Free Speech, Liberals, Eugenics, Move America!


I need a cat. Or maybe another puppy to keep the collie company!

Blogging will be light and probably not so political.

Although…as long as I’m posting this…

Is free speech really such a tough concept? Three pieces yesterday on a Huffpo writer admonishing The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart for daring to make jokes about Obama that have any sort of substance to them. Stewart is apparently only to gently mock Obama, and only when doing so also mocks John McCain.

There is something ominous about people telling other people what they are permitted to say and what they must not say. And it is the height of stupidity to tell a comedian how he may or may not pursue his laughs. I hope Stewart has the stones to say “bite me, buddy, it’s still a free country, ain’t it?” I suspect he might, although I’m sure he’d be less coarse than that! Thankfully, some Stewart fans are defending his right to mock!.

And Stewart seems to be
carrying forth very well. Funny clip.

I don’t know what has happened to the word “liberal” but the liberals I grew up with were not interested in shutting down other people or controlling their words. And they weren’t doing this, either. Must be some a new sorts of liberals, or something.

National Review Online has posted an excerpt from Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism
all about the eugenics philosophies of Margaret Sanger, the foundress of the American Birth Control League, which became Planned Parenthood. A good and profoundly disturbing read.

Julie at Happy Catholic directed her readers to listen to this three minute op-ed by Scott Simon of NPR. Simon takes straight dope about Obama and his campaign finance flip-flip (and the moral questions it raises) and on his playing the race card. Go listen. Seriously. It will surprise you. I bet it surprised the Obama Camp.

Speaking of whom…Bob Owens has created the Obama Bus list to keep track of everything and everyone being thrown under during this presidential campaign.

This sounds like a victory for Bush,
doesn’t it?. Probably why no one is talking about it.

Finally, because I’ve saved the best for last -
Move America Forward is doing something pretty great today – an online telethon being lauched to support our troops.

The California-based group on Thursday is hosting “From the Front Lines,” an eight-hour Internet telethon fashioned after Jerry Lewis’s famous telethons, but with a high-tech twist. The June 26 event (which runs from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pacific time) will feature U.S. troops on the front lines, families of those who gave their lives in the War on Terror, top radio talkers, high-ranking military officials, celebrities, journalists, and musical talent.

The event will air on the Web through the cutting-edge technology donated and operated by and will be co-hosted by MAF Chairman Melanie Morgan and columnist/blogger Michelle Malkin.

“I have been in war zones. I have spoken with our troops. And I know that this overwhelming show of support and love from Americans means the world to them as they fight for our country’s security and freedom,” Morgan said.

The sometimes-competitive world of talk radio will become a unified front, as the kings and queens of talk radio unite for this effort. The roster of radio hosts signed up for shifts on the telethon include Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Mike Gallagher, Monica Crowley, Melanie Morgan, Roger Hedgecock, Michael Graham, Mark Williams, Brian Sussman, Martha Zoller, and Andrea Shea-King. They’ll be joined by NBC’s designated “America’s Favorite Mom” Patti Patton-Bader, mother of two sons in the military including one stationed in Iraq right now.

Former first lady Nancy Reagan has endorsed the effort and will participate. Lt. Col. Oliver North, comedian Jackie Mason, Miss Florida 2007, and Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik are among the many other stars, dignitaries, and heroes joining the historic push.

You can watch here.

Color me impressed as all get-out. I don’t know how I’d missed all the announcements, but do check it out. Since I’m sure there will be no MSM coverage, it will be interesting to see how the thing fares on the strength of the alternative media, alone.

Jeanette has installed the widget and you can keep track of how the fundraiser is going at her site. I just checked and so far, they’re at a quarter million dollars!

Bob Hope must be there in spirit!

Okay, next post, not so political!

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  • Jeanette

    In case the server on the host gets too tied up I’ll have the live stream going here.

    I hope we can go over the top on this one for our troops who have done so much for us!

  • lsusportsfan

    That NPR op ed was something else

  • Joe Odegaard

    If you are getting a cat you might try an ordinary orange tomcat, they have outsize personalities and relate to people more than other cats (has been my experience).

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  • Piano Girl

    I vote for a cat, as well. My ordinary orange tomcat (come to think of it, Nuisance was anything BUT ordinary!) gave me 21 wonderful years of misbehaving…he was so well named. Took out the turkey one Thanksgiving (when he was still spry enough to hop up on the stove) and much preferred human food to whatever came out of a can. He’d been known to flip over his bowl of food and wipe his paws on the curtains if he didn’t care for my choice of his food. And if one cat is good, two are better because they will keep each other company and entertain you for a long time!!!

  • s1c

    This sounds like a victory for Bush, doesn’t it

    Yes it does and since it was turned over to the Chinese, well, can’t say anything about it since you know he was supposed to have bi-lateral talks not include the people actually in the area who also happened to hold part of the purse strings.

    Sometimes I just want to puke about the way the press has just pummeled him for the last 7 years.

  • MikeOK

    Re: the HuffPo piece on John Stewart … this seems like a good setup for understanding where liberals want to go with a revived “fairness doctrine”, doesn’t it? Yet there is a simple, powerful reason for why their efforts will fail, even if they succeed in regulating TV and radio broadcasting — The New Media. All that a revived “fairness doctrine” would accomplish is the final relegation of broadcast talk media to cultural irrelevance, and the permanent establishment of New Media as the home of free speech.

    In a snarky sense, though, wouldn’t “fairness” require that entertainers pummel Obama just as mercilessly as they pummeled Bush during the last 8 years?

  • gs

    This sounds like a victory for Bush, doesn’t it?


    This is a victory for Bush, isn’t it?

    Unfortunately, no.

  • Gayle Miller

    Probably another canine companion would be best. Most cats don’t really cotton to dogs, although my sister has a male Siamese who considers her half-pit Zeus to be HIS dog. Which is fine because Zeus considers Tim to be HIS CAT! It’s very peculiar and a teensy bit disturbing!

  • Gayle Miller

    Incidentally, although the coloring is slightly off – that cat looks frighteningly like my Sam (the Wonder Cat)in his favorite morning snoozing position! Here I am 51 miles away at work and MISSING HIM!

  • TheAnchoress

    I have to be honest with you, granny, I am not so sure that NRO is correct on this.

    Sometimes I feel like NRO is a bit like the Catholics who sacrifice pastoralism for perfect rule-following. NoKo took down their reactor – that’s a pretty dramatic move on their part. Clearly an understanding has been come to.

  • south dakota lawyer

    With the premptive ban on criticism, or even humor, we are getting closer to Solzhenitsyn’s experience — eight years of hard labor for referring, in a private letter, to “the man with the mustache.” Ask Imus how he feels about the state of free speech these days.

  • gs

    Sometimes I feel like NRO is a bit like the Catholics who sacrifice pastoralism for perfect rule-following.

    Coincidentally with your religious simile, good Anchoress, the WSJ’s editorial is titled “Leap of Nuclear Faith” (see also their link to “Vetoing the Verifiers”). Even the NYT acknowledges that “United States officials have accused North Korea of hiding an uranium-enrichment program, a charge that the North’s declaration on Thursday failed to address.”

    We disagree about Bush, but IMO we agree that a definitive evaluation can only be made from the perspective of history.

    ‘By their fruits ye shall know them.’