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 Last night during the Kicking Back  show, one of  my producers, wonderful man that he is, passed me a breaking news item about an amendment proposed by none other than Arlen Spector, long-time-Republican-operative-turned-Democrat, designed to stifle first amendment rights and muzzle citizen journalists.  YOU know who I mean, folks–anyone who seeks and reports FACT, unbiased by paycheck.  That would be…most Americans! 

And, be advised, folks:  these are the co sponsors.  VOTE THEM OUT, BUT BEFORE YOU DO SO, HOUND THEM OUT OF THEIR WITS BY ANGRY PHONE CALLS, SNAIL MAIL, DEMONSTRATION, FAX AND HUMAN OUTRAGE AT THIS!!! 

Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] – 3/23/2009 Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] – 2/13/2009
Sen Hagan, Kay [NC] – 5/18/2009 Sen Kaufman, Edward E. [DE] – 11/5/2009
Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] – 3/30/2009 Sen Lugar, Richard G. [IN] – 2/13/2009
Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] – 3/23/2009 Sen Murray, Patty [WA] – 3/30/2009
Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] – 2/13/2009 Sen Udall, Tom [NM] – 11/18/2009

I must ask: who the hell ARE these people???! Are they INSANE?? Or just hopelessly stupid, bought off, ingnorant fools who apparently have never heard of our Constitution and don’t care to. 

Democrats trying to criminalize citizen journalism

By: Mark Hemingway
Commentary Staff Writer
12/03/09 5:10 PM EST

An amendment to a bill currently being considered by the Senate would deny ordinary citizens doing vital investigations in the public interest the same legal protections as professional journalists. If it were to become law, the change could significantly stifle important citizen journalism efforts similar to the recent ACORN expose. 

The Senate is currently considering a new press shield law, s.448,  sponsored by Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa. The bill would “maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media.” Except that Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Cal., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., want to ensure that any new journalistic protections would only apply to professional journalists and not regular citizens. An amendment filed by Durbin and Feinstein would modify the legislation to define journalists thusly:  AMENDMENTS intended to be proposed by Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself and Mr. DURBIN)

 Viz:

 In section 10(2)(A), strike clause (iii) and insert the following:

 (iii) obtains the information sought while working as a salaried employee of, or independent contractor for, an entity—

 (I) that disseminates information by print, broadcast, cable, satellite, mechanical, photographic, electronic, 1or other means; and

 (II) that—

 (aa) publishes a newspaper, book, magazine, or other periodical;

 (bb) operates a radio or television broadcast station, network, cable system, or satellite carrier, or a channel or programming service for any such station, network, system, or carrier;

 (cc) operates a programming service; or

 (dd) operates a news agency or wire service;

 In section 10(2)(B), strike ‘‘and’’ at the end.

 In section 10(2)(C), strike the period at the end and insert ‘‘; and’’.

 In section 10(2), add at the end the following:

 (D) does not include an individual who gathers or disseminates the protected information sought to be compelled anonymously or under a pseudonym.

 While the ACORN story has stung congressional Democrats and pointed out the deficiencies of the mainstream media, there’s no basis for Durbin and Feinstein’s amendment that seems anything other than vindictive or an attempt to protect the powerful. It’s telling that bloggers on both the left and the right are in total agreement this is very bad law.

 In fact–it is NO LAW AT ALL,  completely violating, as it does, the First Amendment of the U.S.Constitution, otherwise known as the first item of the ten in our Bill of Rights, which, in case you did not know, proscribes government interference with our right to free expression, to wit:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 

Well, we all know how THAT’S working out…but there’s no reason we cannot hunker down and exercise all our legal options to restore adherence to our Founding Documents, First Amendment included, and the prodigious work of millions of Americans is testimony to that.  In the last year, I have traveled this great and glorious country far and wide and met so many incredibly committed Patriots, fighting for our freedoms on both foreign and native soil.  2.1 Million of them met in Washington, D.C. on September 12th to exercise their First Amendment right and express their feelings about what is being perpetrated against them by big, corrupt, usurping government; hundreds spent nearly 20 hours a day for over ten days, working at Continental Congress 2009, and CONTINUE to work, finalizing documents and speaking at meetings in their local areas to inform and inspire. 

And, what is our government doing?  I mean–ASIDE from lighting a Christmas tree with only red and yellow lights on it [what’s THAT about???!], trying to shove an unwieldy health care program down the throats of Americans who are overwhelmingly against it, perpetrating fraud upon fraud upon them and generally just plain whooping it up at the expense of the ever burdened tax payers, some of whom, like Sherry Peel Jackson, now sit in jail for exercising their rights.   Not to mention our military prisoners like Michael Behenna, the Leavenworth 10, Pendleton 8 and now three Navy SEALS, charged with the capture of a known terrorist who claims they gave him a fat lip in the process. 

Last Monday’s The Dame Truth and last night’s Kicking Back both featured these issues, as will tomorrow’s The Dame Truth with guest JB Williams and possibly Sgt. Tim Harrington.  The fight continues, folks, and we SHALL prevail! 

So, warm yourselves with the light of commitment to the protection and preservation of our Constitution.  It’s going to be a long winter, but eventually Spring will arrive, and with it–another huge convocation in Washington and Valley Forge!   For more information, contact eric@americanlibertyalliance.com or go to http://taxdayteaparty.com.   Make plans everyone…rest by the fire for the summer ahead…and hold fast to your dreams, for without them, “life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly”. 

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow
 

          —Langston Hughes 

 

 

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constitution-puma-small1Yesterday, a listener posed a question at the Facebook Event wall for our Constitutional Radio show: he asked what made us different from ‘all the other’ radio talk show hosts. I replied thusly. I’d like to thank you for raising that question! Firstly, I think it is a mistake to disparage talk show hosts, as we are now the only respite from the propaganda machine that has supplanted the news source that was once main stream media. We are the last bastion that stands between fact and complete lack of information, total disinformation, news suppression and out and out propaganda. Secondly, it is always a mistake to make generalizations because of the vast difference and array of talk show hosts, topics and objectives. Thirdly, what distinguishes drkate and me [a/k/a Dame Central] in our “Constitutional Radio”  initiative [and “The Dame Truth” and “Kicking Back“]  is that we strive to EDUCATE ourselves and our listeners so that we are AWARE of both the LAW and our OPTIONS in working to restore our Constitutional Republic. We take great care with respect to whom we invite as guests, always keeping in mind that our goal is to EDUCATE, MOTIVATE AND ACTIVATE concerted response to the issues our country faces today. We continue to be at the forefront of NETWORKING, MOBILIZING and ORGANIZING Americans to EXERCISE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS of FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE, and right to bear arms, these being the First and Second Amendments to our Constitution, and the first two amendments of the 10 that comprise our Bill of Rights. Why do we do this? Because we see a great need for Americans to have places to gather and learn, to support one another and our Constitution, and exercise their role as citizens in the greatest Constitutional Republic in the history of the world. Again, many thanks for asking the question, and for giving us the opportunity to answer! For that’s what America is all about! Stay tuned for things to come, and ever more news about what we are all doing to preserve and protect our Constitution, our Country and our Freedoms.

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Tune in to The Death of Free Speech.

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From Pat Dollard, I learned late last night that John Ziegler, my guest on last Monday’s “The Dame Truth” was arrested for…are you ready for this…?

…HIS crime? Daring to interview USC journalism students about Katie Couric’s journalistic practices. Dare I note that I am shocked? Or shall I simply accept the fact that we have lost our First Amendment rights of freedom of expression, that is, of course, unless one is a member of the Corporate or Government Elite, such as Messrs. [no pun intended there] Immelt, Zucker, or Obama, a member of Congress, a DHS official or a main stream media newsreader, who are all allowed to libel and slander our troops, characterizing them as what amounts to crazed, violent homicidal maniacs waiting to blow up their own country. THEY have freedom of expression; WE do not. John Ziegler interviews students about the mindless Katie’s [yellow] journalism, for which she won an award; Anderson Cooper makes a foul, odious joke likening patriotic Americans’ rallying for their country to practitioners of perverted sex. Both are rewarded for base, small minded conduct, and John Ziegler gets arrested for politely but firmly speaking his truth. For John, twas ever thus: He has been paying the price for truth most of his life. Just read his 2005 treatise on “The Death of Free Speech” to see how sublimely ridiculous it has all become.

I don’t often ask for direction, especially since I have learned over the last year that our millions of petitions for redress, emails of concern, faxes to follow up and phone calls to flood switchboard now fall on deaf, dumb and often hostile ears, but in this case, I feel it no less than incumbent upon each and every one of us to contact the Annenberg School [Annenberg? Really?! Now, WHERE have we heard THAT name before…it is a Challenge indeed…Oh yes! Messers. AYERS and OBAMA have very close ties to that name, via the Woods Foundation…and a few other things… 😉 ] ceaselessly and continuously with a solid barrage of H & I protesting the death of free speech, especially at the hands of a “School of Journalism & Communication.”

GO TO IT!!!! Sic ’em Lulu! Please contact the Dean of the Annenberg School of Communications–ceaselessly. Especially if you are not in California, where you can be arrested for such things.

Office of the Dean
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Southern California
3502 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281
tel. (213) 740-6180
fax (213) 740-3772

The school of Journalism Department (A division of the ASC) here:

School of Journalism
USC Annenberg, Suite 303
tel. (213) 740-3914
fax (213) 740-8624

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