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  • Erik Brunetti's 'FUCT' clothing brand case to be heard by Supreme Court

    01/13/2019 4:20:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 13, 2019 | Alex Swoyer
    A Supreme Court case to be heard this spring could have the justices dropping the F-bomb. The justices last week agreed to hear a challenge to trademark law involving a clothing brand named “FUCT” — leaving court watchers wondering how the justices will handle oral argument. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says the name appeared to be intended as a homonym for a vulgarity, and thus violates a federal law prohibiting “scandalous” trademarks. On that basis, PTO refused to register the trademark. Designer Erik Brunetti sued and won the first round in court, but in an unusual move both...
  • The rise of financial blacklisting

    01/12/2019 9:01:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Spectator USA ^ | January 8, 2019 | James Delingpole
    Can you imagine how scary it would be to live in a world where your livelihood depended on having the ‘correct’ politics? It’s the sort of thing you might expect of totalitarian regimes – Baathist Iraq under Saddam Hussain; everywhere that has ever tried communism; increasingly, Xi’s panopticon China – but definitely not of any liberal democracy in the 21st century. That dystopian future, though, may be much closer than you think. I only properly appreciated this recently when the podcast I’ve been doing for the last few years was mysteriously dropped by my regular employer, forcing me to seek...
  • Federal Court Rules Colorado Cannot Block Christian Baker’s Lawsuit Over State’s Hostility Toward...

    01/08/2019 11:46:53 AM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 8, 2019 | Melanie Arter
    Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop (Screenshot) (CNSNews.com) – A federal district court ruled Friday that Colorado cannot block an attempt by Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips to sue the state over its “hostility” towards him and his Christian beliefs. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) represents Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, in the lawsuit. As CNSNews.com previously reported , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in June 2018, saying the commission “violated the Free Exercise Clause” by requiring Phillips to go against his religious beliefs about gay marriage...
  • DONE WITH FACEBOOK...FOREVER!!

    01/03/2019 9:14:14 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 88 replies
    Self ^ | 1/3/2019 | Dick Bachert
    FB just hit me with a 30 day suspension for posting the image below. Accordingly, I just PERMANENTLY DEACTIVATED my FB account with the following comment: You MORONS are just BEGGING to be declared a regulated PUBLIC UTILITY for your First Amendment abuses. Close this account and DELETE EVERYTHING I'VE EVER POSTED!!! I'll be happy as a clam over at MeWe, GAB and any other venue that has read and understands the Constitution. When enough of us bail, you and the other Zuckers will have more time to devote to your efforts to help the tyrants running China keep THEIR...
  • Old favorites, outdated attitudes: Can entertainment expire? (old movies "problematic" for today)

    12/28/2018 7:54:50 PM PST · by Drew68 · 107 replies
    AP News ^ | 12/28/2018
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — They are fighting, yes, but the fight crackles with the enticing electricity that only Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn could deliver. He is storming out the door. She is throwing his golf clubs after him. The music is jaunty. He is charmingly irritated.</p>
  • What If G-Men Went After the Washington Post as They’re Going After the Enquirer?

    12/19/2018 4:13:56 PM PST · by Twotone · 10 replies
    New York Sun ^ | December 17, 2018 | Ira Stoll
    Imagine that a federal prosecutor had gone after The Washington Post Company back in the 1990s on the theory that the reluctance of its magazine, Newsweek, to publish an article about a sex scandal involving Bill Clinton constituted an illegal campaign contribution to the Clinton campaign. The ensuing outcry and fear that prosecutors would begin substituting their own news judgment for that of editors wouldn’t have been limited to First Amendment absolutists like Nat Hentoff. It would almost certainly have been widely shared. And justifiably so. As Newsweek itself eventually found out via Matt Drudge, and as the framers of...
  • Democrat Ted Lieu Affirms Support for Extremist, Terror-Supporting Linda Sarsour

    10/23/2018 9:19:01 AM PDT · by gattaca · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 22, 2018 | Joel B. Pollak
    Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) told an audience at Politicon in Los Angeles on Saturday that he continues to support extremist Linda Sarsour because of her leadership role in organizing the Women’s March last January.
  • California utilities panel cancels planned 'text tax' ... FCC rules that texting is...

    12/16/2018 7:30:56 PM PST · by aquila48 · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 December 2018 | MAXINE SHEN
    Following a new FCC ruling, the California Public Utilities Commission has ditched its planned 2019 vote on taxing text messaging. The CPUC revealed on Twitter Friday that it has decided not to go forward with a scheduled January 2019 vote to levy a 'text tax' following the FCC's ruling that text messages were an 'information service' — as opposed to a telecommunications service — meaning that texts aren't eligible for taxation under California state law. The commission's controversial 'text tax' plans involved a per-text surcharge which would help fund programs that provide cell phone services for low-income and disabled people,...
  • Dem Rep. Lieu: "I Would Love To" Regulate Free Speech, But It's Better In The Long Run Not To.

    12/15/2018 9:42:52 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 24 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 12, 2018 | Ian Schwartz
    Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said Wednesday that he "would love to be able to regulate the content of speech," but it would be illegal to do so due to the First Amendment. "I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech," Lieu said Wednesday on CNN. "The First Amendment prevents me from doing so. And that's simply a function of the First Amendment. But I think over the long run, it's better that government does not regulate the content of speech."
  • California Dem Ted Lieu say he would 'love to regulate' speech

    12/13/2018 11:43:59 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 45 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 12/13/18 | Lukas Mikelionis
    California Democrat Ted Lieu bemoaned on Wednesday that though he would “love to be able to regulate the content of speech,” including that on Fox News, he can’t do it because of the U.S. Constitution. Lieu made the comments during an interview about the testimony of Google CEO Sundar Pichai at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, where he dismissed the allegations that the tech giant amplifies negative stories about Republican lawmakers, saying “if you want positive search results, do positive things." CNN host Brianna Keilar praised Lieu for his performance but asked whether other Democrats should have used the committee...
  • Lieu: ‘I Would Love to Be Able to Regulate the Content of Speech’ but First Amendment Stops Me

    12/12/2018 2:14:40 PM PST · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | December 12, 2018 2:09 pm | BY: David Rutz
    Rep. Ted Lieu (D., Calif.) said he would "love to be able to regulate the content of speech" during an interview Wednesday, noting he was prevented from doing that by the First Amendment. Lieu got attention a day earlier when Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, assailing conservative claims of the tech giant's bias against them by reading positive and negative stories about Republican Reps. Steve Scalise (La.) and Steve King (Iowa), the latter of whom has repeatedly courted controversy with racially charged remarks. After CNN host Brianna Keilar praised Lieu for the "clever" stunt,...
  • Democrat Ted Lieu: If Kavanaugh is this 'angry' when sober, imagine what he’s like when drunk

    09/27/2018 2:28:02 PM PDT · by kevcol · 113 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 27, 2018 | Caitlin Yilek
    Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., used Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s emotional defense of himself against allegations of sexual misconduct to question how the judge acts when drinking. “If Brett Kavanaugh can be this angry on national TV, imagine what he's like when he gets inebriated,” the lawmaker tweeted during Kavanaugh’s opening remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
  • Rep. Ted Lieu forced to delete ‘CREEPY AND INAPPROPRIATE’ tweet to Kyle Kashuv

    04/16/2018 8:31:13 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 34 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 3/15/18 | Greg P
    Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) was forced to delete a tweet on Sunday where he invited Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv to come out to California and get high on marijuana once he’s 21:
  • Gun Control: New York Wants to Make You Submit Social Media History Before Purchasing Guns

    12/06/2018 10:04:25 AM PST · by Bob434 · 47 replies
    NewsWeek ^ | 11/23/18 at 7:08 AM | Aristos Georgiou
    A proposed bill in the New York State Senate could mean that anyone wanting to buy a pistol or renew their permit will be subject to a review of their internet history and social media accounts going back up to three years.
  • A Seat at the Table, and CNN's Embarrassing Presumption

    11/14/2018 7:21:29 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 14, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As tempers flare in Washington this November, with the dust settling on late-night midterm results and vote fraud occurs in broad daylight… we see an unusual dispute in the news. This kerfuffle is between a major news source – CNN – and the White House. CNN’s reporter, Jim Acosta, refused to shut his mouth when his time was expired, and even shoved an intern out of the way for just doing her job. The White House had it with him, and revoked his press credentials - not CNN’s, just his. The reporter made more of the story than it was,...
  • Mark Levin Has Some Thoughts About CNN's Lawsuit Against the White House

    11/13/2018 5:47:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    Constitutional attorney and conservative radio host Mark Levin is weighing in on CNN's lawsuit against the White House. CNN filed the lawsuit today on behalf of correspondent Jim Acosta. His press credentials were pulled last week after he got into a physical altercation with a White House intern over a microphone. "I just read CNN's lawsuit against the administration over Jim Acosta. It's a very weak case, but if they get before an Obama or Clinton district judge, who knows. CNN hired Ted Olson's firm, and he has signed onto the lawsuit. Olson was hired for a few reasons: 1....
  • We are former attorneys general. We salute Jeff Sessions.

    11/10/2018 6:43:59 AM PST · by lyby · 187 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 7, 2018 | William P. Barr , Edwin Meese III and Michael B. Mukasey
    Sessions set four goals for his tenure: to reduce the rates of murder, violent crime generally, opioid prescription fraud and drug overdose deaths. He achieved all four... just as impressive has been the refocusing of the department’s efforts under Sessions’s leadership to protect the liberties of Americans.
  • Lawyer for indicted Russian firm says special counsel (Mueller) 'made up a crime'

    10/22/2018 4:08:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/15/18
    **SNIP** In a hearing in a Washington, D.C. courtroom on Monday, Eric Dubelier of the American law firm Reed Smith argued that the case against the Russian consulting company known as Concord, which allegedly operated a “troll factory” in which the Russians created or stole the identities of hundreds of Americans online in order to sow discord and spread propaganda, should be dismissed. If people lying about who they are on the Internet and engaging in political speech is a crime, he argued, then every politician in America would be in prison. “This argument is beyond belief,” Dubelier said. “They...
  • The Supreme Court will hear a case that could decide whether Facebook, Twitter can censor users

    10/17/2018 1:05:33 PM PDT · by rightwingcrazy · 99 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/16/2018 | Tucker Higgins
    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds. The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor, which can be sued for First Amendment violations. The case could have broader implications for social media and other media outlets. In particular, a broad ruling from the high court could open the country’s largest technology companies up to First Amendment lawsuits. That could shape the ability of companies like...
  • Virginia Couple Threatened With Eviction for Holding Bible Study File Complaint With HUD

    10/14/2018 8:06:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/14/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    An elderly couple facing a possible eviction from a Virginia-based retirement community for hosting a Bible study has taken their fight to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In July, the Community Realty Company sent a notice to Kenneth and Liv Hauge, who live at the Evergreens at Smith Run in Fredericksburg, informing them that they must either stop holding Bible study or be evicted. First Liberty Institute, a conservative law firm representing the Hauges, filed a complaint with HUD on Tuesday, arguing that "CRC and Evergreens' actions violate the Fair Housing Act and its accompanying regulations." "The...