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Efficient as ever, Hillary Clinton attacks 1st and 2nd amendments in one sentence

Posted by: Phineas on June 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Hey, why only gut one amendment in the Bill of Rights when you can trash two at the same time? It’s a progressive win-win! During a televised town hall, Hillary Clinton was asked about guns, and said that the viewpoint held by gun-rights advocates “terrorizes” the majority of Americans. The town hall, […]

 

SCOTUS: SBA List can sue Ohio over “False Statement Law”

Posted by: ST on June 16, 2014 at 11:55 am » 1 Comment

Via The Politico: The Supreme Court on Monday sided with an anti-abortion group, opening the door for a broad challenge against the government’s right to police falsehoods in political advertising. A unanimous Supreme Court agreed that Susan B. Anthony List had standing to sue over an Ohio false statements law, reversing two lower court decisions […]

 

The Democrats’ anti-constitutional constitutional amendment. Updated

Posted by: Phineas on May 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Upset by court rulings that, in effect, declare that “free speech” really means free speech, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced a constitutional amendment granting Congress sweeping powers to regulate campaign expenditures, both monetary and “in kind.” This amendment has the full support of Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): “The shadowy Koch brothers […]

 

Chilling: Reid would back Constitutional amendment limiting free speech

Posted by: ST on May 15, 2014 at 11:53 am » 6 Comments

He’s not just losing it. He has LOST it. Via BuzzFeed: WASHINGTON — Frustrated by the “sewer” of modern American political campaigns, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday said that he would bring a constitutional amendment to the floor granting Congress the ability to set strict new limits on campaign contributions, warning he will force […]

 

Victor Davis Hanson on the new Inquisition and freedom of speech

Posted by: Phineas on April 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas And even freedom of thought. Writing at National Review Online, Dr. Hanson reviews recent incidents of people being hounded for their political opinions or scientific skepticism –among others, Brendan Eich at Mozilla; Dr. Richard Tol for not towing the party line on global warming; antisemitism at a major university that only draws a […]

 

Free speech in Britain not dead; just gut-shot

Posted by: Phineas on December 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas I’m telling you, George Orwell was a prophet: Neil Phillips said he was fingerprinted, DNA-swabbed and had his computers seized. The 44-year-old was held after posting: “My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela.” Another read: “Free Mandela – switch the power off.” But police […]

 

#IRS watching conservative groups as recently as two weeks ago?

Posted by: Phineas on September 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas You’d think, after admitting wrongdoing back in May and being thoroughly pilloried by the public since then, the IRS would have had the good sense to stop singling out groups based on political beliefs. You would also be wrong: Republicans investigating the IRS targeting scandal said Wednesday that the agency continued to […]

 

The IRS scandal over the targeting of Tea Party groups is still alive and well

Posted by: ST on September 18, 2013 at 10:42 am » 3 Comments

The USA Today files a report on what they found after their analysis of a list they obtained from the IRS – a list of which 80% of those identified were affiliated with the Tea Party or other conservative groups (via Memeorandum): WASHINGTON — Newly uncovered IRS documents show the agency flagged political groups based […]

 

Facebook flunks English, suspends user for writing “chigger.”

Posted by: Phineas on July 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm » 8 Comments

**Posted by Phineas The illiteracy, it burns: It started yesterday, when SF author Michael Z Williamson was blocked by Facebook for 12 hours for using the word “chigger” in a post.  When his twelve hours were up — following massive derision against Facebook by all his friends — his block expired. He was promptly blocked again. […]

 

Tales of the #Thugocracy: Oh, so that’s why they raided Gibson Guitar

Posted by: Phineas on May 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm » 10 Comments

**Posted by Phineas You might recall a bizarre federal raid on legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson Guitar back in 2011: they were accused of importing illegally harvested wood from India and Madagascar under a century-old law. The feds showed up with automatic weapons, seized “evidence,” and generally disrupted operations to Gibson’s great cost. After all that, no criminal charges were filed, […]