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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:03 am    Post subject: Alas, Chuck Norris Bridge on Slovak-Austria border not to be Reply with quote

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BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak officials rejected the overwhelming results of a popular Internet campaign to name a new pedestrian and cycling bridge near the capital after U.S. action film star Chuck Norris.

Despite 12,599 votes for the Norris name in a two-month online poll, Bratislava regional assembly decided to call the bridge spanning the Morava river and Slovakia's border with Austria the "Freedom Cycling-Bridge" in memory of people killed attempting to escape communist eastern Europe.

The assembly's choice earned only 457 votes in the online poll, where it was easily outshone by other proposed names, including "Maria Theresa" after an Austro-Hungarian empress and "the Devinska cycling bridge" in honour of a nearby village.

"We have unanimously voted for the Freedom Cycling-Bridge," Bratislava region chairman Pavol Freso told reporters.

"It truly is a place where people were running for freedom through barbed wire, it is a place where many have died, so this is a dignified way how to honour these people."

Slovakia, once part of the former Czechoslovakia, has a 107 km border with Austria and many people died trying to flee the communist regime before its collapse in 1989.

http://news.yahoo.com/chuck-norris-ambushed-slovak-bridge-freedom-153045040.html
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pussies.

People voted Chuck Norris, that's it. Fucking know-it-better government besserwissers with hipsters glasses.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol

Freedom, just not freedom to choose the name of a bridge.

Still better than voting down millions of dollars in expenditures only to have city council do it any way.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be worried if any politician was swayed solely by an internet campaign.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sikpuppy wrote:
I'd be worried if any politician was swayed solely by an internet campaign.


Well, considering these politicians obviously ignored the "voice of the people", how is this superior?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Muso wrote:
sikpuppy wrote:
I'd be worried if any politician was swayed solely by an internet campaign.


Well, considering these politicians obviously ignored the "voice of the people", how is this superior?

Take capital punishment. If there has been a mass murder, then people will probably clamour for the death penalty. If there has been a wrongly convicted person put to death, then people will clamour for a cessation of the death penalty. Good government is a bit more long sighted than that, ideally :P Such is modern democracy.

In this case the government there deciding that naming the bridge as a remembrance device, rather than after a man who has been reduced in recent times to an internet meme, is a good idea in my not so humble opinion.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sikpuppy wrote:
Good government


Oxymoron :wink:
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Muso wrote:
sikpuppy wrote:
Good government


Oxymoron :wink:

Yep, that's why is so rarely is the case. :P
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