A man videotaping Baltimore County police as they arrested two people was approached by at least two different officers and not only angrily threatened with arrest, but told he had no rights.
The man asked the officers several times what he was doing wrong. When he tried to remind them “I have my rights,” things quickly went downhill, with one angry cop responding: “You just lost them.” continue reading at: ijreview.com.
FCC to monitor news rooms? Adds new meaning to “State Run Media.” Hammer and sickle!
The Obama FCC will start policing newsrooms recommending what the organizations should report on.
The Wall Street Journal: News organizations often disagree about what Americans need to know. MSNBC, for example, apparently believes that traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., is the crisis of our time. Fox News, on the other hand, chooses to cover the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi more heavily than other networks. The American people, for their part, disagree about what they want to watch.
But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.
Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, where I am a commissioner, does not agree. Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.
Continue reading at: gatewaypundit.com.
Most of us are aware of the recent IRS targeting of conservative and tea party groups by delaying or denying their 501(C)(4) tax exempt status. Naturally, the Obama regime strongly denies this. In fact when interviewed by Bill O’Reilly of Fox News on Super Bowl Sunday, the president said that there was “…not even a smidgen of truth” to this allegation. Never mind that in May of 2013, the IRS admitted and apologized for this targeting.
So what the administration couldn’t to by statute, they now are attempting administratively by issuing new draconian regulations (see article and video below) that severely limit these organizations’ free speech. This is a classic example of if you can’t win the game, change the rules.
Because these proposed regulations do not apply to Gainesville Tea Party which is organized as a Limited Liability Corp. (llc), and not a 501(C)(4) corporation, some people believe we are immune from this governmental overreach. However, nothing could be further from the truth. This brings to mind a famous quotation from about 1946 which has been attributed to Martin Niemöller:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”
An attack on anyone’s free speech is an attack on everyone’s free speech!
Click here to go to the Protect C4 Free Speech website to learn more about these proposed freedom killing regulations and what you can do to stop them (video).
Author’s note: There have been new developments in this saga since this was written. Please see these related posts:
Not a “smidgen” of corruption!
Very moving testimony: Catherine Engelbrecht, chairwoman of True the Vote, founder of King Street Patriots and President of Engelbrecht Manufacturing testifies before the House Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs. She spoke about being targeted by the Obama administration. Shortly after applying for tax exempt status for her organizations, the Engelbrechts, their non-profits and their business were subjected to more than fifteen instances of audits and inquiries by the IRS, OSHA, the ATF and the FBI.
(Breitbart.com) One of the most high-profile victims of the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal is planning to unveil surprising new allegations about the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at a hearing this morning.
By Matthew Boyle, Breitbart.com.
Catherine Engelbrecht, the head of election integrity group True The Vote and Tea Party group King Street Patriots, alleges Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) demanded information from her group in a similar manner to the IRS, according to her testimony. “Hours after sending letters, he would appear on cable news and publicly defame me and my organization,” Engelbrecht said.
The Tea Party leader is filing a formal ethics complaint against Cummings with the Office of Congressional Ethics, a panel of outside advisers who review allegations and refer those they consider to have merit to the official Hosue Ethics Committee. Read more.
Friday, January 31st, 2014
Washington, DC – House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) wrote to Treasury Department Secretary Jacob Lew and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen requesting all documents pertaining to 501(c)(4) rulemaking. Read the press release HERE
“They are going after the Obama critics with indictments. VA Gov. Now Dinesh D’souza. Holder unleashing the dogs…” – Matt Drudge
The new definition of hate speech:
zzzzz1) Any speech the Obama Regime hates!
Note: Click the graphic or click HERE to watch Dinesh DeSouza’s full length film.
Dinesh D’Souza is accused of giving too much money to a candidate who sought to replace former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. Producer Gerald Molen tells The Hollywood Reporter the charges are politically motivated.
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, whose documentary 2016: Obama’s America took a critical look at President Barack Obama and was a surprise hit in 2012, will be arrested in New York on Friday for allegedly violating campaign-finance laws… Read more at: The Hollywood Reporter
A prominent First Amendment group has released their list of the top ten worst colleges for free speech.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) first began publishing the list two years ago and their last list was March 2012.
The list focuses on public schools because – as they state – if you are subject to speech violations and you attend Liberty University, you pretty much know what you’re getting into.
Also, the worst offender – and last one on the list – isn’t even a college at all, but has more influence on college decisions than just about anyone.
Here is FIRE’s list of the worst colleges in American for Free Speech: downtrend.com.
A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records likely violates the Constitution, in a major setback for the controversial spy agency.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange. However, he also stayed his decision “pending appeal,” giving the U.S. government time to fight the decision over the next several months. Continue reading at: foxnews.com.
County office bans criticism of Obamacare
Warns employee ‘controversial’ statements not allowed
Santa Clara County, Calif., officials have banned a 20-year employee from making “less than positive” remarks about Obamacare, because they can cause stress for listening co-workers.
The county made the stunning move when Norina Mooney was chatting with a co-worker about the Affordable Care Act, according to the Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing the woman. Read more at WND.com.
You might remember NBC commentator Bob Costas’ recent self-serving and politically correct halftime rant when he came down on the Washington Redskins saying that their name was “an insult, a slur.” Well the fan holding the sign in the photo below during Sunday’s Redskins/Giants game certainly expresses his displeasure with Costas – and very succinctly I might add. (Post continues below photo).
Click HERE to see more on the difference between liberals and conservatives.
One of the most surreal factors in the Democrat talking point of “War on Women” is their reflexive support for abortion in all of its cruel and inhumane permutations.
Earlier in the year a ditzy Texas state senator became a national cause celebre (see Abortion Rights Under Fire: Why Wendy Davis’ Filibuster Matters) when she undertook a filibuster of a Texas bill that, in reaction to the Kermit Gosnell case (see Tom Ridge: Unindicted Co-conspirator) made abortion practitioners at least pretend to be a part of the medical profession. The bill ultimately passed in a special session and was immediately appealed on two grounds by Planned Parenthood.
They objected on two basic grounds: that the requirement that the abortionist have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles and that the abortionist must be qualified in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, and that any use of the abortion pill be done according the protocol approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Continue reading at: redstate.com.
The Bullying never stops! CNN: Obama Admin Trying To Silence Insurance Companies From Discussing ObamaCare Problems. So what else is new?
The White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including trade associations, to keep quiet.” – Robert Laszewski, Health Policy a nd Strategy Associations, LLC
I’m Hanging Up The White Coat Because Of Obamacare To Pursue My Doctorate In Economics And Head To Wall Street/ Continue My Work In Politics
“Mr. President, I’m Leaving The Medical Field”: Hanging Up The White Coat: A Letter To President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
I was born at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. My mother would later take a job delivering babies in that same operating room only a couple years later. My parents got a divorce when I was young. There were many times during the summer when she would be forced to take my sister and me to work with her. I vividly remember the child version of myself walking the halls of the same floor I was born on in fascination as the years passed. The anesthesiologists used to bring us candy and watch movies with us. When the holidays came, a nurse by the name of Patty Vaughn (we called her Granny), would have bags of presents for my sister and me. Donna Smith, a surgical first assistant who came to America from Canada to work in a free-market healthcare system, use to babysit us.
Donna’s two-story town-home became a 3rd home (2nd was the hospital). We spent countless nights at her house.
Patty passed away when I was ten. I still remember the last box of moon pies she gave me for Halloween that year. To this day every time I see a moon pie I think of her. Donna helped me through my undergrad at Belmont University. With tuition at $30k/year money was tight. Donna never let me go without a meal. Continue reading at: benswann.com.
The Regime’s Efforts To Silence Whistleblowers And Intimidate Reporters Have Been Historic
In response to Snitches get stitches: journalist raided, notes and whistleblower names seized:
When Obama was elected in 2008, his ascension to the White House was deemed “historic” because he was our first black president, and Americans were rightly proud of that. Unfortunately, Obama has been a “historic” president in other ways, too – ways that should horrify and alarm Americans. His administration’s brazen efforts to silence whistleblowers, intimidate reporters and businesses that don’t play ball with him have been unprecedented. We are living through highly troubling times. Continue reading at: Breitbart.com.
Important related article here.