The majority have spoken, so here’s a new Caption Contest!

As of 5 minutes ago, 38 readers have voted on whether FOTM should continue our caption contests:

  • 55.25% or 21 readers voted for the contests to continue immediately.
  • 21.05% or 8 readers voted for the contests to discontinue.
  • 13.16% or 5 readers voted for a break.
  • 10.53% or 4 readers said they don’t have an opinion.

The majority have spoken, so here is your new Caption Contest! The others will just have to suck it up. LOL

This is the 97th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic.

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You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM! :D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

With news of Hillary’s 2016 presidential race, it’s every Batman for himself as they abandon Gotham U.S.A.

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

Seen any pics that you think will make good fodder for our caption contests? Send it to us at:

fellowshipminds@gmail.com

Thank you!

~Éowyn

Uber driver, licensed to carry gun, shoots gunman in Logan Square

The perp's mugshot, taken in the hospital.

The perp’s mugshot, taken in the hospital.

Chicago Tribune: Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend.

The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted in the defense of himself and others, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday.

A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when Everardo Custodio, 22, began firing into the crowd, Quinn said.

The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times, according to court records.  Responding officers found Custodio lying on the ground, bleeding, Quinn said.  No other injuries were reported. Custodio was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to the shin, thigh and lower back, authorities said.

Custodio, of the 2900 block of North Ridgeway Avenue, was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon charges.  He was denied bond during the Sunday court hearing.

The Uber driver, a 47-year-old resident of Little Italy, provided police with a valid concealed-carry permit and a firearm owner’s identification card, Quinn said.

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Score one for the Second Amendment!

DCG

US aircraft carrier sent to block Iranian shipments to Yemen

Fox News: A U.S. aircraft carrier has been dispatched to waters off Yemen to join other American ships prepared to block any Iranian shipments to the Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen. 

The U.S. Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea amid reports that a convoy of about eight Iranian ships is heading toward Yemen and possibly carrying arms for the Houthis.

A Navy official confirmed to Fox News that the USS Theodore Roosevelt — along with her escort ship, the USS Normandy, a guided-missile cruiser — left the Persian Gulf on Sunday en route for the Arabian Sea, to help enforce the blockade.

Tensions are rising in the region even as the U.S. and five other world powers scramble to strike a final deal with Iran on its nuclear program by the end of June. The fighting in Yemen, where U.S. ally Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition against the Iran-backed rebels, is complicating matters. 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, without commenting specifically on any Navy movements, said the U.S. has concerns about Iran’s “continued support” for the Houthis.

We have seen evidence that the Iranians are supplying weapons and other armed support to the Houthis in Yemen. That support will only contribute to greater violence in that country,” he said. “These are exactly the kind of destabilizing activities that we have in mind when we raise concerns about Iran’s destabilizing activities in the Middle East.”

He said “the Iranians are acutely aware of our concerns for their continued support of the Houthis by sending them large shipments of weapons.”

A written statement from the Navy on Monday said the two ships are joining others in conducting “maritime security operations” in the region. “In recent days, the U.S. Navy has increased its presence in this area as a result of the current instability in Yemen,” the statement said.

“The purpose of these operations is to ensure the vital shipping lanes in the region remain open and safe. The United States remains committed to its regional partners and to maintaining security in the maritime environment.”

The Houthis are battling government-backed fighters in an effort to take control of the country. There are now about nine U.S. Navy ships in the region, including cruisers and destroyers carrying teams that can board and search other vessels, as well as three support ships.

The U.S. Navy generally conducts consensual boardings of ships when needed, including to combat piracy around Africa and the region. So far, however, U.S. naval personnel have not boarded any Iranian vessels since the Yemen conflict began.

And Iran wants nukes?

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DCG

Coyote Ugly

Movie definition:
A person that is so ugly, that when waking up next to that person with one’s arm underneath them, one would rather chew one’s own arm off than risk waking them by pulling one’s arm out.

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So (spiritually) ugly, she has to sneak up on an exorcist.

Think Obama is the worst possible president? Really?

This woman and her husband of convenience have already received massive amounts of bribe money from China’s bellicose military leaders and a variety of oil-rich, Christian-hating muslims, including the muslim brotherhood. That money is fueling her campaign and making she and Bill extremely wealthy.

Q. So what are Hillary and Bill selling that our enemies are buying at such high rates?

A. You, me and everyone we hold dear.

WE… have been sold.


Thank you Vic Bailey.
Let’s bring on the ugly jokes!

U.S. Army commander says Russia is “real threat” as Patriot missiles are deployed to Poland

Dr. Eowyn:

At a time when our soldiers’ morale is at an all-time low (see DCG’s post here), tensions with Russia are at an all-time high — tensions that largely had been provoked by the Obama administration over Ukraine and Crimea. (See U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s leaked phone conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, here.)

This has led to Obama reversing a policy of just a year ago when all battle tanks were removed from Europe. Now, the U.S. is moving those tanks back to the continent, together with live Patriot missiles to Poland.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Lt. Gen. Ben HodgesJustin Huggler reports for The Telegraph, April 18, 2015, that Lt. Gen. Frederick “Ben” Hodges, Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, warns that NATO must remain united in the face of a “real threat” from Russia:

It’s not an assumption. There is a Russian threat.You’ve got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defense program. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that’s not professional conduct.”

Gen. Hodges spoke to the Telegraph on the sidelines of a military debriefing after an exercise to move live Patriot missiles 750 miles across Europe by road and deploy them on the outskirts of Warsaw. The sight of a US military convoy crossing the German-Polish border more than 20 years after the end of the Cold…

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What are they feeding kids nowadays?

From a California Highway Patrol Amber Alert:

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Happily, less than 3 hours after the Amber Alert had been issued, the car was found with the boy in it.

Am I just out of it, or is it unusual that an EIGHT-year-old boy measures 5 ft. 1 in. tall and weighs 110 lb.?

~Éowyn

Lynx in zoo shares food and friendship with homeless kitten

A homeless kitten — a calico house cat — hungry and alone in the world, snuck into the European Lynx enclosure in Russia’s St. Petersburg’s Zoo in search of food.

The lynx, many times bigger than the kitten, not only shared her food and water with the kitten, the two have become best friends.

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According to locals, the calico cat was only a kitten when she first stumbled into the lynx enclosure. Instead of rejecting or fighting off the tiny intruder, the lynx embraced her visitor with open paws and a big, warm heart.

Since the calico was only a kitten when the pair first formed a bond, the kitten looks at the lynx like her mother. The once-lonely lynx returns the cat’s affection.

Happily, zoo employees adopted the homeless cat, and the lynx and cat now live in the same enclosure.

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The lynx is a medium-sized wild feline found in the remote northern forests of North America, Europe, and Asia. Solitary by nature, the lynx hunts at night, but are themselves hunted by humans for their coat.

The St. Petersburg Zoo, aka Leningradskiy Zoopark (Leningrad Zoo), is Russia’s oldest zoo, founded in 1865. Today, the zoo houses more than 400 species, numbering 2,000 animals.

Here’s a video of cat and lynx lovingly grooming each other:

Source: Earthporm

H/t FOTM’s maziel

“Be kind. Be kind. And you will become a saint.”

-St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)

~Éowyn

Mother of five, who suffocated her newborn daughter, is spared jail

 

Claudia Martins

Claudia Martins

Daily Mail: A mother-of-five avoided jail for suffocating her newborn baby daughter by stuffing toilet paper down her throat and hiding the infant’s body in a suitcase. Claudia Martins, 33, wept as she walked free after a judge accepted she had a ‘momentary abnormality of mental functioning’ which she no longer suffered from.

A court heard she was suffering from a condition known as a ‘pathological denial of pregnancy‘ which continued after giving birth to a baby girl. Until that point she had managed to keep her pregnancy secret from her family and gave birth to the child in the bath before killing her.

She ‘intended’ to dispose of the tragic baby’s body unnoticed, wrapping it in a plastic bag and towels, but was prevented from doing so when paramedics arrived and whisked her off to hospital.

Earlier that evening she had complained to her family of a bad back but an ambulance was called when it was noticed she had wrapped herself in blood-soaked towels. Before she left her sister’s home in Knowle, Bristol, on September 12 last year, she was seen rearranging items in a suitcase and placed items on top.

Three days later, her sister, Vilma, complained of a smell coming from Martins’ bedroom and traced it to the suitcase, Bristol Crown Court heard. When she opened it she found towels soaked in blood and the body of a baby girl, which was between 35 and 36 weeks gestation.

Baby at 36 week development

Baby at 36 week development

Martins was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Mr. Justice Teare, sentencing Martins at Winchester Crown Court, Hampshire, to a two year community order with supervision requirements, described her actions as ‘wholly out of character’. He said: ‘On September 12 last year you gave birth to a baby girl and very shortly afterwards you killed that baby by inserting tissue paper in her mouth. Immediately thereafter you hid the baby in a suitcase and it was not discovered for three days. The explanation for your conduct is you were suffering from an abnormality of mental functioning which substantially impaired your judgement. This arose from a medical condition known as a pathological denial of pregnancy which continued despite the obvious presence of a baby.”

‘The giving of birth didn’t bring the denial to an end and you continued to deny the pregnancy to your family, friends and medical personnel. It was a great shock to you and induced in you a state of panic. Your actions of killing the baby were a manifestation of your irrational condition and your actions were wholly out of character.’

He added that her friends provided glowing references of her childcare qualities which were in ‘stark contrast’ to her actions on September 12 last year.

He continued: ‘Quite why you developed a pathological denial of pregnancy is unclear but it’s likely to be you living with the pressures of living with two children in cramped conditions without a partner in a foreign country and unable to speak English without any prospect of a job.’

No job but money to change up her hair...

No job but money to change up her hair…

The family of Martins, who is originally from Mozambique but a Portuguese national, will arrange accommodation for her supervision, the court heard. The conditions of the order mean she must report to her probation officer on a regular basis to help her rehabilitation into society.

Ms. Martin might need another wig to

Ms. Martin might need a new wig to help her “rehabilitate into society”…

When she killed her baby daughter she was living at the shared property in Knowle with eight other people including her sister. However, she can no longer live with her sister because social services will take her four children away into care if they live under the same roof.

During the trial Adam Vaitilingam QC, prosecuting, told how Martins concealed her pregnancy from her friends and family and denied giving birth altogether, saying she simply had a period. He said: ‘She placed the body of the baby in a suitcase, hidden from anyone. No doubt, we suggest she intended to dispose of it but was prevented from doing so by the arrival of the paramedics, who took her off to hospital.’

Following the discovery of the baby’s body police were called and officers arrested Martins on September 15, the day after she was discharged from hospital. In police interviews on September 17 she claimed she was in the bath because her back and legs hurt when the baby suddenly came out. She said she caught the baby but it wasn’t crying or moving.

However, Dr. Russell Delaney carried out a post mortem examination on September 17 and could not find any evidence that the baby was stillborn. He added he believed that the wad of tissue paper, made up of around five pieces, was deliberately inserted, a court heard.

Mr. Vaitilingam added: ‘It is also Dr. Delaney’s view that the obstruction of the baby’s airways by this object would have caused its death if the baby had been born alive.’

In mitigation, Christopher Quinlan QC said: ‘Here we have a vulnerable defendant being held in custody and in my respectful submission she should not be there. Given the circumstances of this case and the jury’s finding the court could impose a sentence that results in her immediate release.’

Martins has already served eight months in custody following her arrest in September last year which Mr. Justice Teare took into account when sentencing.

Speaking after the verdict, Senior Investigating Officer Det Insp Neil Meade said: ‘The death of a baby is always a tragedy but the unique circumstances make this a particularly emotive case for everyone involved. Our thoughts are very much with the victim’s wider family as they are struggling to comprehend how and why this tragedy happened.’

DCG