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Survey: Americans find gay kissing more offensive than decapitation

Gay kissing is slightly worse than severed heads, welcome to America - Joystiq

Parent-oriented video game site WhatTheyPlay.com had a poll earlier this week which caused the site's own editor to post W.T.F. on his personal blog. The results of the unscientific poll showed that respondents were almost equally disturbed by the idea of a "graphically severed human head" as they were by "two men kissing" in a video game. Respondents were actually far more offended by a man and a woman having sex, which received 37% of the vote, while dropping the F-bomb only received 10%.

As GamePolitics points out, the results are in line with traditional American values and legal precedent, which holds sex to a different First Amendment standard than violence. We're not judging one way or the other, but we know what actions might cause us to pause (possibly take a photo) if we saw them on the street and which would have us calling the cops.

Army issuing handheld lie detector to troops in Afghanistan

New U.S. weapon: Hand-held lie detector - Terrorism- msnbc.com

Well I certainly don't see any way this could go wrong!

FORT JACKSON, S.C. - The Pentagon will issue hand-held lie detectors this month to U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan, pushing to the battlefront a century-old debate over the accuracy of the polygraph.

The Defense Department says the portable device isn't perfect, but is accurate enough to save American lives by screening local police officers, interpreters and allied forces for access to U.S. military bases, and by helping narrow the list of suspects after a roadside bombing. The device has already been tried in Iraq and is expected to be deployed there as well. “We're not promising perfection — we've been very careful in that,” said Donald Krapohl, special assistant to the director at the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment, the midwife for the new device. “What we are promising is that, if it's properly used, it will improve over what they are currently doing.”

Florida lawmakers pass "take your guns to work" law

Florida lawmakers pass take your guns to work law | U.S. | Reuters

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Most Florida residents would be allowed to take guns to work under a measure passed by Florida lawmakers on Wednesday.

The bill, allowing workers to keep guns in their cars for self-protection, was approved by the Florida Senate by a vote of 26-13. It now goes to Republican Gov. Charlie Crist to sign into law.

Backed by the National Rifle Association and some labor unions, the so-called "take-your-guns-to-work" measure would prohibit business owners from banning guns kept locked in motor vehicles on their private property.

April 10, 2008

The 50 greatest comedy sketches of all time

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This is exactly why I didn't think Stuff White People Like was funny

Get Off The Internet | The first and most obvious reason is “they have it Europe.”

Stuff White People Like is a site premised upon taking the hoary “white people go like this/black people go like that” routine and cutting out the “black people” part. After reading several of the site’s posts, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something off about the entire venture, which seemed to be a series of snarky jabs against facile targets, passed under the guise of self-effacement or as simply “telling it like it is.” (Never a good sign, that.)

Also telling is the site’s choice of subjects to mock, “straw liberal” clich�s like San Francisco, having gay friends, and the Toyota Prius. Oddly enough, given the site’s name, there are no entries for Ayn Rand, Larry the Cable Guy, or NASCAR, despite their well-documented appeal to the melatonin-challenged sector of our society. Funny, that.

Then again, I thought perhaps I was reading too much into things…until this post, #94 Free Healthcare, which is the equivalent to that dreaded point in a conversation when you realize that you’ve spent the last hour talking to a Ron Paul supporter and start formulating a rapid exit strategy.

Arrested Development online and free

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Check and balances on the high seas

ECTOPLASMOSIS! The High Seas

Eerie Indiana is an underappreciated masterpiece

Eerie Indiana - The Retainer

This is the first episode I ever saw. And here is what I learned from it: if you want to earn Young Mojo's respect and adoration for life write a television episode about a dental retainer that allows you to hear the thoughts of dogs--dogs who are planning a murderous rebellion against the tyranny of the humans.

U.S. soldier kills himself, blames Petraeus in suicide note

Is David Petraeus Dirty? Ted Westhusing Said So, and Then He Shot Himself | War on Iraq | AlterNet

Once in Iraq, he found himself straddling the fence between a questioning philosopher and an unquestioning soldier. Westhusing had thought he was freeing a country in bondage, keeping America safe from a horrible threat, and spreading democracy to a grateful people. But the reality of what was happening in this out of control war was too much for him. His mission was to oversee one of the most important tasks left from the war; retraining the Iraqi military by overseeing the private contractors that had been put in charge of it.

As the assignment went on he found that everywhere he looked he was seeing corrupt contractors doing shoddy work, abusing people, and stealing from the government. These contractors were being paid to do many of the jobs that would normally be done by a regulated military, and they bore out the worst fears of those who don't believe in outsourcing such vital work. He responded to the corruption that he saw by reporting the problems up the line, but the response from his commanding officers was disappointing. He had, for much of his career, idolized military commanders, and in that assignment he found himself with some of the military's most famous faces, doing the most important job, but he was terribly disappointed and alarmed to realize that they were greedy and corrupt themselves.

. . .

Upon reporting to his commanding officers, he realized that not only did the problems stretch to the level above him, but that they were systemic. To these commanders the only real problem was the fact that they had a deeply honorable soldier in their command that was likely to rock the cash cow. Westhusing was so bereft at the realization of his part in this breakdown in the military's code of conduct, and the atrocities carried out in America's name, that he became despondent and finally in June, 2005, he shot himself. It was called a suicide, though there have been some questions raised about it.

Torture was explicitly approved at the very highest levels

Eschaton

In dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House, the most senior Bush administration officials discussed and approved specific details of how high-value al Qaeda suspects would be interrogated by the Central Intelligence Agency, sources tell ABC News.

The so-called Principals who participated in the meetings also approved the use of "combined" interrogation techniques -- using different techniques during interrogations, instead of using one method at a time -- on terrorist suspects who proved difficult to break, sources said.

...

The high-level discussions about these "enhanced interrogation techniques" were so detailed, these sources said, some of the interrogation sessions were almost choreographed -- down to the number of times CIA agents could use a specific tactic.

. . .

At the time, the Principals Committee included Vice President Cheney, former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as CIA Director George Tenet and Attorney General John Ashcroft.

I certainly hope these war criminals enjoy never leaving the country again.

National Lawyer's Guild calls for John "torture is awesome" Yoo to be disbarred

Think Progress -- National Lawyers Guild calls for Yoo’s disbarment.

In a memorandum written the same month George W. Bush invaded Iraq, Boalt Hall law professor John Yoo said the Department of Justice would construe US criminal laws not to apply to the President’s detention and interrogation of enemy combatants. According to Yoo, the federal statutes against torture, assault, maiming and stalking do not apply to the military in the conduct of the war. […]

“John Yoo’s complicity in establishing the policy that led to the torture of prisoners constitutes a war crime under the US War Crimes Act,” said National Lawyers Guild President Marjorie Cohn.

Congress should repeal the provision of the Military Commissions Act that would give Yoo immunity from prosecution for torture committed from September 11, 2001 to December 30, 2005. John Yoo should be disbarred and he should not be retained as a professor of law at one of the country’s premier law schools. John Yoo should be dismissed from Boalt Hall and tried as a war criminal.

Bookwinked into bed

Bookwinked into Bed :: tyeebooks.ca

In "It's Not You, It's Your Books," Rachel Donadio reveals that bibliophiles judge potential mates by their reading material, which is hardly earth-shattering. But the subsequent chatter about the piece is a bit of an eye-opener.

While women are more likely to use a man's bookshelf as an insight into his soul -- or a dating deal-breaker -- men, I've learned, are more likely to lie about their reading habits in order to pick up the unwary booklover. Ironically, the Times piece serves as a cheat sheet for the illiterate man.

. . .

"Tom Robbins' Still Life with Woodpecker got me laid by three different women," another of my pals recalled, nostalgically, after reading the Times piece. He was young when the book came out in 1980, and Robbins' psychedelic sentences that twist-and-turn into surprising metaphors were a hit with undergrads.

While the first conquest was a surprise, he later turned the book into a pick-up line. He got positively misty-eyed as he recalled asking a redhead he met in a bar if she was a refugee from the planet Argon where the titian-haired villains owed their tresses to sugar and lust. (I assume he offered her both as he's a very gracious man). It sent him on a lifelong quest for books that hooked his kind of woman. He later seduced radical environmentalists with his love of Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang.

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