Category Archives: Idiots

Free Ottawa yoga class scrapped over ‘cultural issues’

Just when you thought things couldn’t get more politically correct….


The Ottawa Sun has a story that will leave you flabbergasted. Because of “cultural appropriation”, student leaders have pulled the mat out from University of Ottawa students. The teachings of the free on-campus yoga class could be seen as a form of “cultural appropriation” and hence, offensive.

The instructor, Jennifer Scharf, had been offering free weekly yoga instruction to students since 2008. She was shocked when told in September the program would be suspended, and saddened when she learned of the reasoning.

Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities believe that “while yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students … there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice,” according to an email from the center.  “Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced,” and which cultures those practices “are being taken from.”

are you serious

The centre official argues since many of those cultures “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy … we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga.”

Scharf said the concept does not apply in this case, arguing the complaint that killed the program came instead from a “social justice warrior” with “fainting heart ideologies” in search of a cause celebre. “People are just looking for a reason to be offended by anything they can find,” said Scharf. There’s a real divide between reasonable people and those people just looking to jump on a bandwagon. And unfortunately, it ends up with good people getting punished for doing good things.”

Student federation president Romeo Ahimakin denied the decision resulted from a complaint.  He said the student federation put the yoga session on hiatus while they consult with students “to make it better, more accessible and more inclusive to certain groups of people that feel left out in yoga-like spaces. … We are trying to have those sessions done in a way in which students are aware of where the spiritual and cultural aspects come from, so that these sessions are done in a respectful manner.”

Scharf offered a solution, suggesting she change the name from yoga to “mindful stretching,” since that would reflect the content of the program and would “literally change nothing about the course.  I’m not pretending to be some enlightened yogi master, and the point (of the program) isn’t to educate people on the finer points of the ancient yogi scripture,” she told the Sun.

Student leaders, apparently having nothing better to do, debated rebranding the program, but stumbled over how the French translation for “mindful stretching” would appear on a promotional poster, and eventually decided to suspend the program.

Read the whole debacle here.


That settles it for me: Actress Kate Hudson says “Hillary is the best person to run the country”

Kate Hudson needs a new scriptwriter...

Kate Hudson needs a new scriptwriter…

Kate Hudson is starring in Campari’s annual calendar, in which they chose an election theme that they titled ‘The BitterSweet Campaign’, pitting a ‘bitter’ candidate against a ‘sweet’ one – both played by Kate – in honor of the two sides of the apéritif’s flavor profile.

The 36-year-old actress declared her own political party of choice, explaining why she will be voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016. “I think the best person in both parties to run the country is Hillary,” she said at a press event debuting the new calendar on Wednesday, adding that though she is probably more of ‘a centrist’, she’s registered as a Democrat.

“I think she’s just the best candidate. [She’s] what we need right now,” she added without hesitation. In fact, the actress has voiced her support of the Democratic frontrunner before, and co-hosted a fundraising event for Hillary with Zack Braff on November 6th.

Read the full article (which is just more fluff about her Campari photo shoot).

Hillary Clinton what difference does it make

Did you get that? Her explanations for Hillary are that she’s “the best person” and “the best candidate.” Kate’s handlers need to give her better lines to read about why she thinks Hillary is “what we need right now”. Because those words of wisdom just don’t cut it for me.


This Caption Contest is a T-Rex!

This is the 111th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

killer dinosaurs at computers

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:

Email scammers hard at work at an Internet café in Lagos, Nigeria.

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2015.

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

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Thank you!


Minnesota Democrat ends bid for state assembly seat after sympathetic Islamic State tweet

Lesson learned: Tweeting has consequences!

Dan Kimmel

Dan Kimmel

Fox reported that a Democratic candidate for the Minnesota House ended his campaign Sunday, hours after he tweeted that the Islamic State group “isn’t necessarily evil” and its members were doing what they thought was best for their community. Here’s what his tweet said (since deleted):

“ISIS isn’t necessarily evil. It is made up of people doing what they think is best for their community. Violence is not the answer, though.”

Dan Kimmel, 63, announced the end of his bid for office on his campaign website and Twitter account. He said Saturday evening’s tweet was in response to a statement made during a candidate debate, not in response to Friday’s violent attacks in Paris (yeah, right) that left more than 120 people dead and more than 350 wounded.

He said his tweet was poorly worded and didn’t convey his intent. “The tweet was stupid. I’m sorry,” he said in his statement. He was criticized on social media, and sent out another tweet later that said:  “I deplore the evil acts of ISIS. I do not defend their acts.”

Kimmel, who works in the technology and operations section at U.S. Bank, was challenging incumbent Drew Christensen, a Republican from Burnsville. Kimmel had lost the seat to Christensen last year.



ISIS flag, radical manifesto raise questions about Calif. campus stabber’s motive

Doesn’t raise any questions for me. Just confirms what I suspected upon seeing the stabber’s name.

Fox News: The California college student who stabbed four people last week was carrying an image of the black flag of ISIS according to a report Tuesday, as well as a handwritten manifesto with instructions to behead a student and multiple reminders to pray to Allah, yet authorities continued to insist Faisal Mohammad’s motives had nothing to do with radical Islam.

are you serious

The 18-year-old, who was killed by a campus police officer to end the Wednesday morning attack, was a loner who was incensed at being booted from a study group, according to Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke. But the extreme way Mohammad dealt with his rage, the presence of the printout of Islamic State’s black flag and the deadly plans spelled out in the two-page document he carried could indicate there was more to the attack than simple rejection.

“This fits exactly with what ISIS is looking for, individuals to go and do an act of terrorism unilaterally,” said Patrick Dunleavy, former deputy inspector general of the New York State Police Criminal Intelligence Unit and author of the 2011 book “The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism’s Prison Connection. “The fact that he may have been kicked out of a study group does not preclude this being a lone wolf act. It only needs some sort of trigger, which could be totally unrelated to Islam, that causes him to act on his rage and attribute it to Allah.

Faisal Mohammad

Faisal Mohammad

Dunleavy likened it to the case of Alton Nolen, who allegedly beheaded a former co-worker at a food plant in Oklahoma City in 2014. While he was angry over a workplace issue, his actions were likely the result of radicalization, said Dunleavy. “ISIS is not looking for a few good men; one crazy will do,” Dunleavy said. “This is what a lone wolf looks like.”

The printout of the ISIS flag was reported Tuesday by the Merced Sun-Star, citing a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday. The official also said Mohammad’s manner of dress during the attack and some of the websites he may have visited in the days leading up to the incident ultimately led local authorities to hand control of the investigation over to the FBI. Warnke confirmed that decision, saying “new information” had been discovered on Saturday about Mohammad, who was shot and killed by police during the episode.

“I met with the FBI Saturday night and turned over copies of all evidence we’ve collected to that agency and the UC Merced police department,” said Warnke. “As far as any further investigation into any outside influence, the FBI will be handling that from now on.”

While the unnamed law enforcement official who spoke with the Sun-Star didn’t directly say the flag was related to the attack, the Islamic caliphate is known to be recruiting U.S. citizens directly and attempting to inspire lone wolf attacks within the country. The group’s social media savvy is well documented.

None of Mohammad’s four victims died in the attack. Two students, a female staff member and Byron Price, a 31-year-old construction worker who was credited with slowing Mohammad’s onslaught, were injured as the computer science and engineering major slashed away with a 10-inch hunting knife, grinning demonically, according to witnesses. Only the staffer, who was stabbed outside the classroom as Mohammad fled, remains hospitalized, according to school spokeswoman Brenda Ortiz.

An FBI official confirmed the bureau’s involvement but said campus police are in charge.

“The case is an ongoing UC Merced PD case and has been,” said FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie. “We are providing assistance to the UC Merced PD, as requested, which we have from the beginning. We have not “taken over” an investigation but continue to provide assistance as we have been. As this is an ongoing investigation, it would be imprudent for me to comment on any element of the investigation, especially independent from the UC Merced PD.” reported Friday that the manifesto found on Mohammad included numerous reminders to pray to Allah and a pledge to behead one victim. A backpack carried by Mohammad, who was shot and killed by campus police on a nearby bridge, contained zip-tie handcuffs and duct tape. Authorities later found two pages of handwritten notes on him, detailing his plans in oddly numbered order, according to investigators.

“No. 27 was to ‘make sure people are tied down,’ No. 28 was “sit down and praise Allah,’” Warnke said. “I remember seeing four or five times, scribbled on the side of the two-page manifesto, where he wrote something like ‘praise Allah.’ There was a gruesome statement he made about wanting to cut someone’s head off,” Warnke added.

Law enforcement experts suggested the FBI may have a bigger role in the probe than it claims. “There is no question that the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is leading this investigation,” said Steve Rogers, former Nutley, N.J., police detective, ex-military liaison to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and consultant to Fox News. “The FBI can say they are assisting local law enforcement, but the reason they are involved is because there may be a terrorism link. They don’t normally get involved in every stabbing case. The campus police do not have the equipment, technical training or knowledge one needs to track down whether this is terrorism related. The law enforcement involved in this case should just be upfront and honest with the American people. They are not telling us the facts. This is why people are losing confidence in law enforcement.”

A Twitter account linked to ISIS praised the act last week. But it is possible Mohammad was inspired by the terrorist group and carrying out its wishes without consciously committing an act of terrorism, said one former FBI agent.

“Terrorism really relates to motive,” said retired FBI Agent Jeff Lanza, author of “Pistols to Press,” which details his career. “So if the motive is not related to some kind of agenda against our government, or our culture, or some retaliation against acts the Army is doing, or the government is doing, it is properly classified as a non-terrorism event.  Even though he may have been reading about Allah, had been following the activities of ISIS, the classification still has to do with motive,” he said.

Warnke said authorities have spoken with the parents of Mohammad, who was from Santa Clara, but did not say where they are. He said they have arranged to have a funeral home pick up their son’s body, but it was not clear if that had occurred.


Chicago Councilman Charged with Murder is Re-elected

There’s a lot of low information voters out there.

ABC Chicago: An East Chicago (Indiana) councilman charged with murder has been re-elected.

The (Munster) Times reports that 42-year-old Robert Battle ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election. He is accused of shooting Reimundo Camarillo Jr. to death on Oct. 12 in East Chicago. He also faces a federal drug charge after police say they found more than 73 pounds of marijuana and more than $100,000 cash during a Porter County traffic stop.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said Battle did not request an absentee ballot to vote from the jail.

Battle is seeking bail and a Nov. 17 hearing is planned. On Tuesday a Lake County judge granted prosecutors’ request for a DNA mouth swab from Battle.


Social Media Incites Assbak Youths To Violence

jihadbookSHOCKING NEW FOOTAGE: Palestinian TV incites Arabs to murder Jews

This report includes selected videos that were posted this week on social media and Palestinian TV. While Israelisare protesting for peace – and suing Facebook for its role in spreading anti-Semitic hatred – the ongoing incitement by Palestinian on social media and Palestinian television creates a culture and society of martyrdom that seemingly worships death over life.


And that’s all the news from Assbakistan, where all the women wear trash bags, all the men are ugly, and all the children are more murderous than average.

H/t (with apologies) Garrison Keillor – “The News From Lake Wobegon”