As The Asylum has grown, I’ve found myself trying to find a way to define what The Asylum is and what the point is. The Asylum is diverse, but it’s not really random. The individuals are hand-picked. By it’s existence, The Asylum, is a proponent of free speech. While The Asylum might tend towards certain ideals, it is not here to parrot one point of view. The Asylum is based around the idea that a variety of perspectives have inherent value.

The Asylum has existed previously. The original was a section on Rydas.com which was essentially a multi-user blog. Specific people were given access and insanity ensued. We have recommitted several of them including OtterVomit, Spectre, and, Chaos . The second form the Asylum existed in was as a section on the Rydas forum. Both were areas for no-holds barred discussion on a multitude of issues. There is no norm in the Asylum. There is no single ethnicity or nationality, there is no single ideology or religion. We do not attempt to determine what is sane or insane, we only present to you the thoughts and opinions of our inmates.

If you wish to extend your stay, we recommend you take advantage of the options for sorting content. Posts may be viewed in chronological order via the home page (older/news post and dig into the past/go forward in time links both do the same thing), you may also view category, daily, monthly, and by author archives (only on the home page). All archives are html limited excerpts. Keep that in mind that you need to click the post title or “read more” link to see the complete post. We also have a few author specific pages which you may access at the top of the page. These will be viewed as the posts appear on the main page, but you will only see posts by the selected author. This page also provides a random post. Group therapy shows the most recent comments, popular posts is self-explanatory and you may also view rss feeds of posts and comments. The “possibly related posts” links that appear at the bottom of some posts (click the post title if you want to view comments, related posts, and pingbacks) is a good way to find similar posts. You may click tags to see other topics that used the same tag, but that may be a fruitless endeavor. If you want something specific, the “Investigate” search box in the navigation is recommended. There are quite a few ways to bring order to this chaotic world.

Sometimes in this world, something comes along that the commonfolk cannot explain. Something that steps so far out of the realm of ‘normal’ that not only is it feared, but it is locked away. Locked away in places where the mundane does not exist. You are about to enter one such area. The entities dwelling in this area come from all walks of life. They all come from different backgrounds, have different beliefs, different colors, etc. Yet, they all have been thrown together in a place mortals call ‘The Asylum.’
- OtterVomit

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Book Burning Time!

Volcano ButningMost Americans are just finding out about one of 300,000 churches in America’s plans to burn the Koran. However, protests in the Muslim world have been going on for a while. This is due to the fact that supposedly moderate Muslims are worked into a frenzy with ease and seem to constantly be on the lookout for something to be pissed off about.

This issue signifies the massive divide between sane people and nut jobs. 50 people plan to do something that is admittedly in bad taste, and we hear things like: “He says if the event happens Muslims will certainly fight back, and he cannot predict what form the retaliation will take.” Seriously? They don’t know how to respond to a book being burned? How about burning another book, how’s that sound for fair retaliation? However, the threat of violence is there and Patraeus is worried about it. Quite frankly that is complete and utter bullshit.

Moderate people might march and protest, or even burn the Bible or similar retaliation. Moderate people will not even consider violence. I’m sick and tired of being told that we are dealing with a supposedly peaceful group of people, while at the same time being constantly told not to piss them off because they might kill people. Which is it? I understand we might be dealing with a minority of violent people, but where are the protests against their actions? Where is the outcry in the Muslim world against violent responses to things like drawing pictures? Christian leaders are tripping over themselves to apologize for the actions of a handful of people, yet the moderate Muslim reaction is that there might be violence and that’s ok?

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