Driver Rams Car For “UnChristian-like” Driving

From MySanAntonio.com:

A speeding pickup rear-ended a woman’s sedan on the South Side on Friday morning and sheriff’s officials say the driver said it was Jesus’ will because the other motorist was not “driving like a Christian.”

The bizarre incident that shut down southbound U.S. 281 above the Medina River happened about 7:25 a.m.

“He just said God said she wasn’t driving right, and she needed to be taken off the road,” said Lt. Kyle Coleman of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the pickup was identified in a Sheriff’s Office news release as Michael E. Schwab, 52, of Blooming Grove.

Schwab told first responders at the scene that “the other vehicle was not driving like a Christian and it was Jesus’ will for him to punish the car,” according to the release.

And it sounds like the officer on the scene agrees!

“God must have been with them, ’cause any other time, the severity of this crash, it would have been a fatal,” Coleman said.

(via Reddit)

Obama Signs Order To Shut Guantanamo Prison

From MSNBC:

WASHINGTON – On Day Two of his administration, President Barack Obama began overhauling U.S. treatment of terror suspects, signing orders to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, review military trials of suspects and ban the harshest interrogation methods.

With three executive orders and a presidential directive signed in the Oval Office, Obama started reshaping how the United States prosecutes and questions al-Qaida, Taliban or other foreign fighters who pose a threat to Americans.

The centerpiece order would close the much-maligned U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year — a complicated process with many unanswered questions that was nonetheless a key campaign promise of Obama’s. The administration already has suspended trials for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo for 120 days pending a review of the military tribunals.

Question of the Day

What’s the last show you’ve seen performed live? (ie a play, music, standup comic, etc)

I saw the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform the Elgar Cello Concerto in early December and had front row seats which normally are not really that great for a symphony since they’re too close up but we happened to be sitting right in front of the soloist, Lynn Harrell, which made it a remarkable memory.

I’m headed to Vegas in a few weeks and I’ll undoubtedly catch another live show there but we’re kind of up in the air as to what to see next. (We’ve seen most of the standard shows that have been there for a few years now like Penn & Teller, Jubilee, O, Mystere, etc etc…. ) Thinking about going to see Le Reve or Ka.

On Day One, Obama Sets a New Tone

From the NY Times:

WASHINGTON — President Obama moved swiftly on Wednesday to impose new rules on government transparency and ethics, using his first full day in office to freeze the salaries of his senior aides, mandate new limits on lobbyists and demand that the government disclose more information.

Mr. Obama called the moves, which overturned two policies of his predecessor, “a clean break from business as usual.” Coupled with Tuesday’s Inaugural Address, which repudiated the Bush administration’s decisions on everything from science policy to fighting terrorism, the actions were another sign of the new president’s effort to emphasize an across-the-board shift in priorities, values and tone.

“For a long time now there’s been too much secrecy in this city,” Mr. Obama said at a swearing-in ceremony for senior officials at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House. He added, “Transparency and rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”

Lip Readers at the Inauguration

From AllVoices.com:

According to a lip reader, the first African-American president of the United States, just after the ceremony, asked George W Bush: “You OK?”

As to what was Bush’s reply, according to The Sun, the lip reader said: “So relieved.”

The 43rd president had later informally handed over his former White House residence to Obama saying: “It’s all yours now – good luck.”

And while thousands cheered the hope brought about by their new leader, seven-year-old first daughter Sasha was said to have told her president-dad: “That was a good speech, perfect.”