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Middle-aged Japanese man’s 6-tonne porn mag collection collapses on top of him, crushing him to death; body not found for 6 months

Porn is bad for you, spiritually.

But sometimes it’s even deadly, literally.

Here’s one such case:

A lonely Japanese man who amassed more than six tons of porn died when a huge pile of magazines fell on top of him.

And even more tragically, the man’s body was only discovered six months later when the landlord entered the flat to find out why the rent had not been paid.

The man’s lowly death was revealed by a member of the cleaning team, who said his company had been hired to remove the magazines discreetly in a way that would not be noticed by neighbours and the man’s family to save them from the shame.

He said that the dead man, a 50-year-old former carmaker identified only by the name Joji, had died buried underneath under a pile of the pornographic magazines.

It was unclear if he had suffered a heart attack and fallen into the stacks of magazines which had then fallen on top of him, or whether he had been crushed by the mass of paper.

But the cleaner said that if he was still conscious, the paper would probably have muffled his cries.

Every space in the flat was filled with piles of magazines, which also stacked on tables and on shelves.

There were also clippings from erotic magazines where it appeared the man had cut out his favourite articles, and thrown away the rest of the magazine.

Despite his trimming, at the time of his death the collection weighed in at six metric tons (13,228 pounds).

So now his family not only now have the grief of mourning their loved one, but also the embarrassment of this becoming known worldwide.

Oh well. At least his life and death can be an object lesson in how not to live, for men everywhere to heed.

Sayonara, dude.

 

Putting the ‘colon’ back in ‘colonialism’…

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Witches cast ‘mass spell’ against Donald Trump; evangelicals over-react, freaking out in fear

Double, double toil and trouble,. Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!

Most of Donald Trump’s opponents believe they will have to wait four more years to see him leave the White House.

But America’s witches are more optimistic.

That’s the spirit! The can-do attitude that built America, and made it great!

At the stroke of midnight on Friday, followers of witchcraft across the US performed a mass spell designed to remove the president from office.

Clearly, it must have worked! Wait, no; Trump is still President, progs! Better try again…

A Facebook group devoted to the ritual has attracted over 10,500 likes, and coined the hashtag #magicresistance.

Ooh, a Magic Resistance! Now you see them; now you don’t! Amen! 😉

The development has sparked fury among Christian conservatives, who have accused the witches of “declaring spiritual war”.

Idiots. Witches have always been at spiritual war with our Lord; now they’ve merely extended their war into the temporal realm, against a head of state; in theory, at least: doesn’t look like their spell worked. But if at first you don’t succeed, try, and try again, prog witches!

Writer Michael Hughes, who describes himself as a “magical thinker” posted a version of the spell online, saying he had seen multiple versions on private witchcraft groups.

Ooh, Magical Thinking! What progs are known for…

In it, he suggests using a stubby orange candle, an unflattering picture of Mr Trump, and a Tower tarot card.

Wouldn’t you want to build a Tower of Tower tarot cards, to make it bigger and more powerful? Make Witchcraft Great Again! 😉

Followers of magic are told to carve the president’s name into the candle using a pin, recite an incantation, and then burn his picture in the flame.

The words of the spell include a plea to the Wiccan deities to “bind Donald J Trump, so that his malignant works may fail utterly” and so that he “shall not break our polity, usurp our liberty, or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair”.

They needn’t worry; their minds are already filled with hate, confusion, fear and despair. (Too bad about the hate, but I’m sure enjoying their confusion, fear and despair, and you should, too! 🙂 )

Mr Trump’s supporters don’t escape either, as the spell asks that their “malicious tongues” be curbed too.

Well, have we deplorables been silenced? Nope! I guess our God is bigger than their Wiccan deities. 🙂

Mr Hughes suggests that instead of the normal closing line, “So mote it be!”, witches could burn the former Apprentice host’s image with the words, “You’re fired!”

Using Trump’s own words against him; so cute! Too bad it didn’t work. 🙂

The writer said he published details of the spell because he felt “it would be very welcome to a lot of people”.

Under the tenets of witchcraft, a “binding spell” does not wish harm on its target, but aims to stop them from doing harm themselves.

And yet they’re burning his picture in effigy. Doesn’t add up, does it?

MaryPat Azevedo, who took part in the ritual in Arizona, said she saw the ritual as “a unity prayer”.

She told the BBC: “A true witch would never cast a spell on anyone without their permission. This prayer is for wellbeing and peace for all beings.”

And did the Donald grant you his permission? Or are you not a true witch? D’Oh!

Ms Azevedo said she hopes to see “physical, emotional, and spiritual changes in Donald Trump and American politics”.

Me too. I’d love to see in Trump physical changes (him becoming even healthier, so that he may have a long, healthy and productive presidency), emotional changes (becoming thicker-skinned), and spiritual changes (hey, I’d love to see him become a faithful, orthodox, mature Christian). And I’d love to see all different manner of various changes in American politics, in a reactionary direction, of course.

Participating witches plan to repeat the spell on days when there is a waning crescent moon, until Mr Trump leaves the Oval Office. The next ritual is set for 26 March.

I’m sure President Trump is quaking in his boots!

Perhaps unsurprisingly, some of the president’s followers are less than thrilled.

Maybe a handful; the rest don’t know or care! 🙂

Joshua Feuerstein, an evangelical pastor who has previously condemned Starbucks for taking Christmas symbols off its seasonal red cups, issued an “urgent warning”, saying “millions of witches” were trying to curse the president.

“Their bippity-boppity-boo isn’t more powerful than the name of Jesus!” he declared in an online video.

Exactly, so relax, bro; the Lord has got this. Chill out!

The Christian Nationalist Alliance, a conservative religious group, named 24 February a “day of prayer” to counter the magical fraternity.

I’m sorry, under what authority do they declare the right to dictate to the rest of Christians to suddenly follow this festival / fast / whatever? They’re not a church governing body, but go nuts guys, if it makes you feel better.

In a post online, it called the witches “occultists” who want to summon dark spirits against Mr Trump.

True dat.

The group said it will urge people to pray every time the spell-casters reach for their candles.

People should always pray. They don’t need to think of this as some sort of contest where the side that prays the hardest will beat the other.

Thus far, Mr Trump has failed to comment on the battle between Bible and broomstick.

No, but he has disinvited you, BBC, to press briefings; that should give you an idea of what he thinks of your reporting and coverage overall, much less individual prog-straw-grasping-, silly ‘stories’ like this.

 

Pope and Change

Dreher reports and reacts:

A Catholic priest sent in this shocking, outrageous AP story from Rome. Excerpts:

Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope’s own advisers question.

One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received the pope’s clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12. The Rev. Mauro Inzoli is now facing a second church trial after new evidence emerged against him, The Associated Press has learned.

The Inzoli case is one of several in which Francis overruled the advice of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and reduced a sentence that called for the priest to be defrocked, two canon lawyers and a church official told AP. Instead, the priests were sentenced to penalties including a lifetime of penance and prayer and removal from public ministry.

In some cases, the priests or their high-ranking friends appealed to Francis for clemency by citing the pope’s own words about mercy in their petitions, the church official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the proceedings are confidential.

“With all this emphasis on mercy … he is creating the environment for such initiatives,” the church official said, adding that clemency petitions were rarely granted by Pope Benedict XVI, who launched a tough crackdown during his 2005-2013 papacy and defrocked some 800 priests who raped and molested children. [Emphasis mine — RD]

Note well:

Francis scrapped the commission’s proposed tribunal for bishops who botch abuse cases following legal objections from the congregation. The commission’s other major initiative — a guideline template to help dioceses develop policies to fight abuse and safeguard children — is gathering dust. The Vatican never sent the template to bishops’ conferences, as the commission had sought, or even linked it to its main abuse-resource website.

And so, the precious concept of mercy becomes a byword for perpetuating clericalism and injustice, swaddling it in a slanket of sentimentality.

I’ve noticed, at The American Conservative in the past, and again in a comment on this piece, some people comparing Pope Francis to Trump; seeing him as a maverick, coming in, breaking rules, changing things, etc.

I contend the comparison is invalid; that Pope Benedict was more like what Trump is: someone who tried to drain the swamp, and truly go against the grain of what had been (and unfortunately is, again). In the comments, Leon Podles (yes, that onenoted:

Ratzinger’s hard line against abuse (which was ignored by John Paul II) is being undone by Francis, all in the name of “mercy.”

So, Benedict was the maverick, the radical reactionary who came in and tried to fix things, only to find himself blocked, and his efforts undone by his successor.

The better comparison, IMO, for Pope Francis, is in fact to Obama; he is changing some things, in a negative direction, while trying to undo the good that Benedict wrought.

As Podles went on to further observe:

Francis supporters want him to legitimize divorce and remarriage and silence his critics; if it also means tolerating pedophiles, well, what’s a few kids as long as Francis goes long with the Sexual Revolution in the Church.

Just as, in politics, progs loved Obama for radically pushing their agenda, and didn’t care about any other considerations, like increased Islamic immigration and resultant terrorism, the alienation of poor and working-class heartland whites, increased black militancy and racial strife actually resulting rather than improved racial harmony, etc.

Of course, the difference is, the order is exactly backwards between the Roman Catholic Church’s Trump and Obama pope analogues, in terms of the prog following the maverick conservative trying to actually fix things. I can relate, as a Canadian, because, for all the issues I had with our last Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, he actually tried to and did accomplish some good, much of which is being undone by Justin Trudeau, prog Canadians’ ‘hopey-changey’-wet-dream, selfie-mad leader. (Though I’m happy with the Brexit and Trump votes, and the trends we are appearing to see in France, the Netherlands, and Germany, and for that matter Kellie Leitch’s theme in her campaign to be the next Tory leader, I’m frustrated that my fellow Canadians chose to embrace our own Obamesque, hopey-changey figure at precisely the time when the rest of the west is turning in a nationalist and populist direction. {Sigh}…)

 

Trump bypassing hostile media and judges

Trump administration bypasses opposition media

Trump administration to bypass courts

This is what winning looks like; this is how to defeat enemies.

 

“We see ourselves together, fighting together, with our Muslim brothers,” said the rabbi. “They are our natural allies.”


 
“Against Old Europe”…
 
Good to know.
 
(Hat tip.)

 

A Maryland school employee has been sacked for Tweeting the correct spelling of ‘tomorrow’

A school system employee in Maryland who had a lighthearted quarrel with a student on Twitter over the student’s spelling has been fired. Katie Nash tells The Frederick News-Post that she was fired on Friday afternoon from her $44,000-a-year job. A Frederick County Public Schools spokesman confirmed that Nash had been let go, without providing details.

Nash ran the school district’s Twitter account. On Jan. 5, a student tweeted to the account, asking that schools be closed “tammarow.” Nash responded from the district’s account, “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow?’” She says she was told not to tweet anymore after the interaction.  Nash says she understands why she was let go and that she didn’t “want to be a distraction to the school system.”

Source: School employee fired for tweet aimed at student’s spelling