“…In all my years I ain’t never heard, seen nor smelled an issue that was so dangerous it couldn’t be talked about. Hell yeah! I’m for debating anything…”
– (Stephen Hopkins, ‘1776‘)
Once upon a time, the art of debate was viewed as one of the most laudable aspects of American Society. It’s part of our national fabric, and our country was conceived almost solely as a result of prolonged and heated debate. Debate teams have been a constant in schools for ages, and the ability to winningly articulate one’s ideas is as central to our national identity as freedom itself. We even created our Congress as two parts with debate expressly in mind, with the Senate being the chamber where differing points of view could be thoroughly discussed by each state’s most esteemed intellects.
But today, the accepted virtue of Free Debate now seems hopelessly anachronistic.
(via Mark Hemingway at The Weekly Standard) – “…On his blog this morning, Roger Pielke Jr. at the University of Colorado, a respected climate scientist, reveals that he was one of seven academics being investigated by Rep. Raul Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources.
And the good professor’s supposed crime, which is suddenly in need of Congressional inquiry? Take a wild guess:
No, this isn’t an excerpt from a movie: it happened. Less than a year ago. In our country:
“…Early in the morning of October 3, 2013, armed officers raided the homes of R.J. Johnson, …Deborah Jordahl, and several other targets across the state. Sheriff deputy vehicles used bright floodlights to illuminate the targets‘ homes. Deputies executed the search warrants, seizing business papers, computer equipment, phones, and other devices, while their targets were restrained under police supervision and denied the ability to contact their attorneys…”
This was the way that Wisconsin’s “John Doe” investigation actually started, and the quoted passage above is from U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa’s ruling on the legality of the investigation itself. The five-county probe has been looking for possible illegal coordination between Governor Scott Walker’s election campaign, the Wisconsin Club for Growth and numerous other groups and individuals during the 2011 and 2012 recall elections.
Posted in First Amendment, media, politics, Wisconsin
Tagged GOP, investigation, John Doe, politics, Rudolph Randa, Scott Walker, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Club for Growth
If you’re one of the many folks upset about Connecticut’s new gun laws, that state’s governor has a message for you: Shut Up.
Courtesy of the Daily Caller:
“…student Nicholas Saucier tried to get (Democratic Governor Dannel ) Malloy to answer questions about his support for gun control legislation, which has put Saucier’s ammunition manufacturing business in jeopardy. Saucier followed Malloy to his car after the governor finished speaking at a public forum at Asnuntuck Community College.
The exchange took place in October of last year, and was captured on video…”
Sounds relatively harmless so far, right?
Now here’s the video:
Posted in 2nd Amendment, Education, First Amendment, gun, politics
Tagged ammunition, Asnuntuck Community College, Connecticut, Dannel Malloy, FIRE.org, gun control laws, guns, Nicholas Saucier
It is now painfully clear that all criticism or questioning of our President’s signature legislation is now officially prohibido.
Consider this an UPDATE to last week’s “Attempting to Silence #Obamacare’s Victims“:
So let’s review, shall we?
Posted in First Amendment, freedom, Obama, Obamacare, politics
Tagged 1st Amendment, broken promise, cancer, dissent, Gary Peters, health care, Julie Boonstra, Obamacare, politics, punish
If anyone was surprised about this, they shouldn’t be.
(via LIFENEWS.com) – The Obama administration has filed legal papers appealing a decision by the Supreme Court to protect a group of Catholic nuns from being forced to obey the controversial birth control mandate.
As LifeNews reported this week, in a huge 11th-hour victory for pro-life advocates, the Supreme Court issued an order late Tuesday night stopping the Obama administration from forcing a group of Catholic nuns to obey the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs and birth control.
In an interview after the decision, the White House said forcing the Catholic nuns to pay for those objectionable things that run counter to Catholic Church pro-life teachings strike’s the right “balance.”
Posted in abortion, First Amendment, Obamacare, politics, religious freedom
Tagged 1st Amendment, birth control, contraception, freedom of religion, Little Sisters of the Poor, mandate, Obamacare, Supreme Court
Yesterday I wrote about our experience at Buskerfest on Saturday night. We were only there an hour or so, just long enough to catch the flavor of the event which is in its fourth year. This was our first time attending, and we were mainly there to support our friend Adam, who performs original poetry under the stage name “Adosh.”
Adam has since shared with me the guidelines from the committee, which were sent to him three days prior to the event.
Here’s the salient excerpt (emphasis mine):