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  • "Net Neutrality" is GOVERNMENT CONTROL

    02/26/2015 9:35:27 PM PST · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    Feb 27, 2015 | Ray76
    Internet is a medium by which every one may publish to every one. The medium must not can not be regulated. Regulation is an abridgment of the freedom of speech and of "the press" Internet is “the tyrant’s foe, and the people’s friend” The FCC is seizing control of the medium. They claim laws of the 1930's as their authority. The 1930's are well before computers and internet existed. The FCC has no authority to regulate the medium. There can be no authority to control the medium.
  • Obama´s regs will make Internet slow as in Europe, warn FCC, FEC commissioners

    02/23/2015 7:44:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/23/15 | Paul Bedard
    As the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Election Commission toy with regulating aspects of the Internet, critics on those agencies are warning that speed and freedom of speech are in jeopardy. In a joint column, Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai and Federal Election Commission member Lee Goodman, leveled the boom on the Obama-favored regulations, essentially charging that it will muck up the freedom the nation has come to expect from the Internet. In one key passage of the column published in Politico, the duo wrote Monday that heavy-handed FCC regulations like those imposed in Europe will significantly slow down
  • French Icon Brigitte Bardot on Trial Again for Blasphemy Against Muslims

    02/20/2015 2:18:55 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 74 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/20/2015 | Dr. Phyllis Chesler
    Former film star Brigitte Bardot, France’s iconic blonde bombshell and “sex kitten” who reigned supreme from 1952 – 1973, is currently on trial for the fifth time for insulting Muslims and “inciting racial hatred.” Bardot has been fined four times and has also received suspended jail sentences.
  • WATCH: Shocking Video Shows College Students Condemning Free Speech and The 1st Amendment!

    02/18/2015 4:57:31 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 48 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 02/18/2015 | Steven Crowder
    A man-on-street video. The University of Michigan took some pretty big steps toward stifling free speech on its campus this month with its “Inclusive Language” program. They’ve even gone as far as to create a list of “unacceptable words”. Just how important is the 1st amendment to students today. I’m pretty sure that after watching the video, you’ll feel more compelled to protect the 1st amendment than ever before!
  • Shooting at Copenhagen blasphemy seminar (3 Police shot, gunmen on the loose)

    02/14/2015 8:35:11 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | February 14th, 2015 | BBC
    Danish police have said three officers were shot and wounded at blasphemy debate in Copenhagen where the French ambassador was speaking. Two gunmen are said to be still at large. Reports say up to 40 shots were fired outside the venue in the Danish capital. Controversial Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who has drawn caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, was also present at the debate. Shortly after the attack, a message appeared on the Twitter feed of French ambassador Francois Zimeray saying he was unharmed. Lars Vilks stoked controversy in 2007 by drawing pictures of the Prophet Muhammad dressed as a...
  • Feds Hope to Regulate Political Speech on the Internet

    02/12/2015 3:23:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The Federal Election Commission is considering expanding their regulatory power to include political speech online… Yeah, let’s regulate the internet. I mean, free speech can’t just be expected to run wild or anything, right? The FEC held an open hearing yesterday to determine if they will move forward on clamping down on political content online (such as blogs, YouTube videos, and other “free” messaging). According to CNS News:Last October, FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel issued a statement in which she complained that the agency was not doing enough to monitor activity on the Internet.Right… Because I know I’m terrified that the feds...
  • The silence of the sheep

    01/18/2015 12:15:22 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 6 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 1-18-15 | DUSTIN SIGGINS
    As France recovers from last week’s terrorist attacks against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the Western world, including journalists and social media spectators across the political spectrum, are rallying around freedom of speech – even offensive speech. While they are rightly united in the conviction that objectionable expression should be safe from violent retaliation, it is increasingly clear that the freedom of speech often works only at that bare minimum — protecting us from imprisonment and decapitation by governments, but not from social and economic destruction by our fellow Americans, including government officials. Take the case of Kelvin Cochran, Atlanta’s...
  • Pope Francis on Freedom of Speech: 'One Cannot Make Fun of Faith'

    Pope Francis suggested there are limits to freedom of expression, saying in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack that "one cannot make fun of faith" and that anyone who throws insults can expect a "punch." The pontiff said that both freedom of faith and freedom of speech were fundamental human rights and that "every religion has its dignity." "One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith," he said. "There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity ... in freedom of expression there are limits." The pope was speaking to reporters on...
  • Leviathan director Andrei Zvyagintsev: ‘Living in Russia is like being in a minefield’

    01/14/2015 1:32:59 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 6, 2014
    [...] Zvyagintsev [a noted Russian film director whose "Leviathan" has recently taken the Golden Globe prize] swims resolutely against the tide. One remark by Russia’s culture minister, Vladimir Medinsky, who, earlier this year, said openly that he did not like Leviathan, seems especially to irritate. “He said: ‘Let all the flowers grow, but we will only water the ones we like.’ After these words he should have been fired, because this is a direct violation of the constitution, a direct violation of human expression. You cannot impose rules on art. Everybody should be equal. Government help, without which art cannot...
  • French comedian Dieudonne probed for Paris attack quip

    01/12/2015 8:53:42 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 18 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 01/12/2015
    Paris (AFP) - French prosecutors said Monday they were investigating notorious comedian Dieudonne for "inciting terrorism" with his Facebook comment [...] "Tonight, as far as I'm concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly", the comedian wrote, playing the expression "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") off a reference to Friday's kosher supermarket attacker Amedy Coulibaly. "Je suis Charlie" was adopted as the rallying cry following shootings at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people died. Coulibaly killed four hostages in the kosher supermarket seige, after murdering a police officer Thursday. [...] The comedian made his controversial Facebook post after attending...
  • I am <i>not</i> Charlie

    01/12/2015 8:24:42 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/11/2015 | Joseph Curl
    Shortly after a terrorist attack left 12 dead inside a Paris magazine called Charlie Hebdo, a meme went viral. People posted a new phrase on social media, held signs with the slogan, said it again and again and again on TV: “Je Suis Charlie” — I am Charlie. The message was meant to show solidarity with those who died. And those who were murdered in cold blood were called “journalists,” therefore “Je Suis Charlie” supporters were saying, essentially, there but for the grace of God go I. They, too, could have been killed over freedom of expression. We are all...
  • Saudi blogger Badawi 'flogged for Islam insult'

    01/09/2015 9:59:59 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    A Saudi Arabian blogger has been publicly flogged after being convicted of cybercrime and insulting Islam, reports say. Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail, was flogged 50 times. The flogging will be carried out weekly, campaigners say. Mr Badawi, the co-founder of a now banned website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was arrested in 2012. Rights groups condemned his conviction and the US appealed for clemency. On Thursday state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urged the Saudi authorities to "cancel this brutal punishment" and to review his case. In addition to his sentence, Mr...
  • The Paralysis of Europe

    01/09/2015 7:54:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    The massacre in Paris of the staff of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was an act of terrorism, but also a successful act of war in the clash of civilizations between Islamism and the West. Nor were we lacking for warning signs. In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, a license to kill author Salman Rushdie for his anti-Muslim novel "Satanic Verses." Danish cartoons of the Prophet with his turban in the shape of a bomb caused riots across the Middle East. Charlie Hebdo published them. The vulgarian Theo Van Gogh was carved up alive on a street in Amsterdam...
  • Atlanta Fire Chief: I was fired because of my Christian faith

    01/08/2015 2:21:03 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/7/2015 | Todd Starnes
    Kelvin Cochran was five-years-old when he realized that he wanted to be a firefighter. “My family was very, very poor,” Cochran told me. “We were living in a shotgun house in an alley – three big brothers, two little sisters.” One Sunday afternoon the Cochran children heard a fire truck stop across from their neighbor’s home. Miss Maddie’s house was one fire. “It’s a frightening day in the United States when a person cannot express their faith without fears of persecution following,” White told me. “It’s persecution when a godly fire chief loses his job over expressing his Christian faith.”...
  • Sweden passes law to criminalize any criticism of immigration

    10/20/2014 9:18:43 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 55 replies
    A new law will come into effect in Sweden after Christmas 2014, that will allow people to be prosecuted for criticizing immigration or politician’s unwillingness to tackle the issue. The Constitutional Committee’s report has been voted for in parliament, seen in a letter from the Parliamentary Offices. Member of Parliament Andrew Norlén, member of the Constitutional Committee, has been pushing the issue and he says it will rapidly become a deterrent. ... Without freedom of speech there can be no democracy. If you are not allowed to say certain things then parties that support your ideas cannot exist and Sweden...
  • Houston to pastors: Forget your sermons, now we want your speeches

    10/17/2014 11:33:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Five Christian pastors will no longer have to turn their sermons over to attorneys for the city of Houston. Instead, they will be forced to turn over their speeches related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). I don’t mean to point out the obvious here—but what do those attorneys think a sermon is? It’s a speech. According to an amended motion filed Friday in Harris County, Texas court, the city’s attorneys will no longer demand sermons related to homosexuals, gender identity, or Mayor Annise Parker—Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor. The amended subpoenas do require the pastors to turn over...
  • California Liberals Wage War on Pro-Energy Advertisers

    10/13/2014 1:58:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Thomas Miller
    I’ve learned how the game works, from my perch here at Breitling Energy. For one, we advertise and broadcast Powering America Radio on The Patriot, KEIB 1150 AM in Los Angeles, the USAs 2nd largest media market. It also happens to be the transplanted LA home of the Rush Limbaugh show. On occasion, Chris Faulkner’s “Oil and Gas Today” reports fall within the Limbaugh program (it’s called run-of-schedule in broadcasting….where commercials air randomly through the day).. When they hit his show, here come the emails. People “informing” us of Rush’s bigoted bias and “encouraging” us to not support any station...
  • Robert Kennedy Jr., Aspiring Tyrant

    09/23/2014 5:51:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 9-22-14 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Blissfully unaware of how hot the irony burned, Robert Kennedy Jr. yesterday took to a public protest to rail avidly in favor of censorship. The United States government, Kennedy lamented in an interview with Climate Depot, is not permitted by law to “punish” or to imprison those who disagree with him — and this, he proposed, is a problem of existential proportions. Were he to have his way, Kennedy admitted, he would cheer the prosecution of a host of “treasonous” figures — among them a number of unspecified “politicians”; those bętes noires of the global Left, Kansas’s own Koch Brothers;...
  • Remarks of Ayaan Irisi Ali, an ex-Muslim, at Yale

    09/19/2014 10:40:36 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 9 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 19, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Ayaan Irisi Ali has often been rejected by the "multicultural" establishment, perhaps most memorably in April of this year by Brandeis University. According to Brandeis, "She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women's rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world," said the university's statement. "That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University's core values." [Emphasis added.] According to the Fox News article linked above, Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006, has been quoted as making...
  • Freedom of Approved Speech

    09/11/2014 6:54:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/11/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    If you believe it is in your best interest to allow government to take power over certain things, it won't be long before government takes power over certain things that are not in your best interest The politicians are always working on tweaking freedom of speech because political correctness has turned out not to be oppressive enough. They use back doors and side entrances to attack freedom of speech, because if they came in the front door, you would know what they were up to, and you would use your freedom of speech to stop them. The political leaders tell...
  • China cracks down on online rumors, porn

    07/22/2014 8:11:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 9:46 PM EDT
    Chinese authorities have tightened already rigorous Internet controls by cracking down on online pornography and what state media called “rumormongers” and “slanderous content.” […] Xinhua said the government would also increase punishments for spreading rumors online, although it didn’t specify how it would do that. Already, Chinese courts can sentence people for up to three years in prison for writing online comments deemed defamatory. As part of the new campaign, the government has shut down websites and punished nearly 40 people it called rumormongers. …
  • It looks like Google is trying to make sure no one sees “America”, Dinesh D’Souza demands answers

    07/08/2014 10:53:25 AM PDT · by blueyon · 39 replies
    Young Condervitives ^ | 7/08/14 | Joshua Riddle
    First Costco removed Dinesh D’Souza’s book “America” from all of their stores, and now Google is piling on. Liberal hacks are doing whatever they can to make sure people don’t see this movie and hear it’s message. Liberals are all about trying to squash free speech. Makes me sick. From the Hollywood Reporter: Lawyers representing Dinesh D’Souza’s newest film, America, have fired off a letter to Google demanding that the search engine correct problems that they say are hampering the ability of consumers to figure out where the movie is playing. The letter claims that Google has been confusing America...
  • Britain's Lost Freedoms: 'We're Living in a Madhouse'

    07/08/2014 4:49:41 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    CBN ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | Dale Hurd
    LONDON - America owes much of its freedom to its British heritage. But today, Britain is losing its freedom. Many Americans were stunned when British authorities arrested Liberty Great Britain party leader Paul Weston in April for publicly reciting Winston Churchill's criticism of Islam. The calendar might say it's 2014, but in Britain it's starting to feel like George Orwell's "1984" because "Big Brother" has decided that certain things can no longer be said. Arrested over Churchill Weston quoted from Winston Churchill's book, The River War, in which he wrote: "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its...
  • Let's Repeal Freedom of Speech?

    06/29/2014 1:19:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    The First Amendment, I think I’ll keep it. Not so for 44 sitting U.S. Senators — all Democrats. They’re proposing Senate Joint Resolution 19, which would amend the U.S. Constitution by scratching out a sorta important part of the Bill of Rights. Senate Joint Resolution 19 would repeal the First Amendment. Well, not all of it, actually: just our right to speak out politically, to engage in political action and campaign for or against those in power. The new amendment would remove all protections against Congress regulating our speech, at least insofar as we have to spend even a plug...
  • The Big Lie Exposed: Liberals Hate Diversity

    05/11/2014 12:32:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2014 | Jeff Crouere
    Liberals are always preaching the values of diversity and inclusion. Regrettably, such platitudes are just rhetoric, because upon closer examination liberals hate diversity. As evidence, just examine some recent and disturbing activities on the campus of Rutgers University. After former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice was invited to give the commencement address, liberals went crazy. In February, the faculty council passed a resolution demanding that the university withdraw their invitation to Rice. Thereafter, student protesters stormed the office of the Rutgers President to express their disapproval of the selection and condemn Rice as a war...
  • Freedom of speech is 'universal' right, Michelle Obama tells China

    03/22/2014 10:28:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 22 Mar 2014 | Tom Phillips
    Amid a growing crackdown on Chinese dissidents, the US First Lady tells an audience in Beijing that the "questioning and criticism" of political leaders is crucialFreedom of information, expression and belief should be considered "universal rights", Michelle Obama, the US first lady, told students in China on Saturday. Speaking at Peking University on the second full day of a weeklong, bridge-building family tour of the country, Mrs Obama said: "It is so important for information and ideas to flow freely over the internet and through the media." "When it comes to expressing yourself freely, and worshipping as you choose, and...
  • Conservative prof who was denied promotion wins First Amendment lawsuit

    03/21/2014 7:20:35 AM PDT · by dennisw · 29 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 10:34 PM 03/20/2014
    First Amendment enthusiasts are thrilled that Mike Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, won his lawsuit against administrators who denied him a promotion because of his conservative, Christian views. Adams joined the university in 1993. He was an atheist at the time. By the year 2000, he had converted to Christianity and become an outspoken political conservative. He eventually wrote columns for Townhall.com. In 2006, he was denied a promotion. Administrators were retaliating against him for his conservative views, he claimed. The jury agreed. Adams’s lawyers said the victory is an important one for free speech...
  • Victory for Academic Freedom: Jury Rules UNC-Wilmington Retaliated Against Conservative Professor

    03/21/2014 5:55:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    A jury in North Carolina on Thursday found that the University of North Carolina-Wilmington retaliated against criminology professor Dr. Mike Adams for his political and social views. Adams, a Townhall columnist, explained last year that despite his track record of success at the university in terms of teaching, research and service, he was denied a promotion to full professor because of the views he advanced in his opinion columns. He described the promotion process as being “replete with procedural irregularities and with direct criticism of [his] columns and [his] beliefs.” The ACLJ, who represented Adams along with Alliance Defending Freedom...
  • Win Lose or Draw

    03/17/2014 5:03:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Today, as most of you sit in your offices pretending to work while reading my column (thanks, by the way) I'll be taking the stand in federal court in a First Amendment lawsuit against my employer, UNC-Wilmington. The trial will be over in three days, thus ending a seven-year legal battle with important implications for academic freedom. Some have asked how the outcome of the trial will affect my work in the campus free speech movement. I'm writing this column in response to those inquiries. There are three possible outcomes to the trial this week in Greenville, NC. We could...
  • Separation of Government From Press

    02/25/2014 2:20:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 20154 | Cal Thomas
    After much criticism from conservative quarters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided, at least for now, to withdraw plans for its proposed study of how media organizations gather and report news. The expressed goal of the survey was to determine if the "critical information needs" of the public are being met. In making the announcement on Friday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated the survey would be "revised" and that the government agency had "no intention" of regulating political speech of journalists or other broadcasters. You couldn't prove that from reading the initial study. The obvious question is: Who gets...
  • A Chilling Proposal

    02/25/2014 1:18:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Any freedom-loving person would be outraged at the attempt by the Federal Communications Commission to inject itself into monitoring the practices of print and broadcast media organizations, but the outrage came almost exclusively from conservatives, which is highly instructive. But liberals and conservatives are on such different planets that they don't even agree that this development -- that only conservatives objected -- is instructive, which is also instructive. The Washington Post was hoist with its own petard in reacting with a subtly pointed headline, "Proposed FCC study of news organizations sparks conservative outcry," and exposing its own biases rather than...
  • Republicans, Stop It Now!

    02/21/2014 7:41:06 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 9 replies
    2/21/14 | Originalbuckeye
    Republican legislators, stop this Fed takeover of the newsrooms in it's tracks! They already control around 95% of Big Media. We are hedging toward 100% Pravda reporting! STOP BEING WIMPS!!
  • Is Obama trying to kill a free press?

    02/21/2014 7:38:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | Jay Sekulow/
    The FCC is launching a new study, taking upon itself the task of deciding what news the public “needs” to hear, versus the news the public wants to hear. The agency will conduct a “General Population Survey” that will “measure community members’ actual and perceived critical information needs.” Got that? What you think (perceive) you need to know is different from what the government says you need to know. Next, the FCC will send monitors to newsrooms across the country who will ask questions regarding the “philosophy” of the newsroom, inquire about possible conflicts between reporters and their bosses, and...
  • A New Assault on Freedom of the Press

    02/13/2014 6:06:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Last week, a little noticed clash took place on Capitol Hill involving the fundamental values underlying the First Amendment. The issue was the lawfulness of publishing the secrets that were given to reporters by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden. The disputants were Cong. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and FBI Director James Comey. Rogers is the chief congressional apologist for the massive NSA spying apparatus. He is the current chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and in that capacity, he is one of the dozen members of Congress from both houses who were privy to much...
  • '2016: Obama's America' Filmmaker Indicted for Violating Campaign Finance Laws

    01/24/2014 5:38:53 AM PST · by Phillyred · 57 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 1/23/2014 | Paul Bond
    Dinesh D'Souza is accused of giving too much money to a candidate who sought to replace former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. Producer Gerald Molen tells The Hollywood Reporter the charges are politically motivated. Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, whose documentary 2016: Obama's America took a critical look at President Barack Obama and was a surprise hit in 2012, will be arrested in New York on Friday for allegedly violating campaign-finance laws, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Federal authorities accuse D'Souza of donating more than is legal to the campaign of Wendy Long, who ran in 2012 for the U.S. Senate...
  • Bloggers = Media for First Amendment Libel Law Purposes (good news, for a change)

    01/18/2014 10:35:57 PM PST · by ransomnote · 9 replies
    volokh.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    So holds today’s Obsidian Finance Group v. Cox (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2014) (in which I represented the defendant). To be precise, the Ninth Circuit concludes that all who speak to the public, whether or not they are members of the institutional press, are equally protected by the First Amendment. To quote the court, The protections of the First Amendment do not turn on whether the defendant was a trained journalist, formally affiliated with traditional news entities, engaged in conflict-of-interest disclosure, went beyond just assembling others’ writings, or tried to get both sides of a story. As the Supreme Court...
  • Reality Bites Gays

    12/24/2013 1:37:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 24, 2013 | Rosslyn Smith
    At the heart of the Duck Dynasty controversy is a modern paradox: those who most loudly celebrate the gay lifestyle seem to go into a Victorian swoon whenever anyone even obliquely mentions actual gay sex practices such as anal sex. As we watch the corporate clusterduck swirl around the alleged wrongs of reality TV star Phil Robertson concerning homosexuality, it may be instructive to take a step back. Image control has been crucial to gay activists. In 1980 Hollywood produced, Cruising, a big budget film that showed the seamier side of gay life. It got pretty good reviews because it...
  • Freedom of Speech Goes on Trial in Boston

    12/05/2013 1:50:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    atlas shrugs ^ | 12/5/13 | Pamela Geller
    It's not lost on me that I find myself just a stone's throw from Boston Harbor where the greatest of wars -- the fight for freedom and individual rights -- broke out here in 1774. Nowhere, at no time, has there been a more righteous of cause in the history of humankind. Then, as today, an out-of-control government took outrageous and egregious actions against our most basic individual rights -- and in this case, the most precious of all freedoms, the freedom of speech. Today Robert Spencer and I went to court in Boston. David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise represented...
  • Obama Uses IRS to Eliminate His Enemies

    12/05/2013 1:02:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Breitbart columnist, Ken Klukowski. “The power to tax involves the power to destroy,” the Supreme Court wrote in 1819, shortly after America began. Now in 2013, President Barack Obama is launching a frightening attack on free speech, using one of the most feared agencies in all the federal government: the Internal Revenue Service. One of the most roundly-condemned aspects of Richard Nixon’s malfeasance in office was his use of the IRS to target his political enemies with audits. If people shudder at Nixon’s abuses with the IRS, what Obama is doing should drive...
  • CNN cuts ‘most crucial points’ from interview with Russia's UN envoy on Syria

    11/28/2013 9:51:35 PM PST · by Vostok-1 · 5 replies
    Russia Today ^ | November 28, 2013 16:05 | Russia Today
    CNN has made significant cuts to its interview with the Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, most notably his comments on the number of people that actually support Syrian President Bashar Assad.
  • Fit mom Maria Kang banned from Facebook over obesity comments

    "The popular and unrelenting support received to those who are borderline obese (not just 30 to 40 lbs overweight) frustrates me as a fitness advocate who intimately understands how poor health negatively effects a family, a community and a nation," Kang wrote, according to News 10. According to Kang, her post was taken down within three hours of going viral. Facebook then shut down her account, saying her words constituted “hate speech.”
  • Huntington Beach Bar Fights To Save Sign That Salutes Veterans

    11/26/2013 6:42:53 AM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    CBS Local Los Angeles ^ | November 26, 2013 12:11 AM | Staff
    HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Veterans are rallying around a local bar whose owners say they have been ordered to removed a sign that salutes their service. “Thank a veteran for your freedom!” says a large sign perched above Johnny’s Booze and Pool. Vets love it and make up a significant part of the establishment’s clientele. “I love this place. The sign gives me the pride back that I lost … I struggled a lot when I first came back,” an Army vet told CBS2′s Stacey Butler. But someone complained to the city about the sign, and now the bar’s owners...
  • Feds Threaten to Prosecute Merchant for Selling ‘Department of Homeland Stupidity’ Coffee Mugs

    10/31/2013 2:42:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 113 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 31, 2013 - 3:36 PM | Ali Meyer and Michael W. Chapman
    The Department of Justice, on behalf of the National Security Administration (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has threatened to criminally prosecute a novelty store owner for selling mugs and t-shirts that say, among other things, “Department of Homeland Stupidity” and “The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens.” The novelty items are sold online at Zazzle.com, which is operated by merchant Dan McCall. The NSA and DHS sent “cease and desist” letters to Zazzle stating that the parody products violate statutes that protect their official seals from misuse. The NSA and DHS, through the Department...
  • City bans 'God Bless America' signs (FL)

    10/04/2013 7:17:40 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 26 replies
    Fox 13 News Tampa Bay, FL ^ | 10/4/13 | Anjuli Lohn
    It's a small sign with a big message, but Bartow residents are now being ordered to uproot their "God Bless America" yard signs. About 300 of the signs were handed out at First Baptist Church of Bartow following a Fourth of July sermon. But three months later, City of Bartow Code Enforcement says the temporary signs have worn out their welcome. Residents have three days to pack it up or pay a minimum fine of $25 a day. "Being a veteran, I felt like I was just kicked in the gut. I couldn't believe it, that I couldn't display my...
  • Egyptian arrested for naming donkey after general

    09/21/2013 9:41:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 21, 2013 10:42 AM EDT | Mariam Rizk
    The state news agency says a farmer in southern Egypt has been arrested after putting the military chief’s name and an army-style cap on his donkey while riding it through town. MENA news agency said that Omar Abul-Magd was arrested late Friday in Qena province for allegedly insulting Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who led the popularly-backed coup against President Mohammed Morsi. …
  • Florida Man To Be Disciplined For Facebook Post About Islam?

    09/16/2013 11:27:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Freedom Outpost Blog ^ | September 16, 2013 | Janna Brock
    Palm Beach County Public Affairs staffer John Jamason is being investigated for a Facebook post about Islam. There is every chance that he could be disciplined for making a "critical" statement about Islam on 9/11. Since when is it a crime to post a statement like this on one's personal Facebook page? Where is the man's right to free speech? Apparently free speech is a secondary issue when one of Florida's leading Muslim groups is offended.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)John Jamason incited the wrath of Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida, Inc because of a Facebook post about Islam. On Friday, September 13, the group...
  • Freedom of Speech As Long As You Agree With Me

    08/31/2013 9:56:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 8-31-13 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    “Die Gedanken sind frei.” —“Thoughts are Free,” famous German song about freedom of thought, 1810-1820, author unknown Shortly after I arrived in the U.S., I realized that the freedom of speech Americans thought they had, was, let’s just say, with no intention of offending anyone, a figment of their naďve imagination. I was naďve too, having escaped a communist dictatorship, I felt free to speak my objective opinion, thinking that there would be no harmful consequences since my freedom of speech was guaranteed. I felt elated. I did not have to fear the security police day and night; and I...
  • Are Military Bloggers Losing Their Free Speech?

    06/12/2013 1:58:24 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 6 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | June 12, 2013 | C J Grisham
    The pinnacle of military blogs was about the 2006-2008 time period. Troops were encouraged to share their Army stories and talk about their life. Sometimes it’s not pretty, but we’ve learned that most of the time it is,” said then-LTC Kevin Arata. And he was right. The majority of stories coming from bloggers were positive because the military was a great place to be. We loved serving our country and believed in the things for which we were fighting. However, in 2009, something changed. Leaders stopped supporting troops if they were critical in their blogs of anything. It got to...
  • Eric Holder And Occam’s Razor

    06/02/2013 7:37:40 PM PDT · by Ghost of Jesus Gil
    Albany Tribune ^ | June 2, 2013 | Alan Caruba
    Hi guys. Any car lovers out there? China watchers? I discovered this little interesting tid bit on China. It's going to subsidize R&D to build the next Tesla. Thing with China is, they wont go broke doing it...
  • UK Shopkeeper Forced to Remove “Obey Our Laws” T-Shirts or Face Arrest (Guess why?)

    05/31/2013 9:29:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 31, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    British police forced a Newport shopkeeper to remove his “Obey Our Laws” T-shirts. The shirts might “incite racial hatred.”ARREST THREAT: Matthew Taylor and the T-shirt police have forced him to remove from display (SW Argus) Police threatened to arrest Matthew Taylor if he did not remove the T-shirts. South Wales Argus reported, via Tundra Tabloids: A NEWPORT shopkeeper has been forced by police to remove a T-shirt from his shop window because they felt it “could be seen to be inciting racial hatred.” Matthew Taylor, 35, the owner of Taylor’s clothes store on Emlyn Walk in the city, printed up...