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Posted in ===Legislation===, Associated Press, Blawg Review, Blawg Review #262, Citizen Media Law Project, defamation, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, EFF, First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, free press, free speech, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, Gizmodo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Murphy v. Millennium Radio Group LLC, National Enquirer, Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West, Privacy Protection Act of 1980, T & J Towing, T & J Towing v. Kurtz, Twitter, UN, UNESCO, University of Florida, University of Queensland, Vogel v. Felice, Wired, tagged Blaw Review, blawg, Blawg Review #262, blawgs, Comins v VanVoorhis, DCMA takedowns, First Amendment, free speech, freedom of the press, iPhone, law, legal blogging, Vogel v. Felice, World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2010|
Posted in First Amendment, Florida, free speech, freedom of speech, Indiana, law, lawyers, Penelope Canan, Ronald Burge, SLAPP, tagged Comins v VanVoorhis, dogs, First Amendment, free speech, huskies, law, Money, Siberian huskies, SLAPPs on May 1, 2010|
Posted in Charlie Wilson's War, Chris Comins, Christopher Comins, citizenship, cruelty to animals, Custom Fab, First Amendment, Florida, free speech, freedom of speech, George Crile III, law, Michael Vick, NASA, Orange County, Orlando, United States, tagged animal cruelty, Central Florida GreeneWay, Christopher Comins, civic engagement, Comins v VanVoorhis, crime, dogs, Elections, First Amendment, Florida, free speech, huskies, law, Orange County, Orlando Florida, pets, pit bulls, shooting dogs, Siberian huskies, U.S. Constitution, United States Constitution, USA, violence, voting, Walt Disney World on March 27, 2010|
Posted in academia, Adam Smith, Bill O'Reilly, blogging, campaign finance reform, free speech, funding agencies, Hillary Clinton, Milton Friedman, politicians, Politics, United States, V for Vendetta, tagged academia, Capitalism, censorship, civic disengagement, civic engagement, corporations, corruption, democracy, economics, education, empathy, inequality, journalism, law, media, Money, nationalism, patriotism, Politics, propaganda, spectatorship, USA, voting, work on January 27, 2008| 1 Comment »
“How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.”
-V for Vendetta
I wrestle often with the issue of who’s to blame for the wounded state of my country. Usually I take the easy road and I gripe about the usual suspects—the stacked trifecta of politicians, the media, and big business.
Posted in Bill O'Reilly, First Amendment, Fox, free speech, freedom of speech, Hollywood, In The Valley Of Elah, Iraq War, Lions for Lambs, Mark Cuban, O'Reilly Factor, pseudo-patriotism, Redacted, Rendition, support our troops on November 20, 2007| Leave a Comment »
Bill O’Reilly recently called for Americans to stand outside movie theaters with signs that say “Support Our Troops,” in protest of movies depicting the current war—such as Rendition, In the Valley of Elah, Lions for Lambs, and especially the Mark Cuban-supported Redacted. (How exactly this will “support our troops” is beyond me, but I had not heard of half of these movies, so many thanks to Fox News for the heads up).
O’Reilly seems poised to put a good deal of energy into his new movie smear campaign, and of course his followers will follow. This is what passes for newsworthy on “the #1 news show on cable television.”
By all means, if you support the war, then utilize your First Amendment rights and say so. Perhaps you’ll raise some points that your antiwar friends hadn’t considered, maybe even change their minds. That’s ultimately the point of protesting something, isn’t it–to raise awareness or change public opinion in some way?
If you think sitting in a parking lot while heckling moviegoers about a film you yourself have never watched is the most effective way to get more people behind the war effort, then by all means, pile into the pickup truck and take O’Reilly up on his suggestion. I support your right to do so, as I support free speech in all its forms, even in its most ignorant and pointless ones.
Posted in 2008 elections, 9/11, Adolf Hitler, Americans, Bill Clinton, conspiracy theories, democracy, founding fathers, free speech, freedom of speech, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Holocaust, Jews, Laura Bush, Nazis, patriotism, politicians, September 11th, terrorism, Thomas Jefferson on October 28, 2007| 1 Comment »
I’m not especially surprised to learn that a few 9/11 conspiracy theorists got booted out of last night’s Hillary Clinton fundraiser. We do after all live in a country that tasers college students who ask ex-presidential candidates what frat they were in.
What did surprise me however was Bill Clinton’s simplistic response: “How dare you!”