Monday, February 4, 2013

Our Wacky World—2/4/2013

Yet another installment in the What Were You Thinking/The Internet Never Forgets dept.:
"A 23-year-old math teacher has been suspended from her job after it was revealed she had been posting half-naked photos of herself on Twitter and joking about using drugs at school."
Mail Online

"Sobrino Valdeci...was arrested...for raping several women attending his church. He gave as an excuse that his penis had been consecrated with 'divine semen of the Holy Spirit... I hope to continue my wonderful job within the prison'"

"...they have found that with women who are on the birth control pill, there are these little tiny fetuses, these little babies, that are embedded into the womb. ...these wombs of women who have been on the birth control pill effectively have become graveyards for lots and lots of little babies."
Opposing Views

"the reason why I say Evolution is false is because Evolution say's [sic] a fish can turn into a monkey but a fish dose not have the voice of a monkey and Evolution says a monkey can turn into a fish but why don't we see sea monkeys under water evolution says a rock Turned into a Fish witch has sex with a Monkey in a Mud Pool that was struck by lighting and then the fish grew legs and walked and gave birth to a Human so the big question is what was the fish shoe size before it grew feet lol ahhahahahahah Evolution is false checkmate"

Meanwhile, Ken Ham denies his own propaganda:
"I don’t know where people get the idea that people rode dinosaurs. I mean, there’s no evidence in the Bible that that is so. When Job was looking at Behemoth, the description there… there’s nothing to do with people riding dinosaurs. We don’t know how people interacted with dinosaurs."
Leo Weekly

Surprise, grandpa:
“My daughter got this in the mail!” he said. “She’s still in high school, and you’re sending her coupons for baby clothes and cribs? Are you trying to encourage her to get pregnant?”

Is the NRA leadership out of touch with their own members?:
"...84% of gun-owners and 74% of NRA members (vs. 90% of non–gun-owners) supported requiring a universal background-check system for all gun sales; 76% of gun-owners and 62% of NRA members (vs. 83% of non–gun-owners) supported prohibiting gun ownership for 10 years after a person has been convicted of violating a domestic-violence restraining order; and 71% of gun-owners and 70% of NRA members (vs. 78% of non–gun-owners) supported requiring a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years in prison for a person convicted of selling a gun to someone who cannot legally have a gun."
Yes. And when this happens on Fox News you're pretty well fucked. (New England Journal of Medicine )

"Israel has admitted for the first time that it has been giving Ethiopian Jewish immigrants birth-control injections, often without their knowledge or consent."

"When cops finally allowed the pair to see the boy, they found the panicked kid seated in a shabby chair with his left wrist cuffed to the wall, Mendez said... The police later dropped the robbery charge against the seven-year-old. Police insist that he was held for half the time stated by the family. That would still be five hours for $5."
Turley's Blog

You don't have Dr. Oz, the Great and Terrible, in your country? You probably will soon:
"Oz is fifty-two and jauntily fit, with a perfectly tamed helmet of brown hair and lengthy sideburns. His scrubs, powder blue and cinched at the waist, fit so well they looked as if they had been run up for him on Saville Row. In promotional pictures, Oz, with a stethoscope draped like a scarf around his neck, looks eerily like Doug Ross, the character that George Clooney made famous on 'E.R.' He worked the line like a gifted politician, hugging people as they flipped open their phones and tried to get a picture with him. Many had brought old copies of magazines to be signed: Time, Good Housekeeping, Prevention—all with Oz on the cover. 'I worship you, Dr. Oz,' one woman told him. Another threw her arms around his neck. 'I haven’t seen a doctor in eight years,' she said. 'I’m scared. You are the only one I trust.'"
New Yorker

The rules just don't apply to some people:
“In providing mail service across the country, the Postal Service attempts to work within local and state laws and regulations, when feasible... However, as you are probably aware, the Postal Service enjoys federal immunity from state and local regulation”

And... It's official. Fetus ≠ person:
"But when it came to mounting a defense in the Stodghill case, Catholic Health’s lawyers effectively turned the Church directives on their head. Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect 'unborn persons,' and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights."
Huffington Post

Hell No
In other church news:
"Behind a disguised offshore company structure, the church's international portfolio has been built up over the years, using cash originally handed over by Mussolini in return for papal recognition of the Italian fascist regime in 1929. 
"Since then the international value of Mussolini's nest-egg has mounted until it now exceeds £500m. In 2006, at the height of the recent property bubble, the Vatican spent £15m of those funds to buy 30 St James's Square. Other UK properties are at 168 New Bond Street and in the city of Coventry. It also owns blocks of flats in Paris and Switzerland."

"The honour killings are carried out by law abiding, educated and respectable people, who fear the society and always try to guard their reputation. They always care about their esteem and public image and do not want any harm to their public standing"

"Minnesota attorney Thomas P. Lowe, 58, has been suspended indefinitely after he was found not only to have had an affair with a client in a divorce case but then charged her for time they spent having sex."
Turley's Blog

A major patent troll bites the dust:
"Remarkably, the judge overseeing the case ruled during trial that the jury wouldn't be allowed to make a decision about Newegg's arguments that the patent was invalid. That line of reasoning—that Soverain's patents were bogus to begin with—would become the basis of Newegg's appeal.
"Just saying "do it on the Internet" isn't a novel invention, the appeals court ruled. The three-judge panel found that all of the "shopping cart" patent claims were rendered obvious in light of the CompuServe Mall."
Ars Technica

Fuck No