Proposed bills pose danger to free speech

If you went to the English-language version of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia on Wednesday, you would have seen only a message warning about attempts in Congress to censor the Internet. Reddit (a social news site), Boing Boing (a popular group blog) and other websites joined the one-day “blackout.” The protest is aimed at two […]

Obama delivers bad jobs speech in Denver

Even the Obama-friendly crowd at Denver’s Abraham Lincoln High School didn’t seem awe-inspired by the president’s repeated “pass the bill” demand on Tuesday. President Barack Obama repeated the boring and misleading story of Warren Buffett’s secretary in a desperate effort to spend another $450 billion on stimulus. He pitted plumbers against billionaires, again. The moment […]

Un-American to impede on free speech

Freedom New Mexico Imagine no religion. How about no free speech for those who embrace religious beliefs. Don’t let them practice religion in public, and don’t even let them mention it. Those who think it’s far-fetched in this country may be wrong. Ours is a country of free speech, which means we get to express […]

Free speech also protects vulgar acts

Freedom New Mexico Shane Boor, 35, apparently has a low opinion of the police. As he drove to work in Colorado in April, he saw a state trooper who had pulled over a car. As Boor passed by, he flipped the trooper the bird. We all know it is unlawful to assault a police officer. […]

High court should toss elections act

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court seems to be rolling back the restrictions on free speech, especially as it relates to political campaigns, which had begun to be imposed in 1974 after the Watergate scandal. The new development occurred Monday, when the court heard arguments concerning Arizona’s so-called Clean Elections Act, passed by the […]

Mayor’s speech upbeat on future

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Mayor Gayla Brumfield gives her third annual state of the city address Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex. Kevin Wilson Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield itemized 2010 for the city and spoke of a future that was upbeat, albeit full of challenges. The third annual state of the city […]

Free speech also allows for hate speech

Freedom New Mexico Free speech and the First Amendment prevailed Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the First Amendment protects even vile and hateful speech directed at gays, warriors and Catholics. It’s a sad-but-essential victory for anyone who believes that freedom requires legal protection of radical and outrageous ideas. Westboro Baptist Church […]

Free exchange of ideas remains vital

Freedom New Mexico Freedom of speech and academic freedom prevailed last week when a deeply religious man — some call him a zealot — delivered a speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy after an intensive campaign to censor him by government force. Retired Marine Lt. Clebe McClary spoke at an Air Force Academy prayer […]

Press release: Text of Ben Ray Lujan’s speech to state Legislature

Santa Fe, NM – Congressman Ben Ray Luj

President failed to address real problems in U.S.

Freedom New Mexico One feels obliged to wonder why a speech that was advertised as one of the most important of President Obama’s term, the speech where he would define the shape of his next two years in office in order to win another four, came off so flat and uninspiring. We suspect it was […]