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El Supremo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:37 PM
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President Bush's comments on Jay Bennish
Q I'm from Aurora, Colorado. In our town a teacher was suspended for remarks critical of your State of the Union message, made the talk shows, et cetera -- compared you to Hitler and -- actually, I've heard the tape and he didn't, he said, "Hitler-esque," but it's not --

THE PRESIDENT: He's not the only one. (Laughter.)

Q And it's not the content that my question is about. My question is about your sense of the free speech right in the classroom or in public to criticize you without being considered unpatriotic.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, I think people should be allowed to criticize me all they want, and they do. (Laughter.) Now what are you all laughing at over there? (Laughter.) Don't cheer him on. (Laughter.)

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http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_3590017
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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:39 PM
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1. ......
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Hobarticus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:40 PM
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2. But he never, ever, criticizes de facto attacks on free speech
Here's an opportunity for Dubya to remind us that harrassing people for their views is not how it's supposed to be.

Uniter, not a divider, my ass.
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mediaman007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:49 PM
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6. Perhaps a president, like Clinton or Carter, would have joked, then
taken the time to explain how "Free Speech" works. Thus, educating all of America. There is no doubt in my mind that more than 50% of Americans take the Bilble literally, and dismiss science.
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Hobarticus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:54 PM
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8. Cuz you know, we invaded Iraq to defend free speech here...
:puke:
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:41 PM
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3. Laughing boy
Joke it away, laugh it off, crack jokes, it's only our right to free speech being discussed here. Nothing major. Nothing important. Move along. Nothing to see here.





We need to make t-shirts and wear them whenever we speak our mind so when we are arrested, we have our evidence handy.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:44 PM
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He Just Turns My Stomach... Honestly... That's NOT A Figure-Of-Speech...
... listening to the man speak, or seeing his face, or watching his smirk... it absolutely gives me a physical reaction. Nausea. It's disgusting.
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OKNancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:28 PM
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9. Me too. blood pressure goes up
I can't watch him. I can't stand the hissing. His ssssssssss just drive me up the wall. And his attitude and strut and his ugly face. :puke:
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:34 PM
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10. The Hisshing And The Dropped Consonants...
Uniah Schtatesch Uva Murka
Show-shul Shuh-curity
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:44 PM
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4. And Nero fiddled while Rome burned. What a motherfucker.
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:49 PM
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5. But the pompous monkey turd
did nothing to help get the teacher his job back.. did he???

What a mean-spirited sonofabitch !!
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El Supremo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:51 PM
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7. These statements trouble me:
"You're equally American if you believe in an Almighty or don't believe in an Almighty. That's a sacred freedom."

That freedom comes from the Constitution not God. Is the Constitution a religiously sacred document?

and: "I do believe there's an Almighty God that has spread freedom -- making freedom available for everybody."

I don't think God has much to do with this. The freedom that God offers us will come in another world. God offers us salvation.

His theology is totally wrong!
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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 06:20 PM
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11. "Now what are you all laughing at over there? Don't cheer him on!"
The tragic thing is, I suspect that he uttered these words without a trace of irony!
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