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17076  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Midwest June elections on: June 22, 2009, 02:46:42 pm
17077  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the PMRC on: June 22, 2009, 01:44:49 pm
Tipper Gore is a whore.
17078  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should illegal immigrants who molest/rape children be deported? on: June 22, 2009, 01:41:50 pm
No. They should be tried, convicted and sentenced where the crime took place.
17079  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Iranian Freedom Fighters blow up Basij HQ killing at least five on: June 22, 2009, 01:40:17 pm
This isn't like blowing up a random police station in South Africa, this is like blowing up a bunch of 'brownshirts'.

Basij human rights controversies
Human rights controversies

The Basij have been criticised as belonging to the paramilitary forces using child soldiers because of their underage recruitment practices and for having relied extensively on "human wave" attacks during the Iran-Iraq War, particularly around Basra.[7][19] Many were used as cannon fodder and for mine-clearing. [1]

According to the UNHCR "tens of thousands of Basijis had been ordered to prowl about every factory, office and school to ensure that everyone adhered to the Islamic code. [...] After the summer 1999 riots Basij units were revived, rearmed and sent out into the streets to help enforce Islamic law. The Basijis are reportedly under the control of local mosques. It was further said that the Basijis set up checkpoints around the cities and stopped cars to sniff their occupant's breath for alcohol and check for women wearing make-up or travelling with a man not their close relative or husband. It was reported that the Law of Judicial Support for the Basijis, published in the Official Gazette No. 13946 of 8.10.1371 (December 1992), provided no redress against arbitrary detention by the Basijis." Iran's permanent representative to the U.N. denied these charges.[20]

Amnesty International claims that "investigations by Parliament and the National Security Council indicated that actions by Revolutionary Guard officials and Basij (Mobilization) forces, among others, precipitated the unrest and injuries following the July 1999 students demonstrations".[21]

Human Rights Watch has reported that the Basij belong to the "Parallel institutions" (nahad-e movazi), "the quasi-official organs of repression that have become increasingly open in crushing student protests, detaining activists, writers, and journalists in secret prisons, and threatening pro-democracy speakers and audiences at public events." Under the control of the Office of the Supreme Leader these groups set up arbitrary checkpoints around Tehran, uniformed police often refraining from directly confronting these plainclothes agents. "Illegal prisons, which are outside of the oversight of the National Prisons Office, are sites where political prisoners are abused, intimidated, and tortured with impunity." [22]

On 13 November 2006, Tohid Ghaffarzadeh, a student at Sabzevar University was reportedly killed by a Basij member at the University while Ghaffarzadeh was talking to his girlfriend. The killer reportedly approached Ghaffarzadeh and stabbed him with a knife explaining that what he did was according to his religious beliefs. [23]

On 15 June 2009, a report linked the Basij militia to shootings of civilians in Azadi Square, Tehran, during the 2009 Iranian election protests. [24] [25] News agencies reported 7 dead and over 50 wounded.
17080  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: George Will: The Right's attacks on Obama's Iran stance are "foolish". on: June 22, 2009, 01:29:19 pm
He must be purged from the GOP, just like all conservatives that don't toe the line.
17081  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: "Roast Beef" Sandwich Shops on: June 21, 2009, 09:37:04 am
I never claimed to be a fan.  I find roast beef to be kind of gross.  Only one step better than corned beef.
17082  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm Married! on: June 21, 2009, 08:17:00 am
Congrats....drink lots of milk.
17083  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What US state would you rather live in: Round 1 on: June 21, 2009, 08:15:28 am
New Jersey or Arkansas
Massachusetts or Missouri
Vermont or Hawaii
Virginia or Kansas
Texas or New York
Maryland or South Carolina
Kentucky or Louisiana
Connecticut or New Mexico
Oregon or Rhode Island
New Hampshire or Michigan
Wyoming or Nevada
Montana or Wisconsin
Alabama or California
Oklahoma or South Dakota
Florida or Nebraska
Pennsylvania or Indiana
North Dakota or Mississippi
Utah or Tennessee
West Virginia or Illinois
Alaska or North Carolina
Idaho or Maine
Colorado or Arizona
Delaware or Iowa
Washington or Ohio
Georgia or Minnesota
17084  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Mekong river dolphin almost extinct on: June 21, 2009, 08:05:04 am
If you're a threatened species in China, you're as good as dead.  They make 1950s America (which was very polluted, much worse than now...shhhh, don't tell Al Gore) look like a sparkly clean paradise.
17085  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: "Roast Beef" Sandwich Shops on: June 21, 2009, 07:01:46 am
Arbys?  Anybody remember Rax?  St.Louis peoples will know of Lions Choice.
17086  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: have you ever attended church camp? on: June 20, 2009, 02:41:01 pm
Oh man that would be awesome! (and very embarrassing I'm sure)
17087  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Battle of the Movies: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi vs Batman Begins on: June 20, 2009, 02:39:51 pm
ROTJ gets unfairly panned.  The scene in the sailbarge was excellent.  The entire space-battle side of the Battle of Endor was also great, as was the bit in Palpatine's throne room.

As for the battle sequences on the forest moon of Endor, well...if there's one positive, it's showing (just like ESB did) how ridiculously impractical a walking tank would be.  If the Empire really thought that AT-ATs and (especially) AT-STs were a good idea, it deserved to lose to teddy bears.

Excellent point.  Why do people insist on making robots with legs?  The only reason nature didn't give us wheels or tracks is because it couldn't.  Wheels and/or tracks work SO much better at most* things and are always easier to engineer.

A properly designed tracked AT-AT would be 95% as cool as the "walking" one we saw in ESB and would have made 195% more sense.

*the "insect" like robots can have some clear advantages over wheels or tracks, but with a lot of disadvantages as well (speed, complexity, maintenance)
17088  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which country would you rather live in (Round 4) on: June 20, 2009, 02:33:04 pm
USA vs Germany
UK vs Spain
Canada vs Peru
Australia vs Netherlands
Ecuador vs Portugal
Sweden vs Switzerland
Hong Kong vs Denmark
Norway vs New Zealand
17089  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the Atlas forum's rating? on: June 20, 2009, 02:31:17 pm
I don't really know what the difference between hard PG-13 and soft R is, but I'll vote soft R because apparently no one minds if we say fuck.
A hard PG13 will drop one F-bomb and may show a bong in the background or have somebody referenced getting "baked".  A soft R may contain up to a dozen F-bombs and actually show somebody smoking a joint (but not a bong)...maybe some light, gratuitous (oxymoron?) boobage.
17090  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: have you ever attended church camp? on: June 20, 2009, 02:26:25 pm
4 week longers and countless weekend dealies.  I even was a counselor a few times.  That's how I ended up on a christian tv station in KC playing basketball with some old lady.

I'm assuming I went to 16 or 17 VBS...I certainly don't remember missing any.

Growing up a Christian Fundie was fun!  </sarcasm>
17091  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Smid's Diplomacy Game Thread #2 on: June 20, 2009, 01:44:40 pm
France must retreat the fleet in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
France would like to retreat to GoL.  Thank you.
17092  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the Atlas forum's rating? on: June 20, 2009, 12:22:20 am
I treat it as a "hard R", but that's how I live my life.  Titties, F-bombs and explosions everywhere.
17093  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you like seafood? on: June 19, 2009, 08:59:07 am
I'm a big fan of fried shrimp and crab legs.  Boiled crawfish (I'm not sure if that is "sea"food) is up there too.  I make my version of a Po Boy once a month or so with fried shrimp (because...stupidly, it's cheaper than getting crawfish).
17094  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: PETA condemns Obama for murdering innocent fly on: June 19, 2009, 08:15:43 am
My respect for Obama went way way up.  That was very ninja of him.
17095  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sanes only please on: June 19, 2009, 08:07:45 am
The individuals doing the bad things?  Have we learned nothing from Tipper Gore's idiocy?
17096  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Atlasian Presidential and Senate Election - June 2009 OFFICIAL VOTING BOOTH on: June 19, 2009, 07:48:12 am

Midwest Senate
17097  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group A - World Leaders Survivor - Stage Two - ROUND THIRTY-SEVEN on: June 19, 2009, 07:45:40 am
17098  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: "A nice southern family." on: June 18, 2009, 09:11:56 am
Once or twice a month it happens.
17099  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Making them listen on: June 18, 2009, 09:08:47 am
We need more F22s, period.

As for pounding the ground once air superiority is established, we have B52s for that.  Very cheap (relatively speaking of course).

This is where we need to pour the R&D though.
17100  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: Group B - World Leaders Survivor - Stage Two - ROUND THIRTY-SIX on: June 18, 2009, 07:50:27 am
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