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This is easily the most cited argument in support of what the blogger Matt Walsh has called “the highest sacrament in the Church of Liberalism.” (Matt Walsh on TheBlaze) Namely, abortion.
Many liberals seem intellectually unable to come up with better support of one of their most prized social reforms. Granted, there are some truly intelligent liberals, but they are rare and few in between. Continue reading →
“Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best. Individuals on both sides of the issue passionately, but respectfully, attempted to persuade their fellow citizens to accept their views. Americans considered the arguments and put the question to a vote. The electorates of 11 States, either directly or through their representatives, chose to expand the traditional definition of marriage. Many more decided not to. Win or lose, advocates for both sides continued pressing their cases, secure in the knowledge that an electoral loss can be negated by a later electoral win. That is exactly how our system of government is supposed to work.”
— Antonin Scalia in Obergefell v. Hodges
This filibuster took place on May 20, 2015.
It’s one thing to hear about mass Chinese government censorship of Western social media networks and websites – it’s a whole other thing to experience it firsthand.
Every one of the top four websites on the Web (by Alexa ranking) is blocked. Continue reading →
Did I hear some liberals say the economy was improving under Obama?
In what was an “unambiguously” unpleasant April jobs payrolls report the fact that the number of Americans not in the labor force rose once again, this time to 93,194K from 93,175K, with the result being a participation rate of 69.45 or just above the lowest percentage since 1977, will merely catalyze even more upside to the so called “market” which continues to reflect nothing but central bank liquidity, and thus – the accelerating deterioration of the broader economy.
by Ryan T. Anderson, Daily Signal, April 21, 2015
One week from today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about gay marriage. Here’s what you need to know.
- There simply is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that requires all 50 states to redefine marriage. Whatever people may think about marriage as a policy matter, everyone should be able to recognize the Constitution does not settle this question.
Unelected judges should not insert their own policy preferences about marriage and then say the Constitution requires them everywhere. Continue reading →
by Adam Bates, Cato @ Liberty, Apr. 9, 2015, 10:56AM
It’s been a bad week for Stingray secrecy. Following a court-ordered document dump in New York earlier this week, a Baltimore detective yesterday testified in court that he had personally used a Stingray between 600 and 800 times during two years as a member of the Baltimore Police Department’s Advanced Technical Team. He also testified that the unit has used such devices 4,300 times since 2007.
Stingrays are handheld or vehicle-mounted surveillance devices that operate by mimicking cell towers. They have the capability to force cell phones within their range to connect with the Stingray and transmit ID information from the phone. Some models – the technology is constantly being upgraded to keep pace with advancing telecommunications infrastructure – are suspected of being able to intercept content, but the true extent of the capability is a closely-guarded secret. What is increasingly not a secret is that dozens of law enforcement agencies around the country have been using these devices for years to sweep up swaths of cell phone data, much of it from innocent people, with little to no transparency or oversight. Continue reading →
by Josh Siegel, Daily Signal, Apr. 8, 2015
The stark visual of watching a white policeman fire eight shots into the back of a fleeing black man in North Charleston, S.C. this weekend would not have been known to America if not for a bystander capturing the scene on video.
Those precise details as shown in the video allowed the state to charge the officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, with the murder of Walter L. Scott, 50, and reignited a national discussion on police reform. Continue reading →
The National Security Agency is headed by Admiral Michael Rogers, and is tasked with global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. It has recently become very controversial, as information has been leaked showing that the NSA has been systematically spying on and violating the privacy of America’s own citizens. Continue reading →
by Kate Scanlon, Daily Signal, Apr. 4, 2015
In a crowded field of Republican presidential candidates, is there room for agreement on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act?
The legislation would prohibit abortion after five months—more than halfway through a pregnancy—except in cases where rape or incest were reported.
A recent Quinnipiac poll shows 60 percent of Americans support pain-capable legislation.
Do the Republican presidential candidates support the legislation? Continue reading →