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  • Pastafarianism Suffers Legal Setback

    There's a reason why the United States is often accused of hypocrisy when it comes to human rights. For how can we look at the speck that is in our brother's eye, but not notice the spaghetti strand in our own?

    Motor vehicle workers in Dayton [New Jersey] called police on a man who insisted on wearing a pasta strainer on his head during the taking of his driver’s license photo, according to a police report.

    The man, Aaron Williams, 25, who gave an Egg Harbor Township address, told motor vehicle workers the strainer was a religious head covering and he had a right to wear it in his driver's license photo.

    The treatment of Williams at the hands of the New Jersey DMV is in sharp contrast to the case of Austrian Niko Alm, who in 2011 won the right to appear on his driving license with a spaghetti strainer on his head, as befits a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

    The faith boasts "millions, if not thousands of devout worshipers," and entered public consciousness in 2005, when self-proclaimed prophet Bobby Henderson demanded that the religion receive equal time in Kansas schools after the state's school board called for the introduction of "intelligent design" into the curriculum.

    May it one day find as much acceptance among our local government bureaucracies as any other religion. Amen. Ramen.

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images

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    Tags: Austria, Cars & Vehicles, New Jersey, Religion
  • The Dodge Super Bowl Ad, Explained for Non-Farmers [VIDEO]

    And on the day after the Super Bowl, God looked down on a bleary-eyed America and said, I need someone to re-watch that Paul Harvey-exploiting Dodge Ram commercial and explain it to the overwhelming majority of Americans who can't tell a farm from FarmVille. So God made a blogger.

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    Tags: Advertising, Agriculture, Cars & Vehicles, Super Bowl
  • Is This VW Super Bowl Ad Das Racist? [VIDEO]

    Volkswagen's entry in the high-stakes world of Super Bowl 2013 commercials features an office with the case of the Mondays that's transformed by the sunny disposition of a decidedly white colleague who speaks in an upbeat Jamaican patois.

    That green-light meeting must have been interesting, mon.

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    Tags: Advertising, Auto Industry, Cars & Vehicles, Racism, Sports, Super Bowl
  • Can Corporations Be Carpool Buddies?

    The answer to this question depends on the outcome of a traffic court hearing set to take place today in Marin County, California.

    When San Rafael resident Jonathan Frieman was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer for driving solo in the high-occupancy lane, Frieman claimed he wasn't alone: sitting in the passenger seat were the incorporation papers of Frieman's non-profit.

    If corporations are people, Frieman explained to the officer (who probably has to deal with wackier theories from Bay Area drivers on a weekly basis), then he had two people in the car and was within his rights to use the carpool lane.

    Frieman wasn't just trying to avoid a traffic ticket. He wants to upend corporate personhood.

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    Tags: California, Cars & Vehicles, Citizens United v. FEC, Corporations