Hey, kids! The ACLU and Commonwealth of Penn. say it's okay to fire away, as long as it's "non-threatening!"
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) secured a victory Tuesday for Pennsylvanians who enjoy dropping the ‘F-bomb’ without fear of reprisal from law enforcement officials.
ACLU lawyer Mary Catherine Roper says Penn. state troopers issued “more than 700 disorderly conduct citations for cursing in a recent one-year span, and local police hundreds more.”
Roper claims citizens’ newfound freedom to use expletives in common “non-threatening” conversation will cut down on needless legal costs endured by violators and the court system.
How do you interpret this ‘victory’ for civil liberties if you’re a parent or teacher? Afterall, this is a victory for protecting freedom of speech as prescribed by the 1st Amendment.
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The principal of a public school in Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-Mass.) ultra-liberal district is “bringing back the Pledge of Allegiance” next month, but only those students whose parents sign their permission slips are allowed to honor America.
On Monday, Devotion Principal Gerardo J. Martinez sent a letter to parents telling them that the school in Brookline he would begin leading weekly recitations next month of the ‘controversial’ Pledge of Allegiance, reports WickedLocal.com.
“I urge you to have a conversation as a family to help your children understand why I will be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and to support them in feeling comfortable and confident in the decision on whether or not to participate,” Martinez said in the letter.
Parent Judi Puritz Cook said pledging allegiance to America and its flag is “uncomfortable” for herself and her two sons who have been taught to “think very carefully before making any promise.”
When Martinez begins to recite the Pledge of Allegiance next month, Cook said the school will no longer be “inclusive of everyone.”
“We’re celebrating diversity and including people… and then to be the one sitting there, waiting for the pledge to finish, [that] doesn’t feel inclusive,” she said. “Yeah, it’s weird. That’s the right word for it.”
Agree or disagree with providing children with the option of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom? Sound-off below.
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Welcome to the People's Republic of Florida!
UPDATE: 12/08/2010 – Florida Official Responds to ‘Scrooge’ Accusations; Accuses Toll Collectors of Theft
Thanks to an unspecified “record” number of motorists who have grudges against all things Christmas, Florida transportation officials have forbidden toll booth operators from displaying decorations celebrating any religious or cultural holiday.
Christmas might have been the primary target of easily offended motorists (probably the same ones with bumper stickers proclaiming, “Embrace Diversity.”), but Muslims, Jews and African-Americans who operate toll booths are also feeling the effects of the state’s ban on Christmas decorations. In the name of ‘fairness,’ Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise outlawed all reminders of religious and cultural celebrations from display in toll booths.
“The state says it comes down to money,” reports ClickOrlando.com. “It has to be fair to all people of all beliefs and it can’t spend money to buy decorations for everybody’s holidays. The simplest thing was to get rid of decorations altogether.”
Toll booth operator Lana Fontanetta said if she’s not allowed to decorate her workplace — EVEN OUT OF HER OWN POCKET — she will turn herself in to a living Christmas ornament. She thinks the line is blurred between everyone else’s ‘rights’ and her own.
“Christmas is the biggest holiday and it means so much to me,” Fontanetta told KTAR.com. “You want to feel the joy and I feel like somebody’s trying to keep me down. I am a Christian and I’m not afraid to say it.”
Contact Fla. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie C. Kopelousos and Interim Executive Director of Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Kevin Thibault if you think they deserve lumps of coal in their stockings:
Email Stephanie C. Kopelousos: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Kevin Thibault: email@example.com
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Have the ACLU's once-rabid pitbulls been muzzled by the White House? Sound-off in the comment section below.
RightWingNews.com’s William Teach reveals that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has turned a deaf ear to nearly 1,000 complaints from citizens who say they’ve been violated by the Transportation Security Adminstration’s (TSA) new “enhanced” screening procedures:
The [ACLU press release] lists several stories of gropings, and you can read more stories here. Yet, for all that, the ACLU is mostly silent … Usually, one can count on the threat of a lawsuit, or even an actual lawsuit, from the ACLU. Or, they might be DEMANDING records and government information. Remember the so-called “domestic wiretapping” issue, which was anything but, and, of course, not actually intrusive? They went ballistic. Here? It’s all “just send us your groping stories.” Maybe the ACLU plans to submit them to Penthouse letters or something.
Agree or disagree with Teach’s opinion about “domestic wiretapping” not being intrusive, his point about the ACLU not going “ballistic” over the countless incidences of borderline sexual assault at the hands of creepy TSA agents boggles the mind. And, it sure makes you wonder if Barack’s got the ACLU’s tongue these days.
Contact the ACLU and let them know you’re concerned about why they’ve chosen to let these most egregious cases of civil liberties violations go unchallenged, leaving citizens victimized and violated from coast-to-coast:
Tel: (212) 549-2500
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If you live in North Carolina and take prescription pain killers, you could soon find yourself on a police watch list. A nanny state initiative is being promoted by the state sheriffs association that would provide law enforcement officials with access to patients’ confidential records in the name of bolstering efforts in the war on prescription drug abuse.
Currently, only doctors and pharmacists in North Carolina are privy to the state’s database of patients and their prescriptions. Patient advocacy groups say allowing police officers to dabble with the system in their crime fighting efforts would be detrimental to ensuring privacy of common citizens who have been legally prescribed medications by their licensed physicians.
Could granny end-up in the slammer if some overzealous police officers gain access to her prescription drug records?
“Nearly 30 percent of state residents received at least one prescription for a controlled substance, anything from Ambien to OxyContin, in the first six months of this year, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services,” reports the Charlotte News & Observer. “Nearly 2.5 million people filled prescriptions in that time for more than 375 million doses. The database has about 53.5 million prescriptions in it.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) objected to a similar effort by legislators in 2007 that would have granted law enforcement access to citizens’ confidential prescription drug records. Any new efforts by the states’ sheriffs will be met with the same opposition, the organization says.
“I am very concerned about the potential privacy issues for people with pain,” said Candy Pitcher of Cary, who volunteers for the nonprofit American Pain Foundation and takes medication for a broken back. “I don’t feel that I should have to sign away my privacy rights just because I take an opioid under doctor’s care.”
Eddie Caldwell, lobbyist for the N.C. Sheriff’s Association, told the News & Observer that his organization is willing to discuss the level of access to the data by law enforcement officials.
“There’s a middle ground where the sheriffs and their personnel working on these drug abuse cases get the information they need in a way that protects the privacy of that information,” Caldwell said. “No one wants every officer in the state to be able to log on and look it up.”
Do you support or oppose efforts by law enforcement officials to gain access to private medical information about citizens’ prescription drug usage? Is there a ‘middle ground,’ as Caldwell suggests, that would be acceptable? Share your thoughts below.
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