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Current Topic: Society

RE: Men objecting to the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty
Topic: Society 9:29 pm EDT, Aug 29, 2005

flynn23 wrote:

skullaria wrote:
"They [the ads] expose the nasty inverse of "the beauty standard," which is the belief, held by some men, that women who don't look like fantasy material aren't just unworthy of their attention but are actually offensive, or even menacing. It's worth noting that none of the complainers goes so far as to call the Dove models ugly, yet they consider these women visual nuisances, annoying as litter, sour eye candy, gross. "

You've got to be kidding me. I first saw this campaign in Boston a few months ago and was just flabbergasted with it's genius and beauty! MORONS!!!

I'd take any one of the Dove women! They Rock. w00t!

RE: Men objecting to the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty

RE: Tennessee Senators arrested by the FBI!
Topic: Society 6:00 pm EDT, May 26, 2005

Dagmar wrote:
] w00t! Sounds like a great start to the weekend to me!

From the LA Times article:,1,970868.story?coll=sns-ap-nation-headlines&ctrack=1&cset=true

In a sting operation dubbed "Tennessee Waltz," the FBI set up a bogus company called E-Cycle Management Inc., then doled out payoffs to lawmakers to sponsor a bill that would allow the business to buy and sell used electronic equipment from the state. The bill was withdrawn Wednesday.
One of the lawmakers charged, state Sen. John Ford, allegedly received payments totaling $55,000, beginning last year. "You are talking to the guy that makes the deals," Ford boasted to the undercover agents, according to the indictment.

Ford was also charged with attempting to threaten or intimidate potential witnesses by telling an undercover agent that "if he caught someone trying to set him up he would shoot that person," prosecutors said.

I love the name they chose for the sting. Seems like I've memed the fine gentleman from Memphis at least half a dozen times before. This is great, long overdue but F* Great!!

RE: Tennessee Senators arrested by the FBI!

Living Will
Topic: Society 7:16 pm EDT, Apr  4, 2005

Ensure you don't become another Terry Schiavo in case some biological tragedy besets you.

I, _________________________ (fill in the blank), being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.

Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of peckerwood politicians who couldn't pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it.

If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to sit up and ask for a cold beer, it should be presumed that I won't ever get better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my spouse, children and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day.

Under no circumstances shall the members of the Legislature enact a special law to keep me on life-support machinery. It is my wish that these boneheads mind their own damn business, and pay attention instead to the health, education and future of the millions of Americans who aren't in a permanent coma.

Under no circumstances shall any politician butt into this case. I don't care how many fundamentalist votes they're trying to scrounge for their run for the presidency in 2008, it is my wish that they play politics with someone else's life and leave me alone to die in peace.

I couldn't care less if a hundred religious zealots send e-mails to legislators in which they pretend to care about me. I don't know these people, and I certainly haven't authorized them to preach and crusade on my behalf. They should mind their own business, too.

If any of my family goes against my wishes and turns my case into a political cause, I hereby promise to come back from the grave and make his or her existence a living hell.

Signed: ________________________________________

Chicken magnate Frank Perdue dies at 84
Topic: Society 5:56 pm EST, Apr  1, 2005

It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken...

BALTIMORE - With a beak-like nose, beady eyes and thin lips, Frank Perdue looked like he was born to sell chickens. It wasn’t until he put his face on TV commercials, however, that his father’s backyard egg business rapidly grew into one of the world’s largest chicken companies.
Perdue, who became famous for his folksy television pitch “It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken,” died Thursday at his home in Salisbury after a brief illness, his company said. He was 84.

Perdue was one of the first CEOs to pitch his own product on television in 1971 and remained the company’s public face for the next two decades.

Chicken magnate Frank Perdue dies at 84

Actor Robert Blake acquitted of his wife's murder
Topic: Society 6:46 pm EST, Mar 16, 2005

Baretta Walks

VAN NUYS, Calif. — Robert Blake walked out of court a free man Wednesday after a jury acquitted him of the murder of Bonny Lee Bakley, his wife of six months and the mother of his 4-year-old daughter.

The panel also found him not guilty of solicitation of murder, but were unable to reach a verdict on a second solicitation count, which was subsequently dropped.

The 71-year-old actor would have faced life in prison for a first-degree murder conviction.

Blake, the former star of the '70s show "Baretta," closed his eyes and then hugged his defense lawyer, Gerald Schwartzbach. He sat trembling at the defense table before his security ankle bracelet was removed and he left the courtroom.
Bakley, a 44-year-old mother of four, was a successful mail-order pornographer who had conned several men. Blake's defense argued that any of her victims could have pulled the trigger.

Actor Robert Blake acquitted of his wife's murder

RE: Student Arrested For Terroristic Threatening Says Incident A Misunderstanding
Topic: Society 4:11 pm EST, Mar  6, 2005

flynn23 wrote:
] ] "My story is based on fiction," said Poole, who faces a
] ] second-degree felony terrorist threatening charge. "It's
] ] a fake story. I made it up. I've been working on one of
] ] my short stories, (and) the short story they found was
] ] about zombies. Yes, it did say a high school. It was
] ] about a high school over ran by zombies."
] ]
] ] Even so, police say the nature of the story makes it a
] ] felony. "Anytime you make any threat or possess matter
] ] involving a school or function it's a felony in the state
] ] of Kentucky," said Winchester Police detective Steven
] ] Caudill.
] nice.

Very Chilling and Very Orwellian...

"Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death." —pg 27, "1984"

RE: Student Arrested For Terroristic Threatening Says Incident A Misunderstanding

Woz donates to Apple leak lawsuit target
Topic: Society 6:22 pm EST, Feb 22, 2005

The Woz speaks on the Tiger leak lawsuits

"I was shocked reading the interview. Everything fits into place that this is an unintentional oversight and the interviewed student appears to be one of the most honest people on this planet. I have to question who is most right in this case. I wish that Apple could find some way to drop the matter. In my opinion, more than appropriate punishment has already been dealt out. In this age of professional spammers and telemarketers making fortunes, we're misusing our energies to pursue these types of small time wrongdoers. I will personally donate $1,000 to the Canadian student's defense."

Woz donates to Apple leak lawsuit target

A concierge at Home Depot
Topic: Society 10:12 am EDT, Sep 10, 2004

Home improvement retailer's first Manhattan store also features concierge, but no sheetrock.
September 10, 2004: 7:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Home Depot Inc. , known for its hangar-like stores, is bringing its massive array of home improvement goods to the big city as it gets set to open its first three-story shop in Manhattan.
Home Depot's first Manhattan store, which opens to the public Friday, will have a doorman for help in hailing cabs and a concierge to offer information and schedule appointments with designers. It promises same-day delivery of most merchandise, a boon for public transportation-bound urbanites.

"Manhattan is unique, and it has a tremendous customer base opportunity," Robert Nardelli, the company's chairman, chief executive and president said at the store's grand opening on Thursday. "We're confident that with success here, it will give us the opportunity to continue to expand our business."

The store, located on 23rd Street between Fifth and Six Avenues in Manhattan, announces itself with orange banners on its facade and features a more classic, homey interior, with white columns and an atrium.

WTF?!? I think it was Hank Williams Jr. that said "Send me to hell or NYC. It would be about the same to me."

A concierge at Home Depot

Topic: Society 7:14 pm EDT, Jul 27, 2004

I'd buy that (ticket) for a dollar!

The controversial movie Fahrenheit 9/11 is going to George Bush's hometown - and the star of the show has been invited to attend.

Texas cinemas have refused to show the documentary in the state.

But a small Texas peace group has agreed to host the film.

Director Michael Moore invited Mr Bush to attend, saying he wanted a chance to thank him personally for starring in the film.

"And let's face it, you've got some of the funniest lines in the film!" he wrote on his website.


RE: Reservist Sues to Avoid Recall
Topic: Society 10:35 am EDT, Jul 10, 2004

Mike the Usurper wrote:
] ] served four years of active duty and another four years
] ] in the reserves, a commitment he believed expired Dec.
] ] 19. The Army maintains he will be in a voluntary reserve
] ] status until he's 50.
] So now they're looking around for legal loopholes to suck
] people back in to send to (thank you Daily Show for this one)
] Mess-O'Potamia?

Perhaps if soldiers below the rank of Colonel were paid a realistic wage, more soldiers would make careers of the gig and the army would not have to engage insipid legal manouvres like stop-loss and voluntary reserve to keep their numbers up... If they haven't dotted all the legal I(s) and crossed the T(s), the DOD stands to lose a lot of face in court soon. Maybe they can hire the CIA as a business consultant.. ;)

RE: Reservist Sues to Avoid Recall

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