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Thursday, May 08, 2008

That damned Putin

What's Mallard raving about today?

Vladimir Putin, Universities.

Right.

Because if you are commenting on suppression of speech in America, land of the Free Speech Zone, you need to look to Universities for the example you want.

10 comments:

ianmorris said...

oh dear eris, one event happens where a religious speaker gets their mike cut ( i never saw confirmation of this on any non-wingnut site) and the tinz is still ranting about so-called speech codes.

Matt Ramone said...

wait, who has to sign loyalty statements to get into which events?

factinista said...

And on the day after Putin leaves office, no less.

jiotminu said...

It's also the day he enters office, as the Prime Minister.

dlauthor said...

Wait, so is this somehow a timely strip? From the guy who can't even remember when Veteran's Day is?

Broken clock, twice a day, I guess.

rewinn said...

What was Tinsley's position on the "Bong Hits For Jesus" case?

Well, wait a moment, that was a conservative Court approving the suppression of free speech by academic authorities. So I guess it's o.k.

Anonymous said...

"The Torch" the FIRE blog (Tinsley references Thefire.org) posted this today:

May 8, 2008
Comic Lampoons Speech Codes

Speech codes were the topic of today's nationally syndicated comic strip Mallard Fillmore. FIRE and some of our cases have been the subject of Mallard Fillmore's commentary many times in the past, and we're always very thankful for creator Bruce Tinsley's attention to our work.

Of course, speech codes are no laughing matter, as our report Spotlight on Speech Codes 2007 aptly demonstrates. Our report concluded that 75% of colleges and universities surveyed in FIRE's speech codes database, Spotlight, maintain policies that restrict protected speech on campus. Even more unfortunate is the fact that only 2% of colleges and universities surveyed were free of speech codes. To top it all off, as our recent press release concerning Shippensburg University's speech code reveals, even when students or faculty go to federal court to protect their free speech rights and win, universities are still more than willing to ignore injunctions and the law itself to enforce these unconstitutional speech codes.

So even though the comic gave me a chuckle as I was reading my morning paper The Bulletin, quickly thereafter I was reminded about the harsh, cold reality of the actual state of free speech on college campuses.

Posted by Sean Clark on May 8, 2008, at 10:50 a.m.

Celia said...

Does that actually even look like Vladimir Putin? I can see there's something resembling him going on there, but I couldn't pinpoint exactly what it is. Also, he apparently has no eyebrows, merely very dark eye sockets.

GeoX said...

They're reduced to trumpeting their appearances in MF because nobody else cares enough to talk about them or pay attention to them or really even think about them in any way ever. 'Tis a sad state of affairs.

(did I say "sad?" I mean "hilarious.")

ianmorris said...

one problem with "the fire"'s argument is that rules that say you can't use racist, sexist, homophobic, or other offensive speech fall under the term "speech codes". i guess to that to the tinz freedom of speech = freedom to insult people