Gotta Watch: 2010 holy sightings; screwy history; li'l dribbler
December 30th, 2010
11:42 AM ET

Gotta Watch: 2010 holy sightings; screwy history; li'l dribbler

The Year in Holy Sightings: Spirits show their faces in some strange places in CNN.com's compilation of the best holy sighting videos.

That's textbook ... or is it? Students, if you're contemplating copying and pasting your term paper from the internet, think again. This kind of "research" has backfired on a Virginia textbook author who did just that. You won't believe some of the preposterous statements in this fourth-grade history book ... like the claim thousands of blacks served in the Confederate army,  an assertion many historians say is unfounded.

Kid's got game: This video speaks for itself. This kid takes dribbling to a new level. Twelve-year-old Jordan McCabe - yes that's his real name - will leave you mesmerized with his skills on the court.

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  1. Phil

    ahhhh all the delusional people : )

    December 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      Where do they all come from...

      December 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Because you know the unknown right

      December 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      The vast majority of the universe, macro and micro, are unknown to humankind. That is no reason to spin tales in an attempt to explain.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustPlainJoe

      Love the logic, something is unknown therefore it must be explained by God.
      If so, the reverse is also true: as it gets explained, does God then dissolve?

      Love CNN...never confuse the issues with the facts.

      :-))

      December 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @LeeCMH. The problem is it's the scientists and atheists who are making up the stories. How anyone can cling militantly and desperately to science and scientists as "proof" is scary and laughable. Science is faulty. They can't even decide if coffee is good or bad for us. It's good one week and bad the next. There are ALWAYS news stories about how wrong science is about things. And the sceintists? Please! They're like medical research. They're filled with biases and are all about the research grants and fame. Constant news reports of them faking research to their own bent. The anti-God crowd has laid their hopes in imperfections and biased agendas. No thanks.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Jack,
      I would much rather base my concepts on testable theories then just what SOMEONE ELSE TELLS ME WITHOUT PROOF! That is the definition of the sheep and a gullible fool. You have no idea the scrutiny that scientific evidence must go through. If you have a problem with your idea of how the scientific method works, how about this: try and solve the mysteries of the universe yourself instead of ignorantly whining on a blog.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Tommas, DO enlighten us, did YOU check for proof of E=MC^2? Have you checked time dilation yourself? Have you checked mass increase at relativistic velocities yourself?
      Then, you're taking someone else's word for it.
      So, let the children have their bedtime stories if it makes them comfortable. As long as they don't mess with you, don't go poking the dog.

      December 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      Thanks, tommas. Science required evidence and the ability of independent critical investigators to replicate results. Being a human endeavor, there are many scientific errors that can be cited. They often are - by scientists. Much science is gaining knowledge by successive approximation. The first conclusion is less accurate that subsequent conclusions.

      December 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @tomaas – Scrutiny? Please! Scientists are competing for money and against each other. Science has done some good but it's been proven faulty over and over again. Scientists have been proven corrupt and biased over and over again. Scientific testing methods have been proven inaccurate and misleading over and over again. I wouldn't go boasting the gods of science too much. There's no proof OR evidence of The Big Bang Theory but the anti-God crowd is fully willing to jump on that unproven wagon simply because it satisfies their feeble attempts to negate God. That's the ONLY reason they accept it as truth when there is none of the precious proof they require from Christians. Atheists are like scientists – hypocritical and self-agenda'd.

      December 30, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @LeeCMH – With all of your ranting about people not existing and our "lack of proof", you haven't presented any proof of your own. But, if it's proof you want, I'll give you some. When you can watch this video in it's entirety, research what the man is presenting for historical proof and evidence for yourself (which is available) and then conclude without bias and hate that there is "no proof" THEN I'll listen to you. Watch this video for all the evidence your heart demands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVQqTML6WBg

      December 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      @Wzrd1. The religionists do mess with me. Right-wing Christians in the USA are trying to pass to maintain discriminatory and mean laws that affect me. Christians encourage an overall environment of hate against certain classes of people. Muslims are marching in Jihad causing travel expense and difficulty.

      December 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      LeeCMH-and you can fix it by your whinning, praise the Lord and pass the ammo!

      December 30, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod in IL

      Wzrd1, everytime someone uses a GPS in their car or on their cell phone to successfully guide them to their desired destination, they're proving the theory of relativity. If the GPS system did not take time dilation into account in it's calculations, it would be worthless.

      December 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      It's been a long time since I've heard "praise the lord and pass the ammo." Great example of using your god to justify your violence. I guess the Muslims in the 9-11 planes were chanting something similar in their cultural sense.

      December 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!

      December 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      LeeCMH-you forgot your cape, Praise the Lord and pass that ammo

      December 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      LeeCMH-I guess................................

      December 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeftMind

      @tommas Please, "You have no idea the scrutiny that scientific evidence must go through" Is that why so many prescription drugs are recalled? Why "evidence" is frequently disproven? In order to buy in to this, you assume that mankind has (or can get) all the answers if we just "study it" enough. Right.

      December 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Science is everything in our civilization, and all you can come up with is a few examples of where the scientific evidence was misinterpreted or needed addition theories attached to it. All of this ignorance spewed while using a machine that would not work if it was not for our understanding of the basic laws of physics. Yes drugs fail and we don’t know, and may never know everything about this universe. But how dare you ignorantly disregard how much we do know and the intellectual giants that our civilization stands on (which by the way had to fight against or were killed by people of “faith”). How much medical science has has eased suffering and saved so many lives may I ask you? (and all you care about is its failures). A couple hundred years ago people swore the earth was flat and the center of the universe because they were scared to open their minds. How will history reflect on your beliefs?

      December 30, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • sumday

      yawn science and God two heads of the same coin IMO. What man doesn't understand he credits to God when he does understand it he say God had no hand in it bc "I" now understand how "he" did it. As our knowelge increases so does our understanding of God and science- the only diff is it is ok for science to "change" its mind when new knowelge is learned but science bark when religion views change bc of more understanding. those who want proof of God well humans have both matter and energy & science says there must be this invisible untestable force that is expanding the universe called dark matter and dark energy, so there you go- GOD- a being with matter & energy just like humans, and shapes the universe but can't be seen or tested.- Now your turn prove me wrong! or for that matter Prove an emotion exists- You can judge ones actions but could never scientificly prove love or hate existed (actions do not prove emotions impericaly) although all human have those emotions and know they exist. The limits of science is this if a 3.5 brain can't control or reproduce it then it can't be proven. Just bc one learns how God did something does not mean God didn't do it. It would be like me dennying that someone wrote a program bc I understand how programing works. Now bring on the spelling nazi's bc I didn't spell check!

      December 30, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      One important distinction is many folks do not have to invent deities to explain the unknown. The unknown is simply that – unknown.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Sumday,
      You are correct that there could be a "god" and in essence it is an argument that will go nowhere (just fun having the argument as people obviously feel they have to discredit science to support their beliefs, and that is a very scary and worthwhile argument to defend). But here is the real question.... Is there a soul that defines one's consciousness, or vice versa. This question is something that science can and will address in the future. If we can incorporate all, or at least enough variables in the human brain we may very well be able to define consciousness...... and yes emotion too.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      Yes tommas. MRI studies and similar are right now revealing much about the roots in the physical structure of the brain to consciousness, emotion and other "human" attributes.

      December 30, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joseph

    Hey kids, might want to look over your text books again...

    December 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • sumday

      that is why its called history because the winner gets to tell the story and it then becomes his-story. We have white washed so much of the past I doubt any truth is in those books these days.

      December 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tommas

    holy sightings seen in "odd minds"

    December 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joseph

    I wonder if it is possible for people to look at the words 'religion, 'holy' or God in an article and not leave hate messages in the comments?

    December 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Thoose three words have been propogating hate for thousands of years. Guess there is only one solution 🙂

      December 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      The messages I've seen show contempt, not hate (so far).

      December 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      I totally agree with you Joseph. As a Christain, I don't seek out the atheistic articles and tell them how stupid THEY are. I wish they would show the same respect. It seems every single article, no matter what the content, ends up with hate messages as soon as someone mentions those words. people seem to seek out the faith based articles just to mock. Very sad! Thank you for calling it out.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Ryan, you don't have to. The puritan, christian, social conservative agenda is constantly pushed down the troats of every single person in this country.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      Ohhh hurt feelings? Get out your nails and hammer yourselves to your crosses. Sounds like martyr wanna be's.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      @Joseph: The replies left here make it clear that unfortunately it is not possible.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reason

      Ryan, you don't seek out the atheistic articles and tell them how stupid they are because what would you criticize? Their use of logic, observation, and experiments, to evaluate the world? It is disgusting to think a god would put images of himself or his mom in a tree and an office door while letting millions of people die worldwide from natural disasters and disease.

      Beliefs stated as fact, without evidence to back them up is dishonest. If we want our beliefs to reflect reality, we must account for bias and correct errors. Religious thinking fails miserably at this because it openly exploits our natural bias and discourages skepticism.

      These aren't hate messages, we're sincerely disappointed at people not using their brains, claiming to see what they want to see. This is a known phenomenon called CONFIRMATION BIAS.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

      December 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficklemookie

      1 Peter 4: 12-14.
      In other new.. I actually think this "finding God' business in all these weird things is nonsense. People end up worshipping the object and not God (which should be the only one worshipped ). God doesn't perform miracles through goofy candy or doors or any other kind of object lest we worship the object instead of him. I challenge those who believe this silliness to point out, anywhere, in the Bible where some object bore the image of Christ or anyone else and a miracle was performed because of it. You won't find it.

      December 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vivvy

    the few, the proud the delusional! 🙂

    December 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Creative Home Solutions

      Not few enough unfortunately! Save us from the Jesus-freaks!

      December 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      Hey I'm a Jesus Freak and I'm pretty darn likeable ☺

      December 30, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richard in Texas

    In order for it to be a vision or a miracle does it have to be Jesus or Mary? Why do we never see a vision of a desciple like John or Mark? Is it because knowone knows what they really look like? From where I sit on the toilet in my bathroom I see one face on the shower curtain and two on the floor. Maybe I should call them John, Paul and Mark. Then I could charge people a buck to sit in comfort and view my images. Just a thought.

    December 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      No one knows what jesus or mary really looked like either..... if any of them existed at all

      December 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      While Mary and Joseph did not actually exist, their appearance probably would have been more African than European anyway.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      Actually the family of Jesus, yes including Jesus, has been proven. It is just the skeptics who simply don't believe he was God.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Hahahaha, proven really? Perhaps there is historical evidence for jesus but proven is a very strong word to use. Anyone who does not question is a fool

      December 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      Please cite references of "proof."

      December 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @LeeCMH – There's more historical evidence of Jesus, Mary and Joseph existing than there actually is that you or I exist. That's not a witty saying, it's fact. Just SAYING Mary and Joseph didn't exist doesn't make it true. But, if it comforts you in your short time on the earth, go with it. It's sad and pathetic, but, then again, so is all the ranting your doing. You talk a lot of smack for someone who hasn't presented any facts or proof yourself. All that you've proven is that you're bitter and hateful. How's that working out for you?

      December 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      Mary and Joseph probably would have been of the peoples of that area in appearence. But Jesus would have looked anyway God wanted Him to look. Remember he was not of Mary and Joseph, according to Christians. So, God could have made him look more like Mary and Joseph, out of ease, which I would tend to believe. We can get a glimpse of what Jesus would have looked like from the Sacred Shroud. God is Who you see Him to be, He is everyone, black, white, brown, we are all one. People get too wrapped up in knit picking

      December 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUSH

    ahh another of these stories eh? To use a quote from a famous rock band regarding themselves and their collective consciousness and comparing it to organized religion and an individual's personal beliefs:
    Individually we are smart – together we are an @ss

    December 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tommy Chong

    I was listening to Black Sabbath at 78 speed man...and I saw god

    December 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Richard in Texas

    As for textbook thing. I wonder if Virginia gets their textbooks from Texas?

    December 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      I understand Texas is getting their textbooks from scribes listening to Reverend Criswell from beyond the grave.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peter Booth

    Faces can be found everywhere, and it goes back to the 1500's. Check out: http://www.picturefaces.com

    December 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      The human brain is wired to discern faces, just like your digital cameras are programmed to "find" faces. There's lots of empirical evidence for this. I used to love to watch faces in clouds.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fjf

    People of the World,
    The featured photo looks convincing but I have never seen a sprit photo in color before,looks like a composite.If a God does not exist then the whole universe had no begining and has no end for all eternity by accident.Plus,how was everything created before the Big Bang

    December 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Perhaps the answers to these questions are currently out of human comprehension (most people truly underestimate how small and insignificant we are) or we will never be able to answer them. That does not give anyone an excuse to make stuff up.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      fjf, the featured photo is just the artist reflection. If you listened to the article at the end they show that woman sculpting the Holy family

      December 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Beatles Fan

    did anyone else catch the beatles reference from the first 2 posts ? leecmh, Nice !

    December 30, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      Thanks for noticing.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobincr

    Fools! Idiots! Morons! When does it end?

    December 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeCMH

      Is that a line from "Inherit the Wind"?

      December 30, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      It ends on Judgement Day. Sounds like you shouldn't be rushing that along.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. poster8713

    On a lighter note, can that kid dribble or what?

    December 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      You're cute ☺

      December 30, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Catie

    CNN bloggers. Why are you so angry at the faithful? I dont get angry that you think you are worm food at the end of your days. Why are you angry that I think I will live in paradise. It sure makes me handle the hard times a lot better. Lighten up

    December 30, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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