Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Saturday, March 08, 2008

I Thought I was Only Kidding When I Called England Nerf™Land.

(And I really have! Here's the evidence: 2005, and 2006, and I'm sure a couple of other places as well. )

But apparently now they're doing it for real (h/t Phelps):
Brick Lane made Britain's first 'Safe Text' street with padded lampposts to prevent mobile phone injuries


Around one in ten careless Brits has suffered a "walk 'n text" street injury in the past year through collisions with lampposts, bins and other pedestrians.

The 6.6million accidents have caused injuries ranging from mild knocks and embarrassing cuts and bruises through to broken noses, cheekbones and even a fractured skull.
Look, I've heard of "Condition White" before, but if you are so disconnected from your surroundings that you walk into lamp posts, then the world doesn't need to be padded for your protection, you need to be locked in a padded room for ours.


England. Where Great Britain used to be.

EDITED TO ADD: I really hope this story is a joke, because if it isn't, that nation is just too far gone to save. (And the fact that we can't tell if it's satire says that it's pretty far gone already.)

UPDATE 3/12: Phelps has the scoop. It was a "guerilla marketing" ploy by a wireless service provider - i.e., a joke.

But, as I said, the fact that we couldn't tell is a sign that England is pretty far gone already. Even reader Phil B. reported that the local (UK) news treated it as real, so they couldn't tell either.

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