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Stray voltage
Posted by: McQ on Friday, May 19, 2006

Oh boy:
Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.

"This is reminiscent of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis."
Well, yeah, except Iran's president is quite sure the Holocaust never happened.

UPDATE:
It now appears the story may be untrue.

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Yeah, this makes sense:
The FBI is mounting one of its biggest searches to date for the remains of former Teamsters boss James R. Hoffa, bringing in dozens of agents for what agents say will be a multi-week dig at an 85-acre property once owned by one of Hoffa's closest union associates.

Thirty years of myth and legend have placed Hoffa's remains everywhere from the Giants' stadium to a Japanese auto factory to swamps of the Florida Everglades to the bottom of Lake Michigan.
50 agents diverted from law enforcement to dig up a horse farm looking for a 30 year old corpse. It's not like Hoffa's going anywhere if he's there. Does it really require 50 agents?

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Racist? From Sen. Harry Reid on the "English as the official language" amendment:
{16:21:50} (MR. REID) { NOT AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT }

DISTINGUISHED FRIEND, THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA, KNOWS THAT. HE'S FLOWN AROUND THE WORLD HIMSELF AS A PILOT. I HAVE AFFECTION FOR MY FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA, BUT I HAVE THE GREATEST DISAGREEMENT WITH HIM ON THIS AMENDMENT. WHILE THE INTENT MAY NOT BE THERE, I REALLY BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT IS RACIST.

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Principle or politics?
With a methodical series of public gestures, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is distancing himself from President Bush and fellow Republicans in Congress as he seeks to avoid harm to his reelection effort from their declining political fortunes.

Schwarzenegger has challenged Bush on border security and global warming regulations. He publicly threatened to sue the Bush administration over Medicare regulations. He has tacitly sanctioned at least three other state lawsuits against the federal government.

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Ok, you explain it. Lionel Richie?
I have been to Iraq nine times since the American invasion three years ago, for a total of about 10 solid months. (My wife is counting.) During that time, I have seen bombs and blood, I have seen rebuilding and restructuring, and I have seen death and democracy. So what have I heard? That's easy: Lionel Richie.

Grown Iraqi men get misty-eyed by the mere mention of his name. "I love Lionel Richie," they say. Iraqis who do not understand a word of English can sing an entire Lionel Richie song.

This is the same Lionel Richie who wrote "Say You, Say Me." This is the same Lionel Richie who is the father of some young woman named Nicole. Yes, that Lionel Richie. Could he really be an Iraqi icon?
 
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Hey if the Germans can love on David Hasselhoff, why should it seem strange for the Iraqi’s to have a groove on for Lionel Ritchie.
 
Written By: Radical Centrist
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Lionel Ritchie....
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No idea why.



Jimmy Hoffa - isn’t Mulder available for that one?
 
Written By: Dave
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Does it really require 50 agents?
They want to be on TV.
 
Written By: Dave Schuler
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The Lionel Ritchie angle is highly reminiscent of how the movie "Titanic" was a huge underground hit in Taliban-era Afghanistan.
 
Written By: D
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Did you know Hitler got this idea of the yellow Jew-badge originally from Omar ibn al-Khattab, the second Caliph and Mohammad’s most trusted disciple? After a four month siege of Jerusalem in 638 AD, the christian and jewish population finally capitulated to the Arabs and handed over control of the city to Omar.

In exchange for their lives and religious identity, the jews and christians agreed to an archaine set of segregation laws, commonly known as the "Pact of Omar." One of the provisions was that they had to wear a yellow sash in public known as the zunar. Later in the 9th century, it was changed to a yellow star of david or a cross.

Some believe that Hitler’s friend, the grand mufti Al-Husseini of Jerusalem in the 1930’s gave him the idea. Also, don’t you remember how the Taliban used to do this to hindus in Afghanistan? I’m suprised the current rule in Iran didn’t come into effect earlier!
 
Written By: Jimmy the Dhimmi
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So what’s next for Iran, tatooed numbers?
 
Written By: capt joe
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Barcodes....
 
Written By: Dave
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let’s go next gen -> RFID tags
 
Written By: capt joe
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Let them keep acting more and more like Nazis. It’ll make it that much easier to recognize the threat they pose to civilization. We won’t even need the administration to sell us this war if they take it to Holocaust levels.
 
Written By: OrneryWP
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The yellow patches might be a hoax.

Although it fits the recent behavor pretty close.
 
Written By: capt joe
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Look, let’s get right to meat of the matter with Reid and what he said. I think you guys are missing a major point where

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Did you say they love Lionel Richie?


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Nevermind. Lost my train of thought. I think I’m going to go have a beer and watch a girlie movie....
 
Written By: Robb Allen (Sharp as a Marble)
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"The Nazis had pieces of flair that they made the Jews wear..."
 
Written By: Dale Franks
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DISTINGUISHED FRIEND, THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA, KNOWS THAT. HE’S FLOWN AROUND THE WORLD HIMSELF AS A PILOT. I HAVE AFFECTION FOR MY FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA, BUT I HAVE THE GREATEST DISAGREEMENT WITH HIM ON THIS AMENDMENT. WHILE THE INTENT MAY NOT BE THERE, I REALLY BELIEVE THIS AMENDMENT IS RACIST
To buffer his position, the good Sen. offered two examples of why this bill is a bad idea:

1) He was in a hotel and was locked out of his room. He asked the maid for help but she spoke no English. When his son came along and spoke Spanish to her, her face lit up and she was so happy to be able to communicate

2) He has some guy named Frederico working for him. This Frederico guy is smart enough to work for the Senate Minority Leader but when he got sick, he was worried that he wouldn’t be able to tell the emergency room workers what was wrong, since he only spoke Spanish (just what does this guy do for Reid anyway)

So that’s the reason why English should NOT be the official language of the US.

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I’m dead serious. This is not a parody.
 
Written By: shark
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This is not a parody.
Actually, it is, just not an intentional one.
 
Written By: Achillea
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