Don’t show images of people eating chicken – might get me hungry

Earlier this month, Iran’s national police chief ventured boldly into what has become known as the country’s “chicken crisis”. The feathers haven’t stopped flying since.

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Some thoughts about Aurora and guns

The National Rifle Association  (NRA) should be proud.

Thanks to their heavy lobbying and sponsoring of politicians a 24-year-old named James Eagan Holmes was able to buy the weapons and ammunition legally, which he used for the massacre in Aurora, Colorado, this week killing 12 and wounding some 60 more.

The NRA’s most sacred constitutional right, the 2nd amendment – “the Right to Keep and Bear Arms”  is, according to the Republican presidential-hopeful’s campaign, “essential to the functioning of our free society”

Holmes, according to the reports, had only one law infraction – a speeding ticket. Otherwise he appeared to be a model citizen. All the laws on the book (whether enforced or not) made it possible for him to buy e.g. an assault rifle.

Isn’t it time to repeal the 2nd amendment? Amendments have been repealed before, like the prohibition amendment #18 with the 21st amendment.

It certainly is an anachronism. It has been some time since we have needed to raise a militia. Gun violence is far to common (it is safer to be in Afghanistan than in Chicago)

As Howard Steven Friedman, a statistician and health economist for the United Nations, wrote for The Huffington Post in April:

“America’s homicide rates, incarceration rates and gun ownership rates are all much higher than other wealthy countries. While the data associated with crime is imperfect, these facts all point to the idea that America is more violent than many other wealthy countries.”

Guns certainly play a role in this.

Another point I want to make is this: how often do you hear about accidental shooting, where for instance a toddler finds a gun, plays with it, and by doing so kills somebody.

Keep in mind what the NRA says. Guns don’t kill. People do.

Of course, a repeal of the 2nd amendment is never going to happen. Guns are big business, and the NRA with their buying power certainly know how to stop any such campaign.

Criminals, terrorists, gang members quietly appreciate this.

Meanwhile, the NRA just shrugs their shoulder.

 

 

 

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Olympic Uniforms and Politics

We hear that Lawmakers are furious that the U.S. Olympic team are going to wear clothes made in China during the opening ceremonies and other times except for the uniforms for the competitions themselves.

See this article for further details.

U.S. Olympic Team wearing uniforms made in – China

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A Better Amercia

I guess it was supposed to happen after this spelling oversight

What do you think about a better America?

 

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Romney’s better Amercia

Maybe Romney, if he would be elected the next president of the United States, should think about spending more money for education and help the states with that. Apparently too much has been cut in the recent past to allow this to happen.

So, how would Romney’s better Amercia look like?

Here’s a quote right from the Romney campaign (emphasis added here):

“As president, Mitt will work to expand and enhance access and opportunities for Americans to hunt, shoot, and protect their families, homes and property, and he will fight the battle on all fronts to protect and promote the Second Amendment.”

(As of this writing, the quote is exact as shown here)

Was there Dick Cheney’s inspiration at work?

 

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Priest Defrocked After Sex Abuse Charges Now Works For TSA in Philly

Well – it took a while, but it appears that one has been spotted right now.

As we’ve reported, TSA started hiring defrocked priest quite some time ago, but due to privacy policies the names of the hired priest are not public domain, so one has to recognize one working in public.

To my knowledge this did not happen until now.

Keep looking, folks. There are more out there.

 

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Invisible: Art about the Unseen

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The Republican Race so far

After last weeks Super Tuesday and a couple of primary/caucuses (can anybody tell me what’s the real difference), It appears that Mitt Romney has established a solid lead in the Republican Race for Presidential nomination.

He is closing in on half of the delegates needed to win, and has more delegates than all other combined. His closest competitor, Rick Santorum, has less than half delegates than Mr. Romney has.

The three remaining competitors are staying in the race.

So he is in front right now, but he does not make the appearance of glorious winner.

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SOPA/PIPA is big government and (some) big corporation

The proposed legislation “Stop Online Privacy Act” (SOPA) and “Protect IP Act” (PIPA) is a good example what big government and corporations are all about.

If Republicans claim to be against big government they should oppose this legislation. Even corporation oppose this bill, such as the not-so-small company Google.

This is stupid legislation at its worst (that why we write about this) for the four reason you can read about here. To point (1) I might add, if you link from you site to one that in turn links to another one with copyrighted material – are you being punished as well? What if you link to a site that is clean, and then sometime later that site puts something problematic?

You can’t possible cover all situations. Besides, how do you determine if something is copyrighted or not (or to be precise: in violation of copyright – after all you are allowed to put copyrighted material on a site if you own the copyright, are you not?

As we have noted in this article, attempts to restrict backfire, as the technology is more advanced to get around any restriction imposed by governments. It is also hypocritical to restrict access to information in your own country while pretending to promote freedom to access information in other countries, like the Middle East or China.

The internet is global, folks.

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Perry’s Turkey

It seems like the Republican candidates, dropped out or still in race, have no clue what is going on in the world.

Look for instance at the exchange in a recent Republican debate.

Wow – I never heard this accusation before.

If you know just a little bit, you know that Turkey Turkey’s Islamist Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, or the AKP), has the majority in the parliament over there (326 of 549). It is an Islamist party, for sure, but if you have many people following the Islam, you would expect that.

But there is also this:
Among the Islamist nations, Turkey is the most moderate of them. Or western-oriented if you like.

Turkey is member of the NATO when Perry was 2 years old. Turkey wants to become a member of the EU. There are difficulties, of course.

But in Turkey you can actually leave the Islam and turn to another religion. The wearing of head scarfs in schools is still prohibited.

Perry says “our president, has a foreign policy that makes our allies very nervous and emboldens our enemies”.

Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea “nervous”?

I doubt that.

Pakistan, yes. That has been problematic.

Israel, maybe. But can you really support everything Israel does? In the Arab uprising this past spring, Israel has been notoriously quiet, as if they don’t know what to make out of it. All the statement you here are stale to say the least. Internally there are discussions whether or not attack Iran militarily.

Perry: “there should be no space between the United States and Israel, period.”

But back to Turkey. It had close relations to Syria, but they have changed since the start of the Syrian uprising. They help Syrian refugees as much as they can – there are just too many.

Turkey ruled by “Islamic terrorist”?

Another quote: “Turkey … are moving far away from the country that I lived in back in the 1970’s as a pilot in the United States Air Force that was our ally, that worked with us, but today we don’t see that”

Back than, Mr. Perry, Turkey was dominated by the military. It was only just recently that the military power has been put under more control of the civilian society.

With so much influence of the militarily-industrial complex to the U.S. government (esp. Congress) one wishes the same for the U.S.

One final quote: “And we need to send a powerful message to countries like Iran, and Syria and Turkey that the United States is serious and that we’re going to have to be dealt with.”

That is, Turkey is not much different from Iran or Syria.

I think that speaks for itself.

If Perry becomes President, Mitt Romney would have a lot of apologizing to do for America. In fact, he actually should do it right now.

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