Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Shorter Supreme Court: Catholicism and Fundamentalism Are OK, But Christian Scientists and Jehovah’s Witnesses Iz Weird

Like Echnide, I can’t really understand the Supreme Court majority’s logic in the Hobby Lobby case: Here’s the part of the majority (the five Conservatives of the Court) opinion which made my teeth hurt: In any event, our decision in … Continue reading

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One Law for Abortion and One Law for Banks

Barbara O’Brien makes the smartest comment I’ve read about the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down Massachusetts’ buffer zone law that protects patients (boldface mine): Let’s try a thought experiment: Let’s say a number of people decide that banks … Continue reading

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Nocera Gets It Half-Right: On the Freedom to Hunt Your Slaves

Joe Nocera does a good service with this history lesson, but he misses the key point (boldface mine): The surprising discovery is that of all the amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights, the Second was probably the least debated. … Continue reading

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Targetting the Wrong People for the Wrong Reasons

I know I beat this drum often, but once again, we learn that our surveillance apparatus is directed at non-violent political opposition (boldface mine): Other centers distributed information about the [Occupy] protests, sometimes describing arrests or disruptive tactics, but often … Continue reading

Posted in CIA Spy Shit, Civil Liberties, Fucking Morons, Terrorism | 2 Comments

The Only Thing More Ridiculous Than a National Security State Is a Privatized Security State

As we’ve discussed before, the oft-repeated canard of the tradeoff between security and liberty is fundamentally flawed, since the ‘security’ apparatus is typically aimed at non-violent economic and political dissent, while missing those who perpetrate violence. The only thing dumber … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, CIA Spy Shit, Civil Liberties | 1 Comment

The Consumer Surveillance State: The Joan Jett Edition

Recently, I got into a pleasant argument with someone about whether Joan Jett, in her early days, was a punk rocker (the argument was pleasant BECAUSE I WON). What this required was the two of us looking at a bunch … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Civil Liberties, Music | 4 Comments

Rightwing Mobs Set Up Armed Checkpoints in Nevada

It’s safe to say that the right is no longer playing at insurrection, but is actually denying other citizens their right to free assembly (boldface mine): A Democratic congressman from Nevada said in a letter this week that his constituents … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Conservatives, Fucking Morons, Terrorism, The Rule of Law | 3 Comments

Bringing Tenure to a Gun Fight

If you haven’t heard, the faculty and students of the University of Maine have been fighting to have a bunch of idiotic cuts restored. As you might imagine, there have been non-violent protests and heated faculty meetings. And then there’s … Continue reading

Posted in BANG! BANG!, Civil Liberties, Education

Brendan Eich, the Dixie Chicks, and Judgement

After revelations that Brendan Eich, former CEO of the non-profit company Mozilla, had supported Proposition 8 in California (a campaign that was particularly odious and bigoted), I tweeted this: Re Brendan Eich, no one has mentioned the de facto blacklisting … Continue reading

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Remind Me What We Fought For Again?

Since the Tsarnaev brothers put the lie to the notion that ‘we’re fighting them over there, so we don’t have to fight them here’, how’s that other justification for the Iraq War doing? No, not weapons of mass destruction you … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Conservatives, Fucking Morons, Iraq, Rape