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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Where's The ACLU?

"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind." 
-- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859 --

I'm reminded of that Nazi-wannabe up in Roanoke who is being prosecuted and convicted on the flimsiest of charges in lands he's never been to by people to whom he's done no harm.

I'm reminded, too, of that ship captain in the Navy whose career has been destroyed because gay people might have taken offense at a video he participated in while he was helping his country prosecute a war.

Too often I'm reminded how small we really are.

Our latest exercise in Freedom Suppression of Speech?

Trial set for firing over use of 'n' word
By Michael Klein, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

A federal jury will be asked to decide whether it is acceptable for an African American person, but not a white person, to use the "n" word in a workplace.

U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick has ruled that former Fox29 reporter-anchor Tom Burlington's lawsuit against the station, claiming a double standard and alleging that he was the victim of racial discrimination, may go to trial. However, Surrick denied Burlington's claim of a hostile work environment.

Burlington, who is white, was fired after using the "n" word during a June 2007 staff meeting at which reporters and producers were discussing reporter Robin Taylor's story about the symbolic burial of the word by the Philadelphia Youth Council of the NAACP.

Burlington, who began work at the station in 2004 and is now working as a real estate agent, was suspended within days and fired after an account of the incident was published in the Philadelphia Daily News. He alleges that he "was discriminated against because of his race," according to court documents. He claims in his lawsuit that at least two African American employees at Fox29 had used the word in the workplace and were not disciplined. [link]
The reporter (and his editors) are here being so politically correct that it's difficult to determine whether Burlington was fired for saying "the N word" or for uttering the inexcusable "nigger."  A word that has a delineated exemption from the Bill of Rights amendments to our Constitution. Apparently.

I'm going to take a wild guess and say it was the latter.

So, will the ACLU (American certain select politically correct Civil Liberties Union) take up this man's cause and defend him in this case that cries out for justice?  If I were a betting man, I'd be betting on FAT CHANCE.

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."
-- Noam Chomsky --

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For the love of God:

Sometimes I think we don't deserve the gift we've been given.

Obama Kowtows

What is it with this guy?

After having given hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign aid to other countries that were less fortunate, after having sent hundreds of thousands of American men and women off to die in wars brought on by empire-seeking dictators around the globe, not to mention all the innovations, the technologies, and the medical breakthroughs that American ingenuity has brought about for this planet, it's fair to say:


Yet here we are:
What Obama Thinks of America
By Wendy Wright, American Thinker

Sometimes the best way to find out what a person thinks about you is to find out what he tells others.

That's why the report on America's human rights record by the Obama administration with the U.N. is particularly interesting.

It's more accurate to say that this first-ever report to the U.N. Human Rights Council was from the Obama administration rather than from the United States. Its main theme is what President Obama has done in his short two years, rather than what our great country has accomplished as a beacon of human rights over 234 years.

What comes through is that President Obama's crew thinks America is congenitally discriminatory, and his administration is bravely soldiering into this morass against the unwashed masses to create an equal society.

As the report states, "Work remains to meet our goal of ensuring equality before the law for all." Which American laws or institutions enshrine discrimination? Not mentioned. No matter, when you're convinced Americans are bigots there is no need to provide proof.

The administration crows in the report about passing the incredibly divisive and unconstitutional health care act. It devotes a section to the bill, with glowing aspirations of how it will end the discrimination of a racist medical system. (Remember, these people see everything through the filter of race or identity politics -- even health care.)

In the distorted view of the Obama administration, Americans' deep respect for the sanctity of marriage is categorized as "discrimination". In their view, clinging to traditional marriage - the fundamental building block of society -- is evidence of America's breach of human rights. Deconstructing marriage to be "whatever feels good" is considered progress.

President Obama is, as he said in his inaugural address, remaking America. Too bad his image of America -- and what he wants to turn us into -- is so prejudiced. [link]
All this in a report - an apology - to a United Nations that we created and that we endure.

Enraging.  Shameful.  Despicable.

Obama Pulls The Trigger

I always thought Scott McClellan was the worst White House Press Secretary ever. Lacking wit, lacking charm, seemingly lacking intellect, there could not have been a poorer choice for presidential spokesman than he.

And then along came Robert Gibbs.

Three words: Oh. My. God.

We can now add to the McClellan list another trait lacking: The ability to articulate.

Gibbs's struggles with thought processing was painful to behold, painful to the point where you wanted to take up arms and shoot the messenger.

Looks like I'm not alone in seeing Gibbs as being woefully inadequate for the job. Barack Obama feels the same way and has given Mr. Uh, Uh, Uh the axe:
Obama spokesman Gibbs to leave post

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said today he will leave next month to set up his own consulting business and become an outside political adviser to President Obama.

"I will continue to provide advice and counsel to this building, and to this president," Gibbs said at his White House press briefing.

Gibbs, who said he will also give speeches in the months, said it has been "an honor and a privilege to stand here."

Obama praised his spokesman in a statement, saying ... [blah blah blah] [link]
That's the old Obama-praised-his-spokesman-as-he-was-kicking-him-out-the-door ploy.

So Robert Gibbs has been canned.  A good move on the part of the president, to be sure.

Quote of the Day

From James Taranto:
The Associated Press reported yesterday that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi "said she had no regrets on her last day as House speaker." Lots of other people also don't regret it was her last day as House speaker.
Lots and lots of people rejoice.