Sunday, February 18, 2018

Prosecuting Satan

Jon Lovitz as Mr. Mephistopheles appears in The People's Court. Prosecuting Satan.
If you want to take Satan to court, you can't do it . . .  
at least in the US. 
Go West is a 1925 silent comedy starring and directed by Buster Keaton. Prosecuting Satan.

Devil's Advocate is an actual position created in 1587 by the Catholic Church. Church authorities hold a debate over anyone being considered for sainthood and God's Advocate (also an actual position) presents reasons for canonization. The Devil's Advocate presents reasons why the nominee should not be canonized. 
Poster for Goethe's Faust. Dutch art nouveau. Prosecuting Satan.
Between 1588 to 1978, 330 Saints were canonized. However, under John Paul II, from 1978 to 2005, 483 Saints were canonized. To accommodate the increase, the process was changed and advocacy is presented only when required.
- Home is home, as the Devil said when he found himself in the Court of Session. - English Proverb. Prosecuting Satan.
In 1971, a Pittsburgh inmate, Gerald Mayo filed a lawsuit against Satan and His staff.
Vincent Price. Devil on his shoulder.  Prosecuting Satan.
"Satan has on numerous occasions caused plaintiff misery and unwarranted threats, against the will of plaintiff, that Satan has placed deliberate obstacles in his path and has caused plaintiff's downfall" and had therefore "deprived him of his constitutional rights."
Inkubus. The Photocopier of the Damned. Office photo of a Photocopier toner explosion. Prosecuting Satan.
Mayo further asserted that having no source of income, his cost for serving the Devil with legal notice should be waved.
Lawyers and soldiers are the devil's playmates. - German Proverb. Devil in a businessman. Prosecuting Satan.
U.S. District Court Judge Gerald J. Weber determined that Satan was a foreign prince, who would be able to claim sovereign immunity. He also suggested a class action suit may be appropriate if Mayo could prove he properly represented the interests of all others with a similar claim.
Bus to HEL rout 666. Don't take this bus. Prosecuting Satan.
Ultimately the suit was dismissed when the Court was unable to serve notice to the defendants having no valid address or known deliverable location.
The Kushners purchased 666 Fifth Avenue on Jared’s 26th birthday in 2007 for $1.8 billion. Prosecuting Satan.
If only he would have filed in 2007. 
Jared Kushner and China’s Anbang Insurance Group announced plans to build a skyscraper at Kushner's Manhattan’s 666 Fifth Avenue. Prosecuting Satan.
It would have been totally deliverable. 
Under public pressure, negotiations for development of the Kushner's 666 Fifth Ave property fell through, placing the final plans on hold. The Tower of Sauron, West will be built later. Prosecuting Satan.

#Lucifer #Trump #Kushner #Law

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Four Traffic Stops

Four traffic stops . . . 
three authentic (at least to the extent that my Nancy Drew, Internet skills could verify) and one fabricated for purpose of entertainment. 
Taylor, Texas feline altercation during a traffic stop. Four Traffic Stops.

Taylor, Texas  
Nov. 2009 
Officer K. Urban 
The recipient of the traffic ticket offered to assist in the feline altercation. The officer declined help.
Officer M. Folczyk helps a speeding University of Wisconsin knot his tie. Four Traffic Stops.

Menomonie, Wisconsin  
Nov. 2016 
Officer M. Folczyk  
A speeding University of Wisconsin student apologized to the officer and explained that he had to wear a tie for a presentation. He didn't know how to tie the tie and had gone to his friend's home for assistance but his friend wasn't home. The student was given a verbal warning. 
A few days later the police chief invited the driver back to the police station and taught him how to properly knot a tie.
University Of Central Arkansas student Blayk Puckett. Juggles for police when pulled over. Four Traffic Stops.

Conway, Arkansas 
March 2017 
Sargent K. McKay 
University Of Central Arkansas student was pulled over for a broken tail light. When asked if he had been drinking, the student voluntarily demonstrated sober hand-eye coordination.  

Reno, Nevada 
Oct. 2003 
Deputy C. Johnson 
An unusual field sobriety test caught on dash cam. 

#Video #Police #DashCam

Thursday, February 15, 2018

There May Be a Fee

Ryanair cabin crew. All flight attendant lights on the entire flights
Ryanair attempting to attract a larger demographic?
The flight attendant at the door asked the first person in the queue, "Sorry where is this flight  going?" Never change Ryanair, never change.  Hooch @HeresKellie

Ryanair, the European budget airline, takes customer gouge to a level that Wells Fargo would be envious of.  
Ryanair Original Bullseye Liquor Baggies. There may be a fee.
Ryanair Original Bullseye Liquor Baggies
At the moment the ice is free, but if we could find a way of targeting a price on it, we would. - Michael O'Leary (Ryanair CEO)

$23 to print a boarding pass, 2% of your total transaction mandatory credit card fee, $3 water, 20 cents per condiment, and $3.50 to receive a text message with flight information.
Ryanair picks on a very popular social media figure. It went well.
 Suzy McLeod believes it is unfair to pay $368.75 for Ryanair to print her boarding passes.
People say the customer is always right, but you know what - they're not. Sometimes they are wrong and they need to be told so. - Michael O'Leary
Ryanair has an interesting understanding of customer service and a history of underestimating social media 
In 2012, with a Facebook following of 30 thousand, Ryanair picked a fight with customer Suzy McLeod. Finding the $368.75 fees "unfair", over half a million Facebook users appeared to agree and 20 thousand left comments.  
We think Mrs. McLeod should pay 60 euros for being so stupid. - Michael O'Leary (Ryanair CEO)
Ryanair Two Boeing 737 which clipped each other at Dublin airport
Two Ryanair Boeing 737 clipped each other at Dublin airport.
We at Ryanair have a policy of stealing hotel pens. We won't pay for Bic biros as part of our obsession with low costs. - Michael O'Leary

Through a serious of misunderstandings, a British student was booked for travel on Ryanair under the wrong name . . . 
Ryanair’s Steak Sandwich eight dollars and 57 cents. There may be a fee.
Ryanair’s Steak Sandwich $8.57
EasyJet are not the brightest sandwiches in the picnic basket. - Michael O'Leary

which Ryanair was happy to change . . .  
Ryanair flight on the last landing, the exit sign actually fell off the ceiling and landed at our feet
For two months, in late 2017, 
Ryanair canceled 50 flights a day
messing up travel plans for half a million passengers. 
for a fee . . . 
Ryanair classy. Man had sex with stranger on Ryanair flight while pregnant fiancee was at home. There may be a fee.
A flight and a show. Classy. 
I don't see how onboard gambling can make the image of airlines worse. - Michael O'Leary

and even though his girlfriend's ticket was under the correct name, it was part of the same booking transaction requiring an additional name change fee
Ryanair crew drawing a penis in the snow at the airport
A pre-flight show. Classy. 
Ryanair response to inappropriate snow drawings by the ground crew: While our ground crew excel at industry leading 25-minute turnarounds, art isn’t their forte, as they’ve clearly forgotten to draw wings on their snow airplane. 
Rather than paying Ryanair the $337 fee, he changed his last name from Armstrong to West and paid for a new passport . . . 
adam west change in name for Ryanair
Ryanair passenger who was Adam Armstrong 
and who is now AdamWest. 

requiring an expenditure of $157.   
Ryanair Reviews on line. 2259 reviews and 1.5 stars out of 5 stars. There may be a fee.
  Ryanair Reviews online, 
1.5 stars out of 5 stars from 2259 reviews.

I'd love to operate aircraft where we take out the back ten rows and put in handrails. We'd say if you want to stand, it's five euros. People say 'Oh but the people standing may get killed if there's a crash'. Well, with respect, the people sitting down might get killed as well. - Michael O'Leary

A few years earlier, an unhappy Ryanair customer posted an open letter to the owner.
Ryanair hangover combination. send help
If drink sales are falling off we get the pilots to engineer a bit of turbulence. That usually spikes up the drink sales. - Michael O'Leary

Some of the best bits: 
James Lockley 
April 24, 2014 
Posted to Ryan Air today; 

Dear Sir/Madam, 
My wife and I . . . arrived at Stansted check in with just one hour until the flight. Knowing the strict Ryan Air policy on ‘check in closes 40 mins before the flight’ as you are the Low Fare Taxi of The Skies, we went straight to the Ryan Air assistant and explained our plight. She said we were still within the time and all would be fine but we had to make the attendant at check in aware and he would assist from there. 
We approached the attendant as instructed and explained. Unfortunately, in the main part, due to him being a child, and forgetting to bring his mother to work, he heard only half of the words before his brain fell apart like a wet cake. He led us to the line for closing gates, advised we should wait. 
We got to the front of the line and the lady, who we shall from this point refer to as Vacant, explained that she had literally just that second closed the flight . . . and that because [the child] hadn’t told her it was therefore our fault we had missed the plane. 
Confused by this process of blame apportioning, another check in clerk, who we shall refer to as Not That Bright, tried to blame us for not responding to the last call for the flight as we should have made ourselves known. I argued that the last call had not been made. Not That Bright then questioned Vacant on whether she had done a final call. Vacant did what she does best and looked, well, ……  
After establishing . . .  that all of this was irreversible, and my fault, Not That Bright and Vacant conferred to agree this was not a problem they wished to deal with and told us to get in a very, very long line of very, very unhappy people at the quite wrongly titled ‘Customer Services Counter’ as it was, in fact, a Customer Shouting Desk.  
Out came Colin, a man so angry all his hair had literally fallen out.  
[He] had clearly listened hard at Ryan Air Middle Gimp school as he managed to take two perfectly calm and sane adults and in a matter of seconds reduce them to angry people considering violence. 
‘Why is this our fault, and why should we miss the flight because Ryan Air staff have admitted they made errors?. 
‘Check in opens three hours before the flight!’ 
‘Do you acknowledge we have just cause for complaint as we tried to do the right thing and the only reason we are not on the plane is because of communication failures with Ryan Air Staff?’ 
‘Check in opens three hours before the flight!’ 
‘What colour are my trousers?’ 
‘Check in opens three hours before the flight!’ 
‘Do you think economic sanctions on Russia will diffuse the escalating situation in Ukraine?’ 
‘Check in opens three hours before the flight!’ 
‘Were Man Utd right to fire David Moyes?’ 
‘Check in opens three hours before the flight!’ 
[He] then conferred with Vacant and Not That Bright, and agreed that this was all our fault as we should have noticed that Child had made an error and we should have called the flight ourselves to assist Vacant in doing her job because she was clearly busy being, well, ….. 
We got to the Customer Shouting Desk and explained our plight to the lady there (who was actually very nice and clearly should not be working for Ryan Air as a result). She apologised but explained that [Colin] had finished being angry for the day and had returned to his padded cage. 
When she tried to re-book the flight she said that the flight we had tried to get was actually delayed by 1 hour and still at the airport and that what we should do is run to the gate with all our luggage, she would call through and they would check our bags into the hold at the gate.  
We ran as fast as we could, which is not very fast because I am fat, to security to do as instructed. Security advised us that because our flight should have left, even though it hadn’t, the ticket machine would not open the barrier for us and we would need to return to the Customer Shouting Desk. 
The net result of this ‘experience’ was; 
New Flights - £220 
Hotel £79 
Taxi x 2 £50 
Worlds most expensive sandwich in the only hotel we could get £35 
1 x significant breach of Tort Law (2008 as quoted by Lord Atkin) by Ryan Air, Google it, it’s a cracking read. I will leave you to decide the monetary value of this. 
1 x very angry and upset wife. 
1 x Missed wedding reception for our Slovakian family (sorry, forgot to mention this nugget earlier) who all turned up from all over the country to see us for an event we were forced to miss because Child and Vacant are clueless. 
You treated us badly, you cost us money and made us miss our wedding reception through a display of incompetence I have not seen since Greece was allowed to have money and a cheque book. 

You bunch of…………… 
DJ Lockley
Ryanair cabin crew. All flight attendant lights on the entire flights
All flight attendant lights on during the entire flight. 
When asked how to keep employees motivated and happy: 
"Fear." - Michael O'Leary
#Travel #Fail #Airline

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Detached Malevolence

Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth. Beautiful Portrait in a yellow dress. 1903

I can be President of the United States, 
or I can control Alice. 
I cannot possibly do both. - Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy R Roosevelt's journal.  His mother and his wife died on Valentines day 1884
Teddy Roosevelt's journal.  
On Valentine's Day 1884, Theodore Roosevelt’s mother, Mittie, and his wife, Alice Lee, both died in the family home. Mittie was 48 when she died of typhoid fever. Alice Lee had given birth to their daughter Alice two days before she died of Bright’s disease, a severe kidney ailment.
Theodore Roosevelt poses in a New York City photographer’s studio wearing western-style clothing
Theodore Roosevelt poses in a New York City photographer’s studio. 
Roosevelt, overwhelmed by the loss, asked his sister to care for his infant daughter while he moved to the Dakota territories. Two years later he returned to New York and married Edith Kermit Carow.
Alice Roosevelt, beautiful portrait of the young girl. 1900s
I valued my independence from an early age 
and was always something of an individualist . . .
Well, a show-off anyway. - Alice
Alice, headstrong and independent, had a difficult relationship with her step-mother, with her father, with authority, and with the feminine expectations of the 1900's.
Alice Rosevelt Longworth, arms folded, a stubborn, independent girl c.1900s
I’ve never been treated as inferior by any man. - Alice
Alice became a frequent topic of the gossip columns. She refused to be shipped off to school in Manhattan, threatened, that she would "do something disgraceful". She smoked in public, chewed gum, wore pants, raced her car on D.C. streets, sometimes with male passengers and always unchaperoned.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth. c.1910
My father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, 
the bride at every wedding 
and the baby at every christening. - Alice
She carried her pet boa constrictor around her neck and she was seen in establishments of ill repute placing bets on horse races. She also caroused with the children of the elite, an extreme embarrassment to her trust-busting father. 
Miss Alice Roosevelt. Travel to Asia
Called "Princess Alice" and "The Other Washington Monument", she became a celebrity and fashion icon for a generation of Gibson Girls.  A shade of blue she favored became extremely popular and was known as "Princess Alice Blue".
Alice Roosevelt sitting on a stone animal in Korea
Alice Roosevelt, sitting on a stone animal in Korea.
President Roosevelt, wishing to capitalize on her popularity while limiting the local gossip sent Alice on a 1905 congressional junket to the Far East. 
Billed as the largest diplomatic mission in U.S. History, the junket's participants included Secretary of War William Howard Taft, Alice's future husband Ohio Congressman Nicholas Longworth, and 29 other politicians.
Alice Roosevelt and Nicholas Longworth wedding card.
D.C. is a town of successful men 
and the women they married before they were successful. - Alice

Longworth, 15 years older than Alice, a hard drinker, and a philanderer, engaged in antics with Alice like jumping fully-clothed into the ship's pool.  
Taft attempted to chaperone the pair, creating a strained relationship and Alice was eventually banned from the Taft White House after she buried a voodoo doll of Mrs. Taft in the White House front lawn. 
Alice Roosevelt c. 1920s
I leave the good deeds to Eleanor. - Alice
She campaigned against Franklin Delano Roosevelt and was disdainful of her popular cousin. 
Alice Roosevelt Longworth at the New Embassy Row Hotel
Responding to Senator Joseph McCarthy 
after he called her Alice: 

The truckman, the trashman, and the policeman on the block 
may call me Alice, but you may not. - Alice

1973 1st Lady Pat Nixon Shares Fur Coat w Alice Roosevelt Longworth
First Lady Pat Nixon shares her fur coat with Alice Roosevelt Longworth, 1973  
She was supportive the Kennedys and had a friendship with Richard Nixon until he misquoted her father during his televised resignation speech. 
Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Age 90. Sits below her portrait
I'm the only topless octogenarian in Georgetown Hospital. - Alice
A life-long smoker, she had two mastectomies.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth holds embroidered pillow "If you can't say anything good about someone sit right here by me"
My specialty is detached malevolence. - Alice
She died in 1980, at 96. 

#Politics #Quote #Feminist #Celebrity 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Who Is Left

The Chieu Hoi Project, Charlie Haughey photographer. Vietnam war
stunning images by Charlie Haughey 

War does not determine who is right, only who is left. - Bertrand Russell

Charlie Haughey, Chieu Hoi to his friends, was drafted into the US Army in 1967.
Charlie Haughey, Chieu Hoi to his friends, was drafted into the US Army in 1967. He returned to the U.S. with two thousand negatives that were not developed until 2012. 
History is written by the victors - attributed, in various forms, to whole bunch of people. 

Charlie Haughey poses with Vietnamese school children.
Charlie Haughey poses with Vietnamese school children.
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all Parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history. - Winston Churchill 

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. - Napoleon Bonaparte 

He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future. - George Orwell 

We will go down in history either as the world's greatest statesmen or its worst villains. - Hermann Göring 

Those who tell the stories rule society. - Plato

Fake news. - Donald Trump  

Charlie Haughey, The Weather Walked In project. Stunning photos of the Vietnam War
Charlie Haughey, 47 years later

#War #Photography #Vietnam #Quote