FIRST AMENDMENT NO BIG DEAL, STUDENTS SAY
By BEN FELLER, AP Education Writer
WASHINGTON - The way many high school students see it, government censorship of newspapers may not be a bad thing, and flag burning is hardly protected free speech.
Yet, when told of the exact text of the First Amendment, more than one in three high school students said it goes "too far" in the rights it guarantees. Only half of the students said newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of stories.
"These results are not only disturbing; they are dangerous," said Hodding Carter III, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which sponsored the $1 million study. "Ignorance about the basics of this free society is a danger to our nation's future."
The students are even more restrictive in their views than their elders, the study says.
When asked whether people should be allowed to express unpopular views, 97 percent of teachers and 99 percent of school principals said yes. Only 83 percent of students did.
Can you see it starting already? The neocon wingnuts have indoctrinated their offspring with the thought that it is perfectly okay to control speech. Next thing you know, thought will be controlled (see next section). This is the legacy of the Bushie neocon wingnuts. This is the first step toward their utopia – an 8th century Christian theocracy. Orwell is rolling in his grave.
From Kevin Drum, Washington Monthly:
DELINEATING DISSENT....Andrew Sullivan is right to point with dismay to the final paragraph of Fred Barnes's recent diatribe in the Weekly Standard:
Senate Democrats have enough votes to block major Bush initiatives like Social Security reform and to reject Bush appointees, including Supreme Court nominees. They may be suicidal, but they could undermine the president's entire second term agenda. At his news conference last week, Bush reacted calmly to their vitriolic attacks, suggesting only a few Democrats are involved. Stronger countermeasures will be needed, including an unequivocal White House response to obstructionism, curbs on filibusters, and a clear delineation of what's permissible and what's out of bounds in dissent on Iraq.
Say what? The White House should tell us what kind of dissent on Iraq is permissible and what isn't? Is that really how these guys think?
Yes, Kevin, that really is how these idiots think. They believe that because Dubya got his great man-date (51%? Puh-leeze!), they now have a God-given right to force their nasty little prejudices down everyone’s throats. “You’re either with us or you’re with the terra-ists”, is the way Twigster put it.
These creeps have done things Stalin, Lenin, Dzerzhinsky, Hitler, and Goebbels could only dream of.
More charm and grace from those arbiters of class, the neocons (John Podhoretz, in this case… and isn’t that a “furrin”-sounding name?)
Yesterday was a day for Democrats and opponents of George W. Bush to swallow their bile and retract their claws and join just for a moment in celebration of an amazing and thrilling human drama in a land that has seen more than its share of thrilling human drama over the past 5,000 years.
But you just couldn't do it, could you?
That’s the thing about neocon wingnuts that makes it sooo much fun to be a neolib. I can sit here and say the rudest, crudest, nastiest things to those frickin losers and they can’t say squat. It’s called “fair play”, a concept with which most neocons are even less familiar with than they are with their mothers.
Your average rethuglican these days is nothing more than a mindless, dumb, racist, homophobic twit. Every last one of them.
From Jesus’ General:
The Great Leap Backward
Tonight, Our Leader gives his first major speech since the official launch of the Glorious Conservative Cultural Revolution. I'm sure that it will be a speech that will be remembered long after we're gone. It will a speech that will be required reading for generations of history students. It will be a speech that will be forever compared to such stemwinders as Calvin Coolidge's' Remarks to the Akron Rotary and Brigham Young's Great Tirade Against the Evils of Dominoes.
That said, I think I have a few ideas to make it even better.
Every great speech has a theme. Our Leader should shape his speech in a way that reminds us of his glorious victories and urges us forward in pursuit of his goals. In the last four years, he implemented a foreign policy based on the values of the McKinley Presidency and gave us an economy reminiscent of Hoover's America. The domestic agenda he will outline tonight will also hearken back these golden eras of Victorian puritanism and social Darwinism. Indeed, it will be a return to earlier values, a Great Leap Backward if you will. That should be his theme.
Our Leader's plan to undermine the New Deal is faltering. He needs to inject his Social Security initiative with the tonic of fear to nurse it back to health. With that in mind, I've created the following talking points.
1. Social Security will kill you. Nine out of ten people will die within twenty years of the time they start collecting it.
2. Social security supports terrorists. Somewhere, a member of the Weather Underground is waiting for his check to arrive so that he can buy groceries and maybe even the parts for a bomb.
3. There were social security checks on the planes that hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
4. Social security has weapons of mass destruction. Sure, logic tells us that social security is a concept and is therefore incapable of possessing anything, but Ahmad Chalabi tells me it has them.
5. Social Security is trying to homosexualize our children by promoting its pansexual philosophy.
6. Yes, my efforts to sell my plan to Congress are failing. I've fired the person responsible. Donald Runsfeld will now take over. I'm sure he'll repeat the many successes he had at the Pentagon.
1. I'm a virgin. My twin daughters, Jenna and Jenna's sister, are both virgins. And my wife became a born again virgin after she ran over the last guy who had sex with her. We want all of you to be virgins too.
2. We need to build strong family relationships. I come from very close family. In fact, we're so close, we all look alike (except the brown ones in Florida). My mother looks like Barney and my daughters look like my brother, Neal.
3. Abortions should only be available for your Honduran maid.
4. If you're ever in Thailand, don't open your hotel door.
5. Ny-Quil and aspirin will give you a buzz.
6. Porking your Secretary of State doesn't count as sex. It's one of those diplomatic liaison thingies.
1. Our mission is still accomplished in Iraq.
2. Iran harbors terrorists, possesses weapons of mass destruction, and hates freedom. We should invade and torture them.
3. Massachusetts harbors terrorists, possesses weapons of mass destruction, and hates freedom. We should invade and torture them.
4. Cartoonland harbors terrorists, possesses weapons of mass destruction, and hates freedom. We should invade and torture them.
5. Spongebob Squarepants hates America.
1. Welcome to the ownership society. If you have not been assigned an owner yet, please report to Iran for duty.
It’s time for all good Americans – that means DEMOCRATS, cause the rethugs are useless mouth-breathers – to take back our country. We can start with the 2006 elections, and make sure we regain a majority in Congress. After that, we can win the White House in 2008. And then…
WE GIVE THOSE RETHUGLICANS A TASTE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE.
Since the rethugs have shown their disdain for all things American, it is incumbent upon us to us their tactics against them. The high road doesn’t work with these retarded hillbilly losers. They like trench warfare? Well, we’ll give it to them:
• Deride their stupidity
• Denigrate their beliefs
• Drown them out when they try to speak.
• Insult their parentage (or lack thereof)
• Question their patriotism, sexual orientation, and fondness for the French
• Call them idiots and losers
• Be as rude and nasty as possible (after all, they’re subhuman animals)