Posts Tagged ‘free speech’

So-called “Chronicle of Higher Education” silences Naomi Riley for criticizing higher education – John Fund, National Review

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

John Fund:

Many academics I know agree that black-studies programs are often slipshod, academically non-rigorous, and repositories for “grievance” politics. But they won’t say so publicly, for fear of being branded as “racists.” Naomi Riley had the courage to state the obvious. The author of two substantive books on higher education, she has worked with me as an editor on such topics at the Wall Street Journal. She knows her stuff. Certainly in a 500-word blog post she oversimplified, but that’s the nature of the blog that the Chronicle hired her to write for — it consists of quick opinion takes on issues of the day. It is even called “Brainstorm” to make clear it doesn’t publish the definitive word on any issue.

Her lone blog post brought a torrent of criticism, attacks by MSNBC, and finally a petition demanding that the Chronicle “dismiss” her. It was signed by 6,500 professors and graduate students.

Colorado school charges 6 year old with “sexual harassment,” suspends student for singing ‘I’m Sexy And I Know It’

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

CBS Denver:

A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his suburban Denver school for three days after school officials said he told a girl “I’m sexy and I know it,” a line from a popular song.

D’Avonte Meadows, a first-grader at Sable Elementary School in Aurora, is accused of sexual harassment and disrupting other students, according to a letter the school district sent to his mother after he was sent home Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Transcript and YouTube audio, Ben Hodge and Kathy Brown interviewed by KMBZ 980′s Darla Jaye about free speech at JCCC under college leaders Terry Calaway and Jon Stewart

Monday, May 31st, 2010

The transcript follows after the YouTube audio.  This is from the Darla Jaye program on Kansas City’s KMBZ 980 AM.  Originally aired on Friday, May 28, 2010.  Four parts, total length 32 minutes.

To learn more, visit Red County.

The transcript follows after the fold:

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Opinion: Free Speech Rears Its’ Ugly Head

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

by Pete Lucas, a contributing author:

Don’t you hate it when people vehemently disagree with you? Don’t you wish they’d just shut up?

Fred Phelps and his gay-bashing homies come to mind immediately. Those people are despicable morons who are undoubtedly all closeted gays themselves. Whenever I see him I just want him to shut up and go away. Society doesn’t like his message, and doesn’t like being subjected to it.

But the ACLU defends him. What the…?

Fred may be a hopeless moron, but it would be completely un-American to silence him. This country was founded on freedom (I thought) and that freedom includes LOUDLY stating your opinion, no matter how obnoxious, poorly thought-out, socially unacceptable, etc. the opinion happens to be.
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Meadowlark: More Info on Van Meteren ‘Free Speech’ Ethics Case

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Kansas Meadowlark:

A recent Meadowlark article, “Free Speech” May Cost Kansas Citizen $7500, gave details from a civil fine hearing held by the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission in January, which was decided at their February meeting.

Kris Van Meteren brought a complaint to the Ethics Commission several months ago, and then talked to the press about his signed complaint. Van Meteren then found himself the subject of an ethics complaint for breaking confidentiality about his own complaint, and was later fined $7500.

This article shows the actual complaint filed against Van Meteren by the Ethics Commission, as well as the Commission’s Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (see below).

After the secret Executive Session held to discuss this case, which is part of Kansas Law, Commissioner Gerald Goodell made a motion to fine Van Meteren $2500 for violation of the first count, and $5000 for violation of the second count.  Van Meteren is facing a fine of $7500 for what he considers was “free speech” on his part.

Freedom vs. teachers unions (and the 9th US Circuit). SCOTUS gives freedom the victory.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state law banning local governments from letting workers use payroll deductions to fund their union’s political activities, a decision that could strike at organized labor’s ability to raise funds at local levels.

Five labor unions and the Idaho state AFL-CIO successfully argued in lower federal courts that a 2003 Idaho law forcing cities, counties and school districts to eliminate a payroll deduction funding union political action committees violated the First Amendment. (more…)