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  • The Taboos Crumble, and Free Speech Is Threatened

    11/14/2014 7:52:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    The more vulgar the culture gets, the more squeamish the keepers of the rules. The more verbal and visual taboos we break, the greater the threat to free speech. The National Football League institutes a 15-yard penalty for a football player who uses the N-word. If he uses it a second time, he's benched. This is the word with a cruel racist history, but which is now used as a term of affection if the person of the right color uses it. It's a word heard 500,000 times a day, reports The Washington Post in a front-page story that examines...
  • Truthy: The Tax-Funded Speech Monitoring and Suppression Project

    11/14/2014 5:26:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | November 14,2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    Leftist speech suppressors are at it again, but this time they’re apparently being subsidized by the American taxpayer. On Monday, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) sent a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF), demanding information about the nearly $1 million spent on the “Truthy” data-mining project that monitors political speech on Twitter.
  • Obama grants interview to China state-run media

    11/11/2014 12:55:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 11, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama plans to discuss differences with Chinese President Xi Jinping “directly and candidly,” he said in a written interview with China’s state-run Xinhua news agency. Obama regularly conducts such written interviews with prominent news organizations in the countries where he travels, but the decision to talk to an organ of the Chinese government could raise eyebrows amid continuing concerns over Beijing’s human rights record. At a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday, Obama said he continued to have “concerns” about China’s actions. “There are certain things that the United States believes. We believe in freedom...
  • Feds took Times reporter’s notes from police evidence room

    11/21/2013 10:16:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2013 | Kellan Howell
    Weeks after Maryland State Police and federal agents seized reporting files from a former Washington Times journalist’s home, a Homeland Security agent checked the materials out of the police evidence room for an hour, according to logs that shine new light on a case that has raised First Amendment concerns. The custody logs don’t state why the reporting materials were removed from evidence Sept. 3, about a month after they were seized from reporter Audrey Hudson’s home during a search in an unrelated investigation of her husband. But they do show that the Homeland Security agent checked out files and...
  • The Unborn, Free Speech and the Coming Culture War

    11/05/2014 9:14:41 PM PST · by Abakumov · 5 replies
    Radix News ^ | November 6, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    There are two great freedoms being assaulted under the radar that will soon come to the fore: the freedom to live and the freedom to speak. Both parties use abortion as a litmus test. You want the Democratic nomination for any federal or state office; you need to support a woman’s right to abortion. You want the Republican nomination for any federal or state office; you better claim that you are pro-life. I say “claim” because that’s all Republicans need to do to satisfy each other. If Republicans truly were pro-life, they’d have passed a one-paragraph statute when they ran...
  • Open Legs and Closed Minds

    11/04/2014 10:34:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2014 | Mike Adams
    The lawlessness of UNC administrators continues to make headlines across the nation. Most of this lawlessness comes from administrative offices dedicated to promoting “diversity.” It is no wonder that most of the fake classes taken by student athletes at UNC were listed under African American Studies. Where we find multiculturalism, we find the denial of objective truth. Where we find the denial of objective truth, we find people who lie and deny it. Of course we find plenty of lies and deception associated with virtually every activity initiated by the LGBTQIA Office and Women's Resource Center (WRC) at UNCW. The...
  • Dick Morris: Obama, Democrats Want Control of Internet Speech

    10/27/2014 6:23:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 27 Oct 2014 | Dick Morris
    Not content with the total bias and domination of the news networks, CNN, and the nation's leading newspapers, the Democrats on the Federal Election Commission have moved to assert federal control over Internet political speech. Claiming the authority to regulate political postings and blogs as independent campaign expenditures, they want to apply federal campaign finance laws to online voices. According to the Washington Examiner, the three Democrats on the FEC moved at the Oct. 24 meeting to impose "burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning." The three Republican members on the commission beat back the measure, warning the proposal would regulate...
  • FEC deadlock keeps Internet free from broadcast campaign ad regulations

    10/26/2014 7:27:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The Federal Election Commission deadlocked in a crucial Internet campaign speech vote announced late last week, leaving online political blogging and videos free of many of the reporting requirements attached to broadcast ads — for now. All three Republican-backed members voted against restrictions, but they were opposed by the three Democrat-backed panel members, including Vice Chairwoman Ann M. Ravel, who said she will lead a push next year to come up with rules for government political speech on the Internet. It would mark a major reversal for the commission, which for nearly a decade has protected the
  • Democrats Push Censorship Of Political Speech

    10/27/2014 5:55:14 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 10 replies
    In 2014 censorship has become a product of the left. Arguably censorship in the United States has always been a product of the progressives. They have forever tried to link National Socialist book burnings with conservatives. In reality, it is modern liberals who want to censor free speech. The McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law sought to impose restrictions on who may speak prior to an election. The progressive law intended to limit speech to government approved speakers. Namely politicians and the mainstream press. Everyone else saw their right to speak restricted. The Citizens United case, which centered around the showing...
  • Dems on FEC move to regulate internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge

    10/24/2014 5:13:16 PM PDT · by knak · 64 replies
    In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that the left wants to regulate conservative political sites and even news outlets like the Drudge Report. Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said. The powerplay followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote...
  • After Pressure, Google Restores Blog Julio Severo in Portuguese

    After Pressure, Google Restores Blog Julio Severo in Portuguese By Julio Severo With no explanation or notification, Google made my blog in Portuguese (http://juliosevero.blogspot.com/) disappear in the first minutes of Thursday, October 23. After 24 hours of pressure from international readers, with no notification, Google made my blog reappear. People in Brazil and other nations began to question Google in social networks and also by contacting the company: “Why to suspend Blog Julio Severo in Portuguese on the height of the Brazilian presidential elections in the exact time Severo published an article instructing the Brazilian public that both candidates...
  • Free Speech Victory Vindicates Governor Scott Walker, Conservatives

    10/23/2014 8:07:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    A free speech courage award should go to U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa for his recent ruling blocking the enforcement of part of Wisconsin's campaign finance law that prohibits “coordinated issue advocacy” between outside groups and candidates. Liberal, overzealous Badger State prosecutors have tried to use a very subjective interpretation of the law as justification for their four-year, failed witch hunt to try and bring down Governor Scott Walker and his allies.Earlier this year, the same Judge Randa ordered a shut-down of the nefarious so-called “John Doe” investigation – a secret probe launched in 2012 by partisan Democrat District Attorney...
  • Chilling Free Speech

    10/23/2014 6:52:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Earlier this week, the federal government's National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science -- encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities -- announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert's invention and hilarious use of the word "truthiness." The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke; it...
  • Houston, We Have a (1st Amendment) Problem!

    10/21/2014 4:08:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    It all started in September, when Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman issued an "overly broad" subpoena for the sermons of select ministers who opposed the city's equal rights ordinance. Because of intense national opposition from even Texas' attorney general, this past Wednesday, Parker and Feldman appeared to recant or at least reduce their flagrant overreach and disregard of the ministers' legal protections under the First Amendment. By the weekend, however, the truth came out that they were only using political smoke and mirrors to try to simmer the patriotic fury; they were not changing course to...
  • Sweden passes law to criminalize any criticism of immigration

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

    10/20/2014 7:17:03 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 17, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Pompeo v. Board of Regents (D.N.M. Sept. 29, 2014, but apparently not substantially publicized until Thursday): The University of New Mexico offered a class and Plaintiff enrolled in that class. The subject matter of the class (“Images of (Wo)men: From Icons to Iconoclasts”) as set out in [the Complaint] was chosen by the class instructor, Defendant Hinkley, to spark “incendiary” class discussions. The syllabus assured students that “it’s quite clear that we do not expect anyone to necessarily agree with the positions and arguments advanced in our work. There’s controversy built right into the syllabus, and we can’t wait to...
  • Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail

    10/20/2014 12:07:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | October 19, 2014
    People found guilty of Internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile cases of abusive and threatening behaviour on Twitter. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "This is a law to combat cruelty -- and marks our determination to take a stand against a baying cyber-mob." There has been increasing concern in Britain about the growing scourge of Internet "trolls" who post hate-filled messages on social media, often threatening their targets. The parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann are among the...
  • Texan's truck has possibly the most racist decal ever [makes "front page" news]

    10/17/2014 4:17:47 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 17, 2014 | Kolten Parker
    This Texan takes bumper stickers to a whole new level. A photo of a truck with Texas tags that features on the tailgate one the most racist decals, complete with a real (and fresh) banana, that targets President Barack Obama was posted to Reddit on Thursday. "Does this Socialist a** make my truck look too big," the decal, which appears to be professionally done, reads. It also includes photo of Obama dressed in Somalian garb from a 2006 meeting in the country. The image was taken in the East Texas town of Tyler at the intersection of Loop 323 and...
  • Public University Cracks Down On Students Handing Out Constitution Outside ‘Free Speech Zone’

    10/16/2014 9:43:06 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 15, 2014 | Eric Owens
    Officials and campus cops at Southern Oregon University threatened to call the police on a group of four students who were distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution outside the designated “free speech zone” last week. The Constitution kerfuffle occurred last Tuesday at the obscure public school in the middle of nowhere, Campus Reform reports. The students, all affiliated with Students for Concealed Carry, ironically were also gathering signatures for a petition to end the taxpayer-funded school’s restrictive speech policies. Administrators and school police officers didn’t like it. The four students say they were followed by bureaucrats and cops and threatened...
  • Feminist Nixes Speaking Engagement To Protest Utah State University's Pro-Gun Policies

    10/16/2014 7:25:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/15/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On October 14 feminist speaker Anita Sarkeesian canceled a speaking engagement at Utah State University upon learning that state law forbids the university from banning concealed carry on campus.
  • Newark Boy Speaking At Anti-Violence Event Interrupted By Nearby Gunfire

    10/16/2014 7:13:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    newyork.cbslocal.com ^ | 10/15/2014 | unk
    ......a poetic plea from an 8-year-old boy. His message was broadcast inside a community center in Newark on Saturday afternoon, but his words were interrupted by gunshots. “Violence came as I was talking,” Nyeeam Hudson said. During Nyeeam’s plea for peace, a young man was shot and killed outside.
  • Celebrate Conformity (Cont)

    10/14/2014 8:51:51 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | October 14, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Many Americans seem to think that free speech and the First Amendment are synonymous. They're not: the former is a larger and more primal concept. But one consequence of that confusion is that, whenever free-speech questions arise, you always get a ton of emails droning, "There's no First Amendment issue here, Steyn. Mozilla/Brandeis/A&E/whoever is not the government. It's a private entity and is perfectly free to can its chief exec/disinvite Ayaan Hirsi Ali/suspend 'Duck Dynasty'/whatever if it wants to." Which is true as far as it goes, but doesn't address the core question of ugly thuggish identity-group enforcers remorselessly narrowing...
  • Reports Suggest (Obama's) FCC Poised to Regulate Internet

    10/09/2014 7:35:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 48 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 08 Oct 2014 | John Gizzi
    There has been mounting evidence in the last two weeks that the Internet, one of the last unregulated venues for communication, might well be headed for federal regulation. What makes the specter of Internet regulation (or "net neutrality," as its proponents prefer to call it) all the more ominous is that it might become law through rulings by the Federal Communications Commission rather than a vote of elected representatives in Congress. On Sept. 24, the Washington Post reported that the FCC was working with activists seeking to generate comments in favor of tough, 1930s-style regulation of telephone. In what the...
  • School Bans Christian Club... Again

    10/07/2014 8:08:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Educators at Ward Melville High School are either woefully ignorant of the U.S. Constitution or they really don’t like Christian teenagers.For the second year in a row, the Long Island, New York high school has denied students the right to form a Christian club.“I feel like they have something against me and my faith,” 17-year-old John Raney told me. “I feel marginalized.”John is the founder of Students United in Faith, a service-oriented Christian club. Nearly 20 young people wanted to join the club – but the school said no.“I wanted to start the club because I thought it would provide...
  • Poll: 51% of Democrats support criminalizing hate speech

    10/03/2014 12:22:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/03/2014 | AllahPundit
    Note: Hate speech, not hate crimes. YouGov asked people about hate crimes for its poll too and found bipartisan support for the federal law that provides steeper penalties for crimes motivated by hatred of the victim’s race, religion, gender, or national origin. Sixty-four percent of Dems gave thumbs-up to that versus 54 percent of Republicans. A plurality of Republicans also support expanding that law to target hate crimes committed against gays: 44 percent say yes versus 30 percent who say no.Hate-crimes laws matter in the sentencing phase. If you’re guilty of the underlying offense, then you can be punished...
  • God, Woman and Free Speech at Yale

    10/03/2014 9:18:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Airliners that routinely complete their flights, like a dog that bites a man, naturally get no headlines. A flight must crash and burn to get attention, like the man who bites a dog. It's controversy that sells tickets, particularly on campus. When Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the brave human-rights activist and a native of Somalia, spoke at Yale last week, 300 students turned out to listen. Others were turned away because security was so tight. The sponsors were almost apologetic because there was no controversy. This is how free speech can work on a campus with bold academic leadership behind it....
  • No, the FCC may not ban the use of “Redskins” on radio and television

    10/01/2014 9:42:51 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 35 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 1, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Prof. John Banzhaf has filed a petition asking the FCC to revoke the broadcast license of stations that use the word “Redskins.” Some “longtime participants in the FCC regulatory process” — including former FCC chair Reed Hundt — have likewise argued that, It is impermissible under law that the FCC would condone, or that broadcasters would use, obscene pornographic language on live television. This medium uses government owned airwaves in exchange for an understanding that it will promote the public interest. Similarly, it is inappropriate for broadcasters to use racial epithets as part of normal, everyday reporting. Current FCC chair...
  • 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 · 31 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 Left’s 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: “It’s 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 America’s 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 public’s 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 Dynasty’s 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 Ali’s 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 couldn’t 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 let’s 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, “isn’t 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 ACLU’s 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 America’s leading institutions of higher education. The decision of Yale’s 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 school’s 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 Islam…this 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, I’m 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
    AuthorÂ’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 court’s imposition of massive fines on two New York farmers who don’t want a gay couple to get married on their property. In today’s 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 don’t eat pork. The Muslim complained loudly online and the city and Sneakers Bistro relented, removing the bacon sign while loudly proclaiming they don’t 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 it’s...
  • 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 project’s lead investigator Filippo Menczer proclaims his support for numerous progressive advocacy groups, including President Barack Obama’s 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...