Many conservatives are waving off concerns about Facebook manipulating its Trending News feature because it's a private company. In addition to legal concerns related to the fact the feature was deceptively misrepresented, there is a bigger reason Facebook's conduct should set off alarm bells: the company has long advocated regulatory changes that could eventually make mandatory for the whole Internet the type of content manipulation that Facebook has been imposing on its own site.
Twenty-nine years ago this week, I graduated from law school. It's been almost three decades since I've been able to officially call myself an "officer of the court," a title I wear with a great deal of pride. But while I will always be extremely proud of my pedigree and of the work it involves, I do not equate it with the profound physical courage demanded of other "officers."
In a column I wrote a couple months back, I listed five reasons why Donald Trump could actually win this election, to our everlasting national shame. Here's reason number six: A Democratic party torn asunder.
For many of us concerned with liberty, the letters "NDAA" have come to symbolize Washington's ongoing effort to undermine the U.S. Constitution in the pursuit of constant war overseas. It was the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012 that introduced into law the idea that American citizens could be indefinitely detained without warrant or charge if a government bureaucrat decides they had assisted al-Qaeda or "associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States." No charges, no trial, just disappeared Americans.
According to a May 11 United Press International news story, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton promised a radio interviewer that, if elected, she would release government records related to Area 51.
Let me surprise you with the following statement: I sympathize with transgender individuals that they would prefer to use the bathroom of the gender they have selected. If you've gone through that kind of transformation, I suspect that it is generally a one-way street and you never want to go back.
Whether I was a preschooler hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a young adult spelunking in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave or a father introducing his son to Shiloh National Military Park, I always felt I could enjoy America's treasures without too much intrusion from Madison Avenue.
Growing up, Larry Keenan didn't have a lot of rules. He didn't need them - a simple stare got his point across. But one thing all my siblings understood was this: Getting a job was a top priority. Dad's expression, forever burned in my brain, was "You need to learn the value of a dollar."