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Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Stolen Valor’ Law – WSJ.com

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court cited First Amendment rights to free speech in striking down a law that made it a federal crime to falsely claim to have been awarded military-honor medals.

The 6-3 majority opinion upheld a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had declared unconstitutional the Stolen Valor Act, a 2006 statute Congress passed “to protect the reputation and meaning” of military honors.

Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “Permitting the government to decree this speech to be a criminal offense, whether shouted from the rooftops or made in a barely audible whisper, would endorse government authority to compile a list of subjects about which false statements are punishable.”

via Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Stolen Valor’ Law – WSJ.com.

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June 28, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Romney’s Bid to Become Liar-in-Chief

The United States has never been witness to a presidential candidate, in modern American history, who lies as frequently, as flagrantly and as brazenly as Mitt Romney.

via Romney’s Bid to Become Liar-in-Chief.

June 23, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

FOCUS | Monsanto: A Modern Day Plague

Monsanto’s history is one steeped with controversial products, deadly consequences, massive cover ups, political slight of hand, and culminates as a modern day plague on humanity, a plague that is about to peak to biblical proportions. Created in 1901, the company started producing its first form of poison, the artificial sweetener saccharin. The rise in use of saccharin really began 70 years later. Monsanto had plenty of time for a realistic and long term study on the impact of saccharin on human health. Instead, Monsanto learned how to finagle political support and grow its empire despite the growing consensus that saccharin caused cancer.

via FOCUS | Monsanto: A Modern Day Plague.

June 20, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Dark Ages Redux: American Politics and the End of the Enlightenment | Common Dreams

Dark Ages Redux: American Politics and the End of the Enlightenment | Common Dreams.

 

We are witnessing an epochal shift in our socio-political world.  We are de-evolving, hurtling headlong into a past that was defined by serfs and lords; by necromancy and superstition; by policies based on fiat, not facts.

June 19, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment