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    So, hey, Maryland has an upcoming marriage equality bill on the ballot in November.

    Brendon Ayanbadejo. a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, has supported the ballot several times and even provided tickets to the Raven's season opener to a fundraiser to support marriage equality.

    Yesterday, a Maryland minister and politician sent a letter to the Ravens denouncing those actions and even demanded that the team stop him from publicly displaying his support for gay marriage. A copy of the letter can be seen here:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--ma...nlwYWdl;_ylv=3

    Viking's Punter Chris Kluwe responded thusly:

    http://deadspin.com/5941348/they-won...-supporting-it
    Complicating things since 2009.

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    C'mon Maryland, join the cool states club

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    That response turned ME into a lustful cockmonster

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19508906

    So the antarctic is melting rapidly, but is that really a bad thing? (who cares about Spain) I wonder how much longer it will take before we can get a better prediction at what is going to happen as a result with currents and climate worldwide.
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    http://weburbanist.com/2012/09/04/ab...rgest-library/

    Just thought this was funny and awesome at the same time.

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    Yet another top al-Qaeda member meets Mr. Drone.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/...illed-in-yemen

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    LOL--Mr. Kluwe responded to criticism of his word choices thusly:

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    First off, let me say thank you to all the people that commented on my letter to Emmett C. Burns Jr. You all give me great hope for the human race; that one day we can rise up past the petty differences that divide us and realize we’re all in this together. Perhaps our children won’t look back on our stewardship with regret.

    Secondly, I heard from quite a few sources (including my dad) that the letter would have been more powerful and delivered the message better without the swearing. That those who would refute the point could seize upon my colorful insults to dismiss the main thrust as little more than childish antics and egotistical displays of temper.

    Bollocks.

    The swearing is there for a reason. What Emmett C. Burns Jr. wrote, what I responded to, was far more disgusting and foul minded than any simple scatological reference or genital mashup. His words degrade the very essence of the English language with their barely hidden venom and intolerant hate; drag it screaming into the muck of iniquity by wrapping a mantle of seeming reasonableness around corruption and control; masquerade as discourse while screaming their very lie to any Heaven you care to name – I could go on.

    My words? My words are a litmus test for those that would see the truth of a message rather than the package it’s delivered in. I won’t lie, it’s also because I personally find them entertaining to write and read (as do a large amount of other people), but those who would argue that my message means nothing simply because I’m referencing a portion of the male anatomy would never have accepted it anyway. They would have used other excuses, excuses like “Oh he’s just a punter”, or “What do you know, you just play football”, or “No one cares what you think you fag”.

    No, my words are meant for those that might be on the fence, those that are initially drawn in due to shock, or laughter, or outrage, but then look at what lies beneath, the truth of the matter. Them I might reach, might offer a quick lightbulb flicker of “Ohhh, so that’s what’s wrong with that argument”. But those who don’t look, who don’t question, who happily treat the symptoms and not the disease – isn’t that the very problem with our politics today? No one is interested in what lies hidden in plain sight beneath what’s said; the glossy dung ball of intolerance and hate buffed to a lustrous gleam by rhetoric and catchphrases.

    So here is my gift to you. The exact same letter, but without the oh so naughty words that only mean what we allow them to mean. What will your excuse be this time?

    Dear Emmett C. Burns Jr.,
    I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of the United States government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):

    1. As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should “inhibit such expressions from your employees”, more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE SPARKLEPONY. What on earth would possess you to be so mind-bogglingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person’s right to speech. To call that hypocritical would be to do a disservice to the word. SAD PUPPY DOG EYES hypocritical starts to approach it a little bit.

    2. “Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment, and excitement.” DISAPPOINTED LEMUR FACE WITH SOLITARY TEAR TRICKLING DOWN TO CHIN. Did you seriously just say that, as someone who’s “deeply involved in government task forces on the legacy of slavery in Maryland”? Have you not heard of Kenny Washington? Jackie Robinson? As recently as 1962 the NFL still had segregation, which was only done away with by brave athletes and coaches daring to speak their mind and do the right thing, and you’re going to say that political views have “no place in a sport”? I can’t even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now; the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal (the Russian judge gives you a ten for “beautiful oppressionism”).

    3. This is more a personal quibble of mine, but why do you hate freedom? Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different than you, or act different than you? How does gay marriage, in any way shape or form, affect your life? If gay marriage becomes legal, are you worried that all of a sudden you’ll start thinking about DANCING CHUBTOAD? “ALACK AND ALAS MY TOP HAT HAS FALLEN. Gay marriage just passed. Gotta get me some of that DELICIOUS STATE FAIR HOTDOG!” Will all of your friends suddenly turn gay and refuse to come to your Sunday Ticket grill-outs? (unlikely, gay people enjoy watching football too)
    I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero affect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful FROLICKING OSTRICH. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90% of our population, rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails. Do the civil rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?

    In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter, in some small way, causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot in mouth SLIDE WHISTLE TO E FLAT you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in. Best of luck in the next election; I’m fairly certain you might need it.

    Sincerely,
    Chris Kluwe

    p.s. I’ve also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your “I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing” and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. UNFORTUNATELY PHALLIC HEDGE SCULPTURE.


    I think I have developed a little crush on him... LOL

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    I know I'm swooning

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    Evidence of a U.S. Coverup of Soviet War Crimes

    On Monday, the U.S. National Archive released 1,000 declassified documents pertaining to the 1940 massacre of 22,000 Poles by the Soviet Union. The Cliffs Notes version? America's coverup of the infamous Katyn Massacre was more extensive than previously thought.

    For years, Poles and Polish-Americans have alleged that the U.S. government suppressed information about the Soviet Union's guilt in the World War II-era murders, which were aimed at killing off Poland's military and intellectual elite. As recently as 1992, the State Department said it "lacked irrefutable evidence" in the early 1950s to substantiate claims that the USSR, not Nazi Germany, carried out the crimes. But today's documents show the concrete proof U.S. officials had in their hands in the 1940s regarding the Soviet Union's guilt.

    You can see all of the newly-released documents and maps at the National Archives site here. The AP's Vanessa Gera and Randy Herschaft got an early peek at the documents and have zeroed in on the the most surprising revelation: Secret codes sent by two American POWs to the U.S. in 1943 acknowledging evidence of rotting corpses in a state of advanced decay. In essence, "proof that the killers could not have been the Nazis who had only recently occupied the area."
    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/globa...-crimes/56693/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    Evidence of a U.S. Coverup of Soviet War Crimes



    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/globa...-crimes/56693/
    I was going to post that and point a smug finger of criticism till I noticed the name churchill crop up. Shame on us all. Read up enough and it doesn't take long till you see the world through scum tinted glasses.

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    I don't think a scholarly soul has doubted for a second the Sovet's did Katyn since forever, so this isn't really as shocking as it may seem. It wasn't a particularly controversial controversy.

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    China deploys two warships after Tokyo announces disputed island purchase
    China deployed two navy vessels and launched a furious verbal assault on Japan after Tokyo announced it had ‘bought’ a group of islands disputed by the two countries in the East China Sea.


    Uotsuri Island, one of disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea

    On Tuesday morning Osamu Fujimura, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, confirmed his country had agreed to purchase the islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, from a Japanese family it claims owns them.

    Media reports in Japan said the government would pay a total of 2.05 billion yen (£16.4 million) for the islands and that the transfer of their ownership would be completed by the end of this month.

    Simultaneously, China’s state-controlled news agency Xinhua reported that two Chinese surveillance vessels had arrived in the region on Tuesday to “assert the country’s sovereignty”. Japanese media said the Japanese Coast Guard was monitoring the vessels.

    Japan’s move to “nationalise” the disputed islands escalated a simmering and long-standing feud between the two nations over the territory, which is administered by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan.
    In a statement issued on Monday, after Japan confirmed plans to buy the islands, China’s foreign ministry warned Tokyo would have to “bear all serious consequences”.

    “Long gone are the days when the Chinese nation was subject to bullying and humiliation from others. The Chinese government will not sit idly by watching its territorial sovereignty being infringed upon,” it said.

    The statement said Japan’s “so-called ‘purchase’” was “a gross violation of China’s sovereignty over its own territory and is highly offensive to the 1.3 billion Chinese people.”

    “It seriously tramples on historical facts and international jurisprudence. The Chinese government and people express firm opposition to and strong protest against the Japanese move,” the statement added describing the move as “totally illegal and invalid”.

    On Monday’s China’s prime-minister Wen Jiabao said his country would “never yield an inch” over the islands.

    Speaking in Tokyo on Tuesday, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Osamu Fujimura, told reporters: “We certainly do not wish the issue to affect our diplomatic relations with China and it is important to resolve any misunderstanding or miscommunication.”

    But a strongly-worded editorial in China’s state-controlled Global Times said “the Sino-Japanese relationship will unavoidably deteriorate.”

    The Global Times said that Beijing could not rule out a possible “confrontation between China and the US-Japan alliance”. “China should be prepared for the worst,” it said.

    Japan’s Tuesday announcement also drew a bellicose response on the internet with thousands messages posted on social media.

    “What I most want now is to hear the bugle call of the People’s Liberation Army,” wrote ‘Green Tea Teacher’ on the Tencent microblogging site. “It is the most beautiful sound.”

    Another user sounded a more cautious note. “What can we do? Well, I'll try not buying Japanese goods in the future, at the most.”



    The mosaic of rival territorial claims in the South China Sea has become Asia's worst potential military flashpoint
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...-purchase.html

    Holy shit!

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    The Senkaku Islands have long been a point of contention - it looks now like that point has reached boiling.

    This has been simmering in the background for a long while, with protests, prodding, and slights on both sides.
    Wonder what'll happen.
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    Chinas acting like a big baby again. The islands were legitimatly sold to japan which could have been available to china as well. Sending warships and trying to get them to fold through threats wont solve it but just start an international chrisis. Can we just go to war with china already?

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    What is it on those islands that is worth going to war for? Oil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfwood View Post
    What is it on those islands that is worth going to war for? Oil?
    Ego .

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfwood View Post
    What is it on those islands that is worth going to war for? Oil?
    Oil reserves are a possibility around some of them, but nothing definite. It's really more a case where China says that they claimed them a long time ago, lost them to Japan in a war, and claims that Japan was supposed to have returned them after the war because of the treaty with the United States ending the Second World War. Japan, on the other hand, says that they were never settled by the Chinese in the first place, that they were not affected by said treat, and China never disputed ownership up until geologists said that they might have oil reserves around them.
    Complicating things since 2009.

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    I effing love it when fucking China starts going on about the inviolability of territorial sovereignity, I fucking love it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger View Post
    Can we just go to war with china already?
    Riiiight... yeah lets just go war against China, that sound bloody great idea indeed! Winner of the war; Cockroaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shandian View Post
    Riiiight... yeah lets just go war against China, that sound bloody great idea indeed! Winner of the war; Cockroaches.
    I can't understand what you are saying.

    And while I'm at it lets laugh at china and throw out a few stereotypes.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP33K...e_gdata_player
    Last edited by Smudger; September 12th, 2012 at 03:01 AM. Reason: Life is so much more fun when you are a giant dick

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