Season Reason Bugs HOA — A homeowners association in Gettysburg ordered Mark and Lynn Wivell to remove the word “Jesus” from a Christmas display.
HOAs are notorious for their enforcement of conformity and lack of respect for the wishes of the residents to personalize their abodes, still this association allowed for Christmas decorations.
A resident, though, apparently offended by the reason for the season, complained and the timid mice who run things danced to the complainer’s tune rather than let matters run their inevitable course namely the word’s removal in mid-January.
The Wivells say the plan on keeping the word as part of their display until the schedule time to take it down on Jan. 15.
Good for the Wivells. How about just following the principle that if someone is not hurting you just let them be?
Hat tip Bob Small.
Season Reason Bugs HOA
Free Speech, Political Correctness And Hate — Attention-seeker Kathy Griffin who some call a comedian circulated a photo of herself holding our President’s bloody head.
This isn’t speech to be defended. Speech to be defended concerns telling objective truths i.e. Nigger Jim was a character in Huckleberry Finn, and expressing opinions i.e. the theory of evolution is wrong.
Speech that unambiguously incites violence, much less murder, must not be defended. Note the word “unambiguously”. Certain snowflakes, who are ironically far more likely to be fans of Ms. Griffin than the rest of us, would claim that saying MAGA or that homosexuality is sinful incites violence. That is the Kafkaesque sea in which they swim.
In the 1960s and 1970s, funnymen like Redd Foxx, Don Rickles and Mel Brooks used ethnic humor in ways that would give the children who now set our social standards vapors. There was no hate in what they said, though. One always felt they actually liked the people they teased.
That is not the case for the “edgy” garbage that passes for “humor’ today. Holding the bloody head of a living person can only be construed as hate.
Free Speech, Political Correctness And Hate
George Gawrych Shouted Down At Cal State Northridge — Bob Small of Delco Debates forwarded from Eugene Volokh about how a group of Armenian students shut down a lecture by scholar George Gawrych at California State University Northridge.
Gawrych’s subject was Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. It was part of “Ataturk Week” which involved events in Southern California scheduled for Nov. 9-13.
Kemal was an Turkish army officer who became leader of that nation in 1923 after years of war and chaos. He modernized the nation and was bestowed with the surname “Ataturk” meaning “Father of the Turks”.
Armenians, however, blame Ataurk for expunging their people from Turkey claiming he drove off those Armenians who survived 1915 Genocide during the Turkish War of Independence.
Ataturk is not considered to have been involved with the genocide itself.
Regardless, speakers should never be shouted down at any university and schools must respect the rights of all invited speakers to have their say.
George Gawrych Shouted Down At Cal State Northridge
Danish Free Speech Defender Nearly Killed — Lars Hedegaard is a 70-year-old academic who founded Denmark’s Free Press Society in response to the threats and violence surrounding the publication of cartoons depicting Mohammed by Danish newspapers in 2005.
He is now living in secret after an attempt on his life. A young Muslim dressed as a postman came to his door and when Hedegaard answered he pulled a pistol — one should note he was violating Denmark’s restrictive gun laws by doing this — and fired at his head. The elderly scholar then punched him causing him to drop his gun. The assassin wannabe then picked it up and tried to fire again only to have it jam, after which he scurried off.
Hat tips The Spectator and Breitbart.com
Danish Free Speech Defender Nearly Killed
Barletta Bans Recordings At Town Halls — Newly minted coal-country congressmen Lou Barletta (R-Pa11) and Tom Marino (R-Pa10) have sparked fears they have gone Potomac by instituting recording bans at recent town hall meetings.
Barletta has denied the claim saying the event at which he banned personal recordings was a “private” meeting.
To which he had opened to the old media who of course were given permission to record.
The congressmen’s actions were motivated by orchestrated attempts by Democrats to infiltrate the town halls with unruly disrupters whose antics would be recorded and placed on the YouTube in the hope it would indicate widespread grassroots opposition to Republican policy.
It was an effort to mimic action in 2009 and 2010 by Tea Partyers which led to big Republican gains last November.
What should be remembered, however, is that it wasn’t the angry protestors who made the Democrat incumbents look bad but their responses to them. The incumbents, perhaps most famously Arlen Specter, were recorded being abusive, mocking and dismissive to them, after which they arrogantly ended constituent meetings completely.
If Barletta and Marino follow that path they will be one-termers.
If they, however, let them obscenely and abusively vent and are judicious in their response the strategy will backfire badly on the Democrats.
The Republicans simply have to make sure they have their own recordings to put on YouTube.
It remains to be seen if they are smart enough to do this.
Barletta Bans Recordings At Town Halls