Friday, August 2, 2013

dangerous precedents looming in journalism

Congress and the Justice Dept's Dangerous Attempts to Define “Journalist” Threaten to Exclude Bloggers

Morgan Weiland
Electronic Frontier Foundation
23 July 2013

"Congress introduced federal shield bills in May—both ironically named the “Free Flow of Information Act of 2013”—that arguably would exclude bloggers, freelancers, and other non-salaried journalists from protection because they are not included within the bills’ narrow definition of who qualifies as a journalist.

If these bills—support for which the White House reaffirmed in its DOJ report—pass without change, Congress effectively will create two tiers of journalists: the institutional press licensed by the government, and everyone else. That’s a pretty flimsy shield if what we are really trying to protect is the free flow of information."

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just in case you missed this one...

Team Obama Steps Up Racial Standards for Neighborhoods

Chris Stirewalt
Power Play | FoxNews
23 July 2013

"A new interactive database will help regulators, local housing officials and individuals take action on a newly proposed regulation that would require agencies to “affirmatively further” the inclusion of minority residents in white neighborhoods."

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Hat tip: Red Flag News

you know that summer is near (Mt. 24:32)

Yes, Threats to Religious Liberty Happen Here

Ryan T. Anderson
National Review Online
30 July 2013

"Some on the left are criticizing Senator Ted Cruz’s recent comments about how the drive to redefine marriage may threaten religious freedom — but a closer inspection of the issue reveals his worries were accurate, prescient, and maybe even too cautious."

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Gay couple in UK suing to have wedding in church (The Telegraph)
Research by the Heritage Foundation on marriage
Research by Family Research Council on loss of religious freedom in military *
Religious Liberty as Founding Principle of America

* Contains link for pdf file of the complete document

the future on Obamacare

10 Reasons Why Obamacare is Going to Ruin Your Medical Care...and Your Life

Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
Activist Post
1 August 2013

"By forcing individuals to purchase compliant healthcare plans but not forcing employers to provide those plans, Obama is creating a swell of 10-13 million workers that must enroll in health insurance, but cannot obtain it from their employers. These workers thus have no choice but to use the government-controlled health insurance exchanges, or else pay a financial penalty."

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The "Big Brother' Database
Invasive insurance demands (already)

language as farce

Decoding the NSA: How the Agency Manipulates Language...

Michael Krieger
A Lightening War for Liberty
1 August 2013

"It’s no wonder, that “Big Brother” and the “Party” in George Orwell’s 1984 emphasize language in order to exert mind control on the population of Oceania with tactics such as “doublespeak” and “Newspeak.” After all, if we lose the ability to use language to effectively communicate with one another, what do we have left?"

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The original article from Slate