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What do you get when you mix pirate porn, college students and an angry state senator?

One interesting article from the Washington Post, is what.

It seems Maryland senator Andrew Harris wants to cut off state funding to the University of Maryland should the school go through with allowing students to show the pornographic movie "Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge" on the campus.

From the article: "Millree Williams, a university spokesman, released a statement this afternoon saying that 'on their own, student groups moved to create a discussion event during which they planned to screen excerpts from a pornographic film and to explore issues surrounding the place and implications of pornography and constitutionally protected free speech in our community.'"

Harris, on the other hand, responded with this: "I know some students would like to portray this as a free speech issue. It is not. This is about the use of taxpayer dollars, and the Maryland General Assembly acts every day on issues concerning the use of taxpayer dollars. Just because someone is on a college campus they do not have a right to spend the hard-earned money of Maryland's taxpayers on something as detrimental to our society as hard-core XXX pornography."

Whew! Boy howdy! I have a feeling this is going to get uglier before it blows over. Personally I'm always a big advocate of free speech. But over porn? That's a bit trickier.

I guess it all depends on the kind of porn (did I mention that "Pirates II" is a two-and-a-half-hour, big-budget film that features buccaneers, sea monsters and orgies?).

Any other thoughts on this out there in cyberland?