Here at Slabbed we’re the proverbial tip of the spear on the topic of other countries trying to force their speech mores on our constitutionally guaranteed rights here in the US. Just a few weeks ago the cartoon series South Park was banned in China because of a side-splitting funny episode involving Randy Marsh selling his Colorado weed there. Very recently the subject reared its head again with the NBA, Lebron and Enes Kanter, again with China and Chinese censors as the focal point. Lebron wants everyone to shut up and count the money while Kanter understands that Freedom is not free. When it comes to political expression (or covering a crooked local politician) I personally don’t give a damn what the Chinese think.
Last week there was a dust up at the Bay-Waveland School District involving a family that is not religious (whose name was mentioned in comments here) and the “establishment clause”, one of the 6 rights contained in the first amendment:
(1) the right to be free from governmental establishment of religion (the “Establishment Clause”)
(2) the right to be free from governmental interference with the practice of religion (the “Free Exercise Clause”)
(3) the right to free speech
(4) the right to freedom of the press
(5) the right to assemble peacefully (which includes the right to associate freely with whomever one chooses)
(6) the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.
At the end of the day green is the primary reason for being in business. It is the prime directive. Even not-for-profits must be green to survive because economically it is the only way to insure the mission is self-perpetuated in our (supposed) market economy.
House Bill 1523 brings into sharp focus why Mississippi leads the nation in the export of Human Capital who escape a place that legislates ignorance in the name of ole time religion. And while these new style Mississippi Republicans certainly know how to pander to the majority of those who stayed, I submit they know jack shit about the Constitution.
I’m proud to disclose I have a client on the Sun Herald list of business that understand Green. I’d submit the very act of having to advertise that you serve everyone with green is a sure sign of an overall hostile business climate. For those that depend upon tourism to make their green, things are certain to get worse while ignorance reigns supreme at the Capitol.
And last night around 11:00pm Slabbed went off line but no one visiting at that late hour had any idea due to the wonders of a global CDN we now use. Even better, I’m now proficient enough in command line Linux to actually diagnose and fix the problem. The exercise brings back memories of using MS-DOS with 5 and a quarter inch floppies and programming in Basic back in 1984.
In any event how about some links. First up for those wanting to find out if government sponsored entertainment events/concerts makes sense financially check this out:
I personally have no problems with public funds underwriting civic events once in a while to mark special occasions but anyone that thinks these type of expenditures makes any sort of economic sense doesn’t understand basic finance or economics.
Now some more links, first up from ignorance of the First Amendment is no excuse files:
From a big picture standpoint the rhetoric you hear from Davis’ supporters could be easily mistaken for something you’d hear out of the Taliban because what is being couched as a defense of religious liberty is really an attack on the fundamental liberties that are guaranteed to every citizen under the First Amendment to the Constitution, an amendment we at Slabbed New Media know a thing or two about.
First I do not know who appointed the Apostolic Church as the spokespersons for Christianity because they do not speak for the Catholics and many other denominations that do not seek to impose by force of the government their personal religious viewpoints on nonbelievers and that is exactly what Kim Davis was doing by denying marriage licenses to the her constituents in Rowan County Kentucky because she did not personally agree with the Supreme Court ruling on Gay Marriage.
There is only one problem with this prosecution and one that could create a bill that the taxpayers of Bay St Louis could well end up footing in the denial of Mr. Harding’s right to political expression. I know a few things about this topic and I did not have to look hard to find some links:
A New York man arrested after he gave the finger to a police officer can sue police for malicious prosecution, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, overturning a lower-court decision that deemed the officer’s response reasonable.
In its decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that giving someone the finger is an “ancient gesture of insult” and “is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity.”
This latest bit of jackassery from our local elected officials is certain to dominate the news. These fails would not sting quite so badly if they weren’t all self-inflicted. Stay tuned.
My own opinion is Board Prez Sherry Ponder has lots to learn about both the Hatch Act and the First Amendment but that is another post. Board Member Maurice Singleton works at the Seacoast Echo, Board Prez Ponder is married to the publisher by way of background.
Here are Board member Mike Bell’s full comments:
As most of you may know, our Superintendent was recently involved in the rebuttal to the Governor’s State of the State address.
I am personally upset with our Superintendents involvement in this political partisan production. Instead of the usual live rebuttal on the house floor, they employed a video production unlike any I have ever seen.
Instead of her remarks focusing on educational issues like we were led to believe they would, and which we the Board of Trustees approved, the comments ran the political spectrum of states issues, government accountability, corruption, unemployment, medical care, hospitals, crumbling infrastructure, gas prices, nuclear waste, the department of transportation and women in the workforce. Continue reading “Continued criticism of Bay-Waveland School Sup’s Partisan Political Activity”
That the US Attorney commenting scandal was in full bloom and the rumor mill was in overdrive and this little project was featured in several of the rumors. Heck I may have even started one or two of ’em for kicks. That said one I did not originate and my all time favorite rumor was the one favored for an extraordinarily long time in certain Jefferson parish political circles which held that I was in actuality, Anne Marie Vandenweghe’s brother. This in turn can only mean that the ignorance was stunning. Lest I digress.