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Church Ordains a Sex Offender

In black collar crime, religion, stupid people on September 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Worst Idea Since Mixing Guns and Booze

The potential for jokes aside, a sex offender as a minister (a position of authority over children) is an idea so bad, so nonsensical, so misguided, and so blind to reality, that only a theist could have dreamed it up. So, guess who just got ordained!


Mark Hourigan is also a sex offender. Almost a decade ago, long before he joined the flock at the City of Refuge Worship Center, he was convicted of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy in central Kentucky. Hourigan served a five-year sentence and the 41-year-old was placed on Kentucky’s sex offender registry for the rest of his life.

“He’s still a threat” to children, said Cal Pfeiffer, who was abused by a Catholic priest as a young student in Louisville in the late 1950s and early 60s. Pfeiffer and experts on religion and sexual abuse believe it could be the first time a convicted sex offender has been knowingly ordained as a minister in a Christian church.

“It sets a precedent,” said Pfeiffer, a member of a group that has protested Hourigan’s ordination. “It elevates him to an ordained minister which almost automatically conveys a level of trust and responsibility.”

I know these people love to talk about forgiveness, but since when do theists practice what they preach?


Red State Priorities Fail

In Culture Wars, editorial, guns on September 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm

New Arizona Gun Law Takes Effect Today

Starting today, those with concealed weapons can bring them into Arizona’s 5,300 alcohol serving businesses. The law specifies that gun owners are not allowed to drink while carrying their weapon. So that is good, at least the paranoid people who come armed to a bar can be stopped from drinking. Oh wait, since the guns have to be concealed, who is to tell who is armed and who isn’t? We are to trust that people will do the right thing? I wish the government would just take my word that I pay my taxes, because you know, I totally would. Only in America can you get your head blown off for talking to the wrong girl, but die on the emergency room floor as others look on.

I doubt anyone capable of getting drunk and shooting someone would be worried about breaking gun laws. What is a gun charge when you are going down for murder anyway? People caught drinking with a gun will be fined up to $500 and be charged with a class three misdemeanor. Being caught with any amount of weed in Arizona is a felony. Priorities people, priorities.

Via The Arizona Republic

Sin Map of the U.S.

In cool, Hypocrisy, religion, Science on September 29, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Surprise, Most Religious States Biggest Offenders In Most Sins

Via Wired, check it for other deadly sin maps.

We’re gluttons for infographics, and a team at Kansas State just served up a feast: maps of sin created by plotting per-capita stats on things like theft (envy) and STDs (lust). Christian clergy, likely noting the Bible Belt’s status as Wrath Central, question the “science.” Valid point—or maybe it’s just the pride talking.


Serious Concern Over Political Motives in Census Workers Hanging

In hate, kooks, neanderthals, republicans, Violence on September 24, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Fears are growing that the death of a teacher, cancer survivor, father, and part-time census worker, Bill Sparkman, was a politically motivated homicide. In my option inflammatory rhetoric from the right is partly to blame. Though they will never acknowledge it, or stop.

Via Huffingtonpost

Associated Press reporter Devlin Barrett was on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow” show Wednesday night to discuss the shocking death of a census worker in Kentucky.

“Obviously the details — the few details we know at this point are very disturbing,” said Barrett, “and could feed a larger political argument if this ends up being the result of anti-government sentiment. But they don’t know that for absolute certain yet. And part of the investigators’ job is to rule out any other explanation for what happened.”

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Federal Census Worker Hung in Rural Kentucky

In hate, kooks, republicans, stupid people, Violence on September 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm

“Fed” Was Scrawled on His Chest

Just a few months after Minnesota rep and national embarrassment Michelle Bachmann decried the census as a plot by the government ‘brown shirts’ to invade your home and deport you to internment camps with other “real Americans”. A census worker has been hung in deep red Kentucky. While it is unknown if it was murder or a suicide, I think we can all figure what happened.

Again I ask, at what point does someone using fiery rhetoric, grossly false claims, and race baiting become responsible for the violence it incites?

Via Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a U.S. Census worker near a Kentucky cemetery, and a law enforcement official told The Associated Press the word ‘fed” was scrawled on the dead man’s chest.

The body of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old part-time Census field worker and occasional teacher, was found Sept. 12 in a remote patch of the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky. The Census has suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County, where the body was found, pending the outcome of the investigation.

GOP Senator Falls Asleep During Health Care Negotiations

In healthcare, politics, republicans, stupid people on September 23, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Shows Contempt for Efforts to Craft a Bi-partisan Bill

Via The Washington Post

After regurgitating the cliché talking points that dominated the first half of the health care debate, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) promptly fell asleep. His disinterest in reform is indicative of the republican opposition, which is only fighting to preserve the status quo.

Also, what would happen if you fell asleep on the job? I would get fired. This idiot clearly has forgotten what it is like to be in mainstream America. He displayed a complete lack of respect for the office he holds.

The Senate Finance Committee was barely an hour into its consideration of health-care reform on Tuesday morning, but Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) already knew where he stood.

“I do not support a government takeover of the health-care system,” he railed. The proposal “confiscates more money from the taxpayers,” he went on. “It tramples on American freedom and liberties.”

After this vigorous display of open-mindedness, Bunning was spent. About an hour later, spectators noticed that the senator, who had been resting his chin in his hand, had fallen fast asleep. As giggles rippled through the chamber, an aide shook Bunning, who woke with a start.

Bunning’s nap was a fitting comment on how he and his Republican colleagues had received the efforts of the committee’s chairman, Max Baucus (D-Mont.), to craft a bipartisan compromise on the mammoth legislation. Baucus made major concessions to Republicans: He dropped the “public option” for a government-run health plan; he tossed aside the mandate that employers provide health coverage; he cut the bill’s cost and made sure it was all funded by revenue from within the health-care system; he stipulated that government funds would not go for abortion or to illegal immigrants; and he included efforts to curtail medical malpractice awards.

And what does Baucus have to show for his concessions? One by one Tuesday, Republicans delivered the same thanks-but-no-thanks message.

The Demise of the Public Option has been Greatly Exaggerated

In healthcare, politics on September 22, 2009 at 7:42 pm

The Progressives Picked up the Fight, and it is Paying off

Via ActBlue

Via Think Progress

“I absolutely do not believe that it’s dead,” Obama told Univision. “I think that it’s something that we can still include as part of a comprehensive reform effort.”

Keep writing, facebooking, tweeting and calling. Lets keep the pressure up. The public option is gaining momentum. Here is the contact information for several key senators. Ask them to support a public option.

Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
DC Office: 202-224-5344
Facebook Email

Susan Collins (R-ME)
DC Office: (202) 224-2523
Twitter Facebook Email

Max Baucus (D-MT)
DC Office: 201-224-2651
DC Fax: 201.224.6020
Facebook Email

Kent Conrad (D-ND)
DC Office: 202-224-2043
DC Fax: 202-224-7776

Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
DC Office: 202-224-5521

Evan Bayh (D-IN)
DC Office: 202-224-5623
Facebook Email

"The Age of Empathy"

In cool, healthcare, politics, Science on September 22, 2009 at 6:04 pm

The NPR’s Diane Rhem, of The Diane Rhem Show, had a great guest on today. Frans de Waal who authored “The Age of Empathy”. It is about the empathy that animals show each other, and the return of human compassion. It is very interesting in the context of the health care debate.


Has it Raptured Yet?

In kooks, religion on September 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Guess not, everyone is still here. I actually thought this time was it. Oh well…

Quick, Everyone Get Laid

In kooks, lol, religion on September 21, 2009 at 5:48 am

The date of the rapture has been revealed. It is tomorrow, (or today if you are on the east coast). The world will end 9/21/09! PZ Myers has the story, and this scientific-looking, super cool “time wave”.

I’m not kidding, there actually is a group predicting the rapture is going down tomorrow. They site Joe Biden’s campaign gaffe when he said that President Obama would face a major crisis in his first six months in office. This is just one of many gems of “evidence” they provide. I must say their credibility is hurt when you consider that they think September is 6 months from January. They also claim there will be a nuclear attack on New York and Phoenix! A nuclear attack on Phoenix would make my commute just hell. It is already tedious getting anywhere in this town.

Check out their website for more compelling evidence!