Our sick culture

edited January 2014 in Religion & Philosophy
With all the problems in the world anyone who wastes God's time over sports...


Half of American fans say 'supernatural' forces are in play during sports events 


So do you say a little prayer during a pivotal play or wear lucky socks during a big game? You are not alone.

“Just ahead of the 2014 Super Bowl, 50 percent of sports fans see some aspect of the supernatural at play in sports, meaning they either pray to God to help their team, have thought their team was cursed at some point in time, or believe that God plays a role in determining the outcome of sporting events,” reports a new survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan, non-profit group based in the nation’s capital.

A fervent 26 percent of the respondents say they have prayed that “for God to help their team”, while an equal number have entertained the notion that their team was “cursed.”

The gridiron tends to bring out this behavior.

“Football fans are also more likely than other fans to say they pray for their team (33 percent ), perform pre-game or game-time rituals (25 percent), or to believe that their team has been cursed (31 percent).

White evangelical Protestants (38 percent), white mainline Protestant (33 percent) and minority Protestant (29 percent) sports fans are considerably more likely than Catholic (21 percent) or religiously unaffiliated (15 percent) fans to say they have prayed for their team, the survey found.

Twenty one percent have either a special ritual or a lucky item of clothing they associated with a big game. Another 22 percent say that God “plays a role in which team wins a sporting event.”

And interesting: 48 percent agree that “God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success.” Forty seven percent disagreed with this idea, however.

“More than 6-in-10 white evangelical Protestants (62 percent) and minority Protestants (65 percent) believe that God rewards athletes. Half of Catholics, 44 percent of white mainline Protestants and only 22 percent of religiously unaffiliated Americans believe that God rewards athletes who have faith,” the pollster says.

The survey of 1,011 adults was conducted Jan. 8-12.



Lucky coat did not save.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td8eEM9KDig

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  • ZedZed
    edited January 2014
    And in other news, half of American fans are mouth breathing knuckle draggers that suffer from reality detachment syndrome.
  • All of you humans are teh suck.
  • People.  They're the worst.
  • Veritas said:

    God plays a role in determining the outcome of sporting events

    He certainly does, just not how we might think... certainly not for our glory.



  • Another one:

    Teachers expected to show results.  I am shocked that teaching is going on in this establishment! 

    http://triblive.com/opinion/featuredcommentary/5421788-74/teachers-pittsburgh-union?printerfriendly=true


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    By Richard Berman

    Published: Monday, January 20, 2014 9:00 p.m.

    When the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offered Pittsburgh Public Schools $40 million, it was a godsend to the cash-strapped school system. But to the American Federation of Teachers, the city's teachers union, and AFT President Randi Weingarten, the idea that school funding might be tied to improving children's education was anathema. The grant had to go.

    The Gates foundation's criteria were straightforward: The school district and teachers needed to agree on a method to evaluate classroom performance and to hold teachers accountable for their performance. The union and the district agreed on a metric, but now the AFT and its Pittsburgh local are retroactively arguing that the grading scale is too hard.

    Weingarten, the national AFT and its Pittsburgh local chose, instead, to defend assembly-line-style work rules that entrench incompetent teachers in the classroom based on seniority rather than skill, deny teachers the opportunity to earn raises and bonuses based on their ability to teach, and make it excessively difficult to fire teachers for misconduct.

    And now, if the union doesn't budge, it could cost Pittsburgh's kids $40 million.

    The rot comes from the top of the organization: Weingarten practiced factory-style unionism when she headed New York City's notoriously obstinate United Federation of Teachers. Her union was responsible for keeping NYC's infamous “rubber rooms”— where teachers accused of misconduct were paid to do nothing while union reps dragged out their cases on appeal, sometimes for years. The New York Daily News reported that over a three-year period ending in 2010 (that included the end of Weingarten's time at the UFT), only 88 of the city's roughly 80,000 teachers — an amazingly low 0.1 percent — were fired. In the private sector, the firing rate is 30 times higher in a single year.

    It gets worse: By defending archaic work rules that protect bad teachers, high-quality teachers who want to take on and thrive in the hardest jobs in education get the boot while rubber roomers stay on the rolls.

    The Commonwealth Foundation reports that Pittsburgh schools are suffering here too: AFT-negotiated seniority rules sent 16 “distinguished” (top-performing) teachers on furlough and cost four of them their jobs, even as 11 “failing” teachers were reinstated.

    Pittsburgh's children have suffered the worst possible effect of the seniority-based systems that teachers unions such as the AFT have forced on school districts. The Gates foundation money, offered just a few years after Pittsburgh Public Schools had to lay off teachers, could go a long way toward retaining high-quality teachers who have chosen to teach in the city. But the AFT has chosen to protect bad teachers over necessary school reforms and help for Pittsburgh's children.

    When kids who flunk tests whine about the “grading scale,” parents know that Junior's really not doing as well as he says he is. It's time for Pittsburgh leaders to press forward with reform despite the AFT's obstruction and secure $40 million for the children.

    Richard Berman is the executive director of the Center for Union Facts, which operates AFTFacts.com

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    Judge: Suspected Felon/Seahawks Fan Can Leave State for Super Bowl
    By Andrew Johnson
  • Silly girl...

    Don't you know that some animals are MORE equal than others?
  • Difficult for me to believe a word of it. Don't believe she's lying on purpose, but I do believe that her batshit crazy and spiteful mom probably put it all in her head. Not a Woody Allen fan at all, but I don't like how this is all playing out. Reminds me of the 80s when therapists were reporting abuse in astoundingly large numbers because they were suggesting it to their patients.
  • That seems to be the consensus among the comments I've seen
  • I don't have enough information to form an opinion one way or the other.


    Except for his movies. THOSE definitely suck.
  • edited February 2014
    He's a very odd little man
  • "Leventhal further swears Dylan’s statements at the hospital contradicted
    each other as well as the story she told on the videotape. “Those were
    not minor inconsistencies. She told us initially that she hadn’t been
    touched in the vaginal area, and she then told us that she had, then she
    told us that she hadn’t.” He also said the child’s accounts had “a
    rehearsed quality.” At one point, she told him, “I like to cheat on my
    stories.” The sworn statement further concludes: “Even before the claim
    of abuse was made last August, the view of Mr. Allen as an evil and
    awful and terrible man permeated the household. The view that he had
    molested Soon-Yi and was a potential molester of Dylan permeated the
    household… It’s quite possible —as a matter of fact, we think it’s
    medically probable—that (Dylan) stuck to that story over time because of
    the intense relationship she had with her mother.” Leventhal further
    notes it was “very striking” that each time Dylan spoke of the abuse,
    she coupled it with “one, her father’s relationship with Soon-Yi, and
    two, the fact that it was her poor mother, her poor mother,” who had
    lost a career in Mr. Allen’s films.

    [...] Moses Farrow, now 36, and an accomplished photographer,
    has been estranged from Mia for several years. During a recent
    conversation, he spoke of “finally seeing the reality” of Frog Hollow
    and used the term “brainwashing” without hesitation. He recently
    reestablished contact with Allen and is currently enjoying a renewed
    relationship with him and Soon-Yi.
    "

    Worth a read:
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/27/the-woody-allen-allegations-not-so-fast.html

    You want sick? Allen's connections and cash are the only reasons he's not in prison. All it takes, if you are a man, is one vindictive woman, making one statement, and you get to spend the rest of your days in a living hell.That is, if you don't get beaten to death first, as happened to a fellow last year. Shit, you don't even have to get into an argument with a girl for it to happen. She slept with someone behind her boyfriend's back and is feeling she's about to get found out? Claim it was rape. Now she gets to be the victim and the guy she bonked goes away down the memory hole.
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