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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, […]

 

Tyrant Governor of New York will not tolerate dissent from his underling sheriffs

Posted by: Phineas on May 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm » 6 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Who does this guy think he is, Mike Bloomberg? Angered by county sheriffs opposed to the draconian gun law the Governor recently rammed through the legislature, Andrew Cuomo has evidently threatened to use a rarely invoked power to remove dissident sheriffs from office: Opposition to the new law has simmered in upstate areas […]

 

#WarOnJournalism: Who’s been snooping in Sharyl Attkisson’s computers?

Posted by: Phineas on May 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Hmmm… Maybe FOX’s James Rosen and the AP aren’t the only targets of the White House’s ire? Here’s a radio interview CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson did with WPHT’s Chris Stigall in which she mentions unknown parties have accessed her home and work computers since February, 2011: You’ll recall that both my blog-buddy ST and I […]

 

#IRS scandal: Democrats make clear where they stand on the 1st Amendment

Posted by: Phineas on May 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a resolution condemning the Internal Revenue Service for trampling the Constitutional rights of Americans. (For example) It didn’t get very far: Today, Senate Democrats placed a hold on Sen. Rand Paul’s recent resolution that condemns the targeting of Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and calls for […]

 

#IRS scandal: Granting tax-exempt status to pro-life groups *if* they agree not to protest Planned Parenthood

Posted by: Phineas on May 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm » 6 Comments

**Posted by Phineas But they’re absolutely, totally, without a doubt non-political. And don’t you dare say otherwise, wingnut! IRS officials refused to grant tax exempt status two pro-life organizations because of their position on the abortion issue, according to a non-profit law firm, which said that one group was pressured not to protest a pro-choice organization […]