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  • Crowd dances, cheers as man burns during Halloween carnival

    11/05/2013 4:25:17 AM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 5, 2013 | Kate Linthicum
    Festival-goers can be seen on a video dancing to electronic music and cheering as a man becomes engulfed in flames during West Hollywood's annual Halloween carnival.
  • Pro-abortion group hosts ‘abortion carnival’

    08/25/2013 10:00:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Live Action ^ | Rebecca Downs
    While I may be in Disney World for the rest of the weekend, some pro-aborts will be engaging in activities that are less family related. The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) and its Choices Campus Leadership Program have launched a sort of carnival, a blog carnival that is, known as “#AbortionMatters blog carnival,” which started on August 23rd and will run until August 26th. You can see the group calling for submissions for the “carnival,” which is part of “#31 Days of Unity” on their page here, as well as the heralding the start of the event here. The Christian Post...
  • Westland considers carnival ban due to recent violence

    05/31/2013 6:26:32 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 43 replies
    ClickOnItDetroit ^ | 5/30/2013
    Violence at recent carnival-like events in Metro Detroit has Westland leaders considering ban Leaders in the city of Westland are considering a ban on carnival-like events after violence has broken out at recent similar events across Metro Detroit. A fight erupted this past weekend reportedly between two rival gangs at the popular Saint Mary's Polish Country Fair in Orchard Lake. It was a similar scenario to what happened at a carnival in Westland two weeks ago. "It seems that every community has the same issue. Carnivals come to town, we think there are little gangs that are setting up turf...
  • Docked Carnival Ship Busts Loose; 1 Missing (Triumph Again)

    04/03/2013 2:24:17 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 23 replies
    Newser ^ | 04/03/2013 | By John Johnson
    (Newser) – Another mishap involving a Carnival Cruise Lines ship, and this one might end up being the most serious of all. Strong winds apparently caused the Triumph to break free from its mooring in Mobile, Alabama, and Coast Guard crews are searching for a dockworker thought to be missing in the river, reports AP and WKRG. Tug boats apparently have the massive vessel itself back under control, but it was at rest near the dock perpendicular to its original position. The ship also has a gash high up on its stern. The Triumph is the ship that stranded...
  • Coast Guard Saves Carnival Over and Over—for Free

    03/18/2013 12:06:48 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    Newser ^ | 03/18/2013 | By Kate Seamons
    Oh, and the cruise line is exempt from paying a ton of taxes As if excrement-coated floors weren't outrageous enough, Quartz takes a look at another of Carnival Cruise's dirty secrets: Though it's exempt from a slew of taxes thanks to the fact that it's incorporated in Panama, it's gotten millions of dollars of assistance from the US Coast Guard in recent years. Sen. Jay Rockefeller last week sent a letter to Carnival's CEO in which he expressed his "serious concerns" about February's "nightmarish" Triumph stranding, and outlined how the Coast Guard and American taxpayer have continually had to...
  • Schumer calls for cruise ship bill of rights

    03/17/2013 1:02:44 PM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 37 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 17, 2013 | Associated Press
    Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the cruise ship industry to adopt a "bill of rights" to guarantee passengers certain protections while aboard their ships. The New York Democrat says Sunday he'll be asking industry leaders to voluntarily adopt the guidelines which include guarantees that ships have sanitary conditions, back-up power, medical staff and other standard procedures.
  • Update on Carnival Dream. (Carnival Cruise Line ship with technical problems)

    03/14/2013 8:10:56 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 22 replies
    Facebook ^ | 3/14/13 | Carnival Cruise Lines
    Update on Carnival Dream March 14, 2013- 10:45 am The Carnival Dream has a technical issue with the ship’s backup emergency diesel generator which our engineering team is currently working on. Yesterday, during regularly scheduled testing of the ship’s emergency diesel generator, a malfunction occurred. At no time did the ship lose power and the ship’s propulsion systems and primary power source was not impacted. The ship is at dock in St. Maarten. All guests are safe and comfortable. There were periodic interruptions to elevators and restroom services for a few hours last night. However, all hotel systems are functioning...
  • Worst Vacation Ever Continues as Cruise Ship's Bus Ride Home Breaks Down

    02/15/2013 10:46:02 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 02/15/2013 | Dashiell Bennett
    As a final indignity perpetrated on the passengers of the disabled Triumph cruise ship after it reached port last night, a bus ferrying tired and disheveled tourists back to their homes broke down halfway to New Orleans this morning
  • CNN to Cover Floating Sewer Arrival Live (On now - Triumph being pulled into Mobile, Alabama)

    02/14/2013 4:02:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2/14/13 | The Maha
    RUSH: Now, the poor Carnival Cruise Line. They've got the cruise ship out there that's lost all power. Apparently it is a floating sewer. It's a floating pigsty. I'm sorry, I just can't help it. The media is focusing on this ship. They've actually been focused on it for the last three days as it has been drifting aimlessly out there in the Gulf of Mexico. But now it's got a tow. They're towing the thing and it's heading to Alabama. CNN is gonna anchor the arrival of the sewer, the floating sewer live tonight. Erin Burnett at seven o'clock...
  • Foul conditions aboard stranded Carnival cruise ship Triumph: sewage running down the walls

    02/12/2013 10:26:50 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 101 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/12/13 | ERIK ORTIZ AND DAVID KNOWLES
    -snip- "I mean, it's horrible. There's no running water. There's no power. They are having to use the restroom in buckets and bags." "It's like a bunch of savages on there," he added. "If you get on the blogs, they're saying that people are fighting over food and stuff." Toby Barlow told CNN that his wife, Ann, a passenger on the ship, texted that the plumbing failed and people were defecating in bags and urinating in showers. She also told him there's "sewage running down the walls and floors," he said.
  • Fire-disabled cruise ship on its way to Mobile

    02/12/2013 8:26:15 AM PST · by cll · 51 replies
    CruiseCritic.com ^ | 02/12/2013
    (10:15 a.m. EST) – Carnival Triumph is on the move again, under the power of two tugboats, and is expected to arrive in Mobile on Thursday afternoon, according to a new update from Carnival Cruise Lines. All passengers will then be flown to Houston. Limited onboard systems remain functional, though the sewage system did go down again last night for a short period. Technicians were able to gets "some of them [toilets] back on line this morning," Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said. Passengers "are doing well under the circumstances," and the ship's entertainment staff has planned various activities to try...
  • Carnival Apologizes To Gay Passengers After Forbidding Drag Dress On Ship

    11/28/2012 10:35:15 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 18 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 11/27/2012 | CBS Miami
    MIAMI (CBS4) – Carnival Cruise Lines is apologizing to gay passengers booked for an upcoming cross-dressing voyage for telling them they could not dress in drag on the ship, according to CBS4 News partner The Miami Herald. The Miami-based company came under fire in the gay and lesbian community when they told passengers who had booked to attend the Drag Stars at Sea that they must “refrain from engaging in inappropriate conduct in public areas” — or be kicked off the ship Glory. Carnival claimed the themed trip did not adhere to their “family friendly atmosphere”. The trip was coordinated...
  • Carny Nation

    11/11/2012 5:13:34 AM PST · by expat1000 · 20 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 10 Nov 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Come right in and step right up. See the bright lights and the oddities of nature. Inside folks, for the low price of twenty-two trillion dollars, you can see Binders of Women, Team Big Bird and entire reams of green windmills and fields full of bayonets and horses. Here lies become the truth and everything is full of sugar. And the highlight of the show with be Barack, the Exotic Prince from the Wilds of Indonesia and Kenya, with a special appearance by Oprah and a hologram of JFK. Here in the Carnival of Fools, the party never stops and...
  • Jury Finds Baseball Star Roger Clemens Not Guilty On All Counts

    06/18/2012 1:56:01 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 107 replies
    A jury found baseball star Roger Clemens not guilty on six charges that he lied to Congress in 2008 about his use of performance enhancing drugs. Clemens was charged with lying to Congress about his use of performance enhancing drugs.
  • Drew Expo organizers weigh options after weekend fights [with video](Roanoke, VA)

    05/22/2012 9:35:50 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | May 22, 2012 | Chase Purdy
    (EDITOR'S WARNING: This reader-submitted video includes profanity and other derogatory language that may be offensive to some viewers.) In the days following a two-night melee at the annual Drew Expo carnival last weekend, an event promoter and police are left to consider how to avoid a repeat next year. Erect a $5,000 fence around the festivities? Increase the police presence? Event promoter Jan Wilkins said he’s noticed a steady increase in violence at the carnival over the years, fighting that reached a crescendo Friday and Saturday nights. Wilkins said the yearly problem eats into the carnival’s reputation and financial take-away....
  • Carnival Fails Crisis 101 in Costa Response

    01/29/2012 3:57:21 AM PST · by nuconvert · 36 replies
    Fox ^ | January 27, 2012
    With bodies still trapped inside Costa Concordia’s underwater tomb, Carnival (CCL: 30.48, 0.00, 0.00%) now finds itself at the heart of scrutiny only likely to rise along with the death toll. Carnival’s worst-ever wreck and one of the most high-profile incidents since the Titanic sank 100 years ago, it’s hard to imagine such a massive company blaming the disaster on a single person -- even if he did abandon ship early and steer a little too close to shore. Even worse, while Carnival has vehemently denied earlier reports that it would offer survivors a 30% discount off future cruises, instead...
  • Carnival Cruise Lines: No 'Spam-cation'

    11/11/2010 9:07:45 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 51 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 11, 2010
    SAN DIEGO - Carnival Cruise Lines said Thursday although Spam was among the food items delivered to the stranded Splendor, the canned meat was not served to guests. "Despite media reports to the contrary, Carnival Splendor guests were never served Spam!" Carnival said on Twitter. The U.S. Navy Tuesday delivered food items to Splendor that Carnival ordered in the wake of the ship's four-day shutdown after an engine fire. Photos of Navy helicopters dropping crates of Spam sparked the term "Spam-cation." "We gave our food order to a supplier, not the Navy. The Navy kindly delivered the goods, (and) Spam...
  • 2nd tugboat fails, leaving 1 tugboat pulling crippled cruise ship to San Diego (Carnival cruise)

    11/10/2010 11:00:53 AM PST · by inflorida · 92 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 10, 2010 | AP
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Coast Guard official says one of two tugboats tasked with pulling a disabled cruise ship to San Diego didn't have enough power and was forced to turn back. Coast Guard Petty Officer Jetta Disco says a Mexican company has sent a third tugboat to the scene but authorities are trying to determine whether it would be better to leave the one tugboat alone while it slowly makes headway.--snip--Instead of lavish buffets, passengers on the Carnival Splendor were subsisting on Spam, Pop Tarts and canned crabmeat flown in by Navy helicopters. People were trying to keep...
  • Carnival Splendor Will Be Towed to San Diego, Next Cruise Canceled

    11/09/2010 6:13:04 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Cruise Critic ^ | Nov. 9, 2010 | Dan Askin, John Deiner, Erica Silverstein
    Carnival Splendor, crippled by an engine-room fire on Monday and set adrift west of Baja California, has been met by one of the commercial ocean-going tugs sent to rendezvous with the ship, Cruise Critic has learned. Although the tug was originally intended to tow the ship -- with 3,299 passengers and 1,167 crewmembers onboard -- to Ensenada, Mexico, Carnival has announced in its latest statement that, given the ship's current speed and location, it will head to San Diego, where it's expected to arrive on Thursday. The cruise line is making arrangements for hotel accommodations and flights home for all...
  • Nearly 4,500 Passengers Stranded on Carnival Cruise Ship Off Mexico

    11/09/2010 1:07:22 PM PST · by Twotone · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/09/2010 | AP
    SAN DIEGO -- A cruise ship stranded offshore with 4,500 passengers and crew must be towed slowly into a Mexican port and will not arrive until at least Wednesday night, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.
  • US Virgin Islands: Gang shootout kills tourist

    07/13/2010 7:11:10 AM PDT · by cll · 15 replies
    AP via Google News ^ | 7/12/2010 | Judi Shimel
    CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S Virgin Islands — A 14-year-old Puerto Rican tourist was killed in front of her horrified family when she was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight attributed to warring gangs on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Gov. John deJongh identified the slain tourist as Lizmarie Perez Chapparro from Puerto Rico, who was struck by a bullet as she rode with her relatives on a packed "safari bus" that ferries tourists across the three-island territory. The girl and her family arrived in St. Thomas aboard the Carnival Victory, a Carnival Cruise Line ship that departed Puerto Rico's capital of...
  • Carnival cruise ship lists, 60 passengers hurt

    04/22/2010 10:16:23 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 1,033+ views
    hosted ^ | Apr 22
    GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- A cruise ship operator says dozens of people were hurt when one of its vessels listed during a maneuver to avoid a partially submerged buoy that was adrift near Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Carnival Cruise Lines says the ship, Carnival Ecstasy, had to make a sharp turn to avoid the buoy Wednesday afternoon.
  • Bomb hoax delays cruise ship off Florida

    03/29/2010 4:33:23 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 5 replies · 393+ views
    YahooNews ^ | March 28, 2010 | Jane Sutton
    MIAMI (Reuters) – A Carnival cruise ship was held off the Florida coast for several hours on Sunday while authorities searched the vessel and arrested a drunk passenger on bomb hoax charges, the Coast Guard said. No explosives or hazardous materials were found and the ship, the Carnival Sensation, was allowed to dock at Port Canaveral on Florida's Atlantic coast Sunday morning, Coast Guard petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Evanson said. The ship carried 3,470 passengers and crew and was headed back to Port Canaveral after a three-day cruise to the Bahamas when a passenger reported hearing another passenger make...
  • Obama Float in German Parade Rattling Liberals

    02/15/2010 10:49:45 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 41 replies · 3,216+ views
    AFP
    A carnival float featuring upside down US President Barack Obama makes its way through the crowd during the "Rose Monday" parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf. Huge effigies of US President Barack Obama and bankers made up as zombies from Michael Jackson's famous "Thriller" video starred in Germany's biggest carnival procession I guess the International honeymoon is over for the D.I.C. (Dunce In Chief)
  • Giant Obamas, 'Thriller' bankers at German carnival (HaPPy Pres__ent's Day!!)

    02/15/2010 9:20:22 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 657+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/15/10 | AFP
    COLOGNE, Germany (AFP) – Huge effigies of US President Barack Obama and bankers made up as zombies from Michael Jackson's famous "Thriller" video starred in Germany's biggest carnival procession here on Monday. More than a million people braved the snow to line the route of the seven-kilometre (four-mile) parade, where revellers traditionally poke fun at current events and enjoy tonnes of sweets hurled from the travelling floats. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's alleged night with a call girl was rewarded with a huge figure showing a beaming premier surrounded by breasts. Obama's controversial Nobel Prize was also the butt of...
  • Seven-year-old Rio carnival queen bursts into tears

    02/15/2010 9:20:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies · 1,714+ views
    BBC ^ | February 15, 2010 | Staff
    A seven-year-old has broken down crying as she took the controversial lead of a Rio de Janeiro carnival parade. Julia Lira became the youngest drum corps queen in memory, but her role has sparked much debate in Brazil. A judge had earlier over-ruled objections from a child rights agency that said it was inappropriate given the carnival's sexual focus.
  • Caption This Picture from Drudge (Carnival in Rio)

    02/14/2010 5:19:12 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 59 replies · 3,241+ views
    Drudgereport ^ | 14 Feb 10 | Matt Drudge
  • Why you are glad you are not in France-Obama & parades during the 126th edition of the Nice Carnival

    02/13/2010 7:05:19 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 35 replies · 1,266+ views
    A float called ‘Yes we can be ecologist’ depicting U.S. President Barack Obama, parades during the 126th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Nice, southern France. The carnival’s theme this year is ‘King of the Blue Planet.’ Makes him look like a Disney superhero. And there is this What The Hell shot:
  • Brazil mayor bans funk, rap music as Carnival begins

    02/12/2010 7:13:10 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 19 replies · 497+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | 2/12/10 | Reuters UK
    (SNIP) Mayor Jose Neto of Sao Lourenco in southeastern Minas Gerais state told Globo television he was banning songs that incite violence and disrespect authority and wanted to protect more traditional Carnival music, such as samba. Anyone caught listening to funk -- a pounding beat often with sexual lyrics popular in Rio de Janeiro's slums -- or rap during the Carnival period would have to turn it off or face arrest and up to six months in prison, he reportedly said. (SNIP)
  • Preteen as Carnival queen stirs Rio controversy

    02/05/2010 7:30:54 PM PST · by EBH · 21 replies · 1,321+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 02/05/10 | BRADLEY BROOKS
    At the delicate core of Julia's case is the queen's traditional role in Rio's Carnival: that of sexy muse. Unlike other participants, she is usually not bare-chested and wears more than just glitter. But queen costumes would be considered revealing by any estimation. Brazil has long had a problem with sexual exploitation of children, especially in the lawless Amazon region. Allowing Julia to be a drum corps queen "would increase the treatment of children as sexual objects in Brazilian society," said Carlos Nicodemos, director of the Rio de Janeiro state Council for the Defense of Children and Adolescents.
  • Cougar Cruise sets sail as older women look to attract younger men

    12/10/2009 6:28:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 80 replies · 6,545+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | December 10, 2009 | Staff
    Cruise ships are increasingly catering to holidaymakers' particular interests - whether it's art and culture or a particular hobby. And sexual attraction is no exception as what is thought to be the world's first 'Cougar Cruise' has proven a sell-out in the U.S. Aimed at older women who prefer to date younger men, the fully-booked International Cougar Cruise set sail from San Diego in California on December 4.
  • Caption Obama carnival float (from a parade in Dusseldorf)

    02/26/2009 8:53:01 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 51 replies · 2,088+ views
  • Carnival queen sambas with Obama's face on thigh

    02/22/2009 12:03:57 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 22 replies · 2,140+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | 2/22/9 | Unknown to me
    SAO PAULO – A Brazilian carnival queen famous for her skimpy attire is grabbing headlines again for painting President Barack Obama's face on her body. Viviane Castro paraded nearly nude early Saturday with the U.S. leader's visage on her right thigh. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's face was on her left thigh. Castro's stomach read "for sale" — a message she said represented the sale of Brazil's Amazon to the U.S. Many here fear the U.S. wants to control the resource-rich region. Castro appeared in last year's Rio Carnival parade wearing nothing but a strategically placed piece of...
  • Carnival queen will have Obama painted on her body

    02/18/2009 12:53:07 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 39 replies · 2,215+ views
    AP via Breitbart.com ^ | February 18, 2009 | CAROLINA ESCALERA
    SAO PAULO (AP) - The Carnival beauty famed for proving it's possible to get too naked for Brazil's samba parades is looking for the spotlight again—by painting her body with an image of President Barack Obama. Viviane Castro last year made headlines by appearing as a samba school drum queen while wearing nothing but a tape 3 centimeters (1.6 inches) wide—managing to violate a little-enforced nudity rule and drawing a penalty for her group. Castro, 26, said she will wear slightly more on Friday—but will still have plenty of room to have Obama's image placed somewhere on her body for...
  • 18 Injured When Carnival Ride Collapses (Calaveras County Fair & Frog Jump/Angels Camp, California)

    05/16/2008 10:12:54 PM PDT · by Drago · 22 replies · 1,001+ views
    KCRA-TV Website ^ | 05/16/2008 | KCRA
    ANGELS CAMP, Calif. -- A carnival ride collapsed Friday evening at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, injuring 18 people. A swing ride called the Yo-Yo collapsed just after 6 p.m., Cal Fire's Lisa Williams said. According to witnesses, 25 people were on the ride at the time. The Yo-Yo has arms that fling out as they spin around an axis, said Dennis Townsend, a chief in the Calaveras County unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention.
  • Winter carnival activities canceled

    02/29/2008 1:32:01 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 12 replies · 165+ views
    WCAX.com ^ | 2/28/08 | Via AP
    GILFORD, N.H. (AP) - Much of this week's winter carnival in Gilford has been canceled, due to too much winter. Parks and Recreation Director Herb Greene notes that the cancellation of 2 events was due to poor road conditions and snow-filled parking lots. Of the three events originally scheduled for Wednesday, the Cardboard Box Sled Derby has been rescheduled to Friday morning.
  • Woman attacked by man in Carnival garb, police say (attacked by an Oompa-Loompa)

    02/07/2008 2:40:46 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 19 replies · 259+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 2-5-08 | Jeff Adelson
    A Covington woman was attacked Monday morning by a New Orleans man dressed in Carnival garb that she met through the Internet, Covington police said Tuesday. Lawrence Goldstein, 40, 1020 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, was booked Monday with attempted rape, false imprisonment and possession of nitrous oxide, which is classified a dangerous substance, police said. Sometimes known as laughing gas, the chemical was used by Goldstein in an attempt to lower the victims defenses, authorities said. Goldstein called the 24-year-old Covington resident early Monday morning and told her that he had too many guests at his residence and asked...
  • Caption Fat Tuesday/Carnival Revelers

    02/07/2008 12:32:36 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 23 replies · 127+ views
    Lisa Mount right, and M.K. Wegmann second from right, wear costumes about Super Tuesday on Mardi Gras in the French Quarter of New Orleans Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008. Carnival revelers were greeted with warm weather for Fat Tuesday Straight from the Mardi Gras parade, 'Glo' Gloria Cunningham signs into the Democratic Caucus at the Town Hall in Crested Butte, Colo. with her costume on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008. Two revelers wear costumes like senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on Mardi Gras in the French Quarter of New Orleans Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008 R.M. Elfer left, and Judy Weaver wear...
  • Judge bans Holocaust float from Rio carnival

    01/31/2008 3:06:04 PM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 111+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | January 31 2008
    Brasilia - A Brazilian judge has banned a float portraying the Holocaust from taking part in this year's carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The judge also banned the use of Adolf Hitler costumes and swastikas in Sunday's parade. Jewish interest groups in Brazil had demanded that the float, which used mannequins to portray victims of the Holocaust, be banned from the carnival. The float's designer, who believes that the carnival should also broach social themes, said he wanted the off-putting tableau to offer a warning and so help prevent an event such as the Holocaust ever happening again. The judge...
  • Holocaust-themed Rio Carnival float causes strain

    01/29/2008 8:10:53 AM PST · by rightgrafix · 17 replies · 236+ views
    reuters ^ | Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:33am EST | Pedro Fonseca
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Carnival float with a pile of model dead bodies commemorating the Holocaust is causing unease before the lavish parades in Rio de Janeiro this weekend. The Viradouro samba organization, or school, plans to feature the grim display when it marches in the Sambadrome parade strip on Sunday, despite objections from a local Jewish group. "Really, it makes no sense addressing this theme with drums and dancing girls," said Sergio Niskier, president of the Israelite Federation in Rio de Janeiro state, referring to the slaughter of Jews by Nazi Germany in World War Two.
  • Transgender pastor's new test of faith (United Methodist Church)

    09/10/2007 7:32:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 99 replies · 1,734+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 9, 2007 | Stephanie Simon
    BALTIMORE — The Rev. Ann Gordon stood in front of her United Methodist congregation last fall and announced that she was now he. Surgery and testosterone had transformed Ann into the Rev. Drew Phoenix -- still as liberal and laid-back as always, but now legally male. Most in the small congregation accepted their pastor's transition; they even threw him a renaming party, complete with birthday cake. But when Phoenix, 48, was reappointed to another year of ministry this spring by his bishop, it sparked a protest in the United Methodist Church. The denomination's highest authority, the Judicial Council, will take...
  • Episcopal Church Looking Again At Gay Female Bishop For Chicago

    08/31/2007 5:01:38 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 4 replies · 254+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 08/31/2007 | JoeClarke.Net
    According to news reports, "The Rev. Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, has accepted a nomination to become the next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago because she wants to follow God's call. Lind, a lesbian priest who lives in Cleveland Heights with her partner, Emily Ingalls, is one of five candidates for the bishop's seat. If elected, she will become the second openly gay bishop consecrated in the denomination." Tracy is gay but states, "I believe that accepting this nomination is what God is asking of me, and I, in turn, ask your prayers for me...
  • 'Muslim' carnival entry creates controversy

    08/22/2007 10:38:46 PM PDT · by managusta · 16 replies · 1,003+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 23/08/2007 | Richard Savill
    A dispute over an "insulting" carnival procession entry has developed into a row over political correctness. Locals dressed as Muslims took part in the carnival in the Cornish market town of St Columb Major in protest over plans for a mosque. A group of students visiting the area thought the act was offensive to Muslims, and called in police. The group, calling themselves the Page Three Beauties from the Ramalamadingdong Times, carried placards with names including Miss Poppadomistan" and "Miss Reallyamanistan". A home-made banner read "Join the Kernow Mosk drekly and become a Musli" over a picture of a Cornish...
  • Christian music festival marred by death on ride

    07/15/2007 8:33:56 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 10 replies · 1,225+ views
    cnn ^ | July 15, 2007
    OSHKOSH, Wisconsin (AP) -- Police and federal investigators tried Sunday to determine why a teen fell from a festival ride and died. Lifefest attendees gather near the site of the woman's death to write messages and leave condolences. Elizabeth K. Mohl, 16, of Neenah, was killed Saturday after falling 40 to 50 feet from a ride called Air Glory.
  • Muslims criticize carnival float in parade that mocks mullahs (German Carnival)

    Dusseldorf - A Muslim leader in Germany criticized a carnival float in a Monday parade that satirically suggested Islam was not peaceful. The float carried two identical cartoon-style papier-mache figures, each wearing a suicide-bomber's belt and carrying a dagger and a pistol. The first was labelled 'the cliche,', the second was labelled 'the reality.' Both scowling figures were labelled 'mullahs,' a term used in Germany as it is in Pakistan to describe both Shiite and Sunni clergy. The float was part of a carnival parade watched by more than half a million people in the western city of Dusseldorf. 'This...
  • A LICENSE TO LAUGH: German Carnival Pokes Fun at Hitler, Bush and the Mullahs

    02/19/2007 11:30:03 AM PST · by wolf78 · 30 replies · 1,642+ views
    SPIEGEL Online ^ | February 19, 2007 | mkp
    Hitler, Bush and the Mullahs have one thing in common: they're represented as effigies at the Düsseldorf carnival. On Rose Monday, costumed revelers cheered on the parade which pokes fun at everyone and everything. Once a year, the Germans show off their humorous side: dressed up with wigs, masks and costumes, they flock to their local carnival parade to get madly drunk and sing along to carnival chansons à la "I need more beer." Those who want the real deal go to the Rhineland where cities like Cologne or Düsseldorf have become carnival mecca. While Cologne is undoubtedly the number...
  • Rio's Carnival kicks off under the barrel of gun

    02/16/2007 7:50:03 PM PST · by El Conservador · 5 replies · 386+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 16, 2007 | Elzio Barreto
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's raucous Carnival celebrations kicked off in Rio de Janeiro on Friday with tens of thousands dancing and singing in the streets, defying a recent surge of gun violence in the city's slums. Carnival's samba-dancing King Momo -- the Lord of Misrule -- and his shimmying Queen and Princess were handed a giant symbolic key to the city in a sun-lit park as a band played Rio's boisterous anthem "the Marvelous City." "The city has its problems but now we're full of hope, and we salute all those who come to visit us for the...
  • Catholic Church slams free Brazil Carnival condoms

    02/10/2007 6:06:16 AM PST · by siunevada · 153+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | February 9, 2007 | Staff
    Catholic bishops criticized on Friday Brazil's plan to hand out millions of free condoms in the world's largest Catholic country when its famously bacchanalian Carnival begins next week. The health ministry will roll out a new marketing campaign for safe sex on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro and start giving away 35 million free condoms in the streets for Carnival, a festival celebrated by Catholics the world over before the strict period of Lent. With 150 million Catholics, Brazil has a Carnival that is a five-day street party legendary for liberal amounts of dancing, drinking and sex. "Is this going...
  • Ohio woman reported missing from Carnival cruise ship

    09/11/2006 11:59:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 97 replies · 3,035+ views
    MIAMI – Authorities were investigating the disappearance of an Ohio woman who was reported missing Monday from a Carnival Cruise Lines ship. The 37-year-old woman, whose identity was not released, had been on a four-day cruise to Key West and Mexico. The Miami-based cruise line said relatives last saw the woman Saturday night, but did not report her missing until Monday, when the ship returned to Miami. FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said, however, that she was not aware of any delay in reporting the disappearance. “It doesn't look like foul play,” said Orihuela, whose agency is investigating the case. The...
  • Hillary's brother barred from bank account

    07/27/2006 5:08:06 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 56 replies · 1,308+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7-27-07 | Jim McElhatton
    Hillary's brother barred from bank account By Jim McElhatton THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published July 27, 2006 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother Anthony D. Rodham has been barred from accessing his bank account while a bankruptcy trustee demands that he repay more than $100,000 in loans from a carnival company whose founder was pardoned by President Clinton, filings in federal bankruptcy court in Alexandria show.     Mr. Rodham, one of Mrs. Clinton's two brothers, received $107,000 in loans from United Shows of America Inc. after its owners obtained the presidential pardon over the objections of the Justice Department.     United Shows went bankrupt...