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God Gifted Brad Paisley - 06/03/14

  First off, God Doesn't Hate, as the sign reads in the picture to your right.  At least, my God doesn't.  And I'm officially sick and tired of reporting news stories about these quacks from the Westboro Baptist Church.  Let's set the record straight.  They're not Baptist.  They're not affiliated with any legitimate Baptist organization anywhere.  They may call themselves Christian, but their actions tell a much different story.  They're hateful.  They're judgmental. They're misguided.

  Case in point:  Their latest target is country star Brad Paisley.  God gifted Brad and he's out there busting his tail sharing his God given talent, making people smile and laugh.  His is the latest concert the WBC decided to picket.   Do these fruitcakes think they're really winning people over to God?   Look real closely at that picture and you'll see children in the background holding signs.  Why are these parents passing down extremism and hate to the next generation?   The protestors held signs that read "Sin Breeds Violence."  I'm sorry, I've been to several Brad Paisley concerts... I've never seen any violence there and I know from attending Bible study w/ his mom ... he doesn't condone anything that promotes violence.  Going to a concert to enjoy someone's God given talent is NOT A SIN!   In poignant Paisley style, the country crooner took a selfie w/ them and posted it to Twitter which read:   "Westboro Baptist Selfie!! Or west-Burro(ass) selfie. Hopefully they can hear the show out here. We'll play loud,"

    But perhaps Vince Gill said it best when he confronted them outside one of his concerts last year.  He said, "I just came to see what hate looked like." You can watch the video for yourself right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpc13FR98Us

  Lorde, the Foo Fighters and others have confronted the WBC protesters too.   In fact, the Foo Fighters went as far as to dress up in redneck attire to give the WBC protesters a spoof concert right there in the street.  Check out the video here: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOSkBJ-Q1Zw

   Blake Shelton put it this way, "Blow me."  Short and sweet. ;)

  While they've been targeting the music beat for quite some time now... it's important to note they don't like Jews or Catholics either.  They don't even like our soldiers.  I first became acquainted with them while working for CBS covering Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder's funeral in 2006.   This was the first big headlining protest and the one that unfortunately put these psychos on the map.   I often wonder if we all hadn't been there covering these atrocious protests, would WBC be as emboldened as they are today?  I do feel the media firestorm is partly to blame.   Regardless of media coverage though, WBC was there to overshadow this soldier's funeral--- a man who had just given his life for his country serving in Iraq and they were going to be there whether or not we correspondents were there.  Many years later, Snyder's father sued seeking damages saying the group had made a circus out of his son's funeral.  In the case of Snyder v Phelps,  the Supreme Court sided with WBC on the basis of free speech.  Here's more about the case:

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snyder_v._Phelps

  Would you believe members of WBC picket in six locations every single day?  That's their whole lot in life... to run around this great country spreading hate in their venomous, twisted, sick misinterpretation of the Bible.   It's important  to note they're only a small group... only a couple of dozen and their leader who died this year.... Well, let me tell you about him.  There are numerous articles online which you can search that source his neighbors as saying he beat his wife and kids with his fists, belt and a piece of wood. What a leader.

   They even threatened to picket the funerals of the little victims of Sandy Hook saying God sent the shooter.  Reprehensible.

   You know, I think Lady Gaga may have the right idea.  She instructed her fans at a concert in St. Louis to ignore them adding "Don't waste your words, or feelings, no matter what you hear or see. You are more fortunate and blessed than they are, and in your heart just pray for them."

    If I can find it in me....  I'll try to do that tonight.

 

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CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) -- Is that a roast beef in your pants? Or are you just happy to leave the store without paying? Police in New York State say a supermarket employee has been accused of leaving the store with $1,200 worth of meat hidden in his pants. State Police say Gregory Rodriguez, of Ossining is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny in the case. A spokeswoman for the state police says all the meat was swiped in just one day. But she says she doesn't know if it involved more than one trip to the store.

SINGING ROAD

TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) -- You've heard about cars that hum along on the road. How about a road that sings along with cars? There is one under construction in New Mexico -- where transportation officials are trying to curb speeding along historic Route 66. Tigress Productions is creating a "singing road" between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras. The road uses a series of rumble strips to create music. The driver will hear the tune -- so long as the speed limit is observed. There are only a few of these singing roads in the world. The one in New Mexico will be featured in a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed "Crowd Control" that will make its debut in November.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Here's one for those who worry that the bean counters at your company's accounting department might get on your case about your expense account. A former TD Bank executive has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. The Press Herald of Portland, Maine, reports Jeffrey Burnham used his company credit card to run up a tab of nearly a quarter million dollars at strip clubs. The card was swiped for thousand-dollar bottles of champagne and $750 lap dances -- which Burham said he needed to ease his stress from work.

 
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