Friday, December 30, 2011

Arizona Humane Society: Scumbags of the Day

Animal lovers threatened to pull donations to an animal rescue group and the public flooded the agency with scathing comments and calls after a man's cat was euthanized when he couldn't afford its medical care, prompting the Arizona Humane Society to go into damage-control mode Wednesday.

The group has hired a publicist, removed dozens of comments on its Facebook page and directed a team of five volunteers to respond to the overwhelming calls and emails it has received since The Arizona Republic published a weekend story about Daniel Dockery and his 9-month-old cat, Scruffy.

Dockery, a 49-year-old recovering heroin addict, told the Phoenix newspaper that he took Scruffy to a Humane Society center on Dec. 8 because she had a cut from a barbed-wire fence, an injury that he described as non-life-threatening. The agency said it would cost $400 to treat Scruffy, money he didn't have.

The Humane Society cited policy when it declined to accept a credit card over the phone from Dockery's mother in Michigan or to wait for her to wire the money. The staff said if he signed papers surrendering the cat, Scruffy would be treated and put in foster care, he said.

Instead, Scruffy was euthanized several hours later.

Read more here.

Their Facebook page of PR Bullshit here.

Harper and Co. are afraid, very afraid

Parliament Hill is stepping up security in 2012, with $9 million in security upgrades planned for its entrance gates.

The changes will include retractable bollards as well as vehicle barriers and security cameras at four existing vehicle entrances. Two other openings will be made smaller by restoring portions of the heritage wall, a spokesman for Public Works and Government Services Canada said in an email.

Currently, the RCMP rely on "a combination of concrete blocks, removable fences, chains and RCMP vehicles at the gates to Parliament Hill," Sebastien Bois said.

The government wants to install the barriers at all vehicle and pedestrian entry points to the Hill, according to a request for proposals posted online.

Read more here.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rob Ford and Astral Media cover Toronto in more f*cking ads

Toronto’s newest piece of street furniture was going to be the centrepiece of a state-of-the-art tourist information system and then it was redesigned. Now that it’s being placed on downtown sidewalks, public-space activists are making their opinion clear: They hate it.

Why? Because they say it looks like nothing more than a garish billboard.

The city calls them “information pillars,” but opponents say that name is disingenuous. “They’re 95-per-cent advertising and the information they offer is of negligible value,” said Tim Grant chair of the Harbord Village Residents’ Association. “It is clearly a billboard.”

Read more here.

Earworm - World Go Boom

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cheetah dies aged 80

The passing of Old Hollywood.

A chimpanzee who apparently starred in Tarzan films in the 1930s has died at the age of 80, according to the sanctuary where he lived.

The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor said he died on Saturday of kidney failure.

He had acted alongside Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan in Tarzan films from 1932-34, it claimed.

Read more here.

The Deaths of Basil Rathbone

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sony is sued for being arrogent pricks

Sony is being sued for changes to its terms and conditions designed to prevent users from suing it en masse.

The class action lawsuit, filed in California, claims the changes force users to give up their legal rights and are unfair.

Sony said that it was legally entitled to make such changes to its terms.

The legal case will be watched keenly by other firms, including Microsoft, which has also introduced so-called no-sue clauses in recent months.

A Sony spokesman told the BBC: "We chose to make the changes after the Supreme Court clarified the law."

Read more here.

Don Cherry's Piano Desk

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hitler Reacts to SOPA

CIA clear themselves of any hint of wrongdoing in their cosy relationship with the NYPD

Well that was totally unbiased..

The Central Intelligence Agency announced Friday that an internal report found no issue or evidence of wrong-doing in the spy agency's partnership with the New York City Police Department.

"The CIA inspector general has completed a review of the CIA's relationship with the NYPD and has found no violation of law or executive order on the part of CIA," said agency spokesman Preston Golson. "The IG also found no evidence that any part of the agency's support to the NYPD constituted 'domestic spying.'"

Read more here.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Germans react to South Park, proving they really don't have a sense of humour

It needs saying because the country is just about recovering from the broadcast of an episode of the American cartoon series South Park which makes fun of Germans for their alleged absence of any scintilla of a sense of humour.

The episode, Funnybot, features a pistol-toting Chancellor Angela Merkel.

She, plus the German president and men in Tyrolean hats, invade a school and hold the children hostage at gunpoint.

Their righteous anger is because Germans have been called an unfunny people.

To put matters right, they unveil a robot (very well engineered, of course) that tells jokes, some of which are good and some of which are not good.

A robot? Queue the Kraftwerk...

Read more here.


Pushy Atheists: Don't they know it's Christmas?

We can't blame God for making these people idiots..

Every Christmas for the past 60 years, Nativity scenes have dominated two blocks of a park on bluffs overlooking the ocean in Santa Monica, California.

The 14 scenes depicting Jesus Christ's birth have long been a popular attraction among area residents and tourists to the southern California city.

This year, however, atheists have taken over most of the two-block stretch, nearly shutting out and angering a group of churches who contend the atheists have organized against the Christians and gamed a city lottery process allocating the holiday exhibit space.

In response, a leader of the atheist group says he's just looking for evenhanded treatment to present his beliefs in a public space -- and goes so far as to say that the city shouldn't even be allowing any religious or even atheist expression in the park.

Read more here.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Be a HERO and Help STOP SOPA Now!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

US Republicans hate Obama so much they're willing to f*ck over the middle class

Merry Christmas everybody.

Brian Cox - A Night with the Stars

His ego may be galatic in scale, but in this science starved age, it's the best we got.

Fed Ex delivery guy: Idiot of the Day

The Hobbit

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jackie Magazine: Idiots of the Day

Dutch fashion magazine Jackie is facing outcry after publishing an article in which it refers to pop star Rihanna as the ultimate "n****b****."

As posted on, the magazine's piece focuses on Rihanna's style, but uses the aforementioned language to describe the singer.

Best bullshit:

The responses poured in swiftly enough that according to Parlour magazine, the editor of Jackie, Eva Hoeke, issued a statement of apology on the publication's Facebook page, saying that "the author meant no harm" and that the headline using the words was meant to be "a joke."

Read more here.

Bloomberg wants us to feel sorry for the poor downtrodden millionaires and billionaires

If successful businesspeople don’t go public to share their stories and talk about their troubles, “they deserve what they’re going to get,” said Marcus, 82, a founding member of Job Creators Alliance, a Dallas-based nonprofit that develops talking points and op-ed pieces aimed at “shaping the national agenda,” according to the group’s website. He said he isn’t worried that speaking out might make him a target of protesters.

“Who gives a crap about some imbecile?” Marcus said. “Are you kidding me?”

Read more here.

New findings about the Earth's core

Under extreme pressures and temperatures, one of the main metals of the Earth's interior has exhibited a never-before-seen transition.

Iron oxide was subjected to conditions similar to those at the depth where the Earth's innermost two layers meet.

At 1,650C and 690,000 times sea-level pressure, the metal changed the degree to which it conducted electricity.

But, as the team outlined in Physical Review Letters, the metal's structure was surprisingly unchanged.

Read more here.

Tocondo condo investors flee as there are too many pens for the sheep

Investors rushed to buy Toronto condos in the good times, now there is a worry that they will rush for the exits as the economy weakens and they realize that profits are hard to come by in an overbuilt market.

A record number of condos were built in the past year in the Greater Toronto Area, with some 43,000 units under construction. Anecdotal evidence suggests many of the units were sold to investors who plan to rent them out, but a flood of supply hitting the market at once could drive rents below what’s needed to generate a profit.

Read more here.

A Brief History of Santa

Monday, December 19, 2011

High pitched voice theory Neanderthal

North Koreans cry for the cameras

Totally convincing outpouring of um, grief, over the death of Kim Jong-il.

Yup, I'm sold...

Rob Ford is delusional

“We’ve had a fantastic year,” he told John Oakley of AM640 radio. “We have changed the culture down at City Hall. I’m convinced of that. It’s like turning around the Queen Mary, but we’re turning, slowly but surely.”

Facts? We don't need no stinking facts.

Read more here.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

British Conservative MP Aidan Burley: Idiot of the Day

A Conservative MP has been sacked as a parliamentary private secretary over "offensive and foolish" behaviour.

Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley was pictured in the Mail on Sunday last week with a man dressed as a Nazi SS officer at a stag party in France.

Mr Burley said subsequently he "deeply regretted" what had happened.

Translation: I'm sorry Mein Führer, I got caught...

Read more here.

Gingrich continues plunge to the bottom of the barrel

On Sunday, he followed that up by saying he would be willing to arrest a judge who he thought was out of line.

"If you had to," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation" when asked if he would send a Capitol Hill police officer to round up a judge, "or you would instruct the Justice Department to send the U.S. Marshal." His preference, he added, would be to impeach the judge in question.

Modern conservatives are more thuggish with every passing day.

Read more here.

Some at Rosemount High School in Minnesota are very f*cked up

Whoever thought this was a good idea are very fucked up individuals...but the Rosemount Town Pages thinks it's AOK...

Rosemount High School principal John Wollersheim issued an apology this week to anyone who might have been offended by a joke played on some winter sports captains at an RHS pep fest last week. The move makes sense considering the reactions expressed in some places to video of the event. But we hardly think RHS has anything to apologize for.

If you haven’t yet seen the video several Irish captains were blindfolded at the traditional winter sports pep fest and told they were about to get a kiss from another student. What they got instead was a smooch from one of their parents.

Read more here.

Harper and Co. signal their plans to f*ck with health care..or as they put it "deeper spending cuts"

Coming up with a billion for a military style occupation of Toronto was easy, but this makes their little heads hurt...

A day before federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is set to meet with his provincial and territorial counterparts in Victoria, Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney says while a new deal on health transfers has yet to be reached, the current level of funding is unsustainable and his party's election promise to fund health transfers to the provinces at six per cent does not extend beyond 2016.

In an interview with CBC Radio's The House, Kenney tells Evan Solomon, "We did commit in the platform, during the election, to six per cent growth for the balance of the Health Accord, plus two years."

With the current Health Accord set to expire in 2014, the federal government "will be having discussions with the provinces on where to go beyond that," said Kenney.

Read more here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Black Hole Meltdown in the Galactic Center

Farewell Christopher Hitchens

The world just got a bit less interesting.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Arri Eisen, PhD. seems to be massively unqualified

He wants religion taught in science classes. Silly man.

Let him babble in his own words:

Read more here.

Obama joins, or comes out as one of, the cowards

With friends like this....

Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.

Human rights groups accused the president of deserting his principles and disregarding the long-established principle that the military is not used in domestic policing. The legislation has also been strongly criticised by libertarians on the right angered at the stripping of individual rights for the duration of "a war that appears to have no end".

The law, contained in the defence authorisation bill that funds the US military, effectively extends the battlefield in the "war on terror" to the US and applies the established principle that combatants in any war are subject to military detention.

Obama really has been a disappointment for anyone with any Hope left, no?

Read more here.

Galactic event that happened 27,000 years ago reported as happening now

Researchers have spotted a giant gas cloud spiralling into the supermassive black hole at our galaxy's centre.

Though it is known that black holes draw in nearby material, it will be the first chance to see one consume such a cloud.

As it is torn apart, the turbulent area around the black hole will become unusually bright, giving astronomers a chance to learn more about it

So far so good, but...

They have plotted the cloud's squashed, oval-shaped path and estimate it has doubled its speed in the last seven years - to 2,350km per second.

It should spiral in to within about 40 billion kilometres of the black hole in the middle of 2013.

The real event is long since over.

Read more here.

The University of Vermont's Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity: Scumbags of the Day

The University of Vermont's Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity is under investigation after a survey surfaced online asking fraternity brothers who they would rape.

Read more here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Peter *WTF is Ozone* Kent: F*ck the environment, we'll save money!

Classic Harperisms: Kick the Pinkos and evoke money:

He said meeting Canada's obligations under Kyoto would cost $13.6bn (10.3bn euros; £8.7bn): "That's $1,600 from every Canadian family - that's the Kyoto cost to Canadians, that was the legacy of an incompetent Liberal government."

Read more here.

Lowe's Home Improvement runs to Facebook to explain why they're totally spineless

A decision by retail giant Lowe's Cos. to pull ads from a reality show about American Muslims after protests from an evangelical Christian group has sparked criticism and calls for a boycott against the chain of home-improvement stores.

Read more here.

Spineless Facebook posting here

Monday, December 12, 2011

Harper and Co. surprise no one by leaving Kyoto Protocol

One wonders what took them so long.

Canada is formally withdrawing from the Kyoto accord, Environment Minister Peter Kent said Monday.

Best bullshit:

The decision to do so will save the government an estimated $14 billion in penalties, Kent said. The Conservative government says it has no choice given the economic situation.

Translation: we finally have a reason that will please our knuckle dragging supporters. Money.

Read more here.

Some scumbag has suspended nickfromfulham from Youtube

Whoever you are, you have earned the hatred of the interwebs forever.

A completely asinine move by those involved, as it vastly increased fans of the shows he posted.

BBC, Youtube or whoever is behind this, you are idiots of the highest order who have generated nothing but ill will by this arrogant action.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

For a party that lives in the past, Harper and Co. love to push things into the future

Environment Minister Peter Kent said he is cautiously optimistic a new global climate agreement can be reached by 2015, following the conclusion of a UN summit in Durban, South Africa.

The 194-party conference agreed Sunday to start negotiations on a new accord that would put all participating countries under the same binding commitments to control greenhouse gases. It would take effect by 2020 at the latest.

Read more here.

Christie Blatchford outdoes herself in sheer thuggish awfulness

Toronto, City of Sissies

It was in Toronto recently, while temporarily resuming my semi-charmed kind of life there and briefly ditching the other semi-charmed half in Kingston, that I realized how much in need the modern male of the species is of some toughening up.

The bull terrier and I were on a long forced march on the toney part of Yonge Street, in Rosedale.

There were a couple of boys, maybe 10 years old, maybe 12, walking ahead of me. Coming towards them was another small knot of boys about the same age.

The two groups met, and immediately began hugging each another, one at a time. The trustees and ding-dongs at the Toronto District School Board would have been ecstatic; I was mortified and appalled.

It only gets worse...

Read more here.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Stephen Fry CarPool

In The Game trading card company: Idiots of the Day

A Canadian sports card company is releasing a series of blood-spattered hockey cards celebrating the game's enforcers.

The cards, from In The Game trading cards, feature many of the NHL's best-known bruisers over the years, such as Marty McSorley, Dave Manson, Jimmy Mann, Tie Domi and Dave Schultz.

But there is also a card for Wade Belak, one of three former tough guys who died within four months of one another in 2011.

The deaths thrust the role of the enforcer into the spotlight because of the addictions and depression many apparently suffer and the theory that brain trauma from concussions is responsible.

Best bullshit:

Brian Price, owner of In The Game trading cards in Ontario, said he's trying to capture the history of hockey and feels the enforcer series "is bringing attention to the players who do the work in the trenches."

"I'm not glorifying violence. I'm paying tribute to the players," he added.

Read more here.

RIM execs 'chewed through restraints' on flight

Mental midgets of the highest order.

The pair seemed heavily intoxicated from the start of the flight, according to one passenger. They drank, passed out, and woke up to continue consuming alcohol and yelling at one another.

Campbell was described as a "rowdy and abusive" passenger who at one point warned that he would "off people when they left the plane," according to the Crown prosecutor.

A flight attendant said that Campbell also lay belly-down in the aisle during the ordeal, and began kicking the floor.

One of the men "assaulted a flight attendant and threatened to punch another," the prosecution told the court.

Crew members eventually handcuffed the two unruly passengers with plastic restraints and then with tape. But they eventually "chewed their way through their restraints."

Read more here.

Universal Censors Megaupload Song

Megaupload released a pop video featuring mainstream artists who endorse the cyberlocker service. News of the controversial Mega Song even trended on Twitter, but has now been removed from YouTube on copyright grounds by Universal Music. Kim Dotcom says that Megaupload owns everything in the video, and that the label has engaged in dirty tricks in an attempt to sabotage their successful viral campaign.

Read more here.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Another school, this time Fort St. James Secondary School, forgets students are people

The principle seems to be suffering from tin pot syndrom.

A principal at a northern B.C. school is being criticized for administering a breathalyzer test to two students and suspending them despite an inconclusive result.

Fort St. James Secondary School student Janene Erickson said that after she and a friend arrived back late from lunch on Wednesday the principal pulled them aside and demanded they take a breathalyzer.

"He grabbed us because our eyes were glossy and we were chewing gum, so he thought we were trying to hide the smell of alcohol I guess," she said.

Erickson said she had not been drinking and her eyes were glossy from being outside in the cold.

But after she blew an inconclusive result on the breathalyzer and her friend blew two error results and the lowest possible measure of 0.01, Young still suspended the pair from school.

Read more here.

Rob Ford doesn't want us to know who he meets with

Mayor Rob Ford’s office is continuing to thwart efforts to get a peek at his daily itinerary, raising questions from Ontario’s information and privacy watchdog about his commitment to transparency and accountability.

The mayor has denied a request from The Globe and Mail to obtain his schedule within 30 days. The reason given was that meeting the time limit would bog down the Office of the Mayor.


Read more here.

Rogers and Bell to climb in bed together with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Gee, wonder where they got all that money....

Rogers and Bell Canada are teaming up to buy a majority stake in Canada's biggest sports franchise owner, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, for about $1.3 billion.

They tell us Rogers and Bell are competitors. Does anyone really believe that bullshit?

More buildings remained after Rogers, here we come.

Read more here.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Judge Frances McIntyre: Master of Newspeak

“Little in the way of expression is outlawed in the United States Constitution, but an act which incites forceful response is unlikely to pass as express speech.”

Read more here.

The Partisans: Rick Perry - Weak, man

How to render The Three Stooges completely unfunny

What were they thinking?

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

We on the Net should tell Rupert Murdoch to STFU

News Corp. honcho Rupert Murdoch threw his weight behind Congress' attempt to restrict the Internet, personally lobbying leaders on Capitol Hill Wednesday for two measures that purport to combat piracy.

Murdoch's media empire is among some 350 large corporations that have come out in favor of the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House, as well as the Protect IP Act in the Senate.

Read more here.

South Fulton Mayor David Crocker and his firefighters: Scumbags of the Day

A Tennessee couple helplessly watched their home burn to the ground, along with all of their possessions, because they did not pay a $75 annual fee to the local fire department.

The totally chilling, heartless part:

South Fulton Mayor David Crocker defended the fire department, saying that if firefighters responded to non-subscribers, no one would have an incentive to pay the fee. Residents in the city of South Fulton receive the service automatically, but it is not extended to those living in the greater county-wide area.

"There's no way to go to every fire and keep up the manpower, the equipment, and just the funding for the fire department," Crocker said.


Read more here.

Pushy Christians: Rich Perry

Some religious leaders in Ontario want to retain right to beat up on the fags, in a loving caring way of course

Ontario's Liberal government says it is not prepared to abandon the sex-ed component of a pending anti-bullying law, despite criticism by some religious leaders Tuesday that it is an affront to traditional family values.

Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives say they agree school bullies must be stopped, but they can't condone a requirement under the legislation proposed to deal with it that schools promote sexual tolerance through gay clubs.

"To force, especially Christian classrooms or schools, to have homosexual clubs would of course be an affront to their family values," Charles McVety, of the Institute for Canadian Values, told a joint news conference.

Read more here.

Conservative MP Jim Hillyer: Idiot of the Day

Conservative MP Jim Hillyer (Lethbridge) celebrates vote against the gun registry with gunshot gestures.

Environment Minister Peter "WTF is Ozone" Kent still won't give a straight answer about Kyoto

Canada won't pull out of the Kyoto Protocol before the end of the UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, but Environment Minister Peter Kent isn't answering questions about what will happen after that.

Kent said Tuesday he told UN officials there would be "no unfortunate surprises" during the conference, referred to as COP 17. He said he told officials "we were here, as I told you, to continue in good faith our work towards a new international climate regime which will include all of the major emitters."

But asked whether Canada would withdraw following the conference, which runs until Dec. 9, Kent wouldn't answer.

Read more here.

Harper and Co.'s Religious Freedom secret meeting was Judeo/Christian only

Behold a display of frightened Christians circling the wagons...

Panellists invited to closed-door consultations on a new Office of Religious Freedom were drawn almost exclusively from western religions, primarily Christianity, according to documents obtained by CBC News.

The six official panellists were invited to help lay out parameters for the proposed office during a half-day meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird in October.

Read more here.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Melbourne Police: Scumbags of the Day

Canada's privacy commissioner dreams in Techicolor

Consumers should always be able to opt out of online tracking used by companies to provide them with targeted advertising, Canada's privacy commissioner said Tuesday.

Companies such as Google and Facebook are increasingly using information about web users in order to make their ads more relevant to their interests.

"Some people like receiving ads targeted to their specific interests. Others are extremely uncomfortable with the notion of their online activities being tracked. People’s choices must be respected," Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart in a statement while releasing new guidelines on online behavioural advertising.

Stoddart said the use of technologies that track and target ads to certain consumers has risen dramatically.

"And we're concerned that Canadians' privacy rights aren't always being respected."

Humm, money...privacy. So hard to guess which will win...

Read more here.

Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump team up to be completely vile

In a win for those in favor of child labor, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has announced that business mogul Donald Trump will employ at least 10 poor children as "apprentices."

On Monday, Gingrich became fifth GOP candidate to meet with Trump ahead of a Newsmax debate hosted by the notorious birther.

"As a number of you know, I've been making the case that we need work very hard to help poor children in poor neighborhoods acquire the opportunity to work," Gingrich said at a press conference with Trump.

"I've asked [Trump] to take one of the poorer schools in New York and basically offer at least 10 apprenticeships to kids from that school to get them into the world of work, and to get them into an opportunity to earn money, and get them into the habit of showing up and realizing that effort gets rewarded, and that American is all about the work ethic."

Read more here.

Halliburton accused of destroying evidence. Shocking I know.

Oil giant BP has accused oilfields services firm Halliburton of destroying damaging evidence relating to last year's oil well blast in the Gulf of Mexico in which 11 people were killed.

At a hearing in a New Orleans' court, BP said Halliburton had "intentionally" destroyed test results on its cement product used at the Macondo well.

Halliburton denied this, saying the claims were "without merit".

Cement was a key factor in causing America's worst offshore oil spill.

Read more here.

Rob Ford's dumber brother Doug doesn't know when to stop talking

Stratospheric in its stupidity:

A Toronto city councillor says the mixed martial-arts fighters of the popular UFC are the perfect ambassadors to deliver an anti-bullying message to the city’s schoolchildren.

Doug Ford, whose brother is the city’s mayor, has endorsed a joint event between the violent Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world’s largest mixed martial arts promoter, and Toronto police.

Read more here.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay: I did not have sexual relations with that helicopter

Whatever Peter.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay says it's not true that a search and rescue helicopter was retasked to pick him up at a fishing resort and drop him off at a Gander, N.L., airport in 2010.

Facing renewed questions in the House of Commons Monday, MacKay repeated his assertion that he left a vacation to go to work. Emails released last week show MacKay's staff requested the helicopter flight to get him to the airport in Gander faster than the two hours it would have taken to travel by boat and car.

"Any suggestion that there was a retasking or a diversion of search and rescue aircraft from their actual tasking is simply untrue," MacKay said.

But he avoided answering questions about whether he misled the House when he said in September that he was on a Cormorant helicopter on July 9, 2010, to see a search and rescue demonstration.

Read more here.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Troy Michigan Mayor Janice Daniels: Vile Homophobe of the Day

In June, Troy’s new mayor Janice Daniels—shortly before entering the race—posted a message about New York’s decision to legalize gay marriage: “I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”

The blog “Keep Troy Strong” uncovered the post last night, and it’s spread across social media.

Daniels confirmed today that she did post the message, though she said she decided against ditching the bag.

“I may have said something like that,” she said. “I probably shouldn’t have used that kind of language, but I do believe marriage should be between one man and one woman.”

Best bullshit:

Daniels added that while she’s opposed to gay marriage, and has moral issues with homosexuality, she doesn’t hate gay people.

“I love all people. I am human. That was probably a poor choice of words.”

Read more here.

Newt Gingrich: Rebuilding America the White Way

They slipped up, there's one black guy.

And as per usual, comments disabled on Youtube.

Pushy Christians: A school in Giles County Virginia

A judge declined to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a display of the Ten Commandments in a Giles County school Monday, setting the stage for a long legal battle.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Urbanski said there are too many unknown facts about the case to immediately throw it out for legal reasons.

"Facts matter, so how can I grant a motion to dismiss?" the judge said. "You can't just apply a one-size-fits-all because the facts are very different" in prior court cases involving the Ten Commandments in public buildings.

The ruling is a setback for the Giles County School Board, which had sought a quick end to a lawsuit filed in September over a display of the Ten Commandments in Narrows High School.

An unnamed student at the school contends the school board's vote to allow the framed document on a hallway wall amounts to a governmental endorsement of religion that is prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.

Urbanski delayed ruling on a second issue -- whether the student and a parent who joined in the lawsuit can remain anonymous -- while lawyers try to work out an agreement.

Why anonymous? Well, because of some of the loving Christians on the board and in the community:

The judge was referring to a comment made by supervisors Chairman Eric Gentry during a school board public hearing, that Giles County "won't let an anonymous coward tell us how to run our business."

In seeking the protective order, ACLU lawyer Rebecca Glenberg cited a number of other comments made either during public hearings or in heated emails to her organization and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which also represents the plaintiffs.

"Keep up the good work, you'll have a special place in Hell," one person wrote. Said another: "Sure sounds like non-Christians ought to move out of Giles County before things get ugly over there."

Jesus wept.

Read more here.

Rob Ford and his tantrum against The Star

The man's social skills have not seem to have matured beyond high school.

On the day his former press aide took up a job at the Toronto Sun, Mayor Rob Ford insisted he won’t play favourites with the city’s news outlets. “If people want to read a paper, pick up the Globe, Post, or Sun,” he said in a Friday morning radio interview.

Still, those outlets might not want to trumpet the endorsement too loudly because the mayor made it by way of criticizing the Toronto Star. It’s the latest move in an unusual campaign his administration has waged against the paper for a July, 2010, article that put his nose out of joint, about his aggressive style as a high school football coach. Mayor Ford initiated legal action, which has lapsed.

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Rob Ford's dumber brother Doug wants schools to teach Ultimate Fighting

Conservatives love to butch it up. Oooo you're such a brute.

Councillor Doug Ford’s office has suggested Toronto schools look into a community service program backed by the violent mixed martial arts league, Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In an email obtained by the Star, Ford’s constituency assistant, Anna Vescio, asked a Toronto District School Board trustee to circulate a brochure touting an initiative called UFC Community Works.

According to the brochure, the program promotes “the development of discipline, respect, teamwork, honesty, time management and physical fitness” through mixed martial arts training and meetings with UFC fighters.

UFC has become notorious for its brutal, bloody, no-holds barred fighting. Mixed martial arts events were banned in Ontario until this year.

Read more here.

The Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church reverses its odious decision

An eastern Kentucky church under a firestorm of criticism since members voted to bar mixed-race couples from joining the congregation overturned that decision Sunday, saying it welcomes all believers.

Stacy Stepp, pastor of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County, told The Associated Press that the vote by nine people last week was declared null and void after it was determined that new bylaws can't run contrary to local, state or national laws. He said the proposal was discriminatory, therefore it couldn't be adopted.

Read more here.

Where Superstars go to die: Madonna to play the Superbowl

Saturday, December 03, 2011

The former director of CSIS Jim Judd, is one sick f*ck

Mr. Judd, you are one dangerous and twisted individual.

Canada’s spy agency was so reliant on information obtained through torture that it suggested the whole security certificate regime, used to control suspected terrorists in the country, would fall apart if they couldn’t use it.

That’s the essence of a letter written in 2008 by the former director of CSIS, Jim Judd, obtained by The Gazette.

It suggests a disturbing acceptance by the national security agency of torture as a legitimate strategy to counter terrorism.

These kind of people are as great a danger to civilization as any terrorist.

Read more here.

Harper and Co. to establish an "Office of Religious Freedom"

"Freedom" to do what?

Communications lines drafted by the bureaucracy about the government's plan to establish an Office of Religious Freedom reveal a deep-seated nervousness about how the venture will be perceived by the public.

During the election campaign last spring the Conservatives promised the office would become a key pillar of Canadian foreign policy.

But documents obtained through access to information laws suggest the government is worried about the perception that the office would be used to curry favour with religious and ethnic groups in Canada. And it shows nervousness about the office being seen as an attempt to blur the line between church and state.

The lines were drafted for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird for a day-long consultation with religious groups, human rights advocates and academics, which took place in Ottawa on October 3. The meeting was closed to the public and the media.

This is a really bad idea.

Read more here.

Syrian government doesn't want the world to see what monsters they are

Syria has banned the iPhone, reports say, as the government tries to control information getting out of the country.

In a statement apparently issued by the customs department of the Syrian finance ministry and seen by Lebanese and German media, the authorities "warn anyone against using the iPhone in Syria".

The order also apparently prohibits the import of iPhones.

The UN believes 4,000 people have been killed in Syria since March.

What doesn't make sense is this:

Other types of smartphones are apparently not affected by the ban.

Read more here.

CNN runs yet another piece of American masterbation

Another "we are so fucking wonderful" piece of, um, journalism our friends to the south love to pat themselves on the back with...

The United States is an exceptional country. On this, almost all U.S. politicians agree. And millions of Americans, do too, according to recent polls.

More than three centuries after John Winthrop first preached that the new Massachusetts Bay colony would be a "city upon a hill," Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan both reiterated his admonition that "the eyes of all people are upon us." For President Barack Obama, the United States is "not just a place on a map, but the light to the world."

Laugh inducing, if for the fact they're serious about it.

Read more here.

Friday, December 02, 2011

"Last dictator standing" ad angers Mugabe

A South African fast food chain has withdrawn a TV advert which pokes fun at Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as "the last dictator standing".

Nando's South Africa said it decided to act after receiving threats to its staff in Zimbabwe from a youth group loyal to Mr Mugabe.

Read more here.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay: Idiot of the Day

An airlift done to get Defence Minister Peter MacKay to an airport from a remote Newfoundland fishing spot was done "under the guise" of search and rescue training, documents reveal.

MacKay's office requested the airlift, which officials quickly determined would need to be done by a Cormorant based in Gander, to get him to an event, according to the documents obtained under federal access to information laws.

"This mission will be under the guise … of [search and rescue training]," one email says. "SAR takes priority and the mission will be conducted on a non-interference basis."

One email describes how MacKay "has a requirement for helicopter airlift" because he "unexpectedly must be in London, Ont., for an announcement at noon" on July 9, 2010.

Alternate transportation would require two hours of travel to the airport, the email says.

The Toronto Star first reported that the emails, which were sent just hours after a request to pick up the vacationing minister so he could catch a private flight from the Gander airport, raised concerns about resources and about a public and media backlash.

Opps, too late for that.

Read more here.

Sick of This

Republicans "frightened to death" of Occupy Wall Street

The Republican Governors Association met this week in Florida to give GOP state executives a chance to rejuvenate, strategize and team-build. But during a plenary session on Wednesday, one question kept coming up: How can Republicans do a better job of talking about Occupy Wall Street?

"I'm so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I'm frightened to death," said Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist and one of the nation's foremost experts on crafting the perfect political message. "They're having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism."

Not just of capitalism Frank, also people like you.

What follows are helpful tips on how to muddy the language, in the "colateral damage/pepper spray is a food product, essentially" kind of way.

Read more here.

US Senators sort of delay cowardly provision in the National Defense Authorization Act

Our current leaders are dangerous, yet cowardly people, afraid of their own our shadows.

Senators compromised Thursday on a bill that attempts to spell out the military's right to detain Americans indefinitely, killing a bid to bar the practice but passing an amendment that says current laws on the matter stand.

The provision in the National Defense Authorization Act aimed to codify a string of court cases and current anti-terrorism practices involved in the capture and treatment of terrorism suspects. It initially opened what opponents saw as the prospect of letting the military haul away any citizen about whom it had suspicions.

The new amendment specifies that the current practices may not change, although it also says explicitly that the military can pursue Americans at home.

Read more here.

Carrier IQ

Jeremy Clarkson: Cold Heartless Bastard of the Day

"It's also like being back in the 70s. It makes me feel at home somehow," said the Top Gear presenter, before adding: "But we have to balance this though, because this is the BBC" and went on: "Frankly, I'd have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families. I mean, how dare they go on strike when they have these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?"

Drumroll please for the now standard non apology apology:

Clarkson, who has flown to China, has said he had not intended for his comments to be taken seriously and was "happy to apologise" if offence had been caused.

Like clockwork.

Read more here.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Oh look, another white man saves the world, um I mean Mars

These kind of movies are getting really old. Oh and look, it's from Disney, what a shock.

Occupy Montreal protesters branded by police

Some members of the Occupy Montreal movement are considering legal action against the Montreal police after they were branded without their consent.

Police expelled the group of protesters from Victoria Square last Friday, as part of the group handcuffed themselves to the outdoor kitchen.

"The police asked us to move and we did not comply," said activist Bed Godin. "They removed us by using force."

Protesters were taken to a bus, where officers processed them, and marked some with an ink that could only be seen under a UV light.

"They took pictures and then they wrote one number. I got the number 5 in black marker," he said.

Police say it was to identify the demonstrators, and described it as the best technique to prevent the group from returning to Victoria Square.

They also said it's a technique long used by clubs and bars.

Constitutional lawyer Julius Grey, however, said protesters weren't in a bar and that the police violated the activists' civil rights.

Read more here.

Stanislaw Burzynski has never heard of Barbra Streisand

A one Rhys Morgan posts on his blog doubts about Stanislaw Burzynski's cancer treatment.

Well! Hell hath no fury.

Eventually, I decided to write a rather scathing blog about Burzynski and the treatment...The thought of someone being promised an effective treatment when in fact, it’s at best unproven disgusts me. The blog went up on August 11th, 2011. A few comments were posted but it soon disappeared into obscurity again. Other friends of mine have written blogs about the same subject – in particular, Keir Liddle of The 21st Floor and Jennifer Keane, a.k.a ZenBuffy. These particular blogs are excellent and go into a lot more detail about the false hope dilemma.

Orac, of Respectful Insolence, has gone into a lot of detail about Burzynski’s background and the antineoplaston therapy – it’s a blog that I strongly recommend you read.

Then, out of the blue, on the 3rd of November, I received an email from a man called Marc Stephens, claiming to represent the Burzynski Clinic. He was threatening to sue me for libel for my previous blog about the Burzynski Clinic.

Read more here and here.

NYC's Mayor Bloomberg: ‘I Have My Own Army’

“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” Mayor Bloomberg said.

Read more here.

Rob Ford: Don't look in there. NO DON'T LOOK!!!

Lawyers for Rob Ford will usher in the new year by asking an Ontario court to set aside a decision by Toronto council’s compliance audit committee and instead hold a trial, complete with new evidence, to probe allegations that the mayor violated Ontario’s municipal elections act during last year’s campaign.

But a Toronto election law expert predicted that the gambit may not succeed because courts in the past have been reluctant to veto decisions of appointed expert bodies, such as compliance audit committees. “I think it’s a real uphill struggle” for Tom Barlow, Mr. Ford’s counsel, said lawyer Jack Siegel.

Read more here.

And in related Rob Fordness:

Why we plan to fight Ford’s Star boycott

Read more here.

How to Speak Minnesotan

Quebec's pettiness continues to embarrass the province globally

This shit is nothing new, they once went after a business because it had the nerve to have the world "Welcome" in other languages besides French.

It is a modest sign hanging outside an equally modest fair-trade furniture store in Montreal, yet it has become a matter of great import to Quebec’s language guardians.

Kif-Kif Import, a family-run business that sells furniture and decor knick-knacks from around the world, has run afoul of Quebec’s French-language protection agency over its sign. The problem is not so much with Kif-Kif. It’s the word “import,” which officials from the Office québécois de la langue française insist is not French.

As with most bullies, it doesn't go after international corporations with quite as much zeal...

Read more here.

Pushy Judaism: OMG she said Christmas!!!

"It Has Become Fashionable to Use Chemicals on People with Opinions"

In what appears to be his first television interview on the subject, Kamran Loghman, the developer of weapons-grade pepper spray and the policy for its use by US police departments, appeared on Democracy Now! to condemn how police forces have been using pepper spray on peaceful protesters in the country. He said he was “shocked” and bewildered to see UC Davis police pepper spraying students and the first thing that came to his mind was how the students could be his children “sitting down having an opinion” and being shut down forcibly by chemical agents.

Read more here.

Gulnare Freewill Baptist church of Kentucky: Racists of the Day

A small Pike County church has voted not to accept interracial couples as members or let them take part in some worship activities.

The decision has caused sharp reaction and disapproval in the Eastern Kentucky county.

Best, yet completely vile bullshit:

The recommendation "is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve," the copy supplied to the Herald-Leader read.

Read more here.

More reasons to become a vegetarian

One of Humanity's greatest crimes is what we do to animals.

The slaughter of conscious animals was widely abandoned in the 20th Century and is now practised mainly in the Jewish and Muslim communities. Consumers increasingly expect animals to be stunned before death - but would banning other slaughter methods be an unacceptable violation of religious rights?

The sound of pistons and mechanics fills the air as the last calf of the day steps into a holding box.

A device the size of a hand-held drill is brought to the animal's head, a trigger pulled and a four-inch bolt shot into its brain, causing it instantly to collapse. The unconscious calf is hoisted upside down and slaughtered seconds later with a massive cut to its throat, showering the floor with a torrent of crimson blood.

"Killing animals is never friendly," says Paul Meeuwissen, director of the Vitelco abattoir in the central town of s'-Hertogenbosch, "but what we do is done in the most animal-friendly way possible."

"the most animal-friendly way possible"..the mind boggles.

Read more here.

FTC gives Facebook a slap on the wrist over its mountain of bullsh*t

Facebook has agreed to tighten privacy controls as part of a settlement with US regulators over abuse of user data.

The Federal Trade Commission said Facebook would tighten consent rules on privacy, and close access to deleted accounts in 30 days or less.

The case began in 2009, when Facebook changed settings to make public details users may have deemed private.

Best bullshit:

In a blog post, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the company had made a "bunch of mistakes".

In his mind, mistake #1: getting caught.

Facebook did not admit guilt and was not fined, but it was barred from "making any further deceptive privacy claims" and will undergo regular checks on privacy practices, the FTC said.

"The proposed settlement requires Facebook to take several steps to make sure it lives up to its promises," the FTC said in a statement.

Yeah, ok, sure.

Read more here.

Oscar Wild's really quite ugly new tomb unveiled

"Kiss-proof" as it is nasty to look at:

Oscar Wilde's restored tomb has been unveiled in Paris, complete with a glass barrier to make it "kiss-proof".

Work was carried out on the gravestone because it was covered in lipstick marks left by tourists, which was gradually destroying it.

Actor Rupert Everett, who has penned a screenplay about Wilde, said the tomb was "being eaten away by lipstick".

Read more here, but beware of some monumental post modern awfulness.

Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International states the f*cking obvious

An anti-bribery watchdog has said corruption played a key role in the political upheaval in the Middle East and across the world in 2011.

Transparency International said the protests indicated that citizens wanted leaders and institutions to be more transparent and accountable.

In its annual report, the agency ranked New Zealand, Denmark and Finland as the least corrupt among 183 countries.

Meanwhile, Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan were ranked most corrupt.

"This year we have seen corruption on protesters'' banners be they rich or poor," said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International.

"Whether in a Europe hit by debt crisis or an Arab world starting a new political era, leaders must heed the demands for better government."

Read more here.