…to the person on Twitter who thought it was cute to tell me to stop posting musical tweets….who the hell died and made you Twitter God?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we, as Americans, have the right to speak our minds – and I’ll defend that right, no matter the cost…what we, as Americans, do not have is the right to escape the consequences of said free speech. Just ask now-former Tampa Tribune columnist Douglas MacKinnon:
Douglas MacKinnon, one of the most conservative and controversial columnists to grace the pages of a Tampa Bay daily newspaper in many a year, has been fired from theTampa Tribune, sources tell CL.
The Trib isn’t saying anything officially. Metro Editor Dennis Joyce told CL that “It’s a personnel matter,” and refused to confirm or deny MacKinnon’s firing. But his name and work have been scrubbed off the paper’s website (On Tuesday his work was back on the site).
In all probability it’s because of the embarrassment to the paper.
That’s because of a book he’s just published in which he calls on the Southern U.S. states to secede from the rest of the country, because of the South’s more conservative stance on same-sex marriage and other rights pertaining to the LGBT community. Entitled The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country…Now, the book envisions a new Southern region called Reagan,after our 40th president, and would consist of Florida, South Carolina and Georgia. Not Texas, however, because, well, frankly, there are too many Mexicans there.
After his appearance on a conservative radio program in which he discussed the book, the website Right Wing Watch picked up on his remarks, which then drew the attention of Huffington Post, Salon and Talking Points Memo.(CL Tampa)
Maybe its’ just me, but I’m betting his next stop will probably be over at Fox News to play the victim card…
H/T to Crooks & Liars
Over at Booman Tribune – one of the top progressive news sites, I might add – there’s an interesting article written by the Booman himself over the alchemy of trying to make electoral predictions…and FWIW, he’s dead-to-rights on just how hard it can be to predict what’s going to happen in elections.
That said, I’m also a believer in the age-old truism that anything can and truly happen in an election season…