Janiece, Jeri, Anne and Tania are all at Denvention. This means they're busy meeting people who I'd like to meet, listening to blathering about stuff I'd like to hear and then retiring to places that serve fruity frozen alcoholic beverages that I'd like to drink. Typing this paragraph almost makes me want to abandon this morning's concept of providing a public service to any of them. Jealousy abounds.
Anyway, back to it.
I know that if Janiece had the time (instead of being up to her neck in stuff I'd like to be doing), she'd have had an excellent snarky post about the Reverend Fred Phelps. Janiece hates Fred with a passion and has talked about him enough to get me to join the club. (I'll admit that I'd never heard of the guy until Janiece started ranting about him, but now that I know about him, I find myself waiting for his next despicable comment with glee. He makes me hope and pray that Hell is a real place because, certainly he's earned it. One can hope.)
What follows, is my own lazy, unresearched version of things. (This means you're going to have to do your own Googling for names and details. I never said I was going to do this as well as Janiece would have if she had the time.)
Well anyway, on August 1st, there was a Greyhound bus travelling across Manitoba. One nutjob changed seats and sat next to some poor unsuspecting sleeping guy. For whatever reason, he then proceeded to A.) stab the sleeping guy repeatedly in the neck, B.) decapitate unsuspecting sleeping guy, C.) parade up and down the aisle of the bus displaying the guy's head, and D.) start to cut off pieces of the guy's body and eat them.
I'm not trying to be flip here and I apoligize for not bothering to find out anybody's names, but my point is that I haven't even told you the horrific part of the story yet. You see, Reverend Fred has decided that his followers should travel to Canada and protest at this poor guy's funeral because God hates Canada! You need to scroll down to the entry dated 8/10/2008, 5:00-6:00pm for the relevant (?) part. I can't even figure out exactly what this lunatic is talking about.
Regardless, the Canadian Governement and/or Provincial authorities are trying to keep his followers out of the country by stopping them at the border. Unfortunately, some of his lemmings seem to have been smart enough to show up at customs and refrain from saying, "Hi, I'm here to torture the family of the guy who was murdered in such a grizzly fashion last week. He's dead because God hates you. Where can I exchange dollars for Loonies?" (Yay Canada for trying. Oh, and any of you who start babbling about First Amendment Rights should remember that the First Amendment is in the American Constitution and doesn't apply, that I'm pretty sure that whatever version of a Free Speech Amendment exists in Canada probably doesn't include anything about letting foreign assholes past the border to torture citizens and lastly, Fuck Off if you think Canada shouldn't do everything in it's power to keep Fred and his followers out of the country.)
I'll repeat that I can't even begin to come up with the invective that would form the basis of this post if Janiece was writing it. I'm sure she'll get around to it. In the meantime, she's busy and I figured you should know about this if you didn't already.
Apologies to Janiece if I didn't do this justice (which I'm sure I did not).