Friday, February 01, 2008
Since the protesters are no longer nonviolent, does that mean their special rights under the city resolution are void? (this is a hilarious picture, by the way)
"You guys are just cannon fodder!" the chained protesters shouted at three teenage boys who walked past the office and said they wanted to go inside. "They want to train you to kill babies!"I think the comparisons to abortion clinic protests are quite valid. If laws prohibiting them are valid, then laws prohibiting military recruiter protests like this are going to be, too. They might want to keep their eye on the ball.
Senator Jim DeMint wants to kill federal funding for the city.
"The First Amendment gives the city of Berkeley the right to be idiotic, but from now on they should do it with their own money," DeMint said in a statement. He called the council's vote "a slap in the face to all brave servicemen and women and their families."It'll fail to get anywhere, but that's probably even more beneficial for the Republicans.
"I guess they've never heard of free speech," said Councilwoman Dona Spring. "I've had a lot of nasty phone messages today, threatening me with things like saying, 'I'll take you out.' But they can go ahead. I don't feel scared."Said one caller, "I'll make it so you spend the rest of your life in a wheelchair."
But come on. Free speech? The City Council is a government agency, it doesn't have free speech rights.
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