Have you joined the CBLDF yet? Here’s why you should :

“Freedom to write, freedom to read, freedom to own material that you believe is worth defending means you’re going to have to stand up for stuff you don’t believe is worth defending, even stuff you find actively distasteful, because laws are big blunt instruments that do not differentiate between what you like and what you don’t, because prosecutors are humans and bear grudges and fight for re-election, because one person’s obscenity is another person’s art.

Because if you don’t stand up for the stuff you don’t like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you’ve already lost.

The CBLDF will defend your First Amendment right as an adult to make lines on paper, to draw, to write, to sell, to publish, and now, to own comics. And that’s what makes the kind of work you don’t like, or don’t read, or work that you do not feel has artistic worth or redeeming features worth defending. It’s because the same laws cover the stuff you like and the stuff you find icky, wherever your icky line happens to be: the law is a big blunt instrument that makes no fine distinctions, and because you only realise how wonderful absolute freedom of speech is the day you lose it.” — Neil Gaiman, 12/01/08

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About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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1 Response to Have you joined the CBLDF yet? Here’s why you should :

  1. poppiesnroses says:

    Hello! I agree with you on the free speech thing.

    But I’m not commenting on that.
    I’m an Ursula fan, and I’ve heard that you’re an animal rescuer type person. So, I need some advice.

    My house has a sort of crawl space under the back door. This morning, we discovered a young Siamese kitty that had taken up residence under there. We figure that since we have cats of our own, it smelled them and thought that maybe a house with other cats would be friendly to another kitty. Plus, this crawl space is fairly warm and protected.

    This kitty is very friendly and it wants to make friends with us, but it is kind of scared, too. I crouched down a distance away from the entrance and talked to it, and it sniffed my hand and then retreated.

    We’ve fed it(it was very hungry), and it come to the bowl readily enough, even if there are people, as long as they are quiet and still and five feet away.

    We figure that it had people at one point, and may just be lost. We’re going to wait a few days and hope that someone comes around looking for a Siamese.

    If that doesn’t happen, what would your advice be?

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