Archive for March 6th, 2011

March 6, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day II

by Vince

It is rare that I post two political cartoons in one day but this one couldn’t be passed up.

H/T: Kevin Siers, JG

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March 6, 2011

Upholding Freedom of Speech: Not Meant For Picking and Choosing

by Vince

Sarah Palin was one of the many who responded to the Westboro Baptist Church’s victory in its Snyder vs. Phelps SCOTUS case. As a half term governor, an individual holding a degree in journalism, and a possible presidential candidate, you’d hope that she could grasp two of the aspects of our first amendment.

Sarah decries the verdict of the case and laments that, in her eyes, we cannot invoke God in the public square. Her latter complaint seems to square with sprinkled cases of rubbing God out of our public schools. Has she not been down much into the lower 48 to know that much of Washington D.C. is plastered with 10 commandment statues? Or what about the case she is decrying – it has in fact upheld the right to a wacky, inbred family to invoke the name of God in many public squares. I can’t help but laugh a bit right now at the irony of her claim.

Finally, Sarah denounces (as do most of us) the vitriol of the WBC. She pushes for their freedoms of speech to be taken away. It is only when she agrees with someone that she wants freedom of speech and religion to be in everyones face and supported, lest your labeled unpatriotic and guilty of defiling our inerrant, divinely constructed Constitution.

You cannot pick and choose what should be protected by free speech and what cannot. If that were the case, we would be in a scary state of despotic rule where if a trend of speech attacked a certain political party or person at the wrong time, they would be arrested, demonized, or worse. Freedom of speech is freedom for us always and forever.

March 6, 2011

R.I.P. Peter Gomes

by Vince

Sorry I’m a week late but heres his obituary. Here is a money quote by the late, great openly gay spiritual leader of Harvard:

Religious fundamentalism is dangerous because it cannot accept ambiguity and diversity and is therefore inherently intolerant. Such intolerance, in the name of virtue, is ruthless and uses political power to destroy what it cannot convert. It is dangerous, especially in America, because it is anti-democratic and is suspicious of ‘the other,’ in whatever form that ‘other’ might appear. To maintain itself, fundamentalism must always define ‘the other’ as deviant.

H/T: TDD

March 6, 2011

The Task Of Canning Bad Teachers

by Vince

It isn’t easy. But the time may, in my opinion, be worth it. The litigation may cost $20,000 but it should show without a shadow of doubt that this teacher isn’t deserving to teach. The alternative: a shorter process or an instant canning? The latter may be a more daunting threat to us teachers, especially if coming from a educratic-type principal reaching out for that carrot dangled from one of the various educational organizations demanding “satisfactory” scores or “punishment”.

March 6, 2011

High Speed Japanese Trip of the Day

by Vince

A high-speed trip from Shinosaka to Tokyo, to the tune of VanShe’s “So High”.

Shinkansen ver.2 from daihei shibata on Vimeo.

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March 6, 2011

Political Cartoon of the Day

by Vince

H/T: Tony Auth