And you know this tit would scream “censorship” if it were her message being covered up…this is classic progressive/socialist/Islamist tactics: Can’t get your message received well, try to drown out the other side. That’s not “freedom of expression”, it’s you being a jerk.
Here’s Mona Eltahawy, a “journalist” of Egyptian decent does a bit of graffiti to cover a pro-Israeli ad.
Former marine Brandon Raub is an unlikely hero for the free speech movement. He’s a poster child for the conspiracy theorist you shouldn’t have friended on Facebook. He thinks 9/11 is an inside job, that the Illuminati are controlling the world (Which, of course, they are. Hail Eris!**), he sees a “civil war coming” (which is entirely possible in the current political and economic climate.) Quoting rap lyrics with some violent content, apparently was enough to get him arrested and sent for psychiatric evaluation.
Raub, you might note, fits the usual DHS/FBI terrorist profile: white male in his 30s with military experience. So watch out what you say, folks, while on Facebook or on your blog. You might just be insane by state standards.
**Good karma points for those that can identify the book.
Heavy metal gay icon Rob Halford gives the best opinion on the whole insufferable homohubbub of the last few weeks. His opinion pretty much matches mine. From AOL’s Noisecreep:
“Everybody in this country has the right to say what they think and feel and what best represents them. The people at Chick-fil-A have the absolute right to say and do what they want. It doesn’t matter that all of these people disagree with their opinion. The question was how would the people that agree with what that man said do to support the company and how would the ones against his anti-gay remarks protest.
“The supporters have been showing up in droves, to spend money at the restaurants and peacefully assemble. But there has obviously been so many people who have gone out and boycotted the company. I think it’s great. That’s our right here. What you’re seeing here are the elements of the American Constitution in all of their glory. It’s a wonderful thing to see happening and talk about and the fact that everyone is discussing the gay rights issue is great.”
Before our interview ended, Halford wanted to be clear about his stance on the anti-gay marriage issue: “I don’t think that man thought too much about the business consequences of what he said, but I think he was standing for what he believes in. I don’t agree with him at all, but God bless the man. It’s as simple as that.”
As more and more nations move toward statism, one of the first things they’ve got to do is stop people talking to each other, and expressing opinions contrary to those of the would-be aristocrats running these nations. (An EU wonk recently, just as an example, called resistant to ACTA “soft terrorism”…they’re none too fond of you expressing yourselves.) That means moves like Russia and China’s attempts to get the internet management moved from the rotating shareholder system now in place to the United Nations. That means moves to block fair use, purchasers’ rights to usage of material, speech codes against cyberbullying and other nonsense, taxation of internet commerce.
They finally realize what a danger the internet is to their fortunes, just as nations feared the printing press in the 15th and 16th Centuries (and similarly taxed the hell out of them, when they could.)
Free Press is taking the lead with a Declaration of Internet Freedom website. Sign up, so we can see how many people the political class is willing to ignore!
These bloody statist never learn, do they? Between the power mad legislators and “well-meaning” activists, we’re always onthe edge of a good ol’ fashioned authoritarian regime. This time the culprit is HB2549, now on Governor Brewer’s desk. It was ostensibly created to stop cyber-bullying and online stalking, but of course, the lawmakers had to go a touch further than that, making it a crime to use “any electronic or digital device” to send “obscene, lewd or profane language” or suggest such acts with the intent to “terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend.”
NBC reports: ” ‘…H.B. 2549 “would apply to the Internet as a whole, thus criminalizing all manner of writing, cartoons, and other protected material the state finds offensive or annoying,’ Media Coalition says on its website…”
So pretty much anything. And because of the interstate/national nature of the internet, I’m sure these self-important tits in Arizona will try going after folks outside their jurisdiction for pretty much anything. Call or write Jan Brewer if you want this nonsense stopped.
If it passes, this might help you pussies offended by everything:
Here’s a “thinker” you should know about: Yale law professor Owen Fiss, author of The Irony of Free Speech. Like most people in law, or academia, Fiss shows a stunning arrogance and statist’s lack of respect for political speech.
As Fiss put it, the government may “have to silence the voices of some in order to hear the voices of . . . others. Sometimes there is simply no other way.” Wrong…you have the right to speak, not to be heard. There is a difference. You have the right to speak, but not to silence dissenting opinions. You do have the right to not listen.
I believe this is one lawyer who we should exercise that last right.
From the Institute of Justice, a quick video on a new case over government licensing of tour guides…
And even better — in Santa Fe, you need a licence to panhandle. If you’re truly fallen out of the system broke, you’re not going to have the $10 for your license. This move is not aimed at the truly indigent, however, but to discourage the “professional beggar” — those folks who panhandle because it pays better than McDonald’s, if you’re willing to put in the hours in the weather and come over the right way for passing motorists. It’s still truly idiotic…