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Harmful Intent is Not Protected Speech

We love beating the Cyber Bullies who live in the morass of their false sense of anonymity online and who try to claim their spewed public hatred is protected speech under the First Amendment.  A California appeals court just ruled 2-1 that you can’t say just anything you please online.  You must own your words and you will face punishment if you intentionally try to inflict harm on someone.

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Four Students, One Lunch, One Revolution

People sit down to eat lunch and it’s really not anything of consequence. Most people don’t notice when people sit down in diners, restaurants, etcetera as it is so commonplace. One would therefore think that it would not have been a big to-do when David Leinhail Richmond, Joseph Alfred McNeil, Franklin Eugene McCain, and Ezell A. Blair Jr. sat down in a Greensboro Woolworth’s to eat lunch. This was not the case, of course — it was 1960 and the segregation ran rampant in these United States — clearly not so united at the time.

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The Census Hangman

Census worker Bill Sparkman was found hanged in the backwoods of Kentucky.  He was 51.  Was Bill’s death born of institutional hatred or did he die because of a misfiring consciousness?

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Beaner Hate in Patchogue

There’s a “Beaner” hate in Patchogue, New York so strong that people are being beaten and murdered — and to comprehend the vileness of the crimes, you need to understand that “Beaner” is a derogatory term for Latinos.  The rest of the history of violence flows from that ethnic slur.

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Keesha: You are that Girl and You are that Stupid

Keesha was voted out of the Big Brother 10 house and — in the spirit of poopy panties — we welcome her back into the land of the losers.

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Does Assassination Art Hate or Heal?

Yesterday, in my WordPunk article — Built for Beautiful Failing — I wondered if Art hates or heals.  Yesterday, in the New York Times, I received a reply to my query in a story concerning an Art display in a vacant Midtown store: “The Assassination of Hillary Clinton/The Assassination of Barack Obama.”

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Built for Beautiful Failing

As we struggle to make our way along a dark path without stumbling, I wonder if Art helps us navigate the pitfalls of life, or if Art only tempt us with unreachable pinnacles that wallow in the ugly truths of the human condition?

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