Category Archives: Freedom of speech

De Minimis Harms



In a ruling that surprised absolutely nobody – with the possible exception of the President himself – the Southern District of New York ruled that the President cannot block people on Twitter.

Shocker.

Let’s spend Constitution Thursday digging into this and seeing what other things it might end up impacting…

 


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The Bigger A**Hole



Down in Fresno, the debate over what is and what is not “Free Speech” continues to boil over, thanks to Randa Jararr. Oddly enough, simply by putting that name into the Facebook post discussing what she said and the reactions to it, the Facebook algorithm will automatically pounce on it and limit the showing of the post to a grand ToTaL of roughly nine people.

(By the by and as a complete aside, that is why you should be following me on Twitter (@DaveBowmanShow), because Facebook assumes that anybody it has identified as “conservative” who mentions Randa Jararr is automatically going to make fun of her looks or criticize her positions and complain about her self-identification a rather controversial “Muslim-American.”)

Which, when it comes back around, is really what we are talking about – what exactly is “free speech” and who has it?


The City of Seattle has hit on the idea of a “Head Tax” to “address homelessness” which many of its City Council Members believe has been exacerbated by a growing tech boom. You see, if only these companies coming to Seattle wouldn’t pay people so much, rents (and Real Estate) wouldn’t be so expensive and there wouldn’t be as many homeless people. So their plan is to drive up the costs of businesses. That’ll show them!


 

Sometimes Speech Is Ugly


 


 

In 1775, Patrick Henry gave one of the greatest – if not the greatest – speech in American history. The problem was that it was also seditious, traitorous and downright objectionable – if you happen to be a Loyalist. It reminds us of the precious care with which we hold the freedom to speak our minds.  

In England – the Mother Country – a man is convicted for teaching his girlfriends dog to give a Nazi salute. In the United States, people with a specific view are told that they are not welcome at an event.

Related events?

Is Social Media trying to cull conservative voices?

Why does it matter?

In all of the world and in all of history, it is the 1st Amendment that guarantees that the Government cannot interfere with the freedom of speech.


In a look at the lighter side of things, an Astronomer discovers a “new” planet. And an Olympia man discovers that “dope is better in Tacoma.” Except that there are also paratroopers coming to get you…

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