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Bill Maher Argues For Privacy, Free Speech In Wake Of Donald Sterling Scandal

Bill Maher Argues For Privacy, Free Speech In Wake Of Donald Sterling Scandal

Commented May 10, 2014 at 12:14:40 in Comedy

“I was wondering what happened to the old liberal principle, "I disagree with what you say, but I'll defend your right to say it!"”

Thai Angst on May 13, 2014 at 13:13:29

“Conservatives don't believe in that principle?”

stevieboy5150 on May 13, 2014 at 10:58:51

“Lol. That's what you get when you don't pay attention.”

wbthacker on May 12, 2014 at 14:17:19

“"I disagree with what you say, but I'll defend your right to say it!"

Apparently now, the second clause is, "but if I don't agree with you I will secretly tape your words and use them to destroy you without even a trial."”

Free Plaxico on May 12, 2014 at 11:01:18

“He has the right to say it, nobody is knocking on the door to take him to jail. What wingnuts seem to have a hard time grasping is just cause you have the right to say it doesn't mean you won't have consequences affect you for saying it.”

Vernie Taylor on May 11, 2014 at 14:54:06

“Yes, that is exactly what Maher was saying. People have a right to say whatever, especially, one would assume, in the privacy of their own homes to their friends. The media of course is always hungry for some lurid sensational story on anyone of celebrity status. They will usually make such stories far more important than they are and the ignorant public eats it up!

Maher was pointing out how everyone is so worried about government intrusion into our privacy yet we seem to be doing the same thing to each other, so it is a question of ,... where is there privacy today? In our political correct society, it may be that we will have to live with the fact that our words have consequences, whether public or private, with or without government involvement and even when no harmful or illegal action was ever taken or contemplated.”

Ryoushii on May 11, 2014 at 11:13:00

“I do defend your right to say it, and then I have the right to shame you or fire you for saying it. Now, if the government sticks its nose in, that's different. I will defend you against government interference, as is the Constitutional norm. But, I, as a private person do not have to listen to you nor give you anything but the back of my hand, metaphorically, if I don't like what you say.”

SeektheTruth on May 11, 2014 at 09:37:46

“Saying things like that can carry consequences. Only a child would fail to understand that.”

theveggiedude on May 10, 2014 at 22:33:05

“I wonder who came up with that? Because I would ask them what would they do if someone started bad mouthing their mother or their wife to the world, wouldn't they want to kick them in the balls?”

metalborg on May 10, 2014 at 20:55:52

“He has the right to say anything he wants, and others have the right to respond to what he says. The only person who wanted to censor Mr. Sterling, it seems, is Mr. Sterling himself. I think we are all very interested in what Mr. Sterling has to say. What was violated was not his freedom of speech, but his privacy. He has every right to ask to punish those who violated his privacy, but it wasn't the government. It was a private individual who is subject to punishment. But the cat is out of the bag. You can't ask the public to unhear what they've heard.”

whatthegeek on May 10, 2014 at 19:55:54

“I stand firmly by that principal. I also believe in personal responsibility. If you say something racist in front of your archivist, and (surprise) it gets out, you're going to face social consequences for your words. I would never see his right to free speech taken away, but I'm glad Sterling saw the social consequences of his words.”

blt45 on May 10, 2014 at 19:50:24

“They're delighting in their new found power to destroy people. It's been one after the other and it seems to be getting worse. The CEO of Mozilla was forced out for being perceived as anti gay. He never said or did anything to discriminate against anyone, he simply supported proposition 8, just like Obama did.”

amva55 on May 10, 2014 at 19:17:04

“Yes we'll defend your right to say anything you want. But what you say might have consequences as Sterling just found out.”

gernm18 on May 10, 2014 at 18:57:36

“is it as bad as that old republican principle of "Slavery"? Clearly the slave-owner mentality is alive and well.”

doriath22 on May 10, 2014 at 18:51:32

“Sounds like exactly what Bill is advocating. Furthermore, He is speaking in favor of the right to keep Private Matters Private”

Balsamo23 on May 10, 2014 at 17:13:26

“Are you calling that a "liberal principle" because conservatives don't believe in it?

But, yes, Sterling had the right to say whatever he wanted. And he did. Now he must deal with those who have an equal right to respond.”

wisdom67 on May 10, 2014 at 15:45:35

“Donald has a right to say what he thinks; and the public has a right to respond as it wishes; if it is against someone so be it; as black person I have been subject to a good deal of hurtful comments and people have the right to say them; however I have the right to respond if not kindly.”

James Leo on May 10, 2014 at 14:27:02

“Went out with Citizen's United”

image18301 on May 10, 2014 at 14:13:51

“Not an absolute. You can't say a racial joke at work fro example. You won't get arrested, but probably you'll get fired. The government will not step in to "police" you; but your workplace will react as is THEIR right. This is exactly what happened here. Except he didn't say it IN the workplace; his girlfriend brought the recording to the workplace for everyone to hear.”

Ravenlea on May 10, 2014 at 14:02:50

“His right to say whatever he wants to has not been challenged, only his membership in a very select club.

I'm inclined to think we have begun to overindulge our penchant for firing people every time they say something ugly. This case seems to me to be more about a club of rich guys whose franchise is at risk if they let him be part of their group. I don't believe that they didn't know he was a racist until this tape showed up, so I have to think it's ultimately not about free speech or moral outrage. It's about money. How cynical do I sound? Yuck.”

NewsJunkie10 on May 10, 2014 at 13:42:53

“All liberal principles go out the window when it advances their agenda. That is what makes liberals so insidious. They will lie to advance their cause. They have no morality. Only ethics based on new-found principles of what is right and wrong.”

unebaiser on May 10, 2014 at 13:39:03

“The same thing that happened to the conservative principle of laissez faire. Ain't no fun when the rabbit has the gun.”

alumcreek on May 10, 2014 at 13:19:38

“Some 4 decades ago when I had been drafted and the world seemed full of ignorant Jesus freaks out to proselytize anyone they could buttonhole, I spent a few hours clarifying to those fools that they knew not what of they spoke. It made very little difference to them. So I was forced to explain to them that I would defend their right to speak nonsense but if they kept doing it in my presence a lawyer would need to defend my right to have killed them. (I was called in by the divisional chaplain and we agreed that none of those so called Christians would enter my building and I would no longer talk any of the future seminary students into giving up their faiths.)”

crow30 on May 10, 2014 at 13:15:02

“And he does, but where in the constitution does it say one has the right to own an NBA team, in a private league. He had a privilege in owning that team and now lost it.”

scooteruk on May 10, 2014 at 12:39:28

“I don't think anyone is stomping on his 'right' to say anything. He said it. Boy, did he say it. Often, there are consequences for comments...sometimes huge consequences. Privacy concerns are another matter.”
Bagel Wars: Montreal-Style vs. New York-Style Bagels

Bagel Wars: Montreal-Style vs. New York-Style Bagels

Commented May 2, 2014 at 14:07:10 in Taste

“As an ex-New Yorker I spent time looking for real bagels in Connecticut. Found some at a deli in West Hartford, but upon inquiry learned they were shipped in daily--from Brooklyn! Montreal bagels are fine once you adjust to the flavor and texture. Bagel One aren't bad either.”
Man Breaks It Down Once And For All Why You Shouldn't Ask People 'What Kind Of Asian' They Are

Man Breaks It Down Once And For All Why You Shouldn't Ask People 'What Kind Of Asian' They Are

Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 13:34:46 in Impact

“Would it be racist to ask an Asian what country their family is from? It does make a difference! Once I outraged a Japanese woman by assuming from her conversation that she was Korean. Racism is not limited to so-called Caucasians.”
6 Things To Think About When Choosing A College

6 Things To Think About When Choosing A College

Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 12:22:53 in Teen

“Visit the college when it is in session. Check out the library, the cafeteria, the faculty offices of your prospective major, check out even the parking lot. Talk with a professor, talk to a few students, attend a class. Get a feeling for the campus.”
27 Things You'll Miss About America When You're Abroad

27 Things You'll Miss About America When You're Abroad

Commented Apr 13, 2014 at 13:27:58 in Travel

“What I missed coming home to the US from a year in Germany and a year in Switzerland: great beers on tap, different kinds for every taste and season; a bratwurst from a stand; crusty breads; excellent cheeses from raw milk; Brodchen (Semmel), small breakfast rolls; excelllent, inexpensive white wines; thick soups; Rösti, Züricher Geschnitzeltes; Cafe Creme.”
Researchers Discover Why Zebras Have Stripes

Researchers Discover Why Zebras Have Stripes

Commented Apr 2, 2014 at 15:45:14 in Science

“Why does the video play automatically? Can't anyone read anymore?”
Police Shoot Homeless Man During Camping Arrest (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Police Shoot Homeless Man During Camping Arrest (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 11:12:12 in Crime

“There may be many causes for the rash of recent killings of seemingly harmless victims by police officers, but one of them is the militarization of the police after 9/11. Perhaps the police are watching too many TV episodes about cops with helmets, combat gear, and automatic weapons raiding suspects in houses as if they were after Osama Ben Laden.”
29 Reasons Brooklyn Will Never Be Overrated

29 Reasons Brooklyn Will Never Be Overrated

Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 12:31:09 in Business

“30. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade”
Bill Donohue Of Catholic League Urges Beer Boycott Of Guinness, Heineken, And Sam Adams For Supporting Gay Equality

Bill Donohue Of Catholic League Urges Beer Boycott Of Guinness, Heineken, And Sam Adams For Supporting Gay Equality

Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 14:24:00 in Religion

“Donahue belongs to a past era that celebrated Father Coughlin, Senator Joe McCarthy, and the right-wing policies of Cardinal Spellman and the Brooklyn Tablet. An Irish-Catholic right winger is not representative of all Catholics today!”
15 Secret Bars You Need To Visit

15 Secret Bars You Need To Visit

Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 14:10:29 in Business

“Pubs that require reservations? You gotta be kidding!”

Aristophones on Mar 21, 2014 at 11:52:55

“And hipster bartenders? Not a chance.”
Overlooked European Cities You Must Visit In Your Lifetime

Overlooked European Cities You Must Visit In Your Lifetime

Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 15:06:34 in Travel

“I'd put Bern, Switzerland, high on the list. Goethe thought Kramgasse in the old town the most beautiful street in Europe.”
Overlooked European Cities You Must Visit In Your Lifetime

Overlooked European Cities You Must Visit In Your Lifetime

Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 15:03:50 in Travel

“I agree with J Morgan's choice of Würzburg!

Würzburg

City I once saw in silhouette
on a lager label
is now a-glitter,
surrounding vineyards, silent river
statued Mainbrücke
Residenz, Weindorf
all an easy walk from Marktplatz

Topping the highest hill
proud as the Vatican
and twice as formidable
is what I later learned to be
Festung Marienberg
one-time home of the duke-bishops

Looking up from Leistenstrasse
I am a peasant
unable to imagine the sway
of whatever majesty
lives in such a house

Marienberg was a fortress
Michelin explains
a millennium before the Christian comedy
but exhaustive research may not reveal
what bronze-age chieftain
m’lord bishop
or the owner of the brewery
would’ve had to say, when

just before the War’s end
on a pleasant March day
eighty percent of Würzburg
was demolished
in a seventeen-minute raid.”

Mike in Charlotte on Mar 18, 2014 at 21:16:42

“Bravo!”

Mike in Charlotte on Mar 18, 2014 at 21:09:55

“So tragic but yes, Wurzburg...and Bamberg. I added Regensburg (I think it may have been the only Germany city not pounded into dust by air raids and artillery).”

J Morgan on Mar 18, 2014 at 16:34:18

“Thanks for the wonderful poem, I first fell in love with Würzburg in the mid 70's whilst staying with a friend for the summer.... last there about 12 years ago, and the Residenz now has so many rooms restored. One year I was there in March, when the bells rang and rang so folks will never forget the destruction during the last breath of the war. Fond memories of Biergartens and Volksfests ever etched in ones life, ahhh Würzburg.”
Purim 2014: Dates, History, And Traditions Of The Festive Jewish Celebration

Purim 2014: Dates, History, And Traditions Of The Festive Jewish Celebration

Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 12:09:59 in Religion

“The book of Esther is a charming piece of historical fiction. Purim is much like Mardi Gras and Fassnacht, Christian celebrations of revelry before Lent, with costumes and shenanigans that go back to pagan practices.”

ThisIsAComment on Mar 16, 2014 at 23:03:30

“Considering that Esther's husband, King Xerxes, was a real person, it's most likely she was real too.
Fun fact: The book of Esther is the only book in the Old Testament that does not mention God.”

BklynBen on Mar 16, 2014 at 11:26:41

“that's a funny statement because the graves of two of the most prominent persons in the book of Esther. Mordechai and Esther are buried in Hamadan, Iran. when exactly.did humans start burying fictional characters .”
Fox News Host Apologizes For 'Ignorant Statement'

Fox News Host Apologizes For 'Ignorant Statement'

Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 12:49:12 in Media

“Have graduated from three colleges/universities, participated in about forty commencement exercises, and have never seen academic garb color-coded for gender!”

kindamara on Mar 4, 2014 at 13:40:35

“We always had the same color cap and gown from 8th grade to high school to college, etc. There was never any distinction between the sexes.”
Rachel Maddow Cringes At 'Awkwardness' Of U.S. Condemning Russia

Rachel Maddow Cringes At 'Awkwardness' Of U.S. Condemning Russia

Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 12:41:50 in Media

“The Ukraine borders Russia, was part of the Soviet Union, and has many citizens who are ethnically Russian, particularly in the East. The United States is nowhere near Iraq, a country that has no cultural or ethnic relation to the U.S. We seem to be defending what was once an Anglo-French sphere of influence in the Middle East. Just look at a map!”

6000DollarSuit on Mar 4, 2014 at 13:56:39

“Get out of here with your facts and logic, Jim. ;)”
These Famous Authors Made It Okay To Commit Grammar No-No's

These Famous Authors Made It Okay To Commit Grammar No-No's

Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 13:13:25 in Books

“Some of these so-called errors may be true of Latin, but not English, and date from the 18th century when knowledge of the history of the English language was sketchy. English has always ended sentences with so-called prepositions, even though preposition means in Latin coming before another word. It's similar to the separable prefix in some German verbs, which comes at the end of the sentence. Double negatives have been used for emphasis in English for centuries. And you have to be a crank to insist it is wrong to begin a sentence with a conjunction!”
General 'Jerry' Boykin Says Gun-Toting Jesus Will Lead 'Mighty Army' During Second Coming

General 'Jerry' Boykin Says Gun-Toting Jesus Will Lead 'Mighty Army' During Second Coming

Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 12:53:37 in Religion

“It is scary to realize that apocalyptic thinkers enjoy high status in our military or foreign policy establishments. They would be only too happy to see the world as we know it destroyed to fulfill some dubious prophesy in the Book of Revelation.”
General 'Jerry' Boykin Says Gun-Toting Jesus Will Lead 'Mighty Army' During Second Coming

General 'Jerry' Boykin Says Gun-Toting Jesus Will Lead 'Mighty Army' During Second Coming

Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 12:45:55 in Religion

“Boykin is expressing in contemporary terms typical apocalyptic thinking based on the book of Revelation. John of Ephesus, in this book filled with violence and bizarre symbols and monsters, predicts the return of a vengeful Christ to destroy Rome. The book almost did not make it into the canon because its view of Christ the vengeful warrior is so different from the Jesus as portrayed in the rest of the New Testament. Apparently, both Christ and Paul believed the world was immediately to be transformed by miraculous divine intervention.”

kritteracres on Feb 21, 2014 at 14:31:01

“Revelations was written by a group of old patriarchal men to keep the uneducated afraid and in line.”

Sandy Beaches on Feb 21, 2014 at 13:17:09

“Yeah, the writers sure were pissed at Rome.”
Let The Puppets From Glove And Boots Fix Your Common Grammar Mistakes (VIDEO)

Let The Puppets From Glove And Boots Fix Your Common Grammar Mistakes (VIDEO)

Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 12:18:42 in College

“When I lived in Germany, students frequently told me how easy English is because we don't decline articles, adjectives, and nouns (no der, die, and das), and our inflection of verbs is a lot simpler than it is in German. I said at first it may seem so, but when you get into the English language, even simple things can get complicated. One example I offered was the verb "put." We use it in combinations that vary considerably: to put over, to be put upon, to put something down, to put someone down, to put out (be careful with that one), to put up with, to put across; you can put the cat out at night, you can put out the light, and then there's input and output, and so on.”

JazzyDoes on Feb 23, 2014 at 21:22:56

“What was the outcome of using "put" in that many different ways?

Ich denke, dass Deutsch nicht so schwer ist. (Sorry, my German is not so great anymore, but I feel it is an easier language to learn that English.)”

IronHead on Feb 21, 2014 at 14:32:20

“Feet smell and noses run. That makes total sense”
Most Americans OK With Coke's Super Bowl Ad, But Still Think We Should All Speak English

Most Americans OK With Coke's Super Bowl Ad, But Still Think We Should All Speak English

Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 14:23:13 in Politics

“Albert-- As someone with a language background similar to yours, I agree with what you say. Instead of English only, however, I would support English also. Everyone living permanently in the United States. excepting perhaps elderly immigrants, should be comfortable with English. Fluency in English will serve them well and enable them to contribute to a larger community.”

jerryengelbach on Feb 8, 2014 at 15:41:48

“One can live quite comfortably with a minimum of a country's language. Fluency is not necessary.”
Common Grammar Errors: What NOT To Write

Common Grammar Errors: What NOT To Write

Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 14:41:45 in Books

“Pizza-eating children? As a teacher I was annoyed with handbooks with "correct" examples which were worse than the "errors" they meant to improve!”
11 Things Atheists Couldn't Do Because They Didn't Believe In God

11 Things Atheists Couldn't Do Because They Didn't Believe In God

Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 15:44:09 in Politics

“The atheists who promote secular humanism have high moral standards and more faith in human benevolence than is warranted by the atrocities and brutal violence that have characterized our history for millennia.”

Dude167 on Jan 16, 2014 at 15:59:25

“as opposed to what? making up imaginary beings? saying all good comes from god and all bad from stan?”

Casey Braden on Jan 16, 2014 at 15:55:20

“Since I think we would both agree that the vast majority of the people responsible for these atrocities believed in a god/gods, it would seem that religious belief does not necessarily lead to a more moral human society. Especially when one considers those religious systems which offer salvation despite one's past immoral behavior. So the question is, then, is it better to base our understanding of ethics on reason and empathy, or on ancient religious directives?”
Jon Stewart Goes Off On Bill De Blasio Over Pizza-Fork-Gate

Jon Stewart Goes Off On Bill De Blasio Over Pizza-Fork-Gate

Commented Jan 15, 2014 at 15:24:41 in Comedy

“I've lived in New England for forty years, but as an ex-New Yorker I know you put mustard, not catsup, on a hotdog and eat a folded triangular slice of pizza with your fingers, not with a knife and fork! And I'm old enough to remember when the only place you could get a pizza, or a bitz as we called it, was at a local pizzeria. It was sort of a social ritual for us kids, since you had to get a whole pie and share!”
White House Defends Joe Biden Against Robert Gates Criticism

White House Defends Joe Biden Against Robert Gates Criticism

Commented Jan 8, 2014 at 13:03:06 in Politics

“Iraq was and still is a catastrophic blunder, which changed the geo-politics of the Middle East to our disadvantage and inflamed religious animosities across the entire region. It cost the United States billions of dollars and wasted the lives of troops and countless civilians--men, women, and children. As President of the United States, Obama could not publicly admit these dismal truths. His greatest failure, I believe, was to put what looked like a seal of approval on the policies that brought us into an optional war and the crimes perpetrated in the name of intelligence and security.”

eddieshack on Jan 8, 2014 at 13:28:55

“Not a peep about W responsability in all this. Go figure.”
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