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2013-08-15 11:05:13 PM
He drinks water instead of vodak?
 
2013-08-15 11:12:42 PM
He's sure to win gold in Pole Vaulting smoking.
 
2013-08-15 11:13:00 PM
I don't know exactly what Nick did, but fark RUSSIA
 
2013-08-15 11:18:06 PM
It's a little disturbing that not many other nations seem turned off by Russia's anti-gay stance.
 
2013-08-15 11:18:30 PM
That's Putin it to 'em.
 
2013-08-15 11:34:14 PM
And to think, he could have won the event if the gold medallist didn't have such a cute tush.
 
2013-08-15 11:47:43 PM
"Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there's anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested."

Yeah, he didn't break the law, and not only that he openly said he wouldn't break the law (i.e. he wouldn't actually speak out against the anti-gay laws) for fear of being arrested for breaking it. That's not heroic.
 
2013-08-15 11:51:45 PM

bubbaprog: "Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there's anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested."

Yeah, he didn't break the law, and not only that he openly said he wouldn't break the law (i.e. he wouldn't actually speak out against the anti-gay laws) for fear of being arrested for breaking it. That's not heroic.


The law, as stated in the article, forbids the discussion of gay rights altogether where "children" might hear.

How did he not break it?
 
2013-08-15 11:51:49 PM
way to shift the spotlight off the fact you didn't win dude.
 
2013-08-16 12:09:55 AM
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They are going to send these guys after him
 
2013-08-16 12:58:40 AM

bubbaprog: Yeah, he didn't break the law, and not only that he openly said he wouldn't break the law (i.e. he wouldn't actually speak out against the anti-gay laws) for fear of being arrested for breaking it. That's not heroic.


Reading comprehension fail or DRTFA? He specifically said it WASN'T for fear of being arrested.

"I say this not out of fear of prosecution by the Russian government, but out of respect for the fact that I will be a guest in the host nation. Just as I would not accept a dinner invite to a friend's house and then lecture them on how to raise their kids, neither will I lecture the Russian government on how to govern their people "
 
2013-08-16 02:15:23 AM

Jsin82: bubbaprog: Yeah, he didn't break the law, and not only that he openly said he wouldn't break the law (i.e. he wouldn't actually speak out against the anti-gay laws) for fear of being arrested for breaking it. That's not heroic.

Reading comprehension fail or DRTFA? He specifically said it WASN'T for fear of being arrested.

"I say this not out of fear of prosecution by the Russian government, but out of respect for the fact that I will be a guest in the host nation. Just as I would not accept a dinner invite to a friend's house and then lecture them on how to raise their kids, neither will I lecture the Russian government on how to govern their people "


Yeah, that's bullshiat.  Persecuting people for being different is less like raising your children and more like beating/abusing your children, and if I saw a host family doing that, I wouldn't stand for it (unless they were making noise in a movie or on a plane, then I'd join in).  I'd definitely speak up, and then I'd call CPS if that didn't work (I'm not a physical person, so I'd leave it to them).

In any event, however, as much as I believe his reason is BS, and he's just scared, I can't really blame him.  Sure, I'd like to say, "don't be a pussy, spit in Russia's face," except I'd never have the balls to do it myself if I was over there.  Russian jail is a scary prospect, no lie.
 
2013-08-16 02:39:59 AM
static.guim.co.uk
 
2013-08-16 02:51:58 AM
It's absolutely amazing to me how gay rights have been absorbed and championed by the USA in a stunningly short period of time. Sure, the gay rights movement has been around for decades but wow, now look at it, it's now the patriotic thing to do and those dirty Ruskies can crawl back into their godforsaken hovels and sleep with their sheep or whatever they do.
 
2013-08-16 02:58:12 AM

Emposter: Jsin82: bubbaprog: Yeah, he didn't break the law, and not only that he openly said he wouldn't break the law (i.e. he wouldn't actually speak out against the anti-gay laws) for fear of being arrested for breaking it. That's not heroic.

Reading comprehension fail or DRTFA? He specifically said it WASN'T for fear of being arrested.

"I say this not out of fear of prosecution by the Russian government, but out of respect for the fact that I will be a guest in the host nation. Just as I would not accept a dinner invite to a friend's house and then lecture them on how to raise their kids, neither will I lecture the Russian government on how to govern their people "

Yeah, that's bullshiat.  Persecuting people for being different is less like raising your children and more like beating/abusing your children, and if I saw a host family doing that, I wouldn't stand for it (unless they were making noise in a movie or on a plane, then I'd join in).  I'd definitely speak up, and then I'd call CPS if that didn't work (I'm not a physical person, so I'd leave it to them).

In any event, however, as much as I believe his reason is BS, and he's just scared, I can't really blame him.  Sure, I'd like to say, "don't be a pussy, spit in Russia's face," except I'd never have the balls to do it myself if I was over there.  Russian jail is a scary prospect, no lie.


I am not trying to defend this, but, i have to say this.

You would be correct in your statement but...  this is not persecuting as much as not allowing people to talk about gay rights matters around children.  kinda like a parallel to your abuse of children vs raising differently argument.  Just as there is a difference between beating  your children and denying them television, there is a difference between beating and imprisoning gay people for existing and firing them for discussing adult matters around children.

/ still sickening, but you HAVE to see the difference, no?
 
2013-08-16 03:16:24 AM

I sound fat: this is not persecuting as much as not allowing people to talk about gay rights matters around children.


But he was giving an interview to the media. Which will be shown on TV. Which will be watched by children.

The whole "children" thing is just a silly ruse to get rid of gays, but surely you know that. No one is that clueless.
 
2013-08-16 03:26:02 AM

Jsin82: bubbaprog: Yeah, he didn't break the law, and not only that he openly said he wouldn't break the law (i.e. he wouldn't actually speak out against the anti-gay laws) for fear of being arrested for breaking it. That's not heroic.

Reading comprehension fail or DRTFA? He specifically said it WASN'T for fear of being arrested.

"I say this not out of fear of prosecution by the Russian government, but out of respect for the fact that I will be a guest in the host nation. Just as I would not accept a dinner invite to a friend's house and then lecture them on how to raise their kids, neither will I lecture the Russian government on how to govern their people "


There was also this tidbit, which does seem to indicate that fear of arrest is, at least partially, a factor:
"Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there's anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested."

Not that I blame him, I wouldn't want to go to Russian jail.  I do have to wonder, though, if Russia would have the balls to send an American to jail if he or she stood on the podium and said, "I support gay rights and I think what the Russian government is doing is wrong."  Or, maybe, just stood there with their fist up in a salute of defiance while wearing pink (instead of, say, black) gloves.
 
2013-08-16 03:28:21 AM

timujin: Jsin82: bubbaprog: Yeah, he didn't break the law, and not only that he openly said he wouldn't break the law (i.e. he wouldn't actually speak out against the anti-gay laws) for fear of being arrested for breaking it. That's not heroic.

Reading comprehension fail or DRTFA? He specifically said it WASN'T for fear of being arrested.

"I say this not out of fear of prosecution by the Russian government, but out of respect for the fact that I will be a guest in the host nation. Just as I would not accept a dinner invite to a friend's house and then lecture them on how to raise their kids, neither will I lecture the Russian government on how to govern their people "

There was also this tidbit, which does seem to indicate that fear of arrest is, at least partially, a factor:
"Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there's anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested."

Not that I blame him, I wouldn't want to go to Russian jail.  I do have to wonder, though, if Russia would have the balls to send an American to jail if he or she stood on the podium and said, "I support gay rights and I think what the Russian government is doing is wrong."  Or, maybe, just stood there with their fist up in a salute of defiance while wearing pink (instead of, say, black) gloves.


It's hard to not expect something just like this will go down during the Olympics. Finally, worth watching!
 
2013-08-16 04:57:29 AM

Confabulat: I sound fat: this is not persecuting as much as not allowing people to talk about gay rights matters around children.

But he was giving an interview to the media. Which will be shown on TV. Which will be watched by children.

The whole "children" thing is just a silly ruse to get rid of gays, but surely you know that. No one is that clueless.


I was going to say something similar, while pointing out that even if it wasn't, not being allowed to talk about being gay isn't different from persecution, it IS persecution, even if limited to the presence of children.  Moreover, I'd also point out that the law encompasses any support for gay rights or attempt to equate gay and heterosexual couples, not just discussions around children.

timujin: Jsin82: bubbaprog: Yeah, he didn't break the law, and not only that he openly said he wouldn't break the law (i.e. he wouldn't actually speak out against the anti-gay laws) for fear of being arrested for breaking it. That's not heroic.

Reading comprehension fail or DRTFA? He specifically said it WASN'T for fear of being arrested.

"I say this not out of fear of prosecution by the Russian government, but out of respect for the fact that I will be a guest in the host nation. Just as I would not accept a dinner invite to a friend's house and then lecture them on how to raise their kids, neither will I lecture the Russian government on how to govern their people "

There was also this tidbit, which does seem to indicate that fear of arrest is, at least partially, a factor:
"Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there's anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested."

Not that I blame him, I wouldn't want to go to Russian jail.  I do have to wonder, though, if Russia would have the balls to send an American to jail if he or she stood on the podium and said, "I support gay rights and I think what the Russian government is doing is wrong."  Or, maybe, just stood there with their fist up in a salute of defiance while wearing pink (instead of, say, black) gloves.


You know they would. Russia is gaining huge political capital/street cred for standing up the US on various issues.  The cherry on top, of course, is the law only jails foreigners for 15 days, so Russia can get the street cred for enforcing its new toy law, while avoiding the possibility of any drawn out diplomatic conflict because the foreigner will be sent home and no one is really going to push things too far over 2 weeks when they know 100% that a (relatively) happy ending will occur anyway.
 
2013-08-16 06:23:19 AM
Russia clearly gives a huge sh*t what America and Americans think.
 
2013-08-16 06:59:07 AM

Kenny B: He's sure to win gold in Pole Vaulting smoking.


stay classy .

The Muthaship: Russia clearly gives a huge sh*t what America and Americans think.


True. But the Eu is not very happy either.
 
2013-08-16 07:00:49 AM

Emposter: Russia is gaining huge political capital/street cred for standing up the US on various issues


This is not one of those issues, and you know that .
 
2013-08-16 07:49:31 AM

zombiegoat: It's a little disturbing that not many other nations seem turned off by Russia's anti-gay stance.


If you don't count all of Europe, Australia, and the rest of the first world, then yes.
 
2013-08-16 08:14:08 AM

ongbok: They are going to send these guys after him


If a male figure skater would take the ice wearing that outfit I would pay for his bond to get him released, and I hate figure skaters.
 
2013-08-16 08:26:04 AM

Confabulat: It's absolutely amazing to me how gay rights have been absorbed and championed by the USA in a stunningly short period of time. Sure, the gay rights movement has been around for decades but wow, now look at it, it's now the patriotic thing to do and those dirty Ruskies can crawl back into their godforsaken hovels and sleep with their sheep or whatever they do.


Just hypothesizing, but it seems like the US is a lot more progressive in international matters when those matters are unlikely to interest or be noticed by the inbred hill-billy farktards that sit like a stone around the neck of our domestic policies.

I mean sometimes shiat catches their interest, like a shiny object or a christian law in Uganda, but Russia's already a godless heathen haven to your average homophobe.
 
2013-08-16 08:27:45 AM

zombiegoat: It's a little disturbing that not many other nations seem turned off by Russia's anti-gay stance.


It's truly shocking that the continent where oppressing minorities is practically a pastime is not the progressive champion of liberty that we imagine it to be.
 
2013-08-16 08:40:20 AM
I'm just glad we can, as a country, look down on Russia for the way they treat gays, while simultaneously not even treating homosexuals as full citizens in, oh, about 3/4 of America. Yeah, we don't have laws against talking about being gay...we're so progressive! But full civil rights? You can not haz homosexuals.

Nothing screams USA Ike throwing stones in our glass house.
 
2013-08-16 09:21:35 AM
I sound fat:  favorite:  Dunning-Kruger
 
2013-08-16 09:34:01 AM
Did anyone hear who won the gold?
 
2013-08-16 09:36:45 AM

mikaloyd: Did anyone hear who won the gold?


It is track and field, nobody cares.
//Comments against the evil empire get coverage
 
2013-08-16 09:43:17 AM

mikaloyd: Did anyone hear who won the gold?


Yep.

Link
 
2013-08-16 10:05:36 AM

The Muthaship: mikaloyd: Did anyone hear who won the gold?

Yep.

Link


So basically nobody is covering the sports, instead they are covering the loudest athletes stances on homosexuality? What a fun circus!
 
2013-08-16 10:09:02 AM

mikaloyd: The Muthaship: mikaloyd: Did anyone hear who won the gold?

Yep.

Link

So basically nobody is covering the sports, instead they are covering the loudest athletes stances on homosexuality? What a fun circus!


Rainbow nail polish!  This sh*t matters!
 
2013-08-16 10:24:37 AM

The Muthaship: mikaloyd: Did anyone hear who won the gold?

Yep.

Link


So a Female Russian Pole Vaulter won the gold over a Male American Runner?  What a popcorn-munching competition that must have been for the spectators.....
 
2013-08-16 10:32:41 AM

mikaloyd: Did anyone hear who won the gold?


This guy, who was running Juniors recently so he's definitely only 19 years old.

www.abamela.com

/not that age matters at the WCs
 
2013-08-16 10:45:53 AM
if he really cared about gay rights he would have won the gold
 
2013-08-16 12:37:13 PM

zombiegoat: It's a little disturbing that not many other nations seem turned off by Russia's anti-gay stance.


THIS
 
2013-08-16 12:45:44 PM

zombiegoat: It's a little disturbing that not many other nations seem turned off by Russia's anti-gay stance.


it must be a widely held stance
 
2013-08-16 02:01:19 PM

GoldSpider: zombiegoat: It's a little disturbing that not many other nations seem turned off by Russia's anti-gay stance.

It's truly shocking that the continent where oppressing minorities is practically a pastime is not the progressive champion of liberty that we imagine it to be.


But enough about the Americas, we were talking about Russia.  HEY-O!

Russia's history in regards to homosexuality is actually rather interesting, though the most recent round is very reminiscent of the 1970s - 1980s Reagan Regression where we went from rather open sexuality to bizarrely hypocritical Puritanism again.
 
2013-08-16 02:32:39 PM

I sound fat: Emposter: Jsin82: bubbaprog: Yeah, he didn't break the law, and not only that he openly said he wouldn't break the law (i.e. he wouldn't actually speak out against the anti-gay laws) for fear of being arrested for breaking it. That's not heroic.

Reading comprehension fail or DRTFA? He specifically said it WASN'T for fear of being arrested.

"I say this not out of fear of prosecution by the Russian government, but out of respect for the fact that I will be a guest in the host nation. Just as I would not accept a dinner invite to a friend's house and then lecture them on how to raise their kids, neither will I lecture the Russian government on how to govern their people "

Yeah, that's bullshiat.  Persecuting people for being different is less like raising your children and more like beating/abusing your children, and if I saw a host family doing that, I wouldn't stand for it (unless they were making noise in a movie or on a plane, then I'd join in).  I'd definitely speak up, and then I'd call CPS if that didn't work (I'm not a physical person, so I'd leave it to them).

In any event, however, as much as I believe his reason is BS, and he's just scared, I can't really blame him.  Sure, I'd like to say, "don't be a pussy, spit in Russia's face," except I'd never have the balls to do it myself if I was over there.  Russian jail is a scary prospect, no lie.

I am not trying to defend this, but, i have to say this.

You would be correct in your statement but...  this is not persecuting as much as not allowing people to talk about gay rights matters around children.  kinda like a parallel to your abuse of children vs raising differently argument.  Just as there is a difference between beating  your children and denying them television, there is a difference between beating and imprisoning gay people for existing and firing them for discussing adult matters around children.

/ still sickening, but you HAVE to see the difference, no?


It's not as if gay people talk about graphic sexual matters in front of infants.  The effect of this law is to make saying "I am gay, and there's nothing abnormal about it" a criminal offense.
 
2013-08-16 07:53:11 PM

zombiegoat: It's a little disturbing that not many other nations seem turned off by Russia's anti-gay stance.


Well, to be fair, it doesn't single out gays, it just lumps them in with all "non traditional" sexual relationships, and only addresses if they are discussed around children.  It really should only bother people who want to involve children in their non traditional sexual discussions, so who is going to protest? I guess people who want to do that.
 
2013-08-16 08:06:26 PM

ISO15693: zombiegoat: It's a little disturbing that not many other nations seem turned off by Russia's anti-gay stance.

Well, to be fair, it doesn't single out gays, it just lumps them in with all "non traditional" sexual relationships, and only addresses if they are discussed around children.  It really should only bother people who want to involve children in their non traditional sexual discussions, so who is going to protest? I guess people who want to do that.


You mean like responding to a child's inquiry by explaining that his uncle is gay, and that's why he lives with another man instead of being married? Those kind of people?
 
2013-08-16 08:29:44 PM
russia is a backwards ass shiathole that seems to like purchasing international sporting competitions.  maybe one day will stop having international sporting competitions in backwards ass shiatholes.

/seriously, they lock down exchange students on some national holidays so that the drunken, homophobic, nationalistic shiats don't beat them (or worse).
 
2013-08-16 11:46:10 PM

ISO15693: zombiegoat: It's a little disturbing that not many other nations seem turned off by Russia's anti-gay stance.

Well, to be fair, it doesn't single out gays, it just lumps them in with all "non traditional" sexual relationships, and only addresses if they are discussed around children.  It really should only bother people who want to involve children in their non traditional sexual discussions, so who is going to protest? I guess people who want to do that.


It's been my experience that parents are dimwitted people who bring their stupid annoying offspring everywhere, and act proud of them, like a damn squid isn't capable of squirting out offspring, but they take it as a point of pride or whatever, dumbasses. So since we cannot avoid children anywhere because parents are morans, everything we say or do is "discussed around children." God you sound like you spewed a couple.
 
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