Disturbing: Too many Americans opposed to free speech

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Above: Conservative public speaker Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief for DailyWire.com and host of The Ben Shapiro Show, spoke at the University of Wisconsin to make his case against safe spaces and other recent movements on college campuses he sees as inhibiting free speech last November.

Shouts escalated on both sides throughout the evening, with protesters repeatedly interrupting Shapiro’s speech yelling the words “shame” and “safety,” and some non-protesting audience members countering with “decency” or yelling at the protesters to “shut up” and “get out.”

Shapiro then addressed the protests and said he was aware of the private Facebook event “Fuck White Supremacy: Interrupting Ben Shapiro.”

“With all due respect, eff you right back,” Shapiro said.

And the leftist protests have never subsided. Free speech, if, and only if, we agree with you.

The Cato Institute has released a survey on attitudes about free speech, campus speech, religious liberty, and tolerance of political expression.

Check out some of the findings.

Nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans believe that political correctness has done more to silence important discussions our society needs to have.

Only a little more than a quarter (28%) instead believe that political correctness has done more to help people avoid offending others.

Forty percent (40%) think government should prevent hate speech in public. Nonetheless, an overwhelming majority (79%) agree that it is “morally unacceptable” to engage in hate speech against racial or religious groups. Thus, the public appears to distinguish between allowing offensive speech and endorsing it.

Despite their desire for viewpoint diversity, a slim majority (53%) also agree that “colleges have an obligation to protect students from offensive speech and ideas that could create a difficult learning environment.” This share rises to 66% among Democrats, but 57% of Republicans disagree.

Despite this, the survey also found Americans willing to censor, regulate, or punish a wide variety of speech and expression they personally find offensive:

  • 51% of strong liberals say it’s “morally acceptable” to punch Nazis.
  • 53% of Republicans favor stripping U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag.
  • 51% of Democrats support a law that requires Americans use transgender people’s preferred gender pronouns.
  • 47% of Republicans favor bans on building new mosques.
  • 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
  • 65% of Republicans say NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the national anthem.

When asked about specific speakers, about half of Americans with college experience think a wide variety should not be allowed to speak at their college:

  • A speaker who says that all white people are racist (51%)
  • A speaker who says Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to come to the U.S. (50%)
  • A speaker who says that transgender people have a mental disorder (50%)
  • A speaker who publicly criticizes and disrespects the police (49%)
  • A speaker who says all Christians are backward and brainwashed (49%)
  • A speaker who says the average IQ of whites and Asians is higher than African Americans and Hispanics (48%)
  • A speaker who says the police are justified in stopping African Americans at higher rates than other groups (48%)’
  • A speaker who says all illegal immigrants should be deported (41%)
  • A speaker who says men on average are better at math than women (40%)

There’s more.

Long story short. It should be alarming that so many Americans feel free speech censorship is appropriate.

Supervisor Steve F. Taylor October 2017 E-Newsletter

NOTE FROM KEVIN F. Normally I don’t comment on the supervisor’s newsletter. I’m making an exception. There’s a glaring omission here. I’ll tell you what it is at the end of the newsletter content.

Dear Friends,

Please click here to view the October 2017 edition of “Privileged to Serve”, the monthly e-newsletter issued by my office.

This edition includes:

-Town Hall Meetings

-Hales Corners Pumpkin Fest

-Legislative Roundup

-Free days at the Milwaukee County Parks, museums, and the County Zoo.

-Upcoming events in our community

I encourage you to forward this newsletter to anyone who may find it informative. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office if I can be of assistance concerning any matter involving Milwaukee County.

All My Best,

Steve F. Taylor 

Milwaukee County Board, 2nd Vice Chairman

Economic & Community Development Committee Chairman

Milwaukee County Supervisor, 9th District

(414) 278-4267

(414) 223-1380 fax

steve.taylor@milwaukeecountywi.gov

OK. What did Steve Taylor leave out he should have put in?

This.

Today’s highly interesting read (10/31/17): Sudden death at ESPN?

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Think about it. ESPN refusing to broadcast NFL games.

James Andrew Miller of The Hollywood Reporter makes a case for the network declining to renew its NFL rights package when it expires in 2021.

As it struggles to regain heretofore heroic heights — levels of growth that are probably no longer attainable — ESPN has had to endure a slew of significant workforce layoffs (with more reportedly on the way) and a once-doting Wall Street that has turned a skeptically cold shoulder. Astonishing increases in earnings, previously viewed as faits accomplis, now seem like fantasies from another world, thanks to the now-familiar combo of cord-cutting and burgeoning rights fees.

​With so much of ESPN’s universe asunder, it’s not outlandish now to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect…

Read the entire column here.

Supporting our Police – Superheroes to the rescue

THIS IS AN OCCASIONAL BLOG FEATURING  GOOD, OFTEN UNDER-REPORTED NEWS STORIES ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Earlier this month California was ravaged by wildfires.

Santa Rosa was hit very hard.


Jim Stites watches his neighborhood burn in Fountaingrove, Santa Rosa, on Monday, October 9, 2017. (Photo: Sonoma Magazine)


Liliana Contreras and three of her children, from left, Edali, 6, Gloria, 2, and Johana, 9, hold each other as they view their burnt out home in the Coffey Lane neighborhood in Santa Rosa on Monday, October 9, 2017. Contreras and her family were able to evacuate to safety in the early morning. (Photo:  Sonoma Magazine)

Homes couldn’t be saved. But Halloween was.

 

 

The latest pro-life news (10/30/17)


THIS WEEKLY BLOG PROMOTES A CULTURE OF LIFE


From Pro-Life Wisconsin

Public Hearing on Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative


Where: Wisconsin State Capitol, Room 411 SouthWhen: 10 AM, Thursday Nov. 2nd, 2017Why: Your voice is needed at the State Capitol! Please come to register in support and even testify in favor of the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative, SB 423 and SB 424.This initiative creates ethical standards for medical research that will allow scientists, medical professionals, and families experiencing illness to explore new treatments in good conscience and without controversy. This proposal will also make certain that families who have suffered the loss of a child due to miscarriage or stillbirth are given information about their options for the final disposition of their child, and the opportunity to donate their child’s remains.If you plan on attending the hearing, email the coalition at news@healwithoutharm.org so we can connect with you and get you more resources!Can’t make it to the hearing? Consider submitting written testimony! Email the coalition at news@healwithoutharm.org for more information.Contact your state legislators and ask them:

  1. To co-sponsor the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative
  2. Ensure public hearings are held in the Assembly ASAP
  3. Ensure the bills are passed in both houses ASAP

Don’t know who your state legislators are? Go to legis.wisconsin.gov and type in your home address under “Who Are My Legislators” or call the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472.

Questions? Take some time to visit our Q&A to learn more about this critical issue.

Register for the March for Life Chicago and D.C.

CHICAGO:

We’re taking buses full of pro-lifers from around the state to the March for Life in Chicago! Join us!

The cost is $30 per person or $85 family rate. PLW buses are leaving from Brookfield, Richfield, Madison, Beloit, Green Bay, Manitowoc, Kenosha, La Crosse/Sparta, Wausau and Plover.

Find your location and register now here!

WASHINGTON D.C:

Come join fellow pro-life Wisconsinites as we travel to Washington, D.C. to march alongside hundreds of thousands of pro-life men, women and children. 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade decision and this year it is especially important to show our support to restore a Love. For Life.

This is a five-day trip. Pro-Life Wisconsin buses will leave WI on Wednesday, January 17. The March is Friday, January 19, and we will return to Wisconsin on Sunday, January 21. PLW travel cost is $300 per person (four person occupancy). Learn more or register now!

Help us promote!
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Pro-Life News

TO MEND A BIRTH DEFECT, SURGEONS OPERATE ON THE PATIENT WITHIN THE PATIENT: “The patient, still inside his mother’s womb, came into focus on flat screens in a darkened operating room. Fingers, toes, the soles of his feet — all exquisite, all perfectly formed.” See the beautiful picture and read the full story here.

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From WI Right To Life

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AND FINALLY, LOVIN’ LIFE…

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Today’s highly interesting read (10/30/17) : The 6 Big Ways Liberals Are Destroying America’s Culture

Another great column from the master of the lists, John Hawkins:

There was a time when we used to be a nation that pushed freedom, responsibility, decency, patriotism and hard work. Some of us still believe in those things, but because of liberalism, much more destructive values have seeped into our culture like toxic waste. There are many ways that liberals have degraded our culture, but these are the worst of the worst.

Read his list of six here.

 

My Most Popular Blogs (10/30/17)

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:

1) Greendale alert: THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING!

2) Best Cartoons of the Week (10/28/17)

3) Hey Cosmo, don’t tell me what my daughter can and cannot wear for Halloween!

4) Today’s highly interesting read (10/23/17): A clown in a sequined cowboy hat distorts greatest sacrifice

5) Franklin survives in playoff football

6) STUNNER: Ex-NPR CEO Discovers Media Bias

7) Photos of the Week (10/22/17)

8) The Barking Lot – America’s Finest Dog Blog (10/28/17)

9)  Today’s highly interesting read (10/24/17): A Lifetime of Taxes Is Enough

10) Funny, or violent?

This didn’t make the Top Ten, but it’s worth a look:

Today’s highly interesting read (10/26/17): “Your friends disappear when you take on the Trump wing of the party. I should know.”

Culinary no-no #538

Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinions, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.

Personal question.

Do you cuss?

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Do you swear?

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A little? A lot?

This year there have been several news stories and studies proclaiming swearing is good for you.

Wait a minute. Weren’t we instructed as children that swearing is low-class, vulgar, socially unacceptable language you don’t use in polite conversation?

Absolutely. But swearing, according to so-called “experts” carries benefits for the potty-mouth.

A study co-authored by Richard Stephens, a senior lecturer in psychology at Keele University, found that swearing can increase your ability to withstand pain.

Stephens asked subjects to come up with a list of words, including swear words that they might use if they hit their thumb with a hammer. Then they were asked to come up with a list of neutral words to describe a chair. He then asked them to submerge a hand in ice water for as long as they could, while repeating a word that could either be a swear word or a neutral word.

The subjects who kept repeating a swear word kept their hand in the ice water almost 50 percent longer than those who sued neutral words. They also felt the pain wasn’t as intense, thus, a study conclusion was that swearing reduces sensitivity to pain.

Stephens also conducted another study that found that swearing during bicycle and hand-grip exercises improved performance.

Timothy Jay, an emeritus professor at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts says, “Cursing is coping, or venting, and it helps us deal with stress.” Jay asserts curse words help communicate emotions.

They also demonstrate a strong vocabulary. A study by Jay discovered that people who could generate many letter words and animal names could also spew the most swear words.

Yet another study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science concluded “profanity was associated with less lying and deception at the individual level.”

I wonder what researchers would say about this experience.

Recently our family was out to dinner at a very nice restaurant. The place was packed and was just a tad noisy. Still I couldn’t believe my trained ears.

Seated two tables away to my right were two middle-aged couples. I’m assuming they were married folks.

The husbands and wives were seated, not across from one another, but next to each other.

Out of nowhere it came. I saw it. I heard it.

Husband to wife: “Your mother thinks she’s f***ing right all the time.”

The missus shrugged him off, muttered a few inaudible words, and kept eating.

If I heard it, other diners had to as well (my wife and daughter did not).

No other bombs were dropped. The lone incident transpired and was done in a mega-second.

The quick act of swearing wasn’t done to alleviate pain, show off one’s vocabulary, or enhance some kind of performance.

It was done to condemn and it was done in a very public setting.

London Sunday Times journalist Oliver Thring wrote in 2011:

Only a few selfish fools don’t recognise that a restaurant, whatever the semi-private jokes and gropes of its tables, is a collective and communal space. It relies on the acceptance and embracing of universal good manners and a decent readiness to consider the wellbeing of one’s fellow man and woman.

There’s a school of thought that swearing is unnecessary and should be censored. That’s true in most cases, definitely that night in the restaurant.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos of the Week (10/29/17)

 

Week-ends (10/28/17)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Physician Dr. Scott Witt, dubbed the ‘James Dean of neonatal’

Gary Michael Rose

Lindy Kats

Oliviah Hall

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Willie Bragg

Yuli Gurriel

Gloucester elementary school


Math professor

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Frankly, I wish Governor Walker had not negotiated with terrorists.”
WI Assembly Speaker Robin Vos speaking with Mike Gousha of WISN-TV.  Vos said budget veto talks between  three holdout Republican senators and Gov. Scott Walker amounted to obstructionism

“You’re calling them rogue senators and terrorists?”
Gousha’s immediate reaction to Vos

“That’s what they are!”
Vos responding to Gousha

“It is beyond outrageous for anyone, especially a person serving as Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, to label as a ‘terrorist’ another person for simple public policy disagreements. Worse yet, when given the opportunity in the interview to retract or recalibrate such a reprehensible statement, Speaker Vos firmly reiterated it.”
State Senator Steve Nass, one of the senators Vos referred to as “terrrorists”

“As speaker, I have (striven) to increase the civility within the Legislature. I now regret using the word terrorist because it goes against the guidelines I’ve set for our chamber, and myself. For that, I apologize.”
Vos

“Based on national voting statistics, many (NFL) players may not even vote. In 2016, during the contentious Trump-Clinton election, turnout dipped to a 20-year low when only 55 percent of eligible voters cast ballots. During the 2014 mid-term elections, when voters decide who will represent them in the House, totals were dismal. Only 36 percent of eligible voters went to the ballot box. Which players were among them? Those who didn’t vote but kneel on Sunday can’t be taken seriously.

“Let’s see a show of hands from the players that have contacted Congress. My guess: very few, if any, have. My advice to the players: put down the remote, pick up the phone, call Congress, schedule an appointment, and spend half an hour unloading on the sympathetic people who are in a position to help you. And next Sunday, stand up.”
Joe Guzzardi is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America

 

“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur. That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”
Sen. John McCain spoke on the 50th anniversary of his being shot down over North Vietnam — an event that led to his capture by communist forces and a 5 1/2-year stay in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison. McCain made an apparent reference to the diagnosis that allowed President Trump to be medically disqualified for service in 1968. 

What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history of any kind. No sense of history. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So, they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and the hot water comes out. They have no sense whatever of destruction, of the great civilizations that rose and fell, and so on, and how arrogant people get when they’re in a comfortable civilization, etc. So they now are being taught to look around them to see defects in America – which is the freest country in the history of the world – and to feel that somehow America is the source of all evil in the universe, and it’s because they’ve never been exposed to the actual evil of the history of humanity. They know nothing!

“It’s really started at the level of public school education. I’ve been teaching now for 46 years as a classroom teacher, and I have felt the slow devolution of the quality of public school education in the classroom.”
Feminist and registered Democrat Camille Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The real Russia scandal

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Who pays the most taxes?

Oh, and the real Russia scandal. See above.

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Jeff Flake, media darling

STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

It’s less expensive for this family of 9 to travel year-round than stay home—here’s how