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Brickbat: Too Much, Magic Bus

BusMartín Otero / Dreamstime.comA judge in Madrid, Spain, has banned a bus with an anti-transgender message on it from driving city streets. The judge said the message on the bus, which had been chartered by a Catholic group, was discriminatory and could provoke hate crimes.

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  • Jerryskids||

    Just put the Arabic translation of the message underneath and call yourselves Muslims and everything will be totally cool.

  • NOT a Naked Intruder||

    This was an American situation? 'Cause, the article says this in in Spain, which has quite a different Left/Right dichotomy, even in religious matters.

    Maybe you should try not being kicked in the head so much.

  • Radioactive||

    you should consider switching to decaf, way less likely to get your panties in a bunch this early with the decaf...just saying

  • Radioactive||

    who's pretending to be what now? I'm only a pretender to the throne...

  • Radioactive||

    ooooooh! I'm so scalded!!!

  • ace_m82||

    Why lump Rand Paul in with those others? What has he done against you (other than dare to call himself Christian)?

  • BigT||

    the crazy "Christian Right" actually has a lot in common with the even more crazy "Muslim Right."

    While they have some things in common, i.e. desire to suppress disliked speech, this is shared by the lunatic left, Nazis, Communists, socialists, Trump, and the Democratic party. What the Xtians and Moohamedans do not have in common is their methods of responding to insults and injuries. Xtians turn the other cheek (for the most part) while Moo-boys slice off heads and crucify and immolate people. Your attempts at equivalency are false, cunt.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Yes, the goat-humpers are more extreme, in their use of PERSONAL violence... Some of the Xtains try to clean it up just a WEE TINY tad, by having Government Almighty perform the violence instead! They harbor the illusion that Government Almighty being involved, cleans away the stains and sins of violence and coercion...
    Example: I don't like it when you kill a human zygote. Instead of me personally killing the abortion doctor or drug dispenser, I will have the Government Almighty kill said offender, instead!

  • ace_m82||

    Some of the Xtains try to clean it up just a WEE TINY tad, by having Government Almighty perform the violence instead!

    Replace "Xtains" with literally any religion or non-religion (other than "an-cap") and you've got a true statement. So what? People will call themselves whatever they want and some will use government against others.

    The problem isn't the belief, it's using initiations of force. What you are exhibiting is pure, unadulterated tribalism.

    Example: I don't like it when you kill a human zygote...

    I don't like it when you (the general "you") kill black people. Or Asians. Or any human.

  • SQRLSY One||

    After thinking about it a few minutes, I agree with all you said. Government is "most of us in this tribe acting together"… I recall reading an anthropologist writing of an African tribe, Xhosian as I recall, where a young man beat up and murdered too many people… So some other tribesmen killed him. Then, every adult tribal member (women too) stuck a poisoned arrow into the offender's dead body… Symbolically, "we're all in this together"… Which is what we do with votes, in a democracy, symbolically… "We're all in this semi-together" (even when we're all at each others' throats!).
    Well anyway, all I'm left with, is simply this, then: "We use Government Almighty way, way too much", which most if not all libertarians and an-caps will agree with, I think… Collectivizing the violence and coercion doesn't make it all nice, harmless, and pretty, that is…

  • SQRLSY One||

    Oh, but hey, wait a minute, I also have this thought to offer!
    I will now demonstrate, logically and impeccably, that Government Almighty is the boss of God Almighty…
    Here is PROOF!
    We read in the papers, every day almost, of federal judges (servants of Government Almighty) sitting in judgment (using their magical mind-reading powers) about whether or not our religious beliefs are "sincerely held", or not.
    Yet I have NEVER heard of credible evidence concerning God Almighty, sitting in judgment about whether or not our beliefs in Government Almighty are "sincerely held", or not!!!
    Brain case closed!!! 

  • Jerryskids||

    Today's the day, LA! You can vote to stick your leg in the woodchipper and see if it cures your ingrown toenail.

    The only way to include people of all wages and incomes is to actually build more places for more people. Oddly, rapidly building cheap metro areas in states like Arizona, Texas, and Georgia — not known for explicitly progressive policies — have figured out this inclusive growth recipe.

    Yes "oddly", places that don't adhere to progressive policies actually have free-market remedies that deal with problems more efficiently than centralized planning. Who could possibly imagine such a thing? It's insane!

  • sarcasmic||

    Dude, it's a moral issue. Free markets are immoral because of corporate profits. So what if they are infinitely less efficient and totally wasteful? That waste and inefficiency is money that goes to the people, as opposed to corporate profits for the rich. When progressive government wastes money, it wastes it on the people instead of the rich. So it's moral. While free markets are immoral. Get it?

  • Jerryskids||

    I get your point, but I have to disagree with your "waste and inefficiency" misunderstanding of the situation. To judge whether or not something is wasteful and inefficient, you have to look at what its intended purpose is. If you look at the program for providing low-income housing in terms of providing low-income housing, it looks like it's wasteful and inefficient and actually counter-productive - but if you look at the program for providing low-income housing in terms of providing jobs and power and lucrative opportunities for graft and corruption to government parasites it's a huge success. There's no money being "wasted" in imposing government control and allocation of scarce resources, that money goes straight into paying for the rent-seeking developers and the controllers and allocators and their insatiable appetite for power.

  • sarcasmic||

    Profits is the price we pay for efficiency. Think about it.

    I do agree with you. I always look for the bootleggers and the Baptists. You know that story, right? The politician outlaws liquor on the sabbath to a cheering crowd of Baptists. As he gives his speech the bootleggers stuff a bunch of cash into his back pocket as thanks for giving them the monopoly on alcohol sales on Sunday.

    So in the case of "affordable housing" the Baptists are the advocates for the poor, and the bootleggers are the contractors.

  • some guy||

    Profits is the price we pay for efficiency. Think about it.

    That's one way to put it, I guess. I think of it more like this: Profits are just a sign that someone is creating value for their customers.

  • sarcasmic||

    I'm not disagreeing with you.

    My point is that government does not make a profit. As a result decisions are made based upon politics instead of efficiency. This creates massive waste.

    Whereas private companies must turn a profit in order to stay in business. They do this by finding more efficient methods of producing goods and services. So profits are the price of efficiency.

  • SQRLSY One||

    When money is a profit, made by free-market exchanges, money is evil!

    When Government Almighty moves money around, using force and coercion, money is GOOD!!!

  • Will4Freedom||

    Isn't this something like "It's not the rapists fault, your honor. She was looking hot".

  • Trigger Hippie||

    Stop pimping your own blog, dude. It's fucking tacky.

  • BigT||

    Wasn't the Secret Service (SS) tasked specifically with surveilling Candidate and President-Elect Trump? Therefore, of course they were watching him, and since they come under the President via the Treasury, at 'Obama's direction.' It would not surprise me if they recorded some conversations, maybe in reasonable fulfillment of their tasks, that include Trump's phone or private conversations.

    I think the facts are likely true, but the implication that they are 'spying' on him for nefarious purposes,, are likely wrong.

  • simplybe||

    The Secret Service is tasked with protecting the President and certain others, not spying on them. Hell we have the NSA, CIA, FBI and probably several other 3 letter outfits if want spying done. You can go to your local police for that matter

  • AlmightyJB||

    Rapescan or actual rape. You get to choose.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Boys have penises, girls have vaginas. Don't let them fool you.

    My penis has never fooled me, but those lady parts. They'll pull the football away from you every time.

  • Mickey Rat||

    "The judge said the message on the bus, which had been chartered by a Catholic group, was discriminatory and could provoke hate crimes."

    Even worse, it might just describe reality.

    "In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy."

  • Brandybuck||

    Two plus two does indeed equal five, for sufficiently large values of two.

  • Radioactive||

    psychotic, knowing that 2+2=5: neurotic knowing that 2+2=4 but just can't stand it...

  • simplybe||

    Whine whine whine. When was it a ever a right for people not to get their feelings hurt. I have always suspected that people de evolved from a higher order of animal. They kill for fun and whine about everything The good thing about dying is the possibility that you can come back as something higher evolved than a human.

  • Brandybuck||

    "Boys have penises, girls have vaginas. Don't let them fool you.

    Actually, at the risk of being burned at the stake, that's true. Males have penises, females have vaginas. The human male sex has penises, the human female sex has vaginas.

    There are exceptions though. Intersex individuals can have both or neither.

    But we're not talking about intersex here. The transgender issue has nothing to do with biology, everything to do with language. Some boys want to be girls, and it's not fair that they can't be girls, so they get to be girls. And off the gas chambers you go if you disagree! "Gender" used to be synonymous with "sex" when referring to one's sexual gender (hence the word "gender"). Now it's a personal choice.

    There are exceptions though. There are people who are both/neither male nor female. That's why this issue is not a clear as it should be. I do have sympathy for those who parents made the choice for them. But they should not be used as pawns in this "He can be a she if she wants to!" war. The idea that there is a female inside a male wanting to get out is utterly stupid. It's cartoonish. Caitlyn Jenner is a female because SHE HAD AN OPERATION that made her female! NOT because there was a girl trapped inside Bruce' body. She now has a vagina therefore she is female.

  • Radioactive||

    I can glue a horn to my forehead, but that doesn't make me a fucking unicorn!

  • Robert||

    I'm just wondering what kinds of hate crimes the sign could provoke. Anti-Catholic ones? Anti-sex ones? Someone sees the message & decides to hurt boys? Girls? Penises? Vulvae?


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