Tag: First Amendment

  • My Confession

    My Confession

    Twitter is not going to shut him down. Not for the love of God, man or country. So it is going to be up to the rest of us. We the people. We are the engine that drives Twitter. Without us, there is no platform.[..]
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  • Set Yourself On Fire

    Set Yourself On Fire

      There was a lecture I gave every term while teaching First Amendment Rights. I titled that lecture: Setting Yourself on Fire.  In that lecture, I would talk about what led up to the Arab Spring (Lord, doesn't that whole thing seem ancient history now?).[..]
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  • What Donald Trump and Terry Jones have in common

    What Donald Trump and Terry Jones have in common

      Terry Jones, remember him? He was the so-called pastor/prophet  of the Florida-based Dove Outreach Center who had a hankering for burning stuff. The Koran. Effigies of Obama. His own character. My students at Central Washington University used to get so fired up when I[..]
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  • President Fraud & Resistance Fighters

    President Fraud & Resistance Fighters

    I read an essay about Trump's pick for National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn. It was a highly well-produced article that disputed the mainstream media's reporting on Flynn. This particular essay claimed that Flynn was more "patriotic" and more disciplined than even General McChrystal. Flynn, the[..]
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  • Media Bashing: A National Sport

    Media Bashing: A National Sport

      Back when I was a reporter working the streets, one of my regular beats was cops and courts. I began my mornings by routine stops at the Oregon State Police, the city police, and the Sheriff's Department. I would read through the phone logs[..]
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  • Why I’m okay with that Klan Rally

    Why I’m okay with that Klan Rally

    [caption id="attachment_1747" align="aligncenter" width="956"] AP Photo[/caption]   For the record, I do have an uncle named James Spears. He died a few years ago. So as far as I know I am of no relation to the James Spears, the Great Titan of the Loyal[..]
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  • On the Altar of War

    On the Altar of War

    Mr. & Ms. Politician: I heard you on the radio the other day. Public Broadcast, my favorite station. I listen to it every morning. Lately, though, I've taken to turning it off. Or not even turning it on. I don't like starting my day angry[..]
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  • When You Are Not Okay

    When You Are Not Okay

        I give this lecture every term where I ask a question of my students: “What will you set yourself on fire for?” I ask that question after lecturing about a produce farmer in Tunisia who set himself on fire over the injustices of a corrupt[..]
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  • Letter to Urban Outfitters

    Letter to Urban Outfitters

      Dear Urban Outfitters: I was nine years old in 1966 when my father, Staff Sgt. David P. Spears, was killed in Vietnam Ia Drang Valley. I can't tell you all the ways in which his death altered the course of our lives, individually, and[..]
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