Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Freedoms Lost - #2806 - Nanny State Strikes in Boston: Thermal Cameras Could Show Activity Occurring Inside Homes (2) Town Bans Tea Party Signs in Public Park - Michigan Capitol Con. (3) VIDEO: Jesus Statue Set Ablaze in Minnesota - The Blaze (4) Chicago School Bans Lunches Brought from Home- Chicago Tribune

A thermal imaging project in the city of Boston has been put on hold because of privacy concerns.  Boston officials had hoped to have aerial and street-level photos taken across about four square miles of the city this winter using infrared cameras that would show heat loss in the city homes.  Officials planned on sharing the photos and analysis with homeowners, and were hoping the findings would increase enrollment in efficiency programs and also create business opportunities.  But, the project hit a snag when the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts raised concerns that the infrared cameras would reveal information about what’s going on inside the homes. Sagewell’s cameras can take up to 20,000 images of homes per day.  Read more..........

Town Bans Tea Party Signs in Public Park - Michigan Capitol Confidential - A federal lawsuit claims a Branch County tea party group was denied the right to display banners and signs at a tea party rally at a public park in Coldwater because it was “too political” and “too controversial.” The Coldwater City Council then passed a resolution banning all banners and signs in that park.  The Thomas More Law Center law firm filed its lawsuit last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Attorney Robert Muise of the Thomas More Law Center alleged that Coldwater City Manager Jeff Budd objected because the Common Sense Patriots of Branch County were “too political” and “too controversial.”  Read more........

Jesus Statue Set Ablaze in Minnesota - The Blaze It was a clash of images on Sunday in St. Paul, MN when a local man, Tuan Pham, awoke to see his beloved, custom-made Jesus statue in flames. According to family, someone took wood from a nearby pile and used a spray can to ignite a fire at the base of Pham’s 7-foot ode to Christ. It’s statue that has been controversial from the beginning: The statue was put in place last October and a month later, Phan says, the city received a complaint about it. The family requested a variance after officials found it was not the required 40 feet from the bluff line, but that request was denied by the city council a few days before the fire.  Read more........

Chicago School Bans All Lunches Brought from Home - Chicago Tribune - Fernando Dominguez cut the figure of a young revolutionary leader during a recent lunch period at his elementary school.  "Who thinks the lunch is not good enough?" the seventh-grader shouted to his lunch mates in Spanish and English.  Dozens of hands flew in the air and fellow students shouted along: "We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch!"  Fernando waved his hand over the crowd and asked a visiting reporter: "Do you see the situation?"  At his public school, Little Village Academy on Chicago's West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.  Read more........

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