The US government is inching closer to banning so-called hate speech. The Washington Free Beacon reports, the National Science Foundation (NSF), a federal agency, will spend nearly $1 million in taxpayer money to create an internet database targeting “false and misleading ideas,” “suspicious memes,” and “hate speech” on Twitter. Though the database will have no authority immediately, it reflects the federal government’s priority and foreshadows passage of a hate speech ban similar to the UK’s Public Order Act 1986. Continue Reading
Even though he never even intended to cross the border, U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been held captive in a Mexican prison for the past four months. He is charged with violating that nation’s draconian gun laws, simply because he had guns in his vehicle when he made a wrong turn on a southern California road. Mum on the entire situation, the White House seems content with allowing Tahmooressi to remain captive in Mexico, despite clear evidence of injustice and reports of severe mistreatment. With government unwilling to act, private citizens must step up to free Tahmooressi. Someone with the power to do so should act, as industrialist Ross Perot did 35 years ago in funding and organizing a mission to free two Americans unjustly held captive in Iran at the start of the Iranian Revolution. Continue Reading
Former Minerva Village Councilman and Deputy Mayor Phil Davison (“America’s Councilman“) appeared on the July 25 broadcast of the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. A segment documenting political candidates who “lose their cool” while campaigning featured Davison among others, including Illinois State Representative Mike Bost, former Congressman Anthony Weiner (“Carlos Danger“), and former Vermont governor Howard Dean. Video of the segment can be viewed in full here. Continue Reading
19 year old Texas Tech cheerleader Kendall Jones loves to kill; not for eating or defense, but just for the thrill of it. She gets off on taking lives; especially those of rare animals few ever get the opportunity to see in the wild.
Jones shared this love of death on her Facebook profile, posting photos of herself smiling, stepping on, and straddling dead lions, leopards, and other victims of her recent trip to Zimbabwe.
The photos sparked outrage online. Over 340,000 people signed a petition demanding Facebook remove them. Facebook complied, citing their policy against “graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence.”
Still, Jones is unrepentant. On her Facebook page, she justifies the killings, suggesting that her destruction of rare animals raises funds for wildlife management and thereby promotes “conservation.” Continue Reading
While recent media coverage of the Supreme Court’s conclusion of its 2013 term centered on the Hobby Lobby religious freedom decision, the most meaningful First Amendment case has received much less mention. Though underexposed, the rejection of Massachusetts’s restriction on abortion clinic protest in McCullen v. Coakley is perhaps this term’s single greatest contribution to the reaffirmation of freedom in the United States.
Whereas Hobby Lobby upheld the religious freedom of corporations in rejecting enforcement of a single Obamacare provision, the McCullen decision reestablished the right of every natural person to express actual views. Continue Reading
Between the months of May and October 1944, some 216,000 people were systematically killed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. During this time, 19 year old Hans Breyer worked outside the camp as a guard. There is no certainty of whether he knew about the atrocities occurring inside. Still, today, so-called “Nazi hunters” in the German government seem sure of Breyer’s knowledge. They pin all the Auschwitz deaths on the 89 year old, now an American citizen and grandfather in Philadelphia. These “Nazi hunters” want to punish Breyer for being at the wrong place, at the wrong time, 70 years ago. Continue Reading
On May 21, 49 members of the United States Senate signed on to a letter urging National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell to force the Washington Redskins to change their nickname. The letter attempted to circumvent Redskins majority owner Daniel Snyder, who has repeatedly affirmed he would “never” change the name. According to the Senators, “Redskins” is a racial slur for Native Americans. They argued the NFL should send the message that “racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports.” This, they say, is the message reflected in the NBA’s recent decision to ban Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling over the content of an illegally taped personal discussion with his girlfriend about racial association. All 49 Senators who signed on to the letter belong to the Democratic Party. Continue Reading
Saturn’s Repository recently learned that free speech advocate Phil Davison no longer serves in the Minerva Village Council. According to a brief mention in the Canton Repository in August, Davison, who just last year received the nickname “American’s Councilman” decided not to seek a fifth four year term to the seat. He could not be immediately reached for comment.
Davison, who had served in the council as a Republican since 1997, is best known for the passionate speech he delivered to the Stark County Republican Party while unsuccessfully seeking the party’s 2010 nomination for county treasurer. Though the speech likely made Davison the most well-known village councilman in the United States, Davison had informed Saturn’s Repository in 2013 that he suffered politically as a result of the speech. Continue Reading