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    As much as I hate the government it is hard to find anything wrong with these scanners. They are effective and they do not impose any inconvenience or bother on the people who walk through them. Much like a medical procedure, the issue is whether the images are given the confidentiality and discretion they deserve and that none of them show up in Youtube, or similarly misused. The latter would be like a doctor telling a patient what a nice ass she has.

    As usual , this Pope is proving he is an idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Hmm. Lokked a bit more, and this on wiki:
    Pope Benedict XVI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Following his 14th birthday in 1941, Ratzinger was conscripted into the Hitler Youth, as membership was required for all 14-year old German boys after December 1939,[7] but was an unenthusiastic member and refused to attend meetings[8] (His father was a bitter enemy of Nazism, believing it conflicted with the Catholic faith. In 1941, one of Ratzinger's cousins, a 14-year-old boy with Down syndrome, was taken away by the Nazi regime and killed during the Aktion T4 campaign of Nazi eugenics[9]). In 1943, while still in seminary, he was drafted into the German anti-aircraft corps as Luftwaffenhelfer.[8] Ratzinger then trained in the German infantry, but a subsequent illness precluded him from the usual rigours of military duty. As the Allied front drew closer to his post in 1945, he deserted back to his family's home in Traunstein after his unit had ceased to exist, just as American troops established their headquarters in the Ratzinger household. As a German soldier, he was put in a POW camp, but was released a few months later at the end of the war in the summer of 1945. He reentered the seminary, along with his brother Georg, in November of that year.


    Ammunition both ways.


    If he was anything but a selfish idiot, he would have acknowledged his past and the distraction that would cause, then declined the position of Pope for the welfare of the Church. Whether or not he was forced to join the Nazi Youth is irrelevant, and he is obviously more interested in himself than he is in the welfare of the Church. I'm no longer a practicing Catholic, but I did have some respect for the last Pope, John Paul. I have no erspect whatsoever for this idiot.
    Also allowing himself to be photographed with George Bush a few years back while knowing Bush was responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in Iraq shows he still thinks like a Nazi. It was pure stupidity that even the more intelligent people in the Vatican objected to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    If he was anything but a selfish idiot, he would have acknowledged his past
    Nice rant, but a rather ill-educated one. How did he not acknowledge his past? Why should his past exclude him from anything? What is it in his past that you find so disturbing? (Aside from calling him an idiot . . . which he is clearly not either)

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Hardly a Nazi sympathiser, though.
    I got no horse in this race PH - just got interested in the question raised and did a minimal look around. As I said, ammo both ways. Idle curiosity to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    If he was anything but a selfish idiot, he would have acknowledged his past
    Nice rant, but a rather ill-educated one. How did he not acknowledge his past? Why should his past exclude him from anything? What is it in his past that you find so disturbing? (Aside from calling him an idiot . . . which he is clearly not either)

    1usually offensive : a person affected with extreme mental retardation
    2 : a foolish or stupid person


    Above from Webster's Online Dictionary
    What rant? A foolish and stupid person is a perfect description for this man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    If he was anything but a selfish idiot, he would have acknowledged his past
    Nice rant, but a rather ill-educated one. How did he not acknowledge his past? Why should his past exclude him from anything? What is it in his past that you find so disturbing? (Aside from calling him an idiot . . . which he is clearly not either)

    1usually offensive : a person affected with extreme mental retardation
    2 : a foolish or stupid person

    Above from Webster's Online Dictionary
    What rant? A foolish and stupid person is a perfect description for this man.
    do what?

    from merriam-webster on line:

    Main Entry: 1rant
    Pronunciation: \ˈrant\
    Function: verb
    Etymology: obsolete Dutch ranten, randen
    Date: 1601
    intransitive verb 1 : to talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
    2 : to scold vehementlytransitive verb : to utter in a bombastic declamatory fashion
    rant·er noun
    rant·ing·ly \ˈran-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

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    Not really a question of dignity. It aint like these scanners are going to be taking quality nude photographs. Just the definition between material densities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones View Post
    The head of the Roman Catholic Church spoke out against the use of body scanners at airports, saying human dignity must be preserved even as countries attempt to protect their citizens against acts of terrorism.
    Pope Benedict XVI , making his comments during an audience with airport workers and officials at the Vatican on Sunday, did not specifically use the words body scanner in his address, according to reports in U.K. newspapers the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.
    But he said that even when facing the threat of terrorism, airport security officials should not forget to respect "the primacy of the human person."
    "[With] every action, it is above all essential to protect and value the human person in their integrity," he told the representatives from the aviation industry.

    The pope is an idiot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanfinkel
    The pope is an idiot!
    Sound, well reasoned argument. Vanfinkel, you have a bright and illustrious future on this board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by vanfinkel
    The pope is an idiot!
    Sound, well reasoned argument. Vanfinkel, you have a bright and illustrious future on this board.
    Let me refrase:

    The concept of having a human as a representative of god here on earth is stupid.

    Any man or woman that apply to a post like that is stupid.

    Any man that proclaims that using a condom as a protection against sexually transmitted diseases is a sin is stupid.

    I.e. the pope is an stupid idiot.

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    Sorry, that should be "a stupid idiot" not "an stupid idiot"

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanfinkel View Post

    Any man or woman that apply to a post like that is stupid.
    Don't actually think you apply to become pope. Elected by the college of cardinals at a papal conclave is, I believe is the correct concept.

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    With lots of smoke..

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    If the pope could only care about his business and shut up his f[at][at][at][at][at] mouth about things in real life and politic.

    What a bastard.

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    So, who is this Pope fella anyway? Seems a bit of a stiff to me.

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