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 Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [expletive] is still here.” I’d argue that Ozzie wasn’t praising Castro’s policies, just his tenacity (of course it’s easy to be tenacious when you’re a…

‘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 paid for those microphones and can impose whatever code of conduct they choose.

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 you’ve forgotten, seeing as how the president hasn’t even raised the issue. Now those same voices want Obama to order his justice department to prosecute any media outlet that facilitated the publication of leaked government secrets obtained by Bond villain Julian “you can’t spell ass without” Assange.…

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 Christianity in Wokington, Cumbria for years, said he did not mention homosexuality while delivering a sermon from the top of a stepladder, but admitted telling a passing shopper that he believed it went against the word of God. Police officers are alleging that he made the remark…

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 the entry in recent years of several Muslim clerics from Arab countries with a history of inflammatory statements on terrorism, women’s rights and homosexuality. They said the Home Office approved a visa in 2004 for Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a Qatar-based cleric who had called suicide bombers “martyrs” and…

we have our first obama/monkey comparison

Well, probably not the first, and certainly not the last. This story may actually evolve into an interesting test case of community standards and free speech, as Mulligan’s critics hope to eventually silence Mike Norman’s controversial musings. In the meantime, I must say I’m surprised by these poll results: What do you think of the Obama T-shirt? It’s racist 45.75% 2721 It’s fine 54.25% 3227 Gotta stay mum on this one, for obvious reasons.