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Who can forget the 2005 Southwest Airlines political censorship incident?
Lorrie Heasley, of Woodland, Wash., was asked to leave her flight from Los Angeles to Portland, Ore., Tuesday for wearing a T-shirt with pictures of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a phrase similar to the popular film title "Meet the Fockers." (source)
Of course, not content to be the airline of censorship, Southwest is now the airline of the burkha.
Citizens for Community Values is a hyper-right wing group of busybodies who are essentially the seeds of an American style Taliban who operate out of Cincinnati. The First Amendment be damned, they tirelessly work to try to decide what kind of entertainment that you and I can enjoy, or not enjoy. CCV's lack of respect for the First Amendment reached new heights recently as it tried to shut down a competing political action committee by mis-using trademark law. The Northern District of Ohio gave them a setback in a recent decision.
Yes, the Miss Teen USA blunder by Miss Teen South Carolina was funny. I did laugh. But then I realized, this is miss TEEN USA. In other words, this is a KID! Take any other kid, throw her onto a stage with millions of people watching on TV and thousands in the audience, and watch what she does. Her comments were no less intelligent than those of virtually any sports figure being interviewed after a game. There is more.... (even a video)
Sherman, set the wayback machine to Halloween night, 2004. On that evening, Gordon Lee decided to give away 2,000 free comic books to the children of Rome, Georgia.
Among those he distributed was "Alternative Comics #2," which included drawings of Pablo Picasso's allegedly erect penis. A copy was handed out to two brothers, a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old, according to court documents. The boys' mother objected to the drawings of the penis, claiming it was inappropriate for her children. (source)
So far, so good. "Inappropriate for children?" I can live with that. Personally, I don't see what the big deal is, but when you are a slack-jawed yahoo conservative (or a politically correct whining liberal), I can see how a drawing of a penis might freak you out. Meanwhile, the rest of us sit around and suffer as collateral damage in the culture wars.
Sherman, set the wayback machine to Halloween night, 2004. On that evening, Gordon Lee decided to give away 2,000 free comic books to the children of Rome, Georgia.
Among those he distributed was "Alternative Comics #2," which included drawings of Pablo Picasso's allegedly erect penis. A copy was handed out to two brothers, a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old, according to court documents. The boys' mother objected to the drawings of the penis, claiming it was inappropriate for her children. (source)
So far, so good. "Inappropriate for children?" I can live with that. Personally, I don't see what the big deal is, but when you are a slack-jawed yahoo conservative (or a politically correct whining liberal), I can see how a drawing of a penis might freak you out. Meanwhile, the rest of us sit around and suffer as collateral damage in the culture wars.
I'm not an apologist for violent felons, but the line needs to be drawn somewhere... Consider the case of Terry Lee Alexander. Mr. Alexander has lived a life filled with bad choices. After committing armed robbery, he got himself a well-deserved 10 year stay in prison. That should be the end of the story. Now cue the calliope music that is usually needed when discussing the State of Flori-duh. Mr. Alexander, (deservedly) deprived of his freedom, his right to vote, his right to see his family, and all the other rights you surrender when you become a guest of the State of Florida, decided to exercise the one right I thought you got to keep in prison. Yes, I'm referring to good old fashioned masturbation.
I'm not an apologist for violent felons, but the line needs to be drawn somewhere... Consider the case of Terry Lee Alexander. Mr. Alexander has lived a life filled with bad choices. After committing armed robbery, he got himself a well-deserved 10 year stay in prison. That should be the end of the story. Now cue the calliope music that is usually needed when discussing the State of Flori-duh. Mr. Alexander, (deservedly) deprived of his freedom, his right to vote, his right to see his family, and all the other rights you surrender when you become a guest of the State of Florida, decided to exercise the one right I thought you got to keep in prison. Yes, I'm referring to good old fashioned masturbation.