Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke is a modern woman who ably reaffirms that it’s not sinful for females to enjoy sex out of wedlock. Rush Limbaugh clings to the opposite and very outdated notion that such behavior is steeped in shame. He deserves to be mocked rather than taken seriously, but it’s self-defeating for Limbaugh’s critics to overreact to his disparagement of Fluke, because it breathes life into the very misconception they wish to expunge.
As is their wont, devotees of presidential candidate Ron Paul made their presence known on January 15 at the Three Kings Day Parade in Miami, an annual event that draws thousands of spectators. When one of them held up a sign touting their favorite candidate in front of a local Univision TV camera, the crew [...]
When someone who habitually drinks to excess vomits from the flu, it’s not an indication he threw up from drinking too much. Though it would likely be beneficial for him to curtail his imbibing, it’s not a good time to make that point. Telling him then anyway, and expecting a favorable response, is like using the Tucson tragedy as an excuse to scold right-wingers, and expecting them to see the light.
Even biased judges sometimes decide cases correctly, and with free speech experts of all stripes applauding the Citizens United decision, it’s far from apparent the Supremes falsely interpreted the First Amendment for political or ideological reasons.
Refuting conventional wisdom that the man who wrote the majority opinion was nefariously motivated, left-leaning constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley told Keith Olbermann: “[Justice Anthony] Kennedy is no corporate shill. He really believes in this...It’s all about limiting speech."
On Wednesday I admonished a Code Pink protester for her melodramatic “attempt” to arrest Donald Rumsfeld. My post (published here, here and here) was not a rebuke so much as a practical call for more advanced operations. Nonetheless, so-called progressives - including David Swanson, whose After Downing Street website is largely dedicated to the torture scandal - told me I had crossed some line.