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August 9th, 2010 at 9:24 am
Heh. School authorities think they’re cops. Cops think they’re soldiers. Where does it end?
“Finnish police and organizers are investigating the incident, Arvela said. But he said first aid personnel had been in place and all competitors taking part in the contest had provided doctor’s certificates. “All the rules were followed,” he said.”
All but the “Don’t put people in a sauna and crank up the heat until they die.” rule.
Ooo! Gotta run! The World Russian Roulette Championships are about to start on Pay per View!
It’s a single elimination tournament, winner takes all!
I agree — that first link was the biggest WTF moment I’ve had in a long time, even by the standards of this blog. It does a great job of depicting the specific varieties of incompetence one can find in the edu-ocracy..
When I clicked the first link, my first thought was, “This isn’t the same school that spied on students through the cameras in school-issued laptops, is it?” But I was mistaken – that school was in Philadelphia.
“When I clicked the first link, my first thought was, “This isn’t the same school that spied on students through the cameras in school-issued laptops, is it?” But I was mistaken – that school was in Philadelphia.”
The school that spied on the kids was not in Philadelphia. Philadelphia schools don’t even have enough textbooks…forget laptops!
Michael Chaney |
August 9th, 2010 at 4:13 pm
Boies is great at what he does, which is essentially intellectual prostitution. Had Perkins written him a slightly larger check, he would have argued that side just as well and with as much spirit. I lost all respect for him when he took on the SCO vs. IBM case.
Note that I’m not saying he did a bad job here – obviously he did quite well – but the point is that it’s easy to make the mistake of believing that he’s more than a shill.
The problem with the gay marriage issue (along with many others) is that its portrayed as if there are only two sides. One side promotes the idea that marriage is traditionally defined as heterosexual and plays a special role in the survival of the species. The other side believes that gay couples deserve the same recognition and benefits that heterosexual couples get. Both positions are narrow-minded and self serving.
In a civilization that values freedom, there is no role for government in mandating the terms of voluntary associations. The third side of this issue is that government should get the fuck out of the marriage business completely.
Gays claim that they simply want equal rights, but they really aren’t promoting equal rights at all. What they really want is the right to join an exclusive club so they can reap the special privileges that they aren’t entitled to as non-members. If they really advocated equal rights, they would be denouncing the special privileges granted to one class of people (married) and denied to another (single).
The bottom line is that homosexual and heterosexual individuals should both enjoy the same rights whether they are married or not.
Helmut O' Hooligan |
August 9th, 2010 at 8:09 pm
#37 Dave Krueger: “The third side of this issue is that government should get the fuck out of the marriage business completely.”
Exactly! +1 for you, Dave. My wife and I wholeheartedly agree and discussed this very thing before we got married in the spring. Marriage could be, essentially, a contract between two people. If trouble arises, those two people could go to civil court, just like other people that have a dispute over a contract. There is no reason citizens should have to get a “blessing” from a government OR a church in order to be be a married couple. And there is absolutely no reason for the government to decide whether two adult human beings can get married or not.
There’s a blond joke in which a blond gets pulled over for speeding, the cop figures out she’s a ditz, and he smiles and begins to unzip his pants. The punchline to the REAL joke is, the blond says, “Oh, no, not another breathalyzer!”
But a girl I knew was telling the joke and kept screwing up the punchline. Hers was much better. She kept saying, “Oh, no, not another blowjob!” She did this several times, each time a new person joined our group. It was hilarious. From then on, the punchline to every joke was, “Oh, no, not another blowjob!”
Try it with a few of the classics. “A horse walks into the bar, and the bartender says ‘Oh, no, not another blowjob!'” It’s my favorite anti-joke.
I always tell people 911 is like a sledgehammer- when you need a sledgehammer, it’s perfect. When you need a tack hammer and call, you end up with a lot of destruction for no reason. They definitely needed sledgehammers this time. Jeez.
I enjoy a good hot sauna, but 180 F is plenty hot for me. Above the boiling point (when using steam) seems like a bad idea. If the sauna is kept perfectly dry, you can safely go quite a bit higher, but the steam is half the fun.
Cynical in CA |
August 10th, 2010 at 12:46 pm
#38 | Helmut O’ Hooligan
C’mon Helmut, what’s stopping you from taking the rest of the plunge?
It’s too late for the government to get out of the marriage business. They’ve been neck deep since the time of Hammurabi.
By invoking one word, “Marriage” you define a special kind of relationship where pepole become next of kin, can make life-or-death decisions for each other, are jointly and severally liable for their debts, and a boatload of other details. There is a lot of precedent in the way these contracts are administered and dissolved.
If you magically invalidated all civil marriages, the lawyers would thank you for the work for a thousand years!