RALEIGH, N.C. – If there had been time, Marie Exley would have liked to start a family. Instead, the 32-year-old Army veteran has less than six months left, which she’ll spend spreading a stark warning: Judgment Day is almost here.
Exley is part of a movement of Christians loosely organized by radio broadcasts and websites, independent of churches and convinced by their reading of the Bible that the end of the world will begin May 21, 2011.
To get the word out, they’re using billboards and bus stop benches, traveling caravans of RVs and volunteers passing out pamphlets on street corners. Cities from Bridgeport, Conn., to Little Rock, Ark., now have billboards with the ominous message, and mission groups are traveling through Latin America and Africa to spread the news outside the U.S.
“A lot of people might think, ‘The end’s coming, let’s go party,’” said Exley, a veteran of two deployments in Iraq. “But we’re commanded by God to warn people. I wish I could just be like everybody else, but it’s so much better to know that when the end comes, you’ll be safe.”more (thank you battleskin)
BEEBE, Ark. — New Year’s revelers in a small Arkansas town were enjoying midnight fireworks when they noticed something other than sparks falling from the sky: thousands of dead blackbirds.
The red-winged blackbirds rained out of the darkness onto rooftops and sidewalks and into fields. One struck a woman walking her dog. Another hit a police cruiser.
Birds were “littering the streets, the yards, the driveways, everywhere,” said Robby King, a county wildlife officer in Beebe, a community of 5,000 northeast of Little Rock.
“It was hard to drive down the street in some places without running over them.” In all, more than 3,000 birds tumbled to the ground. Scientists said Monday that fireworks appeared to have frightened the birds into such a frenzy that they crashed into homes, cars and each other. Some may have flown straight into the ground.more
State officials on Monday were investigating why 80,000 to 100,000 fish washed up dead on the shores of the Arkansas River last week.
“The fish deaths will take about a month” to determine a cause, Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, told msnbc.com. Stephens also provided the estimate of 80,000 to 100,000 dead fish.
The fish were found Thursday by a tugboat operator along a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River near the city of Ozark.
The mass kill occurred just one day before thousands of blackbirds dropped dead from the sky in Beebe, Ark., which is 125 miles away.
Officials said 95 percent of the fish that died were drum fish — indicating that the likely cause of death was disease as only one species was affected.more
UFOs over New York!
New Yorkers are certainly a savvy bunch, which is why it’s surprising that there is a lot of chatter on Twitter right now about an alleged UFO sighting in the city. While there’s been no documentation, it hasn’t stopped thousands of twitterers from postulating. This website claims all the hooplah is in reference to a retired NORAD general predicting a UFO visit on October 13, 2010.
Retired Air Force Officer Stanley A. Fulham released the third edition of his 352-page book, Challenges of Change, which suggests that on October 13 there will be “a massive UFO display over the world’s principal cities.”
A high percentage of web traffic is pointing to this video, posted today, as evidence:
Merry Almost Christmas
I was wanting to see if any of you have an Olibollen receipe. I want to make it for New Years and can't seem to find our receipe. I've made it before with my Grandma but this will be the first year making it on my own... Do any of you have a receipe? If I can find one I will post it
I'm headed out of town the other day and looking on gasprices.com to try and save a buck filling up the van I find a gas station 5 cents cheaper than the rest.
I pull up to the pump and I already have some dirtbag hitting me up for change before I even get out of the door. Usually I ask them for money first and they leave. This scumbag beat me to it so I had to tell him to piss off.
Wouldn't you know it, the pay at the pump is out of order so I have to go inside.
This place was amazing. It had hard liquor, crack pipes, bongs, pizza, and hamburgers, even a corndog that looked like it was made of wood. Everything you could ever ask for in one filthy place. When I finally got up to the counter I paid with my VISA card. The illegal alien asked for my ID. As per my personal policy, if the person asking me appears to be an illegal, I ask to see their ID.
This beaner got completely bent out of shape when I asked for her ID and began screaming. I asked her if she even had one, calmly of course. She quieted down and continued with my transaction. She then blurted out "Jorseepo!"
She said "Jes, Jorseepo!".
I asked in a firm voice "What the hell is Jorseepo?".
She then pointed at the small display.
It said "Please enter your ZIP Code".
"Ah, Zip Code. You want me to enter my ZIP Code. Z--I---P CODE. ZIP CODE" I repeated to this fat moustache laden tortilla tosser of a woman.
She then barked at me "Nobody's perfect senor".
This concludes today's lesson in Mexican language and customs.