The author of the now-infamous Google “gender roles” memo, James Damore, has been fired.

There will be a lot of right-wing pissing and moaning about “free speech.”  Well, until someone proposes that what Damore wrote was criminal and he should go to jail for it, not just idiotic and he is a less-valuable employee for proclaiming such a thing… those right-wingers are lying to you.  Some of them may even be aware that they are lying to you.

Randall Munro sums it up nicely:

And the hovertext is priceless:

I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.

Oh, by the way, Julian Assange has publicly offered Damore a job.  So you know where that particular turd floats.