Vatican confirms pope met with Kim Davis

The Vatican on Wednesday confirmed that controversial Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis met with Pope Francis last Thursday during his U.S. visit.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said he would not deny that the meeting took place but declined further comment. The pope was in Washington for most of Thursday, flying to New York later in the day. Davis, the clerk of courts for Rowan County, and her husband, Joe Davis, met the pope at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, lawyer Mat Staver told USA TODAY.

Davis made national news after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, claiming it would have conflicted with her Christian beliefs. She spent five nights in jail and was allowed to return to work when she agreed not to interfere with the issuance of licenses. Davis said in a news release that she was humbled by the meeting.

“I never thought I would meet the pope,” she said. “Who am I to have this rare opportunity? I am just a county clerk who loves Jesus and desires with all my heart to serve him. Pope Francis was kind, genuinely caring and very personable.”

Francis touched on the issue during a press conference as he flew back to Rome on Sunday, the Associated Press reported. He told reporters that he wasn’t familiar with details of the case but called conscientious objection a human right, even for government officials.

Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas now seeking the GOP presidential nominee, tweeted that the pope appreciated that Davis “followed her conscience & convictions.”

Huckabee also tweeted: “While the media elites were slobbering b/c @Pontifexcommented on climate change, he held a quiet & powerful meeting w/ a humble KY clerk.”

The Vatican reached out to Davis through other parties who contacted Staver, the lawyer said. Staver said he was there when a car picked up the Davises to take them to the embassy. The couple was at the embassy for two hours, but the actual visit with the pope lasted 15 minutes, Staver said.

“He held out his hands and he asked Kim to pray,” Staver said. “He thanked her for her courage. He said these words, ‘Stay strong,’ and they embraced and hugged.”

The pope spoke in English during the meeting, Staver said.

The pontiff also gave Davis two rosaries that he personally blessed, according to Staver. “Kim’s mother and father are both lifelong Catholics so Kim will present those rosaries to them,” he said.

Afterward, Davis was “overwhelmed,” Staver said.

“She was amazed that she was able to meet with Pope Francis,” the lawyer said. “She never imagined in her life that she would meet with the pope and that itself was just an experience that she will never forget.”

The meeting “sends a worldwide message that the pope stands on the side of religious freedom,” Staver said.

Good Idea! Lets encourage this nutcase some more.

German prosecutors investigate ex-VW CEO Martin Winterkorn

German prosecutors opened an investigation Monday into former DIPSHIDIOT Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn.

Winterkorn resigned last week following the eruption of a scandal involving the automaker’s use of deceptive software to fool regulators into believing diesel cars were compliant with emissions laws.

The company has admitted to rigging 11 million cars with the software, which hid the fact that the vehicles are emitting harmful pollutants at rates of up to 40 times U.S. standards. Volkswagen is now facing a cascade of government investigations and consumer lawsuits over the scandal.

Monday, Volkswagen AG’s upmarket Audi brand said 2.1 million of its vehicles are among those with the engines affected by the emissions-rigging scandal.

Audi said that the engine in question was built into 1.6-liter and 2-liter turbo diesel models in the A1, A3, A4, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5 ranges, German news agency dpa reported. The cars involved have engines in the “euro 5” emissions category; those with the newer “euro 6” engines aren’t affected by the emissions scandal.

Volkswagen confirmed Friday that its Porsche brand chief, Matthias Mueller, will become its next CEO.

Some dumass just destroyed the future of this company…….

Jon Gruden makes $6.5 million per year, according to Jim Miller

ESPN pays Jon Gruden $6.5 million a year, according to Jim Miller, a reporter and author who has made a career for himself by knowing lots of stuff about ESPN and Saturday Night Live.

$6.5 million is an unbelievable amount of money to pay someone for basically calling one game a week plus being the titular star of Gruden’s QB Camp. Even if we allow for a moment that Gruden is the best color analyst in the business, it seems likely that the pay gap between Gruden and the next-best color analyst is not commensurate with the pay gap.

But ESPN isn’t just competing with other networks to keep Jon Gruden; the Super Bowl-winning coach has seemingly been linked to every major college and NFL position that has come open since Tampa Bay fired him in 2009. For the 2015 season, the median NFL coach salary is $5 million. Nick Saban, the highest-paid college coach, makes more than $7 million.

You’re probably going to have to match that $6.5 million figure to make it worth Gruden’s while to come coach your team. And at that point you have to wonder if you want to pay that much money for a coach who has been out of the game since the Bush administration.

No wonder no one can lure him back to the sidelines…….

What we are teaching our kids just keep getting worse and worse……..

Player’s family allegedly storms locker room after mid-game attack

A high school football game in Southern California went from rough to violent. Now, the family of one player is being criticized for allegedly attacking several opposing players last Friday night, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Lakewood High School played against Millikan High School in Long Beach on Sept. 25. A video shows a Millikan player kicking a Lakewood player, Victor Bates, in the head after his helmet was knocked off during the game.

“Just punted him, like he was kicking a ball,” said a teammate, who witnessed the incident when he was on the field. “I was like ‘really?’ And I went to the refs, like, ‘how could you not see that?'”

“No respect, no mercy, no nothing,” said another teammate. “Clearly everybody saw it, as soon as it happened. I see everyone in the stands, just in awe. So it should have been a flag.”

But it wasn’t. The game went on, and Bates kept playing. But several parents were not happy.

“As a parent of a player, if it was my son that got kicked in the face, I’d be very upset. And I would expect the school district to basically expel the player for doing that,” said parent Roger Lands.

After the game in the locker room, the family of a Lakewood player pushed passed security and attacked four Millikan players. Two were struck in the face. The other two were grabbed in the neck, according to the Millikan High School football Facebook statement.

The statement said: “This is very disgusting and breaks my heart that our players were subjected to this. Fortunately, they know who they are and arrests are the next step. Both Millikan and Lakewood administration are involved along with police reports being filed. This will not be hidden and will not go away, rest assured.”

The school district spokesman said the school is aware and taking action, but refused to elaborate. Neither coach was inclined to comment.

We are seriously sending some bad messages to our kids these days………

Don’t Fuck the help!!!

And now this warning from Japan: Don’t have sex with the robots.

Japan builds some of the world’s most advanced robotic machinery, but at least one company appears worried that customers might have more in mind than commercial or industrial uses.

Mobile phone giant Softbank, which began selling a small humanoid robot named “Pepper” last June, includes a warning in its user agreement that owners  “must not perform any sexual act” or “other indecent behavior” with the robot.

It should be noted that “Pepper” is 4 feet tall, moves on rollers and lacks the type of part that one normally associates with sexual activity.

The machines, which sell for about $2,000 each, are designed to move autonomously and hold basic conversations with humans. They also can detect and respond to a range of human emotions, according to Softbank.

Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son said during an introduction last year that Pepper is designed to understand and respond to a person’s “feelings.”

“Today is the first time in the history of robotics that we are putting emotion into the robot and giving it a heart,” he said.

“Pepper” has proved popular.  All 1,000 units that were put on sale each month in June, July and August sold out online in just one minute each time. The machines are used primarily as customer service and office assistants. Similar models can be found in banks, hotels and retail shops.

It is not clear why Softbank found it necessary to include the prohibition against sexual acts in the lengthy user agreement. Softbank did not respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.

Earlier this month, a Tokyo man was arrested for kicking a Pepper robot at a Softbank store because he was upset with customer service. No word on whether he had a relationship with the robot.

Pepper showed up in New York on Monday at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, where he was hugged by noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Never stick your dick in the help

First patient receives stem cell treatment for blindness

The first patient has received a pioneering human embryonic stem cell operation in the U.K. that doctors hope will be effective against a common cause ofblindness.

According to a statement released today, the procedure was performed on a 60-year-old woman with a condition called age-related macular degeneration at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital last month. The procedure was deemed successful and there have been no complications to date, the statement said.

The doctors expect to know by December whether or not the woman has regained her sight. The study will recruit a total of 10 patients for the ongoing trial over an 18-month period.

Age-related macular degeneration is a common eye condition and the leading cause of vision loss among people 50 and older, according to the National Eye Institute. There are two forms of the condition: “wet” and “dry.” The wet form is usually caused by abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood into the region of the macula, in the center of the retina. Wet macular degeneration almost always begins as dry macular degeneration.

Dry macular degeneration is far more common and affects 90 percent of people with the condition. It occurs when there is a breakdown or thinning of the layer of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells in the macula, which support the light-sensitive photoreceptor cells that are critical to vision.

The current trial, which is part of the London Project to Cure Blindness, will test the safety and efficacy of transplanting RPE cells derived from stem cells to treat people with sudden severe visual loss from wet age-related macular degeneration.

In the procedure, these cells are used to replace those at the back of the eye that are diseased with the condition, through a specially engineered patch inserted behind the retina. The operation lasts one to two hours.

“There is real potential that people with wet age-related macular degeneration will benefit in the future from transplantation of these cells,” retinal surgeon Professor Lyndon Da Cruz from Moorfields Eye Hospital, who is performing the operations and co-leading the London Project, said in the statement.

Professor Pete Coffey of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, who is also co-leading the London Project, said: “We are tremendously pleased to have reached this stage in the research for a new therapeutic approach. Although we recognize this clinical trial focuses on a small group of AMD patients who have experienced sudden severe visual loss, we hope that many patients may benefit in the future.”

The London Project was founded 10 years ago with the aim of curing vision loss in patients with wet AMD, and is the result of a partnership between Moorfields Eye Hospital, the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Pfizer Inc. joined the partnership in 2009.

Awesome possibilities here……..

Horrified Pope Calls Philadelphia Humanity’s Greatest Sin Against God

Visibly aghast as he took the pulpit at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia to deliver a sermon Saturday, a horrified Pope Francis reportedly referred to the city as a “blighted abomination, forsaken by Heaven” and “humanity’s greatest sin against God.” “In my travels, I have seen countless examples of man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man, the most utter wretchedness, and the vilest iniquity, but in this place and in these people I see a darkness blacker than all the world’s evils. God has fled this town,” said the ashen-faced pontiff, recoiling in disgust from the assembled crowd while describing the Philadelphia metro area as “the only corner of Creation where the light of the Lord does not shine.” “The love of Christ falls upon us all, even the lowliest of the low—but not Philadelphia. Touch me not, for you are the unholiest of all that is unholy. I can offer no blessings here, where all that is, and all who are, are an affront to God.” After concluding his prepared remarks, the pope reportedly led the congregation in a prayer for God to rain cleansing fire and brimstone over the city and then salt the smoldering Earth so that no wickedness could ever again arise in its place.

God has fled this town???? He said that after leaving Washington D.C.?