Published May 24, 2011
Tags: Apocalypse, atheism, California preacher, charlatan, Christian, Harold Camping, hypocrite, rapture, religion, tax exempt
Yahoo reports -
OAKLAND, Calif. – A California preacher who foretold of the world’s end only to see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21. Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening for not having the dates “worked out as accurately as I could have.”
It was not the first time Camping was forced to explain when his prediction didn’t come to pass. The 89-year-old retired civil engineer also prophesied the Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said later that didn’t happen then because of a mathematical error. Through chatting with a friend over what he acknowledged was a very difficult weekend, it dawned on him that instead of the biblical Rapture in which the faithful would be swept up to the heavens, May 21 had instead been a “spiritual” Judgment Day, which places the entire world under Christ’s judgment, he said.
So, he is admitting that he’s just making it all up. He now has 5 months to invent another explanation when nothing happens on October 21.
Continue reading HERE.
Published January 11, 2011
Tags: Canada, CRIA, EMI Music, hypocrite, piracy, record label, recording industry, RIAA, royalties, Sony BMG Music, Universal Music, Warner Music
Although the amount is a drop in the bucket, it is an encouraging start. It would seem that the big labels haven’t bought enough Canadian politicians. They won’t have this problem in the US.
DailyTech reports -
After infringing on thousands of artists’ works, the big four labels agree to collectively pay them $45M USD. Since the 1980s, record companies have taken tracks from musicians who had not signed with them and put them on a “pending list”. This left thousands of musicians receiving no royalties as the major labels used, distributed, and even profited off their tracks. In Canada alone, this situation reached the point where 300,000 tracks, some dated back to the 1980s were listed as “pending”. Some musicians were actively working — to no avail — to stop the record companies from pirating their tracks.
Now they have a bit of vindication. After a long class action lawsuit dating back to 2008, filed on behalf of angry independent musicians, Warner Music, Sony BMG Music, EMI Music, and Universal Music have in effect acknowledged that they were engaging in copyright infringement. They have agreed to settle to the tune of $45M USD. The Canadian Recording Industry Association CRIA, the Canadian sister organization of the RIAA, and the organization that represents the major labels claim that the payout is not an admission of guilt. They write, “The settlement is a compromise of disputed claims and is not an admission of liability or wrongdoing by the record labels.” Apparently they believe that they did not pirate tracks or commit copyright infringement because they hoped to pay artists at some point — although they never did. In essence, their argument also boils down that it was too hard to find and legally purchase the tracks.
Continue reading HERE.
Published November 17, 2010
Tags: Andy Harris, congress, conservative, GOP, government-subsidized health care, hypocrite, Maryland, Obama, Obamacare, Politics, Republican, Rush Limbaugh, tea party
Politico reports -
A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan takes a month to kick in. Republican Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, reacted incredulously when informed that federal law mandated that his government-subsidized health care policy would take effect on Feb. 1 – 28 days after his Jan. 3rd swearing-in. “He stood up and asked the two ladies who were answering questions why it had to take so long, what he would do without 28 days of health care,” said a congressional staffer who saw the exchange. The benefits session, held behind closed doors, drew about 250 freshman members, staffers and family members to the Capitol Visitors Center auditorium late Monday morning,”.
Continue reading HERE.
DUMMR notes that Mr. Harris is of Polish descent - citation HERE.
AP reports -
WASHINGTON – A group of Republican senators is questioning high salaries and expensive travel bills for executives at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, raising issues that could jeopardize millions in federal funding for the national charity. The four senators said they were concerned that the chief executive of a charity that has been closing local clubs for lack of funding was compensated nearly $1 million in 2008. They also questioned why in the same year officials spent $4.3 million on travel, $1.6 million on conferences, conventions and meetings, and $544,000 in lobbying fees. “The question is whether or not a very top-heavy organization might be siphoning off federal dollars that should be going to help kids,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.
Continue reading HERE.
The HuffingtonPost reports -
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — who has gone to great lengths to hype the supposed dangers of a big government takeover of American health care — admitted over the weekend that she used to get her treatment in Canada’s single-payer system. “We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada,” Palin said in her first Canadian appearance since stepping down as governor of Alaska. “And I think now, isn’t that ironic?”
Published February 11, 2010
Tags: Father of The Year, hypocrite, John Edwards, North Carolina, Ozzie Smith, Politics, Save the Children, St. Louis Cardinals, video, wtf
Quite interesting video of John Edwards accepting The Father of The Year Award from Save the Children. A fun side note is that Edwards is introduced by Ozzie Smith.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports -
Conservative Fox commentator Glenn Beck explains to ABC’s John Stossel his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It wasn’t exactly a spiritual moment:
Stossel to Beck: “You became a Mormon. Why?”
Beck: “I apologize, but guys will understand this. My wife is, like, hot, and she wouldn’t have sex with me until we got married, and she wouldn’t marry me unless we had a religion.”
Stossel to Tania Beck: “He just told us he became religious only to have sex with you. Was he joking?”
Tania:“No, he was not joking.”
wsws.org reports -
According to the White House web site, recovery.gov, stimulus contracts awarded by federal agencies accounted for only 30,383 new jobs over the last eight months. The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed last February amid claims by the White House that it would “create or save” 3.5 million jobs over two years. Since its passage, 3.4 million jobs have been wiped out and apologists for the administration have been reduced to arguing that the situation would have been even worse without the stimulus package.
The states most in need of help received the fewest number of jobs. In Michigan—which leads the nation with a 15.3 percent unemployment rate—only 397 jobs were “created or saved.” This is a tiny fraction of the tens of thousands of workers who lost their jobs in the state under Obama’s forced restructuring of GM and Chrysler. Businesses in Nevada, which has the next highest jobless rate, reported 159 new jobs. Rhode Island, which has the third highest unemployment rate at 12.8 percent, reported only six new jobs. In California, where more than 2.2 million are officially unemployed and joblessness is the highest since 1940, only 2,260 jobs are attributed to the federal stimulus money.
When the Messiah is caught talking out of both sides of his mouth, the exceedingly fair editors at AP determine it to be a simple case of Obama’s claims being “adrift”. I’m certain that this treatment is given to all politicians – even conservatives.
Read the AP story.
TechDirt reports -
Last month, we wrote about a lawsuit from JD Salinger over an attempt to publish a “sequel” to Salinger’s famous Catcher in the Rye written by Fredrik Colting under the pseudonym JD California. In a similar case, concerning a “parallel world” for Gone With the Wind, after an initial banning, the book was eventually allowed to be published. You might think that the district court would look at this and recognize that it goes against pretty much all common sense to ban this book… but you’d be wrong. After an initial injunction, the judge has now banned publication of the book.
Yes, you read that right. A US court has banned the publication of a book, even though the creative expression in the book is unique, and it merely uses characters from another book (which it doesn’t even name the same). This is a sickening result for anyone who believes in the First Amendment…
During today’s White House press conference, CBS’ Chip Reid and columnist Helen Thomas raked press secretary Richard Gibbs over the coals for the Administration’s contrived town hall meeting format. Participants and questions are being pre-screened by the Administration. The mainstream press is already seeing through the Community Organizer in Chief after a mere 6 months. It should be all out war by 2011. I can’t wait.
TheRawStory reports -
“It feels like the concept of a town hall, I think, is to have an open public forum. And this sounds like a very tightly controlled audience and list of questions. Why do it that way?” asked Reid. “We have never had that in the White House,” Thomas said, referring to the degree that press events are pre-scripted in the Obama administration. “I’m amazed, I’m amazed at you people who called for openness and transparency…”
Continue reading and view a video HERE or HERE.