In the recent Supreme Court hearings a lot of subjects were broached from Elena Kagan‘s views on free speech,gun ownership rights, and her views on Twilight. But one think that was passed over was her views on pornography. Porn which according to Forbes in 2001 was a 10-14 billion dollar industry, bigger than Major League Baseball, is a mainstream part of America in the new century. Not this America the other America. (Wink,Wink) In an article I found online at Politico.com they covered a “1993 conference at the University of Chicago Law School on the subject of pornography and hate crimes“. At the seminar according to Politico,”the future Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, then a junior Chicago law professor, gave a well-received, relatively-subdued presentation that would become one of her first and few published law review articles.”
Politico goes on to say,”
“We should be looking for new approaches, devising new arguments,” Kagan declared, according to video of the event reviewed by POLITICO. She seemed to count herself among “those of us who favor some form of pornography and hate speech regulation” and told participants that “a great deal can be done very usefully” to crack down on such evils.
“Statutes may be crafted in ways that prohibit the worst of hate speech and pornography, language that goes to sexual violence. Such statutes may still be constitutional,”- Nothing I love more than a future Supreme Court Justice using the phrase “may still be constitutional”.
Read the article and decide for yourself. Some juicy tidbits in it are-
On the stage in the law school’s auditorium, “Sex,” – Madonna’s book of nude photographs of herself – was dramatically ripped to shreds by a group of attendees, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Another cause of concern for many free-speech defenders is the stance Kagan took as solicitor general last year in U.S. v. Stevens, a Supreme Court case about a law aimed at prohibiting so-called crush videos – films catering to fetishists who enjoy watching small animals being killed, often under high-heel shoes.
Kagan mounted a broad defense of the statute, filing briefs arguing that any depiction of animal cruelty could be banned if the activity depicted was illegal where the media was sold or possessed. Critics noted this could ban a tourist’s possession of bullfighting videos from a trip to Spain. Kagan also returned to her previous themes about the legitimacy of restraining speech of “minimal value.”
This argument of banning porn or free speech is a view that one man’s porn is another man’s “art”. One man’s hate speech is another man’s “poetry”. The foundation of our democracy is, saying things that are so vile and expressing yourself that may be disturbing and grotesque to others, but that’s what freedom is. You decide. Not the government.
So if it came down to Elana Kagan banning pornography. I say,to paraphrase Charlton Heston, “from my cold, dead, lubed-up- hands!”
It’s Political Fun Friday so here are some headlines from around the web!!!
I guess that’s similar to after the Titanic, ships offering lifeboats.
BP responded by saying,’ Well at least with the announcement,that we set a record, something positive came out of this whole mess.”
In response hundreds of families offer their children up to kidnappers to save homes from fore-closure.
Ironically none of the criticism had to do with being named Boehner.
Talk about a stimulus program! Just because your on welfare doesn’t mean you can’t have some boobies in your face. In all honesty Aurora on ” the main stage” doesn’t care where all the money came from.
That’s not the only thing they will be hitting. Now when you get rear ended in an accident be careful when you get out of your car and yell, “What ar’ you blind!!??” You just might not want the answer.
I’m no scientist but I bet it KILLS THEM!!! God!!!! What a waste of time and money!
Why do guys get so pissed on Modern Warfare 2!?
(What’s so funny is that he’s screaming at the game at the moment)
It is quite simply, ONE AND DONE, for Obama. Or in terms Obama may understand a little easier, he is playing in a SINGLE elimination tournament, and he does not get out of the first round.
I couldn’t have said it better myself! Enjoy your weekend folks!
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