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  • Booker, Gillibrand Want to Stymie Special Interest Spending, Except Labor and Ideological Groups

    02/24/2018 5:43:46 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 10 replies
    freebeacon ^ | February 24, 2018 | Haris Alic
    Senators Cory Booker (N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), who top the list of potential Democratic challengers to President Donald Trump in 2020, both announced last week that they would forgo accepting donations from corporate PACs in an effort to cure the corrosive effect they say special interest spending has had on the political system. But neither extended their pledge to labor unions and ideological groups. Gillibrand made her pledge last week. It was quickly followed by Booker, who, echoing Gillibrand, said the "campaign finance system is broken." Neither's pledge to stymie outside spending, however, extended to labor unions and ideological...
  • Ledyard High School Student Arrested for Gun Comment (I could BVuy an AR-15)

    02/21/2018 3:26:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    FOX61 ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2018 | BOBBY MARTINEZ
    Ledyard police said a 17-year-old high school student has been arrested and charged with threatening and breach of peace. According to a letter from the high school principal, that student made a comment stating “I could buy an AR-15”, the same gun used in the Florida shooting. The principal said the student wasn’t threatening to do harm, but rather was talking about buying guns. The principal said the student does not have access to guns at home.
  • God vs. Evolution in U.S. Public Schools - William Jennings Bryan in 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial

    02/18/2018 12:17:33 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 8 replies
    Cal State ^ | 1925 | William Jennings Bryan
    Religion is not hostile to learning; Christianity has been the greatest patron learning has ever had. But Christians know that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" now just as it has been in the past, and they therefore oppose the teaching of guesses that encourage godlessness among the students. Do bad doctrines corrupt the morals of students? We have a case, Mr. Darrow, one of the most distinguished criminal lawyers in our land, was engaged about a year ago in defending two rich men's sons who were on trial for as dastardly a murder as was...
  • North Carolina mom begins serving jail sentence for baptizing daughter

    02/17/2018 3:36:18 PM PST · by kevcol · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2018 | foxnews.com
    A North Carolina mom started serving a week-long jail sentence for having her daughter baptized, according to reports. The 2016 baptism at St. Peter’s Catholic Church when the girl was 2 years old defied a judge’s order in a custody battle between unmarried couple, Kendra Stocks and Paul Schaaf, who are no longer together.
  • FEC Democrats Waging "Underground" War On Drudge, Conservative Media

    02/17/2018 8:50:58 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    Democrats on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) have taken their fight against media outlets such as Fox and the Drudge Report “underground,” says Lee Goodman, who is leaving the agency Friday after nearly five years on the panel. “The debate has gone underground, it has not ceased,” said Goodman, who pointed to a campaign by FEC Democrats to remove long-standing media exemptions on fines and criminal charges for not policing whether or not political ads contained the proper disclaimers identifying their source. In a memo about a recent case, for example, Goodman said that Democrats Ellen Weintraub and Steven Walther...
  • Is America having second thoughts about free speech?

    02/11/2018 6:40:12 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    The Week ^ | February 11, 2018 | Damon Linker
    The free speech wars are getting worse, but it seems that none of the warring factions quite grasp the character of the dispute — or precisely what's at stake. At the figurative center of the clash is the norm of near-absolute freedom of speech and expression, which its defenders like to treat as the American default. A number of ideological challenges have arisen in recent years to overturn this norm. On many college campuses, groups of left-leaning students insist that free speech should be conditional on speakers adhering to explicit standards of diversity and avoiding the infliction of emotional harm...
  • Supreme Court's conservatives appear set to strike down union fees on free-speech grounds

    02/08/2018 7:01:41 PM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 78 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/8/2018 | David G. Savage
    Paying union dues and baking a wedding cake may not seem like classic examples of free speech—except perhaps at the Supreme Court. This year, the high court is poised to announce its most significant expansion of the 1st Amendment since the Citizens United decision in 2010, which struck down laws that limited campaign spending by corporations, unions and the very wealthy.
  • The Way Back to Religious Liberty

    01/25/2018 9:10:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2018 | Robert Knight
    In early January, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) overturned a longstanding policy that forbade churches from getting federal disaster relief money. The rule change by the Trump Administration affected any houses of worship that were damaged on or after August 23, just before Hurricane Harvey devastated large areas of Texas and especially the Houston area. It was a welcome relief also to congregations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in the path of Hurricane Irma, and to church communities in Puerto Rico that endured Hurricane Maria. What might seem to be a neutral stance – that all damaged buildings...
  • Mike Rowe Destroys Woman Who Wants Him Fired For Being ‘Ultra-Right Wing Conservative’

    01/13/2018 12:40:18 PM PST · by rktman · 106 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/12/2018 | Derek Hunter
    TV host Mike Rowe is known for his measured, devastating take-downs of people who attack him or his work. He has perfected the art of subtly twisting the knife in the side of critics with calm, cool language. This skill was on display Thursday when Rowe responded to a woman criticized his politics on Facebook. Rowe narrates the show “How The Universe Works” on the Science Channel. The woman, Rebecca Bright, called Rowe an “anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative” who should be fired. “I love the show How the Universe Works, but I’m lost on how the producers and...
  • The 'Right' To Disrupt Free Speech On Campus -- It Doesn't Exist

    01/05/2018 8:33:35 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 5, 2018 | George Leef
    When students (and others) disrupt events where speakers are trying to make arguments they dislike, they always say that their conduct is justified. Most commonly, the disrupters maintain that they are merely preventing “hate speech,” which allegedly doesn’t enjoy the protection of the First Amendment. Therefore, they are perfectly free to keep speakers they oppose from being heard. In fact, they say they’re acting righteously, by protecting against speech that supposedly leads to violence or oppression. Student zealots, such as those who prevented University of Oregon president Michael Schill from giving a speech, believe that. So, evidently, do some college...
  • Make 2018 the Year of Religious Freedom

    01/03/2018 2:33:58 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2017 | Rebecca Hagelin
    “Religious persecution.” It’s a phrase that conjures up awful scenes of brutality and human rights violations in distant lands. Christians in many countries are routinely locked up, beaten or deprived of their livelihoods simply for attempting to practice their faith. Most of us can’t imagine what it’s like for the government to force us to engage in activities that violate our deeply held faiths or to recant what we believe. We don’t stop to think about it because such things never happen in America. Or do they? While Christians around our nation freely celebrated the Christmas season last week, a...
  • California Prosecuting Man for Insulting Posts on Islamic Center's Facebook Page

    01/01/2018 2:49:59 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 21 replies
    Reason ^ | December 29, 2017 | Eugene Volokh
    The government's theory would equally criminalize insulting posts on a NRA page, or on a pro-Trump organization's page, or on a Communist Party page. In September 2016, Mark Feigin posted five insulting comments on the Islamic Center of Southern California's Facebook page (before he was finally blocked by the ICSC from commenting): • "THE TERROR HIKE ... SOUNDS LIKE FUN" (written in response to the Center's "Sunset Hike" announcement). • "THE MORE MUSLIMS WE ALLOW INTO AMERICA THE MORE TERROR WE WILL SEE." • "PRACTICING ISLAM CAN SLOW OR EVEN REVERSE THE PROCESS OF HUMAN EVOLUTION." • "Islam is dangerous...
  • Prosecutor misconduct scandal may end dreams of Kamela Harris presidency run.

    01/02/2018 10:55:39 AM PST · by Nateman · 70 replies
    Free Republic ^ | Nateman
    It was apparently the Holy Grail of the left’s dream narrative , a white right wing terrorist with hordes of guns stopped in the nick of time from committing a mosque massacre by a bold black Democrat heroine! The way the facts seemed to fit the leftist template was so compelling that any Democrat party apparatchik would have jumped on the chance . Hard core Democrat/Socialist Kamela Harris was no exception. A fellow calls a mosque and makes threats. A mosque member following up on some anti-Islamic Facebook posts calls the Facebook man and thinks the voice is similar to the...
  • "Wall of Separation"-WHOSE Idea Was It & WHAT Did It Mean?

    01/01/2018 12:08:59 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    American Minute with Bill Federer ^ | January 1, 2018 | Bill Federer
    On JANUARY 1, 1802, the people of Cheshire, Massachusetts, sent a giant block of cheese to President Thomas Jefferson, being presented by the famous Baptist preacher, John Leland. John Leland was then invited to preach to the President and Congress in the U.S. Capitol. The subject of his talk was "separation of church and state." Baptists had been particularly persecuted in colonial Virginia, as Francis L. Hawks wrote in Ecclesiastical History (1836): "No dissenters in Virginia experienced for a time harsher treatment than the Baptists ... They were beaten and imprisoned ... Cruelty taxed ingenuity to devise new modes of...
  • George Will Is Wrong about Masterpiece Cakeshop: The Right NOT to Promote a Message is Protected

    12/05/2017 7:13:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/05/2017 | David French
    It’s astounding how many defenses of the state’s position in Masterpiece Cakeshop depend on misrepresentation and misconceptions. Last week I wrote about the most common misrepresentation — that Jack Phillips discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation when he refused to design a custom cake for a same-sex-wedding celebration. After all, he served all customers — regardless of race, sex, or sexual orientation. He just consistently refused to design cakes that advanced messages he disagreed with. No person of any identity has the legal authority to compel an artist to use his talents to advance a cause the artist...
  • Activist Fined After Burning Confederate-Nazi Flag

    11/30/2017 10:08:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Penn Live ^ | Nov 29 | John Beauge
    Activist Gene Stilp has burned a combined Confederate-Nazi flag in front of a number of courthouses in Pennsylvania without incident. But after the Middle Paxton Township resident Tuesday staged one of his demonstrations outside the Union County Courthouse, he was handed a citation for violating Lewisburg's opening burning law. It was the first time since he began his protests has he been fined, but Stilp said he was "happy to pay" it because he fully supports Lewisburg's ordinance. He called it a "citation of honor." Confederate-Nazi flag burning in Bloomsburg He was made aware in advance he would be violating...
  • Schiff: 'Our democracy is under threat' from Trump, Russia

    11/07/2017 10:40:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 7, 2017 | Brett Samuels
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Tuesday told The Associated Press that Russia and some of President Trump’s policies are a threat to American democracy. While Russia poses an external threat, “in many respects, the challenge from within is more serious because we have a president who takes issue with the First Amendment and a president who describes the press as the enemy of the people,” Schiff said. He also cited Trump’s criticism of judges who rule against him and his efforts to limit immigration from Muslim-majority countries as threats to democracy, adding that Trump is attempting to undermine the ongoing...
  • Democrat Lawmaker Proclaims Article 'Fake News,' Asks Twitter Exec What He's Going to Do About It

    11/09/2017 10:44:14 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 11 replies
    cnsnews ^ | November 2, 2017 | Susan Jones
    Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) made himself the arbiter of "fake news" on Wednesday, pointing to an InfoWars article on the New York City terrorist attack and asking a Twitter executive, "what's your responsibility to set the record straight so that the people who saw this know that it's fake news?" The InfoWars article in question was titled, "Imam: I Warned DeBlasio About NYC Terror; He Was Too Busy Bashing Trump." For a while on Wednesday, that story was trending at the top when Twitter users went to #NYCTerroristAttack. But is the report fake news? And who gets to decide? Speaking...
  • U of Maryland Drops Hammer on Safe Space-Seeking Students: ‘This is Not a Home’

    11/07/2017 5:22:32 PM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 11/7/17 | Trey Sanchez
    The University of Maryland caused an uproar among social justice students when it announced that there would be no safe spaces provided for those seeking shelter from opposing ideas.  Chief of staff of the school, Diane Krejsa, crushed their little souls when she dropped this truth bomb: “This is not a home. If people are paying money to come to college because they want a home — where people all think alike and everybody has the same political views, and the same social views and the same views on sexual orientation and transgender and whatever religion or whatever it is...
  • Court - Student Can be Expelled for Quoting Bible on Facebook [UK]

    11/03/2017 5:40:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    A Christian student who was expelled from university after posting on Facebook in support of Biblical teaching on marriage and sexual ethics has today (Friday 27th October) lost his case in a judicial review of the university’s decision. Felix Ngole was studying for an MA in Social Work at Sheffield university. In 2015 he made comments using his personal Facebook account on the story of the American registrar Kim Davis who was imprisoned after conscientiously refusing to register same-sex marriages. Felix expressed his Christian beliefs on the issue and argued that: "same sex marriage is a sin whether we like...