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20% of Ignorant Voters Think Owning a Gun is Immoral

Opinion The young woman above is almost certainly one of the minority of Americans that believes owning a gun is immoral. Even the smallest bit of education could change that. Arizona -( The young woman above is almost certainly one of the minority of Americans that believes owning a gun is immoral. A recent Rassmussen poll revealed that 20% of registered voters in the United States believe owning a gun is immoral. From Beyond specific issues, the attitudes be...
Tags: Guns, Department Of Defense, United States, Arizona, Constitution, First Amendment, Second Amendment, Gun Rights News, Dean Weingarten, Gun Watch, University of Wisconsin Pistol Team, Army Research Development Testing, Arizona Ammoland, Rassmussen

Alaskan Human Rights Commissioners Resign over 1st & 2nd Amendment Scandal

Alaskan Human Rights Commissioners Resign over First and Second Amendment Scandal U.S.A. -( Marti Buscaglia, the head of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, became embroiled in a scandal involving a contractor, Brad Linegar, because of a political sticker. She and two Commissioners have resigned as a result. On 14 March, 2019, she left a note on the windshield of Brad Linegar's work truck, using her business card, calling a pro-Second Amendment sticker “offensive”. The...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, India, Department Of Defense, Canada, Alaska, Arizona, Commission, First Amendment, Second Amendment, Anchorage, Human Rights Commission, Anchorage Alaska, Michael Dunleavy, Gun Rights News, Dean Weingarten

This Is Not A President Who Values The First Amendment

There are many contemporary threats to First Amendment values, the most alarming being the current president.
Tags: Law, Government, Freedom Of Speech, Donald Trump, First Amendment, Constitutional Law, Education / Schools, Tyler Broker

Intelligence officials sue to end pre-publication government review of writings

Two civil liberties groups today sued three U.S. intelligence chiefs and the current acting defense secretary, “seeking to have declared unconstitutional their agencies’ pre-publication reviews of former officials’ writings and speeches,” reports Reuters. U.S. intelligence and military officials, active or no longer active, have to submit anything they write -- speeches, op-eds, formal public comments -- to pre-publication reviews where a government official verifies that the writings do not ...
Tags: Post, Transparency, News, Government, Journalism, Intelligence, Aclu, Columbia University, Cia, Freedom Of Information, National Security Agency, First Amendment, Reuters, U S District Court, American Civil Liberties Union ACLU, Greenbelt Maryland

Free speech roundup

“In Cato’s latest ‘funny brief,’ Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus are once again telling the Court that scandalous speech is valuable to society and that there’s no way for a government office to be trusted to decide what’s ‘scandalous.'” [Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus on Cato certiorari amicus brief (with P.J. O’Rourke, Nadine Strossen, and others) in trademark registration case of Iancu v. Brunetti] Could someone remind the President of the United States that there’s no law against making fun...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Social Media, Fbi, Pennsylvania, United States, New Zealand, Knox, Donald Trump, Free Speech, First Amendment, San Antonio, Christchurch, Trademarks, Calif, Chicago Sun Times

What Does Entrepreneur Mean Anyway?

Let’s be very clear, today is April Fools’ Day, but this is not an April Fools’ Joke. It’s not every day Seth Godin volunteers a guest post, but Thursday was that day. Friday we published Stop Bullying the Entrepreneurs, 33 comments and counting. This isn’t the first time Seth has spoken out against trademark bullying, he’s on record before noting: “When a brand becomes a bully, it loses something vital.” And: “If you want to keep the taco place down the street from infringing on your business...
Tags: Marketing, Articles, Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur, Uspto, Goodwill, Fair Use, First Amendment, Branding, Guest Bloggers, Seth Godin, Trademarks, Jen, Seth, Steve Baird, Loss of Rights

Non Sequiturs: 03.31.19

* Even Jonathan Adler, no fan of Obamacare, can't support the Justice Department's shift of position in the ongoing Affordable Care Act litigation out of Texas. [Volokh Conspiracy / Reason] * John Lauro continues to protect the reputation of his client Wendi Adelson, ex-wife of murdered law professor Dan Markel. [2paragraphs] * Meanwhile, another player in the Dan Markel case -- David Oscar Markus, counsel to Charlie Adelson -- argues that Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney Gene...
Tags: Texas, Technology, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Obamacare, Congress, Religion, Court, Affordable Care Act, Marco Rubio, Department Of Justice, First Amendment, Justice Department, Legal Technology, Constitutional Law

Stop bullying the entrepreneurs

– Seth Godin It’s not good marketing and I’m pretty sure it’s not good law, either. It seems as though Entrepreneur magazine (who should know better) is working with Latham and Watkins (who should certainly know better) to persist in their relentless efforts to bully entrepreneurs to stop using the word ‘entrepreneur’. And yes, it’s a word. Not a fanciful or inherently distinctive trademark, a word. Almost 800,000,000 matches in Google. One of the only words available to describe a person who bu...
Tags: Marketing, Articles, Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur, Showtime, San Diego, Goodwill, First Amendment, Branding, Guest Bloggers, Seth Godin, Trademarks, Latham, Watkins, Trademark Bullying, Trademark Enforcement

Judge Denies Fishing Expedition in State AG Anti 1st & 2nd Amendment case

Judge Denies Fishing Expedition in State AG Anti 1st & 2nd Amendment case U.S.A. -( Judge Robert S. Lasnik, who ruled for a lawsuit by State Prosecutors against both the First and Second Amendments, refused to allow the prosecutors to bully people and organizations not parties to the lawsuit.  The ruling, given Judge Lasnik's history, was welcome. His decision came on Friday, 22 March, 2019.  From BELLEVUE, WA – A U.S. District Court judge in Seattle has denied a motion...
Tags: Guns, Supreme Court, Washington, Court, Department Of Defense, Arizona, Ferguson, Department Of Justice, Washington State, Seattle, First Amendment, Clinton, Second Amendment, U S District Court, U S State Department, Bob Ferguson

March 27 roundup

U.S. Department of Justice files brief in Kisor v. Wilkie somewhat critical of Auer deference, i.e. of deference to the federal government’s own positions. That’s pretty special, and commendable [William Yeatman, Cato; Jonathan Adler, earlier here and here] Parsonage exemption (i.e., favored treatment of allowance for religious housing) does not violate Establishment Clause, rules Seventh Circuit panel [Gaylor v. Mnuchin; background, Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News; earlier] Showing middle finge...
Tags: Guns, Sixth Circuit, Law, Congress, Hotels, Police, Uncategorized, Missouri, Churches, First Amendment, Administrative Law, Child Support, U S Department of Justice, Jonathan Adler, Pete Clarke, Eugene Volokh

California Gun Parts Dealer, Patriot Armory, Sued by New Jersey AG, for Legal Sales

Opinion New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal Arizona -( New Jersey has a reputation as one of the states most hostile to the Second Amendment. The rep was upheld on Friday, 22 March 2019, when anti-Second Amendment Attorney General Gurbir Grewal (a praticing American Sikh) announced a lawsuit against a gun parts dealer based in California, U.S. Patriot Armory.  The parts dealer sold a kit to manufacture a gun at home to a New Jersey undercover investigator.  From S...
Tags: Guns, Congress, California, Department Of Defense, United States, New Jersey, Arizona, States, First Amendment, Kennedy, Second Amendment, State, Scalia, Gurbir Grewal, Stevens, Superior Court

Head of AK “Human Rights Comm.” Under Investigation for 1st/2nd Amendment Violations

Opinion Head of AK “Human Rights Comm.” Under Investigation for 1st/2nd Amendment Violations Arizona -( A scandal is developing in Alaska, as the head of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) has been implicated in directly chilling the exercise of the First and Second Amendments of the Constitution. Governor Dunleavy has ordered an investigation of the scandal. The head of the HRC, Marti Buscaglia, became upset over a bumper sticker on a contractor's work truck. The bumper stick...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Department Of Defense, United States, Alaska, Arizona, HRC, Free Speech, First Amendment, Second Amendment, Dunleavy, Michael Dunleavy, Gun Rights News, Dean Weingarten, Gun Watch, University of Wisconsin Pistol Team

H.R. 1, political omnibus bill, passes House

H.R. 1, the political regulation omnibus bill, contains “provisions that unconstitutionally infringe the freedoms of speech and association,” and which “will have the effect of harming our public discourse by silencing necessary voices that would otherwise speak out about the public issues of the day.” That’s not just my opinion; it’s the view of the American Civil Liberties Union, expressed in this March 1 letter (more). For example, the bill would apply speech-chilling new restrictions to issu...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Senate, Uncategorized, David, House, Aclu, House Of Representatives, First Amendment, American Civil Liberties Union, Federal Election Commission, John Sarbanes, Ilya Shapiro, Redistricting Reform

High Court Deciding Fate of Cross-Shaped War Memorial

A group challenging the war memorial says they don't think it's right to leave the impression that only Christian soldiers are being celebrated.
Tags: News, First Amendment

Federal Judge Throws Out Washington State Cyberstalking Law, Writing It Criminalizes Protected Speech

A federal judge in Washington has thrown out the state’s 2004 law prohibiting cyberstalking after finding that its barriers against speech that is intended to “harass, intimidate, torment, or embarrass” were too vague and violated the Constitution, per the Electronic Frontier Foundation.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Privacy, Washington, Social Media, Courts, Cyberstalking, Free Speech, First Amendment, Electronic Frontier Foundation Read

Justice Thomas Echoes Trump In Urging SCOTUS To Revisit Landmark Libel Case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court should consider overturning a 55-year-old landmark ruling that makes it hard for public figures to win libel suits, writing in a case involving a woman who says Bill Cosby raped her. Thomas took aim at New York Times v. Sullivan and similar cases that followed it, calling them “policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law.” “We should not continue to reflexively apply this policy-driven approach to the Constitution,...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Scotus, Washington, Ap, New York Times, Bill Cosby, Cosby, Press freedom, Donald Trump, Libel, First Amendment, Trump, Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Sullivan

Respecting An Establishment Of Religion

Forcing free and independent individuals to pay for religious displays violates the First Amendment.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Religion, First Amendment, Constitutional Law, Tyler Broker

Justice Thomas Wants The Court To ‘Reconsider’ Its First Amendment Jurisprudence

Justice Thomas uses a sympathetic plaintiff to take a dump on the case law.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Bill Cosby, Courts, First Amendment, Defamation, Thomas, Clarence Thomas, Kathrine McKee, New York Times v. Sullivan

Cuomo proposal: make assaulting journalists a felony

“A better reason to reject the governor’s proposal is that the constitutional guarantee of a free press extends to all people. Professional journalists don’t deserve special treatment, and no self-respecting one wants it.” [David Andreatta, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle] Tags: Andrew Cuomo, crime and punishment, First Amendment
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Rochester, Andrew Cuomo, First Amendment, Cuomo, Crime And Punishment, David Andreatta

NYPD Wishes Google, Waze Had Never Heard Of This First Amendment Thing

I like it when police try their cease-and-desist intimidation tactics on somebody who understands their rights.
Tags: Google, Law, Police, Waze, Nypd, First Amendment, Cease & Desist Letters

The Life And Death Power Of Speech

Are words that encourage others to commit suicide protected speech? The state of Massachusetts says no.
Tags: Crime, Law, Massachusetts, Free Speech, First Amendment, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Michelle Carter, Assisted Suicide, Tyler Broker, Roy Conrad

This Is Why It Pays To Have Lawyers Do The Extortion Thing For You

The gray area between 'extortion' and 'criminal' extortion.
Tags: Crime, Law, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, First Amendment, Litigators, Extortion, AMI

SAF joins 1st Amendment Challenge to NJ 3D Censorship Laws

SAF joins 1st Amendment Challenge to NJ 3D Censorship Laws BELLEVUE, WA –-( The Second Amendment today joined several other organizations in a lawsuit against New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against enforcement of provisions in a 2018 law that criminalizes constitutionally-protected speech. SAF is joined by Defense Distributed, the Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, Calguns Foundation...
Tags: Guns, New Jersey, Gun Control, Houston, First Amendment, Gun Rights, Gurbir Grewal, The Foundation, Grewal, Ridgewood, Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation, Brandon Combs, Gun Rights News, Alan M Gottlieb, Chad Flores Daniel Hammond

Third Circuit Strikes Down Partisan Balance Requirement

Things are about to get real in Delaware.
Tags: Law, Courts, First Amendment, Delaware, Third Circuit, 3rd Circuit, Partisan Balance

San Francisco law requiring warnings in sugary-drink ads struck down

“A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a San Francisco law requiring health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugary drinks in a victory for beverage and retail groups that sued to block the ordinance.” The ruling, by a unanimous 11-member en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit, found that thelaw violates First Amendment rights of commercial speech. [ ; American Beverage Association v. City and County of San Francisco] Tags: advertising, First Amendment, Ninth Circuit, obes...
Tags: Law, Obesity, Uncategorized, Advertising, San Francisco, City, First Amendment, Soft drinks, Ninth Circuit, American Beverage Association

Artists’ Lawsuits Against Fortnite Creators May Rely on Rights of Publicity

No one does the Carlton quite like Carlton Banks.  (Queue Tom Jones’s It’s Not Unusual.)  Since actor Alfonso Ribeiro first performed the unique dance on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, it has been readily associated with him.  When the dance move recently appeared as a purchasable avatar dance in the popular video game, Fortnite, players quickly recognized Carlton’s signature move.   Fortnite is a battle royale-style combat game in which players, through their avatars, fight to the finish.  In-...
Tags: Floss, Sixth Circuit, California, Samsung, Copyright Infringement, Infringement, Bette Midler, First Amendment, Ford Motor, White, Carlton, Epic Games, Branding, Copyrights, Alfonso Ribeiro, Copyright Office

Court: Maryland law regulating newspapers and social media flunks First Amendment

Last year following the Russian Facebook scandal the Maryland legislature passed a bill regulating newspapers (!) and other online ad platforms. Gov. Larry Hogan refused to sign it, citing First Amendment concerns. Now a federal court has agreed and blocked the law’s enforcement as an unconstitutional infringement on the freedom of the press. I at Cato. “Social media trickery is bad. Chipping away at First Amendment liberties to stop it is worse.” Tags: campaign regulation, First Amendmen...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, Social Media, Newspapers, First Amendment, Larry Hogan, Campaign Regulation

Alabama Judge Takes Bold Stance Against Confederate Monuments

If citizens are "repulsed" by the monument it does not have to stay.
Tags: Law, Alabama, Courts, First Amendment, Michael Graffeo, Confederate monuments

The Limits Of Constitutionally Guaranteed Free Association

The state possess an inherent power to encourage commerce, but how far can that power be exerted over the moral values of consumers?
Tags: Law, Israel, First Amendment, Constitutional Law, Free Association, Tyler Broker, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS