Curt Schilling stands up to Internet trolls; one fired, the other suspended from college

When the Internet trolls started making rape jokes about his teenage daughter, former baseball player Curt Schilling tracked two of them down. As a result, Adam Nagel has been suspended by Brookdale Community College and Sean MacDonald has been fired from his part-time job selling tickets for the Yankees.

Good for Schilling.

But an even better story is how Australian game reviewer Alanah Pearce responded to rape threats by contacting the mothers of some of the trolls!

The world we live in…Man has it changed. ADDENDUM! | 38 Pitches.

Andrew Cuomo moves state officials from email to Snapchat

In an effort to make NY state government more efficient, all state employees will have their email accounts closed and be given new accounts on Snapchat, where their messages will be automatically deleted in 10 seconds.

Cuomo announced, “This will make NY state government more nimble, more responsive, and more transparent, as well as saving hundreds of trees every week.”

Responding to critics who said this would make it harder for prosecutors to track illegal activities of state officials, Cuomo said, “Some people out there are whinny pussies who don’t want us to embrace the latest technological improvements.”

Email scandal shows N.Y. governor is either incompetent or corrupt.

Brian Williams Joins Weekly World News, Batboy welcomes new colleague

Former NBC News anchor Brian Williams got some great news on Friday. Neil McGinness, the publisher of Weekly World News, announced that Brian Williams will be joining Weekly World News as the Managing Editor and the anchor of the soon-to-be-launched Weekly World News nightly news show.

“We think Brian is the perfect match for our publication and network,” McGinness told reporters on Friday. “His experience as an anchor, as a reporter and as the man who killed Osama Bin Laden will come in handy as the world’s most reliable news site tackles the breaking stories of the day.”

via BRIAN WILLIAMS JOINS WWN | Weekly World News.

Noted atheist reveals his secret religious side

Richard Dawkins has had his “come to Jesus” moment. In an interview with Internet content provider Television Four, Dawkins admitted:

“Science requires a suspension of common sense,” he concluded, “because it’s very far from common sense.”

Since atheists often say that faith is the suspension of common sense, it’s clear that Dawkins truly understands the difficulty of differentiating science from religion.

via Richard Dawkins: Science has evolved faster than human mind’s ability to understand it.

Right wingnut has no Obamacare, turns to online fundraising to cover medical bills

Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, who apparently chose not to pay for health insurance and hates Obamacare, has suffered a heart attack and can’t pay his medical bills.

He’s a well-known wingnut (he founded the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association) who believes that “the States do not have to take or support or pay for Obamacare or anything else from Washington DC. The States are not subject to federal direction.”

To help out, his son has started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations to cover the medical bills.

What’s noteworthy is that liberals have been contributing and leaving snarky comments like this one from Matt Fleming:

We’re contributing to your own public health care fund from the money our family has saved from enrolling in Obamacare this year. Politics aside, we’re praying for your family and hoping for a full recovery for all of you.

The Bitemaster is highly amused and is thinking of following in Matt’s footsteps by donating a few of his hard-earned meticals to Mack the Idiot.

Sheriff’s Life on the Line by Jimmy Mack – GoFundMe.

Bill O’Reilly gets swiftboated and it’s about fucking time

Finally some people have decided to emulate the Republican playbook and totally destroy a person’s reputation. It was done to Ed Muskie by the vile Donald Segretti, to Michael Dukakis by the equally vile Roger Ailes, and to John Kerry by the superlatively vile John O’Neill.

Now hoards of reporters who served alongside O’Reilly have emerged to impeach his credibility and skewer extravagant stories he has been peddling all these years.

Another shoe drops: Bill O’Reilly’s ex-colleagues call his L.A. riot stories ‘completely fictitious’.

Looking Up Symptoms Online? These Companies Are Tracking You.

In April 2014, Tim Libert, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, custom-built software called webXray to analyze the top 50 search results for nearly 2,000 common diseases (over 80,000 pages total). He found the results startling: a full 91 percent of the pages made what are known as third-party requests to outside companies. That means when you search for “cold sores,” for instance, and click the highly ranked “Cold Sores Topic Overview WebMD” link, the website is passing your request for information about the disease along to one or more (and often many, many more) other corporations.

Looking Up Symptoms Online? These Companies Are Tracking You | Motherboard.

De Blasio kisses right-wing rabbi’s hand, capitulates on regulation of dangerous circumcision method

Some right-wing Jewish groups practice metzitzah b’peh (MBP), the oral sucking of the blood from the baby’s penis, by the mouth of the ritual circumcisor.

The problem with the practice is that, if the circumcisor has herpes, it can be transmitted to the baby. Babies infected this way can — and have — suffered brain damage and death.

Regulating the practice is difficult because of the secretive and insular nature of the groups that practice it. But De Blasio has decided against even trying, allegedly because of the political support he has received from the groups that practice MBP.

As for kissing the rabbi’s hand, that’s not a figure of speech, De Blasio really did it.

NB: Most other circumcisions are perfectly sanitary and pose no risk.

De Blasio Ends Informed Consent Requirement For Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Rite –

Scott Walker tells reporters he ‘doesn’t know’ if Obama is a Christian

Walker says: “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”

So let’s ask Walker:

  1. When did you learn that Marco Rubio is a Christian?
  2. When did you learn that Mitt Romney is a Christian?
  3. When did you learn that Jeb Bush is a Christian?
  4. When did you learn that Mike Huckabee is a Christian?

Later, somebody by the name of Jocelyn Webster claimed that the governor had been misunderstood. “Of course the governor thinks the president is a Christian,” she announced. That’s nice, but I won’t believe it until I hear it from Walker himself.

via Scott Walker tells reporters he ‘doesn’t know’ if Obama is a Christian.