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A Morally Reprehensible Act Is Made Worse By A Legally Inexcusable Arrest

The only thing worse than Joshua Garton’s fake photograph desecrating the grave of a dead police officer is the decision to arrest him for it. 
Tags: Law, Free Speech, Constitutional Law, Tyler Broker, Joshua Garton

Free Speech Rights in the Age of Protests and a Pandemic

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot in the media say that the First Amendment doesn’t apply outside the government. In Connecticut, that’s just not true — particularly when it comes to the private workplace. As I’ve written about before, employees  do have certain free speech rights that have been codified in state law. Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 31-51q to be exact. But those rights are not unlimited and when such speech interferes with the working relationship at the company, it may not be protected...
Tags: Workplace, Law, Connecticut, Speech, Free Speech, First Amendment, Presentation, Webinar, SHRM, Featured Content, 31-51q, Western Connecticut

"No one took the hearings seriously at first, but they soon would."

"Mr. Bernstein was considered untouchable both in Hollywood and in the fledgling television industry in New York once his name appeared in 'Red Channels,' an anti-Communist tract published in 1950 by the right-wing journal Counterattack. 'I was listed right after Lenny Bernstein,' Mr. Bernstein recalled. 'There were about eight listings for me, and they were all true.' He had indeed written for the leftist New Masses, been a member of the Communist Party and supported Soviet relief, the Loyalist...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Movies, Law, Communism, 1950s, Free Speech, Communist Party, Bernstein, Ann Althouse, Lenny Bernstein, Walter Bernstein, Cancel Culture, Censorsship

FOSTA-SESTA: Have controversial sex trafficking acts done more harm than good?

SESTA (Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act) and FOSTA (Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act) started as two separate bills that were both created with a singular goal: curb online sex trafficking. They were signed into law by former President Trump in 2018. The implementation of this law in America has left an international impact, as websites attempt to protect themselves from liability by closing down the sections of their sites that sex workers use to arrange safe meetin...
Tags: Facebook, Craigslist, Media, Internet, Sex, Government, America, Society, Web, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Innovation, Reddit, John, Criminal Justice

Last words from "the only true outsider ever to win the presidency."

From Trump's Farewell Address, which I didn't watch live or on YouTube. I waited for the transcript, the cold record. He begins with something he ought to have been talking about since mid-November, instead of the doomed notion that he had won the election: As I conclude my term as the 45th President of the United States, I stand before you truly proud of what we have achieved together. We did what we came here to do, and so much more... The next part of the speech is full of thanks. Thanks to ...
Tags: South Korea, Florida, Usa, Isis, Law, China, Israel, US, Jerusalem, America, Metaphor, United States, Nato, Paris, Middle East, United Nations

Trump got his message out on Twitter.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 13, 2021 Transcript here. Excerpts:  I want to be very clear, I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement. Making America Great Again has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values. Mob violence goes against eve...
Tags: Law, Washington, White House, America, Free Speech, Trump, US Secret Service, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, the Trump resistance

"The ability of companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google to control what people see online is so potent, it is the subject of antitrust hearings...."

"But the decision by Amazon to push Parler off its dominant cloud-computing service illustrates just how powerful its content-moderation capabilities are as well.... [T]he companies that provide the technical infrastructure that powers websites and services where people express opinions have vast power as well, though they rarely use it. They include little-known companies that register website domains for customers; so-called content delivery networks, which can boost the speed at which webpage...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Cake, Same-sex Marriage, Law, Censorship, Antitrust, Free Speech, Amazon Web Services, Facebook Twitter, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Analogies, Parler, Trump Without AWS Parler

Do We Need to Regulate Public Squares Owned by Big Tech Companies?

The ability of Big Tech companies to shut out one of the world’s loudest men, Donald Trump, is astonishing. The events of last week, including the mob storming the U.S. Capitol building, forces us to ask how should we regulate Big Tech? In the Harvard Business Review “How to Hold Social Media Accountable for Undermining Democracy”, Yael Eisenstat points out that simply silencing Donald Trump is not enough. The response “fails to address how millions of Americans have been drawn into conspiracy t...
Tags: Law, Hate Speech, CHP, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Harvard Business Review, U S Capitol, Justice Issues, Big Tech, Yael Eisenstat, Eisenstat, City of Hamilton, Regulating Big Tech, silencing Donald trump

"Hours after it went offline on Monday, the social media start-up Parler filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing Amazon of violating antitrust law..."

"... and asking for a temporary restraining order to prevent the tech giant from blocking access to cloud computing services. Amazon told Parler over the weekend that it would shut off service because 'a steady increase in violent content' on the site showed that the company did not have a reliable process to prevent it from violating Amazon’s terms of service. Amazon said it would ensure Parler’s data was preserved so that it could migrate to a new hosting provider. Millions of people turned ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Law, Antitrust, Free Speech, Trump, Capitol, Ann Althouse, Parler, lawsuits I hope will succeed, the Trump resistance

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers it 'problematic' that Twitter would toss President Trump off its social media platform..."

"'This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators — not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms,' Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin. 'Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked,' he added." The NY Post reports. Many American are quick to say that freedom of speech is only a righ...
Tags: Twitter, Law, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Merkel, Free Speech, Ny Post, Steffen Seibert, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric

How far will the anti-Trump forces go in crushing their opposition?

‘You’re not entitled your book contract,’ can quickly become ‘United doesn’t have to let you onto its planes’ ‘Marriott doesn’t have to let you stay at its hotels,’ or ‘Visa doesn’t have to let you use its cards.’And maybe that’s the point.— Abigail Shrier (@AbigailShrier) January 8, 2021 That tweet is a response to the news: "Simon & Schuster Cancels Plans for Senator Hawley’s Book/The publisher faced calls to drop the Missouri Republican’s upcoming book, 'The Tyranny of Big Tech,' following...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Senate, Censorship, Marriott, Free Speech, United, Contracts, Trump, Josh, John Roberts, Google Facebook, Yale Law School, Hawley, Simon Schuster, Ann Althouse

"Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse’s new merchandise site signals ‘new era’ of criminal defense."

WaPo headline. From the article: Jeff Neslund, a Chicago-based civil rights attorney and a former prosecutor with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, said the website “is dangerous for prosecutors” attempting to secure a conviction in the pending trial, because it has the potential to taint a jury pool. “You’re going to have a lot of people who want to be on this jury to help this kid because they have an agenda, so prosecutors will have a tougher time to do their homework to flush those ...
Tags: Isis, Crime, Guns, Law, Los Angeles, Chicago, Free Speech, Kenosha, Cook County, Kyle, WaPo, Pierce, Rittenhouse, Ann Althouse, John Pierce, Kyle Rittenhouse

Andrew Sullivan detects anti-gay bigotry: "So you agree not wanting to have sex with someone because they have a vagina is a form of bigotry, right?"

So you agree not wanting to have sex with someone because they have a vagina is a form of bigotry, right?— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) December 29, 2020 It’s bigotry and sir I am one of the biggest transgender supporters period. People like you would like nothing but to drop the T from LGBT. When I sucked on my formers lovers dick since she was pre op transwoman for me was just a big clit.Foucault had sex with transwomen— Molly - DFW (@MollyTex_) December 29, 2020 I had trouble understandin...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Molly, Etiquette, Looks, Fat, Transgender, Free Speech, Foucault, DFW, Sullivan, Andrew Sullivan, Unsaid Things, Ann Althouse, Genitalia

"'I am Charlie' gave birth to 'I am not Charlie,' giving rise to a question that demands picking camps: Are you or are you not Charlie?"

"The answer puts people on either side of France’s major fault lines, including freedom of speech, secularism, race, national identity and, of course, Islam... Today, someone who is Charlie is likely to be white and supporter of the caricatures’ publication. At its extreme, the person may back a strict secularism that at times is a cover for anti-Islam. Someone who’s not Charlie is often nonwhite and opposes the cartoons’ publication. The person could go as far as justifying Islamist terrorism o...
Tags: Law, France, West, Islam, Cartoons, Free Speech, Charlie Hebdo, Charlie, Macron, Islam Today, Ann Althouse

"The Answer."

Meade directed my attention to William James Chidley (c.1860 – 21 December 1916) — "an Australian philosopher with unconventional theories on sex, diet and clothing" (Wikipedia): In 1911, Chidley published The Answer in Melbourne.... Chidley sold copies to curious passers-by on the footpath. In 1912, Chidley moved to Sydney, where he became a familiar bearded figure dressed in a Grecian-style tunic and sandals, giving public lectures and wandering the streets, carrying a bundle of his pamphlets....
Tags: Health, Fashion, Law, Sex, Wikipedia, Sydney, Naked, Insane, Free Speech, Goulburn, Meade, Ann Althouse, Chidley, William James Chidley, Melbourne Chidley, Lunacy Court

"Casting itself as the protector of small businesses... Facebook is criticizing Apple for planning to give users of its popular devices like the iPhone more control..."

"... over the data they share with third-party apps. Starting next year, Apple will ask mobile users to 'opt in' to accept third-party tracking of their digital activity (right now, the system defaults to tracking and requires users to 'opt out' if they don’t want to be followed). Facebook relies on tracking to target ads at customers. Facebook declared in the newspaper ads that it was 'standing up to Apple and warned that such a change will be the ruin of small businesses....  Let’s be clear: ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Privacy, Law, Antitrust, Free Speech, Trump, Swisher, Kara Swisher, Ann Althouse

Study: Militarization of police does not reduce crime

The United States Department of Defense gifts surplus military equipment and clothing to local police departments.The militarization of police coincides with a significant loss of trust in law enforcement from the American public.Militarized police departments are more likely to interact violently with their communities. Watching coverage of protests in American streets, many of us have been shocked to witness what modern policing often looks like. Even putting aside the reason for many of thes...
Tags: Crime, Obama, Police, Trust, LSU, Military, United States, Innovation, Protests, Ferguson, Pentagon, Npr, Sam, Criminal Justice, Free Speech, Justice System

"YouTube to Forbid Videos Claiming Widespread Election Fraud."

The NYT reports. The company said it was making the change because [this past] Tuesday was the so-called safe harbor deadline — the date by which all state-level election challenges, such as recounts and audits, are supposed to be completed. Why does reaching the "safe harbor" deadline make any difference? Is there no free-speech interest in talking about something you think is going wrong because it might be too late to do anything? YouTube’s announcement is a reversal of a much-criticized comp...
Tags: Google, Voting, Law, Youtube, Censorship, Nyt, Free Speech, Ann Althouse, Quayle, Trump 2020, Quayle (the commenter, Forbid Videos Claiming Widespread Election Fraud

"We have every reason to believe a Trump memoir would be primarily misinformation, ungrounded opinions and flat-out lies."

"Don’t pay him to do it and don’t give him the legitimacy of a contract with a major publishing house. If you’re going to set yourself up as a gatekeeper, you have a responsibility for what goes through your gate" Said Celeste Ng, a best-selling novelist, who says she'd protest if her publisher (Penguin Random House) was going to publish a Trump memoir — quoted in "A Trump Memoir Would Sell. Will Publishers Buy It?/Some publishing executives worry their authors and staff might rebel, but they ...
Tags: Law, Censorship, Stephen King, Free Speech, Penguin Random House, Trump, Regnery, Ann Althouse, Trump the ex-President, Trump's book, Said Celeste Ng

"There is a high level of degenerate behavior with Elon. There’s a paranoia: Are you with me or against me? I genuinely want to leave the room sometimes when he walks in."

"All of these guys, I’ve spent time with them, Musk, Zuck, all of them; they all exhibit tendencies of total and complete pathological sociopathy. They don’t at their core give a flying fuck about you or me as individuals."   Said an unnamed person, quoted in "ELON MUSK’S TOTALLY AWFUL, BATSHIT-CRAZY, COMPLETELY BONKERS, MOST EXCELLENT YEAR/In 2020, the COVID-doubting, media-hating Twitterholic CEO became the third-richest man alive, SpaceX launched two astronauts into orbit, and Tesla became ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Law, Tesla, Silicon Valley, Mars, Astronauts, Free Speech, Elon, Bilton, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Musk Zuck, Nick Bilton Vanity Fair Musk

"Fifty years ago in Guzhen, China, a 15-year-old Red Guard called Zhang Hongbing heard his mother denounce Chairman Mao."

"Drilled in loyalty to the great leader, the boy told the authorities. Days later she was executed by firing squad. Zhang remains distraught. 'I killed my mother. I am tormented by this.' A tragedy so far from our experience: state spies in the home; blood betrayed for the regime. And yet, extraordinarily, we may ourselves be heading to a future in which children could snitch on their parents for expressing the wrong opinions. Last week Humza Yousaf, the Scottish justice secretary, talked about ...
Tags: Crime, Law, Scotland, China, Death Penalty, Free Speech, Mao, Zhang, Doris, Yousaf, Ann Althouse, Humza Yousaf, Red Guard, Guzhen China, Zhang Hongbing, Public Order Scotland Bill

"Since the beginning, Greenwald had been separated from The Intercept’s U.S.-based newsroom, having lived in Brazil for over a decade."

"As a result, most of the staff had little to no interaction with him, according to Intercept staffers who spoke with Intelligencer. Even as The Intercept built itself into a full-fledged news organization — complete with robust editing like the kind Greenwald balked at — the co-founder remained apart, writing and publishing his columns with little to no editorial oversight. 'He could have chosen to be a part of the mix, part of the conversation, the daily, weekly conversation about what we shou...
Tags: Law, Censorship, Journalism, Editing, Glenn Greenwald, Brazil, Biden, Free Speech, Trump, Ryan Grim, Greenwald, Ann Althouse, Cancel Culture, Roger Hodge

"After popular Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan had conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his popular show 'The Joe Rogan Experience' earlier this week..."

"... Spotify CEO Daniel Ek defended Rogan's decision. 'We want creators to create. It's what they do best. We're not looking to play a role in what they should say,' Ek said... ... Spotify's policies 'do not entail what guests our podcasts invite on, it's more about the content itself.'...  Jones has been banned from publishing on Spotify since 2018 for 'repeated violations' of the platform's policy on hate speech....  On Spotify's Thursday morning earnings call.... Ek referenced Spotify's conte...
Tags: Spotify, Law, Censorship, Kanye West, West, EK, Glenn Greenwald, Daniel Ek, Free Speech, Contracts, Jones, Joe, Alex Jones, Joe Rogan, Greenwald, Rogan

2 questions of balance: 1. Does Amy Coney Barrett weigh as much as a duck, and 2. Is Facebook applying its anti-violence policy equally to conservatives and liberals?

Regular readers know I'm not a fan of the Babylon Bee website. I don't think it's original or sophisticated enough, but I very much want the big social media platforms to apply their various content-related policies with neutrality as to viewpoint. They ought to test any censorship of the right by asking whether the equivalent material were presented by the left, they'd do the same thing.  I'm reading a Fox News article about Facebook's decision to censor a Babylon Bee piece titled "Senator Hi...
Tags: Facebook, Comedy, Law, Censorship, Monty Python, Fox News, Free Speech, Witchcraft, Barrett, Dillon, Ann Althouse, Hirono, Amy Coney Barrett, Babylon Bee, Seth Dillon

Clerisy heresy.

I'm reading by Tunku Varadarajan (WSJ).  [Fred Siegel] sees [President Trump] as a champion of "bourgeois values," under threat from the "clerisy," Mr. Siegel's word for the dominant elites who "despise" those values. He regards Mr. Biden as a "captive" of this clerisy, and running mate Kamala Harris as the "embodiment of it."... By 2012... Mr. Siegel had developed an exceedingly low opinion of President Obama, whom he describes as "a faux intellectual with preacher's cadences and an academic...
Tags: Law, Obama, America, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Ivy League, Biden, Free Speech, WSJ, Kamala Harris, Trump, SIEGEL, Fred Siegel, Ann Althouse, Tunku Varadarajan, Racial Politics

"They will not pass. Obscurantism and the violence that goes with it will not win. They won’t divide us."

Said French President Emmanuel Macron — at the crime scene — quoted in "Teacher in Paris suburb decapitated, allegedly after showing cartoons of prophet Muhammad in class" (WaPo).  What exactly is "Obscurantism"? Wikipedia says:  Obscurantism and Obscurationism describe the practice of deliberately presenting information in an imprecise, abstruse manner designed to limit further inquiry and understanding. There are two historical and intellectual denotations of Obscurantism: (1) the delibera...
Tags: Murder, Law, Washington Post, Youtube, France, Wikipedia, History, Judaism, Paris, Christianity, Islam, Cartoons, Moscow, Chechnya, Free Speech, Charlie Hebdo

"'Censorship!' cries the right, even as the left hollers 'Twitter’s not the government!' But... this isn’t really a great example of censorship, private or public."

"What it does represent is something the right has becom[e] keenly alive to: the left’s exercise of power over cultural spaces where right-wingers are being driven toward extinction. That power isn’t new, of course, but for a long time, its practical effect was mostly a matter of focus, or at worst, as social psychologist Jonathan Haidt puts it, asking 'Can I believe it?' about narratives that flattered left-wing views, and 'Must I believe it?' about those that favored the right.... Sure, Twitte...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, New York Post, Law, Censorship, America, Joe Biden, New York Times, Biden, Times, Free Speech, Trump, Jonathan Haidt, Megan Mcardle, Ann Althouse, Trump and the press

The Right to Say Anything in the Workplace? Not Quite

Can you “Say Anything” in the workplace? Last month, a Silicon Valley CEO told employees that its mission doesn’t include taking stands on political issues outside the financial realm. As a result, and as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, “employees were told that internal debates about politics and activism not related to work would no longer be tolerated. Those who disagreed with [that] vision of a “mission-focused company” could take exit packages. Can a company limit the speech of emp...
Tags: Education, Workplace, Free, Law, California, Social Media, Connecticut, Silicon Valley, Freedom Of Speech, States, Private, Free Speech, First Amendment, Coinbase, Webinar, San Francisco Chronicle

"In Democracy Without Journalism? Pickard outlines a series of proposals to create a more robust news media in the United States and thus a more democratic society."

"He calls for the creation of a fund that would support local journalism, especially in the country’s growing number of news deserts, and for stronger privacy restrictions and more regulatory bodies to prevent further consolidation in the industry. All of these policies are perfectly reasonable and, as Pickard shows in the book’s sections on other countries, are currently enjoyed by many other parts of the world. But he also recognizes that the notion of a government-funded media system remains...
Tags: Fcc, Law, Congress, America, Journalism, United States, Free Speech, Pickard, Ann Althouse, Mayflower Doctrine

"Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750."

"He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made. As the president wages a re-election campaign that polls say he is in danger of losing, his finances are under stress, beset by losses and hundreds of millions of dollars in debt coming due that he has personally guaranteed. Also hanging over him is a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund that ...
Tags: Taxes, Supreme Court, Law, White House, Journalism, Nyt, Free Speech, Trump, Internal Revenue Service, Donald J Trump, Dean Baquet, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020, Trump Tax Investigation

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