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I Look Forward To The Day

Generally, I try not to concern myself with an ever retreating future. But in this case, I’ll make an exception.
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New York Times

I got this link in an email today. I was going to forward it, but I thought it would get to more people this way. From the author of fuck the south:
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Here’s an interesting blog that’s developing.
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Leaving the gym this morning, I saw a man wearing a t-shirt that called for the end of the Iraq War. Or, more specifically, the Iraq Occupation. Another man approached and accosted the t-shirted man, questioning his patriotism. The man supporting the end of the Iraq occupation made futile attempts at reason with an unreasonable man before telling him, most appropriately, to fuck off.
The actions of the "patriot" reminded me of a quote I read a few years ago.
"Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy." —George Bernard Shaw
The scene I witnessed this morning did nothing to prove Shaw wrong.
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Pretty Funny

A Welsh rugby fan, a Irish rugby fan and an English fan are all in Saudi Arabia, sharing a smuggled crate of booze when, all of a sudden, Saudi police rush in and arrest them. The mere possession of alcohol is a severe offense in Saudi Arabia, so for the terrible crime of actually being caught consuming the booze, they are all sentenced to death!

However, after many months and with the help of very good lawyers, they are able to successfully appeal their sentences down to life imprisonment. By a stroke of luck, it was a Saudi national holiday the day their trial finished, and the extremely benevolent Sheikh decided they could be released after receiving just 20 lashes each of the whip.

As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheikh announced: "It’s my first wife’s birthday today, and she has asked me to allow each of you one wish before your whipping."

The Welsh fan was first in line, he thought for a while and then said: "Please tie a pillow to my back." This was done, but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes before the whip went through. When the punishment was done he had to be carried away bleeding and crying with pain.

The Englishman was next up. After watching the Welshman in horror he said smugly: "Please fix two pillows to my back." But even two pillows could only take 15 ashes before the whip went through again and the Englishmen was soon led away wimpering loudly (as they do).

The Irishman was the last one up, but before he could say anything, the Sheikh turned to him and said: "You are from a most beautiful part of the world and your culture is one of the finest in the world. For this, you may have two wishes!"

"Thank you, your Most Royal and Merciful highness", The Irishman replied. "In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me not 20, but 100 lashes"

"Not only are you an honorable, handsome and powerful man, you are also very brave". The Sheikh said with an admiring look on his face. "If 100 lashes is what you desire, then so be it.

And your second wish, what is it to be?" the Sheikh asked.

"Tie the Englishman to my back."

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Hey, Dubya!

"If you truly wished to find out what is best for the country, you would listen more to those who oppose you than those who try to please you. True democracy is the renunciation of the struggle for power."
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