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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Do it to your Parishioners, but not to your Wife!

I ran across a guy from Miami today that has me in my usual state of "Saturday Morning Confusion."

Theologically, "Creciendo en Gracia," founded by Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda, is a "Cult of Christianity" based in Miami, Florida. (This term is used by a group or organization whose central teachings and/or practices are claimed to be biblical, but which are in fact un-biblical.)

Sociologically, "Creciendo en Gracia" has other cult-like elements as well, and that put a whole new light on what they are up to.

The once-inconspicuous sect called "Growing in Grace," which De Jesus founded 20 years ago, proclaims sin doesn't exist.

(Yea, O.K. I can see people buying into that!)

Church leaders say it’s gaining followers, and that 2007 donations have already exceeded the $2 million raised in 2006.

But, here is where I always get my head turned around by what people are willing to believe in!

(Remember my quote from the book "The plain truth about God-101." Tell people enough times, with enough conviction, and they will believe just about anything!)

"Growing in Grace" vaulted into the international media spotlight during the past two years after De Jesus declared himself the second coming of Jesus.

This guy wasn't content to lead everyone down the garden path about following Jesus, his ego and ambition got so big that he decided to become God himself.

Later, he added the title Anti-Christ to his portfolio because De Jesus has said his teachings supersede the teachings of the historical Jesus.

(Several countries have banned De Jesus, but his followers, like all religious blind sheep, stay with him.)

These guys who aspire to God-hood always succumb to earthly temptations and are eventually brought down by their own greed.

This preacher has used charitable donations to his ministry for personal expenses, paying $144,000 a year in alimony to his first wife and buying property in his and his relatives’ names. (Tsk, Tsk.)

Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda disclosed details of the previously secret financial workings of his church through sworn testimony last month in an increasingly nasty divorce from his second wife.

The revelations from the witness stand, which experts say suggest violations of federal law, prompted a Miami-Dade Circuit judge to send a transcript to federal prosecutors this month with a letter saying he was “ethically compelled” to bring it to their attention.

The U.S. attorney in Miami has confirmed opening an investigation.

Your "tell it like it is" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Tune in tomorrow, I have a feeling this guy is pretty high on the list for our regular feature, "Asshole of the Week!"

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) at www.God-101.com

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Forbidden City!

Never before seen pictures of the Forbidden City!Who knows what mysteries are in store for us?
Besides, what can you do with 18 years of your life?
Well........... you could make a miniature castle!Either that, or this guy's the husband of the "50 Foot Woman!"

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Human Zoo!

They are conducting an experiment in Adelaide, Australia that sounds like a rather interesting new way to keep animals in captivity!

Authorities are opening a new zoo and before they do, there is a study underway to determine the most humane and stress free way to house the animals. To do this properly they are going to do a study with humans first.
A group of people will be put in the enclosures and left there for a few days while visitors come just like they normally would and look at them.

After a few days, or even weeks, another study group will be subjected to the same thing while the old group is questioned on improvements or changes that have to be made to ensure the animals will live a stress free life while in captivity.

(This is such a far cry from the old days where animals were just put in a cage and left there until they died.)

Zoo Director Dr. Emile Huk-Huk, in an interview at the start of the study, explained that thinking has changed about keeping different species in captivity and the welfare of the Zoo's "Guests" is of the utmost importance, hence the need for study!

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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This ain't right!

A lot of the problems in the Middle-East and even elsewhere in the world are not so much religious as they are, to a great extent, of a cultural and even tribal nature. They are just portrayed as being a religious problem. (Most often as us vs. them, Shia vs. Sunni, Islam vs. Christianity, etc.)

However, this does not excuse what is happening in a lot the Mosques in the Mid-East, and I would like to give an example that should put it in a new light.

Imagine you go into Church or Synagogue on a Sunday morning and then the Minister, Priest, Chaplin, Pastor or Rabbi or whatever starts his sermon and preaches...... not the message of Love or Forgiveness or Repentance or Tolerance etc., but rather preaches violence against some other group of Christians, or Nationalities, or ethnic group, or better yet, "go out and get those dirty, God forsaken Muslims or Jews!"

Something like this would be in the papers and on the news by the time you got home from Church.

To imagine this happening is totally beyond belief in our society yet this is exactly what is happening in portions of the Middle -East at this moment.

As an example the new Palestinian Prime Minister had to deliver a stern warning yesterday to hundreds of Islamic Preachers that "he won't tolerate calls for violence from the pulpit, or support plans to collect weapons !!!

Something like this would cause people to shake their heads in disbelief her in the Western world and shows that a lot of the trouble in other parts of the world are caused by Religious Leaders using faith to foster political or cultural agenda's.

We had the same problem with Christianity five hundred years ago, so lets hope that Islam will grow out of this as well.

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Ballad of Genarlow Wilson.

Wilson v. State is a court case brought about to appeal the aggravated child molestation conviction of Georgia man Genarlow Wilson.

Here's a quick re-cap of what has happened so far boys and girls.

Genarlow was at a party back when he was seventeen and made it with two, that's right, count em,two girls that night. First he had sex with the older (17) girl and then had the younger (15) girl perform oral sex on him later in the evening.

Now instead of becoming a local hero for making it twice during one party the cops got a hold of a tape of the whole thing and started an investigation.

As soon as she heard this the older girl yelled she had been raped and this is where the shit hit the fan. (It looks like the girl yelled rape to save being labeled as "loose," but our wayward hero was eventually exonerated of this heinous crime.)

But! The cops still had him on tape getting the dirty (oral sex) from the fifteen year old and pressed "aggravated child molestation charges" against him!

The "aggravated" nature of the charge refers to fellatio (oral sex) rather than a mere "immoral or indecent act."

But, be that as it may, had Wilson just had intercourse with the 15-year-old and not received oral sex from her, he would only have been subject to a 12-month penalty (statutory rape), with no sex offender status instead of the 10-year minimum term that the judge gave him.

(Wilson received the 10-year sentence following a refusal to enter into a proposed plea bargain, stating of his adamant belief that "It's all about doing what's right...... And what's right is right, and what's wrong is wrong. And I'm just standing up for what I believe in."

His decision, as well as his continued fight to overturn his conviction also take into account that sex offenders in Georgia must register themselves and are subject to penalty laws for life, and that the law was not intended to penalize teenage partners [a fact which has since been included in updated legislation.]

As the law stands, Wilson would not even be able to return to his own family after an early release, as he has an 8-year-old sister and would be forbidden contact.)


This pretty well brings us up to speed, right up to today, where our hapless protagonist was granted the right to appeal his excessive sentence.

The only trouble is that the Judge sitting at the hearing refused to give Mr. Wilson bail while the appeal is being heard so his ass is still firmly parked in jail.

It couldn't be because he is BLACK, could it?

Your "give em one for the gipper" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

(Oh by the way, no matter how you slice it, this consensual B.J. came with one hell of a price! So remember; A blow job a day keeps the doctor away, but it won't do anything about the cops!)

As of this writing, (Thursday - P.M.) Denarlow has been set free and a new trial ordered!

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Silence is NOT Golden!

We have some friends who go south for the winter every year!

With the increased security concerns here in North America, it got to the point where when she had to go to her local Member of Parliament to have her signature confirmed on her passport renewal application.

(She is of Middle-Eastern descent and the passport office said that her signature didn't match and they wanted to check her out in person.)

Now it is possible that the signature was a little different for whatever reason, but personally, I believe it was profiling on account of her Middle-Eastern background.

This brings me to the point of this little rant.

People who are perceived to be Muslim here in North America have one hell of a "public relations" problem!

Ethnic profiling is a fact of life here, no matter how much you agree or disagree with it.

It's something that will have to be lived with because it is the Muslim's themselves who are to blame for it. And not in the way you think!

Yes, there is a small group who are extremists, and others who follow old customs and practices that in North America and Europe were abandoned centuries ago, but they are not the main problem.

The problem is that the great "silent majority" of decent, law abiding Muslims have not risen up in anger over incidents like 9/11 and condemned these acts of barbarism with a loud and unified voice.

Instead we get answers from the Islamic community like; "I bet the Jews were behind it!" or "They, (the terrorists) don't represent what Islam is really like!"

Silence is not the answer to the problem that Islam is fostering in the Western World!

A few weeks ago we had an article from Ms. Irshad Manji on this site (Salman Rushdie is not the problem, Muslims are!) where she stated;


I am offended that every year, there are more women killed in Pakistan for allegedly violating their family’s honour than there are detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Muslims have rightly denounced the mistreatment of Guantanamo prisoners. But where is our outrage over the murder of many more Muslims at the hands of our own?

I am offended that in April, mullahs at an extreme mosque in Pakistan issued a fatwa against hugging.

(The country’s female tourism minister had embraced – or, depending on the account you follow, accepted a congratulatory pat from – her skydiving instructor after she successfully jumped in a French fundraiser for the victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.)

Clerics announced her act of touching another man to be “a great sin.” They demanded she be fired.

I am offended by their fatwa proclaiming that women should stay at home and remain covered at all times.

I am offended that they have bullied music store owners and video vendors into closing shop.

I am offended that the government tiptoes around their craziness because these clerics threaten suicide attacks if confronted.

I am offended that on Sunday, at least 35 Muslims in Kabul were blown to bits by other Muslims and on Tuesday, 87 more in Baghdad by Islamic “insurgents”, with no official statement from Pakistan to deplore these assaults on fellow believers.

I am offended that amid the internecine carnage, a professed atheist named Salman Rushdie tops the to-do list.

Above all, I am offended that so many other Muslims are not offended enough to demonstrate widely against God’s self-appointed ambassadors.

We complain to the world that Islam is being exploited by fundamentalists, yet when reckoning with the opportunity to resist their clamour en masse, we fall curiously silent.

In a battle between flaming fundamentalists and mute moderates, who do you think is going to win?

I am not saying that standing up to intimidation is easy.

This past spring, the Muslim world made it that much more difficult.

A 56-member council of Islamic countries pushed the UN Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution against the “defamation of religion”. Pakistan led the charge.

Focused on Islam rather than on faith in general, the resolution allows repressive regimes to squelch freedom of conscience further – and to do so in the guise of international law.

On occasion, though, the people of Pakistan show that they do not have to be muzzled by clerics and politicians.

Last year, civil society groups vocally challenged a set of anti-female laws, three decades old and supposedly based on the Quran.

Their religiously respectful approach prompted even mullahs to hint that these laws are man-made, not God-given.

This month, too, Pakistanis forced their government to lift restrictions on the press.

No wonder my own book, translated into Urdu and posted on my website, is being downloaded in droves.

Religious authorities will not let it be sold in the markets. But they cannot stop Pakistanis – or other Muslims – from satiating a genuine hunger for ideas.

In that spirit, it is high time to “ban” hypocrisy under the banner of Islam.

Salman Rushdie is not the problem. Muslims are!

Irshad has pretty well hit the nail on the head with her statements.

Silence is not Golden and complacency is not the answer!

Your humble servant;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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Poll This!

We gave you the results of a poll last week that showed Americans believed in Creationism more than Evolution by a small majority.

(I don't believe in no evolution!)->


But, the results show another trend which seems quite surprising.

Americans trust the military and the police force significantly more than the church and organized religion, a new Gallup Poll says.

Only 46 percent of respondents said they had either a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the church, compared with 69 percent who said they trusted the military and 54 percent who trust police officers.

The figures are among the lowest for institutionalized religion in the three and a half decades that Gallup has conducted the poll. Peaking at 68 percent in May 1975, the numbers bottomed out at 45 percent in June of 2003.

But while confidence is waning for organized religion, the numbers are even bleaker for other American institutions. Just 25 percent expressed confidence in the presidency, while a mere 14 percent say they trust Congress.

Other findings suggest the nation is focused more on political issues than morality issues.

In the monthly pulse-check poll, Gallup asked Americans what they believed was the most important problem facing the country.

An overwhelming 34 percent cited the war in Iraq, followed by illegal immigration at 15 percent. The nation's religious and moral decline was fifth among the concerns, with 6 percent.

Meanwhile, among men only, the poll revealed that more guys want Jessica Alba for their girlfriend than any other woman.

The 24-year-old actress tops the list ranking female celebrities on their "long-term relationship material."

James Bassil, editor-in-chief of AskMen.com, told The Associated Press the list was determined by the rankings of 2.5 million readers and by the site's staff.

Readers of the online magazine were asked to vote according to the woman they would most want a relationship with, would consider marrying or thought best-suited to be the mother of their children.

So here we have a celebrity who has more support than the church, the cops and government. WHAT A COUNTRY!

Your "on the Q.T." scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Muslim Brotherhood spells trouble for Egypt!

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is trying to reproduce Hamas' experience in Gaza.

Tariq Hasan, a columnist for the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, wrote:

"In Egypt there are those who are trying to reproduce what Hamas did in Gaza. For anyone who has the slightest doubt about this and wants proof, it is sufficient to consider statements by Brotherhood representatives in parliament.

They said that Egypt waved the Zionist flag, despite the people's opposition to this. This means that Egypt, like the Palestinian Authority, deserves a revolution!

"The Brotherhood, like Hamas, does not recognize the legitimacy of the parliament that ratified the peace treaty with Israel, nor the legitimacy of the state that ratified these agreements, since [in its view] it is a traitorous state that works for foreign interests and that does not represent its people.

From these statements we understand that the Hamas problem is not [limited to] just Gaza, but it is also in Egypt, and that the Brotherhood holds the same positions and uses the same ideas and statements with which Hamas conducted a putsch against the [legitimate] government, and through which it declared Gaza a rebel region under its rule.

Your "and that spells Trouble, with a capital T" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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Life is what it is!

Now I suffer from vertigo, and this is enough to make me want to puke!
(But it sure would be one hell of a nice scene on the way down!)
What happens when you have too much "fest" while at Oktoberfest!

Don't let life get you down bunky, let a smile be your umbrella!
And finally, one more way to bug a cat! Oh yea!

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Thank God for Universal Health Care!

Thank God for the Canadian Health Care System.

As you may or may not know, my wife just went through a terrible bout with cancer, (non-Hodgkins Lymphoma) and although the disease will eventually be terminal we hope she still has some decent time left.

When the cancer went to what they call "aggressive" she was rushed to hospital and spent they next two months there.

She did manage to survive the ordeal (even though the chances were far less than 50/50) and is now back at home recuperating.

When I think of what the hospital costs would have been without the government health care I shudder, because the only way out of that mess would have been bankruptcy.

(I am self-employed so I don't have one of those fancy private health care plans like I would have needed in the States!)

Because all our hospital costs were taken care of by the Canadian and Ontario Governments, I don't have the financial worries I would have had otherwise incurred.

On top of this I just found out about some really interesting "after-care" services that are available.

First of all during the "Mrs. Herself's" first few weeks of recovery there was a Home-Care Nurse sent around every few days, and also a Personal Support Worker, to help her with things like taking a bath or doing stuff that she can't do herself.

On top of this there is apparently a whole tribe of volunteer support workers who can come to the house and do things like, (Listen to this!) give her Therapeutic Massage, Reikei, Reflexology and other things.

(I know all about Reikei since my sister is also heavy into this, although when my German Mother was describing it, with her accent I was under the impression that my Sister had suddenly taken an interest in Reggae!)

Now it's the "other things" that really caught my attention since they apparently have a volunteer "Harp Player" (Among other things) that will come over and play the Harp for an hour to "sooth the patient" and provide a bit of "tranquility and peace for the soul."

I started adding up all the volunteer services, (some more than once) that she could take advantage of and came up with this list!
(I kid you not! - * Sung to the tune of 12 Days of Christmas!)
*5-Relaxing Massages.
*4-Aroma Therapies.
*3-Reikei sessions.
*2-Ha-rp Players........
* AND A PAR-TRIDGE IN A PEAR TREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

God Bless Canada!

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

SAY WHAT?

I just read that the giant squid has eyes the size of basketballs!

So here's lookin' at ya!

Allan

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One more Kick at the Evolution/Creation Cat!

Forget about the people who don't believe in Evolution at all.

We also have to address the people who believe in evolution but just aren't sure of the exact process.

Historians often assume that they need pay no attention to human evolution because the process ground to a halt in the distant past.

That assumption is looking less and less secure in light of new findings based on decoding human DNA.

Guest Post by NICHOLAS WADE of the New York Times:

Genetic differentiation in modern humans has continued to evolve since our leaving the ancestral homeland in northeastern Africa some 50,000 years ago.

This both through the random process known as genetic drift and through natural selection.

The genome bears many fingerprints in places where natural selection has recently remolded the human clay, researchers have found, as people in the various continents adapted to new diseases, climates, diets and, perhaps, behavioral demands.

A striking feature of many of these changes is that they are local.

The genes under selective pressure found in one continent-based population or race are mostly different from those that occur in the others.

These genes so far make up a small fraction of all human genes.

A notable instance of recent natural selection is the emergence of lactose tolerance — the ability to digest lactose in adulthood — among the cattle-herding people of northern Europe some 5,000 years ago.

Lactose, the enzyme that digests the principal sugar of milk, is usually switched off after weaning. But because of the great nutritional benefit for cattle herders of being able to digest lactose in adulthood, a genetic change that keeps the lactose gene switched on spread through the population.

Lactose tolerance is not confined to Europeans.

Last year, Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Maryland and colleagues tested 43 ethnic groups in East Africa and found three separate mutations, all different from the European one, that keep the lactose gene switched on in adulthood.

One of the mutations, found in peoples of Kenya and Tanzania, may have arisen as recently as 3,000 years ago.

That lactose tolerance has evolved independently four times is an instance of convergent evolution. Natural selection has used the different mutations available in European and East African populations to make each develop lactose tolerance.

In Africa, those who carried the mutation were able to leave 10 times more progeny, creating a strong selective advantage.

So there you have it! Being able to drink milk has such an evolutionary advantage that people who have acquired this trait can expect to live long enough to have 10 times as many kids.

This give them a much greater chance of their progeny continuing in future generations.

In other words, the long and the short of it is that we are STILL evolving, and will continue to do so!

Allan

(Remind me sometime to tell you about Genghis Khan, who is related to about 30 to 40 percent of all Mongolians!)

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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Is Michael the Sicko?

PETA has a message for Michael Moore: You’re the Sicko.

The animal-rights group is blasting the filmmaker as a hypocrite for criticizing the U.S. health care system in his new documentary, “Sicko,” because they say he’s in such poor health himself.

(Michael has not done, or said, anything to PETA!)

“There’s an elephant in the room, and it is you,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk wrote in a letter to Moore.

Newkirk urged the rotund Moore to become a vegetarian, which many nutritionists say is a good way to lose weight, and visit PETA’s Web site GoVeg.com for veggie recipes.


Writes Newkirk: “As they say at Nike: ‘Just do it.”

Peta has a reputation for trying to sensationalize everything, but comments like that about Michael Moore are hitting below the belt. (Whether he has to loosen it or not!)

So, I have this to say to Mr. Newkirk; "Just Kiss It!!"

Your "don't mess with me" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

(Now, I don't think this really applies to Ingrid (!), but you find that a lot of people who go nutso over animals can't really identify with other people because they get "unconditional" love from their pet ........ or they just haven't been laid in a while. One good romp in the hay usually sets their priorities straight again!)

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Ghosts eh! Wanna Bet?

A paranormal investigator claimed today he is in line to win £1 million after betting he could prove the existence of an afterlife.

Ross Hemsworth, 49, from Glastonbury, England, has placed a £100 bet with odds of 10,000/1, that he will provide evidence of an afterworld beyond reasonable doubt.

If the self titled “scientific investigator of anomalous phenomena” is proved correct not only will he bag the money but will also become one of the most famous men in modern history.

Mr Hemsworth denied his scheme was crackpot and said a team of scientists and doctors were working around the clock to prove existence of the after life.

He could not provide details of the evidence he is set to produce as it was being kept “under wraps”.

The evidence must be provided and accepted by bookmakers William Hill before the end of the year or the business entrepreneur would lose his bet.

He said: “There is something out there trying to make contact.

“With the evidence we have got we are not a million miles away from proving it.

“The whole point of the project is to prove that there is something there.

“More and more people are coming away from religion, there are more and more wars.

“If we can prove this we hope it will make some difference to peoples’ lives.”

He added that voice communication, video and photography would be among the evidence he would produce.

William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said of the unusual bet: “We are used to taking bets on matters as bizarre as the existence of the Loch Ness Monster; whether Elvis Presley is still alive and when UFOs may land, even on whether ghosts exist.

“But this is the first time we have ever taken a bet that conclusive proof of the existence of the after-life will be forthcoming.

“I’ve no idea what that evidence may be, but if Ross produces it before the end of the year, we will be paying him £1 million.”

Not only that, but I will personnaly give hime a million bucks as well!

(As long as he will take a cheque!)

Your "show me" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Teenage "Mall Rats" Beware!

The latest technological breakthrough in the war against Mall Rats!

Meanwhile, in Europe, police forces on the autobahn use Porsche 911 Carrera police cars with a top end of over 300 KMH!

In Italy we get to see none other than a Lamborghini Gallardo!

And England? Why it's the Lamborghini Murcielago lp640 Police Car.

Meanwhile, here in Canada, (In spite of the vast distances, we have a speed limit of 100 KMH and don't see a need for all those exotic sports models.) our Police Cars are more utilitarian and one hell of a lot cheaper!
Highway speeders have to watch out for the Provincial Police, and city
scoff-laws get no mercy from the local cops!!!!



Your "pull over buddy" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Monday, June 25, 2007

No Tickee..... No washee!

U.S. judge rules in favour of dry cleaner sued for millions.

Guest Post by By Lubna Takruri

A judge ruled today in favour of a dry cleaner who was sued for US$54 million over a missing pair of pants.

The judge's decision said Custom Cleaners did not violate the city's Consumer Protection Act by failing to live up to Roy Pearson's expectations of the "Satisfaction Guaranteed" sign once displayed in the store's window.

Judge Judith Bartnoff of District of Columbia Superior Court ordered Pearson to pay the court costs of defendants Soo Chung, Jin Nam Chung and Ki Y. Chung.

Pearson, an administrative law judge, originally sought $67 million from the Chungs, claiming they lost a pair of suit trousers and later tried to give him a pair that he said was not his.

He arrived at the amount by adding up years of alleged law violations and almost $2 million in common law claims.

Pearson later dropped demands for damages related to the pants and focused his claims on signs in the shop, which have since been removed.

Chris Manning, the Chungs' lawyer, argued that no reasonable person would interpret the signs to mean an unconditional promise of satisfaction.

The Chungs said the trial had taken an enormous financial and emotional toll on them and exposed them to widespread ridicule.

The two-day trial earlier this month drew a standing-room-only crowd and overshadowed the drunken driving trial of former mayor Marion Barry.

This Pearson guy must be a complete idiot if he thinks the verdict would be anything other than what it was.

Now if everyone who brought bull-shit lawsuits like this before the courts was required to pay all legal costs for everyone involved, this would go a long way towards reducing frivolous lawsuits. After all the United States is the most litigious country in the world!

Your "Chung, you made the pants too long" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Gay marraige nixed!

Canadian Anglicans voted against blessing same-sex unions late Sunday afternoon.

Church delegates voted on the issue at their general assembly, or synod in Winnipeg.

Earlier in the day, delegates voted in favour of a motion decreeing that blessing the unions does not violate core doctrine of the Anglican Church of Canada.

But another motion, which would have allowed individual dioceses to choose whether to perform the blessing, was rejected by the bishops of the church late Sunday afternoon.

Cheryl Chang, a spokeswoman for Anglican Essentials, a group lobbying against same-sex blessings, said she believes confused and frustrated parishioners will start finding other churches immediately.

"People [will] leave to go to the Catholic church, the Baptist church, the Pentecostal church. That's going to happen starting next Sunday, or next Monday even," Chang said.

"These are decisions that are very confusing for the church, and ultimately, very divisive."

Both resolutions were widely supported by both clergy and laity in Sunday's votes, but needed the support of the bishops in order to pass.

The bishops narrowly accepted the resolution on doctrine by just two votes. However, when it came to allowing same-sex blessing ceremonies, the bishops voted 21 to 19 against the idea.

Though the church hasn't approved the practice, observers say the foundation has been laid for same-sex blessings in Canada.

Some of the more conservative Anglican churches have already threatened the U.S. church with expulsion over its blessings of same-sex couples, a reason opponents are concerned about Sunday's decisions.

"To do what they've done is to step apart from the worldwide Anglican communion," said Rev. Canon Charlie Masters, the head of Anglican Essentials.

"This is a very sad day for Anglicans." The issue has been contentious beyond the Anglican community.

Canada's Evangelical Lutheran Church, which is also meeting in Winnipeg this weekend, rejected same-sex blessings in a vote held Saturday.

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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DON'T WORRY...... BE HAPPY!


(Who says that animals don't have feelings!)

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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Worst Album (CD) Covers of all Time!

It's contest time Friends and Neighbours. Below is a collection of what your humble author considers to be the worst album covers of all time.



























Either vote for you favourite in the comments section or nominate your own choice! (Prize to be announced!)

Your "loads of fun at parties" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

"Coyote Ugly" doesn't begin to descibe it!

You might be seeing a lot of Elwood over the next few days but just remember you saw him here first!

Elwood, a 2-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix, was crowned the world's ugliest dog on the weekend, a distinction that delighted the New Jersey mutt's owners.


Elwood, dark colored and hairless — save for a Mohawk-like puff of white fur on his head — is often referred to as "Yoda," or "ET," for his resemblance to those famous science fiction characters.

"I think he's the cutest thing that ever lived," said Elwood's owner, Karen Quigley, a resident of Sewell, New Jersey.

Quigley brought Elwood out to compete for the second year at the annual ugly dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair. Elwood placed second last year.

Most of the competing canines were also Chinese Crested, a breed that features a Mohawk, bug eyes and a long, wagging tongue.

Quigley said she rescued Elwood two years ago. "The breeder was going to euthanize him because she thought he was too ugly to sell," said Quigley.

"So ha ha, now Elwood's all over the Internet and people love him and adore him."

Beyond the regal title of ugliest dog, Elwood also earned a $1,000 reward for his owner.

Your "just plain good looking" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Salman Rushdie is not the problem. Muslims are!

In a battle between flaming fundamentalists and mute moderates, who do you think is going to win?

GUEST POST by Irshad Manji. (Times Online)

Growing up in Vancouver, I attended an Islamic school every Saturday.

There, I learned that Jews cannot be trusted because they worship “moolah, not Allah,” meaning money, not God.

According to my teacher, every last Jew is consumed with business.

But looking around my neighbourhood, I noticed that most of the new business signs featured Asian languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Punjabi and plenty of Urdu. Not Hebrew. Urdu, which is spoken throughout Pakistan.

That reality check made me ask: What if my religious school is not educating me? What if it is indoctrinating me?

I am reminded of this question thanks to the news that Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses and ten other works of fiction, will be knighted by the Queen of England.

On Monday, Pakistan’s religious affairs minister said that in light of how Rushdie has blasphemed Islam with provocative literature, it is understandable why angry Muslims would commit suicide bombings over his knighthood.

Members of Parliament, as well as the Pakistani government, amplified the condemnation of Britain, feeding cries of offense to Muslim sensibilities from Europe to Asia.

As a Muslim, you better believe I am offended – by these absurd reactions.

I am offended that it is not the first time honours from the West have met with vitriol and violence.

In 1979, Pakistani physicist Abdus Salam became the first Muslim to win the Nobel Prize in science. He began his acceptance speech with a verse from the Quran.

Salam’s country ought to have celebrated him.

Instead, rioters tried to prevent him from re-entering the country. Parliament even declared him a “non-Muslim” because he belonged to a religious minority.

His name continues to be controversial, invoked by state authorities in hushed tones.

I am offended that every year, there are more women killed in Pakistan for allegedly violating their family’s honour than there are detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Muslims have rightly denounced the mistreatment of Guantanamo prisoners.

But where is our outrage over the murder of many more Muslims at the hands of our own?

I am offended that in April, mullahs at an extreme mosque in Pakistan issued a fatwa against hugging.

The country’s female tourism minister had embraced – or, depending on the account you follow, accepted a congratulatory pat from – her skydiving instructor after she successfully jumped in a French fundraiser for the victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.

Clerics announced her act of touching another man to be “a great sin.” They demanded she be fired.

I am offended by their fatwa proclaiming that women should stay at home and remain covered at all times.

I am offended that they have bullied music store owners and video vendors into closing shop.

I am offended that the government tiptoes around their craziness because these clerics threaten suicide attacks if confronted.

I am offended that on Sunday, at least 35 Muslims in Kabul were blown to bits by other Muslims and on Tuesday, 87 more in Baghdad by Islamic “insurgents”, with no official statement from Pakistan to deplore these assaults on fellow believers.

I am offended that amid the internecine carnage, a professed atheist named Salman Rushdie tops the to-do list.

Above all, I am offended that so many other Muslims are not offended enough to demonstrate widely against God’s self-appointed ambassadors.

We complain to the world that Islam is being exploited by fundamentalists, yet when reckoning with the opportunity to resist their clamour en masse, we fall curiously silent.

In a battle between flaming fundamentalists and mute moderates, who do you think is going to win?

I am not saying that standing up to intimidation is easy.

This past spring, the Muslim world made it that much more difficult. A 56-member council of Islamic countries pushed the UN Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution against the “defamation of religion”. Pakistan led the charge.

Focused on Islam rather than on faith in general, the resolution allows repressive regimes to squelch freedom of conscience further – and to do so in the guise of international law.

On occasion, though, the people of Pakistan show that they do not have to be muzzled by clerics and politicians.

Last year, civil society groups vocally challenged a set of anti-female laws, three decades old and supposedly based on the Quran.

Their religiously respectful approach prompted even mullahs to hint that these laws are man-made, not God-given.

This month, too, Pakistanis forced their government to lift restrictions on the press.

No wonder my own book, translated into Urdu and posted on my website, is being downloaded in droves.

Religious authorities will not let it be sold in the markets. But they cannot stop Pakistanis – or other Muslims – from satiating a genuine hunger for ideas.

In that spirit, it is high time to “ban” hypocrisy under the banner of Islam.

Salman Rushdie is not the problem. Muslims are!

After all, the very first bounty on Rushdie's head was worth £1 million. It increased to £1.25 million; then higher.

The chief benefactor, Iran's government, claimed to have profitably invested the principal. Hence the rising value of the reward.

Looks like Jews are not the only people handy at business.

A Senior Fellow with the European Foundation for Democracy, Irshad Manji is creator of the new documentary Faith Without Fear and author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Wake-Up Call for Honesty and Change

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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Sunday Morning Funnies!

BUMPER STICKERS WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE!
* Jesus loves you, but everyone else thinks you're an asshole!

* Impotence... Nature's way of saying "No hard feelings.

* Everyone has a photographic memory, some just don't have film.

* Save your breath... You'll need it to blow up your date.

* Some people are only alive because it is illegal to shoot them.

* I used to have a handle on life... but now it is broken.

* Your ridiculous little opinion has been noted.

* Try not to let your mind wander... It is too small to be out by itself.

* Guys, just because you have one, doesn't mean you have to be one.

* Jesus is coming, everyone look busy.

* A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory.

* Horn broken, watch for finger.

* All men are idiots ... I married their king.

* My kid had sex with your honor student.

* Help wanted, Telepath: you know where to apply.

* IRS: We've got what it takes to take what you've got.

* I'm just driving this way to piss you off.

* Jesus paid for our sins ... now lets get our money's worth.

* Reality is a crutch for people who can't handle drugs.

* I love cats ... they taste just like chicken.

* Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.

* Keep honking, I'm reloading.

* Laugh alone and the world thinks you're an idiot.

* I don't have to be dead to donate my organ.

* Lord save me from your followers.

* I said "no" to drugs, but they just wouldn't listen.

* Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

* It IS as BAD as you think, and they ARE out to GET you!

* If we aren't supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?

* Forget about World Peace.....Visualize Using Your Turn Signal!

* Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.

* He/She who laughs last thinks slowest.

* Very funny, Scotty. Now beam down my clothes.

* Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.

* Be nice to your kids. They'll be choosing your nursing home.

* Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

* Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie!' Till you find a rock!

* Auntie Em: Hate you, Hate Kansas, Taking the dog. -Dorothy.

* Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

* Born Free…Taxed to Death.

* The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.

* Sometimes I wake up grumpy; Other times I let her sleep.

* I didn't fight my way up the food chain to be no vegetarian.

* Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition.

* Real women don't have hot flashes, they have power surges.

* Okay, who stopped the payment on my reality check?

* When there's a will, I want to be in it!

* Few women admit their age, Few men act it!

* Pride is what we have. Vanity is what others have.

* How Can I Miss You if You Won't Go Away?

* Warning: Dates in Calendar are Closer than they Appear.

* Give me ambiguity or give me something else.

* We have enough youth, how about a fountain of SMART!

* Always remember you're unique, just like everybody else

And finally, my all time favourite bumper sticker;

* I MAY BE SLOW.....BUT I'M AHEAD OF YOU!!!!

Allan

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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