I promised the second “our trip” installment for today, but it’s not going to happen. Too many other tasks yesterday: the new model did show up, so that engaged half the day (great potential and first glance suggests some fine photos resulted); fifteen print orders received late in December needed to be processed; and we went to see one of the best movies of 2010 yesterday afternoon (more about which below).
Worthy Words Department
In the wake of Wikileaks and its multitudinous disclosures of classified documents, Congress is considering revision of the U.S. espionage laws in ways that would seek to punish those who republish such material. That’s a dangerous step, and one that will probably fall afoul of the First Amendment. Better that Congress think twice about what some extremists propose, and that’s the thesis of a NY Times Op-Ed by Geoffrey Stone, a professor at University of Chicago Law School who began teaching my last year at that school, “A Clear Danger to Free Speech“:
Although this proposed law may be constitutional as applied to government employees who unlawfully leak such material to people who are unauthorized to receive it, it would plainly violate the First Amendment to punish anyone who might publish or otherwise circulate the information after it has been leaked. At the very least, the act must be expressly limited to situations in which the spread of the classified information poses a clear and imminent danger of grave harm to the nation.
Well worth reading.
Double Entendre Department
You must see the movie to understand why The King’s Speech is a double entendre. We saw it yesterday, and clearly it is one of the principal Golden Globes and Oscar contenders for the year. Colin Firth is certainly an accomplished and gifted actor, perhaps one of the best, and his is a masterful portrayal of King George VI. I love movies about British royalty — its the Anglophile in me — even though the institution is outdated and quite undemocratic. Rather an internal contradiction in me. After The Queen, this is one of the best of recent installments.
War on Photography Department
Carlos Miller’s useful summary of 2010′s “war on photography” events. I’ve discussed many of these on this blog before, but there are some new ones here as well.
A bright day at Louisville Swamp.