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  • The Dead Past (9th Circuit Chief Judge on privacy laws)

    04/12/2012 3:31:32 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Stanford Law Review ^ | April 12, 2012 | Alex Kozinski
    I must start out with a confession: When it comes to technology, I’m what you might call a troglodyte. I don’t own a Kindle or an iPad or an iPhone or a Blackberry. I don’t have an avatar or even voicemail. I don’t text. I don’t reject technology altogether: I do have a typewriter—an electric one, with a ball. But I do think that technology can be a dangerous thing because it changes the way we do things and the way we think about things; and sometimes it changes our own perception of who we are and what we’re about....
  • Health Care Reform: Government To Have Access To Americans Medical Records

    03/19/2010 3:59:25 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 6 replies · 455+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | March 19, 2010 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Private Medical Information Will Eventually Be Made Available To Government Bureaucrats In Charge Of Health Care If anyone has time to go through the more than 2,700 pages in the Senate version of the current health care reform bill, there are some aspects of this legislation that should send a chill down the spine of any American. But, for a moment, let's take time to review how medical records have been shared in the past. Whenever you saw a new physician, one of the first things they needed was your past medical history, specifically related to what a doctor might...
  • Silencing Dissent? There's an App for That [video]

    08/16/2009 10:15:30 PM PDT · by bushwon · 5 replies · 428+ views
    pajama tv ^ | 08/14/09 | pjtv
    View video at link below--satirical look at the White Hhouse " Fishy email" and Axelrod email controversy http://www.pjtv.com/video/Specials/_____Silencing_Dissent%3F_There%27s_an_App_for_That/2319/
  • White House Responds to Major Garrett; Blames "Third-Party" Groups for Unsolicited Emails - Video

    08/16/2009 8:17:57 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 60 replies · 1,711+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 16, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Fox News Reporter Major Garrett talking about the White House responding to his questions concerning unsolicited emails citizens have been receiving from the White House. Garrett asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about it on Thursday, who would not answer Garrett's questions and treated Garrett rudely. Garrett reports that the White House released a statement saying that the White House does not send emails to people who have not requested that they receive messages. But they did blame "third party" organizations for sending emails to the White House which may have been added to the White House...
  • Report: Data agency broke privacy laws (EU panel says SWIFT broke European privacy laws)

    11/25/2006 1:02:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 444+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/25/06 | Constatnt Brand - ap
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - A report by an EU panel released Thursday said the bank data transfer agency SWIFT broke European privacy laws by handing over personal data to U.S. authorities for use in anti-terror investigations. The Belgian-based company, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, "committed violations of data protection laws" by secretly transferring data to the United States, without properly informing Belgian authorities, the EU's data protection panel said. The panel's report calls on SWIFT, financial institutions and EU authorities to "take the necessary measures" to end the transfer, which it said contradicts Belgian and EU data protection rules....
  • Tommy Thompson gets chip implant

    07/25/2005 8:19:26 AM PDT · by FeeinTennessee · 64 replies · 1,837+ views
    Newsmax ^ | July 24, 2005
    Tommy Thompson Gets Chip Implant Implanted microchips are getting a plug from a heavy hitter - former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. Thompson plans to promote a product made by his new company � a medical info chip � by having one implanted in his arm. "It doesn't cause any pain," Thompson told Paul Bedard, who writes the Washington Whispers column in U.S. News & World Report. The chip is made by Florida-based VeriChip, which recently added Thompson to its board of directors. The rice-size chip contains a 16-digit identification code that can be scanned at hospitals and...
  • Hookers are using the Internet to keep tabs on undercover cops

    08/23/2004 12:26:45 PM PDT · by esryle · 13 replies · 1,517+ views
    CLAYTON, Mo. -- Hookers are using the Internet to keep tabs on undercover cops. Police departments have used computers for years, but now the oldest profession is going high-tech. St. Louis County vice-squad commander Rick Battelle said he was shocked to find his cell-phone number listed on a hookers-only Web site. Undercover police use mobile phones to set up sting operations. But some of those phone numbers were listed in the database. The hookers' computer files also included the names used by undercover officers and details about their unmarked cars. St. Louis area officers discovered the hookers' Internet database on...
  • "Sexually Inclusive Christians" Celebrate Victories, Push for More

    08/30/2003 5:48:16 PM PDT · by xzins · 377 replies · 2,463+ views
    "Sexually Inclusive Christians" Celebrate Victories, Push for More Mark Tooley August 22, 2003 When arguing for church acceptance of homosexuality, most advocates talk about monogamy. But others are bolder. “I am a strong ally of those in healthy, polyamorous relationships,” declared Debra Kolodny. She argued that having multiple sexual partners can be “holy.” Kolodyn was leading a workshop at the WOW (Witness Our Welcome) 2003 convention, an ecumenical gathering for “sexually and gender inclusive Christians.” Hundreds of homosexual, bisexual, and heterosexual people gathered under the “queer” banner in Philadelphia August 14-17 to urge religious acceptance of non-traditional sexual behaviors. According...
  • What's so funny about abstinence, Al Franken?

    08/22/2003 1:05:02 AM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 366+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 8/22/03 | Michelle Malkin
    Left-wing "comedian" Al Franken got tripped up by some big fat lies this week. He's sorry he got caught, but smugly silent about making fun of countless American kids who have taken abstinence vows.Thanks to Court TV's Smoking Gun Web site (www.thesmokinggun.com), we now know that the Saturday Night Live leftover abused his position as an "academic fellow" (now that's funny) at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy in a puerile attempt to trick Attorney General John Ashcroft into publicly sharing his personal experience with abstinence.Franken urged Ashcroft to share...
  • Teens have right to have sex, lawyer argues (Huh?!?)

    08/21/2003 7:32:39 PM PDT · by mhking · 136 replies · 511+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 8.21.03 | JAMAAL ABDUL-ALIM
    When an Oak Creek woman found her 14-year-old daughter nude in the woman's bed with a 14-year-old boy, the teens didn't strike her as being overly concerned. "They both freely admitted that their intention was to 'have sex,' " records quote the woman as saying. They "were confrontational and remorseless." The teens even "challenged" the woman to call police. So she did. Now, the couple's would-be sexual encounter in October has both of them facing serious criminal charges. Their case takes a course through the intersection of morals and law, a bustling crossroads at a time when sexuality has become...
  • In Defense Of Prostitution

    08/21/2003 7:06:56 AM PDT · by dogbrain · 69 replies · 423+ views
    Legal Affairs ^ | Sept/Oct '03 | By Heidi Fleiss as told to Nadya Labi
    TEN YEARS AGO, I WAS ARRESTED AT MY HOME IN BEVERLY HILLS for pandering, which the dictionary defines as acting as "a go-between in sexual intrigue." In other words, I was a madam. After a jury convicted me of three counts of pandering, the verdicts were thrown out, but the government didn't give up. It made me the Al Capone of prostitution. I spent three years in a federal penitentiary in Dublin, Calif., for conspiracy, tax evasion, and money laundering. But it was the sex that got me in trouble. When I was a Hollywood madam, I had between 20...
  • ‘This Could Be Your Kid’

    08/10/2003 11:14:30 AM PDT · by mlmr · 69 replies · 1,032+ views
    Newsweek online ^ | .08.10.03 | By Suzanne Smalley
    <p>Aug. 18 issue — Like many teenage girls in Minneapolis, 17-year-old Stacey liked to hang out after school at the Mall of America, Minnesota’s vast shopping megaplex. Cute, blond and chatty, she flirted with boys and tried on the latest Gap fashions. One day last summer, Stacey, which isn’t her real name, says she was approached by a man who told her how pretty she was, and asked if he could buy her some clothes. “He was an older guy, dressed really well,” she recalls. “He said he just wanted to see me in the clothes.” Stacey agreed, and went home that night with a $250 outfit.</p>
  • Teen Prostitution; Trends Show Kids Getting Younger, More from Middle-Class Homes

    08/10/2003 12:44:03 PM PDT · by narses · 49 replies · 1,772+ views
    <p>NEW YORK, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the last year, local and federal law-enforcement officials say they have noted a marked increase in teen prostitution in cities across the country, reports Assistant Editor Suzanne Smalley in the August 18 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, August 11).</p> <p>Law-enforcement agencies and advocacy groups that work with teen prostitutes say they are increasingly alarmed by the trend lines: the kids are getting younger; according to the FBI, the average age of a new recruit is just 13; some are as young as 9. And, while the vast majority of teen prostitutes today are runaways, illegal immigrants and children of poor urban areas, experts say a growing number now come from middle-class homes.</p>
  • German 'cannibal' charged with murder

    07/17/2003 3:50:46 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 25 replies · 515+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Thursday, 17 July, 2003
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.A German man who confessed to killing and eating a man he met through a website for cannibals has been charged with murder, prosecutors have said. The 41-year-old suspect, identified as Armin M, is alleged to have killed the 43-year-old victim in March 2001 in the town of Rotenburg in central Germany, after meeting him through the site. He then carved up and froze portions of the man's flesh, later eating some of it, prosecutors allege. The crime was apparently carried out with the victim's full consent, however state prosecutor Hans-Manfred Jung...
  • Court Dismisses Ohio Man's Guilty Plea in Obscenity Case Involving Fictitious Stories

    07/17/2003 1:07:09 PM PDT · by Brian S · 14 replies · 503+ views
    COLUMBUS, Ohio July 17 — A state appeals court on Thursday dismissed the guilty plea of a man imprisoned for writing fictitious stories of child torture and molestation. Lawyers specializing in the First Amendment believe Brian Dalton was the first person in the United States successfully prosecuted for child pornography that involved fictional writings, not images. The 10th Ohio District Court of Appeals in Columbus ruled that Dalton received ineffective legal assistance. Dalton had argued that his former lawyer didn't inform him of the legal implications of a guilty plea or ask for an immediate dismissal on First Amendment grounds....
  • 'Booze It & Lose It' Yields 1,137 DWI Arrests in Second Week, 6,469 seat belt violations

    07/09/2003 2:36:49 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 84 replies · 1,296+ views
    'Booze It & Lose It' Yields 1,137 DWI Arrests in Second Week; Lawler Family to Recall Kill Devil Hills Tragedy at Outer Banks Event 7/9/03 5:00:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor Contact: Jill Warren Lucas of the Governor's Highway Safety Program, 919-733-3083, (cell: 919-291-6729), jwlucas@dot.state.nc.us News Advisory: What: "Booze It & Lose It" Press Event When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10 Where: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer's patrol car was damaged in a hit-and-run crash caused by an impaired driver following a "Booze It & Lose It" enforcement event. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg...
  • A Fundamental Constitutional Right To Have Sex With Children, Too?

    07/08/2003 7:08:39 AM PDT · by F_Cohen · 339 replies · 617+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | July 8 | Lowell Phillips
    Is It A Fundamental Constitutional Right To Have Sex With Children, Too? By Lowell Phillips Tuesday July 8, 2003 Toogood Reports "This is a glorious and beautiful time to be queer." Don't start hammering out the hate mail just yet. Those aren't my words, but those of a bona fide "gay rights" activist. Amid the orgy of celebration (pun intended) following the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, striking down sodomy laws, Molly McKay, spokeswoman for Marriage Equality California proclaimed, "This month has been filled with hope... This is a glorious and beautiful time to be queer." Few...
  • Adversaries on Gay Rights Vow State-by-State Fight

    07/08/2003 11:11:14 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 74 replies · 722+ views
    NYT ^ | July 6, 2003 | SARAH KERSHAW
    Spurred on by the Supreme Court's landmark ruling decriminalizing gay sexual conduct, both sides in the debate over gay rights are vowing an intense state-by-state fight over deeply polarizing questions, foremost among them whether gays should be allowed to marry. Even with most legislatures out of session until early next year, lively debates are already taking shape across the country, from Hawaii to Connecticut, Oregon to Alabama to Massachusetts. Potentially fierce battles over marriage and other rights loom in dozens of statehouses and state courts, as social conservatives — including the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist of Tennessee — try...
  • Swingers branch out [Private sex acts OK, judge rules]

    07/05/2003 4:05:06 AM PDT · by Lorenb420 · 23 replies · 1,019+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2003-07-05 | CP
    MONTREAL -- Swingers clubs will spring up across Canada because of a judge ruling their activities are not necessarily illegal, the head of a swingers group said yesterday. Municipal court Judge Denis Boisvert found five people guilty of swinging-related offences, but decided "contemporary Canadian society tolerates swinging and swingers clubs if the sexual acts take place in private." Jean Hamel, president of the 8,000-member Quebec Swingers Association, said Boisvert's ruling will have national significance. "I don't think more clubs will open in Quebec but I think it will open doors for other places in Canada, like Toronto." Judge Boisvert found...
  • Springfield vs. Shelbyville (Gay marriage, incest, and The Simpsons.)

    07/01/2003 4:27:58 PM PDT · by Servant of the Nine · 4 replies · 1,141+ views
    National Revue Online ^ | 1 July, 2003 | Jonah Goldberg
    You may not know how the town of Springfield, home to the Simpsons, was founded. In the late 1790s Jebediah Springfield and his partner Shelbyville Manhattan led a group of pioneers across the country to start a new community. They finally stopped at a beautiful spot atop a hill looking down on a lush valley: Jebediah: People, our search is over! On this site we shall build a new town where we can worship freely, govern justly, and grow vast fields of hemp for making rope and blankets. Shelbyville: Yes, and marry our cousins.Jebediah: I was — what are...
  • Polygamists see open door for acceptance

    07/04/2003 12:12:36 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 162 replies · 386+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, July 4, 2003 | Ron Strom
    "Polygamy is the next civil-rights battle." That's the new battle cry of proponents of "Christian polygamy" who say their lifestyle is one step closer to being accepted after the Supreme Court's controversial decision last week invalidating state sodomy laws. A website set up for media to get information about the pro-polygamy movement enthusiastically hails the Lawrence v. Texas decision, quoting from the majority opinion that Americans now have "... the full right to engage in private conduct without government intervention." As WorldNetDaily reported, critics of the decision believe the court has usurped the role of lawmakers, establishing a far-reaching precedent...
  • Offer to Kill Woman During Sex Ends in Arrest

    06/30/2003 9:19:53 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 42 replies · 774+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon, Jun 30, 2003
    A Texas man got 10 years' probation for offering to strangle a suicidal Wisconsin woman whom he met over the Internet, lawyers said on Friday. Frank Manuel, 55, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, and was ordered by State District Judge Carol Davies on Thursday to submit to a psychiatric evaluation and stay away from the Internet. Houston police arrested Manuel in January, after a woman he met in a suicide chat group reported his offer to strangle her during sex, then bury her in a grave in a state forest with a rose on her chest. The woman, with investigators...
  • Men whose sodomy case led to Supreme Court ruling keep low profile(Lawrence Garner Texas)

    06/29/2003 3:17:56 PM PDT · by weegee · 41 replies · 2,987+ views
    Dallas Morning News via Philly.com ^ | Posted on Thu, Jun. 26, 2003 | BY BRUCE NICHOLS
    Men whose sodomy case led to Supreme Court ruling keep low profile BY BRUCE NICHOLS The Dallas Morning News HOUSTON - (KRT) - The two men whose appeal led the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Texas' sodomy law have been invisible warriors, making brief appearances at the courthouse but otherwise working with their lawyers to keep their lives secret. Until Thursday's ruling, the public view of Tyron Garner, 35, who was unemployed when arrested in 1998, and John Geddes Lawrence, 59, a longtime medical technologist, consisted of a brief TV news clip in which they decried their arrest. Garner and...
  • O'Connor Makes Catchphrase Law of the Land

    06/29/2003 3:36:08 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 87 replies · 521+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times (SomeTimes) ^ | 29 June 2003 | Mark Steyn
    I have a sneaking sympathy for Dick Gephardt. Hitherto the Democratic Party's most reliably unexciting presidential candidate, the former House minority leader went bananas the other day and said if the Supreme Court did something he didn't like he'd sign an executive order overturning it. Several conservatives did a bit of pro forma huffin' an' a-puffin' about why this makes Gephardt unfit to be president. But, speaking personally, I can't see why rule by Dick-tat would be worse in principle than the present system, whereby the nation's course for the decades ahead is effectively set by executive orders from Sandra...
  • Top Senator Backs Amendment Banning Gay Marriage - FRist,TN

    06/29/2003 12:32:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 168 replies · 609+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/29/03 | Peter Kaplan - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate said on Sunday he supported a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. Reuters Photo Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist expressed concern about the Supreme Court's decision last week to strike down a Texas sodomy law. He said he supported an amendment that would reserve marriage for relationships between men and women. "I very much feel that marriage is a sacrament, and that sacrament should extend and can extend to that legal entity of a union between, what is traditionally in our Western values has been defined, as between a...
  • BLAME THE GOP FOR PRO-SODOMY COURT DECISION

    06/29/2003 11:26:04 AM PDT · by Polycarp · 563 replies · 1,112+ views
    The Heustis Update ^ | June 27, AD 2003 | Reed R. Heustis, Jr.
    BLAME THE GOP FOR PRO-SODOMY COURT DECISION By: Reed R. Heustis, Jr. June 27, AD 2003 With one stroke of the pen, [homosexuality] has triumphed at the Supreme Court. And guess what? Republican-appointed Justices are to blame. With a convincing 6-3 decision in Lawrence v. Texas, the United States Supreme Court on June 26 overturned a 1986 case, Bowers v. Hardwick, which had upheld the legitimacy of an anti-sodomy law. Sodomites and perverts all across America are hailing the Lawrence decision as the biggest gay rights victory in our nation's history. Mitchell Katine, the openly gay attorney representing John Lawrence...
  • Gay Pride Parades Celebrate Supreme Court Ruling

    06/29/2003 10:10:30 AM PDT · by Mr. Mulliner · 10 replies · 347+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 29, 2003
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO  — Days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws against sodomy, Gay Pride parades (search) around the country offered gays and lesbians a chance to celebrate an historic victory they hope marks a new era of equality and respect.</p>
  • Court ruling gives Pride Parade an extra spark (Houston Texas gay pride parade)

    06/29/2003 3:16:13 AM PDT · by weegee · 25 replies · 582+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 28, 2003, 11:40PM | By ROBERT CROWE
    By ROBERT CROWE Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle From exotic drag queens strutting their stuff to colorful floats sporting gay and lesbian activists, the Houston Pride Parade on Saturday night attracted a large, festive crowd. While just as flamboyant as it has been during its previous 24 years, the atmosphere was charged by the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that overturned Texas' sodomy law. "This is overwhelming and still seems a little unreal after all these years -- more than three decades of struggle -- that we're finally free in Texas and free all over the country," said Lee Harrington. A...
  • Gays Overjoyed, Conservatives Despair Over Sodomy Ruling (Mega-barf ALERT)

    06/26/2003 5:44:54 PM PDT · by Brian S · 115 replies · 1,623+ views
    <p>In a gesture of gratitude for the Supreme Court's decision Thursday striking down a Texas anti-sodomy law, gay-rights activists lowered the huge rainbow flag that always flies over the city's Castro District and hoisted the Stars and Stripes in its place.</p>
  • Implications of ruling surpasses gay rights, analysts say

    06/28/2003 8:02:00 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 26 replies · 184+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 6/28/03 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) --The Supreme Court's ruling striking down bans on gay sex also strengthens the constitutional underpinnings for legal abortion and other socially divisive issues, some legal experts say.</p> <p>The decision in many respects deals with the same issues as the court's 30-year-old Roe v. Wade ruling that provided for legal abortions. Emory University law professor David Garrow said the ruling "strengthens and enshrines" the court's thinking in the abortion case.</p>