People say — and do — the dumbest things

Written by Kenn Gividen

People say — and do —repparttar dumbest things by Kenn Gividen

When Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Spector exercised his right to free speech last week, he prompted a quick response from Robert Bork. Known for beingrepparttar 148025 first Supreme Court Justice nominee to be, well, “borked,”repparttar 148026 judge was in no mood for Spector’s silliness. “I know Specter,” he retorted, “andrepparttar 148027 truth is not in him.”

What prompted Bork’s remark wasrepparttar 148028 Senator’s suggestion — make that accusation — thatrepparttar 148029 judge “had original intent, and if his original intent stood, we’d still be segregatingrepparttar 148030 United States Senate with African Americans on one side and Caucasians onrepparttar 148031 other side.”

Both remarks were made Sunday on CNN’s Late Edition.

While Spector’s right to free speech is a highly valued freedom is without question. Butrepparttar 148032 right to speak freely falls short of excusing some ofrepparttar 148033 asinine excesses and down right abuses that often accompany that right.

It’s one ofrepparttar 148034 of living in a free society. People haverepparttar 148035 right to say — and do — dumb things. And they exercise that freedom liberally.

Columnist Morton Marcus, for example, may have out-trumped Spector. While musing inrepparttar 148036 aftermath ofrepparttar 148037 Supreme Court’s recent eminent domain decision, he wrote that private property is “a privilege conferred byrepparttar 148038 government.” That, of course, would have come as a shock torepparttar 148039 founders of nation whose sacrifices providedrepparttar 148040 framework for private ownership. It also irked Ross Bell, a Wayne County Libertarian. In response to Marcus opinion, Bell quipped, “Welcome torepparttar 148041 USSA.”

Then there wasrepparttar 148042 incident atrepparttar 148043 University of Georgia’s School of Journalism, reported inrepparttar 148044 Athens Banner-Herald.

John Soloski’s expressed concern for a co-worker’s safety — coupled with a compliment for her appearance — got him in hot water for sexual harassment. The compliment on his part turned to a complaint on her part and Soloski was found guilty. Atrepparttar 148045 time, she didn’t act offended, he claimed. The event took place at a fundraiser forrepparttar 148046 school whererepparttar 148047 “offender” is dean.

Another recent abuse of free speech occurred in Victorville, California.

Bethany Hauf, a 34-year student atrepparttar 148048 local community college, requested permission to write a term paper. The subject? The effect of Christianity onrepparttar 148049 development ofrepparttar 148050 United States. Her professor, apparently unacquainted with free speech or common sense, granted permission. But he added one stipulation: “No mention of big ‘G’ gods, i.e., one, true god argumentation.”

Politics Not So Sweet in Home Alabama

Written by Steven Jackson

Those officals elected to represent it's citizens should excerise their power of leadership.

Werepparttar people vote with hopes of landing our particular candidate into office. Thinking he or she will make change. Change forrepparttar 147849 better.

In Cullman, Alabamarepparttar 147850 economy is getting better from fifteen years ago. Laws are being enforce from my observation and it's still a "Dry County."

But race improvement what-so-ever!

When all of your legal agents, judges and even local merchants are caucasian (white) that shows us no dimenison of diversity or change.

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