noted on Reason 24/7, the town of Riverhead on Long Island in
New York has banned booing at its town hall. But not clapping.
Apparently, an ordinance was introduced to ban any kind of
outbursts at town hall meetings, but someone had a problem with
that , from a free expression/free speech standpoint. ;The
Dominque Mendez, president of the Riverhead
Neighborhood Preservation Coalition, Inc., raised a concern….
As originally written, rule number seven of the new legislation
said that “No member of the public shall engage in any
demonstration, booing, hand clapping, or otherwise disrupt the
formality of a town board meeting.”
Mendez suggested the rule “goes far to restrict what’s free
expression and free speech.”
Hand clapping, Mendez said, has been heard at town board meetings
during instances including the preservation of the North Fork
Preserve. “People clapped and no one minded,” she
That sounded good enough to town officials:
[Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean] Walter said he was
fine with omitting the words “hand clapping” but added that the
section regarding forbidding booing and disruptive behavior should
remain in the legislation.
“We don’t want any booing that’s disruptive,” he said.
The board agreed and voted to pass the resolution, allowing for
applause but no boos.
After the unanimous vote, there was applause in the
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WASHINGTON — John Brennan, now President Barack Obama’s nominee to be CIA director, sat quietly around a conference table at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va., during briefings about the capture and waterboarding of key al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah.
Former and current U.S. intelligence officials who were part of those briefings say Brennan, then deputy executive director of the CIA’s administrative arm, did not raise objections to the interrogation practices in those forums. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the top-secret meetings publicly.
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Birther queen Orly Taitz is celebrating a routine U.S. Supreme Court decision to refer her petition, which asks the court to overturn President Barack Obama’s election, to a February conference of the justices. Taitz posted on her website Wednesday afternoon that the Supreme Court will discuss a case she filed on behalf of three minor presidential candidates — including a federal prison inmate — at their conference Feb. 15. The court’s website confirms that Taitz’s case, which she submitted to Chief Justice John Roberts’ office last month, has been placed on the Feb. 15 conference agenda and has been distributed to the nine justices for consideration. The roughly 10,000 petitions that the court receives annually are referred to the regular conference meetings for discussion, then around 100 are picked by the justices for oral arguments and a final decision. The votes of four justices in the conference are needed to schedule arguments. The scheduling comes a week after another birther activist suggested impeaching Roberts if he attempted to swear-in Obama later this month. Read More…
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