Free Speech (Unless The Wrong People Exercise It)

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Recent events in Ferguson have once again demonstrated the fact that most people who yell the loudest about the 1st Amendment literally have no clue what it actually says:

The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology. Roorda said he planned to speak to the NFL and the Rams to voice his organization’s displeasure tomorrow. He also plans to reach out to other police organizations in St. Louis and around the country to enlist their input on what the appropriate response from law enforcement should be. Roorda warned, “I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. Well I’ve got news for people who think that way, cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours. I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products. It’s cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it’s not the NFL and the Rams, then it’ll be cops and their supporters.”

So let me get this straight – this spokesmodel (actually, “bidness manager”), a man so corrupt that he lost his own job as a law enforcement officer, is threatening mass demonstrations by cops because citizens exercised their own free speech rights in a NON-VIOLENT manner?  AND he wants them PUNISHED for it?  Personally, I think that he’s just ticked that in such a public arena and (more importantly) during a live televised event, those players couldn’t be teargassed and put in their place.  Can’t have the hired help acting uppity, after all.

I can’t even give this foolishness the level of mockery it truly deserves, but I know who can:

The Salient Fact Of American Politics, 2014 Edition

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“The salient fact of American politics is that there are fifty to seventy million voters each of who will volunteer to live, with his family, in a cardboard box under an overpass, and cook sparrows on an old curtain rod, if someone would only guarantee that the black, gay, Hispanic, liberal, whatever, in the next box over doesn’t even have a curtain rod, or a sparrow to put on it Ni-CLANG in the White House gets put in his place.”

OK then.  Civil War II it is.

Thom Not-So-Terrific

From TPM, would-be US senator Thom Tillis, waxing philosophic (and sophomoric) on North Carolina’s “traditional” population:

His campaign was quick to clarify:

“”Traditional” North Carolinians refers to North Carolinians who have been here for a few generations,” Tillis campaign Communications Director Daniel Keylin told TPM. “A lot of the state’s recent population growth is from people who move from other states to live, work, and settle down in North Carolina. Thom Tillis for example.”

He’s giving you fair warning, folks…

Orwell On The Half Shell

Via @Billmon1, this:

Actually, when you add it to all that has gone down over the last six years, perhaps this better explains it:

Putting The Right On Report

Nothing I could say on the matter of SGT Bergdahl’s return (and the lunacy of the howls of outrage from a right wing that just weeks earlier was praying for his return) would be better than what Chief Wright had to say, so I’ll point you to him:

“Nevertheless, Bergdahl has been condemned by the popular media, by social networks, by pundits and politicians, not because they know more about the situation than you or I do, but solely because they hate the president. If Obama was behind Bergdahl’s release, then Bergdahl is a traitor, Q.E.D. because the president must never, ever, be allowed even the slightest acknowledgement of patriotism. 

This condemnation isn’t about Bergdahl, it’s about Obama.

Please go read the whole thing – it’s as complete a dissection of the dishonest right wing as you’ll ever see.