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  • Sydni Moser

    USB - Satan's Data Connection

    Evangelical Christians in Brazil have apparently banned the use of USB connections after claiming the technology is the mark of Satan-worshippers (Hat tip: Fernando Frias). Apparently the revelation came after the evangelists noticed that the USB symbol resembles a trident. Presumably they're not great fans of Britain's ballistic missiles either.

    Here's the story, though be aware that aside from being repeated on a bunch of Brazilian websites, I've yet to find much to back it up, so if this turns up on Snopes don't blame me.

    English (Translation):

    The evangelical cult "Paz do Senhor Amado" ("Peace Beloved of the Lord") in the interior of Brazil forbids its followers to use any USB technology by contending that it uses a symbol that makes apology to the devil.

    According to its founder, the "Apostle" Welder Saldanha says that this is just a symbol of Satan, is always present in all Christian homes.

    "The symbol of that name (he even likes to pronounce) is a trident, which is used to torture souls go to hell. Use only a symbol of those shows that all users of this technology pífia are actually worshipers of Satan" - explains the" Apostle".

    Measures were taken so that all the USB connections of his followers were exchanged for common connections and even the Bluetooth (sic), which according to Saldanha Welder is permitted, for "Blue was the color of the eyes of our savior Jesus Christ".
  • Sydni Moser

    Muslim pilgrims perform the walk around the Kaaba (Tawaf) at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca
  • Sydni Moser

    Jon Stewart's Harshest John McCain Critique Yet

    Tonight, Jon Stewart spent a few minutes discussing, in detail, just how ridiculous and archaic—not to mention ever-evolving—John McCain's stance on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is, marking Stewart's harshest critique yet of McCain's increasingly indefensible views.

  • Sydni Moser

    Crusade against Muslims costs pastor his flock
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    New York: Pastor Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Koran on 9/11 this year to protest against the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, has said that he has lost his followers because of his crusade against Muslims.

    The members of Pastor Terry Jones ''Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, abandoned the congregation,” he said near Ground Zero on Tuesday.

    The New York Daily News quoted Jones as saying that his people left because "they are not interested in the truth" about radical Muslims' intentions to take over the United States.

    "People come to church and want to hear, ‘God loves you, you''re a good person’. That''s true. God does love you. But there''s more we need to tell people, and they don't want to hear it," he added.

    Jones said he has kept busy despite losing his followers. He was in Manhattan announcing his latest project, an organisation called Stand Up America, which aims to "teach about the dangers of radical Islam," the paper said.

    Jones, who also is launching a televangelism program with a California network, was earlier condemned by US diplomats, including President Barack Obama for his plans to burn Korans on the 9/11 anniversary.

    He was also advised by the senior US leader in Afghanistan, General David Petaeus, that the stunt would put American soldiers lives at greater risk and provide propaganda for the Taliban. Eventually the plan was cancelled.

    He still has no plans to burn the book, he said on Tuesday, but does hope to launch International Judge Mohammed Day soon.
  • Sydni Moser

    Left Wing Americans?

    "I am very disturbed by the behavior of left wing Americans. I know a lot about them because I am one."

    WATCH the Video HERE:
  • Sydni Moser

    Sarah Palin Says We Need To Stand With Our North Korean Allies
    Posted in Liberaland by Alan
    November 24, 2010

    Sarah Palin is asked by Glenn Beck on his radio show what we should do about the current North Korea crisis:

    “Well, North Korea, this is stemming from I think, a greater problem when we’re all, you know, sittin’ around askin’, ‘Oh, no, what are we gonna do,’ and we’re not having a lotta faith that the White House is gonna come out with a strong enough policy to sanction what it is North Korea is gonna do, so this speaks to a bigger picture that certainly scares me in terms of our national security policy, but obviously some stand with our North Korean allies we’re bound to by freedom; we’re also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies. And to my North Korea, well, we’re not gonna reward bad behavior and we’re not gonna walk away and we do need to press China to do more to improve pressure on North Korea.”

  • Sydni Moser

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    Anderson Cooper's must-see birther interview 11/30/10
  • Sydni Moser

    “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” - Mark Twain
  • Sydni Moser

    Nashville billboards claim Jesus will return May 21, 2011

    There are 24 shopping days left till Christmas.

    And 171 days left until Jesus' second coming.

    That's the message on 40 billboards around Nashville, proclaiming May 21, 2011, as the date of the Rapture. Billboards are up in eight other U.S. cities, too.

    Fans of Family Radio Inc., a nationwide Christian network, paid for the billboards. Family Radio's founder, Harold Camping, predicted the May date for the Rapture.

    Their message is simple — "He Is Coming Again" — and their aim is to get unbelievers to turn around quickly. But critics say the billboards are a waste of time, one more failed attempt to predict the end of the world.

    The Rapture is going to be a great day for God's people but awful for everyone else, said Allison Warden, 29, who orchestrated Nashville's billboard campaign. She's a volunteer with, a website set up by followers of Family Radio. She and other fans designed the billboards, along with T-shirts, bumper stickers and postcards to get Camping's predictions out.

    Warden traveled from her home in Raleigh, N.C., to Nashville last week to check out the billboards, purchased through the end of the year. She wouldn't say how much they cost or name who paid for them.

    She is absolutely sure that Camping's prediction is right.

    She is absolutely sure that Camping's prediction is right.

    "It's a certainty," she said.

    But the Rev. Fred Fuller of Madison Campus Seventh-day Adventist Church disagrees. He says the Bible points to Jesus' return, but no one knows when.

    "The Bible says no one knows the day or the hour," he said. "I don't believe that date-setting or the scare tactic of an immediate date is a biblical approach."

    Predicting the second coming for Jesus dates to the first days of Christianity, when believers said he would return in their lifetimes. Since then there have been a series of failed predictions. One of the most famous, known as the Great Disappointment, happened in 1843, after William Miller and his followers sold their homes and waited out in a field for Jesus to come back.

    Continue Reading HERE:
  • Sydni Moser

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    Rachel Maddow on Ronald Reagan's Failed Trickle-Down Voodoo Economics

    Rachel Maddow did an absolutely wonderful job dismantling the Republican talking points that Ronald Reagan's "Voodoo Economics" or "trickle-down economics" worked, pointing out how the Republicans who keep coming on the air claiming that tax cuts for the rich benefit the "job creators" are full of a bunch of bullpucky.

    WATCH the Video HERE:
  • Sydni Moser

    McCain Calls Ending the Bush Tax Cuts 'Class Warfare'

    John McCain claims that the Republicans have fought to have tax cuts targeted for small businesses, but apparently not if it means getting rid of the Bush tax cuts for the rich. And apparently the Democrats proposing this are waging "class warfare". He's right that there's class warfare going on right now. He just failed to mention that it's his side that's waging and winning it.

    WATCH the Video HERE:
  • Sydni Moser

    Nigeria to charge Dick Cheney in $180 million bribery case, issue Interpol arrest warrant

    The energy services company Dick Cheney ran prior to becoming Vice President of the United States was atop the tongue of liberals each time it was awarded a contract in Iraq.

    Now the company's name, Halliburton, is being spoken somewhere else: Nigeria.

    According to a story filed late Wednesday, Cheney will be indicted in a Nigerian bribery case as part of an investigation into an alleged $180 million bribery scandal.

    "Last week, Nigeria arrested at least 23 officials from companies including Halliburton, Saipem, Technip and a former subsidiary of Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG in connection with alleged illegal payments to Nigerian officials. Those detained were all freed on bail on Nov. 29," Bloomberg News' Elisha Bala-Gbogbo wrote.

    "Authorities in the West African nation are probing Halliburton, Saipem and Technip for the alleged payment of $180 million in bribes to win a $6 billion liquefied natural-gas contract," Bala-Gbogbo added. "Panalpina is being investigated for illegal payments it allegedly made to Nigerian customs officials on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell Plc."

    WATCH The Video and read more HERE:
  • Sydni Moser

    Bill Maher: Glenn Beck Is Like Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard (VIDEO)
    Posted: 12- 6-10
    Huffington Post

    "I think he's doing what some people before him have done like L. Ron Hubbard, who's a novelist and decided, you know what, it's a much easier gig to be a religious leader," Maher responded, adding, "I think Glenn Beck is [segueing] from what he was, mostly a political preacher, to a preacher preacher. It is an easier gig and you make more money, you know, Jim Baker kind of money."

    WATCH Video HERE:
  • Sydni Moser

    15 Mind-Blowing Facts About Wealth And Inequality In America

    The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Cliché, sure, but it's more true than at any time since the Gilded Age.

    While politicians gloat about our "recovery," our poor are getting poorer, our average wages are still falling behind inflation, and social mobility is at an all-time low.

    But, yes, if you're in that top 1%, life in America is grand.

    Check Out the Graphs and Charts HERE
  • Cecilia

    Wasn't the guy who flew the plane into the IRS office building in Texas also supposed to have been an atheist?  If I recall, they tried to make a big deal about it but I don't think it ever got much traction. 

  • Cecilia

    His political views seem to be a weird brew - some can be charaterized as "progressive" but he is clearly from the wingnut/Tea Party world.  It is just that he is from the "libertarian" wing of the Tea Party.  Those folks have "progressive" views on things like drugs and individual liberty and many of them are follower of Ayn Rand and, as such, not surprising that they'd be atheist.
  • Sydni Moser

    Need I say more?
  • Cecilia

    RE:  TPM article on Palin - the woman is just awful, she has no shame.  I remember after she was nominated I saw a bumper sticker that read:  "Sarah Palin, WTF??!!" and the more we know her it just gets worse and worse....
  • Cecilia

    Also, from TPM

    Clyburn: Palin Intellectually Unable To 'Understand What's Going On'

  • Cecilia

    Palin has accused journalists of "blood libel" against her -- even Jonah Goldberg called her out for it!! 
  • kelltrill

    Moscow Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 31


    This broke my heart to read. I hate the thought that people are just going to shrug off these people as just another number. We've become so accustomed to bloody violence that we are rendered jaded and apathetic towards it.

  • Cecilia

    @Adriana - oh, yes, Bachman is certainly a head can anyone be so utterly ignorant (and, a complete liar on top of it) and be elected to Congress is a mystery.  How do the people in her district elect her?  It would be interesting to visit there - in an anthroplogical field trip sort of way, that is...
  • Cecilia

    Only the virtuous should vote!!  If this guy wasn't so scary he'd be funny (is he for real?  I think he is):



    But, really, this is what they are about - how is this any less scary than some, way far less likely, prospect of Islamists imposing sharia law in Oklahoma.  No, these guys are the ones we need to fear.

  • kelltrill

    Hey guys, there's talk that this is receiving minimal global coverage so I just thought I'd post it here.

    Madiba (Nelson Mandela) was admitted to hospital yesterday. They say it's routine but because of his age we're all worried.

    Please follow this SA news site for local updates.


    The media camped outside the hospital for the entire night and earlier yesterday Madiba's police had to forcefully remove them and up his security. There's also massive traffic jams near there because of concerned people.

  • Hope

    Middle East... Egypt..
    Protesters across Egypt defy curfew..

    Military deployed onto the streets of Cairo amid continued protests across the country.

    Thousands of protesters in the Egyptian cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Suez have defied a nighttime curfew and continued with demonstrations demanding an end to Hosni Mubarak's 30-year presidency.

    Military armoured vehicles rolled onto the streets of the capital on Friday night in a bid to quell the protests, but buildings have been set alight, and violent clashes continue after a day of unprecedented anger.

  • Hope

    The closure of Al Jazeera bureau in  Egypt today > FUNNY!

    Al Jazeera undeterred by Egypt curb

    Al Jazeera has expressed its “utter disappointment” with the blockage of its signal on Nilesat and sees this as a further attempt to block its reporting out of Egypt. 

    The news network said on Sunday that the move was a reaction to the popularity of its wide coverage of the events in Egypt.

    On its bureau in Cairo being closed earlier by the Egyptian government, the network said it retained the right to take any available legal measures to reverse the move.
    “Regardless of the multiple attempts by the Egyptian authorities to deter and impede our reporting, Al Jazeera continues its comprehensive coverage of the landmark events unfolding in Egypt,” Wadah Khanfar, the news organisations's director general said.

  • Hope


                              The name of the gulf?!

    Persian Gulf or Arabian Gulf

                        Vote if you are interested     



  • Hope

    Yes! they did it..Congratulations to Egypt.. I'm happy for them.
  • Pope Beanie

    It is the anti-jihadist hysterics’ crying wolf at every opportunity

    It's been 114 months since 9/11 when about 3k people were killed by Bin Laden, et al. I'll be off by some percentage, but about 3k people die every month in America from traffic accidents alone.

    That's over 300k Americans since 9/11. So why does 9/11 still rule the conservative rhetoric? As bigoted people's belief that Obama is Muslim illustrates, America is still in a paranoic, fear-mongering McCarthyism phase.

    We have been successfully terrorized. Now, we don't have to forget what happened, but let's reclaim our national agenda from extremists, and move forward. Don't let them blur our vision any more.


  • Gerald Scott

    Jo Johnson has called for Parliament to end prayer at the start of sessions of the House of Commons because Britain is no longer "an overwhelmingly Christian country".  WOW !!  To even attempt that in America would be your death knell.  Got to love the Brits.
  • Hope

    Joseph Farah‏ >whenever this name is mentioned>I feel sorry for for the whole sad world...he is just another radical fundamentalist..


    On the other hand, James Zogby> whenever this name is mentioned,  I feel happy for the whole world...He is the one who deserve all respect..

  • Sydni Moser

    I was looking for the Current Events group and thought it was deleted.  Happy to find it under it's new name, which is a nice change.
  • Pope Beanie

    pose with conservative men on oxygen tanks who want nothing more in the world than to fuck her

    Hey, cool! Let's sound even more consumed by emotion than Rush or Beck!

  • Hope >AR-EN


    24 Rights Groups Urge US and EU to Confront Libyan Massacres


    NGOs demand Libya's suspension from UNHRC; UN Watch calls
    for urgent dispatch of medical supplies to hospitals

    GENEVA, February 20, 2010 - An international coalition of 24 rights groups urged world powers to convene the UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council to protect Libyan civilians from government killings, in a letter sent today to the U.S., the EU and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (See full text below)

    Signatories include the U.S.-based National Endowment for Democracy and Physicians for Human Rights, the Geneva-based UN Watch, and 21 other groups from Switzerland, India, Liberia, Italy, Nigeria, Germany, Sudan, Venezuela, Somalia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

    The letter asserts that the widespread atrocities committed by Libya against its own people are "particularly odious" actions that amount to war crimes, requiring member states to take action through the Security Council under the responsibility to protect doctrine.

    The appeal also calls for an emergency session of the Human Rights Council, in which Libya's membership on that body would be suspended, and an international inquiry team dispatched to he country.

    "The muted response of the US and the EU to the Libyan atrocities is not only a let-down to the many Libyans risking their lives for freedom, but a shirking of their obligations, as members of the Security Council and the Human Rights Council, to protect peace and human rights, and to prevent war crimes," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, and an international lawyer who represents Libyan torture victims.

    "Baroness Ashton's call today for Libyan forces to exercise 'restraint' is entirely inappropriate. We're dealing with the deliberate murder and massacre of hundreds of peaceful protesters. By signaling diplomatic caution in the face of a bloodbath -- instead of urgency and action -- the EU is failing the victims. It's time for basic human rights to come before oil," said Neuer.

    "The EU should also urge the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross to send urgently-needed medical supplies into Libya, particularly for hospitals in Benghazi. Ashton should attempt to visit Libya after her trip to Cairo tomorrow." Exiled Libyans in Cairo and members of Egypt's Doctors Syndicate have sent urgent medical supplies to Libya, but the international community needs to step in, said Neuer.

    * * *

    Urgent Appeal to Stop Atrocities in Libya

    Sent by 23 NGOs to US President Obama, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 20 February 2011

    We, the undersigned non-governmental, human rights, and humanitarian organizations, urge you to mobilize the United Nations and the international community and take immediate action to halt the mass atrocities now being perpetrated by the Libyan government against its own people. The inexcusable silence cannot continue.

    As you know, in the past several days, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are estimated to have deliberately killed hundreds of peaceful protesters and innocent bystanders across the country. In the city of Benghazi alone, one doctor reported seeing at least 200 dead bodies. Witnesses report that a mixture of special commandos, foreign mercenaries and regime loyalists have attacked demonstrators with knives, assault rifles and heavy-caliber weapons.

    Snipers are shooting peaceful protesters. Artillery and helicopter gunships have been

  • Pope Beanie

    Jeffs Restored As Head Of FLDS, Despite Legal Troubles

    A document filed with the Utah Department of Commerce names Jeffs as president and "corporation sole" of the FLDS faith. "Corporation sole" is a phrase often used to give corporate authority to an individual leader of a religious group. [...]

    [...]Jeffs says that he was "called and sustained as the President" of the FLDS Church. The faithful believe that their "president and prophet" is "called" to the position in a process that is divinely inspired. Other leaders and members then "sustain" that calling.

    Jeffs had officially surrendered control of the faith in 2007 after being convicted of being an accomplice to rape and sentenced to two consecutive terms of five years to life in prison.


    Rest of story here.
  • Pope Beanie

    Gaddafi says protesters are on hallucinogenic drugs

    (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi blamed a revolt against his rule on al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Thursday, and said the protesters were fueled by milk and Nescafe spiked with hallucinogenic drugs, in a rambling appeal for calm.
  • Hope

    [they put hallucinatory pills in their drinks, their milk, their coffee, their Nescafe.]>> that's because he's expert hallucinations :)
  • T A A

    well, it's hard to get youth away from the Xbox, you need politicians to be very sexy to achieve that, and Obama incarnated that. Myself I'm caught between youth and wrinkly. Some days I wish wrinklies didn't exist... think Logan's run. Wrinklies ruin the world :(
  • Hope

     it's all about money :)

    Treasury: $30 Billion In Libyan Assets Frozen


    The Treasury Department says that at least $30 billion in Libyan assets have been frozen since President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Libya last week.

    David Cohen, Treasury's acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said that the $30 billion represented the largest amount ever frozen by a U.S. sanctions order. He said that there had been no evidence that Moammar Gadhafi or agents working on his behalf had tried to withdraw funds before the sanctions order went into effect.

    Cohen, speaking to reporters on a conference call Monday, refused to provide any details on how many U.S. financial institutions held the Libyan assets or how the money was divided between Gadhafi and his family and the country's sovereign wealth fund.


  • Pope Beanie

    He said that there had been no evidence that Moammar Gadhafi or agents working on his behalf had tried to withdraw funds before the sanctions order went into effect.

    Haha, those idiots. That is so cool!!

  • Hope

    2011-03-04 #Saudi Arabia Friday Protests


    The focus of Friday's protest is a Shiite prayer leader arrested last week, and cited below from Stratfor reportage.

    Ahsaa province demonstrations to protest the detention of Sheikh Tawfiq Al-Amer, a Shi'ite cleric arrested February 27 after calling for a constitutional monarchy during last Friday's sermon.


  • Tammy

    At least 13 people died and 140 were injured in clashes between Mus...

    Both Coptic Christians and Muslims were killed in the violence, which began during a protest by Copts against last week's burning of a church.

    Egypt's Sunni authority has urged Muslims to help rebuild the church, calling its destruction un-Islamic.

    The clashes come two months after a suicide bomber killed 23 people at a Coptic church in Alexandria.

    In January, an Egyptian man was sentenced to death for shooting dead six Copts and a Muslim policeman in Naga Hamady, southern Egypt.

    Tensions flare

    The violence erupted when Coptic protesters blocked a highway in the Egyptian capital, protesting against the burning of the church in the province of Hilwan.

    The rally angered Muslims who wanted to pass through. Witnesses said both sides threw stones, and the army fired into the air to disperse the crowds.

    The Grand Imam of al-Azhar issued a statement on Tuesday condemning the attack on the church in Atfih, Hilwan governorate, as "a distortion of Islam".

    Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyib called on Muslim residents of the town to help start rebuilding the church and to refrain from sectarian violence, Egypt's official news agency, Mena, reported.

    Meanwhile, thousands of Coptic protesters continued their sit-in outside the state television building. They are calling for the rebuilding of the church, better protection for Christians, and a full investigation into last week's attack.

    Copts - who make up about 10% of Egypt's population - have often complained of harassment and discrimination, and argue that attacks on them go unpunished or result in light sentences.

    The government in the predominantly Muslim country denies discriminating against Copts.

  • T A A

    Another fantastic example of how knowledge knows no master, it equally serves "good" and "bad".
  • Pope Beanie

    I just ran into a very well written article that explains more about how the Fukushima reactors are designed to work, and fail if necessary. Even though well written, I had to be skeptical... but I later learned that it was written by an MIT physicist, and MIT has created a new (I think) website to host his article and news:

    I'm always skeptical of mainstream news, but this time it looks like they fooled me into believing that a nuclear meltdown/catastrophe is currently in underway.

    Now I could be wrong, but NOW I'm assuming that the MIT guys are right, and mainstream news is totally wrong and unnecessarily alarmist.

    This is actually quite interesting and spectacular. All those explosions, fire, and evacuations of populations and emergency plant personnel! It might all just be non-event, with very expensive mega-fireworks!

    I hope MIT is right.
  • T A A

    It's my impression from reading various sources that we're indeed not dealing with a catastrophic meltdown but a very slow one, like an annoying slow leak on a tire. I may of course be wrong. But very often the truth is somewhere in between. The risks of not acting due to "under" alarm are much greater than the reverse risk.
  • Pope Beanie

    I expected Obama to use the birther issue eventually and smartly, but I wonder if it's a bit premature right now. I want the whackos to win some primaries, so they can be cut down to size and lose in November. I would have held the birth certificate back a few more months, at least.

    I'm not trying to start a discussion. (Wish I had more time!) Maybe I'm just wishing others could contribute here. Say, speaking of current events and whipping up interest, I wonder if all those tornadoes are God's punishment because of Westboro Babtist Church? Sure, they're in Kansas, but that's close enough, right?

  • Pope Beanie

    Had another funny thought about where whackos belong. Perhaps Trump's announcement (that he supposedly can't release until end of his Apprentice show season) will be that he'll take Beck's place at FOX.