Whatever. Sucky trolls.
Free Speech Friday started for two reasons: one, people use Johnny Northside as a forum to discuss all kinds of North Minneapolis subjects, which sometimes means posting stuff "off topic" on various threads. We tried to use Free Speech Friday to control, prevent, or at least channel that, but people still post off-topic.
Second, sometimes I just get busy on Friday with picking up my son (pictured above) for weekend visitation. I can hardly wait to pick him up, to the point I arrive HOURS early just to see him. So Fridays get busy and yet I want to get some good content up on Friday. So Free Speech Friday was an attempt to deal with both issues--topic creep in the comments and busy Fridays.
Feel free to discuss what you like, but I'll start by throwing out a topic for you.
Consider, if you will, the phrase "partner in crime." If I were to say, "The Hawthorne Hawkman is my partner in crime," do I literally mean we commit misdemeanors and felonies together? Or do I mean we have adventures together, get into and out of scrapes together, that kind of thing? (Like, oh gee, urban dictionary defines the phrase, as well as common ordinary understanding defines the phrase)
Let us say I used the phrase and...
...some lawyer, with a TERRIBLE professional reputation, whose legal "other half" just got suspended from the practice of law, INDEFINITELY, were to tell me, in effect, and in so many words, "You, John Hoff, are defaming me by calling me the 'partner in crime' of Jill M. Waite."
What should I do? Should I shake in my boots?
Or should I laugh all the way to the place where the U.S. Constitution is displayed behind bullet proof glass for visitors in Washington D.C., a constitution which includes the First Amendment?
I know what I'm GOING to do but, hey, it's FREE SPEECH FRIDAY. Somebody, anybody, tell me YOUR thoughts on this matter or some other matter.
Same rules as always apply to sucky trolls.