Truth in the Tar Pit: Not Everyone has the Right to Express an Opinion

In America, we tend to use “Freedom as Speech” as a cudgel to allow hate speech in the public square and to encourage “Stupid Speech” via the quaint notion that, “Everyone has a right to express their opinion.”  I argue today there are some people who have no right to a private opinion, let alone the right to be heard expressing that opinion.

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Always Confess. Unless, of Course, You Should Lie!

If you do something wrong, confess.  Don’t prevaricate.  Don’t excuse.  Above all, don’t lie!  The truth forms you as a human being.

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Misinterpretation in Adaptation: Eminem Messes Up Love the Way You Lie

Adaptation is difficult to get right.  You must honor the original intent of the underlying work while enhancing that work in a new retelling.  Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” is a perfect example of how two adaptations of the song have failed miserably as music videos.  The first culprit is an amateur YouTube video with 2.8 million viewings so far — and the second absconder is: Eminem himself.

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Lindsay Lohan Lies About Saving Lives

It’s bad enough we have to deal with the celebrity infantilization of cancer — now we get to deal with celebrities that don’t actually do the heroic acts that they say that they do? We understand that celebrities are often actors and actresses that get paid to pretend that they are something they are not but this pretending should not extend into their real lives as human beings, interacting with us and society as a whole.

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Photographs Prove and Forget

I have often wondered why so many people take so many photographs and digital images.  It’s as if they’re obsessed with the recording and the creation of false memory.

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Muslim Bashing as Fox Entertainment

We all know Fox News is the mouthpiece of the Republican party — Fox News hates Obama and they hate a freedom loving America — but this week, in the span of two days over two hours, we saw a bright line drawn between Good Americans and Bad Muslims on two entertainment shows broadcast by Fox television — the entertainment arm of Fox News. On the season finale of last night’s “Lie to Me” the bad guys were Muslims blowing up a bus and a mall.

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