Over at the Friendly Atheist, Terry Firma has some harsh words about media outlets that congratulate themselves for standing up for free speech but refuse to publish images of the controversial Charlie Hebdo cover even in stories specifically about it. … [Read more...] about Free Speech From a Friend of the Blog
Rick Horowitz has an interesting post about his decision not to display any Charlie Hebdo cartoons in his post about the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Er, in other words, his post about the Charlie Hebdo massacre consisted of an explanation of why he wasn't posting Charlie Hebdo cartoons in his post about the Charlie Hebdo massacre. (Did you follow that? It was all very … [Read more...] about To Publish or Not To Publish
I am not Charlie.Honestly, until this shit happened, I didn't know a damned thing about Charlie Hebdo. I don't have a clue what Charlie Hebdo stood for, so I'm not about to identify myself with them or support their editorial agenda, whatever it is.Besides, in my mind, "I am Charlie" links to the scene in the 1960 film Spartacus where rebellious former Roman slaves … [Read more...] about Je ne suis pas Charlie
I've known for many years that access to this blog is blocked in mainland China. Well, sometimes it is and sometimes it isn't. I imagine it all depends on how recently I've mentioned the Tiananmen Square Massacre. As I write this, it's not being blocked (I checked here), but that could change since I just mentioned the Tiananmen Square Massacre twice now.However, thanks to … [Read more...] about The Queen is a Fink!
Over at Addicting Info (a.k.a. Buzzfeed for liberal politics) Justin Rosario is trying to portray the Supreme Court's recent decision striking down so-called "buffer zones" around abortion clinics as a case of giving special free-speech rights to rich people: It seems that while your regular woman on the street has no way to keep religious fanatics from harassing them while … [Read more...] about Buffer Zones and Free Speech Zones