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Try Jiggling the Handle 27 May 2008

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Now this is a crappy development (sorry, couldn’t resist):

WASHINGTON (AP) — The international space station’s lone toilet is broken, leaving the crew with almost nowhere to go. So NASA may order an in-orbit plumbing service call when space shuttle Discovery visits next week.

Until then, the three-man crew will have to make do with a jury-rigged system when they need to urinate.

While one of the crew was using the Russian-made toilet last week, the toilet motor fan stopped working, according to NASA. Since then, the liquid waste gathering part of the toilet has been working on-and-off.

Fortunately, the solid waste collecting part is functioning normally.

Russian officials don’t know the cause of the problem, and the crew has been unable to fix it.

The crew has used the toilet on the Soyuz return capsule, but it has a limited capacity. They are now are using a backup bag-like collection system that can be connected to the broken toilet, according to NASA public affairs officials.

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Ford Dealership to Non-Christians: Sit Down and Shut Up 27 May 2008

Posted by Jessa in Non-Religion, Religion.
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From a radio advertisement from a Ford dealership in California:

But did you know that 86% of Americans say they believe in God? Since we all know that 86 out of every 100 of us are Christians, who believe in God, we at Kieffe & Sons Ford wonder why we don’t tell the other 14% to sit down and shut up. I guess I just offended 14% of the people who are listening to this message. Well, if that is the case then I say that’s tough, this is America folks, it’s called free speech. None of us at Kieffe & Sons Ford is afraid to speak out. Kieffe & Sons Ford on Sierra Highway in Mojave and Rosamond, if we don’t see you today, by the grace of God, we’ll be here tomorrow.

Wow.  It’s a great big bucket of wrongity-wrongness.

First, not all Americans who “say they believe in God” are Christians.  You know, like Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Hindus, etc.  So this ad insults more than just atheists – it insults all non-Christians.  But have a feeling that whoever decided to make this ad would have no problem telling people of other religions to shut up as well.

Second, it is the height of irony that this guy is invoking his right to free speech in telling another group that they should not speak freely.  Sorry, pal – it doesn’t work that way.

Third, despite the blustering, we all know that they would have no problems taking money from a non-Christian.  Given their financial woes, it’s not as if a Ford dealership can be choosy about its customers.

Maybe they can sell this model at their store: