$600K Taken From Safe at Osteen’s Megachurch
Authorities are investigating after $600,000 in checks and cash was stolen from a safe at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch, which has one of the largest congregations in the country.
Police spokesman Kese Smith said Tuesday $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks were stolen from a safe sometime between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Bahahahahaha! Ohhhhh, OMG. Wow. Please pardon my big, hearty guffaw, which was followed by a loud snort. Whew… Oh man. That’s some funny stuff right there. Especially when you think about all the people that money wasn’t helping by sitting there in the safe. And you just know this guy rolls around naked in it after Sunday services. All in the name of God, naturally. Now that cash won’t help anyone at all, even if it was ever meant to — except the guys who stole it, of course, but I’m sure they didn’t exactly need it…
Anyway, he’s a charismatic guy and his followers are stupid enough to keep giving it to him, so he’ll make that much money back in another couple of weeks, I reckon. No harm done, right? Prai$e Je$u$!
According to today’s Seattle Times, the state is subsidizing Wal-Mart’s employee health care to the tune of $12 million.
It cost the state an estimated $12 million in 2004 to provide government-subsidized health care to Wal-Mart employees, according to a state Senate analysis released Tuesday.
The total was nearly double that amount if costs to federal taxpayers are included.
The new figures provide fresh ammunition for a labor-dominated coalition that is pushing for legislation that would force some big employers to spend more on health-care benefits and stop shifting those costs to the state.
Um, why is Wal-Mart playing the beggar and getting a state subsidy when the company is gearing up to add 1,500 new stores around the country and is remodeling 1,800 of its Supercenters? They’re growing like crazy, so why do they need a handout?? Two words: “greedy fucks.” Yeah, that about sums it up.
You know, what the world needs is a few more Wal-Marts. Hundreds, actually. We still have too many towns with small local shops which need to be destroyed. We have too many female workers who aren’t feeling properly discriminated against. We have too many shoppers who don’t have anyone to decide what music and books they buy. We have too many kids in the world who still aren’t working in sweatshops. We have too many illegal immigrants who have yet to be “unknowingly” hired by the company. But most of all, Wal-Mart just doesn’t have enough money yet. The solution to all of these problems is simple: Wal-Mart is going to install 300 new stores and supercenters next year. Yes, their quest to dominate our landscapes, close down our local shops, and lower our shopping standards continues!
I love Steve Jobs. (Well, not in that way.) Not only because of the stuff he’s done and the gadgets he’s helped to create, but also because of what he says. He’s turned online music shopping to a profitable venture for music companies where many others have failed miserably, and yet he’s still cocky enough to tell it like it is and not kiss these companies’ asses. In this case, he’s calling them greedy because they’re thinking about trying to raise their prices from $.99/song.
If they want to raise the prices, it means that they are getting greedy,” said Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs. “If the price goes up, they (consumers) will go back to piracy and everybody loses.” He added, “Theft is bad,” and the Buddhist joked that “You dont want to burn in Hell.
Damn right, they’re greedy! They’re lucky that these songs are being purchased at all instead of downloaded for free elsewhere, especially since there’s so much crapola out there not worth buying a full album of. iTunes is by far the best thing going for online music purchases, giving the consumer more options for music purchases than ever, and at a decent price to boot. (Yes, I know that other services exist…most suck, but I must say that allofmp3.com is the only one to give iTunes a run for its money. Too bad its legality in the U.S. is still in question…) Tinkering with iTunes’ pricing only validates what most of us already know: the music companies are not content with putting out quality music, they just want to sell as much as possible for the highest price they can get away with. Screw that! Cheers to Jobs for telling them to chill out and appreciate what money they are making from this relatively new way of music shopping.