Helena Andrews, a Washington Post gossip columnist attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, was apparently so glued to her phone that she couldn’t even take a break for the national anthem.
She was caught on camera by a CNN videographer and promptly roasted on social media.
“At #whcd disgusting disrespect for flag and anthem,” one person tweeted.
Another added, “*sigh* That’s disturbing. Well, I’m glad some folks in that photo are being respectful.”
After realizing she had been caught on TV camera, Andrews identified herself and attempted an explanation. “Apparently someone saw me on TV ‘texting’ during the dinner. FTR I was taking notes. On my phone. Because it’s 2015.”
Her text only added to the uproar. “Have respect and wait 3 minutes to take ‘notes’. People died for you,” someone said.
“We’re all well aware of the year. Respect for the National Anthem is timeless,” someone else added.
An apparent veteran chimed in: “…and to think I fight for your freedom. Everyone who’s replied to this is right. You show no respect…”
“There are those that defend this country and are moved to their soul by that song every time it plays!”
Someone pointed out there is not much difference between “taking notes” and “texting”: “As if that is any more excusable than texting? Were you writing down the words of the song before you forgot them? Come on.”
A peaceful, legally registered pro-life demonstration was forcibly shut down near the European Parliament buildings in Brussels on Tuesday. The gathering was organized by the active Polish pro-life group Fundacja Pro; Michał Marusik, a Polish Member of the European Parliament; and the Instigos Institute.
After an angry mob surrounded the activists, police used force to take their signs and a Polish flag.
“When we display graphic abortion pictures on the streets of Poland, the reaction we get is mostly sympathetic,” Kaja Godek, a leading Polish pro-lifer, said. “In Brussels, we met with aggression and a hysterical reaction. Some furious people surrounded us screaming that we were sick and that the photographs of abortion victims were a lie.”
“They screamed vulgarities and obscene insults, specifically directed at the ladies in our group,” said Jacek Januszewski, a young pro-life activist. “They threw firecrackers, physically pushed us, and tried to steal our banners.”
But the violence did not end there. “They formed a circle around our group, but were facing us, as if we were the source of aggression, not the mob around us,” Januszewski added. “Even after one of the policemen got hit on the back with something thrown at us by the mob, they still acted as if it was us who caused the danger. We were just standing there in shock.”
Then the police got involved, but not on the side of the law, which expressly permits legal demonstrations.
“At one point a man dressed in civilian clothes approached us all red in the face, pushed us and tried to take our banners by force,” Januszewski said. “When we resisted, he produced a police ID. We asked him what he was doing and what law allowed him to disrupt a legal demonstration like that. He screamed back at us: ‘I am the law in Brussels.’”
The plainclothes police man proceeded to threaten the demonstrators, accusing them of causing violence.
“The man in civilian clothes kept pointing to one specific banner we were holding, showing the face of Adolf Hitler with a caption ‘Hitler legalized abortion on demand for Poles,’” said Godek. “[The undercover policeman] was all red in the face and kept saying he didn’t like it and that it was upsetting everybody. We told him we were being attacked and needed protection. He said that we were the danger, we were provoking violence.”
See the videos of this shocking encounter here.
After hearing disturbing stories of anti-semitism, journalist Petter Ljunggren decided to see for himself what it was like to be Jewish in Sweden.
Shmuel Goldberg, a Jewish restaurant owner originally from New York, told Ljunggren that people often yell “Jew” and “Palestine” at him and even spit at him. Once someone was about to physically attack him before a woman warned him, “You’re going to get killed if you wear a kippah here.”
Ljunggren put on a kippah (skullcap) and a Star of David necklace and walked the streets of Malmo, the third-largest city in Sweden, where he was treated similarly.
A man beating his fist into his palm, shouted anti-semitic slurs, and eggs hurled from windows were among the threats and insults he encountered during his journey.
In one anti-Jewish area, a man appeared stunned to see a Jew and warned him to leave. One onlooker called the man “Jew swine.”
Ljunggren produced a documentary of his shocking adventures: “Jew-Hatred in Malmo.” He notes in the video that many of the incidents are perpetrated by Muslims originally from the Middle East, who apparently believe the conflict there is a legitimate excuse to treat their neighbors badly. The documentary was broadcast Jan. 21 in Sweden.
One interviewed Muslim concluded, “It’s only basic to hate Jews.”
A new documentary, “The Principle,” discusses astonishing new research that seems to indicate the entire universe may revolve around the Earth.
John Hartnett, a physics professor from the University of Adelaide in Australia, used the 2005 Sloan Digital Sky Survey to analyze the locations of 400,000 galaxies. What he found astounded him: the galaxies appeared to be arranged with the Earth at the center.
“[It was] as if the galaxies preferred to lie at some periodic spacing out from the Earth,” Hartnett said.
“This is sort of like saying that our galaxy is somewhere near the center of the universe, and when you look at the galaxies arrayed all around us, they’re on sort of like gigantic shells,” he added.
The study illuminates the controversy surrounding the Big Bang Theory, suggesting a specified pattern to the galaxies.
“If you’re a believer in the Big Bang, you believe that there’s going to be this smooth explosion that’s not going to have any distinguishing features,” said Sungenis, the film’s executive producer. “It’s not going to have any center. So if you find center in that big mass, then that means somebody had to make it that way. There’s a designer behind it.
“All of the radiation which comes from everywhere in the universe — there’s no place we don’t see it — it’s all coming toward us and aligned with us,” Sungenis said. “Well, we’re just like a little pea compared to the Milky Way. What’s the universe doing aligned with this little pea? But that’s what they found three times in 20 years.”
“If we are significant and if there’s something special about our home, this planet, then those concepts have tremendous implications,” Selbrede, vice president of the Chalcedon Foundation, said.
”In cosmology we’re off by a factor of 10 to the 120. That’s one with a 120 zeroes after it,” Michio Kaku, a theoretical physics professor at the City College of New York said. “This is the largest mismatch between theory and experiment in the history of science.”