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Friday, April 5, 2013

Goose Abuse, Blow Jobs, and Atheist Bloggers


Facebook status of a friend: Are people really this stupid?

My response: If you have to ask the question, then the answer is probably in the affirmative.

Here are a three stories that depict our species glaring deficiencies. They sit in my mind like that half a roast beef sandwich from Monday that I ate this morning for breakfast (Friday) sits in my gut.

So what I am I going to do with them?

Share them with you all, of course.

And, yes, these stories are all real. If you like animals and are really sensitive to their plight, just skip the first story.



Israeli Court Decision May Bring Back Force-Feeding Of Geese

An Israeli court decision that found a farmer not guilty of animal cruelty for force-feeding his geese to fatten their livers may herald the return of the cruel practice that was banned by the High Court of Justice eight years ago, Ha'aretz reports.
The farmer devised a new method of force-feeding he claims is not cruel. Israel's Ministry of Agriculture and a Magistrate's Court strongly disagreed.
But this week the Central District Court overturned that ruling, claiming video evidence submitted by the government was insufficient to prove cruelty with corroboration from experts.
The farmer's claim is that the tube inserted in a goose's beak does not enter its throat and therefore is not cruel under the law because previous court rulings judged force-feeding equipment that did have a tube inserted into the animal's throat.
From Failed Messiah
Many countries have outlawed force-feeding because of its cruelty, as have many rabbis. But hasidim, primarily Hungarian hasidim, and their rabbis have generally rejected those rabbinic bans, as have French rabbis. - Read the whole piece at Failed Messiah 

The hasidim, as many of you know from my earlier reports about them, are ultra-Orthodox Jews.

This next story is real, and about the Attorney General in Virginia fighting against the evils of blow jobs.


Virginia Is For [Some] Lovers: Cuccinelli Continues Fight To Save Crimes Against Nature Law

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has decided to continue the fight to preserve the state’s “crimes against nature” law that bans both oral and anal sex in both heterosexual and homosexual relations. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (considered by many to be the country’s most conservative circuit) struck down the law on obvious constitutional grounds. However, Cuccinelli has filed a motion for reconsideration to try to get that decision reversed. The current attorney general and likely GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli wants to keep anti-sodomy laws on the books in Virginia.
OK, this is the law that Mr Cuccinelli is fighting for.
Va. Code § 18.2-361(A) provides that: “If any person . . . carnally knows any male or female person by the anus or by or with the mouth, or voluntarily submits to such carnal knowledge, he or she shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony, except as provided in subsection B."

You can read the whole piece here. 


Bangladesh arrests three atheist bloggers
Bangladesh police have arrested three atheist bloggers for defaming Islam and the prophet Mohammed, amid demands from religious fundamentalists for an Internet crackdown.
DHAKA: Bangladesh police have arrested three atheist bloggers for allegedly defaming Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, police said Tuesday, amid calls from religious fundamentalists for an Internet crackdown.
The arrest of the three, who were paraded in handcuffs at a news conference, followed pressure from Islamists who have organised a march from all over the country to the capital to demand the death penalty for atheist bloggers.
"They have hurt the religious feelings of the people by writing against different religions and their prophets and founders including the Prophet Mohammed," said deputy commissioner of Dhaka police, Molla Nazrul Islam.
The three could face 10 years in jail if convicted under the country's cyber laws which outlaw "defaming" a religion, Islam said.
He denied the arrests were linked to the planned march to Dhaka set for Saturday.
Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan said the three arrested men were among 84 "atheist bloggers" named in a list handed over by an Islamist group to a government panel probing alleged blasphemy against Islam on the Internet...
Scores of bloggers held hands to form a human chain in Dhaka to protest the arrests while a popular blog site, Amarblog.com, said it was shutting down until the bloggers were freed "unconditionally".

You can read the entire story here. 

Do you want to call the Bangladesh embassy in Washington, DC and let them know what you think of the situation? Here is their phone number: (202) 244-0183

You can also go on their site and contact them. http://www.bdembassyusa.org/

LiP


2 comments:

  1. The force feeding of ducks/geese was outlawed some years ago here in Illinois, the law prohibited not only the production of foie gras, as it called it (the French name for it, meaning "fatty liver"), but restaurants were banned from serving it, even if it was produced elsewhere.

    As for the lawmakers in Virginia, can someone please drop that guy off in a place like Saudi Arabia? I think he would like living in a theocracy...

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  2. I had to skip the first one, but I couldn't believe the other two. Seriously? Wow!

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