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  • Journalist: First Amendment Rights Mean Not Offending The North Korean Dictator, Okay?

    12/19/2014 11:30:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 19, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Did you know that having First Amendment rights in the United States comes with the responsibility not to offend dictators from North Korea? Had no idea? Me either. Last night on CNN "journalist" Sharon Waxman, who has worked at a number of media outlets including the Washington Post, argued that having First Amendment rights means we shouldn't be making fun of North Korean dictators because they might get upset. She was of course referring to the recent and massive hack on Sony pictures by North Korea as retaliation for "The Interview," a comedy about assassinating Kim Jong-Un. "I also want...
  • Judicial Watch Joins Sharyl Attkisson in Lawsuit against Justice Department to Obtain FBI Records...

    12/17/2014 11:32:37 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 17, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Joins Sharyl Attkisson in Lawsuit against Justice Department to Obtain FBI Records about Attkisson Earlier FOIA records obtained by Judicial Watch show award-winning journalist was targeted by Obama White House and Justice Department over critical reporting (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on November 19, 2014, it joined investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson to file a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking “any and all records” relating to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks and other records on the award-winning correspondent. The request includes correspondence between Attkisson and...
  • Little Sisters: Don't Let ObamaCare Stop Our Ministry

    12/10/2014 11:00:37 AM PST · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Law: If there really is a "war on women," it's being waged against a group of nuns who seek to honor their call to serve the dying poor without being compelled to provide contraception coverage to those who help them. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard oral arguments Monday in the lawsuit by the Little Sisters of the Poor challenging the ObamaCare abortion-inducing drug mandate that threatens religious liberty. The case of the feisty nuns challenges a bizarre "accommodation" offered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Under its proposal, the Little Sisters can fill...
  • St. Paul school sued after sixth-grader banned from handing out anti-abortion fliers

    04/27/2013 8:25:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-26-13 | Mila Koumpilova
    A parent at St. Paul's Nova Classical Academy alleges the charter school violated his sixth-grade daughter's right to free speech when administrators prohibited her from passing out anti-abortion fliers. The parent, Nicholas Zinos of St. Paul, has sued the school in federal court on behalf of the girl. Nova policy requires administrator approval before students hand out or post materials at school, the lawsuit states. In a letter to Zinos, the school's top administrator said the school has come to limit political, religious and controversial speech to its high school students in response to parental concerns. The lawsuit alleges the...
  • Anti-religion group attacks high school band over use of crosses to honor Normandy vets

    11/26/2014 7:44:54 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher
    Absolute Rights ^ | 11/26/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    Race hustler and “Reverend” Al Sharton, better known as “CI-7″ (Confidential Informant 7) to the FBI once upon a time, is in trouble again, though you wouldn’t know it by the dearth of mainstream media reportage. Seems the perennial race-baiter has plenty of time to gin up problems and incite violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following a decision by a St. Louis County grand jury that there was not enough evidence to indict police officer Darren Wilson over the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, but no time to pay his “fair share” of federal taxes.
  • Does the first amendment prohibit government entities from recognizing or observing Christmas?

    11/23/2014 12:31:58 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    <p>Does the first amendment prohibit city governments or other government entities from recognizing or observing Christmas including, appropriate displays, symbolism, quoted scripture, etc.?</p> <p>"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."</p>
  • Judicial Watch Sues Federal Communications Commission for Records About “Critical Information...

    11/14/2014 11:34:23 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 14, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Sues Federal Communications Commission for Records About “Critical Information Needs” Plan To Question Newsmen, Monitor Blogs FCC commissioner Ajit Pai warned, the study would “thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country.”(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on October 16, 2014, it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking “any and all records” relating to a controversial FCC “Critical Information Needs” (CIN) pilot study of how news media make editorial decisions on the stories they cover. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court...
  • The Taboos Crumble, and Free Speech Is Threatened

    11/14/2014 7:52:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    The more vulgar the culture gets, the more squeamish the keepers of the rules. The more verbal and visual taboos we break, the greater the threat to free speech. The National Football League institutes a 15-yard penalty for a football player who uses the N-word. If he uses it a second time, he's benched. This is the word with a cruel racist history, but which is now used as a term of affection if the person of the right color uses it. It's a word heard 500,000 times a day, reports The Washington Post in a front-page story that examines...
  • Repealing the First Amendment

    11/14/2014 7:38:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Townhall Magazine
    Democrats are so desperate to hold on to the Senate, they're willing to repeal the First Amendment to do it. HotAir's Noah Rothman reports for the November issue of Townhall Magazine. Well before the pundit class accepted that November 4 was fated to be a good night for Republicans, Democrats saw a disaster looming. The president’s party tried just about every trick in the book to get the average grassroots liberal voter enthused about casting a vote for the in-party, often in ways that exposed revealing and unattractive characteristics about the liberal coalition. In the effort to combat apathy among Democratic base voters,...
  • School tells kids: Stop praying to Jesus, singing Amazing Grace (Colorado Springs)

    11/11/2014 6:57:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Christian students at a Colorado public high school were told they could no longer meet to pray, sing religious songs or discuss religious topics during free time – because such activity violated the U.S. Constitution, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges. Chase Windebank is a senior at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. Three years ago he started meeting together informally with his classmates for prayer and religious fellowship. The young people would meet in an unoccupied choir room to sing songs like “Amazing Grace” and discuss the issues of the day from a religious perspective. But all...
  • Our People

    11/10/2014 3:48:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 10, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: This is the seventh and final column in a series. The first six installments, “This is Providence,” “Pharisees and Pharaohs,” “Prayers and Preparation,” “Pride and Perjury,” “David French Slays Goliath” and “To Speak the Truth” can be accessed in my column archive. Some of the themes discussed in this series were also part of a speech I gave at an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) event in July. The full speech can be viewed by clicking on this link. When I awoke on the 22nd of March, I fired up the coffee maker and turned on my iPhone as...
  • star Lea DeLaria unleashes an expletive-filled rant at a Bible preacher.....

    11/04/2014 2:50:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 62 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 4 November 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria unleashes an expletive-filled rant at a Bible preacher on the subway in New York Orange Is The New Black actress Lea DeLaria unleashed an expletive-filled rant at a Bible preacher on a New York subway train on Tuesday morning. The outburst was captured by fellow commuters on the train who filmed the 56-year-old actress - who plays Big Boo on the Netflix prison comedy - tell a man he has 'no right' to preach about the Bible on the public train. DeLaria - who is wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with...
  • Propaganda: White House Issues Statement Pretending To Care About Protecting Journalists

    11/03/2014 5:05:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Over the weekend President Obama issued the following statement in honor of the first-annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. "History shows that a free press remains a critical foundation for prosperous, open, and secure societies, allowing citizens to access information and hold their governments accountable. Indeed, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reiterates the fundamental principle that every person has the right “to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Each and every day, brave journalists make extraordinary risks to bring us stories we otherwise would not hear - exposing...
  • Trying to Silence Bill Maher in the Cradle of Free Speech

    10/30/2014 12:25:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    "The students at the University of California at Berkeley represent a diverse array of students from all walks of life," begins the student petition. Somehow you just know that before the end, the document will demand that the administration muzzle someone -- for the sake of diversity. The spirit of far-left censors trumps exposure to novel ideas. Hence the petition, titled "Stop Bill Maher from speaking at UC Berkeley's December graduation." "It is the responsibility of the University of California to protect all students and uphold a standard of civility," quoth the petition, which has gathered more than 4,000 signatures....
  • Confirmed: Sharyl Attkisson's Computer Was Hacked, Heavily Monitored By The Federal Government

    10/27/2014 5:25:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Last year Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who is known for incredible work on Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi and other White House scandals, noticed her computers at work and at home were acting strange. She suspected someone had hacked into her computer, specifically into a desktop in her home due to the machine turning on and off by itself at all hours of the night. An initial review of the hard drive revealed that her computer had in fact been compromised, but it wasn't known at the time who did it. The intruder into her system didn't...
  • FEC deadlock keeps Internet free from broadcast campaign ad regulations

    10/26/2014 7:27:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The Federal Election Commission deadlocked in a crucial Internet campaign speech vote announced late last week, leaving online political blogging and videos free of many of the reporting requirements attached to broadcast ads — for now. All three Republican-backed members voted against restrictions, but they were opposed by the three Democrat-backed panel members, including Vice Chairwoman Ann M. Ravel, who said she will lead a push next year to come up with rules for government political speech on the Internet. It would mark a major reversal for the commission, which for nearly a decade has protected the
  • Same-sex Weddings, and the Right Not to Perform Them

    10/26/2014 7:27:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/25/2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    ON OCTOBER 7, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage. On Oct. 15, county clerks in the state for the first time issued marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Then, five days later came startling news out of the Idaho resort town of Coeur d'Alene: Two Christian ministers, owners of the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, had reportedly been told by local officials that they were now required to perform same-sex weddings, or risk fines of up to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail if they refused. Under the city's...
  • Reprieve for Idaho ministers threatened with jail for not performing gay weddings

    10/25/2014 5:02:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/25/2014 | Rick Moran
    Authorities in Coeur d'Alene Idaho have buckled under the pressureof nationwide outrage at their threat to jail two ordained ministers for not performing gay marriage in their wedding chapel and declared the "Hitching Post" wedding chapel exempt from their "non-dsicrimination" law. Boise Public Radio: The city has been embroiled in controversy ever since the owners of the Hitching Post sued the city. They say a city anti-discrimination law threatened to force them to marry same-sex couples now that gay marriage is legal in Idaho. The story lit up conservative and gay-rights blogs. Wedding chapel owners Donald and Evelyn Knapp...
  • Dems on FEC move to regulate internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge

    10/24/2014 5:13:16 PM PDT · by knak · 64 replies
    In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that the left wants to regulate conservative political sites and even news outlets like the Drudge Report. Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said. The powerplay followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote...
  • Who Are the 5 Pastors in the Houston Sermon Subpoena Scandal? Here are their names and background

    10/23/2014 2:48:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/23/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Although much has been reported regarding the ethics and legality behind the city of Houston's subpoena of five Houston-area pastors that had asked them to turn over all of their sermons that address homosexuality, gender identity, and the city's first openly-lesbian mayor, little attention has been given to who those five pastors actually are and the ministries they operate.Although those five pastors, Steve Riggle, David Welch, Hernan Castaño, Khanh Huynh and Magda Hermida, were not technically parties of the lawsuit against the city's new equal rights ordinance that sparked the need for the subpoenas, they all participated in the coalition...
  • Houston Mayor Trashing the First Amendment With Alinsky Tactics

    10/23/2014 9:32:19 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 14 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 23, 2014 | Ben Carson
    The recent arguably unconstitutional moves by the Houston city council to subpoena the sermons of five area ministers, as well as internal correspondence dealing with social issues, should have the American Civil Liberties Union and everyone else who believes in free speech and religious freedom up in arms. We as Americans must guard every aspect of our Constitution and recognize when it is being threatened. One of the great dangers in America today is extreme intolerance in the name of tolerance. For example, in this Houston case, it is presupposed that the pastors in question may have said something that...
  • Chilling Free Speech

    10/23/2014 6:52:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Earlier this week, the federal government's National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science -- encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities -- announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert's invention and hilarious use of the word "truthiness." The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke; it...
  • Liberals attack First Amendment in Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas and Idaho

    10/22/2014 5:16:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    Speech isn't free if politicians don't like it.The Wall Street Journal has lately been performing a real public service by chronicling the efforts of Wisconsin lawmakers, prosecutors and some judges to basically obliterate the First Amendment as it pertains to political speech. No one has passed a law saying you can be arrested for what you say. The usurpation of liberty never works like that. Rather, a complicated web of bureaucracies and legal authorities have established regulations in the name of "fairness" or "good goverment" or "transparency" or what-have-you.The real-life impact is set traps for advocacy groups who aren't trying...
  • Houston Pastors Fight Censorship Challenge

    10/21/2014 8:04:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy amongst conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law trumpeted by the City of Houston and its openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is supposed to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination. All well and good, but according to the Independent Journal Review, the ordinance to ensure nondiscrimination, discriminates against those of faith who oppose it. Five pastors, members of Houston's conservative, evangelical base, oppose HERO, as does the liberal Americans United for the Separation of Church and...
  • Gov to Ministers: Marry Gays or Go to Jail

    10/20/2014 8:03:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/20/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    …and the distinction between gay rights and religious persecution just vanished. It begins with equality and ends with everyone losing their freedom.But I love all these new freedoms we’re getting. We now have the freedom to do what various pressure groups want or go to jail. I hope we don’t get too many more new freedoms or we’ll run out of jail cells. Officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, are threatening an elderly couple who run a wedding chapel with jail time unless they perform wedding ceremonies for gay couples.Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching...
  • Court allows First Amendment claim based on alleged professor retaliation (Shortened Title)

    10/20/2014 7:17:03 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 17, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Pompeo v. Board of Regents (D.N.M. Sept. 29, 2014, but apparently not substantially publicized until Thursday): The University of New Mexico offered a class and Plaintiff enrolled in that class. The subject matter of the class (“Images of (Wo)men: From Icons to Iconoclasts”) as set out in [the Complaint] was chosen by the class instructor, Defendant Hinkley, to spark “incendiary” class discussions. The syllabus assured students that “it’s quite clear that we do not expect anyone to necessarily agree with the positions and arguments advanced in our work. There’s controversy built right into the syllabus, and we can’t wait to...
  • Religious Liberty Under Attack as City of Houston Subpoenas Church Sermons

    10/19/2014 4:50:40 PM PDT · by Red6 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Oct 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- The battle over Houston's non-discrimination ordinance has moved from the ballot box to the church pulpit, as a group of pastors fights efforts by the city to subpoena their sermons and private communications with church members. The law, passed last June, was criticized because it could be used to allow men to use women's bathrooms, among other objections. Opponents to the law had collected more than 50,000 signatures to place a repeal measure on the ballot this November, far more than the 17,269 required. However, the City of Houston moved to invalidate the majority of the signatures,...
  • New America: Ordained ministers threatened with jail unless they perform same sex marriages

    10/19/2014 4:13:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/19/2014 | Rick Moran
    City officials in Coeur d'Alene Idaho have told a married couple who are both ordained ministers that they will go to jail if they refuse to perform wedding ceremonies for gay couples. The Alliance for Defending Freedom has filed suit against the city and asked for temporary restraining order to prevent officials from carrying out their threat. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. City officials told Donald Knapp...
  • Christians Can’t Accept Houston’s Intimidation Tactics Without Protest

    10/19/2014 10:20:32 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 16, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    Support for legalizing same-sex marriage dropped from 54 percent to 49 percent since February, according to a Pew Research Center poll. Analysts said they had no idea why or if it was just a random blip. I joked on Twitter that my April article “Rise of the Same-Sex Marriage Dissidents” probably was the cause. But in all seriousness, perhaps seeing the totalitarianism of extremist wings of the gay rights movement has soured some people on efforts to change marriage law — or at least given people pause about the tradeoffs involved with redefining marriage or enacting broad legislation around sexual...
  • Houston to pastors: Forget your sermons, now we want your speeches

    10/17/2014 11:33:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Five Christian pastors will no longer have to turn their sermons over to attorneys for the city of Houston. Instead, they will be forced to turn over their speeches related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). I don’t mean to point out the obvious here—but what do those attorneys think a sermon is? It’s a speech. According to an amended motion filed Friday in Harris County, Texas court, the city’s attorneys will no longer demand sermons related to homosexuals, gender identity, or Mayor Annise Parker—Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor. The amended subpoenas do require the pastors to turn over...
  • Texas Attorney General Tells Houston City Hall: Stop Bullying Christians

    10/16/2014 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    <p>That’s the bottom line of a harshly-worded letter written by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to Houston City Attorney David Feldman.</p> <p>Feldman’s office sent subpoenas to five Houston pastors last month demanding that they turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality and gender identity issues. They also wanted sermons or correspondence that referenced Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor.</p>
  • Houston mayor, city attorney: On second thought, maybe those sermon subpoenas were a wee bit broad

    10/16/2014 7:39:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/16/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Quelle surprise. After news of their subpoenas for sermons given by religious leaders went viral yesterday, Houston’s mayor and city attorney backpedaled away from its “wording,” although the city attorney initially attempted to defend the demand. Later, he shifted the blame to outside legal representation: Amid outrage from religious groups, Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman on Wednesday appeared to back off a subpoena request for the sermons of certain ministers opposed to the city’s equal rights ordinance, with Parker calling it overly broad.The subpoenas, handed down to five pastors and religious leaders last month, came to...
  • Houston city attorneys subpoena sermons from pastors opposed to rights law

    10/15/2014 8:02:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/15/2014 | Rick Moran
    Conservative Christian pastors in Houston who opposed an equal rights ordinance had their sermons and other private communications subpoenaed by city attorneys fighting to keep a repeal referendum off the ballot.Houston Chronicle: Houston's embattled equal rights ordinance took another legal turn this week when it surfaced that city attorneys, in an unusual step, subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose the law and are tied to the conservative Christian activists that have sued the city. Opponents of the equal rights ordinance are hoping to force a repeal referendum when they get their day in court in January, claiming City...
  • Houston Demands Oversight of Sermons!

    10/14/2014 9:33:21 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 99 replies
    WND ^ | October 13, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the city of Houston, Texas, who are defending a controversial ordinance that would allow men to use women’s restrooms now have demanded to see the sermons preached by several area pastors. The recent move came in a subpoena from the city to pastors for copies of their sermons and other communications in the city’s legal defense of a “non-discrimination” measure that allows “gender-confused” people to use public restrooms designated for the opposite sex. A lawsuit challenging Houston’s move alleges the city violated its own charter in its adoption of the Equal Rights Ordinance, which in May designated homosexuals...
  • Lawful open carry and the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments

    10/07/2014 2:31:52 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 6 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 7, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    From Northrup v. City of Toledo Police Div., 2014 WL 4925052 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 30, 2014): On the evening of June 16, 2010, Northrup was walking down a street in his neighborhood, with his wife, daughter, grandson, and their Yorkshire terrier, and a handgun holstered on his right hip, when Alan Rose drove by on a motorcycle. Northrup and Rose did not know each other, but Rose stopped his motorcycle and began telling Northrup that he could not walk around in public while openly carrying a handgun. Northrup and his wife told Rose that open carry of a firearm is...
  • Twitter sues U.S. Justice Department for right to reveal surveillance requests

    10/07/2014 1:58:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/7/14 | Alexei Oreskovic
    Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) sued the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, intensifying its battle with federal agencies as the Internet industry's self-described champion of free speech seeks the right to reveal the extent of U.S. government surveillance. The lawsuit, which Twitter said follows months of fruitless negotiations with the government, marks an escalation in the Internet industry's battle over government gag orders on the nature and number of requests for private user information.
  • Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban On U.S. Flag Shirts

    09/29/2014 7:12:03 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 29, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rights: A Ninth Circuit Court ruling that students can't wear American flag T-shirts because they may offend Mexican students celebrating Cinco de Mayo is a ridiculous yet dangerous assault on the First Amendment. On Sept. 17, more than four years after Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., sent students home for wearing American flag t-shirts, an 11-judge Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that it was the right choice, "tailored to avert violence and focused on student safety." The decision upheld the court's three-judge ruling in February that justified the school's actions based on tensions between Mexican...
  • Public school 'purges' Christian authors from library

    09/29/2014 7:29:19 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 27 replies
    http://www.wnd.com/ ^ | Sept 27, 2014 | BOB UNRUH
    A charter school in Southern California is facing the threat of a lawsuit for “purging” Christian books from its library. snip ....Brad Dacus told WND that among the books was “The Hiding Place,” the story of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch woman sent to a prison camp by the Nazis of World War II for helping Jews escape. Dacus said PJI’s legal team and the district have exchanged letters already. snip Strictly religious books, such as the Bible or the Quran, routinely are on library shelves, he argued. Dacus said an immediate correction of the school’s policy would prevent a...
  • Pride and Perjury

    09/25/2014 10:52:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Mike Adams
    Author’s Note: This is the fourth column in a series. The first three installments, “This is Providence,” “Pharisees and Pharaohs,” and “Prayers and Preparation,” can be accessed in my column archive. Some of the themes discussed in this series were also part of a speech I gave at an Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) event in July. The full speech can be viewed by clicking on this link. Defendant Kimberly Cook is not your ordinary sociologist. Before she even opens her mouth she comes across as an attractive and confident person. When she starts to talk it doesn’t take long to...
  • Student Bullies Trump 1st Amendment

    09/23/2014 6:16:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Well, the wild and crazy 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is at it again, this time ruling that in a conflict between bullies and the First Amendment, bullies win. The court let stand a previous ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that school officials of Live Oak High School can prohibit American students from wearing to school clothing featuring the American flag because of threats made against the American students. You read that right: not threats made by the American students but threats directed at them by others. Admittedly, it's hard to surprise sane people anymore with...
  • Is there a right to contribute to out-of-state elections?

    09/22/2014 12:25:05 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 23 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 22, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Josh Blackman links to an interesting new speech by (retired) Justice Stevens about the Court’s campaign finance jurisprudence. Among other things, Justice Stevens argues that there ought to be little protection (or no protection?) for campaign contributions made across state lines. He begins . . .: In the first sentence of his controlling opinion [in McCutcheon v. FEC] the Chief Justice correctly states that there “is no right more basic to our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.” 188 L. Ed.2d 468, 482. And in his concluding paragraph he correctly describes that right as “the...
  • On Constitution Day, FIRE Mails First Amendment Warning to More Than 300 Colleges

    09/19/2014 7:12:33 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 18, 2014 | Will Creeley
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17, 2014—In a national certified mailing sent today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) warns the leaders of more than 300 of our nation’s largest and most prestigious public colleges and universities that they risk First Amendment lawsuits by continuing to maintain speech codes that violate student and faculty rights. The letters are being mailed from the main post office near Independence Hall in Philadelphia today to mark the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. liberty bell “58 percent of our nation’s public colleges and universities restrict student and faculty speech with blatantly...
  • ASU reverses decision, players can display crosses

    09/18/2014 7:45:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    One News Now ^ | September 18, 2014 | Fred Jackson
    The Christian legal group Liberty Institute says the university has reversed an earlier decision in which it ordered the school's football players not to display a memorial cross decal on the back of their helmets. The football players decided to include the crosses to honor Markel Owens, who was killed in a home invasion, and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who died in a car accident. Liberty Institute calls it a "great victory for the players."
  • Dinesh D'Souza Is Planning His Prison Memoir

    09/16/2014 6:31:37 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 14 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 16, 2014 | Sam Tanenhaus
    On September 23, Dinesh D’Souza will appear before a federal judge in Manhattan to learn whether he will do jail time for violating campaign-finance law. (He pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of funneling $20,000 to a friend’s Senate campaign via straw donors.) It will be the latest turn in a remarkable life that has embodied—perhaps more than any other—the passions and commitments of the modern conservative movement. D’Souza leapt to prominence during his student days as editor of The Dartmouth Review, then emerging as a first-read for pro-Reagan provocation. Those were heady times for the youth corps of...
  • 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.
  • The Silent Coup: How Harry Reid and the Democrats plan to subvert free speech

    09/13/2014 6:35:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/13/2014 | 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...
  • 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...