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Federal Court: Videotaping Police in Public is an Unambiguous Right

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that videotaping police officers in the course of their normal public duties is an unassailable constitutional right protected by the First Amendment.  This is good news for lovers of the transparency that viral video and internet activism brings, as well as all citizens who prefer not to have the shit beaten out of them by the police.  It finally puts the rest of us on the same level as the government itself, which has had the right to videotape us in our regular duties since 2001. The ruling pertained to the case of Simon Glik, who was arrested in 2007 after openly videotaping three officers with his cell phone as they performed an arrest in Boston Common.  He was charged with aiding the escape of a prisoner, disturbing the peace, and violating a wire tap law.  The charges were dismissed, but the secular terrorists at the ACLU helped him sue the police, and now we’re allowed to videotape cops. Someone should tell that to the cops.

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Obama Creates Presidential Robot Army

We all knew it would happen eventually.  Last night, New York Times reporter Charlie Savage broke the news that President Obama rejected the opinion of Justice Department lawyers that continuing the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization was a violation of the War Powers Resolution.  The President and his close staff (and presumably, the military and CIA) decided that the use of American air assets, logistical capabilities and remote drone attacks to blow away the President of another country didn’t rise to the level of ‘war’, and they said so in a letter to lawmakers and Speaker John Boehner.

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LACAC and LASA Launch SpaceFinderLA

I’ve written before about the ways that small LA theater companies face daunting financial hurdles that are being overcome by greater cooperation and asset sharing.  I’m very happy to spread the word about another such opportunity.  The first step of production is often to seek out a venue.  The calculus and footwork involved can be daunting, and with the huge number of venues in the city and the somehow also huge rents to pay (and competition for the 5% of venues that are actually worth the money) a show can […]

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Republicans Win, Government Defeated

The great political discourse between big government liberals and small government conservatives is over.  On Friday, the federal government intitated by the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and maintained through two-and-a-half centuries of wars, depressions and revolutions will grind to a halt.  By preventing a legal framework for the funding of national programs and institutions from taking shape, the Republican Party will claim ultimate victory over the American public’s greatest enemy: itself.

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Richard Blais is Top Chef *phew*

After what might now be the 2nd best season of Top Chef (Season 6 is the best, sorry ya’ll), former choke artist and current self-depricating genius Richard Blais took the title of best reality TV chef on Bravo.  As he was a favorite son of this writer’s TV-watching household, I am very glad that the forces of redemption, braised meats, and network expectations came together to give Blais his day in the sun.

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