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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Bong Hits 4 Jesus

Do you remember a while back when I wrote about exactly what is wrong with America? Well, I came up with another:

The "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" Case.

If you want the specifics on American tax money at work, here's a link with boo coos of attachments and details on the case:

http://blogs.salon.com/0002762/stories/2007/01/28/bongHits4JesusSupremeCourt.html

Otherwise, let me give you the Reader's Digest lowdown:

In 2002 a high school kid displayed a 14-foot-long banner on a public street (not on school property) which said "Bong Hits 4 Jesus". This might not have been that big of a deal, but it occurred as the Olympic torch relay was passing through the city of Juneau.

Whoops.

When asked, the kid wouldn't take the sign down. Since he was technically at a school sponsored event, this was considered not good and said kid was suspended for ten days.

Anyway, somehow or another this has become a freedom of speech issue.

What speech are we defending?

"Bong Hits 4 Jesus"???

So now I'm expected to defend stupid speech, as well as, say, my blog?

Not gonna happen bucko.

This isn't Tinker vs. Des Moines, the case of students wearing black arm bands to protest the Vietnam War. This is some smart ass kid deciding to show up his principal on local television.
I'm willing to give high school kids some leeway in speech freedoms to discuss important issues. I cannot even think "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" is an important issue.

Furthermore, I can't classify "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" as particularly harmful, either.

I seriously doubt the sign inspired anyone to partake in illegal drugs who wasn't already considering partaking.

Bottom line: everyone is stupid. And now, you, the taxpayers, just spent a nice chunk of change having legal experts determine something a cat could have told your for free in a matter of minutes.

Not my problem-- I don't pay taxes as I don't have a JOB or BUY anything, as I don't have pockets.

I don't know what else to say about this one other than I resent the time given to such ridiculousness. This is the supreme court, for crying out loud. Freakin' Kenneth "it's really important that the leader of the free world not have a thing for skanks" Starr represented the Juneau school board.

Whatever

Anyway, I'm irritated now. I'm taking a nap.

By the way, there are now 3,646 American casualties in Iraq.

2 comments:

Spidey said...

All those dumb assholes that are constantly suing the US Government or some public entity over stupid crap should be fined a million dollars each after they win their cases..."Just on the principle of the thing..."

BTW, all those casualty figures do not take into account the thousands of soldiers who are coming back missing legs and other limbs thanks to the fact that the terrorists fight their Holy War with landmines.

Penelope said...

That is so true Spidey and it didn't occur to me.

I read somewere that the final cost of the War in Iraq will be upwards of three trillion dollars once long term health care is included for the injured.

I like to publish the current casualty figure occasionally just to point out that we spend a lot of time and energy on superficial issues when we've got a real big fat problem self created overseas. It's actually more of a reminder to me than to anyone else.

--P