Archive for 'Rights'

You have the right to obey

November 16th, 2010 – 1:34 pm
Tagged as: Rights

Digby says: Everyone’s written about this “don’t touch my junk” story, but this new development is so sadly in line with my thesis about these things that it’s almost a cliche. When I wrote about it over the week-end, I pointed out that this was the latest in a series of steps to a police […]

Prop 8 is about discrimination

November 3rd, 2008 – 7:02 pm
Tagged as: Law,Rights

Here’s what happens when you replace “same-sex marriage” with “interracial marriage” in a pro-H8 ad: via Wil Wheaton If you’re a California voter, be sure to go out and vote NO on Proposition 8 tomorrow.

That’s my senator

December 17th, 2007 – 10:17 pm

The hero of the day is Senator Chris Dodd, as he stopped the Senate from approving retroactive immunity for the telecom companies, at least for now: Throughout the day Senator Dodd stood on the Senate floor and spoke out against the Bush administration’s abuse of executive powers. He spoke out against granting retroactive immunity for […]

Stress Position

November 25th, 2007 – 10:02 pm
Tagged as: Rights

Get great free widgets at Widgetbox! The Directors approached the making of the film in a way that has never been done before, choosing to show the reality of Stress Positions in as authentic a way as possible. They filmed a person being put into Stress Positions over a 6 hour period. There is no […]

Maybe this time it’ll work!

August 1st, 2007 – 7:26 pm
Tagged as: Rights,Terrorism

Today the news came out that the Democrats’ latest attempt to stand up to Bush involves amending the FISA act to expand the NSA’s ability to eavesdrop. Yes, you read that right, the Democrats apparently want to let Bush have expanded wiretapping powers, because if they don’t they’re worried that the White House will claim […]

Save the internet

May 1st, 2006 – 8:44 pm
Tagged as: Politics,Rights

This time the internet is under threat from corporations that want to maximize their profits by deciding what part of the ‘net their customers can see: Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet’s First Amendment — a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which […]

Republic or autocracy?

December 28th, 2005 – 10:24 pm
Tagged as: Politics,Rights

Over on Empire Burlesque, Chris Floyd has written a brutally cynical and probably far too accurate piece about the crisis that now faces what remains of our Republic: So now, at last, the crisis is upon us. Now the cards are finally on the table, laid out so starkly that even the Big Media sycophants […]

Another quote

November 12th, 2005 – 10:11 am
Tagged as: Rights

“Find out just what people will quietly submit to, and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” — […]

No First Amendment in NOLA?

September 8th, 2005 – 8:57 am
Tagged as: Media,Rights

From Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo we have this: At first the evidence was scattered and anecdotal. But now it’s pretty clear that a key aim of the Bush administration’s takeover of the NOLA situation is to cut off press access to report the story. First, there were the FEMA orders barring members of […]

Yet another step toward the police state

August 16th, 2005 – 10:06 pm
Tagged as: Rights

From the New York Times, via Making Light: Foreign citizens who change planes at airports in the United States can legally be seized, detained without charges, deprived of access to a lawyer or the courts, and even denied basic necessities like food, lawyers for the government said in Brooklyn federal court yesterday.