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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RICK SPRINGFIELD-YOUR BUTT IS FINE WITH US

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Rock musician Rick Springfield was a big hit at the opening day of the 2015 New York State Fair. So was his tush.

The singer best known for his 1981 No. 1 hit "Jessie's Girl" had been sued by a New York woman who said she suffered serious head injuries when Springfield's buttocks hit her after he fell off the stage during a concert at the suburban Syracuse fairgrounds in 2004.

In January, he won the seven-year legal battle when a state Supreme Court judge in Syracuse said the performer didn't injure the concert-goer.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that during last night's performance Springfield, who turned 66 Sunday, thanked fans for supporting him during the trial. One fan held up a sign that read: "`'Rick your butt can fall on me anytime."

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia meteorologist who went online to fight back against "haters" critical of her pregnant appearance has given birth to twin girls.

KYW-TV says Katie Fehlinger (FEH'-lin-jer) went into labor after her morning shift Tuesday and delivered the girls Wednesday afternoon.

Parker Janice was born at 12:58 p.m. She weighed 4 pounds, 15 ounces. Kaeden Faye arrived a minute later, weighing 3 pounds, 12 ounces

Fehlinger shot back at critics last week in a Facebook post, attracting national attention and support from thousands of people.

She wrote that the industry makes her an easy target for criticism. But she said it crosses the line to post "nastygrams" about pregnant women.

Fehlinger, a Lehigh Valley native, has been with the station since 2011.

WOMAN TICKETED FOR BREAST FEEDING WHILE DRIVING

SEATTLE (AP) -- A 43-year-old Washington woman was given a $136 ticket this week for breast-feeding while driving.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/nxbX7D ) the woman was pulled over on Interstate 5 around 7 p.m. Wednesday after someone called 911 to report a child sitting in a driver's lap.

State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis says that when the trooper approached the car, he could tell that the woman was breast-feeding.

The woman admitted she was breast feeding and had done it before because her 1-year-old son screams uncontrollably when he's hungry.

Francis says they had a talk about safety and parental responsibility and the officer issued a ticket for child-restraint violation.

Court records show the woman has a history of driving infractions, including using a cellphone while driving, speeding and following too closely.

NEBRASKA LOTTERY- SCRATCH AND SNIFF

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Even if it isn't a winner -- a Nebraska lottery ticket could still give you a good whiff.

The Nebraska Lottery says it will be selling Sriracha-scented scratch tickets as part of a new $2 scratch game.

It's called Hot Sriracha, and each ticket contains a scent replicating that of the famous Asian sauce. The game offers three $15,000 top prizes and a total of more than $468,000 in cash prizes.

Acting Nebraska Lottery director Jill Marshall says in a news release that lottery officials think the new game "is the first Sriracha-scented scratch game ever made."

Lottery spokesman Neil Watson said Thursday that tickets are being distributed and may be purchased wherever they're offered.

POLICE TO COMPILE FREQUENT-DRUNKARD LIST

AURORA, Illinois (AP) -- The police department in an Illinois city is going to compile a "habitual drunkard" list to help fight public intoxication.

Aurora Police Department Sgt. Tom McNamara says the list will have "certain clientele" whom police and fire departments see regularly. The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports (http://trib.in/1IhxoVp ) that includes people whom police and fire personnel transport six times or more in a 120-day period.

The City Council approved keeping the list this week as part of an overhaul to city liquor laws. Aurora is west of Chicago.

Police say the goal is public safety. Those on the list won't be able to purchase liquor in Aurora and local businesses are expected to comply.

Authorities say they got the idea from Madison, Wisconsin, which has a similar policy.

 
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