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Roundhay Lake

June 28, 2011

 

Roundhay Lake, John Atkinson Grimshaw

Roundhay Lake, John Atkinson Grimshaw

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On the Devastation of Black Culture Under Modern Liberalism

June 28, 2011

 

WRITING AT VFR, Sage McLaughlin responds to a commenter who says that blacks were better off under slavery than they are in communities that are violent and chaotic. McLaughlin writes:

American blacks after Reconstruction and before the civil rights era made fantastic progress in terms of education, productivity, and overall well-being. Read More »

 

Fairy Tales and Video Games

June 28, 2011

 

WRITING for the Supreme Court majority that struck down a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children yesterday, Justice Antonin Scalia equated electronic games that enable a player to kill, maim, dismember or sexually assault an image of a human being with Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Exhibiting what appears to be a stunning obliviousness to the power of the image over the written word, as well as an unfamiliarity with both video games and fairy tales, Scalia included “Cinderella,” “Snow White” and “Hansel and Gretel” among the stories he likened to electronic games that depict human beings blown up, raped or torn apart.

The First Amendment rights of the video game industry, which takes in more than $10 billion annually, have been affirmed. Common sense, backed by studies that show that violent video games increase aggression, has been discarded once again in favor of abstract individual rights. Freedom of expression is held more sacred than the right of the community to protect the young. Read More »

 
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