…an actual civil liberties organization:

To help spruce up the building’s image, they hired artist Matt Evanson and gave him free rein to paint a giant mural of marine life, thus far depicting images of six local game fish: snook, redfish, tarpon, dolphin, grouper and sailfish. But Evanson has not been able to complete the artwork – which contains no words except for his signature – because the city on Florida’s Gulf Coast claims it violates the sign code.

He had an interesting counter:

His response? Proudly hang a giant banner with text of the First Amendment promoting free speech in front of the mural. Not amused, the city of Clearwater is now threatening to hook Quintero with fines of $500 a day for displaying the large version of America’s founding document.

Well they weren’t the only ones not amused:

The American Civil Liberties Union has been reeled in and is representing Quintero in court.

“Only in Florida could a business owner be targeted and fined for displaying artwork; and then in protest of the fine, display the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – and then be ticketed for that,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida. “Unfortunately, public officials disregard constitutional freedoms all the time, but punishing citizens for displaying the Constitution may be a first.”

Stop the ACLU is impressed:

This is a fight for a certain amount of free speech. All liberty minded Americans should hope for the ACLU to be victorious over this corrosive power of the city to impose itself on its citizens. Anyone interested in the rights of property owners should support Mr. Quintero in this fight. More of these thuggish city rules should be challenged throughout the country to put a check on the nanny state in which we increasingly live.

Hey lets see if this keeps up.

6:05 a.m. The day starts with Mika scolding Willie for gum and Joe slurping Starbucks. Where is Barnicle standing up for Dunkin Donuts?

6:09 a.m. Not funding White Collar investigations is like only taking care of victims after 9/11 says money party.

6:11 a.m. Joe is afraid that Trillions upon Trillions is nasty when you are saying you are making government smaller. Pat calls him Lyndon Baines Obama.

6:13 a.m. Pat says they are making new baselines that will never be rolled back.

6:15 a.m. Well they aren’t finding late night Obama jokes yet.

6:21 a.m. Joe notices that the cut of farm subsidies will hit a lot of redder states.

6:32 a.m. Hey how about that North Korea, Iran and Pakistan are all doing nastier things now that Bush is gone. Mika spins it that Joe Biden is right.

6:38 a.m. Money Party: We are creating a giant airbag to falsely re-inflate a bubble.

6:41 a.m. Nobody wants to raise taxes but we should do it anyway to cut the deficit that we are now creating.

7:00 a.m. Willie just told the story of the $1mil offer to the Octo-mom if she does a porn film, Joe can’t stop laughing.

7:04 a.m. Mika loves Rush?

7:12 a.m. Joe doesn’t mind if Obama wants to be a liberal but he doesn’t want him to say one thing and do another. Doesn’t he realize that this was the whole basis of his campaign.

7:15 a.m. The style vs substance argument comes up again. Matlin states Jindal’s record.

7:34 a.m. I haven’t heard the terms Goo Goo’s for years.

7:45 a.m Mika: “Taser him.”

7:56 a.m. Did Joe just bring up Obama appointments and Jewish relations? Andrea “Sgt. Schultz” Mitchel poo poos it.

8:17 a.m. We are like a bunch of Adlai Stevenson’s waiting for someone to fix their TV, if someone can run in 2012 saying “I can Fix this, they can beat Obama.” says Matthews

8:24 a.m. I’m glad I wasn’t drinking when Hoyer said democrats don’t want money to go to people who will waste it.

8:29 a.m. There are not 9000 earmarks, there are only 4000 says Hoyer. Oh that’s different.

Looks like our favorite net comedian who is Not Mohammad is getting death threats from the religion of peace™:

God forbid you insinuate the religion of Islam is anything short of peaceful. It only results in responses such as these:


“ur a freaken racist pig… otherwise u wouldnt be making any sarcastic remarks…u just got the worst reputation amoungst muslims that I showed that video to…they were cursing u like crazy….take my advice and remove that racist video”

“you should actually post a new video, correcting the mistakes you made in this video, and im sure you know which ones you made, because that’s the only way that’s gonna save you from a freak accident.”

“FYI, i am glad, because if u said this to my face, u would be on the floor. simple. u come here and disrespect me, forget me, u disrespect the prophet pbuh, u expect me to just sit by, u disrespect the quran and then u try to play it off. u r a joke. a joke. dont EVER do this again. EVER.”


“u should make a video apologize to the muslim community. thats the only option u have.”

Charming. In their defense folks… My video IS classified as hate speech. At least, that’s what thousands of Muslims said whilst flooding YouTube with constant “flagging.” In case you haven’t yet heard, there are actual online Muslim networks that exist solely for this purpose. The minute anything even remotely critical of Islam pops up online, thousands of members are notified and are commanded to flag, spam and utilize comment suppression techniques that ultimately result in the video’s removal and permanent banning of the user.

Well tell you what, every time I read about his death threats I will re-post the video.

Update: Oh and he is now blogrolled too.

Holy Smoke is not thrilled that Bishop Suspended Bishop Williamson is back in England:

This is a truly appalling man. I realised this last year, when – in a fruitless attempt to warn the Vatican what he was like – I commissioned a front-page exposé of his poisonous anti-Semitism in The Catholic Herald. Like most Holocaust deniers, Williamson has a soft spot for the Third Reich: that much is clear from his pathetic diatribe against The Sound of Music, of all films, for painting the German authorities in an unsympathetic light. He also thinks 9/11 was an inside job.

The SSPX has know for many years that one of its four bishops was a Far Right conspiracy theorist. It was irritated by him, it pushed him to the margins – but it allowed him to continue exercising episcopal ministry in the Society. That is a scandal that its leader, the arrogant Bishop Bernard Fellay, has never got round to addressing.

Williamson has done more to damage the conservative reforms of this pontificate than any other person alive. That is why the faces of Catholic liberals light up at the mention of his name. They are using the Williamson affair to sabotage Summorum Pontificum – with some success, it must be said. Catholic bishops in this country have employed this cheap tactic.

You have to be a really bad Nazi to get kicked out of Argentina but unfortunately England has always had its Lord Haw Haws.

The Curt Jester tells us the story of the Capybara, a type of fish meat you can eat during lent:

When the Spanish missionaries found the capybara in Brazil during the 16th century, they wrote to the Pope to ask – there’s an animal here that’s scaly but also hairy, spends most of its time in the water but occasionally comes on land; can we classify it as a fish (and thus, the indigenous people could continue to eat it during Lent)?. Not having a clear description of the animal (and not wanting the petitioners to starve), the Pope agreed and declared it to be a fish.

This illustrates the difference between the world today, when the image would have been sent by cell phone camera and an answer given at once and a world where communication takes months each way.

I hate to admit I never heard of the animal nor its Lenten significance but I’m reminded of the following passage in scripture:

As he was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. Mark 2:23-27

The Pope’s ruling was living this passage, but as far as I’m concerned it’s still a rat.

The wife mentioned this morning that trend is blocking a particular game due to “gambling”. It is a small tweak to change it but it begs the following comment.

I’m a professional tech. I liked the look of Trend and purchased it for the machine used the most by my family. It’s the only machine I have a pay version of Anti-Virus on.

I’ve had trend 2006 on that machine for 3 years. The TEENAGE kids have been on it, their friends have been on it, the wife and her friends have been on it. Nothing has gotten through.

If anyone wants an anti-virus recommendation from me and doesn’t mind paying for it. I would say trend micro without hesitation!

The drunk blogging of Steven Green doesn’t prevent him from noticing a pattern in the president’s speech:

7:31PM We swear we’re not helping deadbeats by giving them your tax dollars. And if I keep talking this quickly, you might just not notice that it’s so not true!

7:32PM We’ll hold accountable those responsible! TARP II is nothing like TARP I, and you know it’s true because I’ve said so, so very, very quickly!

7:35PM “It’s not about helping banks, it’s about helping people.” The quit giving them money, and give me some! Or at least speak at Mortal Human Speed.

7:36PM Regulatory reform? Fine, great. Start by getting rid of Dodd and Frank, mmkay?

7:37PM It’s rich that a guy who just added a trillion dollars to the deficit is complaining about a trillion dollar deficit.

Apparently saying that you are doing the opposite of what you are actually doing doesn’t effect the poll numbers, just ask Morning Joe.

Looks like its a question of paying for things

6:40 a.m. Joe compares the spending to Heroin addicts giving people everything they want.

6:42 a.m. I missed the Obama side, so now we have Jindal, what will they say.

6:43 a.m. Barnicle not withstanding he didn’t sound far right to me.

6:46 a.m. The Globe is speaking nonsense and Joe is not taking it. There wasn’t much of a conservative candidate for president.

7:00 a.m. Apparently according to the polls saying that you will do one thing when doing the exact opposite does well in the polls. National Review had the best line:

Oratorywise, so good. Ideawise, so weak. Combination, so dangerous.

7:05 a.m. No wrongdoing but implication of wrongdoing on Palin well that’s news

7:07 a.m. Joe: Hillary was hot last night.

7:08 a.m. Do you really want to say you’ve got that “twittering thing” after just saying that Hillary is hot?

7:10 a.m. Steele is echoing Joe on spending smart move. If the primary voice is there then it is there the RNC will honor that.

7:12 a.m. The 12 step recovery for the party is to admit that we spent like drunken sailors. FYI Mr. Steele we republicans will hold you to that if you go back in.

7:14 a.m. The people will be the final choice, what is the Republican plan? In fact we DO have a plan they were rejected by the democrats. Building schools is nice but it doesn’t help small business or any blue collar worker not in construction.

7:28 a.m. It still sounds like he was on the campaign trail

7:38 a.m. How about that Buchanan DID swim in that pool

7:40 a.m. So I’m not the only one who things that Gibbs seems a bit over his head.

7:44 a.m. Jean said the speech is hopeful but will the banks help him out. Susie’s driver has the word, but it didn’t have the info they needed.

7:48 a.m. Would you think the president of Telemundo would be named Don Brown?

7:58 a.m. They talk census and he is right it is a big issue.

8:02 a.m. The hope is nice but there are no details says Susie, they’d better keep her off the MSNBC evening shows.

8:05 a.m. When Mika keeps pushing Pat’s book claiming that WW II was unnecessary and going after Churchill she is very much her father’s daughter.

8:08 a.m. Mika will be doing the old Dean Martin skits on the Vegas strip when she retires.

8:12 a.m. Maxine Waters doesn’t say we aren’t going to nationalize the banks, just that we aren’t there yet. As far as the planes go, she hasn’t read Dilbert today.

8:14 a.m. That is a really bad wig that waters has, unless I’m very much mistaken. If I’m wrong about the wig part I apologize in advance.

8:21 a.m. The country wants Daddy says Klein but he had to pause and think when before he said that the republicans were making a mistake.

8:22 a.m. You may think that cutting taxes in wartime is bad but cutting the military during wartime is worse.

8:24 a.m. Is this going to be like Korea? I see no reason why that would be a problem if it was.

8:31 a.m. There were details says Erin? Will he do the things he said?

8:42 a.m. Shelby has no debt.

8:48 a.m. Boxer: If he laid out the details it would have been boring. I actually think she is right, this wasn’t the time for details in a speech, I just wish he wasn’t saying one thing and doing another.

8:52 a.m. Mika apparently sounds ideological because she objects to throwing money at a problem, hey this is MSNBC I’m a liberal democrat I’m not supposed to get tough questions! Don’t you know who I am?