Free Speech Has Consequences

In my experience, bigots and other intolerant people will generally self-identify by their own words and clothing choices.

If you show up in public wearing a Nazi swastika or other Nazi or fascist symbol and it’s not for a WW2 re-enactment event, you have basically labeled yourself a neo-Nazi.

If you speak out in disgust about “the gays” or “the blacks” or any other term that you know would be offensive if they heard you use it, you have already self-identified as a bigot.

No one has to assume that about you — you proclaimed it yourself.

And if you combine religious doctrine statements with your bigotry, you have made it obvious that you are a religious extremist.

You can believe whatever you want, but speech is supposed to have consequences; it’s why we speak. We want to be heard so that others will act or react, start doing something we want or stop doing something we abhor. We speak as a form of action. Actions always have consequences.

Saying anything you want without consequences is not a right you or I have. In fact, you always pay for your “free speech” by the consequences unless you’re totally alone and unheard when you speak.

Freedom of speech is a matter of the government not imposing consequences on your speech. It is NOT a matter of people who are not government tolerating your intolerance.

We need to stop dancing around this idea of tolerance for the intolerant.

Decent people don’t avoid deliberately offensive statements out of some misguided devotion to Political Correctness.

We do so because it shows respect to the other members of the community and that show of respect is the glue that holds a society together. (It may only be a show, but it’s still necessary.)

If you believe that not being a deliberate jerk toward others makes you a cuck or infringes your free speech, you’re part of the problem.

Neo-Nazis and bigots who are spouting their hate-filled rhetoric should be shut down at the earliest possible moment because that speech incites harm to others.

Allowing it to go unchecked means those who harbor such thoughts will think it’s okay to be a bigot or a neo-Nazi. And the next thing after that is physical harm to the people they see as less valuable than themselves.

Also see these thoughts on the matter from the sometimes-wise Popehat:

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Write Non-Fiction In November 2017  – First Eight Days 

Day 1. I wrote the introduction this morning, which helped me to clarify things nicely. This book HAS been cooking in my head for a year, so I know where it is going, even though I have revised bits of it in my head and my notes several times. I had not given much specific thought to the intro, and inspiration struck, so that’s what I wrote. 

Tonight, I attended my first-ever Memphis SPARK meeting; this is a monthly networking meeting for small businesses (independent contractors, freelancers, sole proprietors, whatever you want to call us) sponsored by the Freelancers Union

When we got to the item about having a plan and people connecting with your passion, I put my WNFIN goal (write an entire book from scratch in November) out there. So, when I go back next month, I am sure they will ask about this. Making myself accountable — check. 

So, how was YOUR first day of NaNo ?


Day 2. I took Nina Amir’s advice and prepared a detailed outline of my book. While I was a bit skeptical that I needed to do that (I have been making notes on this book and thinking about it for a year), it really helped me to pull things together. 

I’m sure the book will be more focused and useful to the target market than it would have been without this step. And, as she said in her article,  it will be easier to write the book with the outline laid out so I know specifically what to write about. 


Days 3 and 4 were washouts for me. 

Today, which is Day 5, I used the outline that I did on Day 2 and wrote the entire first chapter! 

As I’m writing this book on paper in a medium sized notebook, I don’t have a word count (that will have to wait until I type it up after I’m done writing the first draft). I can say that chapter one is 14 pages in the notebook and I’m pleased with the topics it covers. 

(The introduction and table of contents runs 14 pages, as well, including the sub-topics. That is a coincidence. Not every chapter will be the same size.)

The book I’m writing is about the Notary Signing Agent business. I’m calling it “Top 12” for now,  as it keeps changing from Things to Questions to Answers. I will pin the title down after the first draft is written.


DAY 8 After two days with very little writing on my book (I did add 2 pages to the intro and started or worked  on some articles for my blog), tonight I got back on it and wrote Chapter Two. 

As reported before, I’m doing this first draft by hand, using pen and paper in a medium sized notebook. Chapter 2 took up 19 1/2 pages in the notebook,  which makes it the largest section so far. 

My plan (outlined and all that) is 12 chapters. I decided to write this first draft from what’s in my head and to add suggested links and books and other resources, as well as anything else relevant from the research I had already done, in the second draft after I type it up.

This is to keep me from losing focus on the actual writing, as research can become another time sink if I let it.

#amwriting #WNFIN #NaNo

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Write Non-Fiction In November 2017  – Day 0

So, I’m going to do Write Non-Fiction In November (WNFIN) 2017. 

What this means is I’m going to write an entire non-fiction book in November. 

The full announcement is here.

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