October 24, 2014

Saturday Ramblings, May 17, 2014

Satanic broccoli, baptizing Martians, and Godzilla as a Christ-figure. Welcome to the weekend, fellow imonkers.

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First, some lighter news.  Here in Indiana, we are anxiously awaiting the next round of the NBA playoffs, where the valiant and virtuous Pacers battle the Evil Empire (aka, the Miami Heat) for the Eastern Conference championship. And the Oklahoma City Thunder will face the San Antonio Spurs for the Western crown. I’m rooting for the Pacers to go all the way of course, but it would be intriguing to have our first “Battle of the Weather” if the Thunder take on the Heat.

"Don't mix metaphors, Dan. We're still on the Evil Empire theme".

“Don’t mix metaphors, Dan. We’re still on the Evil Empire theme”.

In other sports news, the NFL completed their draft with more than the usual amount of drama, as questions arose why Johnny Football dropped all the way to the 22nd spot and got exiled to Cleveland.BnKVKP3CIAAFnx3And Michael Sam, the first openly gay player was drafted in the 259th spot. Before the draft, Sam said he wanted to simply be a football player. After he was drafted, he let the Rams know the Oprah’s network would be filming a documentary about his experience in training camp and trying to make the team.

Also, some baseball was played. The Cubs went 1-5 since our last Ramblings. Just so you know.images (3)

Last week we reported on a Satanic Black Mass scheduled to be held on Harvard’s campus. The Black Mass is basically just a way to mock Catholics, not a sincere religious service. Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said the idea was to have actors dressed as a nun and a priest performing a ritual in liturgical Latin. A prop representing a communion wafer would have been stepped on or otherwise defiled. Apparently the Cultural Studies Club felt this was the best way to celebrate diversity. Wary of the childish blasphemy, and more wary of the impeding media circus, Harvard asked the participants to go off campus. But not before trying to reach a compromise in order to make the blasphemy not so…blasphemous: “As the controversy spread, representatives of Harvard asked Greaves if he could simply use an “imaginary” communion wafer or even a piece of broccoli in lieu of bread.”  

In more substantial news, did you know that the number of French Jews emigrating to Israel rose nearly four-fold in the first quarter of the year and could set a record in 2014? The culprit is largely seen to be rising anti-Semitism in France, though the sluggish economy there is also an issue.

Speaking of anti-Semitism, the first-ever global study of anti-Semitic attitudes shows that more than a quarter of the world’s population harbors intense anti-Jewish sentiment. Wow. Pollsters asked 11 questions about common Jewish stereotypes, such as “Jews have too much power in international financial markets” and “Jews are responsible for most of the world’s wars.” Those who answered “probably true” to six or more questions were deemed to be anti-Semitic. They purposely set the bar for anti-Semitism very high, so as to make its results conservative. Here are some take-aways:

  • Region, more than religion, shapes people’s view of Jews and Judaism, though Muslims were much more anti-Semitic than Christians, Hindus or Buddhists.
  • The 10 most anti-Semitic countries and territories are the West Bank and Gaza, Iraq, Yemen, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan and Morocco.
  • The 10 least anti-Semitic countries are Laos, the Philippines, Sweden, the Netherlands, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, the United States, Denmark, Tanzania and Thailand.
  • In the U.S., 9 percent of those surveyed revealed anti-Semitic views.
  • The average for Western Europe was 24 percent; Greece was highest at 68 percent.
  • Overall, only 28 percent of respondents answered “no” to all 11 stereotypes presented of Jews when asked if they were true.
  • 46 percent of people world-wide have either not heard of the Holocaust or think it is a myth or think it is exaggerated. Over half of respondents under the age of 35 had never heard about it.
  • A surprisingly large majority of respondents (74 percent) said they had never met a Jew.
  • Much of the world greatly overestimates the global Jewish population: Nearly half the respondents (48 percent) believe that Jews account for more than 1 percent of the population, and nearly one in five (18 percent) believe they make up 10 percent. In reality, Jews account for 0.19 percent of the world’s people.

Depressed? How about some pick-me-up news? Here’s a video about an eight year old Kansas girl who calmly took over the wheel after her mom passed out while driving on a state highway.

From the ‘Sigh, why am I not surprised department’ comes this headline: Sandy Hook truther steals memorial sign, tells victim’s mother her child never existed.  So yes, now we have Sandy Hook truthers [oh, how I hate that word] who either deny Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six adults, or who claim that it was a “false flag” incident (that is, that the government carried it out in order to stir up support for taking your guns).

A Sudanese court has sentenced a woman to hang for apostasy – the abandonment of her religious faith – after she married a Christian man. “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death,” the judge told the woman. The judge also sentenced the woman to 100 lashes after convicting her of adultery – because her marriage to a Christian man was not valid under Islamic law. Since the woman is pregnant, the hanging would not be carried out for two years after she had given birth. And they say Sharia law isn’t merciful…

Still depressed? How about a video of a family cat rescuing a little boy from a dog attack?

Well, this is interesting. An ex Air Force legal officer said he fed false information to UFO conspiracists for years, and he did so at the behest of his superiors in the Air Force. The motive: to discredit witnesses that actually saw secret Air Force operations. One of those witnesses was later checked into a mental facility. Richard Doty claims he actually created fake documents as part of the ploy, which he then leaked. Many of these have been the basis for UFO conspiracy books and websites.

The Supremes recently ruled that prayers before public meetings were A-Okay. This was good news for the mayor of Dillsboro, N.C., who now plans to open town board meetings with prayer: “…We ain’t got nothing but Baptists in town.”

In Prescott Valley, Arizona, a formal wear store was broken into. Police staked out a local prom to catch the thieves.

And from the OWBP [Orwell would be proud] department comes the discussion of abortion at the United Nations Committee against Torture. Certainly, any procedure that systematically dismembers and kills a helpless human would could be considered a form of torture, right? So I was glad to see this being discussed. Oh, wait….The UN Torture Czars aren’t discussing whether abortion is torture; nope, they are discussing whether the Catholic Church’s teaching against abortion is torture. Oh my. First Things tackles the issue here.  d4357dc023a40dabe9ab43c13731c1db

Planning to see the new Godzilla movie this weekend? I wasn’t, but the review at CT has me intrigued: “Oddest of all, though, is the movie’s overtly religious tone. On the way to the theater, I mulled over the phrase “puts the God back in Godzilla“—as a parody of Where’s Waldoesque spot-the-biblical-themes writing. But, bizarrely, that tagline is quirkily appropriate for Gareth Edwards’ take on the classic giant monster franchise. Godzilla is the weirdest Christ figure I’ve ever seen.”happiness-is-submission-to-godzilla

Pope Francis is in the news again. No shocker there. The first full movie about Pope Francis was announced this week. Who would play the lovable Argentinian? Why, Antonio Banderas of course.pope2

And the Vatican announced Thursday that Francis will visit the Middle East, accompanied by a rabbi and a Muslim leader. This is first time a pope has made an official visit accompanied by members of other faiths.

Finally, Francis also made headlines for saying he would baptize Martians. But only if they asked. Though some in the blogosphere had a field day with this, what he seemed to mean was simply that the gospel was inclusive enough to include everyone. Fair enough. But Steven Colbert’s blowhard shtick on the topic is too hilarious to pass up:

Comments

  1. Final Anonymous says:

    The documentary is cancelled now.

  2. Who would play the lovable Argentinian? Why, Antonio Banderas of course.

    You are aware, of course, that in his youth, Father Bergoglio carried a guitar case full of machine guns…

  3. Robert Rx says:

    You forgot about the Black Hawks. Even in basketball crazy Indiana, some space has to be made for the Hawks; although, I wish Indianapolis had a team.

  4. Drena (@DrenaBlanc) says:

    REading the stuff about the Sandy Hook shooting… makes me more glad I live in Canada. No offense, but you Americans can be something else entirely sometimes.

    • As an american, I have to agree with you…our gun fetish is very disturbing sometimes, and it’s heartily embraced by many claiming christians…to me that’s the saddest part.

      • Oh, sure, the gun fetish is disturbing – even the idea that peace and prosperity comes through a tool of destruction is, well, bizarre. But what is REALLy disturbing about this story is gun-fetishism married to an apparently clinical case of paranoia. Isn’t that exactly what Adam Lanza was afflicted with?

        • anon anon says:

          I am a follower of Jesus Christ and I do own a couple of guns. I take seriously the verse in Jeremiah; “the heart of man is desperately wicked; who can know it.”

          I also own a B.B. gun; I use it semi regularly to dissuade the local raccoons from setting up their own tent city in my backyard.

          • I also own guns – and in my region it is pretty much par for the course. I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with owning a firearm, and would even argue that being without a good 12 gauge in my neck of the woods is abrogation of duty to my family. But I think we can all agree that gun fetishism or believing in peace through violence is not the way to go.

    • Suzanne says:

      A good friend of mine’s son & wife just moved to London. The son said the main reason they wanted out was the increasingly strident gun culture in the US.

      • Suzanne, it makes lots of sense to me.

        I used to live in VA – at the time, it had one of the laxest background check policies in the country, and was a major conduit for assault weapons going directly to the underworld (organized crime, gangs like the Bloods and Crips, etc.). I don’t think that’s changed much, even post-mass murder at VA Tech.

        And… I grew up in/now live in an area where hunting rifles are the norm, not the exception. I don’t have a problem with that. (Excepting the people who use those weapons to blow up living creatures, rather than hunting responsibly.) But assault weapons, etc. are a whole ‘nother thing and I, too, am horrified at the way they’ve become the norm in many places.

        We’re not living on the wild frontier anymore, but a lot of people act as if it’s Dodge City and they have the right to be gunslingers. I would love to see the government crack down on guns and gun sales here, but at the rate things are going, I doubt it will ever happen. : (

        • RobertRx says:

          numo – I hate to think that the only way we can live in peace, with our fellow human beings, is to have the authorities remove all the sharp and dangerous objects from our possession. I live in an area where somebody is shot almost every single day. Nobody makes a big deal out of it because the victims are usually gang members and people of color. Sandy Hook has been going on for a long time in most big cities. It is to our shame that nobody seems to care.

          • Having lived in the DC area for a couple of decades, I know what you’re saying about people of color being murdered. That’s part of the reason I feel as I do. Also, see my responses to Calvin below.

            Now, if background checks were truly handled well, Trayvon Martin – and a whole lot of other innocent people – might still be alive.

            Nor do I think carrying is a realistic deterrent. If anything, assailants are more than likely going to react with greater violence, use your own weapon against you, or both.

            As for assault weapons even being legal, I think things are out of control when/where there’s acceptance of their sale.

    • Hmmm… I left Cuba 53 years ago, a place where the government banned private ownership of guns. In the 53 years I’ve lived here I have never been shot or shot at, nor has any member of my family–immediate or extended, here and throughout the USA–nor anyone in my congregation that I am aware of (I would not be surprised if one or two had been hot, though). According to statistics I found at http://smartgunlaws.org/category/gun-studies-statistics/gun-violence-statistics/ (not exactly the NRA), “Every year, approximately 100,000 Americans are victims of gun violence.” Now, that’s 100K too many, but given our current population of 314 million, the probability of being the victim of gun violence is about 0.03%

      So, not sure why anyone would want to leave the country on this account.

      BTW, I do not own any guns nor do I intend to buy one.

      FWIW, disarming the Cuban people proved most effective in preventing revolts against the Fidelistas.

      • Daniel Jepsen says:

        Thanks for your perspective, Calvin. I also know of no-one who has been shot at. I have known, however, many people who have died of auto accidents. Sometimes our fear detectors aren’t too accurate.

        • Daniel and Calvin, it depends on where you live… really. I had friends who had the back window of their van shot out while they were driving on one of the freeways right outside of D.C. (Appeared to have been a gang initiation thing.) Handguns and assault weapons were (and probably still are) a constant threat in the area, being used by drug dealers and other criminals, and very easy to get in the state of VA.

          I suspect it’s much the same in most every city in the country. And while I have no problem with people hunting responsibly (see just upthread for my thoughts on that), I think there are *way* too many weapons out there that just have no business being sold at all – assault rifles, high-powered handguns and the like.

          We are in love with our firearms, and it’s a deadly affair, imo.

          • P.S.: there were 4-5 passengers + driver in my friends’ van, but – miraculously – nobody was hit.

            They were plenty scared and traumatized, with good reason!

          • Numo, I consider it admirable that you want to keep people safe and that you are reasonable to the point that you understand folks desire to hunt.

            And, there are no “buts” to follow that up with. I’m actually of two minds on this issue. On the one hand, I wish guns would be used only for sport and game. On the other hand, as long as violent folks roam the streets and the Second Amendment remains un-repealed, folks have a right to defend themselves.

            And like most folks, I look forward to the day we can beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks (Isaiah 2.4 & Micah 4.3). Won’t that be something!

          • Calvin, I think that if access to handguns and assault weapons was severely restricted, we’d all be a lot safer.

            As for potentially being shot at… The Beltway Sniper was active very near where I used to live. Gas stations were deserted, as he had killed several people who were either filling up or paying and nobody wanted to be next. He murdered adults and young children on playgrounds. While I realize that he was both malificent and crazy, it does seem (to me) to argue in favor of intense restriction on .22s, along with the other weapons I mentioned.

            The intense fear created by his spree is something nobody else should ever have to go through, imo.

          • “Calvin, I think that if access to handguns and assault weapons was severely restricted, we’d all be a lot safer.”
            Well, access to these weapons is restricted, and on principle, I think access should be more restricted. However, the facts we have (murder/suicide rate by nation) does not correlate well at all with access to firearms. For example, Japan has a higher MS rate than the US, despite having complete civilian disarmament. Israel, on the other hand, has the lowest MS rate in the world, despite (or because of) mandating gun carry. In London, the MS rate grew significantly after handguns were outlawed. I think we need to work tirelessly to reduce violence in our communities, however I am skeptical that this will happen through reducing access to firearms for non-criminals. The facts we have just don’t support this conclusion.

          • I have problems with the whole idea of lumping suicide in with murder.

            When I lived in VA, assault weapons were very much for sale in gun shops. That’s one reason the state was a conduit for the illegal sale of assault weapons to the underworld, coupled with the idiotically eassy -to-pass background checks and (up until the early 00s) the number of guns that anyone could buy in a week or month. In the early 00s, the law was changed to one purchase per person per week, which is still, imo, a lot. Not sure how or even if things have been tightened up since the mass murders at VA Tech.

          • I lived in Brazil as a religious worker for most of the last 30 years. There, it is illegal for a private citizen to own firearms, unless you get a court order by proving your life or your family is/has been threatened and you need a gun to protect you or your family, or you are part of a sport-shooting club (technically you are supposed to leave your guns at the club). According to the W.H.O. there are more than seven times the number of gun-related deaths in Brazil as in the USA (2007-2011).

    • Drena, not to worry, there is quite a bit Canadian that is puzzling to us south of the border, as well.

      However, I must point out that firearms were the reason this colony was able to break free of England a few centuries ago, and have been used for defense and for putting meat on the table up unto this very day.

      I am an Army vet, and have indeed been shot at with real bullets. In addition, I am an overweight grandmother who likes to hike and camp….and need to protect myself against four legged predators. I am a devout Catholic Christian, and have no desire to harm another human being, That said, I would never point a gun at someone I did not intend fully to kill. The commandment prohibits MURDER, not killing in self-defense. If my grandchild is in clear and present danger from a dangerous, impaired, or mentally ill aggressor, I am aiming for center of mass, and may God have mercy on his soul.

  5. About the Martians – Pope Francis is a Jesuit. The Vatican sponsors an observatory which is run by Jesuits. You draw your own conclusions ;-)

    The remarks arose from the homily he preached on Monday 12th as part of the daily Masses he celebrates in the Casa St. Martha where he lives:

    “The Spirit blows where it wills, but one of the most common temptations of those who have faith is to bar its path and drive it in one direction or another. A temptation that was not alien even in the early days of the Church, as the experience of Simon Peter in today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles shows. A community of pagans welcomes the announcement of the Gospel and Peter is an eyewitness to the descent of the Holy Spirit on them. First hesitates to make contact with what he had always considered “unclean” and then he suffers harsh criticism from the Christians of Jerusalem, shocked by the fact that their leader had eaten with the “uncircumcised” and had even baptized them. A moment of internal crisis that Pope Francis recalls with a hint of irony :

    “That was unthinkable. If – for example – tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here… Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them… And one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!’ What would happen?”

    Peter understands his error when a vision enlightens him to a fundamental truth: that which has been purified by God cannot be called “profane” by anyone. And in narrating these facts to the crowd that criticized him, the Apostle calms them all with this statement: “If then God gave them the same gift He gave to us when we came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to be able to hinder God?”

    “When the Lord shows us the way, who are we to say, ‘No, Lord, it is not prudent! No, let’s do it this way’… and Peter in that first diocese – the first diocese was Antioch – makes this decision: ‘Who am I to admit impediments?’ A nice word for bishops, for priests and for Christians. Who are we to close doors? In the early Church, even today, there is the ministry of the ostiary [usher]. And what did the ostiary do? He opened the door, received the people, allowed them to pass. But it was never the ministry of the closed door, never.”

    But naturally it makes a better news story to say “Pope willing to baptise Martians” than “Pope preaches on St Peter’s vision in Acts 10″. :-)

  6. On your sports notes…you’ve left out the world cup – (so 20th century) – it’s gearing up and it’s way bigger elsewhere (and will be here) than anything else happening in sports… just a head’s up. See espn fc’s blog Relegation Zone – post “How will the 2014 World Cup impact soccer in America”

    • Richard Hershberger says:

      IMonk also has a long history of suppressing any discussion of cricket. Disgraceful! Is T20 “real” cricket: discuss.

  7. Makes me wonder if Pope Francis has been reading James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom, there is a lot of talk about Martians hanging around churches in that book.

    • petrushka1611 says:

      I can’t remember the name, but there was some horrible book published by Colportage Press about a bunch of Christians that somehow ended up on Mars (the book stated that it wasn’t really important how they got there. Uh…whu?) and found that the Martians were already Christians and sang hymns in beautiful, ethereal harmonies. It was some of the worst writing (to say nothing of themes or plots) I’ve ever read.

  8. Steve Newell says:

    Would Pope Francis use the Klingon language Bible if we have visitors from Kronos?

    • Interesting you ask this. I have seriously considered creating a bumper sticker that reads:

      “Yes, you can translate the Bible into Klingon, but Leviticus lets me stone you if you do.”

      Please tell me it hasn’t already been translated. Otherwise I’ll have to spiritualize the text in the usual fashion.

      I also wonder how much Ferengi philosophy has in common with the Prosperity Gospel. I think they’d be less likely to hang around the RCC than certain American megachurches.

  9. Robert F says:

    “A surprisingly large majority of respondents (74 percent) said they had never met a Jew.

    “..Jews account for 0.19 percent of the world’s people.”

    Given the small percentage of Jews in the world’s population, it’s really not surprising that most respondents have never met a Jewish person. What is illuminating about the nature of prejudice in general is the fact that, despite never having met a Jewish person, so many respondents are anti-Semitic. But that’s not surprising either, since it’s a sociological commonplace that prejudice is grounded in ignorance.

    • Daniel Jepsen says:

      Good point. I was really blown away by the numbers who answered yes to at least six of those questions. I mean, I knew anti-Semitism was still around, but almost 10 percent in the U.S.? 24 percent in Europe? Amazing.

      • Eastern Europe is experiencing a *huge* resurgence in anti-semitism (also anti-Roma sentiment) via neo-fascist political parties and their rhetoric. Hungary and Greece are among the worst, along with Poland, and, sadly, Russia and many other countries that were part of the Soviet Union. : (

      • Robert F says:

        The persistence of anti-Semitism, of the ignorant and pernicious prejudice and hatred against the Jewish people, in every era and so many places, is a perplexing and mysterious thing. The Jews are such a tiny ethnic group, and have been for such a long long time, yet they are irrationally and repeatedly blamed by so many for global evils that lack all proportion to their numbers and influence.

        And how many idiotic conspiracy theories place Jews at the center of secret power and influence, against all reasonable evidence? If the Jews did not exist, how many paranoid conspiracy theories would lose their lynchpin and cease to exist? How many other ethnic scapegoats would have to be drafted to serve in their stead?

        • “the ignorant and pernicious prejudice and hatred against the Jewish people, in every era and so many places, is a perplexing and mysterious thing.”

          Unfortunately, not really. Jews are such a minority that they are usually the easiest scapegoat.

  10. Jazziscoolithink says:

    By the way, it wouldn’t be the first “battle of the weather.” That happened two years ago! I demand a correction and apology ;)

    • Daniel Jepsen says:

      Yeah, so I have a terrible memory. Thanks for the reminder. Profuse, grim-faced apology offered, wife by my side, in front of a bank of microphones.

  11. Robert F says:

    “Well, this is interesting. An ex Air Force legal officer said he fed false information to UFO conspiracists for years, and he did so at the behest of his superiors in the Air Force. The motive: to discredit witnesses that actually saw secret Air Force operations. One of those witnesses was later checked into a mental facility. Richard Doty claims he actually created fake documents as part of the ploy, which he then leaked. Many of these have been the basis for UFO conspiracy books and websites.”

    I don’t have much faith in conspiracy theories of any kind. They usually involve speculative theories requiring huge numbers of people carefully conspiring together, and covering up any stray evidence, over long periods of time, and I just don’t have that much faith in the human race’s ability to keep secrets for very long, or to be that careful.

    But here is a mini-conspiracy I can totally believe. Why? Because it didn’t involve huge numbers of people, because it didn’t require massive cover-ups, because it didn’t require a huge investment of resources, time and personnel being meticulously careful not to spill the beans.

    What did it involve? A little judiciously circulated misinformation moving in the direction of what many people, in their credulity, already believed and wanted to believe. That I can believe.

  12. Robert F says:

    “… Godzilla is the weirdest Christ figure I’ve ever seen.”

    Some end-times prognosticators might easily see Godzilla as a figure of the pissed-off second coming of Christ.

    “History shows again and again
    how” Yahweh “points up the folly of men:

    God-zilla!”

  13. So, in Sudan an pregnant Orthodox Christian woman, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, is sentenced to 100 lashes and then death by hanging (but only after she gives birth to her child and nurses it for about a year) for apostasy and adultery (neither of which are true, but what would it matter if they were).

    And here in the USA Brandeis University withdraws the planned awarding of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, refugee from Somalia and former member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006, a victim of genital mutilation, beatings, and a forced marriage simply because she is a critic of Islam and its treatment of women. As I understand it, 6,800 staff and students signed an online petition against the decision.

    Where’s the outcry? Where’s the justice in any of this?

    • Yeah it is pretty disgusting. If we believe in women’s rights, we need to be univocal in that, even if it tips someone’s sacred cow.

    • Don’t get me started…..and this poor woman was raised Christian, and is validly married to her Christian husband. Remind me again about what a religion of peace Islam is??

      • Drena (@DrenaBlanc) says:

        It’s a religion of peace in certain contexts. Just like Christianity in its past had no problem killing off the Muslim people in the Crusades… Where was justice back then?

        • Christianity is a religion of peace in ALL contexts. The Crusades, like the other excesses of Rome during Medieval times, was an aberration of Christianity which was corrected by the Protestant Reformation and later by the Roman Counter Reformation. And since Vatican II further steps have been taken to correct the errors of the past.

          Islam is, as you well said, “a religion of peace in CERTAIN contexts.” Our best hope is that moderate, peaceful Muslims will win the day.

  14. “An ex Air Force legal officer said he fed false information to UFO conspiracists for years” You small minded people. This is the conspiracy to cover up the conspiracy, dontcha know?

  15. Love that dog chasing cat!

    __

    It’s been so hot here in So. Cal. lately that I saw a dog chasing a cat the other day…and they were both walking.

  16. Richard McNeeley says:

    When the story about the stolen tux made our local paper this week my first thought was the conversation that must have occurred between his date and her father.
    Daughter: Dad I need you to pick me up from the prom
    Dad: Why, what happened honey?
    Daughter: My date just got arrested!

  17. Heat vs. Thunder would not be the first Battle of the Weather

    The 2 teams played for the NBA title in 2012, the Heat took 4 out of 5 from the Thunder.

    • In fact I believe it is the only championship series in the major 4 (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) in which neither team’s name ended with an s.

  18. When I first glanced quickly at the the words on the building in the photo, the graffiti made it look like “Happiness Is Submission To GOP”.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says:

      “The words of the Prophets are written
      In the subway walls and the tenement halls
      And whispered in the Sounds of Silence…”
      — Simon & Garfunkel

  19. Those numbers on the Holocaust are shocking. According the survey, only a third of the world’s population is both aware of it and believes it actually happened.

    • hmmmmm….anti-Semitism, Holocaust ignorance or denial, and Islamic death sentences for Christians in the same post. I sense a connection.