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October 31, 2008

In Defense of Marriage

In Defense of Marriage - Anil Dash

This is a nice post attacking the cultural myths of marriage, as delivered by TV. Which deserves to get done. Marriage, as presented by our culture, is an awful no-fun trap that no man would ever want to be in, which is so fucking far from the truth. Marriage is awesome. It's the best thing I've ever done.

Anil Dash has already said it pretty well below, so I'll spare y'all my diatribe on this:

At any rate, here's what nobody ever told me about being married and having a wife and maintaining a marriage, based on (an admittedly rather limited, compared to long successful marriages) a great three years.

* It's fun! You've got somebody you like who goes with you wherever you go, and it's someone who knows your sense of humor and what kind of food you like and what makes you laugh. BFF!

* It doesn't have to be full of bullshit and drama like your single life. None of that "I don't know if this is what I really want." or "It's not you, it's me." idiocy. You're in there, you're up for the task, and things can just work smoothly every day if you let them. Awesome.

* It reduces your sense of obligation. You get an instant get-out-of-jail-free card for any event or external commitment that you don't want to go to, whether for legitimate reasons or not. You can just talk about how an obligation to your spouse and family takes precedence over whatever else is going on, and any reasonable person has to concede that your absence is justified.

Much more at the link.

October 28, 2008

Massive child prostitution ring busted, 600 arrested

FBI: Child-prostitution roundup snares over 600

The 47 rescued children ranged in age from 13 to 17, and all but one are female. Of these, Pistole said, 10 had been reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

A total of 642 people were arrested. The FBI says they include 73 pimps and 518 adult prostitutes.

The operation was part of a larger, five-year initiative that has led to the recovery of 575 children and the dismantling of 36 criminal operations since June 2003.

Child prostitution has taken on a new urgency in recent years with the growth of online networks where pimps advertise the youngsters to clients. The FBI generally gets involved in child prostitution cases that cross state lines.

October 27, 2008

Child accidentally kills himself with automatic weapon at gun show

The Press Association: Boy kills himself with machine gun

Christ. Why would you let an 8-year-old shoot an uzi?

An eight-year-old boy accidentally killed himself while firing a Uzi submachine gun under adult supervision at a US gun fair.

The boy was hit in the head after losing control of the weapon while firing it on a range on Sunday at a gun club's Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo in Massachusetts.

The boy was with a certified instructor and "was shooting the weapon down range when the force of the weapon made it travel up and back toward his head, where he suffered the injury," police said, calling it a "self-inflicted accidental shooting".

The victim was taken to hospital where he died. His name was not released.