Florida’s controversy-igniting pastor has held yet another Koran-burning ceremony outside his church. Pleas from the Pentagon to refrain from the act fell on deaf ears, as the pastor stuck to his guns and torched the holy Muslim text.
While I don’t agree with the idea that us non-muslims must conform to Islamic rules (namely that we can’t draw pictures of Mohammed), he’s clearly doing this on purpose to offend and antagonise. Don’t be a dick.
Muslims should take this guy about as seriously as his mustache.
The Tampa City Council on Thursday said they would ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott to ban firearms outside the Republican National Convention later this year.
The council has already issued a citywide ban on items like pieces of wood, switchblades, slingshots, containers of bodily fluids and even squirt guns. A so-called “Clean Zone” around the convention area would prohibit string longer than six inches, glass containers, light bulbs, portable shields and gas masks. A smaller protest area would prevent demonstrators from having camping gear, bottles, cans and umbrellas. The Secret Service has said that only law enforcement will be able to carry firearms inside of the convention center.
But Tampa now needs Scott’s help because state law prevents local governments from regulating guns. City officials believe that Scott has the executive power to temporarily suspend that law.
“We believe it is necessary and prudent to take this reasonable step to prevent a potential tragedy,” council member Lisa Montelione wrote in a draft of the letter to the governor.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has said that the state law makes the city “look silly.”
“The absurdity of banning squirt guns but not being able to do anything about real guns is patently obvious,” Buckhorn explained last week. “Given the nature and the potential dynamic of this event, I think it would make sense that you would not want firearms introduced into that environment by people other than law enforcement.”
But… but… Second Amendment! Freedoms! Liberty! I WANT MY BOOMSTICK BEFORE OBAMA TAKES IT AWAY!
I love Bob Buckhorn’s comment. He’s right. It IS silly that the city can ban squirt guns and not real guns from certain places.
The design of the iShoe is not too complicated, but it did take the 11-year old a bit of time to perfect it. The iShoe comes with a slide-on heel that sports kinetic energy micro-springs and there is a detachable battery pack inside that will charge up as you move around. Ten minutes of walking in these shoes should be enough to charge up your mobile for an hour. All you need to do is walk around and when your gadget runs out of charge just replace the battery with the battery pack in the shoe.
Ryan Gramp, you are amazing. I feel a bit better thinking our future may be in the hands of kids like this.
That is freaking awesome!
The mark of a great invention is for something to be so simple as to say “why didn’t I think of that” but to also be incredibly useful.
The nation’s largest private prison company, the Corrections Corporation of America, is on a buying spree. With a war chest of $250 million, the corporation, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, this month sent letters to 48 states, offering to buy their prisons outright. To ensure their profitability, the corporation insists that it be guaranteed that the prisons be kept at least 90 percent full. Plus, the corporate jailers demand a 20-year management contract, on top of the profits they expect to extract by spending less money per prisoner.
For the last two years, the number of inmates held in state prisons has declined slightly, largely because the states are short on money. Crime, of course, has declined dramatically in the last 20 years, but that has never dampened the states’ appetites for warehousing ever more Black and brown bodies, and the federal prison system is still growing. However, the Corrections Corporation of America believes the economic crisis has created an historic opportunity to become the landlord, as well as the manager, of a big chunk of the American prison gulag.
Cyber security is important not just for companies, but for us as internet users. It allows us to safely shop online, send emails, and pay our bills.
But a privacy-destroying bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, is set for a vote on Thursday. CISPA would allow for the unlimited sharing of personal data amongst and between private companies and the government, without a single safeguard for privacy or civil liberties. If CISPA passes, it will set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the world.
Technology companies who are currently supporting CISPA, like AT&T, Facebook, Microsoft, and Verizon, should be protecting us from cyber security attacks but not through these methods. What we need to do is convince them of something we already know: Protecting us against cyber threats should be a priority but should not come at the expense of our civil liberties.
That’s why we’re writing an urgent open letter to the nearly 30 companies supporting CISPA, asking them to stand up for the rights of their users and drop their support of the CISPA. Sign the petition and we’ll deliver these letters to all the companies supporting CISPA before Thursday.
“According to a 2010 national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Justice, in the last 12 months more men than women were victims of intimate partner physical violence and over 40% of severe physical violence was directed at men. Men were also more often the victim of psychological aggression and control over sexual or reproductive health. Despite this, few services are available to male victims of intimate partner violence.”—National Study: More Men than Women Victims of Intimate Partner Physical Violence, Psychological Aggression (via ryking)
Think of it like this: a friend trash talks your kid (even jokingly threatens him) and you don’t invite said friend to your kids birthday party. Is that an infringement on the first amendment? Not really. Ted Nugent doesn’t have a constitutional right to perform at fort knox; he had the priviledge (he should’ve been extremely thankful considering he’s a draft dodger). Personally? I stand with Fort Knox on this; I support their decision to cancel Ted Nugent.