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At UMass, a Palestinian human rights panel draws a lawsuit

https://www2.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/04/29/umass-palestinian-panel-draws-lawsuit/W4Q3zxw54N6Zt5MgCWFQ8L/story.html


Controversy has erupted at the University of Massachusetts Amherst over a planned panel discussion about Palestinian human rights, with three Jewish students going so far as to file a lawsuit in an effort to have the event moved off campus, arguing it is anti-Semitic...

...The panel in question at UMass is set for Saturday evening. It is organized and funded by Media Education Foundation, a Northampton organization headed by Sut Jhally, a UMass Amherst communications professor...

...UMass officials have said they will allow the panel to take place.

“UMass Amherst is committed to fostering a community of dignity and respect and rejects all forms of bigotry. The campus is also firmly committed to the principles of free speech and academic freedom. As such, and as is required of a public institution under the First Amendment, UMass Amherst applies a content-neutral standard when making facilities available to outside organizations for the purpose of holding events,” the university said in a statement.


My personal take: A group of Jewish students is trying to shut a discussion to be held by people who regularly claim
that Jews in the US try to censor people like them

Way to make their point for them....
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed May 1, 2019, 07:35 PM (2 replies)

Beto O'Rourke on Synagogue Shooting and Guns at Los Angeles Rally (VIDEO)

Apparently, we will be still be able to keep and bear firelocks, as the US military never issued those-see for
earlier discussion of LA Times article covering the same rally:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1172207897


https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-beto-orourke-los-angeles-rally-20190427-story.html

...“We will also insist and ensure that weapons that were designed and sold to the United States military, with the express purpose of killing people as efficiently as effectively and in as great a number as possible, are kept on the battlefields and are no longer sold in our communities, because they will end up in our synagogues, in our churches, in our mosques and public places.”

The crowd responded with strong applause...




Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Apr 29, 2019, 04:15 PM (3 replies)

Beto O'Rourke on Synagogue Shooting and Guns at Los Angeles Rally (VIDEO)

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Apr 29, 2019, 04:10 PM (24 replies)

Beto O'Rourke demands ban on muskets at campaign rally

Or: Democrats On Guns Sounding Like Republicans On Abortion, Part The Eleventy-First:

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-beto-orourke-los-angeles-rally-20190427-story.html

...“We will also insist and ensure that weapons that were designed and sold to the United States military, with the express purpose of killing people as efficiently as effectively and in as great a number as possible, are kept on the battlefields and are no longer sold in our communities, because they will end up in our synagogues, in our churches, in our mosques and public places.”

The crowd responded with strong applause...


Starting (or eventually ending up with) these, one supposes:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_1795_Musket



The Springfield Model 1795 Musket was a .69 caliber flintlock musket manufactured in the late 18th century and early 19th century at both the Springfield and Harper's Ferry U.S. Armories.

The Model 1795 was the first musket to be produced in the United States by Eli Whitney. It was based heavily on the Charleville musket, Model 1763/66, which had been imported in large numbers from the French during the American Revolution, and which at the time comprised the largest number of muskets in U.S. arsenals at about 20,000 muskets. The Model 1795 was used in the War of 1812


Service history
In service 1795–1865
Used by United States
Confederate States of America

Wars

American Indian Wars
Quasi-War
First Barbary War
1811 German Coast Uprising
Tecumseh's War
War of 1812
Creek War
Second Barbary War
First Seminole War
Mexican–American War
American Civil War



Hmm, maybe he really means to save us from the tidal waves of bayonnettings?









Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Apr 29, 2019, 01:45 PM (7 replies)

Repost from LBN: NRA sues city of L.A. over its new contract disclosure law

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142307601

Source: LA Times

The National Rifle Assn. filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging a new Los Angeles law requiring companies that seek contracts with the city to disclose whether they have ties to the gun rights group.

The suit was filed in federal court on behalf of the NRA, including a John Doe, who is described in court documents as an NRA member and business operator with several L.A. city contracts.

“Plaintiff Doe participates in this action as a Doe participant because he reasonably fears retribution from the city and the potential loss of lucrative contracts should Doe’s identity be known,” the lawsuit says.

City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell championed the new law, arguing in a motion he presented last year that city residents and stakeholders “deserve to know” whether taxpayer funds are being spent on contractors with ties to the NRA.

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-nra-sues-los-angeles-disclosure-law-20190424-story.html


IMO, this strikes me as being no different than anti-BDS laws.

Gotta go with Robert Bolt on this one:

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/A_Man_for_All_Seasons_(1966_film)

Alice More: Arrest him!

More: Why, what has he done?

Margaret More: He's bad!

More: There is no law against that.

Will Roper: There is! God's law!

More: Then God can arrest him.

Alice: While you talk, he's gone!

More: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law!

Roper: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law!

More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

Roper: I'd cut down every law in England to do that!

More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws
all being flat?
This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast– man's laws, not God's– and if you cut them down
—and you're just the man to do it—do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?
Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law for my own safety's sake.


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Apr 24, 2019, 08:03 PM (1 replies)

Honest Government Ad Julian Assange

Pretty vicious language- but I dare you to watch this and say they're wrong...


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:27 PM (8 replies)

After all this plays out, I devoutly hope that Barr gets John Mitchell's old cell

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_N._Mitchell

John Newton Mitchell (September 15, 1913 – November 9, 1988) was the 67th Attorney General of the United States (1969–1972) under President Richard Nixon. Prior to that, he had been a municipal bond lawyer, chairman of Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign, and one of Nixon's closest personal friends.

After his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, he served as chairman of Nixon's 1972 presidential campaign. Due to multiple crimes he committed in the Watergate affair, Mitchell was sentenced to prison in 1977 and served 19 months...

On February 21, 1975, Mitchell, who was represented by the criminal defense attorney William G. Hundley, was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and sentenced to two and a half to eight years in prison for his role in the Watergate break-in and cover-up, which he dubbed the "White House horrors." As a result of the conviction, Mitchell was disbarred from the practice of law in New York. The sentence was later reduced to one to four years by United States district court Judge John J. Sirica. Mitchell served only 19 months of his sentence at Federal Prison Camp, Montgomery (in Maxwell Air Force Base) in Montgomery, Alabama, a minimum-security prison, before being released on parole for medical reasons.

Tape recordings made by President Nixon and the testimony of others involved confirmed that Mitchell had participated in meetings to plan the break-in of the Democratic Party's national headquarters in the Watergate Hotel. In addition, he had met, on at least three occasions, with the president in an effort to cover up White House involvement after the burglars were discovered and arrested
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Apr 12, 2019, 12:41 PM (2 replies)

ACLU: (NJ) Students suspended for posting gun photos on Snapchat file free-speech suit

https://www.aclu.org/news/students-suspended-posting-gun-photos-snapchat-file-free-speech-suit


Lacey Township High School unconstitutionally punished students for posts made off-campus and outside of school hours, says ACLU-NJ suit

April 10, 2019

The ACLU-NJ and the law firm Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, P.C., filed a lawsuit today on behalf of two students whose First Amendment rights were violated after they were suspended for posting photos of firearms to social media made entirely outside of a school context.

“When I was pulled into the principal’s office for something I shared with my friends privately, outside of school, over a weekend, it felt like I had no place where I could truly speak freely,” said H.S., one of the students whose Snapchat post precipitated the school’s actions, whose name is being withheld because he was a minor at the time of the suspension.

“I’m filing this suit so that no one at my high school in the future has to feel like the First Amendment wasn’t meant to include them,” said Cody Conroy, the other student who was suspended for the Snapchat messages.

The Lacey Township School District overstepped its constitutional boundaries by suspending Cody Conroy and H.S., both seniors at the time, for their photos of legally owned guns resting on a table. One of the posts had no caption and the other had tongue-in-cheek text: “hot stuff” and “If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse, you know where to go.”...


Guess the Lacey District's entirely-self-caused-by-mindless-control-freakery future payout won't help with the following:

https://www.app.com/story/news/education/2019/03/19/lacey-schools-plan-layoff-staff-special-ed-close-budget-hole/3201274002/

Lacey schools may lay off special education staff to close budget hole

LACEY - School employees who work with special needs children are facing layoffs and elimination of their benefits as the Lacey Board of Education plans to fill a budget hole created by declining state aid.

School officials issued the district's paraprofessional staff, who assist students with various special needs, "reduction in force" notices earlier this month.

School board President Shawn J. Giordano estimated that about 70 to 80 paraprofessionals currently work in the district, and most of them receive full-time hours and benefits. However, a new plan would fire and rehire only about 35 to 45 percent of them as full-time staff, he said...


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Apr 11, 2019, 04:55 PM (2 replies)

ACLU: (NJ) Students suspended for posting gun photos on Snapchat file free-speech suit

https://www.aclu.org/news/students-suspended-posting-gun-photos-snapchat-file-free-speech-suit


Lacey Township High School unconstitutionally punished students for posts made off-campus and outside of school hours, says ACLU-NJ suit

April 10, 2019

The ACLU-NJ and the law firm Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, P.C., filed a lawsuit today on behalf of two students whose First Amendment rights were violated after they were suspended for posting photos of firearms to social media made entirely outside of a school context.

“When I was pulled into the principal’s office for something I shared with my friends privately, outside of school, over a weekend, it felt like I had no place where I could truly speak freely,” said H.S., one of the students whose Snapchat post precipitated the school’s actions, whose name is being withheld because he was a minor at the time of the suspension.

“I’m filing this suit so that no one at my high school in the future has to feel like the First Amendment wasn’t meant to include them,” said Cody Conroy, the other student who was suspended for the Snapchat messages.

The Lacey Township School District overstepped its constitutional boundaries by suspending Cody Conroy and H.S., both seniors at the time, for their photos of legally owned guns resting on a table. One of the posts had no caption and the other had tongue-in-cheek text: “hot stuff” and “If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse, you know where to go.”...


Guess the Lacey District's entirely-self-caused-by-mindless-control-freakery future payout won't help with the following:

https://www.app.com/story/news/education/2019/03/19/lacey-schools-plan-layoff-staff-special-ed-close-budget-hole/3201274002/

Lacey schools may lay off special education staff to close budget hole

LACEY - School employees who work with special needs children are facing layoffs and elimination of their benefits as the Lacey Board of Education plans to fill a budget hole created by declining state aid.

School officials issued the district's paraprofessional staff, who assist students with various special needs, "reduction in force" notices earlier this month.

School board President Shawn J. Giordano estimated that about 70 to 80 paraprofessionals currently work in the district, and most of them receive full-time hours and benefits. However, a new plan would fire and rehire only about 35 to 45 percent of them as full-time staff, he said...


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Apr 11, 2019, 04:51 PM (0 replies)
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