Irony: Cuomo Orders Ads Removed because Fascism is Offensive

The Governor of New York state, Andrew Cuomo, ordered the removal of paid advertisements that had already been approved by the lawful governing body. The ad campaign was sponsored by no less an establishment business than Amazon, and it took place in the New York subway system. How does a governor get the authority to ban advertising is one city in the state? Yet The Associated Press reports without comment, “Officials confirmed Wednesday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered them removed.” That seems Read more […]

Woman Banned from Speaking at Discussion of Free Speech

Title of the Event: “From Liberation to Censorship: Does Modern Feminism Have a Problem with Free Speech?” While this happened on the other side of the Atlantic, we have already seen enough craziness on American campuses (like Oberlin, for example) to know that this could easily happen here and probably has happened. The headline at Reason.com spells out the irony: “British Students Ban Feminist Writer Julie Bindel From Panel on Feminism’s Free Speech Problem.” The Manchester Students’ Union Read more […]

The Campaign to Criminalize Climate Change Dissent

A group of scientists are petitioning Barack Obama to criminalize climate change dissent by prosecuting the dissenters under RICO law. Since most scientists in the United States and the Western countries generally are a pack of welfare dependents, this request amounts to the government asking itself to expand its power. “Science” is now a government-industry that has massively expanded since WWII through the state university system as well as through funding for “research.” So these Read more […]

School: No Superhero Lunchboxes Allowed

A school ban on “violent images” means no superhero images are permitted either. I don’t particularly like Wonder Woman’s outfit, nor am I really happy with the pagan background attributed to the comic book superhero. But one could easily see that the image might be empowering to a young girl. What would not be empowering is to have a school bureaucrat tell her that she is not permitted to bring the superhero lunchbox to school. At the National Review Jonah Goldberg reports, “A Read more […]

Another “What First Amendment” Moment: Judge Censors Newspaper Website

Isn’t the First Amendment supposed to prohibit the government from censoring the press? Only a few days ago I posted about police actions that seemed to indicate they had no idea that there was a First Amendment attached to the Constitution. Now we get this story from KATC: “Daily Iberian ordered to remove comment from website after local lawyer sues paper.” A district judge in New Iberia has ordered The Daily Iberian to remove an anonymous comment on its website that targeted local attorney Read more […]

FCC Internet Rules Angle to Shut Down Conservatives

“Net neutrality” is anything but. In the court fight that’s shaping up, the major issue seems to be that the rules are written in such a way that media outlets that have always been protected by the First Amendment no longer have any rights to free speech if they publish on the Internet. The case is expected to be heard in December. The rules were voted on by the FCC earlier this year. The most telling quote from the commission’s vote was this: “Broadband providers are conduits, not speakers Read more […]

Planned Parenthood Theocracy Halts the Blasphemy

Planned Parenthood finally has succeeded in silencing the truth—whether temporarily or permanently remains to be seen. This wasn’t done directly by Planned Parenthood but by a company that purchases the baby parts from them. The Associated Press reports, “Court bars anti-abortion group from releasing new videos.” A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. Read more […]

Is Congress Crossing the Line into Purging History to “Fight Racism”?

Purging history isn’t going to do anything to spread tolerance or end bigotry because such actions constitute intolerant bigotry. As I said before, it is completely appropriate for voters in a state (through their representatives or by some direct referendum depending on how the system is set up) to remove a Confederate flag from state property or to stop allowing a Confederate flag as a license plate option. The Confederate battle flag does represent racism in the minds of many citizens and Read more […]

Will Congress Resist the FCC or Not?

The FCC is making partisan war and Congress needs to respond! FCC leadership now trying to block Commissioner Pai’s press releases from FCC website. So much for Open Internet! — Matthew Berry (@matthewberryfcc) February 18, 2015 If this is true, Congress needs to get off their rear ends and take action. I think defunding the entire FCC budget might get their attention. Does anyone see a problem with such secrecy in a government agency that is making decisions impacting private commerce? Read more […]

Why Tenure Exists: to Take Away Freedom

People think the protection of professors is why tenure exists. Here is an example of how wrong they are. The reason tenure exists is to censor speech. It is simple to see why. In order to control speech you need a way to give rewards and punishments. In a society that is supposed to honor and allow free speech, you have to be somewhat clever (even if your ruse is obvious) about how you go about setting up this system. Tenure supposedly protects academics. It is a bad system that shouldn’t Read more […]

United Nations Plans to Scrub Internet Free of Hate Speech

Mass global censorship of hate speech is the United Nation’s self-proclaimed goal. After the Islamic attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper we saw incredible posturing about freedom of speech. But it was all a ruse. There is no free speech in France. That means their posing over the Charlie Hebdo slaughters was not a statement by the French government in favor of freedom of speech, but an endorsement of the newspaper’s hateful blasphemy and mockery. Telling religious believers that they Read more […]

Is Facebook Getting Set to Manage Dissent?

Offering to allow readers to flag “fake” news could also be a way of stifling dissent. According to Reuters, “Facebook clamps down on fake news stories.” Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it has taken steps to clamp down on “hoaxes” and fake news stories that can spread like wildfire on its 1.35-billion member online social network. The company said it had introduced an option to allow Facebook users to flag a story as “purposefully fake or deceitful news” to reduce the distribution of Read more […]