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2012-11-27 11:17:41 PM  
FTFA: Perkins says he informed Henderson that the display was in violation of obscenity laws and that it must come down, or else.

Is this what Corporal Perkins was taught when he took his Cop 101 course at the county adult education annex?
 
2012-11-27 11:20:18 PM  

jaytkay: Stay classy, Red States.


I'd say the only not classy (unclassy, I don't know) person here is the woman who is feuding with her neighbors.
 
2012-11-27 11:21:15 PM  
MY next-door neighbor is an a**hole. This is a tempting idea.
 
2012-11-27 11:21:41 PM  
My sister kids once spelled "shiat" on the roof in lights. She made them take it down before we got pics. :(
 
2012-11-27 11:23:42 PM  

stuffy: My sister kids once spelled "shiat" on the roof in lights. She made them take it down before we got pics. :(


I kinda get the idea of sister wives but I have no idea how this might work
 
2012-11-27 11:25:54 PM  

crabsno termites: Does Drew sell popcorn concessions? I want this one.


I was just about to make popcorn, so hah.
 
2012-11-27 11:26:26 PM  
"She agreed that it wasn't worth the possible hassle of fines and legal action," Perkins said.

However, the ACLU of Louisiana soon waded into the fray.

"The First Amendment expressly, explicitly, makes clear that even things like the raised middle finger are protected speech," says Executive Director Marjorie Esman.


/Yes, your right to be a douche bag and attention whore are protected, but there is something to be said for having some class.
 
2012-11-27 11:32:46 PM  
Could be worse...

i.chzbgr.com
 
2012-11-27 11:34:54 PM  
Can't you just....you know, NOT put your Christmas lights up to swear?

I get my jollies by flipping off drivers who aren't looking at me, people on TV, my neighbors' houses, and places I used to work, but I've never felt the need to announce my assholishness in lights.
 
2012-11-27 11:35:03 PM  
I know her method is more direct. But I wonder who would have caught on if she arranged them in form of an actual bird with a spatula undeneath.
 
2012-11-27 11:35:14 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: If the FCC can regulate what can be broadcast, local townships can certainly regulate signage.


Actually, what the FCC does is sue your for being obscene. (which is based off of no law, but "community standards")

You can either pay to settle the case and pay a huge fine, or enter a protracted legal battle that will last years.

If you fight it instead of paying up, suddenly it becomes impossible to get the FCC to renew your broadcast licenses and it becomes for you to operate a radio station.

Naturally, since radio companies own hundreds of radio stations, they will pay the fine, rather then be unable to do business. If they fought the legal battle they would win without question, but doing so would bankrupt them and put all their radio stations off the air.

/It's not illegal when the government does it.
 
2012-11-27 11:40:53 PM  
I'm not usually a fan of the ACLU, but I love when they do things like this, I really do.
 
2012-11-27 11:43:55 PM  
archive.sltrib.com
/Pffffft.... amateurs
 
2012-11-27 11:47:14 PM  

fusillade762: The thumbed nose, the projected middle finger, the Bronx cheer

[www.allhatnocattle.net image 252x342]

What's this one called?


I call that one "the Scalia". I'd like to believe that it will be his only lasting legacy.
 
2012-11-27 11:47:41 PM  

fusillade762: [www.allhatnocattle.net picture of Antonin Scalia image 252x342]

What's this one called?


Some arsehole ultra-conservative politician pretending to be an impartial judge?
 
2012-11-27 11:51:08 PM  

cryinoutloud: Can't you just....you know, NOT put your Christmas lights up to swear?


To suggest something like this is to deny the true Jerry Springer-esque inbred white trash essence of a great number of people who live in this great country of ours.
 
2012-11-27 11:51:25 PM  

cryinoutloud: Can't you just....you know, NOT put your Christmas lights up to swear?

I get my jollies by flipping off drivers who aren't looking at me, people on TV, my neighbors' houses, and places I used to work, but I've never felt the need to announce my assholishness in lights.


That would have been my first thought...but I guess some people just don't go for subtle.
 
2012-11-27 11:54:08 PM  
Insulting religions to insult religions is just assholish.
For all you that think this is funny, go light a bunch of Korans on fire in the shape of a penis. Hysterical.
 
2012-11-27 11:58:16 PM  
The ACLU I support it why don't you?
 
2012-11-28 12:01:04 AM  

whatshisname: UseLessHuman: I see a prominently displayed cross or other religious symbol all I see is a big middle finger in my face

That probably says more about you than the religious symbol or the religion it represents...


No you're right, it's my inability to accept the written word of people who didn't understand the basic principles of science that's to blame. Or perhaps their complete willingness to elevate themselves and their own beliefs above all others without any fact or proof to speak of. You got me. Totally busted. It's me that's to blame.
 
2012-11-28 12:02:35 AM  

CameraMonkey: whereas the ACLU tends to pick and choose their battles based on their ideology. I can vaguely recall a few cases leaning to the conservative side that they opted not to fight. So no, the ACLU is not some magical even handed organization.


That's bullshiat.

The ACLU is the of the most -- if not THE most -- evenhanded national group out there.

Why is right wingnut Oliver North not in jail? Because the ACLU came to his rescue.

When the KKK wants to march, what's the only organization that has their back? The ACLU.

The ACLU defends Christians.

The ACLU defends gun owners.

Hell, the ACLU even defended Rush farking Limbaugh.

Where the fark did you get the impression that the ACLU selectively discriminates against "conservatives"?
 
2012-11-28 12:07:04 AM  

UseLessHuman: whatshisname: UseLessHuman: I see a prominently displayed cross or other religious symbol all I see is a big middle finger in my face

That probably says more about you than the religious symbol or the religion it represents...

No you're right, it's my inability to accept the written word of people who didn't understand the basic principles of science that's to blame. Or perhaps their complete willingness to elevate themselves and their own beliefs above all others without any fact or proof to speak of. You got me. Totally busted. It's me that's to blame.


If seeing a cross is offensive to you, it's almost certainly YOU that has the problem. At long as it's not on public land or by governmental decree, I don't understand how you figure it's any of your business.
 
2012-11-28 12:09:04 AM  

eraser8: CameraMonkey: whereas the ACLU tends to pick and choose their battles based on their ideology. I can vaguely recall a few cases leaning to the conservative side that they opted not to fight. So no, the ACLU is not some magical even handed organization.

That's bullshiat.

The ACLU is the of the most -- if not THE most -- evenhanded national group out there.

Why is right wingnut Oliver North not in jail? Because the ACLU came to his rescue.

When the KKK wants to march, what's the only organization that has their back? The ACLU.

The ACLU defends Christians.

The ACLU defends gun owners.

Hell, the ACLU even defended Rush farking Limbaugh.

Where the fark did you get the impression that the ACLU selectively discriminates against "conservatives"?


eraser8: CameraMonkey: whereas the ACLU tends to pick and choose their battles based on their ideology. I can vaguely recall a few cases leaning to the conservative side that they opted not to fight. So no, the ACLU is not some magical even handed organization.

That's bullshiat.

The ACLU is the of the most -- if not THE most -- evenhanded national group out there.

Why is right wingnut Oliver North not in jail? Because the ACLU came to his rescue.

When the KKK wants to march, what's the only organization that has their back? The ACLU.

The ACLU defends Christians.

The ACLU defends gun owners.

Hell, the ACLU even defended Rush farking Limbaugh.

Where the fark did you get the impression that the ACLU selectively discriminates against "conservatives"?


Damn straight and that's important in this country and they are the least political group out there, that only defends civil liberties any and all.
 
2012-11-28 12:12:06 AM  
One would think that with all the work the ACLU does defending Freedom that the tea party would be sending them their first born. Then you realize that the people dumb enough to start out calling themselves teabaggers probably aren't thinking about this logically.

/I still remember the "WTF, we can say this on television" looks when the movement started.
 
2012-11-28 12:15:06 AM  
God, I love the ACLU! This chick has my FULL support!

/fark Livingston Parish and Denham Springs
//Denham Springs High school, class of '99
///Glad I got out when I did!
 
2012-11-28 12:16:08 AM  

UseLessHuman: whatshisname: UseLessHuman: I see a prominently displayed cross or other religious symbol all I see is a big middle finger in my face

That probably says more about you than the religious symbol or the religion it represents...

No you're right, it's my inability to accept the written word of people who didn't understand the basic principles of science that's to blame. Or perhaps their complete willingness to elevate themselves and their own beliefs above all others without any fact or proof to speak of. You got me. Totally busted. It's me that's to blame.


huh?
 
2012-11-28 12:18:35 AM  

UseLessHuman: whatshisname: UseLessHuman: I see a prominently displayed cross or other religious symbol all I see is a big middle finger in my face

That probably says more about you than the religious symbol or the religion it represents...

No you're right, it's my inability to accept the written word of people who didn't understand the basic principles of science that's to blame. Or perhaps their complete willingness to elevate themselves and their own beliefs above all others without any fact or proof to speak of. You got me. Totally busted. It's me that's to blame.


Yep, it is you.
 
2012-11-28 12:20:26 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie:
Damn straight and that's important in this country and they are the least political group out there, that only defends civil liberties any and all.


As opposed to the absolute joke of an endorsement the NRA gave Romney this year, completely going against 20+ years of precedent?
 
2012-11-28 12:22:20 AM  
I like the poll on the side:

hould wearing 'saggy pants' be illegal?
Yes( 53% )
No ( 47% )
 
2012-11-28 12:25:44 AM  
I don't know about this. It is offensive, but is it really obscene?
I mean, how is this different (in terms of obscenity) than if someone had a picture of a naked lady on their roof? In some ways, this may not even be obscenity as much as disturbing the peace.
 
2012-11-28 12:25:47 AM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: I like the poll on the side:
hould wearing 'saggy pants' be illegal?
Yes( 53% )
No ( 47% )


Should people wearing saggy pants have them pulled down all the way?

Yes (98%)
Depends on hotness of wearer (2%)
 
2012-11-28 12:30:39 AM  
Good on the ACLU for defending her, but what a c*nt! Instead of actually talkin to the neighbors she decides to announce her biatchiness in the form of a giant lighted middle finger.

The cops AND her are wrong in this situation. Talk shiat out instead of being a flagrant biatch.
 
2012-11-28 12:33:11 AM  

zarberg: tinfoil-hat maggie:
Damn straight and that's important in this country and they are the least political group out there, that only defends civil liberties any and all.

As opposed to the absolute joke of an endorsement the NRA gave Romney this year, completely going against 20+ years of precedent?


Sorry I'm not real familiar on that, I will say I support gun ownership n this country and I didn't like the part in the movie clip I linked about going after the guns and I'm glad that's not really an issue now. Education and jobs are the way to reduce crime not removing guns.
 
2012-11-28 12:40:35 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: zarberg: tinfoil-hat maggie:
Damn straight and that's important in this country and they are the least political group out there, that only defends civil liberties any and all.

As opposed to the absolute joke of an endorsement the NRA gave Romney this year, completely going against 20+ years of precedent?

Sorry I'm not real familiar on that, I will say I support gun ownership n this country and I didn't like the part in the movie clip I linked about going after the guns and I'm glad that's not really an issue now. Education and jobs are the way to reduce crime not removing guns.


I support gun rights too, but the NRA has turned more or less purely political. Not including 2012, for the past 9 elections the NRA has endorsed the candidate with the record of least resistance against gun rights always stating in their endorsement why they endorse that candidate. In 2012 they endorsed Romney saying that Obama was "poised" to bring sweeping and restrictive legislation against gun rights. Up until 2012 Obama had signed into law a bill allowing conceal and carry permits to be valid on Amtrak trains and in federal parks, and Romney signed at least 1 bill restricting gun rights in MA (he may have signed other minor ones, but the big one targeted assault weapons and their definition, IIRC).

So yeah ... I'm done with the NRA. Membership cancelled, and the two phone calls I've had asking why I cancelled I explained quite clearly that they had become a political organization that used gun rights as a partisan tool, not a gun ownership organization that makes occasional political endorsements.
 
2012-11-28 12:41:57 AM  

mbillips: Surprising? Only if you've never paid attention to what the ACLU ALWAYS FARKING DOES.


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2012-11-28 12:41:58 AM  

scottydoesntknow: Good on the ACLU for defending her, but what a c*nt! Instead of actually talkin to the neighbors she decides to announce her biatchiness in the form of a giant lighted middle finger.

The cops AND her are wrong in this situation. Talk shiat out instead of being a flagrant biatch.


Thisitty this.

I once spent 90 minutes of a two-hour mediation explaining to two fresh-minted lawyers (and I use the term loosely) that one person asking another person to please be a little bit civil in neighborhood relations was NOT a First Amendment issue. And that being a righteous coont at the expense of another person may be a "right" but it wasn't a good way to encourage harmony in the home or in the area.

Oddly, the two neighbors were much easier to convince than the suits.
 
2012-11-28 12:48:42 AM  

Spanky_McFarksalot: Not a fan of conservatives, but I don't see in the article where that has anything to do with it. Liberals can be pissed at neighbors too.


Some people evidently believe that it's "conservative" to be peeved at an asshole who wants to make Christmas a vehicle for carrying on a feud with the world. Try putting up a swastika in lights in San Francisco and see how surprisingly "conservative" that neighborhood turns out to be.
 
2012-11-28 12:53:31 AM  

jjorsett: Spanky_McFarksalot: Not a fan of conservatives, but I don't see in the article where that has anything to do with it. Liberals can be pissed at neighbors too.

Some people evidently believe that it's "conservative" to be peeved at an asshole who wants to make Christmas a vehicle for carrying on a feud with the world. Try putting up a swastika in lights in San Francisco and see how surprisingly "conservative" that neighborhood turns out to be.


Dunno man, Denham Springs is a pretty damn conservative town (at least when I lived there it was) in a VERY conservative Parish.
 
2012-11-28 12:56:43 AM  

zarberg: tinfoil-hat maggie: zarberg: tinfoil-hat maggie:
Damn straight and that's important in this country and they are the least political group out there, that only defends civil liberties any and all.

As opposed to the absolute joke of an endorsement the NRA gave Romney this year, completely going against 20+ years of precedent?

Sorry I'm not real familiar on that, I will say I support gun ownership n this country and I didn't like the part in the movie clip I linked about going after the guns and I'm glad that's not really an issue now. Education and jobs are the way to reduce crime not removing guns.

I support gun rights too, but the NRA has turned more or less purely political. Not including 2012, for the past 9 elections the NRA has endorsed the candidate with the record of least resistance against gun rights always stating in their endorsement why they endorse that candidate. In 2012 they endorsed Romney saying that Obama was "poised" to bring sweeping and restrictive legislation against gun rights. Up until 2012 Obama had signed into law a bill allowing conceal and carry permits to be valid on Amtrak trains and in federal parks, and Romney signed at least 1 bill restricting gun rights in MA (he may have signed other minor ones, but the big one targeted assault weapons and their definition, IIRC).

So yeah ... I'm done with the NRA. Membership cancelled, and the two phone calls I've had asking why I cancelled I explained quite clearly that they had become a political organization that used gun rights as a partisan tool, not a gun ownership organization that makes occasional political endorsements.


Hmm, I think we agree then, that's sad they became that political because yea, I don't think Pres. Obama has ever mention guns outside of what you said and that sure seems reasonable so, yea, I guess there is some disconnect in the NRA now which is sad.
 
2012-11-28 01:01:49 AM  

Gyrfalcon: scottydoesntknow: Good on the ACLU for defending her, but what a c*nt! Instead of actually talkin to the neighbors she decides to announce her biatchiness in the form of a giant lighted middle finger.

The cops AND her are wrong in this situation. Talk shiat out instead of being a flagrant biatch.

Thisitty this.

I once spent 90 minutes of a two-hour mediation explaining to two fresh-minted lawyers (and I use the term loosely) that one person asking another person to please be a little bit civil in neighborhood relations was NOT a First Amendment issue. And that being a righteous coont at the expense of another person may be a "right" but it wasn't a good way to encourage harmony in the home or in the area.

Oddly, the two neighbors were much easier to convince than the suits.


Don't you know you're supposed to be billing by the hour, you should have asked for a countenance a few time and then gone at it : )
 
2012-11-28 01:04:52 AM  

scottydoesntknow: Good on the ACLU for defending her, but what a c*nt! Instead of actually talkin to the neighbors she decides to announce her biatchiness in the form of a giant lighted middle finger.

The cops AND her are wrong in this situation. Talk shiat out instead of being a flagrant biatch.


Not to defend the woman, because I think what she did was tacky and immature, but sometimes, some people can't be reasoned with so talk is useless. csb... I used to have a neighbor who was a bartender and aspiring drummer. He usually returned home from work at about 2:30am, and would sometimes practice his drums at that hour. Naturally, it wasn't something my family wanted to wake up to, so I when I saw him, I asked him if he could find another time to practice. He actually got pissed at me for asking him, telling me, "I don't care if you're sleeping at that hour. It's you're fault for having a job with daytime hours. You should just sleep during the day like I do because that's when I'm not playing."

Some shiatheads just can't be reasoned with so it's often just an exercise in futility to even speak with them. Though in this case, I would tend to think its middle-finger lady who's the unreasonable one.
 
2012-11-28 01:10:47 AM  

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I see AdolfOliverPanties has this covered.


/Carry on
 
2012-11-28 01:12:50 AM  
Everything is better in Utah....


atthefunnyfarm.org
 
2012-11-28 01:13:16 AM  

mafiageek1980: jjorsett: Spanky_McFarksalot: Not a fan of conservatives, but I don't see in the article where that has anything to do with it. Liberals can be pissed at neighbors too.

Some people evidently believe that it's "conservative" to be peeved at an asshole who wants to make Christmas a vehicle for carrying on a feud with the world. Try putting up a swastika in lights in San Francisco and see how surprisingly "conservative" that neighborhood turns out to be.

Dunno man, Denham Springs is a pretty damn conservative town (at least when I lived there it was) in a VERY conservative Parish.


I'm not saying that it isn't, just that being conservative isn't necessarily the reason people are put off by this behavior.
 
2012-11-28 01:15:33 AM  
The ACLU should get a permanent HERO tag.
 
2012-11-28 01:15:42 AM  

jjorsett: mafiageek1980: jjorsett: Spanky_McFarksalot: Not a fan of conservatives, but I don't see in the article where that has anything to do with it. Liberals can be pissed at neighbors too.

Some people evidently believe that it's "conservative" to be peeved at an asshole who wants to make Christmas a vehicle for carrying on a feud with the world. Try putting up a swastika in lights in San Francisco and see how surprisingly "conservative" that neighborhood turns out to be.

Dunno man, Denham Springs is a pretty damn conservative town (at least when I lived there it was) in a VERY conservative Parish.

I'm not saying that it isn't, just that being conservative isn't necessarily the reason people are put off by this behavior.


Good point.
 
2012-11-28 01:58:10 AM  

CameraMonkey: Theaetetus: DrVoice: The ACLU is much more consistent about their mission than, say, the NRA.

Not at all... The NRA is all-guns, all-the-time. The ACLU would find it tough to match that kind of consistency. I mean, they even acknowledge that slander or libel may not be protected under the first amendment, while the NRA says that you can shoot your neighbor if they look at you strangely.

Yeah, I second that. The NRA is pretty consistent... whereas the ACLU tends to pick and choose their battles based on their ideology. I can vaguely recall a few cases leaning to the conservative side that they opted not to fight. So no, the ACLU is not some magical even handed organization.


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2012-11-28 02:20:08 AM  
I guess this thread has already arrived at the right answer, but I'll pile on.

Both ACLU and NRA are consistent with respect to being associated with a political party. Both are formally apolitical. Sure, most ACLU supporters are D's and most NRA supporters are R's; the public associates one with the left and one with the right. But most Farkers understand that viewing politics on a horizontal axis (left/right) only is simplistic.

Both orgs are political in the sense that they advocate public policy positions and evaluate politicians based on the politician's sympathy for the organization's core values. Both are principled in the sense that (despite the political affiliation of most of their members) they will cross party lines to advocate for their issues. Examples: NRA endorses mainly R's but will endorse a D with a record of support for 2nd Amdt rights over an R with no such record or a weak record.

I agree with those who said ACLU is a little bit hypocritical for not embracing all individual constitutional rights and liberties. ACLU does not advocate or litigate for certain constitutional rights such as 2nd Amdt and property rights. ACLU is principled in the sense that it advocates and litigates for a subset of the civil liberties of all people in US jurisdictions, even people its members look down on (like white supremacists and fundamentalists).
 
2012-11-28 02:25:35 AM  
That reminds me - what's going on with Flip Joe the Derp?
 
2012-11-28 02:32:24 AM  

UseLessHuman: Unpopular speech is the most important to protect; It may some day be yours.


This.

Also, fark all the shiatbags in this thread comparing the ACLU to the NRA. The NRA votes straight-ticket Republican; they endorsed Romney, you farking morons. Remember? The ACLU does what's right.
 
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