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  • The Supreme Court To America: Don’t Protest Me, Bro!

    Funny thing about the First Amendment’s speech clause: For something that’s relatively straightforward – “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech” – it’s generated endless controversy and misunderstanding. Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell struck down a federal statute (40 U.S.C. § 6135, if you’re scoring at home),…

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  • Your Friday Clash Song: Nembutol Numbs It All …

    … But I prefer alcohol! “The Right Profile” from London Calling (1979), a tribute to the great closeted actor Montgomery Clift, who died in 1966. According to the Clash Wiki: Johnny Green (Clash tour manager): “At Wessex, Guy [Stevens, producer] fished this book out of his bag, it was Patricia Bosworth’s Montgomery Clift biography. He…

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  • The NSA, FISA, And The President: Part II

    If only there were some way to challenge executive power when the President goes to far … Oh, yeah. There is: NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a constitutional challenge to a surveillance program under which the National Security Agency vacuums up information about…

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  • The NSA, FISA, And The Magical, Imaginary, Benign Presidency

    I’ve been trying for days now to collect my thoughts on the outrage du jour. I’m referring, of course, to last week’s revelations about the Obama Administration’s surveillance activities. On Wednesday, we learned that the National Security Agency had obtained an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which, as Mother Jones’s David Corn reported,…

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  • Your Friday Clash Song: I’d Rather Be A Free Man In My Grave …

    Okay, technically it’s not the Clash; it’s Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros doing a great cover of Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come,” from the soundtrack to the 1972 film of the same name. Nonetheless, I thought it would be appropriate for all those newly minted civil libertarians on the right who just found out…

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  • The Catholic Church vs. The Boy Scouts: UPDATE

    Well. I may have spoken too soon. Following a disturbing report earlier in the week about Catholic parish in Crystal Lake, Illinois, that severed ties with its Boy Scout Troop after the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay scouts, I went off on a bit of a rant – a justified one,…

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  • The Catholic Church vs. The Boy Scouts

    Well, this is disturbing. On many levels. A Roman Catholic Church in the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake has severed ties with its Boy Scout troop because the national organization, Boy Scouts of America, lifted its ban on gay members (while maintaining its ban on gay scout leaders). Ben Bradley of Chicago’s ABC television affiliate,…

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  • BREAKING: Barack Obama & Michelle Obama Are Not One Person

    By now, a lot of ink has been spilled and a whole lot of megabytes have been generated over this: First Lady Michelle Obama confronted a protester Tuesday night after the gay rights activist interrupted her remarks at a private fundraiser. Mrs. Obama was speaking to a crowd of about 200 people about protecting children…

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  • Running Like A Girl, And Proud Of It

    So, this past Saturday my daughter Claire and I ran a 5K race here in the Chicago suburbs. It was a bit of a fiasco getting there (a rather unfortunate choice of venue – Toyota Park, where the Chicago Fire play, right off insanely congested Harlem Avenue), but the event itself – the annual Girls…

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  • Fifteen Shot, Four Killed: Are They People, Or Statistics?

    Although you probably haven’t heard about it in the news, through the first four months of 2013, homicides in Chicago were down substantially from 2012, a year that saw an alarming 506 murders here. Unfortunately, as the temperatures rise, the murder rate tends to go up. So Thursday’s Chicago Tribune may well foreshadow what’s to come:…

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