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Sorry Sydney, but you are a close 2nd.

Happy New Year from WTFBLOG!

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To my home country, and all WTFBlog readers there, I would like to wish you a very very Happy New Year!

(video of the fireworks in London will be added when my hangover has gone and I feel like a human being again)

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Now, I thought the city where I was born and raised…hadn’t “caught the crazy”, but it appears it arrived….and well, I am impressed! (thanks to the hubby for finding this news story!)

A UK priest has defended his comments that it is acceptable to steal from large companies.

Tim Jones, parish priest of St Lawrence and St Hilda, told his congregation in York, northern England: “My advice, as a Christian priest, is to shoplift.”

Jones, who according to the church Web site previously worked in Corinth, Mississippi, made his comments about what he regarded as acceptable behavior by those in need when they were desperate.

In a transcript of his sermon published in the local newspaper, “The Press,” Jones said: “I do not offer such advice because I think that stealing is a good thing, or because I think it is harmless, for it is neither.

“I would ask that they do not steal from small family businesses, but from large national businesses, knowing that the costs are ultimately passed on to the rest of us in the form of higher prices.”

Jones told CNN affiliate ITN Monday that his advice was directed at those with nothing and who had exhausted all other legal avenues to survive, such as state benefits.

While it was never right to shoplift, Jones said, it was the most acceptable alternative for those in desperate need compared with prostitution, burglary or other criminal offenses.

The Web site for St Hilda’s states that Jones has served as a prison chaplain and that his interests include international justice and fair trade issues.

“I would say to those people that are outraged: Compare how much you are spending on yourself this Christmas compared to how much you have given to people in desperate situations,” Jones told ITN.

In his sermon Sunday Jones called on anyone planning to steal not to take more than they need for longer than they need, saying that he offered his advice with a heavy heart. He added that his advocacy of shoplifting was a “grim indictment” of society and a plea for help for the most vulnerable.

But Jones’ church bosses failed to back his call. In a statement on the Web site for the Diocese of York Tuesday, Richard Seed, Archdeacon of York said: “The Church of England does not advise anyone to shoplift, or break the law in any way.

“Fr Tim Jones is raising important issues about the difficulties people face when benefits are not forthcoming, but shoplifting is not the way to overcome these difficulties.

“There are many organizations and charities working with people in need, and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau is a good first place to call.”


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Oh this is getting so interesting! I am expecting plenty more “widows” to come crawling out to claim his extate!

The latest is Nona Paris Lola Ankhesenamun Jackson….

I mean the name alone screams FRAUD!

However, Michal spent some time in the middle east, and where is this crazy woman from? Yep, you have it correct.

Nona Paris Lola Ankhesenamun Jackson, who lives in London, asks “that all my husband’s properties, monies and assets must be transferred to me immediately” and “my husband’s body must be returned to the coroner’s body [sic] or the mortuary immediately.”

Of course, there is no evidence this woman had any relationship whatsoever to Michael Jackson. She’s had an active court case since December of last year, claiming she was married to the singer.

Nona also claims all of Michael’s children are hers and that she didn’t authorize them to live with Katherine Jackson.

She now claims, “Though he died to this earth he lives with my father [Satan the Devil] Khalid Lucifer.”

The doc says “For any questions, I can be contacted at [email address removed] or leave my children alone.”

She even has a blog!!!

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A “Hillraiser” for Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign has come out for John McCain. Lady Lynn Forrester de Rothschild. She’s a well-kept woman who seems intelligent and, oh, darn…what is that phrase I’m looking for?? Oh yes, FILTHY RICH! She is friends with British prime minister Tony Blair and splits her time between London and New York.

She does not like Obama. Mainly because he’s an elitist. Obviously. A woman whose London home is a 3200-acre castle would know an elitist man when she saw one!

Oh, and remember that bitter comment Obama made about people in Pennsylvania? She criticized that too. As well, she should! Just don’t criticize Obama’s use of the term “bitter” if you’re going to refer to the same people as “rednecks”.

It’s just a guess, but I’m assuming that people would rather be called “bitter” than “rednecks”, especially by a woman who wouldn’t know a pair of jeans if they slapped her in the face (hmmm….).

Hillary Clinton has not responded to this woman, nor should she. She did, however, decide not to attend a rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when she heard Sarah Palin would be there as well. When she was first invited, Mrs. Clinton didn’t think it was a political appearance and didn’t want to turn it into a tool in this election. Therefore, she changed her mind about appearing. When hearing that Hillary would not be attending, the event organizers revoked Sarah Palin’s invitation.
Not that they wanted her there in the first place. It was supposed to be a bi-partisan event, not a political stop. The Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said his group hadn’t approved of Palin appearing at the event anyway.

But she can see Russia from her state and, and, and she’s had her passport for an entire year! She knows a thing or two about foreign policy, not like Hillary Clinton who has actually traveled to foreign countries. Psht, that doesn’t mean anything, if you can see it, you know everything about it. I saw the Dow Jones drop over 900 points in just two days, so I obviously am an expert on recessions, right? (oops, I meant a “mental” recession, because that’s all it really is, right Phil Gramm?) But I digress…

We’ve heard a lot about sexism. Even I’ve written about it, but we haven’t really heard anything explicit. Not until now. If CNN or MSNBC question someone in a manner that is not to the liking of the McCain campaign, they are automatically sexist. However, when fox news actually talks about body parts, barely anyone notices. Yes, yes, fair and balanced…I see it now.

Since when can you say “tits” on tv, but not “penises”?

Ah, what a week for women. We’ve shown just how accepting, useful, and classy we can be. Our mothers would be so proud!

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This may piss off alot of people, but since..I’m British, I’m smiling inside. HA!

LONDON (AP) — Baseball is as American as … tea and crumpets?

That may be case, according to a diary uncovered in southern England last year but only now being made public.

Julian Pooley, the manager of the Surrey History Centre, said Thursday he has authenticated a reference to baseball in a diary by English lawyer William Bray dating back to 1755 — about 50 years before what was previously believed to have been the first known reference to what became the American pastime.

“I know his handwriting very well,” Pooley told The Associated Press in a telephone interview, adding he believed the game wasn’t very common at the time. “He printed it to show it was new to him. He doesn’t mention baseball again. It was something that seemed special.”

Bray wrote that he played the game with both men and women on the day after Easter, a traditional holiday in England.

“He was about 18 or 19 (at the time of the diary entry),” Pooley said. “He was a very social man. He enjoyed sports.”

The entry reads:

“Easter Monday 31 March 1755

“Went to Stoke Ch. This morning. After Dinner Went to Miss Jeale’s to play at Base Ball with her, the 3 Miss Whiteheads, Miss Billinghurst, Miss Molly Flutter, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Ford & H. Parsons & Jelly. Drank Tea and stayed till 8.”

Baseball has long been thought to have been an American invention, with roots in the British games of rounders and cricket.

The first recorded competitive baseball game took place in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1846 between the Alexander Cartwright’s Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York and the New York Nine. The first professional team played in 1869 and the first professional league started two years later.

Bray, who died in 1832, kept a diary for much of his life and wrote a history of Surrey. He also transcribed and published the diary and writings of English writer John Evelyn.

Pooley said he first became aware of Bray’s reference in July 2007 after local historian Tricia St. John Barry notified Major League Baseball to say she found a notation of the game that predated their own findings.

“She said, `… I’ve got a reference in a diary I found in the shed,”‘ Pooley said.

Pooley said St. John Barry only told MLB about the diary after researchers came to England last year working on a movie by Major League Baseball Advanced Media called “Base Ball Discovered,” which examines the origins of the sport.

“She didn’t realize its significance (before that),” Pooley said.

The movie is to be shown next week at the Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown, New York, the home of the sport’s Hall of Fame.

“While filming our documentary in England, we met Tricia, who responded to a BBC piece on our film crew being in country, looking at the roots of baseball,” MLB.com said on its Web site. “This discovery places William Bray in a new role of importance and provides insight into baseball’s beginnings.”

The Surrey History Centre said there is a reference to baseball that came earlier than Bray’s, but it appears in a fictional book by John Newberry called “A Little Pretty Pocket-Book.” Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey” also refers to baseball. It was written in 1798 but not published until 1817.

“It is a game steeped in history and now Surrey County Council’s History Centre and an inquisitive local historian have provided the earliest manuscript proof that the game the Americans gave to the world came from England,” said Helyn Clack, an executive member for safer and stronger communities at Surrey County Council.

A copy of the diary is to go on display at Surrey History Centre on Saturday.


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And a HUGE Hello to London 2012!!

That’s it, 16 days of Olympic bliss has come to a glorious end.

Singer Leona Lewis (top) performs on a bus during the eight-minute performance prepared by London, host city of the next summer Olympic Games in 2012, at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games closing ceremony held in the National Stadium, or the Bird’s Nest, Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 24, 2008.

The stage was created on a double decker bus:

So thankyou China for putting on an amazing games, it showed us you can do other things besides fucking up peoples life a la Tibet!

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