Thursday, October 8, 2015

Chinese Traffic Jam So Bad It Makes Me Want To Pound My Own Steering Wheel In Frustration

How would you like to be stuck in traffic like this?  
I live in Vermont, a place not known for its terrible traffic jams.

Since I'm not used to traffic, when things do get snarled on Interstate 89 on the way to work because of a car crash or something, my blood immediately begins to boil.

You can imagine me exploding, then, if I lived in China, where they have traffic jams that boggle the imagination.

The aerial view you see below was taken near Beijing recently, when many motorists were returning to town after a holiday.  Hat tip to Sploid for alerting me to this. 

I don't know if any of the people in all these cars actually made it home.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Arguing Moose Disrupt Nice Alaskan Neighborhood

A couple of moose duke it out in
a pleasant Anchorage, Alaska neighborhood.  
There's a pleasant neighborhood around Anchorage, Alaska, with nice houses, nice lawns, and trees with fall foliage still clinging to them despite a rapidly onrushing winter.

This neighborhood was disrupted the other day, though, by a nasty fight. No, not between two homeowners arguing over the placement of a fence.

No, this is Alaska. This fight was between two moose who were determining which one was supreme, and which one would get the lady moose.

Pretty dramatic, if you ask me.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Evangelicals Say We're Persecuting Them, But Is It Other Way Around?

The Blount County Tennesee Commission, led
by member Karen Miller, is begging Got not to
smite them because of all those icky gays out there.  
Some Evangelical Christians are famous lately for giving us the persecution complex: You know, there's a war on Christians, they're going to be put in jail for their beliefs, the godless government is after them, yada yada yada.

Is it really the other way around, though? The most famous example is of course Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who is shoving her religious beliefs down everybody's throats.

She fought and fought the idea of giving marriage licenses to those icky gay couples because of her religious beliefs.

Of course, that hypocrite has been married three times and doesn't appear to hold to the other tenets of Leviticus, which these religious types always cite, so I don't know about her.

There's been a number of other interesting cases of evangelicals imposing their religious views on the rest of us, two of which I found recently that are interesting. One of the cases is harmless, if both comical and obnoxious. The other did real harm to at least one person.

I'll get into the comical one first, I guess. Hat tip to Ring of Fire and Raw Story for this one.

It involves the Blount County, Tennessee Commission, which is normally in charge of things like setting budgets and municipal employee salaries and otherwise administering county public business.

Oh, but the Blount County Commission is much more than that, nowadays, yessirree!

The commission has written a resolution begging God for mercy and asking God not to smite their community (and presumably smite others instead) because the U.S. Supreme Court authorized gay marriages earlier this year.

Here's part of the resolution. It helps to read it aloud like one of those over emotional southern-fried corrupt televangelists:

"We adopt this resolution before God that HE pas us by in His Coming Wrath and not destroy our County as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighborhing cities. As the Passover Lamb was a means of salvation to the ancient Children of Israel, so we stand upon the safety of the Lamb of God to save us.

We adopt this Resolution begging His favor in light of the fact that we have been forced to comply and recognize that the State of Tennessee, like so may other God-fearning State, MAY have fallen prey to a lawless judiciary in legalizing what God and the Bible expressly forbids."

Well, then.

Of course, not all the fine citizens of Blount County, Tennessee are behind this.

According to The Daily Times newspaper in Maryville, Tennessee, Ginny West Case, a retired Christian educator at a local United Methodist Church, says "I'm tired of God being used as a battering ram. The Bible, over and over tells us God is the God of love and grace and mercy."

Amen, sister.

Meanwhile, in Alburquerque, New Mexico, Holly Salzman had some coparenting issues with her ex-husband that had to be resolved in family court.

The judge in the case ordered Salzman to attend 10 sessions with a counselor named Mary Pepper.

So far, so good. Counseling is often ordered in messy family court cases. Can't hurt, right?

Well, it can. Especially since Pepper turned out to be one of those obnoxious evangelical proselytizers.
This New Mexico mom temporarily lost custody of
her kids because she objected to being forced to
attend religious counseling.  

When Salzman went to the first session, Pepper started blabbing on about God, reports television station KRQE in Alburquerque.

Salzman, who doesn't go for that kind of old time religion, asked the court to let her see another counselor. The court never responded.

She stopped going to Pepper because the prayers continued. She went to court again, told them about the problems, but the court said they hadn't had any problems with Pepper and to keep going.

Among the tasks Salzman had to complete were homework assignments such as, "What Is God To Me?"

But Salzman stopped, and temporarily lost all custody of her kids.

She finally returned to the sessions and endured all the God stuff just to get her kids back. But should the government be telling a non-believer to attend what amounts to church just to retain custody of her kids?

Since when do you have to be Christian to be a parent in the United States?

I'm all for Christian counseling, but only for people who want to go, and are not forced to by the government.

By the way, KRQE says Pepper held counseling sessions in municipal libraries, even though you're not allowed to conduct business there.

And Saltzman, along with many other of Pepper's clients, had to pay Pepper in cash, apparently in part because you're not supposed to do business in the library.

Hmmm. So Pepper might be deceitful, too? How Christian!!

So which is it?  Is the nation becoming anti-Christian? Or is it the other way around. I think it's time some of the most offending evangelicals ought to put a sock in it.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Segway Scooter Dance Video Sort Of Rescues Justin Bieber Mess

Justin Bieber's new song predictably sucks, but
at least somebody made a cool dance video based
on the song.  
I don't like Justin Bieber's new song, "What Do You Mean."

Typical boring, pop fluff that's totally uninteresting. I expect nothing less from Bieber.

However a choreographer named David Moore has put together a performance by five dancers atop self-balancing Segways that at least created a fun, interesting video from Bieber's "What Do You Mean" mess.

It's worth the watch:

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Moronic Work Crew Entombs Pregnant Dog Beneath Concrete, But Happy Ending

Vadim Rustam begins to chip away at a newly
installed sidewalk to rescue a dog cruelly trapped under
the staircase by a work crew.  
A sinkhole formed last month along a sidewalk in the city of Voronezh, Russia, and a work crew came to repair it.

After the repair, residents of a nearby building insisted they heard the sound of a barking dog beneath the building's front stairs, right by the newly repaired sidewalk.

A guy named Vadim Rustam and his family appealed to city housing authorities to at least investigate, but they blew him off,

So, Rustam dug up the newly installed paving stones and of course risked getting in trouble for it.

However, once the digging was done, Rustam discovered the work crew had sealed a pregnant dog into a cavity between the repair and the concrete steps of the building, says The Dodo, a web site geared toward animal lovers. 

It's unknown if the work crew knew the dog was there, but really, they had to. How could you miss a dog during the hour or more it took to repair the sidewalk?

The dog and her unborn puppies would have died a cruel death if not for Rustam. Of course, I'm infuriated by this, as anyone would be.

Luckily, the dog was in pretty good shape despite being trapped with no food or water for two days.

The dog was taken to an animal shelter and at last check was doing well. She reported gave birth to the puppies, who are also OK. The dogs at last check were being well cared for and would be up for adoption soon, The Dodo reports. 

I just hope none of the work crew that repaired the sidewalk have pets. They don't deserve them, that's for sure!

Someone filmed Rustam making the rescue. It's pretty incredible.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Bonkers Political Ad Season Starts Early

Crazy North Carolina congressional candidate Kay Daly
goes "RINO hunting" in her classic campaign ad
Every political season, we get to enjoy really super bonkers campaign ads.

It's started already.

Introducing Kay Daly, a Tea Party backed Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina, is taking on incumbent Renee Elmers, a Republican who isn't exactly liberal, let me tell you.  

Still Elmers is not nearly conservative enough for Daly, oh no, not at all.

She voted for Obamacare! (sort of) She allows "homosexuals to pretend they are married!"

Daly also complains that Ellmers voted to let illegal immigrant child molesters stay in America, but I bet that's a bit of a distortion, don't you?

The ad also features Ellmer in extremely unflattering photos, as if she's constantly making bizarre faces while serving in Congress. Come to think of it, I believe they all do that.

In an email touting the ad, Daly also complains that Ellmers "hispanders" to illegal immigrants. You're such a punster, Kim Daly!

Daly also doesn't like an Equal Rights Amendment Ellmer supposedly supported that is "the one lesbians used to burn their bras over."

The solution, according to Daly: Go RINO hunting. That's Republican In Name Only, which is what Republicans who are not extreme right wing wackos are called these days.

So we have a RINO hunt in Daly's campaign ad

You HAVE to watch it: