Because the threat of hell isn’t strong enough …

From ABC News:

Church Stages Kidnapping of Youth Group Members

A church pastor in Pennsylvania could face felony charges for staging a fake kidnapping of youth group students in order to teach them about religious persecution.

Teenagers at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Middletown, Pa., were surprised when they attended a youth group meeting at the church on March 21 and were ambushed by what seemed to be real kidnappers.

Adults, including an off-duty cop, brandished weapons and put bags over the heads of the children, ages 13 through 18, and forced them into a church van. The group was driven to the home of an assistant pastor, who was presented before the group with a seemingly bloodied and bruised face, according to Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo.

One of the adults used a real AK-47, though the gun was unloaded, Chardo said.

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Almost equally offensive is this shot from the video. I understand you don’t want to show the girl’s face. But to put the face at the crotch of a man, that’s disturbing.

Why didn’t the guy sit down and face the girl?

Everyone is an idiot. 

What I’m up to

Tina and I are both covered up with our work.

We’re this close to delivering photography to Luis and Becky.

We’re really excited, because I was looking through photos to send to them in an update email, and I liked so many I had a hard time picking just a few out.

I’m also editing video for a huge job, and Tina and I are both editing photos from our weekend job.

So if it’s quieter around here than usual, you know why.

The above shot was one that speaks to me in a way I’m not quite sure how to word.

I‘m love the shot below of Luis and Becky in front of their wedding venue. We took this about an hour or two before the end. I had to photoshop out the bumper of a van on the right as well as a flash on a stand from the shot. If you look too closely, you might be able to tell it was there.


Reblog from TYWKIWDBI: The 1% at play

You might enjoy this post from TYWKIWDBI:

These are the sons of Donald Trump on an African hunting trip.

The photographs are intense – images of the men proudly hoisting a dead leopard, smiling and holding a sawed off elephant’s tail next to the animal’s body, posing with a dead bull and waterbuck and an enormous, strung-up crocodile…

 Yet the younger Trumps stand by their actions. In a joint statement, the brothers defended themselves, explaining, “We are both avid outdoorsmen and were brought up hunting and fishing with our Grandfather who taught us that nothing should ever be taken for granted or wasted. We have the utmost respect for nature and have always hunted in accordance with local laws and regulations. In addition, all meat was donated to local villagers who were incredibly grateful. We love traveling and being in the woods — at the end of the day, we are outdoorsmen at heart.”

Via Salon, which has details and commentary and a link to the hunting tour company (with a trophy photo library).

… And on that farm he had a Bill O’Reilly, Ee i ee i oh! With a “I’m an idiot here” and I’m a “dumb dumb” here …

Last night, Tina went to be a bit earlier than I did. We both hit the sack earlier than usually. Times have been stressful, and sleep has been sparse.

On these kinds of nights, I tend to put on the TV news stations to see what they’re talking about. If we’re sharing the tube, we watch TV that we both might like.

Last night, Bill O’Reilly was talking about Trayvon Martin, just like everyone . O’Reilly is convinced there’s a story that the liberal media isn’t letting us know about yet, and that this story is going to give George Zimmermon the edge he needs to come out scott free.

The absolute funniest and sickest part of the whole show was O’Reilly’s spin on who made this story popular. At one point, he looked right in the camera at one point and said, “The American public can’t get enough of this story. They’ve made it the most discussed topic in public and won’t let it down.”

Frankly, I haven’t heard many people talking about the story at all. It’s the last thing small talk brings up.

This is a media story. It’s in the media all the fucking time.

I watched through some talking heads with different perspectives, and admired how Bill talked right over the right-leaning law perspective telling her what she was supposed to say. And then he argued with the left-leaning perspective about Obama’s, “He’d look like my son,” comment, but then finally agreed with him on his point … you know, so that Billy Boy looks like he’s “fair and balanced” a term made cliché in the 10 minutes I tuned in.

I bet he said it five times.

No kidding.

What a ruse.

Andrew Dickey, life lessons from a master of bike riding

There are many voices screaming right now that Obama is causing the destruction of America. Or that congressional republicans are forcing women’s rights back into the dark ages. Or that leaving god out of schools is causing the demise of our children and their children … and their children’s children.

Those aren’t the problems at all. The problem is people like Andrew Dickey, who is teaching our children, putting on their helmet, riding their bike in a forward progression and then dropping their kickstand after a leisurely ride isn’t good enough anymore.

Noooo, you gotta jump off of rooftops and balance on two-inch wide hand rails. You have to risk using the helmet you put on your head in Andrew Dickey’s world.

Do you know how much influence Andrew Freaking Dickey has on our children and how much influence he has over the traditions of “normal” bike riding?!?

This is an abomination, and I call our politicians, our parents, and our community leaders to RISE UP and destroy the Andrew Dickeys of the world!

Andrew Dickey MUST BE STOPPED. 

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe celebrates what the funny kids are posting


Happy Birthday, van der Rohe!

These are a collection of images that the funny kids I have seen the whole of the Internet and Tastefully Offensive have been posting.


Picture of seal looking up through hole in ice reads, “I was told to seal this opening. So here I am. 

Facebook update reads, “I’m so glad television redifined the world “marathon” to mean the exact opposite of physical exercise.”

Your ecard reads, “Karma takes too long. I’d rather beat the shit out of you now. 

Banksy looking graffiti of lindsey lohan looking model with nose bleed reads, “Coke Diet.” 

Joanne Casey's headline read: A picture of my cute ass

Photo of child place above photo of school bus reads, “Children must always wear a seat belt, except if you put 50 of them in one vehicle.” 

Bridger Winegar tweet reads, “If anyone’s interested, I’ll be signing books today at Barnes & Noble from 3 p.m until I’m removed by security.”