Florida Senate passes misnamed “Academic Freedom Act.”

Seems they have a few IDiots in the Florida Senate that are hoping to have the non-theory of Intelligent Design taught in schools. After recent revisions by the Florida board of education put in place a stronger emphasis on teaching the theory of evolution the politicos sprang into action:

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Teachers are one step closer being able to openly criticize the theory of evolution in the classroom.

In a vote of 21 to 17, Florida’s State Senators adopted the evolution education bill, also known as the “Academic Freedom Act.”

[…] One subject facing scrutiny is the in-depth teaching of evolution.

State Senator Ronda Storms sponsored the legislation that would allow teachers to teach theories that contradict the theory of evolution.

The problem, of course, is that there aren’t any legitimate theories that contradict the theory of evolution. Intelligent Design certainly isn’t a theory as it makes no predictions nor does it contribute anything to science. It’s just a security blanket for people hung up on an ancient work of fiction who don’t like their cherished beliefs being crushed by reality.

The sad part is Florida is one of the states we had considered as a possible destination if the economy in Michigan continues to blow chunks. Anne could probably land a teaching job and word has it there’s plenty of technical jobs around Orlando and Tampa. If the winds of fate do end up blowing us that way then at least I can take comfort in the fact that Courtney will have graduated from high school by then.

The IDiots behind the “Expelled” movie manage to screw up again.

You may recall a week or so ago an entry here by R.D. Newman about how Professor PZ Myers was expelled from a screening of the Intelligent Design propaganda film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. It was particularly amusing because they apparently didn’t realize one of PZ’s guests, all of whom made it into the movie, was Richard Dawkins. Well this caused quite a bit of a stir and the cancellation of a few screenings as the producers tried to figure out how they could spin the fiasco to their advantage. They put out a lame press release that didn’t convince anyone and then decided they would hold a conference call and invite a bunch of journalists and bloggers.

Now for a group that keeps harping on the idea of free speech being denied to ID believing scientists you have to wonder why they go to such great lengths to control who has the freedom to ask questions at their events. The conference call, for example, only allowed questions to be submitted via email as all of the lines the journalists/bloggers were on were muted. This means that the producers of the film could happily ignore any emailed questions they didn’t feel like answering. However at least one line into the conference was two-way and the producers were stupid enough to mention this fact—along with the code for the unmuted line—about an hour before the press conference was due to begin on the very line that the journalist/bloggers were going to be listening in on. They assumed that there wasn’t anyone on the conference line that early before the start time, but there was:

However, I dialed in a few minutes early, and got to listen to a tiresome five minutes of Leslie and Paul chatting away, during which time they mentioned the secret code (DUNH DUNH DUNNNNH!) for the two way calls. I know. Sloppy, unprofessional, and stupid, but that’s the way they work.

So … I redialed. (DUNH DUNH DUNNNNH!)

Then I listened along quietly until I could take no more.

Yes, PZ managed to crash their party once again. Better yet, the girls over at Skepchicks recorded the whole thing. Again PZ shows the IDiots just how stupid they are. Can’t wait for the next lame press release from the folks at Expelled explaining how they knew PZ was on the two-way line all along and blah blah blah.

“Apparently we didn’t have enough faith.”

This pretty much speaks for itself:

Police: Family prayed instead of getting medical aid for girl who died – The Capital Times

WESTON—An 11-year-old girl died after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help for a treatable form of diabetes, police said Tuesday.

Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin said Madeline Neumann died Sunday.

“She got sicker and sicker until she was dead,” he said.

Vergin said an autopsy determined the girl died from diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body, and she had probably been ill for about 30 days, suffering symptoms like nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness.

The girl’s parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, attributed the death to “apparently they didn’t have enough faith,” the police chief said.

They believed the key to healing “was it was better to keep praying. Call more people to help pray,” he said.

The mother believes the girl could still be resurrected, the police chief said.

True Believers™ through and through. But that’s not the best part, they have three other children:

The girl has three siblings, ranging in age from 13 to 16, the police chief said.

“They are still in the home,” he said. “There is no reason to remove them. There is no abuse or signs of abuse that we can see.”

I suppose that depends on how you define abuse. Watching your sister die a slow and agonizing death while your parents do nothing other than pray might just qualify. Will it be abuse if any of those other kids get sick and mom and dad resort to the same healing tactics?

Link found via Debunking Christianity.

Gnomes Gone Wild!

Apparently they’re very credulous down in Argentina. Recently a bunch of teenagers sitting around on the street after dark in the town of General Guemes managed to catch a “gnome” on video using a camera phone before they freaked out like little babies and ran for their mommas. Really, you can see the video below:

By golly that does look vaguely like a gnome. Or at least someone surprisingly small dressed up like a gnome. According to this article in The Sun it’s been “terrorizing the citizens there for quite a while now:

COPS in a town plagued by sightings of a creepy ‘gnome’ have launched a full-scale investigation – after records showed locals have reported seeing the creature for DECADES.

The knee-high person – who wears a pointy hat and has a distinctive sideways walk – was caught on video two weeks ago by a terrified group of youngsters.

Millions of stunned people viewed the chilling clip after The Sun reported the tale – with some sceptics claiming the footage just showed a dwarf causing mischief.

Yeah, that’d be my guess. Someone very small who’s having some fun with some extremely credulous people.

Only weeks before it was captured on camera, spooked rail workers called the police to say they had spotted the crab-walking gnome side-stepping its way around the train tracks at night.

National newspaper El Tribuno has reported that fear is now so widespread that the town mayor Salta has been inundated with calls from terrified locals and has launched a full scale police enquiry into the affair.

He said: “I am a little sceptical because I have never personally seen these gnomes – but it’s definitely possible that they exist.

“People here believe in them and we have to respect that.

“I do not think that it is completely impossible. Gnomes are part of our culture here.”

And Police Commissionaire, José Luis Núñez – who has been charged with tracking down the creature’s lair, said: “I personally believe in gnomes as I saw one when I was a child.

“But so far we have not been able to determine whether the figure on tape was real or not.”

A local poll showed 90 per cent of General Guemes 30,000 residents believed gnomes stalked the streets at night.

Wow, all this excitement over a little dude in a hat who walks sideways. What do they expect this gnome to do? Bite their ankles off? It doesn’t appear to move very fast and you could probably drop kick it into the next county if it tried to attack you so stop being a bunch of pussies. The next time one of you sees it walk right up to it and figure out just what the hell it is. That’s what I’d do. I’d probably call my friends over too on the off-chance it might be worthwhile to tackle the little bastard and reveal just what it is so people can stop acting like idiots about it.

Or maybe not. Perhaps this is the only fun that little person has. In that case I’d see if I couldn’t make friends and then help spread the mischief by finding overly credulous people for him to dance around in front of. Perhaps start up a gnome protection business selling craptastic products to the idiots fine citizens of Genera Guemes guaranteed to keep evil gnomes out of their homes. Split the profits with the little gnome dude and call the whole thing “Gnomeland Security.” Yeah that’d be a great idea!

SEB Mailbag: Another moron defends the Teslar watch, attacks fluoride.

The SEB mailbag is becoming quite the resource for entries as of late. This one comes from someone named David L. Ries who stumbled across an entry I wrote back in August of 2003 about the craptastic Philip Stein Teslar Watch. He apparently didn’t like the tone or the conclusion I came to in the entry and he wrote me to try and set my ass straight. Here’s his email:

From: “David L. Ries” (davidlries@sssnet.com)
Subject: Teslar & Other stuff

In reading some of your post I was a bit taken by your bombastic attacks and in particular the idea not that you suggest no-thing as a better alternative.

Experts said that the earth was flat and the sun revolved around it and of course that was inaccurate? 

To give you some “medical” examples, doctors used to believe that what ever made one sick was in the blood, so therefore, we must bleed the individual.  We have learned that that was inaccurate and wrong.

We used to believe that fluoride was good and that is very harmful and is a bio accumulative toxic.

The ADA still insists that it is ok to poison the Municipal water supplies and in effect the processed foods are laced with fluoride which you and I are exposed to every day.

There is no way to control the dosage and this is a serious problem which some people and probably you are unaware of this

Please –  Take a look at the attachment.

We used to put lead in the paint that was harmful?

How about DDT you want to drink some?  Perhaps have your kids playing in the yard with and DDT sprayed around? 

The real bias is in our lack of understanding and knowing.

Our brains are very delicate chemical and electrical plants as is our nervous system entirely electrical based on chemical reactions.

So perhaps you could illuminate all of us with something innovative that truly helps. 

Perhaps   the Teslar is as you say – but at least it is good that some people are trying to innovate and yes make a living doing it. 

I do know one thing. Mr. NikolaTesla made the world a much better place. His ideas and inventions have helped humanity more than any single contribution
made by any other human on the planet.  I say that from my own point of view not as a scientific fact but I suggest anyone would be hard pressed to refute it.  The radio, the transistor, and television and virtually every single electronic thing is derivative of his not Edison’s or Marconi’s work.  (Good men mind you but not in Tesla’s league by any means)

That includes me and you and hundreds of thousands millions perhaps billons of us.

His work is still classified in many areas and to say what you are saying without really knowing is unjust’

I hope we learn one way or the other but it is true that there is an electromagnetic radiation coming out of every socket in your house and that may do something to our cells vibrations we don’t know.  Cows are being found to have problems when around high voltage wires in grazing so why presume that it doesn’t affect humans?  Scalar waves have been weaponized by the Government and is being USED in HARRP so please awaken to the possibility that something good could come of it and get with helping and building – beats destruction don’t you think?  .  And no I don’t have a teslar watch, nor do I work for the company just seemed you needed a little to ponder.

                So there you go   David/.

His attachment was one of the various “fluoride is toxic waste” nonsense filled pamphlets that have been floating around on the Internet for awhile now. I hadn’t realized how big the fluoride is dangerous crowd had gotten until I did a Google search and saw all the “herbal supplement” peddlers with tons of factually inaccurate webpages devoted to the evils of fluoride. Which isn’t to say that fluoride in high doses can’t be a problem, because it can, but those potential issues are known and accounted for with over 60 years of peer-reviewed research backing it up. The claims that it causes, among a number of things, cancer are just not true. David appears to be unaware of the fact that fluoride occurs naturally in water all over the world and, in some places, the process of water treatment involves reducing the amount already present to safe levels.

David goes on to touch on all the popular bullshit too many folks buy into these days including the “weaponized” scalar waves and repeats the ever popular at-one-time-experts-thought-X-was-safe-and-they-were-WRONG line of argument as though it was somehow an indictment of the scientific method. David also seems to think that Nikola Tesla had something to do with the Teslar watch. He didn’t. The makers of that craptastic watch chose that name specifically to try and profit off of Nikola’s reputation as a genius.

For those of you curious as to what David’s anti-fluoride attachment contained I’ll include in after the jump. It’s suppose to contain links to other sites explaining the claims in full, but they appear to have been lost in translation. I’m short on time at the moment, but I’ll try to revisit this later with links to counter-claims.

Here’s the Fluoride is toxic nonsense I received:

The research and evidence suggesting toxic effects of fluoride has been mounting.  It has been found to be pretty unhealthy. 

1. Neurotoxic and Lowers IQ
In 1995, neurotoxicologist and former Director of toxicology at Forsyth Dental Center in Boston, Dr. Phyllis Mullenix published research showing that fluoride built up in the brains of animals when exposed to moderate levels. Damage to the brain occurred and the behavior patterns of the animals was adversely effected. Offspring of pregnant animals receiving relatively low doses of fluoride showed permanent effects to the brain which were seen as hyperactivity (ADD-like symptoms). Young animals and adult animals given fluoride experienced the opposite effect—hypo activity or sluggishness. The toxic effects of fluoride on the central nervous system was subsequently confirmed by previously-classified government research. Two new epidemiological studies which tend to confirm fluoride’s Neurotoxic effects on the brain have shown that children exposed to higher levels of fluoride had lower IQs.
2. A study published in Brain Research shows that rats drinking only 1 part per million fluoride (NaF) in water had histologic lesions in their brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In addition, evidence was seen pointing to possible damage to the blood brain barrier from extended fluoride exposure. This study was the third in a series of papers published by Varner et al. Brain Research Vol. 784 No. 12 p 284-298 (1998). Results of this recent study and other studies showing significant dangers from low-level fluoride exposure were presented at a recent scientific symposium.
3. Causes Cancer
The Department of Health in New Jersey found that bone cancer in male children was between two and seven times greater in areas where water was fluoridated. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) researchers confirmed the bone cancer-causing effects of fluoride at low levels in an animal model. A new study has shown that fluoridation of water is linked to uterine cancer deaths.
4. Changes Bone Structure and Strength
Fluoride gradually builds up in the bones and causes adverse changes to the bone structure. Quite a few studies have shown that fluoridation leads to increases in hip fractures. The tensile strength of the hip is destroyed over time by fluoride ingestion.
5. Causes Birth Defects and Preinatal Deaths
A toxicologist in the United Kingdom recently found that preinatal deaths in a fluoridated area was 15% higher than in neighboring non-fluoridated areas. The fluoridated area had a higher socio-economic status and would have been expected to have less preinatal deaths. The fluoridated area also had a 30% higher rate of Down’s Syndrome. Chile banned fluoridation because of research by the world-renowned researcher, Dr Albert Schatz, which showed a link to infant deaths due to fluoridation.
6. Proven Ineffective
Fluoride compounds in water and in supplements do not provide any significant cavity-protecting effects. All of the recent large-scale studies of water fluoridation have shown that there are no positive effects. There is scientific evidence that increased fluoride exposure leads to increased levels of caries. That is why countries without fluoridation have shown an equal improvement in dental health as those with fluoridation. Even pro-fluoridation scientists admit that there is not any properly-conducted research showing that fluoride supplements help prevent cavities. (Note: check vitamins carefully to be sure they do not include fluoride.)
7. Impairs Immune System
Independent research has shown that fluoride impairs the functioning of the immune system. In the United States, where toxic fluoride compounds are regularly added to water and given to children since the 1960s and 1970s, we are beginning to see an overwhelming number of people of that generation who are developing chronic immune system disorders.
8. Causes Acute Adverse Reactions
Several double-blind studies have shown that fluoridated water can often cause acute adverse reactions (in addition to the chronic poisoning effects discussed below). Some of the effects seen in double-blind studies include: gastrointestinal symptoms, stomatitis, joint pains, polydipsia, headaches, visual disturbances, muscular weakness, and extreme tiredness. An enlightening review of a book by one famous and well-respected researcher from The Netherlands who found adverse reactions in double-blind experiments can be read here.
9. Causes Initial Stages of Skeletal Fluorosis
Fluoride can cause severe skeletal fluorosis at high levels. Chronic, long-term exposure to levels of fluoride commonly found in water and food in the U.S. can cause the beginning stages of skeletal fluorosis including: pains in bones and joints, sensations of burning, pricking, and tingling in the limbs, muscle weakness, chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, reduced appetite, backache, osteoarthritis, etc. In fact, decades of ingestion of fluoride from water and other common sources can be expected to cause these symptoms in large numbers of people based on calculations of fluoride intake and excretion. (Keep in mind that fluoride is a cumulative poison since it builds up in the body of years.) Very few healthcare practitioners are capable of diagnosing such a condition because healthcare practitioners are not trained to test for or recognize the effects chronic poisoning from fluoride.
10. Increases Lead and Arsenic Exposure
Fluoride compounds put into water are often contaminated with lead, arsenic and radio nuclides since the fluoride compounds are toxic waste byproducts which largely come from pollution scrubbers of fertilizer plants. A study published in 2000 showed that the dumping of toxic silicofluoride compounds into water (“fluoridation”) causes an increase in blood lead levels in children.
11. Fluoride Causes Osteoarthritis
In a study published in Rheumatology International in 2001, researchers found a link between fluoride exposure and the development of osteoarthritis. The level of exposure that caused osteoarthritis is common in the United States.
12. Contributes to the Development of Repetitive Stress Injury
A clinical study in New Zealand showed that fluoride ingestion may be a contributing factor in the development of Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) since such ingestion may encourage the development of apatite crystal formation. Elimination of fluoride plus regular supplementation of magnesium appeared to help RSI patients considerably.
13. Causes Permanent Disfigurement of the Teeth in Many Children
A very large and increasing number of children are experiencing dental fluorosis which is a permanent adverse structural change to the teeth.
14. Inhibits Key Enzymes
As fluoride builds up in different parts of the body over decades it can disrupt the actions of many key enzymes. This fact has been known for a long time.
15. Suppresses Thyroid Function
Fluoride was given at low levels during the early to mid 20th century as an effective way of suppressing thyroid function and treating hyperthyroidism. Articles and research can be found on the Thyroid web page.
16. Causes Large Numbers of Acute Poisonings
Fluoride is an extremely poisonous substances at exceptionally low doses and has caused a large number of acute poisonings. This is why a poison warning is now required on fluoridated toothpastes sold in the U.S.
17. Independent Experts Oppose Dumping Fluoride Into Water
Over 1500 professionals at the US EPA, including toxicologists and risk assessment experts voted unanimously to oppose the fluoridation initiative in California because of the health risks involved. See summary or official EPA union statement. Even the Canadian Dental Association Consultant and Researcher urged people to avoid drinking fluoridated water.
18. Unethical
Fluoridation amounts to forced medication of the water supply. Such practices demonstrate a complete lack of ethics on the part of its promoters. Studies as early the 1930s showed extreme hazards to man and the environment due to fluoride dumping and exposure. Companies and organizations involved used the promotion of “fluoridation” as a way to avoid lawsuits due to dumping toxic wastes and later for economic gain. Please read the short history of fluoridation for more detailed information.

19. Banned in Many Countries
Fluoridation is not legal or not used in the overwhelming number of countries including industrialized countries. Please see Fluoride Status of Countries web page.
Many independent researchers, organizations, holistic healthcare experts and a growing number of dentists who avoid the use of toxic substances are warning their patients to avoid fluoridated water and fluoridated toothpaste and to definitely not give children any fluoride since they appear to be more susceptible to the neurological toxicity from fluoride.

If your water department adds toxic fluoride compounds to the water, the best course of action is usually to drink and cook with bottled “spring” water. Carbon filters do not remove fluoride compounds to any significant extent. Avoid putting fluoridated water in humidifiers. Many non-organic juices have large amounts of fluoride from pesticide residues. It is best to juice your own vegetables and fruits from organic produce or go to a health food store to purchase organic juices.
Avoid toothpastes that have fluoride even if the manufacturers claim that the fluoride came from “natural” sources. Even though topical fluoride treatment may have an effect to help remineralize cavities at the early stages, the combination of a healthy diet, proper dental hygiene and saliva can have a similar effect. It is impossible to avoid swallowing some fluoride from fluoridated toothpaste. I have tried various toothpastes and current use the natural Weleda toothpaste with baking soda. I like that fact that it does not contain fluoride or the detergent, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).

More detailed information about fluoride and proper dental care:

· Fluoridation Does Not Prevent Tooth Decay
· Fluoride: Detailed General & Scientific Information
· Fluoride: Journal of the International Society for Fluoride Research
· Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children: Main Page / Toxicological Profile / Thyroid Page
· International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology Position Paper on Fluoridation (Click on Download Article)
· Scientific Statement Signed By 1,500+ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Scientists and Professionals
· NoFluoride.com (Statements by Scientific and Medical Experts)
· Fluoride Action Network
· Fluoride Issues Web Page
· Fluorides & Fluoridation: Evidence Based on Science?
· Citizens for Safe Drinking Water
· Fluoride: The Deadly Legacy by Gary Null
· Book Review: The Fluoride Deception
· History of Fluorine, Fluoride and Fluoridation
· Article & Resources for Eliminating Dental Disease
· Alternatives to Fluoridated Water
· Preventive Dental Association
· Dental Fluorosis Prevention Program

There’s stupid and then there’s OMGWTF stupid.

Some people are scary stupid. This guy is one of them:

GPS ankle bracelet leads deputies to burglary suspect – Springfield News Sun

SPRINGFIELD — Perhaps James Wombles thought he made a clean getaway when he reportedly committed multiple burglaries in Clark and Miami counties between December and January.

But authorities tracked the Montgomery County man down by following the GPS signals from his electronic monitoring bracelet. He has been in the Miami County Jail since his Jan. 22 arrest on charges of receiving stolen property.

On Tuesday, March 11, Clark County Sheriff’s deputies charged the 37-year-old Wombles with six counts of burglary for break-ins he committed in the area between December 26 and Jan. 16, said sheriff Detective Andy Reynolds.

Officials apprehended Wombles in January after investigators tracked him at the scene of an alleged burglary in Miami County by following the GPS signals from his ankle bracelet, Reynolds said.

The suspect was later arrested during a traffic stop when deputies found several stolen items in his car. He had been wearing the ankle bracelet as a term of his probation for an unrelated crime he committed in Miami County, said Reynolds.

The stupid! IT BURNS!

More people blind themselves looking for Jesus’ mom in the Sun.

Is there something about being Catholic that makes people of that particular Christian denomination more stupid gullible than the Protestants? There must be because we keep getting news items like this one:

Indians blinded looking for vision of Mary – UPI.com

KOTTAYAM, India, March 11 (UPI)—Reports in India of a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary in the sky have led about 50 people to blind themselves by staring at the sun.

The visions are said to appear over the former home of a hotel owner in the Kottayam area in southeast India, The Daily Telegraph reported. One hospital in the district reported 48 patients had been admitted with burned retinas since last week, the British newspaper reported.

Churches have warned their congregations that looking at the sun will cause permanent blindness and have told them the supposed miracle is not one.

Before moving out, the hotel owner reportedly had also claimed to have statues of the Virgin Mary that cried honey and bled oils and perfumes.

If you can’t believe a hotel owner’s claims of miraculous honey-crying statues well then who can you believe? I mean there’s no way in hell they’d make ridiculous claims like that for fame or money, right?

Bankrupt: Our favorite junk dealers over at The Sharper Image

Read about it here: The Consumerist: Sharper Image Suspends Acceptance of Gift Cards Due to Bankruptcy

From the story:

Despite issuing a press release claiming that they “will continue to conduct business as usual”, The Shaper Image has suspended redemption of all gift certificates after filing for bankruptcy late on Tuesday.

After receiving several complaints that gift certificates were not being honored by the store the Consumerist was able to confirm via email with the Sharper Image’s corporate sales staff that the retailer is no longer selling or accepting the cards.

It seems The Sharper Image has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of idiots, with their overpriced crap like a $4000 vibrating massage chair and their worthless Ionic Breeze. Anyhow, the nitty gritty of the story over on The Consumerist, is that after sending out a press release stating everything would be business as usual while they went under reorganization, they suspended all use of gift certificates for their stores, including manufacturers certificates – leaving many customers stuck with worthless $500 gift cards and the like.

Perhaps this will be a wakeup call to people to stop buying their overpriced, useless crap.

Southern racists substitute the word “Canadian” for the N-word.

Bigots and racists in the American South have found a way to offend not just blacks, but Canadians in a single stroke. Because use of the word “nigger” has become so socially unacceptable they’ve started using the word “Canadian” as a kind of substitute or codeword:

Last August, a blogger in Cincinnati going by the name CincyBlurg reported that a black friend from the southeastern U.S. had recently discovered that she was being called a Canadian. “She told me a story of when she was working in a shop in the South and she overheard some of her customers complaining that they were always waited on by a Canadian at that place. She didn’t understand what they were talking about and assumed they must be talking about someone else,” the blogger wrote.

“After this happened several times with different patrons, she mentioned it to one of her co-workers. He told her that ‘Canadian’ was the new derogatory term that racist Southerners were using to describe persons they would have previously referred to [with the N-word.]”

A similar case in Kansas City was reported last year on a Listserv, or electronic mailing list, used by linguistics experts. A University of Kansas linguist said that a waitress friend reported that “fellow workers used to use a name for inner-city families that were known to not leave a tip: Canadians. ‘Hey, we have a table of Canadians…. They’re all yours.’ “

I suppose the only surprising thing is their choice of word, though the article mentions that the prevailing theory is that it’s a means of labeling blacks as outsiders that just sounds weird whereas calling them “Mexicans” or “Latinos” would have made the substitution rather obvious.

Father puts pins in son’s tongues because of God.

A Nigerian-born father of two boys, living in the UK, felt that since God had his tongue cut off in the Bible, he must inflict similar injuries on his sons. He put pins in their tongues and through their lips, cut their mouths with scalpel blades, and pressing one of the boy’s tongue with sharp pliers until it swelled and bled.

It went to court, and he was found guilty of three counts of child cruelty. He pleaded not guilty; his wife also pleaded not guilty to essentially turning a blind eye to the cruelty. They await sentencing and a verdict on further charges.