Morning Links

Sunday, April 4th, 2010
  • Vatican official compares criticism of church officials for sex scandal to persecution of the Jews. Hmm. Centuries of pogroms, ghettos, and a holocaust that nearly exterminated European Jewry from the face of the earth vs. shaming church officials for covering up the sexual assault of thousands of minors. Yes. Totally the same!
  • Missing man/apes link found in South Africa.
  • Government officials take aim at unpaid internships. How dare these private companies exploit eager young people who volunteer to work without pay in exchange for valuable professional experience! Also, something tells me the thousands of unpaid interns who work on Capitol Hill and for federal agencies won’t be affected.
  • Newsweek columnist looks at problems with forensic evidence.
  • Just so I have this straight: 18 high school seniors showed up for for prom wearing clothes that school officials deemed too revealing, and as punishment, the principle paddled 17 of them?

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62 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  Radley Balko | 

    Another post on Catholic scandals… Must be Easter @ the Agitator.

    So a Vatican official chooses the church’s holiest week of the year to make an offensive comment comparing criticism of its coverup of sex abuse to the persecution of Jews, and I’m to blame for the timing of his comment?

  2. #2 |  flukebucket | 

    The dress definitely didn’t look 6″ above the knee and I am confused about the cleavage issue. There was definitely cleavage but I didn’t even know they made prom dresses that showed no cleavage.

    I wonder if they paddled them on site or if they waited until Monday and if you refused them entry into the prom why paddle them at all? Seems like keeping them out of the dance was punishment enough. The mental images I get of 18 year olds getting paddled is troubling enough. Especially if they are wearing tuxedos and prom dresses.

    Three days or three licks! Man it has been a long time since I have heard that. Maybe they could have made them write 500 times, “I will only wear state approved clothing to the prom”

    I used to get sent home from time to time because my hair was below my shirt collar. That was back when churches were being bombed and American cities were on fire. The National Guard patrolled many streets and the sharing of water fountains with the colored people meant that the communists were winning.

    Good times.

  3. #3 |  Kristen | 

    It was Easter this weekend?!?!?!

  4. #4 |  Nobody | 

    So, the organization responsible for the Inquisition is now saying “Jeez, you guys are treating us like we’re Jewish or something”.

    An organizational cover up of sexual abuse by the clergy is pretty much what defines a conspiracy. Maybe the Church should feel under attack, because it has been covering up criminal and disgusting acts. Some heads should roll, but they’re not, which only reinforces how out-of-touch the Church is with reality.

  5. #5 |  Nobody | 

    And saying the attacks on the Catholic Church are “violent” is laughable. Violent? Really? Let me know when we have an auto da fé.

  6. #6 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I used to get sent home from time to time because my hair was below my shirt collar. That was back when churches were being bombed and American cities were on fire. The National Guard patrolled many streets and the sharing of water fountains with the colored people meant that the communists were winning.

    Remember that was all done by “the glorious government”. Of course, no way today’s much BIGGER government is capable of making mistakes like that because they’ve really got it right now…like “new professionalism”.

    “Obedience” is the required major of most every public high school.

    By the way, I had an awesome zombie weekend.

  7. #7 |  Jim Collins | 

    The paddling bit reminded me of my Senior year of high school. We had this long term substitute teacher who was pretty set in his ways. I can’t remember what I did but he decided that I needed paddling. When he pulled the paddle out of his cupboard I told him to put it away. He asked what I meant and I told him that if he tried to use that thing on me I was going to defend myself first and then press charges. Considering I was about 6′-2″ 220 lbs. vs his 5′-9″ 140 lbs. he changed his mind and sent me to the Principal’s office. When I told the Principal what he tried, I was sent to my next class and the teacher was shown the door. Only the Principals could administer corporal punishment in our district, more than one of them had to agree it was necessary and your parent or Guardian had to be present when it was administered.

  8. #8 |  Brian Moore | 

    See, what historical persecution was that Vatican official going to compare it to? At least with the persecution of Jews, some of the time that Catholic Church wasn’t involved in it.

    He could have compared it to the Inquisition… hmmm, maybe that’s also a bad term for him to use. How about a witch hunt? Oh, right…

    Are you allowed to compare modern events to historical crimes that your own organization committed?

  9. #9 |  sux2bme | 

    Hmm, I bet the paddling principal’s favorite movie scene is:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvRH-8eF6l0

    beginning at minute 8:00. Brave, brave Sir Holloday …

  10. #10 |  Kevin | 

    The comment section of the Missing Link article is one of the most entertaining I have seen, almost as good as the comments on this blog (but obviously for different reasons). My favorite so far:

    —-
    The missing link has been discovered? Again?
    Constantly such discoveries are revealed to be false (e.g. the mish-mash of bones from humans and apes), and still people accept these findings as fact.
    It goes to show that people believe only what they want to believe, even if all evidence so far has proven to be false.
    —–

  11. #11 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    # #47 | thorn | April 5th, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Another post on Catholic scandals… Must be Easter @ the Agitator.

    LMAO…and today is Monday….and yet another catholic priest who can’t seem to keep his penis out of pre-pubescent boy’s mouths and anuses…must be a normal day in the catholic church.

    Stop trying to shoot the messenger Thorn…try shooting your priests and your church leadership. Still laughing…yep…Radley’s to blame….damn you Radley! Freaking sheep. Don’t forget to pony up your 10% there Thorn.

    Don’t worry Thorn…it’s more than Radley. In fact, he is the least vocal. Take myself for instance. I hold ALL organized religion with disdain and I hold the catholic religion at the very peak (depth?) of disdain and utter contempt based on the FACT that it is THE MOST ludicrous and hypocritical of the christian sects out there. I am completely convinced that catholics who still continue to support the church are morons and should have their freedom to reproduce revoked on a permanent basis for being just too damn stupid to breed. Honestly. You folks that still support the church are idiots and you cannot convince me otherwise. Let the negative karma begin but…just being honest.

  12. #12 |  JOR | 

    “How about a witch hunt?”

    In my understanding, the witch hunts were mostly a protestant thing.