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Peppersprayed for Protesting Racist Dutch Christmas Tradition

In Holland, Santa doesn't have elves. He has blackface helpers named "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete). An artist who has been active protesting the racist tradition was peppersprayed, tackled, and arrested for wearing a t-shirt proclaiming "Zwarte Piet is Racism."

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Lowe's defends pulling ads from Muslim TV show

Posted December 15th, 2011 by losingfeeling
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Lowe's employed its Facebook page to defend itself and called "All-American Muslim," a "lightning rod" for "strong political and societal views."

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Cops & CPS Seize Child From Parents For Mistrusting Government

Posted December 7th, 2011 by Mattfree88
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Cops & CPS Seize Child From Parents For Mistrusting Government

A family in Williamson County, Austin have lost custody of their 7-year-old son as part of a Child Protective Services investigation because the parents taught their children to mistrust the government, an action that deemed them to be “unsuitable parents,” according to charges leveled by police officers in CPS documents.

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Bradley Manning calls out Barack Obama

Posted December 6th, 2011 by MuslimNonarchist
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After 18 months held in torturous conditions the swift hand of Justice has reached out to Bradley Manning… or at least it’s waving from a distance. On December 16th a preliminary hearing is scheduled where a military judge will determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed with a court-martial. Manning faces over two dozen charges from disobeying an order to aiding the enemy. A request filed by Manning’s attorney is going to send a lot of us scrambling to brush up on current perjury law. Calling the first witness… President Barack Obama.

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Redefining "Jury Tampering"?

Posted December 4th, 2011 by southernpatriot
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What does a man who attempted to pay a juror $2,500 for a “not guilty” verdict have in common with a 79 retired college professor who handed out information on jury nullification to people entering a court house? This is not a trick question, both men have been charged with “jury tampering.”

Julian Heicklen was indicted of jury tampering last year and now faces federal charges. Heicklen, a 79-year-old retired chemistry professor, has often stood outside various courthouses holding a “Jury Info” sign and handing out brochures that inform jurors of their rights.

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Teen tweeter won't apologize to Kan. governor

Posted November 28th, 2011 by Mattfree88
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Teen tweeter won't apologize to Kan. governor

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas teenager who wrote a disparaging tweet about Gov. Sam Brownback said Sunday that she is rejecting her high school principal's demand for a written apology.

Emma Sullivan, 18, of the Kansas City suburb of Fairway, said she isn't sorry and doesn't think such a letter would be sincere.

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Reddit Users Aim To Build A New, Censorship-Free Internet

Posted November 26th, 2011 by AlekoG
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Users of the social news and community site Reddit don’t like the way the government seems to be muscling in on the Internet. So they plan to build a new one.

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High school student pays price for negative tweet about politician

Posted November 25th, 2011 by saltyman7
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High schooler makes negative tweet about politician on field trip to capital, gets trip to principal's office and then forced to write apology letter.

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Teen forced to apologize for tweet about governor

Posted November 25th, 2011 by phonon
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Shawnee Mission East is forcing her to write an apology to the governor’s office, with the principal even giving her talking points to hit.

East principal Karl R. Krawitz declined to comment on the matter Wednesday, calling it a disciplinary action: “It is a school issue, a private issue, not a public matter.”

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Pakistan bans 'obscene' text messages

Pakistan's mobile operators are scrambling to block text messages containing any of more than 1,600 "obscene" terms banned by the country's telecoms authority ahead of tomorrow's deadline.The list, including words from "quickie" to "fairy" to "Jesus Christ", was distributed on November 14 with operators given seven days to comply, but has met with widespread derision and a threat of legal action.

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