The Trump-Russia Scandal: Know Thy Enemy

“The more laws, the less justice.”–Cicero   While most Americans were still asleep, President Trump sent a series of scathing tweets asserting that Obama had planted bugs in Trump Tower. Consequently, opponents and mainstream media are mockingly comparing Trump’s allegations to “Watergate,” the tone of their “reporting” elucidating the same taunting style its used since his presidential campaign and incorporating a slant designed to make Trump’s statements appear maniacal and paranoid. However, repeated media leaks of classified information to the media, a violation of federal law, gives credence to Trump’s allegations that the Obama administration has either conducted a warrantless electronic...

The Assault on Milo’s ‘Dangerous’ Speech

  “We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”–George Orwell Those determined to censor the alt-right had no reprieve on President’s Day holiday. The Left, in an effort to reassert its position as the biggest bully on the partisan block, flexed its typical muscle-in-lieu-of-logic attitude and continued to propagate its ceaseless censorship effort against Milo. This time, however, it appears a number of Conservatives have joined in, thus proving that the meek haven’t yet stopped trying to inherit the earth, and are additionally attempting to claim sovereign authority over the First Amendment. But is their agenda limited to...

An Imminent Threat to Society: Yvette Felarca

“Disunion by force is treason”–Andrew Jackson A number of adjectives can be assigned to Yvette Felarca: Narcissist; criminal; hate-monger; and instigator. But perhaps the most apropos title for Yvette Felarca is bully. She’s a woman who has been programmed to believe that the louder one yells, the more others can’t hear the illogic of which you speak, and that justice is premised on the use of force and is a system to be manipulated instead of enforced. An enabler and facilitator of seditious activities and treasonous acts. Felarca is regarded as a “leader” and “political organizer” of an organization who has engaged in acts...

Melania Trump: Holding the Media Liable for Libel

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell Melania Trump took advantage of those libel laws her husband proclaims he wants to change and prevailed. The first lady’s settlement with blogger Webster Tarpley and newly re-filed defamation suit against the Daily Mail send a scathing message to corporate media that it should consider re-writing recent history of circulating biased misrepresentations about the first family and instead focus on fair reporting. In addition, having successfully proven that her case against Tarpley was meritorious, Mrs. Trump has also demonstrated that “the woman behind the man” is equally as powerful as her mate. Much to the chagrin of the...

When Judges Confuse Constitutional Jurisprudence with Personal Politics

“This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.”–Oliver Wendell Holmes   In his book, The Betrayal of America, my favorite litigator Vincent Bugliosi wrote, “Supreme Court majorities throughout the years have rendered decisions clearly intended to further their own ideology. But such an argument is either ill-informed or deliberate obfuscation. Let’s not confuse ideology with politics.” Although best known for having successfully prosecuted the Manson family members for the Tate-LoBianca murders and his bestselling written account of the trial, Helter Skelter, some of Mr. Bugliosi’s most profound legal arguments were inspired by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the infamous Bush...

The Milo UCB Riot: When Tyrants Threaten Tyranny Over the First Amendment

“Tolerance has never provoked a civil war; intolerance has covered the Earth in carnage.”–Voltaire   Make no mistake, the Milo riot at UC Berkeley was caused by a collective temper tantrum of tyrants whose mission is to tyrannize the First Amendment—some of whom were disguised as protestors whereas others bear official titles. I’m born and raised in San Francisco, a place famous for the Golden Gate Bridge and the “crookedest street.”  Perhaps most notably, the city is known as the epicenter of LGBT rights, as well as is one of the few existing sanctuary cities in the United States. Hence,...

Apple’s Attempt to Silence Gab

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” –Salman Rushdie Salman Rushdie wrote these words in a 2004 article entitled “The right to be downright offensive.” Alas, in 2017, certain entities are doing their best to prevent individuals from exercising our collective right to communicate, particularly when such speech involves “offensive” subject matter. Case in point: Apple’s attempt to silence Gab. Apple recently rejected social media platform Gab’s iOS app for the second time.  Because Gab permits what Apple considers to be “objectionable” and “explicit” content (e.g. pornography) and “mean-spirited” comments, such violate its “Review Guideline.” Interestingly, however, although Apple perversely declines to sell Gab’s app,...

Your Words Can Hurt You: When Protected Speech Doesn’t Protect

“All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.”–John Locke In recent months, Twitter has permitted a number of “#AssassinateTrump” posts wherein users have either directly threatened bodily harm towards Donald Trump and/or called for his death. However, the social media platform has subsequently done little of its own accord to either abolish this activity and/or suspend user accounts associated with these threats. This nonchalance further elucidates the site’s well-known targeted disdain towards alt-right members, but is also predictable given current technology laws that are written with the intent...

Technology Versus Free Speech: Facebook’s and Reddit’s Efforts to Censor Content

“[The] fundamental freedoms of speech and press have contributed greatly to the development and well-being of our free society.” –Justice William J. Brennan Jr If only Justice Brennan was still alive and able to bear witness to the assault on the freedom of speech and press by the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Reddit CEO Steve Huffman. Like the explosion of a hydrogen bomb that leaves shards of highly reactive atoms in its wake, the First Amendment is perhaps more unstable now than ever before. Decades of free speech jurisprudence, driven primarily by the written opinions of Justice Brennan, is...

Why a DOJ Watchdog Can’t Let the Case Against Comey Die

  “When you blame yourself, you learn from it. When you blame someone else, you don’t learn nothing, ’cause hey, it’s not your fault, it’s his fault, over there.” –Joe Strummer, The Clash Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced today that an investigation into the  Justice Department’s potential role in Hillary Clinton’s loss of the  2016 presidential election is forthcoming.  Such investigation will include a review of FBI Director James Comey’s conduct related to his having disclosed the status of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s  illegal use of a private server while working for the State Department and whether Comey’s choice to announce the...