The Blob

Friday, May 04, 2007

Gee, what a great idea!

MSNBC is reporting that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is strongly opposing the Bush Administration's support for legislation that would prohibit suspected terrorists from buying firearms. Now that's what I call ballsy and creative thinking. I mean, even ruthless terrorists should have rights, yes? Sure, innocent people could die in cold blood (think Virginia Tech) because the NRA had its way - again - but after all, defending the Second Amendment is more important. Heck, how else could a poor, defenseless terrorist defend him/herself?

Maybe the problem is this: these days, it's pretty hard for any self-respecting terrorist to get their dirty little mitts on a few hundred thousand pounds of fertilizer and fuel oil, much less some decent high grade plutonium here in the US of A. Yes, I know. It's easy to infiltrate our borders, but that's when the hassles begin. Think of all the paperwork any terrorist has to fill out to get the good stuff. So, why bother with that when courtesy of the good folks at the NRA, a self-respecting nut job could simply get their hands on some full auto assault rifles, shotguns and more?

Yessir, the NRA is showing that they really care about America by standing behind the Second Amendment at all costs.

What a crock. Just what we need - giving free access to guns by people who want to kill innocent people. I hope, just once, that the NRA gets their asses handed to them on this one. God knows, they have enough blood on their hands.

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This is totally lame...

Did you know that there is a Disneyland in China? I didn’t either. Nor did Disney. With its slogan “Disneyland is too far,” Beijing’s Shijingshan Amusement Park features a replica of Cinderella’s Castle, with staff dressed like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and other Disney characters.

None of this is authorized by Disney - but that has not stopped the state-owned park from creating its own counterfeit version of the Magic Kingdom in a brazen example of the sort of open and widespread copyright piracy that has Washington fuming.

The United States announced Monday it would file a case at the World Trade Organization over rampant copyright piracy in China, a practice which US companies say deprives them of billions of dollars each year.

Here's the link for an article and photos of really lame Chinese copies of Disney characters. And just for fun, read this article in Wikipedia about Chery Automobiles, the leading Chinese car manufacturer, which thinks nothing of counterfeiting other companies' designs. Completely.

If the Chinese expect to dominate the world in this century, they won't get there with blatant counterfeiting, which seems to be what they do best. Original thought counts. And we're keeping score.

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