If you were Ozzie Guillen you’d be fired

I like Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. He’s an old school manager a la Billy Martin — hard-drinking, profane with a high baseball IQ. Politically, he’s not what you’d call bright. The fracas started over the weekend, when Time magazine published an interview on its website in which the Marlins skipper said he “loved” Castro. “I respect … Continue reading If you were Ozzie Guillen you’d be fired

‘The most seriously professorial politician since Woodrow Wilson’ doesn’t understand the 1st Amendment

Professor Newt demonstrates a fundamentally profound misunderstanding of Amendment 1. “We’re going to serve notice on future debates,” [Gingrich] told Fox. “We’re just not going to allow that to happen. That’s wrong. The media doesn’t control free speech. People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to.” To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, the media … Continue reading ‘The most seriously professorial politician since Woodrow Wilson’ doesn’t understand the 1st Amendment

Republicans demand broader powers for Obama justice department

You know the Republicans have lost their way when they vigorously argue in favor of something they warned against just two years ago. Remember hearing conservatives insist that Obama was going to revive the Fairness Doctrine as part of his Marxist plot to give Omar Sharif his own show on government-run radio? I understand if … Continue reading Republicans demand broader powers for Obama justice department

Prosecuting hate speech is more dangerous than hate speech

In the UK, it’s against the law to declare homosexuality a sin. Dale McAlpine was charged with causing “harassment, alarm or distress” after a homosexual police community support officer (PCSO) overheard him reciting a number of “sins” referred to in the Bible, including blasphemy, drunkenness and same sex relationships. The 42-year-old Baptist, who has preached … Continue reading Prosecuting hate speech is more dangerous than hate speech

fear and hypocrisy in the uk

A Dutch member of Parliament who compared the Koran to Mein Kampf was barred from entering Britain last week because his presence endangered public safety. Seems the UK has quite the double standard. Critics of the British action pointed to what they said were inconsistencies in the government’s handling of controversial visitors, notably in allowing … Continue reading fear and hypocrisy in the uk

decapitation du jour

On second thought, I won’t be watching “Fitna,” but I will post it, in solidarity. Thanks to Thomas for the link, and for the warning about the beheading found within. That’s enough to keep me from clicking play, though I defend the filmmaker’s purposeful provocation.