I should just start a whole section for stupid officials arresting people for stupid things and stomping all over the right of free speech. Then again, free speech and liberty belong to mature, civilized people, and mature, civilized people, are in short supply these days. But since free speech is something I care about I could not ignore it. I was (should not have been) as surprised as everyone else to hear that a police official in the UK arrested a man because he taught his dog to do a Nazi salute during Hitler speeches. Here is the link to the story. That way you know I’m not making this crap up. Detective Inspector David Cockburn of Lanarkshire CID said: “This arrest should serve as a warning to anyone posting such material online, or in any other capacity, that such views will not be tolerated.” To which I say David Cockburn of Lanarkshire CID is a flaming idiot. Do we really need to arrest people for doing stupid tasteless things? Is society any safer after the arrest? Should the dog be put down now that he has turned it into a hopeless Nazi? (just kidding) I thought we were trying to keep non-violent offenders out of prison these days. Honestly, can’t we just rely on social ostracism and peer pressure to keep jerks in line? Here is the real point of it all – free societies should allow people to be Nazis if they want to be. We can shun them and protest them at every turn, but the government should not be getting involved. Police arresting people for speaking their minds is more dangerous than letting offensive people rant on the internet. And besides, we need to keep the prisons free for truly dangerous people – like teenagers who deface websites 😉 Remember, to keep us from living in a police state we really need to keep things in perspective. No need to make mountains out of mole hills when we already have enough mountains. Thanks for putting up with my own little rant.