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Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on October 5, 2010

First, Obama’s put us in deep trouble.


If that doesn’t scare the children on Halloween, nothing will.

Second, we have a guy who “forgot” to pay a $75 annual fire prevention fee and had his home burn to the ground after firefighters from a neighboring jurisdiction refused to put it out.

I feel sorry for the guy, but he made a bet and he lost. If the firefighters had gone ahead and put it out, no one would pay the $75 next year and residents of the city would be subsidizing fire protection in rural areas.

The interesting thing is to compare and contrast the overall tone of the comments on this story at Hot Air vs. Consumerist.

Third, 3M follows in McDonald’s footsteps – retirees to lose health plan thanks to Obamacare.

Finally, this is a couple weeks old, but it’s been open in a browser window for all that time, so I should link to it.

Freedom of speech and press are in deep trouble when the American government thinks the best it can do to protect a journalist from death threats is to counsel her to go into hiding, and when the elite voices of American journalism can’t be bothered to say anything in her defense. But, it’s actually worse than that. The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof thinks Muslims are owed an apology. “I hereby apologize to Muslims for the wave of bigotry and simple nuttiness that has lately been directed at you,” he wrote Sunday. “The venom on the airwaves, equating Muslims with terrorists, should ­embarrass us more than you.”

Instead of telling the rest of us that we’re all bigots, shouldn’t Kristof and the rest of the journalism profession be outraged by what has happened to Molly Norris? And shouldn’t they be angered that her government believes it cannot protect her? Imagine what they would be saying if ­white-hooded­ members of the Ku Klux Klan were threatening to kill Norris in Selma, Ala., instead of radical Muslims in Seattle. Would the FBI tell Norris she had to stop being a journalist and go into hiding? And would ASNE and SPJ look the other way as the First Amendment and freedom of the press were symbolically turned to ashes by burning white crosses?

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