We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
America has a proud tradition of provocative, obnoxious, and even treasonous speech going back to Tom Paine if not further back. (My ancestors were Tories.) Unlike any other nation in the world, it is one of our first principles. Indeed, we are an exceptional country.
Americans revel in provocative, intemperate, reckless, savage, irreverent, and satirical speech. While Americans appreciate good manners, there are times when unmannerliness is called for, even if only for fun or to make a point. Manners are mostly not encased in law, after all. Our artists, comedians, playwrights, atheists, absurd Marxist revolutionaries, pornographers, etc. all enjoy transgressing manners, propriety, and sensitivity, for better or worse. It's a free country. If you are hypersensitive here, buy a helmet.
That's why we get a kick out of the irreverent and unmannerly Pam Geller. She is a tough New York broad. I love provocative speech of any sort, even when it's about myself (well, sort of).
Anyway, if this were about satirical Roman Catholic cartoons, would the media be so upset? It would be different.
Thanks Barrister. I just wrote a post about this issue -I was thinking about what my Father would do when he came back from WWII and a group told him that he would be killed if he offended them. I do believe Dad would be at the VFW Hall (or possibly Dunkin' Donuts) with his friends telling that group to Bring. It. On.
well.. do you know what kind of personal bravery it takes to show up and lecture people about the weather and be ridiculed for it? Zach is exactly the same as Rosa Parks (as he sees it), except they spell their names differently.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
"... if this were about satirical Roman Catholic cartoons, would the media be so upset?"
Are you seriously suggesting that you don't remember the huge media uproar over the provocative Piss Christ? The dung-covered Madonna? Come on!
The only uproar was the Media mocking those Christians who took offense at those "works of art", claiming they were just unsophisticated boobs whose religiosity made them incapable of seeing the valuable message conveyed by such "art".
Pamela Geller has called for demolishing mosques and abolishing Islam. The keynote speaker at the Texas event, Geert Wilders, has called for outlawing the Koran. These are not friends of free speech or freedom of religion.
How to draw Muhammad
"called for demolishing mosques and abolishing Islam"
and you have a problem with that because?
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
"demolishing mosques and abolishing Islam"
It may come to that. I don't think the jihad apoligists understand the problem yet. They mean to kill and enslave us. Even those "moderate" muslims would applaud the radical muslims killing jews and destroying Israel. It is inevitable that the radical muslims will get a nuke or nukes and they will use them. What then? Will the jihad apoligists understand then? If you are young enough and the world holds together long enough you will see the day that muslim terrorists nuke a major Western city. It could be a few years, it could be tomorrow but it will happen. Will the jihad apoligists still think this is about "free speech"?
This is what Israel is worried about. They know they are the bulls eye for the first nuke. Israel is too small to absorb any kind of nuclear attack and survive as a nation. Because of this it is possible even probable that Israel will be left with no other choice but to attack first. That is what this is all about: nuclear war in the Middle East or maybe nuclear terrorism in large Western city. It will happen. It's just a matter of time. Many believe that Iran already has nukes perhaps half a dozen or so. North Korea may have as many as a hundred nukes and may be trying to sell some. Pakistan and India have nukes and there is always the possibility of either of these two countries losing control of their nukes. Pakistan is especially shaky and their military and various factions are prone to violent disagreement. We live in interesting times.