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Joseph Kellard
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An insightful commentary on free speech:

Defending free speech on principle means defending it not only for those with whom we agree, but also for those with whom we disagree. It requires upholding the right to freedom of speech for socialists, communists, Nazis (National Socialists), fascists, racists, anarchists, environmentalists, Jews, Christians, Muslims—and everyone else who advocates faith-based or irrational ideas—so long as they do not violate rights by inciting violence, committing fraud, or the like.

Defending free speech by reference to fundamentals means pointing out that speaking is not only a means of transmitting ideas, but also a means of generating and validating ideas. Speech not only follows from thinking; it is integral to thinking. Thus, to limit free speech is to stifle the mind, and to oppose free speech is to oppose human life. ~ Craig Biddle

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Finally, NFL Network’s A Football Life series profiles the best passer the game has ever seen. Long overdue: http://bit.ly/2fnHpfW

A sampling of the many stories/commentaries I wrote about the people murdered on September 11, their families and others related to that horrific day:

Capturing a Terror-Filled Day: http://bit.ly/2bLw9sA

9/11 Firefighter Swung for the Fences : http://bit.ly/2cOgHi8

Finding Solace By The Sea: http://bit.ly/2cDHCIJ

Tim Haviland, 9/11 Victim, ‘Absolutely Loved New York': http://bit.ly/2c2wOax

‘Changed by 9/11”: http://bit.ly/2wUrUoK

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What I'm reading. I hope I've made myself clear.
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Despite its flaws and the disagreements I have with this NYTimes commentary (publicly funded day care?), the author observes a vitally important truth:

“When we cling to the idea of motherhood as sacrifice, what we really sacrifice is our sense of self, as if it is the price we pay for having children. Motherhood is not a sacrifice, but a privilege — one that many of us choose selfishly. At its most atavistic, procreating ensures that our genes survive into the next generation. You could call this selfishness as biological imperative. On a personal level, when we bring into the world a being that is of us, someone we will protect and love and for whom we will do everything we can to help thrive and flourish, it begets the question, How is this selfless? Selflessness implies that we have no skin in the game. In motherhood, we’re all in.”

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Need photos for your business website? Alex Abrash, owner of AA Mastering, a vinyl disc cutting company, featured my photos of him and his studio on his revamped website: www.aamastering.com. Come, let me help you boost your company’s ‘image-s.’ www.kellardmedia.com / Contact: jkellard@kellardmedia.com
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In which I review a major exhibit on the work of visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright at the Museum of Modern Art: http://bit.ly/2v3sj4w

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My latest for Newsday features an Oyster Bay H.S. graduate who received a full scholarship from the Navy ROTC to study at North Carolina State University.


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