Transgender Community* Trumped by the Arc and Bent of Autocratic Politics

WARNING! THIS IS A LONG POST: AS IS THIS ONE: My fury throughout the whole last campaign to and through the election until now has never been much about politics. Politics in this country, while they have been expanding outward toward the wacky fringes leaving the mostly moderate radicals (the rarity of moderates these days …

ON US

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. ★ ★ ★ While the president does everything within his …

Fenc’d no.7

Tho' bound by boundaries bound by boundaries 'Tis the warden found within That keeps us from our freedom Release the cage key to the wind    

Fenc’d no.6

tho' life has limits tho' bound we are to its end still my spirit soars Inspired by Nature? Join our Newsletter Love Emerson, First Commitment Submissions close Sunday, March 15, 2015 Must be a subscriber to participate Edition 003-15 is germane    

Fenc’d no. 3

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Self-evident Truths

life and liberty the pursuit of happiness truths all should live for IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among …

Putin Signs Law Banning Curse Words in Arts and Media

What the fuck is going on in Russia?

Note: not much of a curser, but after reading this felt the strong desire to express my freedom of…expression, however cursed it may be; and also to express my solidarity with our overly suppressed and oppressed and newly vulgarless Russian brothers and sisters. Curse on…

TIME

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday that will ban swearing in films, music and public performances.

Explicit books and CDs will have to be sold in sealed packages with a warning that reads “contains obscene language,” CNN reports.

The law will levy fines as high as $1,400 against organizations and $70 against individual offenders. Repeat offenders could face steeper fines and a 3-month suspension of business.

A panel of obscenity experts will define the finer points of the law, deciding which words could damage the Kremlin’s stated goal of “protecting and developing language culture.”

[CNN]

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Sons of Anarchy: Hollywood’s Shakespearean Expression of the American Way of Life

FILM | TELEVISION | DRAMA | ACTION SONS OF ANARCHY RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and since I am American I must, like all Americans are doing across the nation and all over facebook, offer my thanks. There are many things for which I am thankful: my …

The Power of Money, the Money of Power

There is much ado in the news about China's Wen Jiabao, the supposed People's Premier, accumulating a massive fortune, for both himself and his extended family, while serving within the highest ranks of China's government. According to New York Times reporting: Many relatives of Wen Jiabao, including his son, daughter, younger brother and brother-in-law, have …

The Proxy Wars

jurvetson / Foter / CC BY Oppressive governments like China, Iran, and Syria, among many others, are spending billions to censor the internet from their populations; and other governments like Pakistan, that one might not consider to be in the same oppressive category as China and the others mentioned, are also focused on internet censorship …

The Extreme Costs of Extremities

If tolerating the non-violent, First Amendment-sanctioned views and expressions of Westboro Baptist Church, and the KKK, and the Nation of Islam, or any other hate group is the price we have to pay for freedom, then it must be paid.