Iranian Activist Challenges Western “Barbie” Feminism As Veil Protests Continue In Iran


download-5We have previously discussed the courage of women in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other Muslim nations in fighting sexist rules that prevent them from engaging in basic acts or pursuing their own futures.  As I have said before, these women are the most inspiring civil libertarians of our generation — risking jail and beatings to fight for equality.  That struggle is evident in the dozens of arrests of women in Iran who are pulling off their headscarves in public in Iran to fight for the individual choice in wearing the religious cover.  One activist Masih Alinejab has gone further to denounce Western feminists and reporters who celebrate the selling of a Barbie doll with a veil while giving minimal attention to actual women fighting the mandatory wearing of such items.

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“Live Mas”, Drive Less: Florida Man Arrested For DUI After Pulling Into Bank Drive Thru and Ordering a Taco Bell Burrito

Taco_Bell_2016.svgThere is nothing so frustrating as pulling up to a Taco Bell only to have the drive thru person repeatedly refuse to take your order . . .  unless of course it is a bank.  That was the dilemma of Douglas Francisco, 28, who is accused of being drunk when he pulled into the Bank of America in Tampa and demanded a burrito.  If Francisco wants to fulfill the chain’s slogan of “Live Mas,” he might want to drive less.

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Judge Dismisses Bundy Case With Prejudice After Finding of Extensive Unethical Conduct By Federal Prosecutors

600px-US-DeptOfJustice-Seal.svg DOJAnother major case has been thrown out due to prosecutorial abuse by the United States Department of Justice.  We have previously discussed cases where federal prosecutors have withheld evidence and filed false or misleading statements to the court.  Now,  U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro has issued a dismissal with prejudice against the Justice Department in the case against Cliven Bundy and his sons due to what Navarro describes as flagrant and knowing violations of professional ethics and federal law by the Justice Department.  In past cases, the Justice Department has shown little commitment to discipline, let alone terminate, anyone for the violations (or the waste of millions of dollars).  In this case, however, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for a review of the case.

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Worst Phishing Email Ever

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

I received this week a true gem of a phishing e-mail. I have to admit however that I was a bit disappointed in its transparency.

Usually the notion of the Confidence Man of the past involves lavishing praise on his mark. Since the 1990s when a flim-flam attempted to scam a person they often provide respect by extending the courtesies of a learned barrister representing wealthy Nigerian politicians or royalty. But it seems cynicism finally overcame this fraud and it consumed him.

But then again, this onerous email might act as a filter to winnow out the intelligent from the truly gullible who are more easily victimized.

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University of Virginia Reverses Decision Barring Recognition of Conservative Student Group

university_of_virginia_seal-svgThe University of Virginia has reversed a decision of VA student council to refuse to recognize a conservative student organization because it catered to conservative students.  This absurd decision was based, according to Ty Zirkle, UVA student council’s vice president for organizations, on a strained reading of state law.  The decision was in sharp contrast to other groups which cater to shared viewpoints.  The concern should be with the selective application of this perceived rule by the student council.

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Federal Judge Throws Out Emoluments Complaint Against President Trump

CREW_logo_400px_wide160px-Official_Portrait_of_President_Donald_Trump_(cropped)With much fanfare months ago, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump had violated the emoluments clause. The constitutional challenge was billed as meant “to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments.”  I previously stated that the lawsuit was unlikely to succeed.

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“That Dude is A Maniac”: Knicks Player Enes Kanter Indicted For Insulting Turkish Strongman Erdogan

500px-New_York_Knicks_logo.svg220px-Erdogan_croppedPresident Donald Trump recently entered into the national debate over the NFL protests by criticizing football players taking a knee before games during the national anthem.  Some were enraged and called for his impeachment — a call that I previously discussed as unfounded and dangerous.  I saw no reason why the President was out of line in giving his opinion on the controversy.  There is however an even more pressing matter involving an American professional athlete that would warrant a strong and public statement from President Trump.  He is New York Knicks player Enes Kanter who is the subject of an abusive charge in Turkey for allegedly insulting its blood-soaked authoritarian leader President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  President Trump should publicly support Kanter and his right to exercise free speech — a right that Erdogan has curtailed in Turkey in his crackdown on dissidents and journalists alike.

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