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Monday, January 10th, 2011

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  1. #1 |  Lauren Horn | 

    The student in VA is absolutely protected by the First Amendment. Which does not mean, alas, that in this climate he won’t be hounded into bankruptcy and beyond if he tries to defend himself.

  2. #2 |  Mike T | 

    Keith Olbermann clocked overtime on Saturday to deliver a commentary subtitled “The political rhetoric of the country must be changed to prevent acts of domestic terrorism.”

    It takes real balls to be that sort of hypocrite…

  3. #3 |  JThompson | 

    Who knows what sort of nutty charges they’ll try to stick the college dude with. I’d been wondering what would happen if someone mixed paint with metal shavings or ground up metal and painted a few amendments on their body for the scanners: Question answered, I guess.

    @Mike T: To be fair to Olbermann, he admitted he’s been over the top and needed to tone it down too.

  4. #4 |  Michaelk42 | 

    I have to disagree with Shafer in this case. From since he already said it well:

    Still, it’s worth considering (entirely apart from this incident) the impact of the undeniably scalding temperature of political discourse in the age of Glenn Beck, and what sort of response is warranted from those of us who are neither demagogues nor their stooges. And what disturbs me most is how, anytime someone dares to criticize the histrionic lunacy of Beck or Palin or whomever, that criticism is immediately assailed as a threat to the very foundations of free speech. Here’s Shafer:

    “Any call to cool ‘inflammatory’ speech is a call to police all speech, and I can’t think of anybody in government, politics, business, or the press that I would trust with that power.”

    This misses the point completely. Denouncing certain speech or a certain style of speech, asking people to voluntarily hold themselves to a different (I’ll refrain from saying “higher”) standard, is not the same thing as calling for government censorship. It is the necessary and healthy response to the “public fury” Shafer describes, the responsibility that accompanies the right.

    If free speech is to be worth a damn, it must be rooted in the faith that people, when confronted by “inflammatory” speech, will react in just this way – rejecting it and its practitioners utterly. And not by calling for laws to be passed, or charges to be filed (which, incidentally, Sheriff Dupnik did not do, and which I cannot recall anyone in a position of political or media influence doing*). Instead, we reject the speech of the deranged with speech of our own – we tell them to shut their fucking traps.

  5. #5 |  Marty | 

    the kid did a good job- he stayed composed and made his point. hopefully, more people follow suit and this pushes the tsa back a little more. if he would’ve acted like a raving lunatic, I think his message would’ve been completely lost.

  6. #6 |  Marty | 

    I don’t know how someone can’t admire Dick Winters. RIP, indeed.

  7. #7 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Aaron Tobey shows the next generation might not stay on the couch and take all this shit. Nicely done, 4th Ammendment fan.

    A t-shirt with the 4th printed in a slightly metallic ink would sell well. Let me check:

    Done! Rule 34 says there’s also porn featuring these shirts.

  8. #8 |  FridayNext | 

    But why did the kid take off his pants without being instructed by the TSA officials? That alone will get you carted away for a bit in most cops even if not done at a TSA checkpoint. While I admire the kids and agree with him, I have to give him a D for implementation. By (almost) totally disrobing, he ensured the cops would cart him off long before most of the people he claims to want to “wake up” ever saw his chest and it gives the cops an out. Note that, according to the news report, he was cited for the disrobing. That way the TSA can make his life miserable without taking a stand on the first amendment issue.

    Again, A for idea, D for implementation. I will allow him to resubmit a final draft.

  9. #9 |  Dave Krueger | 

    College student scrawls Fourth Amendment on his chest, bares his work at TSA checkpoint. He was of course arrested.

    If there is any viewing of (half) naked people, it will be handled by the TSA.

  10. #10 |  delta | 

    Generally good job by the kid at TSA. I would also like to see running this gag again without removal of pants — in other words, find the minimal level at which you’ll be arrested.

    In the mathematical sense, the kid actually did something useful by setting an “upper bound”; now we need to see how low it goes.

  11. #11 |  nando | 

    The charges against the kid have been dropped:,0,11766.story

  12. #12 |  Irving Washington | 

    Jack Shafer is a national treasure.

  13. #13 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Regarding “inflamed speech”, just let me make this point: When I am pissed at government trampling the Bill of Rights, I do not threaten anyone, but I intend with absolute premeditation to belittle those responsible to the fullest extent of the language tools available to me.

    I want it to be hate speech because that is what it is. Like most libertarians, I oppose violence, but hate is not violence anymore than pornography is rape or profanity is assault. By renouncing violence, speech is the only form of protest we have left. And for those who say it won’t do any good, you’re wrong. It does do some good. It makes me feel better.

    When FBI Diector Mueller characterized the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords as more important than ordinary shootings because it was an attack on our most sacred institutions, I almost choked. The biggest threat to our sacred institutions doesn’t come from a lone gunmen who shoots up a political gathering. It comes from those who systematically piss on the people’s right to pursue life, liberty, happiness, and property from behind the fortified walls of government.

    As was the case after 9/11, the real damage from this event is yet to come and when it does it will come at the hands of those elected officials who will use it as a pretext to further chip away at the very core of what America stands for (assuming that any of the core even still remains).

  14. #14 |  Bambam | 

    @13 LOUD APPLAUSE, well said.

  15. #15 |  Big A | 

    Is it just me, or are drug raids in Canada and England always executed with a bizarre politeness?
    “But the family said officers were not rough and even cleaned their shoes before they entered.”

    I wonder if it helps the cops feel better after they’ve made such a ridiculous error as mistaking skunk smell for weed. As far as I’m concerned, skunk smell is pretty obviously skunk smell. I mean, don’t they ever get even the tiniest bit embarrassed?

  16. #16 |  CyniCAl | 

    AP IMPACT: Meth flourishes despite tracking laws (AP)

    The perfect synthesis of nanny-statism, the law of unintended consequences and the superiority of the market.

  17. #17 |  Lefty | 

    @13 nicely put

    There was a strong air of violence coming from the right during the last election cycle. “Second amendment options”, “Watering the tree of liberty”, putting crosshairs on a political map etc. are pretty clear calls to violence.

    I wouldn’t want to see any new laws in response to this. I would like it if americans told these people to go fuck themselves.

  18. #18 |  BamBam | 

    more truth

  19. #19 |  CyniCAl | 

    Thanks BamBam, it’s been awhile since I read a good anarchist piece.

  20. #20 |  EH | 

    I would like it if americans told these people to go fuck themselves.

    Exactly. I don’t want any laws passed either, but that kind of talk should be as taboo as positive talk about incest.

  21. #21 |  OBTC | 

    Re: College student/his lawyer’s comment:

    “It’s just silly to arrest someone you’re going to strip search for taking off their own clothes.”

    P.S. #13 Dave Krueger – Excellent Post.

  22. #22 |  BSK | 

    -1 point to the college kid for writing the 4 backwards… Did anyone else catch that?

  23. #23 |  croaker | 

    Speaking of inflamed rhetoric.

    Apparently, Kotex has got some promotion for a repackaged (but not changed) tampon and has managed to get every store in the area (including WalMart) to remove OB brand tampons from the shelves. Which just happen to be the only ones that work for my wife.

    So tonight I’m having to deal with a woman in full-blown PMS who can’t get her tampons. It’s a good thing all my guns are locked up or there would probably be a second massacre.

  24. #24 |  Dannyp19 | 

    I salute Dick Winters. Im reminded of my great uncle who served in wwII in the 82nd. airborne div. He survived North Africia, Sicily, Normandy, Holland, and the Buldge.
    I pestered him all my life to hear a great war story. Not once did he grandstand. All he said he remembered was the cold, the smell of gunpowder and death. Oh, and the great men he served with that saved his life countless times during the war.
    RIP to all the great men who fought in in those difficult times! I fear we will never see a generation
    like that again!

  25. #25 |  Windy | 

    Croaker, you just hit on one of my pet peeves — stores allowing brands to buy out their shelf space, thereby cutting out other brands that I much prefer. Usually, if a store allows that I will write to the corporate headquarters (if there is any), and the manager of the local store to complain; I also write to the company and let them know I wouldn’t ever buy their product after such an anti-market move and that I would be encouraging others to stop buying their product, too. Then I start doing my regular shopping at another store, just as I told the store manager (and corporate office) I would. I don’t know how you deal with all the stores in an area caving to such demands, tho. More consumers need to be doing what I do and this kind of thing would end.