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  • ACLU calls Sheriff to let Muslim inmates exercise their constitutional right to religious expression

    04/05/2014 8:01:51 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 21 replies
    Temple City Tribune ^ | 5 April 14 | Unknown
    Friday the ACLU Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) sent a letter to Sheriff John Scott requesting an end to the Los Angeles Sheriff Department’s current practice of denying Muslim inmates access to congregational prayer.
  • The (Rush) Limbaugh Letter, “My Conversation with Bill Donohue” (Catholic League)

    04/03/2014 6:09:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic League ^ | April 2, 2014 | Bill Donohue
     The following article appeared in the April 2014 edition of The Limbaugh Letter. Reprinted with permission from The Limbaugh Letter, ©2014 Premiere Networks, Inc.For additional information, or to subscribe to The Limbaugh Letter please visit www.thelimbaughletter.comMy Conversation with Bill Donohueby Rush LimbaughA privilege to speak with this religious freedom warrior, president of the Catholic League, a bold presence on television, the author of many books, including Secular Sabotage: How Liberals Are Destroying Religion and Culture in America and Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century: Rush: Dr. Donohue, this is great. I have wanted...
  • The Disturbing Truth Behind Your Next Income Tax Return

    03/29/2014 9:06:12 AM PDT · by RicocheT · 34 replies
    Bonner & Partners newsletter ^ | March 29, 2014 | Bill Bonner
    The Disturbing Truth Behind Your Next Income Tax Return By Jeffrey Tucker, Executive Editor, Laissez Faire Books The least of the problems with income tax is that it takes your money. The really big problem is that the income tax takes your life. It gives the government direct access to the things you own and sets up the political-bureaucratic sector to be the final arbiter of what you can and cannot consider to be yours. Illustrating this point is the bitter news that the IRS has considered it completely legal to demand access to your email archive whenever it wants....
  • NRA: Federal surveillance policies could lead to gun registry

    03/24/2014 7:39:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    The National Rifle Association has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case in federal court in New York challenging the federal government’s data surveillance techniques, arguing the data collection violates the First Amendment and could undermine federal privacy laws that prohibit the formation of a registry of firearms or gun owners. The gun rights group is supporting a request by the American Civil Liberties Union to reverse a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that upheld the surveillance policies. The brief filed this month comes as privacy issues and government spying has once...
  • A Nation Adrift [video]

    03/16/2014 7:50:02 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 15 replies
    New Liberty Video ^ | 2003? | New Liberty Video See review here:
  • More Than A Smidgen...

    02/16/2014 1:42:22 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 35 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 2/16/14 Another Day In Obama's Dystopia | Alan Levy
    When I look at the unmitigated disaster that has been the Obama Error, I have trouble deciding which one of Chairman Obama's crimes against the Republic is the most heinous. There's so much to choose from, it's like a buffet of evil. The NSA is reading your email as you read this column. The United States military was used to put the Muslim Brotherhood in control of Libya without any CONgressional approval whatsoever. Obamacareless has changed its appearance more times than a chameleon on LSD. And we could go on an on, with one outrage after another that would have...
  • DHS Obeys ACLU’s Order to Stop Arresting Illegal Aliens

    02/14/2014 1:13:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 14, 2014
    Caving into the demands of a leftist civil rights group, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has terminated an enforcement program that apprehends illegal immigrants in California’s central valley. The unbelievable story comes out of Kern County in Bakersfield, which is considered the heart of the nation’s most populous state. The increasingly powerful American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) didn’t like that the DHS agency responsible for deporting illegal aliens, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was doing its job. So the ACLU, which has repeatedly shown to wield tremendous power in the Obama administration, fired off a letter demanding that the...
  • US judge rejects Vegas 'patient dumping' lawsuit

    02/14/2014 8:21:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    APNews.excite ^ | Feb 13, 2014 | Ken Ritter
    US judge rejects Vegas 'patient dumping' lawsuit Feb 13, 8:57 PM (ET) By KEN RITTER LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge in Nevada rejected a lawsuit Thursday that accuses Nevada officials and the state psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas of violating a patient's civil rights by giving him a bus ticket and sending him to California. But an American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada lawyer representing patient James Flavey Coy Brown characterized the ruling as a setback, not a fatal blow to the case. It seeks class-action status for Brown and as many as 1,500 unnamed people his lawyers...
  • ACLU lawsuit challenges Wisconsin same-sex marriage ban

    02/03/2014 9:44:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-3-14 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — Four same-sex couples sued Gov. Scott Walker and other public officials Monday in an attempt to overturn the state's eight-year-old ban on gay marriage. The move comes amid a wave of challenges nationally — many of them successful — to limits on gay marriage. It also comes as the state Supreme Court considers whether a limited set of benefits available to gay couples under Wisconsin law is acceptable under the state constitution's prohibition on same-sex marriage and civil unions. Online court records show Virginia Wolf and Carol Schumacher, along with three other couples, sued Walker in federal court...
  • ACLU alleges comically unconstitutional religious harassment in rural Louisiana school

    01/26/2014 12:52:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9:12 AM 01/26/2014 | Eric Owens
    The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana filed a lawsuit this week against a public school district in rural western Louisiana contending that school officials and at least one teacher harassed a Buddhist sixth-grade student for not adhering to Christianity. The ACLU filed the suit against the Sabine Parish school board in U.S. District Court in Shreveport on behalf of parents Scott and Sharon Lane, reports local CBS affiliate KSLA. One of the Lanes’ children, called “C.C.” in the suit, is a Buddhist of Thai descent. The parents claim that school officials began harassing him about his...
  • Holder To Ban Religion In Terror Probes

    01/24/2014 4:30:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies ^ | January 24, 2014 | Editorial
    PC: According to NBC News, the Justice Department will soon prohibit religious profiling in terror cases. The move, if true, would completely blind federal law enforcement to the threat from Islamic extremism. Already, the department has forced the FBI to bleach references to "Islam" and "jihad" from its counterterrorism training materials. It's also made it harder for agents to infiltrate radical mosques. But Attorney General Eric Holder reportedly now wants to make it illegal for agents to even consider religion in their investigations. Democrats on the Hill are cheering the changes, along with the ACLU and radical Muslim Brotherhood front...
  • Abortion rights advocates will not launch ballot drive to repeal controversial new insurance law

    01/13/2014 2:08:19 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 6 replies
    Mlive ^ | 1-13-2013 | Jonathan Oosting
    Reproductive rights groups opposed to Michigan's new abortion insurance law will not seek to overturn it at the ballot box in 2014. The ACLU of Michigan, along with state chapters of Planned Parenthood and the National Organization of Women, had been considering a referendum to repeal the law, which prohibits insurers from covering most abortions unless a woman or her employer has purchased an additional rider in advance. "The timing is just not right for a referendum or initiative at this point," Rana Elmir, deputy director for the ACLU of Michigan, said Tuesday. "Our research indicates that there's a growing...
  • Sorry ACLU, Nativity Scenes are on the rise in 07

    12/02/2007 7:55:55 PM PST · by Bowtie52 · 18 replies · 331+ views
    Dec. 1 07 | Bowtie52
    A small town in West Central Florida during the Christmas season of 06-07. A small community located between Clearwater and Tampa boasting roughly 17,000 residents within City limits. Safety Harbor is best known for the Spa which is almost a City within a City where celebrities play. Outside of the Spa, Main Street is decorated with lights, larger than life foil candles on the light posts, a Huge Christmas tree near the gazebo at the center of town as well as a Menorah both in the door of City Hall and the park land surrounding the gazebo. All was most...
  • ACLU Judges Nativity Scene as "Non-Biblical," Drops Lawsuit

    12/17/2008 7:52:32 AM PST · by topcat54 · 16 replies · 790+ views
    Team Tominthebox News Network® ^ | 13 December, 2008 | Brother Slawson
    Baxter, Tennessee— After a long battle of back and forth name calling, sits-ins, and a news media frenzy the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation on Friday dropped a lawsuit against the small town of Baxter, the county seat of Smith County, Tennessee. Complaints were first reported to the ACLU-TN on August 24th after Baxter County Courthouse employees erected a nativity and decorated a Christmas tree on the front lawn of the courthouse to begin Christmas celebrations. “Religious displays in front of homes and churches are protected by the first amendment,” Harry Reasoning, ACLU-TN spokesman, was quoted in local papers in...
  • Atheist display added to holiday town hall scene in West Milford

    12/21/2012 4:56:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies ^ | 12.17.12 | ANN GENADER
    It seems that those who favor the all or nothing inclusion of December symbols in the annual display in front of the municipal building have been successful in making that happen. Over the weekend - with it still unclear if the lighted tree is to be called a "Christmas tree" or a "Holiday tree" - a crčche and an atheist sign were added to the display. Meanwhile the official name for the lighted tree in the display remains an issue for some. Resident Tim Wagner and others said they will continue to press for administrative action to call the "Holiday...
  • Gay men say Texas bar kicked them out for dancing

    12/25/2013 10:45:39 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 103 replies
    The Chronicle ^ | 12/25/2013 | Doesn't say
    VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is supporting a gay couple after the men said they were kicked out of a South Texas nightclub for dancing together to country music. The incident occurred Saturday night at a Victoria nightclub when Justin Meyer, 21, said he and his partner danced together to the country song "Cowboys and Angels," the Victoria Advocate reported ( ). The men said a manager approached them and told them Cactus Canyon had a policy barring two men from dancing together to country music. Meyer's partner, James Douglas, 30, said the manager...
  • Local courts reviving 'debtors' prison' for overdue fines, fees

    12/25/2013 1:17:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 50 replies ^ | 12/25/13 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    Critics are calling the practice the new "debtors' prison" -- referring to the jails that flourished in the U.S. and Western Europe over 150 years ago. Before the time of bankruptcy laws and social safety nets, poor folks and ruined business owners were locked up until their debts were paid off. Reforms eventually outlawed the practice. But groups like the Brennan Center for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union say it's been reborn in local courts which may not be aware it's against the law to send indigent people to jail over unpaid fines and fees -- or they...
  • ACLU suing over reported body cavity drug searches (NM - Another invasive search by gov't agents)

    12/19/2013 10:15:58 AM PST · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 19, 2013 | Lauren Villagran
    The New Mexico and Texas chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union are suing border officers and a hospital after they allegedly subjected a U.S. citizen to numerous invasive body cavity searches without a warrant. Included in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in West Texas are four U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and the University Medical Center of El Paso, among others. The lawsuit alleges CBP officers frisked and strip-searched a 54-year-old woman and then delivered her in handcuffs to the hospital, where doctors observed a bowel movement and performed invasive rectal and vaginal probes, among...
  • Homeless couple sues Missouri town for asking them to leave

    12/17/2013 11:56:58 AM PST · by fungoking · 19 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 12/17/13 | Kevin Murphy
    A small Missouri town was sued on Monday by a homeless couple who are accusing it of violating their constitutional rights by forcing them to leave because they stood on a street corner holding a sign seeking assistance. Brandalyn Orchard and Edward Gillespie, who were holding a sign that read "Traveling. Anything helps. God Bless," obeyed police who ordered them to leave Miner, Missouri, on September 26, according to the federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on the couple's behalf. Officers, who showed them copies of ordinances against vagrancy, begging and loitering, told the couple they would...
  • U.S. wildlife managers urge lifting Yellowstone grizzly protections

    12/12/2013 4:51:01 PM PST · by george76 · 65 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-12-2013 | Laura Zuckerman
    Yellowstone's grizzlies, now classified as a threatened species, were briefly removed from protected status by the federal government in 2007, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared that the outsized, hump-shouldered bears had made a healthy comeback. At the time, the number of grizzlies in the region had exceeded the government's recovery goal of 500 bears, the government said. But conservationists successfully challenged the de-listing in court, arguing that the government discounted climate changes ... On Wednesday, members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee sought to reverse that decision, recommending a new de-listing after reviewing a report suggesting Yellowstone's...
  • The Militarization of Law Enforcement - “We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore”

    12/11/2013 12:40:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 160 replies ^ | December 11, 2013 | Bob Barr
    The University of the Incarnate Word is a highly-rated Catholic college in San Antonio, Texas. It is hardly a hot bed of campus violence. When senior Robert Cameron Redus was pulled-over last Friday by campus police for “erratically speeding,” it is unlikely he had any clue of how tragically the stop would end. The campus police department contends Redus, an honors student set to graduate in May, grabbed the officer’s steel baton during a struggle. Not in dispute, however, is that Redus was shot five times by the officer, at close range, leaving him dead and the University scrambling to...
  • USCCB responds to ACLU lawsuit

    12/10/2013 4:15:59 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | December 10, 2013 | Diogenes
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleging that ethical directives issued by the bishops are responsible for negligence in the care of a woman treated in a Michigan Catholic hospital. Tamesha Means, who reportedly suffered damaging infections during a troubled pregnancy that ended in miscarriage, should have been advised to abort the child, the ACLU argues. “It is important to note at the outset that the death of any unborn child is tragic, and we feel deeply for any mother who suffers such...
  • ACLU awaits reply from Hampshire College on "censorship" of Afrobeat band Shokazoba...

    12/06/2013 12:15:14 PM PST · by matt04 · 18 replies
    The head of the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is awaiting reply from Hampshire College to his letter deploring the college’s decision to cancel a performance by an Afrobeat band because some deemed the band “too white” to play African music. Shokazoba, an Afrobeat ensemble that blends jazz, funk and African rhythms, was scheduled to play on Halloween at Hampshire. However, the band was canceled after some students voiced concerns that the band, which has a black singer but is predominantly white, was appropriating black music. The college’s Hype Committee broke the news on its Facebook, saying:...
  • Church-state battle envelops school choirs (MT)

    12/05/2013 10:35:10 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Daily Interlake ^ | 12-4-13 | Hillary Matheson
    As Christmas nears, two local school districts find themselves being drawn unwillingly into the battle against religion in the public square — but both districts maintain that allowing students to participate in traditional Christmas concerts does not violate anyone’s rights. Choirs from Glacier, Flathead and Whitefish high schools will perform as planned today and Friday during the “Peace on Earth Community Christmas Celebration” despite receiving requests from the Freedom from Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Montana to cancel. The event in question is billed as a celebration of “the birth of our savior Jesus Christ,” featuring hundreds...
  • Lawsuit against US bishops wrong on abortion, doctor says (details emerge)

    12/04/2013 6:39:27 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2013 | Adelaide Mena and Kevin Jones
    Pro-life demonstrators in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Lansing, Mich., Dec 3, 2013 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawsuit charging that the U.S. bishops’ ethical standards for hospitals caused negligent care of a pregnant woman wrongly claims that abortion was medically necessary, a doctor and professor of medicine has said. “Abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother,” said Dr. Brian C. Calhoun, a professor and vice-chair in the obstetrics and gynecology department at West Virginia University-Charleston. Calhoun, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies, rejected the deliberate killing of an unborn patient in a medical emergency....
  • ACLU Files Sweeping Suit Against Catholic Hospitals' Anti-Abortion Policies

    12/03/2013 1:28:29 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 2, 2013
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its ethical guidelines for Roman Catholic hospitals, arguing the directives were to blame for negligent care of a pregnant woman who went into early labor and whose baby died within hours.The ACLU alleges the bishops were negligent because their religious directives prevented Tamesha Means from being told that continuing her pregnancy posed grave risks to her health and her child was not likely to survive. She was treated at Mercy Health Muskegon, a Catholic hospital in Michigan."It's not just about one woman,"...
  • ACLU sues U.S. Bishops over anti-abortion directives for Catholic hospitals

    12/03/2013 9:27:00 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 3, 2013 | Caroline May
    The American Civil Liberties Union and its Michigan affiliate are suing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops charging that its anti-abortion religious dictates resulted in a Michigan woman’s dangerous miscarriage. The ACLU filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of Tamesha Means, a pregnant woman whose water broke 18 weeks into her pregnancy and who sought medical aid at Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, Mich., a Catholic hospital. According to the ACLU, while Means’ baby had virtually no chance of survival, the hospital sent her home twice without offering termination as an option, “even though [Means] was in excruciating pain; there...
  • Lee Harvey Oswald and the ACLU

    11/23/2013 9:56:06 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 27 replies ^ | November 22, 2013 | Jarrett Stepman
    Although conspiracy theories abound as to who orchestrated President John F. Kennedy’s murder 50 years ago, there is little doubt regarding who actually pulled the trigger and shot the 35th president: left-wing radical Lee Harvey Oswald. He was involved with a number of liberal causes and had been a member of the American Civil Liberties Union; he had officially joined just weeks before he took Kennedy’s life, and when questioned after murdering Kennedy, Oswald specifically asked for an ACLU attorney. Savodink said that Oswald’s fellow marines called him “Oswaldskovich” because of his fascination with communism and the U.S.S.R. Whatever theories...
  • ACLU Fights for Boston Jihad Mass Murderer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be “Cut Some Slack”

    11/13/2013 8:33:48 AM PST · by IbJensen · 41 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/12/2013
    Where is the slack for Martin Richard, youngest victim of the jihad bombers? How about cutting some slack to his younger sister Jane, who has undergone no fewer than 11 operations on her left leg, which she lost below the knee? We demand slack for the hundreds of victims of the devout Muslims who blew up the Boston Marathon. The ACLU is a dangerous and depraved organization whose mission by objective is to destroy these United States. Huge props to the judge that booted the litigious jihad jackboots from weighing in on jihad Tsarnaev’s trial. ACLU fights for Boston...
  • Minnesota School Bus Driver Fired for Leading Students in Prayer

    11/07/2013 3:43:21 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 66 replies ^ | November 6, 2013 | Jessica Martinez
    A Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Christian pastor and school bus driver was terminated last week after he violated two warnings issued by the school district and the subcontractor company that he worked for in which he was asked to refrain from leading students in prayer. George Nathaniel, who pastors the Elite Church of the First Born and Grace Missionary Baptist Church, received separate complaint letters from the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district and Durham School Services, a school bus operating company, in addition to his reassignment for different bus routes. However, Nathaniel dismissed their reprimands and continued his daily prayers during the children's school ride....
  • Wisconsin voter ID law challenge set to go to trial

    11/04/2013 5:38:27 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies ^ | November 04, 2013 | Brendan O'Brien
    A federal trial to determine whether Wisconsin's controversial voter identification law discriminates against minorities is scheduled to begin on Monday in a case seen as a possible precedent for similar laws in other states. Voter ID laws - which require government-issued identification before voting - have become a political and racial flashpoint across the United States. Democrats generally oppose the measures and many Republicans back them. The trial in Milwaukee combines two federal lawsuits filed on behalf of dozens of individual voters by several organizations including the League of United Latin American Citizens, Milwaukee Area Labor Council and the American...
  • Gun rights groups go after NSA

    11/02/2013 12:02:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 2, 2013 | Megan R. Wilson
    Gun rights groups are throwing their weight behind efforts on Capitol Hill to rein in the National Security Agency (NSA). The National Rifle Association (NRA) is among a number of groups that have signed on to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit against the secretive government agency. The NRA has also endorsed bipartisan legislation proposed by House and Senate Judiciary committees that would end the NSA’s collection of bulk phone records. Another Second Amendment advocate, the Gun Owners of America, expects to back NSA legislation as well. “There are issues that, maybe at first blush, wouldn't seem like a...
  • ACLU Worried About Hancock’s Proposed Pot Ordinance (Denver, Colorado)

    10/14/2013 7:54:32 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 4 replies
    CBS 4 Denver ^ | October 13, 2013
    DENVER (CBS4) – There’s more controversy over legalized marijuana after some members of the Denver City Council want to limit open consumption. Marijuana advocates say the city may be violating the spirit of Amendment 64. Under the proposal smoking marijuana at a park or other public places could lead a fine of almost $1,000 and a year in jail. But what’s causing alarm to marijuana smokers is how Denver might be defining how much is too much in the privacy of a person’s property. People were passing out free joints in Civic Center Park last month and Denver Mayor Michael...
  • Family of Brian Terry Responds to ATF Censorship of Fast and Furious Whistleblower John Dodson

    10/08/2013 5:28:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | October 8, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Early Monday morning it was revealed supervisors within the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms have censored whistleblower John Dodson by denying an outside work application to publish a book about Operation Fast and Furious. The family of murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is expressing their support for Dodson and want his book to be published. "The family of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry stands behind ATF whistleblower John Dodson and supports his attempts to publish his manuscript pertaining to the flawed gun trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious. Recently, ATF officials told Dodson that...
  • Ohio School District Agrees To Keep Portrait of Jesus Off Wall, Pay $95G Fine (ACLU Barf Alert)

    10/07/2013 4:38:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | Ocotber 7, 2013 | Staff
    An Ohio school district has agreed to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ off school property and pay a $95,000 fine in the face of legal pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union. The Jackson City School District, located in Jackson, reached a deal on Friday after the ACLU, along with the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, sued the district in February, citing “unconstitutional” actions and charging that students and visitors to the school “will continue to suffer permanent, severe and irreparable harm and injury,” according to the lawsuit. The picture had been hanging in Jackson’s high school since 1947...
  • Ohio School District Settles With ACLU, Agrees to Remove Jesus Portrait, Pay $95,000 Fine

    10/07/2013 8:49:52 AM PDT · by Center2Right
    The Christian Post ^ | October 7, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    That was awkward. In the clearest sign yet of the potent effect of the government shutdown on the Virginia governor’s race, Republican Ken Cuccinelli avoided being photographed with Ted Cruz at a gala they headlined here Saturday night—even leaving before the Texas senator rose to speak. Backstage, a source said, Cuccinelli urged Cruz to work with Democrats to end the federal shutdown. But he did not make that point, or even acknowledge Cruz, in short public comments to some 1,100 social conservatives. Cruz has become the face of GOP intransigence, and the conservative attorney general’s effort to distance himself from...
  • Judge Ordered Sikh to Remove 'That Rag' from Head, Says ACLU

    09/28/2013 11:21:13 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 160 replies
    GMA via Yahoo! ^ | 9/28/13 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    On Jan. 16, Jagjeet Singh, 49, a long-haul truck driver from California on his way to pick up chickens for delivery in Texas, was pulled over for driving with a flat tire in Pike County, Miss. Officers at a weigh station operated by the Department of Transportation demanded that Singh turn over his "kirpan," a 3-inch ceremonial blade carried by all Sikh men and frequently sewed into the waistband of their trousers, according to the ACLU. "Contending, wrongly, that his kirpan was illegal, the DOT officer demanded that Mr. Singh turn it over. Mr. Singh tried to explain that he...
  • Groups sue to halt key parts of Texas abortion law

    09/27/2013 6:22:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2013 6:12 PM EDT | Will Weissert
    More than a dozen women’s health care providers in Texas sued the state Friday, attempting to block as unconstitutional key provisions of a strict new abortion law that drew massive protests and threw the Legislature into chaos before it was approved this summer. The 32-page complaint was filed in Austin by the providers and Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union. The new law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allows abortions in surgical centers and bans the procedure completely after 20 weeks, while also limiting medical abortions. …
  • Arizona to Deny Drivers Licenses to All Illegal Aliens Granted 'Deferred Deportation' by Obama

    09/20/2013 1:26:20 PM PDT · by montag813 · 11 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-20-2013 | John Hill
    "Take your DACA and shove it!" - by John HillStand With ArizonaArizona Governor Jan Brewer is under fire from pro-illegal alien "rights" groups like the ACLU and La Raza for refusing drivers licenses to illegal alien "youth" granted virtual amnesty under Barack Obama's DACA program. They have sued repeatedly to try and stop her. But rather than back down, Brewer has doubled down. Brewer has now directed her Department of Transportation to expand her denial of drivers licenses to ALL illegal aliens granted a reprieve from deportation by the Obama DHS or ICE, regardless of circumstances. The left has erupted...
  • Sen. Paul Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

    09/18/2013 8:16:54 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 10 replies
    Official Rand Paul Website ^ | Sep 18, 2013 | Senator Rand Paul
    If I told you that one out of three African-American males is forbidden by law from voting, you might think I was talking about Jim Crow 50 years ago. Yet today, a third of African-American males are still prevented from voting because of the War on Drugs. The War on Drugs has disproportionately affected young black males. The ACLU reports that blacks are four to five times more likely to be convicted for drug possession although surveys indicate that blacks and whites use drugs at similar rates. The majority of illegal drug users and dealers nationwide are white, but three-fourths...
  • Fears of gun registry prompt NRA to back lawsuit against U.S. surveillance

    09/05/2013 2:08:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 4, 2013 | Mica Rosenberg
    The National Rifle Association said on Wednesday it supports a lawsuit brought by civil rights groups to strike down the U.S. government's broad telephone surveillance program, citing potential violations of gun owners' privacy rights. In a brief backing the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit against senior U.S. government officials, the NRA said the collection of vast communications threatens privacy and could allow the government to create a registry of gun owners. Civil rights groups filed the lawsuit earlier this year after documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed a massive government program to collect and store...
  • Charter School Results Proving ACLU Lawsuit Wrong

    08/29/2013 5:15:26 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    CapCon ^ | 8/25/2013 | Tom Gantert
    A year after taking over the troubled Highland Park School District, the charter school management company now overseeing the district is reporting improved scores in reading and math. The Leona Group cited improved reading and math testing scores for grades 2 through 8 from the fall of 2012 to the spring of 2013 in the new Highland Park Public School Academy System. The improvement is significant because Highland Park is at the center of an ACLU class-action lawsuit that claims the state failed to ensure students were reading at grade level and the state "should know" the Leona Group "is...
  • ACLU hires ex-GOP chief Pat Brady to lobby for same-sex marriage

    08/28/2013 1:17:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 27, 2013 6:39PM | Natasha Korecki
    Former Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady, who was pushed out by party conservatives because of his vocal support for same-sex marriage, is writing his next chapter by tackling the same issue. Starting in November, Brady plans to begin lobbying Republican state lawmakers on passing same-sex marriage on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has tapped Brady and his consulting firm, Next Generation Public Affairs, to help push the legislation through the Illinois House. “Illinois is one of the top-priority states, urgency-wise. I’m working for them at their direction,” Brady told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday. “I’m concentrating...
  • Exclusive: ACLU Lobbyist Behind Sensenbrenner’s Voting Rights Act ‘Fix’

    08/27/2013 4:40:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 27, 2013 | Bryan Preston
    Earlier today, J. Christian Adams reported comments made by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) regarding the Voting Rights Act. Sharing the podium with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Sensenbrenner told a Washington audience Monday that he wants to “fix” the part of the law that the Supreme Court recently struck down. Sensenbrenner said he wants to fix the law so that it is immune to court challenges. “The first thing we have to do is take the monkey wrench that the court threw in it, out of the Voting Rights Act, and then use that monkey wrench to be able...
  • A partial list of democratic pedophiles

    03/05/2008 2:42:24 PM PST · by altsehastiin · 18 replies · 10,850+ views
    Democratic State Senator Dan Sutton of Flandreau, South Dakota accused of fondling a male page. Carl Stanley McGee, 38, prominent gay activist, assistant secretary for policy and planning and top aid to democrat governor Deval Patrick of Massachuttsettes, accused of sexually assaulting a 15 year old boy in a steam room at a Florida resort. Bernard Vincent Ward, former chief legislative aide to Senator Barbara Boxer, self proclaimed "Lion of the Left" on bay area radio, admitted transgressions too numerous to mention. Davidson County Democratic Party Chairman Rodney Mullins resigned Thursday morning amid child pornography allegations, according...
  • GOP lawmakers fight to save cross at California war memorial

    08/25/2013 4:52:35 PM PDT · by Innovative · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 24, 2013 | FoxNews
    Several Republican lawmakers are urging a federal district court in California to block the removal of a war memorial cross in a San Diego public park that was declared unconstitutional in 2011. "We're urging the court to permit a private organization to obtain and operate the war memorial – a remedy that would remove any constitutional questions and protect this longstanding tribute to our men and women in uniform," Sekulow said in a statement. The legal fight over the Mount Soledad cross began in 1989 when atheist Philip Paulson sued the city of San Diego.
  • ACLU: Muslims face more scrutiny for citizenship

    08/21/2013 10:02:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 21, 2013 12:52 PM EDT | Amy Taxin
    A government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years, civil liberties advocates said Wednesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a report that the previously undisclosed program instructs federal immigration officers to find ways to deny applications that have been deemed a national security concern. For example, they flag discrepancies in a petition or claim they didn’t receive sufficient information from the immigrant. The criteria used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to blacklist immigrants are overly broad and include traveling...
  • The Left’s Faux Martyr: A 92 year old black woman's ability to vote is not harmed by NC's new law

    08/19/2013 9:54:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/19/2013 | Sterling Beard
    The Left has a new martyr. Rosanell Eaton is a 92-year-old black woman with a compelling story about the harm done to vulnerable people, especially members of minority groups, by North Carolina’s new voter-ID law. But none of it holds up. Rosanell Eaton isn’t a martyr at all, in fact. The law, signed by Republican governor Pat McCrory a week ago, ends same-day voter registration, pre-registration of high-school students prior to their 18th birthday, and straight-ticket voting. It also reduces the number of days of early voting by a week, from 17 days to 10 (though early-voting hours and locations...
  • ACLU embroiled in contract dispute with its own unionized employees [Denies Healthcare Benefits!]

    08/15/2013 8:42:03 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 15 2013 | FNS
    The American Civil Liberties Union, which touts itself as a fierce defender of fair labor standards, is in a contractual dispute with an unforeseen group: its own workers. Last month, demonstrators from the UAW Local 2110 AFL-CIO, the collective bargaining unit that represents the ACLU’s assistant legal staff, administrative assistants, and other support staff, rallied outside the ACLU’s national headquarters in New York City, protesting the nonprofit’s new contract for unionized staff and accusing the organization of violating its own employees’ rights. Among the contentious issues in the new contract are smaller wage increases and the demand that workers pay...
  • North Carolina's sweeping voter ID law faces legal challenge

    08/13/2013 9:40:57 AM PDT · by matt04 · 19 replies
    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday signed into law changes in how residents can vote that includes requiring them to show a photo ID at polling stations, a move that triggered threats of legal action from the NAACP and other groups. The American Civil Liberties Union joined two other groups in announcing that they were filing suit against key parts of the package. This came hours after McCrory said in a statement that he had signed the measure, without a ceremony. “Common practices like boarding an airplane and purchasing Sudafed require photo ID, and we should expect nothing less...