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Internet trolls bring down conservative ‘Reaganbook’

  • 11:11 am Friday, August 1st, 2014 by George Mathis
When Ronald Reagan was president, most internet trolls weren't even born yet. (Image from http://www.reaganbook.com/)

“Don’t feed the trolls,” is good advice.

I’m not talking about the one the Billy Goats Gruff ran across under the bridge. Trolls are bored folks in their mom’s basement that try to ruin the internet. Typical troll tactics include posting insults, fake data, porn, lengthy rants or anything else they can think of to take a post off topic.

Sometimes, there are so many trolls feasting at once it can bring down a poorly-designed website.

That’s what happened to “ReaganBook,” which touts itself as “Facebook for Patriots.”

ReaganBook tried a soft launch earlier this week, but was placed in “offline mode” [More]

Survey: Pontiac owners have most car sex

  • 4:49 pm Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by George Mathis
This Newnan car owner probably knows what we are talking about. (AJC file photo from 2008)

The Pontiac brand of automobiles may be dead, but there’s a chance you know someone whose life began in one.

A new survey conducted by online retailer CouponCodesPro.com, which probably uses the same methodology as Gallup, says more people have had sex in a Pontiac than any other make of car.

The company, which sells adult toys and lingerie and seems to be very nosy, asked its customers questions about their sex lives. Amazingly, almost 3,000 people were willing to share their secrets.

More than half (59 percent) of those desperate souls said they have had sex in a car.

What I am calling [More]

Ebola scare at Charlotte hospital

  • 4:53 pm Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by George Mathis

Ebola, a frightful disease we used to think was confined to Africa, seems to be getting closer to home.

Wednesday, an emergency room in Charlotte was cordoned off by security while a suspected victim who had just returned from Africa was examined, reports WSOC-TV.

The patient did not have Ebola, thankfully.

Tuesday, two N.C.-based humanitarian groups ordered their workers out of Africa due to the Ebola outbreak. Missionary Nancy Writebol, from Charlotte, is currently hospitalized with the disease in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.

The Peace Corps is also pulling out of West African nations affected most by Ebola — [More]

Stolen goods found in home hit by tornado

  • 11:26 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by George Mathis
Jerrod Christian (Image from linked timesnews.net article)

What would you do if you saw your neighbor’s home destroyed by a tornado?

Like many good folks in the South, a neighbor in Kingsport, Tenn., rushed over and tried to help.

The neighbor didn’t find anyone in the wreckage, but did spot an air compressor recently stolen from his home.

Responding police found nearly $2,000 worth of goods recently stolen in the area, reports the Kingsport Times-News, including a weed trimmer and other tools.

The twister struck Sunday evening.

Monday, Jerrod L. Christian, 26, was charged with burglary, the Times-News reports.

Christian was saved from the tornado because the day before the storm struck [More]

Students call out superintendent for plagiarism

  • 3:51 pm Monday, July 28th, 2014 by George Mathis
Dr. David A. Fleishman (photo from newton.k12.ma.us)

Plagiarism in journalism gets you fired.

In academics, it is supposed to result in a grade of zero.

But what happens when a superintendent is caught plagiarizing a commencement speech by his students?

In Massachusetts, he gets docked a week’s pay, which is a healthy $5,000, after a series of potentially improper school board meetings.

Superintendent David Fleishman was called out in a truly “special edition” of the South Newton High (Massachusetts) student newspaper published June 23. In the newspaper, two graduates who had recently sat through a commencement speech by Fleishman noted phrases borrowed from a commencement speech by Massachusetts Gov. [More]

‘Black Jesus’ comedy angers Christian groups

  • 5:07 pm Friday, July 25th, 2014 by George Mathis
Comedian Gerald ‘Slink’ Johnson as "Black Jesus" with his Compton disciples. (Image from video trailer)

Was Jesus black? Does it matter?

I would say no to both of those questions, but we’ll never know the answer to the first one. Even if scientists had DNA samples they wouldn’t know the exact color of Jesus’ skin.

Jesus, like most people from the Middle East today, would likely check “white” on a U.S. Census form. Curiously, Jesus’ parents, Joseph and Mary, are said to have traveled about 80 miles in the days before Jesus’ birth so the newborn could be counted in a Roman census and/or be born in Bethlehem, the hometown of David, the former king of [More]

OSU band director fired for ‘sexualized’ culture

  • 5:25 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by George Mathis
Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters leads the band in a 2013 photo. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)

I never understood the allure of being in the high school marching band.

Those who joined had to lug an instrument around all day, practice for many hours (often in the hot sun) and spend their Friday nights entertaining folks who came to watch football.

And let’s face it, trumpet isn’t an instrument you’re likely to sit on the back porch and play when you get older.

But a report issued by Ohio State on the “sexualized” culture of its marching band makes me wonder if learning to play music was the real draw.

The Columbus Dispatch reports OSU band director Jonathan Waters [More]

Principal charged with smuggling prison heroin

  • 5:12 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by George Mathis

July is a a great month to be a teacher. Most are having fun with their family and resting up before the new school year begins.

Others educators are trying to smuggle drugs into prison.

In New York, a highly regarded principal is accused of trying to sneak heroin to her incarcerated son, reports CBS News.

If all things are relative, maybe cheating on a standardized test isn’t so bad.

Principal Sadie Silver, whose Brooklyn students have made dramatic improvements on standardized tests, was arrested along with her boyfriend on drug possession charges while the couple visited her son, who is doing time [More]

U.S. creates hit song to slow illegal immigration

  • 1:03 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014 by George Mathis

In the good old days, before Auto-Tune and marketing tactics destroyed rock-and-roll, it took talent to have a hit song.

Now, all you need is a big budget and the backing of a propaganda machine.

The federal government, which is required by the Constitution to protect U.S. states from invasion, is using a hit song to slow the flow of illegal immigrants across our southern border.

According to an article on The Daily Beast, the U.S. hired an advertising agency to come up with a song in Spanish that would discourage Central American residents from trying to sneak into the [More]

Company mistakes Challenger explosion for fireworks

  • 5:46 pm Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by George Mathis
Lest we forget. The image posted by American Apparel was similar to this one, but had a red background. (File photo)

There are times of your life you will always remember vividly.

In 1986, my college roommate wanted to watch the space shuttle Challenger take off. He tuned in to CNN, woke me up and we watched history unfurl on Jan. 28, 1986.

I remember seeing the explosion and realizing something dreadful had happened. People at Cape Canaveral seemed to be watching on tape delay. When cameras showed spectators, many were clapping.

That was almost 30 years ago, and we must forgive those who were not alive then and cannot recall the nation’s shock at losing seven astronauts and the three-year grounding of the space [More]

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