So Yahoo! helped the gummint trawl through Yahoo! emails. And, presumably, not just the emails of Yahoo! users but all the emails you sent to friends with Yahoo! accounts and all the addresses (like firstname.lastname@example.org) that forward to Yahoo! accounts.
Of course, those of us who care about privacy are all bent out of shape.
But don’t forget that the original FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) was introduced in the Senate by Ted Kennedy, passed by a Democratic congress, and signed into law by Democrat Jimmy Carter.
Source: How and Why to Delete Your Yahoo Account
If the Oklahoma Highway Patrol stops you, they can now swipe your prepaid card and take all your money on the spot.
The gizmo they’re using is called an ERAD or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine.
Is there a cause for worry here? Not really. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent, “If you can prove that you have a legitimate reason to have that money, it will be given back to you.”
Source: OHP Uses New Device To Seize Money During Traffic Stops
Hat tip to: Lowering the Bar
It’s time for another installment of Professor H.O. Hell’s Constitutional Lectures You Wish You Didn’t Read.
In this case, we’re covering the relatively recent strikedown of the Defense of Marriage Act by the Supreme Court. One of the cornerstones of the argument against DOMA was that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees rights to all. It’s even sort of true. Sort of. The thing is that it goes only one way. It protects citizens from States interfering in rights granted by the Federal government. It was part of the reforms rammed down the throats of the South after the Civil War (you need to rejoin the Union and we won’t let you unless you agree to these Amendments).
The point here is that the Fourteenth Amendment was intended as a way to stop Jim Crow. As we all know, that failed wonderfully because of judicial activism which ruled that it only applied to the federal government. It’s hard to understand how they kept a straight face while presenting that decision. People think judicial activism is entirely something perpetrated by liberals trying to make the world a better place and forget that many things have plenty of history with “conservative” persons (perhaps stagnant reactionaries would be a better term).
Setting all that aside, the Fourteenth Amendment was the point of this article. I’m not saying that the right to marry shouldn’t be spread evenly (why shouldn’t everyone have the right to suffer equally–ha ha ha), but that the foundation for that should not be sought within the Fourteenth Amendment which says nothing about the federal government giving equal protections. If, on the other hand, you want to know why Extraordinary Rendition is unconstitutional, you can always find it there.
And now that you know, you can’t unknow it.
Professor H.O. Hell
Daniel E. Musso Sr., 54, of East Kingston, New Hampshire, who wants to get back to the “original Constitution,” was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday after he purchased grenades from an undercover agent, telling him he had another $200,000 on hand to buy C-4 explosives and “rocket-type stuff.”
Here at the Biteme International Headquarters and Hot Dog Emporium, we love the idea of returning to the original constitution. Just think of it:
- We can own slaves!
- No more pesky women voters!
- No more income tax!
- But poll taxes are back!
- No more Interstate Highways!
- And the return of the privately owned toll road!
- No more Pure Food and Drug Act!
- No more Sherman Antitrust Act!
- No more child labor laws!
- No more Environmental Protection Agency!
- No more direct voting for Senate!
- No more Second Amendment!
And, finally, my personal favorite:
- Unlimited presidential terms for Obama!
Source: New Hampshire militant busted after buying grenades to bring back ‘the original Constitution’
More than any other generation, Millennials are militant about the use of offensive language towards minorities, and are rejecting the idea of a blanket right to “free speech.” A Pew report published on Friday revealed that 40 percent of Millennials in America (aged 18 to 34) were in favor of the government limiting hateful speech offensive to minorities.
The First Amendment was written by old white men to protect the privileges of old white men like themselves. It’s time to fuck that white privilege and support the rage of oppressed women and minorities.
Source: 40 percent of millennials favor restrictions on speech that is offensive to minorities: poll
NYPD Officers arrest demonstrator Kim Ortiz at a People’s Monday last summer, ostensibly for “Obstructing Vehicular Traffic” while crossing the street in a crosswalk, with the light, with half a dozen other unmolested citizens.
Demonstrators in New York City, under both De Blasio and Bloomberg before him, get whisked away to where their lawyers, friends, news media and bail bondsmen cannot find them.
No, the Bitemaster will not compare NYC to Chile or Argentina, but what goes on here shocks the conscience of anyone who cares about the Bill of Rights.
Tennessee State Representative
Sheila Keckler Butt (HD 64)
On October 9, 2015, — Yesterday afternoon, Tennessee State Representative
Sheila Keckler Butt filed HB1418, which mandates disestablishment in the public schools of Tennessee.
. . . my bill will mandate that religious studies not be taught before grades 10-12. . . . My bill also mandates that only a study of comparative religion, as it relates to history or geography, may be taught but that no religion shall be emphasized or focused on over another religion.
Finally, if the curriculum standards in grades prior to grades ten through twelve include a reference to a specific religion or the role and importance of a religion in history or geography, then the state board shall ensure that the reference does not amount to teaching any form of religious doctrine to the students.
See Raw Story and Rep. Butt’s website.
Despite never having historically represented the Confederacy as a country nor officially recognized as one of the national flags, it is commonly referred to as “the Confederate Flag” and has become a widely recognized symbol of the American South.
Students in Maple Valley, WA, Charleston, SC, Canyon County, ID, and elsewhere are finding that they can get in trouble for displaying the Confederate flag.
If you support the Tinker decision — and we do — then you have to support the right of these kids to wear or wave a Confederate flag.
“We can’t just have people swimming across the river having children here — that’s chaos.” — Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina
We’re pleased to endorse Graham’s proposal to roll back the 14th amendment so that it only applies to white people. But we expect the honorable gentleman from South Carolina to be the first to provide proof that his ancestors came here legally.
Source: Citizenship From Birth Is Challenged on the Right – The New York Times
The Oath Keepers are an anti-government group that claims they’re defending the U.S. Constitution. Big whoop.
But when they announce that they will arm blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, that’s when I get interested. Apparently they believe that the Second Amendment is not just for white people.
Source: Oath Keepers plan to arm 50 black Ferguson demonstrators with AR-15 rifles and dare cops to shoot