Category Archives: Rights and Liberties

“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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THE ABSOLUTE UNABSOLUTENESS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Republicans have, once again, framed an issue to suit their own misguided – and downright false – interpretation of our Constitution.  The original body of our U.S. Constitution contains scant mention of religion.  One prohibition is the requirement of a … Continue reading

Posted in Bill of Rights, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Republican Party, Republicans, Rights and Liberties, Women's Interests | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

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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NEW BMV RULES – SHADES OF BEN FRANKLIN’S FEARS

Eight years after 9/11, the public is still surrendering to fear and willing to sacrifice “essential liberty” for a little bit of security.  Promulgated under the guise of protecting unsuspecting Hoosiers from identity theft, new Indiana BMV rules, which demand … Continue reading

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PRIVACY RIGHTS FALL TO DESPERATE ANTI-CHOICE ULTRASOUND TACTIC

When it comes to getting the government out of our lives, the anti-choice crowd exercises a double standard.  Senate Bill 417 introduced by Senator Jean Leising of Indianapolis mandates a woman considering an abortion shall obtain an ultrasound at least … Continue reading

Posted in Indiana, Republican Party, Republicans, Rights and Liberties, Women's Interests | Tagged , , | 21 Comments

ANTI-CHOICERS PUSHING HOSPITAL ADMITTING PRIVILEGES AT STATE LEVEL

The Indiana Senate and House are again poised for a tussle over an anti-choice bill that would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in the county in which the abortion is performed.  SB89 … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care, Indiana, Rights and Liberties, Women's Interests | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

SUPREME COURT SAYS JUDGES CAN USE DISCRETION – FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES ARE ADVISORY NOT MANDATORY

The United States Supreme Court on Monday decided that judges may use discretion in imposing sentences in federal drug cases.  In Kimbrough v. United States, ___ U.S. ___ (2007), the Supreme Court fell in step with the U.S. Sentencing Commission which earlier this year … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Federal Courts, Rights and Liberties, Supreme Court

THE EYES HAVE IT – BEWARE OF BIOMETRICS

Mark Souder has become a crusader for biometrics identification (ID) cards; however, he admits the political climate is not yet ripe. That statement alone indicates he must think sometime in the future it will be ripe. Biometrics is, generally, the … Continue reading

Posted in Bill of Rights, Government, Human Rights, Politics, Rights and Liberties, U.S. Constitution, White House | 7 Comments