China: Less democracy and less Ramadan! And Other News…

China Ramadan

Not long after police arrested hundreds of protesters in Hong Kong for demanding more democracy, Beijing decided to crack down on Ramadan too.

Schools, government agencies, and local party organizations in the heavily Muslim northwest of China have been ordered not to take part in the fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. According to Chinese officials, the ban was aimed at “protecting students’ wellbeing” and preventing use of schools and government offices to promote religion. Unofficially, the Ramadan ban may have something to do with the tight security in Xianjiang following attacks that the government blames on violent Uighur Muslims with foreign terrorist ties. And to make sure everyone complies with the Ramadan fasting ban, government officials have apparently thrown parties and served food to test and see if Muslim residents are fasting. ABC News

JOhn SchindlerNSA Defender: Sorry about the dick pic… John Schindler, a conservative pundit who once worked as an NSA officer, was busted last week for being a serial sexter. The married Navy War College professor (and prominent defender of the National Security Agency) sent some sexy messages accompanied by dick pics to a Twitter follower. Once word got out, Schindler and his wife abruptly shut down their social media accounts and Schindler posted an apology on his blog. “My actions showed poor judgment and were inexcusable. The only person to blame is me, and I take full responsibility,” he writes. “Unfortunately, I must also emphasize an important point. At no time did I break the law, nor am I being accused of doing so.” Now, since this is a private matter and not the general public’s business, I won’t link to the dick pic – BUT since Mr. NSA doesn’t believe in privacy, here it is. Huffington Post

Nazi Baby JewishTurns out Germany’s ideal Aryan baby was naz so ideal after all. The winner of a contest in Nazi Germany to find the most beautiful Aryan baby has been revealed to be Jewish. The image was allegedly selected by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels himself, and appeared on the cover of the Nazi family magazine Sonne ins Hause. In 1935 popular photographer Hans Ballin, submitted the photo knowing full well the baby was Jewish. “I wanted to make the Nazis ridiculous,” Ballin told the contest winner’s family when they confronted him. Mission accomplished? Fox News

Town For SaleFor sale: Swett, North Dakota. If you’ve got $400,000 lying around and love trailer parks, listen up: Lance Benson, the sole owner of Swett, an unincorporated hamlet in Bennett County about two hours southeast of Rapid City, is putting the whole town up for sale. For the low, low price of $400k you can own the local Swett bar, a workshop, three trailers, a single house, and 6.16 acres of prime prairie real estate. With a population of two, Swett, North Dakota boasts a few lovely ramshackle buildings along U.S. Highway 18. But its prize possession is the Swett Tavern, a well known gathering place for a small army of local cowboys and wheatgrowers. So far no one is biting, but it’s safe to say the first order of business for the new owners will be a name change. Rapid City Journal

Crack FordRob Ford is out of rehab but his mouth is still getting him into trouble. The disgraced Toronto mayor has now told Canadian media he was “born an alcoholic” and had used “every drug you can probably think of”. In a television interview three days after he returned from rehab, Ford admitted he used “the full gamut” when it came to drugs. He later backtracked a bit (most likely after speaking with his publicist) and specifically denied using heroin. But he did confirm using marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms in addition to crack. Ford also (finally) admitted that the photo of him with a glass pipe that circulated in April was indeed a picture of his smoking crack. Ford said his “disease” would not prevent him from running for re-election in October – relapse or no replapse. “I can only take it one day at a time,” said Ford. “I know I didn’t drink yesterday, and I haven’t drank today.” And that’s as far back as his memory goes. CBC News

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