Category Archives: Civil Rights

“RIP VAN” POSNER – SIX YEARS LATER THE JUDGE WAKES UP

Judge Posner has stunned the legal community with a rare judicial mea culpa: an admittance that he was asleep at the wheel six years ago when he wrote that he really thought voter fraud was an okay reason to have … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Rights, Constitutional Issues, Indiana, Judges, Judicial System, Politics, Rights and Liberties, U.S. Constitution, Voter Suppression, Voting

DOUBLING DOWN ON DATA MINING

“Those who would give up essential liberty for security, deserve neither.”  Benjamin Franklin Ideals and philosophies certainly change when one’s position in the world changes.  President Obama’s push to “double down” on data mining is disconcerting as well as frightening … Continue reading

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SELMA, LORD, SELMA

I recently drove to Florida and took a detour to Alabama to see three civil rights memorials which had been on my mind for quite some time: 1) the Birmingham, Alabama,  location of the jail where Martin Luther King, Jr. … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, History, Human Rights, Rights and Liberties, Statues and Monuments, The Sixties | Tagged , , , , , | 11 Comments

FORT WAYNE AIRPORT INCREASES INVASION OF PRIVACY

I recently took a short trip to Florida  and ran smack dab into the body scanner issue at our little, ole airport.  Now,  I am not sure what basis is used to establish the need for these things, but Fort … Continue reading

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THEY WANT WHAT! JUST FOR MY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION!

As we morph into a society increasingly obsessed with tracking its members and assembling as much personal private data as possible in mega-databases, I would never have dreamed that my Homestead Exemption would become a vehicle to gather personal data. … Continue reading

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AS THE LION FADES – TED KENNEDY

Ted Kennedy – better known as the Lion of the Senate – has terminal cancer.  His days are numbered.  But while the most infamous indiscretion of his life forever kept him from running for president and haunted him the rest … Continue reading

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“THE ARC OF THE MORAL UNIVERSE IS LONG, BUT IT BENDS TOWARD JUSTICE”

President Obama responded to the Iranian crisis by aptly quoting Martin Luther King: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The universe will always bend toward justice – it may be a long trek … Continue reading

Posted in Barack Obama, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Iran, U.S. Presidency | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

WE’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY – BUT APPARENTLY NOT FAR ENOUGH

If you recall, the slogan “You’ve come a long way, baby” was tied to a cigarette, Virginia Slims, back in the ’70s. The notion was that “wow, look at all that has been accomplished by women.” For those women who … Continue reading

Posted in Barack Obama, Bill of Rights, Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Hillary Clinton, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Presidency, Women in Politics | 4 Comments

ROBERT ROUSE- FIRST AMENDMENT SHUFFLE

Robert, of Left of Centrist, has outdone himself with this one. For those of you who are not familiar with the Constitution, it contains the Preamble, the Body (those 7 articles that established our federal government and its powers), and … Continue reading

Posted in Bill of Rights, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, First Amendment, Government, Human Rights, U.S. Constitution