Civil Liberties

A water drop and ripples

Referring civil rights violations against January 6 defendants to the U.S. attorney general is a joke.

By Justin Katz | October 25, 2021 |

I mean, come on: “It’s clear to me the civil rights of the defendant were violated by the D.C. Department of Corrections,” Lamberth said. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s a January 6 defendant or not.” More importantly, the contempt order also directed the Clerk of the D.C. district court to transmit the order…

American flag in a field at sunset

Three types of rights cast a shadow on RI’s current situation.

By Justin Katz | October 22, 2021 |

Locally, the Rhode Island opposition (such as it is) is grappling with the shifting ground of our rights. Presumably, for example, parents have a right to send their children to schools that do not provide pornographic material to them and to demand a reversal via school committee meetings when that reasonable expectation is not met. …

Scene from Field of Dreams

A pornographic young-adult graphic novel in North Kingstown High School is another slip down the spiral.

By Justin Katz | October 19, 2021 |

Nicole Solas of South Kingstown has widened her efforts to return sanity to Rhode Island schools to North Kingstown, where she has filed a police report highlighting a very graphic graphic novel that North Kingstown High School provides to its students, most of them minors.  Following her reports can be challenging, if you have children…

A water drop and ripples

Add child abuse to the toll of lockdowns.

By Justin Katz | October 14, 2021 |

Reading these results from a Pennsylvania report, it would be fair to say that government overreach during COVID has been child abuse: A recently released annual child abuse report from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services showed that in 2020, the state registered a 43 percent increase in child abuse deaths compared to 2019. That…

Logos for the RI Democratic Party and Democratic Women's Caucus

The RI Democratic Party relies on a probably-unconstitutional law to silence Democratic women.

By Justin Katz | October 14, 2021 |

Controversial Rhode Island Democratic Party Senior Advisor Kate Coyne-McCoy sent a letter to the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus advising the group that it is using the word “democratic” in its name illegally, reports Steve Ahlquist on UpriseRI. In a surprisingly sloppy letter full of misspelled words, Coyne-McCoy refers generally to Rhode Island General Law Chapter…

A water drop and ripples

Maybe there’s some life in the judiciary, after all.

By Justin Katz | October 13, 2021 |

It’s not in New England, but pretty close: a judge actually sided with healthcare workers against the mandate regime: A federal judge ruled Tuesday that New York must continue to allow healthcare workers to seek exemptions from a statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate on religious grounds as a lawsuit challenging the requirement proceeds. Judge David Hurd…

A water drop and ripples

How to respond when the police knock on your door asking about your Facebook post about a protest.

By Justin Katz | October 13, 2021 |

Cardinal Pritchard is right that this video from Australia shows the appropriate response when the police show up at your house to ask if a picture on your Facebook page is evidence that you illegally were present at a protest. Australian police show up at someone’s doorstep to question him about his social media posts…

Dan McKee cuts a ribbon

Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Flustering McKee

By Justin Katz | October 12, 2021 |

John and Justin discuss ways in which the controversies of the day illustrate a surprising (and disappointing) tendency of the McKee administration.

A water drop and ripples

The mask narcing shows the media’s alignment.

By Justin Katz | October 12, 2021 |

Maybe it’s a small thing, and at least WJAR has somebody there, but it’s telling that Katie Davis would mix their failure to wear masks with the substance of this story: NOW: Group angry with @RIStatePolice and @GovDanMcKee deliver written complaints alleging brutality during protest outside McKee’s home to State Police HQ. None are masked…

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A Hanover math and business teacher was fired for not adhering to the state religion.

By Justin Katz | October 12, 2021 |

Last week, a post in this space juxtaposed Roger Williams University’s requirement that new hires model woke values in their off-campus lives with a federal ruling that Catholic schools cannot have a similar requirement for their employees and their values.  This week, Jeff Reynolds brings news on Legal Insurrection that a teacher of math and business…

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