All stick and no carrot, since ought-three.
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Thu, 11 Dec 2003
Do people still take Michael Moore seriously? I thought everyone had heard about the
On that note, I found this comment, made today by David Bernstein, interesting:
One of the great turnabouts of recent constitutional history has been that Supreme Court decisions broadly protecting freedom of speech from government interference are now consideredconservative.[...] For discussions of this phenomenon, see Kathleen M. Sullivan, Discrimination, Distribution and Free Speech, 37 Ariz. L. Rev. 439, 439-42 (1995), [who] notes that left-liberal solicitude for free speech arose in part because the great free speech cases for most of the twentieth century involved left-wing constituencies under assault from the government. Anarchists, communists, labor organizers, socialists, syndicalists, pacifists, and civil rights activists all benefited from the First Amendment. Sullivan, supra, at 439.
Mon, 17 Nov 2003Today, by contrast, the left believes "speech cases are often won by corporations, the media, and other powerful insiders.... Powerful private actors, such as pornographers and the media, are free to control, suppress, and distort the speech of others, and when they do, political processes cannot redress it." Mary Becker, The Legitimacy of Judicial Review in Speech Cases, in The Price We Pay: The Case Against Racist Speech, Hate Propaganda, and Pornography 208 (Laura J. Lederer & Richard Delgado eds., 1995).
How fucked up is it that I find myself enraged on a daily basis by the doings of the RIAA, the MPAA, and the congressholes they have in their pockets, while I feel nothing but a dull acceptance of the political decisions that are getting Americans my age killed in shithole backwater countries across the globe?
I mean, the RIAA et. al. are obviously pure evil, and what they're doing is harmful to the very fabric of our society, and if I were a vengeful God, every employee and lawyer of theirs would be target #1 on my "let's bring back the Old Testament" list, but shit. Politic bits and I get angry; politic blood and I don't seem to feel a thing.
Maybe it's just that I've been watching Band of Brothers recently (recorded in a physical form the MPAA would strenuously object to, tee hee)....Wed, 08 Oct 2003
Let Arnold arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of Arnold!
But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before Arnold: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
Sing unto Arnold, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, and rejoice before him.
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is Arnold in his holy habitation.Fri, 12 Sep 2003
Go sign it. http://www.eff.org/share/petition/
UPDATE 9/15/03: 35k signatures already, far surpassing their goal of 10k. Take a moment to donate or join (or add them to your will )—you get a cool t-shirt that's guaranteed to pick up babes.Thu, 21 Aug 2003
Just a great picture. (From the Yahoo Most Popular News Photos site).
This picture is great (from the Yahoo Most Popular News Photos site).
I really like:
Yahoo caption: "Opposition lawmakers rush to the chairman to stop the passage of a bill allowing Japanese Self Defense Forces to be sent to Iraq."Tue, 10 Jun 2003
I guess I'm a little late to be commenting on this, but I was reminded of it yesterday. During the Gulf War part Deux or whatever it was called, I kept seeing signs and stickers that said
Now I'm plenty pro-employment and anti-war, but seriously, what the fuck is that sign supposed to mean? I mean, it's a nice sentiment, but it doesn't reflect any kind of reality. Both of these things—jobs and war—are not made simply by willing them to be, nor can they be exchanged for one another in any kind of meaningful way.
One doesn't simply say
And while war, at least, can hypothetically be turned on and off at the touch of a button, it's not without massive repercussions for either action. These signs were appearing in the middle of the war and pulling out would arguably have been worse than not going to war at all.
So I guess the upshot is that, while I agree with the basic sentiment that jobs are good and war is to be avoided, and I understand the need to express oneself in a sufficiently pithy manner that one can fit one's opinion on one's little sticker, seriously guys. It's just dumb.
I fell asleep reading a dull book, and I dreamt that I was reading on, so I woke up from sheer boredom.