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Two News Stories for Today

The 11th Federal Circuit Court finally forced Texas to lift its ban on sex toys. Of course, the 5th Appeals Court (Alabama's) still doesn't care. We're one of two states left now. It's just Mississippi and us.

This is encouraging:
Alabama lawmaker John Rogers has promised to introduce legislation this session that would revoke the state's 10-year ban on the sale of sex toys. "A shower head could be considered a sex toy," Rogers said. "It's just bringing the state into the 20th century."
Sources
Federal Appeals Court Overturns Sex Toys Ban
Texas Ban on Sex Toy Sales Is Overturned

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From the New York Times, Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?

America values entertainment over learning. Not news. But I gotta say, this is the kinda thing that makes me want to scream:
A popular video on YouTube shows Kellie Pickler, the adorable platinum blonde from “American Idol,” appearing on the Fox game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” during celebrity week. Selected from a third-grade geography curriculum, the $25,000 question asked: “Budapest is the capital of what European country?”

Ms. Pickler threw up both hands and looked at the large blackboard perplexed. “I thought Europe was a country,” she said. Playing it safe, she chose to copy the answer offered by one of the genuine fifth graders: Hungary. “Hungry?” she said, eyes widening in disbelief. “That’s a country? I’ve heard of Turkey. But Hungry? I’ve never heard of it.”
The first thing that bothers me is that she didn't know the answer. The second thing is that she seems to have the attitude that it isn't important that she doesn't know it. I try to keep in mind that the reason they choose idiots is to make it more entertaining, and that not everyone is that stupid, but then, my cynical half (3/4) kicks in. The reason they make it entertaining at the cost of intellectualism is because people watching want to be entertained instead of wanting to learn. That's the real thing that bothers me. If you laugh at Kellie Pickler, and you repeatedly occupy yourself with shows like that, what is that saying about your own desire to learn? You don't even have a right to laugh.

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chris462
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
LMAO ... I wonder if Rogers knows that we're actually in the 21st century.

I know about 90% of the questions on "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?", BTW. I know probably 3/4 of the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" questions, roughly 1/3 of the Jeopardy questions (unless you count Rock & Roll Jeopardy, which I wholly rule at), and 90%+ of the "1 vs 100" questions.

I watch too many trival gameshows, I think.
happinessiseasy
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Whoa now, 21st is a bit much. Baby steps. I'm pretty sure we (Alabama) are actually in or around the 17th Century at this point so 20th would be a welcome upgrade for us.
chris462
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Nah ... Women can vote and blacks African Americans are free. Obama won the Alabama Democratic Primary!

We're at least halfway through the 20th century. :P
happinessiseasy
Feb. 15th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Well, that controversial "Evolution" nonsense is still being debated, so clearly we haven't hit 1900 yet.
chris462
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
> Well, that controversial "Evolution" nonsense is still being debated [...]

And rightly so. :P
happinessiseasy
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Not between scientists who have other viable theories.

The word "debated" gives these arguments too much credit.
furikku
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
And yet, Pleasures has two stores open.

:D
happinessiseasy
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Where's the second one? I only know of the one in the Cici's parking lot, unless you're talking about Hippocratease.
furikku
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly certain they have a second one, at least. I can't remember where it is.

I don't make a habit of noticing sex store locations. This one just happens to be next to my fave Greek restaurant. :D

PS: Your VDay icon is very cute.
happinessiseasy
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I haven't been to Pleasures, so I don't know if they're still selling sex toys, or maybe selling them as "massage aids" or something lol. This is one of those principle things. It doesn't affect me much, but dammit it's the principle.
furikku
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
They are most definitely selling all manner of sex toys, with no "massage aid" pretense.

Also, cuteish but overpriced stockings.
meladibug
Feb. 17th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Just by the way, actually what they started doing is labeling things "for novelty use only" or, my personal favorite, "cake topper"
chris462
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
It's on South Parkway, near Charlotte Dr. My grandma had an office right next to it and threw a fit when they opened that place.
skate_or_die82
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
It's on my side of town. South Parkway, just north of Charlotte Road. It's by Tuck's house, in the same shopping center as my tailor.
skate_or_die82
Feb. 15th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Being self-absorbed is one of young America's defining traits and one of the more alarming.
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