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  • E Pluribus Unum

    09/16/2014 8:00:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/16/2014 | Charlie Daniels
    On this past 9/11 in Woodruff, South Carolina, several high school students showed up at school with American flags flying from the beds of the pick up trucks they were driving. The school principal confiscated the flags stating, "It was against district policy to draw too much attention to one's vehicle." Well, I don't claim to be the swiftest horse in the corral, so can somebody tell me just what in the hell the principal is taking about? Does it seem to anybody besides me that what the boys were drawing attention to was not their vehicles, but to the...
  • Ted Cruz Takes Tough Stands For Religious Liberty

    09/12/2014 4:39:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Say this for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: He routinely takes principled stands on tough issues, even if it puts him at odds with his own party. Case in point: His comments this week in support of nuns and Israel. With the White House filing a new brief signalling it intends to force Catholic Sisters to violate their religious beliefs, the Texas Republican strongly defended religious liberty. Despite its defeat in the Hobby Lobby case, the White House last Monday was back at it, filing a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado explaining a rule...
  • PANTS ARE ON FIRE: Moms Demand Action making fudge with “facts

    09/13/2014 9:48:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | unknown
    Miguel at Gun Free Zone has a great post about how Moms Demand Action are busy making fudge. Fudge as in fudging the truth into some bastardized “facts” to promote their flawed message. What flavor of fudge are the Mommies making up in the kitchen? They’re trying to claim that most every mass shooting incident has not occurred in a gun-free zone. How are they coming up with that? They aren’t relying on the FBI’s definition of a mass shooting, but instead counting crime scenes in private homes.
  • Upstate New York braces as Remington Arms packs up to leave

    09/13/2014 8:32:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 99 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/8/2014 | Raquel Okyay
    An upstate New York lawmaker said the loss of manufacturing jobs in the state last month is due to an anti-gun administration that has ignored pleas from local officials to be involved in the negotiating process. “Remington talks have come to a halt,” said Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R.-Newport), whose district includes the Village of Ilion, where the Remington Outdoor Company has been located for almost 200 years. “We are losing 105 jobs at the Ilion primary plant,” said Butler. In February he predicted long-term consequences of Remington’s decision to expand to Huntsville, Ala., instead of Ilion, N.Y. The small...
  • After 30 Years Of Lies, NY Times Admits “Assault Weapons Are A Myth”

    09/13/2014 9:27:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 79 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 9/13/2014 | Bob Owens
    In a stunning op-ed released Friday, the NY Times finally admitted that “assault weapons” are a made-up political term fabricated by anti-gun Democrats. Op-ed writer Lois Beckett also admitted that once the term was manufactured and used to outlaw a class of weapons that dishonest anti-gun Democrats had used to con an entire nation, nothing happened.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections

    09/10/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    SenTedCruz/YouTube ^ | September 9, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections
  • Silent Coup: Harry Reid’s plan to hand America to liberal billionaires

    09/12/2014 8:41:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 12, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    “The constitutional amendment before us,” Harry Reid said Tuesday, describing a proposal to give federal and state governments the authority to regulate political giving, “isn’t about limiting free speech.” Harry Reid, may I present the American Civil Liberties Union. I am sure you two have met before. Writing in June that the nonprofit “strongly opposes” the so-called Udall amendment, the ACLU’s Laura Murphy and Gabriel Rottman called the Democratic proposal “deceptively complex,” “unnecessary,” “redundant of existing law,” “dangerous for liberties,” “vague,” “overbroad,” “exceedingly dangerous to democratic processes,” and “the first time the amendatory process has been used to directly limit...
  • Man Confronts Reporter for Photographing Private Building from Public Road

    09/12/2014 7:57:34 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 88 replies
    liveleak.com ^ | 9/12/14 | Jeff Gray
    Man Confronts Reporter for Photographing Private Building from Public Road PINAC reporter Jeff Gray was video recording from outside an indistinguishable building in Jacksonville today when it began speaking to him, a booming female voice telling him he was not allowed to take photos. The voice, which was obviously coming from somewhere inside viewing him with a camera, almost seemed to be able to hear Gray speaking back, telling him he must walk to the building’s front gate, which he did, careful not to enter the property of the building. A man then came walking out, acting as if he...
  • Arkansas State removing cross decal from football helmets

    09/11/2014 9:27:10 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 25 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | September 11, 2014 | Dan Wolken
    (RNS) Arkansas State is removing a Christian cross decal from the back of its football helmets after a complaint that it violated separation of church and state, the university said Wednesday (Sept. 10). Athletics director Terry Mohajir said he wanted to fight the decision because the decal was intended to honor former player Markel Owens and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who both died this year. However, Mohajir said he had little choice but to follow advice from the university’s legal counsel to remove or modify the symbol. “My job is to support our players and our coaches in their expression...
  • States urge Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

    09/04/2014 11:25:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 5, 2014 2:08 AM EDT | Scott Bauer and Michael Tarm
    A stinging rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, issued by a unanimous and unequivocal U.S. appeals court, has brought hope to those fighting the laws that the Supreme Court will feel pressure to rule soon in their favor. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago came Thursday, the same day 32 states asked the Supreme Court to settle the issue once and for all. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the justices to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn bans....
  • New York’s ‘shut up’ rule

    09/03/2014 10:01:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 15, 2014 | Scott Blackburn
    Keep quiet. That’s the message being sent by New York State Board of Elections, which disregarded the First Amendment to enact new “emergency regulations” on political speech that could become permanent at the end of this month. Intended to regulate spending by independent groups during campaign season, the regulations are so expansive that almost anyone, citizen or organization, hoping to have their say on any issue could find themselves in bureaucratic dire straits. Imagine you hear a radio ad where your state representative — let’s call him Fred — claims to oppose higher taxes. But you know that Fred voted...
  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 2:55:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies
    cna ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Eucharistic Adoration. Credit: Elisa Pires via JMJ Rio 2013/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 28, 2014 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawyer who helped recover a stolen Host that organizers of an Oklahoma City black mass intended to desecrate said that the Church’s legal victory could have far-reaching effects. “I don’t think we’re going to see Satanists doing this again, or they’ll going to understand we’re going to come after them, anywhere, any time this happens,” attorney Michael W. Caspino of the Irvine, Calif.-based law firm Busch & Caspino told CNA Aug. 27. “We’ve now gutted the...
  • Town Passes Recording Ordinance After Cop Caught Dissing Obama

    08/29/2014 2:38:54 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 11 replies
    Fox9NJ ^ | 08/29/2014 | Meg Baker
    Helmetta, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Steven Wronko is a Helmetta, New Jersey resident who recently taped local police officer, Richard Recine, saying that he doesn't have to follow the U.S. Constitution because President Obama doesn't. .... Well now, the Helmetta town council met last night to discuss an ordinance that would ban the unauthorized taping of a public official in a public municipal building, such as the recording Wronko uncovered of officer Recine. .... Wronko went to city hall to file an OPRA request related to the animal shelter because he suspected neglect. That is when and where officer Recine...
  • Journalism Association Demands Apology for...Anti-ISIS Comments

    08/29/2014 7:27:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | Guy Benson
    Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is drawing fire for these comments, made on Outnumbered: [This has been happening] "for hundreds and hundreds of years. If you study the history of Islam…this isn't a surprise. You can't solve it with a dialogue. You can't solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head. It's the only thing these people understand."
  • Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights For Muslim Worship Spaces

    08/28/2014 1:12:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 27, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    The government of the United States is suing the town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb with a population a little over 8,000, to force the town to allow development of an Islamic center in an area reserved for industrial development. It is a minor news story, but one that sheds light on broader legal and cultural trends. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: The federal government on Wednesday sued the small north-metro city of St. Anthony, contending that its City Council violated federal law in 2012 by rejecting a proposed Islamic center. … “An injustice has been done,”...
  • California: Insurers must cover elective abortions

    08/23/2014 8:35:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 5:51 PM EDT
    Health insurance companies in California may not refuse to cover the cost of abortions, state insurance officials have ruled in a reversal of policy stemming from the decision by two Catholic universities to drop elective abortions from their employee health plans. Although the federal Affordable Care Act does not compel employers to provide workers with health insurance that includes abortion coverage, the director of California’s Department of Managed Health Care said in a letter to seven insurance companies on Friday that the state Constitution and a 1975 state law prohibits them from selling group plans that exclude the procedure. The...
  • Sign This Petition Against the Satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma City

    08/12/2014 9:27:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 97 replies
    July 8, 2014 - I regret to inform you that satanists are planning a "Black Mass" on city property at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Please spread the word to all your friends so we can stop this sacrilege. Your voice and prayers were decisive at Harvard University ­-- the "Black Mass" there was stopped. Canceled. Saint Michael won a great victory that day. And God can win again. Please help TFP Student Action gather 50,000 petitions. Your petition, together with many more, will be presented to the Civic Center, as well as the...
  • U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner: College kids not ‘developed’ enough for free speech

    08/05/2014 8:08:34 PM PDT · by bamahead · 75 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | August 5, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    The U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner claims campus speech codes need to be tightened as college students are still “developing” and cannot yet handle certain information. Speaking during a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) briefing on sexual harassment law in education, Democrat Michael Yaki likened restricting free speech on college campuses to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2005 decision to ban the death penalty for minors. During the briefing, Yaki said hostile environments on college campuses can occur from fraternities holding “slave auction[s]” or celebrating Latino culture by “making everyone dress as janitors and mop floors.” “Certain factors in how the...
  • The IRS’s God Complex (IRS signs pact with atheists)

    08/05/2014 6:12:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies
    Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty? As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating “theology as politics,” and regulate it accordingly. Lovers of liberty should be very concerned. According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit “high priority examination” for allegedly illegal...
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton says 'you don't have a right to know' what's going on in government

    07/25/2014 5:20:11 PM PDT · by BAW · 64 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors. "You don't have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government," Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. It was, to put mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency...
  • FEC chair warns of chilling regulations, book ban on conservative publishers

    07/24/2014 1:16:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The chairman of the Federal Election Commission today blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan's new book, opening the door to future book regulations -- or even a ban. “By failing to affirm this publisher’s constitutional right, statutory right, to disseminate a political book free from FEC conditions and regulations, we have effectively asserted regulatory jurisdiction over a book publisher,” warned Chairman Lee E. Goodman, one of three Republicans on the six-person FEC. “That failure reveals a festering legal uncertainty and chill for the free...
  • H.R. 5093: Children’s Firearm Marketing Safety Act

    07/21/2014 6:51:50 PM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    govtrack.us ^ | 7/14/2014 | unknown
    To direct the Federal Trade Commission to prescribe rules prohibiting the marketing of firearms to children, and for other purposes.
  • Fired NYT Editor Blasts Obama Administration for Criminal Prosecution of Journalists, Whistleblowers

    07/19/2014 8:12:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 17, 2014 - 11:11 AM | Barbara Boland
    Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, whose firing brought out nasty attacks and allegations of sexism at the Times, was interviewed by Greta van Susteren On the Record last night. While she played close to the vest about the reasons for her firing, she didn’t hold back on the Obama administration, defending her earlier branding of it as “the most secretive” she has ever deal with since President Carter, and elaborated: “I have never dealt with an administration where more officials—some of whom are actually paid to be the spokesmen for various federal agencies—demand that everything be off...
  • Schumer to Religious Americans: Pick One--Your Faith or Your Business

    07/11/2014 7:31:14 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    cns.com ^ | 7/10/14 | Eric Scheiner
    At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the Obamacare contraception mandate should be given a choice between living by their faith or being allowed to form a corporation to do business. “You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra – you don’t have to form a corporation,” Schumer said. In the Hobby Lobby case, decided last month, the Supreme Court ruled that a closely-held family-owned corporation could not be forced by...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: These are the Fahrenheit 451 Democrats (Proposal-Repeal Free Speech)

    07/10/2014 9:00:29 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/ ^ | July 10, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Mr. Chairman, this is the single most radical and most dangerous proposal introduced in the 113th congress. If this proposal were adopted, it would repeal the free speech protections of the first amendment. The breadth of this proposal is astonishing. It should lead the evening news on every station. It saddens me that 46 democratic senators have signed their name to a constitutional amendment expressly repealing the free speech provisions of the Bill of Rights. Ted Cruz continues....
  • Schumer To Religious Americans: Pick One—Your Faith or Your Business

    07/10/2014 2:16:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 10, 2014 - 4:13 PM | Eric Scheiner
    At a press conference Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said people with religious beliefs who disagree with the ObamaCare contraception mandate can choose their faith or “you don’t have to form a corporation.” “You’re born with a religion or you adopt a religion. You have to obey the precepts of that religion and the government gives you a wide penumbra—you don’t have to form a corporation,” Schumer said. Schumer claims the Supreme Court’s decision that closely-held firms have a right to deny coverage for certain types of birth control they find objectionable under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was...
  • Public defenders fired for anti-Arab postings

    07/08/2014 8:28:50 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 7/8/14 | Brittany Wallman and Rafael Olmeda
    Two Broward County assistant public defenders were fired Tuesday for Facebook comments calling Palestinians "cockroaches" and "filthy swine." Bruce Raticoff and Gary Sheres both lost their jobs, as outrage built after the Sun Sentinel published an article including the Facebook comments a week ago, Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said. The remarks from the two mens' personal Facebook accounts last week were posted under an item about Palestinians allegedly celebrating the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teen boys. The killings were blamed on the Islamic militant group Hamas. "They are the filthy swine they don't eat. Their ignorance to the...
  • MiniTrue — 1984 + 30 — FaceBook Censorship

    07/07/2014 4:44:43 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Saynsumthn’s Blog ^ | 7/7/2014 | Carole Novielli
    Facebook Flags Images of Pro-Life Father Loving Unborn Child as “Violent” by Carole Novielli | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 7/7/2014 A Black pro-life organization has had three Facebook images flagged as “graphic violence!”One of those images depicts a father loving his unborn child.Two of the three images are anything but violent. One is a 4th of July meme and the other says “We will not be silenced!”  LifeNews blogger Ryan Bomberger is an Emmy® Award-winning Creative Professional who founded The Radiance Foundation (TRF), a life-affirming 501(c)(3), along with his wife, Bethany. Working in conjunction with noted national civil rights...
  • Supreme Court women lash out at birth control decision

    Their unusually strident dissent written by Sotomayor said the Wheaton injunction threatened the credibility of the Hobby Lobby decision. "Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word," Sotomayor wrote. "Not so today." The point of the dissent? "It is not the business of this court to ensnare itself in the government's ministerial handling of its affairs in the manner it does here," Sotomayor wrote.
  • According to the Supreme Court, Corporations Have More Religious Freedom Than Taxpayers

    07/01/2014 5:36:28 PM PDT · by unlearner · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/1/2014 | Avik Roy
    For all of the non-stop wall-to-wall coverage of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby—in which the Court ruled that the government doesn’t have the authority to force “closely-held corporations” to violate their religious beliefs—a simple fact has been lost. The ruling did not overturn a single word of the “Affordable Care Act,” otherwise known as Obamacare. Nor did the Supreme Court prevent the government from requiring that taxpayers finance abortion-related services. Pro-life activists—and Obamacare opponents—are cheering today. But when they sit down and reflect, they’ll realize that they haven’t won a thing. The Supremes endorsed the White...
  • Supreme Court voids 35-foot abortion clinic protest buffer

    06/26/2014 7:51:40 AM PDT · by dware · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.26.2014 | FOX
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The justices were unanimous Thursday that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice John Roberts says authorities have less intrusive ways to deal with problems outside the clinics.
  • Hillary’s People: the tapes they don't want you to hear

    06/20/2014 2:28:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6-20-14 | Matthew Continetti
    The facts are these. In 1975, before she married Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham defended a child rapist in Arkansas court. She was not a public defender. No one ordered her to take the case. An ambitious young lawyer, she was asked by a friend if she would represent the accused, and she agreed. And her defense was successful. Attacking the credibility of the 12-year-old victim on the one hand, and questioning the chain of evidence on another, Clinton got a plea-bargain for her client. He served ten months in prison, and died in 1992. The victim, now 52, has had...
  • ACLU asks Lee County [Virginia] high school to remove Ten Commandments

    06/05/2014 7:16:12 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    WBTW.com ^ | June 2, 2014 | WBTW News 13
    A Southwest Virginia public school has violated the First Amendment according to the American Civil Liberties Union. On May 22nd the A.C.L.U. sent Superintendent of Lee County Schools Mark Carter a letter saying immediate action needed to be taken after the A.C.L.U. received "a disturbing report of multiple First Amendment violations at Thomas Walker High School". According to the letter sent by the A.C.L.U. it says based on the information they have received "school officials, including teachers and administrators, are actively promoting religious practices during school hours on school grounds as a part of official school activities". (snip) The A.C.L.U....
  • Colorado baker to stop making wedding cakes after losing discrimination case

    05/31/2014 10:00:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 123 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 31, 2014
    The owner of a bakery in Lakewood said he will no longer sell wedding cakes after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled he did discriminate against a gay couple when he refused to sell them a cake. "We would close down the bakery before we would complicate our beliefs," Phillips said after the hearing, according to CBS Denver. Phillips also admitted he had refused service to other same-sex couples. The commission also ordered the baker to submit quarterly reports about the customers he refuses to serve and retrain employees to serve everyone.
  • Ted Cruz: Democratic Senators Want to ‘Repeal the First Amendment’

    05/22/2014 9:42:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 22, 2014 - 4:08 PM | Penny Starr
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told attendees at a Family Research Council pastors retreat that Democrats wanted to limit free speech through amending the Constitution. “When you think it can’t get any worse, it does,” Cruz said at the FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall 2014 event in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. “This year, I’m sorry to tell you, the United States Senate is going to be voting on a constitutional amendment to repeal the First Amendment.” Calling these “perilous, perilous times,” Cruz said Senate Democrats have said they are ready to vote on the amendment, Senate Joint Resolution 19—“an amendment to...
  • White House Contacted YouTube During Benghazi Attack, Darrell Issa Says

    05/22/2014 11:11:00 AM PDT · by kristinn · 176 replies
    ABC News ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Jonathan Karl
    A still-classified State Department e-mail says that one of the first responses from the White House to the Benghazi attack was to contact YouTube to warn of the “ramifications” of allowing the posting of an anti-Islamic video, according to Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The memo suggests that even as the attack was still underway — and before the CIA began the process of compiling talking points on its analysis of what happened — the White House believed it was in retaliation for a controversial video. The subject line of the...
  • Don't Silence Graduation Speakers

    05/18/2014 8:29:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    "Oh, that my enemy would write a book," goes the old wish, coined by someone who knew there is no better way to expose fools than through their own words. It's an idea that deserves consideration from the college students and faculty unhappy with their schools' choice in commencement speakers. The usual response to such invitations is to demand that they be revoked. This year, critics cowed Brandeis into yanking its offer to anti-Islam activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Outrage at Rutgers prompted former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to withdraw, and when howls when up at Smith, International Monetary Fund...
  • The FCC Issues its Proposal On Net Neutrality; Protesters Are Tossed from Hearing

    05/17/2014 10:02:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/17/14 | tyler durden
    Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, As spring unfolds here in the Northern Hemisphere, the future of the free and open Internet hangs in the balance. As such, I strongly believe everyone should have at least some understanding of what is at stake. When most people hear or read the words “net neutrality” their eyes glaze over with a feeling of confusion and despair: “I can’t remember, am I supposed to be for or against this?” This is exactly how the lawyers and lobbyists in D.C. want it, but unless the citizenry is informed we could lose the...
  • Appeals Court declares portions of Wisconsin campaign finance law unconstitutional

    05/15/2014 11:42:08 AM PDT · by libstripper · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    Madison, Wis. – In a ruling with stunning implications on political speech in Wisconsin and beyond, the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals declared portions of state campaign finance laws restricting issue ads unconstitutional. The 88-page decision handed down late Wednesday afternoon sides with Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc. and its state political action committee, which sued to block the enforcement of multiple state statutes and rules against groups that spend money for political speech independently of candidates and parties – so called issue advocacy groups. The 7th Circuit’s ruling, legal experts tell Wisconsin Reporter, could cut the legs out...
  • Virginia county takes aim at home Bible studies, freedom of assembly

    05/15/2014 1:16:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 11, 2014 | Matthew Clark
    A new Fairfax County, Va., zoning proposal takes direct aim at the right to assemble in the privacy of one’s own home. This proposed “Group Assembly in Residential Dwellings” zoning ordinance amendment not only poses a grave and fundamental violation of the U.S. Constitution but smacks of the worst type of government overreach. The ordinance would limit the number of people one could have in their home to 49 a day, and to exceed that limit more than 3 times in any 40-day period would be a violation of law. I never imagined hosting a Bible study in my home...
  • Supreme Court case on prayer shows too many nonbelievers have thin skins

    05/09/2014 12:38:37 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    Dallas News ^ | May 9, 2014 | By George Will
    After the marshal on Monday spoke the traditional “God save the United States and this honorable court,” the Supreme Court ruled that the upstate New York town of Greece does not violate the First Amendment’s prohibition of “establishment of religion” by opening its board of supervisors’ meetings with a prayer. This ruling would not scandalize James Madison and other members of the First Congress, which drafted and sent to the states for ratification the First Amendment and the rest of the Bill of Rights. The Congress did this after hiring a chaplain. Three decades have passed since the court last...
  • Chuck Schumer: Let's amend the Constitution so Congress can restrict free speech

    05/09/2014 10:43:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | May 7, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    More reining in of freedom.Oh those New York Democrats! First we have Hillary (OK, only a New Yorker in a carpetbagging sort of way, but still . . .) wanting to "rein in" our notions that we have real Second Amendment rights. But that's the Second Amendment. That's not as important as the First, right? So for that one, we need Chuck Schumer, Hillary's senior as a senator before and after her tenure, to launch the attack.And he is: The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision allowing unions and corporations to donate to independent political groups has driven liberals to such fits that...
  • FEC Chair: Government May Soon Move To Limit Conservative Media

    05/08/2014 11:03:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:25 PM 05/07/2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman warned that the federal government—including some officials in his office—may soon move to clamp down on conservative media. “I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” Goodman told Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner on Wednesday. At threat, in Goodman’s estimation, is the media’s exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations like PACs. Many in government want to curtail the ability of all news outlets to endorse and promote candidates and issues without any limits or disclosure...
  • FEC chair warns that conservative media- Drudge...and Sean Hannity face regulation- like PACs

    05/07/2014 3:58:31 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MAY 7, 2014 AT 8:49 AM | Paul Bedard
    Government officials, reacting to the growing voice of conservative news outlets, especially on the internet, are angling to curtail the media's exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations, a potentially chilling intervention that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission is vowing to fight. “I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman in an interview. “The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense...
  • Fairfax aims to downsize home assemblies

    05/06/2014 4:10:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | May 5, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    FAIRFAX, Va. – A plan to ban “frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes” is a lawsuit waiting to happen, a Fairfax County supervisor predicts.Officials will get an idea Wednesday when public-comment hearings begin in Virginia’s most populous county.“I believe the county is risking a lawsuit and/or a constitution challenge by interfering with peoples’ right to assemble,” Supervisor Pat Herrity said in a statement.The proposed zoning ordinance limits “group assembly” at residences to 49 people a day. Such gatherings “shall not occur more frequently than three times in any 40-day period.”County officials say they have received complaints about group meetings...
  • Students: Illegal To Wear An American Flag Shirt On Cinco De Mayo In California

    05/05/2014 10:10:38 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 74 replies
    Weasel Zipper | May 5 2014 | Weasel Zipper
    Diversity and tolerance is a one way street Via The DC Students in a California school district will not be allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo, due to concerns that such displays of patriotism would inflame racial tensions by offending Mexican students on their holiday. The district’s policy concerned many free speech advocates, but was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In response, Tea Party groups plan to protest outside Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill. And they will be wearing American flag T-shirts. “They silenced a symbol of patriotism and freedom in...
  • For Islamists to force Sharia on us they must first kill our freedom of speech

    05/05/2014 9:10:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/5/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Recently all fourteen Democrat Florida State Senators voted to allow the introduction of Sharia Law into the Florida court system. Fortunately they are nowhere near a majority (they lost 24 to 14) and the measure died at the hands of true Americans. The proposed law (SB386) was titled Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases. A report on this vote, which included a brief outline of what living under Sharia law means, drew some comments that indicate a serious lack of understanding of the dangers of Sharia law. Several expressed skepticism that “this is what the Democrats actually voted for”...
  • Fl Teacher Banned Bible From "Free Reading" Time In Classroom

    05/05/2014 8:16:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 5,2014 | Ken Klukowski
    Officials at Broward County Public Schools banned a fifth grader from reading the Bible during “free reading” time, according to lawyers from the Liberty Institute who are threatening to sue the school for violating the First Amendment.
  • Virginia proposal would limit size of gatherings at private homes

    05/05/2014 5:41:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    A plan to ban "frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes" is a lawsuit waiting to happen, a Fairfax County supervisor predicts. Officials will get an idea Wednesday when public-comment hearings begin in Virginia's most populous county. "I believe the county is risking a lawsuit and/or a constitution challenge by interfering with peoples' right to assemble," Supervisor Pat Herrity said in a statement. The proposed zoning ordinance limits "group assembly" at residences to 49 people a day. Such gatherings "shall not occur more frequently than three times in any 40-day period."