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  • The Johns Hopkins Chick-fil-A Ban and the Coming Gay-Marriage Witch Hunt

    04/25/2015 8:01:12 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/22/2015 | ANDREW GUERNSEY
    A new spirit of intolerance has arisen on the Johns Hopkins University campus, and conservative Christians are the targets. The JHU student government’s vote this week to ban any hypothetical future Chick-fil-A outlet from campus because of the company owner’s support for traditional marriage, coming on the heels of the JHU Spring Fair’s censorship of a pro-life fetal-model display as “disturbing” and “triggering,” sends a clear message that students who disagree with liberal orthodoxy are not welcome on the Hopkins campus. The student government’s vote went beyond merely expressing support for same-sex marriage. The Chick-fil-A ban seeks to introduce unprecedented...
  • If the University of Maryland won’t screen ‘American Sniper,’ I will

    04/24/2015 11:57:53 AM PDT · by Kyle Olson · 18 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 4/24/15 | David Vogt
    As a Marine combat veteran and former Marine of the Year, I am extremely disappointed in the University of Maryland’s decision to silence the story of a man who valiantly served our great nation. Just like the men and women I had the privilege of serving beside in the Marine Corps, Chris Kyle put on his uniform every day to protect and preserve liberty, the open discussion of ideas, and the opportunity for every American — regardless of race, religion, culture, or gender — to succeed and achieve the American Dream.
  • The Left Thinks Thought-Crime is Okay But Can't Control the Consequences

    04/18/2015 9:02:30 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 7 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 4/18/15 | Steve Berman
    A generation of liberal indoctrination on campus has led to the widespread acceptance of thought-crime, a monster that says it’s okay to shun those with “unacceptable” views.  Liberals think they can control the monsters they release, but they can’t. Where does it lead?  Straight to the ovens, Rabbi Shmuley Bioteach warned Friday, Fortunately, we have not seen an outbreak of violence in the United States as we have in Europe. Nevertheless, the anti-Semitic acts on college campuses are alarming. No one should be surprised, however, given the nationwide campaign to delegitimize Israel by calling on universities to boycott and divest from the Jewish...
  • Obama to Call for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth

    04/08/2015 5:49:34 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 142 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 8, 2015 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — A 17-year-old transgender youth, Leelah Alcorn, stunned her friends and a vast Internet audience in December when she threw herself in front of a tractor-trailer after writing in an online suicide note that religious therapists had tried to convert her back to being a boy. In response, President Obama this week will call for an end to such psychiatric therapies aimed at “repairing” gay, lesbian and transgender youth, White House officials said. His decision on the sensitive issue is the latest example of his continuing embrace of gay rights. In a statement to be posted on Wednesday evening...
  • The European Union Is Preparing To Sue Google, And It Wants A Fight

    04/03/2015 12:11:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    FastCompany ^ | April 2, 2015 | David Lumb [after The Wall Street Journal]
    Google has a staggering 90% dominance of all search in the EU, making it much more influential than it is in the U.S., where it currently holds 75% dominance, says Business Insider). Experts told The Wall Street Journal that it is easier to bring an antitrust lawsuit to the EU commission than to a U.S. court: Unlike in the U.S., where antitrust investigators must prove their case to a judge, the EU Commission acts as prosecutor, judge, and jury in competition cases... If convicted, Google could be forced to pay as much as 10% of its annual revenue, which amounted...
  • Hillary Using Racism Template to Weaponize Sexism?

    03/31/2015 5:34:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    If Hillary Clinton survives her myriad real scandals and becomes the Democratic presidential candidate for 2016, are we going to be bludgeoned with sexism the same way Barack Obama's supporters have exploited "racism"? If recent rumblings from Clinton supporters are any indication, I'm afraid this could be the case. New York Times reporter Amy Chozick recently received an email from a Clinton-supporting group, called HRC Super Volunteers, warning her, "We will be watching, reading, listening and protesting coded sexism." How feminist of that group. You know, that sure sends a signal that its gal can fend for herself without any...
  • Ian McKellen vs. Hotel Bibles

    03/27/2015 7:46:57 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 45 replies
    Belief.net ^ | 2 November 2009 | Esther Kustanowitz
    Attention, hotels…if you’ve got a “Sir Ian McKellen” on your list of incoming guests, you should probably remove the Bible from the bedside table drawer in his room and read this recent Q&A with Details magazine (quoted on PopEater): “The openly gay ‘Lord of the Rings’ star admits to a habit of tearing out the Bible passage that condemns homosexuality — (“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” – Leviticus 18:22) — every time he finds one in his hotel room.[…] “I’m not proudly defacing the book,” he asserts, “but it’s a choice between removing...
  • Here Are The Words Hillary’s Supporters Won’t Let You Say

    03/26/2015 3:07:40 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 25, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Do you work in the media and have the gall to think that the entire Webster’s dictionary is at your disposal? Think again, you sexist. When it comes to reporting on Hillary Clinton, George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” have turned into “Twelve Words You Can Never Say About a Powerful Politician.” “We will be watching, reading, listening and protesting coded sexism,” the pro-Hillary group HRC Super Volunteers warned The New York Times’ Amy Chozick Wednesday. [Snip] Here are the words that you can’t use to describe Clinton: Polarizing Calculating Disingenuous Insincere Ambitious Inevitable Entitled Over...
  • Fascist Al Gore Wants to ‘Punish’ Climate Change Deniers

    03/20/2015 2:41:01 PM PDT · by TBP · 41 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | March 17, 2015 | Gary DeMar
    Everywhere we turn the Democrats are sounding more like Benito Mussolini every day. They’ve become the fascist party. Fascism is a system of government where the party in power forcibly suppresses opposition and criticism. We’re seeing over the issue of same-sex sexuality, ‘gay rights,’ homosexuality, whatever you want to call it. Any opposition will be shut down, fined, and put out of business. The call for toleration is the foot in the door to political, economic, and social repression, and once the objective has been achieved, toleration discarded. The ideological door is now shut. No more debates, and you will...
  • Live broadcasting ban for Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to US Congress

    03/02/2015 9:41:20 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 16 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | March 2, 2015 | No Attribution
    Israeli election watchdog orders TV and radio stations to impose five-minute delay on broadcast to allow editing out of "electioneering" sections...
  • Political Science: Heat's on Climate Change Dissidents

    03/01/2015 11:24:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "I am under 'investigation,'" professor Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado Boulder posted on his blog Wednesday. The top Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, sent a letter to university President Bruce Benson that asked the school to provide its financial disclosure policies and information on how they apply to Pielke, as well as any drafts and communications involving Pielke's testimony before Congress between Jan. 1, 2007, and Jan. 31, 2015. In 2013, Grijalva explained, Pielke told the Senate that it is "incorrect to associate the increasing costs of disasters with...
  • Bill O’Reilly controversy spotlights partisan media’s growth

    02/27/2015 6:15:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 27, 2015 | Don Aucoin
    While jousting with Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly a few years ago, Jon Stewart proclaimed him “the Mayor of “Bull---- Mountain.’’ But that image is imprecise. Fox News, the cable network beloved of conservatives, is less a mountain than a fortress, or maybe a tank. Firmly in the driver’s seat is O’Reilly, who worked at a Boston TV station and attended Boston University and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The network’s operational mode is the furthest thing from serene mountaintop remoteness: Day in and day out, Fox girds for ideological battle with what it sees as the...
  • Obama Administration Embeds "Government Researchers" To Monitor Media Organizations

    02/25/2015 5:44:47 PM PST · by Ray76 · 66 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    [T]he Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to roll out something called the Critical Information Needs study, which will embed government “researchers” into media organizations around the nation to make sure they are doing their job properly. The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”
  • StopRush now targeting Limbaugh’s STAFF

    02/25/2015 6:35:49 PM PST · by GulliverSwift · 31 replies
    Apparently not satisfied with their effort to intimidate Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers, the left’s StopRush crusade is now allegedly targeting his spokesman. In their view, simply working for the talk host is apparently a crime, with an online and legal harassment campaign as punishment. Even sharing a surname with an EIB employee can now mean being pulled into this battle! As a result of his position with the show, longtime spokesman/ advisor Brian Glicklich has found himself on the receiving end of a harassment campaign after he began to investigate the inner workings of this secretive group. Considered one of the...
  • Hillary Clinton Blames ‘Different Media’ For Dividing Country

    02/25/2015 11:53:06 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 51 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2-25-2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton complained that “different media” are dividing the country, making it impossible for people to even have a conversation with each other. Clinton made her remarks yesterday in an interview with Re/Code’s Kara Swisher. She criticized America’s “partisan bunkers” for getting in the way of confronting tough issues like racism, sexism and homophobia. “Nobody wants to associate with anybody who doesn’t agree with them politically,” she said. “You can’t have a conversation, people won’t listen to each other, they listen to different media, and those different media (outlets) tell different stories about the very same...
  • FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress ahead of Net Neutrality Vote

    02/25/2015 10:18:49 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-25-2015 | Andrew Johnson
    Two prominent House committee chairs are “deeply disappointed” in Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler for refusing to testify before Congress as “the future of the Internet is at stake.” Wheeler’s refusal to go before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday comes on the eve of the FCC’s vote on new Internet regulations pertaining to net neutrality. The committee’s chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), and Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R., Mich.) criticized Wheeler and the administration for lacking transparency on the issue.
  • FEC Democrats' Plan to Censor Internet Will Only Bolster Moneyed Interests

    02/18/2015 11:30:20 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 34 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 18, 2015 | By Sean Noble
    Democrats on the Federal Elections Commission have begun the process of monitoring speech and press on the internet in order to supposedly tackle the issue of “too much money in politics.” The claim is that powerful corporations and rich “fat cats” are anonymously influencing elections through support of various blogs, news sites, and video publications online. The internet has turned the entire political dynamic in the United States on its head. People now have access to an unlimited wealth of information about every topic pertinent to policymaking. They don’t have to wait for an elected official or the mainstream media...
  • FEC Mulling Plan to Limit Political Blogging [semi-satire]

    02/17/2015 12:10:25 PM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Feb 2015 | John Semmens
    Concerned that “the low cost of Internet communications could adversely impact candidates who communicate by legitimate regulated paid media,” the Federal Elections Commission is considering regulations that would place a cap on blogs and tweets that conforms with campaign finance rules. Under the proposed scheme, the FEC would estimate the monetary value of every political comment made on these media. Once the accumulated value of comments reached the ceiling for contributions to a candidate or ballot measure, the blogger or tweeter would be ordered to stop making any additional comments prior to election day. Failure to do so would subject...
  • FEC latest front in Democrats’ multi-pronged assault on internet freedom

    02/11/2015 10:07:18 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    hotair.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | by Noah Rothman
    The internet is under assault. At the Federal Communications Commission, regulators are hard at work crafting a plan that would turn the internet into a taxable utility. In Congress, lawmakers are determining whether and how best to tax the sales that occur on the internet. And over at the Federal Election Commission, the regulation of political speech that takes place on the internet is back on the table. In October, then FEC Vice Chairwoman Ann M. Ravel promised that she would renew a push to regulate online political speech following a deadlocked commission vote that would have subjected political videos...
  • The case against cyber censoring the Islamic State vermin

    02/09/2015 9:36:08 AM PST · by hasb3an · 4 replies
    BetaNews.com ^ | 2-9-2015 | Derrick Wlodarz
    There's a reason we are in a cultural, military, and cyber messaging war with a twisted group called IS -- still widely called ISIS, its old name. It doesn't call itself HISIS; they don't claim to represent Hinduism. Nor BISIS; they aren't Buddhist radicals. CRISIS and JISIS would also be incorrect, since they aren't Christian or Jewish radicals, either. They may not represent mainstream Islam, but they wholeheartedly believe in their evil calling to establish a global Islamic caliphate based on a radical Sharia ideology -- affectionately and simply called the Islamic State. This diseased breed of Muslim fanaticism shares...
  • Borderlands Books in SF announces closure, cites minimum wage increase

    02/04/2015 4:14:05 PM PST · by grundle · 30 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | February 2, 2015 | Michael Barba
    When San Francisco voters approved a minimum wage increase in the November election, Mayor Ed Lee sent what he called a loud and clear message to the nation: “We can give a well-deserved raise to our lowest-wage workers, and we can do it in a way that protects jobs and small business.” Yet a month after the initial phase of the increase took effect, Borderlands Books became the first business Sunday to cite The City’s higher minimum wage as the catalyst for its closure.The Valencia Street bookstore expects to clear its shelves and lay off employees by the end of...
  • Demonstrations in Madrid, Spain Are About What?

    01/31/2015 6:26:07 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 2 replies
    1/31/2015 | Me
    Skynews is reporting on demonstrations in Madrid, Spain saying they are in response to austerity measures. The State Department has a travel warning to American's suggesting the demonstrations are regarding economic issues. BUT, a search shows that the demonstrations are in response to a 'security law' that limits demonstrations in Spain and an 'Anti-Islam' demonstration law. So I ask, which is it or is it both?
  • A POSTMODERN GUIDE TO SHUTTING DOWN SPEECH, AND THE TRUTH

    01/29/2015 12:05:54 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 2 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Diana West
    ...recounting his experience as a German Communist in the 1930s, Koestler is...describing the post-Communist, postmodern, post-9/11 American condition. It is the sinister overhaul of language and thought—so familiar!—that he personally engaged in, and that was and is the primary tool of Marxist and Islamic subversion. “Not only our thinking, but also our vocabulary was reconditioned,” he explains. “Certain words were taboo.” Certain other words became telltales by which to identify dissenters or enemies. Literary, artistic, and musical tastes, he writes, were “similarly reconditioned” to support the renunciation of independent thought and logic necessary to submit to ideology.
  • Ben Shapiro: The First Amendment Is Dead

    01/29/2015 3:34:15 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 15 replies
    FrontPagerMag.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    The first amendment is dead; long live the reign of sensitivity. Ben Shapiro explores how Americans have forfeited their fundamental rights in the name of political correctness. See the video and transcript.... TRANSCRIPT: Millions of people from all over the world held candlelight vigils in honor of the French magazineCharlie Hebdo after an Islamic terror attack on its staff. But in reality, those of us in the United States – yes, even those of us who tweeted #JeSuisCharlie – gave up our First Amendment rights long ago. We gave them up in the name political correctness, and in the name...
  • TURKISH COURT BLOCKS FACEBOOK PAGES THAT INSULT MUHAMMAD

    01/27/2015 11:44:37 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Adelle Nazarian
    A Turkish court ordered the nation’s authorities to block Facebook pages that they deem to be insulting of Muhammad
  • Why Police Want Google’s Waze Popular Cop-Tracking Feature Disabled

    01/26/2015 6:17:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck complained in a letter to Google’s chief executive on Dec. 30 that Waze could be “misused by those with criminal intent to endanger police officers and the community.” The Los Angeles Police Department said Monday it had not heard back from Google about whether it had addressed Beck’s concerns. Google purchased Waze for $966 million in 2013. There are no known connections between any attack on police and Waze, although Beck said Waze was used in the killing of two New York Police Department officers on Dec. 20. The Instagram account of the gunman...
  • Slate: ‘Friends’ reruns no longer politically correct

    01/26/2015 1:32:52 PM PST · by GulliverSwift · 109 replies
    File this under “the one where Friends fail to fits in with ‘modern gender politics'”. By the standards of circa-2015 political correctness, does the long-running sitcom pass the test? The show that brought a huge young audience to NBC’s primetime lineup in the 1990s was apparently a hotbed of anti-gay, misogynistic antics and all-around bigotry. That’s according to the historical revisionists over at Slate, where Ruth Graham has been taking notes while binge-watching reruns on Netflix. Could it be the next Amos ‘n Andy? Isn’t the problem obvious? In the 1990s, PC extremism was still confined to college campuses, while...
  • Oxford Press bans pigs from children’s books, so here’s Porky Pig reciting Pledge of Allegiance

    01/26/2015 5:15:07 AM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 24, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Oxford University Press bans pigs from children’s books, so here’s Porky Pig reciting the Pledge of Allegiance Oxford University Press is the largest university press in the world.The Telegraph reports:The Oxford University Press has warned its writers not to mention pigs, sausages or pork-related words in children’s books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims.Jews?I’m Jewish, and I have neither been offended, nor heard of any Jew claiming to be offended, by pigs being mentioned in literature. On the contrary, I grew up with this stuff, and I love it. Here’s “Piggies” by...
  • Obama’s Brotherhood Confidante, Linda Sarsour, SCREAMS “Islamophobia”! Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

    01/26/2015 8:51:02 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 10 replies
    Adina Kutnicki, a Zionist & Conservative Blog ^ | January 26, 2015 | Adina Kutnicki
    Obama’s Brotherhood Confidante, Linda Sarsour, SCREAMS “Islamophobia”! Commentary By Adina Kutnicki
  • Is Political Speech More Important Than Religious Speech? Supreme Court Hears Arguments

    01/15/2015 8:31:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/15/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The issue of whether political speech is more important than religious speech was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in oral arguments Monday in a case involving a small church that is suing an Arizona town over a sign display code they believe violates their rights. Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to favor Good News Community Church and its pastor Clyde Reed over the town of Gilbert's restrictions on religious roadside signs. During the arguments, a couple attorneys wondered if Gilbert's code on roadside signs placed political speech above religious speech. Reed and his congregation were represented by...
  • NYT editor: Cartoons blaspheming Mohammed are different from anti-semitic cartoons

    01/14/2015 3:09:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/14/2015 | AllahPundit
    The double standard laid bare. If you’re a devout believer of whichever faith and eager to see less blasphemy in the media, as many Americans are, there’s no other conclusion to draw here than, “I need to be much, much angrier.” The image of the prophet Mohammed, however, seems to occupy its own category, with its own rules. Last week, Baquet told me via email that as editor of the Times he had to consider “the Muslim family in Brooklyn who read us and is offended by any depiction of what he sees as his prophet.” [sic] When I...
  • French comedian Dieudonne's arrest sparks free speech debate

    01/14/2015 7:30:45 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    yahoo news / afp ^ | 1-14-2015 | Marianne Barriaux
    Notorious French comedian Dieudonne was arrested Wednesday for condoning terrorism over a comment suggesting he sympathised with one of the Paris attacks gunmen, in a move that sparked a debate about free speech. Prosecutors had opened the case against the comedian on Monday after he posted on his Facebook page "Tonight, as far as I'm concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly" -- mixing the popular slogan "Je suis Charlie" used in homage to the slain Charlie Hebdo magazine journalists with a reference to Islamist gunman Amedy Coulibaly. Coulibaly killed four Jews at a supermarket on Friday and a policewoman the...
  • Sony Cut 10-Minute Kim Jong-un Gay Orgy Scene From 'The Interview' Before Releasing It To Theaters

    12/28/2014 10:07:15 PM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 28, 2014 | ASHLEY COLLMAN
    Sony Cut 10-Minute Kim Jong-un Gay Orgy Scene From 'The Interview' Before Releasing It To Theaters Gay-sex scene depicting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was included in the film's leaked script, but did not appear in film released last week Sony staffers also say North Korean military insignia was removed from soldiers uniforms in the film The movie grossed just $1million on opening day By ASHLEY COLLMAN 28 December 2014 Sony producers censored The Interview when they released the controversial movie last week, editing out at least on racy scene depicting North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un participating in a gay...
  • Come on, man: Paramount bans showings of Team America: World Police in place of The Interview

    12/18/2014 1:09:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Oh, the irony. After Sony cancelled the release of The Interview, a few theaters declared that they would show the 2004 hit Team America: World Police in its place as a protest against threats to free expression. That film also derided the government of North Korea, as well as the liberal Hollywood establishment that catered to anti-American despots in what was a prescient (if irreverent and very R-rated) satire.As if to emphasize the latter critique, two cinemas have announced that Paramount Pictures has forbidden them to show the film publicly: At least two movie theaters say Paramount Pictures has...
  • Wow. Marine ARRESTED for This Facebook Post About Obama

    12/20/2014 2:47:44 PM PST · by goodn'mad · 87 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | December 19, 2014 | Unknown
    Brandon Raub is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who decided to post critical opinions about Barack Obama on Facebook. What happened to him then will strike fear into the hearts of any good American and make them wonder what country they’re living in. According to the Rutherford Institute, Raub was arrested by “a swarm of FBI, Secret Service agents and local police,” and detained without charges for “mental evaluation.” The detention, it’s alleged, was done under a federal program codenamed “Operation Vigilant Eagle.” The program is intended to surveil former veterans who publicly express opinions critical of...
  • What is this? FreeRepublic is blocked on Amtrak WIFI as an offensive site!

    11/27/2014 4:56:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 89 replies
    Swordmaker | November 27, 2014 | Swordmaker
    Yesterday, my girlfriend and I borded an Amtrak passenger train in Stockton to travel to visit her friends in Visalia for Thanksgiving. Amtrak offers its passengers free WIFI as part of their amenities on the trip. As part of the log on, it specifies that Amtrak block access to "offensive" web sites, but otherwise allows free access to the Internet. I agreed to their conditions and found myself connected. Four attempts to connect to FreeRepublic resulted in being notified that my browser could not connect to the server! Thinking FR might be down, I turned off my WIFI, and reverted...
  • Obama Says FCC Needs to Control Internet [satire]

    11/18/2014 9:37:48 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    President Obama is urging the Federal Communications Commission to exert more control over the Internet. “As it stands now, the whole web environment is chaotic and anarchic,” Obama observed. “Anyone can pretty much do whatever he wants. There is no perceived obligation to serve society’s broader needs.” For the time being, Obama disavowed his authority “to command this independent agency to extend its power over this medium. I am patiently waiting for them to do what they should. However, my patience is not infinite. I will act unilaterally if it becomes necessary that I do so to implement the change...
  • Obama says FCC should reclassify internet as a utility

    11/10/2014 8:05:10 AM PST · by driftdiver · 27 replies
    The Verge ^ | Nov 10, 2014 | Jacob Kastrenakes
    President Obama has come out in support of reclassifying internet service as a utility, a move that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to enforce more robust regulations and protect net neutrality. "To put these protections in place, I'm asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act," Obama says in a statement this morning. "In plain English, I'm asking [the FCC] to recognize that for most Americans, the internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life." "The decision is still up to the FCC" There's been...
  • Here's why Ebola is no longer in the news

    11/03/2014 11:43:27 AM PST · by wtd · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/3/2014 | George Washington
    ZeroHedge: Here's why Ebola is no longer in the news Forbes’ David Kroll – an adjunct professor at Duke University Medical Center - notes: The Associated Press and other press outlets have agreed not to report on suspected cases of Ebola in the United States until a positive viral RNA test is completed. In other words, the mainstream media has agreed not to report on any suspected Ebola cases. I guess the Ebola czar has been a busy boy, after all ... you know, preventing panic and all that.
  • O'Reilly Cites 'Stunning' MRC Study on Nets Ignoring Midterms; Carville Tries to Dismiss It

    10/27/2014 11:12:43 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 82 replies
    Media Research Center's Newsbusters.org ^ | October 24, 2014 | Kyle Drennan
    On his Fox News show Thursday night, host Bill O'Reilly cited the Media Research Center study on the network evening newscasts censoring coverage of the 2014 midterms: "Eight years ago, the nightly network newscasts went full out to cover the campaigns, which Democrats were favored to win....But this time around, the graph is far different. At this point in time, ABC News did 36 election reports eight years ago. So far this year, zero, nothing. CBS, 58 in year 2006. 14 this year. NBC, 65 eight years ago. 11 this year. Simply stunning."
  • FEC deadlock keeps Internet free from broadcast campaign ad regulations

    10/26/2014 7:27:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The Federal Election Commission deadlocked in a crucial Internet campaign speech vote announced late last week, leaving online political blogging and videos free of many of the reporting requirements attached to broadcast ads — for now. All three Republican-backed members voted against restrictions, but they were opposed by the three Democrat-backed panel members, including Vice Chairwoman Ann M. Ravel, who said she will lead a push next year to come up with rules for government political speech on the Internet. It would mark a major reversal for the commission, which for nearly a decade has protected the
  • After Pressure, Google Restores Blog Julio Severo in Portuguese

    After Pressure, Google Restores Blog Julio Severo in Portuguese By Julio Severo With no explanation or notification, Google made my blog in Portuguese (http://juliosevero.blogspot.com/) disappear in the first minutes of Thursday, October 23. After 24 hours of pressure from international readers, with no notification, Google made my blog reappear. People in Brazil and other nations began to question Google in social networks and also by contacting the company: “Why to suspend Blog Julio Severo in Portuguese on the height of the Brazilian presidential elections in the exact time Severo published an article instructing the Brazilian public that both candidates...
  • Blog Julio Severo in Portuguese arbitrarily shut down by Google in Brazil

    10/23/2014 10:47:30 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 12 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Blog Julio Severo in Portuguese arbitrarily shut down by Google in Brazil By Julio Severo In the first minutes of Thursday, October 23, Blog Julio Severo, established by me, Julio Severo, in 2005 to reach Brazilians with information usually unavailable to them, disappeared from the Internet, with no hacking attack involved. All that was evident, from my careful verification, is that such disappearing was provoked and decided by the owner of the Blogspot service, Google, which freely offers to the international public a free speech platform. The traditional address of my Portuguese blog is: http://juliosevero.blogspot.com/ The address is now...
  • Satire: Houston Persists in Effort to Stifle Speech

    10/18/2014 12:15:39 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Though the City of Houston has backed off its demand for local area ministers to submit copies of their Sunday sermons to the City’s attorneys, it is now demanding copies of any non-sermon speeches they may have made. Mayor Annise Parker, Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor, defended this blatant invasion of freedom of speech, arguing that “Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) is the law of this land. No one is entitled to speak out against the law, especially not church leaders.” “Churches have special exemptions from government taxes,” Parker pointed out. “As a quid-pro-quo for this benefit they ought to...
  • White House pool reporters test own news distribution system

    10/15/2014 3:46:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10-15-14 | Paul Farhi
    White House journalists are creating an alternative system for distributing their media “pool” reports in response to the Obama administration’s involvement in approving and disapproving certain content in official reports. A small group of reporters initiated an online forum this month in which they shared “pool” information among themselves, without White House involvement. The forum was set up by the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), which negotiates with the White House’s press staff over access for journalists. Pool reports — those summaries of the president’s public appearances that go to the news media at large and are used in countless...
  • Houston Demands Oversight of Sermons!

    10/14/2014 9:33:21 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 99 replies
    WND ^ | October 13, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are defending a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use women’s restrooms now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors. The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the city’s legal defense of a “non-discrimination” measure that allows “gender-confused” people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex. A lawsuit challenging Houston’s move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals...
  • CENSORSHIP IN THE SECRET SYNOD

    10/11/2014 2:49:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    La Stampa via Rorate Caeli ^ | October 10, 2014 | Marco Tosatti
    The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, voiced his disagreement with the censorship imposed on the speeches from participants at the Synod. According to reports, the German Cardinal told a Catholic Television network, present for some of the sessions, that “All Christians have the right to be informed about the intervention of their bishops .” Instead, for the time being, information on the Synod is provided by the Director of the Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, assisted by an English-speaking priest and a Spanish-speaking one. In the briefing a generic panorama of the...
  • The Archie Bunkers of Settled Science

    10/09/2014 6:25:41 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 11 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | October 9, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    As if on cue, settled-science believer Auden Schendler delivered a punishing retort in The Aspen Times to my recent column “Inconvenient Truths Denied By Climate Faithful.” Archie Bunker-like in frustration, Schendler wants me to stifle myself. If I don’t “dummy up” like Archie’s wife, Edith, he suggests Aspen Times editors Think Again before publishing my commentary without peer reviews or risk “being complicit in promoting falsehoods.” Schendler calls this “ground-truthing of scientific claims,” noting that the Los Angeles Times doesn’t publish pieces that “deny established climate science.” Like Robert Kennedy Jr., who recently called for the jailing of treasonous nonconformists...
  • No, the FCC may not ban the use of “Redskins” on radio and television

    10/01/2014 9:42:51 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 35 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 1, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Prof. John Banzhaf has filed a petition asking the FCC to revoke the broadcast license of stations that use the word “Redskins.” Some “longtime participants in the FCC regulatory process” — including former FCC chair Reed Hundt — have likewise argued that, It is impermissible under law that the FCC would condone, or that broadcasters would use, obscene pornographic language on live television. This medium uses government owned airwaves in exchange for an understanding that it will promote the public interest. Similarly, it is inappropriate for broadcasters to use racial epithets as part of normal, everyday reporting. Current FCC chair...
  • RFK Jr. Demands Censorship of Climate Skeptics [Another one of my fake articles]

    09/26/2014 4:35:22 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 47 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. opined that those skeptical of the dangers of climate change ought to be silenced. "I'm really tired of arguing with these people," Kennedy complained. "It's a drain on my energy. It takes time away from restructuring society along more socially beneficial lines." Kennedy suggested that "climate skeptics should be put on trial at the Hague as 'war criminals.' Whether people realize it or not, we are at war for the planet's future. On one side are those who want to save the planet. On the other are people who want to stop us from...