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U.S. President Lyndon Johnson passes out some of the 72 pens he used to sign the civil rights bill in Washington D.C. on July 2, 1964.  From left standing are, Rep. Roland Libobati (D-Ill.), Rep. Peter Rodino (D-N.J.), Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Rep. Emmanuel Celler (D-N.Y.) and Whitney Young, executive director of the National Urban League.  (AP Photo)

With the celebration of the Declaration of Independence only two days away, it is well worth noting that today is the 50th anniversary of another famous date in American history. On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. With one sweep of the pen, the United States outlawed discrimination in hiring on the basis of race, sex or religion. Segregation in schools and other public facilities was no longer legal.Southern Democrats tried hard to block passage of the measure in the Senate, but moderate and liberal Democrats led by Mike Mansfield of Montana ...

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Feds to farmers: Host gay weddings or pay a fine

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By Charles Greene In yet another case of the government overstepping the bounds of common sense and trampling on the freedoms of individuals and small businesses, the New York State Division of Human Rights has fined the owners of a family farm for refusing to host a gay marriage. The state has found Cynthia and Robert Gifford, the owners and operators of Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York, to be in violation of the rights of a gay couple who asked to rent the farm’s barn for a same-sex wedding ceremony. The Giffords were fined $13,000 dollars for violating ...

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Race hustlers don’t exist in the post civil rights era

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Another potential tragedy involving a black teen and police has brought out the same, tired “civil rights activists” No confirmation that police were at fault in Ferguson shooting but charges of racism have already been leveled In the 21st century, has American moved beyond the 1960s? “No justice, no peace!” That was a chant being led by “civil rights leader” Al Sharpton in a local church in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this week, less than two days after the killing of a young black man by police Sunday evening. In addressing the standing-room-only crowd of more than 400, packed in and around ...

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Rise of SWAT: From ‘serve and protect’ to ‘search and destroy’

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By Charles Greene Over the past few decades, an alarming trend has developed in America. Police forces across the nation have been becoming increasingly militarized, using wartime tactics against American citizens in their own homes. Often the consequences have proven deadly and in many cases innocent people – some of them children – have been the victims. What’s even more disturbing about this use of excessive force, i.e. the deployment of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams, is that the majority of cases are related to nonviolent crimes – most involve serving search warrants for suspected drug violations. These types of ...

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Have you checked your privilege lately?

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Earlier this month a Princeton University freshman took on the P.C. police over a growing trend on campuses, and across the country, that as a white person, a white male in this case, one has privileges no one else has and as such should approach every one else with this fact in the forefront of one’s mind. In the words of Tal Fortgang, the student who penned the op-ed, “‘check your privilege’ they tell me in a command that teeters between an imposition to actually explore how I got where I am and a reminder that I ought to feel ...

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When speech can’t be free

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the Obama administration have had enough of loose lips, apparently. In March, with no fanfare, Clapper signed “Intelligence Community Directive 119,” a new policy that bars intelligence officials from talking to the press without first getting permission. According to the Washington Post, the DNI is painting his directive as an attempt to ensure a “consistent approach for addressing media engagement” across the 17-agency intelligence community (IC), as well as an effort to “mitigate the risks of unauthorized disclosures of intelligence-related matters.”  “IC employees… must obtain authorization for contacts with the media” on intelligence-related ...

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How long is Alec Baldwin going to be given a pass?

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By Ed Farnan Has Alec Baldwin finally skewered the wrong herd of sacred cows? Alec Baldwin had another one of his legendary foul-mouthed meltdowns the other day, complete with his usual “four letter word” demeaning of individuals, including threats of physical violence. Although this emotional outburst wasn’t directed at a child this time, it was directed at another familiar target, a working class “little person” trying to make a living. The actor’s Tourette’s Syndrome-like venom was directed at a gay journalist who had the temerity to report Baldwins wife used Twitter while attending James (Tony Soprano) Gandolfini’s funeral in New York. That report ...

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