Crossing The Line

Crossing The Line

The Nightcap

Nightcap for December 27th, 2018

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“Beauty and folly are old companions.” – Benjamin Franklin



Preacher’s $200,000 Lamborghini Gift

We are all sick and tired of megachurch preachers who take it upon themselves to spend the church’s money on their lavish lifestyle. The catch here is that as angry as we’d like to be at the preacher, we can’t help but find ourselves fuming at the congregation that continues to support this nonsense.

In this situation, we have a preacher who decides to provide his wife with a $200,000 Lamborghini for their 8th wedding anniversary.

Don’t fret! His wife purchased an equally awe-inspiring gift for him! In fact, she bought her adoring husband of eight years an $8,000 watch encased in diamonds and gold.

So thoughtful and giving, aren’t they? Too bad they only thought to give to one another. While there are people who don’t have the funds to eat or to live in a home, you have a ‘man of God’ purchasing items that are so lavish that it has everyone (outside the church) shaking their heads in disbelief.

To make matters worse, the preacher has the nerve to say that God wants him to buy these things for his wife. Wow…so God didn’t want him to buy the homeless food or anything? What’s crazy is that the people in his congregation actually run to his defense saying that he deserves these things. This from a congregation of which over 67% of the members are struggling financially. It makes you wonder what type of mind-games are being played when those church doors close.


Check this beauty out yourself. Do you agree with this?



China’s “Social Credit System”

China is testing a new plan to urge its citizens to do more good and be more trustworthy – the Social Credit System. It’s kind of like the American credit score, except it tracks far more than financial transactions. It tracks good — and bad — deeds.

Part of the system is a neighborhood watch program that’s being piloted across the country where designated watchers are paid to record people’s behaviors that factor into their social credit score. A high score could bring you lower interest loans and discounted rent and utility bills, but if your score is low, you can be subjected to public shaming or even banned from certain kinds of travel, life gets hard.

China’s economy has exploded over the past decades, economic reforms required banks to be able to evaluate individuals looking to borrow money to buy houses or start new businesses. Fraud and excess borrowing were rampant because most people didn’t really have much of a credit history.

To measure its citizens’ trustworthiness, in 2014, The State Council laid out a plan that aims to build a centralized database to evaluate individuals and organizations based on their financial and social behaviors. The program is scheduled to be nationwide by 2020, which means every Chinese citizen will be tracked, scored, and receive perks and restrictions accordingly.

Watch the Vice News coverage here


Miley Cyrus Updates “Santa Baby”

Miley Cyrus changes some questionable lyrics to the holiday classic “Santa Baby” to better represent 2018, while Jimmy and Mark Ronson try to keep up.

Watch here