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  • Be Very Worried About The Future Of Free Expression

    07/20/2017 6:49:43 PM PDT · by Mafe · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 20, 2017 | David Harsanyi
    “Ads that perpetuate gender stereotypes will be banned in UK, but not in the good ol’ USA!” reads a recent headline at the Web site Jezebel. Yay to the good ol’ USA for continuing to value the fundamental right of free expression, you might say. Or maybe not. Why would a feminist — or anyone, for that matter — celebrate the idea of empowering bureaucrats to decide how we talk about “gender stereotypes”? Because these days, foundational values mean increasingly little to those who believe hearing something disagreeable is the worst thing that could happen to them.
  • BETRAYAL: Republicans Push Anti-Free Speech Bill Written by Islamic Terror-Linked Groups

    07/18/2017 5:34:25 AM PDT · by Mafe · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2017 | Brigitte Gabriel
    Remember the bakers in Oregon who were driven out of business for refusing to bake a cake for a ceremony that was against their principles? They were fined $135,000 under Oregon law. Now the federal government is going even further, by pushing a bill to erode the First Amendment, which would criminalize opinions deemed as “hate speech.” Indeed, if House Bill 257 is passed into law, you could be jailed for an opinion that defies political orthodoxy with regards to sharia law, or radical Islam. The United States already has strict laws that protect against hate crimes, so one reasonably...
  • Seattle City Council approves income tax on the wealthy

    07/10/2017 3:48:41 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 74 replies
    http://www.seattletimes.com ^ | 07/10/2017 | Daniel Beekman
    The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a pioneering new income tax on wealthy residents Monday. A a legal challenge is widely anticipated. The measure applies a 2.25 percent tax on total income above $250,000 for individuals and above $500,000 for married couples filing their taxes together. The city has estimated the tax will raise about $125 million a year and cost $10 million to $13 million to set up, plus $5 million to $6 million per year to run and enforce. The council’s finance committee cleared the tax last week, increasing the rate from 2 percent to 2.25 percent.
  • Hawaii seeks to narrow Trump travel ban during legal challenge

    07/07/2017 1:23:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 7, 2017 | By Dan Levine
    The state of Hawaii asked a federal appeals court on Friday to issue an emergency order blocking parts of President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban while the state seeks clarification over what groups of people would be barred from travel. A Honolulu judge on Thursday rejected a request by Hawaii to narrow the government's implementation of the ban, saying the state should directly ask the Supreme Court to clarify its ruling. Instead, Hawaii appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying in a court filing on Friday that the appeals court has the power to narrow the travel...
  • We Must Declare Independence from Big Government Tyranny

    07/06/2017 5:26:37 AM PDT · by davikkm · 3 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    241 years ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence due to Great Britain’s tyrannical rule of the colonies. Today, Washington DC claims more of our money and has confiscated many of our liberties as King George did back during those revolutionary times. Jefferson’s historic writing begins: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect...
  • How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF

    07/04/2017 7:28:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 153 replies
    Communist News Network ^ | July 4, 2017 | Andrew Kaczynski
    (CNN) The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump's tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted -- one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him. Reddit user "HanA**holeSolo" first shared the GIF last Wednesday of Trump pummeling a wrestler with CNN's logo imposed on his face. CNN could find no earlier instance of the GIF. The GIF was later edited into a video with sound and tweeted by the President on Sunday. On Reddit, "HanA**holeSolo" took...
  • Yes he can: Obama returns to Indonesia for family vacation

    06/28/2017 11:14:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 28, 2017 | By Jessica Damiana
    From white water rafting in Bali to visiting temples on Java, former U.S. President Barack Obama's private family holiday is being closely tracked in Indonesia where he spent four years as a child. Obama remains popular in the world's most populous Muslim nation and his trip has been splashed across the media during an extended public holiday to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Obama was six when he moved to Jakarta after his American mother, Ann Dunham, married an Indonesian man following the end of her marriage to Obama's Kenyan father. "I feel proud that my...
  • These Teens Handcuffed for Selling Bottled Water Is Everything Wrong With Government

    06/25/2017 8:50:26 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 44 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | 6/23/17 | Claire Bernish
    U.S. News reports, “A spokeswoman for the U.S. Park Police, Sgt. Anna Rose, confirms three teenagers were detained for vending without a license, but says she feels ‘this has gotten blown out of proportion
  • Mentally Ill Patients are Being “Executed” Under Dutch Euthanasia Law

    06/22/2017 5:19:46 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 22 replies
    Life News ^ | Jun 22, 2017 | SPUC
    However, he says, “what does worry me is the increase in the number of times euthanasia was performed on dementia patients, from 12 in 2009 to 141 in 2016, and on chronic psychiatric patients, from 0 to 60.” He recounts some of the horrific cases of patients of advanced dementia being euthanized without consent, such as one woman whose coffee was drugged, and who when she tried to struggle was held down by her family, and another where a husband mixed sleep medication in the porridge of his demented wife before the GP arrived with his deadly syringe. He describes...
  • FOP: Police don’t have a plan to fight crime in Baltimore

    06/22/2017 6:04:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Fox Baltimore ^ | June 22, 2017 | by Ashley Barnett
    In a release issued on Wednesday, the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police was critical of the police department saying it is critically understaffed and that it has no long term plan of action to fight crime. FOP president Gene Ryan says the department cannot hire enough officers to catch up with attrition, and says the city has failed to properly manage the agency. “I really have a problem with elected officials being silent with what’s going on in the streets of Baltimore right now,” Ryan said. “I mean we have bodies dropping on a daily basis".
  • Barack Obama: “The US Must Give Up Some of Its Freedoms to the UN”

    06/16/2017 6:44:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 93 replies
    Sources News ^ | 6/12/2017
    Former President Barack Obama in Montreal this week warned the world against income inequality and the concentration of wealth, all while pulling down $7,700 per minute at his $400,000 speech. Obama’s first post-presidency address on Canadian soil was loaded with anti-Trump, anti-capitalism and anti-American rhetoric. Big surprise there. Obama said that the concentration of wealth fans fears that governments exist solely to benefit the powerful, NBC reported and noted that Obama is now “striving to be an international community organizer.” He said the U.S. and other nations showed there was a better way “in creating an international order that was...
  • Don't Be PC, Be Polite

    06/15/2017 11:25:49 AM PDT · by TBP · 7 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Seamus Coughlin
    As someone who fights on the side of free speech, I’m the first to tell ya, we do have a tendency to strawman political correctness. You may have heard things like “them snowflakes just don’t like being ‘fended” or “they want to suppress the truth!” and though I agree in PC cultures worst form all these things are true, those aren’t the actual arguments they make. So let me arm you with the intellectual tools you need to successfully contribute to the discussion! And if you’re PC, listen with an open mind- maybe I can change it. One argument they...
  • Tyranny and Fear – This is the Reason the MSM is Such a Craven Mess

    06/14/2017 6:11:53 AM PDT · by davikkm · 4 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    Forget everything you are taught to believe about press integrity and honesty. The days of the “tough beat reporter” tracking down the story no matter the cost are long gone; journalists and reporters are not out for the big scoop anymore…because they are too scared. The previously proud press has been beaten into submission through years of oppressive measures and have emerged as lapdogs of the State. And the person most to blame for this? Barack Obama. Since 2002, the United States ranking in Press Freedom has fallen from 17th to 43rd (just behind Burkina Faso). And much of this...
  • Government Officials Try To Ban People Who Hold 'Wrong' Beliefs

    06/10/2017 7:49:17 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 10, 2017 | George Leef
    America’s hyper-politicization continues to grow apace. We now find public officials who regard themselves as “progressive” attacking citizens who don’t happen to agree with every aspect of their agenda (i.e., state regulation of just about everything). A revealing case like that has just surfaced in Michigan. Steve Tennes owns a farm (called The Country Mill) in the small town of Charlotte in south-central Michigan. He grows a variety of fruit and for years has been trucking some of it to sell in the public Farmers Market in East Lansing, about twenty miles away. The buying and selling of produce used...
  • How Germany's 'hate speech' law will put control of free speech in private hands

    06/09/2017 5:12:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 9 June 2017 14:05 CEST+02:00 | Nick Wallace/The Local
    A proposed German law designed to heavily penalize social media firms for “hate speech” will scare Facebook and other social media giants into suppressing content that is legal, argues Nick Wallace.German laws criminalizing hate speech and defamation are already some of the most restrictive in Europe. But a new bill going through the Bundestag, intended to combat hate speech, will create powerful incentives for online platforms to suppress content that is not even illegal, and inhibit the development of data-driven tools that offer more sophisticated ways of fighting extremism. The proposed law, backed by the governing CDU/CSU/SPD grand coalition, would...
  • Executive Editor of the NYT: The left, as a rule, does not want to hear thoughtful disagreement

    06/08/2017 7:07:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 31, 2017 | Uploaded by NTK Network
    Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of the NYT: The left, as a rule, does not want to hear thoughtful disagreement
  • The States Response to Stopping Terror Attacks is…To take Away Your Freedoms

    06/06/2017 2:46:54 PM PDT · by davikkm · 12 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    In the wake of yet another vicious terror attack London and Melbourne just these last few days), the talk from politicians has just gotten much tougher. As the public calls for something to be done to lessen the threat to themselves and their families, the politicians have come up with a new and ingenious way of preventing madmen with cars and knives hurting you…increase web regulation. British Prime Minister began her bold speech with the words “Enough is enough” and went on to say that that there has been “far too much tolerance of extremism”. But her answer is unlikely...
  • Feds give Trump ally 87 months for coming to aid of Cliven Bundy

    06/02/2017 3:48:18 AM PDT · by Cowman · 11 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | 5/31/2017 | DAN TUOHY
    Jerry DeLemus of Rochester, who pleaded guilty in connection with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's armed standoff in 2014, was given a more harsh federal prison sentence Wednesday than prosecutors asked for after the judge called him a "bully vigilante." DeLemus, the 62-year-old co-chairman of President Trump's 2016 New Hampshire campaign veterans' coalition, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison on two charges — conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. and interstate travel in aid of extortion. Since his arrest, DeLemus has been in a federal prison for nearly 15 months. DeLemus was the first prison sentence in...
  • Goldman Sachs underwrites Venezuelan tyranny

    05/31/2017 12:48:28 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/31/17 | Matthew Vadum
    Unconstitutional nature of Nicolas Maduro’s administration, its unwillingness to hold democratic elections and its systematic violation of human rights A key Venezuelan opposition leader is accusing Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs of “aiding and abetting the country’s dictatorial regime” by purchasing its government-issued bonds. The allegation, of course, is completely accurate and comes after two months of bloody unrest caused by the failing socialist economy presided over by President Nicolas Maduro. The amoral agenda-setting elitists of Goldman Sachs reportedly purchased $2.8 billion in Venezuelan debt. That apparently includes an $865 million transaction involving debt from state-run oil company PDVSA,...
  • Lack of Judicial Impartiality Threatens Rule of Law

    05/29/2017 11:10:44 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 21 replies
    American Greatness ^ | may 28, 2017 | Roger Kimball
    Why do judges wear black robes? It’s a question few judges today seem to be asking themselves. It certainly appears not to have troubled the mind of Chief Judge Roger Gregory of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals who, it seems, must instead be a student of Jorge Luis Borges. A couple of days ago, Judge Gregory, writing for the majority, upheld a lower court’s decision against President Trump’s revised Executive Order imposing a temporary travel ban from a handful of countries identified as hotbeds of terrorist activity. As Byron York points out, the decision broke 10 to 3 along...