And now . . . this – Mar. 20/14

March 20, 2014

I told you. Vampires.

Gov. Walker’s Facebook and Twitter accounts posted “Philippians 4:13” on Sunday, an apparent reference to a Bible passage.

The FFRF sent the governor a letter Tuesday, asking him to immediately remove the message from his government social media accounts. The letter states, “It is improper for a state employee, much less for the chief executive officer of the state, to use the machinery of the State of Wisconsin to promote personal religious views.”


Hey FFRF: I realize this isn’t Twitter, and it’s considerably less than 140 characters, but: Psalm 53:1.


And now . . . this – Mar. 17/14

March 17, 2014

Who are you, hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo

This article is actually a couple of months old, but I came across it and thought it was too good to pass up:

An alleged drunken driver arrested while hiding 30 feet up a tree Friday on I-290 “rambled on about being an owl” when confronted, police wrote in court documents.

Troy A. Prockett, 37, of Hudson, was arraigned Monday on a slew of charges – including third-offense drunken driving – after town firefighters had to use a bucket truck to bring a cop 30 feet into a tree to arrest him.

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Seems like a waste of effort, when all they had to do was trap him using dea mice as bait.

The suspect was later allowed to stay in the tree, after Al Gore pointed out that he was an exceedingly rare sotted owl.

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Happy birthday, WWW

March 12, 2014

On March 12, 1989, computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal for a new, hypertext-based information management system at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) to address the problem of long-term information loss due to employee turnover. His solution was a non-linear pool of information interconnected with hyperlinks. And hence the World Wide Web was born.

Today, 25 years later, of course the WWW has evolved into a repository of Justin Bieber, pr0n, pictures of cats with amusing captions, and blogs like this one. Occasionally, academic research does still get done.

The original WWW went “live” in 1991. Although it’s changed locations, it’s still viewable. As an HTML coder, I was eager to view the source just to see how different the original HTML markup was from the current 5th version.

The Web has come a long way in 25 years from those plain grey pages we all discovered back in the early 90s. Sites like Blogger or Facebook simply wouldn’t have been possible with the technology of the time; it took about a decade for that. I need to leave a note for myself for March 12, 2039: how will we share our LOLcats then?

And now . . . this – Mar. 12/14

March 12, 2014

A British woman says she has finally found the true meaning of marriage now that she has divorced her husband and married her dog.

Amanda Rodgers and her dog/wife Sheba appeared on British television’s ITV’s “This Morning” Tuesday to discuss why she decided to wed her pet in a ceremony attended by 200 people in Croatia last week, reports the Mirror.

“She was two weeks old and she was new to the world—but I fell in love with her,” Rodgers, 47, told the show’s hosts. “I knew that we were meant to be.”

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Well, “marriage equality” advocates should love this one. It hits the trifecta: same-sex, inter-species, and pedophilia.

And now . . . this – Mar. 11/14

March 11, 2014

Your best take now

You know what I’m having trouble feeling right now? Sympathy.

An estimated $600,000 was stolen from Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church this weekend in Houston.

According to a statement sent to church members, someone allegedly stole cash, checks, and credit card information from the church safe, reported the Houston Chronicle, one of the first of many media outlets to cover the story.

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For some reason, I am most strongly reminded of this verse from the Bible:

[H]ow can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. (Matt. 12:29)

It was easy to clean out Osteen’s church. There wasn’t a strong man around.

I do feel for the people who have possibly had their banks accounts or credit cards compromised. As for Osteen himself, well, maybe if the prosperity-gospel huckster had had more faith, this wouldn’t have happened. I’m sure the poor soul will have to go a whole extra week before he can polish his solid-gold house again.

Are atheists vampires?

March 10, 2014

Well, they’re certainly not the rational and entirely non-superstitious geniuses we’re led (by them, of course) to think they are. Case in point:

A group of atheists have launched a legal challenge against the inclusion of the ‘miracle cross’ from the Twin Towers in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

The 17-foot cross that emerged from the rubble at Ground Zero was seen by many rescue workers as a symbol of hope, but now other groups fear that it violates the constitutional divide between church and state.

The group, called American Atheists, says that the cross should not be displayed at all in the museum, and went on to say that if it is included, then there should be a similar panel to represent the atheists who perished at the site.

“We’re arguing for equal treatment in some way, whatever that might be,” the group’s lawyer Edwin Kagin said last week.

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(If you’re at a loss to understand how “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” actually means “The September 11 Memorial and Museum shall not display a structural-steel cross,” you’re not alone. But I digress.)

When an advocacy group demands “equal treatment” but immediately admits that they have no idea what that means, you know right off the bat that you’re not dealing with the brightest (or Bright-est) bulbs in the box. I might be an ignorant right-wing Christian theist, but I have a suggestion: since religions have symbols (like metal crosses), and American Atheists is irreligious, then they need no symbols. I’m sure that where there aren’t crosses, there are huge volumes of empty space. Let AA claim those.

Nothing seems to enrage an atheist quite like a cross. I have a theory as to why this is: Atheists are vampires. This is annoying to me, because vampires are cool monsters1, whereas atheists, particularly of the AA stripe, are arrogant, irritating gadflies. Worse than that, they’re superstitious, driven to a self-righteous frenzy over having to see a symbol representing a god they don’t believe in.

Let them eat crucifix. Watch ’em run!


1 The popularity of The Walking Dead aside, zombies are not cool. They’re slow, stupid, and easily dealt with. If I were a police chief or mayor of an area with a mob of zombies attacking, I wouldn’t waste my time going after them with shotguns and chainsaws. Instead, I’d locate the local vampire clan and hire them to clean up the zombies, promising that they could keep whatever they killed, because who can turn down free food?