Dispatches from Planet Democracy

From the “free speech is complicated” department.

Egyptian-born U.S. reporter Mona Eltahawy was arrested yesterday after she spray painted an anti-Islam ad that the subway system fought to prevent.

In the Rochester area, the chairs of the DFL and GOP parties have issued a joint statement on something on which they agree: People should stop vandalizing the campaign signs of people whose ideas they don’t like.

In Buffalo, Minn., five churches were the targets of what police are calling a “biased crime,” according to KARE 11. “It’s a ‘vandalism spree’ when Christian churches are involved, but what do you bet it would be a ‘hate crime’ if it happened to a mosque?” one commenter on the station’s website said.