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#1
but I tracked it down.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/abortion-order-mentally-ill-mass-woman-vetoed-15381259#.TxhVUnrcBqN

Apparently a judge in Massachusetts tried to force a woman to have an abortion against her will as well as forcefully sterilize her cause she had a schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The appeals court overruled it cause.. well you know.. the state forcefully sterilizing people and forcing them to have abortions is kind of... well evil.
#2

I was digging around reading about it, and most of it was standard it's-just-a-theory-damn-it and the-columbine-shooters-believed-in-evolution. You know standard stuff. And I came across this weirdness

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-zimmerman/creationism-in-new-hampshire_b_1177163.html

QuoteAs ridiculous as all of this is, it doesn't compare to the looniness that defines the second anti-evolution bill. This one, introduced by Republican Jerry Bergevin, also demands that evolution be taught as a theory (as if there's any other way to teach it), but it goes much further. It would require that public school science classes be dramatically expanded to explicitly include politics and religion. Bizarrely, Bergevin demands that students be taught about the personal opinions, opinions unrelated to science, of the scientists, from Darwin to the present, who are responsible for the theory of evolution. Just so you know I'm not making this stuff up, here's what the bill requires students learn: "the theorists' political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism"

Isn't this the same kind of "Your opinions on science determines your ideological and religious opinions" arguments that some of the more crazy atheists use? Wonder who picked it up from who.
#4
I don't give a shit

Do any of you?
#5
Here's something maybe only one of you maybe interested in. Kai Nagata (The Quebec City Bureau Chief at CTV) apparently just decided to quit his job, becoming unemployed, by posted up a long essay on his blog.
It's actually a pretty good assessment of Canadian Politics and Media. it's really long (over 3000 words) and very civil, but he does go after the Will and Kate coverage we were bombarded with the last few weeks, plus the defunding of scientific research the current government is doing, and of course the way we're running our military.
It's actually a really good read. Give it a shot

http://kainagata.com/2011/07/08/why-i-quit-my-job/
#6
Or Kill Me / For someone you don't know
July 08, 2011, 06:43:28 PM
Let me tell you,
you got it wrong. All that politics, ideals and religions people use against you are a facade. There are three kinds of people in this world: those who have fun, those who ruin the jokes for everyone, and the buzz-kills. What your dealing with here are the third kind, and your enemy: the buzz-kills.

You see once Don Quixote was having a great time, fighting windmills and such. And everyone was happy. Dulcinea was turned from peasant girl to princess, Sancho found himself a few laughs and those windmills got the shit kicking they deserved.
Then came along came Sanson Carrasco: Captain Buzz-kill himself.

You see people like that don't want to have fun. The only joy they get out of life is making sure no one is happier then they are. Their pettiness only allows them to be horrible to anyone who can crack a real smile, not those fake polite kinds.

They can take the simple act of eating and turn it into a novel of questions, like "Why are you eating your cheesecake before your meal?" and "You do know the salad fork is not for cutting your bake potatoes?" and "What do you mean 'go fuck yourself?'"

Screw them. You don't need them anymore.
Flee from all that nonsense and let yourself have some fun. Let yourself crack a real smile now and again, and if those windmills start talking shit about you (and you know they are) go up and give them a good kick in the crotch.
Stupid windmills.
#7
I'm sick
therefore I can't drink or do anything fun
So you all can go fuck yourselves!
:argh!:
#8
the muppets have their own youtube channel

and its popular as hell too. Why was I not aware of this?

also what the holy hell drugged out schizophrenic tripping on glue and oil is this fucking madness?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCRUPWDIgYM&feature=related
#10
What is this?
End Time news? Gay agenda? Aliens? Catholic conspiracies? Constant 9/11 references? Exploding buildings? Eagles? Chuck Baldwin's raving lunacy?
All in one place
:D
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/index.htm
#11
Usually I keep up on these things but apparently a few weeks ago Dolores Fuller died.
:sad:
I always thought she was better actress then people gave her credit for. In the Ed Wood movies she was probably one of the best actors among them. And she was very sweet to me when I met her in Toronto. If have read Ed's book or her book then you know that she was nothing like how that bitch Sarah Jessica Parker portrayed her in the Ed Wood movie.
#13
Give me your worse pick up lines

I'm just joking around with someone, messaging back and forth, and we were having fun doing bad pick up lines and I've already used up all mine.
#14
It's apparently 10 dollars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BKDD3BDNHg&feature=player_embedded#at=61

EDIT: Never mind the xxx's there is tons of links on their site
#15
 :lulz:

http://www.eagleforum.org/un/2011/11-05-12.html

QuoteHave you wondered why your children lecture you about the environment and where they get their misinformation? The answer is critical to fulfilling your parental responsibility to rightly educate your children and to protect them from a cruel scheme.

You need look no further than the United Nations as the source of fanatic environmental views using labels like "sustainable development" and "global warming/climate change" in treaties and action plans that trickle down into every classroom and into every level of government — national, state and local.

Under the guise of protecting the environment through "sustainable development," the UN is leading the world's regression to primitive reverence of the earth, even capitalizing the first letter of the word: Earth. This same earth-centeredness prevailed before Abram was called from the Ur of the Chaldees, until the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob proved His superiority over nature. Our Western Civilization is based upon this Judeo-Christian worldview that sets man apart from bugs and trees, and gives him the responsibility to care for the earth.

The proposed UN treaty to give rights to "Mother Earth" as well as other environmental treaties are fatally flawed because they equate God with nature, and aim to supplant God's directive to man to care for the earth with government dominion.

Earth-centered "sustainable development" was first introduced at the UN's 1987 "World Commission on Environment and Development," and carried forth in its 1992 "Earth Summit" that produced an action plan called "Agenda 21." "Sustainable development" is bad policy because it supplants liberty with a framework of rules and regulations that grant government dominion over the behavior of individuals, businesses and organizations.

In 1993, former President Bill Clinton's Executive Order created the President's Council on Sustainable Development that has rammed Agenda 21's radical environmental agenda into every classroom and every level of American government. Even though the PCSD sunset in 1999, government grants have kept it alive.

The following lyrics of "Earthlings Unite" are not educational, but an example of classroom abuse:

Round round round round 24-7 Round round round round 365
Round round round round 24-7 Round round round round 365
Earthlings Maybe we should look at what we're doing Yeah Yeah
Earthlings Maybe we should look at how we're livin' Yeah Yeah
Do we look ahead to see what's left behind
Or do we just go Round and Round, rotating and revolving
Earthlings Unite! Earthlings Unite! Yeah
Earthlings Unite! Let's make it right
Round round round round 24-7 Round round round round 365
Round round round round 24-7 Round round round round 365
Earthlings Maybe we should try to change our habits Yeah Yeah
Earthlings Maybe we should try to fix our planet Yeah Yeah
Do we feel the heat from everything we've done
Or do we just go round and round, rotating and revolving
Earthlings Unite! Earthlings Unite yeah!
Earthlings Unite! Let's make it right, yeah
Earthlings Unite
Earthlings Unite yeah
Earthlings Unite
Earthlings Unite Yeah yeah yeah
Round round round round 24-7 Round round round round 365
Round round round round 24-7 Round round round round 365    

The UN's environmental drumbeat continues this week in New York City at the Commission on Sustainable Development's final "PrepCom" before the 2012 Earth Summit, also called Rio+20, because it comes 20 years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A Transitional Committee under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, one of three treaties produced by the 1992 Earth Summit along with Agenda 21, is designing a global taxing scheme for which the UN will seek approval later this year. The new Green Climate Fund would serve as a global Robin Hood to redistribute wealth from rich to poor nations under the guise of implementing "sustainable development."

To protect our children, we must educate ourselves about the UN's insidious agenda to subvert our children's faith in God by elevating its earth-centered zealotry that would grant the UN dominion over the earth

The link has a link to the horrifying child abuse
:eek:


also
when you start view the Earth as your "competition" I suggest you get a new religion
#16
Im dead serious

http://www.businessinsider.com/cheerleader-loses-lawsuit-2011-5?utm_source=twbutton&utm_medium=social&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=sportspage

Quotehe Supreme Court this week refused to hear the case of a teenage girl who was kicked off her cheerleading team after refusing to cheer for the boy who sexually assaulted her.

As a result, she now owes the school $45,000 in legal fees.

The girl, known only as MS, accused a fellow student of raping her at a party. He plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge to avoid jail time and was allowed to return to school and the basketball team.

She continued to cheer for the team during games, but refused to shout the boy's name or clap for him when he shot free throws. When the superintendent discovered what she was doing, she was kicked off the team.

She sued the Texas school, arguing that her free speech rights had been violated, but two courts ruled that as a cheerleader she speaks for the school, not herself, and did not have the right to refuse.

A federal appeals court upheld the ruling and ordered her to pay court costs for filing a "frivolous" lawsuit.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/cheerleader-loses-lawsuit-2011-5?utm_source=twbutton&utm_medium=social&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=sportspage#ixzz1MGQgpZGL
#17
Came across this
http://www.teapartypatriots.org/constitution

QuotePatriots across the country are justifiably concerned that students in the public schools are not being taught about the founding documents which created our nation. In 2004, Congress passed a law which requires an educational program on the Constitution be taught in all public schools during Constitution Week.

In 2010, a Patriot in Florida brought the requirement to the attention of his local school district and asked what program would be offered. He was stunned to learn the school district was unaware of the law and no plans had been made to comply with it.

He suggested Tea Party Patriots mount a national campaign for 2011 Constitution Week to pressure our public schools to comply with the law. The response from local coordinators was uniformly positive: We must pressure the public schools to teach the Constitution!

Patriots should not have to remind schools to teach the history of the most important document in our country. That we have to do so is an indication of how awful the public school system has become with regard to teaching U.S. history.

We have designed a simple plan to achieve this goal. It will be most effective if we can launch a national campaign in all 50 states. 

shouldn't children be learning of the constitution to begin with
:?

But they actually mean bible. See it links us to the NCCS (National Center for Constitutional Studies) founded by the late Cleon Skousen's (who is also the brainchild of many of Glenn Beck's crazy ideas)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleon_Skousen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Center_for_Constitutional_Studies
I know I know wikipedia. It's just easier then linking to scanned copies of his bullshit books, which even I can't stomach.

So they don't mean constitution. They mean constitution inspired by the bible... white man's bible.
#19
who wants to call my mom for me?
#21
Two vast and trunkless legs of stone / O M Fing G
May 04, 2011, 03:47:04 AM
http://iranianredneck.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/the-war-against-women-continued/

QuoteThe religious right really just wants to shame women to try to justify their own primitive family arrangements, and I wondered if this emerging  legislation trend is evident in public opinion. And Low. Verily. Even. Overall  opposition to abortion declines across the four decades of the NORC General Social Survey (our only scientific study with comparable high quality data across four decades) —in the 1970s the "pure choice" perspective—believing a woman should be able to get an abortion "for any reason" was opposed by 65% of respondents, and this fell to 62% in the 1980s and 56% in the 1990s, but increased to 59% in the 2000s. Still, it's a 6% decrease in opposition over the four decades. In contrast, the GSS question asking whether or not respondents agreed that abortion should be legal if the pregnancy was caused by rape shows a quite different trend.  In the 1970s, about 17% wanted to force rape victims to have a baby, and about the same held in the 1980s (at 18%). The desire to make rape victims suffer fell in the 1990s, to only 16% (isn't that great!)—however in the 2000s it has rebounded. Over 21% of Americans, more than one in five, believes that abortion should be illegal even when a pregnancy is caused by rape. Opposition to legal abortion in the case of rape has actually increased. Wow. And, those fuckers are homeschooling their six kids....
#23
Old news but I just heard about it
sorry if its a repost

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/03/08/okeefe_npr_pamela_geller/index.html

QuoteConservative activist James O'Keefe today released a sting video showing an NPR fundraising official saying impolitic things to a couple of (fake) potential Muslim donors. A key part of the sting was the creation of a hoax website for the fake group the donors represented, the Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC).

The website for MEAC read a lot like a right-wing cartoon version of radical Islam -- so perhaps it's not surprising that a few notoriously anti-Muslim bloggers were apparently taken in by the hoax website. (It's not clear that the NPR officials ever saw the site.)

Pamela Geller, the blogger who deserves much of the credit for starting the "ground zero mosque" controversy, seized on MEAC's website way back in January, pointing to passages on the website that promoted the bogeyman of sharia:

"We must combat intolerance to spread acceptance of Sharia across the world," the site read. And added: "One path is continued confusion, hatred, intolerance and discrimination, and the other is the truth and beauty of the Quran. America has been struggling with which road to choose primarily because it does not know or understand the beauty of our holy teachings."

There's a chance that Geller was in on O'Keefe's hoax all along (I've e-mailed her inquiring about this), but her January post certainly comes off as genuine.


...To summarize: A fake website about Muslims created by right-wing bloggers confirmed everything right-wing bloggers believe about Muslims.
#24
in pdf.

Remember when the board in Texas said they did not want to sneak sneak creationism into science classes. Well the Texas Freedom Network has found a sample of the submitted material... and guess what? The board lied.

http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/InterData_Fact_Sheet.pdf?docID=2481
#25

http://ca.travel.yahoo.com/guides/Other/995/the-worlds-friendliest-countries

Forbes rankings for worlds most friendly countries (I don't know how they came up with this)

1) Canada
2) Bermuda
3) South Africa
4) The United States
5) Australia


Seriously you EuroSpags... why are you all assholes?!?!
:argh!:
#26
Two vast and trunkless legs of stone / ED has died
April 15, 2011, 05:57:22 PM
Im not sure if there is a thread for this yet

http://www.geekosystem.com/encyclopedia-dramatica-ohinternet/
#28
Two vast and trunkless legs of stone / OH NO!!!
April 10, 2011, 02:53:19 AM
MY BEARD FELL OFF



#29
Aneristic Illusions / What's going on here?
April 08, 2011, 11:50:13 PM
Im not chopping this up to simple stupidity... something doesn't seem right with this one
http://www.undispatch.com/my-trash-collection-will-stop-because-members-of-congress-dont-want-to-believe-that-the-un-does-not-fund-abortions

QuoteFact 1: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) does not provide or promote abortions.

Fact 2: Members of Congress may shut down the federal government today, in part because they refuse to accept fact 1.

Fact 3: If the Federal government shuts down today, trash collection in my neighborhood will cease.

Explanation of facts:

A so-called rider attached to a budget proposal by House Republicans would eliminate U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund (and Planned Parenthood, but that is another story) out of a mistaken belief that UNFPA supports abortion.  If a budget compromise isn't reached today, the U.S. Federal Government will shut down.

I spoke with Sarah Craven of the United Nations Population Fund moments ago.  She, once again, reiterated that UNFPA does not fund abortions.  After all, she said, UNFPA is a part of the UN–and there are several UN members states in which abortion is still illegal.  Beyond that, UNFPA's steering document specifically excludes abortion as a method of family planning under UNFPA's mandate. If that were not enough to convince you that U.S. funds to UNFPA does not go toward promoting or conducting abortion, the U.S. Congress has passed several pieces of legislation since the 1970s specifically stipulating that no U.S. funds can in anyway support abortion overseas.

Still, several members of Congress–most notably Chris Smith of New Jersey–are somehow convinced that UNFPA promotes abortion. Specifically, they are concerned that UNFPA abets China's one child policy. This is false, but you don't have to take my word for it. In 2001, the Bush White House sent a fact finding team to investigate UNFPA in China and found, "no evidence that UNFPA has supported or participated in the management of a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization in China."

Despite this finding, the United States contributions to UNFPA–which amounted to $50 million last year–go into an account that entirely separate from the rest of the UNFPA's funding. That is so Congress can automatically deduct dollar for dollar what UNFPA spends in China, about $3-$4 million.

To recap: UNFPA is forbidden by its own founding documents and its own members to support abortion. Beyond that, there are several pieces of U.S. legislation stipulating that American funding for UNFPA cannot be used for the abortion services it does not provide.  Beyond that, U.S. funding goes into a separate account so that Congress can deduct funds for money that UNFPA spends in China, evidently not in support forced sterilization.

So we know what UNFPA does not fund.  But what does it do?  After the earthquake in Haiti, for example, the United States gave the UNFPA $1 million.  Half of this money went to purchase and distribute "emergency birth kits" that included things like sterile sheets of plastic so women don't have to give birth on the ground; a razor and rope to cut the umbilical cord; and a bar of soap.  Women were literally giving birth on the sidewalk. At least with these kits, they have a better chance of not dying while doing so.  The other half of the money went to combat the epidemic of rape that was running rampant in displaced persons camps by installing solar powered lights near latrines and other places women gathered.

In non-emergency situations, the UNFPA's work is mostly focused on reducing maternal mortality in places like sub-Saharan Africa. This is accomplished by running programs that help women space their births more effectively and making sure that pregnant women have access to basic pre-natal care. To reduce deaths in the delivery process, UNFPA runs programs to train birth attendants.

It is pretty basic, run of the mill stuff that makes a huge difference in communities around the world.  "Saving women's lives and saving the lives of their babies," says UNFPA's Sarah Craven. "That's what we do."

It would be frustrating enough if only Congress were simply debating the elimination of UNFPA funding on its own terms. But the fact that certain members of Congress are determined to hold up the entire federal budget over this is simply flabbergasting. It is also completely indecent.
#30
We have 20 no 70 lead books that contain history from the Judean Revolt
no of ancient Kabbalah
no of early Christianity
no of Jesus' Last Days!
that was found 2 years ago
no 4 years ago
no 100 years ago!

It's true
I read it on the BBC

http://rogueclassicism.com/2011/03/30/lead-codices-silliness/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12888421
#31
Obviously as they become more entrenched the numbers get better
Of course this doesn't say anything we already don't know, but more confirms what's already known
http://pewforum.org/Politics-and-Elections/Tea-Party-and-Religion.aspx

QuoteA new analysis by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that Tea Party supporters tend to have conservative opinions not just about economic matters, but also about social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. In addition, they are much more likely than registered voters as a whole to say that their religion is the most important factor in determining their opinions on these social issues.2 And they draw disproportionate support from the ranks of white evangelical Protestants.

The analysis shows that most people who agree with the religious right also support the Tea Party. But support for the Tea Party is not synonymous with support for the religious right.

QuoteSupport for the Tea Party varies dramatically across religious groups. Surveys from November 2010 through February 2011 show that white evangelical Protestants are roughly five times as likely to agree with the movement as to disagree with it (44% vs. 8%), though substantial numbers of white evangelicals either have no opinion or have not heard of the movement (48%). Three-in-ten or more of white Catholics (33%) and white mainline Protestants (30%) also agree with the Tea Party, but among these two groups at least one-in-five people disagrees with the movement.

Among Jews, the religiously unaffiliated and black Protestants, however, there is more opposition than support for the Tea Party.

QuoteAmericans who support the conservative Christian movement, sometimes known as the religious right, also overwhelmingly support the Tea Party. In the Pew Research Center's August 2010 poll, 69% of registered voters who agreed with the religious right also said they agreed with the Tea Party. Moreover, both the religious right and the Tea Party count a higher percentage of white evangelical Protestants in their ranks (45% among the religious right, 34% among the Tea Party and 22% among all registered voters in the August 2010 survey). Religiously unaffiliated people are less common among Tea Party or religious right supporters than among the public at-large (3% among the religious right, 10% among the Tea Party and 15% among all registered voters in the August poll).

While most people who agree with the conservative Christian movement support the Tea Party, many people who support the Tea Party are unfamiliar with or uncertain about the religious right. In the August poll, almost half of Tea Party supporters said they had not heard of or did not have an opinion on the conservative Christian movement (46%). Among those who did offer an opinion, however, Tea Party supporters agreed with the religious right by a roughly 4-1 margin (42% agreed with the religious right, 11% disagreed).

Overall, the Tea Party appears to be more widely known and to garner broader support than the religious right. The August survey found that 86% of registered voters had heard of the Tea Party, compared with 64% who had heard of the conservative Christian movement; among Republican and Republican-leaning voters
#32
...you can no longer have "gay exorcisms."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPCMKUpFPME

Doesn't get good till about 6 minutes in. It's pretty bad when the host has to stop and basically ask (I'm paraphrasing of course), "is this for real? You're really saying this shit aren't you?"




Also just so you know everyones favorite new religious martyr, Klingenschmitt, not only contradicts himself but also lies through his teeth.

http://blog.au.org/2007/04/05/a-matter-of-honor-the-truth-comes-out-about-former-chaplain-klingenschmitt/
#33
one of my favorite french directors has bit the dust
:argh!:
Jean Rollin, director of Grapes of Death, Living Dead Girl and about a dozen Lesbian Vampire movies, and founder of the French gore film.
The really cool about his films was that he could flip between gorgeous, and twisted imagery to frustratingly bad film making. Usually in the same movie  :)
Either way if I saw his name on a film I automatically bought it, so I guess Jess Franco is next.
#34
My apologizes if it has already been posted

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc0j3q3MRVg

the world is now eating itself.
#35
Aneristic Illusions / #'s on the Teaparty
October 06, 2010, 08:39:53 PM
and it's what I suspected. The worse kept secret ever. It turns out it is not a secular libertarian movement. But a conservative Christian movement.

http://www.publicreligion.org/research/?id=386

Quote*  But the survey challenged much of the other conventional wisdom about Americans who consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement:
          o Nearly half (47%) also say they are part of the religious right or conservative Christian movement. Among the more than 8-in-10 (81%) who identify as Christian within the Tea Party movement, 57% also consider themselves part of the Christian conservative movement.
          o They make up just 11% of the adult population—half the size of the conservative Christian movement (22%).
          o They are mostly social conservatives, not libertarians on social issues. Nearly two-thirds (63%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, and less than 1-in-5 (18%) support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.
          o They are largely Republican partisans. More than three-quarters say they identify with (48%) or lean towards (28%) the Republican Party. More than 8-in-10 (83%) say they are voting for or leaning towards Republican candidates in their districts, and nearly three-quarters (74%) of this group report usually supporting Republican candidates.

Also they are smaller then suspected. If they are only 11% and half of that is already a part of the 22% conservative Christian movement movement it's not really that important of a voting block.

http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/3500/the_tea_party_religion/

Quotet RD, we've been telling the story of tea party religion for a while, whether it was the tea party presence at Values Voters Summits, the influence of Mormonism on the movement, or the role of Christian Reconstructionism in tea party politics. Over the past year or more, sources have described to me coalition-building between tea party groups and religious right groups, and the shared essential belief  that the country's founding documents declare God-given individual rights -- ones that protect, conservatives say, both people from government "tyranny" and fetuses from abortion....
...But the culture wars in the tea party era are framed bigger: what tea party-religious right fusion artists like South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint frame  as broadened "moral issues" rooted in "Judeo-Christian" values. Thus everything -- including the economy -- falls into that category. And to want the whole government and economy run according to Jim DeMint's "Judeo Christian" belief system -- as opposed to those beliefs just driving anti-gay or anti-abortion policies -- is a much grander dream for conservatives, and one that the religious right brings to the tea party, along with its bigger share of the voter pool.
#37
Aneristic Illusions / Texas Education Board at it again...
September 18, 2010, 05:44:45 PM
xept this time it's against those damn Arabs
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/091510dntexeducation.28d07a4.html
Quote
AUSTIN – Just when it appeared the State Board of Education was done with the culture wars, the panel is about to wade into the issue of what students should learn about Islam.

The board will consider a resolution next week that would warn publishers not to push a pro-Islamic, anti-Christian viewpoint in world history textbooks.

Members of the board's social conservative bloc asked for the resolution after an unsuccessful candidate for a board seat called on the panel to head off any bias against Christians in new social studies books. Some contend that "Middle Easterners" are increasingly buying into companies that publish textbooks.

A preliminary draft of the resolution states that "diverse reviewers have repeatedly documented gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions in social studies texts" across the U.S. and that past social studies textbooks in Texas also have been "tainted" with pro-Islamic, anti-Christian views.

The resolution cites examples in past world history books – no longer used in Texas schools – that devoted far more lines of text to Islamic beliefs and practices than to Christian beliefs and practices.

In addition, the measure cites some books that dwelled on the Christian Crusaders massacre of Muslims in Jerusalem in 1099, while censoring Muslim massacres of Christians there in 1244 and at Antioch in 1268 – "implying that Christian brutality and Muslim loss of life are significant, but Islamic cruelty and Christian deaths are not."

A religious freedom group that has battled with social conservatives said that none of the textbooks cited by sponsors of the resolution are being used in Texas schools and that the claims are superficial and misleading.

"This is another example of board members putting politics ahead of just educating our kids," said Kathy Miller of the Texas Freedom Network. "Once again, without consulting any real experts, the board's politicians are manufacturing a bogus controversy."

She argued that current books offer a balanced treatment of the world's religions.

The resolution states that pro-Islamic, anti-Christian half-truths, selective disinformation and false editorial stereotypes "still roil" some social studies textbooks nationwide, including "sanitized definitions of 'jihad' that exclude religious intolerance or military aggression against non-Muslims ... which undergirds worldwide Muslim terrorism."

Sponsors of the resolution cautioned that "more such discriminatory treatment of religion may occur as Middle Easterners buy into the U.S. public school textbook oligopoly, as they are doing now." They offered no specific evidence of such investments.

The resolution concludes with the warning to publishers that the "State Board of Education will look to reject future prejudicial social studies submissions that continue to offend Texas law with respect to treatment of the world's major religious groups by significant inequalities of coverage space-wise and by demonizing or lionizing one or more of them over others."

Even if the resolution is adopted by the board, it would not bind future boards, which will choose the next generation of social studies textbooks within a few years. The seven-member social conservative bloc lost two seats in the Republican primary in March and will be diminished when new members are seated next year.

The original proposal for the resolution was brought to the board by businessman Randy Rives of Odessa, who was defeated by board member Bob Craig of Lubbock in the GOP primary for a seat in the Panhandle and West Texas.

Several members of the board's social conservative faction quickly backed Rives' call for the resolution at a board meeting in July, and two asked that the resolution be placed on the agenda of the board's September meeting. Board members will meet Sept. 23-24 in Austin.

"The State Board of Education must enforce basic democratic values of our state and nation," he said, explaining that he came forward because the state's curriculum standards specify only what must be covered in textbooks and classes – but do not address what should not be covered because it is inappropriate for students.

"What concerns me is that some of these books are still available," he said. "The board needs to make a bold statement to publishers that pushing this agenda will not be tolerated in Texas."

Board member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, said the board has clear authority to reject inappropriate textbooks even though a 1995 state law sharply limited their textbook review powers.

And board member Don McLeroy, R-College Station, said he asked for changes in the most recent world history books, adopted in 2003, because they were loaded with text on Muslims but contained far less coverage of Christians.

In the end, he said, "the books were modified, and they agreed to make them more balanced." But he said he still sees a "serious problem" with bias in history books – most recently evidenced in the board's debate over U.S. history books for Texas schools.

Board member Pat Hardy, R-Fort Worth, suggested that the issue may be moot because none of the world history books cited by Rives are still in use in Texas, having been replaced in 2003.

Hardy said that Rives "might want to go back and get newer copies of the books," although she said she could not say for certain that the current versions don't have similar problems.
#40
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_alcohol_consumption


Luxembourg    15.6
Ireland    13.7
Hungary       13.6
Moldova      13.2
Czech      13.0
Croatia      12.3
Scotland      12.2
Germany    12.0
United Kingdom     11.8
Denmark and Spain     11.7


others ppl might be interested in
Australia       9.0
Belgium      10.6
Bulgaria       5.9
Canada      7.8
China       5.2
England (outside of UK) 10.3
France    11.4
Mexico   4.6
Netherlands     9.7
Russia    10.3
United States    8.6
#41
Aneristic Illusions / Feel bad for posting this
September 04, 2010, 12:22:16 AM
cause she seems like a nice person
:sad:

but it's a little funny... and the logic is irrefutable
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WatHv0kCIZk&feature=recentlik

Also is she totally hitting on them at the end there.
Cause if so

:judge:
#42
Techmology and Scientism / Typing is HARD
August 26, 2010, 05:56:10 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/7957664/Computers-that-read-minds-are-being-developed-by-Intel.html

QuoteUnlike current brain-controlled computers, which require users to imagine making physical movements to control a cursor on a screen, the new technology will be capable of directly interpreting words as they are thought.

Intel's scientists are creating detailed maps of the activity in the brain for individual words which can then be matched against the brain activity of someone using the computer, allowing the machine to determine the word they are thinking.

Preliminary tests of the system have shown that the computer can work out words by looking at similar brain patterns and looking for key differences that suggest what the word might be.

Dean Pomerleau, a senior researcher at Intel Laboratories, said that currently, the devices required to get sufficient detail of brain activity were bulky, expensive magnetic resonance scanners, like those used in hospitals.

But he said work was under way to produce smaller pieces of equipment that can be worn as headsets and that can produce the same level of detail.

He said: "The computer uses a form of 20 questions to narrow down what the word is.

"So a noun with a physical property such as spade, which you dig with, produces activity in the motor cortex of the brain, as this is the area that controls physical movements.

"A food related word like apple, however, produces activity in those parts of the brain related to hunger. So the computer can infer attributes to each word being thought about and this lets the computer zero down on what the word is pretty quickly.

"We are currently mapping out the activity that an average brain produces when thinking about different words. It means you'll be able to write letters, open emails or do Google searches just by thinking".

Intel already have a working prototype that can detect words such as "screwdriver", "house" and "barn", by measuring around 20,000 points in the brain.

But as brain scanning technology becomes more sophisticated the computer's ability to distinguish thoughts will improve.

Justin Ratner, director of Intel Laboratories and the company's chief technology officer, said: "Mind reading is the ultimate user interface. There will be concerns about privacy with this sort of thing and we will have to overcome them.

"What is clear though is that humans are not restricted any more to just using keyboards and mice".
#43
Aneristic Illusions / At least this is entertaining
August 23, 2010, 11:05:11 PM
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=194229

Because Ann Coulter went to talk to gay republicans at "Homocon" World Net Daily dropped her from Taking Back America conference, so now she fires back calling them "Fake Christians"
:lulz:
#44
You have to listen to Christian Rock
:x



http://www.religiousrightwatch.com/2010/08/us-soldiers-punished-for-not-attending-christian-concert.html

QuoteFor the past several years, two U.S. Army posts in Virginia, Fort Eustis and Fort Lee, have been putting on a series of what are called Commanding General's Spiritual Fitness Concerts. As I've written in a number of other posts, "spiritual fitness" is just the military's new term for promoting religion, particularly evangelical Christianity. And this concert series is no different.

On May 13, 2010, about eighty soldiers, stationed at Fort Eustis while attending a training course, were punished for opting out of attending one of these Christian concerts. The headliner at this concert was a Christian rock band called BarlowGirl, a band that describes itself as taking "an aggressive, almost warrior-like stance when it comes to spreading the gospel and serving God."
#46
Horrorology / "We did it for the children,"
August 19, 2010, 09:42:57 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/08/04/2010-08-04_book_aimed_at_gay_teens_banned_from_nj_public_library_after_complaints_from_glen.html#ixzz0vrgdzape

QuoteComplaints from a member of Glenn Beck's 9.12 Project have caused a New Jersey library to shelve a book aimed at gay teenagers.

The book, called "Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology," is a collection of first-person essays by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens, sharing their stories of coming out of the closet.


Calling it "pervasively vulgar, obscene, and inappropriate," Beverly Marinelli, a New Jersey mother, successfully lobbied to have the book removed from the library at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, the Talking Points Memo (TPM) website reports.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Marinelli's efforts were inspired by right-wing blogger Gateway Pundit's attacks on Kevin Jennings, President Obama's openly gay Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free schools.

Marinelli and another member of Beck's 9.12 Project also lodged a similar complaint in another nearby school district.

Librarians responded quickly to the complaints, ordering all copies of the book to be taken out of circulation.

"We need to pull 'Revolutionary Voices' from our shelves," librarian Gail Sweet wrote in an email, obtained by TPM. "Copies need to totally disappear."

Sweet called the book "child pornography" when asked to explain why the library had banned it.

"We do not like to remove books," Sweet wrote in an email. "It was felt, however, that the book was not appropriate."

"Revolutionary Voices" was named among the best adult books for high school students by the School Library Journal in 2001, and was in the school's library to help young people struggling with issues of sexuality.

Though Marinelli has not read much of the book, according to the Inquirer, she did cite a specific illustration of Boy Scouts watching two men have sex, calling it "the worst."

She says she isn't a "homophobe," just a "normal mother and grandmother" defending her conservative values.

"We did it for the children," she told the Inquirer.

According to its official website, Beck's 9.12 Project is aimed at Americans "looking for direction in taking back control of our country."

Marinelli identifies herself as Burlington County member of the group and once posted on a 9.12 Project website that she is "disgusted w/ what this Administration is doing and what is happening to our country."


In the fall, TPM reports, she took part in a protest against "indoctrination" at a local elememtary school, railing against a video of students singing Obama's praises.


*** Dok can make a determination on what Forum this belongs in.
#47
Techmology and Scientism / Opinions on Article
August 18, 2010, 08:11:17 PM
Been catching up on my reading today and came across this. It brought up some interesting questions ala Frankenstein, Moby Dick...
Im interested in what people's immediate reactions are upon reading.

http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/science/3110/creating_a_cell%3A_science_plays_god/
#48
You can all have your Coyotes back, thank you
#49
QuoteBRIDGEPORT, Conn., Aug. 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- In an unprecedented move, Muslim leaders in Connecticut are staging a press conference in Hartford this afternoon, to plead with legislators to censor the Gospel of Christ from the public forum around mosques.

That's right! They are using their own potential for violence to silence the Gospel of Christ. Gentle Christian saints will be conducting a press conference on the public sidewalk in front of the Bridgeport Islamic Center, aka Mafjid An-Noor Mosque in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Truth is hate to those who hate the truth.

Islam is not a religion, nor a cult, but a total and complete 100 % system of life. It has religious, legal, political, economic, social, and military components. In all of the 27 countries ruled by Islam, the church is the state! No other religion will be tolerated.

"Islam presents a monstrous worldview, birthed in the pit of hell, which brings untold misery and murder upon precious people created in the image of God. Religion is its cover (its beard) by which it gains entrance into nations where the 'freedom of religion' is sacrosanct. It then takes this freedom afforded to it, and begins its insidious takeover." Rev. Flip Benham of Operation Save America.

"Like a python, slowly moving upon its prey with almost imperceptible and hypnotic movement, it begins to coil around its victim until it squeezes every last breath of air out of him. When dead, the victim is swallowed whole."

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion, yet the Quran states in Sura 4:89, "Those who reject Islam must be killed. If they turn back (from Islam) take hold of them and kill them wherever you find them."

The key difference between Islam and Christianity is that Islam believes that we are to lay the lives of others down to promote the cause of Allah. Christianity, on the other hand, believes that we are to lay down our own lives that others might live. There is a huge difference between a Christian martyr (laying his own life down) and a martyr for Islam (laying the lives of others down). One requires courage. The other is the supreme act of cowardice.


http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/1066314678.html

This is the incident they are talking about
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local-beat/CT-Muslims-Concerned-by-Backlash-as-Ramadan-Approaches-100254049.html

This is like worse rhetoric then I remember hearing after 9/11, or I might be reading too much into it.
#50
Or Kill Me / Sermon for Normals
August 11, 2010, 09:42:15 AM
A Sermon for Normals

Who Are We?


Fear and desire are funny codependents.
You may feel both when dealing with us, if you do indeed know it's us you're dealing with.

You may ask yourself who are these people? Why do I feel repulsed, or attracted, or like I'm a maddening nightmare?

Well I could safely say these things to you.

Some of us have jobs and some are unemployed. Some of us care little for our work. Some of us care much.
Some of us are professionals, teachers, scientists, intellectuals, neighbours, friends. All of us of students in some ways.
You may never know if someone you've known for years is one of us. We only reveal what is needed to who it's needed to.

We are creative. We are both rational and irrational.
We can both support a cause and strive against it in the same breath.
We have few binding principles.
We accept chaos and see order for the illusion it is.
We love hate. It feels manic.
We love to prank and probe and take positions only a madman could take, just to understand if the position is indeed mad... or if it us that is mad.

We live outside society definitions, but know we could never escape them.

We love unscripted fun.
But most of all... we love laughing... at you.