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Posts Tagged ‘Free Speech’

November 26th, 2022 - 7:56 pm § in Law and Courts

Suing police for no sense of humor

Anthony Novak of Parma, Ohio, parodied the local police department on Facebook. His fake website was online for all of 12 hours. They were not amused. Cops arrested him, searched his apartment,. seized his laptop and phone, threw him in jail, and prosecuted him for felony disruption of police operat[...]

November 11th, 2022 - 9:08 am § in Business, Health

Junk food sellers target black kids

Johane Filemon (photo, left), a black nutritionist and mother, insists families of color “are being systematically targeted with ads for unhealthy foods.” She complains junk food ads are everywhere, “on TV, YouTube, social media platforms, game-streaming apps and even mobile educat[...]

October 6th, 2022 - 9:04 pm § in Law and Courts

A Supreme Court case could drastically change the internet

Nohemi Gonzalez, then 23, a California student, was one of 130 people killed by ISIS terrorists in Paris on November 13, 2015 (see details here). Her family is suing Google, alleging its algorithms helped radicalize the killers by steering them to videos that ISIS posted on YouTube. Vox says in an a[...]

October 3rd, 2022 - 5:51 pm § in Law and Courts, News Media

Internet speech lands on Supreme Court docket

In 1996, Congress gave companies like Facebook and Google lawsuit immunity from what users post on their platforms. Known as Section 230, the law also lets internet companies block or remove user content without incurring legal liability to aggrieved users. They can complain to the moderator, whose [...]

September 17th, 2022 - 1:24 am § in Law and Courts, Politics

California governor advertises abortions in red states

While the GOP governors of Florida and Texas are spending taxpayer money to dump migrants in blue states (and Florida’s governor, at least, may have stepped on a landmine in doing so, see story here), California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a political stunt of his own. He’s invading their turf[...]

July 10th, 2022 - 4:35 pm § in Biden, Politics

Report Boebert to the FBI for this? Yawn.

A lot of people did (see story here), but I don’t think their complaints are going anywhere. The problem is it’s impossible to prove she committed a crime, because both her intent and the phrase are ambiguous. There are lawful ways to “terminate” a presidency: Impeachment, in[...]

June 25th, 2022 - 4:20 pm § in Foreign Affairs, Politics

Cuba reminds us what it’s like to lose freedom

“A Cuban court has sentenced two artists critical of the communist state to … prison,” Raw Story reported on Saturday, June 25, 2022 (read story here). “Rapper Maykel Castillo, 39,… was sentenced to nine years, while 34-year-old performance artist Luis Manuel Otero Alca[...]

May 16th, 2022 - 1:21 pm § in Politics

Ted Nugent again urges fans to assault Democrats

Read story here. And if you see this guy, punch him in the snoot. Hey, just kidding! I don’t really want anyone to actually do that, I’m just blowing off steam at a repeat offender. It’s not a crime for me to say that, because we have free speech in this country, and I have [&helli[...]

May 9th, 2022 - 10:10 pm § in Law and Courts, News Media, Politics

Where should protesters protest?

Let’s start with the First Amendment, which says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Gove[...]

April 22nd, 2022 - 6:11 pm § in Biden, Law and Courts, Politics

Why Florida’s attack on Disney is monstrous

Florida’s legislature, which is controlled by Republicans (specifics here), passed a bill requested by GOP Gov. DeSantis, which he signed, that repeals the special taxing district established in 1967 for Disney’s Florida theme parks (details here) to retaliate against Disney for criticiz[...]