Amazing Grace Baptist Church’s “Halloween book burning”

Awwww. They weren’t allowed to play with matches:

To be sure, they planned to burn heavy metal music and smutty movies. But they also had country, gospel, and Christian contemporary music and videos about Jesus in their crosshairs. Most shockingly, they said that they would burn all non-King James versions of the Bible — aka “Satan’s bibles.”

They also announced a long list of “Satan’s popular books written by heretics” which would be burned. And to top it all off, they offered “fried chicken, and all the sides.”

But when the big day came around, a combination of rain, protesters, and a state law against burning paper all conspired against them.

(Thanks Josh)

Testing Day

I’ve been having problems with this site becoming incredibly slow a few times a day and I have a feeling that the old theme has some code in it that may be the culprit.

I’m putting up a clean temp theme to see if there’s any site slowdowns with it.

Update:

The site still has spikes where it becomes slow for a bit but the slow queries that was slowing down the database seem to have been eliminated.

We’ve installed DDOS deflate and APF firewall on the server side to cut down some of the nefarious ip addresses that have been sucking cpu resources and hopefully this will help speed things up.

In the meantime, I’ve actually started liking the temp theme. It feels a little cleaner than the last one so I think I’m going to keep it for now until I get bored. I also added the WPTouch theme for iPhone users which is easy enough to turn off if you’d rather not use that.

10 Dirty Restaurant Tricks

From Slashfood:

The Bartender Puts All the Booze in the Straw of Your Watered-Down Drink

mike said… “An old bartender trick I was able to witness when I worked in an established restaurant chain was when people would order mixed drinks and send them back via waiter because they were’nt strong enough the bartender would pour the alcohol directly in the straw so your next sip is a mouth full of alcohol duping you into thinking that the drink was incredibly strong.”

Stale Hot Dogs Reborn as Corn Dogs

Sheri said: “…Hot Dogs that didn’t sell, sitting there all day in the steamer became corn dogs the next day.”

The Most Important Lessons From Jesus

From this site but it seems to be the consensus amongst the superstitious:

The most important commandment. “A lawyer asked him a question, testing him: ‘Teacher, which is the most important commandment?’ And he said to him,… ‘Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these'” (Mark 12:28-31).

Consider me underwhelmed. I get threatened with eternal damnation by followers of a man who they claim to be the omniscient creator of, well everything (or at least his old man did although if you listen to them, he is his old man) and the two most important lessons he has is unquestioning, unconditional love to a tyrannical god and a rewording of The Golden Rule?

I mean the Golden Rule is a fine sentiment and all but he can’t take credit for it. And besides, don’t treat me the way you want to be treated, treat me the way I want to be treated if you please.

I hear Christians pointing to that all the time as a way to show Christ’s wisdom and benevolence. Wisdom? It’s common sense.

You know what would have been a pretty nice thing to know back then? What about if one of his teachings was to wash your hands before taking care of an open wound. I’m sure that basic knowledge of germs and infections was something not out of reach of somebody who was, you know, GOD! Maybe if he spent a little less time practicing his Criss Angelesque magic trick of walking on water and a little more time on the Sermon of the Mount he could have slipped something in like:

Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.

Oh, and clean are the hands of the surgeons, for their patients will live.

And E equals m times c squared, for time will slow for those whom approach c.

There. Now that’s a sermon from a mount that we could actually learn something from.

US Deports Lou Dobbs

From a legitimate news source:

WANTAGE, NJ—Acting on anonymous tips from within the Hispanic-American community, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Wednesday deported Luis Miguel Salvador Aguila Dominguez, who for the last 48 years had been living illegally in the United States under the name Lou Dobbs.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, federal agents stormed the undocumented immigrant’s home in an evening raid just hours after the 64-year-old newscaster suddenly announced that he was resigning from CNN, and immediately placed him on an Aeromexico flight departing from Newark Liberty Airport.

“Mr. Dominguez did not come quietly, but in the end he came,” said Sam Whitlock of the U.S. Border Patrol, who was injured during the arrest. “He pulled a knife on me, like they will, and swore a bunch in Spanish and spit on us when we finally managed to grab him by the serape and throw him against a wall. But the important thing is that he’s now back where he belongs.”