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2020-09-20 7:24:15 AM  
Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.
 
2020-09-20 7:36:48 AM  
Byrum, a Democrat, said she found it "more than a little ironic" that the person registered at the address has voted absentee for the past three years.

Gee, imagine.
 
2020-09-20 8:38:59 AM  
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2020-09-20 8:39:29 AM  
If you're dumb enough to throw your absentee ballot in an open toilet in someone's front yard, you probably shouldn't be voting.
 
2020-09-20 8:41:52 AM  
First amendment trumps local election law, especially when looking at something that is obviously an ironic statement and not a true solicitation.

If the person feels like taking this to court I would expect they win handily.
 
d23 [OhFark]
2020-09-20 8:44:03 AM  

wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.


Not when you are soliciting ballots... joke or not.
 
2020-09-20 8:46:52 AM  

d23: wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.

Not when you are soliciting ballots... joke or not.


I expect you'd have a hard time convincing a jury that this is a serious attempt to solicit ballots as opposed to a derisive political statement.
 
2020-09-20 8:49:08 AM  
Obvious political commentary is obvious.
 
d23 [OhFark]
2020-09-20 8:49:18 AM  

wxboy: I expect you'd have a hard time convincing a jury that this is a serious attempt to solicit ballots as opposed to a derisive political statement.


Maybe, but maybe the real issue is whether or not the law even cares if it is a serious attempt or not.

Plus I would bet a paycheck that someone would actually do it.  Probably not the people he actually WANTS (i.e. a D), but someone would.
 
2020-09-20 8:50:00 AM  
Yeah, joke or not, I would say the sign about placing the ballots in the toilet needs to go. I get the no one is dumb enough thing but people actually drank bleach or whatever it was that dipshiat encouraged them to cure covid.
 
2020-09-20 8:50:24 AM  
Is the toilet a ferguson?

Ba-woooosh
 
2020-09-20 8:50:55 AM  

d23: wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.

Not when you are soliciting ballots... joke or not.


Any reasonable person knows that a toilet in a front yard is not an actual place to return a ballot. It's clearly meant as a political statement and not a solicitation. We should be worried about the use of the law to harass someone into removing political speech no matter how much we don't like the message. Becoming more authoritarian to stop Trump is just as bad as becoming more authoritarian under Trump.
 
2020-09-20 8:56:58 AM  
I see no problem here. I figure the only people who may actually be confused and place their ballot in the toilet are probably not siding with me, anyway.
 
2020-09-20 8:57:16 AM  
The arrow clearly points toward what a reasonable person would assume is a non-functioning toilet.

The last time I watched my vote get flushed down the toilet was when I voted for Hillary.

/Hey-o!
 
2020-09-20 8:57:30 AM  
And the homeowner is an asshole.
 
2020-09-20 8:59:09 AM  

dstanley: Byrum, a Democrat, said she found it "more than a little ironic" that the person registered at the address has voted absentee for the past three years.

Gee, imagine.


It's not that they are against mail in voting, healthcare for all, or welfare, this is about black people getting the same absentee ballot voting privilege they have. Everything is about race with Republicans.
 
2020-09-20 9:05:00 AM  
All this talk about how these are the true Patriots, they are dong everything to subvert and obstruct the vote.
THEY ARE NOT PATRIOTS, THEY ARE EITHER TRAITORS OR USEFUL IDIOTS TO VLADIMIR PUTIN, LIKE HAIR CHEATO IS. Well Trump is both actually, a traitor and a useful idiot.
 
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2020-09-20 9:10:22 AM  

LovesToSpooge: dstanley: Byrum, a Democrat, said she found it "more than a little ironic" that the person registered at the address has voted absentee for the past three years.

Gee, imagine.

It's not that they are against mail in voting, healthcare for all, or welfare, this is about black people getting the same absentee ballot voting privilege they have. Everything is about race with Republicans.


Funnily, another sign in this assholes yard is in support of John james. A black man running for senate. A terrible human being, but black nonetheless.
 
2020-09-20 9:11:54 AM  
Lame.  He's not a true Trump warrior/patriot unless he defecates in his front yard and throws it at passing motorists.
 
2020-09-20 9:12:48 AM  

wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.


Sure, open the floodgates. Why not?

Next step, Republican county clerks advertising the wrong date for election day. But wait! They were clearly just joking, as any reasonable person would know which day the election is!
 
2020-09-20 9:20:55 AM  
Precedent is very clear that First Amendment rights can be suspended when the government has a compelling interest in doing so.

Ensuring the legitimacy and sanctity of elections, any reasonable person would argue, is of compelling interest to the continuity of government.
 
2020-09-20 9:21:58 AM  
Given Michigan I'm thinking it's a permanent fixture that gets decorated for every holiday and soon will be the centerpiece of a manger scene.
 
2020-09-20 9:22:04 AM  
So this asshole literally lives about 4 miles away from me. And of course none of them are brave enough to come to their doors. (they were probably working their double shift at the local family dollar)

Mason is right down the road from me, and it is as full of back-woods hicks as you'd assume it is for being less than 5 miles outside the 2nd largest and fastest growing city in Michigan. 

PS: John James is a black guy in skin tone only, He's white in every other metric, including his wife.
This guy I believe would be considered a black traitor by actual people of color.  See to John James the problem is that PoC like him don't act white enough.

fark these people.
I got a dozen eggs on it.
 
2020-09-20 9:25:40 AM  

willwall: d23: wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.

Not when you are soliciting ballots... joke or not.

Any reasonable person knows that a toilet in a front yard is not an actual place to return a ballot. It's clearly meant as a political statement and not a solicitation. We should be worried about the use of the law to harass someone into removing political speech no matter how much we don't like the message. Becoming more authoritarian to stop Trump is just as bad as becoming more authoritarian under Trump.


Do you think that the allies minced words about their methodologies in the near term to take out fascist authoritarian dictators long term?
 
2020-09-20 9:26:30 AM  
The clerk shouldn't make a big deal out of this toilet display.  1. It's obviously a dumb joke.  2.  Trumpers will start protesting by doing this everywhere, except they'll poop in the toilets first and the stench of their Covid loaded turds will reach all over Michigan.
 
2020-09-20 9:27:57 AM  

Farkonaut: So this asshole literally lives about 4 miles away from me. And of course none of them are brave enough to come to their doors. (they were probably working their double shift at the local family dollar)

Mason is right down the road from me, and it is as full of back-woods hicks as you'd assume it is for being less than 5 miles outside the 2nd largest and fastest growing city in Michigan. 

PS: John James is a black guy in skin tone only, He's white in every other metric, including his wife.
This guy I believe would be considered a black traitor by actual people of color.  See to John James the problem is that PoC like him don't act white enough.

fark these people.
I got a dozen eggs on it.


1. Take a piece of paper and a marker
2. Create a little bogus ballot
3. Use it to pickup a massive pile of dog shiat
4. Place it in the receptacle. (Do not include postage)
5. Walk away

or

1. place an actual stamped ballot in there and let him deal with mail tampering charges.
 
2020-09-20 9:29:51 AM  

wxboy: d23: wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.

Not when you are soliciting ballots... joke or not.

I expect you'd have a hard time convincing a jury that this is a serious attempt to solicit ballots as opposed to a derisive political statement.


Oh, so you missed the stories yesterday where trumpers were protesting AT POLLING PLACES.

You think they have the prescience to understand the distinctions between reality and fantasy.
 
2020-09-20 9:30:42 AM  
Let the derper have his say. This is political speech.  You look dumb trying to enforce against it.
 
2020-09-20 9:31:38 AM  

Generation_D: Let the derper have his say. This is political speech.  You look dumb trying to enforce against it.


Oh, so you missed the stories yesterday where trumpers were protesting AT POLLING PLACES.

You think they have the prescience to understand the distinctions between reality and fantasy.
 
2020-09-20 9:33:52 AM  

151: LovesToSpooge: dstanley: Byrum, a Democrat, said she found it "more than a little ironic" that the person registered at the address has voted absentee for the past three years.

Gee, imagine.

It's not that they are against mail in voting, healthcare for all, or welfare, this is about black people getting the same absentee ballot voting privilege they have. Everything is about race with Republicans.

Funnily, another sign in this assholes yard is in support of John james. A black man running for senate. A terrible human being, but black nonetheless.


John James isn't black, I mean his skin is, everything else about him is white.

John James entire ideology is that if PoC just acted more white they'd be successful like he is.
 
2020-09-20 9:40:55 AM  

d23: wxboy: I expect you'd have a hard time convincing a jury that this is a serious attempt to solicit ballots as opposed to a derisive political statement.

Maybe, but maybe the real issue is whether or not the law even cares if it is a serious attempt or not.

Plus I would bet a paycheck that someone would actually do it.  Probably not the people he actually WANTS (i.e. a D), but someone would.


I'd take that bet.

Anyone that dumb either isn't voting or has someone to stop them from doing it.
 
2020-09-20 9:45:28 AM  

Farkonaut: Generation_D: Let the derper have his say. This is political speech.  You look dumb trying to enforce against it.

Oh, so you missed the stories yesterday where trumpers were protesting AT POLLING PLACES.

You think they have the prescience to understand the distinctions between reality and fantasy.


No, I missed the part where anyone thinks a toilet in a front yard is a ballot drop-off.
 
2020-09-20 9:55:18 AM  

emtwo: wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.

Sure, open the floodgates. Why not?

Next step, Republican county clerks advertising the wrong date for election day. But wait! They were clearly just joking, as any reasonable person would know which day the election is!


A county clerk spreading misinformation as part of their official duty is clearly not political commentary
 
2020-09-20 10:00:58 AM  

Farkonaut: willwall: d23: wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.

Not when you are soliciting ballots... joke or not.

Any reasonable person knows that a toilet in a front yard is not an actual place to return a ballot. It's clearly meant as a political statement and not a solicitation. We should be worried about the use of the law to harass someone into removing political speech no matter how much we don't like the message. Becoming more authoritarian to stop Trump is just as bad as becoming more authoritarian under Trump.

Do you think that the allies minced words about their methodologies in the near term to take out fascist authoritarian dictators long term?


A group of Americans singling out a different group based on political beliefs because they believe it in the best interests of the country? Mccarthy and his committee on unAmerican activities might be the better historical comparison here.
 
2020-09-20 10:01:27 AM  
I know some political speech that belongs there.
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2020-09-20 10:09:58 AM  
Leave artists alone.
 
2020-09-20 10:17:17 AM  
When I was a kid, the county sheriff lived across the street from me. He was a vicious thug of a man, who everyone knew beat his wife and daughter mercilessly. But he was also cruel and violent toward inmates in the county jail which made him enormously popular and he was always re-elected handily.

There was a vacant lot next to the sheriff's house, owned by the crusty old guy who originally owned the entire neighborhood before it was subdivided. He lived on the other side of the vacant lot next to the sheriff's house. One day we all woke up to find an old toilet sitting on the vacant lot, with one of Sheriff Johnson's campaign signs sticking up out of the bowl. The old crusty guy was one of the few people the sheriff actually feared (he was wealthy and extremely well liked and respected), so the sheriff knew better than to enter the old crusty guy's property to remove the sign. It stayed there through the entire campaign. And although the sheriff got re-elected, he had no remaining illusions about how his nearest neighbors felt about him.
 
2020-09-20 10:18:06 AM  

willwall: d23: wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.

Not when you are soliciting ballots... joke or not.

Any reasonable person knows that a toilet in a front yard is not an actual place to return a ballot. It's clearly meant as a political statement and not a solicitation. We should be worried about the use of the law to harass someone into removing political speech no matter how much we don't like the message. Becoming more authoritarian to stop Trump is just as bad as becoming more authoritarian under Trump.


Both Charles Manson and Ted Kaczynski said their acts were political messaging also, so trying to make some stupid misanthrope into a hero is pretty disingenuous.  Its about on the same level as promote the McCloskey clan or Rittenhouse as American Heroes.  Just like the Right to whine when one of their own is cited for being a public nuisance.

I don't think it's criminal either, beyond a misdemeanor for being a public nuisance (neighbors complained). Yet this defense of basically a troll with the mental maturity of a 12 year old is plain stupid, calling this guy the new face of America?   This is the kind of gibberish that the tea party tries to promote.  What will you right wingers label this new hero?   "Toilet Bowl Bobby," "Cristopher Crapvote?"  "Trump's Brain..."
 
2020-09-20 10:18:33 AM  

Senseless_drivel: Given Michigan I'm thinking it's a permanent fixture that gets decorated for every holiday and soon will be the centerpiece of a manger scene.


Username checks out. You must be a Buckeye.
 
2020-09-20 10:36:09 AM  
Oh, you dumb f*ck.
 
2020-09-20 10:50:10 AM  
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Shake: "The toilet makes you invisible."
Carl: "So it's like Predator, but instead of killing people he takes a dump. Ah, fark it I gotta go."
 
2020-09-20 10:56:35 AM  

qorkfiend: emtwo: wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.

Sure, open the floodgates. Why not?

Next step, Republican county clerks advertising the wrong date for election day. But wait! They were clearly just joking, as any reasonable person would know which day the election is!

A county clerk spreading misinformation as part of their official duty is clearly not political commentary


It is if they're just joking! According to this thread, at least.
 
2020-09-20 11:05:05 AM  

Farkonaut: So this asshole literally lives about 4 miles away from me. And of course none of them are brave enough to come to their doors. (they were probably working their double shift at the local family dollar)

Mason is right down the road from me, and it is as full of back-woods hicks as you'd assume it is for being less than 5 miles outside the 2nd largest and fastest growing city in Michigan. 

PS: John James is a black guy in skin tone only, He's white in every other metric, including his wife.
This guy I believe would be considered a black traitor by actual people of color.  See to John James the problem is that PoC like him don't act white enough.

fark these people.
I got a dozen eggs on it.


My  brother lives across town from said asshole. I may have to give him some ribbing later today.
 
2020-09-20 11:34:45 AM  

Armchair_Invective: willwall: d23: wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.

Not when you are soliciting ballots... joke or not.

Any reasonable person knows that a toilet in a front yard is not an actual place to return a ballot. It's clearly meant as a political statement and not a solicitation. We should be worried about the use of the law to harass someone into removing political speech no matter how much we don't like the message. Becoming more authoritarian to stop Trump is just as bad as becoming more authoritarian under Trump.

Both Charles Manson and Ted Kaczynski said their acts were political messaging also, so trying to make some stupid misanthrope into a hero is pretty disingenuous.  Its about on the same level as promote the McCloskey clan or Rittenhouse as American Heroes.  Just like the Right to whine when one of their own is cited for being a public nuisance.

I don't think it's criminal either, beyond a misdemeanor for being a public nuisance (neighbors complained). Yet this defense of basically a troll with the mental maturity of a 12 year old is plain stupid, calling this guy the new face of America?   This is the kind of gibberish that the tea party tries to promote.  What will you right wingers label this new hero?   "Toilet Bowl Bobby," "Cristopher Crapvote?"  "Trump's Brain..."


So let me get your argument straight here.

A toilet and a sign on private property, causing no harm to life or limb is the same as people using murder as a way to try to further their ideology?

Arguing that censorship of political and artistic expression is wrong makes me a right winger, and arguing for it makes you the liberal?

Public nuisance laws like those that are being used to shut down BLM protesters are actually a good thing when dealing with people making statements on their own lawn?
......

I'm not going to address the difference between speech and murder, I assume you are not really enough of an idiot to believe that they are the same thing.

As far as censorship goes it's pretty simple. We have a contract with the government that says they should only step in when there's a compelling public interest to protect life or limb. This doesn't come close meeting that test. Want to set up a toilet in the neighbors yard saying flush your Trump votes here? Perfect. Want to donate 5 bucks everytime you see a stupid Trump display? Awesome. Want to put this dude on blast on social media so everyone knows he's a moron. Go right ahead. There's lots of ways to deal with this that don't require our government to start deciding what speech we can use. Take advantage of those.

Finally public nuisance laws are bullshiat and generally used to discriminate against minorities and disadvantaged people. They should be gotten rid of entirely. But regardless of that, local laws Don't get to overwrite constitutional rights. Constitution> federal law> state law> local laws.  This isn't a challenging legal question, this official is abusing their power. They need to fark right off.
 
2020-09-20 11:37:58 AM  
These people are against mail-in voting because it's difficult to intimidate and repress voting if they do it from their home. Large voter turnout almost always hurts the right-wing and they know it and they are scared to hell of methods of voting that promote high turnout.

I've said it before - if your ideology requires fewer people participating in the process in order for you to win, your ideology sucks.
 
2020-09-20 11:39:33 AM  
That's a long way to go just to let everyone know you're an asshole.

/ toilets are heavy
 
2020-09-20 12:09:01 PM  

Nick Nostril: That's a long way to go just to let everyone know you're an asshole.

/ toilets are heavy

Toilets are Heavy

is my favorite 90's album
 
2020-09-20 12:11:46 PM  

willwall: Armchair_Invective: willwall: d23: wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.

Not when you are soliciting ballots... joke or not.

Any reasonable person knows that a toilet in a front yard is not an actual place to return a ballot. It's clearly meant as a political statement and not a solicitation. We should be worried about the use of the law to harass someone into removing political speech no matter how much we don't like the message. Becoming more authoritarian to stop Trump is just as bad as becoming more authoritarian under Trump.

Both Charles Manson and Ted Kaczynski said their acts were political messaging also, so trying to make some stupid misanthrope into a hero is pretty disingenuous.  Its about on the same level as promote the McCloskey clan or Rittenhouse as American Heroes.  Just like the Right to whine when one of their own is cited for being a public nuisance.

I don't think it's criminal either, beyond a misdemeanor for being a public nuisance (neighbors complained). Yet this defense of basically a troll with the mental maturity of a 12 year old is plain stupid, calling this guy the new face of America?   This is the kind of gibberish that the tea party tries to promote.  What will you right wingers label this new hero?   "Toilet Bowl Bobby," "Cristopher Crapvote?"  "Trump's Brain..."

So let me get your argument straight here.

A toilet and a sign on private property, causing no harm to life or limb is the same as people using murder as a way to try to further their ideology?

Arguing that censorship of political and artistic expression is wrong makes me a right winger, and arguing for it makes you the liberal?

Public nuisance laws like those that are being used to shut down BLM protesters are actually a good thing when dealing with people making statements on their own lawn?
......

I'm not going to address the difference between speech and murder, I assume you are not really enough of an idiot to believe that they are the same thing.

As far as censorship goes it's pretty simple. We have a contract with the government that says they should only step in when there's a compelling public interest to protect life or limb. This doesn't come close meeting that test. Want to set up a toilet in the neighbors yard saying flush your Trump votes here? Perfect. Want to donate 5 bucks everytime you see a stupid Trump display? Awesome. Want to put this dude on blast on social media so everyone knows he's a moron. Go right ahead. There's lots of ways to deal with this that don't require our government to start deciding what speech we can use. Take advantage of those.

Finally public nuisance laws are bullshiat and generally used to discriminate against minorities and disadvantaged people. They should be gotten rid of entirely. But regardless of that, local laws Don't get to overwrite constitutional rights. Constitution> federal law> state law> local laws.  This isn't a challenging legal question, this official is abusing their power. They need to fark right off.


The bolded part is the prenise of your whole argument, and it's just made-up bullshiat. That is not the standard for when government can restrict speech or any of the other amendments.
 
2020-09-20 12:44:32 PM  

Farkonaut: So this asshole literally lives about 4 miles away from me. And of course none of them are brave enough to come to their doors. (they were probably working their double shift at the local family dollar)

Mason is right down the road from me, and it is as full of back-woods hicks as you'd assume it is for being less than 5 miles outside the 2nd largest and fastest growing city in Michigan. 

PS: John James is a black guy in skin tone only, He's white in every other metric, including his wife.
This guy I believe would be considered a black traitor by actual people of color.  See to John James the problem is that PoC like him don't act white enough.

fark these people.
I got a dozen eggs on it.


are you seriously making fun of someone for working at family dollar at for pulling a double shift?  WTF is wrong with a person working an honest job?
 
2020-09-20 12:56:57 PM  

emtwo: willwall: Armchair_Invective: willwall: d23: wademh: Even stupid speech is protected. It's clearly political commentary and protected under the 1st Amendment.

Not when you are soliciting ballots... joke or not.

Any reasonable person knows that a toilet in a front yard is not an actual place to return a ballot. It's clearly meant as a political statement and not a solicitation. We should be worried about the use of the law to harass someone into removing political speech no matter how much we don't like the message. Becoming more authoritarian to stop Trump is just as bad as becoming more authoritarian under Trump.

Both Charles Manson and Ted Kaczynski said their acts were political messaging also, so trying to make some stupid misanthrope into a hero is pretty disingenuous.  Its about on the same level as promote the McCloskey clan or Rittenhouse as American Heroes.  Just like the Right to whine when one of their own is cited for being a public nuisance.

I don't think it's criminal either, beyond a misdemeanor for being a public nuisance (neighbors complained). Yet this defense of basically a troll with the mental maturity of a 12 year old is plain stupid, calling this guy the new face of America?   This is the kind of gibberish that the tea party tries to promote.  What will you right wingers label this new hero?   "Toilet Bowl Bobby," "Cristopher Crapvote?"  "Trump's Brain..."

So let me get your argument straight here.

A toilet and a sign on private property, causing no harm to life or limb is the same as people using murder as a way to try to further their ideology?

Arguing that censorship of political and artistic expression is wrong makes me a right winger, and arguing for it makes you the liberal?

Public nuisance laws like those that are being used to shut down BLM protesters are actually a good thing when dealing with people making statements on their own lawn?
......

I'm not going to address the difference between speech and murder, I assume you are not really enough of an idiot to believe that they are the same thing.

As far as censorship goes it's pretty simple. We have a contract with the government that says they should only step in when there's a compelling public interest to protect life or limb. This doesn't come close meeting that test. Want to set up a toilet in the neighbors yard saying flush your Trump votes here? Perfect. Want to donate 5 bucks everytime you see a stupid Trump display? Awesome. Want to put this dude on blast on social media so everyone knows he's a moron. Go right ahead. There's lots of ways to deal with this that don't require our government to start deciding what speech we can use. Take advantage of those.

Finally public nuisance laws are bullshiat and generally used to discriminate against minorities and disadvantaged people. They should be gotten rid of entirely. But regardless of that, local laws Don't get to overwrite constitutional rights. Constitution> federal law> state law> local laws.  This isn't a challenging legal question, this official is abusing their power. They need to fark right off.

The bolded part is the prenise of your whole argument, and it's just made-up bullshiat. That is not the standard for when government can restrict speech or any of the other amendments.

The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic. [...] The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent


Schenk straight out established a clear and present danger test.

Brandenburg expanded on that to imminent lawless action with a test that:

The speech is "directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action," AND
The speech is "likely to incite or produce such action.


a toilet is not likely to be construed as a legitimate place to deposit a ballot so this passes that test with flying colors.

Furthermore brandenburg specifically spoke about symbolic protests in the concurrence. Specifically overturning a earlier precedent about destroying government documents in protest not being protected (draft cards). So if someone were to actually throw their ballot in the toilet as a symbolic protest of wasting their vote that would be protected speech.

At the end of the day this is censorship of political speech. This guy being an asshole isn't hurting anyone and it's definitely symbolic political speech even if we don't agree with it.
 
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