Joseph Farah Confuses Free Speech with Free Enterprise

He is doing it wrong.

In the wake of the Hyatt of Sugarland, TX not wanting to have a bunch of “Radical” (they toss that word around so much, so why not me) anti-Islamic speakers talk at a Tea Party convention, presumably to not negatively  impact the corporation’s international image, Pamela Geller and now Joseph Farah have cried foul. Their Free Speech™ haz been violated! Oh NOES!

First and foremost, free speech does not have to be granted on private property. The owner has every right to tell anyone they want to get the hell out of their establishment whenever they so choose (We reserve the right to refuse service). The only caveats are American anti-discrimination laws. While Mr. Farah might feel like he is being discriminated against, it is still perfectly legal to discriminate on the basis of one’s speech being blatantly offensive to persons not inside Farah’s delusional minority. I would recommend going to OWS, but there are Muslims there, so that won’t work. A Park maybe, nope Muslims there do, but now I’m starting to digress. [Read more…]

Aww, Your Hate Group Is Hurting for Money?

The first email from E. Delgaudio that made me smile.

I somehow end up on all sorts of weird ass republican mailing lists, despite slamming the de-subscribe button like it was a damned codeine dispenser. Today’s email from Eugene Delgaudio’s “Public Advocate” USA, a rabidly anti-homosexual special interests group, was a keeper.

Allow me to share:  From the letter entitled “It’s Painful to Write,”

My office is in trouble.  And I need your help.

Fat chance… [Read more…]

Pulling No Punches at Occupy Wall Street

The Blaze Reaches

The right wing continues to be in OMGWTFPWN mode against Occupy Wall Street. Pulling every bit of negative media it can and highlighting the hell out of it. From  the homeless taking advantage of free food (OWS is communist), highlighting one douche bag’s anti-Semitic remarks (The right never says anything bad about Jews), and pointing out relentlessly that the kids protesting have sex and smoke pot (I’m sure no Republican kid would ever do that *cough* Bush’s kids and Bush II *cough*). [Read more…]

Thanks For The Support

The Donors Choose Science Bloggers for Students drive is about over and Freethought Blogs has taken the cake. First Prize for us as we crushed the other blog networks with our mighty hammer of Thor, not too shabby for a network that launched just a few months before the challenge started.

Thanks to everyone who donated on my page and the others on the FTB, with your help we were able to help thousands of students across the nation.

To readers of my blog, we did quite well in comparison to everyone else. Beat some, and got beat into a fine pulp by others. Sadly my pink tutu didn’t arrive before my mail got shut off so one of two things can happen.

I can wait until I get back to the states to perform a session of interpretive dance in appropriate costume.

OR

You can post something of comparable humiliation that I can do with what gear I have on hand. (Two uniforms, body armor, my gun, a pair of shorts, flip flops, and a towel.)

My fate is in your hands.

A “Cakewalk”

                Iraq, how I love thee. I hate to admit, but when you started I couldn’t take my eyes off of you. I watched the opening round on TV, glued to the images of destruction and the reports of embedded reported. I signed my contract with the military before you began. When I started military school, I was lauded for being a ‘real American’ by signing up at a time a war. I had hoped to go to Afghanistan, but you stole that from me.

                You loomed over my college days. My unit started a remembrance wall, last seen during the Vietnam War for those lost. The smiling faces of upperclassmen that graduated and then shipped off were followed by Silver Taps as we remembered them when they fell. Each one hurt, this war became a personal tragedy early. Those who made it came back changed, either fed up with the stupidity of the venture, hardened in spirit, or emotionally shattered. Still we were lauded by our school. How brave we were. Brave… I still was getting paid to go to class. And then I too graduated.

                Though, I disdain getting into to a war, I love fighting one. It is a contradiction that I wrestle with. War is terribly beautiful. But it should never be conducted without doing everything one can to avoid it.           

 It is great fun until someone gets hurt. We laugh when rockets slam into our midst, joking about the insurgents’ terrible aim, but then the odds come up. Someone dies, a brother-in-arms, turned to meat by an unlucky combination of a rocket’s drift, the wind, and the firer’s luck. We cry. Then we do it all over again.

So what, after almost nine years have we learned? We learned how to effectively fight an insurgency, knowledge that if preserved from Vietnam would have enabled us to not rebuild those ideas from scratch. Everything that Hackworth wrote in my father’s generation, we now know again. Paid for in blood, again.

What did it cost? Well we won’t learn that for years to come. Here is what we know so far:

8 years, 260 days since Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence of Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons program

8 years, 215 days since the March 20, 2003 invasion of Iraq

8 years, 175 days since President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln

4,479 U.S. military fatalities

30,182 U.S. military injuries

468 contractor fatalities

103,142 – 112,708 documented civilian deaths

2.8 million internally displaced Iraqis

$806 billion in federal funding for the Iraq War through FY2011

$3 – $5 trillion in total economic cost to the United States of the Iraq war according to economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Blimes

$60 billion in U.S. expenditures lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001

0 weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq

(Source: Think Progress)

Playing Catch Up

And what a week it was

Bachmann continues to see her staff flee her campaign in mass exodus, The Pharaoh watched from her high seat of “power” and comforted herself that she didn’t need those slaves. But then wondered why no one had brought her coffee.

 Cain has perfected the art of doublespeak, abortion would be outlawed under his rule. BUT he would not let the government tell you what to do if you ever had to make the decision to abort. He would not allow Muslims in his cabinet, except for all those Muslims that he would let serve. The common sense attitude that he espouses is just proving that common sense is not so common after all. [Read more…]

The 99%, Where Does It Go From Here?

NPR article covers the evolution of dissent to policy

NPR has posted an article detailing how Occupy Wall Street could affect policy in the U.S. through the lens of successful historical protests movements. Many on the right have been quick to bash the protestors for not having a clear consensus on policy goals, but Alan Greenblatt asserts that a lack of consensus is to be expected at this point in the movement’s evolution.

His quote of Nina Eliasoph counters the right’s complaint quite appropriately:

“Movements don’t write legislation. They force open a line of questions that makes it possible for people to imagine new policies. That’s always the first step.” – Nina Eliasoph, Sociologist at the University of Southern California. [Read more…]