Is the President ‘glorifying’ free speech?

Is burning down the neighborhood free speech?

Above the dartboard in the Policy Werkes break room (whose turn is it to make the coffee?) is a short list of the poor souls banned from commenting on these electronic pages. We’re too busy growing clover on the verdant grounds surrounding the Stately Manor to codify a syllabus of errors but those reasons include on-going personal vendettas and race hatred.

Depends how grumpy we are.

We must admit that the chief groundskeeper hereabouts has, himself, been warned and banned, however temporarily, from a certain on-line social networking platform thanks to a concerted effort by terminally “woke” progressives hereabout who complained of near-fatal fainting spells at yours truly’s calls for more policing. We cured that injustice by filing our own complaints against the would-be censors, who were most vitriolic and unneighborly, at that!

Now, as is his wont, the current President of the United States of America is facing down the gatekeepers of the Internet.

Glorify violence

Twitter has determined it MAY be in the public’s interest?

How about letting the public decide?

Donald Trump tweeted that the Twin Cities had best restore order and protect more innocents or he will send in the military.

Itchy and ScratchyTwitter warned that the nation’s chief bull in a china shop had violated its rule for “glorifying violence.” Just one day after Twitter decided to “correct” a tweet from Trump decrying mail-in voting. One of our new “essentials,” Jonathan Turley, observes: “Calling for tough law enforcement is a quintessential political statement.”

“Glorifying violence” could be a standard used to curtail everything from War and Peace to Looney Tune cartoons. It is an arbitrary standard that invites biased enforcement. For example, Kathy Griffin ( the comedian responsible for the infamous severed Trump head picture) called out to her followers that Trump should be stabbed with a “syringe with nothing but air inside it.”

 

Who decides?

It is a great debate, with more faces than Eve. Is Trump defending free speech by prohibiting viewpoint discrimination? Or is he penalizing private enterprise and free market decisions? 

Are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, NestDoor, et al transmission lines, in effect printing presses, or are they publishers responsible for their content? Turley writes that “Twitter is given protections under Section 320 because it has claimed to being neutral supplier of virtual space for people to speak with one another.  Roughly 80 million people want to hear from Trump, not Twitter. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel can slant the news however it wants, even though it has a monopoly on local print news. It can also be sued for libel, although good luck winning your case.

Should on-line social media no longer delete calls for jihad? Obvious cases of doxing? Stalking? Pornography? 

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Hands up, don’t loot

In the aftermath of the truly horrific and seemingly indefensible police killing of a black man, already subdued, in Minneapolis, Jonathan Turley reports:

A police station in Minneapolis was torched last night as looting and rioting continued in that city. The escalating violence and looting has magnified controversies over how networks are describing the scenes. Earlier, Craig Melvin, an MSNBC host and co-anchor of “Today,” shed some light as to how his network is framing its reporting. Melvin tweeted a “guide” that the images “on the ground” are not to be described as rioting but rather “protests.”  That framing has been used on other networks, including some segments where the reporting seems bizarrely out of sync with the scenes in the background.

⇒ She’s off the list: “Amy Klobuchar didn’t prosecute officer at center of George Floyd’s death after previous conduct complaints.” (Yahoo News reports.)

More ‘protests’ in Chicago?

At least 50 people were shot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend. The next day (05-26-2020), another 28 were shot, including a 5-year-old girl standing with her family, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“And the mayor [Lori Lightfoot] is driving around the city threatening people who are too close together,” notes our friend Bill Richardson in Middleton. “Chicago mayor vows to ‘Take Action’ against defiant churches that continue to hold services despite lockdown orders.” (Story here.)

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Then again, several social justice warriors demand (for that is what they do) the news media stop televising the President’s press conferences. Only encourages him.

Have YOU committed free speech?

 

 

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21 Responses to Is the President ‘glorifying’ free speech?

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    The Gotch can never think of clover without the Tommy James And The Shondells’ mega-hit Crimson And Clover popping into his head.

    Fond memories of WISM’s Stoney Wallace teeing it up for a scratchy/quasi-audible rendition on a deck-of-cards sized AM radio strapped to the handle-bars while delivering the Milwaukee Journal.

    Anywho; “ ‘Twitter is given protections under Section 320 because IT HAS CLAIMED TO BEING A NEUTRAL SUPPLIER OF VIRTUAL SPACE for people to speak with one another.’ ” (bolds/caps/italics mine)

    In related news: Water is NOT wet, heavy objects DO NOT submit to gravity, and Jeffy Epstein DID kill himself.

    The Gotch

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  2. Tom Paine says:

    What axioms have developed among the masses of former “students” who failed Civics 1? Yup. you got the list:
    * Justice Now. Immediate arrest today; trial, conviction and hanging tomorrow.
    * Emotional Truth can’t be denied.
    * The facts are clear and the masses will not be denied.
    * Looting is whitespeak for shopping. Not all shoppers use money.
    * Truth and Justice is determined by race.
    * Guilty unless proven innocent, after the trial.
    * White people are guilty…all the time and everywhere.
    * Legality is determined by the crowd.

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  3. Kevin S Wymore says:

    The President glorifying violence by advocating order in the Twin Cities? To quote noted political commentator Billy Joel, “He Didn’t Start the Fire.”

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    • richard lesiak says:

      “There are good people on both sides” quote by tweety the prez.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        To paraphrase George Santayana:

        BLOGGE IDIOTS who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

        The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          describing yourself? Where’s vos and fitz.? They took away so much power from Evers now step up and stop hiding under that popcorn machine.

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  4. richard lesiak says:

    while watching the continuing coverage of this murder and the aftermath of it I couldn’t help but notice that several of the fox broadcasters and contributors kept using a wrong last name for the victim. At one point Ingraham had to stop Huckabee and correct him in mid rant. Are they that misinformed, doing it on purpose or don’t they care? Disrespectful at the very least.

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    • madisonexpat says:

      Name one of the 78 Chicago Biden voters that shot 78 other Biden voters and be sure to get it right. Or perhaps Black Lives don’t really matter.

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      • richard lesiak says:

        If I was a paid fox contributor I would be sure to have that info.

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        • madisonexpat says:

          If you had the brains God promised a door knob you’d know.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          “If you had the brains God promised a door knob you’d know.”

          Dust off a place on the mantle; the Gold Medal for Laughably Gross Understatement goes to madisonexpat!!

          The Gotch

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  5. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Get this; after Fast-Tracked Affirmative Action MN Police Hire Somali-American Mohamed Mohamed Noor murdered Justine Damond….NO RIOTS!

    (bolds/caps/italics mine throughout)
    “The day after the killing, a VIGIL in Damond’s honor was held at the site of her death”

    V-V-V-V-V-V-Vigil?? No looting…No burnin’ down the house…No White Aussie Race Hustlers whipping the feral masses into a slobbering furor…no Foster’s…?

    “Several days after the killing, hundreds marched to Beard’s Plaisance Park in Minneapolis, in honor of Damond”

    M-M-M-M-M-Marched? Whaaaaa…No Justice…No Peace…No widespread criminal damage to property?

    It gets worse.

    “In September 2018, it was reported that in 2015 two psychiatrists and other training officers had raised concerns about Noor’s fitness for police duty. Two months before the shooting, Noor pointed a gun at the head of a driver he had pulled over for a minor traffic violation.”

    This guy remained on the street, legally empowered to use DEADLY FORCE with this being a matter of record?

    And worse yet.

    Lefty “Minneapolis Chief of Police Janeé Harteau was on vacation at the time of Damond’s killing, AND CONTINUED HER VACATION FOR FOUR DAYS, rather than immediately returning to Minneapolis after the killing.” Lefty Mayor Betsy Hodges $#!tcanned her shortly thereafter.

    The Gotch is certain….CERTAIN…that a Lefty State, a then Lefty Governor (Mark Dayton), a Lefty mayor, and a Lefty Police Chief had nothing whatsoever to do with keeping a loose-cannon minority on the force; it’s what Dirty Harry Callahan would call stylish!

    Whitey sure should learn to exploit a tragedy like Lefty does!

    The Gotch

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    • Batman says:

      Hey Gotch,
      If wisenheimer leftys weren’t so condescendingly preachy, their hypocrisy wouldn’t be so gosh darn nauseating. Appears to be part of loser lefty DNA.

      Notice the continuing pattern of dem mayors issuing stand down orders to the police because Orange Man bad, same as when a conservative attempts to speak on a liberal campus and all hell breaks loose. Tiny fragile brains unable to handle any alternative perspective from what their punk-ass profs shove down their throats in class.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        ”Tiny fragile brains unable to handle any alternative perspective from what their punk-ass profs shove down their throats in class.”

        Well put; the We Know What’s Best For You crowd’s been around a while.

        The Robber Baron’s Cruelty May Sometimes Sleep, His Cupidity May At Some Point Be Satiated; But Those Who Torment Us For Our OWN GOOD Will Torment Us Without End For They Do So With The APPROVAL OF THEIR OWN CONSCIENCE. C. S. Lewis

        The Gotch

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        Aaaaaand some updates:

        Noor got 12.5 years, The Gotch wonders how much time he’ll ACTUALLY serve.

        The Jeronimo Yanez (acquitted of manslaughter in the Philando Castilo murder) and Noor things weren’t that long ago; officer Derek Chauvin (who deserves the presumption of innocence) had 17 Complaints against him.

        A former Hennepin County DA passed up a chance to prosecute him for previous misdeeds; the name Amy Klobucher ring a bell?

        Last night’s efforts to Keep The Peace?? Funny story about that:

        St. Paul Mayor: Everyone Arrested Last Night In His City From Out Of State.

        The dark lights that have accumulated (Yanez, Noor, Chauvin, and how many other unreported!!) show an organization that is a cascading failure in deep free fall.

        And organizations rot from the head down!

        The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak says:

      thanks for the totally irrelevant history lesson.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      WOW..I see a lot of white folks on state street raises hell. What’s up with that?

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      • Sprocket says:

        They’re simply underlining that the riots have nothing to police brutality, oppression or racism. The riots are simply the garbage of our society finding an excuse to steal and destroy… and get back at Mom and Dad for not buying them a pony for Christmas.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      that crowd on state st. is so white it looks like a celine dion concert.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Then its not about skin color…….. its about what pussies Democrat mayors get in all Democrat cities.

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  6. Kooter says:

    The chief complaint of a illness is often quite different the the underlying disease. In the riots, the chief complaint is racial, but the underlying cause is the frustration with the lockdowns. Notice most of the problems are in Dem-controlled and lockdowned cities. Like children, the Progs lack the insight to identify themselves as culpable and blame everyone/everything else. My Dad called boxelder bugs “Democrat bugs: there’s too many of them and they dont really do anything”. Sadly, they are starting to do real damage. My hope is that through all of this, people will see the fallacy of lib/progressive/regressive policies and vote accordingly.

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