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  • Valdosta State Case Puts College Officials On Notice: You Can't Violate The First Amendment

    08/03/2015 7:38:32 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 31, 2015 | George Leef
    Occasionally, you come across a legal case so strange that it makes you stop and wonder, “Is this even for real?” Such a case has recently come to an end with a strong victory for student free speech rights and an equally strong rebuke to the idea many college administrators seem to have that they hold king-like powers on campus. The facts are as follows. In early 2007, Hayden Barnes was a student at Valdosta State University in Georgia (VSU) when school officials announced plans to build a new parking garage using $30 million in student fee money. Barnes, an...
  • College disciplines student for Facebook comments about Baltimore riot

    08/02/2015 4:43:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 31, 2015 | Reuters
    DALLAS — A Texas Christian University student has been disciplined after posting online comments seen as racially offensive about current events, including rioting in Baltimore and the rise of the Islamic State, TCU officials said Friday. TCU said Harry Vincent, a 19-year-old sophomore, violated two Student Code of Conduct provisions concerning “infliction of bodily or emotional harm” and “disorderly conduct.” He has seen his campus access restricted by receiving a one-year suspension from extracurricular activities, on-campus living and the use of non-academic facilities such as the cafeteria and recreational center. Among the comments are a Facebook post that reads: “These...
  • Texas Christian University student disciplined over social media comments [Thoughtcrime]

    08/01/2015 4:02:14 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/31/2015 | Lisa Maria Garza
    DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas Christian University (TCU) student has been disciplined after posting online comments seen as racially offensive about current events, including rioting in Baltimore and the rise of the Islamic State, TCU officials said on Friday. TCU said Harry Vincent, a 19-year-old sophomore, violated two Student Code of Conduct provisions concerning "infliction of bodily or emotional harm" and "disorderly conduct." He has seen his campus access restricted by receiving a one-year suspension from extra-curricular activities, on-campus living and the use of non-academic facilities such as the cafeteria and recreational center. Among the comments are a Facebook post...
  • Comparing Roof And Abdulazeez Shootings

    08/01/2015 10:28:56 AM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 7 replies
    Poletical.com ^ | August 1st | T. Carter
    There you have it. Immediately after learning about Dylan Roof, MSNBC had drawn the quick conclusion that Roof was a racist, right-wing supremacist. They weren't able to draw any conclusions about Abdulazeez's ideology, even after learning that he had visited the Middle-East and come back "very different" from his old self. For some bizarre reason, Maddow's brilliant investigative skills and intuition evaporated into thin air following the Chattanooga shooting. It was a truly strange phenomenon that, even after law enforcement deemed the shooting a terror attack, Maddow was unable to determine Abdulazeez's motivation. As more details emerged over the weeks,...
  • Court bars anti-abortion group from releasing new videos

    07/29/2015 5:45:03 PM PDT · by BAW · 190 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 29, 2015 | AP
    A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously shot viral covert video of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research. The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials taken at a restaurant in May. It appears to be the first legal action prohibiting the release of a video from the organization.
  • A tragic end for a John Doe whistleblower

    07/28/2015 8:11:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 7-27-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Michael Lutz, the highly decorated former Milwaukee cop and John Doe whistleblower, fatally shot himself early Sunday morning just inside the Milwaukee County line. Multiple sources tell Wisconsin Watchdog that Lutz lived an agonized life in the years after he was shot while on the job in 2005. Things got worse, those sources say, after he went public about Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s “hyper-partisan” pursuit of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. “I know Mike, and the worst thing he could have imagined was being in a mug shot, in an orange jumpsuit on a perp walk,”...
  • The Left Wants To End the Separation of Church and State (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | James Mann
    If there is one thing consistent about the tides of the culture wars, it is that whenever one side is emboldened, it inevitably leads to overreach. The secular Left is proving this point with gusto in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to nationalize gay marriage, calling for the removal of tax exemptions for churches and religious non-profits who continue to hold the tired old definition of marriage that existed all the way up until yesterday. This step, which would crush the budgets of many churches and non-profits, reveals an amusing hypocrisy of the modern Left’s turn against civil...
  • Major Changes Needed After Supreme Court Strikes Down John Doe Abuse

    07/22/2015 2:16:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Maciver Institute ^ | July 22, 2015 | James Wigderson
    "I think the word 'freedom' came out of my mouth because I saw it in front of me. I saw the freedom that we were looking for. And every person was sharing it, and so that word came out." - Richie Havens, Rolling Stone interview The state Supreme Court announced Thursday a four to two decision to end the "second John Doe," the coordinated secret investigation, political in nature, into the issue-advocacy activities of Wisconsin conservatives. July 16, 2015, should be commemorated in Wisconsin as holiday celebrating the return of the First Amendment. It is a long-established practice of so-called...
  • A Victory for Political Free Speech

    07/21/2015 4:45:17 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/20/2015 | Jack McHugh
    In the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 3, 2013, heavily armed deputies raided the homes of independent political activists across the state of Wisconsin who agreed with the government union reforms enacted by Gov. Scott Walker. The raids were to seize records related to political activities and were orchestrated by a partisan district attorney under color of two poorly drafted and misguided state statutes. Until now, one of these laws restricted political speech through campaign finance regulations. The other (still in force) gives prosecutors the power to undertake open-ended inquisitions targeting suspected criminal activity — or against political enemies. The Wisconsin...
  • Scott Walker: Satan's Candidate

    07/20/2015 2:34:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Pravda ^ | July 20, 2015 | David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor
    At the beginning of my recent article, Will Wisconsin's Ignorance Become America's Ignorance Again? (Pravda.Ru, 03/04/2015), I stated, "Ever since America's politicized, corrupt, unethical, corporate-controlled Supreme Court decided the cases of Citizens United vs. FEC (2010) and McCutcheon vs. FEC (2014), I have written numerous articles for Pravda.Ru describing how these two decisions destroyed the ability of working class Americans to exercise their once fundamental right to freedom of speech and unleashed a torrent of unbridled political corruption that is rapidly replacing democracy with corporate fascism." As the machinations of Wisconsin governor, and newly announced presidential candidate, Scott Walker graphically...
  • William Killian, the DoJ Official Leading #Chattanooga Jihad Shooting, Previously Vowed to

    07/16/2015 6:52:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 7/16/15 | Pamela Geller
    “We are treating this as an act of domestic terrorism,” said Bill Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. U.S. Attorney William C. Killian said. However, Killian said that the investigation would bear out precisely what kind of crime this was, and he cautioned people not to get caught up in the label. (Washington Post) How ironic that it is Bill Killian – who was the most reluctant official to speak at today’s press conference. William Killian is the Department of Justice official who vowed to criminalize social postings on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Watch: Washington Mayor Told To Resign After Calling Barack And Michelle Obama This

    07/16/2015 5:58:47 PM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    KXLY via Independent Jjournal Review via Western Journialism ^ | July 15, 2015 | KXLY via Michael Hunter. via Christopher Agee
    KXLY recently reported that Patrick Rushing, mayor of Airway Heights, Wash., is facing increased pressure to resign after a Facebook comment about the Obama family was criticized by some locals as racist. “Gorilla face Michelle,” he wrote in the now-deleted post, “can’t disagree with that. The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.” When the backlash that followed reached city hall, five of six council members present at a recent meeting voted to ask Rushing to step down. Airway Heights Police Chief and Acting City Manager Lee Bennett explained why local leaders felt...
  • Lesbian Democrat senator denies individual right to religious liberty

    07/13/2015 10:14:49 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 13, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The chilling redefinition of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin and the Senate’s only lesbian, is a looming threat to religious liberty. With the possible loss of tax exemptions for churches and institutions that don’t comply with the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, an era of religious persecution may be upon us. Baldwin made her remarks on the June 27 broadcast of Up With Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. In a transcript of her remarks posted on Newsbusters, Baldwin ignored the fact that it was religious persecution in Europe that led to people...
  • Ohio Security Guard Open Fire During Struggle Over Journalist's Camera [VIDEO]

    07/12/2015 2:10:03 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 127 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-11-2015 | Photography is Not a Crime
    A video obtained by Photography is Not a Crime shows a court security guard approach PINAC correspondent Mike Skidmore and try to snatch his camera before Skidmore punches him repeatedly in the face, prompting the guard to pull out his gun and open fire.
  • [U-MA] Prof: Make Confederate Flag A Hate Crime

    07/11/2015 7:42:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/11/15 | Blake Neff
    “Let’s make the Confederate flag a hate crime: It is the American swastika and we should recoil from it in horror.”So opines Nick Bromell, a professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In the wake of a purge that has seen the Confederate battle flag vanish from stores and disappear from the grounds of South Carolina’s capitol building, Bromell says in Salon that America should be going much, much further.“Americans who refuse to acknowledge the connection between the Confederate flag and the horrors of slavery and white supremacy are still in the grip of a ‘malignant spirit’...
  • Wake Up America, Free Speech and Religious Liberty Are Under Siege

    07/11/2015 6:58:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/11/2015 | David French
    Flush with victory following the Supreme Court’s 5–4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Left is doing what it does best – bringing down the hammer on dissent. In Oregon, a young couple faces a gag order and ruinous fines merely for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. Calls to eliminate tax deductions for orthodox religious organizations are increasing, and key Senate Democrats are either waffling on protecting religious schools or expressing outright hostility to their most basic liberties. Even before Obergefell, Christian schools faced threats to their accreditation, and Christian groups endured systematic and comprehensive efforts...
  • Which Republican will stand up for the Kleins?

    07/09/2015 5:44:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/9/2015 | Jack Cashill
    The first Republican to fly to Oregon and hold a press conference with Melissa and Aaron Klein will get my vote. To undo the eight years of the Obama era will take more than right thinking. It will take some in-your-face moral bravado. And a good place for a candidate to show it will be on a scaffold in the public square of Portland, Oregon. As the reader may know, the Kleins operated a storefront bakeshop, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, in that very nearly godless environment. In February 2013, these Christian parents of five refused to bake a wedding cake...
  • The real homosexual end game

    07/07/2015 6:12:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/7/2015 | Mychal Massie
    The old bromide “There are none so blind as those who will not see” is actually a misstating of the Scripture verse Jeremiah 5:21: “Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding, who have eyes, and see not, who have ears, and hear not.” I make this point because there are those who a) confuse the idea that Jesus is love with condoning perversion and debauchery; and b) foolishly believe that accepting pernicious evil will appease it. Anyone one who believes homosexuals do not have an end game that has yet to be accomplished “have eyes and see not,”...
  • So Much for the Free-Speech Left

    07/03/2015 7:19:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This piece was co-authored by Tim Graham.To look at virtually anything produced by Hollywood is to register confirmation that the libertine left cherishes clogging our popular culture with vulgarities. The messaging in movies, television and particularly music is punctuated deliberately and unnecessarily with all manner of language designed to offend. But when it comes to perfectly decent speech -- spoken innocently with no bad intention -- those same liberals need smelling salts. Welcome to the wacky world of "micro-aggressions," where conversation becomes a minefield of political correctness. It's all the rage on campuses. Both the University of California...
  • CUBA DEMANDS RETURN OF GUANTANAMO, END OF US TV BROADCASTS IN RETURN FOR DIPLOMACY

    07/02/2015 1:50:22 PM PDT · by Will88 · 99 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Frances Martel
    While President Obama described the embassy as “not merely symbolic” and a move representing the liberation of the American people from “the past” in a speech this morning, the Cuban government issued a statement refusing to reestablish full diplomatic relations with the United States until America gifted the territory of Guantánamo Bay to Cuba and ceased broadcasting radio and television news reports into the island, which constitute the only way many Cubans have of receiving trustworthy international news.
  • Not the Land of Opportunity?

    06/29/2015 6:36:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Terry Paulsen
    Welcome to the state of political correctness run amuck! In training initiated by UC president Janet Napolitano, provides new guidelines for the 200,000-student University of California system faculty. Inspirational phrases such as “America is the land of opportunity,” “Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough,” “America is a melting pot,” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” are now being labeled “microaggressions” – any “brief, subtle verbal or non-verbal exchanges that send denigrating messages to the recipient because of his or her group membership (such as race, gender, age or socio-economic status).”...
  • F the “Respect Compact”

    06/26/2015 6:10:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Dear Student Body: I am writing today for the specific purpose of recruiting a student plaintiff to sue our university over its policy of forcing students to sign a “Respect Compact,” which is used by the administration to punish speech that is clearly protected by the First Amendment. The lawsuit is also necessary because the so-called respect compact is actually breeding intolerance and disrespect among students for the constitutionally protected opinions of others. For those who are not aware, signing the Respect Compact was initially done on a voluntary basis. Of course, when government-run institutions start making “suggestions” or “recommendations,”...
  • Inside Every Liberal Is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out: UC’s Assault on Academic Free Speech

    06/23/2015 8:55:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/22/2015 | Bruce Thornton
    Since ancient Athens free speech has been at the heart of political freedom. “Free men have free tongues,” as Sophocles said, for freedom depended on citizens empowered to speak freely in the public deliberations about policy and the laws through which they governed. That’s why the Founders wrote the First Amendment, to prevent force from trumping law by silencing dissent. That’s also why the enemies of political freedom always try to destroy free speech.Violence or force has been the usual instrument for controlling speech, whether by murder, torture, incarceration, burning books, or shutting down presses and Internet sites. Today a...
  • The Air Waves

    06/20/2015 2:03:19 PM PDT · by mylife · 37 replies
    RNI ^ | 7/11/2003 | Allan H Wiener
    In this day and age of communication we have lost free speech and are losing our airwaves to the big corporate and government interests. http://radionewyorkinternational.com/archives/pirates-cove/2003-1107%20pirates%20cove%20rni%2087%20and%20caroline%2088.mp3 http://putlocker.is/watch-pirate-radio-online-free-putlocker.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5PQnngPX00
  • U.S. top court rules for church in free speech case over signs [Unanimous]

    06/18/2015 12:55:54 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/18/15 | Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that an Arizona town violated a local church's free speech rights by preventing it from posting signs notifying the public of its worship services. The court decided 9-0 in favor of Good News Community Church.... ....."Speech discrimination is wrong regardless of whether the government intended to violate the First Amendment or not, and it doesn't matter if the government thinks its discrimination was well-intended," said attorney David Cortman of the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the church.
  • First Amendment Sensitivity Training

    06/18/2015 5:06:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Mike Adams
    In my last column, I made the case for establishing First Amendment Centers on public university campuses. I argued that such centers should focus on eight goals, four of which would be corrective measures, and four of which would be proactive measures designed to enhance respect for divergent opinions. In the last column, I elaborated on the corrective measures. This column will focus on the proactive measures: 1. First Amendment Sensitivity Training for Students. When students make politically incorrect comments they often face punishment in the campus judiciary. This sometimes involves putting them through re-education programs, which are often referred...
  • Net Neutrality Launches under FCC’s ‘Ministry of Innovation’

    06/16/2015 11:41:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/16/15 | Chriss W. Street
    The media silence was deafening on Friday as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched “Net Neutrality” regulations–possibly the most far-reaching and intrusive regulatory action of the 21st century. When Breitbart News published “Everybody Equal, But Google Much More Equal” in February, revealing how the FCC’s Democratic majority gave Google the “heads up” on the secret regulations and allowed executives to tweak the deal, there was a huge uproar. But now that the Internet is under the FCC’s “Ministry of Innovation,” the media seem to have moved on. As Seton Motley noted at RedState, there was no mention in the tech...
  • Pamela Geller Refuses To Go Into Hiding: "I'm A Free Person And I'm Fighting For Freedom

    06/16/2015 11:47:00 AM PDT · by OddLane · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | John Hayward
    Blogger and free-speech activist* Pamela Geller, the initial target of the jihadi beheading plot that later became a plan to murder police officers in Boston, said that she refuses to go into hiding after an ISIS sympathizer disclosed her home address on Twitter. “I’m a free person and I’m fighting for freedom,” she declared in an interview with CBS News affiliate 1010 WINS in New York, where she lives. “The last thing I’m going to do is go into hiding.” Geller was targeted on Twitter by a British-born ISIS recruit called Abu Hussain al-Britani, right down to her apartment number,...
  • First Amendment Centers

    06/16/2015 3:29:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Eleven years ago, I gave a speech at Yale Law School. It was called “The Constitutional Crisis in Higher Education.” I’ve have given variations of that speech on more than 80 college campuses since then. In that time period, the crisis has become substantially more serious. Now, it is time for defenders of free speech to take more aggressive measures to curb censorship on our nation’s campuses. We cannot simply keep talking about the crisis. We need to tackle it aggressively. One essential measure needed to tackle the crisis involves the creation of First Amendment centers at public universities all...
  • Forbidden at the University of California: “America Is the Land of Opportunity”

    06/12/2015 9:16:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/12/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    Tossing free speech on the ash heap of history The progressive storm troopers at the University of California are ramping up their PC agenda. A faculty seminar discussing “diversity in the classroom” held at nine of the 10 UC campuses during the 2014-2015 school year came with a worksheet entitled “Tool: Recognizing Microagressions and the Messages They Send.” “Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership,” states the opening sentence. The ultimate cure for such...
  • How the Left Is Killing Free Speech

    06/11/2015 9:37:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Universities need to stop giving students caps and gowns when they graduate. Instead, I recommend they give them helmets and wrap them in bubble wrap. The reason is that in college they become so weak and bruise so easily that there is little chance they can function in a free society without hurting themselves. In fact, many college students are too emotionally immature to encounter classic literature without becoming emotionally unraveled. Take Rutgers student Philip Wythe. Last year, he suggested that The Great Gatsby was so potentially traumatizing it should be accompanied by the following warning: “Suicide, Domestic Abuse, and...
  • New Obama Policy Would Make “Merely Posting Firearm Information on the Internet” a Crime

    06/11/2015 4:34:11 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 29 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 6/10/2015 | Max Slavo
    The blogosphere is sounding off about a pending new Obama policy that would impact not only the 2nd Amendment, but the 1st Amendment as well. As incredible as it seems, individuals would be in violation by “merely posting information on the Internet about common firearms” which “could be interpreted as illegally sharing sensitive information with foreign nationals” Applying issues related to “exporting” and “foreign nations” under an international treaty to individual on-line speech (under the guise of improperly sharing technical data about firearms) may seem like a stretch, but it is apparently what is happening, unless public opposition is voiced...
  • Building the New Dark-Age Mind

    06/09/2015 7:09:40 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9 June 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    History is not static and it does not progress linearly. There was more free speech and unimpeded expression in 5th-century Athens than in Western Europe between 1934-45, or in Eastern Europe during 1946-1989. An American could speak his mind more freely in 1970 than now. Many in the United States had naively believed that the Enlightenment, the U.S. Constitution, and over two centuries of American customs and traditions had guaranteed that Americans could always take for granted free speech and unfettered inquiry That is an ahistorical assumption. The wish to silence, censor, and impede thought is just as strong a...
  • Let’s Get People Talking and Thinking

    06/09/2015 5:25:34 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies
    Religion.rantrave.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Here is a list of great quotes left by Anonymous on a major forum. Use them to start discussions at school and elsewhere. Some of these quotes are scarily appropriate to our present situation in Obama's America. Others show how our founding fathers were thinking 200 years ago. What our public schools now call Critical Thinking is usually neither critical nor thinking. It's blind acceptance of politically correct opinions. Debate. Argue. Discuss. Finally, figure out answers for yourself. --- "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that...
  • Homebuilt laser shotgun is every bit as dangerous as it sounds

    06/09/2015 8:00:07 AM PDT · by Dr. Prepper · 30 replies
    Engadget ^ | 6/8/2015 | Jon Fingas
    If you thought building your own laser weapon at home was hot stuff, you haven't seen anything yet. Do-it-yourself fan Styropyro has built a laser "shotgun" whose eight 5W beams are adjustable with lenses, much like you'd adjust the choke on a conventional shotgun to narrow or widen its buckshot spread. As you might gather, 40W of combined laser power is pretty powerful -- and unbelievably dangerous. The gun can destroy everything from balloons to ping pong balls, and there are reflected beams that could easily smack someone's eye. Don't try this at home, folks. It's still an impressive feat...
  • The Silencing

    06/09/2015 5:56:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2015 | Mike Adams
    Kirsten Powers gets it. There is an assault on free speech in this country that is coming from the political left. But the people responsible for it are not liberals. They aren’t worthy of the title of liberal, which presupposes a degree of tolerance for opposing opinions. They are illiberal leftists and they are crushing the free exchange of ideas in this country. To make matters worse, they know exactly what they are doing and why they are doing it. In other words, they are not ignorant of, or merely indifferent to, constitutional principles. They are at war with them....
  • That Pesky Little First Amendment

    06/08/2015 8:02:02 AM PDT · by Dr. Prepper · 17 replies
    SurvivalBlog ^ | June 08, 2015 | James Wesley, Rawles
    Over the weekend, by way of the NRA some troubling news spread across the Internet: “Commonly used and unregulated Internet discussions and videos about guns and ammo could be closed down under rules proposed by the State Department, amounting to a ‘gag order on firearm-related speech,'” This stems from an Obama Regime reinterpretation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The State Department is updating the ITAR, which implements the Federal Arms Export Control Act (AECA). The net effect of this new ITAR amplification would be to reclassify gun blogs, forums, chat rooms, and firearms “how-to” web pages as...
  • Obama To Circumvent Congress With ‘Gag Order’ On Firearm Coverage

    06/08/2015 5:59:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7 Jun 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Obama To Circumvent Congress With ‘Gag Order’ On Firearm Coverage by AWR Hawkins 7 Jun 2015 On June 1 Breitbart News reported on Obama’s Spring 2015 “Unified Agenda.” The gun control measures contained therein which were to be passed by executive fiat. Since that time Representatives like Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY-4th) have placed riders on a DOJ appropriations bill to stop portions of the executive gun control push in its tracks. Now the NRA-ILA is revealing that the Obama administration is working behind the scenes to stifle reporting on firearms. From the NRA-ILA: Even as news reports have been highlighting...
  • Stop Obama's Planned Gag Order on Firearm-Related Speech

    06/07/2015 1:48:38 PM PDT · by GregoTX · 17 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | June 5th 2015
    It's happening again— President Obama is using his imperial pen and telephone to curb your rights and bypass Congress through executive action. Even as news reports have been highlighting the gun control provisions of the Administration's "Unified Agenda" of regulatory objectives (see accompanying story), the Obama State Department has been quietly moving ahead with a proposal that could censor online speech related to firearms. This latest regulatory assault, published in the June 3 issue of the Federal Register, is as much an affront to the First Amendment as it is to the Second. Your action is urgently needed to ensure...
  • University pays pro-life student group $20,000 to settle free speech lawsuit

    06/04/2015 4:23:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    washington post ^ | june 4, 2015 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    At Boise State University in Idaho, a campus organization — just one of many at the 22,000-student school — wanted to have its voice heard. At two events last year — one called “Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust” and another called “What Has Roe Done for Us?” — the pro-life Abolitionists4Life sought to display imagery of abortions. This was in line with their mission: to end it. “We seek to raise awareness to our generation through equipping students to become abortion abolitionists who will courageously bring to light the suppressed issue of abortion in our society today,” the group’s Web...
  • Did Hillary support UN policy that would have criminalized Pamela Geller’s ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest?

    05/19/2015 5:39:05 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 6 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 18, 2015 12:07pm | Benjamin Weingarten
    Presumed Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was recently asked about the “Draw Muhammad” contest in Garland, TX that was attacked by two jihadists, and what Mr. Bush thought of event organizer and ardent counterjihadist Pamela Geller. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was not, but a new book gives insight into how she might think about the issue given her support as Secretary of State of a policy put forth by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the UN that comes into direct conflict with the First Amendment. As Maj. Stephen Coughlin (Ret.) writes in his “Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America...
  • Gun-Free Zones Are Not Safe

    06/01/2015 11:57:44 AM PDT · by brucedavis · 12 replies
    Liberty News Online ^ | 2015/05/31 | Bruce Davis
    I love how this works. Gun-Free zones are becoming the main place where anyone has to worry about getting shot. There are countless examples within the last decade such as FT Hood, DC Shipyard, Various Schools among others where violence occurs and guns are restricted. . While the event in Garland, TX was not a Gun-Free zone, only people with permits can carry guns in TX both concealed or unconcealed. The police had guns and took down the terrorists just a hair too late as one of the guards was struck by enemy fire. Everyone else remained unscathed. The flip...
  • Dear Texans: Here's 46 Republicans Who Voted Against Freedom Of The Press

    05/31/2015 5:56:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Doug Giles
    Last Wednesday, the Texas Legislature pushed through, and I mean pushed, controversial legislation which repeals portions of the First Amendment, effectively ending citizen journalism in the Capitol. How quaint, eh? Yep, when Texas legislators found out about the undercover video footage about to be released by Hannah Giles (of ACORN fame) and Joseph Basel with the American Phoenix Foundation, they flipped out and quickly jammed through legislation, SB19, which would criminalize this First Amendment practice from 1985 forward. Why they picked 1985 only lawless liberals and repugnant Republicans can know. I would have thought for an apropos Orwellian effect theyÂ’d...
  • “National Association for the Abortion of Colored People” Forgets Free Speech Is a Civil Right

    05/29/2015 9:23:07 PM PDT · by kathsua · 2 replies
    Lifenews ^ | May 28, 2015 | Ryan Bomberger
    There’s nothing quite like learning about the fate of your hard-fought advocacy work through a tweet. I was spending time with my wife and children, doing our devotions, enjoying a nice big breakfast, and not worrying about the world around us for those precious morning hours last week. As the kids scurried out the door for their homeschoolers’ dance class, I started flipping through all of the notifications on my phone. “@LifeHasPurpose @RyanBomberger Congrats on big 4th Circuit ?#FreeSpeech win vs. ?@NAACP censorship attempt!” Greg Scott of Alliance Defending Freedom tweeted. Talk about being caught off guard. I rushed to...
  • Texas student sues after college bans gun rights sign

    05/28/2015 9:49:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 5-28-2015 | Maxim Lott
    A Texas college student filed suit against her school this week, saying her constitutional rights were violated when she was shooed off the quad for displaying a pro-Second Amendment sign. Nicole Sanders, 24, who attends Blinn College, a two-year public college in Brenham, Texas, said she and a classmate at the 18,000-student school were holding signs near the student center in February when they were told to move. Sanders' sign read, “Defend Gun Rights on Campus,” and the other said “LOL,” with President Obama’s logo as the “O.” The pair was trying to attract members for a student group they...
  • Are We Running Out of Time?

    05/25/2015 6:52:17 PM PDT · by upchuck · 13 replies
    american thinker ^ | May 25, 2015 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    In writing about his beloved Cuba, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo asserts that "totalitarianism is as much about tyranny as about [the] manipulation of time." He knows only too well how the Castro brothers have destroyed the hopes and dreams of the Cuban people for more than a half century. And now in a devastating blow and under the guise of rapprochement, Barack Obama continues to support this communist tyranny. And the Cuban people continue to suffer and weep for true freedom. While sadly, we Americans continue to squander it. A 2013 poll revealed that "40 percent of Americans said the...
  • Hillary Clinton: We need to redefine what free speech means(satire)

    05/24/2015 12:33:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 5-24-15 | Chedoh
    Hillary Clinton released an announcement over Memorial Day weekend on her Facebook page, saying that what we may think of as "free speech" can be hurtful towards other Americans, and we should put more effort into monitoring what we and others say to avoid painful dialogues, especially on the internet. "There is a problem in this country when people, mostly right-wing bigots, can easily inflict pain and suffering towards others through hurtful words and objections against alternative lifestyles and political stances. You often see it on Facebook and other forms of social media, where they are constantly spewing hate and...
  • Why I love 'hate speech'

    05/24/2015 6:55:46 AM PDT · by PROCON · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Mallory Millett
    I love Pamela Geller. I have known and loved her for years. She is a great American! If only everyone who has the honor of calling himself American could grow courage like hers we would be un-terrorizable as a nation. Pamela gets that we are at war and stands as an example for those of us who have lost our way. Many of you under fifty have been educated by the whackerino indoctrinators crowding reality out of our High Schools and Universities. These liars and fantasists are so busy obliterating, truncating or revising history (when they're not entirely ignoring it),...
  • 51 Percent Of Democrats Pretty Much Want To Destroy The First Amendment

    05/21/2015 3:01:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    So, National Review’s Charlie Cooke found an interesting poll showing that a majority of Democrats–and a substantial proportion of Republicans–want to upend the foundation of First Amendment law in the United States. They want to criminalize so-called hate speech. Nevertheless, 60 percent of Americans say that it’s “okay” publish Muhammad cartoons, and over 70 percent approve of our right to offend. So, what’s going on here? Party affiliation is the only place where we see a majority for making hate speech a crime. That honor is awarded to the Democrats, where 51 percent agree with that sentiment, according to a YouGov poll. Yet, 37...
  • Majority Of Dems OK With Criminalization Of Hate Speech

    05/21/2015 7:56:54 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 46 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 05/20/2015 | Blake Neff
    A poll released Wednesday by the online pollster YouGov has found that a plurality of the American public, as well as a majority of Democrats, support limiting the First Amendment to allow a ban on hate speech.