German social media law: early takedowns spur outcry

German social media law: early takedowns spur outcry

“A new law meant to curtail hate speech on social media in Germany is stifling free speech and making martyrs out of anti-immigrant politicians whose posts are deleted, the top-selling Bild newspaper said on Thursday” under the headline “Please spare us the thought police!” [Michelle Martin, Thomson Reuters] In one probably intended effect of the […]

Editor fired for questioning third gender option on driver’s license

Editor fired for questioning third gender option on driver’s license

From the Land of Bernie Sanders… – Ed. Denis Finley, former editor of the Burlington Free Press in Vermont, was fired from that job for daring to ask why people considered it “awesome” that the state is considering adding a third option for gender on their state’s driver’s licenses. When somebody tweeted that it was awesome, Finley […]

USS Al Gore

USS Al Gore

Breaking…News…Photo This is something we should expect from this sort of weather… Enough said!   —Westerner Blog    

Seattle: beverage tax backers on sugar high

Seattle: beverage tax backers on sugar high

THEY ARE NOT MESSING AROUND WITH THE NEW SUGAR TAX IN SEATTLE pic.twitter.com/xqmj7940y2 — hayden 🌹 (@HaydenBedsole) January 5, 2018 The city of Seattle has now put its stiff new 1.75 cents per ounce tax on sugary beverages (text of bill) into effect, and Costco managers in the tech city, much to their credit, have […]

The corny beginning of the Pledge of Allegiance

The corny beginning of the Pledge of Allegiance

Smithsonian Magazine –  In the morning of October 21, 1892, children at schools across the country rose to their feet, faced a newly installed American flag and, for the first time, recited 23 words written by a man that few people today can name. “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it […]

“This can’t possibly be consistent with the First Amendment”

“This can’t possibly be consistent with the First Amendment”

California is prosecuting a man under state electronic-harassment law for posting five insults on an Islamic Center’s Facebook page [Eugene Volokh] A court filing by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra denies that the insults are protected speech or that the law is unconstitutional as applied. UCLA First Amendment expert Eugene Volokh writes, of California’s logic defending the […]