Klingenschmitt’s Weird ‘Understanding’ of the Constitution

Gordon Klingenschmitt has a rather bizarre conception of what the Constitution says. In response to the government finally agreeing to allow Chelsea Manning to have sex reassignment surgery, he says it's unconstitutional for the government to do so. … [Read more...]

The Danger of Robert Bork

Robert Bork died several years ago but he is still lauded by the right wing as having been unfairly denied a seat on the Supreme Court (he wasn't) and for being the model of a good conservative justice (he isn't). This is something I wrote in the early days of my blog addressing Bork's horrifying views. … [Read more...]

Another Man Arrested for Flag Desecration

It's been 25 years since the Supreme Court overturned all laws against flag "desecration," but word seems to travel might slow to some parts of the country. The police in Lafayette, Louisiana have arrested a man for setting a flag on fire. The ACLU of Louisiana tries to educate the ignorant local police: … [Read more...]

Principal Promises to Defy Constitution if Students Don’t Stand for Pledge

A public school principal in Florida is promising -- threatening -- to violate the rights of students by punishing them if they don't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem. Please try that. You'll be sued and you'll lose. … [Read more...]

Judge: Government Hacking a Computer is a Search

It seems like this should be the most obvious thing in the known universe, but sadly it's not. A federal judge has ruled that when the government hacks into your computer to get information they otherwise would not have access to, that's a search under the 4th Amendment. DUH. … [Read more...]

Americans United Sues Religious Charter School

My friends at Americans United for Separation of Church and State have filed a federal lawsuit against a charter school in Arizona that is little more than a fundamentalist Christian indoctrination center. Charter schools are bound by the Establishment Clause just like any public school is. … [Read more...]

Illinois School Punishes Student for Not Standing for Pledge

A school in Blue Island, Illinois is apparently looking to get sued. After a high school student refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance, entirely within his rights, the teacher tried to physically force him to do so. Clueless teacher, please meet the student's attorney. … [Read more...]

Former Cop, Legislator Accuses Colin Kaepernick of Treason

If there's one thing that bugs the crap out of me, it's people accusing others of committing treason because they disagree on some political issue. Jeff Roorda, a retired cop and former Missouri state legislature, does that to Colin Kaepernick in a column at -- of course -- the Worldnetdaily. … [Read more...]

Barton Thinks He Can Get God-Soaked Textbooks into Public Schools

Professional liar David Barton says he has signed a contract to create a government textbook that will "have a lot of God in it" but will meet the curriculum standards in every state so it can be used in public school classrooms. Yeah, good luck with that. … [Read more...]

Raid to Find Critical Blogger Ruled Unconstitutional

When a Louisiana sheriff raided the home of someone he thought might be an anonymous blogger who had been criticizing him a few weeks ago, it was quite obvious that the search was unconstitutional despite a judge having signed the warrant. An appeals court has now ruled as such. … [Read more...]

TN Official Refuses to Perform Gay Weddings

A country trustee in Tennessee, who is empowered under state law to perform weddings and solemnize them, initially stopped doing weddings so he didn't have to do any for gay couples, but now he has resumed them again but is still refusing to do them for gay couples. … [Read more...]

Court: You Can’t Search a Car Because of the State It Comes From

In states that border states that have legal marijuana, either recreational or medicinal, the police often focus their attention on cars coming out of those states because it's more likely they're transporting pot. But an appeals court just ruled that you can't do a search merely because of that. … [Read more...]


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