Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have resigned their membership at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, FOX News has confirmed, after controversies stemming from the congregation created a persistent distraction for Obama’s campaign.
The criticism started with the sermons of his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., but Obama’s pastor problems were compounded this week by the Rev. Michael Pfleger, whose videotaped guest sermon at the church Sunday showed him taunting Hillary Clinton and saying she felt she was “entitled” to the presidency because she’s white.
Obama said he was deeply disappointed by the remarks and Pfleger apologized, but Clinton’s campaign still demanded Obama specifically reject the latest remarks.
By resigning his membership, Obama is taking the most definitive stand to date against the church.
He already has roundly condemned Wright.
Videos of Wright’s sermons, in which he claimed the U.S. government created HIV to exterminate black people and said “God damn America,” threatened to derail Obama’s campaign when they first surfaced in March.
When the Golden Rule Insurance Company rejected her application for health coverage last year, Peggy Robertson was mystified.
“It made no sense,” said Ms. Robertson, 39, who lives in Centennial, Colo. “I’m in perfect health.”
She was turned down because she had given birth by Caesarean section. Having the operation once increases the odds that it will be performed again, and if she became pregnant and needed another Caesarean, Golden Rule did not want to pay for it. A letter from the company explained that if she had been sterilized after the Caesarean, or if she were over 40 and had given birth two or more years before applying, she might have qualified.
In response to questioning, Golden Rule Insurance Company spokesperson, Dr Josef Mengele said WE stand by our decision.
What horseshit! This Insurance Company, should have its ability to sell insurance stripped, sued and it directors sentenced to a MAX prison where they can play…BUTT BINGO!
FINALLY…Talk of womens rights….
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Muslim extremist women are challenging al-Qaida’s refusal to include – or at least acknowledge – women in its ranks, in an emotional debate that gives rare insight into the gender conflicts lurking beneath one of the strictest strains of Islam.
In response to a female questioner, al-Qaida No. 2 leader Ayman Al-Zawahri said in April that the terrorist group does not have women. A woman’s role, he said on the Internet audio recording, is limited to caring for the homes and children of al-Qaida fighters.
His remarks have since prompted an outcry from fundamentalist women, who are fighting or pleading for the right to be terrorists. The statements have also created some confusion, because in fact suicide bombings by women seem to be on the rise, at least within the Iraq branch of al-Qaida.
A’eeda Dahsheh is a Palestinian mother of four in Lebanon who said she supports al-Zawahri and has chosen to raise children at home as her form of jihad. However, she said, she also supports any woman who chooses instead to take part in terror attacks.
Honey, baby…They said BLOW JOB…not Blow UP…BUT I’ve seen your picture which won’t load on Wordy…Ummmm, uglier then a can of smashed assholes, you are. So God Damn ugly…I’d strap the bomb to your ass, myself…Fuck…and I haven’t eaten yet…may not, now…Brrrrrr, u-g-l-y.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
So, I come home from the gig this evening and find this beauty on the brick wall just outside of my front door.
The right edge of the pic is about four inches from my front door. I have an outer screen door, and the inner wooden one. Since it’s summertime and quite pleasant out tonight, I had the inner door open – the back door too, so I get good flow of fresh air – well, about 90 minutes later I detect movement in the lower right corner of my vision (I’m sitting at my computer station watching an old Chuck Connors western). Guess who?
The plastic mat is the thing I roll my desk chair around on, and the leg is my music stand. It’s over thirty feet from the front door to this point – on the oppsoite side of my desk from the door – so the little critter had to go all the way down the entrance hall, across the living room, and behind my desk to emerge at this point. Sneaky.
Well, I almost stepped on a tarantula getting out of the shower one morning, and she scared me so bad I killed her double-indemnity dead… I’ve always felt bad about that. Tarantulas are great to have around, because they eat the real dangerous spiders we have out here, like Black Widows and the infamous Brown Recluse. So… I grabbed a shoe box, got a fork to prod her into the open with, and then released her on the back porch.
The back porch was evidently where she was headed anyway. Glad to help out. As the Nike box says, “Just Do It.”
And, just because redheads make me insane…
That’s one of the cutest redheads I’ve seen in quite a while. Even her eyebrows are red. That just slays me.
In honor of the late, great comedic genius of Harvey Korman, I give you this hilarious outtake sequence from the old Carol Burnett show. And, to think, I thought she was pure as the wind-driven snow when I was a kid.
I could watch stuff like this for hours on end.
Crank up the sound…and move, people.
By the way…My technological wonder machine, aka my God Damn Laptop, is acting up…Should it go POOF…it may be a few days without my wonderful leadership (again…Save It…been there, done that…lol)
Video Purportedly Showing Space Aliens Shown
More on the story:
A video purportedly showing aliens has been shown to the press, the Denver Post reports.
The approximately three-minute-long video, in grainy black and white, appears to show a creature with big eyes looking through a window into a house, the Post said. But it was unclear if it was a puppet or an alien.
Wait…Wait. Just read this “But it was unclear if it was a puppet or an alien.” Kind of a wide net you cast, ain’t it? Like Jesus!
Dunkin Donuts has abruptly pulled an ad in which Rachael Ray wears a scarf which resembles, according to conservative commentator Michelle Malkin at least, a keffiyeh — a traditional scarf of Arab men.
Malkin goes on to say:
‘‘Popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos, the apparel has been mainstreamed by both ignorant and not-so-ignorant fashion designers, celebrities, and left-wing icons.’’
Dunkin Donuts denied that the scarf was a keffiyeh. But after right-wing pressure, they yanked the ad, saying,
‘‘In a recent online ad, Rachael Ray is wearing a black-and-white silk scarf with a paisley design. It was selected by her stylist for the advertising shoot. Absolutely no symbolism was intended. However, given the possibility of misperception, we are no longer using the commercial.’’
What do you think? Should Dunkin Donuts have pulled the ad? And does the scarf resemble a keffiyeh? Or is this just paranoia and fearmongering?
In a speech scheduled to be delivered tonight at a rally in Montana, Obama will again call McCain’s Iraq invitation “nothing more than a political stunt.” In criticizing McCain over the war, Obama is also expected to invoke Scott McClellan’s new book, according to excerpts of the speech:
“There are honest differences about how to move forward in Iraq, just like there were honest differences about whether or not we should go to war,” Obama is supposed to say. “John McCain was for the invasion of Iraq; I opposed it. John McCain wants to continue George Bush’s war in Iraq indefinitely; I want to end it. So there’s going to be a clear choice for the American people this November.”
“But that’s not what John McCain’s been talking about the last few days. He’s been proposing a joint trip to Iraq that’s nothing more than a political stunt. He’s even been using it to raise a few dollars for his campaign. But it seems like Sen. McCain’s a lot more interested in my travel plans than the facts, because yesterday — in his continued effort to put the best light on a failed policy — he stood up in Wisconsin and said, ‘We have drawn down to pre-surge levels’ in Iraq.”
“That’s not true, and anyone running for commander-in-chief should know better. As the saying goes, you’re entitled to your own view, but not your own facts. We’ve got around 150,000 troops in Iraq — 20,000 more than we had before the surge. We have plans to get down to around 140,000 later this summer — that’s still more troops than we had in Iraq before the surge. And today, Sen. McCain refused to correct his mistake. Just like George Bush, when he was presented with the truth, he just dug in and refused to admit his mistake. His campaign said it amounts to ‘nitpicking.'”
The McCain campaign responds:
We agree with Barack Obama about one thing — with troops on battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, we should have an honest, respectful debate about the best way forward. And if Barack Obama wants facts, we’re happy to have a debate based in fact: the fact is Barack Obama has refused to have a one on one meeting with General Petraeus, and has avoided a fact-finding visit to Iraq for over 872 days. The fact is, Barack Obama has voted against bullets and body armor for our troops while they’ve been fighting extremists abroad. The fact is, Senator Obama has been critical, but failed to hold a single oversight hearing on our mission in Afghanistan despite his position in the Senate. The fact is, he fails to grasp that a reckless withdrawal, while it may elevate his political aspirations, it will lead to chaos, danger and increased Iranian influence in the region. The reality is Barack Obama’s lack of action amounts to weak leadership, and shows he is just not ready to be our commander in chief.
NEW YORK— After years of providing hope and assistance to resume-padding volunteers, the Second District Homeless Shelter closed its doors this week, leaving hundreds of desperate students without anything to write under “Other Interests.”
The shelter, long a place of refuge for those in need of extracurricular credit, was shut down Monday due to statewide budget cutbacks and a drop-off in private donations. According to sources, the news has devastated countless high school seniors who had come to depend on the outreach center in order to impress prospective colleges.
“Where am I supposed to go now?” said 17-year-old Jeremy Krassner, one of many B-plus students left to wonder about his future. “Princeton only takes the very best candidates, and even schools like Columbia check for community-service experience.”
Added Krassner, “I’ll never make it.”
In a shocking report, the chief auditing office of the Iranian parliament says that tens of billions of dollars in oil revenues from 2006-2007 have vanished.
Heads will roll for this…BUT then they do, anyway…Ahmadinejad, may soon be shorter…Awww, SHIT!
In what appears to be the biggest case of corruption in Iran, and perhaps in the Middle East, the Tehran-based Shahab News reported that the chief auditing office of the Iranian parliament (Majlis) has revealed that close to $35 billion of oil income from the financial year 2006-07 is missing.
According to Iranian law, this money should have been paid by the government of President Ahmadinejad into Iran’s central bank. Once there, the government can request the withdrawal of funds for projects, depending upon the approval of the Majlis. However, the new investigation shows that the government never paid the money into the central bank, and no one knows what has happened to it. Although it has not yet been proven, many suspect that the money has been used to finance corrupt activities of politicians surrounding the president, or the president himself. After all, it is very unlikely that this could have happened without his knowledge.
How on earth does this kind of stuff happen? Those things aren’t assembled negligently. And there was no fire to melt the steel that doesn’t melt with fire*.
*Rosie said so!
I found this while looking for something else, but I reckon everyone else here will appreciate this also.
This is a view of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.
The eastern wall bears the following inscription:
THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY A GRATEFUL PEOPLE TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED THE EMPIRE IN THE GREAT WAR OF 1914-1918.
The western wall is inscribed with the words:
LET ALL MEN KNOW THAT THIS IS HOLY GROUND. THIS SHRINE ESTABLISHED IN THE HEARTS OF MEN AS ON THE SOLID EARTH COMMEMORATES A PEOPLES FORTITUDE AND SACRIFICE. YE THEREFORE THAT COME AFTER GIVE REMEMBRANCE.
Lest We Forget.
Teacher, Michael Steria, at the David A. Brown Middle School in Wildomar, California (which rates quite poorly already) seems to think critical thinking isn’t important for his students. Lately, he’s conned his class of sixth graders to write letters to the Heartland Institute denouncing its actions.
I’m going to skip over to article #3 that we have read. It is about diesel traffic making asthma worse which leads to GLOBAL WARMING.
Err, asthma leads to global warming? Perhaps Steria could pull his finger out and teach the kids grammar instead of nonsense: namely what a dangling modifier is. Also, I’ve heard of traffic being bad but I didn’t know traffic could be diesel. Great teaching, Steria.
This ‘diesel traffic’ idea keeps getting a run…
In the past couple of months, we have read articles about Global Warming and we know facts about G.W. The 1st article is Diesel traffic makes asthma worse.
Wow, not only can traffic be diesel but diesel traffic can now be an article. Keep up those great standards, Steria.
Apparently, he teaches spelling as well as he teaches grammar…
Global Warming Believers,
(P.S. GLOBAL WARMING EXCISTS)
Can’t wait to see this.
With thanks to Andrew Bolt who first brought my attention to this.