Posts Tagged ‘Free Speech’

May 12th, 2024 - 12:37 am § in Schools & Colleges

Alito frets over loss of free speech on campuses

Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito said there’s “declining” support for free speech on college campuses in his commencement speech at a Catholic college on May 11, 2024 (read story here). I’m not sure who he’s blaming, but I don’t disagree with what he’s saying. R[...]

May 7th, 2024 - 8:00 pm § in Law and Courts, Schools & Colleges

Do UW professors have free speech?

Academic freedom. Freedom of inquiry. Free speech. That’s what Stuart Reges (photo, left), a University of Washington computer science professor, and the public interest law firm representing him, thought they were defending when he sued UW in federal court after administrators sought to punis[...]

May 14th, 2023 - 2:55 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

It’s tough being a Supreme Court justice

Deciding cases and writing decisions is the easy part, especially if you’re a partisan hack. The tough part is living with the notoriety. If being a SCOTUS justice has perks, there’s also a downside: You’re famous, and your critics know where you live. This is Justice KavanaughR[...]

April 4th, 2023 - 12:56 pm § in Donald Trump, News Media, Politics

What a Trump supporter thinks of truthful reporting

It may pass as First Amendent-protected free speech, but it’s not responsible or grownup speech. See tweet here and read story here. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

March 27th, 2023 - 2:52 pm § in Politics, Republicans

Florida GOP bill gives racists right to sue if you call them racists

And Florida’s GOP-controlled legislature is poised to give racists a right to sue you for defamation if you call them racists. Does that sound like infringing free speech to you? It does to me, too. And also to Rep. Corey Mills (R-FL), the Republican who represents a district between Daytona B[...]

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[...]