The Appendix of the Mind

thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: The city of Bay Minette, Alabama, has launched a new initiative that allows non-violent offenders to choose between doing time behind bars, or spending their Sundays at church.

The initiative, called Operation Restore Our Community, will ostensibly reduce the financial burden of locking up convicted criminals by allowing them to work off their sentence at a church of their choice.

Offenders must check in with their pastor and the police department on a weekly basis. If they attend church every Sunday for a year, their case will be dismissed.

Bay Minette Police Chief Mike Rowland says the program is not in violation of church-state separation laws because the choice between church and jail is left up to the offenders.

[wkrg / thanks anon!

Well, look at it like this: Bay Minette, AL is out-and-out admitting that churchgoing is punishiment. ^_^

thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: The latest Toddlers & Tiaras mom-cum-madam embroiled in controversy (previously) has spoken out in defense of her indefensible decision to dress her daughter like a hooker.
Wendy Dickey told TMZ the hooker outfit did not harm her 3-year-old daughter Paisley, insisting that the costume — modeled after the character played by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman — was “less revealing than gymnastics wear and swimsuits.” 
According to Dickey, Paisley also paraded around the beauty pageant stage as the “classy” version of Roberts’ character, but that scene was left on TLC’s cutting room floor. 
“People need to look at their own family and what they’re doing,” Dickey went on to say. “I don’t know why people are focusing so much on pageant moms when there’s much more harmful things people are letting their children do!” 
PROTIP: If your best defense is “there are worse ways to harm a kid,” you’re not doing a very good job defending yourself. 
[tlc / tmz.]

TLC is the real villain here - they’re enabling the mothers into doing this shit.  If there was no MONEY (because you KNOW they’re not agreeing to appear on TV pro bono), then mom wouldn’t be doing QUITE as extreme shit to her daughter to get the attention of the $$$-holders.

thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: The latest Toddlers & Tiaras mom-cum-madam embroiled in controversy (previously) has spoken out in defense of her indefensible decision to dress her daughter like a hooker.

Wendy Dickey told TMZ the hooker outfit did not harm her 3-year-old daughter Paisley, insisting that the costume — modeled after the character played by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman — was “less revealing than gymnastics wear and swimsuits.”

According to Dickey, Paisley also paraded around the beauty pageant stage as the “classy” version of Roberts’ character, but that scene was left on TLC’s cutting room floor.

“People need to look at their own family and what they’re doing,” Dickey went on to say. “I don’t know why people are focusing so much on pageant moms when there’s much more harmful things people are letting their children do!”

PROTIP: If your best defense is “there are worse ways to harm a kid,” you’re not doing a very good job defending yourself. 

[tlc / tmz.]

TLC is the real villain here - they’re enabling the mothers into doing this shit.  If there was no MONEY (because you KNOW they’re not agreeing to appear on TV pro bono), then mom wouldn’t be doing QUITE as extreme shit to her daughter to get the attention of the $$$-holders.

thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: On the latest episode of TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras (AKA Bad Parenting for Dummies AKA Legal Kiddie Porn), 4-year-old beauty pageant hopeful Maddy Jackson gets a very special hand-me-down from her mom Lindsay: A child-size Dolly Parton dress, complete with fake breasts and butt.

“When she wears the fake boobs and fake butt it’s an added bonus,” says her mother, a former child beauty pageant contestant herself. “It’s really funny when she comes out on stage they think it’s hysterical. They realize not only is she Dolly but she has the added enhancements just like Dolly has.”

Shut down this show, shut down these pageants, send whoever you need to jail, just so long as 4-year-old girls are never again forced to wear fake boobs and flirt with middle-aged men and women who consider judging the “sexiness” of toddlers a legitimate hobby.

[tlc / radar.]

BOLDED FOR EMPHASIS AND AGREEMENT.

I’m starting to wonder if we should have ASSISTED that kook who went into Discovery Networks’ head office and took hostages; apart from the extremes he was willing to get his demands heard, his sentiment that TLC has an EXTREMELY unhealthy obsession with children, childbirth (and extreme amounts of it; J&K+8?) and fosters this abusive INDUSTRY focused on children.

Oh, and for the record, I think Jon Benet Ramsey’s brother killed her at her own request to end the hell and torment she was living through.  Neither her mother nor her father would have killed her - she was the fucking golden goose for them.

thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: A 70-year-old Florida woman and her terminally ill husband are being foreclosed upon by Bank of America because they paid their mortgage a week in advance.
The Bullingtons, who have lived in Pasco County for 15 years, ran into financial trouble when James fell ill and their medical expenses skyrocketed. The couple asked the bank to reduce their monthly mortgage payment through a modification plan, and the bank agreed.
Sharon Bullington sent in her first payment under the revised plan on December 23, and, even though it wasn’t due until January 1, the bank accepted it. In January, Bullington attempted to pay February’s installment over the phone, but got her routing number wrong — a mistake she didn’t find out about until several weeks later.
The couple was summarily ejected from the plan in March.
Confused, Bullington wrote a two-page letter to Bank of America president Brian Moynihan to clarify that the payment made in December was meant to cover January. Moynihan aide Ana Olivera wrote Bullington to reiterate the requirement that all payments under the Home Affordable Modification Program must be made “in the month in which [they are] due.”
Olivera went on to say that the foreclosure process could not be halted, and that Bullington’s only recourse was to sell the home in a short sale or sign it over to the bank. “I understand that you may be disappointed with our final resolution and appreciate the opportunity to clarify this matter,” Olivera’s letter concluded. “While this may not be the response you were hoping for, I trust I have addressed your concerns.”
“It’s like death to me,” Bullington, who is her husband’s sole caregiver, told the St. Petersburg Times. “My husband is bedridden. It’s almost more than I can bear.”
Reached for comment by the paper, Olivera decline to speak on the matter, but a Bank of America rep said in an email that the Bullingtons’ case will be re-reviewed.
[tampabay.]

YOU’D BETTER FUCKING RE-REVIEW THAT, YOU PENNYSUCKING CUNTS.

thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: A 70-year-old Florida woman and her terminally ill husband are being foreclosed upon by Bank of America because they paid their mortgage a week in advance.

The Bullingtons, who have lived in Pasco County for 15 years, ran into financial trouble when James fell ill and their medical expenses skyrocketed. The couple asked the bank to reduce their monthly mortgage payment through a modification plan, and the bank agreed.

Sharon Bullington sent in her first payment under the revised plan on December 23, and, even though it wasn’t due until January 1, the bank accepted it. In January, Bullington attempted to pay February’s installment over the phone, but got her routing number wrong — a mistake she didn’t find out about until several weeks later.

The couple was summarily ejected from the plan in March.

Confused, Bullington wrote a two-page letter to Bank of America president Brian Moynihan to clarify that the payment made in December was meant to cover January. Moynihan aide Ana Olivera wrote Bullington to reiterate the requirement that all payments under the Home Affordable Modification Program must be made “in the month in which [they are] due.”

Olivera went on to say that the foreclosure process could not be halted, and that Bullington’s only recourse was to sell the home in a short sale or sign it over to the bank. “I understand that you may be disappointed with our final resolution and appreciate the opportunity to clarify this matter,” Olivera’s letter concluded. “While this may not be the response you were hoping for, I trust I have addressed your concerns.”

“It’s like death to me,” Bullington, who is her husband’s sole caregiver, told the St. Petersburg Times. “My husband is bedridden. It’s almost more than I can bear.”

Reached for comment by the paper, Olivera decline to speak on the matter, but a Bank of America rep said in an email that the Bullingtons’ case will be re-reviewed.

[tampabay.]

YOU’D BETTER FUCKING RE-REVIEW THAT, YOU PENNYSUCKING CUNTS.

thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Alice Taylor @ Wonderland recently snapped a photo of an ana-mannequin modeling the Gap’s “Always Skinny” jeans, and that photo made the rounds.
The Daily Mail reached out to her for permission to post the pic on their site. Taylor, who explicitly states “I don’t like the Daily Mail,” wrote the rag back to offer them permission in exchange for a £250 donation to the charity of her choice.
A Daily Mail rep wrote back to say that the fee was too steep, to which Taylor responded: “Oh well - it’s a no then.” She received one additional correspondence from the tab’s rep with a terse “Thanks for letting me know” before the paper went and published the photo anyway.
Not just that, but the Daily Mail article uses an additional photo of Taylor’s without permission and lifts quotes Taylor gave the Washington Post without attribution. “Their reporting makes it sound like I talked to them directly,” says Taylor.
She is now seeking £2000 to be donated to MIND and ORG for the “knowing infringement” of her photos. Hundreds of retweets later and still no word from the Daily Mail.
[wonderland.]

Photography may not be a crime, but it’s also not just a free resource to exploit…

thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Alice Taylor @ Wonderland recently snapped a photo of an ana-mannequin modeling the Gap’s “Always Skinny” jeans, and that photo made the rounds.

The Daily Mail reached out to her for permission to post the pic on their site. Taylor, who explicitly states “I don’t like the Daily Mail,” wrote the rag back to offer them permission in exchange for a £250 donation to the charity of her choice.

A Daily Mail rep wrote back to say that the fee was too steep, to which Taylor responded: “Oh well - it’s a no then.” She received one additional correspondence from the tab’s rep with a terse “Thanks for letting me know” before the paper went and published the photo anyway.

Not just that, but the Daily Mail article uses an additional photo of Taylor’s without permission and lifts quotes Taylor gave the Washington Post without attribution. “Their reporting makes it sound like I talked to them directly,” says Taylor.

She is now seeking £2000 to be donated to MIND and ORG for the “knowing infringement” of her photos. Hundreds of retweets later and still no word from the Daily Mail.

[wonderland.]

Photography may not be a crime, but it’s also not just a free resource to exploit…

thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Married couple Anthony John Makk and Bradford Wells of San Francisco have been together 19 years, but that matters little to the US government, which two weeks ago denied Makk, an Australian citizen, the right to be considered for permanent residency.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services turned down Makk’s application on the grounds that same-sex couples are not eligible to receive federal benefits per the Defense of Marriage Act. Makk, who is the primary caregiver of Wells, an AIDS-afflicted American citizen, has until August 25th to leave the country.
If Wells moved to Australia with Makk he would lose the critical medical coverage he currently receives.
“It’s infuriating. It’s upsetting,” said Wells. “I have no power, no right to keep my husband in this country. I love this country, I live here, I pay taxes and I have no right to share my home with the person I married.”
Though President Obama and AG Eric Holder have previously stated that DOMA is unconstitutional on equal protection grounds, the administration continues to enforce the law, and House Republicans have hired attorneys to defends it where the White House is unwilling to do so.
A spokesman for Rep. Nancy Pelosi said her office is working on behalf of the couple “to exhaust all appropriate immigration remedies that are open to pursue.”
[sfgate.]

MOTHERFUCKING burro-crats!   This shit don’t fly; it’s been denounced and is being thrown out, STOP USING IT.

…glad to see the next incarnation of the INS is still being its obstructive self…

thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Married couple Anthony John Makk and Bradford Wells of San Francisco have been together 19 years, but that matters little to the US government, which two weeks ago denied Makk, an Australian citizen, the right to be considered for permanent residency.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services turned down Makk’s application on the grounds that same-sex couples are not eligible to receive federal benefits per the Defense of Marriage Act. Makk, who is the primary caregiver of Wells, an AIDS-afflicted American citizen, has until August 25th to leave the country.

If Wells moved to Australia with Makk he would lose the critical medical coverage he currently receives.

“It’s infuriating. It’s upsetting,” said Wells. “I have no power, no right to keep my husband in this country. I love this country, I live here, I pay taxes and I have no right to share my home with the person I married.”

Though President Obama and AG Eric Holder have previously stated that DOMA is unconstitutional on equal protection grounds, the administration continues to enforce the law, and House Republicans have hired attorneys to defends it where the White House is unwilling to do so.

A spokesman for Rep. Nancy Pelosi said her office is working on behalf of the couple “to exhaust all appropriate immigration remedies that are open to pursue.”

[sfgate.]

MOTHERFUCKING burro-crats!   This shit don’t fly; it’s been denounced and is being thrown out, STOP USING IT.

…glad to see the next incarnation of the INS is still being its obstructive self…