End Run on Free Speech

From George F. Will Archive:

End Run on Free Speech: For several decades, most of the ingenuity that liberal academics have invested in First Amendment analysis has aimed to justify limiting the core activity that the amendment was written to protect — political speech. These analyses treat free speech as not an inherent good but as a merely instrumental good, something justified by serving other ends — therefore something to be balanced against, and abridged to advance, other goods.

**Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech.**

I’d say those words are fairly unambiguous. How is it that Congress is continually trying to do exactly that which it is prohibited from doing? How is it that they get away with it?

Manny Being Manny

From CNN.com:

Dodgers’ Ramirez suspended 50 games: Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance, incurring an immediate 50-game ban and serving the highest-profile reminder yet that the use of such drugs in the testing area may have been reduced, but not eradicated.

I always knew I didn’t like the guy, but now it’s absolutely, concretely set in stone. The guy is a total douche bag. What is it about some people that makes them think that the rules don’t apply to them?

He was always a problem. I guess now is lashing out and [pushing down Jack McCormick](http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2008/06/more_on_mannymc.html) has finally bee explained… [‘roid rage](http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-roid-rage.htm).

I’m really glad the [Redsox](http://www.redsox.com) got rid of this loser.

The First 10 Trek Movies

From SCI FI Wire:

The 10 Star Trek movies so far, and why they mattered: As J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek beams into theaters on May 8, it seems like a good time to look back at the 10 movies that have previously gone where no one has gone before.

It’s been 10 films and 30 years since Star Trek was reborn on the big screen. The full list follows.

This is a fun read. Although I completely disagree with the assessment of **Star Trek: First Contact** which I still think is the best of the bunch. It definitely holds up the best.