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September 14, 2012

Yeah, I Really Do Think...

Remember the Bu$Hitler years, when everyone was hyperventilating about how George Bush's reckless and arrogant cowboy foreign policy would cause the Arab Street to go up in flames ?

Incroyable.

If this is what Smart Power looks like, I do believe I'm ready to try Dumb Power again.

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Update: Help is on the way...

Posted by Cassandra at September 14, 2012 02:15 PM

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Is there something wrong with the Media in the US? {:^)

Those links are to news sites in the UK.

Something we should all ponder now, before our access to the Internet is firewalled in our country, "for the children".

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at September 14, 2012 05:30 PM

Yeah, I like how YouTube was asked by the administration to 'consider whether this Muhammad movie is really within your terms of service, and maybe take it down.'

YouTube: 'OK. This is totally within our terms of service, and it stays up.'

Administration: 'Well, then. We sure hope that nothing happens to Mr. Israel, whose real name is ****** and who lives in Southern California.'

Corporations are supposed to be the ones who suppress unpopular speech because it might hurt their bottom line. The government is supposed to be the defender of the right of individuals to unpopular speech. We're in a strange country, one that used to be our own.

Posted by: Grim at September 14, 2012 06:12 PM

Amen, Grim.

Posted by: Cassandra at September 14, 2012 06:17 PM

Is there something wrong with the Media in the US? {:^)

I wish I remembered my Cyrillic: there's a Russian phrase I used to love to say when I was a freshman in college: in a word, yes.

But remember during the Bu$Hitler years, the foreign press used to cover all sorts of things that didn't make it past the NYTimes' flexible urban sensibiliities?

Posted by: Cassandra at September 14, 2012 06:19 PM

...there's a Russian phrase....

одним словом, да

Is that it?

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at September 14, 2012 07:57 PM

You know what makes it even worse? The ACLU joined the Ku Klux Klan today in a lawsuit to help the Klan further their freedom of expression by adopting a stretch of Georgia highway.

Now, nobody loves the Klan -- myself especially included -- and few love the ACLU. There are very good reasons not to love either of them, since they both spend a great deal of their time thinking of new ways to annoy the majority of humanity. Nevertheless even these two groups of confirmed jackwagons can get this principle right. Apparently neither the state of Georgia nor the United States of America can do so.

Posted by: Grim at September 14, 2012 10:00 PM

...even these two groups of confirmed jackwagons can get this principle right.

Well, if you shoot a shotgun, some of the BBs are likely to strike.

Bad as our government has been these last 80 years, I still like its overall track record more than the KKK's and (oddly enough) for the last 80-ish years the ACLU's.

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at September 14, 2012 10:02 PM

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