Free Speech

GrokTALK! May 10th Segment Two – No Free Speech For The Peasants

by Steve MacDonald May 13, 2014
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No Free Speech for the Peasants! In segment two Kevin Bloom joins us to talk about anti-seech bill SB 120.   We talk transparency, whether the bill would do what proponents claim (it wont), who benefits most (elected officials, political parties, lobbyists), and who gets hurt (the grassroots, small business owners, and regular, unsuspecting citizens). […]

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GrokTALK! May 10, 2014 – William Baer on Informed Consent, Plus- Free Speech, And the Race For US Senate

by Steve MacDonald May 10, 2014
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William Baer from Gilford, NH is our guest for 45 minutes as we discuss the issue of informed Consent. Billy was the parent arrested at a local NH School Board meeting while objecting to sexually explicit material used in a classroom without any notification to parents. Before that Candidate for US Senate Jim Rubens Joins […]

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Cops Lie

by Rick Olson May 8, 2014

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press.

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SB 120 As Amended – Is Worse

by Steve MacDonald May 6, 2014
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Is it ironic that the response of legislators to an attack on free speech is to add more words to the bill that attacks free speech?  You can’t just kill it and let speech be, can you? SB 120 has an amendment now.  I read the amendment.  It’s crap, see for yourself. Amendment 2014_1654 SB […]

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SB 120 – Money, Speech, and That Which Must Be Inviolably Preserved

by Steve MacDonald May 4, 2014
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Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. In the NH Constitution, Part I, Article 22;  Free speech and liberty of the press are essential to the security of freedom in a state: They ought, therefore, to be inviolably preserved. Inviolable: Impregnable to assault or trespass.  Invincible. Essential to the […]

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GrokTALK! April 26, 2014 Segment One – Is There Someone at BLM Named Putin?

by Steve MacDonald April 28, 2014
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There was plenty to talk about the BLM trying to grab more land in Texas and Oklahoma, and what those states had to say about it.  As an afterthought I had to wonder–just now as I write this–with all this land grabbing going on…is there someone at BLM named Putin, or perhaps Vladimir? This leads […]

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Shaheen Campaign Coordination

by Steve MacDonald April 25, 2014
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Skip has the goods on the latest evidence of Jeanne Shaheen’s Illegal Campaign coordination here and here. None of this is new of course, or a surprise. DCCC, PAC’s, OFA, Dark Money dirt bags like Hilltop Public Solutions, they are all cheating the system. They are Democrats. The laws do not exist to limit them. […]

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SB 120 – Another hearing Scheduled for next week, May 1st

by Steve MacDonald April 24, 2014
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Notes from today’s hearing on Speech-infringing Senate Bill 120 (SB 120), as reported here, suggest that there are enough concerns about who will be affected beyond what sponsors claimed was the original intent to merit more time and consideration. Or maybe this is a challenge to see if I really can write about this issue […]

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SB 120 Ruling Class Speech Cartel Lesson Number One

by Steve MacDonald April 24, 2014
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(Last I heard the hearing for SB120 is this afternoon at the legislative office building- 1:00- 1:30pm) Lesson number one – Money is speech. If money isn’t speech why do candidates need so much of it to get their ‘message’ out?  The message is political speech.  The money is the vehicle to effective political speech–speech […]

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SB 120 – Once You Sets Foot on The New Hampshire Speech Plantation…

by Steve MacDonald April 23, 2014
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Once You Sets Foot on The New Hampshire Speech Plantation…you best know the rules before speaking. Free speech exists to protect us from government tyranny so whenever the government or one of its surrogates tries to argue in favor of using government force to control political speech you need to pay attention.  When they actually […]

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SB 120 Exec Hearing Hijinks – Updated and Bumped

by Steve MacDonald April 22, 2014
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Update- SB-120’s next hearing will be Thursday, April 24, 2014, 1:00pm – 1:30pm at NH Legislative Office Building Original Post Last week, we heard that the next hearing on SB120 would be the following Thursday. Yesterday evening I heard that it was scheduled for today and updates my last post.  We have the room and […]

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SB 120 – “Hey, Anyone In NH Mind If They Lay The Foundation For A Speech Cartel?” (Updated)

by Steve MacDonald April 21, 2014
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Update- The Hearing is now: Thurday , April 24, 2014, at the Legislative Office Building–I beleive it is room 308 The sponsors and supporters of SB120 are creating a political protection racket. Think about it.  These politicians are spending our money, to enact a law that will be enforced using our money, whose purpose is […]

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GrokTALK! April 12th, 2014 with Andrew Hemingway – Candidate for Governor of NH

by Steve MacDonald April 18, 2014
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Andrew Hemingway joins us to talk about his campaign for governor of New Hampshire. We touch on some issues important to the state and before he joins us — his new primary opponent, Walter Havenstein–with some filler about money and speech. Listen to Segment Four Listen or Download this segment here Here Listen to the […]

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SB 120 – Speech Limited In NH By Those Most Threatened By It (Updated)

by Steve MacDonald April 15, 2014
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I have been following the New Hampshire Political ruling class efforts to stifle political speech for years.  It is a bipartisan effort to erect barriers to free speech.  So what do you call that?  Almost free speech?  Sort of Free speech?  Selective Free speech?  Speech that’s free but only during the calendar days defined by […]

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The Progressive definitions of “Free Speech”

by Skip April 13, 2014

(H/T: Powerline)

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Shame, Shame, Brandeis University

by MullahFoe April 13, 2014

For decades, I have been sounding the alarm about the ever-increasing menace Islam is posing to America and our way of life. Apathy, political correctness, and massive Islamic lobbying have successfully prevented the public from truly grasping the pervasive Islamic assault. Freedom of speech, a right greatly cherished by a free people, is an area […]

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Me Vs The “Pro Selective Use of The First Amendment” Bruce

by Scott Morales April 5, 2014
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I’ve had an exchange with a commenter on the Steyn post I updated last week. I’d like to cite a few bits because I think it’s illustrative of the issue at hand and why Steyn needs to be defended and must win. If you’re not familiar with the Mark Steyn battle against Silence Enforcer Mann […]

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Support a Fellow New Hampsherite Fighting For Free Speech–Support Mark Steyn [Updated & Bumped]

by Scott Morales March 28, 2014
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Update:  This is just a reminder to keep New Hampshire’s very own “scary conservative with a hidden agenda” in your thoughts. And to persuade you to consider wandering over to www.steynonline.com, home of entertaining edification, to help fight for free speech.  We need all the fighters we can get these days.  Too many are seeking […]

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Chuck Schumer’s ‘Shield Law’ Makes Some “Journalists” a New Protected Class

by Steve MacDonald March 27, 2014
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Chuck Schumer’s shield law is meant to protect journalists from being dragged into court or intimidated by the legal system into giving up their confidential sources (among other things).   In reality, this is nothing more than the closing chapter of a ‘drama’ by which Democrats create statute that allows the government to define who gets […]

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Notable Quote – Steve Mac Donald

by Skip March 12, 2014

…Neither you nor I, nor any small business owner, or interested local grass-roots group, will ever have the time or resources to risk tangling with complex “speech” laws, loaded with trip wires.  Speech becomes a luxury commodity protected for the wealthy and well-connected, at the exclusion of a majority of the populace. If and when […]

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Notable Quote – George Will

by Skip March 10, 2014

The idea that politicians should write laws restricting people critical of them is as perverse as the idea that the sprawling, opaque IRS bureaucracy should be assigned to construe and apply such laws. It is bad enough that there is the misbegotten Federal Election Commission to do what the First Amendment forbids — government regulation […]

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Where I disagree with Steve on SB 120 – the NH Republican State Senator Incumbent Protection Racket Act

by Skip February 9, 2014

No,  Steve, it is NOT “not… intentional“: I’m not saying that any of this was intentional, by the way.  I’m saying that the sponsors are probably too blinkered by their own arrogance, trapped in the tunnel-vision of their own circumstances, to realize the destructive power of what they are trying to do. I believe SB120’s […]

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NH SB 120 The Democrats Long Sought ‘Wall Of Separation’ Between “Free” and “Speech” (Sponsored by Republicans)

by Steve MacDonald February 9, 2014
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Rumor has it that the NH Republican majority Senate is ready to dust off Republican sponsored SB 120, and push it through the legislature.  The democrats could not be happier. SB 120 is a bill that redefines what a committee is, and what classifies as an expenditure for the purposes of political speech.  And it […]

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GrokTALK! February, 8th 2014 – the Videos

by Skip February 8, 2014

As always, Steve beat me to the posting (er, it takes a while to get the videos into the right shape for editing and then posting).  Also nice to report that with figuring out how to work with the UStream files (created during our livestreaming of our events), we’ll be posting the video of the […]

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Dana Loesch…to Guest Host on ‘The View’

by Steve MacDonald February 2, 2014
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Dana Loesch on the View?  That should make the Super Bowl look like a debutante’s ball. From Joe For America.com TheBlaze TV’s Dana Loesch will be guest hosting ABC’s “The View” on Monday — that is, if the anti-gun group Moms Demand Action doesn’t get its way. Additionally, the far-left Media Matters has also come out of the woodwork […]

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Notable Quote – Stephen Carter

by Susan Olsen February 1, 2014

  “I am old-fashioned enough to believe that the cure for bad speech is good speech. Yes, it’s a cliche. But it’s also a useful reminder. Nobody  is forced to enter public debate. Once you’re there, it’s rough and tumble. Unfair attacks are as common as dew and sunshine, and everybody’s reputation takes a beating. […]

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Court Rules: Bloggers Same As Journalists

by Steve MacDonald January 19, 2014
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And so are you, for that matter. The three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held unanimously that there is no difference between a journalist for a media outlet and another speaker when it comes to First Amendment protections. … “The protections of the First Amendment do not turn on whether the defendant […]

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Even in our jammies…

by Susan Olsen January 18, 2014

Attorney and professor Eugene Volokh is a tireless and ferocious warrior for liberty.  He wins another one for the good guys.

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And it requires that Congressmen and Senators, you know – as role models, show that they respect the Constitution themselves

by Skip January 14, 2014

Last time I looked, “Speech Intimidation by US Senators” was not in the Constitution or Bill of Rights.  This is this, however (the First Amendment): Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of […]

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If Universities Can Regulate Away A Second Amendment Right…

by Steve MacDonald December 29, 2013

Yesterday Rick reported on a gun rights ruling in Florida that overturned a Florida State University ban on students storing firearms in their vehicles. Judge Clay Roberts wrote, “Restricting recreational activities is a far cry from restricting a fundamental, constitutional right to keep and bear arms for self-defense…” … Judge Scott Makar wrote “… If […]

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