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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kifowit-Weingartz Assault on Constitutional Rights, Freedom and the Flag Goes Before City of Aurora Government Operations Committee | Lesson in First Amendment



Presented by OpenlineBlog, Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune and yes, the Sun-Times Media Group, as a public service to help stop the assault by Aurora's Party Girl Alderman Stephanie Kifowit and So-Called Corporation Counsel Alayne Weingartz on the freedom of press and speech.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Horrible weather today in Kane County--thunderstorm, high winds, & tornado warning.

Must be Kifowit's fault. Right, Openline??

Anonymous said...

This is taken directly from Alderman Kifowit's website:

"The ordinance is designed to protect residents against fraudulent solicitation and give them the right to decide what canvasser or material is allowed on their private property. Proposed modifications center on new permit requirements for newspaper companies distributing publications in Aurora.

The City is considering requiring entities looking to solicit or distribute publications in Aurora to apply and receive a permit. If approved by the City Council, newspapers and marketers will be prohibited from delivering their publications to vacant homes, residents who decline the newspaper, homes with clearly posted “no soliciting” signs and if the materials are left in an unsecure manner that could lead to littering. Materials also may not be left on parked cars.
Violators of the ordinance are subject to be fined or banned from doing business in Aurora for up to one year."

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Just HOW does this violate the First Amendment?

Anonymous said...

Rick,

Add Mavis Bates to your female hit list.

This is your last term as alderman.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

To 8:01 a.m. The law as proposed violates the U.S. constitution because it requires the person(s) who wants to distribute their message to get approval from the government, i.e. the city, prior to distribution. That allows the government to approve or disapprove of your message. The first line in the Constitution states,
"Congress shall make No law" and goes on to list freedom of speech and freedom of the press. To me the key word is "NO!" law. Period. That means that you cant write a law to get around the Constitution just because you don't like someones message. I agree that the Spanish language newspapers thrown at the end of our driveways are annoying as Hell, but thats the price to pay to protect your right to free speech, just like your practicing on this blog. If you have to walk to the end of the driveway and throw out this stuff so be it. If your healthy enough to get out of bed, your health enough-just ask the guy who cant! Aurora's problem s their alderman can't say no to a vote so they dive in head first without checking for water.

Anonymous said...

No the wind is blowing the democommunist's out of town.

Anonymous said...

I agree that the Spanish language newspapers thrown at the end of our driveways are annoying as Hell, but thats the price to pay to protect your right to free speech, just like your practicing on this blog.

Amen, finally a real American speaks up. Thanks...

Anonymous said...

I, for one, support some regulation on who can dump their trash on my private property. If I get one more lying, fear-mongering, Tea-Party-esque piece of racist hate mail, I'm going down to the local office and layering their lawn with refuse.

I'm sick of door-to-door salesmen, people knocking on my door asking for scrap metal (yes, it's happened twice), even local school kids trying to sell candy, etc. If our crappy state government would pay the local schools the funds they are owed, maybe the kids from Freeman wouldn't have to beg me to buy a subscription to our local joke of a "newspaper".

And for you Kifowit haters - at least she's trying to do something to improve the quality of life in her district... not just whining on an anonymous blog.

And hey 10:56 - since when does Constitutionally protected "free speech" mean "go ahead and litter on other people's private property"? Maybe that's new, since those asshole plutocrats on the Supreme Court said it also meant "go ahead, corporations - buy all our elections by funneling unlimited funds into the coffers of republican scum who will serve your interests over those of their constituents."

Anonymous said...

Here is some reality. I have No trespassing and No Soliciting signs next to my driveway, in my yard, and on my door. Guess what...people still come. I have called the city repeatedly and used their electronic submission and not once has anyone contacted me or followed up. We already have that law, and guess what the city does not enforce it, and it is very reasonable. This law is stupid and as pointed out violates free speech. No trespassing means no trespassing, that is enough.

Anonymous said...

I don't think i want to risk Trick-or-treating at 6:34's house! Nor would I want to be a poor Freeman elementary kid trying to practice free enterprise and capitalism. Better to have the Government provide me with everything I need! No point in trying to earn anything extra. Doesn't matter that the third grader probably doesn't realize what the "no solicitor"sign means. And lets have the Government "release the hounds!" on those miserable unpaid cookie vending Girl Scouts and Christmas Carolers. Yea-lets change the Constitution so 6:34 doesn't have to be annoyed! Pass the ordinance and go see the City Attorney and sign a complaint. Spend some more tax money so you don't have to bend. I have a suggestion. Don't answer the door, or if you choose to say "no thank you" and close the door. Do you really need the Government to step in and solve this problem for you?

Anonymous said...

To 6:34-The city is some 17 million dollars in debt and your proud you Alderman and city are focusing on this problem? You gotta be kidding?

Anonymous said...

And for you Kifowit haters - at least she's trying to do something to improve the quality of life in her district...

LOL!!!! You have to be kidding, you mean by buying votes, blowing cops and firemen or with he asinine obsession with bat houses, lights, and dog parks?

Dude, your ward is joke and your alderman is a whore.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 6:34 in that the State isn't distributing the money owed to the school districts. but thats the problem with 6:34's government. We send them money for our local school so they can keep some, give some to other people and districts they choose, and then return some of our money to us for our own school. That because idiots like 6:34 looked to the government to "regulate" whats best for the people. The same government that currently takes our money and subsidizes the spanish newspapers, to "help" them compete and spread their word in their newspaper, which is then thrown on 6:34's yard. So 6:34 then turns to the government to spend money to solve this problem.............

ddddc said...

To 8:01 and 6:34, Ald. Kiffowitt, and others that want to amend the constitution with the"The ordinance designed to protect residents" I hope you look closely at the slippery slope you want to travel down. To me the key word is "designed". We write laws that are designed to do something and backfire on us. The seatbelt law comes to mind. It was "designed" to protect us and wouldn't be used to pull someone over. After a few years and no opposition they changed it so that now I can be stopped for not wearing it, which is now illegal, which can then lead to a search of my car because I'm in violation. They squeak a law in under "design" and then change it. Hows the lottery that was "designed" to fund our schools working out???? And this law will protect no one. People will still open their doors to solicitors and get scammed. That just life. And in the mean time we eroded the constitution just a bit, so that next time it can be eroded just a bit more. Ben Franklin said three thing which summarize the situation for me. "A small leak will sink a great ship" "People willing to trade freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will loose both" "Anger is never without reason, but seldom a good one" I know your mad that your peace is disturbed by the kids from Freeman. I know that we don't like having to pick up unwanted mexican newspapers, (and you cant compare a newspaper to a beer bottle or Big Mac wrapper) but don't let your anger cloud your judgment and cause you to support a law that will be unenforceable, struck down in court, and cost you a bunch of money(wasted tax dollars) in the process. Picking up the stuff and not answering the door if you choose cost you nothing. And your just as safe!

Anonymous said...

I see the Beacon News removed this story from their list of news for comment after their was much criticism of it. I wonder why they removed it? And as the press themselves I wonder how they weigh in on the issue. And if the courts have protected flag burning under the first amendment, i don't ink they're ready to do away with free press under it being "littering". Thats like the city arresting a flag burner under the ordinance against open fires without a permit ordinance. Your just asking for a lawsuit!

Anonymous said...

Thats like the city arresting a flag burner under the ordinance against open fires without a permit ordinance.

Years back the city refused to issue a permit for a rally that centered on burning the Mexican flag. And the Park District refused to rent a room to the Chicago Minuteman Project for recruiting in Aurora.

Your city and Park District violating free speech. The ACLU was uninterested in pursuing.

Anonymous said...

Hey 5:49 Where do I get in line?

Anonymous said...

Hey 5:49 Where do I get in line?

Just wear a uniform. That seems to be her thing.