It has come to our attention that the merchants of Old Town Manassas are being asked by the anti-KK zealots to close up shop for 1 hour during the middle of Fall Festival, between 12:00 and 1:00 pm. Are they nuts?
Fall Festival and the other events held in the City are to promote fun, highlight the city, and bring in folks to spend money in the City of Manassas. Localities all over America do this and each place tries to add its own unique touch to an event; something that makes the festival special.
What kind of a self-serving, narcissistic, selfish person would ask merchants in this economic crunch to turn away potential business for an hour? Why? Are they going to pay each merchant their lost revenue? Are they going to replace the BPOL tax loss for the City? Are they going to replace the sales tax to the state? Are they going to pay the salaries of the worker bees who might get put on unpaid ‘break’ for an hour?
Do these people think that the average shopper coming from outside Old Town Manassas gives a fig about KK Temptations, which by the way, isn’t even open for business yet? The Moonhowlings roving reporters will be taking note of which businesses were bullied into closing. We will publish those names. Our readers and contributors may handle the situation as they feel best.
[Clarification: People may chose to spend their money in establishments opposing KK Temptations or instead they may choose to withhold their money from said establishments.]
One has to ask what on earth these people are trying to do to the City. This proposed behavior is illogical. What people boycott themselves? The object of the boycott won’t even be open for business.
Knowledge is power. This boycott is all about bullying and power. Some of us will not allow ourselves to be bullied.
The Feds have sued Fox News for allegedly retaliating against Catherine Herrity for complaining about unequal pay and unequal job conditions based on her age and gender. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)says Fox News Channel reporter Catherine Herridge filed an internal complaint about allegedly discriminatory practices in 2007. Fox News supposedly found no bias but later included language in Ms. Herrity’s contract that would prevent her from complaining. She refused to sign her contract.
According to Huffington Post:
The network agreed to remove the language after she complained to the EEOC.
The EEOC seeks unspecified monetary damages and a court order enjoining Fox from retaliating against other employees.
Should we be surprised? Is there any woman on the show who is not attractive? Men certainly aren’t held to the same standard of attractness. Other than Shep, there seems to be an absence of male counterparts. There seems to be a hook for the men…pretty women with cleavage and leg. Bring in the men and the women will follow? Is that how it works? Probably the good car chases don’t hurt either.
Does Catherine Herrity still work for Faux News or has she been turned out to pasture?
From the American Library Association:
Censorship can be subtle, almost imperceptible, as well as blatant and overt, but, nonetheless, harmful. As John Stuart Mill wrote in On Liberty:
If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. Were an opinion a personal possession of no value except to the owner; if to be obstructed in the enjoyment of it were simply a private injury, it would make some difference whether the injury was inflicted only on a few persons or on many. But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
— On Liberty, John Stuart Mill
Banned Books Week began back in 1982. It is always designated as the last week in September. It is the only national celebration of the freedom to read what we want. More than a thousand challenges from every state have come in since 1982.
The following list is the top 100 banned or challenged classics: