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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, July 07, 2008

All's well at One Schroder Plaza

Glad to see that Boston Police have time on their hands to investigate things like blogs.

I made my first and last trip to Badgewars -- just to see what has the department's internal affairs folks, pardon the expression, up in arms. Let's just say it's not the appropriate cup of tea for someone of my political persuasion. But this is, last I looked, a free country that just celebrated its 232nd birthday proclaiming it's support for things like "...no laws abridging freedom of speech..."

And there is absolutely no mistaking the fact that the anonymous bloggers who populate that part of the site are freely offering their opinions in the spirit of the rough and tumble blogosphere.
This site is for the purpose of frank and open communication in the form of parody, jest and pastiche in keeping with the First Amendment and in the spirit of Hustler Magazine Inc. V. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 (1988).
So, with an investigation into the death of a Celtics reveler, murders keeping pace with the thermometer, lots of issues with officers doing things they shouldn't be doing, why are our men and women in blue investigating things that should not be their concern -- particularly on a national web site?

And I do find it ironic that the heads of patrolman's and detectives' unions -- who are supposed to be charged with sticking up for the rights of their members who are probably among the anonymous bloggers -- are in effect siding with the brass on this one.

Yeah, Badgewars is pretty nasty stuff. Just the sort of thing we should be defending in a society that values free, frank and open discussion. I seem to recall a line from childhood too:
Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never harm me.
Bullets and knives on the other hand....

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