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  • Liberals, Islamists Take Same Stand on Free Speech

    01/25/2015 6:11:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | John Ransom
    apzzyk12 wrote: As a comrade (progressive Democrat), I would like to remind the author that it was over the very strong objections of the TEA party that the Democrats passsed the Lilly Ledbetter Act , which allows women to sue at any time, if they have been paid less than the males for doing the same work. The the Federal system, one has some idea of what others make by their GS level, so there is very little discrimination in that system, while in the private sector it remains taboo for employees to compare wages.- Mitt Who?Dear Pzzy,Employees in the...
  • Protesters Arrested at the March for Life

    01/22/2015 5:09:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    blaze.com ^ | Jan. 22, 2015 | Zach Noble
    Multiple eyewitnesses reported that police arrested pro-abortion counter-protesters at the March for Life on Thursday afternoon in front of the Supreme Court. A spokesperson for the D.C. Capitol Police confirmed that eight people had been arrested, though she could not confirm whether all of those arrested were pro-choice or if some pro-life activists had been arrested as well. The pro-abortion rights protesters, appearing to number in the low hundreds, had blocked the path of the hundreds of thousands of anti-abortion marchers. Holding signs advocating “Abortion on demand, without apology,” the pro-abortion rights protesters forced anti-abortion activists to take the sidewalks...
  • Journalism school dean: The First Amendment ends at insulting Mohammed

    01/22/2015 8:40:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/22/2015 | AllahPundit
    Unusual, not because it’s rare to see an American journalist bowing to Islamic sensibilities on depictions of Mohammed but because typically they don’t go so far as to demand legal limits on their own profession. When the New York Times refuses to run a cartoon goofing on Islam, they don’t want the reason to be government censorship. They prefer to be censored by more sympathetic agents, like violent Muslim radicals.To be precise here, though, DeWayne Wickham, the dean of Morgan State’s J-school, isn’t demanding a “Mohammed exception” to the First Amendment. He’s demanding an exception for all speech that...
  • The Morning After the State Before [turning the page]

    01/22/2015 2:35:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | January 21, 2015 | Mark Steyn
    <p>If they ever put a bullet in your brain I'll complain.</p> <p>Obama's strategy for the rest of the world is to "turn the page" on it. Libya, where he chose to go to war, is now a failed state. Syria, where he drew a red line, has some 200,000 dead. ISIS, which he dismissed as the junior varsity of jihad, controls half of Iraq and Syria and is executing US citizens live on camera and auctioning Japanese hostages for a fifth of a billion dollars. In West Africa, to whom his wife held up a pouty-faced cardboard hastag #BringBackOurGirls, the girls haven't been brought back and Boko Haram are setting up a local variant of an ISIS state. In Iran, where he claimed he'd halted their nuclear program, their stockpile of enriched uranium has increased since his so-called deal. Al-Qaeda, which he said for years was" on the run", has just pulled off a high-profile mass murder in Paris that struck at the heart of a core western value – freedom of speech.</p>
  • The Slander of ‘Blowback’ - Yes, Ron Paul et al. are blaming the victims

    01/22/2015 3:57:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Ron Paul is feeling some blowback of his own. He was roundly criticized — notably by a number of high-profile libertarians normally inclined to sympathize with many of the views he has helped to popularize — for arguing that the Charlie Hebdo murders were the result of “blowback,” i.e., that French jihadists murdered the staff of a satirical magazine in Paris infamous for its cartoons of Islamic figures in retaliation for U.S. and French foreign policy, rather than in retaliation for the contents of the publication. His argument is absurd on its face — the editors of Charlie Hebdo are...
  • To Die for Charlie Hebdo?

    01/16/2015 10:06:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it." That maxim of Voltaire was among those most invoked by the marching millions in Sunday's mammoth "Je Suis Charlie" rally in Paris. This week, in the spirit of Voltaire, French authorities arrested and charged Cameroonian comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, and 54 others, with "hate speech." Yes, Monsieur Voltaire, there are limits to free speech in France. Dieudonne's crime? He tweeted, "I am Charlie Coulibaly," the last name of the killer of four innocent Jews in that kosher market. A...
  • For the Free World, an Old Challenge Returns: How Much Intolerance Should our Society Tolerate?

    01/16/2015 6:41:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/16/2015 | Michael Barone
    How far should a tolerant society tolerate intolerance? It’s a difficult issue, one without any entirely satisfactory answer. And it’s a current issue in the days after 40 world leaders and the U.S. ambassador to France marched together in Paris against the jihadist Muslim murderers who targeted the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. English-speaking peoples, to use Winston Churchill’s phrase, have been dealing with this problem off and on for 300 years. In the late 17th century, most of continental Europe had established state churches and prohibited or disfavored other worship. England had an established church but also tolerated other...
  • What the Pope Got Wrong About Free Speech

    01/16/2015 6:37:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/16/2015 | David Harsanyi
    If free expression is a fundamental right, why does it not apply to mocking a faith? We heathens can leave the theological debate to others. But Pope Francis, the bishop of Rome and world leader of the Roman Catholic Church, has some ideas about laws governing the secular world. We expect Francis to defend the dignity of faith, to bring clarity to the Catholic position. Yet instead, the pope, while en route to the Philippines, offered a number of comments about freedom of expression, which ranged from the unclear to the contradictory. More than simply saying that poking fun at...
  • The Joke Must Remain On Radical Islam

    01/15/2015 4:44:59 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 17 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | January 15, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    So a priest, an imam and a rabbi walk into a bar. The bartender says, “What’s this? A joke?” Yes, and it’s funny, so accustomed are we to religious humor and wit that pokes fun at humanity and the powerful who govern it. Though humor is in the eye of the beholder, its historic purpose is to induce us to Think Again. Truth-telling with laughter — whether by medieval court jesters, cartoonists, humorists such as Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin impersonating Hitler in “The Great Dictator,” comedy troupes such as Monty Python or sitcom actors such as Archie Bunker — pushes...
  • What Freedom of Speech?

    01/15/2015 10:15:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    The photos of 40 of the world's government leaders marching arm-in-arm along a Paris boulevard on Sunday with the president of the United States not among them was a provocative image that has fomented much debate. The march was, of course, in direct response to the murderous attacks on workers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by a pair of brothers named Kouachi, and on shoppers at a Paris kosher supermarket by one of the brothers' comrades. The debate has been about whether President Obama should have been at the march. The march was billed as a defense of...
  • Oxford University Press Bans Use Of Pig, Sausage Or Pork-Related Words To Avoid Offending Muslims

    01/14/2015 5:54:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 64 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | January 14, 2015
    Oxford University Press Bans Use Of Pig, Sausage Or Pork-Related Words To Avoid Offending Muslims 14 Jan 2015 The Oxford University Press has warned its writers not to mention pigs, sausages or pork-related words in children's books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims. The existence of the publisher's guidelines emerged after a radio discussion on free speech in the wake of the Paris attacks. Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, presenter Jim Naughtie said: "I've got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people. "Among the things...
  • Salman Rushdie, threatened over book, defends free speech

    01/14/2015 5:28:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 14, 2015 7:13 PM EST
    Author Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” drew the wrath of Iranian religious leaders, is defending the absolute right of free speech. Rushdie made the comments Wednesday at the University of Vermont after being asked about last week’s attack by Islamic extremists on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed 12. …
  • I’m Glad Obama Skipped Paris He doesn’t really believe in protecting speech critical of Islam.

    01/13/2015 4:52:36 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 1/13/15 | Andrew C McCarthy
    .....I was not outraged when President Obama directed the Justice Department to end the pretense of “defending” the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I feel the same way about the president’s decision not to join dozens of world leaders in Paris last Sunday to march in favor of free speech and against Islamic-supremacist terror.... ...it is better to know where policymakers really stand... The show of international solidarity in the immediate aftermath of last week’s jihadist atrocities was very moving. But let’s not kid ourselves: It was rife with hypocrisy.... Prior to last week, these preening progressives could reliably be...
  • In Defense Of Obama Not Going To Paris

    01/12/2015 4:39:50 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 84 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | January 12, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Much is being made of President Obama’s failure to attend the Paris unity march yesterday. Apparently Eric Holder was sent but he was nowhere to be found when 40 world leaders locked arms in a show of unity against Muslim terrorism. This isn’t even a matter of Obama leading from behind, it’s a matter of him not showing up. On the other hand, wasn’t the Paris unity march sort of odd? Where was the unity march with world leaders when the US was attacked on 911? Where was it when London was attacked? Where was it when Australia was attacked...
  • Letting My Freak Flag Fly—Again

    01/11/2015 11:36:53 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 65 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/11/15 | Jim O'Neill
    Oath Keeper Patch: Wordlessly making a statement supporting freedom, individualism, free speech, and anti-establishment views Almost cut my hair It happened just the other day It was getting kind of long I could have said it was in my way But I didn’t and I wonder why I feel like letting my freak flag fly I feel like I owe it to someone I’m not giving in an inch to fear Cause I promised myself this year I feel like I owe it to someone David Crosby (CSN&Y)—Almost Cut My Hair Many readers won’t remember this, but before liberals became...
  • "Free Speech" Summed Up In 1 Cartoon

    01/11/2015 11:18:30 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-11-2015 | Tyler Durden
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  • What Is The White House Position On Free Speech And Terrorism?

    01/09/2015 8:26:24 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Townhall Magazine ^ | Jan 08, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    in the case of an entertainment company releasing a movie criticizing a dictator, Obama is perfectly comfortable telling that entertainment company what it should and shouldn't do. But in the case of a news company printing editorial content criticizing Islam, Obama suddenly has no opinion whatsoever on the matter. ... Obama's preference that news organizations not publish any material that might offend Muslims was also evident in his September 2012 address to the United Nations where he said, "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." So which is it? Does the future belong Charlie...
  • Attkisson DOJ Suit Will Get Agents Names Who Planted Cable at Home

    01/08/2015 10:55:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/8/15 | Pam Key
    Thursday on Fox News Radio’s “John Gibson Show,” investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson explained she is suing the Department of Justice to get discovery, which she said hopefully will start with the names of the agents or third-party contractors sometimes hired for “certain dark projects,” who hacked her computer and planted a fiber optics cable at her house.
  • When Will We Wake Up?

    01/08/2015 4:08:46 AM PST · by Biggirl · 56 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | January 8, 2015 | Bruce Thornton
    The three Muslim gunmen who killed 12 journalists in Paris targeted not just those people and their satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, but a core ideal and human right of the West––the right to free speech in the public square defined by tolerance for different opinions. That’s why the killers, after they had called out the names of their individual victims before they shot them, bragged as they made their escape that they had “killed” Charlie Hebdo.
  • Toronto Eric Brazau: Gets 18 MONTHS Jail for insulting ISLAM on subway

    01/08/2015 7:45:57 AM PST · by FR_addict · 53 replies
    LiveLeak.com ^ | Jan 7 2015 | Liveleak
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  • [Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow] Worth 1,000 words: Cartoonists draw for slain colleagues

    01/08/2015 12:56:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 8, 2015 | JOHN LEICESTER
    PARIS (AP) — As if to prove that pens are mightier than swords, cartoonists around the world reacted to the cold-bloodied assassination of their colleagues at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as only they can: with powerful drawings worth thousands of words. Defiant, angry, poignant, irreverent and sobering, their drawings united cartoonists in grief, tried to make sense of the nonsensical, and sent a shared message: We must not, will not and should not be silenced. Some drawings touched such a nerve they made one want to both laugh and cry..........
  • The Proud Provocateurs at the Center of Today’s Paris Terror Attack (Blaming the victims, again)

    01/07/2015 12:28:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Slate ^ | January 7, 2015 | Joshua Keating
    Charlie Hebdo, the French publication that was the victim of a horrific terrorist attack Wednesday, is no stranger to courting controversy and even danger with its no-holds-barred satire. Formerly known as Hara-Kiri, the paper first gained national notoriety in 1970 with a headline mocking the death of former President Charles de Gaulle—“Tragic dance at Colombey [de Gaulle’s home] - one dead”—that led to it being shut down by the government. Undeterred, the paper quickly reconstituted under its current name and has been taking shots at sacred cows ever since. In the last decade or so, Hebdo has been needling the...
  • Islam and Free Speech

    01/07/2015 6:26:47 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    Lady Liberty | 1/07/2015 | Anonymous
  • Rashad Hussain Reportedly Yanked From OIC Chicago Conference

    10/05/2010 4:41:21 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    SNIPPET: "Things apparently did not go smoothly at last week's Chicago conference on "Islam and Muslims in America," which was sponsored by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). President Obama's special envoy to the OIC, Rashad Hussain, had been scheduled to address the event, held at the American Islamic College. But after news reports highlighted his participation, Hussain reportedly withdrew at the last minute, citing a "scheduling conflict." This earned him an angry rebuke from websites like this (which the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report asserts is "an arm of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.")" Read more at: http://www.investigativeproject.org/blog/2010/10/rashad-hussain-reportedly-yanked-from-oic-chicago
  • Judge Blasts School Board for Unlawfully Arresting Concerned Father! (follow-up)

    12/23/2014 5:48:39 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 9 replies
    eagle rising ^ | 23 December 2014 | Tim Brown
    If you recall, back in May, William Baer was arrested after voicing opposition to a school board meeting about a controversial book by Jodi Picoult titled Nineteen Minutes, a story about a school shooting that contained pornographic content. It was also required reading for ninth graders. Now a New Hampshire 4th Circuit Court of Appeals judge has blasted the school board for "silencing" him and arresting him, which was a violation of Mr. Baer's free speech.
  • Does Sony Really Deserve to Be Labeled a Coward?

    12/20/2014 11:44:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 19, 2014
    Blame Game: Sony Corp., having already taken a massive hit from North Korea's hack job, is now being attacked at home as a coward for canceling "The Interview." But what else was it supposed to do? [Snip] Hollywood is all too willing to cave under pressure from politically correct interest groups — without anyone ever raising an eyebrow. But before lumping Sony in with the rest of these cowardly acts, consider that DHS's reassurances apparently weren't enough to convince Sony executives there was no chance of an attack. What does that say about the administration's national security abilities?
  • George Clooney: No one in Hollywood would sign my letter of support for Sony Pictures

    12/19/2014 10:03:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19 | AllahPundit
    I’m glad he spoke up, not only because he’s right, not only because a little public shaming from an A-lister might get others to rethink, but because that tribute to Hollywood’s bravery that he gave a few years ago at the Oscars would have looked even more embarrassing in hindsight if he’d kept quiet about this.Nothing fancy about the logic of his petition: “We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty. We hope these hackers are brought to justice but...
  • U Michigan Is A Bastion Of Free Speech, But Only For Liberals

    12/19/2014 5:09:13 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 13 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Berman
    The University of Michigan is a bastion of free speech, according to its own public affairs department. Freedom of expression is a core value of @UMich. Statement regarding column by Professor Susan Douglas http://t.co/tSouGSRaKI— UM Public Affairs (@UMPublicAffairs) December 18, 2014 But only if you’re a liberal.  One professor is allowed to publish a hate piece about Republicans, but a conservative student is fired for his own article. UMich professor Susan Douglas, chair-liberal of the communications department, wrote a hit piece entitled “It’s okay to hate Republicans”. "I hate Republicans," she wrote to begin her column. "I can't stand the thought of...
  • 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...
  • Truthy: The Tax-Funded Speech Monitoring and Suppression Project

    11/14/2014 5:26:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | November 14,2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    Leftist speech suppressors are at it again, but this time they’re apparently being subsidized by the American taxpayer. On Monday, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) sent a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF), demanding information about the nearly $1 million spent on the “Truthy” data-mining project that monitors political speech on Twitter.
  • Obama grants interview to China state-run media

    11/11/2014 12:55:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 11, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama plans to discuss differences with Chinese President Xi Jinping “directly and candidly,” he said in a written interview with China’s state-run Xinhua news agency. Obama regularly conducts such written interviews with prominent news organizations in the countries where he travels, but the decision to talk to an organ of the Chinese government could raise eyebrows amid continuing concerns over Beijing’s human rights record. At a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday, Obama said he continued to have “concerns” about China’s actions. “There are certain things that the United States believes. We believe in freedom...
  • Feds took Times reporter’s notes from police evidence room

    11/21/2013 10:16:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2013 | Kellan Howell
    Weeks after Maryland State Police and federal agents seized reporting files from a former Washington Times journalist’s home, a Homeland Security agent checked the materials out of the police evidence room for an hour, according to logs that shine new light on a case that has raised First Amendment concerns. The custody logs don’t state why the reporting materials were removed from evidence Sept. 3, about a month after they were seized from reporter Audrey Hudson’s home during a search in an unrelated investigation of her husband. But they do show that the Homeland Security agent checked out files and...
  • The Unborn, Free Speech and the Coming Culture War

    11/05/2014 9:14:41 PM PST · by Abakumov · 5 replies
    Radix News ^ | November 6, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    There are two great freedoms being assaulted under the radar that will soon come to the fore: the freedom to live and the freedom to speak. Both parties use abortion as a litmus test. You want the Democratic nomination for any federal or state office; you need to support a woman’s right to abortion. You want the Republican nomination for any federal or state office; you better claim that you are pro-life. I say “claim” because that’s all Republicans need to do to satisfy each other. If Republicans truly were pro-life, they’d have passed a one-paragraph statute when they ran...
  • Open Legs and Closed Minds

    11/04/2014 10:34:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2014 | Mike Adams
    The lawlessness of UNC administrators continues to make headlines across the nation. Most of this lawlessness comes from administrative offices dedicated to promoting “diversity.” It is no wonder that most of the fake classes taken by student athletes at UNC were listed under African American Studies. Where we find multiculturalism, we find the denial of objective truth. Where we find the denial of objective truth, we find people who lie and deny it. Of course we find plenty of lies and deception associated with virtually every activity initiated by the LGBTQIA Office and Women's Resource Center (WRC) at UNCW. The...
  • Dick Morris: Obama, Democrats Want Control of Internet Speech

    10/27/2014 6:23:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 27 Oct 2014 | Dick Morris
    Not content with the total bias and domination of the news networks, CNN, and the nation's leading newspapers, the Democrats on the Federal Election Commission have moved to assert federal control over Internet political speech. Claiming the authority to regulate political postings and blogs as independent campaign expenditures, they want to apply federal campaign finance laws to online voices. According to the Washington Examiner, the three Democrats on the FEC moved at the Oct. 24 meeting to impose "burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning." The three Republican members on the commission beat back the measure, warning the proposal would regulate...
  • 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
  • Democrats Push Censorship Of Political Speech

    10/27/2014 5:55:14 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 10 replies
    In 2014 censorship has become a product of the left. Arguably censorship in the United States has always been a product of the progressives. They have forever tried to link National Socialist book burnings with conservatives. In reality, it is modern liberals who want to censor free speech. The McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law sought to impose restrictions on who may speak prior to an election. The progressive law intended to limit speech to government approved speakers. Namely politicians and the mainstream press. Everyone else saw their right to speak restricted. The Citizens United case, which centered around the showing...
  • 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...
  • After Pressure, Google Restores Blog Julio Severo in Portuguese

    After Pressure, Google Restores Blog Julio Severo in Portuguese By Julio Severo With no explanation or notification, Google made my blog in Portuguese (http://juliosevero.blogspot.com/) disappear in the first minutes of Thursday, October 23. After 24 hours of pressure from international readers, with no notification, Google made my blog reappear. People in Brazil and other nations began to question Google in social networks and also by contacting the company: “Why to suspend Blog Julio Severo in Portuguese on the height of the Brazilian presidential elections in the exact time Severo published an article instructing the Brazilian public that both candidates...
  • Free Speech Victory Vindicates Governor Scott Walker, Conservatives

    10/23/2014 8:07:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    A free speech courage award should go to U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa for his recent ruling blocking the enforcement of part of Wisconsin's campaign finance law that prohibits “coordinated issue advocacy” between outside groups and candidates. Liberal, overzealous Badger State prosecutors have tried to use a very subjective interpretation of the law as justification for their four-year, failed witch hunt to try and bring down Governor Scott Walker and his allies.Earlier this year, the same Judge Randa ordered a shut-down of the nefarious so-called “John Doe” investigation – a secret probe launched in 2012 by partisan Democrat District Attorney...
  • 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...
  • Houston, We Have a (1st Amendment) Problem!

    10/21/2014 4:08:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    It all started in September, when Houston Mayor Annise Parker and City Attorney David Feldman issued an "overly broad" subpoena for the sermons of select ministers who opposed the city's equal rights ordinance. Because of intense national opposition from even Texas' attorney general, this past Wednesday, Parker and Feldman appeared to recant or at least reduce their flagrant overreach and disregard of the ministers' legal protections under the First Amendment. By the weekend, however, the truth came out that they were only using political smoke and mirrors to try to simmer the patriotic fury; they were not changing course to...
  • Sweden passes law to criminalize any criticism of immigration

    10/20/2014 9:18:43 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 55 replies
    A new law will come into effect in Sweden after Christmas 2014, that will allow people to be prosecuted for criticizing immigration or politician’s unwillingness to tackle the issue. The Constitutional Committee’s report has been voted for in parliament, seen in a letter from the Parliamentary Offices. Member of Parliament Andrew Norlén, member of the Constitutional Committee, has been pushing the issue and he says it will rapidly become a deterrent. ... Without freedom of speech there can be no democracy. If you are not allowed to say certain things then parties that support your ideas cannot exist and Sweden...
  • 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...
  • Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail

    10/20/2014 12:07:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | October 19, 2014
    People found guilty of Internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile cases of abusive and threatening behaviour on Twitter. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "This is a law to combat cruelty -- and marks our determination to take a stand against a baying cyber-mob." There has been increasing concern in Britain about the growing scourge of Internet "trolls" who post hate-filled messages on social media, often threatening their targets. The parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann are among the...
  • Texan's truck has possibly the most racist decal ever [makes "front page" news]

    10/17/2014 4:17:47 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 17, 2014 | Kolten Parker
    This Texan takes bumper stickers to a whole new level. A photo of a truck with Texas tags that features on the tailgate one the most racist decals, complete with a real (and fresh) banana, that targets President Barack Obama was posted to Reddit on Thursday. "Does this Socialist a** make my truck look too big," the decal, which appears to be professionally done, reads. It also includes photo of Obama dressed in Somalian garb from a 2006 meeting in the country. The image was taken in the East Texas town of Tyler at the intersection of Loop 323 and...
  • Public University Cracks Down On Students Handing Out Constitution Outside ‘Free Speech Zone’

    10/16/2014 9:43:06 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 15, 2014 | Eric Owens
    Officials and campus cops at Southern Oregon University threatened to call the police on a group of four students who were distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution outside the designated “free speech zone” last week. The Constitution kerfuffle occurred last Tuesday at the obscure public school in the middle of nowhere, Campus Reform reports. The students, all affiliated with Students for Concealed Carry, ironically were also gathering signatures for a petition to end the taxpayer-funded school’s restrictive speech policies. Administrators and school police officers didn’t like it. The four students say they were followed by bureaucrats and cops and threatened...
  • Feminist Nixes Speaking Engagement To Protest Utah State University's Pro-Gun Policies

    10/16/2014 7:25:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/15/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On October 14 feminist speaker Anita Sarkeesian canceled a speaking engagement at Utah State University upon learning that state law forbids the university from banning concealed carry on campus.
  • Newark Boy Speaking At Anti-Violence Event Interrupted By Nearby Gunfire

    10/16/2014 7:13:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    newyork.cbslocal.com ^ | 10/15/2014 | unk
    ......a poetic plea from an 8-year-old boy. His message was broadcast inside a community center in Newark on Saturday afternoon, but his words were interrupted by gunshots. “Violence came as I was talking,” Nyeeam Hudson said. During Nyeeam’s plea for peace, a young man was shot and killed outside.
  • Celebrate Conformity (Cont)

    10/14/2014 8:51:51 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | October 14, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Many Americans seem to think that free speech and the First Amendment are synonymous. They're not: the former is a larger and more primal concept. But one consequence of that confusion is that, whenever free-speech questions arise, you always get a ton of emails droning, "There's no First Amendment issue here, Steyn. Mozilla/Brandeis/A&E/whoever is not the government. It's a private entity and is perfectly free to can its chief exec/disinvite Ayaan Hirsi Ali/suspend 'Duck Dynasty'/whatever if it wants to." Which is true as far as it goes, but doesn't address the core question of ugly thuggish identity-group enforcers remorselessly narrowing...