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Debate & Discuss / A 2yr old dies because parents relied on prayer alone
« on: February 03, 2011, 11:30:30 am »Message ID: 308710
They let their child die.... :( This is sickening...

PHILADELPHIA – A fundamentalist Christian couple who relied on prayer to cure their dying toddler must take their remaining children for medical check-ups as part of their sentence in the boy's death, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible, who belong to First Century Gospel Church in Philadelphia, were previously convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the pneumonia death of their 2-year-old son Kent.

Common Pleas Court Judge Carolyn Engel Temin said that, as adults, the couple is entitled to follow church teachings shunning medicine, which is seen as a lack of faith in God.

But the law says parents may not make that decision for their children.

"The welfare of the child is more important than the religious freedom of the parents," Temin said.

Defense lawyers had argued the Schaibles did not know how sick Kent was before his death in January 2009. The boy's symptoms had included coughing, congestion, crankiness and a loss of appetite, but the parents said he was eating and drinking until the last day, and they thought he was improving.

Speaking in court, Herbert Schaible asked the judge for leniency to allow the couple to support their family.

"We are grieving and will always feel the loss of our son," Schaible said. "With God's help, this will never happen again."

Temin sentenced them to 10 years of probation, during which they are required to seek routine and emergency medical care for their seven children, ages 1 through 15.

Schaible declined comment after the hearing, except to say that they would follow the judge's order.

Temin said she wrestled with the sentence, noting that prison would not address the problem or serve the needs of society. Both parents have been described as upstanding citizens and pillars of their community, Temin said.

Herbert Schaible teaches school at the church while his wife stays at home. Both are the eldest of nine children in families who belong to the church as well, the judge said.

The Schaibles have never had medical care, except for a midwife who attends home births, according to pastor Nelson A. Clark. He said the congregation has about 500 members.

Experts say about a dozen U.S. children die in faith-healing cases each year.

What do you think? Do you think they deserve a more severe punishment?

Well, I do.

Debate & Discuss / New Form of Matter Exerting a Ghostly Grip on Our Universe
« on: December 16, 2010, 11:07:06 am »Message ID: 286189
A link between quantum mechanics and topology implies the existence of an entirely new state of matter.

Nils Baas at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology says that we’re on the verge of discovering a totally new form of matter governed by an entirely new branch of physics, based on topology — a kind of parallel physics, in which the laws governing behavior in this parallel universe exert an inescapable, ghostly grip on our own universe.

This new physics -strange, unworldly bonds that allow cesium atoms to stick together in triplets should allow much more complex objects to form- may provide a new way to think about quantum entanglement and how to generate and exploit it.

The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann once stated that: "Everything not forbidden is mandatory." He was referring, says MITs Technology Review, to the way particles interact in quantum mechanics. In other words, if there's no reason why particles cannot interact in a certain way, then they must interact in that way.

We'll soon learn how profound Gell-Mann's insight really was.

I had to share this. Just way to interesting not to.
and sorry if you dont think it belongs in the D&D. but its here, so deal with it. ;)

Debate & Discuss / OJ ...didn't do it?
« on: December 07, 2010, 09:20:58 am »Message ID: 281806
Apparently OJ is guilty, but not of murder.... ??

This guy kinda seems like a depressed car salemans haha.. but he made a better case than the prosecutor made against OJ. There was a lot of circumstantial evidence on Jason Simpson. He lied about his alibi, changed his time card.. Why lie if you are innocent? The knit cap found at crime scene is identical to one Jason is seen wearing in numerous photographs right before the actual murders.The knife found is thought to be the type possibly used in the attacks. Couple that with his military school background (where his school mates thought he should have been a suspect) and his psychiatric state of mind and his attack on his ex gf and cutting off all her hair and you paint a pretty disturbing picture. This guy had motive, opportunity,and fits the profile of a murderer.
What do you think? Do you think its possible that Jason Simpson did it? If so, why was he overlooked?

Off-Topic / Heart pain, left arm tingling/in pain?
« on: November 18, 2010, 09:47:56 am »Message ID: 271087
Ever had a sharp pain, or a pinching feeling in your chest where your heart is? and then your left arm starts to tingle or start to hurt. Not like a major pain in the arm, but just an odd feeling, that you know is not right?
What could it possibly be? Could this be serious? If anyone has ever experienced this, please, any info or help would be greatly appreciated.  :heart: Thanks :heart:

Suggestions / Here's my suggestion :)
« on: November 12, 2010, 02:40:31 pm »Message ID: 268413
This is probably a really stupid suggestion. hahaha! But I would like to have a "thumbs down" smiley (or thumbs down frown) lol. I mean, there's a "thumbs up" one. Why not have a "thumbs down" one?   ;D
So, thats it. Thats all I got for my suggestion. Have a great day people!  :wave:

I :heart: FC!  :peace: & :heart:

Off-Topic / The Woman Marine Pilot
« on: November 11, 2010, 08:17:37 am »Message ID: 267836
        The Woman Marine Pilot

The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it.  The next day, the kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories.

There were all the regular types of stuff: spilled milk and pennies saved.  But then the teacher realized, much to her dismay, that only Janie was left.

“Janie, do you have a story to share?'

''Yes ma'am.  My daddy told me a story about my Mommy. She was a Marine pilot in Afghanistan, and her plane got hit.  She had to bail out over enemy territory, and all she had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol, and a survival knife.

She drank the whiskey on the way down so the bottle wouldn't break, and then her parachute landed her right in the middle of 20 taliban fighters. She shot 15 of them until she ran out of bullets, killed 4 more with the knife, till the blade broke, and then she killed the last guy with her bare hands.

''Good Heavens,' said the horrified teacher.  'What did your Daddy tell you was the moral to this horrible story?

"Don't f%@k with Mommy when she's been drinking."

LOL!  ;D

Off-Topic / Up sh*t creek without a paddle?
« on: November 10, 2010, 03:10:42 pm »Message ID: 267512
I found the right place for you...

  ...And you thought there was no such place,  huh??  :P

              LOL!   ;D

Off-Topic / Bumper Stickers Seen on Military Bases
« on: November 08, 2010, 02:38:59 pm »Message ID: 266454

Bumper-Stickers Seen On Military Bases

"Except For Ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism and Communism, WAR has Never Solved Anything."

" U.S. Marines - Certified Counselors to the 72 Virgins Dating Club."

" U.S. Air Force - Travel Agents To Allah"

"Stop Global Whining"

"When  In Doubt, Empty The Magazine"

Naval Corollary: Dead Men Don't Testify.

"The U.S.ARMY" - When It Absolutely, Positively Has To Be Destroyed Overnight"

"Death Smiles At Everyone - Marines Smile Back"

"Marine Sniper - You can run, but you'll just die tired!"

"What Do I Feel When I Kill A Terrorist?  A Little Recoil"

 "U.S.ARMY" - Providing Enemies of America an Opportunity To Die For their Country Since 1775"

"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It"

"Happiness Is A Belt-Fed Weapon"

"It's God's Job to Forgive Bin Laden - It's Our Job To Arrange The Meeting"

"Artillery Brings Dignity to What Would Otherwise Be Just A Vulgar Brawl"

"One Shot, Twelve Kills - U.S. Naval Gun Fire Support "

"My Kid Fought In Iraq So Your Kid Can Party In College"

"Machine Gunners - Accuracy By Volume"

"A Dead Enemy Is A Peaceful Enemy - Blessed Be The Peacemakers"

God Bless America


« on: November 08, 2010, 02:11:04 pm »Message ID: 266439

....WELL, NOW YOU KNOW!  ;D :thumbsup:  ;)



Off-Topic / American Hostages Day - Nov. 4th
« on: November 04, 2010, 07:34:34 am »Message ID: 264092
Did you know that today is American Hostages Day? In 1979 Iranian militants took 62 American hostages from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran. The hostages were not freed until January 20, 1981. 444 days!!! Here's a bit from the website I was reading..

"On November 4, 1979, an angry mob of young Islamic revolutionaries overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than sixty Americans hostage. "From the moment the hostages were seized until they were released minutes after Ronald Reagan took the oath of office as president 444 days later," wrote historian Gaddis Smith, "the crisis absorbed more concentrated effort by American officials and had more extensive coverage on television and in the press than any other event since World War II."

The United States and Iran
The hostage crisis was the most dramatic in a series of problems facing Americans at home and abroad in the last year of the Carter presidency. Was Carter to blame for allowing it to happen? It's hard to say, since the hostage crisis was merely the latest event in the long and complex relationship between the United States and Iran.

Ever since oil was discovered there in 1908, Iran had attracted great interest from the West. The British played a dominant role there until World War II, when the Soviet Union joined them in fighting to keep the Germans out. Until 1953, the United States mostly stayed on the sidelines, advocating for an independent Iran under the leadership of the young king, Reza Shah Pahlavi. But that year, fearing that charismatic prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh might be moving Iran closer to Moscow, the CIA directed an operation to oust him and consolidate power under the Shah.

With a steady flow of oil from the ground and military equipment from the U.S., the Shah led Iran into a period of unprecedented prosperity. But growing resentment against an uneven distribution of wealth and the westernizing influence of the United States led to a confrontation with Islamic clergy in 1963. The Shah effectively put down the uprising, sending its leader, an elderly cleric named Ruhollah Khomeini, into exile in Iraq. Though no one knew it at the time, Iran's Islamic revolution had begun.

The Iranian Revolution
Fast forward to New Years Eve, 1977: President Carter toasted the Shah at a state dinner in Tehran, calling him "an island of stability" in the troubled Middle East. What the president also knew, but chose to ignore, was that the Shah was in serious trouble. As opposition to his government mounted, he had allowed his secret police, SAVAK, to crack down on dissenters, fueling still more resentment. Within weeks of Carter's visit, a series of protests broke out in the religious city of Qom, denouncing the Shah's regime as "anti-Islamic." The popular movement against the Shah grew until January 16, 1979, when he fled to Egypt. Two weeks later, thousands of Muslims cheered Khomeini's return to Iran after fourteen years in exile.

Did the Carter administration "lose" Iran, as some have suggested? Gaddis Smith might have put it best: "President Carter inherited an impossible situation -- and he and his advisers made the worst of it." Carter seemed to have a hard time deciding whether to heed the advice of his aggressive national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who wanted to encourage the Shah to brutally suppress the revolution, or that of his more cautious State Department, which suggested Carter reach out to opposition elements in order to smooth the transition to a new government. In the end he did neither, and suffered the consequences."

Off-Topic / Late Night Views on Obama
« on: October 29, 2010, 02:52:59 pm »Message ID: 260957

The liberals are asking us to give Obama time........
we agree and think that 25 to life would be appropriate    (Jay Leno)

America needs Obama-care like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask  (Jay Leno)

Have you heard about McDonald's new Obama-Value-Meal?  
Order anything you like and the guy after you has to pay for it.  (Conan O.Brien)

What does Obama call lunch with a convicted felon?  
A fund raiser.  (Jay Leno)

What's the difference between Obama's cabinet and a federal penitentiary?
 One is filled with tax evaders, blackmailers and threats to society.
 The other is for prisoners.  (Dave Letterman)

If Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Obama were on a boat in the middle of the ocean
and it started to sink, who would be saved?  
America.  (Fallon)

What is the difference between Obama and his dog - Bo?
 Bo has papers.  (Kimmel)

What was the most positive result of the "cash for clunkers program?  
It took 5 million Obama bumper stickers off the road.  


Off-Topic / Trunk Monkeys!!
« on: October 28, 2010, 11:44:31 am »Message ID: 260540
Has anyone seen these trunk monkey commercials? They are hilarious!  I'd never seen one until today, either, so I thought I would share these. Enjoy!

 :thumbsup: Trunk Monkeys for all occasions!   ;D

Road Rage:

Auto Theft:

The chaperone:

Here's their actual website:

Off-Topic / Wanna laugh...??
« on: October 26, 2010, 11:25:03 am »Message ID: 259659
Here's a funny joke for ya, Enjoy!

An elderly woman walked into the Royal Bank of Canada one morning with a purse full of money. She wanted to open a savings account and insisted on talking to the president of the Bank because, she said, she had a lot of money.

After many lengthy discussions (after all, the client is always right) an employee took the elderly woman to the president's office.

The president of the Bank asked her how much she wanted to deposit. She placed her purse on his desk and replied, '$165,000'. The president was curious and asked her how she had been able to save so much money . The elderly woman replied that she made bets.

The president was surprised and asked, 'What kind of bets?'

The elderly woman replied, 'Well, I bet you
$25,000 that your testicles are square.'

The president started to laugh and told the woman that it was impossible to win a bet like that.

The woman never batted an eye. She just looked at the president and said, 'Would you like to take my bet?'

'Certainly', replied the president. 'I bet you $25,000 that my testicles are not square.'

'Done', the elderly woman answered. 'But given the amount of money involved, if you don't mind I would like to come back at 10 ' clock tomorrow morning with my lawyer as a witness.' 'No problem', said the president of the Bank confidently.

That night, the president became very nervous about the bet and spent a long time in front of the mirror examining his testicles, turning them this way and that, checking them over again and again until he was positive that no one could consider his testicles as square and reassuring himself that
there was no way he could lose the bet.

The next morning at exactly 10 o'clock the elderly woman arrived at the president's office with her lawyer and acknowledged the $25,000 bet made the day before that the president's testicles were square.

The president confirmed that the bet was the same as the one made the day before. Then the elderly woman asked him to drop his pants etc. so that she and her lawyer could see clearly.

The president was happy to oblige.

The elderly woman came closer so she could see better and asked the president if she could touch them. 'Of course', said the president. 'Given the amount of money involved, you should be 100% sure.'

The elderly woman did so with a little smile. Suddenly the president noticed that the lawyer was banging his head against the wall. He asked the elderly woman why he was doing that and she replied, 'Oh, it's probably because I bet him $100,000 that around 10 o'clock in the morning I would be holding the *bleep* of the President of the Royal Bank of Canada!'

 ;D Hahahaha!  :thumbsup:  :wave: :D

Off-Topic / A Praying Dog
« on: October 22, 2010, 09:26:52 am »Message ID: 257763
This is a very touching story.  :angel11:  and the video is so cute!!

The video was meant to simply make some Facebook friends, and his mother in particular, smile.

Steven Boyd, 39, had taught his dog Djaingo how to "say grace," and one late September morning, camera in hand, he coaxed the sleepy pup out to the living room and into prayer.

The story behind Djaingo the praying dog is deeper than it is cute.

Boyd found his way to the dog just when they needed each other most.

The man was sick - had been for more than a year and a half - when he strolled into an animal shelter looking for a temporary escape. It was September 10, 2003, the day before the second anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the memories of that day weighed heavily on him.

For 12 years, Boyd says, he served in the U.S. Army. He says he was, among other things, a sniper, a paratrooper and, subsequently, a counter narcotics operator. He'd been fearless professionally and personally. He'd jumped out of planes, rappelled down cliffs and mountain biked his way across dangerous terrains.

Now, though, he was losing everything. The hospitalizations kept happening. His career was shot. The relationship with the woman he thought he'd marry had ended. The medical questions loomed large. He was dying.

"He saved my life as much as I saved his," Boyd says.

Off-Topic / Today we mourn the passing of....
« on: October 20, 2010, 08:14:41 am »Message ID: 256945
 ...a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.

No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.
Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

R.I.P Common Sense... You are truly missed

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