Friday, September 23, 2016

Daily 2 Cents: '...there's something in my room' -- After School Satan Club -- Python Range Extends in South Florida

'...there's something in my room'

Mike in Connecticut called in to tell of his bizarre encounter:

“My story starts when I was probably about 13 years old and grew up just around New Haven, Connecticut. What was happening was, I was sleeping in my bed and like every 13 year old, they get scared. They hear stories and stuff so they always sleep with the door open, with the night light on. So I looked at my door and usually I can see the night light and at this time, I woke up, I couldn't see through the door. It looked like there was something standing in the door. So I pulled the blankets over my head.

So about 10 or 15 minutes later, after I gained the courage to finally slowly start to take the covers down from my face. All I can explain it is it looked like the rabbit from Donnie Darko hanging over my face and laughing. I darted out of my room, woke up both my parents. I said, 'listen there's something in my room.' My father came to my room, turned on the lights. Nothing was in there. He was pissed. So he said, go back to bed.

Ever since I saw that, my life has been riddled with, to be honest, drug addiction and stuff like that. I don't know if that has anything to do with it. If that was a demon or what it was, I feel as though my life ever since has been in a downward spiral. I'm 34 now and I've been battling this thing ever since. I feel as though ever since that time it's been like that for me.”

Source: Darkness Radio - September 19, 2016

Transcribed by JLB


After School Satan Club

MOUNT VERNON — A so-called "After School Satan Club" proposed by the Satanic Temple of Seattle to be held at Centennial Elementary School should be allowed to proceed, an attorney hired to represent the Mount Vernon School District said.

“I think that if the school district denied that application, you would face costly litigation that would be distracting from your mission," said Duncan Fobes of the Seattle-based law firm Patterson, Buchanan, Fobes and Leitch during a Wednesday meeting of the Mount Vernon School Board. "And would ultimately be unsuccessful.”

Fobes was hired by the district's risk-pool insurance group to assess whether the district had legal standing to deny the temple's application.

“We believe that it's clear that, because the district has a policy and procedure that encourages the use of community groups to use your facilities, because you do that, you must open it to this group," Fobes said. "You don't have to sponsor the group, you don't have to help the group.”

A 2001 Supreme Court ruling, Good News Bible Club vs. Milford Central School District, stated that if schools allow any organization to use school property, they must allow all organizations — religious and secular — to have access.

The Mount Vernon district is one of nine throughout the country that has been chosen by the Satanic Temple to host a pilot After School Satan Club program because the districts also host a Good News Bible Club, which is run by the Child Evangelism Fellowship.

"We didn't invite them to the school, they put our name on a website," Centennial Principal Erwin Stroosma said. "We feel like we're pawns in a game — someone else is manipulating us."

The temple's application proposes renting space at Centennial for about an hour after school one day a month during the school year.

"This is going to be infectious and widespread," said Mike Cheek, who has grandchildren in the district. "I know that if there is anything to do with Satan, it is dark and it is evil."

When asked by a parent to raise their hands if they didn't want the After School Satan Club to take root at Centennial, nearly every community member in attendance did so.

"They say they're not going to teach anything bad, but we don't know," Moises Pacheco, whose grandchildren attend Madison Elementary, said through a translator.

Other parents were less concerned.

"It feels like we're all reacting with fear," said Melissa McPhaden. "I'm not afraid of what this church can do, because I have a relationship with my children."

The temple claims to worship no deity, but previously told the Skagit Valley Herald it uses Satan "as a metaphor for fighting religious tyranny and oppression.”

"I think the reason the (temple) is here is because they wanted a reaction," McPhaden said. "And they got the reaction. I don't think they want to start a Satanic club in Mount Vernon."

A representative from the Satanic Temple of Seattle did not return calls Thursday by the Skagit Valley Herald.

Fobes said the district has the right to review the proposed curriculum for the club, but it cannot prohibit the club from school property unless that curriculum uses hate speech, incites violence or includes pornography.

“What this group purports is they support rational thinking activities," Fobes said. "I don't know what they actually do because no one's done it yet. This is a pretty new undertaking by this group.”

The district cannot ban all after-school groups in an effort to keep the temple out, Fobes said, and even if it could, doing so would likely open it up to lawsuits.

“I think it’s not an option here,” Fobes said. “I believe in this particular case you would still face some litigation, not only from the Satanic Temple, but also from the Good News club.”

The district would also lose out on whatever revenue is generated by allowing groups to use its facilities.

"Very unfortunately, our hands are tied in this question," Board President Rob Coffey said. "We must make our facilities available — and in many cases we are eager to make them available — to Boys & Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts. We must make them available whether we like the group or not. There really is no opportunity for us to say no to the Satanic Temple or the After School Satan Club.” - Lawyer: After School Satan Club must be allowed to proceed


Python Range Extends in South Florida

Burmese pythons appear to be slithering into new territory, extending their range and putting more of South Florida's wildlife at risk of becoming lunch.

Python hatchlings were discovered for the first time on Key Largo, an ominous development for the island's wildlife, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Thursday. And last week, a 10-foot python was found on a levee at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in western Palm Beach County, indicating that the huge constrictor may have staked out territory in the northernmost section of the Everglades.

The big snakes, which can swim, have been found for years on Key Largo. But the discovery of three hatchlings in August represent the first evidence that they have established a breeding population there.

"We worry about pythons becoming established in the Keys because there are several at-risk populations of small mammals, like the Key Largo woodrat and the Key Largo cotton mouse, that would be easy prey for Burmese pythons," said Bryan Falk, a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Read more at Burmese pythons found in Key Largo, western Palm Beach County


Great Salt Lake Disappearing

SALT LAKE CITY -- On the southern shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea.

North of the nearly empty marina, salt-loving bacteria thriving in the low water has turned the liquid pink.

The massive lake, key to the state’s economy and identity, is skirting record low levels after years of below-average precipitation and record heat. A few dozen lawmakers are taking a road trip Thursday and Friday to see the problems firsthand and learn what they can do to help -- besides praying for more rain and snow this winter.

State officials said in July, that the lake is at its lowest level since the 1960s, before the causeway was in place.

The lake, about 75 miles long and 30 miles wide, is America’s largest outside the Great Lakes. Water levels have always fluctuated, but they have been dropping steadily since 2011.

“If this continues ... the ecosystem as a whole is under a pretty significant threat,” said Jason Curry, a spokesman for Utah’s Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

The state estimates that the Great Salt Lake’s ecosystem has a $1.32 billion economic effect. It is a home or major resting place for more than 250 species of birds. Salt and other minerals are mined from the lake and used for fertilizer, melting snow on roadways and other products. Its waters are credited with helping produce dry, powdery snow that attracts skiers worldwide to the nearby mountains. Read more at Beached boats, pink water as drought depletes Utah's Great Salt Lake


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