[I]t took less than a week for Helmetta police officer Richard Recine to resign after a short video went viral where we claimed he was not required to abide by the Constitution because President Obama refuses to abide by the Constitution.
Now the Helmetta borough council figures it doesn’t have to follow the Constitution either by introducing an ordinance forbidding photography and video recording inside government buildings
Par for the course. Public officials caught in wrongdoing? Introduce a law that makes it more difficult to expose wrongdoing.
For fellow photographers, here's a tip should you be harassed by police or security people for shooting photos in a public place: record yourself explaining that you're working on a non-commercial project to teach people about their First Amendment rights.
Municipalities can require a permit for commercial projects in a public place, while purely recreational photography lacks decisive First Amendment protection. Non-commercial photography with an audience and a message does enjoy First Amendment protection. Who's your audience? People on the internet. What's your message? Whatever you decide it is. My message will be that that the First Amendment protects educational photography and video like the photographs I'm taking at the time of the harassment.
You might still get arrested, but you'll have documentary evidence that you were doing work protected by the First Amendment.
It rarely happens, but I find myself on Hannity's side in this interview with the detestable former party boy and medical school flunk-out, Anjem Chattery Choudary. He's the fanatic Islamist agitator who allegedly encouraged James Foley's murderer to join with Islamic extremists fighting in Syria. Often, it's the character with impulse control problems who wants to put everyone else in restraints, and they try to get there through unrestrained expression of their own aggressive impulses. Alas, self-insight isn't a fanatic's strong suit.
I haven't watched it in years, but I think I'll watch it tomorrow when the Chicago kids play South Korea for the world title. Looks like South Korea is heavily favored, but it's baseball. In one game, anything can happen.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce Tuesday a new program that converts defunct newsstands into healthy food kiosks.
The city will issue its first Emerging Business Permit to e.a.t. spots, a micro-retail sidewalk shop that sells salads, wraps and grab-n-go foods. The first location opened Monday at 368 W. Madison St., on the sidewalk just south of the Lyric Opera House. The second location will soon open at 151 W. Van Buren St., with four total kiosks by the end of the year. It plans to expand beyond downtown in 2015.