Civil Liberties

Jeann Lugo Should Consider Suing Bill Bartholomew for Defamation

By Monique Chartier | June 28, 2022 |

Justin Katz called it early.  Bill Bartholomew’s extremely clipped video of Jeann Lugo striking Jennifer Rourke at the State House melee Friday night is a serious disservice to the truth. Bartholomew’s clipped video doesn’t show what happened leading up to that moment. So you don’t see Jennifer Rourke laying hands on Jeann Lugo.  Without his…

McKee signs gun control bills

Governor McKee’s gun-control photo-op was wildly inappropriate.

By Justin Katz | June 28, 2022 |

The image used as the featured image of this post shows Rhode Island Democrat Governor Dan McKee signing gun control legislation recently at the State House, and even people who support the outcome should be concerned by it. For the good of our states and our country, Americans used to have a clear, if undefined,…

A fist punches water

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Punches and Polls

By Justin Katz | June 27, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz review up-to-the-minute politics in Rhode Island.

A woman in a hedge maze

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Everybody’s Losing the Plot

By Justin Katz | June 20, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz talk about the ways insiders are missing the point in Rhode Island politics.

Sabina Matos takes the oath of office.

What does Matos have against the First Amendment?

By Justin Katz | June 17, 2022 |

No sooner do I resolve to take the summer off from social media than the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Rhode Island, Sabina Matos, decides it’s politically advantageous to involve me in her primary campaign to retain her seat.  According to her press release: The Ocean State Current and the Center for Freedom and…

Jose Clemente Orozco, The Clowns of War Arguing in Hell

There is no reasoning with those who will to confiscate law-abiding citizens’ guns.

By Justin Katz | June 16, 2022 |

The idea of “reasonable” and “common sense” gun control laws is becoming an obvious sham.  Reasonable people acting according to common sense differentiate between policies in different states and balance facts such as how frequently a particular type of weapon has been used in crimes in the state where gun-control legislation is proposed and what…

The End on a white brick wall

Politics This Week with John DePetro: RI’s End Approaches?

By Justin Katz | June 13, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss the discouraging news in RI and the solution.

A masked figure shushes silence

Redefined “tolerance” in Foster-Glocester is the marker of civil rights lost.

By Justin Katz | June 13, 2022 |

The totalitarian Communist language of administrators in the Foster-Glocester school district is reason for concern about the direction in which our country is headed: Several students at Ponaganset High School brought “anti-tolerant” flags to school following a celebration of Pride Month. In an emailed statement to The Journal, district leaders said there had been an…

An escalator

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Gunning for Power and Your Children

By Justin Katz | June 6, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz go over the news of the week in Rhode Island politics.

A handgun, bullets, and target

Dealing with Threats to Our Bodies and Our Rights

By John Loughlin | June 4, 2022 |

John Loughlin speaks with Dr. Tim Shafman about cancer and Glenn Valentine of the RI Firearm Owners League about the prospect (and legality) of proposed gun regulation