When you laugh at the comedian and not the jokes..

Michael Ian Black is in Twitter Court spouting off about the illegitimacy of Donald Trump and believes we need to do something about it.

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Tech and the Fourth Amendment – Gov’t should be limited.

technologyThe Department of Justice was in the process of using the courts to force Apple to assist in deactivating the security features on the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the shooter in the San Bernardino massacre back in December 2015, when it had discovered a way to access the data without Apple’s help.   What the DOJ wanted was to force Apple to make software to deactivate the “self destruct” mechanism that erases the phone once the number of unsuccessful attempts to enter the security code has been reached. Continue reading

Texas Judge May Sanction Obama Administration on Immigration Injunction

illegalsDuring a hearing today ordered by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Texas, Department of Justice Lawyers spent time explaining the circumstances of the 100,000 illegals that were granted work permits under the expanded DACA program that he had placed an injunction.

It was in the original hearing for the injunction that DOJ attorneys assured the court that no illegals had been granted status in either the newly defined DAPA program, the program to allow parents here illegally because children were born here, or expansion of the DACA program that allowed the parents to stay here on a deferred basis. Continue reading

The First Amendment and Hate Speech: Do we lag behind the rest of the world?

Preamble of the ConstitutionTanya Cohen, from the website ThoughtCatalog, wrote a piece regarding the First Amendment and hate speech.  She made a number of comparisons to the First Amendment, and how other countries around the world handle what she describes as “hate speech”.

From the article:

In the United States, hate speech is often spewed forth by people with a great deal of influence, thus making it even more dangerous. Freedom of speech always comes with responsibility, and people in powerful positions need to have extra responsibilities. Consider the case of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. In a civilized country with basic human rights, Phil Robertson would have been taken before a government Human Rights Tribunal or Human Rights Commission and given a fine or prison sentence for the hateful and bigoted comments that he made about LGBT people. In the US, however, he was given no legal punishment, even though his comments easily had the potential to incite acts of violence against LGBT people, who already face widespread violence in the deeply homophobic American society – and his comments probably DID incite acts of violence against LGBT people.

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IRS to Expand Policing Political Non-Profits

dont-tread-on-meYou would think that problems Lois Lerner created would have made for smarter agency heads.  You’d be wrong.  From Politico:

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency may expand a yet-to-be-released rule governing 501(c)(4), “social welfare” groups, to include political groups known as 527s, which focus on elections. It could require them both — as well as other types of tax-exempt groups — to operate under the same definition of “political activity.”

“If it’s going to be a fair system, it needs to apply across the board,” Koskinen said when asked by POLITICO if such groups would be included in the new rule. “[I]f we have a set of definitions for 501(c)(4)s, what about everybody else? Can they do more or less [political activity]? And for us as (an) administration, for ease of administration, it makes sense to have this common definition.”

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I don’t think that word means what you think it does..

facepalmIn a discussion on my Joni Ernst narrative piece, the commenter “flintandsteel” used the word “seditious” in describing the Senator Tom Cotton’s open letter to Iran.  I generally wave off this kind of hyperbole because, mostly, it’s used for effect.  Liberals use such words, especially out of context, when there is serious butthurt about something Republicans do against the President.

However, I noticed a number of my liberal friends were also using these words on Facebook posts, tweets, and comments on various articles around the interwebs.  It was bad enough that the word “treason” was used, which, under the Constitution, has a totally different meaning. Continue reading