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RE: Anna rRxia

I like how no one wants to take a shot a GQ for such obviously low-class journalism. If A&E didn't do their research into the Robertson family's beliefs, they're morons. GQ clearly did, and that's why they asked the question. I mean, who honestly reads GQ anymore, anyway? I'm surprised they have enough room in that rag for one story considering all the advertisements. What gets me is how people are so surprised Phil would feel that way. I mean, come on!

Personally, I applaud him for staring straight into the barrel of a fully-loaded question and saying what he really believes. That takes balls, of which he clearly has a lot. In the end, though, this is only going to hurt A&E, because they'll either have to cave and let Phil back on the show (why they can't edit him out of the footage they've already filmed is beyond me), or the Robertson family will walk and take "Duck Dynasty" to another network. And I can think of only a handful of networks that wouldn't welcome them with open arms.

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Russia Frees Activists

Proving that Putin is a smarter scumbag than we thought. Nothing has changed in Russia, these activists should thank the Olympic Gods for blowing the Olympics Sochi's way this year (a Winter venue w/o snow).

Wonder how much the bribe was to get the contract to make snow?

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@Parkas: If this is the quote...

"It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical,"

If that is the quote then then A&E needs to get a life, even if it is a corporate one.

My, how times have changed. The network comes out with a strong statement of support for the LGBT community and slams Robertson, putting him on "hiatus" from filming. YOU do have to wonder if a person has the right to free speech, espousing his religion (as he understands it).

Personally, I don't agree with the guy but this isn't hate speech. He is not advocating for the "Final Solution" for gays. Commercial interest is at the heart of this corporate statement. Robertson should sue them unless his contract is draconian.

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Duck Dynasty on Homosexuality

Not sure how many of the Deadheads here watch and/or are fans of the Robertson family, but they're in the midst of a huge public stink regarding some anti-gay sentiments made public. Now, I don't know all the particulars--I don't have a whole lot of time for television nor do I make the time--but the show is either on hiatus or is being cut from A&E and may very well be taken off the air entirely. And, OF COURSE, the entire country is in an uproar over this.

Here's my stance on it: the man (I'm not sure if it was Phil or Si) is entitled to his opinion. The network knew going into it that the entire family are devout Christians. The Robersons' stance on homosexuality and all that should NOT come as a surprise. Just because they're public figures is no reason to take them off the air. Do I agree with the sentiment? No, but I also know there are some who do. And chances are there always will.

Will this hurt the family's reputation? Sure, a little. Chances are this'll become a Republican political talking point (if it hasn't already), and I'm sure it'll become a rallying cry for the TEA Party and other uber-conservatives nationwide. And the show will most likely come back on the air but to a network that's more "in line" with the family's beliefs.

All I wanna know is this: when did we lose our freedom of speech? I'm pretty sure it was in the Constitution....

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Obama Accepts 46 Recommendations to Amend Spying Regs.

President Obama has accepted an official government report he had tasked in which the NSA has it's balls nicked but not clipped, mostly in the way it which it collects metta telephone data. These are superficial changes in that the telephone companies control different parts of the data collection and storage. What the NSA says it needs to do is have access to all the pieces of data quickly. The NSA doesn't particularly care where that data resides until it needs it. It just wants an "Access-All-Areas" pass from every telephone company.

President Obama thanked his White House review panel for the important recommendations to insure privacy controls on the cloud/internet and in telephone calls.

The White House also allowed as it would be wise to dial back on the total transparent collection of private communications amongst it's "allies". Still, Obama is not prepared to give a pardon to leaker Ed Snowden.

Previous to Snowden, the POTUS had total deniability that any of these programs actually even existed. Obama had gone so far as to say that a chat with the American people regarding these issues was overdue. Still, due process must take place with Snowden, despite the fact that he is sitting on over a million pages of documents that could further damage the reputation of the US and it's relations with Allies. It is presumed that the Russians and and the Chinese already have every shred of information collected by Snowden.

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Chinese Party Materials!

Synthetic: Induces vivid hallucinations and loud roaring noises in the ears that some times lasts for hours.

L*o*v*e*l*y!

(Warning! Do not use these for stocking-stuffers!)

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New Blood Pressure Advisory Needs More Study

If you're like me, then, for the last ten years, you've had your doctor macking on you to get your blood pressure under 140 over 90 -- often not an easy thing to do, especially with crappy Indian knock-off generics like Robaxyn taking up to 10% of the market these days.

The actual new recommendation from a prestigious source like the New England Journal of Medicine will be quite a useful guideline to know for long life and good health.

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Worst Guest Appearance of All-Time 65-95

3/8/70 - A mystery guest takes the mike after Pigpen's Katie Mae and "sings" a blues while Pigpen and the band accompany him - then he continues shouting and tunelessly bleating a harmonica all through Not Fade Away, while the Dead apparently ignore him. This was thought to be Wayne Ceballos; Pigpen seems to have encouraged him onstage, for some reason. (The link has a debate on whether this singer is Ceballos or not - which is ironic, since the genuine Ceballos on 6/8/69 is almost equally atrocious.) Hands-down the worst guest appearance.

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@Parkas: Re: Santa "Klauss"

A young black liberal think-tank spokes. had the audacity to challenge the fact that the historical personage named Saint Nicholas from the swarthy-skinned country of Turkey could actually be Turkish in racial characteristics as Jon Stewart so aptly pointed-out on the Daily Show.

Meghan "Lemon-Tart", the commentator from Fox started this, admonishing kids strongly to cover their ears and to remember the world is flat and that Santa is an incandescent albino.

SNL had a great skit also. Way to go, Fox!

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The Santa Clause

I only caught a blurb of those on yesterday morning's news, but has anyone else heard the controversy about how Santa Clause can't be white anymore? Apparently some parents and/or children are having a hard time dealing with the fact that Santa's white while they aren't. So now there's apparently a movement to change Santa into something other than a fat and jolly white guy with obviously high blood pressure (how else do you explain the constantly rosey cheeks?). It was apparently a talking point of Fox "News" the other day, but that should come as no surprise to ANYONE.

CHRISTMAS: If you're having a hard time identifying with a fat white guy who lives in an uninhabitable frozen wasteland and delivers toys to all the world's children in a matter of hours while being pulled through the sky in a sleigh that's pulled by magical flying reindeer, you're doing it wrong.

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