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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:01 AM
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NJ Neighbors Ordered to Cover Snow Sculpture of Venus de Milo
Source: BBC

Police in the US state of New Jersey have ordered a family to cover up their snow sculpture of the famous nude Venus de Milo after a neighbour complained.

Eliza Gonzalez sculpted the snow-woman with her son and daughter on her front lawn in Rahway following a snowstorm.

Many people praised their creation, but a police officer told them a neighbour had found it too risque, she said.

When given the option of covering the sculpture up or knocking it down, she dressed it in a bikini top and sarong.

"We didn't want to have any problem with the police so we covered it up," Ms Gonzalez told the AFP news agency.

But she now thinks the snowy Venus looks "more objectified and sexualised" than it did before the authorities intervened.

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8551528.stm
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:02 AM
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1. ...
:eyes:

It's things like this that make me believe there is no hope for humanity.
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:05 AM
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4. Certainly little hope for Americans...
n/t
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:54 AM
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25. kick
nt
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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:03 AM
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2. We wouldn't want people offended now...
:eyes:
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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:03 AM
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3. We're about halfway between the Europeans, who are laughing at us, and the Muslims,
who are scowling at us.
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bluescribbler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:43 AM
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20. +1
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:06 AM
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5. She needs a yard sign that proclaims, "My neighbor is an idiot"
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abluelady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:10 AM
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8. And if He Lived in My State
he probably carries a gun when he goes to a bar! Amazing what the right find offensive, isn't it?
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Toilet Donating Member (63 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:35 AM
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18. Who said
I was anyone from the right?
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Dogtown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 11:03 AM
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28. Your slippage
is freudian...
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:07 AM
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6. Britain's last laugh on us: deporting their Puritans and sending them to the New World. nt
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leftofcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:25 AM
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15. And they were glad to see us go
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:56 AM
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26. kick
nt
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Cetacea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 03:58 PM
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55. Funny and sad.
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:08 AM
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7. Marble would have been the way to go, here. Snow is SO pornographic.
Jeez. :eyes:
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:50 AM
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22. no, no, no... snow is HAWWWT!
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WillParkinson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:12 AM
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9. Risque? She's got washboard abs!
Hell, I'm just jealous.
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nyc 4 Biden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:14 AM
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10. picture police strikes again...

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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:16 AM
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11. Well, the covered up version is unique
And hilarious. :rofl:
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 12:10 PM
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38. Thanks for posting the pictures.
They did a really good job with the sculpting. The covered version looks more like seasonal commentary.
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 12:14 PM
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40. Love the original. The drapped version would've been cool with cellophane
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 03:04 PM
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49. the proportions could use some more fleshing out
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 05:05 PM
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62. They should have used pages from Gideon's Bible.

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grilled onions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:23 AM
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12. The Fundies Strike Again
We wouldn't want them to have to explain to their offspring(or other fundies) that breasts actually do exist! Unlike the brest feeding mamas whom they banish into secure rooms lest someone might spy a partial breast these "snow breasts" need a hosing down or perhaps the FUNDIES need a hosing down if the site of snowflakes in a certain packed perportion send their senses reeling!!!! It's a wonder they have the fortitude to breed at all.
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COLGATE4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:23 AM
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13. Only in Amerika
could the cops "order" her to dress it up or take it down. There is no legal authority for them to do so, regardless of the neighbor's complaints. We have truly become a nation of sheep.
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apnu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:25 AM
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14. Its amazing how, in America, one prude can hold a whole community hostage.
Our culture is fucked.
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:58 AM
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27. kick
nt
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 04:23 PM
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57. Just like Congress
:crazy:
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Toasterlad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 05:01 PM
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59. Exactly
The correct response to such jackassery if for the entire neighborhood to surround the stupid cretin, and yell "Shut the fuck up!" until they shut the fuck up.
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:29 AM
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16. They should have just said that she was wearing a skin tight bobsled suit
In honor of the Olympics. I'm sure there are other skintight suits in the games, maybe a lugers suit.

To the neighbor who complained, don't take your kids to a museum, they may find great works of art too risque. *insert facepalm here*
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RantinRavin Donating Member (423 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:32 AM
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17. When did it become illegal to offend someone ?
Surely there must be some legal precedent for the police to be able to order someone to do something. What exactly was the law that was being violated ? Was it a judgment call ?
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jdlh8894 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:51 AM
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23. Surely you jest!
Probably don't smoke either. :evilgrin:
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:40 AM
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19. Why I love Mr. d....
He read this, and said:
"if it was me, I would have made a whole nude art gallery out of the snow..
one day at a time.........and then kept them frozen."



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Mira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:45 AM
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21. First I recommend it
Then I laugh
and then I hang my head in shame for the stupidity of the "puritans".
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:52 AM
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24. Pathetic.
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OnyxCollie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 11:07 AM
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29. Here's a spoon.
Gouge your eyes out. Problem solved.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 11:11 AM
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30. I've always liked snow globes
And I'm really disappointed that it took until this post for someone to say that.
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queerart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 11:19 AM
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31. People Really Do Have Pent Up Problems....


This reminds me of the day before yesterday I had some books (about 50 or so) that I didn't want any longer....


In my neighborhood (which professes to be progressive... 4 blocks from 2 colleges), it's not unusual for people to put something out on the side of the house that they no longer need to give away.....


So I put out the stack of books (and I even put up a sign warning that the art books may have nude paintings from the National gallery, ect)... also, within the stack there was one (1) Gay themed book "50 Fabulous Gay-friendly Places to Live"

here is a link to the cover of the book:

http://www.amazon.com/50-Fabulous-Gay-friendly-Places-L...


So someone comes along, ripped the cover off the book... tore it into little pieces, and tossed it in the yard...


So this persons snow sculpture story doesn't surprise me one bit......




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reggie the dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 04:08 PM
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56. grown adults in love and walking together
THE HORROR THE HORROR !!!!!!!
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 11:21 AM
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32. Think of the CHILDREN!
(Just not too much.)

--d!
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 11:48 AM
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34. The neighbors were up in arms!
:silly:
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 11:48 AM
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33. Just wondering under what authority the police told them to take this snowlady down?
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 03:43 PM
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52. My thought exactly. The homeowner should have refused.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 05:28 PM
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63. Deleted message
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 10:32 PM
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65. nodding
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 11:50 AM
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35. I Would Have Responded By Making A Giant Snow Penis
Edited on Fri Mar-05-10 11:53 AM by Beetwasher
And telling my neighbor to "sit on it".

Then, I would demand that the police tell the neighbor cut down their "unseemly" labia-shaped shrubbery.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 11:55 AM
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36. Even better: Name it Jesus' Penis.
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Lochloosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 12:02 PM
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37. I would go out a buy a replica of the real thing and put my mail box on top.
It's what we do in the South.

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W T F Donating Member (400 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 12:12 PM
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39. So isn't this a free speech issue?
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 12:20 PM
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41. They should make a David to go along with Venus. n/t
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Kievan Rus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 12:21 PM
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42. No wonder the Europeans kicked all their puritanical types out....
When we colonize the Moon and Mars, can we send all the puritanical types there first? It worked for the Europeans to send all their fundies here 400 years ago.
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Sheepshank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 12:23 PM
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43. Reminds me of a recent issue in our City
A guy was building a house. A neighbor complained that her was building a house in his direct line of sight to some picturesqu mountain scenes. The guy building the house made huge big assed windows on the side of the house facing the complaining neighbor in the shape of "the finger". Priceless


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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 12:33 PM
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44. the STUPID never stops
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 01:10 PM
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45. Is her neighbor John Ashcroft?
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 01:13 PM
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46. Just what I was thinking
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 02:44 PM
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47. Wow, did Janet Jackson teach us anything?
It doesn't look like so.

(sigh) Welcome to America, where archaic superstitions are more popular than science!
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Flaneur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 03:02 PM
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48. Was it the snow boobies that were too hot to handle?
This shit is just ridiculous.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 03:06 PM
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50. Ashcroft lives in NJ now??
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Ignis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 03:08 PM
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51. Get thee to an artery, Officer Ignoramus!
:banghead:
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JerseygirlCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 03:44 PM
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53. She's right - it does. nt
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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 03:56 PM
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54. culturally devoid prudes
god forbid one has to look at (snow) breasts. it might mean one has to have a conversation with their child about human bodies and objects of art.
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Toasterlad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 04:59 PM
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58. Stupid, STUPID Country.
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TK421 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 05:02 PM
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60. I hope we get one more major storm....just so I can build a giant snow penis n/t
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 05:03 PM
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61. I The neighbor who complained should have their identity revealed to the public,
and be forced to wear a scarlet letter 'A' for 'asshole' on a dunce cap. :dunce:

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Trillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 08:03 PM
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64. If we have a vicious dog in the neighborhood,
out of its yard, striking fear into kids riding bicycles down the street, animal control does little more than note it in a database. If several people call, then they take it more seriously.

Yet, if you have a nude statue in your yard, one negative call about it gets action.

Which, however, is more dangerous? A vicious dog threatening people, or a nude avatar made from snow? Our various systems are so screwed up it's hard to believe.
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buckrogers1965 Donating Member (515 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-07-10 04:07 PM
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66. Don't the police have actual crimes to investigate?
If not, then maybe we need to cut back on the number of cops we employ.
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