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  • Millennials are Winning the Battle Against Campus Speech Codes

    10/01/2014 10:09:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Elliot Tengstrom
    Despite its protection in our Constitution, free speech has never been a given in the United States. From the struggle to pass the First Amendment to Twentieth Century prohibitions on anti-war speech, every American generation has fought some sort of battle to protect this most sacred of rights. In 2014, Millennials are waging their generation's fight for free expression on college campuses across the nation. And today, they are winning. Over the past several decades, "speech codes" have proliferated at an alarming rate across our nation's college campuses. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education defines such a code as...
  • Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban On U.S. Flag Shirts

    09/29/2014 7:12:03 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 29, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rights: A Ninth Circuit Court ruling that students can't wear American flag T-shirts because they may offend Mexican students celebrating Cinco de Mayo is a ridiculous yet dangerous assault on the First Amendment. On Sept. 17, more than four years after Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., sent students home for wearing American flag t-shirts, an 11-judge Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that it was the right choice, "tailored to avert violence and focused on student safety." The decision upheld the court's three-judge ruling in February that justified the school's actions based on tensions between Mexican...
  • David French Slays Goliath

    09/29/2014 2:27:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: This is the fifth column in a series. The first four installments, “This is Providence,” “Pharisees and Pharaohs,” “Prayers and Preparation,” and “Pride and Perjury” can be accessed in my column archive. Some of the themes discussed in this series were also part of a speech I gave at an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) event in July. The full speech can be viewed by clicking on this link. I first met David French back in 2004. He had just taken a job as president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE. I loved working informally with...
  • Dark Money [The Lefts unprincipled campaign against philanthropic privacy]

    09/24/2014 4:36:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/24/2014 | Bill Zeiser
    The shadow of dark money haunts the midterms, warned the Washington Post in a headline on September 2. Two days later, the Huffington Post chimed in with a headline of its own: Its Time to Name the 2014 Midterms the Dark Money Election. The stories that followed were utterly predictable: pious condemnations of the role of money in politics, with dutiful references to Charles and David Koch, the libertarian brothers whose affiliated groups support Republican candidates. The notion of dark money was first introduced in a 2010 report from the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group that calls for greater transparency...
  • Penn State Officials Threaten to Call Police on Students Handing Out US Constitutions (Video)

    09/21/2014 1:46:44 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Septe,ber 18, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Penn State Young Americas Foundation Chapter were told to take down their table from a designated free speech zone on campus. They were handing out Constitutions on Constitution Day.
  • Freedom from Speech

    09/17/2014 8:26:50 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/17/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    Freedom for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) president Greg Lukianoff Freedom From Speech, a 61-page broadside written by Freedom for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) president Greg Lukianoff, deftly illustrates the evolving assault on free speech. The publics appetite for punishing attempts at candor gone wrong, drunken rants, or even private statements made in anger or frustration seems to be growing at an alarming rate, Lukianoff warns. The author cites a range of incidents to make his initial point, covering a large and diverse cast of characters. They include former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Duck Dynastys Phil Robertson,...
  • Free Speech at Yale : Only if it doesn't offend certain Muslims.

    09/15/2014 8:31:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/15/2014 | David Gelernter
    To the Yale Muslim Students Association and its many sister organizations that have co-signed a letter protesting Ayaan Hirsi Alis lecture on Monday: I love your new free-speech concept! Obviously this woman should have been banned from campus and had her face stomped in; why couldnt they have just quietly murdered her in Holland along with her fellow discomfort-creators? These people are worse than tweed underwear! They practically live to make undergraduates uncomfortable. But lets deal with the harsh realities. Your inspired suggestion, having Official Correctors speak right after Ali to remind students of the authorized view of Muslim...
  • The Silent Coup: How Harry Reid and the Democrats plan to subvert free speech

    09/13/2014 6:35:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/13/2014 | Matthew Continetti
    The constitutional amendment before us, Harry Reid said Tuesday, describing a proposal to give federal and state governments the authority to regulate political giving, isnt about limiting free speech. Harry Reid, may I present the American Civil Liberties Union. I am sure you two have met before. Writing in June that the nonprofit strongly opposes the so-called Udall amendment, the ACLUs Laura Murphy and Gabriel Rottman called the Democratic proposal deceptively complex, unnecessary, redundant of existing law, dangerous for liberties, vague, overbroad, exceedingly dangerous to democratic processes, and the first time the amendatory process has been used to directly...
  • Dems Try to Kill Funding for Schools with Native American Mascots

    09/12/2014 4:05:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Political correctness is apparently more important than educating children. At least that’s the message I take away from a Colorado Democrat’s plan to defund schools that have “unauthorized” mascots. Wielding the self-righteous tomahawk of political correctness, Democrat Joe Salazar has decided to leverage Colorado’s pawns kids as a bargaining chip in his effort to rid the world of “offensive” Native American mascots.Under the Thornton legislator’s plan, schools will be required to seek permission from Native American tribes for their western-themed mascots, or go without any state funding. (On the bright side, I can now honestly say I’ve seen a Democrat propose...
  • Actually, Senators, You're the Ones Who Threaten the Country

    09/12/2014 1:42:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    We are, as it always seems, "at a pivotal moment in American history." At least that's what Sens. Tom Udall and Bernie Sanders maintained in a melodramatic Politico op-ed last week as they explained their efforts to repeal the First Amendment. Let me retort in their language: It's true that building the United States has been long, arduous and rife with setbacks. But throughout the years, the American people have repelled efforts to weaken or dismantle the First Amendment. We have weathered the Sedition Act of 1918, a law that led to the imprisonment of innocent Americans who opposed the...
  • Free Speech (If No One Objects)

    09/11/2014 8:38:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 9/10/2014 | Editors
    When, this spring, Brandeis University reneged on its commencement invitation to human-rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, it revealed the cravenness that characterizes many of Americas leading institutions of higher education. The decision of Yales William F. Buckley Jr. Program to invite Hirsi Ali to New Haven as part of its speaker series has exposed the same quality in many of that schools students.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections

    09/10/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    SenTedCruz/YouTube ^ | September 9, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections
  • Senate Democrats Renew Push to Gut Free Speech

    09/09/2014 9:14:35 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 09/08/2014 | Amy Miller
    Congress is back in Washington, and Senate Democrats have wasted no time in bringing forward their proposal for a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the right to set limits on how much money can be raised for and spent in federal political campaigns. Senate Joint Resolution 19 ... Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections. Section 2. Congress and the States shall...
  • Government May Soon Direct What Private-Sector Employees May Say in the Workplace

    09/05/2014 6:28:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Right Side News ^ | September 5, 2014 | National Center for Public Policy Research
    "Employee's Demotion for Comparing Media and Political Reaction to Trayvon Martin's Death to Lack of Response Over Shooting of a White Baby Upheld. Decision Highlights Troubling Aspects of Potential Government Overreach in "Hostile Work Environment" Law Washington DC - In response to a recently-announced North Carolina administrative decision upholding an employee's demotion for comments about race, and in light of the calls for increased racial dialogue following Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri, the National Center's in-house legal scholar is warning American workers that local and federal government leaders may soon restrict racial and political speech even in private work...
  • Pharisees and Pharaohs

    09/04/2014 4:50:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: This is the second column in a series. The last installment, “This is Providence,” can be accessed in my column archive. Some of the themes discussed in this series were also part of a speech I gave at an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) event in July. The full speech can be viewed by clicking this link. Don’t let anyone tell you that our university officials are ignorant of the First Amendment. They are not. In fact, they know all about it. But they are actively trying to destroy it with one convoluted argument at a time. The most...
  • Journalism Association Demands Apology for...Anti-ISIS Comments

    08/29/2014 7:27:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | Guy Benson
    Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is drawing fire for these comments, made on Outnumbered: [This has been happening] "for hundreds and hundreds of years. If you study the history of Islamthis isn't a surprise. You can't solve it with a dialogue. You can't solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head. It's the only thing these people understand."
  • Small Vermont Town Latest Sad Example of Oversensitivity Epidemic

    08/29/2014 5:52:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Mark Davis
    Here is a snapshot of a series of truly ridiculous things that happened in a small New England town this week, followed by an extended examination of how it represents a deep societal pathology. In Winooski, Vermont, a small town northeast of Burlington, a restaurant was awarded a sign placement for its participation in a beautification project. Proud of its bacon (among other things, Im sure), Sneakers Bistro chose a sign that said Yield for Sneakers Bacon. A Muslim woman, fond of neither pork nor free speech, complained online, garnering a sufficient contingent of busybodies to pressure the restaurant...
  • This is Providence

    08/28/2014 7:44:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: Some of the themes discussed in this column were part of a speech I gave at an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) event in July. The full speech can be viewed by clicking this link. March 18, 2010 was one of the worst days of my life. That was the day Judge Malcolm Howard threw my lawsuit against UNCW out of court. Three years after filing suit and a full eight years after I started to criticize universities, including my own, for violating the First Amendment I lost a bid to go to trial. I also lost all credibility...
  • Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment

    08/26/2014 12:17:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/26/2014 | James Poulos
    Two New York farmers who hold weddings on their property have been fined after disinviting a gay couple who hoped to tie the knot there. Is this a win for gay rights, or an encroachment on religious liberty? As is only to be expected, a fresh wave of controversy is swirling around a courts imposition of massive fines on two New York farmers who dont want a gay couple to get married on their property. In todays news cycle, where outrage is instinctively deployed as a weapon against our memory, the story of the Giffords (who owned the farm) versus...
  • Muslim Offended By The Word Bacon

    08/26/2014 5:38:46 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 40 replies
    A breakfast restaurant in Vermont helped plant flower beds in city traffic medians. For their efforts the city of Winooski allowed Sneakers Bistro a sign on a lamp post. The sign read yield for Sneakers bacon. This apparently caused one Muslim great offense. You see, Muslims dont eat pork. The Muslim complained loudly online and the city and Sneakers Bistro relented, removing the bacon sign while loudly proclaiming they dont get involved in politics. Who knew bacon was a political issue? The mayor of Winooski, Kathrine Decarreau, believes the cool part of living in a diverse community is that its...
  • Feds Creating Database to Track Hate Speech on Twitter

    08/25/2014 6:10:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | August 25, 2014 3:30 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track misinformation and hate speech on Twitter. ... This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda [?], and assist in the preservation of open debate, the grant said. ... Truthy claims to be non-partisan. However, the projects lead investigator Filippo Menczer proclaims his support for numerous progressive advocacy groups, including President Barack Obamas Organizing for Action, Moveon.org, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, and True Majority. ... The government-funded researchers hope that the public will use...
  • Tuition Pays for This

    08/20/2014 4:42:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    According to College Board, average tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year totaled $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for in-state residents at public colleges and $22,203 for out-of-state residents. Many schools, such as Columbia University and George Washington University, charge yearly tuition and fees close to $50,000. Faced with the increasing costs of higher education, parents and taxpayers might like to know what they're getting for their money. Campus Reform documents outrageous behavior at some colleges. Mark Landis, a former accounting professor at San Francisco State University, frequently entertained students at this home. He now faces 15 charges...
  • Pelosi adviser admits college students too dumb to have free speech but not to vote Democrat

    08/08/2014 10:04:23 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/8/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Michael Yaki, a Democrat who has worked for Nancy Pelosi and is now a United States Civil Rights Commissioner, believes that college students are too stupid to be allowed to exercise freedom of speech. His remarks were made in regard to whether there should be campus speech codes. In fact he thinks these codes should be tightened. With breathtaking hubris and not even a single ounce of self-consciousness, this classic Democrat saboteur said, Certain factors in how the juvenile or adolescent or young adult brain processes information is vastly different from the way that we adults do. Yaki went on...
  • Saving Private Bryan

    08/07/2014 10:44:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2014 | Mike Adams
    I have had the privilege of speaking at scores of American colleges and universities over the last decade. I have no recollection of meeting a finer bunch of people than the ones I met at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. Their students, their alumni, and their professors are the best people you'll ever want to meet. That is why it is so difficult to see Bryan turning into a dictatorship that is teetering on the edge of destruction. Accordingly, I write today offering some advice on how I think Bryan can turn things around. The normal procedure for ending a...
  • U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner: College kids not developed enough for free speech

    08/05/2014 8:08:34 PM PDT · by bamahead · 75 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | August 5, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    The U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner claims campus speech codes need to be tightened as college students are still developing and cannot yet handle certain information. Speaking during a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) briefing on sexual harassment law in education, Democrat Michael Yaki likened restricting free speech on college campuses to the U.S. Supreme Courts 2005 decision to ban the death penalty for minors. During the briefing, Yaki said hostile environments on college campuses can occur from fraternities holding slave auction[s] or celebrating Latino culture by making everyone dress as janitors and mop floors. Certain factors in how the...
  • New Massachusetts law restricting pro-life speech worse than the one just overturned

    07/31/2014 7:00:05 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/30/14 | Ben Johnson
    If at first you don't impede, try, try again. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a new law today restricting the free speech rights of pro-life sidewalk counselors. Patrick, a Democrat, said he was “still stunned” by the Supreme Court's unanimous ruling in McCullen v. Coakley, striking down the state's previous 35-foot “bubble zone” at today's signing ceremony. The original law, drafted by current Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts President Marty Walz when she was a state legislator, required all “protesters” to stand dozens of feet away from the entrance of any such facilities. The justices did not rule that all such zoning...
  • Great Moments in Government

    07/27/2014 3:09:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    You wont know whether to laugh or cry after perusing these stories that will be added to our great moments in government collection. For instance, did you realize that American taxpayers were saddled with the responsibility to micro-manage agriculture in Afghanistan? Youre probably surprised the answer is yes. But I bet youre not surprised that the money was flushed down a toilet. Here are some excerpts from a report on how $34 million was wasted. American agricultural experts who consider soybeans a superfoodhave invested tens of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to try to change the way Afghans eat. The...
  • FEC chair warns of chilling regulations, book ban on conservative publishers

    07/24/2014 1:16:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The chairman of the Federal Election Commission today blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan's new book, opening the door to future book regulations -- or even a ban. By failing to affirm this publishers constitutional right, statutory right, to disseminate a political book free from FEC conditions and regulations, we have effectively asserted regulatory jurisdiction over a book publisher, warned Chairman Lee E. Goodman, one of three Republicans on the six-person FEC. That failure reveals a festering legal uncertainty and chill for the free...
  • South Carolina licensing officials accused of suppressing lawyers 1st Amendment rights

    07/16/2014 9:30:47 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 7-16-2014 | Andrew Branka
    It is axiomatic that the freedom of speech provisions of the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution are specifically intended to protect unpopular and/or offensive speech. After all, speech that is neither unpopular nor offensive is, obviously, not in need of any particular protections. It is equally indisputable that of all the various forms of speech possible, it is political and religious speech that lies at the heart of 1st Amendment protections.Meet Todd Kincannon, that &$(#*&%! Lawyer from South Carolina In the context of the Conservative polito-sphere one of the greatest founts of offensive conservative political and religious speech is...
  • Justice Dept finally finds real scandal; looking at Obama outhouse parade float

    07/12/2014 5:35:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 12, 2014 | Michele Kirk
    The U.S. Department of Justice has finally found something to do. Since investigating multiple fake scandals like the White House Benghazi cover-up and IRS targeting of conservatives seem so petty, Holders crew have been itching for something worthy to investigate. A controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade is just the ground-breaking case they were hoping for. One of the floats included a zombie-like mannequin standing near an outhouse labeled Obama Presidential Library, Omaha World-Herald reported. According to the World-Herald : "The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes,...
  • Chilling! Democrat Tells Religious Americans: You Must Choose Between Your Faith or Your Business

    07/11/2014 8:11:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/11/2014 | Bryan Preston
    Progressive Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY) admitted Thursday that he doesnt even know what Hobby Lobby sells. He tacitly admits that he doesnt care that it is a family-owned business. Nevertheless, in announcing that the Democrats will pursue legislation to overthrow the Supreme Courts decision of last week, Schumer explicitly ordered Americans to choose between our livelihoods and our religious beliefs. Think of the difference, Schumer says. Youre born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion, and the government gives you a wide penumbra. You dont have to form a...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: These are the Fahrenheit 451 Democrats (Proposal-Repeal Free Speech)

    07/10/2014 9:00:29 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/ ^ | July 10, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Mr. Chairman, this is the single most radical and most dangerous proposal introduced in the 113th congress. If this proposal were adopted, it would repeal the free speech protections of the first amendment. The breadth of this proposal is astonishing. It should lead the evening news on every station. It saddens me that 46 democratic senators have signed their name to a constitutional amendment expressly repealing the free speech provisions of the Bill of Rights. Ted Cruz continues....
  • Journalists Accuse White House of Politically-Driven Suppression of News

    07/09/2014 6:10:42 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 34 replies
    Broadcasting & Cable ^ | July 8, 2014 | By John Eggerton
    Over three dozen journalist organizations including the Radio Television Digital News Association, National Press Foundation, and the Society of Professional Journalists, have asked the President to drop the "excessive controls" on public information by federal agencies, branding it "politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies." There has been an ongoing tension between broadcast, print and online journalists and the Obama administration, with complaints that the Administration has limited access to events, while providing its own "coverage" through official channels. n a letter to President Obama, the groups complained about policies that require journalists to go through public...
  • IRS Excuses: Sometimes Mockery is Necessary

    07/07/2014 2:05:05 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Even while my colleagues and I at the ACLJ are suing the IRS and its key officials on behalf of 41 conservative groups in 22 states, theres still a need (now perhaps more than ever) for a bit of old-fashioned levity and mockery. Our outstanding video-production team put together this three-minute ACLJ short about IRS excuses. Its called Quick Lerner. Enjoy!
  • N.Y. top court says cyberbullying law violates free speech

    07/01/2014 8:54:23 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    WHBL ^ | 07/01/2014 | Daniel Wiessner
    New York's highest court said on Tuesday that a law designed to criminalize cyberbullying was so broad that it violated the First Amendment, marking the first time a U.S. court weighed the constitutionality of such a law. . . . The Court of Appeals in a 5-2 decision said it was possible to pass a law outlawing bullying via social media or text message that respected free speech rights, but the county's statute went too far. . . . The problem is, its going to be really tricky to write a law that is comprehensive in its coverage of bullying...
  • Scalia accuses fellow justices of discriminating against pro-lifers

    06/27/2014 8:36:32 PM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller/Fox News ^ | June 27, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    While Thursdays ruling overturning buffer zones outside abortion clinics pleased pro-life activists, Justice Antonin Scalia thinks it didnt go far enough. The court unanimously agreed that the Massachusetts law, which barred protesters and counselors from being within 35 feet of abortion clinics, violated the First Amendment, but denied that it unfairly discriminated against abortion opponents. Todays opinion carries forward this Courts practice of giving abortion-rights advocates a pass when it comes to suppressing the free-speech rights of their opponents, wrote Justice Antonin Scalia, with whom Justices Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas concurred. There is an entirely separate, abridged edition of...
  • Supreme Court voids 35-foot abortion clinic protest buffer

    06/26/2014 7:51:40 AM PDT · by dware · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.26.2014 | FOX
    WASHINGTON The Supreme Court has struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The justices were unanimous Thursday that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice John Roberts says authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with problems outside the clinics.
  • My Free Speech College Entrance Exam

    06/24/2014 7:01:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Mike Adams
    College campuses are becoming increasingly hostile towards certain forms of speech. One of the main reasons for the hostility is the admission of students who are too emotionally immature to tolerate dissenting opinions. In addition to lacking emotional maturity, many of these students lack humility. They believe that their emotions trump the ideas of others. Obviously, I disagree. In fact, I think that these students need to be weeded out early in the college application process. I think I have a specific plan that can help make that a reality. We already ask students a lot of questions in the...
  • Should the U.S. Government Ban All Offensive Names? Let's Pick a Few!

    06/20/2014 7:36:03 AM PDT · by IndianaJax · 34 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 06/18/2014 | Rob Binsrick
    Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled that the name Redskins is 'disparaging of Native Americans' and, therefore, should not be afforded trademark protection any longer. This seems like a free-speech appeal just waiting to happen but in the meantime we should take a look at all the major American sports (sorry, soccer/futbol is still not one of them) and pick a few other nicknames that should be banned or at least left unprotected with trademark rights because they could be offensive to some people in the country. Major League Baseball 1.Royals - this name could be offensive to...
  • How conservatives can be banned from using Microsoft services

    06/19/2014 6:34:27 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 23 replies
    I gave a cursory read to the Code of Conduct in the updated Microsoft Services Agreement, which, among other things, states under Prohibited Uses states, You will not upload, post, transmit, transfer, distribute, or facilitate distribution of any content (including text, images, sound, video, data, information, or software) or otherwise use the service in a way that: ...Threatens...defames...degrades, victimizes, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals for any reason, including on the basis of age...sexual orientation, race or religion, or incites or encourages anyone else to do so. Obviously, this is purposely ambiguous and broad ("for any reason"!), but...
  • Supreme Court allows pro-life group to challenge Ohio ban on campaign false statements

    06/16/2014 8:38:21 AM PDT · by topher · 32 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 16- June-2014 | FoxNews.com
    he Supreme Court delivered a major victory on Monday to an anti-abortion group that sought to challenge an Ohio law that bans campaign statements deemed to be false. The justices, in a unanimous decision, ruled that the Susan B. Anthony List can go ahead with a lawsuit challenging the law as a violation of free-speech rights.
  • Satirist Dan McCall battles Hillary Clinton PAC over "Ready for Oligarchy" design [IMAGES]

    06/13/2014 11:33:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    city pages ^ | 6-13-14 | Aaron Rupar
    Earlier this year, Sauk Rapids satirist Dan McCall won a legal victory over the federal government after National Security Agency reps tried to get online retailers to stop selling shirts emblazoned with the the agency's seal and slogans like this: "The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens." The NSA essentially claimed their logo is copyrighted and couldn't be used without permission, an argument that didn't pass muster in light of the First Amendment's protection of satire. Now, a pro-Hillary Clinton group is making a version of that same argument to once again get McCall's products pulled from...
  • How much does right-wing rhetoric contribute to right-wing terrorism?

    06/09/2014 4:21:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 88 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2014 | BY PAUL WALDMAN
    Yesterday, a man and a woman shot two police officers in a Las Vegas restaurant after saying, this is a revolution. Then they draped their bodies in a Gadsden flag. According to reports now coming in, the couple (who later killed themselves) appear to have been white supremacists and told neighbors they had gone to join the protests in support of anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy. It was one more incident of right-wing terrorism that, while not exactly an epidemic, has become enough of a trend to raise some troubling questions. What Im about to say will raise some hackles, but...
  • Who Killed Michael Hastings?

    11/11/2013 6:40:27 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 86 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | Benjamin Wallace
    Reflexively distrustful, eager to make powerful enemies, the young journalist whose Mercedes exploded in Los Angeles one night couldnt possibly have died accidentally, could he? A t the end of his life, Michael Hastings, like many of the progressive journalists he counted among his friends, felt besieged by an overreaching government. Hastings was living in Los Angeles, and at a Beverly Hills theater in April, he took part in a panel discussion about the documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. Interviewed in May on The Young Turks, a talk show on Current TV, Hastings railed...
  • Federal appeals court reaffirms right to videorecord, including at traffic stops

    05/27/2014 9:52:39 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 32 replies
    The Volokh Conspriacy (WAPO) ^ | May 25, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    From the First Circuits decision Friday in Gericke v. Begin (1st Cir. May 24, 2014): This case raises an important question about an individuals First Amendment right to film a traffic stop by a police officer. Carla Gericke attempted to film Sergeant Joseph Kelley as he was conducting a late-night traffic stop. Shortly thereafter, she was arrested and charged with several crimes, including a violation of New Hampshires wiretapping statute. Gericke was not brought to trial. She subsequently sued the Town of Weare, its police department, and the officers who arrested and charged her, alleging in pertinent part that the...
  • Walking a Fine Line on Campaign Finance [McCain is deeply saddened]

    05/25/2014 10:09:29 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | May 25, 2014 | By ALBERT R. HUNT
    WASHINGTON There are three big winners from the recent Supreme Court decisions that Senator John McCain says might dismantle entirely campaign finance laws: wealthy interests, greedy politicians and investigative journalists. The decisions, culminating in another loosening of restrictions last month, were crafted by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and a slim majority. They essentially contend that limitations on campaign financing impede speech and that the system profits from more money. The consequence will be record sums of cash in the midterm races this year, and for the 2016 presidential election. Wealthy individuals, corporations and unions will spend unlimited...
  • The threat facing online comments

    05/24/2014 6:54:45 AM PDT · by shove_it · 31 replies
    FinancialTimes ^ | 23 May 2014 | John Sunyer
    In the early days of the internet, there was much talk of how the web would connect us all, thereby furthering knowledge and fostering community. Yet for all its advocates and early adopters optimism about its potential to enable us to organise, think and influence one another, freed from institutional supervision or what the newcomers frequently described as mainstream media bias, one thing has remained consistently problematic: comments posted under articles or blogs (or below the line in internet-speak). ~snip~ One of the great questions for the future of the net is: to what extent this extraordinary freedom will be...
  • WHO BREAKS A BUTTERFLY UPON A WHEEL? The outrageous prosecution of Dinesh DSouza

    05/23/2014 3:05:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 23, 2014 | By Daniel J. Flynn
    Dinesh DSouza faces more than a year in prison for giving away his money. Guilt lies with the law and not the lawbreaker here. The conservative author pled guilty to violating campaign finance laws, which is another way of saying he opened up a lemonade stand without a license or ripped the tag off a mattress. The case stems from DSouzas 2012 donations through intermediaries to a friends senatorial campaign. Congress, made up of incumbents, has placed restrictions of dubious constitutionality on the amount individuals can legally donate to candidates. They havent, tellingly, placed any such limits on what they...
  • Harry Reids War on Conservative Speech

    05/22/2014 7:54:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Lisa DePasquale
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has mentioned Charles and David Koch over 134 times from the floor of the Senate. Last week Sen. Reid announced that he would bring a constitutional amendment to the Senate floor that would allow Congress to set even more limits on political donations. Make no mistake, this isnt a call to get special interest money out of politics. It is a directive from the most powerful man in the Senate to punish two private citizens for their beliefs and success. In an interview with BuzzFeed, Senator Reid said, The Koch Brothers, Im not walking away...
  • Now Trigger-Happy University Students

    05/20/2014 11:33:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Academia is hell. In the latest higher-education fad, students want "trigger warnings," according to The New York Times. It appears that some students are so fragile that they want university staff to protect them from big bad ideas. Students around the country say they want "explicit alerts that the material they are about to read or see in a classroom might upset them or, as some students assert, cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of rape or in war veterans." An Oberlin College draft -- now "under revision" -- for trigger warnings suggested faculty "be aware of racism,...