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Go to: UN urges Maldives to stop flogging

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The Maldives have a lucrative resort industry but they don't really like their infidel guests, search YouTube or Google for "maldives marriage" --Western couples foolishly pay thousands of dollars for ceremonies to renew their wedding vows--in a language they don't understand. From the Guardian:

In seemingly benign tones, the "blessings" turn out to range from "worms may come from the tip of your penis" via "thief motherfucker" to "before you penetrate a chicken's ass, check carefully for rashes on the rectum".

The Guardian of course thinks that the local Maldive scammers are "the real victims." http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/oct/29/maldives-resort-swiss-couple

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 16:48:42 UTC | #893340

Go to: 'Harry Potter and yoga are evil', says Catholic Church exorcist

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Comment 6 by Starcrash

...and my parents act the same way about it. And they treat Dungeons & Dragons, too, as a life-threatening and soul-sucking activity.

It is! I was in a university Science Fiction club back in the 70s...D&D destroyed what was a fun group of people who enjoyed talking about books, authors, media...into mindless dice rollers.

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 16:33:25 UTC | #893337

Go to: Halloween 2011: Top Costumes, History, Myths, More

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I like Halloween, it's the one day of the year I look normal.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 00:41:06 UTC | #885859

Go to: Sluts, Jenny McCarthy, Vaccinations, and God

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Comment 7 by Tyler Durden

It's clearly not "fascist" to expect the population of any country to be vaccinated against diseases... those without vaccinations pose a clear and present danger to others.

You do know where that phrase "clear and present danger" came from...

From Wikipedia--

Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919), was a United States Supreme Court decision that upheld the Espionage Act of 1917 and concluded that a defendant did not have a First Amendment right to freedom of speech against the draft during World War I...

Charles Schenck was the Secretary of the Socialist Party of America and was responsible for printing, distributing, and mailing to prospective military draftees during World War I, including 15,000 leaflets that advocated opposition to the draft. These leaflets contained statements such as; "Do not submit to intimidation", "Assert your rights", "If you do not assert and support your rights, you are helping to deny or disparage rights which it is the solemn duty of all citizens and residents of the United States to retain," on the grounds that military conscription constituted involuntary servitude, which is prohibited by the Thirteenth Amendment.

For these acts, Schenck was indicted and convicted of violating the Espionage Act of 1917. Schenck appealed to the United States Supreme Court, arguing that the court decision violated his First Amendment rights.

The Court, in a unanimous opinion written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., held that Schenck's criminal conviction was constitutional... In the opinion's most famous passage, Justice Holmes sets out the "clear and present danger" test:

The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic. [...] The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.

I think it is fair to describe this "clear and present danger" thinking as "fascistic."

Parents are legally required to send their children to school and mandatory vaccination without any possible exemption for those who have religious or philosophical objections will certainly be experienced as coercive, even "fascist."

Less than one percent of parents are asking for these exemptions...the public health benefit of conscripting these remaining parents and children will be limited, the perceived injustice for those who are sincere objectors will be great.

Faircloth and some atheists might chortle if the religious exemption is closed by court or legislative action, defiant parents are arrested, and children are forcibly injected...but might be sputtering with anger as a movement grows to repeal the mandatory vaccination laws altogether, which will be probably be successful in some states, and will at least be an ongoing contest.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:47:46 UTC | #882193

Go to: Bachmann illegally endorsed from the pulpit? The IRS reaction? Fearful failure to enforce the law.

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Getting out the black vote

Don't blush, just flush

A technique from which only Democrats benefit

Oct 14th 2004 | little rock, arkansas | from the print edition

TRUCKS and vans move slowly through black neighbourhoods. Black youths hop out to knock on doors. “Have you voted yet? No? Get in the van.” The would-be voters do and, when the van is full, they ride to the voting-place. Then the van rolls to another street. A scene from Haiti? No: a common sight in America's south on election day.

Down there, many Democratic candidates, though they rarely talk about it, still pay “love offerings” or “walking-around money” to leaders of the black community. Love offerings, which may be a few hundred dollars or several thousand, are “spontaneous” acts of charity given to the church of an influential black minister with the tacit understanding that he will put a cautious stamp of approval on the candidate. Churches cannot officially endorse a candidate, for fear of losing their tax-exempt status. But a minister can praise the candidate in front of the congregation, let him speak from the pulpit, or maybe give him a list of the church's members.

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Tue, 18 Oct 2011 22:27:17 UTC | #881972

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