Yeah humorous or witty opening…right…Ok then…I…ummm… (Big huff)…I got nuthin.
I’m still trying to come to terms with not winning William Buffet’s Billion Dollar NCAA Perfect Bracket Challenge. On top of failing to win and failing to be one of the top 20 closest brackets awarded a $100K second place prize I learned today that some DID successfully and verifiably predict a perfect bracket in the right place but didn’t bother to sign up for the challenge.
Sigh…So no early retirement, no mega yacht to whisk me off to my private island with Anti Dragon Artillery and my own private imported from Ireland honest to Jayus Irish Pub. No privately owned cryogenically cooled super computer to spy on what Big Brother is doing spying on us.
(Sniffling) not even a decently aged bottle of Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey!
Be on your way about the issue, I’ll be after a good cry in me cuppa and catch up w/ the likes o’ ya afore ya make the end ta be sure. Off with ya now I say! I don’t want none of ye ta see me sobbing like a bloody dragon!
TV infomercial star Kevin Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in criminal contempt case
TV infomercial star-turned-convicted swindler Kevin Trudeau has been sentenced to 10 years after prosecutors accused him of cheating people out of millions in a fraudulent weight-loss book.
Trudeau, whose sentence follows his defiance of paying a $37 million fine, was slammed as “deceitful to the core” by U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman in Chicago Monday.
The 50-year-old still gave one last pitch before the judge, saying that his four months behind bars for the November conviction had already changed him for the better.
“I have absolutely learned a life-changing lesson from all of this,” Trudeau said.
The judge may have at least been partially moved by this pitch, the sentence he handed down reads “10 years or 10 easy installments of just 1 year.”
Listeria Recall Affects Parkers Farm Cheese, Salsa, Spreads
By Andie Adams | Sunday, Mar 23, 2014 | Updated 9:51 AM EDT
A major recall out of Minnesota is affecting foods sold at Costco, Wal-Mart, Target, Whole Foods and more stores nationwide.
Parkers Farm Acquisition has issued a voluntary recall of certain peanut butter, cheese, salsa and spreads due to a possible Listeria contamination.
A Minnesota Department of Agriculture test first detected the bacteria.
No illnesses have been reported from the tainted food, but people who have bought the following products are encouraged to return them or throw them out:
- 16-ounce Parkers peanut butter in square plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including creamy, crunchy, honey creamy and honey crunchy varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015
- 34-ounce Parkers peanut butter in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including creamy and crunchy varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015
- 12-ounce Parkers spreads in round or square plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including jalapeño and pimento varieties with a sell by date before 9/20/2014
- 8-ounce and 16-ounce Parkers cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including sharp cheddar, bacon, onion, smoked cheddar, Swiss almond, horseradish, garlic, port wine, and “Swiss & cheddar” varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015
- 16-ounce Parkers salsa in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including hot, mild, garlic, and fire-roasted varieties with a sell by date before 7/20/2014
- 10-ounce Parkers cheese balls or logs (plastic overwrap), including sharp cheddar, port wine, ranch, and “smokey bacon” varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015
- 10-ounce Happy Farms cheese balls (plastic overwrap), including sharp cheddar and port wine varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015
- 16-ounce Happy Farms cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including sharp cheddar and port wine varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015
- 8-ounce Central Markets cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including sharp cheddar, port wine, horseradish, and Swiss almond varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015
- 12-ounce and 20-ounce Hy-Top cheese spread in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including pimento and jalapeño varieties with a sell by date before 9/20/2014;
8-ounce Amish Classic cold pack cheese in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), including sharp cheddar, port wine, and Swiss almond varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015
- 14-ounce Say Cheez beer cheese in round plastic container (tub with snap on lid), including regular and hot varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015;
10-ounce Win Schuler original variety cheese balls or logs (plastic overwrap) with a sell by date before 3/20/2015
- 8-ounce,12-ounce, and 14-ounce Bucky Badger cheese spreads (tub with snap-on lid) including cheddar, port wine, bacon, garlic, horseradish, jalapeño, and Swiss almond varieties with a sell by date before 3/20/2015
- 5-pound foodservice products including cold pack cheese foods, cheese spreads and peanut butter with a sell by date before 3/20/2015.
Listeria can cause listeriosis, a disease with symptoms including fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. The USDA says healthy people rarely contract listeriosis, but it can prove fatal to infants, elderly people and those with weak immune systems.
It can also lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
If you have any questions about the recall, you can call Parkers Farm at 800-869-6685 or visit its website.
The Obedient Wife
At the regular Saturday morning service, the rabbi announced that he was
planning to leave for a larger congregation that would pay him more.
There is a hush within the congregation. No one wants him to leave because he is so popular.
Fred Shapiro, who owns several car dealerships in Venice and Sarasota , stands up and proclaims, “If the rabbi stays, I will provide him with a new Cadillac every year and his
wife with a Honda mini-van to transport their children!”
The congregation sighs in appreciation and applauds.
Saul Cohen, a successful businessman and lawyer, stands and says, “If the rabbi will stay on here, I’ll personally double his salary and establish a foundation to guarantee a free college education for his children!”
More sighs and loud applause.
Estelle Rubin, age 88, stands and announces with a smile, “If the rabbi stays, I will give him sex!”
There is total silence.
The rabbi, blushing, asks her: “Mrs. Rubin, you’re a wonderful and holy lady. Whatever possessed you to say that?”
Estelle’s 90-year old husband, Abe, is now trying to hide, holding his forehead
with the palm of his hand and shaking his head from side to side, while his wife replies:
“Well, I just asked my husband how we could help, and he said, “Fuck him.”
PRETTY sure than made a sound regardless when it fell.
From the Makers of “The US Border Learn to Respect It Or I Will Shoot You You Illegal Undocumented Democrat Welfare Seeking Muther!”
Farfalle and Tuna Casserole
This scrumptious casserole features tuna, pasta, sun-dried tomatoes and a creamy Alfredo sauce. Ready in less than 1 hour, it’s sure to become a family favorite
Prep 20 min. | Total 50 min.
Serves 4 | Bake: 30 min.
What You’ll Need
1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 of a 1-pound package farfalle pasta, cooked and drained
2 cans (5 ounces) tuna packed in oil, drained
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed
1 jar (14.5 ounces) Alfredo Sauce
How to Make It
- 1 Heat the oven to 350°F. Stir the bread crumbs and butter in a small bowl.
- 2 Stir the farfalle, tuna, peas, tomatoes, Italian seasoning and sauce in a 2-quart round casserole. Sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture.
- 3 Bake for 30 minutes or until the tuna mixture is hot and bubbling and the bread crumb mixture is golden brown.
Cheesy Chicken & Potato Casserole
Frozen hash browns with onions and peppers are topped with cooked chicken, a delicious soup mixture and Cheddar cheese. Baked until hot and bubbling and sprinkled with crumbled bacon, this savory, satisfying casserole is sure to please.
Prep 15 min. | Total 1 hr. | Serves 6 about 1 1/3 cups each | Bake: 45 min.
What You’ll Need
Vegetable cooking spray
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese or Colby Jack cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 package (28 ounces) frozen diced potatoes (hash browns) with onions and peppers, thawed
3 cups shredded cooked chicken
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or thinly sliced green onion
How to Make It
- 1 Heat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 13x9x2-inch baking dish with the cooking spray.
- 2 Stir the soup, sour cream, 1 cup cheese, milk, garlic powder and black pepper in a medium bowl.
- 3 Spread the potatoes in the baking dish. Season the potatoes with the salt and additional black pepper. Top with the chicken. Spread the soup mixture over the chicken. Cover the baking dish.
- 4 Bake for 40 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the mixture is hot and bubbling. Uncover the baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
- 5 Bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with the bacon and chives before serving.
Savory (Pork) Sausage or Chicken Sausage (we use a Chicken, Poblano & Queso one) work extremely well in this too. Though I have not tried it as yet I would think ham would too though I’d leave the bacon off as a garnish in that instance. I also sneak frozen peas mushrooms & pearl onion or broccoli florets into this regularly though I cook them first to avoid extra liquid from frozen veggies interfering with the cooking time.
Pulled pork sandwiches
Recipe by Michael Mina of Bourbon Steak & Pub
What you’ll need:
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
2 Tbsp kosher salt
2 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp ground black pepper
1/2 Tbsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 boneless pork butt, about 3 pounds
1 1/2 cups apple juice
1/2 cup water
6 to 8 soft white rolls
How to make it:
1. In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, salt, paprika, pepper, coriander, mustard powder, and onion powder. Massage the mixture into the pork, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
2. Preheat your oven to 300°F. In a large roasting pan fitted with a rack, add the apple juice and water. Place the pork on the rack so it rests above the liquid. Cover the pan tightly with foil and transfer to the oven. Cook until the pork can be easily separated with two forks, 3 to 4 hours. Remove the foil and cook until the exterior of the meat is well browned, another 30 minutes.
3. Remove the pan from the oven, transfer the pork to a large platter, and allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes. Use two forks to shred the pork into small pieces. Transfer to a bowl, stir in some of the pan drippings, if desired. Sandwich between rolls and serve.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Marshmallow, Cat King of Escape
Mascot of a veterinary clinic in Marseille ..
For all who are offended by the cage: the cat is at the vet, and he was only put in the cage to show that he is able to open it.
Actually I think what he means its his face would get slapped a whole lot more!
(With last week’s passing of Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, has come a firestorm of conversation and controversy. This includes the selling of a t-shirt depicting Phelps’ face above the slogan, “Good Riddance,” by the L.A.-based post-hardcore band Touché Amoré. Proceeds from the shirts will go towards the Human Rights Campaign. “We feel there is beautiful irony in selling an image of a bigot and using the profit towards achieving equality for exactly what they hated,” Lead singer Jeremy Bolm writes.)
Ding Dong! Fred Phelps is dead. Which old Fred? The Westboro Fred!
Ding Dong! The Westboro Fred is dead.
Wake up – sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, Fred Phelps is dead. He’s gone where the bigoted bastards go,
Below – below – down below. Yo-ho, on with equality we go, lets sing and ring the bells.
Ding Dong’ the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
The Westboro Fred Phelps is dead!
[My sincere apologies to the writers of The Wizard of Oz for associating their wonderful movie musical with such a piece of human flotsam]
Ok now that I got that out of my system (it’s been running through my head ever since I first heard the news) Lets get on with this as this is the second Parting Shot I’ve written for this week having moved the first one after hearing the news of the Bigot Baptist’s long prayed for demise.
Yes I know its not Christian or good manners to take pleasure in the passing of a fellow man. I also know that if we abide in an ‘eye for an eye’ world it would shortly become an world of the blind. I can’t help it however. This man caused my stomach to turn not my cheek.
Perhaps the nicest comments on the passing of Fred Phelps were made by USA Today:
Fred Phelps, anti-gay Westboro Baptist founder, dies
Fred Phelps Sr., a fierce opponent of homosexuality whose protests at military funerals prompted two federal laws, died early Thursday, his daughter Margie Phelps says. She didn’t give the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care. He was 84.
Phelps headed the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., and was occasionally involved in politics. He gained national prominence for organizing protests against gays and Jews, including at military funerals.
He led protesters outside the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student who was killed in October 1998 for what a later trial determined was because he was gay. President Obama signed a law in October 2009 making crimes against perceived sexual orientation a hate crime.
The Anti-Defamation League called the church “a small, virulently homophobic, anti-Semitic hate group” and the Southern Poverty Law Center called it “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America.”
The group also protested military funerals by saying soldiers deserved to die for defending an irreversibly corrupt government.
President George W. Bush signed a law in May 2006 that established a 150-foot zone prohibiting picketing at military funerals within an hour of the service. Obama signed a similar law in August 2012 that increased the buffer to 300 feet and doubled the prohibition to within two hours of the service.
Phelps was himself an occasional candidate. In the Kansas Democratic U.S. Senate primary in 1992, Phelps got 31% of the vote against Gloria O’Dell, who got 69%. She eventually lost to Republican Sen. Bob Dole.
Phelps, a graduate of Washburn University law school, was disbarred from Kansas state courts in 1979 after badgering a witness in a civil case in what the state Supreme Court called “a personal vendetta.”
Time Magazine, ever the bastion of fair play good taste and factual unbiased reporting was some what less kind about the man and his legacy:
Good Riddance, Fred Phelps
- David Von Drehle March 20, 2014
He was the kind of person no one wanted to be around
Fred Phelps, a colossal jerk, died Thursday in Topeka, Kansas, at 84, after a long life in which even his few admirable achievements (a series of civil rights cases that he filed as an attorney) stemmed from a deeply disagreeable personality (he loved to pick fights with his neighbors). He was the kind of person no one wanted to be around: a lawyer disbarred by his colleagues, a preacher disowned by every denomination he ever espoused, a father rejected by his children—even, in the end, the children who emulate his worst characteristics.
Ordinarily, such an unpleasant and despicable man would not make much of a stir by dying. But Phelps was different from the garden-variety grinch in one important way: He had a thirst for notoriety and a genius for getting it.
His so-called Westboro Baptist Church—which was not in any meaningful sense “Baptist” or even a “church”—was a brutal but highly effective tool for compelling the attention of the world’s media. For most of the history of Westboro, it had few, if any, members beyond Phelps’s own family, which (according to at least one of his sons) the “pastor” kept in line with fists and a club.
But Phelps understood that the engine of news is conflict, and the sharper the conflict, the better. So he made a life of showing up at newsworthy events to shout vile abuse and attack innocent people he had never met. By bringing his family along, he gave the impression of numbers, and by calling this vile façade a “church,” he tapped into poisonous millennia of religious conflict to turbocharge his egomania. A man waving a sign that says “I Hate Fags” is pathetic; a man waving a sign that says “God Hates Fags” is news.
As a reporter and editor in some big newsrooms over the past 30 years, I watched as one journalist after another took Phelps’s bait, then tried to spit out the hook once the dishonesty and shabbiness of the man’s enterprise grew clear. You could fill a gymnasium with the scribes who swore off coverage of Westboro over the years. The only problem was, new and naïve reporters were being minted all the time, ready to believe that Phelps represented some larger darkness beyond the pit of his own person.
Ultimately, however, even Phelps could not keep this going forever. Westboro has been caught between two forces. One is the small group of journalists who went beyond the inflammatory picket lines to show the Phelps family as it really is: representative of nothing more than their own dysfunction. The other is the larger community of decent individuals who decided to give the media another, fresher story. Starting with the motorcycle riders of the Patriot Guard and quickly spreading to high schools, college campuses, and legitimate churches, a movement arose to build human walls between the Phelpses and the cameras. Though the family has tried desperately to regain its leverage by picketing celebrities, in fact, its day is done. The clan is devouring itself from within: even Fred was “excommunicated” in his last days.
This is the bright side of a gloomy life, and the reason not to despair over a life like Fred Phelps’s. Such a man can bend, but not break, the spirit of an open society. Too many spotlights were cast in his direction, but at least they illuminated his fall.
But perhaps the best look at the man his life and his ministry came not from a well know news source but from a little known blog which chose the satirical high ground to comment on the man and his legacy:
Fred Phelps’ Death Prompts Westboro Baptist Church To Protest His Funeral
TOPEKA, KS – On the same day that Fred Phelps’ body was found rotting in a chair in his upstairs office, members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church announced that they would be picketing his upcoming funeral.
Phelps, born November 13, 1929, was the leader of the church — an organization that practices a strange, anti-homosexual version of Christianity that has been known to protest at celebrity and military funerals.
The pastor’s daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, was the first to discover the 83-year-old’s body.
“We haven’t brought dad out to very many protests for a few years now,” said Phelps-Roper. “In fact, it’s been quite a while since even we had seen him. Once he starts on a marathon of old Growing Pains episodes, we just leave him alone until he comes down.”
“He always loved Kirk Cameron,” she added.
Judging by the smell and decomposition of the body, officials from the coroner’s office say that Pastor Phelps’ probably died at least six months ago. There wasn’t any sign of foul play, but they did report that the television was still playing, and appeared to be “scrambled up 80s pornography.”
“I think I saw boob in there,” said Davis Shields, one of the coroner officials on the scene. “But with this stuff, there’s really no way to be sure.”
Some members of the Westboro Baptist Church were hoping to cover up their oversight.
“We’ve just been so busy with all these funerals against all the fag-enablers,” said Jakob Phelps. “But since granddad died and this is a huge embarrassment, I was thinking that maybe we could sort of, prop him up and put some makeup on him to still make him look alive, like Weekend at Bernie’s.”
“Oh really? You want to put makeup on him? You must be a fag sent from hell,” said Phelps-Roper. “Get the hell out of here! God will punish you!”
Despite some disagreement, most of the members of Westboro say they will be proud to “do the Lord’s work.”
“It’s quite obvious that this is God’s message to us. God hates fags, he kills fags, and dad just died,” said Phelps-Roper. “He must have been a fag.”
Church members usually protest military funerals with signs that demonstrate God’s punishment on the United States for “supporting homosexuals.” These usually include messages like “Thank God for IED’s” and “Soldiers Die For Fag Marriage.”
The death of Fred Phelps, apparently from natural causes, means the reasoning within the church is now shifting.
“I’m putting together a sign here for when we protest the demonic Fred Phelps fag,” said daughter Eleanor Phelps. “It says ‘Thank God For You Dying In Your Sleep.’”
Church members went on to show other signs they were preparing for future protests, including “Thank God For Car Crashes,” “God Punishes Fags With Diabetes,” and “Homo Sex = Cardiovascular Disease.”
Then again when satirical blog The Onions weighs in its always a good read:
Fred Phelps, Man Who Forever Stopped March Of Gay Rights, Dead At 84
TOPEKA, KS—Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church and the man who is widely credited with forever ending the gay rights movement in America, died today at age 84.
According to biographers and historians, many of the facets of modern-day society that we now take for granted—such as the ban on gay marriage in all 50 states and the inability of homosexuals to serve in the military—can be traced back to Phelps’ vocal public crusades against the unholy practice of homosexuality, which he began in 1991 and which quickly succeeded in bringing efforts to expand LGBT rights to a spectacular and abrupt halt.
“What Fred Phelps accomplished over the past 30 years—from a federal constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman, to nationwide laws allowing businesses to turn away gay customers—makes him easily one of the most successful and monumental figures of the past century,” said biographer Michael Ammons, noting that depictions of gays and lesbians began to disappear from popular culture and the media as soon as Phelps began taking his powerful rallies against homosexuality from state to state. “Fred Phelps devoted his life to one goal, and he triumphed. This was an incredibly influential man who deserved all the attention he received. Think of the legacy he leaves behind: In the past three decades, homosexuality has become practically nonexistent in society.”
“And his record goes on and on,” Ammons continued. “Just take a look around today: Nowhere in this country can same-sex partners enter into domestic partnerships, file joint tax returns, or adopt children. The unmitigated failure of the gay rights movement is something that can be singlehandedly attributed to Fred Phelps and his tireless efforts to show us that this was an unholy behavior.”
In addition to his enduring legislative legacy, experts agree that Phelps’ religious rallies also had an indelible impact on the American social landscape. Many have pointed to Phelps’ preaching against the sin of homosexuality as the overwhelming reason why all homosexual advocacy groups died out entirely in the early 1990s; why nobody in entertainment, politics, or professional sports has ever come out as gay or lesbian; and why citizens who do venture out of the closet feel nothing but ridicule and shame, knowing they are perversions who don’t deserve to exist.
Many historians also noted that Phelps was an outspoken voice on pro-life and pro-marriage matters, and that the current zero-percent rates of divorce and abortion in the United States can be entirely attributed to his powerful message.
“It’s sickening to think what would have happened to our country if Fred Phelps hadn’t succeeded. Just imagining the sin and depravity that would exist all around us if people went out in public with their same-sex partners, or publicly celebrated that perverse aspect of who they are—it’s disgusting, and I’m glad that’s not the world we live in,” said Seattle resident Christine Smith, one of hundreds of millions of Americans who was touched by Phelps’ charisma and was won over by the influential worldview of his Westboro Baptist Church. “But thankfully, Fred Phelps opened everyone’s eyes to the truth that homosexuality is a sin that God will vengefully punish, and we no longer have to deal with any of those vile people enjoying the same rights as you or me.”
“Fred Phelps may be gone, but he will long be remembered for the countless accomplishments and successes he achieved in his lifetime,” she added. “I can safely say that the name Fred Phelps will never, ever be forgotten, and that his entire life’s efforts—his very existence—was most certainly not in vain.”
In the end, Phelps hate mongering has probably done more good for the gay rights movement then could have been imagined as it put a real, tangible face on hatred and forced society to accept that the slippery slope also involved creepy weirdos like Fred. Fred’s continuous picketting, protests and the like led more people to say ‘I can’t be on the same side as this guy’ and helps influence a generation that this kind of bigotry is wrong.
Last year, right before his ex-communication, Phelps faced confrontation of former members who wondered if Phelps himself wasn’t a gay man who’s self hatred manifested itself as it did.
Speaking in an interview with the Advocate, Drain speculated that Fred Phelps had at one point wanted to join the military, but suddenly changed his mind.
She said: “All I know is that he said he went to West Point, then all of a sudden he had a religious experience, and now he wanted to preach against sexual immorality, preach against the military, and ever since then things have kind of progressed.”
Drain went on to say that she thought his reaction to being asked by the media if he was gay himself was suspicious, in that it was particularly extreme.
“I never understood why, when [he was asked by the press], ‘Why are you so against the homosexuals? Did you have a homosexual experience? Do you have homosexual tendencies?’ And he would get so mad, he would shut down. And he’d be like, ‘I can’t talk to this person anymore, they’re stupid.’
“His reaction to that was stronger than any other question you can ask him. So I always wondered that — why does he get so mad? If I’m not gay, I’ll just say I’m not gay.”
Regardless, should this ex-communicated member of one of the most hate oriented churches in America be laid to rest, it is likely to be a major scene.. there would probably be some level of protests.
But Fred, you old hate monger, you despicable human being.. Thank you for putting a real face on hatred and bigotry. Your hate, your venom, your sheer level of evil reminded people all over the country that they couldn’t be on your side of this civil rights battle. And for that, I’ll tip my glass, and be glad the world is rid of you when you’re gone, and glad the world had to confront your madness as it did.
Now That Fred’s Dead- Is the End in Sight for the Church of Hate?
The church has suffered internal turmoil in recent years. Four of Phelps’ 13 children were estranged from their father. One of them, Nathan Phelps, has gone on speaking tours denouncing the church’s beliefs.
As Phelps aged and weakened, daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper became the church’s spokeswoman, carrying on the anti-gay rhetoric, Potok said.
Kansas news media recently reported that a board of eight church elders excommunicated Phelps from his own church last year for allegedly advocating a “kinder approach” to church members.
Responding to his father’s death, Nathan Phelps told the Daily Mail in Great Britain in an interview posted Thursday that when the elders excommunicated his father, they moved him to another home, where he stopped eating and drinking. Nathan Phelps, who now advocates gay and lesbian rights, said he believed the church will unravel following his father’s death. Three members have left in recent weeks and more desertions are on the way, he told the British tabloid.
“There will be a tipping point where they cannot lose any more” members, he said in the interview.
In a recent post on one of its websites, Westboro leaders downplayed the inner strife. “Listen carefully; there are no power struggles in the Westboro Baptist Church,” it says, “and there is no human intercessor — we serve no man, and no hierarchy, only the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Another post promised more rhetoric from members: “This is still a nation and world awash in sin. We will still warn you of this condition, out of our love and fear of the Lord, and out of our love for our neighbors.”
But Potok said he thinks the end is near for Westboro Baptist Church. Past extreme-right groups, such as the National Alliance and Aryan Nations, both neo-Nazi groups, collapsed quickly after the death of their leaders, he said.
“When you build a group so much around the personality and politics of a single leader, it’s sometimes difficult to keep that group alive when that leader dies,” Potok said. “It’s possible the church could fall apart in the next year or two.”
George Takei might have best summed up how we should be reacting to the new of another (much hated) human beings demise-
“Today, Mr. Phelps may have learned that God, in fact, hates no one. Vicious and hate-filled as he was, may his soul find the kind of peace through death that was so plainly elusive during his life.
I take no solace or joy in this man’s passing.
We will not dance upon his grave, nor stand vigil at his funeral holding ‘God Hates Freds’ signs, tempting as it may be. He was a tormented soul, who tormented so many.
Hate never wins out in the end. It instead goes always to its lonely, dusty end.”
As for me personally, apparently I fall far short of George’s mark, making him a better more forgiving man than I for my message is far different than his for Fred. Mine harks back the the occasion of the Supreme Court upholding Westboro Baptist Church’s right to picket and demonstrate at Military funerals when Fred laughed about the irony of the very people whose funerals he was picketing having died to protect his right to do so.
“I didn’t serve to protect your right to free speech, I served to protect mine so that I can tell you what a bunch of Asshats you and your bunch of trained sign waving butt monkeys really are.”
As a message to the rest of his quasi-religious zoo of trained baboons I made a donation to GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation ) as well as to the non profit organization Planting Peace which owns the rainbow painted ‘Equality House’ directly across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church’s compound in Memory of Fred Phelps and had them send the cards to the Westboro Baptist Church.