Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

TOTALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL is the only word needed to describe Ocean City’s emergency public nudity ban

Ocean City, Md. — The Ocean City government thought it would be a good idea to call an emergency session to infringe on the US Constitution.

In a lame attempt to cover their behinds, the town placed language in the ordinance claiming that “there is no constitutional right for an individual to appear in public nude or in a state of nudity”.

That argument will not fly in the Fourth Circuit as the 24-hour old ordinance violates four separate state and federal laws and amendments:

  1. A 2002 state law in Maryland not only repealed the state ban on public nudity, it also preempted all local ordinances that banned public nudity too. That means that as long as Ocean City is a part of Maryland, they are not allowed to prohibit public nudity. State law is unambiguous here.
  2. The exemption that allows for breastfeeding in public violates Article 46 of the state’s Constitution. It states:

    Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied because of sex (added by Chapter 366, Acts of 1972, ratified Nov. 7, 1972. Amended by Chapter 681, Acts of 1977, ratified Nov. 7, 1978).

    Again, for those who have difficulty comprehending: the breastfeeding exemption alone violates this Article. Add in the fact that this ordinance will not apply to topless men and you have a second violation of the Article.

  3. The ordinance violates the Free Exercise and Religious Freedom clauses of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. In recent years, federal courts have ruled that public nudity is protected speech, even with the O’Brien Test that was adopted in 1968. Public Nudity is also a religious freedom issue as covered in the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law that came about after several Supreme Court rulings – Barnes being among them – that the federal government felt infringed on religious liberty. So, simply saying that there is no constitutional right to be naked in public may slide by with out of touch judicial activists, but such claims no longer cut it with the strict constructionalists former President Barack Obama appointed to the Fourth Circuit.
  4. This ordinance violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. As explained in #2, men are not required to cover up and breastfeeding is still allowed in the town.

As female nudity rights advocate Chelsea Covington put it, Ocean City believes they can violate the Constitution at will.

“Ocean City seems to feel that the Constitution does not apply to them, but a high court will decide,” she said.

Indeed. We will support Ms. Covington as she prepares her lawsuit against Ocean City. We expect that the town will be served wth the lawsuit first thing Monday morning.

The 2015 World Series champions are promoting blatant misogyny in front of their female fans

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Kansas City, Mo. — One surefire way to get women to boycott a team is by promoting blatant misogyny.

The Kansas City Royals are partnering up with the Vitae Foundation, an organization known for is misogyny all across Kansas and Missouri. The group, as the women’s rights organization UltraViolet noted, is known for manipulating and lying to women who seek abortions, and promoting extreme anti-choice propaganda. Vitae’s deceptive ads are so grotesque that one Kansas City area radio station actually had the decency to do what is right – remove the ads and ban the group’s ads from its station.

However, that’s not stopping the Royals. The 2015 World Series champions have signed up to broadcast the Vitae ads at games and over the airwaves on as many as 59 radio stations.

Women who are fans of baseball are enraged over this and are already planning to boycott the Royals.

UltraViolet has a petition in an attempt to diffuse this situation, which threatens to get volatile.

Sign the petition and call on the Royals to cease advertising with Vitae.

Have a Windows Device? DO NOT install the latest update!

Redmond, Wash. — Today, Microsoft released a build that will brick your computer and phone.

The build is known as 16212 and it is known to cause all computers and phones running the Windows operating system to get stuck in a boot loop and brick.

Dona Sarkar, the chief of the Windows Insider program, issued this tweet:

Here’s how to suspend the downloads of new builds for Windows 10 Mobile.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Go to Update & security
  3. Choose Windows Insider Program at the bottom
  4. Pick Stop Insider Preview Builds
  5. From the menu select Pause updates for a bit
  6. Under the Pause area toggle the switch to On

Unfortunately, once the download begins, the only surefire way to stop it is by turning Airplane Mode on your phone, disconnecting you and your device from the internet on data AND Wi-Fi.

If you have a MacBook, like we do at Aiken Area Progressive, take solace in the fact that it is one less thing you have to worry about (since your PC does not run Windows), unless you have multiple Windows 10 Phones like yours truly does.

h/t Windows Central

Three judicial activists uphold San Francisco’s illegal ban on public nudity

San Francisco — Three judicial activists have ruled that San Francisco’s public nudity ban can continue to be enforced despite the fact that the O’Brien case in 1968 the court cited actually deals with obscenity (as does another case in 1973), not nudity.

The three out of touch judicial activists in robes ruled that the First Amendment does not apply to public nudity (it does, under two clauses). Gypsy Taub and George Davis, the two plaintiffs who later ceased contact with each other, sued San Francisco four years earlier.

There is absolutely no justification for restricting the rights of nudists, no matter the claim. I hope that Ms. Taub will appeal this outrageous ruling to the full circuit.

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Nude dancers to go back to court to demand rejection of Deja Vu’s class action settlement

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Flint, Mich. — Nude strippers will be back on court on Tuesday, June 6 to formally announce their intention to file a rejection against a class action settlement of exploitation against the Flint-based Déjà Vu gentlemen clubs.

Merry Clark, a titty bar dancer who currently resides in Kalamazoo, was incensed at the settlement, which totals $6,500,000.00 estimated. She told the Detroit Free Press she and other nude dancers were outrageously exploited for years on top of years by Déjà Vu Services and related companies for “sweaty gross work”. Read the rest of this entry »

MyTube is free – but only for the Windows 10 Phone users and only until Friday

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If you are among the 2% of Americans – and 1% of global people – who have a Windows 10 Phone, here is some good news if you are looking for a YouTube client app.

Ryken Studio, the creators of the third-party app MyTube, is very appreciative of the Windows 10 Phone users, no matter how small the userbase is. To show their appreciation, the app, which usually costs 99¢ in the Windows Store, will be free until Friday afternoon EDT.

To get the app on your phone, click on this below.

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The real Karen Handel is a vile scumbag who stole from cancer patients

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Atlanta, Ga. — Karen Handel is the GOP nominee for the special election being held to replace Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price on June 20.

She may look nice, but do not be fooled. She is very ugly when you look beyond the surface. Read the rest of this entry »

Security guard pleads guilty to indecent exposure in jacking off to the Los Angeles (then San Diego) Charger Girls six months earlier

San Diego — A former Elite Services Security Guard has pleaded guilty to indecent exposure and lewdness after an incident during an NFL game that captured worldwide attention on December 18, 2016.

The media in San Diego, as well as the San Diego Police Department and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department withheld the man’s name. Read the rest of this entry »

Yahoo! Mail is the latest to put the lie to Microsoft’s claims that they can get a billion Windows 10 devices without its phone operating system

Basking Ridge, N.J. — It seems that being a desktop-only app was just too much for Yahoo! and Verizon.

Yahoo! announced on Monday that the app will cease to work on May 22. In fact, the app has already been pulled from the Windows Store on PC.

Well, this is the end for Yahoo Mail app on Windows 10. #goodbyeyahoo

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The app usage was not very high to begin with, and with massive security issues that propelled Marissa Mayer to resign and give up her bonus, the usage no doubt got smaller and smaller. Read the rest of this entry »

Two more apps to be removed from all three mobile OS platforms

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This past year has been a bad one for the mobile phone industry as several high profile apps such as Vine have been removed from the Windows Store, App Store and Google Play.

Now, you can add two more apps to that list.

On Monday, SongArc announced that it was removing its app from all three mobile platform stores very soon in an announcement on Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »

Columbia County transgender man dies – judicial activist David Roper is one cause of death

Grovetown, Ga. — A 25-year-old transgender man is dead and a judicial activist sitting on the bench at a Columbia County courthouse in Evans is to blame.

Rowan Feldhaus, 25, died after complications from surgery and another reason –  judicial activist David Roper’s refusal to allow name changes to go through in a timely manner.

“It was complications post surgery and then he was readmitted post surgery and it started snowballing from there,” his friend, Austin Atkins, said.

Rowan Feldhaus, 25, of Augusta, was in the final stages of transitioning into a man. He started the process about 25 months ago. Last year, he petitioned the court to legally change his name to Rowan Elijah.

Roper denied his request stating, “My policy has been that I will not change a name from an obvious female name to an obvious male name and vice versa.” The same judge also denied another local transgender man from changing his name too.

Roper’s decision led to Mr. Feldhaus’s death. He needs to be removed from the bench.

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Anti-Constitution blog Washington Free Beacon posts disgusting gymnophobic attack on Rob Quist. Aiken Area Progressive is endorsing Quist as a result.

GOP Hates the US Constitution

Helena — The anti-Constitution, anti-liberty, anti-freedom thugs called the Republican Party have stooped to an unprecedented low in the Montana special election.

They, along with the notorious anti-Constitution blog Washington Free Beacon, have smeared Rob Quist for performing at a nudist resort when he was an aspiring country music star. Read the rest of this entry »

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