You remember all that talk about how legalizing gay marriage wouldn’t require priests, ministers, or rabbis to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies in violation of their religious beliefs. There wasn’t going to be any slippery slope, or so we were told.
Two ministers in Idaho are facing up to 6 months in jail and up to $1000 in fines for each day that they continue to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding that a gay couple requested last Friday.
WaPo reports that the National Science Foundation is funding a project to analyze Twitter data to detect what the project researchers deem as “social pollution” and to study what they call “social epidemics,” memes that spread throughout pop culture. The “social pollution” targeted includes “political smears,” “astroturfing,” and other forms of “misinformation.”
Hmm. A government-funded initiative is going to “assist in the preservation of open debate” by monitoring social media for “subversive propaganda” and combating what it considers to be “the diffusion of false and misleading ideas”? The concept seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel.
Read the whole thing.
The feds are spending your money to monitor your political speech on Twitter. There may be a better way for you to spend your cash. Tar and Feathers are available from Amazon.
While the investigative crew is out on a special assignment, Hogewash! is featuring reruns of older episodes.
SOUND: MODEM CONNECTING FADES UP TO FULL MIKE—SINGLE SHOT—RICHOCHET
MUSIC: UP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 1
ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!
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ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)
JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.
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Judge Titus has denied The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s motion for alternate service on Lynn Thomas and Peter Malone (who he alleges to be Kimberlin Unmasked) in the Kimberlin v. Kimberlin Unmasked copyright trolling lawsuit.
This is ruling reaches the opposite conclusion from the same set of facts as Judge Hazel’s ruling in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness, creating a split within the same courthouse.
One of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s complaints against me in both the state Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance lawsuit and the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness is that I engage in my First Amendment right to comment on his past and present behavior. He wrote this in his second amended complaint in the state suit—
The Gentle Reader who has been following The Saga of the Dread
Pirate Pro-Se Kimberlin for a while will remember that TDPK’s state nuisance lawsuit collapsed when he failed to provide even one “scintilla” (Judge Johnson’s word) of evidence of falsity in any statement made by any defendant in that case.
TDPK has tried to make a similar allegation in the RICO Madness.
Since defamation is a state law claim, TDPK has to prove the elements of the tort as prescribed by Maryland law. That means he must show what was said about him was false. He can’t do that. That’s already been adjudicated in the state case in the favor of Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, and me, and he is barred by collateral estoppel arguing otherwise in any further case, including the RICO Madness.
I’ve made it clear that I intend to keep writing about Brett Kimberlin until he is brought to justice. The Gentle Reader should not be surprised to learn that part of my definition of his being brought to justice includes his losing his vexatious lawsuits. By delaying the final resolution of any of them, he increases the amount of time and bandwidth I will spend on telling his story on the Internet. His delaying tactics have the effect of turing the Streisand Effect up to eleven.
Oh, one more thing … Collateral Estoppel swag is available for purchase at The Hogewash Store. Stop by a spend some money on a t-shirt or drinkware. The profits go to support this blog and fund the expenses of defending against TDPK’s vexatious lawsuits. If you’d like to help my fellow defendants as well, go to Bomber Sues Bloggers to find out how.
Bryan Preston reports over at PJ Media that Houston Mayor’s Annise Parker’s subpoenas seeking sermons and other communications by church pastors related to resistance to the Houston “equal rights” ordinance allowing, among other things, men to use women’s restrooms will be “clarified.” In other words, the PR cost of her heavy-handed thuggery is too great.
Actually, asking for sermons should not be a problem. After all, sermons are generally public proclamations. The real problem is that internal church communications are also sought, and that may cross the line defined by pastoral counseling privilege.
When the people in the gay rights movement were essentially focused on their right to be left alone to do things in private, their cause had some traction with folks who didn’t agree with their private behavior. Now that some LGBTQs demand that their public behavior be allowed or even endorsed, there is increasing resistance. The need to resort to bullying such as Mayor Parker’s subpoenas shows the inherent weakness of their cause.
UPDATE—Stacy McCain has some comments here.
… with the First Amendment. A group of Christian ministers is suing the Houston city government over a so-called “human rights” ordinance. The Houston Chronicle reports that
[c]ity attorneys issued subpoenas last month during the case’s discovery phase, seeking, among other communications, “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”
Glenn Reynolds notes that they wouldn’t do that if they feared beheading.
If I were subject to such a subpoena, I would file to have it quashed as the Houston preachers have. If I had to respond to the subpoena, I would probably have to provide my copies of the Bible because of passages such as Leviticus 20:13 or Romans 1:26 … 32. I’d also have to turn in my copy of the Quran because of passages such as 7:80 … 84 which refers to the Biblical story of Sodom and cites homosexuality as a graver sin than adultery.