Fatwa bans emoticons :P

November 13, 2008

Yes, smileys are sinful because they violate the Islamic ban on depicting the human form:

"Emoticons are forbidden because of its imitation to Allah’s creatures whether it is original or mixture or even deformed one and since the picture is the face and the face is what makes the real picture then emoticons which represent faces that express emotions then all that add up to make them Haram."

Thus showing again why, in the sane world  (the Dar ul-Nottanut), we’re all laughing at these medieval whack-jobs Islamic scholars. Rolling on the floor

Losers. Loser

(via Jihad Watch)


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What took you so long?

November 13, 2008

The Republican National Committee is filing suit to challenge the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (aka "McCain-Feingold") in federal court. Sponsoring this was one of John McCain’s worst moves as a legislator, one that put him in more hot water than usual with conservatives, for the BCRA’s restrictions on campaign donations and coordination between campaigns and independent groups amount to massive violations of the First Amendment’s free speech protections. It should have been challenged years ago.

I know why McCain favored this legislation: he was afraid of the influence of "big money" on political campaigns. Well, his opponent in the recent election showed how easy it was to get around the BCRA’s restrictions (especially if you abet credit card fraud), and the restrictions on donating directly to campaigns merely lead to the money going to independent-but-allied advocacy groups.

If Congress really wants to fix the problem of big donors buying influence in presidential campaigns without violating the Constitution, they should simply require 100% transparency: all donors and their donations are listed for public inspection, no matter what the amount. Then let the public decide if some person or group is exercising undue influence.

LINKS: Ed Morrissey.


Prep the Jet Car!

November 13, 2008

Whoever knew The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai would foretell the future?

Pentagon Clears Flying Car Project for Take-Off

Pentagon mad science division Darpa is helping build thought-controlled robotic limbs, artificial pack mules, real-life laser guns, and "kill-proof" soldiers. So it comes as no surprise, really, that the agency is now getting into the flying car business, too.

Darpa hopes its "Personal Air Vehicle Technology" project, announced yesterday, will ultimately lead to a working prototype of a military-suitable flying car — a two-to-four passenger vehicle that can "drive on roads" one minute, and take off like a helicopter the next. The hybrid machine would be perfect for "urban scouting," casualty evacuation, and commando-delivery missions, the agency believes.


Flying car

(Photo courtesy of Wired)

I want one, and I want it now. But I wonder if it comes with Hellfire missiles?

(hat tip: Ace of Spades)


The new era of hope and change in action

November 13, 2008

A woman in Minnesota was beaten on Election Night for being a Sarah Palin supporter.