Category: Media

Why I sat for the National Anthem

So I sat for the anthem yesterday in Oakland.

It’s something that has been on my mind for quite a while. I’ve long been uncomfortable with overt political acts at sporting events, but didn’t want to appear to be weird or extreme by declining to stand. When Colin Kaepernick began kneeling last year, I understood why he was doing it. Using his platform to speak out against persisting institutional racism in American law enforcement and the criminal justice system was to be respected. That his convictions caused him to kneel in order to bring further attention to a problem that prevents many Americans from enjoying the blessings of liberty protected by our Constitution, was also laudable. What he did was hard, and he has paid a significant price for his convictions. Yet, I still didn’t feel it was my place to participate, so I begrudgingly stood.

All of that changed this weekend when President Trump went out of his way to curse Kaepernick and threaten those who would use their voices (or knees) to peacefully protest repeated violations of individual rights. In other words, our top government official sought to use the weight of his office to threaten and urge that the livelihoods be taken away from those who peacefully said things he didn’t like. In the face of that, I didn’t see any way I would stand for the anthem this weekend, or any time soon.

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Upcoming Events

The Loyola Law School chapter of The Federalist Society will be hosting a couple noteworthy speakers in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013:

Baylen Linnekin, the man responsible for the recently filed lawsuit against the Bloomberg Administration to force New York City to disclose information about its food policymaking, Reason Magazine contributor and executive director of Keep Food Legal, a Washington, D.C. non-profit that advocates in favor of everyone’s right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods of their own choosing. Linnekin will be speaking about food freedom. Also, Andrew Legrand, attorney for the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition, will be on hand to talk about the work the NOFTC did to reform NOLA food truck ordinances earlier this year.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013:

Radley Balko, senior writer for Huffington Post and author of the new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop. Balko is an award-winning investigative journalist who focuses on civil liberties and the criminal justice system and will be speaking about the increasing militarization of America’s police forces.

Both events will be held from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 306 in the Loyola Law School building, 526 Pine St., NOLA 70118.


Movie Review of Silver Circle

This weekend, Nov. 30, 2012 – Dec. 2, Wizard World’s Comic Con was in town. Usually, that isn’t something I’d really bother to mention here, but this year Lineplot Productions brought their new full length animated film, Silver Circle, to the convention for its second public screening before it is released in theaters in January 2013.

The plot focuses on America in the year 2019 in the wake of financial collapse. Prices have skyrocketed on most consumer goods and fuel in response to the Federal Reserve’s continued printing of money. Additionally, the Fed is directly engaging in managing home prices. In fact, the Fed regularly employs SWAT-like raid squads to forcibly evict homeowners who refuse to sell their homes to the Fed at Fed mandated prices.

The story is told through the eyes of a Fed arson investigator, Jay, searching for clues after several recently Fed-evicted homes burn down in a single neighborhood. Along the way he meets Zoe and a band of rebels who illegally mint silver coins in their attempts to undermine the Fed and stabilize the economy.

Being that this is a subject near and dear to many libertarians and Ron Paul Republicans, it’s refreshing to see the message of the dangers of the Federal Reserve system told through an untraditional medium that remains compelling. If you’ve ever attempted to explain these concepts to someone you understand the challenge that Silver Circle faces.

Fortunately though, their team is comprised of several talented artists who have provided the Fed fearing community with another valuable tool to use in spreading the message Ron Paul has worked so hard over the years to get out. With Dr. Paul retiring from Congress in January, what better timing than now for the release of the film.