), was found in the transverse colon on a routine screening colonoscopy.).
Some interesting comments at the link as well as images.
Jon Stewart announces retirement. While I haven't been a regular viewer for a couple of years now he's one of the few things that got me through the dark era of 2001-2009.
At least there's still John Oliver, who's utterly fantastic. (I haven't yet seen The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, but I like Wilmore.)
ADDED: The world owes Stewart big for this:
The "Hannity" panel was discussing a speech the President gave at the National Prayer Breakfast last week in which he said Islam was not the only religion with a history of violence.
"I was in that room," conservative activist Star Parker told host Sean Hannity. "And it was frankly verbal rape."
"Wow," said co-panelist and Fox personality Gerlado Rivera, folding his hands and looking into camera. "Yikes. Yikes."
"Oh yeah," Parker said. She continued, but Hannity was still catching his breath after her remark.
"That's a harsh term," Hannity said.
Parker looked straight at Hannity.
"Verbal rape is what it was," she said.
Parker had actually been using the line for a week, delivering the phrase "verbal rape" repeatedly on Saturday to conservative radio host Mark Levin.
But something’s going on here, something little and nasty, where we can only bring ourselves to tear down one small part of a story. Where we can only bring ourselves to call one part of a lie a lie. If it’s just some news anchor, if it’s just some guy on TV, we can study each utterance, find out what is and isn’t real, and call him to account for it.
If it’s our government, our president, his men, well, then, that’s too big a lie to wrap our heads around. That’s too much for us to think about. If the person we voted for, if the people he chose, if they all lied and schemed and embellished and colluded, if they built a world of falsehoods and sent thousands of people into it to die, that means our own memories are suspect. That means they didn’t just lie to us. They helped make it okay for us to lie to ourselves.
Consider it a variant of Die Große Lüge (The Big Lie) technique.
At any rate, the more powerful you are, the more you're accorded legal and social immunity. That's America.
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If this is our future I'm going to stop taking my blood pressure meds.
At the Epicenter complex in Stockholm, Sweden, office drones are becoming droids by inserting dog-style microchips to unlock doors, operate photo copiers or share contact info.
It’s the latest example of a trend that is also emerging in the medical profession.
"We call it augmented humanity," said tech trends expert Faith Popcorn, author of “Dictionary of the Future.” “We foresee a future in which everyone will have an implanted chip that will benefit our personal lives as well.”
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This is infuriating. The anti-vaxxers have a children's book for sale on Amazon purporting to explain the benefits of allowing your body to heal naturally from measles. The blub immediately under the title claims:
Melanie’s Marvelous Measles is a book written by Stephanie Messenger who has devoted her life to educating people about vaccines and natural health choices. This book takes children on a journey to learn about vaccinations for childhood illnesses, like measles and chicken pox.
Based on that description, wouldn't you think the book was on the benefits of vaccinations? To further complicate the matter, immediately beneath this is:
The Best Books of the Year for Kids
See all of our editors' picks for the Best Children's Books of 2014 for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens.
At first I thought the editors had chosen this book as one of the best of the year but one problem is that the book was published in 2012 and the second is that if you click on the link this book is not one of those chosen. So why put this misleading logo and link directly beneath the description?
There are 398 reviews as of this posting: 89 are 5 star and 298 are 1 star with a handful between.
The reviews are pretty amusing, btw.
With world infinitely more complex and dangerous,what to do? Boots on ground sounds good, but how many and where and when? Can't isolate.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) February 4, 2015
Dozens of House Democrats are threatening to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's March 3 speech before a joint session of Congress, Politico reported Tuesday, another sign of how the speech is exacerbating partisan tensions over Israel.
"Threatening" is awfully weaselly and requires little backbone. So we'll see.
But a half-empty House would be nice.
Lee’s book will be hitting shelves just as another “new” novel will be published by another revered literary hero, Ayn Rand.
I'll just let that sit there.
But Dr. Jack Wolfson said it's the Jacks family who should keep themselves at home, not him.
Wolfson, an Arizona cardiologist, refuses to vaccinate his two young sons. He said the family that didn't vaccinate and endangered the Jacks children did nothing wrong.
"It's not my responsibility to inject my child with chemicals in order for [a child like Maggie] to be supposedly healthy," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, it's very likely that her leukemia is from vaccinations in the first place."
"I'm not going to sacrifice the well-being of my child. My child is pure," he added. "It's not my responsibility to be protecting their child."
CNN asked Wolfson if he could live with himself if his unvaccinated child got another child gravely ill.
"I could live with myself easily," he said. "It's an unfortunate thing that people die, but people die. I'm not going to put my child at risk to save another child."
Some people need to be cast out of society.
ADDED: New Jersey Governor & State Thug Christ Christie can go fuck himself.
New Jersey's Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie is to begin his three-day visit to the UK.
Mr Christie will hold a series of meetings with top British politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron.
Thug vs. Toff.
Not as entertaining as it sounds.
The Arizona lawman who bills himself as "America's toughest sheriff" predicts the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl and says some inmates will be allowed popcorn as they watch Sunday's face-off with the Seattle Seahawks.
It's What America is.
The Texas Lege will consider a bill that would allow teachers to shoot and kill misbehaving students:
The Lone Star State already permits teachers to have firearms in the classroom, but H.B. 868, also known as the Teacher’s Protection Act, would authorize instructors to use “force or deadly force on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event in defense of the educator’s person or in defense of students of the school that employs the educator.” Instructors would also have the right to use deadly force “in defense of property of the school that employs the educator.” Moreover, civil immunity would be granted to those who use deadly force, meaning they would not be liable for the injury or death of student.
Ain't America grand?