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An aerial view of the main protest camp on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land at the confluence of the Missouri River and Cannonball River in southern Morton County North Dakota on February 13, 2017. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Ladd Erickson: Social Media and the Human Race: A DAPL Protest Postscript

Ladd Erickson: Social Media and the Human Race: A DAPL Protest Postscript

This guest post was submitted by McLean County State’s Attorney Ladd Erickson. Oil pipeline protests are a possibility in Minnesota and South Dakota this summer.  I helped Morton County prosecute DAPL cases and thought better about posting about it at the time.   I no longer have that constraint, and will example how social media fueled

The Spirit Of The First Amendment Is As Important As The Law

The issue of free speech has been much in the headlines of late, most recently with the situation surrounding Brendan Eich who was forced to step down as Mozilla’s CEO because of a political contribution he made to an anti-gay marriage group. The cartoon above from the usually excellent xkcd illustrates a common defense of the sort

South Dakota Resident Feels His Group Is Part Of IRS Targeting

South Dakota citizen Doug Loen thinks delays in getting IRS approval for a free market non-profit he’s founding is the result of the IRS targeting scandal that has made news nationally: Eighteen months now and counting – that’s how long Doug Loen has been waiting on the Internal Revenue Service to approve his application seeking

Republican Senator Not Entirely Sure That Bloggers Have 1st Amendment Rights

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham isn’t so sure that bloggers have a constitutional right to just say anything they want. I mean, what do they think this is, a free country? Speaking to reporters, the South Carolina senator asked rhetorically, “Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves?” the Free Times

Some Claim Pro-Life Demonstration At State Capitol Is Against Policy

Over the Memorial Day weekend, pro-life demonstrators plan to plant 66,000 flags on the mall at the state capitol in Bismack to represent the number of abortions which have taken place in the state since Roe vs. Wade. “Women are coming out more and more in droves and are talking about their experience and how

Holder: Searching Reporter Phone Calls Is So Routine I Can't Remember How Many Times It Has Happened

So what he’s saying is the recently-divulged search of phone calls placed by AP reporters wasn’t the only instance. In fact, what he seems to be saying is that this sort of thing is so routine he can’t remember how many times it has happened. As his Justice Department faces bipartisan outrage for searching phone

Democrats Threaten The LA Times Over Potential Koch Brothers Sale

The LA Times and several other publications all owned by the Tribune Company may be bought by the Koch brothers, the libertarian/conservative billionaires who have become bêtes noires for the left. So, naturally, everybody is freaking out. Because it’s ok when liberals/progressives own mainstream media outlets, but not anyone from the right. Anyway, now the

Democrat Wants NASCAR Race Pulled Off Air Because The NRA Is Sponsoring It

Why not, the nanny statists got the Winston Cup sponsorship pulled. So, having successfully censored tobacco advertising, obviously they think they can get guns pulled too. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy does not like the NRA, and he’s making that quite clear. In a letter to News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, he’s asking that Fox cancel

Democrat Mayor Attacks Magazine: "The First Amendment, like other constitutional rights, is not an unfettered right"

Philadelphia Magazine published a story about race relations in the City of Brotherly Love recently, and it detailed concerns from whites who say that the city has become segregated and that they’re scared to speak out on racial issues. Perhaps justifying their views, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has launched an investigation into the magazine saying

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