Westboro Clown Troupe: Now Constitutionally Approved!

“A nearly unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects even hurtful speech about public issues and upheld the right of a fringe church to protest near military funerals.” [WaPo]


I assume that clears the way for any group that would care to make lot of noise at the future funerals of, let’s say, Dick Cheney or George W. Bush. Just carry the banner of the Rev. Benedick’s church and you’re home free. At least until the mourners open fire, anyway.

Shitting on a grave, for example, is likely protected then.

Nixon and Regan, here I come!

Fashion TJ:

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think Shelley Oh! needs a belt on this outfit.


ADD: Beautiful color and cut for the shirt, and Jill Biden looks great.

@SanFranLefty: Something to separate the two patterns, yes.

I kinda hate the whole thing, though. To librarian-ish.

@SanFranLefty: The waist is too high, belt or no belt. I guess someone doesn’t want her to unleash her extreme sexiness on the American people. I stand with the Supreme Court in deploring this kind of censorship.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: You better duck the next time Cynica is in town.

@Dodgerblue: America can’t handle the hawtness. Imagine the teabagger outrage.

@Dodgerblue: Cynica is sexy as hell, and I told her that, drunkenly, at our Stinque-up. She gives the lie to the whole “librarian” thing.

@SanFranLefty: I don’t care for it. The blouse might be OK under a suit, but the prints make my eyes hurt.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Smooches, darling.

@SanFranLefty: I sort of agree and thought the same thing – I find the merging of the two patterns a bit jarring.

I think this is actually a gift for their sponsors at Fox News in case some smarty-pants starts grumbling about the Fairness Doctrine. Now they’ve got constitutional cover for their programming.

Maybe some dead vet’s dad will exercise his second amendment remedies here.

Jesus threw the moneychangers out of the Temple. Wonder what he might recommend for dealing with the Phelpses.

@redmanlaw: The problem is that this bunch of clowns shoves their kids/grandkids out in front. Believe me, I’ve seen them in person and there’s nothing sadder than a six year old screaming “God Hates Fags.” I don’t want some dead vet’s dad to shoot a kid. I’d rather they call Child Protective Services to report emotional abuse and truancy of the WBC kiddos, and then rely upon the counter-protester services such as the people who wore angel wings at Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral or the Hell’s Angels biker procession.

Shooting those clowns sinks to their level and just adds to their martyr complex, and you don’t want a vet’s dad having to pay for his legal defense and/or civil expenses. The Fourth Circuit stuck the dad in this case with the legal bills of the Phelpses, I haven’t read anything yet whether SCOTUS let that part of the appellate court’s decision stand.

@SanFranLefty: You assume he’ll be caught. Neen-jah!


Mythbusters Meets The “Ask a Ninja” Ninja

Those Westboro assholes had a free weekend or something so they came to Santa Fe to do their thing in front of our supposed lib/satanic/comsymp/pro-choice churches. Thing is, they chose some evangelical gay hating church just down the road from us and wasted a Saturday there. Poor advance work.

Even the right wing talk radio shitheads here hate them. Local fascist radio recently had a hour of callers getting all huffy about protecting the sanctity of a combat soldier’s funeral and were doing the tough layman’s talk about filing an injunction and busting up the demostration, etc.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Rumor has it that Mr. Cynica is in a different hemisphere, so now’s your chance to make your move on the sexiest librarian on the West Coast!

@redmanlaw: I also like the idea (which the abortion clinics use) where people can sponsor the idiot protesters for LGBT or other progressive causes and for each minute they’re protesting, the charity gets more money – when told that it’s a pledge-a-thon, the family normally breaks up the protest.

@Dodgerblue: Yes. Has anyone read the opinion? Chaplinsky is still good law, right?

K. I have a pug puppy here. And the rest is… ?

@JNOV: Still haven’t read it (I’m trying to read the transcript from oral arguments in another case on Tuesday) but the summaries of the decision made it sound like Roberts wrote an ode to the First Amendment. Who would’ve thunk it.

@SanFranLefty: I’ll read it on the train this weekend. My dad is totally freaked out about me moving and has engineered some Dad Plan to get me to Philly. Long story, but I like the fellah.

This is how they make their living. Someone looks at them funny and they sue the town which settles to avoid long-drawn out legal battles. They did the angel wings thing at Matthew Sheppard’s funeral. I must say, the fund-raising idea is terrific. Make the shit-heels do something useful. I wonder what will happen when old man Phelps dies. Shirley might try to keep it together but I don’t see it lasting.

This kind of thing is mostly illegal in Europe, I think. Which is why Michael Weiner Savage was denied entry to the UK.

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