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  • Police arrest 3 men after racist fliers discovered in Boston neighborhood

    02/18/2019 7:46:40 AM PST · by jonatron · 66 replies
    Mass Live ^ | Feb 17, 2019 | Scott J. Croteau
    Police in Boston arrested three men they say posted fliers promoting white supremacy in East Boston including some posters that read, “Keep America American. Report any and all illegal aliens. They are not immigrants, they are criminals.” The three men were identified by police as 26-year-old Matthew Wolf of Lowell; 20-year-old Christopher Hood of Malden; and 18-year-old Tylar Larson of Rochester, New York. They were all arrested on either assault or weapons charges... “While on directed patrol in the area of the above-mentioned location due to recent reports of a group causing a disturbance while hanging posters which were upsetting...
  • EXCLUSIVE: College Bars Young Americans for Freedom Chapter From Displaying a Pro-2A Flag

    02/15/2019 11:35:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies ^ | February 15, 2019 | Beth Baumann
    Students at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California are having their First Amendment rights trampled on by school administrators. Students from OCC's Young Americans for Freedom chapter on Wednesday were tabling during a student recruitment fair. The goal was simple: to attract new members to the conservative student organization. Part of the students' booth display included a pro-Second Amendment flag that said "Don't Tread On Me" and "2nd Amendment Since 1789." But because two silhouettes of rifles appeared on the flag, administrators approached the students during the recruitment fair and demanded it be taken down. According to the...
  • A Cockwomble Reaches for The Hockey Stick

    02/14/2019 12:16:35 PM PST · by Twotone · 2 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | February 14, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    There was some modest activity yesterday in the Mann vs Steyn climate-change hockey-stick case, which will shortly be entering its eighth year. As that ludicrous fact testifies, it has been procedurally bollocksed by the District of Columbia courts, which is why it will almost certainly be headed to the Supreme Court. When it gets there, it will be the most consequential free-speech case since New York Times vs Sullivan fifty-five years ago. Lest you doubt that, consider yesterday's request by the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press and various other parties to file an amicus brief on the...
  • “Free The Nipple” Heading To SCOTUS? (If Men Can Expose Their Breasts, Why Can't Women?)

    02/09/2019 4:21:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/09/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    This has been a closely watched case in New Hampshire, both in terms of free speech and gender discrimination. (And I don’t mean “closely watched” just because it involves topless women.) Three Granite State ladies, Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro, were arrested in 2016 for going topless at a local beach and refusing to cover up after other bathers complained. They were subsequently convicted of violating a local indecent exposure law. Their initial appeals were rejected and now the state’s highest court has agreed with the previous judges and declared that the conviction was not a violation...
  • The Slippery Slope of Speech Suppression at CUNY

    02/06/2019 5:33:32 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | February 6, 2019 | David Seidemann
    ... The consequence of shielding campuses from controversial political thoughts (whether from off-campus posters or guest speakers) is predictable: the reinforcement of group-think. If CUNY administrators repeatedly and willfully violate First Amendment rights, is it any surprise that CUNY students fail to grasp the value of free speech and the legal protection that it is afforded? Sure enough, last year there were three noteworthy student-led campaigns targeting the protected speech of wrong-thinking faculty. Two of those campaigns comprised standard demonstrations and letters demanding that action be taken by college administrators. The third, however, represents a noteworthy and very troubling escalation....
  • A Digital Iron Curtain Descends Over the Internet

    02/01/2019 4:24:32 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 8 replies
    Front Page ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    A Digital Iron Curtain Descends Over the Internet Why free speech on the web - as we once knew it - will be over within a decade. February 1, 2019 Daniel Greenfield Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism. A generation of economic pressure failed to regulate the internet. Outraged movie studios and record companies managed to cripple some file sharing pioneers, but broke their teeth on Google’s YouTube. Dot coms like Amazon, Google, Cragislist, eBay and Netflix casually wiped out entire...
  • Covington Bishop and School Administration Barring Students From Speaking to Media

    01/23/2019 3:24:59 PM PST · by detective · 84 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | January 23, 2019 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    Shortened title. Full title: Covington Catholic Bishop and School Administration — Who Threw the Kids Under the Bus — Now Barring Them From Speaking to Media to Defend Themselves The Bishop and school administration at Covington Catholic — that immediately threw these kids under the bus without full information — has now told students they cannot speak to the media to defend themselves. Neither the Diocese or school has apologized to the kids for believing leftist activist Nathan Phillips and the liberal media as they smeared the students. Both even apologized on their behalf and have not yet retracted it...
  • Title IX Administers Another Flogging to Campus Free Speech

    01/23/2019 5:46:21 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | January 23, 2019 | George Leef
    When Congress wrote the 1972 amendments to the Education Act, it meant to prevent colleges and universities that received federal money from discriminating against students based on sex. Title IX states that schools lose eligibility for federal money if they discriminate against either men or women. Over the years, federal courts have expanded and contorted the meaning of Title IX. By late 2018, it means, according to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, that a college or university violates Title IX unless it goes so far as to shut down an off-campus social media platform that it does not control...
  • Hallandale Official Faces Backlash For Saying Muslim Lawmaker May ‘Blow Up’ Congress

    01/16/2019 6:23:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    A rookie commissioner from a South Florida beach city is facing calls for her resignation after she called newly elected Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib a “danger” and said the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress may decide to become a “martyr and blow up Capitol Hill.” From Washington to South Florida, the post has been called “indefensible” and “racist.”
  • Portland professor behind journal paper hoax fears he could lose his job

    01/15/2019 10:44:39 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/8/19 | Maxim Lott
    A professor who fooled prestigious journals into running absurd hoax papers, as a test of their bias, says he may now lose his job because of his actions. Peter Boghossian was one of three people who collaborated last year to test the standards of various university disciplines, submitting papers loaded with left-wing buzzwords to journals in fields like feminism, race studies, queer studies, and cultural studies. Many prestigious journals fell for their absurd hoax papers. A leading feminist journal published a section of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf that had simply been re-written with fashionable buzzwords. Another journal published a paper...
  • Erik Brunetti's 'FUCT' clothing brand case to be heard by Supreme Court

    01/13/2019 4:20:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 13, 2019 | Alex Swoyer
    A Supreme Court case to be heard this spring could have the justices dropping the F-bomb. The justices last week agreed to hear a challenge to trademark law involving a clothing brand named “FUCT” — leaving court watchers wondering how the justices will handle oral argument. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says the name appeared to be intended as a homonym for a vulgarity, and thus violates a federal law prohibiting “scandalous” trademarks. On that basis, PTO refused to register the trademark. Designer Erik Brunetti sued and won the first round in court, but in an unusual move both...
  • First on Nancy Pelosi's Agenda: Attacking Free Expression

    01/04/2019 7:32:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | January 4, 2019 | David Harsanyi
    I have zero interest in financially supporting any politician, much less ones I find morally unpalatable. Yet Democrats want to force me -- and every other American taxpayer -- to contribute, as a matter of public policy, to the campaigns of candidates we disagree with. Believe it or not, this might be an even more dangerous assault on free expression than unpleasant tweets directed at CNN anchors. One of Nancy Pelosi's first projects as the new speaker of the House will be passing a government overhaul of campaign finance and ethics rules that would, among other things, "expand voting rights."...
  • My Call With Patreon’s Jacqueline Hart | Yes, It’s a Total Disaster (Transcript Included)

    12/25/2018 11:58:56 AM PST · by OddLane · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/22/18 | Matt Christiansen
    Items Referenced: Jacqueline Hart's statement on the Sargon banning. Patreon banned Milo over 'association with the Proud Boys' Jack Conte pledges a warning system for creators. Patreon emails Sargon to ask for evidence to prove it wasn't hate speech .
  • Film Censorship -- Three Days of the Condor (VANITY)

    12/15/2018 11:01:52 PM PST · by Calvin Cooledge · 32 replies
    I was watching "Three Days of the Condor", a 70's political thriller. There is a scene where a CIA director (John Houseman) is pondering possible reasons that Robert Redford's character has gone rogue. In the original, Houseman says "For example, has he gone into business for himself? Was he turned around? Does someone operate him? Homosexual? Broke? Vulnerable? Could he be a soldier of fortune?" In the version on FIOS On-demand, the word "homosexual" has been clumsily edited to "sexual".
  • Provision to Give Monster Tech Companies ...Immunity ... Snuck Into... NAFTA

    12/14/2018 2:18:33 PM PST · by DiogenesLamp · 37 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | today | Ace of Spades.
    How did this happen? Big Tech lobbyists orchestrated the quiet insertion of a seemingly innocuous provision (Article 19.17) into the deal that is based on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230, much beloved by big tech, and an essential building block of their monopolistic dominance, holds that platforms like Facebook cannot be held liable as a "publisher or speaker" of their users' content.
  • California Dem Ted Lieu say he would 'love to regulate' speech

    12/13/2018 11:43:59 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 45 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 12/13/18 | Lukas Mikelionis
    California Democrat Ted Lieu bemoaned on Wednesday that though he would “love to be able to regulate the content of speech,” including that on Fox News, he can’t do it because of the U.S. Constitution. Lieu made the comments during an interview about the testimony of Google CEO Sundar Pichai at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, where he dismissed the allegations that the tech giant amplifies negative stories about Republican lawmakers, saying “if you want positive search results, do positive things." CNN host Brianna Keilar praised Lieu for his performance but asked whether other Democrats should have used the committee...
  • Conservatives Triumphant Over Free Speech Hating UC Berkeley

    12/07/2018 6:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/07/2018 | Matthew Vadum
    Conservatives scored a major legal victory against UC Berkeley which has agreed to compensate Young America’s Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans for trampling the First Amendment rights of conservative speakers and students on its campus. "Young America’s Foundation is thrilled that, after more than a year of UC Berkeley battling against the First Amendment rights of its own students, the University finally felt the heat and saw the light of their unconstitutional censorship," said YAF spokesman Spencer Brown. "YAF’s landmark victory for free expression—long squelched by Berkeley’s scheming administrators who weaponized flawed policies to target conservatives—shows that the battle...
  • Court cites free speech in striking down part of federal law over statements on illegal immigration

    12/04/2018 2:05:54 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04 DEC 2018 | Bill Mears
    A federal appeals court has tossed out parts of a law that would punish those who would knowingly encourage immigrants to come to, or remain, in the U.S. illegally. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit concluded the federal law unconstitutionally bans a range of protected speech. The Justice Department prosecuted a San Jose woman who ran an immigration consulting firm, for allegedly helping arrange green cards for those working in the country illegally. The judges concluded the law’s reach was overbroad. “We do not think that any reasonable reading of the statute can exclude speech. To conclude...
  • NBC’s Chuck Todd Calls White House Media Rules “Absurd” [semi-satire]

    11/27/2018 8:40:49 AM PST · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Nov 2018 | John Semmens
    The recently released rules for White House press conference participants were excoriated by MSNBC talking head Chuck Todd as “absurd.” Under the announced rules each member of the press will be expected to yield the floor to another member of the press corps after asking a question unless the President, Press Secretary, or other official conducting the press conference allows a follow-up question, after which the questioner will be expected to yield the floor to a colleague. “Insisting that we politely take turns is treating us like children,” Todd complained. “I mean, it’s not as if any member of the...
  • The Escalating Assault on Citizen Journalism

    11/26/2018 11:34:13 AM PST · by libstripper · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Nov. 26, 2018 | Jack Cashill
    In December 1997, after the FBI arrested independent journalist James Sanders for investigating the destruction of TWA Flight 800, not a single reporter at a post-arraignment press conference managed to frame even one First Amendment question. * * * This past week, the progressive establishment attempted to silence two more independents. In the first case, Twitter and Facebook conspired to deny the audacious 25-year-old journalist Laura Loomer her rapidly growing audience. In the second, Special Counsel Robert Mueller lowered the boom on Jerome Corsi, a 72-year-old Harvard Ph.D.