The Two Pigs Caption Contest

This is the 105th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

McCain & pig

The above pic was taken at a press conference on government spending on May 13, 2015.

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:

Income: $58,000+/yr disability pension from Navy 
Income: $174,000/yr as a U.S. senator 
Net worth: $21 million (from marrying rich) 
John McCain: Definition of a Fat Pig who has voted every time to cut veterans’ military pension 

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, Sept. 1, 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

“Crisis Actors” Alison Parker and Adam Ward

Originally posted on Memory Hole:

The “journalistic” duo were prone to elaborate get-ups and antics both on and off the air –  UK paper says

Photographs obtained from the social media accounts of slain reporters Alison Parker and Adam Ward posted by the Daily Mail on August 26 indicate the pair greatly enjoyed dressing up at work and play. At one point they are even photographed in a dressing room preparing “fake injuries” as combination crisis actor/reporters.

“The reporter and cameraman shared this photo of them being painted with fake injuries for a news segment,” the Mail remarks.

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The boy who was held by his Angel

As America grows ever darker and more corrupt, here’s a reminder that God is still with the faithful.

A true Angel story by a mom named Ida C, from Opus Sanctorum Angelorum:

I am very grateful to God for blessing me with my Guardian Angel. He has protected me many times throughout my life. I have a Guardian Angel story that involves my Angel and that of my three children.

It was a snowy day in February, the year was 1989, and after picking up the children from school we drove about three miles into town for banking and groceries. The bank teller at the drive through said “Drive carefully,” and as I finished my transaction, I assured her that I would.

As I said, it had snowed earlier in the day, but by early afternoon the sun had started to melt some of the snow. Unfortunately it was less than an hour when the temperature dropped and the melted snow began to freeze. After our groceries were purchased we started our drive back home. As I rounded a sharp turn which was shaded by large fir trees my left front tire suddenly slid on black ice.

The roadway, which had appeared wet to me, was a sheet of ice. My first reaction was certainly the wrong one as I slammed on the brakes and turned sharply to the left! The vehicle I was driving at the time was a 1975 Toyota LandCruiser. The LandCruiser rolled over and into a deep ditch with the front end facing the opposite direction in which we were traveling. We were sitting top side up, but at a very steep angle. My two older children were buckled up in the rear of the vehicle. My youngest son was in the front passenger seat. The top was torn off of the LandCruiser, the windshield and the right front passenger window and door were broken and mangled. My youngest son, without my knowing, had removed his seat belt before we left the store.

As our vehicle started to roll I could see the roadway coming up to my side window. I cried out “Oh God” as I gripped the steering wheel with all my strength. As we landed back on our wheels I could hear my two children who were seated in the back. My daughter was crying hysterically and my son was moaning. They both had received bumps on their heads from the roll-bar. Thankfully their injuries were not life threatening.

As I looked to my right I could not see my son in his seat! I looked up and saw his lifeless body hanging over the broken and mangled window/door frame. I took off my seat belt and tried to extract him from the broken frame. We were sitting at such a steep angle that I could not leverage him down. He wasn’t moving or speaking. Very soon a large, helpful gentleman was able to remove my son from the broken frame and place him in the passenger seat. My son had sustained lacerations to the side of his head and a cut tendon on the top of his left wrist.

As my son’s injuries were made known, and as he was not yet speaking, my daughter began saying “Is he going to die, is he going to die!!!” I said “NO, he is NOT GOING TO DIE!”

David and all of us survived that horrible accident because God was Gracious and heard my cry. Sometime later, months later, my son, David, said to me. Thank you mom for putting your arms around me and holding me in my seat! I was astonished. I had wondered why he was not thrown out and crushed under the vehicle as it rolled! I told him that I would have put my arms around him and held him if it had been possible, but it could only have been his Guardian Angel that he felt holding him in place.

The only injury I sustained was a slight cut to my finger when I put my hand in my pocket that was full of glass from the broken windshield.

I thank God everyday for the loving protection of our Guardian Angels.

Guardian Angel

A Prayer to My Guardian Angel

By St. Bonaventure (1221-1274)

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom His Love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard,
to rule and guide. Amen.

For other true angelic encounters, see:

And remember to tell your Guardian Angel you love him, for he loves you very very much.

~Éowyn

How many days could you be late to work before you were fired? How about 111?

What exactly does it take to get a public employee fired?

The teacher who can't manage his time

The teacher who can’t manage his time

Fox News: An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness.

“I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning, and I lost track of time,” 15-year veteran teacher Arnold Anderson told The Associated Press.

In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator in New Jersey rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School in New Brunswick to fire Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline. But the arbitrator also criticized Anderson’s claim that the quality of his teaching outweighed his tardiness.

Anderson was late 46 times in the most recent school year through March 20 and 65 times in the previous school year, the arbitrator said. Anderson said he was one to two minutes late to school “at the most” but was prepared and was never late for class. “I have to cut out eating breakfast at home,” he said Friday.

Anderson remains suspended without pay until Jan. 1. A message seeking comment was left Friday with the school superintendent’s office.

The arbitrator found that the district failed to provide Anderson with due process by not providing him with a formal notice of inefficiency or giving him 90 days to correct his failings before terminating his employment.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie referenced the case in a tweet on Friday. Christie wrote: “Think I’m too tough on the teachers union? This is what we’re dealing with in NJ.”

Anderson said he was “very upset” to be suspended but conceded that losing his job would have been worse. When he returns to school in January, “I will be early,” he said.

DCG

Sunday Devotional: America, the reprobate

Mark 7:1, 6, 8

When the Pharisees…
gathered around Jesus….
He responded,
“…You disregard God’s commandment
but cling to human tradition.”

Moses and the Ten Commandments

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8

Moses said to the people:
“…In your observance
of the commandments of the Lord, your God,

which I enjoin upon you,
you shall not add to what I command you
nor subtract from it.

Observe them carefully,
for thus will you give evidence
of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,
who will hear of all these statutes and say,
‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’
For what great nation is there
that has gods so close to it as the Lord, our God, is to us
whenever we call upon him?
Or what great nation has statutes and decrees
that are as just as this whole law
which I am setting before you today?”

But America is doing the exact opposite, not only removing the Ten Commandments from public squares, the latest being Oklahoma City, but Detroit actually erected a 9 ft. tall statue of Satan.

For an examination of conscience by reviewing the Ten Commandments, go here.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you.

~Eowyn

Virginia TV shooting and Sandy Hook: WDBJ general manager and the coroner

Jeffrey A. Marks is the president and general manager of WDBJ TV, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, which is now infamous because two of its employees — reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward — were gunned down and killed on August 26, 2015, by disgruntled ex-employee Vester Lee Flanagan II, aka Bryce Williams, who killed himself after a 5-hour manhunt.

H. Wayne Carver was the chief medical examiner of the State of Connecticut who oversaw the autopsies of the 20 children and 6 adults allegedly killed by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Five months after the massacre, on May 23, 2013, Carver announced he was retiring, after 31 years as a medical examiner.

Here are pictures of the two men. Note that the pic of Marks was taken more than 3 years after the pic of Carver. If they are the same person, Marks’ pic would be Carver 3 years older.

WDBJ station general manager Jeff Marks; Sandy Hook coroner Wayne Carver

Now let’s compare the two men’s ears. You can’t fake ears.

Jeff Marks & Wayne Carver ears

Here are close-ups of the two men’s ears. Note the similarities in folds and other anatomical features:

Jeff Marks & Wayne Carver right ear

Below are two videos to compare the two men’s voices. Note that both men punctuate their speech with “urr”.

WDBJ president and station general manager Jeffrey Marks:

Sandy Hook medical examiner Wayne Carver’s press conference:

Jeffrey Marks has a barebone page on LinkedIn, with none of the usual professional information one usually finds on LinkedIn, such as education and employment history. Marks’ LinkedIn page contains only:

  1. Under “Experience,” his present job title of President and General Manager, WDBJ TV Inc.
  2. A recommendation for a woman named Faith York, Senior Training Specialist, who seems to train choruses. The recommendation ends with this cryptic sentence: “January 27, 2011, Jeffrey was with another company when working with Faith at Spurwink Services”. (Spurwink Services or Spurwink School is a mental health and special education agency in Portland, Maine serving people diagnosed with autism and other behavioral special needs in the nursery, elementary and secondary educational levels and young adults.)

Wikipedia, however, says that “On July 1, 2007, Jeffery A. Marks was named as the [WDBJ] station’s general manager.

Are Marks and Carver the same man? What do you think?

See also:

~Éowyn and Victoria Rivera (née Muramoto)

Saturday Funny: The cat door

Why squeeze yourself through a teeny cat door when you can reach up and just open the real door?

Philo the Cat: 1
Human: 0

H/t FOTM’s CSM

~Éowyn

Associated Press sues FBI over fake news stories

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Joe Mullin writes for ArsTechnica, August 27, 2015:

The Associated Press filed a lawsuit (PDF) this morning, demanding the FBI hand over information about its use of fake news stories. The case stems from a 2007 incident regarding a bomb threat at a school. The FBI created a fake news story with an Associated Press byline, then e-mailed it to a suspect to plant malware on his computer.

The AP sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI last year seeking documents related to the 2014 sting. It also seeks to know how many times the FBI has used such a ruse since 2000. The FBI responded to the AP saying it could take two years or more to gather the information requested. Unsatisfied with the response, the Associated Press has taken the matter to court.

An Electronic Frontier Foundation FOIA request on a different matter revealed the strategy in 2011, but it wasn’t made public until last year, when privacy researcher Chris Soghoian saw evidence of the operation in the documents and tweeted about it. That spurred both the AP and The Seattle Times to complain vocally about the FBI’s behavior.

“The FBI both misappropriated the trusted name of The Associated Press and created a situation where our credibility could have been undermined on a large scale,” AP General Counsel Karen Kaiser wrote in a letter to then-AG Eric Holder last year.

FBI director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey defended the action in a New York Times op-ed. “We do use deception at times to catch crooks, but we are acting responsibly and legally,” he wrote.

In the op-ed, Comey admitted that not only did the FBI create a fake news story, one of its agents impersonated an AP journalist.

The 2007 operation began when the FBI was contacted by police in Lacey, Washington, after a series of bomb threats were placed to Timberline High School in May and June of that year.

The FBI e-mailed the fake news story via a link to a suspect’s MySpace account. The e-mail was made to look like it came from The Seattle Times. When the suspect clicked on the link, FBI software revealed his location and IP address to agents working the case. A juvenile suspect was arrested on June 14, 2007.

A month later, the student was sentenced to 90 days’ juvenile probation and ordered to pay $8,852 to compensate the school for additional security.

The Associated Press filed today’s lawsuit together with the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press, which put in its own FOIA request last year. The lawsuit notes that it has been nearly 300 days since the original request was made and says the FBI failed to respond to the request as it’s legally required to do.

~Éowyn