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Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:39:39

Estranged son of anti-gay Westboro pastor says father does 'evil'

The more I hear of this "Church" and this Fred Phelps guy, the more angry I get.

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Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:07:06

What do you guys think about the UN intervening in the Libya situation?

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Mon, 21 Mar 2011 07:33:25
travo said:

What do you guys think about the UN intervening in the Libya situation?

It's a complicated issue, but the bottom line is that if human rights violations are occurring then the UN's actions are appropriate, particularly in this case where the countries most influenced called for this action.

Since I've been following this carefully, and know that the US had to be dragged by the collar into this by France and the UK it's humorous to me to listen to the foriegn press make out like this is a US lead invasion -- the administration and pentagon wanted as little to do with this one as possible.


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Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:33:52
aspro said:

It's a complicated issue, but the bottom line is that if human rights violations are occurring then the UN's actions are appropriate, particularly in this case where the countries most influenced called for this action.

Since I've been following this carefully, and know that the US had to be dragged by the collar into this by France and the UK it's humorous to me to listen to the foriegn press make out like this is a US lead invasion -- the administration and pentagon wanted as little to do with this one as possible.

Where did you hear that?  I listen to BBC radio news daily (and I read the BBC and Guardian online) and it was made very clear all along that the US has been very reluctant and if they had a choice they wouldn't have got involved

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Mon, 21 Mar 2011 18:34:42

Mostly ABC (Australia).  I guess I should have said that rather than foreign press.


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Sun, 27 Mar 2011 02:44:16

If only SHE was the only opposition, I would feel so much better about the ultimate outcome in the war against ignorance and stupidity:

I reserve this word for only the worst of the worst: Stupid C_NT!

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Mon, 28 Mar 2011 05:54:08
aspro said:

It's a complicated issue, but the bottom line is that if human rights violations are occurring then the UN's actions are appropriate, particularly in this case where the countries most influenced called for this action.

Since I've been following this carefully, and know that the US had to be dragged by the collar into this by France and the UK it's humorous to me to listen to the foriegn press make out like this is a US lead invasion -- the administration and pentagon wanted as little to do with this one as possible.

So the US wanted to not follow US policy and not get involved? From the horse's mouth!

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Tue, 29 Mar 2011 04:46:20

I don't understand what you just said.  But the administration and Pentagon did not want to go into Libya.  There is no way for them to have gotten out of it though, given the Arab League, NATO and UN support for it.


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Tue, 29 Mar 2011 07:14:55
aspro said:

I don't understand what you just said.  But the administration and Pentagon did not want to go into Libya.  There is no way for them to have gotten out of it though, given the Arab League, NATO and UN support for it.

Referencing an Obama speech in which he stated it was against US policy to have Ghadafi power or something like that.

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Thu, 31 Mar 2011 04:31:06
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Fri, 08 Apr 2011 19:47:02
The American government is shutting down tonight cause democrats and republicans are fighting like children over the budget. All non essential personal are suspended. USA USA
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Fri, 08 Apr 2011 19:48:31
IMO the NFL lockout is far worse that the US government closing.
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Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:43:04

Royal Wedding.  It was only vaguely annoying until yesterday.

The BBC is distributing the wedding footage.  BBC - owned and operated by the British government.  Here in Australia they have licensed it's distribution to the ABC - owned and operated by the government.

One of the ABC's networks was going to provide alternate coverage using that footage in a satirical way.

It was advertised pretty heavily.  Yesterday it got pulled.  BBC says footage can't be used for satire -- they operate under Royal charter.

LOL

So footage produced with tax dollars, being shown on a channel paid for with tax dollars can't be used to make fun of the royals.

Not that I would have watched ANYWAY, but whenever the matter of the royals comes up here it's always "they are just figure heads, it means nothing" and whenever the topic of a bill of rights comes up its, "we already have our freedoms".

"Just two days before Prince William and Kate Middleton are due to tie the knot, ABC TV has been forced to cancel The Chaser's one-off live coverage of the event due to what it says are restrictions imposed by the royal family.

The Chaser's Royal Wedding Commentary was due to air on ABC2 from 7:00pm AEST on Friday, offering viewers a satirical take on the royal wedding.

But now the live special - promised to be "uninformed and unconstitutional" - has been reluctantly pulled due to restrictions imposed over the Easter break."

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Thu, 28 Apr 2011 03:19:54

Though the "Chasers" aren't really all that funny anymore they were the only way it would have been bearable.

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Thu, 28 Apr 2011 04:01:43

There are people already sitting in chairs in times square for the royal wedding watch party. What the hell.

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Thu, 28 Apr 2011 05:28:22

The other thing that pushed me over the edge yesterday was seeing man-in-the-street interviews with people in London who are excited about it and decorating their streets for parties etc...

I don't get it.  I don't get regular celebrity stuff, but when someone is famous just for being born... and then for you to get excited about them getting married?

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Thu, 28 Apr 2011 06:36:09

Super Lame how can people get excited over this? Kings and Queens have meant nothing for over a 100 years. That Princess Diana  shit drove me nuts.  I mean who the fuck was she? big  deal people die everyday  with no fanfare.

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Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:29:10

Holy shit you guys have NO idea what it's like over here in London.

Constant BS, everywhere about this bloody wedding. I want to crawl into a hole till this shit is over. Do you know who is paying £22 million security for this wedding? Yeah the UK taxpayer. I want the royals abolished as I don't believe in entitlement via birthright. Fuck em.

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Thu, 28 Apr 2011 20:29:31

^it must be hell over there.

I was watching all this on the TV, the endless BS, and I was like "well at least it will be over this weekend" (my assumption since there was so much hype)  and then the newscaster said, "only 17 days to go until the big day".

GASP - Noooooooooo!

and since then it's gotten more and more intrusive.

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Thu, 28 Apr 2011 20:39:06
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Holy shit you guys have NO idea what it's like over here in London.

Constant BS, everywhere about this bloody wedding. I want to crawl into a hole till this shit is over. Do you know who is paying £22 million security for this wedding? Yeah the UK taxpayer. I want the royals abolished as I don't believe in entitlement via birthright. Fuck em.

Word my brother...

I was watching this stupid bimbo on a morning show today end she kept saying something like "This wedding celebrates all that is great about this country" ... After I stopped cracking up (took me a good few minutes) I still couldn't even try to start to think about that could mean.  Ridiculous on so many levels enough to make one's head explode.

Won't even attempt to get out of the flat tomorrow and will not switch the TV on

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