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Dear Congress

-by Nerdface-

Dear United States Congress,

No offense and all, but you’re a bunch of old fogeys. And the lobbyists and industry heads behind your SOPA and PIPA legislation are just as bad. None of you really understands how the Internet works. Half of you secretly suspect dark magic (FYI, if you stopped using AOL it might help). I’m willing to bet approximately 100% of you have no idea how to torrent. (“More dark magic,” you say, crossing yourself. “Possibly gremlins.”)

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A mouthpiece for everyone

-by Kid Bucket-

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day everyone! That means the 24 hr news channels get to wax poetic about what Martin Luther King would have done in every possible circumstance, even if they are probably completely wrong.

Would have MLK supported Obama?

Would MLK have been a part of the Occupy Movement?

Would MLK support Gay Marriage?

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It’s a joke already… fuck it, let’s bring in a comedian

-by Kid Bucket-

Last night, something happened that I was hoping would happen for a long time.

No, no one announced a sequel to “Starsky and Hutch”.

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We should be better than this

-by Kid Bucket-

A new disturbing video has surfaced on youtube, a video of something that should never have happened, that only serves to make us look worse in the eyes of the world.

No, I’m not talking about a new Rebecca Black music video.

I’m talking about a video of four Marines pissing on the corpses of recently killed Taliban soldiers.

Before you say, “Well war is hell and the fog of war was clouding their judgment and they didn’t know what they were doing and…” all I can say is bullshit. The video makes it painfully obvious that they knew exactly what they were doing. They thought it was funny and stupidly decided to record it, like the video of the Marine throwing the puppy off the cliff. The people that do these things do not deserve to wear the uniform and should be made examples of.

But honestly, are we surprised at all?

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The plight of the put upon largest religious group in America.

– by Kid Bucket-

Recently, I have been following some of the more… outspoken… evangelical Christians on twitter and noticed something very interesting. The general idea is they think they should be allowed to say whatever they want, and if anyone tries to shut them up, then their first amendment rights are being infringed upon. They claim that the “gaystapo” gets to infringe on their rights while getting away with whatever they want because they have magical gay powers that apparently are given to them at monthly meetings or something. What these people seem not to understand though is that they have no standing whining about their rights being infringed upon—if the majority of America wants them to shut up they have the right to shut them up. It’s the GOVERNMENT that can’t shut anyone up.

A lot of this boils down to an interesting theme that has popped up recently, the “Put-Upon Christian“.

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A Modest Proposition

-by Nerdface-

Whereas it has previously been established at the highest levels of our government that the terrorist organization known as al-Qaeda hates us for our freedoms;

And whereas both supporters and detractors of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act admit that the law endangers—even tramples upon—the basic American freedoms of due process and habeus corpus, guaranteed us by Articles 5 and 6 of the United States Constitution;

And whereas the 2012 NDAA provides for the indefinite detention of any person who “was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces”;

I hereby submit that the members of Congress who voted for this bill, and the President who signed it into law, are, under this bill, directly supporting al-Qaeda in their goal of destroying America and her freedoms, and are therefore subject to indefinite detention under said law.

I move that they be detained under the law they signed, new representatives elected, and the law immediately repealed.

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“freedom to do what you should do”

-by Nerdface-

Rick Santorum: “Happiness today is enjoyment, pleasure, what makes you feel good. At the time of our founders, one of the principle definitions was to do the morally right thing. So, think of what our founders envisioned: the freedom to do the morally right thing. Rights given to us by God to serve him and his will in our lives. That is the moral foundation that is America…

“We build a culture of freedom, but a freedom to do what you should do, not what you want to do.”

Ohhhhhh. Thanks for clearing that up, Rick. Much appreciated. I shouldn’t have the freedom to do what I want—just the freedom to do what you want me to do. Got it. Sounds great.

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The Santorum just surges from his mouth.

-by Kid Bucket-

Very few politicians should be actively despised and vilified for the pieces of shit they are.

Rick Santorum is one of them. He says things that no one with half a brain should ever get away with uttering.

UPDATE: Even his family actively makes their intentions known to support other candidates.

With Liberty and Justice for Some

-by Nerdface-

Excerpt from Glenn Greenwald‘s excellent new book, which discusses the way the powerful in America (both public and private) are generally exempted from prosecution for crimes they commit:

[Washington Post’s Richard] Cohen protested: “As any prosecutor knows—and Martha Stewart can attest—white-collar types tend to have a morbid fear of jail.” Of course, blue-collar types, and poorer ones still, do not mind prison at all. Why would they? It’s their natural habitat, where they belong. Prison is for people like them.

Under this view, law is needed to control and constrain the ignoble masses (that is, the powerless), who will otherwise spread chaos and disorder. But the noble among us need no constraints. Indeed, the opposite is true: society is better off if the most privileged are free to act without limits, for that will maximize the good they can produce for everyone.

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