As we celebrate our country’s independence on July 4th, it’s important for us to remember the incredible progress we’ve made and to look forward to the work that must be done for all Americans to truly celebrate their freedom.
My daughter and I stopped at the gas station the other day to grab some soda and a snack. We were talking in Croatian like always and the lady behind us smiled at me and said, “It’s so nice to see a mother and daughter together. If only you would speak English.” I was taken aback for a second, letting the words sink in. I was shocked at what I heard, but it wasn’t unimaginable because some people are afraid of different.After a few seconds, I gathered myself and muttered a few choice words—in Croatian. We paid for snacks quickly and quietly left the store. I could see my daughter looking at me for a response and I was trying my best to do what I would want her to do, just let it go. However, it was difficult to do so.
At least with our homes we have some reasonable ways to know whether or not a government agent has entered it. With our technology, however, they could enter our computers, phones, tablets, etc., take whatever they want, and we would never know unless they decided to tell us. And there have been too many instances of that happening for the American people to feel comfortable giving the government even more tools to access our technology.
Perhaps if the government had behaved more responsibly with our civil liberties to date, this wouldn’t be much of an issue.
I headed to the entry way of our home upon hearing the news this morning about the ruling from the Supreme Court about my right to marry the person I love. Days ago my partner James, who is the neighborhood vexillologist, pulled from his collection the colorful gay pride flag and had it neatly folded on a trunk, ready for the day the ruling would come down. I picked it up and walked briskly outside knowing that this ruling, will without a doubt, be the most profound action the court will ever have on my life….
Gov. Scott Walker on Friday called the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country “a grave mistake.”
Walker issued a lengthy statement on Facebook backing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow states to define marriage and calling the ruling “judicial activisim.”
“The lawyer representing six protesters who won a combined $44,830 in damages from the State of Wisconsin earlier this week says the total cost for unconstitutional arrests and fines handed out by Capitol Police since 2011 could ultimately run over $1 million. Attorney Jeff Scott Olson said that all of the protesters arrested under a…
During the 2004 elections, George W. Bush’s campaign, managed by a closeted gay man, pushed a series of anti-gay ballot initiatives across the country. The House of Representatives, led by a male speaker who allegedly sexually assaulted a male minor, moved a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage after beating back attempts to strengthen hate…
“How much phone metadata does the government (and soon the phone companies) actually collect?… What other kinds of data does the government gather in bulk?… What are the costs of collecting all this data?…” Via “Three Big Questions About the N.S.A.’s Patriot Act Powers.” @ Althouse.
Via Scott “Big Government” Walker supports NSA domestic spying program @ Blogging Blue.
Via Eugene Volokh thinks the Madison, Wisconsin school board is violating the First Amendment… @ Althouse.
Via “Marriage May Be Contracted In Accordance With Law By Two Persons Without Distinction As To Their Sex” @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.
Via Nanny State Republican Rep. Edming says we’re all immigrants now….take a citizenship test or you don’t graduate @ Democurmudgeon.
Volokh finds “the use of criminal libel law in political disputes… troubling.” I’ll say. I mean, that was Walker’s point — government using its power to intimidate political opponents — and Chisholm’s instinct was to threaten to use government power to intimidate political opponents. Of course, that’s a despicable chilling of free speech. In fact,…
Early this week, the National Review came out with an explosive cover story detailing the experience of three private citizens subjected to armed police with battering rams conducting pre-dawn raids of their homes, seizing cell phones and personal computers, and admonishing them to tell no one — even as the authorities apparently tipped off favored…
A Milwaukee-based public interest law firm has opened a second front in a legal war over Wisconsin police censoring names and other key parts from reports if the information came from driver’s license records. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty on Tuesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of a reporter with Wisconsin Reporter, a conservative…
Scott Walker signals support for eliminating 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases http://t.co/02avOwVDtn — madison.com (@madisondotcom) March 3, 2015
Via Jury awards $2,500 to hunter who sued DNR warden for wrongful arrest @ JS Proof and Hearsay Blog.