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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

This is the one where Spock has the beard, right?

"It would burn me like a Eucharist on a vampire."
- Stephen Colbert's response when ACLU National Director Anthony Romero tried to hand him a membership card with his name on it on The Colbert Report. Funny stuff, as usual.

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From the "Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies, rivers and seas boiling, forty years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria" department, the Cranky Insomniac notes that the ACLU and Stop the ACLU find themselves on the same side of an issue!

It seems students in the Crocker School District in Missouri are expressing their opinion over the resignation of a high school principal by wearing t-shirts with slogans on them. The students were originally told this was okay, as the shirts did not violate school standards, but as more students began wearing the shirts and another group of students made plans to wear shirts with a slogan representing an opposing point of view, school administrators decided to ban the shirts altogether. They also suspended several students because - well, because that's what petty fascists with delusions of grandeur do. (This description fits about 97% of school administrators.)

As Gribbit at Stop the ACLU says,

Let me get this straight. Students on both sides of the issue are expressing their 1st Amendment rights in a non-verbal manner, no violence has occurred in relation to the conflicting protests, and the t-shirts both pro and con Bogle do not violate the District’s dress code; so what’s the problem? Where do they get off suspending students for being involved in a civil debate?

C'mon, Gribbit: You're not actually suggesting that the school district should teach these kids that civil debate is the American way, are you? Isn't it much better for them to learn that taking sides isn't worth the effort and usually just gets you in trouble anyway, so better to just do what you're told?

The Cranky Insomniac gives props to the folks over at Stop the ACLU for having absolutely no problem agreeing with a position taken by their sworn enemy. It's this kind of intellectual honesty that makes Stop the ACLU good reading. Also, they both happen to be on the right side of this issue, which gives the CI an oddly pleasurable feeling in one of his special places.

However, all that aside, the Cranky Insomniac is, quite franky, ultimately terrified by this unholy alliance, as he's pretty sure he learned in an old Star Trek episode that it's something like this that will somehow lead to the destruction of the universe.

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