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Geert Wilders Convicted of Hate Speech: Will It Happen Here? »

Last week, Dutch politician Geert Wilders was convicted of inciting discrimination and of insulting a group. The offending remarks came at a political rally when Wilders suggested that his country would be better off without any more Moroccan immigration. The New York Times has this news story here. Many folks who read this website are likely...
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Free to Burn the Flag »

My grandfather retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force. As such, he was given a full military funeral upon his death. I remember that day better than most. It was bitterly cold and had rained non-stop for several days. I remember thinking that the men shooting during the “21 gun...
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Money in Politics »

We’ve heard the complaints about how money influences politics, but the recent presidential election shows that money doesn’t always Trump voter preferences. Before the primary elections, Jeb Bush had raised far more money and received more support from major Republican figures than other Republicans in the race; yet he was one of the earlier...
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Apple Encryption and the Erosion of Privacy »

In the wake of the terror attack in San Bernardino late last year, the FBI and other government agents set out to uncover as much information about the attackers as possible. After searching the suspects’ home, speaking with the families of the perpetrators, and looking for other clues, authorities had uncovered a great deal...
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Oregon Judge Attacks Free Speech in Wake of Obergefell »

In the wake of Obergefell, the outrageous U.S. Supreme Court decision finding that the traditional definition of marriage violates “due process,” Americans need to turn their attention to the dangers of overly broad state public accommodation laws. Christian business owners are especially burdened when individuals seeking to exercise a new “right” are deemed “suspect classes” and...
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Obama vs. the San Francisco Chronicle »

Did the administration threaten to exclude the San Francisco Chronicle from covering future presidential events? Reporter Carla Marinucci says yes, although the White House denies it. A little over a week ago, protesters paid $5,000 each to get into a DNC fundraiser where they could interrupt Obama’s speech and break into a song, expressing...
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Corporate Spending on Political Speech »

I’ve commented before on the explicitly liberal (in the contemporary sense of the word) turn that Newsweek magazine has recently taken. While I’ve always viewed the magazine as having a liberal bias, until recently it came across as liberal reporters attempting to present the facts. Now they’ve quit reporting the news (because it’s so...
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Merry Government Holiday! »

From the strange world of academia a “do not celebrate Christmas” memo. This is NOT a spoof, as many people take it to be a satire of political correctness. This IS political correctness! Merry Government Holiday! For a history of “Christmas Day law” at the U.S. Supreme Court, see http://www.llrx.com/features/christmas.htm

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