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This is simply breathtaking for its grotesqueness. A French newspaper practices freedom of the press, printing some satire directed toward Islam; the paper is subsequently firebombed by religious fanatics; and Bruce Crumley, Time magazine’s bureau chief in Paris, castigates the … Continue reading
In the video below, the guy at the mike falls off message and says that Nevada Republican, Sharon Angle, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, will make herself available for questions. Oops! You see, Sharon Angle doesn’t take questions from … Continue reading
Here are four good John Stuart Mill quotes: “The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the … Continue reading
At the Daily Beast, Geoffery Robertson tells how he hid Salmon Rushdie from the Ayatollah Khomeni here.
“Attacks by the mainstream media” interfere with Sarah Palin’s “First Amendment rights”?: In an Interview TODAY, Sarah Palin Shows Weird Confusion Over the First Amendment—and Who It’s Designed to Protect
Alex Koppelmann today (at Salon.com) details Sarah Palin’s stange First Amendment confusion: In a radio interview that aired Friday morning, Sarah Palin said Americans’ First Amendment rights are in danger. Ironically, it’s apparently the press who’s threatening those rights. “If [the … Continue reading
Palin is Once Again a No-Show on the Sunday Morning Programs. And She Still Hasn’t Done a Press Conference
Sarah Palin might find herself president if Republican John McCain wins this election, and dies in office. And she clearly doesn’t believe in basic democratic openness, transparency, and accountability. She won’t testify at hearings into her behavior in the troopergate … Continue reading
An Outrageous Blow to Free Speech in Europe: A Turkish Court Bans Richard Dawkins’ Website from Turkey
The Guardian UK reports today that a Turkish court has set a ban on Richard Dawkins’ website. Money quote: A Turkish court has banned internet users from viewing the official Richard Dawkins website after a Muslim creationist claimed its contents … Continue reading
Back to the Middle Ages? An Italian Woman Satirizes the Pope and Finds Herself Being Subject to Prosecution Under the Lateran Treaty
According to the Wall Street Journal this week, Sabina Guzzanti, an Italian woman who joked about the pope, may be subject to prosecution under the Lateran Treaty: The possible prosecution of an Italian comedienne shines a light on the Lateran Treaty, … Continue reading
Back to the Future: An Image of Book Burners and Icon Destroyers in Geneva, 1500s, and a Report by ABC News, 2008, on Sarah Palin’s Attempt to Ban Books from Wasilla Public Library
John Calvin’s Geneva, 16th century: And Sarah Palin’s Wasilla, 21st century:
NO ACCESS TO PALIN FOR AT LEAST TWO WEEKS!: McCain Campaign Surrogate Says “Voters Don’t Care” That Palin Avoids Press Interviews or Questions
Sarah Palin will not be answering your questions. The reason? Because voters, apparently, just want their candidates for high office to do photo-ops and to read focus-group tested speeches from teleprompters. Orwellian democracy comes to America: