Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Jeffs Busted.

In case you serial polygamists/polyandrists, don't know, your role model has been arrested.

Warren Jeffs, one of Americas 'most wanted', has finally been nabbed by authorities . This man has possibly married over fifty times. He claims that a chap should tie the knot, at least three times, if he wants to go to heaven. His position, post pearly gate, is very well established.

The history of Mormonism is a fascinating one. It has divided and separated many times; mostly over the issue of family relations. Battles with the law are not new, as seen in this picture of early Mormon leaders serving time for polygamy. A modern day polygamist relationship blog site paints a picture of 'with it' folks, who like to party. More can be found about child abuse ; particularly, when it comes from the now well-distanced Jeffs group.

Most interesting will be the reaction of the 10,000 members of Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, who have been subjected to a strict regime in a very isolated environment.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Off the Planet !

Pluto is in shock. He has been downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet. Our sympathy goes out to him. Still, it is a good excuse to listen to Eric Idle singing 'The Galaxy Song'. Words are also available to this classic.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Nude Flying Anyone?

Over at Lavatus Prodeo a deep and meaningful discussion has broken out about the steps that might be necessary for travel security. Sample pictures can be found here. With a warning that these images might be offensive to those under forty-five.

photo attributed to Andre de Dienes.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Towards a One Party State.

Since gaining office, over ten years ago, the Howard government has not missed an opportunity to establish the Liberal Party as the only party. Concerning, was a change in legislation which closes the rolls, almost immediately, an election is called. The extraordinary use of community funds for expensive campaigns, on matters such as workforce "reform", are well known. Proposals to consolidate the press, into very few hands, are on the drawing board. These matters have been opposed by the Labor Party as dangerous to democracy.
One installment in establishing invincability, through an advertising war-chest, granted to lower house parliamentary members of both major parties, was achieved with bi-partisan support. While many of us think that the close shadowing of the Liberal Party by Labor already diminshes real choice, this new law is particularly obnoxious. Small parties and independents may well be further cut out of the loop. For more here.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Happy Birthday to You.

Fidel Castro turned 80 yesterday. This is a picture released by 'Juventud Rebelde', the Cuban government newspaper, of the recovering leader. A few other pics can be found on this link. One has the old chap reading a recent paper to prove his survival. They look pretty convincing, though the population have been warned to expect a long convalescence, with possible setbacks. A inadequate translation of J.R. here. An english version of what is considered the Cuban Pravda, 'Granma', as unlikely as the name seems, is well worth a look.

Monday, August 07, 2006

No more loans,that's it..............

How is this? You lend the poms a 20 million dollar Van Gogh and they reckon it's a fake. Victoria is short of all those bucks because they say the work is too good for the master painter, at that stage in his development. I like 'Head of a Man' and will be happy to hang it on our wall, if nobody wants it anymore. See here for more details of this sad tale.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Westboro Baptist Church Sucks

Classified under 'fundy follies' and 'only in America', I draw your attention to the homophobe extreme. Members of Westboro Baptist Church are renowned for the tastelessness of their protests, based on a gay bash reading of the bible. Small children are called into service, carrying signs such as " God Hates Fags".
Their protests are common at the funerals of U.S. serviceman killed in action. All the deaths are, of course, the result of Gods wrath at homosexuality taking hold, in every 'nook and cranny that you can damn well find'.
The dad of one of the dead has taken on said godbotherers in the civil court. His son was gay. Info about that upcoming case can be found here.
Of the picture above? Found this while googling images for W.B.Church. There are many pictures of the hate filled loonies pushing their creepy brand of religion. Fortunately, I came across this great sendup titled "Rainbow Sheep Confuse Westboro Baptist Church".