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Charlie Veitch Free Speech And The BNP
Veitch does not get the idea of free speech at all.

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Ted Cruz Warns That Dems Are Moving To 'Repeal' The First Amendment
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday that Democrats are making moves to repeal First Amendment rights to free speech and religious liberty. credit…

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hide captionThe Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication wants the Kansas Board of Regents to reverse the social media policy it finalized earlier this month.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication wants the Kansas Board of Regents to reverse the social media policy it finalized earlier this month.

The clash between academic freedom and state oversight in Kansas last week continues, as the state Board of Regents revised its policy on what faculty and staff at the state’s colleges and universities can post on social media.

Following harsh criticism of a policy adopted last year that severely restricted social media postings by faculty, the Board added language that is supportive of free speech and academic freedom. But it still allows administrators to suspend and fire faculty members or staffers for social media posts that are “contrary to the best interests of the employer.”

Critics say the policy remains among the most restrictive in the nation and that despite the changes it is a severe restriction on free speech for educators.

“The exercise of free speech is now potentially a firing offense at colleges and universities in Kansas,” the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication writes in a statement.

The Board of Regents first adopted its social media policy last year, in response to a tweet made by an associate journalism professor at the University of Kansas.

The tweet by David Guth criticized the National Rifle Association in relation to the September 2013 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Guth tweeted: “blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters.”

The policy adopted in December was denounced from many sides, with many critics saying it gave administrators too much latitude to fire or discipline employees for what they said on social media.

Among the groups speaking out was The American Association of University Professors which argued that some portions of the policy could lead to professors being fired simply for disagreeing with university policies or their colleagues online.

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Social networking sites may call themselves technology companies, but the reality is their business is information The recent decision by the European Court of Justice, that EU citizens should have a "right to be forgotten" from Google search results, has picked the scab on a much deeper cultural issue; who defines the limits of free speech? American and European approaches to it could not be …

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Steel on Steel – May 24, 2014 – Women in the Islamic World
140021 05/24/2014 Women in the Islamic World – John's boralogue explains why free media in a free society are so important and how the war against free speech has been joined in the West….

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Wayne Allyn Root–Is Free Speech In America History? 14.May.14
Wayne Allyn Root questions whether there's still free speech left in America…if you're a conservative or Christian? Isn't free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution? Can your views cost…

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The United States imposed sanctions on an Iranian official on Friday for allegedly putting limits on free speech in Iran, including cutting off mobile phone communications during political demonstrations in 2012. The U.S. Treasury Department, which announced the sanctions, did not link the action to negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. Iran and six world powers, including the United States …

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Michael Fertik discusses E.U. privacy ruling on BBC Radio CEO Michael Fertik explains why he believes the E.U.'s controversial ruling against Google is not a matter of free speech, but rather a step in the right direction in regards…

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Sweden goes insane
Leading the suicidal “progressive” war on free speech. Swedish politician fined for hate speech against Islam…

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Free speech on campuses is dead! Didn’t you hear? Leftist fascists are forcing universities to cancel commencement speakers that they find objectionable. Others are getting protested. It’s awful! Where is the freedom? Actually, the freedom is in the protesting.

According to multiple conservative outlets and their liberaltarian friends, this is the month in which academic freedom coughed its final dry death rattle at the hands of the left. The cause of death was the rescinding of invitations to the following commencement speakers:

Oh, the horror! Or, as critics put it, the “bald hypocrisy on free speech and academic freedom,” the “modish commitment to so-called diversity” in which “muggers prevail” and commencement speakers are “excommunicated, ignored, or banished from public life.”

As Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi put it in her trollish complaint about students complaining, “God forbid these delicate students should be exposed to an idea or an organization with which they disagreeat college.” (Pro tip: If you’re positioning yourself as a defender of speech freedoms and the headline of your post tells “Fragile” people to “STFU and Listen,” you’re doing it wrong.)

Here’s the thing: Condoleezza Rice, just to take one example, is not banished from public life. And these “delicate students” have already been exposed to her ideas. We all have. Those ideas sucked. So the upshot is that Condoleezza Rice doesn’t get a paid trip to New Jersey. She still gets to write books and be on Fox News anytime she wants, whenever she can take more time off from her six-figure position as a tenured professor at Stanford.

Whose free speech do these concern-trolling, hand-wringing conservatives purport to be protecting? Soon-to-be job-seeking ex-students with high debt loads, and low marks for political participation, and little to their names but degrees with the names of their parent institutions? Or powerful captains of industry, politics and media who are paid for the chance to add to their home office’s “walls of me” and blow hot platitudes over the mortar boarded heads of their young charges?

And blow they do. Let’s face it, commencement addresses suck, and they suck in direct proportion to the cultural standing of the speaker. The more famous your commencement addressor is, the likelier their address is to be a warmed-over serving of wilted TED Talks punch lines. Tom Friedmanesque yarns. If you’re really lucky, maybe your school will actually get Tom Friedman, instead of a starchy simulacrum of Tom Friedman.

But let’s not even bother with that tack, because being denied a chance to speak at a graduation ceremony is not an infringement on your free speech. Free speech might entail an invitation to speak to a voluntary audience and then have alternative viewpoints offered by other speakers, and then perhaps engage in a dialogue over those ideas. This is not how commencement speeches work. If a commencement address is free speech, then so is a seven-hour harangue by Fidel Castro to Cuban citizens who are too scared to get up and leave the auditorium to pee.

A commencement address is the opposite of free. It is paid speech. Paid speech that, just like the honorary degree that accompanies it, associates the recipient with the granting institution as if by royal decree. It’s entirely legitimate for faculty and students, who are already associated with the institution by their works and their merits, to dispute whether an honoree is also worthy of that association.

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Cowboys move cattle northwest of Calgary, May 28, 2013. Canadian cattle producers were in a U.S. court Monday, arguing for their right to free speech under the First Amendment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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By Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON – Canadian livestock producers were in a U.S. courtroom Monday fighting against labelling requirements blamed for having devastated their exports.

Their case invoked one of America’s most cherished principles: the free-speech guarantee in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The public gallery was filled as close to 200 people came to hear the argument in the U.S. Court of Appeals, the second-highest court in the country.

According to a coalition of industry groups from the three North American countries, foundational speech rights are violated when meat companies are forced to stamp, “Born in Canada,” or “Born in Mexico,” on their packaging.

They say country-of-origin labelling isn’t just costly, from a logistical standpoint. They say it also amounts to the government forcing them to divulge information, against their will and without justification, in breach of the principles espoused by America’s founding fathers.

The multiple parties with standing in the case were represented by a pair of attorneys: a federal lawyer who argued on behalf of the U.S. government, against an opponent who represented meat-industry groups.

The industry attorney argued that the rules are nothing more than protectionism, disguised as an attempt to help consumers learn about the origin of their food. She said the rules did not meet the standard set by past court cases about what corporations need to disclose.

“We’re here representing ranchers who are feeling a colossal impact,” said Catherine Stetson, arguing for the American Meat Institute and its Canadian-Mexican allies.

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Omar Hazek has found himself at the centre of Egypt's battles for free speech – from prison.

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Bedi: First Amendment no protection from free speech
Bedi: First Amendment no protection from free speech.

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Free Speech

[[A person speaking to the reader.]] Person: Public Service Announcehment: The *right to free speech* means the government can’t arrest you for what you say. [[Close-up on person's face.]] Person: It doesn’t mean that anyone else has to listen to your bullshit, – or host you while you share it. [[Back to full figure.]] Person: The 1st Amendment doesn’t shield you from criticism or consequences. [[Close-up.]] Person: If you’re yelled at, boycotted, have your show canceled, or get banned from an internet community, your free speech rights aren’t being violated. [[Person, holding palm upward.]] Person: It’s just that the people listening think you’re an asshole, [[A door that is ajar.]] Person: And they’re showing you the door. {{Title text: I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.}}

Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).

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Dana Loesch, Dinesh D'Souza On Lefty Efforts To Shut Down Free Speech Through Political Correctness
Dinesh D'Souza joins Dana to discuss the left's efforts to shut down free speech through political correctness. TheBlaze

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NHCLU looking at the city’s rules against begging

A woman stands in a popular spot for panhandlers on Gossling Road close to the turn to the highway in Portsmouth. Her sign on a piece of cardboard states, Stranded; need help to get back to Boston; God bless and thank you.Deb Cram/

After challenging panhandling ordinances in Concord and Manchester, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union has filed Right to Know requests seeking information about Portsmouth’s handling of panhandlers.

Gilles Bissonnette, staff attorney for the NHCLU, said he isn’t ready to publicly disclose what he’s looking for in Portsmouth. But in the other cases, the NHCLU has argued that municipal ordinances barring panhandling violate the free speech rights of indigent and homeless people.

Concord wrote its ordinance based on input from the NHCLU and Rochester overturned its ordinance under pressure from the NHCLU. But in Portsmouth, said City Attorney Robert Sullivan, there is no ordinance that specifically addresses panhandling.

The City Council came close to passing an anti-panhandling ordinance in 2004, according to Herald archives, but it never made it on the books, Sullivan said.

Cited 10 or more times for his panhandling in Portsmouth was Steven Morin, 47, homeless, who likely holds the record for being most-cited panhandler. Morin once told a police officer he’d use a summons as toilet paper and returned to panhandling on Market Street after verbal warnings, tickets and convictions, according to court records.

But none of the summonses given to Morin say the crimes he committed were panhandling. Instead, Portsmouth police cited Morin for violating state law RSA 265:40 which states, “No person shall stand on the travelled portion of a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, employment, business or contributions from the occupant of any vehicle.”

In spite of there being no panhandling prohibition in Portsmouth, Sullivan said, “some panhandling activity could violate other laws, both state and local.” One example, he said, would be disorderly conduct.

Morin was convicted for disorderly conduct based on the fact he was previously cited seven times for the state panhandling-related charge, and verbally warned many more times, but continued to solicit cash on Market Street. So while he wasn’t charged with violating a panhandling ordinance, it was his panhandling that got him a misdemeanor conviction.

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Vid of the day: Small shirt haul:0
Today's video deals with the attack on free speech in the United States, and what we can do to-ah forget it, let's just do a shirt haul….. Join me on Facebook, won't you:…

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New city social media policy proposed
Some city leaders want all 6000 city employees to begin watching what they say on social media, but one group says it's a violation of free speech.


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'Shut Up' Culture: UK free speech threatened as protest smothered
Britain's free speech and human rights culture doesn't seem to extend to those who disagree with powerful minorities. Activists are crying foul over a series of scandals and arrests for offending…

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Democrats seeks to change the First Amendment's free speech protections
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