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Okay, you know what? Even I am offended


I mean, I barked out a little moronlaugh when I saw it, but jeez. This is what happens when you stifle vigilantism: people do shit like this without secretly worrying somebody’s going to burn down his nice little fence company. Somebody angry. And crippled.

Like that guy on the left, who is both, according to the caption (I can’t link directly to the picture, it’s part of a slideshow on Local6.com, Florida).

This was once an important brake on stupid speech in a country that has very few legal brakes on speech: the concept of unprotected “fighting words.” The idea was upheld by the Supremes 9-0 in Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire in 1942. Per Wikipedia:

Chaplinsky, a Jehovah’s Witness, had purpotedly told a New Hampshire town marshal who was attempting to prevent him from preaching “You are a God-damned racketeer” and “a damned fascist” and was arrested. The court upheld the arrest…

Pretty strong language for a Jehovah’s Witness. My local bunch just ring the doorbell on Saturday mornings and leave copies of Watchtower.

May 3, 2007 — 4:22 pm
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