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  • After Orlando, Senate bill seeks to allow FBI web searches without court order

    06/22/2016 6:05:47 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 38 replies
    washingtonpost. ^ | June 22 2016 | Karoun Demirjian
    The Senate on Wednesday rejected a Republican-led effort to allow the FBI to access a person’s Internet browsing history, email account data and other electronic communications without a court order in terrorism and spy cases. The measure from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) would have also extended the government’s authority to conduct surveillance over potential “lone wolf” attackers. [ ] A majority of the Senate backed the proposal in a 58 to 38 vote, but it needed 60 votes to advance. [ ] The measure inspired a fierce backlash...
  • Card. Cańizares persecuted for defending nature law and common sense

    06/22/2016 6:09:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 21, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    FULL TITLE: Valencia’s Card. Cañizares persecuted for defending nature, common sense against “gender theory”, homosexualist agenda I was in Spain recently, having breakfast – as one does – and, while munching the ubiquitous toast with tomato looked up at the TV only to see a discussion of Card. Canizares Llovera and the trouble he was in for giving what sounded like a really good sermon in Valencia.I shot a photo of the screen… it I can find it… Since then the Cardinal’s problems have multiplied. BTW… he had the nickname “Ratzingerino” for a while and had served as the Prefect...
  • The Problem with Hate Speech

    06/21/2016 2:21:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 21, 2016 | David Solway
    My friend Kathy Shaidle has recently posted a no-holds-barred article on the disaster of “hate speech” legislation, focussing on a proposed Liberal bill to punish “anti-transgender speech” by up to two years in prison. She reminds us that such totalitarian interventions into a presumably democratic society are by no means unique to Canada. As she writes, “bear in mind that New York state, for one, already has similar laws on the books, and they carry fines of up to $250,000. And [an] Oregon 'transmasculine' teacher got $60,000 because her colleagues wouldn’t refer to ‘it’ as ‘they.’”The notion of “hate speech”...
  • Spanish Cardinal Faces Criminal Charges for Homily Remarks

    06/21/2016 7:42:47 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 11 replies
    reason.com ^ | Jun. 20, 2016 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Cardinal Antonio Cańizares faces hate speech charges for questioning "gay empire," "radical feminism," and "gender theory" during homily. Just in case you need more examples of why laws against "hate speech" are a bad idea, here's a case out of Spain in which a Catholic leader is under investigation for remarks he made during a religious ceremony. While giving the homily at a Catholic University of Valencia mass, the Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Antonio Cańizares, suggested that "the gay empire" and "radical feminism" were undermining traditional family values. "The family is being stalked today, in our culture, by endlessly grave...
  • (Florida State) Prosecutor Ken Lewis suspended over offensive Orlando Facebook posts

    06/18/2016 2:53:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    UCF Knight News ^ | June 18, 2016 | Kyle Swenson
    Following the Pulse Night Club shooting, an Assistant Florida state Attorney has been suspended for posting ill about Orlando on Facebook. According to a press release from the Office of the Orange Osceola State Attorney, Kenneth Lewis wrote this disparaging message just hours after the massacre: Downtown Orlando has no bottom. The entire city should be leveled. It is void of a single redeeming quality. It is a melting pot of 3rd world miscreants and ghetto thugs. It is void of culture. If you live down there you do it at your own risk and at your own peril. If...
  • West Hartford Man Makes Homophobic Slur, Refers to Orlando Shooting at Home Depot: PD

    06/17/2016 2:44:31 AM PDT · by raybbr · 121 replies
    Patch.com ^ | 6/16/2016 | Vincent Salzo
    West Hartford, CT — A 71-year-old West Hartford man was arrested after making a homophobic slur to a Home Depot cashier and referencing the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting on Wednesday, according to police. West Hartford Police responded to the Home Depot on New Park Avenue around 11:30 a.m. to speak with an employee regarding a report of a hostile customer. The employee told police he was talking to the customer about why he was wearing gloves at the register before it “quickly evolved into a harassing discussion about the employee's sexuality,” according to the police report. The employee told police...
  • Censorship Is More Dangerous Than Hate Speech

    06/15/2016 11:34:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown
    Someone needs to tell Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, YouTube and the European Union that the only way to stop a bad guy's speech is to counter it with a good guy's speech, not censor it. Recently, the internet giants took on the role of internet speech police when they agreed to monitor and combat so-called "hate speech" for the EU. No word on how they define hate speech. I suspect the whole EU hate speech argument is less about preventing terrorist attacks, as they propose, and more about culling criticism of their immigration and refugee policies. Oh, the hypocrisy of those...
  • [US internet giveaway!] Commerce Dep't Approves Dropping U.S. Role at ICANN

    06/15/2016 5:53:16 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 12 replies
    http://www.gigalaw.com/2016/06/09/commerce-dept-approves-dropping-u-s-role-icann | Jun 9, 2016 | Doug Isenberg
    Senior officials from the Commerce Department announced that they’ve approved a pending proposal aimed at offloading oversight of the Internet’s name-and-address system to an international body made up of technologists, businesses, governments and public interest advocates. It’s a move that’s filled with symbolism: Supporters say it reflects the fulfillment of a longstanding promise by the United States to keep the Web an open place where no single government, corporation or other entity can singlehandedly influence how the Internet evolves.
  • Dem Congressmen: First Amendment Doesn’t Protect Global Warming Skeptics

    06/14/2016 4:14:14 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/13/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    California congressmen wrote a letter to state attorney general Kamala Harris claiming the freedom of speech “is not designed to protect fraud and deceit” of the likes being spread by oil company ExxonMobil about global warming.Nineteen Democratic lawmakers told Harris her “investigation as to whether ExxonMobil lied about the truth of climate change and misled investors does not constitute an effort to silence speech or scientific research.“The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, but it does not protect companies from defrauding the American people or improperly disclosing information to their shareholders,” lawmakers, including California Reps. Maxine Waters and Ted Lieu,...
  • Gawker Is Bankrupt, And Now Liberals Are Pretending To Care About Free Speech

    06/11/2016 7:41:29 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10 Jun, 2016 | David Harsanyi
    So Gawker and its owner Nick Denton filed Chapter 11 today to avoid paying Hulk Hogan the $140 million they owe him after losing an invasion of privacy trial. The suit was funded by libertarian billionaire Peter Thiel, which, according to many liberals, makes this the most vital First Amendment case of our lifetime. In a spasm of hypocrisy, many of the same people who don’t believe corporations deserve constitutional rights; who think allowing the state to ban political movies and books is a fine idea; who are constantly telling us how important the courts are in realizing a just...
  • UNC professor teaches white males are the root of ‘hate speech’

    06/08/2016 5:21:38 PM PDT · by russbart · 49 replies
    The Extract ^ | June 8, 2016
    With safe spaces and secluded free-speech zones popping up on college campuses across the U.S., it is hardly surprising that a professor would use seminar time to rail against the evils of so-called hate speech. What one University of North Carolina instructor offers in his “Hate Speech” course, however, goes far beyond merely encouraging students to be inclusive in their rhetoric.
  • The Trump Attack on Political Correctness

    06/08/2016 7:18:03 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/08/16 | Timothy Birdnow
    Trump is destroying the leprosy of Political Correctness, created to shut the mouths of the silent majority and to intimidate Republicans. It has reigned far too long. I say, call out the fake Indians and Mexican judges! It's time Donald Trump is in the soup again. Mr. Trump has liberal race hustlers sputtering a rain of spittle, and has the GOP Establishment jelly legged, knees knocking and lower lips quivering. With two recent comments Mr. Trump has Republicans running for the tall grass, and even Newt Gingrich - a tepid but agreeable supporter - has demanded Trump apologize. What did...
  • Judge Rules in Favor of Christian Student Group Against NC State’s ‘Speech Permit’

    06/07/2016 6:25:58 AM PDT · by milton23 · 6 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/6/2016 | Faith Vander Voort
    North Carolina State University infringed on the free speech rights of a student-led Christian group, a federal judge has ruled. Chief U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III, calling his action “in the public interest,” issued a preliminary injunction Saturday against NC State’s speech permit policy, saying it violates the students’ First Amendment right to freedom of speech. “The judge pretty much granted the entire request that we asked for,” a lawyer for the students, Tyson Langhofer, told The Daily Signal. “Essentially, everything in the final order that we requested was granted.”
  • General Petraeus vs. Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Will Islamic Supremacism Silence Free Speech?

    06/06/2016 4:00:31 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    Conservative Review | June 6, 2016 | Benjamin Weingarten
    <p>It is striking to compare the words of a leader of America’s foreign policy establishment with those of a Muslim Brotherhood member-turned apostate—who today lives with a fatwa on her head for her heresies—when it comes to free speech versus Islamic supremacism.</p>
  • 3rd Grader Kicked Out of School for Wearing Trump Hat

    06/06/2016 12:50:25 PM PDT · by blueyon · 34 replies
    Fighting For Trump ^ | 6/06/16 | TRUMP NATION
    Logan Autry, a nine-year-old from Fresno, California, is a big Donald Trump fan. However, his school is now blocking his right to wear a Trump hat. Autry was told by school officials his hat “brings negative emotions to the other children who don’t like him.” Autry’s hat is actually signed by the Republican candidate himself, so the hat is something cherished by Autry which he loves to wear a lot. He wore it to school three days in a row. On Friday before the weekend began, Autry was asked to leave school early because of the amount of “disturbances” being...
  • Facebook Censors Swedish Story About Rapes by Muslim Refugees

    06/04/2016 7:41:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 2, 2016 | Jeff Dunetz
    Facebook censorship of individual member pages is not just limited to the United States. On Wednesday, Facebook deleted the personal account/page of Ingrid Carlqvist, the Gatestone Institute's Swedish expert. Her offense was posting a video news report she created for Gatestone that discussed an almost 1,500% increase in rapes in Sweden. Ms. Carlqvist suggests the increase of rapes may be attributable to the mass influx of immigrants coming mainly from Muslim countries such as Iraq, Syria and Somalia. Gatestone Institute is a non-partisan; not-for-profit international policy think tank run by former UN Ambassador John Bolton. Carlqvist's video (embedded below) is...
  • San Jose Mayor employs ‘Mohammed cartoon’ defense to blame riots on Trump

    06/03/2016 12:50:02 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/03/16 | Robert Laurie
    Free speech? What free speech. “You were asking for it.” It’s the ultimate ‘blame the victim’ line, and it’s been used in an attempt to excuse everything from theft, to Rape, to Murder. If you didn’t leave it out, it wouldn’t have been taken. If you didn’t insult that guy, he wouldn’t have punched you. If you didn’t dress ‘all pretty’ the rapist wouldn’t have pounced. Now, Sam Liccardo - the Hillary-supporting mayor of ‘sanctuary city’ San Jose - is employing that argument in an effort to absolve violent rioters of wrongdoing.
  • VIDEO: Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Islam versus Western Civilization, Immigration Jihad, Free Speech

    06/03/2016 8:11:54 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 1 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | 2016-06-03 | The New Criterion
    Interview starts at ~4:24.
  • UC-Irvine Conservatives To Hand Out Pacifiers At Campus “Safe Space” Training

    06/02/2016 5:04:26 AM PDT · by blueyon · 15 replies
    PatDollar.com ^ | 6/01/16 | Infidel Ali
    Excerpted from The Daily Caller: Controversy has followed commentator Milo Yiannopoulos on his “Most Dangerous Faggot” tour, and his Thursday appearance at the University of California, Irvine is proving to be no exception. UC-Irvine College Republicans are planning to distribute 100 infant pacifiers at a school-sanctioned “safe zone training” event taking place just hours before the Yiannopoulos event, UC-Irvine College Republicans said in a press release. The Gerber Baby pacifiers will include an attached label with the caption, “I survived! Milo tour 2016.” UC-Irvine Republican Club president, Ariana Rowlands told the Orange County Register she fears for her fellow students...
  • Axeslinger's opus...

    05/31/2016 2:19:09 PM PDT · by Axeslinger II · 191 replies
    A few days ago | Axeslinger
    Apparently this never got posted here because of the limitations of probation, so here you go: So...here we are...18 years. Mostly good. Clintons a Liar, Dr Raouls costumes, AppyPappy's daughter singing the National Anthem, Kristinns wonderful reporting. The repugnant lies of Classy Green Eyed Blonde and DeepInTheHurtgenForest. The surreal cryptic posts of quidam. The lib trolls like Eschoir. The March for Justice? Heady times. They really were. Fighting against a President who had the gall to look us in the eye and lie to us. But the last 9 months? Absolutely unrecognizable. A lot of great FReepers run off. And...
  • Arizona Shuts Down College Campus Free Speech Zones in the Name of Free Speech

    05/30/2016 7:59:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 30, 2016 | Rod Kackley
    State Rep. Anthony Kern said he handed out materials as part of a church group on the Glendale Community College campus for several years without any trouble. But one year, “all of a sudden they came up with this free speech zone which was way away from the people,” the Republican told the Arizona Capitol Times. That inspired Kern to introduce House Bill 2615, which broadens campus “free speech zones” to the entire public college campus as opposed to designated areas. It provides students the right to exercise their First Amendment rights without concerns about the time, place and manner...
  • THE DAY FREE SPEECH DIED

    05/28/2016 7:14:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/28/16 | Jeff Crouere
    Colleges are supposed to be laboratories for ideas where debates are encouraged and a diverse set of viewpoints are welcome. Today, only liberalism is allowed and our students are not being educated, but indoctrinated It happened again this week at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Another conservative speaker was harassed by liberal activists. In this case, Breitbart contributor Milo Yiannopoulos was not allowed to finish his presentation to a group of students. He was bullied and threatened and his speech was literally shut down by a group of Black Lives Matter activists. In fact, one of the free speech haters...
  • "Caliphate Conference" Seeks to Islamize Europe, U.S.

    02/21/2012 10:07:15 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Stonegate Institute ^ | February 21, 2012 | Soeren Kern
    The explicit aim of the Istanbul Process -- currently backed by the Obama administration -- is to make it an international crime to criticize Islam. A Muslim fundamentalist group is organizing a conference focused on turning Austria and other European countries into Islamic states. The "Caliphate Conference 2012" will be held on March 10 in the Austrian town of Vösendorf, situated just south of Vienna. The main theme of the event will be "The Caliphate: The State Model of the Future." The conference is being organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir [Party of Liberation], a pan-Islamic extremist group that seeks to establish...
  • What To Do When Savages Disrupt Your Lecture

    05/25/2016 10:51:30 AM PDT · by OddLane · 23 replies
    Tom Woods Show ^ | May 25, 2016 | Tom Woods
    Well, it happened again. Except this time, it was even worse. Last night our old friend Milo Yiannopoulos had his speech at DePaul University disrupted by a couple delicate flowers. I myself spoke at DePaul back around 2007, and even then there was a threat of protest, after a leftist professor (who had zero publications of significance, you’ll be astonished to learn) wrote a column in the student newspaper accusing me of being a “white supremacist” — which in non-hysterical language simply meant I was to the right of Bob Dole. I was ready for them, believe me, but none...
  • Life’s Too Short For Fascists

    05/25/2016 6:20:42 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-25-2016 | MOTUS
    It’s a classic example of hell-bound good intentions. I’m not going to go as far as George Carlin butt I will say that this whole mess started when progressives started to idolize children. First we had childproof caps, child restraints, child car seats and helmets for everything. It grew into grief counselors at school – initially on an ad hoc basis to deal with the unexpected death of a schoolmate because their kids parents couldn’t be expected to handle that, due to their own grief. Butt once the school budgets expanded to include full time on-staff counselors it became de rigueur...
  • The Constitution Is My Speech Permit

    05/20/2016 5:22:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2016 | Mike Adams
    My former attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) recently filed a lawsuit they never should have had to file. In the suit, they are representing a Christian student group at North Carolina State University (NCSU). At issue is an NCSU policy requiring a permit for any kind of student speech or communication anywhere on campus. This policy is a direct affront to the First Amendment, which is the only permit needed to speak on a public university campus. The policy itself is outrageous. To make matters worse, NCSU only selectively enforces the policy as they did against the plaintiffs,...
  • Inspired by Trump, new Arizona law redefines free speech

    05/17/2016 1:23:24 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 49 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | May 17, 2016 | Ben Rosen
    The Arizona law increases penalties against protesters who block access to a political rally. Is blocking access to a political event a political statement in itself? In a Phoenix suburb in March, protesters parked about two-dozen cars in the middle of the highway to stop drivers on their way to an outdoor rally for Donald Trump and Joe Arpaio, the controversial Arizona sheriff. With posters that read "Dump Trump" and "Must Stop Trump," the protesters, in one sense, acted on their right to demonstrate against the Republican frontrunner and the sheriff who was sanctioned for refusing a judge's order to...
  • The University of Oregon employs thought police who hired themselves

    05/12/2016 8:54:58 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/12/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The University of Oregon is sorely in need of an enema. It has become filled with the worst kind of social excrement a university can accumulate. It has descended into a state of perpetual readiness to root out and destroy any vestige of speech and thought that might even slightly deviate from liberal orthodoxy. When any member of the school’s cozy little community alleges that she/he has been offended, the speech warriors of the U of O’s Bias Response Team (BRT) spring into action. No complaint is too petty for these civil servants that have invented their own lifetime jobs....
  • Man arrested after teaching girlfriend’s pug to perform Nazi salute

    05/10/2016 7:48:51 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 42 replies
    RT ^ | 5/10/2016 | staff
    A Scottish man who filmed his girlfriend’s dog performing a Nazi salute has been arrested by the police and could face hate crime charges. Markus Meechan, 28, from North Lanarkshire, was remanded in custody on suspicion of publishing offensive material online. Meechan uploaded a video to Youtube which allegedly shows a pug making the Nazi salute and watching videos of Hitler. He has since apologized for causing offense and claims the video was a prank to annoy his girlfriend.
  • Senator Patrick Leahy deserves an Oscar

    04/12/2014 8:23:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    It’s not often that a U.S. government agency gets caught red-handed abiding by its charter and performing its publicly-avowed and legislatively-approved duties. But last week the AP "broke" a long and breathless story from Havana that nailed the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) for just that. In their own words, "a secret plan aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government," was courageously exposed by the AP’s intrepid Havana bureau. Such is the magnitude of the scandal that a red-faced and snarling Senator Patrick Leahy is now chairing hearings on Capitol Hill where he grills USAID director Rajiv Shah on...
  • Is online free speech under attack?

    05/09/2016 6:53:33 AM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/9/16 | Rudy Takala
    Regulators in Washington are showing increasing interest in tightening rules on political speech on the web, arguing that the dissonant voices enabled by "new media" have become too influential. If that effort is successful, experts wonder whether it could impact more traditional media as well, especially in how it relates to conservatives. "The best example we can give is going back a few years to when the [Federal Communications Commission] was looking at trying to silence talk radio, which was obviously a realm of conservatism," said Drew Johnson, executive director of the nonprofit group "Protect Internet Freedom." He was referring...
  • Trump knocks "disgraceful" comment from Cruz's dad

    05/03/2016 6:32:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 3, 2016 | Jesse Byrnes
    Donald Trump on Tuesday slammed "disgraceful" comments from the father of his Republican presidential rival, Ted Cruz, who called on Christians to support his son in the Indiana primary.
  • 2016 05 01 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Attack on Free Speech - Israel Imperiled" (video)

    05/01/2016 1:06:46 PM PDT · by Lera · 8 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | May 1, 2016 | John Haller
    With pages seemingly taken out of George Orwell's book "1984" attacks on the First Amendment protection of Free Speech. Orwell's warning portrays a state in which government monitors, controls and regulates every aspect of human life to the extent that even having a contradictory thought is against the law. By the end of this update, one might reasonably conclude that we are on the precipice of just such a society. The concept of free speech and different views and opinions is a foundation of our land as envisioned by the Forefathers. However, it is clear from recent developments that the...
  • WATCH: 30 Mins of Pure, Unadulterated Mark Steyn Defending Free Speech/Dominating Climate Crybullies

    04/26/2016 7:16:58 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 18 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | 4/25/16 | The New Criterion
    For the New Criterion, Ben Weingarten, commentator and Founder & CEO of ChangeUp Media sits down with Mark Steyn, international bestselling author, political pundit, cultural critic and hardened climate change dissenter Mark Steyn for an in-depth interview. During their discussion, Weingarten and Steyn discuss the chilling of free speech by the climate alarmists and their enablers in the political and legal system, the stakes of the defamation suit filed against Steyn by climate scientist Dr. Michael E. Mann over a critical blog post, why it is the scientific community that resembles a racket rather than demonized “Big Oil,” the misogyny...
  • The Science ISN'T Settled: A Response to the Climate Change Crybullies (Feat. Mark Steyn)

    04/26/2016 6:38:08 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 10 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | 4/25/16 | The New Criterion
    In the face of a monolithically climate alarmist academia, media and government, several courageous individuals are working to unsettle the purportedly “settled science” of climate change, arguing that carbon dioxide atmospheric enrichment provides manifold benefits for mankind, that flawed economic models are being used to justify anti-capitalist and destructive public policies, that mild warming of the planet ought to be celebrated and fighting back courageously against those who wish to chill free speech by using the law to litigate science. This is their story. Featured speakers include Mark Steyn, international bestselling author and commentator, Dr. Craig Idso, Founder Former President...
  • A Political Attack On Free Speech And Privacy Thwarted -- For Now

    04/25/2016 2:18:34 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 25, 2016 | George Leef
    <p>Most “Progressives” believe that opposition to their plans for a government with the power to create the perfect society is essentially illegitimate. Therefore, they seldom hesitate to use any means they can to delegitimize, defund, and defeat conservatives and libertarians. For many, the weapon of choice is to misuse the law, turning it into a sword that can be used to cut down the opposition.</p>
  • A Christian Doctor Was Fired for the Most Frightening, Orwellian Reason You Can Imagine

    04/25/2016 10:18:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/25/2016 | Tyler O'Neil
    A black doctor who was fired for supposedly inflammatory sermons unrelated to his medical work filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia on Wednesday, claiming religious discrimination. This is particularly ironic, considering the governor of that state recently vetoed a religious liberty bill.Dr. Eric Walsh previously served on President Obama's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, was a board member of the Latino Health Collaborative, and started California's first city-run dental clinic for low-income families dealing with AIDS. Nevertheless, Walsh was fired only one week after being hired by Georgia's Department of Public Health. Right before Walsh was terminated, the...
  • Climate Alarmism and the Muzzling of Independent Science(erf day alert)

    04/21/2016 7:10:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/21/2016 | Ari Halperin
    This Friday (Earth Day and Lenin’s Birthday) President Obama will sign the Paris Agreement, supposedly to control global climate. Last week, the attorney general of a tax shelter – the US Virgin Islands -- subpoenaed the Competitive Enterprise Institute. This was part of a campaign to intimidate climate realists and to shake down, and possibly shut down, the energy industry. The campaign was launched by a number of Democrat Attorneys General and Al Gore, colluding with trial lawyers and other special interests, under the guise of investigating ExxonMobil. As bizarre as these moves are, they are just an escalation of...
  • Planned Parenthood protests causing concern in Circleville (Ohio)

    04/21/2016 3:22:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    abc6onyourside.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | LU ANN STOIA
    CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Police were called to a protest at a Planned Parenthood clinic on Lewis Avenue and Court Streets. Anti-abortion demonstrators have been permitted for protesting there for months, but when pro-choice activists showed up last week without a permit, city leaders reminded them of an ordinance that requires a permit. Some anti-abortion protesters put graphic signs near the clinic which offended one mother of a five-year old boy who lives across the street. Angela Shaw-Gellerson said there's no need to get ugly and complained to police about the move from a side-street to in front of her...
  • Charge: FEC Dems would ban Drudge, NYT, free media on election eve

    04/19/2016 5:08:58 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/18/16 | Paul Bedard
    The war between Republicans and Democrats on the politically splintered Federal Election Commission flared late Monday when a Republican commissioner and former chairman charged that the panel's Democrats want to regulate the press and end free election media. The moves by Democrats "signal an active regulatory effort within the agency, caution press organizations to look over their shoulders, and chill the free exercise of press activity," said Republican Lee E. Goodman in a statement on a recent FEC split vote.
  • Obama IRS Corruption Update (Weekly Update)

    04/16/2016 10:40:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 15, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch & Allied Educational Foundation to Supreme Court: Protect the Laws that Keep Public Officials Honest Defending the First Amendment against the Obama IRS Only 3 U.S. Airports Require Employee Security Checks JW Gets Props in The Wall Street JournalJudicial Watch & Allied Educational Foundation to Supreme Court: Protect the Laws that Keep Public Officials Honest With a notorious Democrat in the White House, it bears repeating that there are corrupt politicians in both the Republican and Democrat parties. The “corruption caucus” in the political world is both bipartisan and growing. True to our non-partisan educational mission, we...
  • Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president

    04/15/2016 7:41:37 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 43 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 15 at 9:30 AM | Rick Noack
    Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president By Rick Noack April 15 at 9:30 AM German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cleared the way for the prosecution of German comedian Jan Böhmermann, whose poem mocking Turkey's president has become the centerpiece of a clash between Germany's free-speech traditions and the government's efforts to safeguard its important relations with Turkey. In a news conference Friday, Merkel emphasized that it will now be up to German courts to decide whether Böhmermann is guilty of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But critics — including members of her own government —...
  • [April 6, 2016] BERLIN POLICE CRACK DOWN ON FAR-RIGHT HATE POSTINGS

    04/15/2016 8:32:39 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 6, 2016 | AP
    <p>BERLIN (AP) -- Berlin police say they've raided 10 residences in the German capital in a crackdown against far-right hate speech on social media.</p>
  • America's Islamist Extremist

    04/11/2016 9:52:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2016 | Armstrong Williams
    As we have seen from recent events in Paris, Brussels and all across the world, terrorism is not an obscure phenomenon that only impacts the Middle East. And no longer can Americans ignore the threat of terrorism as primarily a European problem. Although attacks in the United States are less frequent due, in part, to our distance from the region, increasingly, leaders associated with terrorist groups are now finding their way onto American soil. Not only must we be concerned about terrorist cells hiding in communities around the United States, but we now also have to worry about domestic Muslim...
  • So I Guess It’s Open Season On Democrat Allies, Right?

    04/11/2016 5:12:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2016 | Kurt Schlichter
    I was super excited to find out about a bunch of liberal state attorneys general aping the Obama administration’s use of government power to persecute their political enemies. This thrilling development is awesome because it gives us conservatives the opportunity to do the same to liberals. Yeah, if the new rule is that the majority in power uses its authority to persecute its opponents, then shouldn’t we conservatives do it too? Except only harder and more ruthlessly. Right now, you have attorneys general in places like New York and the Virgin Islands going after the heretics who dare dispute the...
  • Think v Troll (Then They Came For Speech)

    04/08/2016 6:58:20 AM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    Splice Today ^ | April 8, 2016 | Todd Seavey
    One of the most frustrating things about the recent censorious trend among sensitive politicized youth is that it renders useless my last-ditch political metaphor. I always figured if the day came that all other arguments for liberty were failing—if no one wanted to hear about free trade or gun rights or religious liberty—I could always fall back on the concept of free speech. I don’t just mean that if you think speech should be free you logically must think all non-violent human action should be free (though I do). The free speech analogy, while it lasted, was also useful for...
  • The Sissification of Academia

    04/06/2016 2:02:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, | Bob Barr
    For decades, liberals have forewarned the destruction by conservatives of their Ivory Towers of academia. They whine that conservatives are out to “starve” educational institutions by cutting their bloated, taxpayer-funded budgets; they blame conservative opposition to their precious Common Core scheme as “paranoia,” and they defend teacher unions to the death. However, it is not the Tea Party, Republican governors, or homeschool families that liberals should fear. The single biggest threat to the ivory bastion that is Big Academia is the students whose very minds liberals have spent decades molding with their meticulously-crafted indoctrination. Since the 1960s, when liberal activism...
  • Campus Lunacy, Part II

    04/06/2016 11:09:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    Professor Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He recently wrote an article titled "The hypocrisy behind the student renaming craze." Students, often with the blessing of faculty, have discovered that names for campus buildings and holidays do not always fit politically correct standards for race, class and sex. Stanford students have demanded the renaming of buildings, malls and streets bearing the name of the recently canonized Junipero Serra, an 18th-century Franciscan priest who was often unkind to American Indians. Harvard Law School is getting rid of its seal because it bears...
  • Millennials brush off Founding Fathers, overwhelmingly oppose free speech

    04/06/2016 9:52:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 6, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    The relationship between college students and free speech: It’s complicated. A new Gallup survey said 72 percent of college students oppose campus restrictions on “expressing political views that are upsetting or offensive to certain groups.” But asked whether “slurs” and other “intentionally offensive” language should be banned, and they’re all for it. Sixty-nine percent of college students surveyed said they would be in favor of prohibiting “intentionally offensive” speech on campus, and 63 percent also said they would support administrative measures to ban “costumes that stereotype certain racial or ethnic groups.” As the sound and the fury over the “Trump...
  • Leftists really need to chillax over #TheChalkening

    04/03/2016 6:12:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 3, 2016 | TAYLOR MILLARD
    The Leftists going nuts over #TheChalkening really need to chillax and remember the benefits of free speech. #TheChalkening is a bunch of college students putting up pro-Donald Trump messages on college campuses because they know it makes the skin crawl of those who don’t support him. It all started after Emory University students started flipping out over the Trump 2016 messages being scrawled on multiple sidewalks and walls on campus. Via The Emory Wheel (emphasis mine): “I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” one student said. “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our...