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ISIS Bans Teaching Evolution in Schools

Fanaticism in common
Religion • Views: 1,831

Here’s some common ground between America’s religious right and the jihadis of ISIS: ISIS Bans Teaching Evolution in Schools.

The new Mosul curriculum, allegedly issued by al-Baghdadi himself, stresses that any reference to the republics of Iraq or Syria must be replaced with “Islamic State.” Pictures that violate its ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam will be ripped out of books. Anthems and lyrics that encourage love of country are now viewed as a show of “polytheism and blasphemy,” and are strictly banned.

The new curriculum even went so far as to explicitly ban Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution — although it was not previously taught in Iraqi schools.

Maybe this is why the religious right and social conservatives are so hell-bent on fear-mongering about ISIS — they recognize a mirror image of themselves. Their worst enemy.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch Denies Raising Money for Darren Wilson

Backstoppers says they will not accept money to support Wilson
US News • Views: 6,316

We have an update on our post from last night about the fundraising effort that was apparently linked to an organization led by St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch; Backstoppers Inc. now denies having anything to do with it.

Leaders of The Backstoppers Inc., which raises money to financially support families of fallen emergency responders who die in the line of duty, do not know who is selling T-shirts that read: “I support Officer Darren Wilson,” and will not be accepting any money from the sales if it is offered, said Executive Director Ron Battelle.

Social media sites began circulating rumors this past weekend that profits from the T-shirts would benefit Backstoppers as well as a fundraising website for Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson. Some claimed the move was a conflict of interest for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch.

So there you have it; but I do want to point out that this was more than just an unsubstantiated “rumor,” since the page at teespring.com specifically says donations from T-shirt purchases will go to Backstoppers.

A screenshot:

John Oliver Explains the Ins and Outs of Scottish Independence; Also Featuring Haggis

Don’t go, Scotland
Humor • Views: 5,363

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Scotland is about to vote on whether to secede from the UK.

There are solid arguments on both sides.

But none of that makes bagpipes good to listen to…or does it?

Mark Sanford’s Sleazy Divorce Transcript: Dead Children and a Deadbeat Dad

Yech
US News • Views: 7,109

You may have already known that South Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Sanford was an amazingly crummy person. but the new details unearthed by Wonkette’s Kaili Joy Gray take Sanford into the realm of jaw-droppingly horrible: Dead Children and a Deadbeat Dad: Mark Sanford’s Sad, Sleazy Divorce Hearing Transcript.

In this creepy story, you will learn:

  • that Mark was a deadbeat dad who was found in contempt of court for his refusal to make his court-ordered child support payments;
  • that the previously unexplained prohibition against Mark flying airplanes at children arose because "crazy cousin" John played "chicken" by flying an actual passenger airplane at the Sanford kids;
  • that Mark and his ex-wife's primary concern, following the deaths of TWO kids who drowned at Coosaw Plantation, the Sanford family farm, was not about making the farm safer, but rather, protecting their financial assets in case any more kids died there;
  • that Mark repeatedly offered to get back together with his ex, while he was still banging his Argentine lover;
  • that Mark needlessly lied about legal representation.

Wonkette has lots more details; go ye and read of it. But in case you really want to wonk out, here’s the actual court document for your perusal. My only comment is “yeccchhh.”

Scribd Document

Is St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch Helping Raise Money for Ofc. Darren Wilson?

A clear conflict of interest
US News • Views: 18,274
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch

In what seems to be a serious conflict of interest, a T-shirt being sold to raise money for officer Darren Wilson, who gunned down unarmed teenager Michael Brown in a Ferguson street last month, appears to be associated with the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney, Robert P. McCulloch; here’s the page for the T-shirt: I SUPPORT OFFICER D. WILSON | Teespring.

“I SUPPORT OFFICER D. WILSON” is an officer inspired design to show support for officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri. Donations from purchases will be divided between a fund set up for Officer Wilson at gofundme.com as well as The BackStoppers Inc. organization which can be visited at backstoppers.org for more information.

And at the website of backstoppers.org, we find that the Vice President of this company is none other than Robert McCulloch:

(h/t: @gwmizer.)

UPDATE at 9/14/14 5:57:03 pm by Charles Johnson

According to an article at stltoday.com, McCulloch is now actually the President of Backstoppers, Inc.

McCulloch joined former St. Louis County Police Chief Ron Battelle in accepting a $292,000 check from the 27th annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses event earlier today at city hall in St. Louis. McCulloch also will be serving as president of the board for Backstoppers in the 50th anniversary year of his father’s death.

(h/t: @ceye.)

Also see:
Prosecutor in Michael Brown Case Has Deep Family Ties to Police

New Details on Palin Family’s Drunken Brawl: It Started When Track Was Mackin’

“Bend them over on the lawn”
Weird • Views: 20,429

From Jeanne Devon at the Mudflats blog, new even-more-sordid details on the now famous Palin family drunken brawl: You Want the Palin Brawl? Here It Is.

The Palins arrived at the party, but not just Sarah and Todd who were the only actual invitees from the clan - the whole fan-damnily and some other tagalong friends from Wasilla turned up in a stretch Hummer limo. Because, of course they did. The party was an adult and relaxed event, with most guests at least in their 30s. Reports have come in that Track got into a fight with an ex-boyfriend of Willow’s. But according to my source, the initial fight started when Track and his buddy were aggressively pursuing… how shall I put this… “romantic relations” with some female guests. They were allegedly explicit and crude in their depictions of what they’d like to do with and to the ladies, expressing a desire to “bend them over on the lawn,” according to my source. Apparently the lawn was large enough to include places one could be “bent over.”

Hey. You guys wanted this… don’t look at me.

As Track and his companion were wooing the ladies with honeyed words, certain individuals took exception to it - namely the husbands of the women in question, whose presence right there with their wives the whole time was no deterrent to our confident and ambitious Casanovas from the Mat-Su.

Track did not fare well in the ensuing confrontation with the spouse. The irate husband punched Track with the full force of his annoyance, and the young Palin ended up “spread eagle lying on the grass.” You could say someone did end up bent over on the lawn, but not in the way he first envisioned.

Track’s buddies then got involved in the fracas to defend the honor of their fallen comrade, others followed, and soon Bristol Palin began to punch the host in the face for reasons we do not fully understand. Repeatedly. Then Todd showed up and joined the scrum, ending up with a bloody nose out of the deal. Did I mention that it happened to be his 50th birthday? He probably won’t forget the big 5-Ohhhh.

Then Sarah shrieked, “Don’t you know who I am?” and other such things making clear the importance of the Palins, and the lack of importance of the non-Palins to whom she was speaking. She then apparently tried to fling herself on top of the giant dog pile into the middle of the melée.

And there’s more new info; the company that fired eyewitness Eric Thompson for appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America is closely associated with Sarah Palin and received large amounts of money in government contracts when Palin was in office.

Saturday Night Jam: Lydian Collective, “Mr. Sunshine”

Music • Views: 17,864

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A really lovely piece of music, performed beautifully by a great band, for a warm Saturday evening.

From the Laszlo Album: Radial Nerve: candyrat.com

Performed by the Lydian Collective: facebook.com

Featuring:
Aaron ‘Laszlo’ Wheeler - Keyboards
Todd Baker - Mandolin
Ida Hollis - Bass Guitar
Sophie Alloway - Drums

The Lydian Collective are a group of London-based musicians that perform live versions of the diverse instrumental music released under the Lydian Label. Featuring arrangements from the likes of Laszlo and Musicbox, the Lydian Collective explore the compositions in a more organic context, hopefully giving you a deeper insight into the compositional roots of the studio music.

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Ben Folds With the West Australian Symphony Orchestra: “Boxing”

Has boxing been good to you?
Music • Views: 20,879

YouTube

Here’s a classic song from the first Ben Folds Five album, performed live with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Friday Night Jam: The Tallest Man on Earth - Love Is All

My savior and my sin
Music • Views: 24,091

YouTube

Here’s a great live performance by Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, one of the most original singer-songwriters of this generation.

Chuck Woolery Loses It: “The Muslims Are ON THE MARCH!”

Woolery’s educated guess: “Obama is a Muslim”
Wingnuts • Views: 30,543

(h/t: @Shoq.)

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