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Stupid political correctness

A football fan in England was told by a cop to remove an England flag from his car because it could be deemed racist.

Ben Smith, 18, was pulled over for a routine spot check by an officer who inspected his tyres and road tax.

But the labourer was stunned to be told that a St George flag covering his Vauxhall Corsa’s parcel shelf was offensive to immigrants.

Tory MP Philip Davies, who campaigns against political correctness, said: “If this is the case then it is disgusting and totally outrageous and the policeman ought to be ashamed of himself.

“How on earth can it be racist to fly your own flag in your own country?

This is ridiculous, and it’s not the first ridiculous thing coming out of England lately. Just a few days ago I blogged about the 15 year old who got in trouble for holding up a sing calling Scientology a cult. Where is Bill Maher when you need him?

Since when is it a crime to offend someone? I thought England was a free country. I have said this a million times and it seems appropriate to repeat it yet again:

NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT NOT TO BE OFFENDED! PERIOD!

If you own country’s flag could be deemed offensive, what isn’t? No offense to immigrants but if you’ve moved to a country whose flag you cannot stand, then you need to pack up your bags and find yoursefl another county to hate.

By the way, before people start yelling at me, I am an immigrant myself, so I think I am allowed to say such things about immigrants.

May 28, 2008 Posted by | Critical Thinking, Logic, Morality, Thinking Out Loud | , , , | Leave a comment

What is this Science thingy?

I ran across a nice quote from a certain Sir. William Bragg who apparently said:

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

That is such a nice quote, because it deals with a certain misconception that the general public holds about science and scientists in general. The general public’s view of a scientist is a geek wearing big glasses, with messy hair, and wearing suspenders who can blurt out all kinds of facts out of his head in a matter of seconds.

Now, having specific, technical knowledge is a necessary but not sufficient characteristic of a scientist. In its core, science is not about collecting facts, but explaining them. Science is a method of finding out why those facts are there, why they work the way they work. Making a list of facts is a small, but necessary, fraction of Science. Science answers many questions and “What” is only one of them. Mostly it is concerned with “How” or “Why” type of questions. Science is concerned with making predictions and testing them. It is concerned with the future more so than the past. It wonders what new facts could be discovered, not merely what has already been discovered and cataloged.

And that is why Science ROCKS!

May 28, 2008 Posted by | Science, Thinking Out Loud | | Leave a comment

Illegal immigrants break 1,000 year-old ban…on women

Well, almost 1,000 year-old. Four Moldovan women illegal immigrants were dropped off in the peninsula of mount Athos, which apparently is monastery territory which has a standing ban on women being on premises, dating back to the year 1,045.

They told police they had sailed from Turkey after paying $6,300 to two Ukrainian people smugglers, but were unaware they were breaking Greek law.

The Greeks actually have a law, on the books, prohibiting vaginas from entering mount Athos? Weird!

Under Greek law, breaching the ban can lead to a jail sentence.

Women – even many female domestic animals – have not been allowed on the mountain since a decree banning women was issued by Byzantine Emperor Constantine Monomachos in 1045.

But, thankfully the story had a happy ending. The women were “forgiven” by the monks. Yeah, I get it, I would get really irritated if I was spending all my time alone in some island/peninsula with a bunch of other guys, and four women happened to drop by.

That aside, isn’t it funny to get in trouble due to a law issued in 1,045? I find that fascinating, even though it looks as though the Greeks aren’t taking that law too seriously themselves, and kudos to them for that.

May 28, 2008 Posted by | Funny | , | Leave a comment