Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Maybe you just assumed that the hand signal for "f--- off" is protected speech under the law. After all, what's more American than for no other reason than you want to...looking someone in the eye, raising your hand and flipping them the middle finger? How could that not be "free speech?"
Well, today it appears we've received some clarification on the issue as a U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania found in favor of a guy who gave the bird to a motorist and a cop. The judge said that the gesture was a non-verbal expression protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Click here for a report on this from ace legal writer and blogger, Robert Ambrogi.
In the end, I'm certainly not in favor of giving the finger to people...but by God, when the time is right and the need is there, I'm glad to know that it's my right protected by the Constitution.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
There are a lot of cynical, snide and snarky things one could say about the rich irony of this given how bad W's presidency was and how clearly he has shown that his intellect and critical thinking skills are poor.
But I won't.
No, I think Bush's project is all about trying to soften the heavy blow history will deal him in assessing his presidency and his character. See here for a short list of why I think he'll be judged the worst U.S. president in the nation's history.
Unlike Bill Clinton who literally needed money to pay off debts after his tenure as president ended, Bush has been spectacularly wealthy since the moment he was born. So, no, this isn't about money.
Rather, I think it's Bush's attempt to use hindsight and spin to try and justify the litany of decisions he's made.
We'll see what the book ends up doing, but I dare say that for all of Bush's self-satisfying explanations there are a lot of people whose lives have been ended, ruined or seriously set back around the world specifically because of the "decision points" Bush faced and the choices he made at those times. Those people won't be buying that book - literally and figuratively.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
With that in mind, in my suburban Bellevue, WA existence...I had no concept of nor any access to exotic stuff like the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Hanoi Rocks, Social Distortion, the Velvet Underground, Stooges, MC5, or any number of other great alternative bands. Those acts might as well resided on the planet Pluto. The just were just not visible to me. Instead, 90 percent of what you heard was stuff like Duran Duran, Foreigner, Journey, Michael Jackson, Pat Benetar, the Cars, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Genesis and groups seeking to clone one of these act.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The winner of the contest will get $50,000 to help make their winning dream assignment happen.
You can view (and vote!) on my ideas by clicking here.
As background, you can see my online portfolio of pictures by clicking here.
Thanks for your support.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Don't know who Carolla is? Don't know why his show has been cancled? Never heard of pirate radio? Wonding what the hell I'm talking about?
Well let me explain...
The upshot is a drastic reduction in original, live and free entertainment such as the Carolla show. Nope, just pre-programmed fodder. To get quality talk or music you like, increasingly you have to pay for it - usually through a satelite radio subscritpion. You can see the same thing happening on TV. Where the best shows? HBO and Showtime. Premium paid channels. And for every Damages or maybe No Reservations-type shows on basic cable there is a daily universe of horrible programs on regular cable...most of which is cheaper to produce than dramas, commedies or movies.
Anyway, the Carolla situation got me thinking...maybe with Web technology and all being what it is...it's time for some pirate radio 2009 style. That's the spirit we need.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
In that time, I've averaged about nine posts per month - focusing primarily on subjects such as politics, music, travel, photography, food, entertainment and a few other odds and ends.
I hope you've enjoyed what you've read or viewed here, even if you don't always agree with what I've said or like what I've posted.
The goal I have for this blog is to use my first hand experiences and time spent considering certain topics to create posts that deliver one or more of the following:
- Provoke thought
- Share knowledge and opinions
- Share photography
- Have a good time
So, if you read The Western Front regularly, my hope is that after 100 posts, you have checked out some new music that you would not normally have come across, that you are hearing some political ideas that maybe run differently than yours to at least ponder (or if you agree with me you're getting your fill of my preaching to your choir), that you've viewed some pictures from around the world that you've not seen before, that you've gotten tips on some good restaurants and movies, that you feel like you've read some entertaining essays or opinions on society that make you think, and that you've had a few laughs.
The one year anniversary of this blog is coming up in about six weeks. I'll be playing around with some new formats to see if I can update The Western Front with a new look for the next 12 months. And, I'll re-cap the "Best of The Western Front" around that time too.
In the meantime, let me know if you want to know if there's something you want to know more about.