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  • Second Amendment Foundation wins lawsuit again the DOJ.

    07/11/2018 7:00:50 AM PDT · by JimBianchi11 · 8 replies ^ | July 11, 2018 |
    BELLEVUE, WA – -( Department of Justice and Second Amendment Foundation have reached a settlement in SAF’s lawsuit on behalf of Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed over free speech issues related to 3-D files and other information that may be used to manufacture lawful firearms. Read more: Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Follow us: @Ammoland on Twitter | Ammoland on Facebook Significantly, the government expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber – including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the popular AR-15 and similar firearms – are not inherently military.
  • DOJ, SAF Reach Settlement In Defense Distributed Lawsuit (Defense Distributed)

    07/10/2018 1:27:20 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    PRnewswire ^ | 7-10-2018 | Second Amendment Foundation
    BELLEVUE, Wash., July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice and Second Amendment Foundation have reached a settlement in SAF's lawsuit on behalf of Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed over free speech issues related to 3-D files and other information that may be used to manufacture lawful firearms. SAF and Defense Distributed had filed suit against the State Department under the Obama administration, challenging a May 2013 attempt to control public speech as an export under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), a Cold War-era law intended to control exports of military articles. Under terms of the settlement,...
  • When the Rights of the Many Are Trampled by the Rights of the Few

    07/09/2018 6:15:32 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 10 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 9, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the nature of today's demonstrations… Right at the beginning of the Bill of Rights, our Constitution clearly protects American citizens’ right to speak freely on political issues. The First Amendment promises that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” The Constitution doesn’t grant them an audience; it doesn’t promise that anyone will listen to them, or read their writings or join in their demonstration. It just allows them to do it, and leaves it up to local and state governments to manage...
  • PA targets reporters – but that’s just half the story

    07/08/2018 4:06:13 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/7/18 | Jack Engelhard
    Writers say the darndest things. The Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, for example, said the following when she addressed fellow literary worthies at a PEN America awards gala. Quoting her word for word, she said: "When democracy is in retreat, the first thing authoritarians do is silence those who are telling stories they dislike." So true. Applause! Applause! Atwood continued: "While the United States isn't putting reporters in prison yet, the tactics of the current administration are dangerous." Who could that be? Naturally she meant Trump as being authoritarian, and dangerous enough to put reporters in prison, though not yet. It’s...

    07/06/2018 10:05:25 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 67 replies
    daily caller ^ | 07/05/2018 | Amber Athey
    CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill condoned an attack on a 16-year-old boy wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat in a Thursday tweet. On Tuesday night, a man in a San Antonio, Texas Whataburger stole a boy’s MAGA hat and then tossed his drink on the group of Trump-supporting teens. “You ain’t supporting s*it, n******,” the man told the teens after he threw his drink on them. TMZ staffer Van Lathan seemed to defend the man’s behavior in a Thursday tweet, writing, Wish I could take the high road. But your MAGA hat reads like a swastika to me. So...
  • Wisconsin Court Tells University to Reinstate Conservative Professor

    07/06/2018 9:58:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies ^ | July 6, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Political science professor John McAdams is going to be reinstated at Marquette University following a victory at the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He had been suspended by the school for writing a blog post critical of a graduate student. "The undisputed facts show that the University breached its contract with Dr. McAdams when it suspended him for engaging in activity protected by the contract's guarantee of academic freedom," said the opinion written by Justice Daniel Kelly. The state's high court ordered Marquette to "immediately reinstate Dr. McAdams with unimpaired rank, tenure, compensation, and benefits." ( Journal Sentinel ) The case...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court sides with Marquette professor John McAdams in free speech case. (shortened)

    07/06/2018 8:09:04 AM PDT · by UB355 · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7/06/2018 | Karen Herzog and Bruce Vielmetti
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that embattled Marquette University political science professor John McAdams was improperly suspended after he publicly criticized a graduate student by name on his politically conservative blog, leading to threats against her. The court ordered the Jesuit university to immediately reinstate the professor and sent the case back to a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge to award damages, including back pay.
  • Free speech means a free internet — even if Democrats don't like it (Internet Bill of Rights)

    07/06/2018 5:48:10 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/06/18 | Dan Backer
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently held two days of hearings on proposed internet regulations. While the hysterical media has ginned up a new “red scare,” the FEC’s proposals will do nothing to stop bad actors, but will undermine our First Amendment rights to online political speech. The FEC used the hearings, at which I testified, to consider different approaches — some more restrictive than others — to “improve” disclaimers for online political advertising. Yet FEC regulations already require political action committees (PACs) and other online spenders to use disclaimers where they can, or to click through to fully-disclaimed pages...
  • The New York Times Beclowns Itself With Fake News About Free Speech

    07/02/2018 2:12:51 PM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 1, 2018 | David Marcus
    There is nothing new about The New York Times running bizarre progressive agitprop. But thankfully these articles are more often relegated to the opinion pages. Not so today, as a headline purporting to be news, on page 1A above the fold, offered the absurd opinion that conservatives have “weaponized free speech.” In the place of anything remotely resembling facts or serious empirical evidence, the article by Adam Liptak relies mainly on quotes from “experts” who think government needs to compel bad guys to shut up. William F. Buckley comes to mind while reading the mealy-mouthed assault on our greatest and...
  • MEGA TV episode 9: Conversation with Tom Dupre from Generation Identity, UK

    07/02/2018 10:19:37 AM PDT · by snarkpup
    Make Europe Great Again TV episode 9, with two of the leaders of the free speech, free Tommy, free the UK, etc. movement. Tom Dupré: Co-leader of Generation Identity UK Janice Atkinson: Independent UK MEP
  • Why Liberals Have Flip-Flopped on Free Speech

    07/02/2018 6:40:12 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-2-1018 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a remarkably honest exposé, the New York Times acknowledged Saturday that “liberals who once championed expansive First Amendment rights are now uneasy about them” ever since conservatives realized they should apply to them as well. The Times cites First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams who noted that whereas the left once led support for First Amendment protections, they are now “at least skeptical and sometimes distraught at the level of First Amendment protection which is being afforded in cases brought by litigants on the right.” The difference between then and now? Many of the ideas currently being protected by free...
  • Weaponizing the First Amendment: How Free Speech Became a Conservative Cudgel

    06/30/2018 12:43:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/30/18 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — On the final day of the Supreme Court term last week, Justice Elena Kagan sounded an alarm. The court’s five conservative members, citing the First Amendment, had just dealt public unions a devastating blow. The day before, the same majority had used the First Amendment to reject a California law requiring religiously oriented “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide women with information about abortion. Conservatives, said Justice Kagan, who is part of the court’s four-member liberal wing, were “weaponizing the First Amendment.” The two decisions were the latest in a stunning run of victories for a conservative agenda that...
  • More Winning at SCOTUS!

    06/27/2018 7:04:17 AM PDT · by luv2ski · 174 replies
    SCOTUS ^ | June 27, 2018 | SCOTUS
    JUSTICE ALITO delivered the opinion of the Court. Under Illinois law, public employees are forced to subsi­ dize a union, even if they choose not to join and strongly object to the positions the union takes in collective bar­ gaining and related activities. We conclude that this arrangement violates the free speech rights of nonmem­ bers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern. We upheld a similar law in Abood v. Detroit Bd. of Ed., 431 U. S. 209 (1977), and we recognize the importance of following precedent unless there are strong reasons for...
  • Bigotry Returns To Virginia

    06/26/2018 10:24:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | June 26, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    As a longtime resident of Virginia, I am well aware of its sordid history when it comes to slavery, racism and discrimination. I can still remember "colored only" restrooms, water fountains, poll taxes and African Americans forced to ride in the back of the bus. Virginia public schools in the 1950s were mostly segregated, as they had been since first established in 1870. Segregation was so bad in my home state of Virginia that even Native Americans were largely excluded from public education. It wasn't until 1963, nine years after Brown v. Board of Education, that public schools were open...
  • Progressive Professors Testify To Free Speech Crisis

    06/25/2018 3:44:45 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 20, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline
    On May 22, 2018, the U. S. House of Representatives Government Reform and Oversight Committee examined the free speech crisis on college campuses. Since few universities do not receive federal funding, their interest is not inconsequential. One of the three academic witnesses they called--Brett Weinstein--identified himself as a "professor in exile" from Evergreen State College. Weinstein--like the other two witnesses the committee called on from academe--could distinctly be described as on the left of the political spectrum. Nevertheless, only one member of the trio—Shaun Harper of the University of Southern California—downplayed the free speech crisis. The other--Allison Stranger of Middlebury...
  • Lindsay Shepherd sues Wilfrid Laurier, claiming 'attacks'

    06/17/2018 8:37:45 PM PDT · by Paladin2 · 15 replies
    National Post ^ | June 12, 2018 | Joseph Brean
    Lindsay Shepherd, the teaching assistant who rose to prominence after she was controversially disciplined for showing her class part of a TVOntario program on gender-neutral pronouns, is suing Wilfrid Laurier University, two professors, and a manager of the school’s Diversity and Equity Office. She claims harassment, intentional infliction of nervous shock, negligence, and constructive dismissal. The “attacks” on her “have rendered her unemployable in academia,” she claims, and forced her to abandon her career plans for further graduate study and teaching. The statement of claim, which seeks $3.6 million, was filed Tuesday in Waterloo, Ont., and as yet no statements...
  • The conservative free speech dilemma

    06/17/2018 11:45:25 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 17 Jun, 2018 | Joshua Broom
    In a democratic republic, freedom of expression and enlightened, open-ended debate are paramount. Yet in America in 2018, First Amendment rights are vanishing for conservatives. There's a reason: Powerful entities such as online and televised media, many of whom are left-oriented, have gradually shape-shifted our nation's speech to match their political flavor. For progressives, this uneven playing field is a seismic boon. For conservatives, not so much, nor is it good for even moderate left-wing thinkers. Under such a regimen, though, a land and people once revered as freedom-loving now creep closer toward socialism. Yet there they stand: the venomous...
  • Muslim protester who hit police officer with stick at Tommy Robinson rally in Hyde Park spared jail

    06/16/2018 3:39:36 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    The Sun ^ | 16/6/18 | Ellie Cambridge
    Omar Mohamad travelled from Reading to march against the EDL leader and left Sergeant Guy Rooney with a severely bruised face. The 62-year-old joined the Hyde Park event led by the controversial leader with a group of men. During the rally he scuffled with the officer and struck him with a walking stick. Sergeant Rooney suffered from post traumatic stress and his bruising was so bad his children wouldn't walk to school with him. Passing a 26 week suspended sentence, District Judge Richard Blake said the rally was held "to express views that were adverse to the Muslim community in...
  • College Students Suing Over Free Speech Get a Powerful Ally: The Trump Administration

    06/13/2018 5:01:02 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 13, 2018 | Sadie Gurman and Michelle Hackman
    The Trump administration is using its legal muscle to aid college students who say their free-speech rights have been violated on campus, diving into a politically charged battle over whether school discipline and safety policies are hindering expression. Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has decried colleges for becoming “echo chamber of political correctness,” the Justice Department has been inserting itself into lawsuits on behalf of students who say their views are silenced when administrators restrict where they can protest or who can speak on campus. In recent months, the Justice Department has sided with conservative student groups suing the...
  • Tired of Twitter censorship? Gab claims to offer an alternative

    06/11/2018 8:08:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/11/18 | Jim Bray
    In our increasingly divided and partisan society, it appears that some forces are stepping up their efforts to silence others, shutting down debate rather than taking part in it. It's a mark of folks who know they have no winning argument, so therefore have to project, obfuscate and name call rather than actually address issues. Snowflakes! This is nothing new, but in the Trump era – in which the losing side of the 2016 presidential election still thinks of itself as the side of goodness despite increasing evidence to the contrary – U.S. President Trump's efforts to drain the deep...