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Bloviating Zeppelin: Threats To Michael Savage

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Threats To Michael Savage

First off: I am not a massive fan of Michael Savage, the talk host broadcasting from his studios in San Francisco. I frequently like his messages but am not consistently convinced he is the best of messengers. I find his mantra of "Borders, Language, Culture," however, absolutely, implacably etched in stone.

Recently, however, because Savage does in fact broadcast from San Francisco, an SF Councilman recently came out with a resolution condemning Savage (go here to see the resolution itself):

San Francisco leaders want taxpayers to pay for green cards, citizenship.

San Francisco city officials are trying to force taxpayers to pay for immigrants' green cards and citizenship – and to bolster their case for the new tax, they've introduced a resolution condemning national radio talk-show host Michael Savage for what they call his "defamatory language. . .against immigrants."

Supervisor Chris Daly, reacting to the new and significantly higher federal fee structure for immigrants seeking citizenship, imposed last week by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, complained that the fee hikes raise concerns that immigrants "cannot obtain safe pathways to legal immigrant status and citizenship" and "further exacerbates pressures on families, increasing stress," according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Under the new fee structure, the cost to apply for a green card is now $930, up $605 from the old fee. Citizenship applications went from $330 to $595. On Tuesday, Daly asked the city attorney to draw up legislation that would subsidize immigrants applying for citizenship, green cards and petitions for relatives and workers.

On the same day, apparently to further generate sympathy for immigrants and bolster Daly's bailout effort, Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval introduced a resolution condemning popular radio talk-show host Michael Savage, a mainstay of the San Francisco airways for years. Since he was syndicated nationally by Talk Radio Network, Savage has become one of the nation's most-listened-to radio talkers.

Condemning the "defamatory language used by radio personality Michael Savage against immigrants," Sandoval's resolution is apparently in response to Savage's July 5 broadcast, when the talker commented on a group of students who had announced they were fasting in support of changes in immigration policy.

"I would say, let them fast until they starve to death," quipped Savage, "then that solves the problem."

Sandoval's resolution calls Savage's comments "symbolic of hatred and racism," according to the Examiner.

"I really for the life of me cannot understand why there is not more media outrage to what Michael Savage said," Sandoval said in the Examiner report, which added that Sandoval plans to hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall Tuesday just before the entire Board of Supervisors votes on his resolution against Savage.

"The intolerant and racist comments of Michael Savage demand a strong condemnation," Sandoval insisted.

However, almost all of the Examiner's readers who posted comments on the newspaper's website after the story sided with Savage.

Michael Savage, who takes little lying down, stated last week that he would hire an attorney to fight the City of San Francisco and the council's resolution:

One of the nation's top civil rights attorneys has offered his assistance in suing a San Francisco city supervisor who attacked nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Michael Savage for his tough stance against illegal immigration.

Daniel A. Horowitz of Oakland, Calif., wrote to Savage after Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval introduced a resolution condemning the radio talker urging him to sue the official, whom he compared to Adolph Hitler, Josef Stalin and Hugo Chavez in the way he attempted to silence political speech by rallying the mob.

"You have a strong federal civil rights action that you can file against Supervisor Sandoval and the city of San Francisco," he advised. "You have a constitutional right to state your political opinions and no city official has the right to lie about what you said or to call for a mob to come to your door to threaten you and to try to have you fired."

Horowitz said the Civil Rights Act of 1871, designed to tame the terror of the Ku Klux Klan, can be used as the basis for a federal civil rights action against the official and the city.

I am not Michael Savage's number one fan; far from it. I AM, however, an advocate of complete free speech and free speech applies to BOTH sides of the aisle. Free speech is present, specifically, to protect ALL forms of speech and Savage has EVERY RIGHT to say what he will. (For your edification, Gerardo Sandoval is also the city councilman who opposed the USS Iowa having a berth there. Check this out. As far as Sandoval is concerned, the United States shouldn't even have a military. His defense suggestion? Cops. The Coast Guard. Please click the link for complete info.)

When Michael SAVAGE'S free speech is removed, then YOURS is NEXT, people. And the Demorats are ALL about the removal of free speech and the institution of PROHIBITED speech. I repeat: when Michael Savage's free speech is removed, then YOURS is NEXT.



Blogger TexasFred said...

Free Speech in the media has got to be a 'given', only hitch is that some moonbats think they have a right to free speech on your blog, my blog, every one's blog and THAT is their misconception...

A lot of folks fail to realize that they can say just about anything they wish in their blog, as long as it's not illegal, an act of sedition or the like, in THEIR blog, or newspaper or radio show, but they can't come to your site or any other site and say "BOO" if the site owner doesn't like it...

I hope Savage gives em pure HELL, he has a right to say anything he pleases on HIS show, and as some have said, I am the Michael Savage of the 'net... :)

Tue Aug 14, 09:50:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jenn of the Jungle said...

I posted on this as well. Savage is an arse, but he doestell it like it is, and that I respect.

San Franfeckistan is a lost cause. It started a few years before I left has has progressively gotten worse. Sad. Such a lovely city and packed full of a-h*les.

Tue Aug 14, 01:17:00 PM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

What Mr. Savage said was unfortunate and should not have been said, but what he said was tame compared to what is coming out of the mouths of the left. There is more hate in one sentence at the dailyKos than there is in the entire right wing.

Tue Aug 14, 03:52:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

TF: like I wrote, you take it away from Savage, the Left is coming for you and me next -- and they're coming for us next ANYWAY.

Jenn: I used to visit SF probably 5 or 6 times a year; now it's a "passing-through" point on my way over the Golden Gate north, or down the Bayshore south. It's nothing more than a city filled with piss-addled assholes, druggies, gangbangers and the mentally deranged.


Tue Aug 14, 04:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger starttothink said...

I knew someone once who was in class for a very liberal graduate program. She was very conservative. She found her classmates amusing in their anti-American rants, and yet still respected her professors for the time they put into the program.
She posted some things about a lecturer they had come speak to them. It was a French woman who was way off base. She claimed things that no one could actually prove. So, this friend of mine posted her name and all the arguments she had against the lecturer. I believe at one point she referred to the woman as a "frog." Nothing too harsh. Just as much respect as she gave the President of the U.S.

Well, someone did a search for the woman's name not too long after that, and came across my friend's blog. My friend immediately got a phone call from her professor, quite upset. Out of respect for the professor and the relationship between the school and the lecturer, my friend took the post down. Hell, she took her whole blog down.

But never was she sorry for what she said. She was being honest, she was being equally as respectful, and she was practicing her right to free speech. Ironically, this was exactly what her classmates did each and every class, day in and day out. Even when my friend was in the minority, she kept her mouth shut, because she pitied them more than anything. How brainwashed they were.

So, she set up a new blog, disconnected her identity from it (like she should have before), and life goes on. :)

Good post, BZ. I'm only sorry I haven't found your blog sooner. :)

"Liberals are always accusing us of repressing their free speech. I say let's do it. Let's oppress them." - Ann Coulter

Tue Aug 14, 05:59:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Starttothink: thank you for your kind words and please come back to visit. I am most glad you enjoy the blog, indeed. Welcome aboard!


Tue Aug 14, 08:52:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I find his mantra of "Borders, Language, Culture," however, absolutely, implacably etched in stone.

It's perhaps the only thing I've ever connected to, in regards to Michael Savage. I had a hard time listening to him, on the ride home from work, and often would flip to Air America or Larry Elders (at that hour of the day).

I absolutely agree with you on the free speech issue.

Tue Aug 14, 08:59:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Wordsmith: I was being kind; I seldom listen to Savage. But he has absolutely nailed it when he distills our needs and mandates down to that triumvirate.


Wed Aug 15, 10:24:00 AM PDT  

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