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  • Judge: Hamburg Gun Sign Stays Up For Now

    09/11/2014 1:44:05 PM PDT · by mikrofon · 5 replies ^ | 9-11-2014 | Bauerle
    A Hamburg resident who was ordered to take down an anti-SAFE Act and  anti-Governor Cuomo signs along his fence will be allowed to leave it there for at least the next 30 days after a ruling in State Supreme Court Thursday  Scott Zwierucha is accused of a village code violation for the large banner on the fence of his South Park Avenue property. Right now, the sign says "New York is not Safe - Fight Cuomo- preserve your rights.", and he was under a order from the Hamburg town court to remove the signs by tomorrow. New York State Supreme Court Justice...
  • Rutherford Institute Urges Supreme Court To Uphold Free Speech Online

    08/25/2014 7:10:28 PM PDT · by combat_boots
    Western Journalism ^ | 8/25/2014 | ...
    Citing the 2010 arrest of a Pennsylvania man based on alleged threats he posted on his Facebook page, the Rutherford Institute has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to protect the First Amendment rights of citizens posting content online. Anthony Elonis was convicted of four separate counts of interstate communication of threats in 2012 and was sentenced to 44 months in prison, in addition to three years of supervision upon his release.
  • Steyn’s scorching new legal brief on the Michael Mann ‘defamation’ case

    08/14/2014 2:05:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | 12 August 2014 | Anthony Watts
    Mark Steyn has submitted an amicus curiae brief in the CEI/National Review -vs- Mann and it has some interesting language. Unfortunately, since it is a scan of printed document, rather than a PDF conversion, I can’t excerpt as easily, so I have to use screencaps. Mann’s goal is to drag things out. Steyn lays out what it is all about – punishment by legal delay and the expenses it brings:
  • Video of Ferguson police gassing news crew and dismantling their equipment

    A news crew, clearly no threat or impediment to the cops, films from a verge in Ferguson, Missouri. A pop and a cloud of white smoke marks the arrival of a tear gas canister at their feet, and the newscrew is forced to flee.
  • SCOTUS: Town of Greece v. Galloway (Prayer at town meetings)

    05/05/2014 7:38:59 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 31 replies
    U.S. Supreme Court ^ | 5/5/2014 | Justice Kennedy
    Since 1999, the monthly town board meetings in Greece, New York, have opened with a roll call, a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, and a prayer given by clergy selected from the congregations listed in a local directory. While the prayer program is open to all creeds, nearly all of the local congregations are Christian; thus, nearly all of the participating prayer givers have been too. Respondents, citizens who attend meetings to speak on local issues, filed suit, alleging that the town violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause by preferring Christians over other prayer givers and by sponsoring sectarian...
  • High court to weigh limits of religious liberty in ObamaCare case

    03/24/2014 4:22:16 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/23/2014 | Ben Goad
    President Obama’s signature healthcare law is headed back to the Supreme Court in a high-stakes case that could redefine the limits of religious freedom in the United States. The high court on Tuesday will hear challenges to ObamaCare’s contentious “birth control mandate,” which requires companies to offer contraceptive services to workers as part of their insurance coverage. If successful, the challenge could peel away a significant portion of the mandate, potentially affecting preventive health coverage for millions of women and striking a major blow to the law itself. But the court’s ruling could also have far-reaching implications for religious liberty...
  • Seeing threats, feds target instructors of polygraph-beating methods

    08/17/2013 6:33:44 AM PDT · by Dr.Deth · 31 replies
    McClatchy Washington Bureau ^ | August 16, 2013 | Marisa Taylor and Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    WASHINGTON — Federal agents have launched a criminal investigation of instructors who claim they can teach job applicants how to pass lie detector tests as part of the Obama administration’s unprecedented crackdown on security violators and leakers. The criminal inquiry, which hasn’t been acknowledged publicly, is aimed at discouraging criminals and spies from infiltrating the U.S. government by using the polygraph-beating techniques, which are said to include controlled breathing, muscle tensing, tongue biting and mental arithmetic. [...] Investigators confiscated business records from the two men, which included the names of as many as 5,000 people who’d sought polygraph-beating advice.
  • Obama accused of 'sanctioning' blasphemy laws

    09/12/2012 2:20:31 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 8 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | September 12, 2012 | Pam Geller
    The enemedia is going after the filmmaker and anyone who gave him money for his work. The thugs in the mainstream media are blaming the acts of war and the savage murder of our US Ambassador and staff on defenders of freedom -- they are the enemy, make no mistake about it. That youtube video has been up for months. The jihadists were just looking for any excuse to attack us on September 11th. They knew their quislings in the media would lap it up and hunt down voices of freedom.
  • Supreme Court sides with Secret Service agents in free-speech case

    06/05/2012 7:08:48 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 06/04/2012 | Warren Richey
    A Colorado man has lost his bid to sue two Secret Service agents who allegedly had him arrested in retaliation for critical comments he made to then-Vice President Dick Cheney during a public meet and greet event at a local shopping mall. The man, Steven Howards, filed a lawsuit against the agents, claiming the retaliatory arrest violated his First Amendment free speech right to express an opinion in public without facing punishment from government officials. The US Supreme Court ruled 8 to 0 on Monday that the two agents are entitled to the protection of qualified immunity from such a...
  • #AFLC on NY Times Fear of Islam

    03/20/2012 4:26:18 PM PDT · by combat_boots
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 3/20/2012 | Pam Geller
    My stealth legal team, a key component in fighting the sharia in America and in my numerous lawsuits in defense of free speech, weighs in on the Times self-enforcing sharia: AFLC client Pamela Geller on “Fox & Friends” to discuss NY Times’s Anti-Islam Hypocrisy Pamela Geller, the ever-vigilant anti-sharia blogger, author, and AFLC client, appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss, in her words, “the craven hypocrisy” of The New York Times over the recent anti-Catholic ad controversy. As noted previously, the atheist Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) published in the Times a despicable full-page advertisement attacking the Catholic Church...
  • Can the Secret Service Tell You To Shut Up?

    03/15/2012 11:57:06 AM PDT · by America_Right · 64 replies ^ | March 15, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Last week, President Obama signed into law the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. This law permits Secret Service agents to designate any place they wish as a place where free speech, association and petition of the government are prohibited. And it permits the Secret Service to make these determinations based on the content of speech. Thus, federal agents whose work is to protect public officials and their friends may prohibit the speech and the gatherings of folks who disagree with those officials or permit the speech and the gatherings of those who would praise them, even...
  • Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal

    03/01/2012 2:32:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies · 5+ views
    Russia Today ^ | 2/29/2012
    Just when you thought the government couldn’t ruin the First Amendment any further: The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it. The US House of Representatives voted 388-to-3 in favor of H.R. 347 late Monday, a bill which is being dubbed the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011... In the text of the act, the law is allowed to be used against anyone who knowingly enters or remains in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to...
  • Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal

    02/29/2012 9:12:11 PM PST · by combat_boots · 16 replies · 2+ views
    Russia Today ^ | 2/29/2012 | Unknown
    Just when you thought the government couldn’t ruin the First Amendment any further: The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it. The US House of Representatives voted 388-to-3 in favor of H.R. 347 late Monday, a bill which is being dubbed the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. In the bill, Congress officially makes it illegal to trespass on the grounds of the White House, which, on the surface, seems not just harmless and necessary, but somewhat shocking...
  • Activist Al Sharpton takes on new role as administration ally

    12/10/2010 9:08:26 AM PST · by combat_boots · 22 replies · 2+ views
    WAPO ^ | 17 April 2010 | Krissah Thompson
    NEW YORK -- The Rev. Al Sharpton's brightly colored track suits and gold medallions are a distant memory, long ago replaced by tailored business suits and silk ties. That more-polished image -- a strategy known around his headquarters here as "from-the-streets-to-the-suites" -- has been completed in the past year with Sharpton's new role in Washington: partner to the Obama White House. In the first year and a half of the administration, Sharpton has had a voice in some of the most important policy debates affecting the black community. He was one of three civil rights leaders invited to meet with...
  • Free Speech Attack: The 19 Senators Who Voted to Censor the Net

    11/28/2010 8:10:04 PM PST · by combat_boots · 37 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 28 Nov 2010 | Pam Geller
    The Senators who had the unmitigated gall to vote for the COICA bill (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) violate our basic fundamental right to free speech. The net is the final frontier for truth and free speech. The cost is great: lots of lies and liars and Soros-funded propagandists -- but so what? Techdirt explains: (hat tip Katherine) First off, the bill would allow the Justice Department to take down an entire website, effectively creating a blacklist, akin to just about every internet censoring regime out there. Now, it is true that there is a judicial process involved. The...
  • Big Journalism Featured Article: Media Capitulation: If Juan Williams is Fair Game...

    10/25/2010 9:58:00 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 3 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 25 Oct 2010 | Pam Geller
    Check out my latest at Breitbart's Big Journalism -- here's an excerpt: Media Capitulation: If Juan Williams Is Fair Game…… Pamela Geller, Big Journalism I am grateful for this high-profile incident. Much like with the Ground Zero mosque affair, Americans have suddenly become aware of something quite terrible — a sea change, a profound transformation of a basic assumption, and a stunning reversal of their very basic unalienable rights. Their sensibilities are shaken. How could such a major seismic shift be kept hidden, kept so secret, until suddenly Juan Williams, a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, gets fired for telling the truth? Is...
  • Sexapalooza, yes; Steynapalooza, no

    10/23/2010 8:09:40 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 12 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | 23 Oct 2010 | Mark Steyn
    Saturday, 23 October 2010 Beginning Monday at SteynOnline, I'll be looking at what I regard as the key issues in this year's election. There's a lot riding on it - and the Republican Party would be foolish to misinterpret the reasons for its looming victories. ~Meanwhile, the Wandering Islamophobe has found himself a new home for the big gig in London, Ontario on November 1st - at least until the Islamic enforcers chase me out of Centennial Hall. The front page of yesterday's National Post leads with "Perils Of Speaking One's Mind On Islam" over mugshots of me and...
  • The Real Extremism

    10/23/2010 7:55:53 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 2 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Pam Geller
    I am surfing the news channels and the net, and it's wall-to-wall coverage of the Juan Williams firing by the tools over at NPR, serving the hydra-headed Hamas-linked, Muslim Brotherhood CAIR monster. I am grateful for this high-profile incident. Much like the Ground Zero mosque, Americans have suddenly become aware of something quite terrible, a sea change, a profound transformation of a basic assumption, and a stunning reversal of their very basic unalienable rights. Their sensibilities are shaken. How could such a major seismic shift be kept hidden, kept so secret, until suddenly Juan Williams, a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, gets fired...
  • NPR Vivian Schiller Should be Fired for Offending the Mentally Ill

    10/23/2010 7:51:33 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 14 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Pam Geller
    End Taypayer Funding for Biased, Offensive Propaganda Machine NPR CEO Vivian Schiller should be fired for insulting and offending those with mental challenges. On the Juan Wiliams firing here and here, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller said, whatever feelings Williams has about Muslims should be between him and "his psychiatrist or his publicist — take your pick." (here.) Juan Williams, "I am not a bigot" It would be funny if it weren't real life. But it is, and our freedom of speech is being shredded -- get active. Fight supremacism. Join FDI/SIOA. Fight the leftist/Islamic machine. Williams stood by his remarks...
  • Opinion JUAN WILLIAMS: I Was Fired for Telling the Truth

    10/21/2010 1:45:41 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 123 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 21, 2010 | By Juan Williams
    Yesterday NPR fired me for telling the truth. The truth is that I worry when I am getting on an airplane and see people dressed in garb that identifies them first and foremost as Muslims. This is not a bigoted statement. It is a statement of my feelings, my fears after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 by radical Muslims. In a debate with Bill O’Reilly I revealed my fears to set up the case for not making rash judgments about people of any faith. I pointed out that the Atlanta Olympic bomber -- as well as Timothy McVeigh and the...
  • Hamas-linked, Muslim Brotherhood CAIR Demand for Action -- Juan Williams Fired

    10/21/2010 1:30:01 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 5 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 21 Oct 2010 | Pam Geller
    The jihadis are in charge. It's just that simple. The Islamic supremacists whose aim, according to an internal, captured document entered into the largest terror funding trial in this nation's history, demanded "something be done" to Juan Williams for admitting fear when he sees a jihadi (in "Muslim garb") on a plane. Unindicted co-conspirator, Hamas-linked, Muslim Brotherhood front CAIR sent this press release out on Wednesday afternoon. CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad called for action against Williams: "Such irresponsible and inflammatory comments would not be tolerated if they targeted any other racial, ethnic or religious minority, and they should...
  • The Words That Got Juan Williams Fired From NPR Even Liberals Aren't Safe from Islamic Supremacism

    10/21/2010 6:48:27 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 43 replies
    Atlas Shrugs (and link to YouTube) ^ | 21 Oct 2010 | Pam Geller
    No one is safe, not even liberals, from islamic supremacism and the assault on free speech. I am no fan of Juan Williams, but I will defend to my death his right to speak his mind. During an appearance Monday on Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor," Juan Williams said: "When I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous." National Public Radio has fired Mr. Williams for making this statement. And...
  • Demos fears government terror strategy 'fuels mistrust' (advocacy of infiltration of website)

    08/30/2010 8:26:37 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 August 2010 | Unknown
    The secret service has been urged by Demos to be more open Secrecy surrounding counter-terrorism operations is fuelling mistrust of authorities, a study by independent think tank Demos suggests. It urges the government and secret services to be more open to stop extremist groups using conspiracy theories to discredit them. A Demos spokesman said: "Less-secret services could make Britain safer." The study calls for greater communication with trusted community leaders and individuals. Continue reading the main story Related stories Unmasking the mysterious 7/7 conspiracy theorist When sceptics fight back The report - entitled the Power of Unreason - says groups...
  • Pamela Geller, Human Events: Pelosi vs Free Speech

    08/21/2010 7:16:07 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 1 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 21 August 2010 | Pam Geller
    Check out my oped in today's Human Events addressing Pelosi's attack on free speech and free thought. Our founding fathers gave political speech the greatest protection of all, to protect us from ..... thugs like Pelosi. These are dangerous times, my friends.
  • W.House proposal would grant FBI access to Internet activity records without court order

    07/29/2010 6:47:57 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Citizens for Legitimate Government & WaPo ^ | July 29, 2010 | by legitgov
    Per Beck: This change of 4 words is to be voted on TODAY. W.House proposal would grant FBI access to Internet activity records without court order 29 Jul 2010 The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation. The administration wants to add four words -- "electronic communication transactional records" -- to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval. Government...
  • NRA cuts deal to Limit Free Speech

    06/16/2010 7:24:13 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 30 replies · 903+ views
    Resistnet ^ | 6/16/2010 | Resistnet
    Hello Everyone: Here is this from the National Association of Gun Rights on what the NRA has done. Since the NRA has been supporting Harry Reid of Nevada, it seems they have made a deal with the rest of them. NRA cuts deals to limit free speech URGENT ALERT: NRA cuts deals to limit free speech Three prominent Washington D.C. websites are reporting what many capitol insiders warned of: the National Rifle Association has made a deal with the devil (i.e. anti-gun Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid) to limit the free speech of Americans in exchange for their carved-out...
  • Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act to be law (Obama to sign--also on Drudge)

    05/16/2010 4:25:22 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 34 replies · 1,249+ views
    JTA ^ | 16 May 2010 | Unknown
    LOS ANGELES (JTA) -- President Obama will sign the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act into law, joined by six members and three generations of the slain journalist's family. The act, named in honor of the Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and decapitated by Islamic extremists in Pakistan in 2002, expands the examination of press freedom worldwide in the U.S. State Department’s annual human rights report. It will be signed into law Monday morning. “Violators of press freedom throughout the world now know that they will be closely watched," Pearl's father, Judea, said before leaving Los Angeles for Washington....
  • A Deeply Troubling Alliance Deepens: FOX and the Saudis

    02/24/2010 4:16:41 PM PST · by combat_boots · 3 replies · 292+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 24 Feb 2010 | Pam Geller
    Now more than ever, we need an independent media. In the "information battle space," the playing field is heavily weighted in favor of the enemy. Prince Alwaleed told Arab News that the deal was not cash-driven. It went "way beyond finance." Rotana, which owns the largest record label in the Arab world and 11 television channels, was "fully financed," he said. Alwaleed owns 7% of Fox and a large percentage of Obama too. Murdoch Buys into Rotona Arab News (hat tip seeteuful) RIYADH: News Corp, the media empire owned by Rupert Murdoch, is to buy a 9.09-percent stake in Rotana,...
  • Police want backdoor to Web users' private data

    02/04/2010 9:37:23 AM PST · by combat_boots · 28 replies · 611+ views
    CNet ^ | February 3, 2010 4:00 AM PST | Declan McCullagh
    Anyone with an e-mail account likely knows that police can peek inside it if they have a paper search warrant. But cybercrime investigators are frustrated by the speed of traditional methods of faxing, mailing, or e-mailing companies these documents. They're pushing for the creation of a national Web interface linking police computers with those of Internet and e-mail providers so requests can be sent and received electronically. CNET has reviewed a survey scheduled to be released at a federal task force meeting on Thursday, which says that law enforcement agencies are virtually unanimous in calling for such an interface to...
  • Liberals No Longer So Keen on Free Expression and Vigorous Political Debate

    12/14/2009 4:53:59 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies · 580+ views
    Independent Women's Forum ^ | December 11, 2009 | Carrie L. Lukas
    I remember when I was first learning about libertarianism, the philosophy that basically wants government's role limited in both the economic and social spheres, the rule of thumb was that Republicans were better on economic issues while Democrats were better on protecting individual liberties, like freedom of speech. Does that rule of thumb work today? In addition to vigorously supporting out-right limits on politic speech through campaign finance laws, Democrats seem increasingly uncomfortable with the plain, old political process, in which there is a lively public debate about issues. Brian Doherty writes about this dynamic in Reason, focusing specifically on...
  • Religious Freedom Group, GOP Seek Dismissal of Lawsuit Banning References to God

    11/17/2009 3:27:16 AM PST · by Man50D · 2 replies · 299+ views ^ | November 17, 2009 | Penny Starr
    Rest of title: at Capitol Visitors Center A conservative civil liberties group is urging the dismissal of a lawsuit by an atheist group that wants to remove engravings of "In God We Trust" (the national motto) and "under God" (from the Pledge of Allegiance) from a display in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has filed an amicus brief in federal court on behalf of itself and 44 Republicans in the Senate and House seeking dismissal of the lawsuit. The brief argues that neither reference to God violates the Establishment Clause of the...
  • Obama Controls Your Television Set Part III: or Serf.dom?

    10/15/2009 5:12:11 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 9 replies · 513+ views
    Big Hollywood/Breitbart ^ | October 15, 2009 | Patrick Courrielche
    National service and volunteerism is a top priority of both the President and the First Lady. A broad effort has been launched to promote this priority. We’ve seen this in the May 12th White House briefing, the August 10th and 27th art community conference calls, and now in a new effort by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, entitled iParticipate, that is encouraging broadcast media to infuse national service stories into their show plots. The First Lady has even created a video expressing the importance of national service.
  • California Reckoning (tax and spend governance may have finally hit the wall)

    05/17/2009 8:37:37 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 12 replies · 925+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 18, 2009 | Editorial
    Californians head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of six ballot initiatives, all of which are ostensibly designed to combat the Golden State's budget crisis. If the polls are right, all but one of these measures will crash and burn -- and by wide margins. A reckoning for liberal tax and spend governance may finally be arriving. We have some sympathy for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was elected to fix this mess six years ago. His original mistake was to accept a token bipartisan fix when he was most popular, and once the unions crushed his reform initiatives...
  • CA Prop 1A losing in polls 51 to 38 percent

    05/12/2009 5:27:34 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 104 replies · 4,678+ views
    John and Ken KFI LA ^ | 5/12/2009 | KFI
    They just reported the insider, big gov elite outspent the little people 20 to 1 and it's still losing *big*. Check this from the KFI link. From Sacramento — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is concerned the public may be confused about Proposition 1A, the spending control measure he's backing on the May 19 ballot. That's because the Republican right, he asserts, is being "disingenuous" in spinning 1A as a tax increase. It's also because people like me, he says, write about how complicated the measure is. "It's already complicated as it is," the governor says, "but the more you write about...
  • If Everyone's Talking, Who Will Listen? (enviro-nut says: tax internet-squash free speech)

    08/27/2008 7:10:14 AM PDT · by bamahead · 23 replies · 202+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2008 | Dusty Horwitt
    Everybody jokes about "TMI" these days: "Too much information," we say laughingly, when someone tells a story full of embarrassing detail about some personal foible or intimate relationship. But in our information-overloaded society, the concept of TMI is no joke. The information avalanche coming from all sides -- the Internet, PDAs, hundreds of television channels -- is burying us in extraneous data that prevent important facts and knowledge from reaching a broad audience. Lawyers are familiar with this phenomenon. In fact, they use it to their advantage: They know that if you want to hide damaging information about a case,...
  • A Fairness Doctrine for the Internet

    10/18/2007 9:28:59 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 126+ views
    City Journal ^ | 18 October 2007 | Adam D. Thierer
    The perversely named Fairness Doctrine, which threatened licensed broadcasters with fines if they didn’t “afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views,” as the government defined it, has shown up in the news again recently, as federal lawmakers and liberal media activists have called for increased regulation of a media marketplace that they feel is spinning out of their control. But the push to reimpose the doctrine—which the Reagan administration abandoned in the late 1980s as obsolete and harmful to free speech—may be mostly a diversionary tactic. The Left has a much bigger target in its regulatory crosshairs: the...
  • Silencing Opus

    08/27/2007 9:10:28 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 52 replies · 3,509+ views
    Salon ^ | August 26, 2007 | Joan Walsh
    We're proud to host Berkeley Breathed's "Opus" every week, but especially this week and next: At least 25 of the newspapers that normally print the comic strip, and probably more, have declined these two, at least partly out of fear that Lola Granola's latest spiritual journey -- dabbling in Islam and adopting its conservative dress code for women -- could be offensive to Muslims. Sadly, one of the papers that isn't printing the strip is the Washington Post, though the Post's syndication service, Washington Post Writers Group, distributes Opus. (The Washington Post actually ran the strip online, though it was...
  • Student Brings School Battle To Federal Court - Girl Claims Right To Free Speech Violated (CT)

    08/23/2007 5:54:33 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 91 replies · 1,460+ views ^ | August 22, 2007 | Eric Parker et al.
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- While many kids and their parents get some back-to-school shopping done, one Connecticut high school student is headed to federal court. Avery Doninger said that her rights were trampled when she was denied a spot in the race for class secretary. She claims that she was punished for a remark she made about Lewis Mills High School administrators on her Internet blog. Doninger said that the posting led administrators to ban her from running for re-election as senior class secretary. She filed a lawsuit, stating that her right to free speech was violated. "The fact that...
  • Online freedoms under threat, says Amnesty

    06/15/2007 2:26:00 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 226+ views
    Gaurdian Unlimited ^ | June 6, 2007 | Mark Tran
    Internet repression is eroding freedom of expression online as more governments block sites and arrest bloggers, a human rights group warned today. Amnesty International said the internet could change beyond all recognition unless action is taken and it called on governments and companies to respect people's right to freedom of expression online. "The virus of internet repression is spreading. The 'Chinese model' - of an internet that allows economic growth but not free speech or privacy - is growing in popularity, from a handful of countries five years ago to dozens of governments today who block sites and arrest bloggers,"...
  • The enemies of free speech are on the march--Part 7

    06/01/2007 7:51:00 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 480+ views
    Renew America ^ | May 28, 2007 | Wes Vernon
    Just as First Amendment supporters were uncorking the champagne bottles and toasting a victory in Seattle, along came the Capitol Hill commissars with plans to shut up commentators who dare to dissent from their conventional wisdoms. That, plus a campus witch hunt (again), add up to one step forward, two steps backward. First, the bad news We're all familiar with Orwellian proclamations that convey Hitlerian instincts with the velvet fist. Try this one from PBS icon Bill Moyers in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine: "There are more media sources today than there ever was [sic], as a result we're...
  • The Official Friday Silliness Thread Celebrates October: Workplace Politics Awareness Month

    10/06/2006 1:25:11 AM PDT · by sully777 · 225 replies · 6,101+ views (I'm telling you it's legit) ^ | 10-06-06 (06 Septembre 2006) | Sully777
    HOT DANG--IT'S FRIDAY!!! This thread is dedicated to your employers and co-workers. It's dedicated to the people you love and the people you hate. This thread is dedicated to all the office games and pranks. This thread is dedicated to the office flirts and the office tards. We salute the fond memory of the office snitch and the promoted kiss-@ss. We dedicate this thread to those that frequent the restroom and those caught in the janitor's closet. We even salute you, Guy That Wears Way Too Much Cologne Here's To Office Politics: Rock On OFST!
  • Banned sign riles heritage group

    07/18/2006 12:49:14 PM PDT · by aomagrat · 410 replies · 4,249+ views
    The State ^ | Jul. 16, 2006 | SAMMY FRETWELL
    A Confederate heritage group says its free-speech rights were violated when a landowner removed a billboard promoting Southern history near the famed Darlington Raceway. The Sons of Confederate Veterans plans to demonstrate at the State House next month and buy radio advertisements to complain about losing its billboard on U.S. 52, about two miles from the racetrack. “This is the most chilling thing I’ve seen against freedom of speech,” spokesman Don Gordon said. The Sons of Confederate Veterans bought the billboard this spring in response to remarks by a NASCAR executive about the rebel flag. The billboard featured a Confederate...
  • Eyewitness claims religion a motive in New Haven shooting [Islam vs Christianity]

    05/09/2006 5:57:15 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 68 replies · 2,844+ views
    WTNH ^ | May 9, 2006 | Erin Cox
    (New Haven-WTNH, May 9, 2006 6:00 PM) _ A disagreement over religious beliefs may have sparked the deadly shooting of a student from Southern Connecticut State University. Now, a woman has come forward saying the shooters' actions were in self defense. This witness, who didn't want to be identified, says religious differences were at the root of the deadly shooting in the plaza parking lot just a mile from the Southern Connecticut University campus. The witness says 23-year-old Mark Stetson, a junior from New Hampshire, was holding up a Bible - arguing with an older man. New haven police have...
  • Man Says A-L-L-A-H in Name Blocked E-Mail [Yahoo censorship]

    02/23/2006 3:29:27 PM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 16 replies · 659+ views
    WTOP, Washington DC ^ | February 23, 2006 | AP
    FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. (AP) - A man says his attempts to sign up for an e-mail account with Yahoo failed when he used his name, which includes the letters a-l-l-a-h _ as in Allah, the Arabic word for God. Ed Callahan said he started trying to establish the e-mail account after his mother, with the same last name, couldn't get one. As he tried using various words, he determined that e-mail addresses with other religious words seemed OK, but not if they included the spelling of Allah. "The war on terror is becoming a war on Muslims," Callahan said. Yahoo...
  • U.S. Colonel Accused Of Trashing Cars With Pro-Bush Stickers

    08/11/2005 6:17:54 AM PDT · by Valin · 62 replies · 1,327+ views
    wsb / AP ^ | 8/10/05
    DENVER -- An Air Force Reserve colonel may face criminal charges in a vandalism case. The officer, Alexis Fecteau, is accused of defacing cars at the Denver International Airport. He allegedly blacked out pro-Bush bumper stickers on 10 vehicles, then spray painted an expletive and the president's name on the vehicle. He is director of operations for reserve forces at the National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs. Police set up a bait vehicle equipped with a camera that captured an image of the suspect and his car. Police have referred the case to prosecutors, who are considering filing criminal...
  • Eminem's Tormentor Sees Case Thrown Out; Judge Raps Her Decision

    10/20/2003 11:10:25 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 9 replies · 204+ views
    MTV ^ | October 20, 2003 | Joe D'Angelo
    A Macomb County Circuit Court judge has a message for Eminem's childhood bully DeAngelo Bailey: Rhyme doesn't pay. Judge Deborah Servitto dismissed a $1 million defamation lawsuit against the rapper on Friday in Michigan, according to a court spokesperson. Servitto reasoned that because the verbal jabs at Bailey occurred within the context of song, they were not to be taken as fact. Bailey, 32, filed the suit in December 2001 against Eminem, claiming that the song "Brain Damage," from the rapper's The Slim Shady LP, invaded his privacy and slandered him (see "Alleged Bully From Eminem's 'Brain Damage' Files $1...
  • Wooster [private school] promotes talk of faith without promoting religion

    05/24/2003 7:30:45 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 7 replies · 314+ views
    The News-Times ^ | May 24, 2003 | Gary Taylor
    I read in the news the other day about a teacher’s aide in a public school in Glen Campbell, Pa., who was suspended for wearing a cross to school after repeated warnings that the Pennsylvania Public School Code prohibited her from doing so. According to a school official, the code is designed to protect students whom he described as a “captive audience.” He said case law has shown that the state has an interest in preserving religious neutrality in schools. Clearly, this was an extreme example of applying institutional rules rigidly. But it highlighted what I believe is a disheartening...
  • Hurricanes' path key to activity(MU/ACC expan to effect every 1-A/AA Univ east of Miss River?)

    05/13/2003 4:35:47 AM PDT · by putupon · 221+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 5-13-03 | PAUL WOODY
    <p>If the University of Richmond moves its football games to an on-campus facility, will 9,000 seats be enough?</p> <p>Yes, without a doubt, if Richmond continues to be a member of the Atlantic 10. A 9,000-seat facility might be just the right size.</p>
  • California: Challenge rejected to Indian gambling law

    07/29/2002 2:23:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 226+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 7/29/02 | Bee Metro Staff
    <p>A Sacramento federal judge on Monday rejected a challenge by the state's card room and charitable event operators to California's voter initiative authorizing casino-type gambling on Indian lands.</p> <p>The 2000 initiative, Proposition 1A, authorizes the governor to negotiate and the Legislature to ratify tribal compacts for slot machines and lottery and banking card games on reservations.</p>
  • The king of porn

    06/18/2002 3:07:17 AM PDT · by 2Trievers · 11 replies · 536+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 18 2002 | DOUG NURSE
    John Cornetta, his gold and silver chains gleaming, leaned back against his shiny white Mercedes, plucked a cigar from his mouth and stated flatly: "I can overturn any adult entertainment ordinance in the country." "They don't belong," he said. "This is America. People should have the right to choose what they want to watch or see without government interference." Cornetta is the owner of five adult video stores, has three others on the way and publishes a trade magazine in metro Atlanta. He has prevailed in the opening bouts of a series of federal court hearings with Gwinnett County...