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

Is Nashville teen actually Assbakistani?

j-doe

Another “teen” shielded by media

Anybody else notice what’s glaringly absent from this story?

BOSTON (WHDH) – A Nashville teen has been arrested on a state terrorism charge after being accused of threatening schools in Tennessee and three other states.

Authorities say the joint investigation by police and the FBI led them to the student, who is now accused of being responsible for 16 emails and telephone calls threatening violence in schools in Tennessee, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
One of the letters said “We plan to kill as many people as we can.” Another said “it will be a Columbine or Sandy hook massacre but far worse…” and continued by saying they would “start shooting kids coming out the main doors loading onto large yellow school buses.”

The threats were so serious that Whitman-Hanson High School was closed earlier this week- to make sure students were safe. Brockton High School also received the threats and closed. Cardinal Spellman High in Brockton also received a letter.

“When we see this with some persistence, and it’s impacting schools here in Massachusetts, schools in the FBI Boston area of operations, we’re going to take it seriously,” Kieran Ramsey, an FBI official in Boston, said.

At this point investigators say it’s not clear how or why the suspect chose the schools or if there is any connection between them.

The student has not been identified.

http://www.whdh.com/story/28832460/nashville-teen-accused-of-making-multiple-threats-to-schools


Content of some emailed threats

http://www.wcvb.com/blob/view/-/32427994/data/1/-/nk70vz/-/Nashville-Teen-Charging-Document.pdf

Dcar Brockton Fligh School staff,

You are receiving this cmail bccause one of two reasons. (1) Because a bomb has been placed on the school campus of Brockton High or 2. Because a bomb will be placed at Brockton High. Now since I’m such a nice person I decided to take the time to inform you before the destruction of the school takes place and also so you can have time to think about exactly what you’re going to do about such a situation. The following will take place on the week of Tuesday, March 17, 201 5 – Friday, March 20,2015. I wish you the best of luck. Also, if I were you I’d take this email very seriously bccause the lives of hundreds ofteachers and students is not a joke and if you fail to do something about this, the blood will be on your hands.

Sincerely, XXXXX

Dear Antioch High Staff,

I’m informing you about my crucl intentions so hopefully I can bc stopped in time. I time. I plan to kill every student and teacher in sight. I plan to run into the school at school at the most convenient time to mc and watch the blood shed. Can you imagine the blood of students and teachers filling up the hallways? brain matter splattered everywhere ? Thc main office ? The classrooms ? the cafeteria ? Such a Such a beautiful site it shall be. I’ve been saving up a hit list for quite awhile and a while a large majority of students and teachers in the building happen to be on it. If all goes wcll, it will bc a Columbine or Sandy hook like massacre but far worse. worse. Nothing is more enjoyable than watching the people who have wronged me me tremble in fear. ‘Thirty-two names are on lhe list that I have created, I,ll succeed sucoeed ifat least three have lost their life to my bullets, If I can’t gain access into into the building, then I shall start shooting as the kids are coming out the main doors loading onto the large yellow school buses, Who knows ? there might even sent to approximately even be a bomb aboard a bus. Please do everything you can to stop me. I don’t want to end it like this. I’ve been having these awful thoughts for a long period of of time but the good lord has told me to do what is needed, ‘l’he lives of thirty-two thirty-two are needed to be taken, maybc even more. I feel like an awful person but but this is the right thing for me to do. This life isn’t worth living anymore. Ever Ever since I graduated lrom Antioch High in 2014 these thoughts haunt me daily, I’m in pain. I’m angry. I live in a studio apartment barely even making enough enough money to live off of and be able to pay myrent. My life has gone down hill hill and I can’t takc this anymore, the stress, the anxiety… I can’t do it. I’m in nscd need olsome help. I’nr in need ofa friend. someone that I can trust. But it’s too too late for all that, no one ever hclped me or talked to mc when I was in need. I was always that lonely kid who didn’t have any friends or who was always bullied bullied by the more popular kids. High School was a living hell for me, everyone everyone else was always happy but there I was.,..the one that stood out the most for bullics and harassnent. I don’t want and or nccd your pitty, I nccd you to help help me from harming these people. But let me tell you this, if I enter that building building or see anyone out side o[school on the campus, they will be killed on site site and once that happens, it’s too late for me to bc stopped. Do what you can. March 3 I st 201 5 will go down in history.

Sincerely, XXXXX

Dear Brockton High Staff,

I have decided to email you to inform you that I have targeted your school for a columbine or sandy hook like shooting. My friends and I can no longer put up with with the constant bullying, the harassment, the racial slurs, all of it will no longer be be tolerated. Fifteen friends who have also been bullied by the students enrolled in the school are in on this. We plan to kill as many people as wo can at the first period bell. I won’t be going to school, however, I will be in the woods with a Mosin Nagant aiming down at the school for targets. Some students will even have have a hydrogen bornb in their backpack, some will have shotguns and assault rifles, rifles, we best advise you evacuate as soon as possible or expect the worst we will will have 3 people in the woods around the school scouting for targets such as our our faggot ass principal, teachers and even students inside the school. We will have have hydrogen bombs in the 4 bathrooms on the second floor, no bombs will be planted until tomorrow morning… Guess when ? prepare for the worst, our 2 practice threats proved you guys lack security which will allow us to cause the next next nationally tragic event, we are sorry to bare this terrible news, we wish you and and your students the best of luck with the next school slaughter, Think of this as the the Purge…, The purge of Brockton, Do what you can to stop us. Also, for Sharon Wolder I plan to skin you alive. Hanging you up by your feet and sexually abuse you. I’ll then grab a dull knife and skin you while you feel the pain.. pain.. the blood dripping down your legs, your arms. I will then wear your face. face.

Sincerely, XXXXX


Of course they haven’t identified the perpetrator or his motives. I’m thinking this feels like the “Australian” male model fighting for ISIS story.

Another possibility is a (forgive me) false flag to raise fears on the eve of the next Boston Marathon, and this time with a politically correct villain, a straw man who talks like the almost nonexistent bible hugging, gun loving trailer park white supremacist. 

Or possibly just one more grandiose narcissist our society has become so adept at producing? Having read the content of some of the emailed threats, this is my current theory. A teenage lunatic who is completely disconnected from reality. H-bombs? So I have to believe there isn’t a muslim in sight here. 

Now back to the question. Why the secrecy about the “teen’s” identity?

Boston Strong?

♞ 

Saturday Funny: Father O’Malley and the jackass

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An Irish Priest is transferred to Iola, Texas.

He rose from his bed one morning. It was a fine Spring day in his new West Texas mission parish. He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of the beautiful day outside.

He then noticed there was a jackass lying dead in the middle of his front lawn. So the priest promptly called the local police station. The conversation went like this:

“Good morning. This is Sergeant Jones. How might I help you?”

“And the best of the day to yourself. This is Father O’Malley at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. There’s a jackass lying dead in me front lawn and would ye be so kind as to send a couple o’ yer lads to take care of the matter.”

Sergeant Jones, considering himself to be quite a wit and recognizing the priest’s Irish accent, thought he would have a little fun, replied, “Well now Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of the last rites!”

There was dead silence on the line for a long moment.

Then, Father O’Malley replied, “Aye, ’tis certainly true; but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin first, which is the reason for me call.”

H/t FOTM’s josephbc69 muttley

~Eowyn

Baby squirrel, adopted by mommy cat, purrs like a kitten!

Jim and Karen Watkins are a kind- and big-hearted couple who are organizers of Central Mississippi’s non-profit TAILS: Taking Animals Into Loving Shelters.

The Watkins have taken into their home 18 homeless cats and a baby squirrel that fell from his nest in the tree.

The Watkins named the baby squirrel Rocky.

Rocky the baby squirrel that purrs like a cat

One of Watkins’ mommy cats adopted Rocky as her own.

Not only does Rocky nurse along with the kittens, but the little squirrel actually purrs!

God bless Jim and Karen Watkins!

H/t FOTM’s Anon.

~Éowyn

Machinists withdraw request for South Carolina Boeing union vote

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MyNorthwest.com: The Machinists union is delaying its attempt to organize Boeing workers in South Carolina, announcing Friday that it’s withdrawing a petition to hold a union vote next week because of what it called a toxic atmosphere and political interference.

Almost 3,200 production workers at Boeing facilities in North Charleston, where the aeronautics giant has a 787 assembly plant, were eligible to vote in the election that was set for April 22.

Withdrawing its petition before the National Labor Relations Board means there cannot now be another union vote for at least six months. Boeing employs nearly 7,500 workers in South Carolina.

“We’ve determined now is not the right time for an election,” said Mike Evans, lead organizer for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. “An atmosphere of threats, harassment and unprecedented political interference has intimidated workers to the point we don’t believe a free and fair election is possible.”

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley

The union said it had contacted about 1,700 workers but Evans said the home visits were suspended after two organizers were threatened at gunpoint and other workers reported hostile confrontations. “I hold the Boeing Company, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and their surrogates responsible for creating an atmosphere of state-sanctioned hostility toward unions and union organizers,” Evans said.

“The IAM’s allegations are ridiculous,” responded company spokeswoman Candy Eslinger. “We’ve taken a very transparent approach to informing our teammates and the community about what it means to be represented by the IAM. We have provided factual information backed up by data throughout this entire process.”

Haley, a strong opponent of unions, had urged Boeing workers to vote against representation. “We are proud of our loyal workforce, their unmatched work ethic and the strong, direct relationships they have with employers in our state,” Haley said in a statement released by her office. “In South Carolina our workers know that we always have their back.” The AP left a message with Haley seeking comment on the union allegations.

Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager for Boeing South Carolina, issued a statement thanking workers for “their passion, spirit and determination to move forward together.” She added that “we now have the opportunity to make Boeing South Carolina and our local community an even better place to work and live.”

The union, which has filed unfair labor practice complaints, said it will continue efforts to organize Boeing workers. Less than 4 percent of workers in South Carolina are members of unions.

The Machinists have had members in the Charleston area before. The union won the right to represent workers at Vought Aircraft Industries in 2007, a plant that Boeing later bought. Less than two years later, plant workers voted against union representation.

Four years ago, shortly before Boeing opened the $750 million Dreamliner plant, the NLRB filed a complaint against the company alleging the nonunion plant was in retaliation against Washington state workers who earlier went on strike. The NLRB later dropped the complaint after Boeing agreed that the 737 Max would be built in Washington.

See also:

Debbie

Obama’s America: Army morale is low, job satisfaction low, and more than half have poor nutrition and sleep

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USA Today: More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.

Twelve months of data through early 2015 show that 403,564 soldiers, or 52%, scored badly in the area of optimism, agreeing with statements such as “I rarely count on good things happening to me.” Forty-eight percent have little satisfaction in or commitment to their jobs.

The results stem from resiliency assessments that soldiers are required to take every year. In 2014, for the first time, the Army pulled data from those assessments to help commanders gauge the psychological and physical health of their troops.

The effort produced startlingly negative results. In addition to low optimism and job satisfaction, more than half reported poor nutrition and sleep, and only 14% said they are eating right and getting enough rest.

The Army began a program of positive psychology in 2009 in the midst of two wars and as suicide and mental illness were on the rise. To measure resiliency the Army created a confidential, online questionnaire that all soldiers, including the National Guard and Reserve, must fill out once a year.

Last year, Army scientists applied formulas to gauge service-wide morale based on the assessments. The results demonstrate that positive psychology “has not had much impact in terms of overall health,” says David Rudd, president of the University of Memphis who served on a scientific panel critical of the resiliency program.

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The Army offered contradictory responses to the findings obtained by USA TODAY. Sharyn Saunders, chief of the Army Resiliency Directorate that produced the data, initially disavowed the results. “I’ve sat and looked at your numbers for quite some time and our team can’t figure out how your numbers came about,” she said in an interview in March.

However, when USA TODAY provided her the supporting Army documents this week, her office acknowledged the data but said the formulas used to produce them were obsolete. “We stand by our previous responses,” it said in a statement.

Subsequent to USA TODAY’s inquiry, the Army calculated new findings but lowered the threshold for a score to be a positive result. As a consequence, for example, only 9% of 704,000 score poorly in optimism.

The Army said the effort to use the questionnaire results to gauge morale Army-wide is experimental. “We continue to refine our methodologies and threshold values to get the most accurate results possible,” it said in the statement.

The Army’s effort to use positive psychology to make soldiers more resilient has been controversial since its inception in 2009. A blue-ribbon panel of scientists from the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, concluded last year that there is little or no evidence the program prevents mental illness. It argued there was no effort to test its efficacy before the Army embraced it . The panel cited research arguing that, in fact, the program could be harmful if it leaves soldiers with a false sense of resiliency.

The Army disputed the findings, pushing ahead with its positive psychology program that now costs more than $50 million a year. At least 2.45 million soldiers have taken a self-assessment test that is a crucial part of the resiliency program, and 28,000 GIs have been instructed on how to teach other soldiers the curriculum.

“The Army funds this program because the Army values the lives of soldiers and wants to instill skills and competencies that will enhance their connections, relationships and ability to mitigate stressors and exercise help seeking behaviors through their life,” says an Army statement released last month.

But the internal data obtained by USA TODAY shows most soldiers today trending in the wrong direction. Two-thirds were borderline or worse for an area called “catastrophic thinking,” where poor scores mean the soldier has trouble adapting to change or dwells on the worst possible things happening.

Other results:

  • Forty-eight percent or about 370,000 soldiers showed a lack of commitment to their job or would have chosen another if they had it to do over again. Only 28% felt good about what they do.
  • About 300,000 soldiers or nearly 40% didn’t trust their immediate supervisor or fellow soldiers in their unit or didn’t feel respected or valued. Thirty-two percent felt good about ab bosses and peers.
  • In one positive trend, more than 400,000 soldiers or 53% said they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with their marriage, personal relationship or family. About 240,000 expressed dissatisfaction.
  • For physical fitness, nearly 40% were in good shape, 28% were borderline, and 33% did poorly.

Retired vice admiral Norb Ryan, head of the Military Officers Association of America, and Joyce Raezer, executive of the National Military Family Association, said the results are not surprising. Fourteen years of war and recent decisions to downsize or cut funding for the military have left morale low, they said.

A recent survey by the Military Times and a Navy Retention Study also show troops increasingly unhappy.

Saunders defended the Army resiliency program, known officially as Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness, as an effort that has resonated with soldiers.” When we talk to soldiers, soldiers tell us about the life changes they’ve had,” she says.

Morale is low? Shocker, not.

Hillary Clinton what difference does it make

See also:

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DCG

Assbakistan Loses Another Homie

Urban Dictionary
hom·ie  noun
  1. an acquaintance from one’s town or neighborhood, or a member of one’s peer group or gang.

The Telegraph

Male model from Australia dies fighting for Islamic State

Sharky Jama, 25, a member of Melbourne’s tight-knit Somali community, is believed to be the 20th Australian to die fighting for Isil

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By Jonathan Pearlman

Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, has urged Australians not to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) “death cult” after a 25-year-old male model from Melbourne became the latest foreign recruit to die while fighting with militants in Syria.

Sharky Jama, a former model and keen football player from Melbourne’s Somali community, had been based in Iraq but was shot dead in Syria.

His family said they received a text message and phone call from someone on Monday informing them that he had been killed.

Hussein Haraco, a Melbourne Somali community leader, said he had known Jama’s family for ten years and he was known as a good person who assisted other community members.

“They haven’t got any idea what is the reason,” Mr Haraco told ABC News.

“He was just a young man playing soccer and being at other activities and suddenly something happened and he went to Syria. [It’s] really shocking for the whole community and we are really confused.”

Read more at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11541318/Male-model-from-Australia-dies-fighting-for-Islamic-State.html


Shocked? Confused? Really? 
Anyone sane knows exactly what motivated him to go. 

What’s with Time magazine giving élites sinister devil’s horns?

Time magazine has a penchant to give élites devil’s horns on its cover.

The latest to receive that treatment is Hillary Clinton, on the cover of Time‘s March 13, 2015 issue:

Time's Hillary cover

The cover caught the attention of many media outlets, including Drudge Report, Fox News, National Review, and Politico.

But Time was quick to deny that the horns were intentional, and responded with a tongue-in-cheek article on its website titled “34 TIME Magazine Covers That Appeared to Give People Horns.”

Here are some examples of Time‘s other élites sprouting horns, including even Jesus. The elites can be grouped into 3 groups:

  1. Political leaders — presidents, other heads of state, and Bill Gates.
  2. Entertainment élites, including actors Russell Crowe, Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno, and Darth Vader.
  3. Religious leaders — all Christians, including the three most recent popes of the Catholic Church (Francis, Benedict, John Paul II), Billy Graham (whose horns are especially striking), and even Jesus Christ.

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The magazine coyly insists:

Given the shape of the letter “m” in the magazine’s name and its location on the cover, many other subjects in the past have also appeared to sprout extra features (in fact this happened to Hillary Clinton at least once before. Same goes for Bill Clinton. George W. Bush too). Check out everyone from Margaret Thatcher to Pope Francis to Jesus to Darth Vader who have received the rough end of TIME’s “horns.” Any resemblance to cats, bats or devil horns is entirely coincidental.

Do you buy Time‘s excuse?

I don’t! For surely the magazine’s graphic artists could have positioned the élites’ heads underneath the letters T I M E, or have the heads to the side of the letters so that the two horns of the letter M aren’t right on top of their heads.

Time is also being disingenuous when they say the horns may “resemble” cat ears, bat ears, or devil horns, for the magazine itself labels the pictures of the élites as “devil horns.”

Verify this for yourself by going here and saving the pictures to your hard-drive. You’ll discover that every one of the 34 covers, except the first one of Hillary Clinton, is labeled “devil horns,” e.g., “time-cover-pope-francis-devil-horns.” This gives the lie to Time‘s disclaimer that “Any resemblance to . . . devil horns is entirely coincidental.” On the contrary, any resemblance to devil horns is precisely intentional and deliberate.

The Hillary cover of March 13, 2015 alone is not labeled “devil horns.” Instead, the pic is labeled “hillary-final.”

So what exactly is Time trying to tell us? What do you think?

~Éowyn