Posts Tagged ‘Free Speech’

March 8th, 2023 - 4:37 pm § in Politics, Republicans

The GOP’s attack on free speech

For 49 years, American women could take abortion rights for granted. Now those rights are gone. With that victory under their belt, Republicans are targeting free speech. They’re going after teachers and professors, librarians and students, journalists and bloggers. Read what they’re up [...]

February 8th, 2023 - 1:34 am § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Normal or crazy? You decide

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Sanders, Trump’s former White House press secretary. was chosen (for complex reasons) to deliver the GOP rebuttal to Biden’s state of the union speech on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. Here’s part of what she said (courtesy of Raw Story here): “In the radical [...]

January 13th, 2023 - 10:04 pm § in Business, Politics

Was it worth it? (nsfw)

Jonathan Reeser used to manage day-to-day operations, including supervising employees, at Patients Choice Laboratories in Indianapolis. Emboldened by a sense of either self-righteousness or impunity, or perhaps a generous helping of both, he tweeted the message at left to Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) u[...]

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[...]