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  • Hallandale Official Faces Backlash For Saying Muslim Lawmaker May ‘Blow Up’ Congress

    01/16/2019 6:23:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    WLRN ^ | 1/16/19 | SARAH BLASKEY & ALEX DAUGHERTY
    A rookie commissioner from a South Florida beach city is facing calls for her resignation after she called newly elected Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib a “danger” and said the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress may decide to become a “martyr and blow up Capitol Hill.” From Washington to South Florida, the post has been called “indefensible” and “racist.”
  • Portland professor behind journal paper hoax fears he could lose his job

    01/15/2019 10:44:39 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/8/19 | Maxim Lott
    A professor who fooled prestigious journals into running absurd hoax papers, as a test of their bias, says he may now lose his job because of his actions. Peter Boghossian was one of three people who collaborated last year to test the standards of various university disciplines, submitting papers loaded with left-wing buzzwords to journals in fields like feminism, race studies, queer studies, and cultural studies. Many prestigious journals fell for their absurd hoax papers. A leading feminist journal published a section of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf that had simply been re-written with fashionable buzzwords. Another journal published a paper...
  • 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...
  • First on Nancy Pelosi's Agenda: Attacking Free Expression

    01/04/2019 7:32:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2019 | David Harsanyi
    I have zero interest in financially supporting any politician, much less ones I find morally unpalatable. Yet Democrats want to force me -- and every other American taxpayer -- to contribute, as a matter of public policy, to the campaigns of candidates we disagree with. Believe it or not, this might be an even more dangerous assault on free expression than unpleasant tweets directed at CNN anchors. One of Nancy Pelosi's first projects as the new speaker of the House will be passing a government overhaul of campaign finance and ethics rules that would, among other things, "expand voting rights."...
  • My Call With Patreon’s Jacqueline Hart | Yes, It’s a Total Disaster (Transcript Included)

    12/25/2018 11:58:56 AM PST · by OddLane · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/22/18 | Matt Christiansen
    Items Referenced: Jacqueline Hart's statement on the Sargon banning. Patreon banned Milo over 'association with the Proud Boys' Jack Conte pledges a warning system for creators. Patreon emails Sargon to ask for evidence to prove it wasn't hate speech .
  • Film Censorship -- Three Days of the Condor (VANITY)

    12/15/2018 11:01:52 PM PST · by Calvin Cooledge · 32 replies
    I was watching "Three Days of the Condor", a 70's political thriller. There is a scene where a CIA director (John Houseman) is pondering possible reasons that Robert Redford's character has gone rogue. In the original, Houseman says "For example, has he gone into business for himself? Was he turned around? Does someone operate him? Homosexual? Broke? Vulnerable? Could he be a soldier of fortune?" In the version on FIOS On-demand, the word "homosexual" has been clumsily edited to "sexual".
  • Provision to Give Monster Tech Companies ...Immunity ... Snuck Into... NAFTA

    12/14/2018 2:18:33 PM PST · by DiogenesLamp · 37 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | today | Ace of Spades.
    How did this happen? Big Tech lobbyists orchestrated the quiet insertion of a seemingly innocuous provision (Article 19.17) into the deal that is based on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230, much beloved by big tech, and an essential building block of their monopolistic dominance, holds that platforms like Facebook cannot be held liable as a "publisher or speaker" of their users' content.
  • 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...
  • Conservatives Triumphant Over Free Speech Hating UC Berkeley

    12/07/2018 6:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/07/2018 | Matthew Vadum
    Conservatives scored a major legal victory against UC Berkeley which has agreed to compensate Young America’s Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans for trampling the First Amendment rights of conservative speakers and students on its campus. "Young America’s Foundation is thrilled that, after more than a year of UC Berkeley battling against the First Amendment rights of its own students, the University finally felt the heat and saw the light of their unconstitutional censorship," said YAF spokesman Spencer Brown. "YAF’s landmark victory for free expression—long squelched by Berkeley’s scheming administrators who weaponized flawed policies to target conservatives—shows that the battle...
  • Court cites free speech in striking down part of federal law over statements on illegal immigration

    12/04/2018 2:05:54 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04 DEC 2018 | Bill Mears
    A federal appeals court has tossed out parts of a law that would punish those who would knowingly encourage immigrants to come to, or remain, in the U.S. illegally. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit concluded the federal law unconstitutionally bans a range of protected speech. The Justice Department prosecuted a San Jose woman who ran an immigration consulting firm, for allegedly helping arrange green cards for those working in the country illegally. The judges concluded the law’s reach was overbroad. “We do not think that any reasonable reading of the statute can exclude speech. To conclude...
  • NBC’s Chuck Todd Calls White House Media Rules “Absurd” [semi-satire]

    11/27/2018 8:40:49 AM PST · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Nov 2018 | John Semmens
    The recently released rules for White House press conference participants were excoriated by MSNBC talking head Chuck Todd as “absurd.” Under the announced rules each member of the press will be expected to yield the floor to another member of the press corps after asking a question unless the President, Press Secretary, or other official conducting the press conference allows a follow-up question, after which the questioner will be expected to yield the floor to a colleague. “Insisting that we politely take turns is treating us like children,” Todd complained. “I mean, it’s not as if any member of the...
  • The Escalating Assault on Citizen Journalism

    11/26/2018 11:34:13 AM PST · by libstripper · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Nov. 26, 2018 | Jack Cashill
    In December 1997, after the FBI arrested independent journalist James Sanders for investigating the destruction of TWA Flight 800, not a single reporter at a post-arraignment press conference managed to frame even one First Amendment question. * * * This past week, the progressive establishment attempted to silence two more independents. In the first case, Twitter and Facebook conspired to deny the audacious 25-year-old journalist Laura Loomer her rapidly growing audience. In the second, Special Counsel Robert Mueller lowered the boom on Jerome Corsi, a 72-year-old Harvard Ph.D.
  • Moving domain hosting from GoDaddy to Epik due to treatment of GAB.ai and Andrew Torba

    11/23/2018 3:55:13 PM PST · by Silly · 13 replies
    November 23, 2018 | Silly
    When I learned GAB's domain registration for its website GAB.ai, the free speech alternative to Twitter, was being shut down weeks ago, with only a day's warning, I was outraged. I was very saddened to hear that GoDaddy was the culprit and caving in to anti-freedom forces. I have been a customer since at least 2002, probably long before. Free speech is extremely important to me, and if Gab can get shut down, so can I. So I have begun moving all of my domain registratations to Epik.com, which I have found is not only cheaper, but does NOT charge...
  • FNC's Ingraham Points Out Kirsten Powers's Complete 180 on 'Silencing' Free Speech

    11/20/2018 6:32:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | November 20, 2018 | Ryan Foley
    During Monday’s Ingraham Angle, host Laura Ingraham and her panel discussed CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers’s characterization of white women who voted for President Trump as racists who benefit from the patriarchy. Ingraham opened the segment by playing a clip of Powers from three years ago, back when she was a Fox News contributor and promoting her book, The Silencing: How The Left is Killing Free Speech. According to Powers in 2015: “It’s one thing just to be intolerant and have your own views and just say...I’m not interested in what other people think and I’m not going to talk...
  • If the Radical Left Takes Over, You Can Kiss Your Freedoms Goodbye

    11/19/2018 12:14:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2018 | Michael Brown
    The pattern is as predictable as it is obvious. When the left (especially the far left) talks about freedom, it means freedom for those who conform. When it talks about diversity, it means my way or the highway. Political correctness is to be enforced. Dissent will not be tolerated. So much for the left bringing “liberation.”Of course, the left will say to us, “No, you are the ones who require conformity. You are the ones who refuse to recognize marriage when it’s different than what you’re used to. You are the ones who want to forbid a woman from having...
  • Free Speech and its Discontents

    11/19/2018 9:29:40 AM PST · by OddLane · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/19/18 | Gerard Perry
    I examine the recent threats to free speech and civil liberties, including the decision by the ACLU to speak out against due process
  • ‘You should have died in the Holocaust’: Neo-Nazi harassment is not free speech, judge rules

    11/17/2018 3:00:42 PM PST · by NRx · 93 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11-17-2018 | Deanna Paul
    One emailer wrote: ““You are a disgusting, vile Jew … This is OUR country: you’re merely living here (for now).” A caller said: “You should have died in the Holocaust with the rest of your people.” But the calls that most disturbed Tanya Gersh consisted only of the sound of gunshots being fired. The terror campaign — known as a “troll storm” — was the result of Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin’s December 2016 directive, urging hundreds of thousands of readers to harass the Jewish woman and her family, according to court filings. Gersh sued the known neo-Nazi. On Wednesday,...
  • Professor sues university for being ‘punished’ after calling female transgender student ‘sir’

    11/12/2018 1:43:49 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/12/18 | Owen Daugherty
    A professor at a small public university in Ohio is suing officials at the school after he received a written rebuke for not addressing a transgender student using the preferred gender pronouns. Nicholas Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court this month against university officials. The lawsuit asserts that university officials violated his constitutional rights by compelling him to speak in a way that contradicts his religious beliefs, according to NBC News. Meriwether is an evangelical Christian, and as such, felt that speaking to a transgender student in their preferred pronoun would...
  • Official Court Documents Reveal Google Believes Free Speech Is “Disastrous” For Society

    11/09/2018 7:14:12 AM PST · by deandg99 · 12 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/09/2018 | Tim Brown
    Frankly, as soon as Google began engaging in censorship and manipulating search results, they should have been shut down. They received millions of taxpayer dollars illegally and unconstitutionally through a CIA-front group to get started. As such, they should be held to the same restraints that the federal government is concerning speech and while they are not those who may legislate, they should be those who are not allowed to censor. Recent court documents are now revealing just how Communistic Google actually is as they have now stated that free speech is “disastrous” for a society. In a statement filed...
  • Gab.ai is up

    11/05/2018 4:25:03 AM PST · by ClockDoc · 26 replies
    Me
    Gab.ai is back up. I just logged in the url is https://gab.ai/home Now to start shifting away from Twitter. Ivanka Trump · @Ivanka-Trump is the only Trump listed based on a search for Trump. My first post, moderators please fix & advise me if needed.