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    Tag: Freedom of Speech

    The Great Disconnect - or SOPA on a ROPA

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 12:37:08 PM EST
    Tags: Freedom of Speech, Constitution, John Conyers, Read It, Michigan, SOPA, Intellectual Rights, Copyright, H.R. 3261, 1st amendment, 6th amendment, Censorship, Camels Nose (all tags)

    What a great way to shut us up.

    On the right side of this article is a picture that has a copyrighted character used in a manner that is consistent with "fair use" as it neither conflicts with the original intent or marketing aspect of the creator, and that it is being used to characterize a particular political expression; my own.  It also does not represent any significant value to myself or the owner of this website.  It is generally recognized as an acceptable use in the eyes of the law under the framework of commentary, satire, or criticism.

    But if the author asked us to remove it we would.

    If the author had reason to believe our representation in this way harmed his ability to use his creation for self benefit, he might deem it necessary to ask us to either pay for the right to use it, render it unrecognizable, or remove it entirely.  We believe in the sanctity of copyright, and ownership, and private property. You know, the concept of "what one creates, he owns?"

    Its one of those pesky rights that government often tries to usurp.

    In fact, while holding up a banner as protectors of such material rights, there are agents of censorship at work attempting to limit our ability to express ourselves.  Blogs such as RightMichigan.com which have broken news stories, offered conservative (or liberal) opinions, and challenged preconceptions, are in danger of becoming the victims of a horribly applied copyright law.  Further, the extent to which we can be punished comes not as a simple command to remove violations by court order, but through another somewhat executive process that violates constitutional principles and directly with the 1st and the 6th amendments as well.

    The use of copyright infringement is now threatening to be used as virtual duct tape tying our fingers, and wrapping our skulls to silence our voices in our opinions and political affairs.

    More Below ~

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    Side Splitting Stabenow..

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 11:07:55 AM EST
    Tags: Stabenow, 1st amendment, AZ, Gun Rights, Freedom of Speech, Hate Speech, Tyranny, Leftists, Democrats, Unfunny (all tags)

    Or something.

    As expected, the media, leftist politicians, and anyone else who has a complete and total disconnect from what is cause and effect, made a connection between the Arizona murderer and free speech.  Except they do not call it free speech.  It is 'hate' speech.  And this 'hate' speech apparently only emanates from the right side of the political spectrum. A few glaring examples of Right wing hate speech are highlighted over at The Blog Prof's site:

    Dick Cheney Should Die: "He is an enemy of the country, in my opinion. Dick Cheney is an enemy of the country....Lord, take him to the Promised Land, will you? See, I don't even wish the guy goes to Hell, I just want to get him the hell out of here." (Ed Schultz)

    Rush Limbaugh Should Die: "I'm waiting for the day when I pick up the newspaper or click on the Internet and find that he's choked to death on his own throat fat, or a great big wad of saliva or something, whatever. Go away, Limbaugh, you make me sick." (Mike Malloy)

    oh wait.. that wasn't the right wingers.. my bad.

    But don't let anything like that dissuade our junior senator Debbie Stabenow from joining the chorus of those who (as usual) have it all backward.  Her insipid qualities in a less threatening role as a US senator would be giggle producing. Certainly a few laughs could be had when one exclaims "I can feel global warming when I fly.." I mean.. THAT is outright funny!

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    (8 comments, 654 words in story) Full Story

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