Observations on the world today.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

On a Personal Note 

I received the following email some time ago at a time when I was not blogging. I meant to post it sooner, but it slipped my mind.

I stumbled upon your blog today and read your posts about the Franciscan University students and the Kerry campaign. I am a reformed conservative who attended FU but I often wish I had attended somewhere else. It was wonderful to read someone picking apart their assertions.

Anyway, I read your last posts and they struck me because I went through the very same thing a year ago. My heart went out to you. It's painful and I wish you the best. Take care of yourself and make sure to eat and try to sleep.
The writer was talking about my divorce. I wanted to take a moment to publicly thank the writer for taking the time to drop me, a total stranger, such a kind note. I am writing her a personal email reply as well, but kindness of this type deserves special attention. Thank you, Michelle, whoever you are.


Thursday, February 24, 2005

In Defense of Defending the Indefensible 

The second letter on this page appeared in yesterdays Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The writer is obviously an unAmerican fool. Allow me to quote:
Back to the ACLU. This group values fundamental principles over actual moral decisions. To defend a group such as NAMBLA should destroy the ACLU's credibility at once. As for card-carrying members, they should be ashamed of themselves if they have not yet complained about the support or "protection of the free speech" of NAMBLA.

The claim is that the free speech of this group is being defended. The bottom line is, a group that advocates these kinds of relationships does not deserve free speech. A line needs to be drawn somewhere, because principles cannot be applied to reality on every occasion without a deleterious effect somewhere along the way. People need to recognize that, yes, there is still a difference between right and wrong.
I wish to respond:
Dear Mr. Ciganik,

Free speech is not free if we choose what speech to allow.
The end, asshole. I mean, how obvious does a point have to be? I could go on quoting Voltaire and citing stories about Nazis and Skokie, but really - what more need be said?


Monday, February 21, 2005


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