Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Republican Congressman's Wife Thrown Out of SOTU Speech

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The paranoia of anyone showing any signs or anything around Bubble Boy are so intense, police even removed the wife of the powerful House Defence Appropriations Subcommittee for wearing a tee shirt saying, "Support the Troops"!

From commentator at Smirking Chimp:
Beverly Young, wife of Rep. C.W. Bill Young (news, bio, voting record) of Florida — chairman of the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee — was removed from the gallery because she was wearing a T-shirt that read, "Support the Troops — Defending Our Freedom."

"Because she had on a shirt that someone didn't like that said support our troops, she was kicked out of this gallery," Young said on the House floor Wednesday morning, holding up the gray shirt.

"Shame, shame," he scolded.

Mrs. Young was sitting about six rows from first lady Laura Bush and asked to leave. She argued with police in the hallway outside the House chamber.

"They said I was protesting," she told the St. Petersburg Times. "I said, "Read my shirt, it is not a protest.' They said, 'We consider that a protest.' I said, 'Then you are an idiot.'"
Heh. The fascists consider any expression of anything to be a "protest". As always, the right wing, and this lady is a far right winger, thinks they will be granted the privilage to do whatever they wish while the rest of us have no rights at all and are forcibly silenced and crushed underfoot. The idea that she would need some civil rights eludes her, normally.

I have often seen this. "You can't do (x) to ME!" is the common refrain of people desiring privilages. Whole societies are predicated on grantig vast privilages and benefits only to select members. America was supposed to be striving to do the opposite even though we have a really crummy record in the past which is why the Civil Rights Act had to be added to the body of laws even though the Bill of Rights pretty much covers everything.

Here is an attempt at censoring Tom Toles, the Washington Post cartoonist. From Americablog:
And why not have the Pentagon try to stifle a free media while supposedly promoting freedom in Iraq? The US government just arrested one of President Bush's top political critics for threatening his life with a t-shirt. So why not now threaten a top political cartoonist for drawing a cartoon that the Pentagon doesn't like? Why not use the power of government to try to censor the media, something that's a direct violation of that pesky and quaint 1st Amendment to the US Constitution - you remember, that document the Bush administration doesn't think is relevant.
Here is the offending cartoon:

Of course, the Out of Joint Chiefs of Staff who sit in protected offices are all snippy about this, chosing to pretend the cartoon mocks the wounded when it is pointing out the obvious: the Pentagon itself has boasted about taking amputees and putting them back into Iraq!

Of course, the GOP hausfraus don't get all upset over the purple bandaids or mocking Murtha for being a Marine who actually saw warfare unlike so many officers in the Pentagon and Rumsfeld himself who never saw anyone shoot at him, ever, since he "fought" when there were no wars going on.

Ditto most GOPers. They attack amputees who dare to run for office as Democrats, they show no mercy to fellow Americans if any soldier gets in the way of the pork barrel in DC!

Even as Bill Gates backs down about censoring a Chinese man's blog and Google tries to calm us all about censoring blogs like mine if the person is googling in countries that hate me, all the world writhes with attempts at censorship or pretending they don't censor when they do it.

From the BBC:
Newspapers across Europe have reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to show support for a Danish paper whose cartoons have sparked Muslim outrage.
Seven publications in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain all carried some of the drawings.

Their publication in Denmark led Arab nations to protest. Islamic tradition bans depictions of the Prophet.

The owner of one of the papers to reprint - France Soir - has now sacked its managing editor over the matter.

The cartoons have sparked diplomatic sanctions and death threats in some Arab nations, while media watchdogs have defended publication of the images in the name of press freedom.
Muslims are raging about this all over the world. They are now boycotting many countries. The rage is justified because the Europeans, pretending there is no censorship therefore it is OK to publish sacrilege is sheer nonsense.

Try printing a cartoon showing Sharon wearing a swastika!

There, see? No go. Right now, they put "holocaust deniers" in prison just for saying, there were no deathcamps! They are lying, of course, but putting someone in prison for this is NOT FREE SPEECH. Period. The trials of holocaust deniers goes on and on with no on in the American and few in Europe mentioning this. Again, not only are they being tried for daring to speak their minds (wrong or right, it doesn't matter), they are being put in prison in a Nazi-like "Nacht und Nebel" media blackout!

If Europe wants to act like Nazis and stop free speech and not give news coverage of loss of the right to speak freely, they have no right to persecute anyone for talking about Nazis!

This creeping censorship is all over the planet and I am 100% against it. The blog is mightier than the sword is this blog's motto. But in the end, power grows out of the state and the state can silence anyone if the corporations and newsmedia want to conspire with the state.

And this, in a nutshell, is what is wrong today. Not enough free speech. Long live the net! Blog on!
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