I don't know if this "defense" of free speech is spineless and cowardly or, in the writer's own words, "just being stupid," but it's infuriating in either case:
Metaphysical question of the day: Is your religion ready to meet ET?
How will humankind react after astronomers hand over rock-solid scientific evidence for the existence of life beyond the Earth? No more speculating. No more wondering. The moment scientists announce this discovery, everything will change. Not least of all, our philosophies and religions will need to incorporate the new information.
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Too bad. At least one Indiana city is plunging into the "somebody might sue us, so nobody is allowed to have fun" movement:
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As anyone who has grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careening around a tree.
For the "we'll take any victory, however small" file:
The federal budget is shrinking as a percentage of gross domestic product, falling just below 20 percent in the third quarter of 2014. That's down four points from its peak of 24 percent in 2011, according to market analysis firm Strategas' survey of recent Treasury Department data.
The most cited reason for the rise in poularity of body cameras for police is that they would create visual records so we don't have to guess what really happens during police-civilian encounters. A generally unarticulated corollary to that assumption is that the cameras will modify police behavior. Now there's a study seeming to show just that:
Everybody's getting all gushy and weepy over the 100th anniversary od that Christmas Day Truce during World War II. And leave it to the wide-eyed naifs at NPR to suggest it as proof That There Might Be Hope For The Human Race After All:
In some places, the two sides held prayer services together. They exchanged mementos, like a small brass button on display in a glass case at the museum.
Have you noticed the "a dead conservative is a good conservative" phenomenon? That's when somebody says something like, "Conservatives today have gone completely off the rails. Whatever happened to reasonable conservatives like William F. Buckley (or Ronald Reagan or some other dead conservative)?" For all I know, somebody a long time ago said, "Whatever happened to reasonable conservatives like Edmund Burke?"