- 6:05 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by George Mathis
If you are like me you wake up every morning hoping the U.S. government will find a new way to get involved in your business.
According to one report, the U.S. has awarded $2.1 million in grants to two companies to develop technologies that will monitor Americans’ “lifestyle behavior” and encourage them to not be so fat.
The creepiest of the technologies has a cute name — the eButton — but it will allegedly yell “No way!”at you if you pick up some McNuggets after downing a Big Mac or two.
That’s not cute at all.
But, one must assume the government [More]
- 6:02 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by George Mathis
UPDATE: A judge ordered pastor Juan D. McFarland Thursday to turn over keys and bank accounts belonging to Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery, reports WSFA.
A video of the pastor shoving at a female reporter’s face as he walks out of court pretty much says it all.
McFarland was also ordered to return the church Mercedes and was told to stay off church property. The pastor had no lawyer and chose to represent himself in a lawsuit brought by church deacons, who had voted to remove him after he admitted having sex with females congregants on church property without [More]
- 3:58 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by George Mathis
Firefighters typically wait for disasters to happen.
In south Georgia’s Camden County, where firefighters may soon be required to oversee state prisoners as they fight fires, an entirely new kind of disaster is waiting to happen.
The Florida Times-Union tells us the rural county, home to Cumberland Island, a nuclear submarine base and the lovely St. Marys, is trying to improve its insurance rating to save money on insurance costs.
One of the plans being considered is called the “inmate-to-firefighter” program, which would place two prisoners in each of the county’s three fire stations. The paid firefighters would be required to monitor [More]
- 4:51 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by George Mathis
Police were called to an Alabama church soon after its longtime pastor told parishioners he has AIDS and had had sex with members of the congregation at church. He also admitted to doing drugs and misusing church funds, according to AL.com.
Juan McFarland, pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery since 1990, was removed from office Oct. 5 after adding to revelations he began during earlier sermons.
Police were called to the church Sunday because “members were feuding with each other,” said Montgomery Police Sgt. Denise Barnes in the AL.com article.
- 6:14 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by George Mathis
When you go online, your personal data is being mined. Your name, search history, location, the words you type and the images you post are all being scanned and collected.
Curiously, those doing the most to defend privacy rights in the U.S. may be the corporations doing the scanning and collecting. Apple and Google, for instance, have angered law enforcement by saying they will make it easy for users to encrypt cellphone data. Hardware companies are creating hard drives that self-destruct if you send a text message.
- 6:21 pm Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by George Mathis
A Georgia man was killed by police executing a search warrant obtained after a car thief told police he stole methamphetamine from the dead man’s vehicle, media reports say.
According to WMAZ in Macon, the car thief broke into a pickup truck in Laurens County, near Dublin, and stole some items on the night of Sept. 22 or the predawn hours of Sept. 23.
The thief then stole an SUV from the home, a Lincoln Aviator, and drove to Dublin, according to police.
The homeowner, David Hooks, a 59-year-old grandfather and businessman, reported the missing SUV.
At about 3:45 p.m. on Sept. [More]
- 6:04 pm Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by George Mathis
Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics less than 20 years ago.
Long before and after the Sept. 18, 1990, announcement awarding Atlanta the 1996 Olympic Games, it was stressed that hosting the global sporting competition would provide the city permanent benefits.
Turner Field, originally built as Centennial Olympic Stadium, will be abandoned by the Atlanta Braves in 2016. It may be destroyed soon afterwards.
Along with Centennial Olympic Park downtown, the baseball stadium is among the last vestiges of games.
Were the games worth it? I think most in Atlanta would say yes.
Centennial Olympic Park helped spur nearby development. The Georgia Aquarium, the World [More]
- 4:26 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by George Mathis
“War is hell,” said Union General William Tecumseh Sherman.
I’m not sure what Sherman would have said if he had been forced to go to war alongside a military as incompetent as Iraq’s.
NBC News reports the Iraqi air force, which is supposed to be helping defend its country against Islamic State militants, mistakenly dropped food, ammunition and other supplies on enemy soldiers.
The supplies were used to kill “besieged Iraqi army officers and soldiers who had been fighting Islamist extremists for a week.”
“[We] helped ISIS fighters to kill our soldiers,” said a member of Iraq’s parliament.
The mistake was corroborated by a [More]
- 6:42 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by George Mathis
College is full of wacky characters, and they aren’t all students.
Delaware State University professor Cyril Broderick, who teaches agriculture, wrote a letter to a Liberian newspaper alleging the U.S. military and pharmaceutical companies created Ebola and are intentionally spreading the deadly disease in Africa.
Broderick’s rambling letter is the most popular link on the newspaper’s website.
In the letter, the academic cites numerous dubious sources, including a novel.
- 12:19 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by George Mathis
New York has many rodents, including some that make a pretty penny on Wall Street, but none are as famous as the weather-prognosticating groundhog at the Staten Island Zoo.
Every Feb. 2, the mayor or some other newshog poses with ‘Staten Island Chuck,’ the zoo’s groundhog, as the sedentary mammal predicts an early or late spring.
This year, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Chuck about 6 feet and the animal died Feb. 9 of internal injuries, claims The New York Post.
The Post, usually a calm voice of reason in tragic times, says de Blasio ‘has groundhog blood on his [More]