NewsUndies - 20151417 (NU1516)

April 18th, 2015

All the news that shouln’t be news for April 17, 2015, including:

Yeah, Yeah, He Is Risen
They’re The Best
It’s Not Slavery, Per Se.
Hernandez Verdict (Take 2)
Do You Not Know How To Human?
Capitol Idea!

[[SOURCELINKS]]
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/04/fox-guest-keep-discrimination-legal-because-bible-tells-businesses-not-to-hire-atheists/
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/04/06/nra-bans-operational-guns-at-nra-convention-for-security-reasons/
http://gawker.com/fuck-your-breath-video-of-inadvertent-police-shoot-1697315874?utm_campaign=socialflow_gawker_facebook&utm_source=gawker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow
http://samuel-warde.com/2012/12/kkk-protests-westboro-church/
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/04/fox-guest-keep-discrimination-legal-because-bible-tells-businesses-not-to-hire-atheists/
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27324-native-hawaiians-halt-construction-of-giant-telescope.html?full=true#.VSj8ovmsXkM
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/herman-cain-s-website-demon-possessed-gays-need-exorcisms
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/us/politics/2016-presidential-candidates.html?_r=0
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/mike-huckabee-gods-blessing-will-make-me-president-to-stop-the-atheist-secular-theocracy/#.VMGvHXEeiAp.facebook
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/04/michele-bachmann-explains-gods-time-clock-iran-nuclear-deal-makes-christs-return-imminent/
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/07/sen-rand-paul-set-to-join-2016-presidential-field/
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/04/jeb-bush-listed-himself-as-hispanic-on-a-2009-voter-form-which-might-be-news-to-his-parents/
http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/michael-schiavo-jeb-bush-put-me-through
http://www.npr.org/2015/04/13/399414298/new-york-investigates-retailers-for-unpredictable-work-schedules
http://crimefeed.com/2015/04/mom-allegedly-dumps-quadriplegic-son-in-woods-with-nothing-but-blanket-and-bible/
http://churchandstate.org.uk/2014/06/st-louis-archbishop-claims-he-wasnt-sure-it-was-illegal-for-priests-to-have-sex-with-kids/
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/u-s-capitol-lockdown-police-article-1.2181665
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/small-helicotper-landed-capitol-n342156

NewsUndies - 20151410 (NU1515)

April 10th, 2015

All the news that shouldn’t be news for April 10, 2015, including:
* Thanks, NBC.
* A Capitol Offense
* Play To Your Strengths, America
* Stay Tuned!
* Enos, You Dipstick!
* Hernandez Verdict
* Not Even If You Squint
* Abstinence Only II: Havana Nights

[[SOURCELINKS]]
https://www.wbur.org/2015/01/05/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-charges
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/03/pat-robertson-gay-anal-sex-_n_6999832.html?
http://kuow.org/post/listen-sound-botnets-helps-microsoft-fight-cybercrime
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/04/filipino-catholics-have-hands-and-feet-nailed-to-crosses-in-bloody-good-friday-crucifixion-rites/
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/04/huckabee-blames-militant-gay-community-for-backlash-against-indianas-religious-freedom-law/
http://www.tmz.com/2015/04/07/james-best-dead-dies-dukes-of-hazzard-rosco-p-coltrane-sheriff/
http://www.tmz.com/2015/04/07/john-travolta-wont-watch-going-clear-scientology/
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/07/10/republican-abstinence-only-crusaders-17-year-old-daughter-is-pregnant/

NewsUndies NU1514

April 7th, 2015

All the news that shouldn’t be news for April 3, 2015, including:
* It’s Like A Bad Horror Movie
* How Could You Not Know?
* Whose Religious Freedom?
* The Final Four! Finally!!
* THAT’S a Bar Mitzvah
* Terrorism Is Fake?

Links:

SEE BILL HERE:
https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/senate/101
OPEN LETTER / ANALYSIS HERE:
http://web.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/gender-sexuality/law_professors_letter_on_indiana_rfra.pdf

NewsUndies - 20150327 (NU1513)

March 27th, 2015

All the news that shouldn’t be news for March 27, 2015 including:

Where’s Your Faith Healing Now?!
Robert Reich: Chicken Little?
Because Todd Starnes Is So Sensible!
Scary Atheists!
What A Patriot Does?
Oh, Well, Obviously!
President Cruz?

NewsUndies - 20150320 (NU1512)

March 22nd, 2015

All the news that shouldn’t be news for March 20, 2013 including

Why Is The River Green?
Deer In A Flak Jacket
The Tower?! The TOWER?!
Have I Got A Deal For You!
Hold The Line
Do You Suffer From March Madness?
Why is Dr. Oz?
THIS! IS! SPARTAN!

tom cotton, tehran, iran, geography, mike huckabee, matthew 4 protocol, mark pryor, fred thompson, bob dole, reverse mortgage, celebrity birthdays, st patricks day, m855, ar-15, wayne lapierre, nra, corruption, gun nut, rick scott, florida, global warming, climate change, wireless plan, advertising, data collection, supercookies, PastCast weather, toto, mike porcaro, als, moose weintraub, march madness, ncaa, paula deen, dr oz, microsoft, ie, internet explorer, spartan

NewsUndies - 20150313 (NU1511)

March 22nd, 2015

All the news that shouldn’t be news for March 13, 2015 including:

Who… are you?
Whatever BeBe Wants…
You Keep Using That Word…
Hiillary Clinton: What Not To Do
Stay Tuned!
I Will Not Waste Chalk
You’re Still Here?
Family Values
One More Time And I’ll…

Darrelle Revis
gangof47, netanyahu, tom cotton, petition, we the people
sam simon
superbowl
jeremy clarkson, top gear, suspension

NewsUndies - 20150306 (NU1510)

March 21st, 2015

All the news that shouldn’t be news for March 6, 2015, including…

Happy Birthday, Reprobate
Police: Justice Was Resisting Arrest
Ted Cruz. Good for America.
I’ve Been Dead Before
Diddy You Get A Good Look At Him?

justin bieber birthday
ferguson, doj, skid row, lapd, africa
curt mudgeon, curmudgeon, andy rooney
ted cruz, expatriate terrorist act, fifth amendment, sixth amendment, unconstitutional
pastcast weather
leonard nimoy, llap, idic, spock
steve francis, sauce diddy, sauce twinz
homeopathy, pseudoscience
ben carson, gop, 2016, national prayer breakfast

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March 21st, 2015

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The History of The Levant in 3:30

July 24th, 2014

Very well done. I particularly like the fact that the lyric is by Pat Boone. Not my doing, but I admire the work.

ChristanMingle (or Since When Does God Have Internet Access?)

July 23rd, 2014

Christian Dating website ChristianMingle.com uses “Find God’s match for you” as their tagline in advertisements. Do they mean to suggest that their god is in direct communication with their date-arranging computers? …or that their computers ARE god(s)? In any case, they definitely appear to be making some kind of positive claim about a god influencing, in an unambiguous way, the outcome of CM’s date arranging process.

ChristianMingle is a web property of Spark Networks, which is a for-profit corporation, operating JDate.com, ChristianMingle.com, LDSSingles.com, BlackSingles.com, SilverSingles.com, Gospel Media Group (Believe.com, DailyBibleVerse.com, Faith.com), and others. As such, the slogan, coupled with the company’s profit motivation, seems to me potentially problematic, since ChristianMingle advertises so prolifically with it’s sunny little slogan (”Find God’s match for you”), and since the Federal Trade Commission states, in part, on its website:

When consumers see or hear an advertisement, whether it’s on the Internet, radio or television, or anywhere else, federal law says that ad must be truthful, not misleading, and, when appropriate, backed by scientific evidence. The Federal Trade Commission enforces these truth-in-advertising laws, and it applies the same standards no matter where an ad appears – in newspapers and magazines, online, in the mail, or on billboards or buses.

So, (and this is only speculation - I am not a lawyer - I can read English, though) it seems to me that ChristianMingle is right in the thick of advertising which potentially runs afoul of the FTC’s requirement that it be “truthful, not misleading, and … backed by scientific evidence.” I mean… where’s the scientific evidence that there is a god, let alone that ChristianMingle has a direct line to him/her/it? What evidence can Spark Networks, Inc. provide that the results a user gets on ChristianMingle are in fact God’s match(es) for those users? I’ve never used ChristianMingle, but I’m guessing when you run a search, you get more than one result. How can that be, if the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful creator of the Universe, and planner of its Perfect Plan, without whose approval and direct action NOTHING HAPPENS, has ONE match for you? …as in “Find God’s match [singular] for you”

… And what if you lie in your profile? Does ChristianMingle’s computer KNOW this? Does God? Do you get back the search results you should no matter what you put in your profile? Is there a disclaimer on the profile form that says “Lying on this form constitutes bearing false witness before God, and will subject you to an eternity in Hell. Please complete this form bearing that in mind.”?

…and, really, if God wants to put Bert and Jolene together, can’t he just put Bert and Jolene together? What’s with all the online dating nonsense?

All this goes without mentioning that ChristianMingle only offers “Man seeking a Woman” and “Woman seeking a Man” as relationship options. Didn’t similarly themed eHarmony.com get dinged a few years ago for not having any LGBT-compatible relationship options, and a court ruled they had to offer LGBT options? Yes, I believe it did. I’m pretty sure there are LGBT folks out there who consider themselves Christian (irrespective of how many noisy Christians treat them like crap).

Then, there’s the hypocrisy of J-Date (and to a lesser extent LDSSingles) being a stablemate of ChristianMingle. Last I heard, the Jews don’t think Jesus was really the Messiah (to be fair, neither do I), and LDS folks think they have a NEW-New-Testament… neither of which sits well with Christians. When you look at the rest of the Spark Networks menu, there’s a clear bias toward Christianity…. so J-Date and LDSSingles seem to amount to hamburgers and chicken fingers at a seafood restaurant. The presence of J-Date and LDSSingles among Spark’s broad range of strictly Christian offerings suggests a sort of cynicism and profit (but not prophet) motivation to which I cannot relate.

Funny, too, that among all the websites listed in Spark’s 2014 10-K filing with the SEC, there isn’t a single Muslim-oriented site. Same Abrahamic god. I wonder what’s up with that.