Category Archives: Freedom of Expression

A Tale of Two Hats

Reading Jim Goad is one of my guilty pleasures, and not just because my favorite Amendment is the 1st. He’s an amazing writer who pretty much got fucked over by the law at one point. Also, if I’m remembering right, … Continue reading

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#KendrickJohnson and the Tweets

This post has been rewritten for the simple reason that I made an assumption that turned out to be both hasty and naïve. The basis of the current disturbance is that Kendrick Johnson’s family sued the Bells (among others) for … Continue reading

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Lucifer’s Lexicon by L.A. Rollins

(Originally published in SALON: A Journal of Aesthetics) Are you in need of someone to convince you that things are awful and will only degenerate; that people basically suck and many are even worse than that; and that you personally … Continue reading

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Church and Public School

(Originally published by Earthblog.net with the title “Bootleg Bibles Passed Around the Playground?” Jan 10, 2006) Evolution, versus intelligent design or whatever they’re calling the God theory these days: why is this such a huge issue? It’s not as if … Continue reading

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Why I Said No To Earthblog and Ended Up Saying Yes Anyway

(Originally published by the late lamented Earthblog.net, Dec. 17, 2005)   I don’t know if I’m the person you want for Earthblog. Believe it, I vastly appreciate the opportunity to do something that pays, but this may not be it. … Continue reading

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Does Censorship Work?

(Originally published May 4, 2006 by Earthblog.net, of late lamented memory) Does censorship work? The answer is yes. But it’s a trick question. Because what censorship succeeded in doing around here this week is what it so often does: arouses … Continue reading

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Chicken-Shit Pansy-Ass of the Year?

Michael Sellers is the guy, left, who is not visibly damaged. He used to be police chief in Fullerton CA, and we’ll get back to him. The other guy (below) is Kelly Thomas, whose hospital photo was taken by his … Continue reading

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