And with good cause. How else do you respond to the patented idiocy so potent that you can actually smell the stench of the rotting brain it came from, making the claim that Hamdi trying to kill US soldiers is an action protected in the Bill of rights?

Well, like this:


“And you can quote the Founding Fathers for days on end with examples of them supporting citizens taking up arms against the government.” And you can also see where, in the Constitution, they wrote the rules about Treason, and stated that “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Which sounds a hell of a lot to me like what Hamdi was found doing. If he’s a citizen, and if we accord him the full rights of a citizen, then he is in really deep shit and may face a hangman’s noose. (Taliban John is in prison now for that; and he only escaped the death penalty because he made a deal.) 

But that’s not the point . Magullo wants Hamdi to be treated as a full citizen because Magullo is trying to claim that the act of aiming a rifle at an American soldier, who is serving his nation in a declared war, and of pulling the trigger and killing that soldier, is protected speech under the First Amendment (in the generalized form of “protected expression”).

After all, it’s not as if the soldier he kills matters to anyone, is it? He’s a soldier; it’s not like he’s anyone’s son or brother or cousin or father or anything. Soldiers are grown in a farm under Cheyenne Mountain out of piles of horse manure just like any fungus; it’s perfectly OK to kill them – at least, it is if they’ve got US flags sewed on their shoulders. Killing anyone else in the world is wrong, but killing Americans? Well, that’s just fine and dandy.

Therefore, Magullo is claiming that Hamdi should be released so he can get back to his exercise of his First Amendment rights, and kill more US soldiers or maybe some US civilians while he’s at it. Can’t have too much freedom of expression, after all.

Besides which, the good guys in this war are having a hard time coming up with people to fight on their side and they need all the people they can get . Hamdi needs to be released so he can go back to fighting on behalf of the good guys, so that they can defeat the evil Americans.

I somehow thought that it was obvious that actively attempting to kill US soldiers wasn’t “protected expression” under the First Amendment. I somehow thought it obvious that any kind of violence wasn’t “protected expression”. I thought it was obvious that this was top bracket sophistry. Silly me; I forgot that killing American soldiers is actually performance art!


Much of Den Beste’s credibility rests on the fact that he tends to shun the more aggressive sarcasm and invective that for so many bloggers has been elevated to an art form. Indeed, I marvel at the way he so regularly still treats everyone with whom he disagrees with the same respect. He doesn’t hurl names and his tone always seems to stay measured and calm . Somehow, he is always able to treat everyone seriously, as if they weren’t spouting off Chomsky-ite foolishness.

And I suspect that, like me, there are many in Blogtown who often wish for the Cap’n to really take off the gloves and give some idiots what-for, especially when dealing with the type of blind, self-satisfied stupidity displayed above. I’m not sure what prompted this rare occasion of grouchiness on his part, but whatever it was, I’m thankful for it. Now go read the rest of it, if you haven’t already.

last update : 23-5-2018

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