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  •  Pluto's moon (17+ / 0-)

    should be named "Goofy", but no one wants my opinion.

    We've been spelling it wrong all these years. It's actually: PRO-GOP-ANDA

    by Patriot4peace on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 06:19:03 AM PST

    •  Pluto's moon (4+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, Patriot4peace, palantir, Ender

      I wrote in Santorum.  Tried too make a case for it...we'll see how it goes.

    •  I vote for Chip 'n' Dale, meself. (5+ / 0-)

      Great stuff, DS, as always. I look forward to your take on science and how it intersects with political/social issues.

      Enjoyed the $6M toitle story. It was a loggerhead, so not a favorite for making sushi, which is the green sea turtle, and it's now protected. Interesting how we can be such ruthless predators and so touchingly kind. What a piece of work we are.

      Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

      by p gorden lippy on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 06:31:55 AM PST

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    •  Clyde Tombaugh, who love puns ... (6+ / 0-)

      thought that is should be called "Micky."  He gave that opinion during a seminar on Mars as I recall.  He asked me once where crows go for a drink - "A Crowbar." On his office door was a sign "When puns are outlawed, only outlaws will have puns."

      Wayne LaPierre should think about the last one!

      •  As for the two moons, either Cerebus and Styx ... (3+ / 0-)
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        would work, but perhaps it should be Persephone and Styx.

        Having crossed the River Styx many times and even canoed down it, I do like that name.  Note: The River Styx is an actual river that flows into Orange Lake in Florida.  

        Persephone should get some credit as being abducted by Pluto (or Hades as he was known by the Greeks) to eventually live half a year in the Greco-Roman underworld was not easy.

      •  I can assure you, pun control has never worked (8+ / 0-)

        and can exacerbate the situation.

        And there has never been a real assessment of the impact of puns on society - many have just laughed it off as a non-issue.

        "Pun control is a joke" said one pun-control opponent observed, "those who are going to respect the law are deprived of creative and witty moments, while others continue to repeatedly make the same tired old puns, without much consequence. We are all impactd by thier irresponsibility even though we have given up our right to puns. It's doesn't seem fiar and it is clearly ineffective". Puns made this country great. And funny."

        Among the better regulations, a 3-line/pun limit on any given topic at any given time. Expanding on the often-upheld "can't say fire in a theater', puns are now banned from Churches and religious gatherings, to uphold the need for somberness and seriousness, they are banned from both political speeches and sport-figure interviews, as they are inherently poorly handled or misused altogether.

        "Not everybody can handle a pun properly" says Lane Wapierre of the National Pun Association, a free-speech advocacy group with powerful sway in Washington DC, "but that doesn't mean the rights of those who can responsibly manage puns and even more powerful humor, such as snark or sarcasm, or even lampooning, shouldn't be impinged or curtailed. There are those - not many - but there are a number of Americans who earn their bread-and-butter with outright, high-capacity comedy and they are and their products are very popular with Americans.

        Some extremists groups on the anti-pun side of the issue want a variety of specific puns banned outright, a clear infringement on First Amendment rights but necessary say the groups spokespeople. A recent and hotly-contested ruling    prohibits re-using puns in online communications, such as comment threads, in which the most obvious pun has already been made.

        The NPA filed an injunction suspending implementation of the ban based on the clear violation of the First Amendment.

        NPA and other Pro-Pun organization held a day of "Pun-ishment' on the steps of Congress, chanting "when puns are outlawe, only outlaws will make puns!' Others shouted "First Amendment" whenever anybody tried to point out how annoying puns are to 'most people'.

        Stay tuned for further developments in this pitched debate....

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:04:01 AM PST

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