Freedom of speech

It’s this photo that makes my stomach turn. This is not a police force to “Serve and protect”- but a police force to deny free speech, the right to peaceably assemble and to protest. We are no longer the home of the brave and land of the free. When gun nuts talk about needing to […]

This is illegal. On July 26th Five Rivers Metroparks started pushing a new policy to vendors at the 2nd Street Market- to take effect 8/1/2014. But before we even get to what the policy they are implementing is- we have to start with the e-mail signature of the person sending out the policy – it […]

Privacy lost

by David Esrati on June 19, 2013

in America in Crisis, Freedom of speech, Justice

I’ve said it before, the terrorists have won. Every time I’m asked to stick my hands up in the air at an airport by the TSA, I politely refuse and go through the pat down. I refuse to stick my arms up in surrender to my own government. The “Patriot Act” was passed quickly, without […]

WDTN censors itself

by David Esrati on April 12, 2013

in Esrati video, Freedom of speech

Yesterday morning I arrived at the WDTN studios at 8 a.m. for an interview that was slated for 8:20. But, in the topsy turvy world of TV news, I was being bumped to 8:06 and rushed into the studio. My interviewer, Dan Edwards, who’s been on TV longer than I’ve been running for office (that […]

Apparently, Sinclair Community College is not part of the United States, nor does it have to follow the law of the land. David Sparks of the Dayton Informer posted today that he was run off the Sinclair Community College courtyard by the campus police when setting up his camera. When he went to the “business […]

Sandy Gudorf is an overpaid tool of corporate America. As the president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership she is paid more than $100K a year to tax property owners and then give tax breaks to new businesses. She also hires cheap contract labor to do the job of cleaning downtown sidewalks as a way to […]

Alternative news weeklies are supposed to be the alternative to the mainstream media- muckrakers, agents provacateurs, the last bastion of free speech. However, with the declines in newspaper reading- even of the free variety, apparently, appeasing the advertisers is now function number 1. Toss in a bit of not willing to go against the political […]

Why do “good Samaritans” donate to our “Card-carrying panhandlers” on street corners- which apparently has become such a lucrative job- that there are now “organized panhandling gangs” working the streets (if you believe some comments). They do it- because they think, by the grace of god, that could be me. The economy is tough. People […]

With a serious shortage of police on the street, no new hires in sight, we’re going to make holding a sign up on the corner illegal? Really? Besides the slight problem with the U.S. constitutional protection of free speech, the city is going to “fine” or “incarcerate” panhandlers? Why not just give them minimum-wage jobs […]

With an increasing number of “Beltway Patriots” running this country and our military defense budget- lying about past military service had become sport. So, Congress decided to do something about it with the “Stolen Valor Act” back in 2006. Problem was- it made lying punishable by imprisonment- which if it had been extended to Congress […]