Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

“Secure, Contain, Protect” June 5, 2015

Filed under: Funny,Neat,Sci-fi,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Ever heard about the clandestine and international SCP Foundation? No? That’s hardly surprising. Their mission is “to maintain normalcy, so that the worldwide civilian population can live and go on with their daily lives without fear, mistrust, or doubt in their personal beliefs, and to maintain human independence from extra-terrestrial, extra-dimensional, and other extra-normal influence.”

Here are some of my favorite entries from their case files:

  1. SCP-001: The SCP’s genesis.
  2. SCP-055: An object no one can remember.
  3. SCP-426: I am a toaster.
  4. SCP-294: A highly versatile drink vending machine.
  5. SCP-1981: A disturbing demon-possessed VHS tape of a Ronald Reagan speech.
 

Grade School Law School June 1, 2015

Filed under: Neat,Politics,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

What my Attorney Father Taught me about American Law as a Kid

Dad, why do people have the right to say and write things that are bad? (1st Amendment, Free Speech)

Because we don’t want the government banning opinions and ideas that may be unpopular but true.

Dad, why do people have the right to remain silent and not testify against themselves? (5th Amendment)

Because if the law required people to admit their guilt then innocent people could be punished for not cooperating with police by confessing to the crimes they’re accused of.

Dad, why does a guilty person get to go free if the police broke rules to get the evidence that proves their crime? (The Exclusionary Rule) Couldn’t the judge just say, “Police, don’t do that next time”?

Because then the police could then just keep ignoring peoples’ constitutional rights in order to get evidence—but throwing out any “fruit of the poison tree” forces the police to follow the rules every time.

Dad, why is it a good thing that guilty people can have lawyers? (6th Amendment)

First, because everyone has the right to a competent legal defense, and second, because it helps prevent the guilty from being overcharged and punished more than they deserve.

Dad, why is it good that guilty people can keep secrets with their lawyers? (Attorney-Client Privilege)

Because a lawyer has to know the true story in order to defend his client’s legitimate rights effectively.

Dad, why don’t married people have to testify against each other? (Spousal Privilege)

Because society doesn’t want to force spouses to either commit perjury by lying under oath or help send their loved one to prison.

Dad, why do married couples get special tax breaks? That doesn’t seem fair.

Because the government wants to encourage men and women to get married so that their children will be raised in a healthy, stable environment and grow up to be good members of society.

Dad, why are donations to charity tax-deductible?

Because society wants to encourage people to support charities and other non-profit organizations.

Dad, what should I do if the police want to question me?

Invoke your (6th amendment) right to have your lawyer with you, invoke your (5th amendment) right to remain silent, and then stop talking!

 

The Best Free Movies Available Online May 31, 2015

Filed under: Funny,Movies,Neat,Sci-fi,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Intelligent Dramas

On the Waterfront (1954)  A best picture winner. “I coulda been a contender…”

Socrates (1971)  Slow, but watch if interested in Socrates’ life and death.

A Few Good Men (1992)  A military courtroom drama. “You can’t handle the truth!

Charlie Victor Romeo (2013)  Tense reenactments of cockpit voice recordings.

Smart Comedies

Groundhog Day (1993)  A jerk is transformed by reliving February 2nd.

The Fifth Element (1997)  A fun, sci-fi space adventure.

Stranger than Fiction (2006)  A tax auditor hears a narrator foreshadow his death. 

 

“One on His Right, the Other on His Left” March 24, 2015

Filed under: Catholicism,Neat,Religion,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:46 am

Revealing fascinating prophetic connections between Moses, Joshua, Samson, and Jesus Christ on the Cross; featuring the religious paintings of James Tissot (1836-1902.)

 

Film Trivia: Best Pictures Saying 1,000 Words March 14, 2015

Filed under: Movies,Neat,Stuff,Trivia — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Each of the ten images below are moments from Best Picture Academy Award winning films. Can you guess their titles? (They appear in chronological order.) Highlight below the pictures to reveal the answers.

Film 1

Answer: Gone with the Wind, 1939

Film 2

Ben-Hur, 1959

Film 3

West Side Story, 1961

Film 4

Lawrence of Arabia, 1962

Film 5

My Fair Lady, 1964

Film 6

The Sound of Music, 1965

Film 7

A Man for All Seasons, 1966

Film 8

Chariots of Fire, 1981

Film 9

Forrest Gump, 1994

Film 10

The Artist, 2011

 

 

Racism Trivia: “That’s Racist !/?” March 13, 2015

Filed under: Funny,Silly Studies,Stuff,Trivia — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

In February 2015, each of the exact phrases below were Google-searched. Some returned at least one sincere link accusing racism, while others returned none. Can you guess which people or things below were alleged to be “Racist” and which were “Not Racist.” Highlight the text below to reveal the answers.

  1. “Anne of Green Gables is racist”  Answer: “Not Racist”
  2. “CNN is racist”  “Racist” (6,690 links)
  3. “Dogs are racist”  “Racist” (10,600 links)
  4. “Dungeons and Dragons is racist”  “Racist” (144 links)
  5. “Hollywood is racist”  “Racist” (18,900 links)
  6. “La Crosse is racist” “Not Racist”
  7. “McDonalds is racist”  “Racist” (14,600 links)
  8. “NFL football is racist”  “Not Racist”
  9. “Pope Francis is racist”  “Not Racist”
  10. “Pride and Prejudice is racist”  “Not Racist”
  11. “Scott Walker is racist”  “Racist” (3,050 links)
  12. “SNL is racist”  “Racist” (2,040 links)
  13. “Soviet propaganda was racist”  “Not Racist”
  14. “Synchronized swimming is racist”  “Not Racist”
  15. “The Big Bang Theory is racist”  “Racist” (1,450 links)
  16. “The fashion industry is racist”  “Racist” (3,350 links)
  17. “Time zones are racist”  “Not Racist”
  18. “Titanic is racist”  “Not Racist”
  19. “To Kill a Mockingbird is racist”  “Racist” (3,580 links)
  20. “Yodeling is racist”  “Not Racist”
 

Literature Trivia: Famous Last Words March 12, 2015

Filed under: Neat,Stuff,Trivia — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Below are the last words of famous texts. Can you name their titles? (They are listed in chronological order.) Highlight the text below to reveal the answers.

  1. “The one who gives this testimony says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
    The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.” Answer: The Book of Revelation / The Bible (c. 90 AD)
  2. “And for the support of this Declaration,
    with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence,
    we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”  The Declaration of Independence (1776)
  3. “‘And so,’ as Tiny Tim observed, ‘God bless Us, Every One!'”  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (1843)
  4. ‘It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done;
    it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.’  A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859)
  5. “Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back.
    After all, tomorrow is another day.”  Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)
  6. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man,
    and from man to pig, and from pig to man again;
    but already it was impossible to say which was which.  Animal Farm by George Orwell(1945)
  7. “He loved Big Brother.”   1984 by George Orwell (1949)
  8. “‘Come, Boy, sit down… and rest.’ And the tree was happy.”  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)
  9. “So… be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
    or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea,
    you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day!
    Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”  Oh! the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss (1990)
  10. “Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long at sea as Mr. Patel,
    and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger.”  Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001)
 

 
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