News From Around The Blogosphere 10.30.09

October 30, 2009

Fuck you!

1. Samali officials arrest and publicly whip woman for wearing a bra

They announced clearly that wearing these bras was unIslamic because it is a form of fraud and deception.

2. The Fourth Kind:  based on a true story? – At least that’s what filmmakers would have us believe. It seems as though the “true story” the film is allegedly based on is probably not even based on a real account but more likely was just extra content created for an internet viral marketing campaign.

3. Maine voters, on Tuesday Vote NO on 1 – This is Maine’s version of Prop 8 to stop marriage equality.

4. Antioxidants may be the key to defeating all strains of flu – Suck it, Mercola!

5. Iraqi man who ran down daugher is caught – I blogged about this story last week. Glad to hear this douchebag, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, was caught.

6. Pat Robertson’s warning us about the demons in our Holloween candy – No, seriously. He really is and he’s not kidding.

India freaks out over solar eclipse

July 21, 2009

This is yet another example of primitive superstitions that manage to survive in the present day:

Indian astrologers are predicting violence and turmoil across the world as a result of this week’s total solar eclipse, which the superstitious and religious view as a sign of potential doom.

Oh no! The moon has briefly blocked our view of the sun! This sort of thing never happens ever! We’re doomed! DOOMED!!!!

Son of a bitch! There are anti-vaccinationists that aren’t even this stupid. These guys need to stop watching Heroes as if its a documentary. Solar eclipses don’t have supernatural powers. Maybe we should change Groundhog Day to Stupid Indian Astrologer Day. If they get scared by their own shadow, it means another Dark Ages.

In Hindu mythology, the two demons Rahu and Ketu are said to “swallow” the sun during eclipses, snuffing out its life-giving light and causing food to become inedible and water undrinkable.

Pregnant women are advised to stay indoors to prevent their babies developing birth defects, while prayers, fasting and ritual bathing, particularly in holy rivers, are encouraged.

Oh no! Protect the pregnant women from shadow of the moon!!! Demons! Why’s it always got to be demons? The last thing I want to hear when I call for tech support is hearing some moron telling me my computer isn’t working because the demons that ate the sun have used their voodoo on my operating system.

Fortunately, my favorite Indian, Sanal Edamaruku, president of the Indian Rationalist Association, is on the case. You might remember Sanal as the guy who volunteered to have some voodoo guy kill him on live, national television with nothing but magic spells. Suffice it to say, he’s still very much alive.

Sanal Edamaruku, president of the Indian Rationalist Association, dismissed such doomsday predictions.

“Primarily, what we see with all these soothsayers and astrologers is that they’re looking for opportunities to enhance their business with predictions of danger and calamity,” he told AFP.

“They have been very powerful in India but over the last decade they have been in systematic decline.”

Keep fighting the crazy over there, Sanal. We’re counting on you.

Demon Waterboarded, Woman Killed

May 7, 2009

Here’s yet another tragic example of the harm caused by those who believe in demons and exorcisms. Maori tribal elders killed a 22-yea-old New Zealand woman because they were convinced she was possessed by a demon a concrete lion was stolen from in front of a hotel. So they decided to cleanse the demon from her body by pouring water into her mouth and eyes, which the Bush Administration assures us is absolutely not torture. Well, apparently these guys did it wrong and the woman drowned.

Three men and six women have been charged with manslaughter in the incident, and some of them were also charged with child cruelty for similarly attacking a 14-year-old girl, who thankfully survived.

Moral of the story:  Say no to religion and DON’T BE SO FUCKIN’ GULLIBLE!

Demon-spotting NYPD officer suing to get his gun and shield back

March 4, 2009

This police lieutenant, Dominic Maglione once reported seeing a “demon” at police headquarters is claiming that he was being persecuted for being a Christian. . .because of course as we all know Christian cops are a minority in NYC. I have to say that I don’t think he’s being entirely honest on that claim:

Maglione, 44, acknowledged in interviews with psychiatrists after he was admitted to a hospital 2 1/2 years ago that he was praying as much as 10 hours at a stretch and fasting twice a week, court papers say.

At the hospital, Maglione told a medical professional that he had seen a demon at police headquarters, according to a police board medical report dated Dec. 19, 2008, that was included with Maglione’s court papers.

The report also says the lieutenant lost 40 pounds in six months by fasting, and urinated on himself because he refused to stop praying to go to the bathroom.

The medical board report said there are “significant psychological findings precluding the officer from performing the full duties of a New York City police officer.”

“The Medical Board believes that the lieutenant cannot be allowed to be in possession of any weapons since he feels subject to God’s will to do what God wants him to do even if he destroys himself,” the report says.

The report also says Maglione was given the anti-psychotic drug olanzapine, usually prescribed for people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It says he took it once and refused to take it again.

Yeah, so as you can see, he’s just being persecuted for his beliefs. . .clearly. Good luck with that one, buddy.