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Al Franken: Net neutrality is foremost free speech issue of our time

Al Franken: Net neutrality is foremost free speech issue of our time

Al Franken is a rare politician who, every time he speaks, seems to be defending _MY_ interests personally. Nice to feel important for once. If we learned that the government was planning to limit our First Amendment rights, we'd be outraged. After all, our right to be heard is fundamental to our democracy. Well, our free speech rights are [...]

Man STILL faces jail for videotaping gun-waving cop

Man STILL faces jail for videotaping gun-waving cop

Police officer Joseph Uhler was caught on film charging out of his unmarked car and waving his gun at a unarmed motorcyclist pulled over for speeding. When the footage was uploaded to YouTube, authorities raided Anthony Graber's home, seized his computers, arrested him, and charged him with "wiretapping" offenses that could land him in jail [...]

BP Blocking Media Access?

This reporter needs an award because that was perfect. What do reporters get? Peabodys or something? We need to create an award we can send these guys. Something simple that says, "Ohh yeah, dude... Damn. Yeah. You're awesome!" Only... more eloquently. We could send them to reporters, professors, cops who make an effort to not be tools. Anyone [...]

Supreme Court: Suspects must explicitly invoke Miranda rights

Supreme Court: Suspects must explicitly invoke Miranda rights

What they said is, you have every right to keep remaining silent as long as you want, but the police can keep questioning you until you tell them that you are choosing to remain silent according to your Miranda rights. The case involved a guy who stayed silent for 3 hours and then finally answered a question in a way that incriminated him, and his [...]

In Spite of State Law, Maryland Law Enforcement Officials Still Arresting and Charging People for Recording Cops

In Spite of State Law, Maryland Law Enforcement Officials Still Arresting and Charging People for Recording Cops

In a post last month I wrote about Anthony Graber, a Maryland man who was arrested for posting a video of a traffic stop to YouTube. Graber was pulled over on his motorcycle by Maryland State Trooper Joseph David Ulher. Uhler drew his gun during the stop. Graber was wearing a camera on his helmet. Graber thought Uhler's actions were excessive, so [...]

Man arrested for shooting at car of iPhone thieves

Man arrested for shooting at car of iPhone thieves

Roger Witter, 48, was in an Oregon AT&T store when he saw two young men stealing iPhones. He chased them outside, pistol in hand, and fired shots at the car as it sped off. Witter told police he was trying to shoot out the car's tires. He was arrested and charged with "unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment disorderly conduct. and [...]

Washington Drug Agents Seize Pot Legalization Petitions

Washington Drug Agents Seize Pot Legalization Petitions

Washington drug agents have illegally seized signed petitions for marijuana legalization, according to organizers of ballot initiative I-1068. Marijuana advocacy group Sensible Washington says it has learned that a dozen signed copies of  the marijuana legalization initiative for Washington State of which it is the sponsor, were seized last [...]

Five high school students sent home for wearing American flag shirts in Morgan Hill, CA

Five high school students sent home for wearing American flag shirts in Morgan Hill, CA

On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population. Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch [...]

Disturbing video of SWAT raid on Missouri family

SWAT team breaks into home, fires seven rounds at family’s pit bull and corgi (small dog) as a seven-year-old looks on. They found a “small amount” of marijuana, enough for a misdemeanor charge. The parents were then charged with child endangerment. So smoking pot = “child endangerment.” Storming a home with guns, then firing [...]

UV or Not UV? Tan Tax has some burning

UV or Not UV? Tan Tax has some burning

I see this as a vanity tax, same as people spending more on Apple products.It's sad that vanity is a bigger deal than a tight budget, enough so that they spend the little money they have going to salons when they can lie in their back yards. She just likes a good tan, and because of a provision in the bill that puts a 10% additional tax on [...]

Plain Clothes Officer Pulls Gun on Motorcyclist for Speeding; Police Threaten to Jail Him for Recording the Incident

Whatever you do, don’t speed to work in Maryland. Apparently, the cops in that state believe the appropriate way to handle speeding is to use an unmarked car with no lights or sirens to cut off the speeder, forcing them to stop, then jump out the car with no uniform or badge and fail to identify them self while he pulls out his gun and orders [...]

Twenty Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms

Twenty Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms

With the House passing the Senate health care bill, it is worthwhile to take a comprehensive look at the freedoms we will lose. Of course, the overhaul is supposed to provide us with security. But it will result in skyrocketing insurance costs and physicians leaving the field in droves, making it harder to afford and find medical care. We may [...]

Milton Friedman schools a brash college student… with a smile

This reminds me of: Churchill: Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds? Socialite: My goodness, Mr. Churchill... Well, I suppose... we would have to discuss terms, of course... Churchill: Would you sleep with me for five pounds? Socialite: Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?! Churchill: Madam, we've already [...]

New Orleans cops use ancient “unnatural copulation” law to turn prostitutes into sex-offenders

New Orleans cops use ancient “unnatural copulation” law to turn prostitutes into sex-offenders

New Orleans cops are busting hookers under a nineteenth century felony law against "unnatural copulation" (NOLA PD says that oral or anal sex count), which means that they have to register as sex offenders. And life as a sex offender is terrible... Of the 861 sex offenders currently registered in New Orleans, 483 were convicted of a crime against [...]

Pennsylvania State Troopers with a drawn assault rifle, bracket a terrified driver during a roadblock set up near Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania State Troopers with a drawn assault rifle, bracket a terrified driver during a roadblock set up near Pittsburgh

We will not recognize as it rises. It will wear no black shirts here. It will probably have no marching songs. It will rise out of a congealing of a group of elements that exist here and that are the essential components of Fascism.... It will be at first decorous, humane, glowing with homely American sentiment. But a dictatorship cannot [...]

Pittsburgh Police May Pay You $50,000 if You Give Them the Middle Finger

Pittsburgh Police May Pay You $50,000 if You Give Them the Middle Finger

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh City Council has tentatively approved paying $50,000 to settle a free speech lawsuit filed by a man cited for giving a city police officer the middle finger. Thirty-five-year-old David Hackbart, of Butler, made the gesture at a driver in April 2006, then did it again when someone yelled at him -- realizing only later the [...]

Kiss Your Freedoms Goodbye If Health Care Passes

Kiss Your Freedoms Goodbye If Health Care Passes

Congress recognizes no limits on its power. It doesn’t care about the Constitution, it doesn’t care about your inalienable rights. If this health care bill becomes law, America, life as you have known it, freedom as you have exercised it and privacy as you have enjoyed it will cease to be. Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on [...]

Land of the Freeish?

Land of the Freeish?

Obama supports extending Patriot Act provisions

Obama supports extending Patriot Act provisions

While you were all talking about Obama's calling Kanye West a "jackass," he was talking about extending The Patriot Act.... The Obama administration supports extending three key provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire at the end of the year, the Justice Department told Congress in a letter made public Tuesday. Lawmakers and civil [...]

DHS photography guidelines

DHS photography guidelines

As part of a back-and-forth regarding the harassment of photographers at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, I've gotten my hands on the Homeland Security Department's official guidelines for photography of federal buildings. They're lame, to say the least, but I'm pretty sure they haven't been widely shared before [...]

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