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Day September 16, 2010

A Possible Loophole in France’s Anti-Burqa Law

Well, there you have it. I have no idea if this really bypasses the law or not but it certainly illustrates that Muslim women won’t be doing away with their burquas or niq?bs just because they’re not allowed on the street with them.

(via The Friendly Atheist)

Rachel Maddow- Who is Christine ODonnell

Christine O’Donnell Staff/Supporter Makes Excellent Lens Cap

(via Dangerous Minds)

Secular Israelis outraged about holy day Internet blackout

From Raw Story:

Holy day Internet blackout on ministry websites fuels secular, religious tensions

Israeli government offices that provide a wide array of public services are pulling the plug on online payments on the Jewish Sabbath and holidays, creating a potential new source of friction between the religious and secular in the Jewish state.

Ultra-Orthodox Cabinet ministers are leading the charge to enforce the religious prohibition on spending money on Jewish holy days. But for non-religious residents, tourists and foreign workers, the planned ban joins two leading ills of Israeli life — red tape and religious restrictions — in a marriage of inconvenience.

(via J-Walk)


From Black and WTF.

More on Christine O’Donnell

From Reason:

And the intellectual case against O’Donnell is overwhelming. A précis for those who have avoided the Delaware drama: O’Donnell lied about attending a Master’s degree program at Princeton University; claimed that her political enemies are creeping in the bushes outside her house; is opposed to the sinister habit of masturbation; is a supporter of the “ex-gay” movement, despite the inconvenient revelation that her former staffer Wade Richards “returned” to homosexuality and denounced those peddling “cures” for his sexuality; filed a $6 million lawsuit against the conservative group ISI for “gender discrimination”; was denounced by her former campaign manager as a “fraud” who uses campaign donations to pay rent and utility bills; and has implied that her Republican opponent is gay. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

As the former head of the clumsily named Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT), O’Donnell was the Tipper Gore of the 1990s, attending lewd and lascivious rock concerts just to tell stoned, Satanist teenagers that they were going to hell. “Walking through the crowd I also noticed more pentagrams than crosses around the teenage necks,” she gasped. At a 1997 music festival in Washington, D.C., the Catholic killjoy “distributed thousands of brochures with information on the failure rate of condoms, on AIDS, on sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, pornography and the movement of former homosexuals.”

Amazing Larry’s Hairstyle Explained!

If you’re a normal person, you’ve always wondered why Amazing Larry was wearing a feathered multi-colored mohawk that day in PeeWee’s basement. A Sex Pistols fan? A racist who openly mocks Native Americans? A kinky costume for Pee Wee’s blue film festival after the meeting?

Turns out the setup was cut out of the film:

And now you know.

(via PoeTV)

On the Advice of the FBI, Cartoonist Molly Norris Disappears From View

If you recall, Molly Norris is the cartoonist whose idea was to have an “Everyone Draw Mohammed Day” in response to the death threats levied against the South Park creators because they drew Mohammed in a bear suit. Here’s the latest update on how she’s doing:

The gifted artist is alive and well, thankfully. But on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, “going ghost”: moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity. She will no longer be publishing cartoons in our paper or in City Arts magazine, where she has been a regular contributor. She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program—except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab. It’s all because of the appalling fatwa issued against her this summer, following her infamous “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” cartoon.

Norris views the situation with her customary sense of the world’s complexity, and absurdity. When FBI agents, on a recent visit, instructed her to always keep watch for anyone following her, she responded, “Well, at least it’ll keep me from being so self-involved!” It was, she says, the first time the agents managed a smile. She likens the situation to cancer—it might basically be nothing, it might be urgent and serious, it might go away and never return, or it might pop up again when she least expects it.

Pedobear Panic Hits Tulsa, Oklahoma

Are we sure that the Sheriff and the media aren’t just doing some trolling us for the lulz?

And Gawker reports that the claim by the sheriff that they have already caught a registered sex offender in a pedobear outfit offering candy to children would have been true if it hadn’t just been completely made up:

Except, the guy wasn’t actually a sex offender. He was a nerd whose Comic Con was ruined by stupid San Diego cops. Fox23 has issued this update on their website:

Tulsa Police originially told FOX23 News the man in Pedobear costume at San Diego’s Comic Con conference who was questioned by police was a registered sex offender. Today, Tulsa Police tell FOX23 News, they made a mistake and the man in the costume is not a registered sex offender. However, police say it is disturbing that someone would dress in a costume that makes fun of pedophiles and would give out free candy to children.

Stephen Fry: Pope Should Not Have a ‘State’ Visit

(via Atheist Media Blog)

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