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Apparently Keith Olbermann has been suspended

Story here -- http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/02/24/espns-keith-olbermann-suspended-over-penn-state-thon-tweets/


Apparently, he got into a twitter fight and emerged triumphantly. However, he shall not be escorted around the studio in a golf cart pulled by white stallions while an intern holds aloft a laurel and whispers, "Remember, thou art contracted! Remember, thou art contracted!"

Instead, finding his comments unduly abrasive, ESPN has suspended Mr. Olbermann.

When the Phil Robertson kerfuffle was all the rage I said it was as bad a policy to have private entities censor people as much as it is a bad idea to have government entities censor people. I was excoriated for picking the wrong side of the issue and anyway private entities cannot censor people.

And I'm a hater, or something.

Well, now the unchecked corporatist power has once again reared its ugly head and now it has devoured one of our own. The turn of events was wholly predictable. In the process of trying to silence one voice we have provided the very same gag that will be used to silence our own voices and we have asked -- nay -- DEMANDED! that this power be exercised against us at the first hint of controversy.

I'm not sure how to stuff this corporatist djinni back into its bottle but it needs to be done -- and fast. I get it, Robertson et al are repugnant but the tree of Liberty must sometimes be fertilized with the droppings of BS'ers but it is the only tree that will bear the true fruit of liberalism.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 03:18 PM (43 replies)

ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul

ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul

While the world was watching the Academy Awards ceremony, the people of Mosul were watching a different show. They were horrified to see ISIS members burn the Mosul public library. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned.

“ISIS militants bombed the Mosul Public Library. They used improvised explosive devices,” said Ghanim al-Ta'an, the director of the library. Notables in Mosul tried to persuade ISIS members to spare the library, but they failed.

http://news.yahoo.com/isis-burns-8000-rare-books-030900856.html
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 11:04 AM (23 replies)

Why this can't be openly debated is beyond me.

Maybe the proponents don't want to debate in an open and free society and would, instead, prefer to dictate terms.

How the right-wing gun lobby attempts to frame arguments, or "How the NRA/ALEC gun-pushers use lies and half-truths to sell guns."

The number one argument the gun nuts use to counter calls for gun control is: "there are too many guns in the hands of Americans to ban or confiscate, so nothing can be done." What they are actually saying is: "The Democrats want to take away your guns, and we will protect your rights to keep them." Clever ad campaign, and a clever play on emotions on the part of the right-wingers, and those who apologize for them.

The correct answer to this lie is: "We don't want to take away your guns, or ban and confiscate them. We want to regulate your use of guns, and get them off of our streets and back into your homes and safely stored, where they belong." You want to go to a range or go hunting? Fine, you can do that provided you follow the laws and rules governing target shooting and hunting, and the transport of weapons to and from those venues. You want to carry a concealed weapon? The answer is no, unless you can show good cause and a judge agrees, and then only for a specified period.

Stand-your-ground laws should be repealed in the public venue, and the "duty to retreat" common sense principle of law should be reinstated. A universal background check system should be implemented, and all gun sales and transfers should be subject to the UBC system. Existing gun control regulations should be strictly enforced, and in most cases the penalties increased.

These are the root problems which need to be addressed in order to reduce our gun violence epidemic. No, we don't want to confiscate your legally purchased guns because it is neither feasible nor practical. We do, however, want to make gun owners more responsible for their guns, and regulate their use in the public venue.

Support a gun control organization and those Democratic politicians who will stand up to the right-wing gun lobby in any way that you can.


OK, let's suss this out.

You want to carry a concealed weapon? The answer is no, unless you can show good cause and a judge agrees, and then only for a specified period.

Why? Who are you, or anyone else for that matter, to tell me when I am to make myself vulnerable to violent criminals?

Stand-your-ground laws should be repealed in the public venue, and the "duty to retreat" common sense principle of law should be reinstated.

DTR has never been universal, so the premise is incorrect on its face. Even then, peaceable people do not have a duty to retreat, criminals do. How many steps backwards must a woman take before she is lawfully allowed to defend herself?

"Sorry Mrs. Henderson. You shot that serial rapist after taking 2 steps backwards when the law specifically says you had to take three. I'm afraid we must sentence you to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years before you are eligible for parole and your children will be remanded to the state."

A universal background check system should be implemented, and all gun sales and transfers should be subject to the UBC system.

OK. Make it available to private sellers as well.

Existing gun control regulations should be strictly enforced, and in most cases the penalties increased.

Why? Unless a gun is being used criminally why feed the PIC? Glad you admit, though, that the laws you do want aren't being enforced. Maybe you should start there before passing more useless laws that probably won't be enforced.

These are the root problems which need to be addressed in order to reduce our gun violence epidemic.

Congratulations. You just invalidated your credibility. You're obviously not up on current events and since gun violence is on a multi-decade decline the stated reason for your diktats has been invalidated.

We do, however, want to make gun owners more responsible for their guns, and regulate their use in the public venue.

People are facing decades in jail for trivial offenses, i.e. having an unloaded antique flintlock pistol in the glove box of their car. If your regimes are so absolutely devoid of common sense and basic decency why should you be trusted with yet more power especially since you refuse to affirm the basic human right of self-defense?
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed Feb 18, 2015, 09:51 PM (61 replies)

Ron Paul: US didn't really want to catch Bin Laden

Ron Paul: U.S. Didn’t Really Want To Catch Bin Laden Because They Needed An Excuse To Invade The Middle East

Former Republican presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul says he doesn’t believe the United States government wanted to catch Osama Bin Laden because they needed him as an excuse to build up the military and invade Middle Eastern countries.

“Matter of fact, can’t you just see the difference that might have occurred. Ya know, they knew where Bin Laden was. I don’t think they really wanted to catch him because he was used as the excuse for us, you know, invading various countries and building up the military,” Paul said on Scott Horton’s radio program.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/ron-paul-us-didnt-want-to-catch-bin-laden-because-they-neede#.gp9BQyrja5


dipwad
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed Feb 18, 2015, 03:25 PM (15 replies)

Police: Muslim man stabs two after discussion about religious beliefs

Police: Muslim man stabs two after discussion about religious beliefs

A Detroit man stabbed two people at a suburban bus stop after asking his victims whether or not they were Muslim, according to police. Federal authorities are now looking at the case as a potential hate crime, police said on Tuesday.

Both of the victims were standing at the bus stop outside of Detroit with the suspect on Saturday, Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins said. Several people there “engaged in conversation” until the suspect, identified by Hawkins as 39-year-old Terrence Lavaron Thomas, “asked some of the folks there if they were Muslims.”

Two of them answered, the chief told The Post on Tuesday: They were not Muslims.

“(Thomas) was not not (sic) happy with that answer,” Hawkins said. Shortly after, “without provocation,” Thomas pulled out a 3-inch folding knife “and attacked one of them,” Hawkins said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/17/man-stabs-two-at-a-bus-stop-after-asking-them-if-theyre-muslim/?tid=sm_tw
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Feb 17, 2015, 06:52 PM (2 replies)

I'm totally in agreement ISIS does not represent Islam. So, what name/label would fit?

I don't even want to use the current alternative, "jihadist."

Let's come up with another way of referring to these murderous bastards that denies them the association with Islam that they would prefer -- and if it's a mocking name, so much the better.

Acronyms are always good.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Mon Feb 16, 2015, 05:14 PM (73 replies)

Shirley MacLaine asks: Were Holocaust victims paying for sins in past lives?

Outrage as Shirley MacLaine asks: Were Holocaust victims paying for sins in past lives? (and did 'her friend' Stephen Hawking bring his devastating disease on himself?)

Her bizarre New Age views on topics such as reincarnation and UFOs have often left the public baffled.

Now Shirley MacLaine has provoked widespread fury by claiming the victims of the Holocaust may have brought their fate upon themselves.

The veteran Hollywood actress suggests the six million Jews and millions of others systematically murdered in Hitler’s death camps in the 1940s were ‘balancing their karma’ for crimes committed in past lives.

She also suggests that cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking may have subconsciously given himself his debilitating motor neurone disease.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2951513/Outcry-Shirley-MacLaine-asks-Holocaust-victims-paying-sins-past-lives-Comments-attacked-offensive-wrong-Jewish-campaigners.html#ixzz3Rff4ScVw
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Fri Feb 13, 2015, 06:32 PM (108 replies)

ISIS hacker targets military spouses

ISIS hacker targets military spouses

Hackers claiming to be part of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) apparently hacked into the Twitter account of a military spouse Tuesday, threatening military spouses and their children.

The hackers, calling themselves the "Cyber Caliphate," say they are waging a "Cyber Jihad."

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, #CyberCaliphate continues its CyberJihad #cyb3rc.com
— MSoS (@MSoStrength) February 10, 2015


"While your president and your husband are killing our brothers in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan we're coming for you," said one message that was posted to the account.

"You think you're safe but the IS is already here, CyberCaliphate got into your PC and smartphone," it continues, using an acronym for the Islamic State.

"We know everything about you, your husband and your children and we're much closer than you can even imagine. You'll see no mercy infidel!"

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/232286-isis-hacker-targets-military-spouses
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed Feb 11, 2015, 06:09 PM (1 replies)

Yo Kanye, I'm happy for you and I'm going to let you finish but I have to say

Beyoncé isn't the only talented entertainer but she has gained far more notoriety than many of the other talented women in the music world.

This is Maria Brink --



She sings for the band In This Moment. She is an absolute vocal powerhouse, writes her own music and plays the piano. She's also a single mother. Her music is soulful, even as it is soul-shattering. It tears you open and leaves you bare, raw, exposed. It's as disturbing as it is beautiful. It's meant to be jarring and push people to look deeper at themselves.

This is what she had to say about her 2014 single, "Whore" (yes, you read that right) --

“It's really just about taking the power back from the word...



Here's the video (stick with it to the end or don't watch at all, just sayin') --





Quite the vocal range, huh?

She'll probably never even be a contender for a Grammy and if she is it will more than likely be one of the niche categories. She'll never have the big stage sets and the massively choreographed dance numbers. Yeah, those take talent and hard work but they get the most support because they make the most money -- as you well know.

Maria will never get to sit with the cool kids. She'll probably see her entire career pigeonholed because her music isn't the right kind of music. Her ability to compose, write lyrics, perform, sing and convey a message will be ignored because she's not with the right groups of people.

Is that fair?
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Feb 10, 2015, 06:21 PM (22 replies)

Would a paid troll be likely to have more hearts or fewer hearts?

Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Feb 10, 2015, 07:52 AM (194 replies)
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