Monday, June 03, 2013

A Post For It Is Monday

It certainly is.

Pope Francis led  the first global Holy Hour:

Pope Francis led Roman Catholics on Sunday in the first worldwide "Holy Hour," in which participants prayed at the same time around the globe for those suffering from war, slave labor, human trafficking and the economic crisis.

The Vatican asked Catholics to join him between 5-6 p.m. Rome time (11.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m. ET) in what is known as a Eucharistic adoration - praying before a consecrated communion host.

They were asked to gather in cathedrals, neighborhood parishes and monasteries to pray for two general intentions penned by the pope, who prayed in St. Peter's Basilica.

One was for those "who still suffer slavery and who are victims of war, human trafficking, drug running and slave labor" as well as for the "unemployed, the elderly, migrants, the homeless, prisoners and those who experience marginalization".

Somewhere, a useless leftist group is grumbling that its "awareness" efforts were totally in vain.

In prison, you get to blow kisses to other guys in the shower-room:

One of two men charged with murdering a British soldier on a busy London street appeared in court for the first time on Monday, blowing kisses to a supporter in the public gallery and clutching what appeared to be a Koran.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, was remanded in custody until a hearing within the next 48 hours to decide whether he can be released on bail.

Adebolajo, who was shot by police along with another man at the scene of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court with his left arm wrapped in bandages.

Flanked by three guards behind glass panels in the dock, Adebolajo asked to be identified by a different name, Mujahid Abu Hamza. His defense lawyer David Gottlieb and Deputy chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot referred to him as Abu Hamza during the hearing.

Adebolajo repeatedly interrupted proceedings, asking why he had to stand up and questioning the charges after they were read to him.

"May I respond, may I respond," he asked several times during the five-minute hearing. He did not enter a plea and the magistrate said a further hearing will take place at the Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey, on June 28.

Adebolajo, wearing a white T-shirt and white trousers, gave a thumbs-up sign to his defense lawyer and blew kisses to a man in the public gallery, appearing to mouth the words "I love you". The man declined to comment outside court.

At the end of the hearing, Adebolajo stretched out his arms, pointed them to the sky and then kissed the book he was holding.

"I would like to alleviate the pain if I may," he told the court before being led from the dock.

The British-born son of Nigerian parents is charged with murder, the attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm with intent.

Michael Adebolajo can afford to be so glib. He lives in one of the failed European Islamic states where he can not only attack a soldier outside his barracks in broad daylight, the police will take some time subduing him (and one can certainly forget anyone else coming to one's defense). Crucially, the socio-political culture of Britain is such that Islamophobia is seen as a greater crime than butchering a husband and father.

Rather like in Pakistan.

To those who live in the fourth house from corner- you know which house you live in and what it means:

Residents in that city have shunned the number four, saying they don't want to live with it on their houses. And now they won't have to.

The Richmond Hill Liberal reported that council voted to avoid the number from now on, simply skipping four as it numbers houses in sequence. The reason behind this numerical discrimination is that four is considered unlucky in many Asian cultures, because the word sounds like "death" in Cantonese and Mandarin.

When I lived in South Korea, I noticed that the fourth floor was marked not with a numeral but with the letter F as if the letter had the power to banish whatever evil that number supposedly possessed. Come on guys- you know which floor you're really on.

For some reason, the Fantastic Four never gained much traction in Asia.

Oh, what a laugh:

The Brad Pitt zombie movie has been plagued by costly reshoots and other production woes, all of which sent the film's budget into the $200 million range.

Now, the film may not screen in China, robbing the film's studio of the world's second biggest market. reports Chinese film censors don't approve of the version of the movie submitted to them, meaning without revisions the zombie epic won't be seen in the populous country.

Even after the scrubbed China reference, the censors still aren't pleased. 

Don't try pleasing them, then. They just attempt to take what they want, anyway.

If you want to make sex education programs better, post-date all one's cheques before letting perverts sex educators into the classroom. After a few months, if there is even one pregnancy/infection/disease, stop payment. None of this aging hippy/publicly funded crap. That's been done before and there certainly is no bang for one's buck there. Or you could get the parents to get off their @$$es and do some parenting as they're supposed to.

Well, this must be embarrassing:

On Monday, Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY) of the House Appropriations Subcommittee asked acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel about bonuses in the agency, some of which had to be approved by the president. Werfel said he did not know whether the president had approved a bonus for Sarah Hall Ingram, the former head of the IRS’ tax-exempt division who now heads the IRS’ Obamacare office. He said that most bonuses within the IRS had to be approved the head of the agency, not the president, but that the president did approve certain bonuses.

How the plot does thicken:

The White House Visitors Log reveals that President Barack Obama met with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) union boss Colleen Kelley on March 31, 2010—the day before the Inspector General's report says the IRS began its scheme to target tea party and conservative groups.

And now, ravioli pizza. Enjoy.

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