Overnight Thread

Since the economy is in the tank, many agencies are unveiling new plans to get people back to work. As usual, Florida’s plans are full of teh FAIL.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Unemployed Man!

Florida officials are investigating an unemployment agency that spent public money to give 6,000 superhero capes to the jobless. Workforce Central Florida spent more than $14,000 on the red capes as part of its “Cape-A-Bility Challenge” campaign. The campaign featured a cartoon character, “Dr. Evil Unemployment,” who needs to be vanquished.

The only thing that needs to be vanquished is the moron who thought up this plan.

Speaking of moronic plans . . .

The U.S. Military: Burning Bibles To Cozy Up To Afghans

Bibles were sent to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. But the U.S. government determined that the presence of Bibles in this “devoutly Muslim country” might inflame the natives. So they burned them. Why did they burn them? Because it is military policy to burn its trash.

So, the Bibles, according to U.S. policy, are trash, garbage, and it’s OK to burn them.

Rip me if you like, but screw any soldier that follows this policy. I’ll lose all respect for any member of our military that participates in this.

The Scranton Police Department – Adventures In Idiocy

The police union in Scranton, PA has filed a grievance against the city because the non-union police chief made an arrest while off-duty. The union claims that the police chief is not allowed to make arrests because under the union contract only “bargaining unit” members can make arrests. (H/T – Kitty)

Because it doesn’t matter that a criminal is arrested. Only who makes the arrest. Dolts.

Oh, and this post is sponsored by the ballerina.

17 thoughts on “Overnight Thread

  1. Chris C

    I have a hard time believing these are adults running these things. Capes? Cartoon characters?

    I think we should have a new standard: if someone still plays with Legos they are not allowed anywhere near any public funds of any kind.

  2. ed

    Well, since this is an overnight thread, I guess that means I can comment about whatever crap strikes my fancy.

    So I’m gonna talk about the most AWESOME cell phone ring-tone evah!

    All I can say is… This…is…legendarily…EPIC­. Ann epic tale of epic epicness. A legendary tale of a legendary song whose lyrics are the stuff of LEGEND!

    It’s called “Mulatto Butts” and it’s Sterling Archer’s.

    Here is a clip where you first hear this thing

    And this is a clip of the ring tone in all its glorious full splendor…

    This thing is going on my cell phone… pronto.

    Here is the actual ring tone, straight from the official Sterling Archer site…

    http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/archer/assets/downloads/archerBootyToneRingtone.zip

    No need to thank me. My satisfaction comes from knowing your lives have been changed by this ringtone, just like mine has.

  3. L Frame S&W

    Interesting note on the bibles vs koran, the spellchecker wants me to capitalize koran, but not bible. It also wants to capitalize muslim, but not christian.
    I don’t believe in any of it, but why does the spellchecker only want to capitalize the islamic terms? (it wants me to capitalize islamic also!)

  4. Bob G.

    Wyatt:
    When I saw the story about those CAPES…I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh my ass off.
    (I settled for assorted eye rolls and head shakes with a few smirks tossed in).

    A FREAKING CAPE for God’s sake?
    What are these people thinking?

    Now, if it was a red, white and blue SHIELD…or a certain GREEN RING..or even a Norse HAMMER…I just “might” be interested…maybe.

    ;)

    Roll safe out there.

  5. bob (either orr)

    And don’t ya just love Scranton, up in my old stomping grounds?
    BTW, pretty ballerina. Treasure these days, hoss. They grow up too quickly — my guy just turned 21.

  6. Wes S.

    So the Guantanamo detention center and Bradley Manning’s suicide watch violates our core principles, but forcing troops to burn their Bibles so as not to inflame the medieval, misogynistic savages we’re supposedly fighting in Afghanistan doesn’t?

    Yeah, it’s getting harder and harder to ignore politics, isn’t it?

    …As for the Workplace Central Florida folks, I suppose that in lieu of restitution we could always send them to Afghanistan to build those schools and clinics that the locals are willing to burn down at the drop of a hat over somebody with a Bible. They need a job, and the Taliban needs to lighten up. I’m sure the jihadis will find those silly capes even funnier than we do, especially since they didn’t have to pay for them… ;)

  7. Sally Anne

    No soldier was forced to give up or burn their bible, the items in question were printed in local languages and sent to troops by a church group. Local languages. What do you suppose the intent of those bibles was? The military is NOT in Afghanistan as missionaries. Period. The church that sent those bibles is another prime example of why other religions get defensive with Christians (NO, not violent, don’t anyone try to make that connection). If I’d been there in ’08 when it happened, I would have volunteered to dispose of the books myself since my personal religious feelings would not have conflicted with that action- just to keep one of my Christian buddies from having to do something they’d have found offensive or upsetting.

    You can lose your respect for me now if you like. I’m comfortable where I stand :)

  8. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Chris C – Is PlayStation 3 okay? Because I’m all about smiting zombies on it.

    Ed – That’s brilliant! Show is a friggin’ riot.

    Robert B. – Thanks. Between the curls and the eyes, I am so screwed.

    Fenway – And a while afterward, since this won’t be an easy fix.

    L Frame – The good news is that my spell-check still questions “Barack Obama.” I refuse to add it to the dictionary.

    Bob G. – Or a Batarang.

    Bob – No worries. She’s grounded until she’s 50.

    Wes S. – If that’s what it takes to appease these savages, it’s time to pick up stakes and get out. Let them kill each other.

    Sally Anne – And if the roles were reversed would you burn Korans? If you’re consistent, then fine. If not, that’s pretty frakked up.

  9. L Frame S&W

    Wyatt Quoth: “L Frame – The good news is that my spell-check still questions “Barack Obama.” I refuse to add it to the dictionary.”

    Wyatt, what does it offer for suggested spellings for Barack Obama?

  10. Sally Anne

    You bet I would. Ink and paper are not the “word” of any god as far as I’m concerned- they are just stuff. Translated and put down by humans. Of course, I wouldn’t burn a Koran or a Bible as a PROTEST, simply for the purpose of inflaming zealots. If preferred, I’d be willing to bury the items if it were less offensive to do so, but just for the consideration of others’ beliefs. Proselytizing is a big fat no-no for troops, so whatever church mailed the stuff is to blame. Not a soldier who follows procedures for disposing of unsolicited mail. This incident should not have even been reported to a media outlet (and indeed it’s taken quite some time for it to get noticed) because it’s a non-story. The only purpose it serves is to piss of Christians- much like reporting on Pastor Terry Jones’ Koran-burning antics is done simply to piss off Muslims, and reporting on the Westboro “baptists” is done to enrage the military and their supporters.

    The media’s screwing with us on a daily basis. There’s something very disturbing about being pitted against one another by this propaganda-spewing hydra, hell bent on stirring up shit in every corner of the world. I do wish I understood the motivation behind it. But wondering about it gets me all paranoid O_o

  11. dragonlady474

    SO WAIT…I just applied for the Chief of Campus Police job at the local university, and you mean I can’t make an arrest if I see some goon breaking the law? Geez!

  12. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Sally Anne – I have a problem with this: “Because it is military policy to burn its trash.”

    DL474 – Not unless you have your union card, I suppose.

  13. Sally Anne

    It is indeed! I have a problem with it too, actually- due to the health hazard it poses to troops (look it up sometime, people have gotten seriously ill, it’s upsetting). Like it or not though, the policy is to destroy things that they cannot use or that pose a security issue. We could spend some taxpayer dollars mailing trash back to the U.S. if you think that solves anything. There was no possible use for those bibles in a military unit. They were sent solely to try to convert Afghan nationals. The military is not on that kind of mission. If there’s a solution that could change the policy and doesn’t cost money or impact the mission negatively, I’d be behind that. Wallpapering HQ is probably out. Recycling? I don’t suppose there is anything that could be done with a stack of bibles (in whatever language) that won’t rub someone the wrong way, so again I say- the media has no business putting it out there.

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