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  • Here Are The Words Hillary’s Supporters Won’t Let You Say

    03/26/2015 3:07:40 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 25, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Do you work in the media and have the gall to think that the entire Webster’s dictionary is at your disposal? Think again, you sexist. When it comes to reporting on Hillary Clinton, George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” have turned into “Twelve Words You Can Never Say About a Powerful Politician.” “We will be watching, reading, listening and protesting coded sexism,” the pro-Hillary group HRC Super Volunteers warned The New York Times’ Amy Chozick Wednesday. [Snip] Here are the words that you can’t use to describe Clinton: Polarizing Calculating Disingenuous Insincere Ambitious Inevitable Entitled Over...
  • Bosses can’t get even when staffers gripe on social media

    03/25/2015 10:58:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2015 1:27 PM EDT | Joyce M. Rosenberg
    Bosses can get mad when staffers vent on social media about their jobs, but they may not be able to get even. When one of Bert Martinez’ employees posted gripes about her job and the boss on Facebook last year, the publicist consulted his lawyer, who said the staffer couldn’t be fired. “The first lesson I learned is, employees are allowed to vent,” says Martinez, owner of Bert Martinez Communications in Phoenix. “If they're saying, ‘hey, it’s hard working here and I find this environment unpleasant’, you can’t fire them for that.” The employee quit a week after Martinez learned...
  • Battle flag at center of Supreme Court free speech case

    03/23/2015 6:22:27 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/23/15 | Associated Press
    exas commemorates the Confederacy in many ways, from an annual celebration of Confederate Heroes Day each January to monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol in Austin. Among the memorials is one that has stood for more than a century, bearing an image of the Confederate battle flag etched in marble. But you're out of luck if you want to put that flag on your license plate. Texas says that would be offensive. Now the Supreme Court will decide whether the state can refuse to issue a license plate featuring the battle flag without violating the free-speech rights of...
  • SFPD probes racist, homophobic texts among officers

    03/15/2015 6:28:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    sfgate.com/ ^ | Saturday, March 14, 2015 | Kale Williams
    On Nov. 9, 2011, a civilian texted Furminger, “Do you celebrate quanza (sic) at your school?” “Yeah we burn the cross on the field! Then we celebrate Whitemas,” he responded. On May 10, 2012, Furminger wrote to another officer, according to the documents, “I hate to tell you this but my wife friend (sic) is over with their kids and her husband is black! If (sic) is an attorney but should I be worried?” The officer wrote back: “Get ur pocket gun. Keep it available in case the monkey returns to his roots. Its (sic) not against the law to...
  • FCC: Broadband Providers Not Entitled to First Amendment Protections

    03/13/2015 6:09:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 74 replies
    CNS ^ | March 12, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    Two weeks after passage, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finally released its landmark “net neutrality” regulations Thursday morning. Among its many determinations, the FCC stated that broadband providers do not enjoy First Amendment protections because they do not have a right to free speech. “The rules we adopt today do not curtail broadband providers’ free speech rights,” the commission said on page 268 of its decision, noting that because they merely serve as a means for others to express themselves, broadband providers are not entitled to free speech rights themselves. “When engaged in broadband Internet access services, broadband providers are...
  • Texas School Rejects Censorship as Matter of Principal

    03/13/2015 10:06:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 13, 2015 | Tony Perkins
    Texas is known for a lot of things — but pushovers aren’t one of them. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned that the hard way when it picked a fight with White Oak High School. Using its small-town playbook, the atheist activists fired off a warning to the district complaining about a principal that reads a scripture as part of his morning announcements. tony perkins frc Dan Noll’s “Thoughts of the Day” had never been controversial before, so when a student recorded the audio and sent it to the Left’s attack dogs, it caused quite a stir. But if...
  • America-phobic Bullies Target Old Glory

    03/13/2015 5:55:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Some wonder why conservatives get the impression that many leftists are not patriotic. Well, how about their belief that the ideas of nationalism and patriotism are noxious? We told you! As you've probably heard by now, Associated Students of the University of California, Irvine voted to ban the American flag from an "inclusive" space on campus. Don't you just love loaded liberal words, such as "inclusive," which mean the opposite of what they imply? Is the American flag includable there? The language of the bill, passed by a vote of 6-4, with two abstentions (some real courage there), asserts that...
  • What speech is going to justify expulsion next, if the OU / SAE expulsion is accepted as proper?

    03/11/2015 4:01:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two students for leading a racist chant. These students’ speech was indeed quite repugnant, but for reasons I discuss here, it’s protected by the First Amendment. And here’s one reason why. Consider the president’s statement to the students: “You will be expelled because of your leadership role in leading a racist and exclusionary chant which has created a hostile educational environment for others.” Similar things could be said about a vast range of other speech. Students talking to each other about a student group event about how Hamas has it right? (The...
  • Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: "The Internet Will Disappear"

    01/22/2015 11:35:13 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 60 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 22, 2015 | Georg Szalai
    Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Thursday predicted the end of the Internet as we know it. At the end of a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where his comments were webcast, he was asked for his prediction on the future of the Web. “I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear,” Schmidt said.
  • ACLU sides with Redskins, says trademark should be permitted

    03/09/2015 8:18:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 8:26 PM EDT
    The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with the Washington Redskins in a court battle over the team’s name. The ACLU filed papers last week supporting the team’s position that canceling the Redskins trademark violates the team’s free-speech rights. […] On Monday, lawyers for the Native Americans who challenged the trademark said the ACLU should not be allowed to intervene in the case. …
  • Nation of Drivel

    03/09/2015 12:31:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    Political discourse has degenerated in recent years into petty insults and fake offendedness. Instead of debating the merits of issues, the focus in politics has changed to gotcha moments. Social media and TV shows are nauseatingly full of them. Both the insults and the hyped up responses are wrong, but how do you correct the problem? If you dare criticize the petty insults, you’re accused of trampling on free speech. If you criticize the fake offendedness, you are labeled sexist, racist or similar. It is a vicious and unproductive cycle that has squeezed out real debate. The truth is, the...
  • Milwaukee County says nearly all Walker emails released [Taxpayer funded witch-hunt in Wisconsin]

    02/27/2015 11:41:59 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    WXOW - La Crosse, WI ^ | February 27, 2015
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Milwaukee County officials say they don't plan another mass release of emails collected in the John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's aides and associates when he was county executive. County attorney Paul Bargren says in a letter Wednesday to The Associated Press that more than 29 gigabytes of documents were released as ordered by a judge between August and December. The AP and other news organizations reviewed hundreds of thousands of documents during that time.....
  • Historic vote set for Internet rules

    02/26/2015 4:48:47 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 26, 2015 | Julian Hattem and Mario Trujillo
    "....Supporters of the legislative effort say only an act of Congress can provide the certainty needed to make the rules stick. “I’m concerned that, if Congress does not act, all protection for network neutrality is at risk of being lost,” said former Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), who unsuccessfully worked on a net neutrality bill during his time in office. “Without statutory protection, the net neutrality guarantees can be swept away in the next presidential election,” he added, assuming a Republican wins the White House in 2016 and nominates FCC commissioners opposed to the new rules....."
  • My Scott Walker Column (And A Response To Ed Morrissey)

    02/26/2015 1:16:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    DC - Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis, Senior Contributor
    ".......More to the point, I take issue with his suggestion that I think “Republicans had better work with the media.” It is true that I don’t believe the media are inherently evil or “out to get you.” But I also think — and this is important for candidates to know — that the press are not your friends. Ed’s framing, I think, implies I support what might be thought of as collaboration or appeasement. But what Walker did was (inadvertently) work with the media — in the sense that he played right into their hands. He made this an irresistible...
  • Obama Administration Embeds "Government Researchers" To Monitor Media Organizations

    02/25/2015 5:44:47 PM PST · by Ray76 · 66 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    [T]he Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to roll out something called the Critical Information Needs study, which will embed government “researchers” into media organizations around the nation to make sure they are doing their job properly. The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”
  • Obama's a 'fairy' – and I'm free to say so

    02/24/2015 5:13:00 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 2/24/2015 | Mychal Massie
    Political correctness is the bludgeon cultural Marxists wield to demagogue the craven into obedience. It is the meme employed that ensures the acceptable form of social engineering. I reject “political correctness” in all of its constructs and have pledged to myself that I will never succumb to what amounts to a veiled unconstitutional attempt to enslave the nation on a plantation of forced group think, group speak and group behavior. Such was the gist of a conversation I recently had with Susan Highfield. She suffered under the fallacious idea that certain speech was permissible only for her to use. She...
  • Justices reject New Orleans tour guides’ free speech appeal

    02/23/2015 9:36:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2015 10:01 AM EST
    The Supreme Court has rejected a free-speech appeal from guides in New Orleans who object to having to be licensed to lead tours. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place lower court rulings that said the licensing requirements do not violate the First Amendment. …
  • Free Speech is the Best Weapon to Combat Extremism

    02/22/2015 12:01:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2015 | Zachary Huffman
    In Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times, President Obama previewed his address on violent extremism by saying that, “Our campaign to prevent people around the world from being radicalized to violence is ultimately a battle for hearts and minds.”President Obama could not be more correct in this statement.However, he also nearly half the world’s countries, intellectuals, journalists, and bloggers face a constant threat of punishment if their works are deemed blasphemous or insulting to religions or moral standards. In some nations where blasphemy and apostasy laws are taken most seriously such as Pakistan and Iran, these crimes carry extreme penalties like lifetime...
  • Islam: Banned for Blasphemy?

    02/16/2015 7:31:51 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 17 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 16, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Soon after Muslim gunmen killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo offices..., the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)—the... second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations—is again renewing calls for the United Nations to criminalize “blasphemy” against Islam, or what it more ecumenically calls, the “defamation of religions.” Yet the OIC seems to miss one grand irony: if international laws would ban cartoons, books, and films on the basis that they defame Islam, they would also, by logical extension, have to ban the entire religion of Islam itself—the only religion whose core texts actively and unequivocally defame other religions, including by...
  • 1 Dead in Copenhagen Cafe Shooting in 'Likely' Terror Attack

    02/14/2015 8:29:54 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 107 replies
    ABC ^ | COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Feb 14, 2015, 3:04 PM ET | By JAN M. OLSEN Associated Press
  • 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...
  • FEC latest front in Democrats’ multi-pronged assault on internet freedom

    02/11/2015 10:07:18 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    hotair.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | by Noah Rothman
    The internet is under assault. At the Federal Communications Commission, regulators are hard at work crafting a plan that would turn the internet into a taxable utility. In Congress, lawmakers are determining whether and how best to tax the sales that occur on the internet. And over at the Federal Election Commission, the regulation of political speech that takes place on the internet is back on the table. In October, then FEC Vice Chairwoman Ann M. Ravel promised that she would renew a push to regulate online political speech following a deadlocked commission vote that would have subjected political videos...
  • Federal Election Commission to Consider Regulating Online Political Speech

    02/11/2015 8:35:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    (CNSNews.com) -- The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is holding a hearing today to receive public feedback on whether it should create new rules regulating political speech, including political speech on the Internet that one commissioner warned could affect blogs, YouTube videos and even websites like the Drudge Report. The hearing is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC last year, which struck down the FEC’s previous cap on aggregate campaign contributions from a single donor in an election cycle. Before the decision, individuals were limited to a combined total of $46,200 in contributions to all...
  • The climate Comintern speaks - "intentionally transform the economic development model"

    02/10/2015 4:42:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Benjamin Zycher, John G. Searle scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
    "This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history. This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution." Those were the words spoken on Feb. 4 by Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under the auspices...
  • The case against cyber censoring the Islamic State vermin

    02/09/2015 9:36:08 AM PST · by hasb3an · 4 replies
    BetaNews.com ^ | 2-9-2015 | Derrick Wlodarz
    There's a reason we are in a cultural, military, and cyber messaging war with a twisted group called IS -- still widely called ISIS, its old name. It doesn't call itself HISIS; they don't claim to represent Hinduism. Nor BISIS; they aren't Buddhist radicals. CRISIS and JISIS would also be incorrect, since they aren't Christian or Jewish radicals, either. They may not represent mainstream Islam, but they wholeheartedly believe in their evil calling to establish a global Islamic caliphate based on a radical Sharia ideology -- affectionately and simply called the Islamic State. This diseased breed of Muslim fanaticism shares...
  • Talk Radio’s Advertising Problem

    02/05/2015 9:38:11 AM PST · by fifedom · 89 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 3, 2015 | Hannah Karp
    There are plenty of people listening to talk radio. But over the past three years, it has become increasingly difficult to make money off it. Many national advertisers have fled from such stations in recent years, seeking to avoid associating their brands with potentially controversial programming. Radio executives said the erosion of ad dollars from talk stations was driven in part by a series of organized social-media campaigns by liberal activists in early 2012 that scared away advertisers.
  • Woman Hijacks Podium at Muslim Event: ‘False Prophet’ Muhammed ‘Will Never Dominate Texas!’

    02/03/2015 8:24:29 PM PST · by Windflier · 32 replies
    LiveLeak.com ^ | 30 January 2015 | unattributed
    The 11th annual 'Texas Muslim Capitol Day' didn't go too well for moozlims in Texas.
  • A POSTMODERN GUIDE TO SHUTTING DOWN SPEECH, AND THE TRUTH

    01/29/2015 12:05:54 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 2 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Diana West
    ...recounting his experience as a German Communist in the 1930s, Koestler is...describing the post-Communist, postmodern, post-9/11 American condition. It is the sinister overhaul of language and thought—so familiar!—that he personally engaged in, and that was and is the primary tool of Marxist and Islamic subversion. “Not only our thinking, but also our vocabulary was reconditioned,” he explains. “Certain words were taboo.” Certain other words became telltales by which to identify dissenters or enemies. Literary, artistic, and musical tastes, he writes, were “similarly reconditioned” to support the renunciation of independent thought and logic necessary to submit to ideology.
  • Famous Imam praises ISIS and Condemns Me to Sharia Death ON-AIR!

    01/28/2015 6:02:10 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 28 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 01/28/15 | Steven Crowder
    This week, we had Imam Choudary on the show. A famous Imam and leader in the Islamic community, what you’ll hear in this full-length interview is flat-out shocking. Some highlight quotes from the video CROWDER: “Who carries out Shariah in the world most closely to your beliefs? Which country?” CHOUDARY: “Well I don’t think any of them do quite frankly but I believe that what is the project in Syria and Iraq and places in Moli, Somolia, etc are doing quite well.” Moving on into the conversation, I challenged him on the ideas of freedom and how they work with...
  • ‘Blasphemous’ artwork removed from Paris exhibition (Islamic Hecklers Veto)

    01/28/2015 10:12:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 28, 2015 | David Chazan
    An artwork depicting high-heeled shoes on Islamic prayer mats has been removed from an exhibition after a Muslim group warned of possible violence in the wake of the Paris attacks. The French-Algerian artist, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, withdrew the work from an exhibition in a northern Paris suburb with a large Muslim population after an Islamic group told local authorities it could provoke “uncontrollable, irresponsible incidents”. It is considered disrespectful to step on Muslim prayer maps with shoes.
  • Free Speech Defined @ MLA

    01/27/2015 7:56:02 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 25, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    The academically free have different ideas of what free speech means than the rest of us do. At the Modern Language Association’s 2015 convention in Vancouver, Canada, Rosaura Sanchez, a former protester-and-activist-turned-Latin American and Chicano literature-professor at UC-San Diego, claimed that professors do face “consequences to speaking out on campus” She went on to allege that she has been “surveilled and recorded” while at protests by campus administrators. Most people do not use freedom of expression in order to keep the expressed thought a big secret. Sanchez asserted that on her campus “dissenters names are placed in a black book,”...
  • Have We Carefully Thought of the Consequences of Absolute Free Speech?

    01/26/2015 1:03:50 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 30 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 26 January 2015 | Enza Ferreri
    This article was published on The Occidental ObserverBy Enza Ferreri One “thought experiment” in the recent – but not yet concluded - debate on freedom of speech surrounding the Charlie Hebdo massacre particularly impressed me: Here is a thought experiment: Suppose that while the demonstrators stood solemnly at Place de la Republique the other night,… a man stepped out in front… carrying a placard with a cartoon depicting the editor of the magazine lying in a pool of blood, saying, “Well I’ll be a son of a gun!” or “You’ve really blown me away!” or some such witticism. How...
  • Liberals, Islamists Take Same Stand on Free Speech

    01/25/2015 6:11:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | John Ransom
    apzzyk12 wrote: As a comrade (progressive Democrat), I would like to remind the author that it was over the very strong objections of the TEA party that the Democrats passsed the Lilly Ledbetter Act , which allows women to sue at any time, if they have been paid less than the males for doing the same work. The the Federal system, one has some idea of what others make by their GS level, so there is very little discrimination in that system, while in the private sector it remains taboo for employees to compare wages.- Mitt Who?Dear Pzzy,Employees in the...
  • Protesters Arrested at the March for Life

    01/22/2015 5:09:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    blaze.com ^ | Jan. 22, 2015 | Zach Noble
    Multiple eyewitnesses reported that police arrested pro-abortion counter-protesters at the March for Life on Thursday afternoon in front of the Supreme Court. A spokesperson for the D.C. Capitol Police confirmed that eight people had been arrested, though she could not confirm whether all of those arrested were pro-choice or if some pro-life activists had been arrested as well. The pro-abortion rights protesters, appearing to number in the low hundreds, had blocked the path of the hundreds of thousands of anti-abortion marchers. Holding signs advocating “Abortion on demand, without apology,” the pro-abortion rights protesters forced anti-abortion activists to take the sidewalks...
  • Journalism school dean: The First Amendment ends at insulting Mohammed

    01/22/2015 8:40:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/22/2015 | AllahPundit
    Unusual, not because it’s rare to see an American journalist bowing to Islamic sensibilities on depictions of Mohammed but because typically they don’t go so far as to demand legal limits on their own profession. When the New York Times refuses to run a cartoon goofing on Islam, they don’t want the reason to be government censorship. They prefer to be censored by more sympathetic agents, like violent Muslim radicals.To be precise here, though, DeWayne Wickham, the dean of Morgan State’s J-school, isn’t demanding a “Mohammed exception” to the First Amendment. He’s demanding an exception for all speech that...
  • The Morning After the State Before [turning the page]

    01/22/2015 2:35:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | January 21, 2015 | Mark Steyn
    <p>If they ever put a bullet in your brain I'll complain.</p> <p>Obama's strategy for the rest of the world is to "turn the page" on it. Libya, where he chose to go to war, is now a failed state. Syria, where he drew a red line, has some 200,000 dead. ISIS, which he dismissed as the junior varsity of jihad, controls half of Iraq and Syria and is executing US citizens live on camera and auctioning Japanese hostages for a fifth of a billion dollars. In West Africa, to whom his wife held up a pouty-faced cardboard hastag #BringBackOurGirls, the girls haven't been brought back and Boko Haram are setting up a local variant of an ISIS state. In Iran, where he claimed he'd halted their nuclear program, their stockpile of enriched uranium has increased since his so-called deal. Al-Qaeda, which he said for years was" on the run", has just pulled off a high-profile mass murder in Paris that struck at the heart of a core western value – freedom of speech.</p>
  • The Slander of ‘Blowback’ - Yes, Ron Paul et al. are blaming the victims

    01/22/2015 3:57:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Ron Paul is feeling some blowback of his own. He was roundly criticized — notably by a number of high-profile libertarians normally inclined to sympathize with many of the views he has helped to popularize — for arguing that the Charlie Hebdo murders were the result of “blowback,” i.e., that French jihadists murdered the staff of a satirical magazine in Paris infamous for its cartoons of Islamic figures in retaliation for U.S. and French foreign policy, rather than in retaliation for the contents of the publication. His argument is absurd on its face — the editors of Charlie Hebdo are...
  • To Die for Charlie Hebdo?

    01/16/2015 10:06:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it." That maxim of Voltaire was among those most invoked by the marching millions in Sunday's mammoth "Je Suis Charlie" rally in Paris. This week, in the spirit of Voltaire, French authorities arrested and charged Cameroonian comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, and 54 others, with "hate speech." Yes, Monsieur Voltaire, there are limits to free speech in France. Dieudonne's crime? He tweeted, "I am Charlie Coulibaly," the last name of the killer of four innocent Jews in that kosher market. A...
  • For the Free World, an Old Challenge Returns: How Much Intolerance Should our Society Tolerate?

    01/16/2015 6:41:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/16/2015 | Michael Barone
    How far should a tolerant society tolerate intolerance? It’s a difficult issue, one without any entirely satisfactory answer. And it’s a current issue in the days after 40 world leaders and the U.S. ambassador to France marched together in Paris against the jihadist Muslim murderers who targeted the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. English-speaking peoples, to use Winston Churchill’s phrase, have been dealing with this problem off and on for 300 years. In the late 17th century, most of continental Europe had established state churches and prohibited or disfavored other worship. England had an established church but also tolerated other...
  • What the Pope Got Wrong About Free Speech

    01/16/2015 6:37:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/16/2015 | David Harsanyi
    If free expression is a fundamental right, why does it not apply to mocking a faith? We heathens can leave the theological debate to others. But Pope Francis, the bishop of Rome and world leader of the Roman Catholic Church, has some ideas about laws governing the secular world. We expect Francis to defend the dignity of faith, to bring clarity to the Catholic position. Yet instead, the pope, while en route to the Philippines, offered a number of comments about freedom of expression, which ranged from the unclear to the contradictory. More than simply saying that poking fun at...
  • The Joke Must Remain On Radical Islam

    01/15/2015 4:44:59 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 17 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | January 15, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    So a priest, an imam and a rabbi walk into a bar. The bartender says, “What’s this? A joke?” Yes, and it’s funny, so accustomed are we to religious humor and wit that pokes fun at humanity and the powerful who govern it. Though humor is in the eye of the beholder, its historic purpose is to induce us to Think Again. Truth-telling with laughter — whether by medieval court jesters, cartoonists, humorists such as Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin impersonating Hitler in “The Great Dictator,” comedy troupes such as Monty Python or sitcom actors such as Archie Bunker — pushes...
  • What Freedom of Speech?

    01/15/2015 10:15:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    The photos of 40 of the world's government leaders marching arm-in-arm along a Paris boulevard on Sunday with the president of the United States not among them was a provocative image that has fomented much debate. The march was, of course, in direct response to the murderous attacks on workers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by a pair of brothers named Kouachi, and on shoppers at a Paris kosher supermarket by one of the brothers' comrades. The debate has been about whether President Obama should have been at the march. The march was billed as a defense of...
  • Oxford University Press Bans Use Of Pig, Sausage Or Pork-Related Words To Avoid Offending Muslims

    01/14/2015 5:54:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 64 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | January 14, 2015
    Oxford University Press Bans Use Of Pig, Sausage Or Pork-Related Words To Avoid Offending Muslims 14 Jan 2015 The Oxford University Press has warned its writers not to mention pigs, sausages or pork-related words in children's books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims. The existence of the publisher's guidelines emerged after a radio discussion on free speech in the wake of the Paris attacks. Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, presenter Jim Naughtie said: "I've got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people. "Among the things...
  • Salman Rushdie, threatened over book, defends free speech

    01/14/2015 5:28:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 14, 2015 7:13 PM EST
    Author Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” drew the wrath of Iranian religious leaders, is defending the absolute right of free speech. Rushdie made the comments Wednesday at the University of Vermont after being asked about last week’s attack by Islamic extremists on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed 12. …
  • I’m Glad Obama Skipped Paris He doesn’t really believe in protecting speech critical of Islam.

    01/13/2015 4:52:36 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 1/13/15 | Andrew C McCarthy
    .....I was not outraged when President Obama directed the Justice Department to end the pretense of “defending” the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I feel the same way about the president’s decision not to join dozens of world leaders in Paris last Sunday to march in favor of free speech and against Islamic-supremacist terror.... ...it is better to know where policymakers really stand... The show of international solidarity in the immediate aftermath of last week’s jihadist atrocities was very moving. But let’s not kid ourselves: It was rife with hypocrisy.... Prior to last week, these preening progressives could reliably be...
  • In Defense Of Obama Not Going To Paris

    01/12/2015 4:39:50 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 84 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | January 12, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Much is being made of President Obama’s failure to attend the Paris unity march yesterday. Apparently Eric Holder was sent but he was nowhere to be found when 40 world leaders locked arms in a show of unity against Muslim terrorism. This isn’t even a matter of Obama leading from behind, it’s a matter of him not showing up. On the other hand, wasn’t the Paris unity march sort of odd? Where was the unity march with world leaders when the US was attacked on 911? Where was it when London was attacked? Where was it when Australia was attacked...
  • Letting My Freak Flag Fly—Again

    01/11/2015 11:36:53 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 65 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/11/15 | Jim O'Neill
    Oath Keeper Patch: Wordlessly making a statement supporting freedom, individualism, free speech, and anti-establishment views Almost cut my hair It happened just the other day It was getting kind of long I could have said it was in my way But I didn’t and I wonder why I feel like letting my freak flag fly I feel like I owe it to someone I’m not giving in an inch to fear Cause I promised myself this year I feel like I owe it to someone David Crosby (CSN&Y)—Almost Cut My Hair Many readers won’t remember this, but before liberals became...
  • "Free Speech" Summed Up In 1 Cartoon

    01/11/2015 11:18:30 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-11-2015 | Tyler Durden
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  • What Is The White House Position On Free Speech And Terrorism?

    01/09/2015 8:26:24 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Townhall Magazine ^ | Jan 08, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    in the case of an entertainment company releasing a movie criticizing a dictator, Obama is perfectly comfortable telling that entertainment company what it should and shouldn't do. But in the case of a news company printing editorial content criticizing Islam, Obama suddenly has no opinion whatsoever on the matter. ... Obama's preference that news organizations not publish any material that might offend Muslims was also evident in his September 2012 address to the United Nations where he said, "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." So which is it? Does the future belong Charlie...
  • Attkisson DOJ Suit Will Get Agents Names Who Planted Cable at Home

    01/08/2015 10:55:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/8/15 | Pam Key
    Thursday on Fox News Radio’s “John Gibson Show,” investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson explained she is suing the Department of Justice to get discovery, which she said hopefully will start with the names of the agents or third-party contractors sometimes hired for “certain dark projects,” who hacked her computer and planted a fiber optics cable at her house.