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[#] Fri Jul 18 2014 15:18:09 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Anyway, German politicians think the transatlantic partnership is too
important, since we need America to solve the worlds problem. Like
Ukraine and the Middle East. 

Right now, the nation leading the free world is Israel. Forget about the USA until we get the communist terrorist out of the white house.

[#] Wed Jul 23 2014 05:41:55 EDT from the_mgt

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And you think switching back to a Tsarist Occupied Government will turn USA into a problem solver again? Like when they solved the problem in Iraq or Afghanistan?

[#] Wed Jul 23 2014 12:35:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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So far it's just making things worse.

[#] Fri Jul 25 2014 08:10:01 EDT from fleeb

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Yeah, I saw that article.

Pretty good prank, although I wonder if someone will eventually get in trouble for it.

[#] Fri Aug 01 2014 15:00:06 EDT from fleeb

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The Ugandan supreme court struck down their draconian anti-gay law. It's now null-and-void.

The court claims not enough people were in Parlement to pass the law.

I expect they'll try to pass it again. It's a very nasty law, though. I hope it doesn't make it through. Abominable.

[#] Sat Aug 02 2014 14:25:21 EDT from triLcat

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The situation isn't perfect in Israel either - there are still Ultra-Orthodox groups blocking having a pride parade in Jerusalem (there are pride parades in Tel Aviv and Haifa, though) 

And they can't currently get married, since marriage is a religious institution in Israel (i.e. you also can't marry someone of another faith in Israel, either, but if you get married in Cyprus, your marriage is legal in Israel.)  

[#] Mon Aug 04 2014 09:10:33 EDT from fleeb

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So, Israel mixes religion and law?

I suppose, after a fashion, it's traditional for them. Still seems like a bad idea.

[#] Mon Aug 04 2014 15:07:14 EDT from triLcat

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only for marriage, divorce, and burial.

There are some non-denominational cemeteries, though.

And you can be "common-law" cross-religion.

There are almost no financial benefits to being married anyway, so it's a bit less of an issue. (there are no joint tax returns, health insurance is not family-related, etc)


[#] Tue Aug 05 2014 03:27:44 EDT from vince-q

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2014-08-04 09:10 from fleeb

So, Israel mixes religion and law?

I suppose, after a fashion, it's traditional for them. Still seems
like a bad idea.

England's been doing that since (at least) the days of Henry VIII in the first half of the sixteenth century.

And they still do. The British monarch is still the head of the Church of England.

[#] Tue Aug 05 2014 08:45:31 EDT from fleeb

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Heh... the Pope-Queen of England.

[#] Tue Aug 05 2014 23:01:17 EDT from vince-q

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2014-08-05 08:45 from fleeb

Heh... the Pope-Queen of England.


I found it to be more than moderately humorous to watch the Church of England "struggle" with the decision to allow women bishops some years back, all while their (pardon the term - I know what's going to happen!) Titular Leader was.... Elizabeth II.

Go ahead, fleeb. Have fun with that.... <evil grin>

[#] Wed Aug 06 2014 08:38:48 EDT from fleeb

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Oughta go with 'teatular'.

[#] Wed Aug 06 2014 13:23:27 EDT from vince-q

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2014-08-06 08:38 from fleeb

Oughta go with 'teatular'.

Quite disappointing, fleeb.
One would have thought you would have immediately pounced on "tit"ular... <evil grin>

[#] Wed Aug 06 2014 13:24:41 EDT from fleeb

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When you address a cow, it's no longer a tit. It's a teat.

[#] Wed Aug 06 2014 13:24:56 EDT from fleeb

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(Gads, I hope Lynda doesn't take offense to that).

[#] Mon Aug 11 2014 23:07:50 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I'm gonna be the first to say it, and I don't care how much blowback I get.

I think Robin Williams did his best comedy *with* cocaine. When stoned he was one of the best in the business. Take away the coke and all he really knew how to do was put a red bulb on his nose.

(For those of you who haven't heard the news yet, Robin Williams died today, at the age of 63, from an acute cocaine deficiency.)

[#] Tue Aug 12 2014 00:16:20 EDT from ax25

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Might have burned out sooner, or not.  Some things can't be put back together again once broken I am afraid.

[#] Tue Aug 12 2014 07:37:16 EDT from zooer

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The cocaine years were his best but eventually everyone gets tired. I think it was the combination of lack of
cocaine and people getting sick of him. I remember other comedians getting angry with him during his cocaine
years. I remember a comedian telling Williams to STFU. Maybe that is when he realized he had a problem.

"Cocaine is God's way of telling you that you have too much money." - Robin Williams.

[#] Tue Aug 12 2014 08:57:49 EDT from fleeb

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I'm sure the cocain contributed to his depression, in the end.

Hell of a price to pay for humor.

My improv instructor said he hated the guy's work. "He only has about five characters, whereas a true improvisor has no limit to the number of characters he may create."

I dunno... Williams had more characters, but the fact is that he made more money off the few characters than the many he could do. He had a facility with accents that seemed uncanny.

The cocaine gave him a kind of energy that people liked to see in his comedy, though. But I don't think someone can keep that energy up without wasting a part of themselves.

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