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  • Is Ann Coulter The Last Conservative With Guts?

    04/23/2017 5:07:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | April 23, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    There’s an important lesson for conservatives in the news this week, if they’re willing to learn from it. Appeasement always fails. Always. Throughout history people have been desperate to avoid conflict. Many are willing to do anything to stave off a fight. In politics it is no different. Corporations have spent untold millions in “donations” to radical environmental groups or hustlers such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton in the hope of buying some goodwill should any unexpected controversy arise. It’s never worked. When something went wrong, as it always does, or some controversy (real or contrived) breaks, the very...
  • The B*tch is Back: MILO Plans ‘Free Speech Week’ in Berkeley

    04/22/2017 7:21:48 AM PDT · by Pollard · 35 replies
    Conservative firebrand and former Breitbart Senior Editor MILO will be hosting a week-long free speech event in Berkeley later this year. In a post to his 2 million Facebook fans, MILO outlined the event that he plans to host at Berkeley, where, earlier this year his presence led to full-blown riots from AntiFa thugs. “In light of recent controversies, I am planning a huge multi-day event called MILO’S FREE SPEECH WEEK in Berkeley later this year,” states the press release. “We will hold talks and rallies and throw massive parties, all in the name of free expression and the First...
  • UC Berkeley orders cancellation of Ann Coulter speech

    04/19/2017 1:30:49 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 73 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 19, 2017 | Nanette Asimov
    Next week’s scheduled speech by right-wing pundit Ann Coulter at UC Berkeley is off — for now — because campus officials say they won’t be able to protect participants from rioting if it should happen. "We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter," vice chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton emailed the student groups co-hosting the event — the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA — Tuesday evening.
  • LIVE: Coverage from the Auburn campus (Richard Spencer to speak)

    04/18/2017 4:18:56 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies ^ | 4-18-17 | OANOW
    Controversial alt-right provocateur Richard Spencer is expected to speak on the Auburn University campus Tuesday evening, and law enforcement officials are on heightened alert for possible conflict between his supporters and those protesting his appearance.. The Opelika-Auburn News is there, reporting on any happenings, filing live updates and photos throughout the late afternoon and evening. Follow our coverage here:
  • Former FEC Chairwoman Calls for ‘Regulations’ of Political Speech on the Internet

    04/17/2017 11:09:03 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 52 replies
    Heat Street ^ | April 14, 2017 | By Ian Miles Cheong
    The former Federal Election Commission chairwoman Ann M. Ravel says that political speech must be controlled on social media. She presented her remarks in a speech at UC Berkeley, calling for regulations against “fake news.” Speaking at an event called “Future of Democracy,” Ravel argued the proliferation of “fake news” and political advertising on platforms like Facebook influenced elections. She warned that the lack of disclosure by the creators of these campaigns was becoming a huge problem. “We know that there’s a lot of campaigning that’s moved to the internet, whether it’s through fake news or just outright advertising and...
  • Free Speech Rally in Berkeley results in several injuries, 20 arrests

    04/17/2017 10:29:15 AM PDT · by SteveH · 43 replies
    The Daily Californian ^ | 4/15/2017 | The Daily Californian News Staff
    Eleven people were evaluated for injuries at the event, and seven were brought to local hospitals for treatment. Arrests include charges of assault with a deadly weapon and other felony assaults, according to an advisory from BPD. Police will continue to make arrests after reviewing social media footage and other video footage of the event, the advisory stated. The park was divided by two bright orange nets by 10 a.m. On either side of the barrier, protesters and counter-protesters held large banners, one reading “Defend America” and another reading “Anti-Fascist Anti-Racist.” Protesters jumped over the barrier several times, eventually taking...
  • How Berkeley became epicenter of violent Trump clashes

    04/17/2017 9:46:25 AM PDT · by SteveH · 53 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4-16-2017 | Paige St. John, Shelby Grad
    Berkeley is also a potent symbol because of its role as the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement in 1964: Before fall 1964, students' politicking had been limited to a small sidewalk strip thought to be off-campus and immune from university restrictions. Students such as Mario Savio returned from searing experiences as civil rights workers in the South and sought to expand campaigns in California, upsetting some state legislators. After learning that the property was owned by UC, school authorities moved to shut down the area and ban the tables and pamphleting there. Activists challenged the rules by resuming their...
  • Watch: Man Carrying American Flag Punches Berkeley Man Who Confronts Him for Carrying Flag

    04/15/2017 5:00:10 AM PDT · by davikkm · 49 replies
    breitbart ^ | BREITBART TV
    Kyle Chapman, known as “Based Stickman” on Facebook, was arrested in Berkeley, CA Monday after fighting with a group who confronted him for carrying an American flag around town. Chapman was walking around Berkeley wearing a baseball helmet and toting the flag while being filmed to promote a free-speech rally scheduled for Saturday. A group of youths approached Chapman, telling him and his cameraman to leave. One man got in Chapman’s face, challenging him to fight. Chapman then punched his aggressor in the face. As he swung, another member of the group hit Chapman with a skateboard.
  • WaPo: Phrase 'mother of all bombs' decried as 'sexist,' 'grotesque'

    04/14/2017 12:17:53 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 14, 2017 | Travis M. Andrews
    U.S. forces dropped a 22,000-pound bomb on Islamic State forces in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday. When discussing the strike, Pentagon officials referred to the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast weapon, or MOAB, by its nickname, "the mother of all bombs." That nickname soon appeared in headlines in the New York Times, Al Jazeera, CNN and even Wired. Meanwhile, #MOAB began trending on Twitter. But some on social media were offended by the gendered nature of the phrase.
  • Web needs rethink to stop 'nasty' ideas spreading, says its creator

    04/12/2017 8:14:14 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 April 2017 | Jemima Kelly and Huw Jones |
    The World Wide Web needs a complete rethink to prevent spying and the spread of "nasty, mean ideas" on social media websites, its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, said on Monday. Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web as a platform on top of the internet in 1989, said his intention in building it had been for the public to "do good stuff" and share ideas among each other, as was the case with websites such as Wikipedia. Instead, negative ideas were proliferating on social media sites in particular, he said, while privacy was also being compromised by online spying....
  • The Big Shut-Up

    04/09/2017 8:52:17 AM PDT · by Twotone · 20 replies
    Mark Steyn On-Line ^ | April 3, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    Over the weekend, I swung by Judge Jeanine's show to talk about one of the most malign trends of our time: the ever more open refusal by one side to permit those on the other side to speak. As I always say, I don't care what side you pick on the great questions of the age - climate change, gay marriage, Islam, transgendered bathrooms, whatever - but, if you're on the side that says the other guy isn't entitled to a side, you're on the wrong side.
  • Chop federal funding if colleges won’t sign ‘pledge’ to respect free speech, lawmakers told

    04/05/2017 11:34:51 AM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    The College Fix ^ | April 5, 2017 | Kayla Schierbecker
    “I used to tell my students that free speech is like an apple, and everybody wants to just take one bite out of it,” a first-term Democratic lawmaker said at a congressional hearing on campus free speech Tuesday. They would say things like “‘I’m okay with free speech except for sexist speech, except for racist speech,’” according to Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a former professor of constitutional law at American University.
  • College student banned from passing out copies of constitution

    03/28/2017 10:10:09 PM PDT · by DavidThomas · 39 replies | 3/28/17
    LOS ANGELES, CA — A Pierce College student Tuesday filed suit against the school and the Los Angeles Community College District, alleging policies that restrict student free speech rights to tiny zones are unconstitutional and infringe on First Amendment rights. Kevin Shaw, 27, contends the Woodland Hills community college violated his civil rights when he was barred from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution because he wasn't in the free speech zone -- an outdoor area roughly the size of three parking spaces -- and because he hadn't applied in advance to use it.
  • Iqra Khalid succeeds in getting the Camel's nose of Islamophobia into the tent of Free Speech

    03/27/2017 8:01:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/27/17 | Desmond McGrath
    There is a clear link between the Anti-Semitism of the Nazis and that of the Islamists operating under the banners of the PLO and Hamas My first two open letters, HERE & HERE, like the legitimate concerns of tens of thousands of Canadians, have fallen on deaf ears and you have succeeded in getting the Camel’s nose of Islamophobia under the tent of Free Speech to start spitting and belching its offensive cud. Your Muslim Brotherhood compatriots must be wild with ‘celebration’ and I wonder now what sheikh’s ransom, time and governmental resources will be spent in committee pandering to...
  • Chicago couple backs Trump, defies liberal bullies — now they’re going out of business

    03/19/2017 3:37:01 PM PDT · by TBP · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 19, 2017 | Justin Haskins
    A Chicago couple is claiming its support for President Donald Trump has resulted in significant and continuous harassment from anti-Trump leftists, forcing the retail side of the business the couple owns in Chicago to shut down indefinitely. Suzzanne Monk and Alexander Duvel appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” Sunday morning, during which the married couple explained they have been receiving numerous threats from people angry at Monk and Duvel for openly supporting Trump. “Well, I attended the [Trump] rally at the UIC Pavilion that got shut down, and while my husband was discussing that online, we actually drew...
  • New York Assemblyman Unveils Bill To Suppress Non-Government-Approved Free Speech

    03/17/2017 8:29:03 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 37 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 17, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    In a bill aimed at securing a "right to be forgotten," introduced by Assemblyman David I. Weprin and (as Senate Bill 4561 by state Sen. Tony Avella), liberal New York politicians would require people to remove ‘inaccurate,’ ‘irrelevant,’ ‘inadequate’ or ‘excessive’ statements about others... Within 30 days of a ”request from an individual,” “all search engines and online speakers] shall remove … content about such individual, and links or indexes to any of the same, that is ‘inaccurate’, ‘irrelevant’, ‘inadequate’ or ‘excessive,’ ” “and without replacing such removed … content with any disclaimer [or] takedown notice.” “ ‘[I]naccurate’, ‘irrelevant’, ‘inadequate’,...
  • Google Now Demoting Baseless & Offensive Search Results

    03/16/2017 11:49:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | 03/15/2017 | Daniel Fuller
    The company is doing this by rolling out new guidelines for their content quality raters, a worldwide collection of around 10,000 independent contractors that Google hires to rate content yielded by its search engine regarding how well it fits a particular search. Google is now asking raters to do a better job of fact-checking search results and is introducing a new content tag called “Upsetting-Offensive.” The “Upsetting-Offensive” tag is to be used when raters believe a site is deliberately trying to push a negative viewpoint, promote hatred, or outright mislead users in a majorly upsetting way. ... [A] news article...
  • UW-L police dispatcher says she was fired over political speech(Supported Trump)

    03/15/2017 6:40:03 PM PDT · by ThE_RiPpEr. · 22 replies
    La Crosse Tribune ^ | 3/15/2017 | Nathan Hansen
    A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse police dispatcher claims she was fired for supporting Donald Trump. In a letter sent Tuesday to the UW System Board of Regents, Kimberly Dearman's lawyer, Lee Fehr of Onalaska, said his client had been fired for political speech in support of President Donald Trump's travel ban. Fehr's letter said the comments were spurred by an email UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow sent to faculty, students and staff rebuking the move by the president. Gow denied Dearman was fired for her politics. "I want to be very clear," Gow said. "We would never let someone go based...
  • UNDERCOVER VIDEO: Anti-Free Speech Group Crashed by Crowder (Me)!

    03/15/2017 4:50:56 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 23 replies ^ | 03/15/2017 | Steven Crowder
    This is as Orwellian as anything I've ever seen. Went to South by Southwest and attended some of their activism panels. It was terrifying. We'll be exposing more of it in weeks to come.
  • Campus Disgrace: Will There Be Consequences for the Violent Middlebury Mob?

    03/07/2017 7:54:04 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 3/7/2017 | Guy Benson
    In a statement, Middlebury's president says that an independent investigation is underway to identify and sanction students who violated school policy and/or the law. Rightly stresses difference between peaceful, non-violent protest and hooliganism: Toward the end of the clip, a female professor tries to reason with the shrieking pack of hyenas, assuring them that she had prepared a litany of questions with which to challenge Murray during the Q&A session. She was shouted down. In the ensuring melee, as she helped escort Murray out of the secondary venue (the original lecture hall was abandoned due to loud and relentless interruptions),...