Dec 282007

Tiger Attack Wrath of God
It certainly didn’t long for the krazy kristian kooks at Westboro Baptist church to blame the tiger escape at the San Fransisco Zoo on gay people. They got right out there with a press release.

Screen Shot from Westboro Baptist PDF

Man Stuck Upside Down in Septic Tank – AP
Smells are known to be very strong inducements of memories, and certainly Christmas has lots of great smells. I love the smell or real Christmas Trees…and the food. Well, poor Robert Schoff is going to have a very different scent associated with Christmas from now on. Seems he stuck his head into the opening of his septic tank on Christmas Eve, got wedged in with his feet up in the air, and it took an hour for his wife to notice.

Time Slowing Down?Wired
A group of scientists from the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, and Spain’s University of Salamanca are attempting to explain an anomaly in the observation over a surprising phenomenon: Supernovae stars viewed at extreme distances seem to be moving away from us faster than those nearby. Most researchers have assumed that the stars have somehow accelerated – or that the rate of the expansion of the post-Big Bang universe itself has accelerated over time. This was odd given that the universe was thought to be dominated by matter, which should, through the aggregate gravitational effect of each bit pulling on the others, have led to a deaccelerating expansion, rather than the opposite.

The Spanish researchers are using a complex part of string theory to postulate that time itself might be slowing, given that when scientists view distant objects, they are actually seeing back into time. I don’t know about you, but my day to day life proves this to be a false hypothesis. Things seem to be moving faster and faster everyday.

Wife Stabs Husband for Opening Christmas Present EarlyUSA Today
Shawn Johnson of Rock Springs, WY called police early Friday morning saying his wife, Misty, stabbed him. Apparently it was the result of an argument where Misty accused him of opening a Christmas present early. No word on whether he really did peek or not.

Bluetooth Headset Foils RobberyDayton Daily News
OK, I own one and use it when driving and when hustling through airports, but I think the people that walk around with them on their heads all the time look kind of idiotic and “Borg-ish” (See Star Trek). But in this case, it foiled a robbery at a Wendy’s in Columbus, OH, when Keith Allen Strugill (a two time loser on robbery and rape charges) activated an employee’s headphone when yelling at them to not answer a call while he was waiting on a time lock safe to open. The caller was a friend working at a nearby bank, who overheard the robber yelling at everyone, so she called the police. I guess you know the rest of the story.

UK Man Racks Up $54,000 of Data ChargesWired
Ian Simpson thought he had an unlimited data plan, so when his roommate showed him how to use the cell phone as a modem, he went to town downloading music and TV shows. Unfortunately, the Vodafone contract said the data plan  was actually only for 120 megabytes per month. Lesson here…read the fine print.

Polk County Boy Solicited by Man Dressed as a
Read the papers long enough, and you’ll probably finally hear it all. Apparently a guy, dressed as a woman, pulled up alongside a boy and asked for directions (given that, I have my doubts it was really a man…men don’t ask for directions), and then offered to commit a lewd act.

Man Threatens Wife With Hoe for Not Cooking
A Lutz man threatened to put a hoe in his wife’s head because she didn’t fix him dinner. Her son intervened, and the man went outside and returned with a rubber mallet. White trash at its best.

Finally Some Good News-Westboro Baptist Found Liable

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Oct 312007

A Reuters report by John Hurdle reports that the Kansas based Westboro Baptist Church has been ordered to pay $2.9 million in compensatory damages to the family of a gay marine killed in Iraq. They had cheered and protested at his funeral, as they have done at many of the funerals for soldiers killed in the war, claiming it to be God’s vengeance on America for the way it treats them, and for letting gay people live here.

This appears to be the first civil case against the church, and it was filed by the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder. The jury found that “the Westboro Baptist Church and three of its principals had invaded the privacy of the dead man’s family and inflicted emotional distress when they protested at his funeral last year.”

The soldier’s death was God’s punishment on America for tolerating homosexuality, the church’s members said.

The church is headed by Fred Phelps, and the only members seem to members of Phelp’s family. They’ve been waging a war against homosexuality for years, and have pulled some the craziest and most intolerable stunts you can imagine. Therefore, I think no one will be very upset to see this judgment against the group.

UPDATE: Later today, according to the Associated Press, the jury returned an additional judgement of $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress.

Aug 102007

This guy just never stops. According to the Twin City Daily Planet, “Rev.” Fred Phelps and his flock will be going to Minnesota to protest at the funerals of the victims of the bridge collapse. Phelps has decided that God made the bridge collapse he hates America and he especially hates Minnesota because of it’s tolerance for gay people.

Shirley Phelps Roper, who is both the daughter of the pastor and one of the attorneys for the church, said that America, and Minnesota especially, have alienated God by its tolerance for homosexuality, and that the bridge collapse was an act of God’s vengeance. She said:

“The bridge stood in place by the word of God and it fell by the word of God…Each of these little events is just a harbinger of the coming destruction of this American experiment. We are delivering the final call of the doomed nation.”

What a sad bunch of small people. My question all along has been, where do these people get the money for this. Someone out there has to be a big benefactor.

Rightwing Christian Protesting at Soldiers Funeral

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Jun 292005

Here’s the Christian Right Wing the Republicans are so interested in catering too.

WCBV Boston reports a “right-wing Protestant Christian church group from Topeka, Kansas is planning to demonstrate” at the funeral service of a soldier who recently died in Iraq. Why? The group, from Westboro Baptist Church, claims “U.S. soldiers like Piper are dying because the country is being punished for its tolerance of what they see as immoral behavior, such as homosexuality.” The group staged a protest several weeks ago “carrying signs depicting homosexual sex, with slogans such as ‘Pope In Hell’ and ‘God Hates Fags,’ and ‘God Hates The U.S.'”