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:

Insane Bolt

In the immigration wars, there is none braver than Brave Sir #RANPaul:

The sad part is, he STILL looked better than his lunch mate, Rep. Steve King (R-Pakled), who marvels at the English of a DREAMER who’s been in the country FOR MOST OF HER LIFE.

Pathetic.

Today In Republican Derptitude

Actually, this happened yesterday:

Arizona state congressman (and national congressional candidate) Adam Kwasman intercepted a bus full of migrant children in Phoenix Tuesday, tweeting, “Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law.”

Or so he thought. Kwasman was caught short when Arizona Central reporter Brahm Resnik informed him the bus he lamented was actually full of YMCA campers, who another reporter said were “laughing and taking pictures of the media.”

“I was actually able to see some of the children in the buses. The fear on their faces…. This is not compassion,” Kwasman was telling the reporter when Resnik broke the news to him.

“You know that was a bus with YMCA kids?” Resnik asked.

“Well, they were sad too,” Kwasman said. A moment later, he conceded, “That was a mistake,” and deleted the tweet.

His opponent should run this clip from now till Election Day:

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.

Uncivil Defense

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Once again, the agency charged with protecting the president shows a (no longer) stunning lack of professionalism among some of its members:

Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident. One of the agents was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway, the people said.

The hotel staff alerted the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands after finding the unconscious agent Sunday morning, a day before Obama arrived in the country, according to two of the people. The embassy then alerted Secret Service managers on the presidential trip, which included the agency’s director, Julia Pierson.

This, on the heels of the infamous Cartegena incident in 2012, raises some disturbing questions – questions that should be answered with all deliberate speed:

  • Why did these agents feel free to do this after rules were tightened after Cartegena specifically to prevent this behavior?
  • Is there a problem within the Counter Assault Team (not to mention within the Secret Service as a whole) with regards to this particular president?
  • What specific steps can be taken to insure that this never happens again?

This incident is damning, and should be of concern to everyone regardless of party.  We’ll see…