Sabres’ Fans Might Riot Over Beer Cutoff. Also, More News.

Two days worth of news again, but I have a good excuse.  Rodger Ebert made me so mad on with this article I found on Sunday morning that I had to rant about it instead of politics.  I should have caught up later, but for that I blame Kozue Aikawa (xxxayu3 on YouTube) for her incredibly good dancing that makes her look so freaking kawaii (that’s “really really adorable/cute” in English.)

I’ll start off with the headlines of Saturday, April 17th first.  Fans in Buffalo have some bad news.  While the city decided to throw a “Party in the Plaza” for the Sabres’ games (especially because they’re in the playoffs) they now are going to be cut off after only 3 beers. I liked the idea of cutoff during the middle of the second period, but it still leaves enough time for people to get insanely drunk and that can be dangerous.  However, I don’t think their hand stamp idea is going to work so well.  At least they’re trying.

Also in local news, the owner of Rick’s Tally-Ho, Richard A. Snowden, is now planning on selling his business, claiming that a recent FBI raid ruined his good name. Now, for a bit of background for those who don’t know, Mr. Snowden owns a chain of strip clubs, called Rick’s Tally-Ho.  Back in March, the FBI raided it with claims that strippers were buying and selling heroin and prostituting themselves in the club.  Mr. Snowden himself is not charged with anything, but the state did revoke the club’s liquor license.  He’s made millions off these clubs and is a huge philanthropist in Buffalo, donating to Shea’s Performing Arts Center, The Buffalo Zoo and the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society.

In my opinion, the state liquor license should be reinstated soon, especially if the FBI investigation finds that the charges were all committed by a few individuals under management’s nose.  It seems to me that if Mr. Snowden were really involved in this, the FBI would have brought the charges against him quite quickly.  The FBI doesn’t tend to fuck around.

The fact that the State Liquor Authority seems to have already condemned him speaks more for their prejudice against his business than anything else.  In the course of running strip clubs for over 30 years, if he was doing something that illegal, it would have been found out by now.  Obviously the man is not a saint, admitting to giving dancers a second chance if caught doing something wrong, and not being as around as he once was.  But he does site publicly known extenuating circumstances that can’t really be commented upon.

I think to vilify this man is wrong.  You can not condemn him for the actions of others.

In the national news, the Goldman Sachs fraud case amuses the hell out of me.  I figured it was only a matter of time until some underhanded dealings and stuff came out not only related to the huge economical disaster we’ve had, but actually contributing to the causes of it.  It makes sense, when you think of it.  It wasn’t just bad policies and chance, somebody was doing something highly illegal on top of it.  I feel somewhat smug that maybe these bastards will get what’s coming to them, finally.

I am also pleased by the idea that Pakistan will be reviving it’s probe into Benazir Bhutto’s assasination. I understand that while originally in power, she was not a saint.  But she was that country’s best hope of change.  I’m pretty sure that the reason why she had “inadequate security” was because 99% of the current political system wanted her dead.  The people liked her, they wanted her and that would have put them out.  While they claim to be Democratic, they really want to squash the people’s will to fight.  Killing her was the best way to do that.  Of course they closed it up quickly and got rid of evidence.  They hoped to sweep it under the rug.  Hopefully the anger the U.N. has towards it will make them take a step in the right direction and some of the truth will come out.  Then again, maybe not.

Bringing the news back to this country, a Pennsylvania school district is admitting it took over 56,000 images from laptops issued to high school students.  That, in and of itself, might not necessarily sound bad, but these laptops were taken home with students and could consist of some not-so-nice and certainly not kosher pictures of the students and their families.  Forget abortion, this is certainly a violation of someone’s right to privacy.  If you’re going to issue laptops, we need to set some rules down about how, when and why you activate those cameras and who gets to do it.  Kinda glad I never got perks like that in my school.  Boy does this district need to get sued, for a lot of money as well.  How did this even sound like a good idea?

Let’s fast forward a few days, to April 20th.  While being the national day of weed, apparently not all the stoners were in the office that day, just most of them.  I didn’t find my next interesting piece until the middle of the first section.

What caught my eye was a case about a San Fransisco law school refusing to recognize a Christian student group, because it excludes certain people (*cough*gays*cough*) from joining.  The High Court seems ready to strike down the school for this.  Which, okay you have to recognize your group regardless of what it is because that’s freedom.  HOWEVER, I take a big issue with them saying the group can still discriminate.  They try to use a political viewpoint to defend it, saying it would be silly for a Republican group to allow Democrats.  But this doesn’t cover it.  For one, just because you’re a Christian doesn’t mean you have to be anti-gay.  Secondly, gays can be Christians too.  Hell, gays can be Catholic if they want.  Your sexual orientation and your religious believes don’t have to be mutually exclusive.  And what does one have to do with the other?  Also, what would stop the group from extending their bias to, say, women or minorities.  Neither side is really in the right in this.

What is wrong with the purpose of a school to say “We don’t wish [to recognize] any group that discriminates?”

Good question.  It would be against the purpose and function of a school to condone any discrimination.  It makes you look like you take sides, when you have to be as impartial as possible.

But it’s a thin line.  I like the idea of a group allowed to require members to hold bias beliefs, but not actually restrict members based on one of the bias’.

It sounds weird, but it’s the only way to be fair.  We’re walking a fine First Amendment line here, with the Freedom of Religion conflicting with the Freedom to Associate as one chooses.  What do you think?

Quickies!

  • 4/17/10 Mayor of NYC, Mr. Bloomberg, wants to put a cap on the number of vendors selling their art in Manhattan parks.  Quit being an idiot, Mr. Bloomberg.  Just because you’re not making money off of it doesn’t mean you have to punish people for doing it.
  • A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.  Because it couldn’t possibly be scientifically explained.  No, no.  It is an act of God to punish women.  Kill yourself.
  • 55% of Americans oppose legal weed, but back it for medicinal purposes.  Wow.  The stupidity of America never fails to amaze me.  Please pull your head out of your ass now.
  • Jeffrey Conroy was found guilty of manslaughter as a hate crime against an Ecuadorean immigrant.  Finally glad to see the hate crime law used not just in sexual orientation, but in race as well.  It needs to be used to fight all forms of bias killing.
  • The Air Force is going to discharge a lesbian officer who remained in the military despite being openly homosexual.  This is why we need that stupid “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy removed.  Someone should not have to leave what they want to do just because of the way they are.
  • I’m pleased to see that the jurors of an ex-officer’s trial are going to see the video of it.  This dude is guilty of assaulting a bicycling activist and lying about it.  I don’t know whether or not he’s actually and activist, but I saw what went down.  A spectator shot a video on his phone of this officer grabbing a passing bicycler and hurling him to the ground.  He wasn’t anywhere near the officer.  The guy just reached out and grabbed him for no reason. Quit bullshitting about it.
  • The whole thing about the new Kitty Kelley Oprah Biography is amusing the crap out of me.  I knew she wasn’t a saint, but you might be taking things a little far.
  • I found one of Adam Zyglis’ recent cartoons hilarious.  Check it out.

That’s all for now.  Later Days!

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~ by ladyruby07 on April 21, 2010.

3 Responses to “Sabres’ Fans Might Riot Over Beer Cutoff. Also, More News.”

  1. Sweetie please use the spell check!! Pennsylvania dear, or us PA. Either way, its better than spelling it wrong!
    Otherwise, it was amusing and thought provoking as always!
    Love you!

  2. Ooops! I didn’t use the spell check! LOL Pennsylvania dear, or USE PA. I understand how sometimes your fingers can go faster than the key board!

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