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Actual Malice at Vassar College

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:30pm 10/28/2017 at 8:30pm

I’m still trying to get my mind around the Vassar College campus reaction to my planned lecture on “hate speech” and free speech, which I wrote about in Safe Spaces and Safety Teams at Vassar College for My Lecture on Free Speech.

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff were whipped into a frenzy...

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Safe Spaces and Safety Teams at Vassar College for My Lecture on Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 2:20pm 10/26/2017 at 2:20pm

On October 25, 2017, I gave a speech at Vassar College on “An Examination of Hate Speech and Free Speech on College Campuses.” The main sponsor was the Vassar Conservative Libertarian Union, which also sponsored my 2014 speech at Vassar. Other sponsors were Students for Liberty and the Leadership Institute.

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The NFL, NAACP, and Free Speech

https://twitter.com/SInow/status/912473528351559680
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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 8:53pm 10/10/2017 at 8:53pm
https://twitter.com/SInow/status/912473528351559680

The NFL is in an unenviable position, but I think Jerry Jones accurately assessed the situation in stating that it is the perception of NFL fans that ultimately matters. The NFL brand is tarnished, and for many, irrevocably so.

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Vigils continue for Rasmea Odeh’s victims outside Reem’s Oakland Bakery despite legal threats

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, September 8, 2017 at 4:00pm 9/8/2017 at 4:00pm

Reem’s bakery in Oakland, CA, has been a center of controversy because of the full-wall mural of Rasmea Odeh.

Rasmea is the former military member of the terrorist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who was convicted in Israel in 1970 of the 1969 supermarket bombing that killed two Hebrew University...

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Sarah Palin defamation lawsuit against NY Times dismissed

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 4:21pm 8/29/2017 at 4:21pm

A federal court in Manhattan has dismissed Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against the NY Times.

The Opinion and Order (pdf.) is embedded at the bottom of this post.

Analysis to follow:

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Palin v NYT Hearing: Editorial Author pleads ignorance, Court weighing what that means legally

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 9:00pm 8/23/2017 at 9:00pm

As detailed extensively in prior posts, Sarah Palin sued the NY Times for defamation based on an Editorial regarding the 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. James Bennet, Editorial Page Editor, was the primary author of the Editorial, working off a draft prepared by a news staffer.

I discussed...

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Gathering Storms And Threats to Liberty

https://twitter.com/GillianNBC/status/826982753879019520
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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 18, 2017 at 7:40pm 8/18/2017 at 7:40pm
https://twitter.com/GillianNBC/status/826982753879019520

We’re living in a very dangerous time.

Several things are coming together that pose a serious threat to the liberty of anyone who is right-of-center.

While there are many factors at work, I’ve been focused in recent days on three: (1) Antifa becoming a part of the anti-Trump Resistance; (2) politically-motivated denial of...

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Palin v. NY Times – Sure looks like a case of “reckless disregard” for the truth

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 18, 2017 at 10:04am 8/18/2017 at 10:04am

As detailed extensively in prior posts, Sarah Palin has sued the NY Times for defamation based on an Editorial regarding the 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Recent developments have revealed that James Bennet, Editorial Page Editor, was the primary author of the Editorial, working off a draft prepared by a...

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Can NY Times really win Sarah Palin case by proving Editorial Author didn’t read the NY Times?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 14, 2017 at 9:00pm 8/14/2017 at 9:00pm

As detailed extensively in prior posts, Sarah Palin has sued the NY Times for defamation based on an Editorial regarding the 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

I discussed the suit and the motion to dismiss filed by The Times in a prior post, NY Times defense: Palin Crosshairs Editorial Wasn’t Actually About...

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Court: VA Politician Who Blocked Constituent on Social Media Violated First Amendment

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Chair-Phyllis-J-Randall-1726409590911855/posts/?ref=page_internal
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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 10:00am 8/1/2017 at 10:00am
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Chair-Phyllis-J-Randall-1726409590911855/posts/?ref=page_internal

U.S. District Judge James Cacheris in Alexandria, VA, ruled that politicians who block followers on social media violates free speech.

From The Wall Street Journal:

A federal court in Virginia ruled that a local politician violated the free-speech rights of a constituent she banned from her Facebook page, in a case the judge...

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Brett Kimberlin lawsuit against Patrick Frey (Patterico) thrown out

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 24, 2017 at 8:15pm 7/24/2017 at 8:15pm

We have written several times about lawsuits commenced in Maryland federal court by Brett Kimberlin against numerous conservative bloggers, including our Editor Emeritus Mandy Nagy (“Liberty Chick”) based on her writing about Kimberlin when she was

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Sarah Palin’s case against The New York Times

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 10:00am 7/4/2017 at 10:00am

It appears that President Donald Trump isn’t the only major political figure battling the media.

However, instead of using Twitter, former Governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is using the legal system.

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Howard Dean: “Hate Speech Is Not Protected By the First Amendment”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:00pm 4/22/2017 at 8:00pm
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One of the fondest dreams of the radical (and not-so radical) left is to undermine the First Amendment and ultimately to control speech.  Democrats have advocated the DOJ’s investigation and even prosecution of climate “skeptics,” condemned “hate” speech formally in the House, supported the criminalization and ban of “hate” speech, and...

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Is it any wonder people shout back at the liberal media?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 5:00pm 11/5/2016 at 5:00pm

In case you missed it, the liberal media is really upset that the people they have been pissing on for years are pissing back. But it shouldn’t be a surprise.

There are countless stories of liberal media enemies-of-the-week, innocent citizens who make one errant comment or tweet and...

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Fighting Fire with Fire : GOP AG’s warning to “AG’s United for Clean Power”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 3:00pm 6/19/2016 at 3:00pm

I have been following the antics of 17 state attorney generals who formed (AGs United for Clean Power), which intends to promote the progressive climate change agenda by targeting the fossil fuel industry using racketeering statutes.

Recently, thirteen Republican members of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee Republicans sent letters to 17 state attorneys...

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#FreeRebelPundit – arrested while filming leftist riot DePaul U. appearance (Audio added)

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2013/03/01/joining-andrew-breitbart-in-the-scrum/
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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 11:00pm 5/24/2016 at 11:00pm
http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2013/03/01/joining-andrew-breitbart-in-the-scrum/

Breitbart author/media personality Milo appeared at DePaul University tonight, and was met with a stage takeover and threats of violence.

Breitbart News has the details:

Milo Yiannopoulos’ event at DePaul University had to be cut short Tuesday night after protesters stormed the stage, blew whistles, grabbed the microphone out of the interviewer’s hand, and...

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Disney, Marvel Threaten Boycott If GA Gov Signs Religious Freedom Bill

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 8:30pm 3/23/2016 at 8:30pm

Walt Disney and Marvel, a Disney subsidiary, are threatening to boycott Georgia if Governor Nathan Deal signs into law a religious freedom bill that recently passed the Georgia state legislature.

The bill, HB 575, had already undergone significant revisions in response to pressure from SJWs.  The bill was initially designed to protect...

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