Biblioblog Top 50 for February (by Alexa Rank) « The Biblioblog Top 50

It’s nice to see I made it into the top 50, and the top 15…next month we aim for the top 10!  Congrats to everyone this month.

1 Jim West Zwinglius Redivivus 53741

2 Joel L. Watts Church of Jesus Christ, The 74727

3 Brian LePort Near Emmaus: Christ and Text 101647

4 Marc Cortez Scientia et Sapientia 122072

5 John Loftus Debunking Christianity 125605

6 James McGrath Exploring Our Matrix 128606

7 Matthew and Madeleine MandM 163672

8 Dan Wallace Contra Mundane 174550

9 J. R. Daniel Kirk Storied Theology 196006

10 Neil Godfrey Vridar 209780

11 Todd Bolen Bible Places 209813

12 Jason Skipper Pastoral Musings 239897

13 Airton José da Silva Observatório Bíblico 252892

14 Thomas Verenna Musings of Thomas Verenna, The 263386

15 Ferrell Jenkins Ferrell’s Travel Blog 274943

via Biblioblog Top 50 for February (by Alexa Rank) « The Biblioblog Top 50.

Daily Stupidity: Two Men Rob Store In front of Cops

Bwhop, bwhop….Stay in school, kids.  Or you’ll end up this stupid:

Two California men were arrested after they attempted to steal snacks and beer in front of four Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, authorities say, and security video released Wednesday appears to back up that story.

The two men apparently didn’t notice the four deputies inside the Chevron Food Mart in the 14000 block of Rosecrans Avenue in La Mirada or the pair of marked patrol vehicles parked on the side of the store when they attempted to steal $18.76 worth of merchandise just before 4 a.m. Jan. 23, authorities said.

Surveillance video released by the Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday shows the pair entering the food mart shortly after the deputies, walking around the store for about 30 seconds before grabbing snacks and beer and running out the store. Four deputies chased the two men, reportedly catching them as they tried to enter their vehicle.

Jacob Wallace, 29, of Costa Mesa and Robert Martin, 19, of Victorville are each facing burglary and petty theft charges, authorities said. The two have been released from custody pending a court hearing.

via Bad idea: Rip off mini mart in front of cops – U.S. news – Weird news – msnbc.com.

Depravity: Gas Prices Rise While Filling Up

This station should be boycotted.  What deplorable behavior.

At 2 p.m. on Thursday, the St. John 9-1-1 emergency call center received a report from a motorist who became irate when, he said, a local gas station increased the price of the fuel – while he was filling up his truck.

The unidentified motorist told authorities that when he first pulled into the station at Birdie’s Food and Fuel, located at 901 East Airline Highway in LaPlace, the price on the pump read $3.049 per gallon. But, while he was pumping, the price shot up to $3.189. The motorist confronted the station attendant but got no satisfaction, so he dialed 9-1-1.

via Motorist dials 9-1-1 over rising gas prices | NOLA.com.

Depravity: Sex Toys, Drugs Found In Daycare

Sick.  People are just sick.  I hope they get lots of jail time and have to pay for the kid’s mental wellness for the rest of their lives.

PITTSBURGH — One person was arrested following an undercover drug bust at a day care in Homewood early Friday morning.

During the bust, agents found $6,000 worth of crack cocaine, several bags of sex toys and $4,000 cash.

Reanell Booker,50, who ran the R&B Childcare Services along Rosedale Street, was taken into custody, police said.

Investigators said they found sex toys and pornography sitting around in the children’s playroom when they conducted their raid.

According to police, about 10 to 15 children are enrolled at the day care. Agents made the arrest at 7 a.m. prior to the children arriving.

One parent who showed up to the daycare to learn that it was shut down said she doesn’t know where she’ll be sending her two young children.

“I just think it’s crazy. I don’t know where I’m going to send my kids now. It was convenient for me,” said the mom.

Leigh Stubblefield owns a daycare nearby. She passed out flyers to parents who didn’t know where to send their kids.

“It tarnishes our name. I don’t want people to think that every daycare is like this because it’s not. There are some of us who truly care about the children,” said Stubblefield.

Booker is licensed by the state to run the daycare and take care of children. She has no prior arrests on her record. Booker faces drug charges and could face child endangerment charges, said police.

Channel 11′s Julie Fine talked with a woman who recently took her son out of Booker’s daycare.

“I have seen quite a few people who were not attending the daycare in and out all day, said Khedijah Baskin.

“There are no words to explain when you hear your son is going to a day care where drugs are being sold…sex toys…and there are children there all day,” she said.

Baskin’s 4-year-old is now going to another daycare.

“I took him somewhere else and he is very happy where he is,” Baskin said.

Booker was released from jail late Friday.

She faces a preliminary hearing next week.

via Sex Toys, Drugs Found In Daycare During Raid – News Story – WPXI Pittsburgh.

Depravity and Stupidity: Man Spends $200,000 on Fake Online Love

Depravity to the thief and conartist who took advantage of someone’s emotions… stupidity for the poor fool who would fall for it…  If there ever was a testament to the things people will believe without evidence, here it is.

Love — online or otherwise — can be blind, but for one Illinois man, it turned out to be devastating, emotionally and financially. After giving $200,000 to a “woman” he met online, but never in person, the “woman” turned out to be a crook, and his money is long gone.

Most of us are savvy enough not to turn over money to strangers in the real or digital world. This poor guy —age 48 — wired varying amounts of money to different bank accounts in the United States, as well as places like England, Nigeria and Malaysia, over more than two years to his “love.”

The only way the scam came to light in recent days is because he went to police in Naperville, Ill., where he lives, asking for help to rescue the “woman.” He believed she “had been kidnapped in London,” according to what police told The Naperville Sun.

The only proof the man had of his love’s existence was an ID card that was provided to him; it was, in fact, a sample driver’s license from Florida, the police said.

“According to the report, when the officer stated the female did not exist, the man ‘was in disbelief,’ ” the newspaper said.

So are we. But our heart goes out to this guy, no matter what. Our wallets— well, we’ll keep them in our pockets, thank you very much.

via Technolog – Man forks over $200,000 to fake online love.

Why Jim West is Not a “People Person”

Today’s Depravity Continues

Hmm…

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. — Deputies who were called to deal with a man who was passed out near a restaurant said the man had an interesting explanation for how he got there.

Spartanburg deputies were called to Applebee’s on Rainbow Lake Road at about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies said they found Scott Alan Henshaw passed out under a tree. The deputies said that they roused Henshaw, but he could not stand without staggering.

The police report said that Henshaw, who was wearing sunglasses despite the time of day, “smelled strongly of alcohol beverage, slurred his speech, and was drooling on himself.”

The deputies said when they [asked-ed] Henshaw how he had gotten to the restaurant, he said, “On my jet ski.” There is no body of water new the Applebee’s.

Henshaw was charged with public disorderly conduct-intoxication. He is being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Henshaw’s moped was located in the parking lot of Applebee’s and was towed.

via Deputies: Drunk man says he traveled by ‘jet ski’ – U.S. news – Weird news – msnbc.com.

Depravity (and Stupidity) Part II: The Lamest Intoxicated Robbery Attempt

And here’s another one:

CHICKASHA, Okla. — A suspected thief was taken into custody after allegedly trying to conceal a stolen chainsaw by stuffing it down his pants as one would a candy bar, according to local news reports.

Police say 21-year old Anthony Black was eyeing an Echo chainsaw, but decided that a grab and dash wasn’t in the cards.

The man, who police say appeared intoxicated, took the mechanical saw from the wall and put it down the front of his pants instead, according to NBC affiliate KSHB.

While some employees initially thought Black — who by this point was walking with a noticeable waddle — was handicapped, others were suspicious.

George Graham, an employee at the Ross Seed Company, witnessed the incident, telling NBC affiliate KEOR, “I seen the bar between his legs. It was pretty obvious. Imagine it in the front of your pants.”

“This is a little unique, simply because of how large the item was,” Chickasha Police Assistant Chief Elip Moore explained.

Paul Horton, the hardware store’s manager, told KEOR it was “the first time I’ve ever seen a chainsaw go down anyone’s britches.”

A limping Black was eventually chased from the store, ditching the chainsaw in the process.

A short pursuit ensued, with the suspected thief diving headfirst into a creek, police say.

Authorities fished Black from the shallow water, placing him under arrest.

“He could have cut himself up real good. He’d have been walking with a permanent limp,” Graham explained.

The chainsaw in question was eventually returned to the store.

via Is that a chainsaw in your pants, or are you…? – U.S. news – Weird news – msnbc.com.

Depravity (and Stupidity): Man Busted for Bad Cop Impersonation

Who ever thinks this is a good idea?!

The 69-year-old Pompano Beach man was arrested Monday for allegedly telling a motorist he was a cop and forcing the driver to pull over – with a barbecue fork.

The weird incident happened near the Walgreens on Southeast 11th Avenue.

When Broward Sheriffs Office deputies arrived, they found Schultz in the middle of the street waving his cooking utensil as cars passed by.

Amazingly, Schultz was able to convince one motorist that he was actually a cop and that it was in his best interest to pull over.

Pointing a 10-inch mini pitch fork at a person might be persuasive, but cooking tools aren’t usually a cop’s weapon of choice.

“You need to pull over. I’m a police officer,” Schultz told the man, who told detectives he was scared for his life, according to the arrest report.

The affidavit doesn’t say if Schultz issued the motorist a ticket or some other citation for being foolish enough to stop for him.

Deputies ordered Schultz to surrender his “weapon” and put him in handcuffs.

He was charged with aggravated battery and impersonating – horribly – a law enforcement officer.

via Man Busted for Bad Cop, Chef Impersonation | NBC Miami.

I’d really hate to be the poor fool who fell for the impersonation.  Then again, I’m not that gullible, so that would never be me.

Staring at Goats? Army Targeted Senators with Psyops

This does sound like something from a comedy, but this is no joke.  Psychological warfare is very real (for those who don’t know, we often employ tactics of psychological warfare on our enemies to demoralize and fracture their forces–it often works).   Using these tactics for the single purpose of getting more money (even if you need it) seems crazy (though, if I think about it, I would be cool with it if the A-Team did this…, I’d think it was brilliant).  Here is a snippet from the story:

The U.S. army reportedly deployed a specialized “psychological operations” team to help convince American legislators to boost funding and troop numbers for the war in Afghanistan.

The operation was ordered by three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, Rolling Stone Magazine reported in a story published late on Wednesday.

An officer in charge of the unit objected when he was ordered to pressure the visiting senators and was harshly reprimanded by superiors, according to the magazine.

“My job in psyops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” the officer, Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, told Rolling Stone.

“I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line,” he added.

Among those targeted were Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Jack Reed, Al Franken and Carl Levin, as well as Representative Steve Israel of the House Appropriations Committee, the magazine said.

The team also targeted Admiral Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

via Report: Army targeted Senators with psyops – World news – South and Central Asia – Afghanistan – msnbc.com.

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