commented on Ted Rall's Cartoons Banned from Daily Kos for "Ape-Like" Depiction of President Obama
To the people who say that Rall's response to the accusation is enough to make you dislike him/want to see him gone: Do you get outraged when people are arrested only for resisting arrest?
This is a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation and it's nothing but a witch hunt. Makes me ashamed to be on the left because next time some legitimate racist asshole is called out, that prick is gonna say "Yeah, but they call EVERYONE a racist" and he'll be right.
commented on Do Chimps Have a Right to Liberty?
I'm pretty sure that New York has animal cruelty laws. The article doesn't say explicitly, but it sounds like resolving the situation through these laws hasn't been tried. That's unfortunate because trying to get "human rights" for these animals is, at it's most fundamental level, an absurd argument that will garner the Nonhuman Rights Project more mockery than support. I can see making this argument if all other avenues of redress have failed.
The lawyer's argument seems to be that since animals can already be considered a "legal person" for the sake of getting the benefits of a trust, that they therefore have many of the rights of a human. The lawyer doesn't seem to understand the concept of a legal fiction. But, then again, neither did 5 justices of the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case.
Bottom line: this legal strategy is premature.
commented on George Zimmerman Was Carrying an Arsenal When He Was Arrested
@3: What are you talking about? The article gave a straightforward listing of what was found. There's nothing calculated about it.
Why is it that gun owners feel the need to create this paranoid narrative about people coming to take their guns? The media's in on it, the liberals are in on it, Obama has black helicopters fueled and ready to go, FEMA camps... I could go on.
We'd all fell more comfortable about you guys having guns if you weren't so nutsoid and obsessive about it.
commented on Writers Afraid to Tell the Truth Because of Government Surveillance
@15: Do these large and self interested parties have the power of the state behind them? Can they imprison you or legally commit violence against you? Can they retaliate against you with discriminatory ordinances, regulations or taxes?
Then they're not in the unique position that the government is to limit your freedom of speech.
You do realize that there are very large and self-interested parties on both sides, each one espousing their own viewpoint, right? That is exactly what freedom of speech and expression is about. It has nothing to do with how mean someone who disagrees with you is. Do you seriously not understand this?