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October 22, 2010

More Crushing of Offensive Speech

I guess supporting the armed forces violated their editorial standards.

Posted by Cassandra at October 22, 2010 05:15 PM

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Heh. Did you hear about Elizabeth Moon, SF author for decades now, Marine vet, who was uninvited from her position as guest of honor at a Sci Fi convention (WISCON) because she had the temerity to write an essay about the NY Mosque controversy stating that just as we should give immigrants more understanding about their differences than some of us do, immigrants need to understand that in wanting to become part of a culture, they need to adapt to it as well.

Her essay here:

Posted by: DG at October 22, 2010 09:14 PM

So much for union support for the working man.

Is it any wonder they want card check so desperately? The only way they can win a certification vote is through, umm, voter intimidation.

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at October 22, 2010 11:00 PM

Wearing a USS Jimmy Carter T-shirt and hat would have been perfectly acceptable, though.

*stalks off muttering about sanctimonious, hypocritical asshats*

Posted by: BillT at October 23, 2010 06:37 AM

"Wearing a USS Jimmy Carter T-shirt and hat would have been perfectly acceptable, though.

That's cause everyone'd know they got there on the short bus, and in most civilized circles it's not cool to make fun of those *less fortunate*.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 23, 2010 08:34 AM

That SO p@#$ed me off, I nearly threw the laptop across the room. What jerks.

I don't get it, tho. I know hundreds of union members, some shop stewards, union officials, and not a one would have condoned such an action. Maybe I know the only conservative, patriotic union members in the US? I watched the Polish parade in New York a couple of weeks ago, and they looked pretty God and country to me. Union floats waving flags, veterans, etc.

If I had the time, it would be interesting to look into which unions, and the leadership, and how the union dues have been misdirected. Because that Wall St. Journal story about the campaign contributions probably angered union members as much as the general public. I personally think that unions shouldn't be allowed to make campaign contributions. They no longer have any power to deliver votes. Most of the union members I know personally are conservative.

Posted by: retriever at October 23, 2010 11:06 AM

You are thinking of unions like UAW, AFL-CIO, USW, even the Teamsters, etc., that may be politically Democrat, but culturally conservative.

More people that are in unions are now in government: AFSCME, SEIU and the various permutations of NEA (teachers), not to mention FOP and other government "unions". There is an incestuous relationship between people being unionized for government work (i.e., paid by collecting taxes), and using their union clout to campaign for.....more government.

We have crossed a Rubicon, of sorts where the grassroots pressure for more government is out of balance with the need to control the size of government because it is a drain on the economy.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at October 23, 2010 11:36 AM

This following close on the heels of the Juan Williams/NPR scandal seems conspicuously coincidental. This close to the election it appears that there was some button down discussions of a united front and what is acceptable. Wander off the 'res and you suffer the consquences.

The wagons are circled and we watch the desperate moves of an endangered species. Namely, the neutering of the lefty loon. Hopefully, we are witnessing the death of controlled speech masquerading as political correctness. The first ammendment applies only if it adheres to the ideology of the far left.

Posted by: vet66 at October 23, 2010 02:11 PM

The wagons are circled and we watch the desperate moves of an endangered species.

I'm not spending this nickel until it shows up in the bank.

First, the conservatives actually have to win this election. Then, the electeds actually have to deliver on their talk. Then, the conservatives have to win the next election...and deliver on their talk. And so on, for a goodly number of election cycles. As Obama likes to say, we didn't get into the liberal mess overnight. It'll take a generation to undo their damage.

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at October 23, 2010 03:04 PM

Remember how to eat an donkey:


Get rid of the "Clear and Present Danger" then concentrate on the mop up...

Posted by: vet66 at October 24, 2010 01:55 PM

Ya know, sometimes the pettiness and stupidity are so great that there are just no words for it. This seems to be one of those sorts of moments. Just when you think the lows have been hit, they dig deeper. Wow.

Posted by: LittleRed1 at October 25, 2010 02:44 PM