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Red Alert: US Supreme Court to take up Mississippi law banning abortion

Washington, DC — The US Supreme Court agreed today to take up Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health, a case that would likely overturn Roe vs. Wade, an already disfavored right by many activist judges appointed by radical conservatives on the federal courts ever since the 1980s.

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Don Imus, sexist radio host who called a group of Rutgers Scarlet Knight women’s basketball players ‘nappy headed ****’, has died

New York City — Don Imus, the infamously sexist radio host who called Rutgers University’s women’s basketball team ‘nappy headed hoes’ ahead of a national championship game in 2007, has died. He was 79.

He was in an ER since the evening of Christmas Eve.

Three more states legalize public nudity, Utah is the 49th to Free the Nipple after Tenth Circuit Court ruling

Denver, Colo. — Utah, the most conservative and most Mormon state in the union, Oklahoma and New Mexico have beaten out four states when it comes to your Constitutional right to be naked in public. It is all thanks to a federal court ruling. Read the rest of this entry »

Tenth Circuit Court issues watershed ruling favoring nudity rights in tossing Fort Collins’s nudity ban in the trash can

Denver, Colo. — The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Constitution in throwing the City of Fort Collins’s ordinance banning public nudity in the trash can on Friday.

The ruling was 2-1, with Judges Gregory Phillips and Mary Beck Briscoe voting to strike down the entire ordinance rather than strike down the part of that bans women from being topless in public.

“Laws grounded in stereotypes about the way women are serve no important governmental interest,” wrote Judge Phillips in a 27-page opinion.

Phillips took a extremely dim view of Fort Collins’s concerns that public nudity posed a danger to children and might distract drivers into crashing. Boulder, located between Fort Collins and Denver, is the only other Colorado municipality that has a public nudity ban on the books. Public nudity is legal in the socially conservative city of Colorado Springs.

“The need to protect children arises, instead, from the city’s fear of topless women parading in front of elementary schools, or swimming topless in the public pool — scenarios that it described to the court,” continued Phillips. “But laws in the neighboring cities of Boulder and Denver, and in many other jurisdictions, allow female toplessness and the city presented no evidence of any harmful fallout.”

Enacted in late 2017 despite the fact that it is blatantly unconstitutional, Fort Collins’ public nudity ban threatens to levy a fine up to $2,650 or a 180-day jail sentence against offenders who “knowingly appear in any public place in a nude state or state of undress such that the genitals or buttocks of either sex or the breast or breasts of a female are exposed.”

The plaintiffs in this case are Brittiany Hoagland and Samantha Six of Free the Nipple-Fort Collins Chapter. They filed a lawsuit almost immediately after Fort Collins passed Ordinance 134 in late 2017.

The case may be headed to the Supreme Court due to the fact that a three judge panel in the Seventh Circuit nearly twelve months ago ruled Chicago’s public nudity ban as constitutional, despite the fact that it mirrored Fort Collins’s ordinance.

“Plaintiffs believe that this is a HUGE victory for women’s rights and is cause for great celebration,” wrote David Lane, the attorney for Free the Nipple, in a press release.

Read the 27-page majority opinion here.

Courthouse News
Denver Post

Utah will lower the BAC content for DWIs

Salt Lake City — Utah will soon have a law that some say would help cut down on impaired driving.

The law, which will takes effect on Christmas Day, will lower the blood alcohol content for a DWI arrest from 0.08 to 0.05.

Five days later, on December 30, an automobile homicide statute will also take effect.

The law passed in 2016 and Gary Herbert signed it in 2017.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended lowering the BAC limits to 0.05 earlier this decade.

This makes Utah, the most conservative state in the Union, the first – and so far only – state to adopt the NTSB recommendation.

The US government has officially committed an act of war against its own citizens and the world by enacting FOSTA as law

Washington, DC — The federal government has officially committed an act of war on its own citizens and the world.

Today, Trump signed House Resolution 1865, a bill that bans sex from the internet, therefore violating the First, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth amendments.

This bill came about because the federal government decided that users on the internet had too much freedom of speech.

Already, more than a thousand online dating sites — including Craigslist, the Erotic Review (TER) and Backpage — have shut down or have been seized by the federal government since 97 anti-sex extremists in the US Senate voted for the FOSTA law on March 21.

FOSTA has already been proven to do nothing to fight sex trafficking. The only thing FOSTA has done was censor the internet globally and kill sex workers here at home.

The true goal of FOSTA supporters is to outlaw sex entirely — this is the first step towards that goal.

Let the lawsuits commence. We strongly support the effort to overturn FOSTA.

Nudists are angry — and rightfully so — at postal worker’s bigotry and refusal to deliver important medicines and packages inside community

Hudson, Fla. — Nudists are used to be persecuted and discriminated against by citizens and private entities all the time.

But what makes this different is that it is a group of workers getting government funding that is engaging in blatant discrimination and blatant persecution.

The mailwoman WFLA News Channel 8 describes refuses to do the job as prescribed in her description because she hates nudists and hates being naked. Read the rest of this entry »

388 Anti-Sex extremists in the House just blatantly ignored the will of over 300 million Americans in passing the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act – a bill that would allow people to kill scores of law abiding sex workers if it becomes law

Washington, DC — So much for making DC listen to the people.

Despite over 300 million Americans opposing House Resolution 1865, known as the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), the House of Representatives passed the unconstitutional bill. Eighteen representatives did not vote.

Republican Jeff Duncan, surprisingly, was the only Representative of any of the local counties to vote to protect sex trafficking survivors by being among 25 to vote against FOSTA. Mark Sanford (R), who represents the Charleston area, was the only other Tri-State Representative to protect sex trafficking survivors. Read the rest of this entry »

Rather than call for a ban on assault weapons, Florida pastor Mark Boykin wants to stop a beach from being clothing optional

Boca Raton, Fla. — One would think that after a school massacre on Lupercalia (in their home county nonetheless), that pastors in Palm Beach County would finally have their priorities straight.

That is not the case with Pastor Mark Boykin.

Instead of being angry at guns, which killed 17 people alone at Marjory Douglas High in Parkland on that very day, Boykin has reserved his anger for something that has never, ever harmed one person: nudity.

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Good news, Illini women: House Bill 40 takes effect as planned

Springfield, Ill. — A state court judge on Friday upheld a state law known as House Bill 40, rejecting a challenge from a primary challenger to incumbent governor Bruce Rauner (R).

The ruling means that the law, which expands abortion rights in the Land of Lincoln, will take effect at midnight CDT on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Illinois is, at least until 11:59 pm CDT on Monday, January 1, 2018, one of 24 states that have a state version of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits public and even private funding of abortion and contraceptives. With Gov. Rauner signing HB 40 into law, it will be the first ever to repeal a Hyde Amendment-like measure. His signing of the bill into law has spawned a challenge from Jeanne Ives. Ives is the main plaintiff in the lawsuit, which was filed with the help of the Thomas More Society. They plan to appeal the ruling first thing Tuesday, hours after the law officially takes effect.

The Chicago Tribune

Man booby traps door in deliberate attempt to murder wife

Palm Coast, Fla. – A man booby trapped the front door to his residence in an attempt to murder his pregnant wife via electrocution.

Officers with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene by the father of the wife after worrying statements 32-year-old Michael Scott made.

The wife’s father overheard Mr. Scott that only his wife use that door and told the kids not to do so, because he “did not want them to get hurt”.

When they arrived, officers noticed suspicious burn marks alongside portions of the front door and appeared to be barricaded in such a manner. One officer kicked in the door and found an electrical device hooked up to the top lock and lower door handle, with all of it hooked up to an electrical outlet on the inside of the residence.

Officers noted one set of electrical wiring appeared to be a cord that had been cut from a lamp’s electrical bulb used for a lamp in a nearby bedroom. The cord had circular switch for easy on and off power and had the cut end of wiring wrapped into the doors locking features. The other end still had the wall outlet plug adapter affixed as seen on a standard electrical cord, officers added.

By then, officers knew it was Mr. Scott who booby trapped the door in a manner similar to how Problem Child’s Junior rigged a ringer on the door to electrocute LaWanda in Problem Child 2 – in a deliberate attempt to injure or kill anyone who opened the front door.

Officers listed these following items used to booby trap the door:

• two normal chairs
• one high chair
• shower type rod
• electrical cords
• wiring
• a battery charger with clamps

Additionally, Mr. Scott stole a concealed firearm from the residence belonging to the victim or her father, officers noted.

There were no injuries.

“This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly in a Facebook wall post. “Not only did this man plan to electrocute his wife, but he could have injured a deputy or any person attempting to enter this residence.”

Mr. Scott was captured in Knoxville, Tenn. and was held for extradition to Bunnell, Fla. on charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted battery on a pregnant person and possession of a stolen firearm, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. All of the charges are Class A felonies.

 

If you solicit money from someone, you will be jailed for no less than ten years under this proposal – even if no sexual favors are involved!

Washington, DC – Thinking about messaging men for money via text or Facebook Messenger? That will cost you your freedom for a very long time, ladies.

Under a new amendment Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced Monday evening, anyone who messages to solicit money for any reason from another person would be sent to a federal jail for ten years or more.

While Elizabeth Nolan Brown’s post notes that this proposal is about messages that lead to an act of prostitution, Goodlatte’s proposal goes far beyond that. It even criminalizes the simple act of planning a date using digital means.

Mobile network operators – AT&T Mobility, Cricket, MetroPCS, Page Plus, Sprint, T-Mobile, Tracfone Wireless (including Straight Talk and Net 10), US Cellular and Verizon Wireless – would be given a huge incentive to track your text messages and give your messages to government agents. Digital platforms would be given the same incentives to do likewise.

The amendment was offered as a companion to House Resolution 1865, introduced by Ann Wagner (R-Mo.). Both measures, which would repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 outright, will be considered at any moment.

The underlying bill, which has 171 co-sponsors from both parties, would repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and would open digital platforms to criminal and civil liability not just for future sex crimes that result from user posts or interactions but also for past harms brokered by the platforms in some way. So platforms that followed previous federal laws (which encouraged less content moderation in order to avoid liability) would now be especially vulnerable to charges and lawsuits.

Under current law, only the federal government has the authority to bring charges against mobile network operators, mobile apps and web services as much of the user-generated content (which is more heavily regulated under state laws) conflicts with the more lenient federal laws. If HR 1865 passes, it would allow for states to prosecute anyone, including web services and their third-party content creators, for monetary solicitation. No exceptions would be made under the proposal, which would make innocuous messages like one my longtime friend sent to a dude on Messenger on Sunday night a federal offense.

The underlying bill would repeal and replace Section 230 with a new federal crime of benefitting from participation in a venture engaged in the exchanges of money for any purpose, and makes it easy to hold all sorts of web platforms and publishers in violation.

Any “provider of an interactive service” who hosts user-posted information with reckless disregard that the information provided…is in furtherance of sex trafficking (or any exchange of money for any reason) or an attempt to commit such an offense could face a fine and up to 20 years in prison, the bill states. And nothing “shall be construed to require the Federal Government in a prosecution, or a plaintiff in a civil action, to prove any intent on the part of the information content provider.”

What that means is that my friend’s message to a man on Sunday night after promising to go through with her plans the previous night would nab Facebook on a federal charge under HR 1865.

And that’s not all. Her message would also get her prosecuted (if the dude lives in another state) and she could be jailed for 10 if Goodlatte’s amendment is approved as a companion to HR 1865. The Goodlatte amendment significantly expands on the Mann Act. Currently, the Mann Act only criminalizes sex work if the sex worker is a passenger in a vehicle and is being transported across state lines. Goodlatte’s amendment would expand significantly on that, declaring that whoever uses or operates a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce or attempts to do so with the intent to exchange money for any reason would be subject to being jailed for ten years. The amendment additionally declares that anyone that “solicits or demands money from 5 or more persons” or “acts in reckless disregard of the fact that any monetary exchanges are in fact contributing to sex trafficking” could face a fine and up to 25 years of imprisonment.

Had my friend solicited money from at least five men who lives outside of South Carolina, she’d be facing 25 years in federal prison. And that proposal, if it becomes law, would apply to any monetary exchanges between people, even if no sexual favors are involved whatsoever.

These bills, as well as the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act, are not only unconstitutional – these bills violate basic human rights. And the worst part about them? They do nothing to combat sex trafficking. All these bills do is drive dating ads further underground, making it both harder to rescue victims of sexual abuse and harder for willing adult sex workers to conduct business safely, while simultaneously enabling unscrupulous attacks on the Internet, putting an insane chill on all internet speech, and opening the way for even more government prying into everyone’s digital lives, even on feature phones.

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