Out of the Blue

Definitely having a slow morning here... Painkillers are good for their designated purpose, but they don't necessarily speed up one's mental processes. In lieu of a good ramble (which probably should be helped by a good dose of narcotics) we have an extra-large list of links of the day today.

Link of the Day: Wrecked Exotics. Thanks Tony Fabris.
Link of the Day II: A Bird Story from Cyberspace. Thanks Athlon7.
Story of the Day: Lawmakers blast Pledge ruling. "A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is an unconstitutional 'endorsement of religion.'" Thanks dbodine.
Story of the Day II: Fan from hell creates a stir at Cher concert. Thanks Chris Johnson.
Story of the Day III: Hit-And-Run Motorists Strike Twice. Thanks GinRummy.
Weird Science: Wooden Mirror. Thanks Zdim and Thom Wetzel.
Wild Science: Cure For Cancer? Thanks Chris Johnson.
Wild Science II: A New Twist on Light Speed. Thanks [MP] Wolverine [MP].
Image of the Day: The Smoking Gun Archive where you can see Marilyn Manson without make-up. Thanks again Chris Johnson.

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Well, I've followed this discussion a bit and I've got to say I'm a little amazed at the amount of energy and passion in it.

To me the matter is simple: if the US constitution states that religion should not be enforced, then people should not be made to swear an oath containing a reference to god.

But there is one other thing that I find much more interesting. Some other posters said that this pledge of allegiance is something that US kids have to make every day and that they can get in trouble if they don't. What if someone doesn't want to make it at all? What if he or she says "fuck the US, I think we should go back to having independent states"? Or, for those North Dakotan's out there: "one nation, indivisible, except for South Dakota"? Aren't those valid opinions that are protected by the US constitution? So how can this be combined with the need to pledge allegiance to the USA?

Note that the examples above are NOT my opinions - they're just examples, nothing more.

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