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Will New Law Outlaw British Comics?

Posted in Comics, Weird News with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2009 by ghostradioworld

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From Graeme McMillan at i09.com:

Is extreme government censorship about to rob British comic book fans of their monthly fix of ultra-violence? That’s what some paranoid fans are expecting, thanks to a new (and vague) anti-pornography law in the UK.

The new law – given the extremely vague name “The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act” – makes possessing any “extreme image” produced “solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal” illegal, and some British comic fans are so nervous that we’re wondering whether they’re reading different issues of Batman than we are. A statement from the fansite Comic Shop Voice reads:

Do you own any of the following:
Wanted (Top Cow)
Batman: The Killing Joke (DC)
Watchmen (DC)
Punisher (Marvel)
Lost Girls (Top Shelf Productions)
Manga (pick a title)
Cerebus (Aardvark Vanaheim)
(The list continues)

Congratulations you are a comic book fan and the government would like to arrest you, fine you, confiscate your comic collection and ask you to sign the sex offenders’ list.

The specific subsections of the law that worry the site are mentions of:

an act which threatens a person’s life (Hold on! Isn’t that how Batman, Punisher, Judge Dredd get anything done?)

· an act which results, or is likely to result, in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals. (A kick in the balls or arse would constitute this, and a kick in the balls is a well trodden part of humour)

Of course, I still don’t think anyone would necessarily mistake The Punisher with something designed “solely for the act of sexual arousal,” but admittedly and unfortunately, comics have a history of being mistaken for pornography in the eyes of the law.  We’d like to think that the British police have more important things to do than crack down on comics, but the truth is that the law doesn’t have any exception for media outside of cinema, leaving the medium unjustly threatened. Maybe the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund should look into opening a British branch, just in case…

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Obama: Reincarnation of Lincoln Associate?

Posted in Weird News with tags , , , , , , , on November 22, 2008 by ghostradioworld

Obama was Trumball in a past life?

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SAN FRANCISCO-based Dr Walter Semkiw, a practising physician, claims that Barack Obama is the reincarnation of Lyman Trumbull, an Illinois Democratic senator and the principal author of the Thirteenth Amendment, which put an end to slavery in US.

Read the rest of the article here.

More info on Trumball from the Biography Database of the U. S. Congress:

Trumball, Lyman, a Senator from Illinois; born in Colchester, Conn., October 12, 1813; attended Bacon Academy; taught school in Connecticut 1829-1833; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Greenville, Ga.; moved to Belleville, Ill., 1837; member, State house of representatives 1840-1841; secretary of State of Illinois in 1841 and 1843; justice of the supreme court of Illinois 1848-1853; elected to the Thirty-fourth Congress in 1854, but before the beginning of the Congress was elected to the United States Senate; reelected in 1861 and again in 1867, and served from March 4, 1855, to March 3, 1873; was at various times a Democrat, then Republican, then Liberal Republican, then Democrat; chairman, Committee on the Judiciary (Thirty-seventh through Forty-second Congresses); resumed the practice of law in Chicago, Ill.; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Illinois in 1880; died in Chicago, Ill., June 25, 1896; interment in Oakwoods Cemetery.

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