Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Say Jim, you remember the other day when you were asking me the definition of irony?

Newt Gingrich writes that, aw shucks, he just wanted to take away the bad guys First Amendment rights.
We should be allowed to close down websites that recruit suicide bombers and provide instructions to indiscriminately kill civilians by suicide or other means, or advocate killing people from the West or the destruction of Western civilization...

We need an expeditious review of current domestic law to see what changes can be made within the protections of the 1st Amendment to ensure that free speech protection claims are not used to protect the advocacy of terrorism, violent conduct or the killing of innocents. [Emphasis Nitpicker's]
Here's the irony: The ad that popped up when I clicked over to Human Events was for Bill O'Reilly's new crapfest I Was a Middle-aged Loofah Lover Culture Warrior.

That's right, the same Bill O'Reilly who said:
If Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, ‘look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.
Also advertised on the site was Ann Coulter's book, Godless. Ann of course, famously suggested that she wouldn't have had a problem if Timothy McVeigh had attacked the New York Times building and later softened that statement by adding: "after everyone had left the building except the editors and reporters."

And let's not even get started on all the right wingers whose low opinions of American culture suggests they feel that terrorists are in some way justified for attacking us. Don't believe me? Check out Dinesh D'Souza's upcoming book, in which he will argue Muslim extremists were provoked by the "American cultural left, which for years has been vigorously exporting its domestic war against religion and traditional morality to the rest of the world." Americans accused of oppression, immorality and debauchery? Where have I heard that before?

I'm starting to think there might be another reason for Gingrich's attempt to criminalize certain types of speech. He might simply be trying to get the right wing airwaves and publishing houses all to himself.


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