Archive for the ‘Freedom of Speech’ Category

Berkeley Sets Liberal Benchmark

December 16, 2014

Recently, Filmmaker Ami Horowitz went to the University of California’s Berkeley campus to conduct an experiment. Waving an ISIS flag, making remarks favorable to ISIS, and blaming America for world terrorism, Ami was ignored or encouraged, but never challenged by passing students.

When he later switched to waving an Israeli flag and denouncing Hamas, he was continually challenged, cursed at, and vilified. Students’ hatred and demeaning of Israel was vehemently pronounced while sympathy for Hamas seemed unanimous. Terrorist organizations such as ISIS and Hamas are unabashedly supported by Berkeley and academia in general.

Berkeley, California, of course, is a leader in “progressiveness” proudly forcing marijuana dispensaries to provide free medicinal marijuana to low-income customers, enacting a tax on soda, and putting warning labels on gas pumps. While the Berkeley campus prides itself on free speech, it hypocritically has no problem banning a speech by liberal Bill Maher solely due to his view on Muslims.

Ironically, Berkeley encourages students to embrace everything liberal while refusing to follow a local ordinance raising the minimum wage. Students speak out loudly and protest often concerning political issues, but very few students (14%) bothered to vote in the mid-term elections even though there were measures on the ballot affecting student life.

Berkeley’s liberalism has “progressed” to the point where victimizing criminals, as long as they are minorities, and bashing the USA are automatic reactions. Criminals or murderers who hate the USA, such as ISIS and Hamas, are ‘twofers’ and held in even higher esteem. Berkeley isn’t the only school actively indoctrinating students to sympathize with criminals and bash the USA, but it does set the benchmark for the liberal agenda at colleges and universities across the nation.

Schools in many Arab countries are encouraging students to hate Israel and the USA and adopt terrorism as a way of life. Schools in this country are encouraging students to hate the USA and rally with criminals against the evil American “system”. What kind of future does that predict for this country? With Berkeley leading the way, can there even be a future for this country?

David J. Hentosh

Just Go Away, Jane

June 3, 2014

The far left hates the military and this is especially true of the liberal academia controlling our education system. Their pretense of respect for servicemen has been an attempt to make amends for the disgraceful way they treated military personnel during the Vietnam War. UCLA inviting Jane Fonda as a graduation commencement speaker shatters that pretense.

Vietnam vets are, understandably, upset. They will never forget the 1972 treasonable actions of Jane in North Vietnam which are clearly defined in Henry Mark Holzer and Erika Holzer’s factual book, Aid and Comfort. Fonda has offered a half-hearted apology for her actions but it is obvious that she, and the far left, continue to proudly view the incident as a high water mark of their protests.

Vietnam vets have been deeply insulted by Fonda’s escape from prosecution for treason. Her continued movie career and financial success from exercise videos poured salt in the wounds many vets suffered because of her actions. She was treated by the world press at the time as being representative of the view of all of America. Soldiers in the field as well as those at home could not help feeling hurt and abandoned because of her immature foolishness.

Liberal colleges across the nation continually bring in speakers who are an affront to the silent majority and American tradition. The more radical a speaker, the more welcome they are. Students brainwashed by liberal academia are encouraged to protest speakers not fitting the radical mold, so, the squeaky wheel often gets the grease with the cancelling of those speakers.

In this manner, former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, politely backed out of speaking at Rutgers due to loud protests from a minority of close-minded students unwilling to hear from someone outside their protected political bubble. Jane Fonda lacks the class to do the same and will most certainly speak at UCLA in a shameless attempt to bask in the limelight of her protesting glory days.

Vietnam vets, understanding that justice will never be served to Jane, would like her to just go away. Is that too much to ask? For UCLA, unfortunately, it is.

David J. Hentosh

Politically Correct Halloween

October 24, 2013

Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and most traditional holidays, have been targets of the “progressive” PC police in recent times, so it is not surprising to find Halloween under attack. It seems that those who self-righteously consider themselves champions of personal freedom are, once again, shamelessly trying to dictate everyone’s way of life and “transform” America.

The PC Command Center is our nation’s schools and it is there attacks begin. The Cumberland County, PA school district no longer allows costumes or parades for Halloween, citing “safety concerns” as reason for the ban. They do, however, allow dress-up days throughout the year for students to express individual creativity. That would probably include the PC-approved cross-dressing day held at a Milwaukee elementary school.

Inglewood Elementary School in the North Penn School District tried to ban Halloween using the popular and misinterpreted “Separation of Church and State” excuse. As extra ammunition, dietary concerns, specifically peanut allergies, were included. After an angry outcry from those whose sensitivities were supposed to have been rankled, the ban was lifted.

Colleges, however, have very little backlash when they “mold” the minds of students. Banning Halloween can be done in such a way that students do not even realize banning is taking place. The University of Colorado warns students to avoid costumes such as cowboys, Indians, white trash (which I’m sure includes hobos), over-sexualized themes (geishas, French maids), and anything portraying a culture (Pirates, gypsies, Mexican bandits?). The University of Minnesota allows cowboy costumes but not Indian ones or any that perpetuate racial, cultural, and gender stereotypes.

So, traditional baseball and football costumes are out because of the offensive Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, and Kansas City Chiefs. Robots are offensive because they replace human workers. President Obama masks are racist and President Bush masks are…well, Bush is just plain evil. Darth Vader is synonymous with Dick Cheney and a witch is synonymous with Sarah Palin and, of course, any priest or nun costume is highly offensive to progressives.

Halloween is becoming as hollow as the PC movement and progressive ideology, but nowhere near as frightening.

David J. Hentosh

When Rights are Wrong

December 13, 2012

Obsession over “rights” continues to grow with little consideration of responsibilities. Distorted perceptions concerning “rights” have become commonplace, demonstrated by the right to free speech being considered by many as immunity from any consequences from speaking their mind.

The list of perceived “rights” grows annually, from the European Union’s vacation “right” to a cellphone being considered a “right”. Now, we find Assemblyman Tom Ammiano in San Francisco introducing a “Homeless Persons’ Bill of Right” in response to the city’s recent attempt to restrict homeless behaviors.

This bill would protect the “right” of the homeless to sleep in public places, camp on city streets, urinate in public, panhandle, have access to bathrooms, showers, water and clean syringes, get welfare cash payments, and protect many other behaviors that the city has been trying to curtail. Treating these things as “rights” degrades the very concept of what a “right” is.

San Francisco currently spends over $200 million a year on the homeless, although little of that goes toward addressing the underlying causes. It is often called the “homeless capital of America” but has recently begun scaling back policies allowing homeless behavior many residents found to be offensive. Taking it to the limit is a common liberal trait and San Francisco, as liberal a city there is, seems to have reached a limit that Assemblyman Ammiano doesn’t like.

All rights come with responsibilities, but that has been sadly forgotten by a self-absorbed generation no longer concerned with the “common good”. Many feel-good, idealistic notions are being considered rights, being demanded as rights, and being granted – but that doesn’t make them right. These “rights” are wrong and the very concept of a right is being lost.

David J. Hentosh

1st Amendment Clashes With 7th Century

September 25, 2012

Egypt’s Islamic and Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohamed Morsi, said the US needs to “fundamentally change its approach to the Arab world, showing greater respect for its values”. Furthermore, he said it was “up to Washington to repair relations with the Arab world and to revitalize the alliance with Egypt”. By “revitalize”, he means keeping the money flowing.

Respect for “values” that include beheadings, honor killings, terrorism, a real war on women (as opposed to US liberals’ twisted version), imposed religion, hating Jews, Christian-bashing, and other such behaviors is not going to happen. Until Morsi, along with the Arab world, stops trying to resurrect 7th century values from the ash heap of history, there will be no respect.

The Arab world harmed its relations by attempting to force its values and religious beliefs into universal acceptance. Unfortunately, Obama, sympathetic to Arab demands and intent on diminishing US influence, began a policy of appeasement, bolstering confidence in those trying to force changes that mirror 7th century values. This policy has succeeded only in fanning the flames of fanaticism and unrest in the Middle East.

Thus, Muslim leaders, once again, petitioned the UN to institute universal laws against “blasphemy” in an attempt to force all to bow to their beliefs. Religious fanatics, using a YouTube video as a tool, deliberately fomented riots and violence to assist their agenda. Those blinded by the idealistic notion of moral equivalence believe the ruse and continue to blame the video for this round of violence, thereby, assisting the fanatics in their cause. It is insane.

Religious fanatics are fueled by hate, intent on destruction, and unwilling to compromise. Our 1st Amendment must never bend to 7th century values or be affected by the hypersensitivity of these fanatics. The “change” Morsi seeks needs to start with him, his country, and his “Brotherhood”. Blaming the US for the consequences of Arab behavior has become a transparent ploy.

David J. Hentosh

Media Spins Embassy Attacks

September 14, 2012

Stop the foolishness and charade. The attacks on our embassies in the Middle East were not caused by a stupid movie. The root cause is hatred of the US that has been deliberately planted and nurtured by Islamic militants wanting to control not only the Arab world, but the entire world.

Their goal is to eradicate both Israel and the US, the two biggest impediments to their mission, and erase centuries of world progress that reduced Arab influence. The desired result is the forced implementation of their distorted version of Sharia Law.

Blaming a filmmaker, as blaming a cartoonist, for violent protests is a smoke screen. Apologizing for an individual’s freedom of expression in a free society is not an appropriate official, or media, response.

The movie was just another excuse for violence against the US. Yes, many Muslims were offended by the movie and decided, or were coerced, to protest. However, the current media debate about whether violence was premeditated or not is just a politically correct attempt to spin reality. Bringing RPG’s to a “peaceful” protest does not require a deep analysis of intent. Doing so on 9/11 is too obvious to be a coincidence.

Furthering the media’s folly has been the intense focus on Romney’s remarks rather than on the administration’s response, or lack of. Turning this into an all-out Romney-bashing event is a transparent low for the media. Attempts to appease Islamic sensitivities are the main thrust of so-called “journalistic” queries that do not center on Romney. Protecting Obama from pre-election negativity is foremost.

There are now rumors circulating about foreknowledge of the attacks by the administration, but the biased media will not tarnish Obama. Those rumors will have to be vetted by independent investigators and, if true, forced onto the mainstream media for reporting. Until that time, we will be subjected to more appeasement attempts, praise for Obama, and Romney-bashing rather than journalism. In other words, the same old daily news casts.

David J. Hentosh

Interesting Free Webcasts from Hillsdale College

June 20, 2011

The Center for Security Policy and Hillsdale College invite you to view a free, live webcast TOMORROW, Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

Conference on Balancing National Defense Interests and Press Freedom
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register Here to view the webcast.

10:00 am – Introduction
David Bobb, Director of the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship

10:15 am – 12:00 pm: Panel, “Reporting on Sensitive National Security Information”

Moderator: Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President and Founder, Center for Security Policy

Panelists

George Little
Director of Public Affairs, CIA

Brian J. Kelley
Retired Career CIA Counterintelligence Officer

R. James Woolsey
Chairman, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, former Director of Central Intelligence

Bill Gertz
National Security Editor, Columnist, The Washington Times

Stephen Hayes
Senior Writer, The Weekly Standard

Catherine Herridge
Fox national correspondent and author, The Next Wave

Jamie McIntyre
Host, Line of Departure military blog, former CNN Pentagon correspondent

The webcast will take place in front of a live studio audience at Hillsdale College’s newly opened Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the Center for Security Policy’s National Security and New Media Journalism Project. Click Here to read more about the National Security and New Media Journalism Project.

Register here.

Chavez Dictatorship on the Rise

December 29, 2010

When a wannabe dictator says he is “working for the people”, democratic policies and freedom are in jeopardy and time on the clock to stop a dictatorship is winding down. The intentions of Chavez are clearly being signaled by his rhetoric and his actions while opposition is being harshly stifled. Dictatorship is on the rise in Venezuela.

Using widespread flooding as an excuse, Chavez has obtained fast-track powers allowing him to rule by decree, bypassing parliament for the next 18 months. Having an overwhelming majority in the outgoing assembly, he has been working hard to make the incoming legislature, which is somewhat less accommodating to his wishes, powerless to stop his grab for total control.

Recent “reforms” of the legislature’s internal rules set the stage for a Chavez takeover. These “reforms” severely limit the legislature’s meeting sessions and allowable time for speeches to the assembly. Coverage of debates in the assembly will only be carried by government-controlled stations, allowing “authorities” to decide what is heard.

These “reforms” extend to the internet and mobile phones, making providers responsible for content. Any messages deemed to be disrespectful to government institutions or deemed to raise “alarm” among the population will be cause for punishment. Control of the media has been accomplished. (Think of that when the FCC begins to “regulate” the internet.)

Chavez intends to seek another term as president in the next election, two years away. He and his senior general have made it known that the armed forces will not tolerate an opposition victory. Protestors have been attacked and beaten, indicating that the next presidential election will be as big a sham as the outward appearance of democracy has been.

Many in the world continue to believe in the benevolence of Chavez, particularly those in countries already under a government’s thumb. They have been conditioned to put words above actions; making rhetoric the only “truth” they know. Some ideologues in this country buy into that manufactured “truth” and help legitimize Chavez. Consequently, it may already be too late to stop another anti-America dictatorship from spreading like a nasty fungus on the world.

David J. Hentosh

Democracy and Freedom of Speech in Belgium

September 20, 2010

Pro-freedom; pro-West party denied freedom of assembly and speech in Brussels.  The ruling elites would rather defend Islamic extremists because they do not want to admit their multicultural engineering has failed.

Democracy and Freedom of Speech in Belgium.

Update on Tom Corbett and Freedom of Speech

May 20, 2010

We commented this morning that PA Attorney General and Republican Candidate for Governor ( the candidate endorsed by the Republican party bosses) has issued a subpoena to Twitter to reveal a couple of subscribers who have been critical of the Attorney General.  (Whatever Happened to Free Speech–Part I)

Well.  Corbett must be second-guessing himself at this point.

Before he issued the Twitter Subpoena, @CasablancaPA had 4o followers.  Less than 24 hours later, they have almost 650. The subpoena and Corbett’s attempt to squash their right to free speech is the best thing that ever happened to that blog.

Now, the Washington Post has picked up the story and the ACLU has stepped in to represent the bloggers! Wow.

Here are a couple of updates:

Corbett Subpoenas Twitter Account Information of Blogger Who Criticizes His Campaign Tactics

ACLU helping keep Twitter Users’ IDs Secret in PA.