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"Big Brother" at its worst?

Check out this story at I haven't formulated an opinion about it yet. What do you guys think? Here are a few quotes....

Every child in the school, grades kindergarten through 12, received an ID badge with a tiny tag carrying the RFID technology, which was activated only to take attendance when the older children entered their classrooms.

But having children carry ID tags did not go over well with some parents and local privacy advocates, who

Utah's new anti-pornography bill

Read about it here. At first it sounded like another potential governmental blunder involving regulation of the internet, but after reading this article it actually sounds like a good idea. (I won't know for sure though without reading the bill myself.)

ACLU profits at taxpayer expense

I stumbled on this article that reveals something interesting about what might be driving our friends at the ACLU to sue everyone, their cities, and their dogs. I'm sure you're aware of the rash of lawsuits concerning removing historical documents and markers that happen to have some religious reference, or the lawsuits trying to remove scouts, God, Christmas, and anything "praise-worthy" or of "good-report" from our country. Well, they happen to be making a few bucks from us, the taxpayers, as they tally-up their wins.

Check out this article from World Net Daily:

A new online petition asks Congress to change a specific civil-rights statute in hopes of preventing the American Civil Liberties Union from collecting attorney fees from taxpayers of local governments the organization takes to court.

The effort – spearheaded by Craig McCarthy of CountZero.Org, a site dedicated to stemming judicial activism – seeks to change 42 U.S.C., Section 1988, of the United States Code. The statute now allows judges to award attorney fees to plaintiffs in civil-rights cases brought against local governments, thereby putting the taxpayers on the hook and

Something all of us have to worry about

from the not-so-free-speech dept.

The Democratic National Committee has decided to file a report to the Federal Election Commission asking them to disallow Sinclair Broadcasting (a US corporation that owns various network affiliates) from playing a video that is unflattering to John Kerry citing concerns with the McCain-Feingold act. Isn't this government censorship illegal under the Bill Of Rights?

Also troubling, the FEC may go after ...

Illegally downloading is "against the Honor Code"

from the but-i-thought-music-was-made-to-be-free dept.
In what many consider a shocking turn of events, The Daily Universe reported Monday morning that Steve Baker, director of the BYU Honor Code Office has said that "if a person downloads music illegally, [it] is a violation of the Honor Code." According to the article many students had no clue that doing something illegal was in-fact a violation of said code ... ok, all sarcasm aside, it's interesting that this issue has now been addressed so directly by the Honor Code Office. Here's the article's funniest quote, "Baker said although there have been very few cases of copyright infringement at BYU, if a student is reported, depending on the severity of the case, disciplinary action may be taken." Very few cases? I'd say there are a few more than that. The Recording Industry Association of America--among others--is out to convince everyone that copying music is the same as stealing CDs from the store. Somehow that just doesn't seem to make sense to most folks. Among them is Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, whose book Free Culture directly addresses this issue. His has some interesting ideas. A speech summarizing his ideas can be found here and a complete audio version of Free Culture here.

Same-Sex Marriage: A Right?

from the founding-fathers-rolling-over-in-their-graves dept.
Even among the BYU community heated debates arise over the way LDS Church members should respond to homosexual marriage laws. Some feel that although we disagree with their choice to act as a homosexual, we ought to be tolerant of them and allow them the right to be married (See People should be allowed to make their own choices and mistakes and Homosexuality is the threat, not marriage). Others feel that Church members have a moral obligation to take a stand against gay marriage as Jon Evans pointed out in Society's moral decisions affect everyone and as Barbara Dayton discusses in The prophet has warned us. What are our rights? Is gay marriage a right? Does it infringe on the rights of others? How far do we carry our moral convictions?

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