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dtotire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 11:40 AM
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NYC Man Spends Retirement Savings on May 21, 2011 Rapture Ads
NYC Man Spends Retirement Savings on May 21, 2011 Rapture Ads
News by Mark Berman Opposing Views
(16 Hours Ago) in Society / Headlines

A 60-year-old New York City man is so sure the world will end on May 21, he has spent his retirement savings to warn people about it.



According to a report from the New York Daily News, Robert Fitzpatrick spent $140,000 for an ad campaign for signs on subway cars and bus shelters around the city reading "Global Earthquake! The Greatest Ever - Judgment Day: May 21."

"I'm trying to warn people about what's coming," Fitzpatrick. "People who have an understanding have an obligation to warn everyone."

Fitzpatrick told the newspaper how it will go down:

"It'll start just before midnight, Jerusalem time: It'll be instantaneous and global," he said. "There are too many scriptures talking about 'sudden destruction.'"

Fitzpatrick is obviously a big believer of evangelist Harold Camping, who claims to have calculated the date of Armageddon using clues from the Bible.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it didn't think twice about accepting Fitzpatrick's campaign.

"It's an individual's prerogative to spend their money as they see fit," said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

However an atheist group said the MTA should not have allowed the ad blitz.

"Doomsday cults are money-making enterprises," said David Silverman, of the American Atheists. "I wonder what is going to happen on May 22 when people no longer have their possessions or their savings and we are all still here and they don't have their rapture."

But Fitzgerald is not worried about that. "It is the date," he stubbornly said.


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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 11:43 AM
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1. boy is he gonna be pissed on may 23rd.
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Logical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 11:44 AM
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4. LOL.....best reply this month! n-t
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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 11:44 AM
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2. Maybe the Freepi can pass a hat. n/t
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 11:44 AM
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3. Hey, Bob! Can I have your car?
...on May 22?
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gauguin57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 11:45 AM
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5. Robert Fitzpatrick will probably disappear ... and have some minion claim he was "raptured."
One of my favorite bumper stickers is: "In case of rapture, driver will eat her hat."
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Stevenmarc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 11:46 AM
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6. As a NY'er there is a bright spot, he won't be able to afford to live here.
Edited on Fri May-13-11 11:46 AM by Stevenmarc
One less idiot in the city
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dtotire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 11:48 AM
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7.  Extremely Pitiful n/t
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 11:48 AM
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8. last day of finals for my kid -- guess I should start scoping out his graduation mercedes now?
After all, when all these wealthy xtians around us leave, we'll pretty much have our choice of wheels and homes, yes?
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 11:48 AM
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9. He's put his money where his mouth is
Gotta give him credit for that. Perhaps he can make his money back later by giving talks to various groups about not being suckered by wrong ideas that appeal to your vanity. I can think of any number of Tea Baggers who should pungle up to hear what Mr. Fitzpatrick will have to say after May 23.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 11:50 AM
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10. Okey dokey.
The MTA needs to fire some people.
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 12:00 PM
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11. Assuming he's right, what does he propose we do about it?
I mean, if we're screwn, we're all screwn. Right? :shrug:

If we're not, then he's screwn. :think:

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guruoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 12:16 PM
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12. He could save time, and money..

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lapislzi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 12:21 PM
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13. Idiocy is not illegal.
Just idiotic. Hope he doesn't wind up on the public dole come May 22.
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 12:46 PM
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14. i'll be at he nearest mega-church on the 21st, car shopping
:eyes:
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 02:20 PM
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18. oh you and me both
Dibs on a Lexus SUV... :rofl:
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 12:48 PM
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15. I knew it.
And he's not the only one.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 01:01 PM
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16. 5PM NY time.
Just in time for the evening news.
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Fuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 01:03 PM
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17. I remember when the idiot who is behind this whole thing claimed the same thing in the 90's.
People were doing the same shit. How he gets people to believe him again is hard to understand.
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