Archive for December, 2011

James O’Keefe, President of of Project Veritas, receives the 2011 “Robert D. Novak award for Journalistic Excellence.”

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

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This video, which features an interview with legendary author Neil Gaiman, is a lighthearted look at how the University of Wisconsin–Stout backed down from its censorship of Professor James Miller’s posters, one featuring a quote from the science fiction show Firefly, and the other condemning fascism. Stout stood by its actions until FIRE’s advocacy campaign on Miller’s behalf inspired Gaiman, along with Firefly actors Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin, to take to Twitter to encourage their millions of followers to contact the university with their support of free speech.

I have to wonder if the prof had hung a poster with Abu Huraira’s quote of the Prophet as saying,”…a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him…” if the brain dead campus cop would have considered that a threat or conceded it to be “protected speech”?

From: Senate Democrats Raise Lending Fees In Silly 2-Month Payroll Tax Cut Bill

The increasingly vitriolic debate over whether or not to extend a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for two months has dominated the news recently, but no one seems to be factoring in that the $33 billion-cost for the bill will actually be footed by United States homeowners, who are already struggling to make mortgage payments. While the Senate, the House of Representatives and the president lob accusations and demands back and forth across the aisle and across the capitol, there is little acknowledgement that even the unpopular two-month cut, which is nothing more than a stop-gap measure and, many argue, un-implementable anyway, is going to literally cost taxpayers an arm and a leg.

Associate Editor of Reason Magazine Peter Suderman appeared on Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano to discuss notable political events of 2011 on this special, year-end episode. Topics included the debt ceiling debate, the non-recovery of the economy, Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party, Fast and Furious, Anthony Weiner, Solyndra, the multiple U.S. wars and assassinations, and more. Air date: 12/20/11.

The first edition of the Innovation Convention took place one year after the adoption of the Innovation Union flagship initiative, the EU’s roadmap to turn Europe into a more innovation-friendly and competitive continent.

Research and innovation are the main motors for sustainable job creation and the only way to achieve a sustainable exit from the current economic crisis. This conference brought together world leading experts in research and innovation to share their views on building a global innovation economy.

Speakers included Don Tapscott, Chairman of Moxie Insight (Canada), and co-author of ‘Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World’, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google (USA), Claudie Haigneré, former astronaut and President of Universcience (FR), Professor Henry Chesbrough, Centre for Open Innovation (USA), Sam Pitroda, entrepreneur and advisor to the Prime Minister of India on innovation, Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist, former Professor of the Public Understanding of Science and author of several books, including ‘ The God Delusion’ (UK), Silvia Venturini Fendi, fashion designer (IT) and Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair (IE)

Actress Maria Conchita Alonso and actor Sean Penn had a heated exchange at a Los Angeles airport recently, in while Alonso called Penn a “communist a**hole” and Penn called Alonso a “pig.” Alonso described the exchange to Steve Malzberg on WMAL

Bravo Maria!