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    Tag: free Speech

    Stranger Than Fiction

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 03:02:58 PM EST
    Tags: Free Speech, Defamation, Newspapers, Yellow Journalism, Hurt Feelings, 1st Amendment, Threats, Lawsuits, Oh My (all tags)

    This particular story has a couple of strange turns to it.

    Yesterday I was made aware of an editor of a small newspaper suing a number of readers for defamation because they accused her of "yellow journalism".  Strange turn number one was the fact I have faced the practice myself before, and because I was a public figure, figured they would get away with their efforts to defame my character. And anyhow it hardened me to criticism, complaint, etc. I never would have dreamed in the process that a "free speech" advocate such as a newspaper editor would be one to pursue such stifling procedures to silence an enemy.  Stephanie Buffman reports:

    "There was later an Amended Complaint filed in April naming Darlene Thompson as a Defendant in the suit, citing comments that she made online as resulting in similar losses.

    The lawsuit asks for compensatory damages in excess of $25,000.

    Oh, my. Once my head stopped spinning from the First Amendment Rights vortex my brain was suddenly sucked into, I wondered: What in the world had these people said to pierce the notoriously thick and jaded hide of a newspaper editor?"

    Indeed.  What, pray tell?

    Read the rest.

    (4 comments) Comments >>

    As If It Never Happened

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:47:32 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Troy, City Council, Free Speech, Open Meetings, Politicians, Commentary, Edited Discourse (all tags)

    Serv-Pro needs to do a clean up of sludge in SE Michigan.

    A flood of stupidity has hit the high water mark in Troy. First the people fall for a particular agenda and screw over one of the most fiscally responsible mayors they have had in recent history because of her opinions on a dangerous lifestyle.  Then the council thinks it can get away with a one year appointed replacement after the recall.  NOW, they have done the unthinkable.

    "The Nov. 26 comments of Charlene Femminineo, 62, and a 26-year resident of the city, were stricken from the city's official minutes and cut from the videotape of the earlier meeting by a vote of the council, officials said"
    They 'deleted' her.

    They took her voice away because they disagreed with it.

    Though not sure how much it means as a legal issue, it reeks of abusive government.  I believe the video below starts where the edit begins. (Or go to 1:20:00)

    I have never seen such a thing.

    If in fact she was abusive, wouldn't that stand on its face to dispute her arguments?  If she hit a nerve of some on the council, then shouldn't they still sit there and take it, or is it OK that they have lessened her ability to speak on par with any other voices in the room? Maybe the easiest path was taken in the face of an inability to answer to whatever it was she might have said? A bad precedent in any event, leading one to wonder how quickly a political scalpel can shape debate in our easily edited community discourse.

    Government doesn't like what you say? You never said it.

    (4 comments) Comments >>

    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    First Amendment Victory in Michigan!

    By Croton Crier, Section News
    Posted on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 08:24:18 AM EST
    Tags: Gaines Township, Michigan, free speech, First Amendment, constitutional, Howard VanDenHeuvel, ACLU Michigan, liberty, property rights (all tags)

    After three plus hours of testimony and the agony of  parsing definitions, Mr. Vern Verduin of Gaines Township wins the right of Free Speech!

    A definitive victory over out of control government.  

    Mr. Verduin parked two semi-truck trailers on his 40 acre farm that violated the 20 square feet allowed for political signs.  His signs stated:  Marxism/Socialism = Poverty and Hunger and Obama's 'Mission Accomplished' :  8% Unemployment 16 Trillion Debt.  

    If the signs advertised his business, the signs could have been twice as big. He was fined for violating the township ordinance after declaring his right to free speech by leaving the signs up.

    Gaines Township cited Mr. Verduin in an attempt to force him into compliance.  After deliberating permanent vs temporary,  content based vs content neutral, and debating the definition of vehicular signs, Judge Steven Servaas, 63rd District Court Kent County, declared Gaines Township's sign ordinance unconstitutional "because there is a distinction between commercial and political".  The Judge added that the law has to treat commercial and political speech the same.  The Township's ordinance allows a bigger sign to sell a product than a political idea.

    Constitutionally, this ordinance is upside down.

    (4 comments, 433 words in story) Full Story

    So Moderate Islam Is NOT Compatible

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 03:20:57 PM EST
    Tags: Dearborn, Muslims, Islam, Intolerance, 1st Amendment, Free Speech, Extremism (all tags)

    With a constitutional Republic?

    What is it? Yea or nay? Yes or No?  Is the average 'moderate' Muslim a danger to our constitutional Republic?  Is there an underlying desire to dismantle our bill of rights because of hurt religious feelings?  Given this:

    "Protesting the film, "Innocence of Muslims," that has sparked protests in the Mideast, rally organizer Tarek Baydoun says that so-called blasphemy laws are necessary to prevent speech that hurts the "the religious feelings of Muslims."
    One might think so.

    Lets just take this a step further.

    If these are NOT representing the 'moderate' Islamists in our midst, then what are they representing?

    Its not as if one would feel compelled to walk away from such examples of tolerance.

    Payne has more here: http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/watercooler/index.php?blogid=5561&source=nletter-miview#ixzz2 7sIzOJKL

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    It's Not Your Fathers Madrasa Anymore

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:23:44 PM EST
    Tags: NObama, Eric Holder DoJ, The Soviets and Islam, Dearborn, Rima Fakih, Azzam Elder, Judge Charlene Elder, ACCESS, Litigation Jihad, Sharia Finance, Jumana Judeh, Robert Ficano, New Left, Cultural Marxism, Critical Theory, Sharia, HAMAS & CAIR, Osama Siblani, Imad Hamad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Muslim Brotherhood, UNESCO, University aristocracy, Education Jihad, John B. (Jack) O'Reilly Jr, Terry Jones, David Wood, Nabeel Qureshi, Free Speech, Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference, Honor Killing, Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, Robert Muise, AFDI, SIOA (all tags)

    via The Detroit News

    The Dearborn Public Schools must make changes to comply with civil rights laws, following an enforcement action launched by a federal agency two years ago.

    The U.S. Education Department said Thursday an agreement with the district and the department's Office for Civil Rights resolves the federal inquiry.

    Parents with limited English proficiency in the heavily Arab-American [translation: Muhammadan] district were not given adequate access to information about their children's education in a language they could understand, according to the investigation.

    Officials said the district also denied students learning English access to nonacademic programs and activities.

    It's about time the district was required to change its policies, said Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News.

    Rest here

    A little taste of Siblani?

    (4 comments, 174 words in story) Full Story

    Dearborn Revisited

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Sat May 05, 2012 at 11:18:19 AM EST
    Tags: H.B. 4769: Ban enforcing foreign law to violate individual rights, SB 701, Richardville, Walsh, Governor Snyder, Hypnotic Gaze, Suckers, Sharia, HAMAS & CAIR, Eric Holder DoJ, New Left, Cultural Marxism, Critical Theory, The Soviets and Islam, UNESCO, University aristocracy, Education Jihad, John B. (Jack) O'Reilly Jr, ACCESS, Dearborn, Terry Jones, David Wood, Nabeel Qureshi, Free Speech, Litigation Jihad, AIG, Sharia Finance, Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference, Honor Killing, Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, Robert Muise, AFDI, SIOA, Constitutional Freedom, Bill Whittle, Conservatives must vote, TEA Party Movement, MI-GOP Overhaul Required, Rockefeller Republicans (all tags)

    OK, Rep Walsh and Sen Richardville (go figure), where the hell is H.B. 4769 and SB 701?

    There is video from the Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference in Dearborn below.

    (4 comments, 241 words in story) Full Story

    Sundays Divertere: History of Political Correctness

    By Corinthian Scales, Section Multimedia
    Posted on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 10:30:36 AM EST
    Tags: Anyone But Stabenow, NObama, New Left, Cultural Marxism, Critical Theory, Norman Dodd, Reece Committee, Tax-Exempt Foundations, UNESCO, University aristocracy, The Soviets and Islam, Dearborn, Terry Jones, Free Speech, SIOA, Bill Whittle, Conservatives must vote (all tags)

    David Horowitz really is a national treasure.

    (1 comment) Comments >>

    Saturday Road Trip?

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Fri Apr 06, 2012 at 10:13:18 PM EST
    Tags: Dearborn, Terry Jones, Kym Worthy, Free Speech, Permits Required, Permits will be DENIED to Christians in Dearborn, Mayor O'Reilly, DPD Chief Ronald Haddad, sharia reigns supreme, Muslims, Roles, The Soviets and Islam, SIOA (all tags)

    First Amendment restored in Dearborn.

    DETROIT - A federal judge sided with Terry Jones Thursday and granted a temporary restraining order against the city of Dearborn.

    Calling it "clearly unconstitutional," U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood blasted the city's demand that Jones and his supporters sign a hold-harmless agreement in order to obtain a permit to speak against Islam in front of Dearborn's Islamic Center of America.

    Suh-weet! ...and to think that Ms. Barnhardt just celebrated a 1-year anniversary too.

    Bacon.  Mmmmm, bacon.

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