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May 10, 2009

Overnight open thread – America’s first choice when it comes to mindless drivel and worthless tripe (genghis)

Item #1: Mike Florio of the Sporting News (via Yahoo Sports) discusses the rumored plans to outsource the Super Bowl to London. Mr. Florio then attempts to lay out the case for why this might not be a sure sign of Armageddon in 10 easy talking points. Some excerpts:

”5. Knowing that a Super Bowl is coming to London will give folks in England an incentive to learn more about the game. It will create natural interest in the sport in the years preceding the event, and it will help the sport take a chunk out of the obsession with soccer.”

“9. In a roundabout way, it's the kind of gesture that could help other countries truly believe America doesn't look down its nose at other nations. By sharing our most prized sporting event with the rest of the world, the rest of the world might think, at least for a day, that we're not a bunch of jerks.”

He actually makes a couple of compelling points, but like everything else ejaculated by the MSM these days, somehow he finds a way to interject politics into a non-political article. But that’s how it’s gonna’ be kids, now that we’re living in the era of Pax Obama and the Age of Unicornius.

Link and article is swiped from Phil the News Junkie who has lots of other links for you to play with. Also, you can listen to his radio program via livestream each Sunday from 4-7 p.m. Pacific Time…link to that at the top of his page.

Item#2: CNN reports that during a recent seminar on domestic violence in Saudi Arabia, a judge participating in the seminar stated that It’s ok to slap your wife for overspending.

”(CNN) -- Husbands are allowed to slap their wives if they spend lavishly, a Saudi judge said recently during a seminar on domestic violence, Saudi media reported Sunday.”

“Arab News, a Saudi English-language daily newspaper based in Riyadh, reported that Judge Hamad Al-Razine said that "if a person gives SR 1,200 [$320] to his wife and she spends 900 riyals [$240] to purchase an abaya [the black cover that women in Saudi Arabia must wear] from a brand shop and if her husband slaps her on the face as a reaction to her action, she deserves that punishment."

So I guess it’s probably best to avoid buying the latest abaya from Chanel or Ralph Lauren. For most of you this story will have little meaning since the judge didn’t mention anything about how inflatable sex toys should be treated.

Item #3: This story on the other hand may have a profound and immediate impact on your AoS lifestyle. From an AP story via The Philadelphia Enquirer Inquirer (thanks to Little Miss Spellcheck in the comments) comes this grim piece of news: Homeless in Maryland Get Hate-Crime Protection. It’s OK if you need to get up and walk away from the computer for a bit until the shaking subsides. Come back when you feel like you’re able to digest the rest of the article.

”ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland yesterday granted a new safeguard to its most downtrodden residents, becoming the first state in the nation to extend hate-crimes protection to homeless people. The bill signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley adds homelessness to the protected categories under Maryland's hate-crimes law, which allows prosecutors to seek tougher penalties for those who target people because of race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. California, Texas, and Ohio are considering similar bills, and legislation has been introduced in Congress.”

The article doesn’t make clear what the enhanced penalties for hunting hobos the homeless are, but I imagine they might be pretty stiff. Like those you might get for poaching. Let’s toss this in for shits n’ grins:

”Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University-San Bernardino, said the law extended unprecedented protection to an increasingly vulnerable population. "The homeless are arguably the most victimized class, criminally, of anyone out there," Levin said.”

First of all: Dude, ever thought about changing the name of your organization so it makes a better acronym? Cause CSHE just isn’t getting the job done my friend. As everyone knows, getting the catchy acronym is 90% of the job. Maybe here at Moron Central Command we can help you come up with something.

Hat tip to "Jeff_McAwesome"

Tonight’s overnight thread is sponsored by Drunken Kitten. Because I feel like it, that’s why.

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