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  • Lack of Liberty for Libertarian

    09/29/2006 12:39:13 PM PDT · by kenn5 · 10 replies · 602+ views
    The Johnson County Sun ^ | 9/28/2006 | Joshua Seiden
    City officials want to know why police ejected Jason Peck, Libertarian candidate for the 24th District in the Kansas House, from the Mission Arts and Eats Festival. During the festival's second night, Peck conversed with event goers and distributed campaign literature. Peck said no one objected until Councilwoman Suzie Gibbs approached him with a Mission police officer. "They told me that I had to leave and that if I came back they would cite me for trespassing," Peck said. "I don't know if the decision came from a higher-up or what." Gibbs did not respond to messages left on her...
  • FCC Checks Off Kid Vid, Security, Public Input and Obesity

    09/29/2006 4:03:49 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 8 replies · 433+ views
    At the close of September, the FCC approved kid video rules for digital TV, created a homeland security bureau, established a task force on childhood obesity, and set forth the ground rules of its first official public hearing on media ownership. The kid vid rules require broadcasters to run three hours of children's programming on all of their multichannels, including 24/7 weather and news feeds. The original rules established by the FCC in November 2004 had the same requirement, eliciting objections from broadcasters, some of whom run weather radar maps on their second or third digital multicast. The 2004 rules...
  • House Approves Wiretapping Bill

    09/28/2006 7:32:47 PM PDT · by NinoFan · 37 replies · 1,042+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 28, 2006 | AP News Alert
    WASHINGTON - The House approved a bill Thursday giving legal status to President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program with restrictions.
  • Deputies seize $88,000 in cash in traffic stop

    09/28/2006 5:44:38 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 104 replies · 1,208+ views
    Lexington Dispatch ^ | 9/27/06 | SEAN JAREM
    Two men traveling south on Interstate 85 southwest of Lexington Tuesday told Davidson County sheriff's deputies that the $88,000 in cash they had hidden in their car was to buy a house in Atlanta. Officers with the sheriff office's Interstate Criminal Enforcement unit didn't believe the story after a drug-sniffing dog found a strong odor of narcotics inside the car. No drugs were found, and the two men weren't charged with a crime, but officers did keep the money, citing a federal drug assets seizure and forfeiture law. Deputies first stopped the car for following too closely to another vehicle,...
  • Evidence scant on effectiveness of one-gun laws

    09/27/2006 11:07:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies · 1,415+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Sep. 27, 2006 | Larry Eichel
    INQUIRER SENIOR WRITER One-gun-a-month laws sound attractive to gun-control activists and draw broad public support in polls. But it's not clear that such statutes have had much impact on gun violence. A study published last year in the journal Injury Prevention found that the laws restricting purchases had had no measurable impact. The study was done by a team of doctors from the University of Washington, using data from 1979 to 1998. Another study, done in 2001 by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, found evidence of a slight decrease in gun violence associated with Maryland's one-gun...
  • LA Gun Task Force Serves another Search Warrant

    09/24/2006 9:09:43 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 80 replies · 2,656+ views ^ | 9 24 06 | John Burtt
    The LA County Gun Task Force has served another search warrant on the home of another member of the fifty caliber community. On Monday September 18th, eighteen police cars swarmed the neighborhood where the FCSA member lives and served a search warrant signed by Judge Steven Kleifield of the LA County Superior Court. The officers were at the residence for several hours and confiscated all semi-automatic firearms belonging to the victim. The probable cause for issuing the search warrant was not available in the body of the affidavit so the reason for the search is unknown at this time. It...
  • The New York City Rally FOR Illegal Guns, Monday 12:30pm at City Hall

    09/22/2006 1:40:03 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 12 replies · 1,304+ views ^ | 9 21 06 | Nic Leobold
    The New York City Rally FOR Illegal Guns, Monday 12:30pm at City Hall When: 12:30pm, Monday, September 25th, 2006 Where: Outside Gates at City Hall on Broadway, Downtown Manhattan, New York City Event: “The NYC Rally for Illegal Guns” New York City Gun Rights activists, Constitutional and civil libertarians, Human Rights activists, and pro-Liberty supporters will hold a rally on Monday, September 25th at 12:30pm outside City Hall in Manhattan to support so-called “illegal guns” and the thousands of decent, responsible New York State citizens and residents who own and carry them to preserve their Freedom and protect themselves from...
  • When Big Brother Wants Your "Stuff" (FL Socialists Trample On Property Rights Alert)

    09/12/2006 1:56:42 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 178 replies · 3,425+ views ^ | 09/12/06 | Joseph Farah
    The city of Cooper City, Fla., has given itself the power to seize residents' personal property in times of emergency. Officials deemed this new law necessary because of what is expected to be a busy hurricane season. But don't worry, they say. The law would never be enforced unless there were no other options – presumably meaning that the city could not persuade private citizens to permit the government to borrow, rent or buy their equipment. Think of it as eminent domain for generators, power tools, trucks and anything else local czars determine they need. Not surprisingly, this plan has...
  • Straight woman seeks equality under gay-rights law

    08/23/2006 8:35:50 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 110 replies · 2,718+ views
    King County Journal (Seattle area) ^ | 8/23/2003 | Curt Woodward
    Straight woman seeks equality under gay-rights law: Unwed Redmond worker wants her male partner to receive health benefits One of the first tests for Washington's new gay civil rights law has an intriguing twist: The complaint was filed by a heterosexual woman. The state's discrimination watchdogs are investigating the case, which claims unmarried straight people should get the same domestic partner benefits as their gay and lesbian co-workers. But officials are treading carefully, Human Rights Commission Director Marc Brenman said, because upholding the claim could set a sweeping new precedent for Washington businesses. ... The complaint, filed last week, is...
  • Scottsdale revisits policy of not ticketing officers (Speed Cameras)

    07/24/2006 11:50:58 AM PDT · by elkfersupper · 23 replies · 1,928+ views
    East Valley (Phoenix) Tribune ^ | 7/23/06 | Ray Stern
    Scottsdale made a deal with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety in January to ignore their own speed violations snapped by the city’s pilot Loop 101 photo enforcement system. The arrangement meant sheriff’s office and DPS vehicles exceeding the posted 65 mph speed limit on Loop 101 received a free pass, even though in some cases police officials admitted the speeding might not have been justified. Some of the speeds recorded were significant, up to 117 mph. Since the high-profile camera system was turned on Jan. 22, city records show that 16 emergency vehicles...
  • 'Times' Curbs Its First Amendment Enthusiasm When It Comes to Tobacco

    07/23/2006 3:57:51 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 78 replies · 1,228+ views
    New York Times/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 23, 2006 - 06:47 Don't the press in general and the New York Times in particular take pride in portraying themselves as ever-the vigilant defenders of the First Amendment? But judging by an editorial in the paper this morning, the Times experiences a power loss worse than the one currently gripping Queens when it comes to defending the First Amendment rights of groups it disfavors, in this case the tobacco industry. Entitled Take the Tobacco Pledge, the editorial urges ratification of The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, known colloquially as 'the tobacco treaty.'...
  • NYPD mulls tightening rules for sidewalk, street protests

    07/19/2006 3:59:29 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 5 replies · 433+ views ^ | 07.19.06 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Police have proposed placing tighter restrictions on protesters who march on sidewalks by making them obtain parade permits — a move civil libertarians say would cripple the rights of people to stage spontaneous demonstrations. The written proposal, made public on July 17, would require permits for any march on a sidewalk by 35 or more people or for street demonstrations involving 20 or more bicycles or other vehicles. It says the new rules are needed to better police “assemblies that obstruct the free passage of public streets and sidewalks.” Current regulations, which are more loosely worded, mandate...
  • Kansas Libertarians stopped from holding event at nudist camp

    07/08/2006 3:29:00 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 65 replies · 2,727+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | July 8, 2006 | Associated Press
    TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Libertarians were stopped from holding a fundraiser at a nudist camp in southwest Shawnee County, when sheriff's deputies blocked people from entering. Shawnee County deputies said they were merely enforcing a court order when they stopped people from accessing Lake Edun on Friday. Last year, Shawnee County District Judge Terry Bullock issued a court order banning "commercial or recreational activities" on the property unless the owners get a permit for such events - something the county refuses to provide. But Rob Hodgkinson, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Kansas, said a political party fundraiser isn't a...
  • Man Fights To Have Scene Removed From Disney (CARS) Film

    07/06/2006 7:13:58 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 186 replies · 5,759+ views
    Believes 'Cars' Gives Kids The Wrong Message About Racing Trains (CBS) -- Is Disney's hit movie "Cars" spinning its wheels when it comes to safety? CBS 2 West Suburban Bureau Chief Mike Puccinelli reports on the fight to put the brakes on a scene in the blockbuster animated picture about a fast talking rookie racer named Lightning McQueen. "As I'm sitting there, I couldn't believe it because this is a red car. My daughter was killed in a red car," said Lanny Wilson with the DuPage Railroad Safety Council. His 14-year-old daughter, Lauren, was killed in a collision 12 years...
  • High court's Calif. pot ruling also outlaws homemade machine guns

    07/01/2006 7:19:16 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 400 replies · 3,307+ views
    modbee ^ | 7/1/6 | paul elias
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A recent Supreme Court ruling that Congress can ban homegrown marijuana for medical use in California led Friday to the reinstatement of an Arizona man's overturned conviction for having homemade machine guns. Prosecutors in both cases invoked the Constitution's interstate commerce clause, despite the fact that the cases centered on items that were homemade, or homegrown, and didn't involve commerce or crossing state lines. The courts ruled, however, that the items still can affect interstate commerce and therefore can be regulated by federal law. In the machine gun case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on...
  • Man's Comment On Check Could Land Him In Jail

    06/27/2006 11:50:03 AM PDT · by beezdotcom · 122 replies · 3,899+ views
    KIRO 7 TV ^ | Jun. 27, 2006 | Associated Press
    BERKLEY, Mich. -- The parking fine was $10. But the comment Robert Militzer added to the check could land him in jail for 30 days. The computer programmer from Allen Park got the ticket May 29. When Militzer wrote the check to Berkley District Court, he scribbled on the memo line, "BULL (expletive) MONEY GRAB." That got Militzer an in-person court appearance -- on a contempt of court charge. He's scheduled to go before a judge Wednesday, accompanied by an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who will argue Militzer's remark is protected by the First Amendment.
  • Court's marijuana ruling a victory for authorities(zero tolerance in the real world)

    06/22/2006 9:52:05 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 193 replies · 2,212+ views ^ | 6 22 06 | Steven Hepker
    Marijuana users can be arrested for drugged driving weeks after they toast a joint, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a Jackson County appeal. A veteran prosecutor hailed the ruling as a correct interpretation of the zero-tolerance law that will make enforcement easier. A longtime defense attorney said the high court has opened the floodgates on overreaching government. "This goes to show the Supreme Court does not seem to care about individual rights," Jackson attorney Jerry Engle said. At issue were cases from Jackson and Grand Traverse counties. The local case involved the prosecution of Dennis Kurts for driving...
  • Ehrlich appointee fired over remark Transit official equates gay lifestyle with deviancy

    06/16/2006 10:26:15 PM PDT · by Leatherneck_MT · 53 replies · 916+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 16, 2006 | Jennifer Skalka
    WASHINGTON // Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. fired one of his appointees to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority yesterday after the board member asserted on a local cable talk show that homosexuals lived a life of "sexual deviancy."
  • Supreme Court: No exclusionary rule for no-knock searches

    06/15/2006 7:53:40 AM PDT · by NinoFan · 276 replies · 4,648+ views
    Breaking... Major 5-4 decision. This case was reargued and apparently Alito cast the deciding vote.
  • Supreme Court rejects reporters' appeal

    06/05/2006 11:50:05 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 16 replies · 888+ views
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from news organizations fighting to protect confidential sources, refusing to consider the case of four reporters in legal trouble over their stories about former nuclear weapons scientist Wen Ho Lee The court's action, released Monday, was taken without comment. Late last week, Lee settled his privacy lawsuit, and he will receive $1.6 million from the government and five news organizations. Journalists had been in civil contempt of court for refusing to disclose who leaked them information about an espionage investigation of Lee, a nuclear weapons scientist fired from his job at Los...
  • Police arrest 67 at checkpoints

    05/31/2006 12:54:05 PM PDT · by AzaleaCity5691 · 211 replies · 3,145+ views
    The Mobile Press-Register ^ | 5/31/06 | Nadia M. Taylor
    Police arrest 67 at checkpoints Wednesday, May 31, 2006 By NADIA M. TAYLOR Staff Reporter Officers issued more than 1,800 tickets and arrested 67 people over the Memorial Day weekend at several driver's license checkpoints throughout the city, police said. Most of the 1,834 tickets issued were for not having a driver's license or proof of insurance, according to interim Mobile police Chief Lester Hargrove. Fifty-four people were arrested on outstanding misdemeanor warrants, and 13 people were arrested on felony warrants, Hargrove said. Most charges stemmed from traffic violations or drug offenses, police said. One man, Carl Mitchell Washington, 22,...
  • Accused drug dealers get off - Judge agrees racial profiling was at play

    05/31/2006 7:49:33 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 90 replies · 1,343+ views
    THE NEWS-TIMES ^ | May 31, 2006 | Karen Ali
    DANBURY — In a decision Superior Court trial referee Robert Callahan "agonized long and hard over," he ruled in favor of two accused drug dealers who claimed they were stopped outside the Sheraton in Danbury in 2004 only because they were black. In a written decision dated May 17 and received Friday by defense lawyers, Callahan said he came to his decision, which essentially guts the state's case against the men, "reluctantly" and after "soul-searching." Lawyer James Diamond of Danbury said his client Demetere Taft, 30, of Beaver Street, is "obviously very pleased that the judge has agreed with the...
  • Wenyi Wang's Case May Not Go to Trial

    05/30/2006 10:03:46 PM PDT · by at bay · 4 replies · 386+ views
    Epoch Times ^ | May 29, 2006 | Gary Feuerberg
    The preliminary hearing of Dr. Wenyi Wang, 47, was postponed again for nearly two weeks, till May 31 as both sides sought more time to prepare. The charges stem from her interruption of the Chinese Communist leader Hu Jintao on April 20 at the White House South Lawn. She was escorted away by the Secret Service, spent the rest of the day in jail, and later was released without bail on her own recognizance, pending further proceedings. The physician protester is being charged with a federal misdemeanor of "willfully intimidating, coercing, threatening and harassing a foreign official." The punishment she...
  • No prosecution if retired soldier will stop writing (with link)

    05/29/2006 1:18:17 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 17 replies · 1,289+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 29, 2006 | John Christoffersen
    STAMFORD -- Carl "Harry" Roesch liked to stay in touch by postcard. Trouble is, authorities say, he sent hundreds of them. To judges. Filled with insults. The former U.S. Air Force captain sent so many postcards to Connecticut's top judges that he was finally arrested in 2004 on eight misdemeanor charges of harassment and breach of peace. A prosecutor agreed to drop the charges this month as long as Roesch would leave the judges alone, said Philip Russell, Roesch's attorney. Roesch, a 69-year-old Ridgefield resident who has never been convicted of a crime, argued that the postcards were harmless and...
  • Medical Students To Urge Legislators to Ban Bulk Sales of Handguns

    04/22/2006 9:22:54 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 41 replies · 729+ views
    Medical Students Traveling to Harrisburg, Pa. to Urge State Legislators to Pass Bill Banning Bulk Sales of Handguns 4/21/2006 3:18:00 PM To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor Contact: Diane Edbril, 215-923-3151, or Peter Hamm, 202-898-5792, both for the Pennsylvanians Against Trafficking Handguns Coalition News Advisory: A group of Philadelphia area medical students are coming to the State Capitol Monday, April 24 to visit legislators and urge them to take action on a bill that would restrict sales of multiple handguns. Such multiple sales have been identified by law enforcement experts as a sign of illegal gun trafficking. "As physicians in training,...
  • Woman Charged in Protest Against Hu

    04/21/2006 5:16:29 PM PDT · by satchmodog9 · 86 replies · 1,335+ views
    AP ^ | 4-21-06 | ASHTON WILLIAMS
    A woman accused of heckling Chinese President Hu Jintao during a White House appearance this week was charged Friday in federal court with a misdemeanor of willfully intimidating, coercing threatening and harassing a foreign official. ADVERTISEMENT Wang Wenyi, 47, had obtained temporary press credentials as a reporter for a Falun Gong newspaper and positioned herself on a camera stand. According to Secret Service translations provided in court documents, she shouted in Chinese: "Stop oppressing the Falun Gong," as well as "Your Time is running out," and "Anything you have done will come back to you in this lifetime." She also...
  • CWA Outraged by Major Networks’ Lawsuits Against FCC

    04/18/2006 7:12:38 AM PDT · by bulldozer · 18 replies · 1,214+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 04/18/06 | Stacey Holliday
    Washington, D.C. — Concerned Women for America (CWA) expressed its strong dismay at the multibillion-dollar broadcast industry’s latest attempt to abuse the public airwaves. After repeatedly offending the public with indecent broadcasts, four major broadcasters filed what CWA believes are frivolous lawsuits challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) recent rulings. A license to broadcast doesn’t give anyone – not even super-rich Big-Media conglomerates – the right to broadcast indecent language between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The four major broadcasters want the courts to approve the indiscriminate use of words for excretory and explicit sexual conduct. “All four broadcast networks...
  • ISP Snooping Gaining Support

    04/14/2006 1:21:05 PM PDT · by steve-b · 68 replies · 1,548+ views
    CNet ^ | 4/14/06 | Declan McCullagh
    The explosive idea of forcing Internet providers to record their customers' online activities for future police access is gaining ground in state capitols and in Washington, D.C.... Mandatory data retention requirements worry privacy advocates because they permit police to obtain records of e-mail chatter, Web browsing or chat-room activity that normally would have been discarded after a few months. And some proposals would require providers to retain data that ordinarily never would have been kept at all.... Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the free-market Cato Institute, was the member of the Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity...
  • OSU librarian slapped with “sexual harassment” charge over conservative books for freshmen

    04/13/2006 4:37:50 PM PDT · by dukeman · 169 replies · 3,775+ views
    Ohio State University will press forward with frivolous investigation despite ADF letter COLUMBUS, Ohio — Officials at the Ohio State University are investigating an OSU Mansfield librarian for “sexual harassment” after he recommended four conservative books for a freshman reading program. ADF has demanded that OSU cease its frivolous investigation, yet the university is pressing forward, claiming that it takes the charges “seriously.” “Universities are one of the most hostile places for Christians and conservatives in America,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David French, who heads ADF’s Center for Academic Freedom. “It is shameful that OSU would investigate a Christian...
  • Republicans Succeed in Supporting the Restriction of Free Speech with Passage of 527 Legislation

    04/07/2006 1:42:31 PM PDT · by SittinYonder · 40 replies · 960+ views
    Club for Growth ^ | April 5, 2006 07:12 PM | Andrew Roth
    Washington, D.C. - Following the unfortunate passage of the highly contested 527 legislation (H.R. 513) that will dramatically reduce First Amendment protections of political speech, David Keating, Executive Director of the Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 35,000 members, made the following statement: “Passage of this Republican-sponsored legislation is nothing more than an outrageous assault on the First Amendment. The House Republicans may think they have made a wise political move, but subverting the Constitution in an attempt to make political gains is inexcusable and will shut down a crucial way to support the policies...
  • Court sides with preacher in Ithaca noise case (City of Evil tried to silence Christian)

    04/07/2006 6:19:35 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies · 1,109+ views
    WSTM TV ^ | April 7, 2006
    NEW YORK A preacher found relief from a higher authority today when an appeals court ruled that Ithaca selectively used its noise ordinance to silence him in violation of his rights to free speech, equal protection and freedom of religion. The 2nd U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ordered a federal judge in Albany to declare victory for Kevin Deegan -- saying it found the noise ordinance "cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny." Deegan had sued Ithaca, its attorney and its chief of police in a bid to strike down the ordinance in the college town 45 miles south of Syracuse....
  • Congress Told of More ATF Abuses, Reforms Suggested

    03/29/2006 12:40:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 92 replies · 1,769+ views ^ | March 29, 2006 | Jeff Johnson
    Senior Staff Writer ( - An Arizona police supervisor Tuesday said the federal agency charged with regulating the nation's firearms industry "absolutely devastated" his career and his personal life, all because he gave a gun to a friend as a gift. Tucson Police Lt. Michael Lara was among a panel of witnesses who told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is in need of serious reform. Lara purchased a handgun from a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL) in 2003, planning to give it to a friend...
  • Father's Rights Book May Be Banned By Massachusetts Court.

    03/24/2006 10:43:07 AM PST · by Orlando · 59 replies · 2,290+ views
    ANCPR ^ | 3-21-06 | ANCPR
    On Wed,March 22, there will be a hearing in Essex County Court in Massachusetts, which could result in the banning of a book by Fathers rights(Pro-Family) activist, Kevin Thompson. Kevin Thompson has been fighting a long and lonely battle in the Essex Probate and Family Court to try to be able to be a father to his son. Several months ago, the court impounded the records of the trial and Judge DeGangi has recently granted a restraining order forbidding Kevin from distributing his book, EXPOSING THE CORRUPTION IN THE MASSACHUSETTS FAMILY COURTS.
  • John McCain, you treasonous bastard, I challenge you or any of your traitorous cohorts...

    03/22/2006 8:58:42 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 1,463 replies · 35,482+ views
    Jim Robinson
    <p>John McCain, you treasonous bastard, I challenge you or any of your traitorous cohorts to find even one thread, one post, one paragraph, one sentence or even one lousy word posted to this web site that is not fully protected by the First Amendment!</p>
  • Bill Modeled After Wal-Mart Law Would Apply to Smaller Firms

    03/17/2006 12:21:05 AM PST · by beaversmom · 26 replies · 836+ views
    WJLA 7 News ^ | March 16, 2006
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Now that Wal-Mart is required under Maryland law to spend at least eight percent of its payroll for employee health benefits, some state lawmakers want smaller businesses to pay up, too. Legislation introduced Wednesday in Annapolis would require all businesses to spend 4.5 percent of their payrolls on health care for both full and part-time employees. As with the larger employer law, the money would either have to be use for company-provided insurance or paid to the state. The bill's sponsors says the 800,000 Marylanders without health insurance could benefit from the proposal. Small business owners...
  • Congress Could Vote Tomorrow On Internet Exemption

    03/16/2006 8:32:01 PM PST · by gnarledmaw · 96 replies · 1,614+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Wed, 15 Mar 2006 15:35:31 | GOA
    U.S. House Will Vote Soon on Whether to Ditch John McCain's Internet Regulations Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 Wednesday, March 15, 2006 The U.S. House of Representatives will vote, as early as Thursday, on legislation introduced by Texas Congressmen Jeb Hensarling and Ron Paul. This bill (H.R. 1606) will exempt the Internet from regulation under federal "electioneering" laws. Unless the Hensarling-Paul bill is successful, many major blogs and web sites could be shut down for 60 days before any general election -- and for 30...
  • FEC Delays Ruling on 'PoliBlog' Speech (CFR alert)

    03/16/2006 9:47:39 AM PST · by Stellar Dendrite · 32 replies · 685+ views
    Newsmax ^ | March 16, 2006 | Newsmax
    The Federal Election Commission has postponed a long-anticipated decision on whether to apply the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law to political speech on the Internet. It appeared that FEC Commissioner Michael Toner wanted to give Congress a chance to pass the Online Freedom of Speech Act proposed by Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling. But late Wednesday afternoon, the House Rules Committee passed on the opportunity by failing to report Hensarling’s bill out of committee for debate on the House floor. Key House aides told NewsMax that the House would likely resume discussion after March 27. If so, legislators might have to...
  • FCC: CBS facing $3.6M fine for indecency

    03/15/2006 5:06:33 PM PST · by mathprof · 35 replies · 1,614+ views
    ap ^ | 3/15/06
    A government crackdown on indecent programming resulted in a proposed fine of $3.6 million against dozens of CBS stations and affiliates on Wednesday - a record penalty from the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC said an episode of the CBS crime drama "Without a Trace" that aired in December 2004 was indecent. It cited the graphic depiction of "teenage boys and girls participating in a sexual orgy." CBS said it strongly disagrees with the FCC's finding. The program "featured an important and socially relevant storyline warning parents to exercise greater supervision of their teenage children. The program was not unduly...
  • Teen Nabbed After Gun Photos Online

    02/23/2006 8:27:40 AM PST · by LouAvul · 54 replies · 1,741+ views
    cbs ^ | 2-23-06
    A 16-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after postings on the popular Web site allegedly showed him holding handguns, authorities said. The teen was being held at a juvenile detention center facing three misdemeanor charges of juvenile possession of a handgun, said district attorney spokeswoman Pam Russell. He is due in court Feb. 27. Police searched the boy's home after receiving a tip from Evergreen High School on Feb. 10, the same day he was suspended, officials said. School spokesman Rick Kaufman said parents were calling with concerns and some kept their children home after photographs posted on the boy's...
  • Supreme Court OKs Hallucinogenic Tea

    02/21/2006 7:42:06 AM PST · by AntiGuv · 164 replies · 2,861+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 21, 2006 | Gina Holland
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that a small congregation in New Mexico may use hallucinogenic tea as part of a four-hour ritual intended to connect with God. Justices, in their first religious freedom decision under Chief Justice John Roberts, moved decisively to keep the government out of a church's religious practice. Federal drug agents should have been barred from confiscating the hoasca tea of the Brazil-based church, Roberts wrote in the decision. The tea, which contains an illegal drug known as DMT, is considered sacred to members of O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal, which has...
  • Alito to have 1 shot at influencing First Amendment this term

    02/19/2006 2:52:38 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 7 replies · 820+ views
    Editor's note: The Supreme Court announced Feb. 17 that it would again hear arguments in the free-speech case of a whistleblower, apparently so that Justice Samuel Alito can break a tie. That case is Garcetti v. Ceballos. WASHINGTON — New Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. was sworn in Jan. 31, giving him five months to serve during the Court’s current term. But during that period, Alito will likely have only one chance to show his First Amendment stripes. That chance will be in an important one, and it begins Feb. 28, when the Court hears a trio of First...
  • UPDATED: Women Tell Lawmakers They Want the Right to Protect Themselves with a Concealed Firearm

    02/17/2006 10:18:51 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 772+ views
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | 2/17/2006 | Malia Zimmerman
    Hawaii ReporterFreedom to Report Real News UPDATED: Women Tell Lawmakers They Want the Right to Protect Themselves with a Concealed FirearmSenate Judiciary Committee Considers Open Carry Bill at 9 a.m. Friday; Meanwhile the Intergovernmental Affairs and Judiciary Committees Killed Two Bills Late Thursday That Would Allow Concealed Carry and Protection of Second Amendment Rights in a Disaster; Bill to Force State Attorney General to Implement Federal Law Allowing Retired Police Officers the Right to Concealed Carry Passes Senate CommitteeBy Malia Zimmerman, 2/17/2006 5:45:25 AM Editor's update: The Senate Intergovernmental Affairs Committee deferred two Senate bills late Thursday that would grant...
  • Congress Told of ATF Seizures, Threats to Gun Buyers

    02/17/2006 11:16:14 AM PST · by SonofLiberty1 · 162 replies · 3,985+ views ^ | February 17, 2006 | Jeff Johnson
    Congress Told of ATF Seizures, Threats to Gun Buyers By Jeff Johnson Senior Staff Writer February 17, 2006 ( - Agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), allegedly acting without warrants or legislative authority to do so, seized firearms from at least 50 gun show patrons in Virginia according to congressional testimony and an agency document made public Wednesday. Witnesses also testified that African-American and female gun buyers in Richmond, Va., and Pittsburgh, Pa., were profiled based on their race or sex and some in Pittsburgh were threatened with arrest by ATF agents for...
  • On March 6th, American males must submit US Gov paperwork to be introduced to foreign women

    02/14/2006 6:12:25 AM PST · by GermanBusiness · 406 replies · 4,482+ views
    The Violence Against Women Act signed by President Bush on Jan. 5 contains an almost unnoticed attachment. Subtitle D, also known as the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 (IMBA), will become law when VAWA is enacted. The IMBA is an ostensibly noble measure with a surprising and ominous twist. The scant attention directed toward the IMBA has been positive. A headline in Washington State's The Daily Herald announced, "Mail-order brides gain protection" with the subtitle "The mother of a murdered immigrant hopes that pending federal legislation will keep foreign brides from abuse, neglect and slavery." The "murdered immigrant"...
  • Boy charged with felony for carrying sugar

    02/11/2006 4:11:34 PM PST · by Revel · 662 replies · 6,943+ views
    suntimes ^ | February 11, 2006
    Boy charged with felony for carrying sugar BY JUSTINA WANG A 12-year-old Aurora boy who said he brought powdered sugar to school for a science project this week has been charged with a felony for possessing a look-alike drug, Aurora police have confirmed. The sixth-grade student at Waldo Middle School was also suspended for two weeks from school after showing the bag of powdered sugar to his friends. The boy, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, said he brought the bag to school to ask his science teacher if he could run an experiment using sugar....
  • SSDP Sues Department of Education in Freedom of Information Act Dispute

    02/07/2006 4:14:36 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 11 replies · 631+ views ^ | 2 6 06 |
    The nonprofit organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy announced late last week it has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education alleging that the department is refusing to release state-by-state data on the number of students affected by a law barring them from receiving financial aid because they have a drug conviction unless SSDP pays a hefty fee for the service. The student group wants information about the impact of the Higher Education Act's (HEA) drug provision, authored by arch-drug warrior Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), and in effect since 2000. SSDP is part of a large coalition of student,...

    02/03/2006 11:07:42 AM PST · by Irontank · 162 replies · 4,890+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | February 3, 2006
    A woman accused of using racial epithets while waiting for food at a Connecticut Taco Bell drive-through window was arrested Wednesday. Jennifer Farrelly, 19, of East Windsor, has been charged with ridicule on account of race, creed or color and second-degree breach of peace. Farrelly's boyfriend, Eric Satterlee, 22, of Ashford, was charged with breach of peace in the incident. On Dec. 18, Farrelly and Satterlee became frustrated by the slow service at the Taco Bell restaurant on Brookside Place, according to an arrest warrant. Farrelly banged on the drive-through window and called the Taco Bell attendant, Jamelle Byrd, a...
  • Incident At Taco Bell Leads To Charges

    02/03/2006 5:53:50 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 86 replies · 2,732+ views
    ENFIELD - A woman accused of using racial epithets while waiting for food at a Taco Bell drive-through window was arrested Wednesday. Jennifer Farrelly, 19, of East Windsor, has been charged with ridicule on account of race, creed or color and second-degree breach of peace. Farrelly's boyfriend, Eric Satterlee, 22, of Ashford, was charged with breach of peace in the incident. On Dec. 18, Farrelly and Satterlee became frustrated by the slow service at the Taco Bell restaurant on Brookside Place, according to an arrest warrant. Farrelly banged on the drive-through window and called the Taco Bell attendant, Jamelle Byrd,...
  • 2nd Circuit: Conn. city can force police to cover tattoos

    02/03/2006 5:32:00 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 7 replies · 725+ views ^ | 2 2 06 | associated press
    NEW YORK — A federal appeals court said yesterday that Hartford, Conn., police officers with offensive tattoos can be ordered not to display them, disappointing five officers who claimed the ban violates their First Amendment rights. "A police department has a reasonable interest in not offending or appearing unprofessional before the public it serves," the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The three-judge panel said a lower court judge was right last March to dismiss the lawsuit brought by five policemen against the city and its former police chief. The plaintiffs had argued that a city order giving the...
  • Police Officers Sue Over Police Surveillance of Their Protests (PBA Making a federal case)

    02/02/2006 7:35:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 766+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 3, 2006 | JIM DWYER
    The demonstrators arrived angry, departed furious. The police had herded them into pens. Stopped them from handing out fliers. Threatened them with arrest for standing on public sidewalks. Made notes on which politicians they cheered and which ones they razzed. Meanwhile, officers from a special unit videotaped their faces, evoking for one demonstrator the unblinking eye of George Orwell's "1984." "That's Big Brother watching you," the demonstrator, Walter Liddy, said in a deposition. Mr. Liddy's complaint about police tactics, while hardly novel from a big-city protester, stands out because of his job: He is a New York City police officer....