Because “Asshat” Would Seem Unstatesmanlike


Trump says Manchester bombing is the work of ‘evil losers’

Picture credit NY Times

“I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers, because that’s what they are. They’re losers. And we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers. Just remember that,” he said.

Quote Source was USA Today.

Quote of the Day


“This is an excellent day for free speech,”

“Using law as warfare is perhaps the most disgusting tactic of politically correct activists across the country, and we couldn’t be more excited to stand up against such frivolous use of our court system.  — Ben Shapiro, celebrating the courtroom losses of the so-called Clock Boy

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Of course the clock boy brought a disassembled clock to school in an attempt to become racially profiled. The attempt failed, but the next kid who brings wires hooked to a battery to school will be treated with kid gloves…because the media and the president claimed clock boy was mistreated.

We here at the Craft Blog call law fare by the term shutuppery. A gang called Team Kimberlin has tried to silence individuals using the courts for years. Just like the clock boy, they have done nothing but lose.

Quote of the Day


Vice President Mike Pence:

“If the emanations of free speech were charted on a map like infrared heat signatures, one would hope that universities would be the hottest places — red and purple with dispute; not dark blue and white — frozen into cant, orthodoxy, and intellectual stasis,”

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Anti-Milo Riot, UC Berkeley  2017

Those Nazi Pugs Need to Be Stopped


I don’t like hate speech, don’t approve of it, all races deserve respect, don’t kill people, my God demands that I love my enemies.

Gotta say this things otherwise people will believe I actually support Nazi…dogs.

Freedom Crossroads:

A Scottish YouTuber by the name of Markus Meechan is about to go to trial on a charge of hate speech sparked by a video he created last year.

In the video, Meechan begins by saying: “So, my girlfriend is always ranting and raving about how cute and adorable her wee dog is, so I’ve thought I’d turn him into the least cute thing I could think of which is a Nazi.”Nazi Pug

He then proceeds to ‘show’ the dog a clip of Hitler and teach it to do the Nazi salute and to respond to the phrase “gas the Jews.”

With about two minutes of content which has not even received 2.5 million views since it was posted, Meechan has found himself facing up to a year in prison.

The Daily Caller:

“…or part of their sanity…??

The German parliament is debating a proposal to force social media platforms to either delete hate speech quickly or risk hefty fines. [Up to 56 million dollars. — Dave]

The problems that many critics point out are the vague definitions of the term “hate speech” and the restrictions that the proposed law may have on freedom of speech. Justice Minister Heiko Maas disagrees, arguing it will only help protect freedom of speech in Germany.

I’ve posted a lot of words about this subject…but I’m going to explain again, just in case someone thinks these cases are actually appropriate.

Hateful speech ought to be legal, as long as no violence is incited. Why? Because you really shouldn’t want others to decide what you can say. No, you shouldn’t. I’m not saying “Let’s go kill some…” is okay, because you know I don’t think that. 

These examples are from outside the U.S., but my country’s founding documents talk of inalienable rights — from a creator, and not from governments. No, Germany does not have a “First Amendment” but freedom of speech should be universal. It is an embarrassment that so-called democracies seek to mussle their citizens in the name of stamping out hate speech.  

If you are a liberal who wants to squash Nazi groups, or dogs, before they take over…or you fear hate speech because it diminishes your personhood, so you want to take speech rights away from others…or you want to stop those who would advocate discussions of taboo subjects like immigration, assimilation, gender, race and such…

 

If you are such a person, and you think hate speech shouldn’t be free speech, the listen closely.

Congratulations. You have become the fascist you claim to hate.

 

Governor, you are wrong. Also, generally the First Amendment is capitalized.

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Sorry, Chris. The phrase “except hate speech” isn’t there.

 

Planning for the Hereafter


You know, as I get up there in age- I’ll be 65 this year- I find my thoughts are often turned to the end. You know, the big one. What awaits us all somewhere down the trail.

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I’ve thought some about what sort of words I’d want to leave posterity on whatever stone marks my final resting place.  After all, the things said during ones life must have been important, otherwise you would never have wasted the breath or ink to say them, right?  So I try to recall the weightiest, most profound words from my past.  The phrases I come up with usually are an expression of love, or concern my wife, parents or children.  Then I usually find myself thinking, “How morbid!  Stop that!”  I know I have many years still in front of me- we all delude ourselves thinking that is the case.  But in my heart of hearts I understand the sad truth of the matter, and so I’ve taken to writing the things down that come to mind and leaving these notes where they might be put to good use after I am gone.

I have an imaginary friend, though- we’ll call him “Bill'” and give him the fictitious initials “W.M.S.” so that he, being imaginary, won’t be mistaken for some real person out there who might take offense- who I like to think was born, as I was, in the 1950s.  Say 1955, make Bill a few years younger than me.  I’ve taken to using Bill as a surrogate when I think about how an epitaph might look on a tombstone- that morbid thing, you know… avoidance and all that.  So I take words said by someone that I saw somewhere sometime and try to visualise them appearing on the monument that he would leave behind for future generations to see and call his life to mind.  You know, like

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Now that’s pretty weighty.    A little topical- I’m sure the “Blue  Screen of Death” will be wrestled to the ground at some point by the computer folks- but all in all a pithy message of hope and renewal, eh?  Speaking of pithy, there’th

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Now that’s heavy-duty.  I’m not a particularly religious person, so the reference to God and prayer doesn’t really hit home for me, but I’m sure that there are those who would see this and tremble in the face of some good hellfire and brimstone Old Testament wrath.  One last one…

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No.  Oh no.  I mean, what idiot would leave words like this behind to sum up his three score plus years on the planet.  One’s life would have to be pretty empty and devoid of any meaning to have these be the last words about it.  I mean, can you possibly imagine anyone for whom such an epitaph would be fitting?

Anyway, you should think about this stuff from time to time.  Otherwise, you never know.  Someone might well be thinking about it for you.

Victor David Hanson Takes on ‘Never Trumpers’


So much can go wrong in a Donald Trump presidency, but Victor David Hanson notes that most of the predictions have been wrong.

One of the biggest and baddest smears comes from the left, convinced that Trump is a totalitarian thug. Hitler with crazier hair and a prettier wife. Yeah, about that:

From American Greatness: 

So far all the political violence associated with the election of Trump, from Inauguration to the latest campus rioting, has been on the Left. No pro-Trump crowds don masks, break windows or shut down traffic.

Okay, this time when I tell you guys to “hit Starbucks…” I actually mean “let’s get some cappuccino with soy after the demonstration.” 

 

The crudity in contemporary politics—from the constant sick jokes referring to First Family incest, smears against the First Lady, low attacks on the Trump children, boycotts of the Inauguration, talk and dreams of killing the president—is on the liberal/progressive side. The entertainment industry’s obscenity and coarseness have been picked up by mainstream Democratic officials, who now routinely resort to profanities like s–t and f–k to attack the president. Almost every ethical code—television journalists do not report on air private conservations with their guests during breaks, opposition congressional representatives do attend the Inauguration, Senators do not use obscenities—have been abandoned in efforts to delegitimize Trump.

They’ve lost what was left of their civility, courtesy and minds. 

h/t Instapundit — who picked just about the same quote. Because it is important and true.

I Struck a Nerve


I usually go out of my way to avoid references to Bill Schmalfeldt’s size, but as he is apparently trying to hide from the truth and John Hoge’s process servers…I couldn’t help myself. And I hit a nerve.

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Apparently Bill now lives in South Carolina. I didn’t fear him when he lived in Maryland, and nothing has changed.

More at BillySez. Sarah doesn’t sound afraid, either. 

Paul Krendler seems pretty calm also.