Hebdo-Gellergate: Can we Square a Free Speech Circle?

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Sticking a toe into the Charlie Hebdo/Pamela Geller question has not interested me. Watching a debate about what constitutes "authentic" freedom of speech that is meant to provoke, vs "inauthentic, hateful" freedom of speech that is also meant to provoke -- often with the very same voices taking both sides -- has left me thinking more about how too many people in America believe, along with the president, that no crisis ought to be wasted; everything is fodder for ideological exploitation and … [Read more...]

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Chick-fil-A: if you’re not sure, this is how fascism works – UPDATED AGAIN

Over at Facebook, I noticed a picture of Kermit and Miss Piggy marrying, with a caption about Chick-fil-A*. I can't seem to find it, now -- perhaps the person who posted it deleted it.I confess, haven't been following this story at all. But after the Muppets picture, I saw someone ranting about Chick-fil-A being denied business licenses because they were "against gay marriage."At that point, I posted to Facebook,"Whether these Chick-fil-A people support gay marriage or not, are … [Read more...]

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Kagan not an automaton but…UPDATED

A morning email from a good friend:You predicted Bush would pick Bernard Kerik for Homeland Security (that didn't work out). You predicted Bush would pick Harriet Miers for the Court (also, ahem, didn't work out). You predicted Hillary would cry before the New Hampshire primaries in '08 (things...did not work out for her) and on In the Arena last week, you predicted Obama would choose Kagan. I think your successful predictions are like a kiss-of-death, and Kagan should be worried! Please … [Read more...]

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Penn Jillette and Tommy Smothers

I watched this video just before turning in last night, and awoke with it still in my head:For those who are unfamiliar with the story of Jillette and Bible, you can come up to speed here; Jillette movingly describing his encounter with an Evangelical Christian fan who loved him enough to give him a Bible. Although he is a professed atheist, Jillette understood and appreciated what the fan had done.In both videos, Jillette's willingness to be naked in his uncertainty and … [Read more...]

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Lib Blog: Afghan support was a political tactic

It's refreshing to hear the truth, even if the truth is a shameful one that played with the lives of our service people while politicians and pundits postured.An astonishingly honest assessment — one that I fear is accurate — from the lefty blog Hullabaloo:Escalation is a bad idea. The Democrats backed themselves into defending the idea of Afghanistan being The Good War because they felt they needed to prove their macho bonafides they called for withdrawal from Iraq. Nobody asked too many que … [Read more...]

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I believe Obama rejects Carter's charge – UPDATED

In a post below, I noted a tweet from CBS' Mark Knoller:Rejecting Jimmy Carter analysis, WH spksmn Gibbs says Pres. Obama does not blv that criticism of him comes based on the color of his skin.I twittered back: I believe this constant cry of racism is probably disheartening and distasteful to Obama. Perhaps he should say something.To which Knoller replied: i'm sure he would if asked since a former US pres made the comment.Whether a president who sees his country coming to a full rolling … [Read more...]

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The ACORN Grows into a Mighty Mess

Regular readers know I don't ordinarily cover the big, sensationalist stories that go viral through the blogosphere, unless I feel I have something to contribute, so I haven't said much of anything about these shocking videos of ACORN workers advising an undercover "pimp" and "ho" as to how they can get housing, evade taxes and -most repellent- traffic in underage prostitutes brought in from Latin America.I had incorrectly and naively assumed that given the nature of the relationship between … [Read more...]

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The Great Head-Covering Experiment

After the huge amount of interest and commentary generated by my musings on wearing a head-covering to church, I thought I would give an update!No, I did not look this prettySo, yesterday, I went to mass and I DID obey the nagging, nudging urge I've had to cover my head.But I did not use the black, veil-y scarf I'd been considering. Instead, heeding all the good advice so many had left here (or emailed), I chose a scarf that matched my blouse and wore it as a scarf, pausing before … [Read more...]

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Oh, nuts! Obama Speech Reax

I have not one, not two but three things I have to start writing for various deadlines, so I'm going to offer you a quick look-around from my email and a few sites and then tip the hat and ride off into the sunset for most of the day, pardners.Obama was going to bring "his own plan" on healthcare to the Congress yesterday, wasn't that the pre-speech meme?"This is the momentism!": Again with the Broadwayesque-Bombast. Every Obama speech is "the moment." Say, isn't that the big song from … [Read more...]

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Clearing out the tab

I've got some deadlines to meet and a project I'd like to get started, so I need to stop futzing around, reading news and blogs and get to it. Here is what's been cluttering up my tab-bar for the last day or so - it's a bit of a jumble, sorry:Malta, shamelessly cribbed from CrescatBeautiful Malta! Where Doug Kmiec is the new US Ambassador after what Dan Gilgoff describes as a "strange religious/political" swearing in. Kmiec is the Catholic former Reagan WH Legal Counsel who campaigned … [Read more...]

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