So when God fails it's time to resort to modern medicine, while at the same time putting EVERYONE in your nation at risk.
(CNN) -- The fear began just after news broke Thursday that a long-range business jet with an isolation pod left the United States for Liberia, where it will evacuate two Americans infected with Ebola.
Twitter exploded with questions about the deadly virus, which according to the World Health Organization is believed to have killed hundreds in four West African nations. And with reaction to news that two infected Americans would soon be on their way back to the United States.
"Why are they doing this?" Robin Hunter asked in a post on Twitter.
While U.S. officials have remained mum on the issue, a source told CNN that a medical charter flight left from Cartersville, Georgia, on Thursday evening.
It's tragic that Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were infected but not an unreasonable expectation. They worked with Ebola patients and contracted the disease. Now for some reason our government isn't saying, they are being brought back here. Of course there are controls in place, but no control is perfect and I, like most others I suspect, are questioning how this flight happened and who is paying for it.
I suspect the answer is a religious person or business with deep pockets. Now it's one thing to gamble with your own life by believing God will take care of everything, but it's ENTIRELY something else to gamble with the rest of your nation, and I for one don't fucking appreciate it. Your faith, your risk, your problem, let God fix you but don't bring back a deadly and highly contagious disease because NOW suddenly your faith is in modern medicine you can only get back home. Sorry no.
I don't know who in our government agreed to this but they need to be on the plane with everyone at risk. This was a bad idea and even if everything works out it sets a fatal precedent for all of us.
Thanks Samaritan's Purse, thanks for fucking nothing.
And so does Israel.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both. And in an echo-chamber fed by ubiquitous updates on Hamas rocket and tunnel attacks, the minority of local voices that do agonize over Gazans' suffering are being silenced in a way rarely seen in a country long proud of its spirited, democratic debate.[..]
More than 1,300 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting since July 8, according to the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry. On the Israeli side, 56 soldiers have been killed as well as three civilians. Still, several polls this week have shown strong majorities in Israel supported the war and prepared to go on.[..]
n the ad by the group B'Tselem, a solemn voice reads the names and ages of Palestinian children who were killed in the war. Hagai El-Ad, B'Tselem's director, said it was meant to "re-humanize" Palestinians in the eyes of Israelis. He said the ad was rejected because it was deemed controversial. "We are living in such an atmosphere where the Israel Broadcasting Authority feels it needs to block even something as straightforward as saying the names of Palestinian children who were killed in Gaza," El-Ad said. "That's extreme."
The public justification is that Hamas is firing from among civilians. Ok, so given that the Palestinians are packed into a tiny strip I'd like to ask WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU EXPECT? Followed by, if Israel is so damned good at pinpointing attacks they why the fuck are they so goddamned sloppy in retaliating? The answer is that the war isn't against other humans, it's against vermin, less than humans, not people who have lives and names. The very fact that anyone who dares point this out is threatened with violence or smeared is pretty plain and there are members of our government who are happily going doing much of the same.
I hope Israel gets charged with war crimes. I hope they get convicted in International court. Because there's not going to be any nay-saying here in the ol' USA. America is too busy supplying more bullets and making money off the same vile rhetoric I heard the stupid cunts making on Fox's Out Numbered today. "Oh they're MAKING Israel kill children by using them as human shields." I can't recall if it was Stupid-twat Sandra or Kunt-bag Kirsten that said it. They're bobble-heads anyway with not an original thought in their little well-coiffed brains to even debate if the statement was true.
The world was blind to the crimes of Germany and South Africa, eventually the world came around. As it will come around to Israel. Someday.
Well who knew that I'd be pro-satanist? Can you even say that if you have a lisp?
NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) --According to the Satanic Temple, the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision bolsters the rationale that its members should be exempt from state-mandated "informed consent laws" prior to having an abortion.
The laws, which are on the books in 35 states, force women to read pro-life material before undergoing an abortion. The materials contain information which the Temple regards as "scientifically unfounded" and "medically invalid."
The Temple wants its members to base their health choices "on the best scientific understanding of the world" and says the consent laws violate its "religious" beliefs.
Not really what Hobby Lobby had in mind right? But hey the door swings both ways doesn't it? The goose and the gander get the same sauce thus the holy roller and satan's little helper get the same rights. I'm thinking that the Satanists have got a point here. Maybe even two if they put their heads down and aim before charging.
If thine eye offends thee? Then FUCK YOU. Ha. Way to go Green family! Hail Satan!
Phil Bryant is the repub governor of Mississippi. His goal is to punish all women in his state by making it impossible for them to exercise their right to safe abortion. Mississippi has only 1 clinic and it's over 250 miles away from the furthest corner of the state. Now to me, if I were poor and without a car of my own 250 miles is an undue hardship, but let's put that aside. Phil and his dickless associates in the GOP tried to eliminate abortion completely by closing the last and only clinic in his state.
His view is that abortion is SO dangerous that every doctor that performs one needs admitting privileges. It's a lie. And it's a shabby one. It doesn't withstand even the meanest scrutiny, and it didn't today. Once again the courts coming to the rescue of women who are an easy target for conservative repression.
Phil you're an asshole. One might think that as a GOP whose party believes in LESS government intrusion in our lives that you might actually stick with that principle when it comes to 50% of the population of your state. But as the dickless dickhead you are picking on pregnant, often poor, often resourceless women is your favorite target.
Don't like abortion THEN DON'T FUCKING HAVE ONE. But don't dicktate what other people do. Especially when the law DOESN'T APPLY TO YOU.
Because in the end no one reads your witty words or gives a flying fuck about your preferences. All that matters is what you look like, no wait scratch that, all that matters is what you CLAIM you look like.
Dating website OKCupid has revealed that it experimented on its users, including putting the "wrong" people together to see if they would connect.[..]
OKCupid said one revelation was that "people just look at the picture".[..]
Further experiments suggested that "when we tell people they are a good match, they act as if they are. Even when they should be wrong for each other." The company later revealed the correct scores to the participants. (BBC)
Ok raise your hand if you actually believe that people tell the COMPLETE truth about themselves on a dating website. Uh huh. Well I'm guessing right now that even if you were mentally raising your hand you're straight up lying liar. I mean deep down everyone knows just how shallow they are when they have a choice (and maybe some ego.) So where's the big surprise? If you're lying to begin with on your profile questions because you believe it will increase your odds then bad matches are about as potentially accurate as true ones. Especially if you (generously) believe that people only lie about half the time about themselves.
So what now? Dating services that don't waste any time on personal descriptions? Probably. More image service, less lip service. In the end I guess that picture is worth a thousand words. And when you meet the person and you find out that the picture that reeled you in looks NOTHING like the actual person? I guess that depends... on how much you look like yours and how badly you want to get laid.
Israel continues to pursue the mass-slaughter of Palestinians targeting the easiest of the easy: unarmed adults and children. In a typical twist of logic the idea is that because these people had the gall to be born to the wrong parents it wasn't Israel's fault they were murdered.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians are paying in the conflict.[..]
The United Nations on Monday called for an immediate cease-fire in the fighting that has killed at least 1,085 Palestinians, 52 Israeli soldiers and three civilians on the Israeli side.
The United Nations says civilians make up more than three-fourths of the dead and a majority of the wounded. Children account for at least 30 percent of the casualties, according to UNICEF, the U.N. children's agency.
In another tragic episode involving children, four Palestinian boys, cousins ages 9 to 11, were killed July 16 on a beach west of Gaza City by shellfire from a navy ship. Israel later apologized for the deaths.
One wonders aloud if this continuing massacre will continue until some predetermined limit set by some government council within the Israeli government. It feels as if they're trying to revisit the pain of their pogrom on someone else because the blockade has certainly turned the Gaza strip into a Ghetto. Even killing Arabs is justified with the notion that Muslims are "less than human". Sound familiar?
Israel continues to lash out at anyone trying to make peace. Pushing the Palestinians into a tiny fraction isn't enough. Only killing everyone will suffice. It's WWII all over again but this time on their terms.
Hey look who's sticking it to the little guy again! Bet you're all surprised! Bet I'm just being sarcastic! Weeeee!
Groups representing airline passengers and companies that rely on corporate travel derided the bill's name, the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, as Orwellian. They said the measure's enactment would return the country to an earlier era of misleading and confusing advertising.[..]
But the airlines - backed by unions representing pilots, mechanics and flight attendants - say including taxes and fees in their advertised prices hurts business and hides from consumers the extra costs that government imposes on air travel.
Showing the full price "can dampen demand for travel and ultimately cost even more jobs in an industry that has lost nearly one-third of its work force since 2001, typically resulting in reduced service to small and rural communities," according to an April letter to lawmakers from Airlines for America, the industry's chief trade group, and other airline and labor organizations. (AP)
So let's see if we can state this both plainly and simply: showing the ACTUAL price a consumer pays for airfare by law is WRONG. Why? Because it won't entice them to spend MORE money for fees and costs that are hidden. Basically what our government is saying is that the idea of "truth in advertising" should NOT be supported by law and willfully misleading people by leading them on with a low price and then suddenly slapping them with a higher one is not just good business but government approved.
Best of all? Our representatives, our ELECTED officials called us idiots in the process...
The only other speaker during Monday's House debate was Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who with Shuster sponsored the legislation. DeFazio mocked the current regulation's requirement that the full price must be shown more prominently in advertising.
"Talk about the nanny state," he said. "Give me a break. What do they think, Americans are idiots?"
Well Peter, or "dickhead" as your nickname should probably be, I can tell you truthfully that the people who elected you to represent them certainly ARE idiots. They elected someone who is happy to screw his constituents out of their hard earned dollars while gleefully pocketing the cash I'm certain the airline lobbyists are shoving into your pants. This might be news to you but as a consumer I WANT TO KNOW THE ACTUAL PRICE I'M GOING TO PAY which goes along the basic premise that LYING IS BAD and SCREWING PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR MONEY IS ALSO BAD. Yes, novel I know, but I think you need to hear it.
So yay us. For once the house actually did something bipartisan and guess what they managed to agree on? That flying economy is for stupid peasants and screwing the public is just part of "good business".
Parked in a handicapped spot with the required tag dangling from the rear view, the biggest fucking pickup truck money could buy. You had to wonder, if this guy NEEDED a handicapped space because walking is a problem how the fucking HELL he could climb up two stories like Spiderman to get into the cab.
There's should be *reasonable* restrictions when it comes to the use of handicapped tags. If you have to be a bleeding gymnast to get into the car then clearly you don't need the tag.
Asshole probably got his orthopedic surgeon to give him one after his knee surgery and has been milking the system since. Fucking douche nugget.
Software management incompetence at its finest.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.[..]
"The program has invested $288 million over six years, delivered limited functionality and faced schedule delays as well as increasing stakeholder concerns," said a report by McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm.
As a result, agency leaders have decided to "reset" the program in an effort to save it, the report said.[..]
The troubled computer project is known as the Disability Case Processing System, or DCPS. It was supposed to replace 54 separate, antiquated computer systems used by state Social Security offices to process disability claims. As envisioned, workers across the country would be able to use the system to process claims and track them as benefits are awarded or denied and claims are appealed.
But as of April, the system couldn't even process all new claims, let alone accurately track them as they wound their way through the system, the report said.
So here's the thing: Lockheed Martin sucked down several hundred MILLION dollars to produce a system that pretty much doesn't meet 60% or more of it's basic requirements. See right there? That's exactly what you'd expect from an oversized, over-bloated company like Lockheed. Most of the money from the contract goes right into the arms of upper management who spend lots patting themselves on the back and making meetings to track meetings to address why no work is getting done (because meetings.) The handful of actual staff that does the programming raises issues like "uh, we haven't vetted our architecture against the interface requirements of the 54 systems we need to integrate with" gets shit on for being negative while every "manager" in the entire "Agile" process spends time noting how on-time their scrum was and how many non-issues were solved.
Basically Lockheed spent the money on management and probably less than %15 on actual work. Of course there should have been oversight. But THEY were too busy making powerpoint slides about non-existent progress. Total it up and you get bull/shit for a system that doesn't work but Lockheed execs get to keep their bonuses and the contractors and staff on the bottom will get shit on.
Pretty typical for government jobs. Now for part II: hiring someone else to un-fuck the whole mess. At huge cost.
Yay us. American public gets screwed AND foot the bill.
Israeli tanks shell a UN school. Then they try and pin the blame on Hamas rockets only EVERYONE ALREADY SAW WHO DID IT.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard.
Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the shelling, which wounded dozens and came on the deadliest day so far of the current round of fighting. However, the Israeli military said the school "was not a target in any way" and raised the possibility the compound was hit by Hamas rockets.
I'd guess that Israel has hired Putin's PR and marketing strategy people because the thin lies are as about as unbelievable. Indiscriminate killing is the objective of this particular exercise and Israel is making the most of the opportunity to kill as many people as possible.
Funny how a nation founded due to mass genocide sees no harm in doing the same to others. I guess that's what gives them a national identity. Unfortunately the endgame isn't going the way they hoped. Hamas is emerging stronger and the longer Israel keeps this up and more likely they will have to make painful concessions. Because no one likes a bully.
I went with some friends to see Dick Dale Tuesday night. After missing him twice in Austin (once by mere minutes), I finally got to see the legend. He was playing at a local rock-dive, known for its rough looks but variety of music - the kind of real music venue that you'd expect to host a regular event called Punk Rock Night. It's a small joint but it's packed to the walls with tons of history with many decades of shows under its roof.
I expected it to be packed. I expected to see an older crowd. I expected to see some of the rockabilly crowd. But holy hell, I didn't expect a fight to break out.
Two, stupid, 50-something meaty guys, who should fucking know better, got into a shoving match about whom inadvertently brushed up against whom. These parrot-head rejects started to tussle when a third meaty guy (in a fake lei no less) starts sucker punching the smaller of the two.
We're on the outside of the grope-fest, trying to keep ourselves from getting stabbed by the one guys dangly pirate ear-cuff while attempting to get the attention of the bar staff. Quickly, a scrappy gal, who was certainly half the three mens' age but wiser in years, stepped in-between the geriatric grapplers. All she needed to do was raise a hand to the two, utter a few words and they stopped, hung their heads in shame and went back to watching the show.
I've been to many many all-age punk rock and metal shows over many many years hosted in many many dives with varying degrees of violent dance action. I've seen maybe two or three fights (Once in like - 1988 and then in 2002 - there may have been one other in Chicago in the '90s). Kids are better self-police than adults.
What buffoons. I hope they got pulled over on their drive back to suburbs because there's certainly no room for shit like that in the city.
You gotta love someone who says that killing civilians is just something that happens. Because.
At least 649 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have been killed in the past 15 days of fighting, officials say. A foreign worker in southern Israel was also killed by a rocket fired from Gaza on Wednesday, police said.[..]
Israel's Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, said her country was acting according to international law.
"It is regrettable civilians are killed, but when we call on them to vacate and Hamas calls on them to stay, then that is what happens," she told Israel radio.(BBC)
4.7% That's the number you get when you divide 31 by 649. Ordinarily that's a GREAT return on investment. Except when those numbers represent human lives.
"Regrettable" what a funny choice of words. Bombing the shit out of people is only "regrettable". Tzipi you're a funny lady you know that? It would be even funnier if you went and saw the pain and suffering your "regrettable" actions were causing first hand. But then you'd have to acknowledge that the people your nation were killing so casually were human beings too. Just like the other 4.7%.
Wow, it's almost hard to describe what a bunch of shithead scumbags you guys are. Almost. I'll just let the new speak for itself.
ACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 23 (UPI) --International college student Irena Mujakovic purchased a Saab from a Florida car dealership, so when the vehicle began having problems, she took it back to Holiday Motors in Jacksonville.
Irena Mujakovic's 2003 ride was having transmission problems, and the dealership was able to fix the issue and also sell her a warranty.
Unfortunately, the transmission went out again so Mujakovic brought the car back. She was surprised to find out that her newly-purchased warranty didn't cover what needed to get done.[..]
After she filed a complaint with the DMV's district office; the dealership was told to give Mujakovic a refund. Holiday Motors complied with the letter of the law, if not the spirit.
When Mujakovic went to get her money, she was handed two bags containing mostly pennies and some bills.
Ok, so I'll say it slowly because we all know that some of "y'all" down in Florida don't like to be rushed with the words. Holiday. Motors. Is. Run. By. Asshats.
There we go! Can you say that? Can you say that in front of a mirror? Can you repeat it enough times to get the message to sink it? Yes you can! Even douchemagnets like you can manage that much.
What kind of scumbag targets little kids? Ones who do it for Jesus!
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An evangelical Christian group plans to try to convert children as young as 5 at Portland apartment pools, public parks and dozens of other gathering spots this summer - a campaign that's got some residents upset.
They've banded together in recent weeks to warn parents about the Child Evangelism Fellowship's Good News Club, buying a full-page ad in the local alternative weekly to highlight the group's tactics.
Honestly, if it isn't child molesters it's child mental-molesters. These assholes want to fill your little tyke's brain full of shame, hate and fear all for money. (Raising money for the parent organization is apparently the only road to salvation.) You know most people feel that childhood is a time of innocence when you're about as pure as you can get. But not these fucktards, hell no. They want to fear every little kid they can, the scarier the better.
"We do teach that children are sinners, but we're not nasty about it," [CEF's vice president Moises] Esteves said. "If we were nasty about it, the kids wouldn't come back." He said that they don't try to coerce the children, as "coercion leads to false conversion."
Moises, if that's even your real name, what kind of fucking asshole are you? Were you dropped as a baby? Abandoned? Do you hate women? Do you hate everyone? I'm betting it's a yes on all accounts because only someone with no conscience like yourself would hunt other people's children as targets to recruit for brainwashing and hurt.
Please throw yourself in front of a bus. For the good of all humanity.
I'm betting by then she'll have changed her mind...
NEW YORK, July 21 (UPI) --An appeals court in New York ruled that it was not child abuse when a Long Island father spanked his 8-year-old son for swearing in public.
The Wednesday ruling says a father initially convicted of "inflicting excessive corporal punishment" for spanking his child in 2012 was instead displaying "a reasonable use of force."
"We find that the Family Court's finding of neglect was not supported by a preponderance of the credible evidence," the four-judge panel unanimously ruled.
"The father's open-handed spanking of the child as a form of discipline after he heard the child curse at an adult was a reasonable use of force and, under the circumstances presented here, did not constitute excessive corporal punishment."
The New York Daily news spoke with area parents about the decision, who were split on its implications.
"A father has to educate his son, has to spank a little to protect his kids from growing up wrong," said Kiko Kabashi, a father of two. "Some kids, if you don't smack them a little, they won't learn any respect."
New mom Jennifer Smith disagreed, saying "[spanking]'s a little barbaric at this point. There's so many other ways of discipline."
Jen you're a new mom. And you're speaking out your asshole. A little barbaric? I'll guess you found childbirth a very sophisticated and enlightened experience. Duh. Toddlers are nothing BUT barbaric you dumb twat. Screaming, crying, throwing food, eating with their hands, smearing poop on the floor, bashing each other with toys like a Tom and Jerry cartoon. But let me guess, you think *your* little darling with be a Mozart or Einstein, sipping tea and eating scones the moment he/she puts down the bottle.
Frankly spanking isn't just an occasional but rather a necessary part of training young humans. It's the quickest form of communication and the sooner Junior learns to respect Mom and Dad the better. Trying to instill it at seventeen? Yah, not so much. Besides it's the only known cure for affulenza...
The little guy thought he had a sweet deal. Just hand guns -n- bombs to a bunch of thugs and let them do the dirty work without a smudge on a single russian uniform. Only the little guy didn't really think it through because when thugs get guns and bullets then they're just well armed thugs. And most aren't known for their sophisticated reasoning ability, or they'd be diplomats or something.
Of course Putin is the Eastern European version of the Teflon Don. He commits crimes pretty much as he likes without any repercussions and no one has the stomach or the balls to take him to task for it.
But he does have a weak spot. His ego. Nothing concerns the little man more than his oversized ego and his legacy in the history books. Crimea went down too easily, not enough singing and dancing in the streets, so he looked further. Honestly given the weak position the Ukraine was in you wonder how he fucked it up this badly. The answer is, of course, pure impatience. Next to his ego the only main foible of this great leader is a lack of patience. Had he just doled out guns and money to the rebels over a span of years he probably would have been rewarded with another nice, fat hunk of juicy Ukraine. But no, he got greedy and impatient and gave out bigger and nastier weapons and... the help to run them. Ok, now THAT will be a real problem because now the blood isn't just on the hands of sympathizers, no this deal will get traced all the way up and a LOT of people wearing russian military uniforms are going to die or disappear in the process.
My, my, quite the mess.
In the end Putin will walk away, no international court will try him. But his ego will be bruised and he might learn a little bitty lesson which might put a damper on some other pet hegemony projects (*cough*syria*cough) that are still unresolved.
It will be interesting to see where this goes and how long it takes. The separatists have been thoroughly instructed to delay, destroy and disappear as much incriminating evidence as possible. But you can't magically take it back, now can you? No, and while it will take longer than it should have, the finger will point squarely at a man whose dick got far too big for his britches.