#ICYMI – Luther Reviews Metaxas and Barton’s Book

Since Metaxas utilized Barton, Barton should at least get as much credit-

Metaxas's book is less than dung and worthy of destruction.

Metaxas’s book is less than dung and worthy of destruction.

Just as the devil is disorderly and jumbles things together, so your writings and head are equally disordered and mixed up, so that it is exceedingly annoying to read and difficult to remember what you write. —  Martin Luther

The Church Paid Her Light Bill, So She Stole over $19K From it in Return

Churches are regularly besieged by professional victims who invariably turn out to be professional victimizers.  Like this woman.

A woman who came to a Kenner church for help with a delinquent utility bill is now accused of stealing more than $19,000 from the church’s coffers to pay for a car, her insurance, cable and other bills, according to authorities.

Shareafa Watkins, 27, of 3100 Phoenix St., Kenner, was arrested and booked Friday with identity theft valued over $1,000, illegal transfer of monetary funds and being a fugitive from another jurisdiction, according to Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department.

The pastor of Oakland Baptist Church in Kenner contacted police on June 21 after he noticed a shortfall in the church’s bank account, according to McGregor. The pastor did a little digging and realized that someone seemed to be paying personal bills with the church’s money, without permission.

The bank provided the pastor with Watkins’ name. He told investigators he had never heard of her, McGregor said. No one from the church could be reached Wednesday for comment.

Detectives eventually determined that Watkins began illegally tapping the church’s bank account in early 2015 after she received help paying a late Entergy bill, according to an arrest report. The church gave Watkins a check made out to the power company.

But Watkins took down the account and routing numbers from the check, and then used the information to pay other bills to the tune of about $19,475, an arrest report said. Those accounts included:

Sprint cellphone account: $3,253
Cox Cable: $1,135
Jefferson Parish Department of Water: $489
Entergy: $2,139
State Farm: $4,967
All State Insurance Company: $311
Santander Consumer USA (car payment): $7,181

Churches, beware- if someone comes asking for help they probably don’t need it.  The people who really need help are the ones you hear about at second hand.  Investigate, don’t simply hand over a check or cash.  It’s sad but true- there are thieves happy to take advantage of your kindness and by helping them you become unable to help those genuinely in need.

Two Men and A Truck: My Experience With the Company

The fog of war (the move) has passed and I think I’ve calmed myself and reflected long enough to objectively describe my experience with Two Men and a Truck in Knoxville.

My daughter was to move from her apartment to her new house on June 3.  I called the local Two Men and a Truck folk and they were super friendly, super helpful, and super all around.  Everything was arranged, the prices were all agreed upon, and the day of the move rolled around.

The truck was 30 minutes late, which set me in a fairly unpleasant mood.  The two young men were nice and friendly but extremely slow.  I understand why someone working by the hour would want to slow things down a bit but the pace of the two youngsters was simply appalling.

For example- I loaded the vast majority of boxes into the elevator and took them to the lower floor and unloaded them, by myself, faster than the two twenty somethings managed to move them from the apartment lobby to the truck.

The slow pace continued when we finally had everything loaded (and I did most of the moving myself) and they asked if it were ok if they stopped to get lunch on the way.  At a drive through.  Sure, I thought.  Everyone needs to eat.

So they left with clear directions to the new address and a gps to find it.  Two hours later I called the dispatcher to find out where they were.  They were almost at the new address, I was informed.

Mind you, I didn’t have to pay for their two hour lunch but does it really take two hours to pick up some burgers or fries?  Especially since I was feeling nice (for once) and had given them $20 to get lunch with- as a tip.

When they finally, lethargically unloaded the truck at the new house they did it with all the haste of a couple of turtles racing to get a glob of lettuce.  Again, I was able to move more boxes more rapidly than the two of them.

They finished, they filled out the form, I signed it, and they left.  I’m 55 and I worked harder than two twenty somethings who I had hired precisely because I’m 55 and I didn’t feel like moving anyone again.  I should have simply rented a U-Haul truck and asked a few friends to lend a hand.  I would have saved hundreds of dollars and an awful lot of aggravation.

Sure, I could have sat back and let them do all the work.  If I wanted it to take 8 or 10 hours and end up paying $1200 or so.

Two Men and a Truck have excellent office help.  The movers… in my experience… not so much.

The Munich Shooter Was A Fan of Mass Shootings…

  • Prosecutor Steinkraus Koch tells a news conference the suspect had a book titled: “Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill.”
  • Police Chief Andre says that the suspect appeared to be “obsessed with shooting rampages.”
  • Munich police investigator Robert Heimberger said it appears that the shooter hacked a Facebook account and sent a message urging people to come to the mall for a free giveaway.  The posting, sent from a young woman’s account, urged people to come to the mall at 4 p.m., saying: “I’ll give you something if you want, but not too expensive.”  Heimberger says “It appears it was prepared by the suspect and then sent out.”  The woman shortly after reported that her account had been hacked.

Etc.  The shooter had no connection to ISIS or any other Muslim group.  He was deranged.  Evil.