Thursday, December 30, 2004

Answer this rhetorical question

Here in Lafayette, a hugely popular sushi restaurant goes by the name "Tsunami." Do you suppose that, in the wake of the tragic tidal wave in southeast Asia, they're going to change the name?

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Yet another local killed in Iraq

Ayro was one of mess-tent bombing victims; media exploits death

Today's top editorial in The Daily Advertiser grabbed my attention this afternoon. And not for the usual reason, but because it illustrated so many things that are wrong about the Iraq War and the American mindset in general.

But first, a little background:

JEANERETTE — Funeral services for Pfc. Lionel Ayro, 22, killed last week in Iraq, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jeanerette.

Ayro was among 22 who died in an explosion at a mess tent at a U.S. Army base near Mosul. His body was brought home Tuesday night, said a spokesperson for Fletcher Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements for the family. Police will escort escort [sic] the family to the church about 11:30 a.m. Friday.

So sad and tragic. But not at all unprecedented. And probably not the last for south Louisiana, being that virtually every soldier we have (from the National Guard on up) is currently on active duty in Iraq. I, for one, don't know what's worse--that this is happening, or that Louisianians seem to want this to happen to our troops. Are we this desperate for heroes and role models? Here's the editorial:

There is truth in the words of Marine Lance Cpl. Samuel Crist of Lafayette, who is recovering from wounds suffered in the battle for Fallujah. "We started something, so we've got to finish it," he said. "If we stop and pull everybody out, what we've done so far is worthless."

Which might make sense, if the entire chronology of the war didn't prove the peril of "staying the course."

These words are worth bearing in mind as we reflect on another death in Iraq - the fifth Acadiana soldier to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Why do we turn every military death into an increased case for war? What the hell are we trying to prove? That we're stubborn?

Family members and friends are mourning the loss of Army Pfc. Lionel Ayro, 22, of Jeanerette. He was killed when an explosion destroyed a mess tent at a U.S. base near Mosul.

Ayro was special. He has been described by loved ones as the kind of young man anyone would admire - who "always thought about others"; who was always asking "how can I help you"; who had an "over-large heart"; and who had "compassion for others."

These are beautiful tributes and it is uplifting that family and friends gathered, not to talk of loss, but to share memories of his admirable qualities. To the long list of attributes listed by those who knew and loved him, we would add only one - heroic. He stood strong in the face of danger and gave his all for his country.

Precisely the good kind of people that jerks like George W. Bush and his useless administration exploit for their pathetic capitalistic adventures.

His grandmother, Clementine Ayro, always expected him to be a hero. Her expectations have been met, although not in a way she would have hoped.

Even for an editorial tribute, this is in really bad taste. If ever anyone in the media framed the death of one of my relatives this way, I would have them fired for such a serious breach of journalistic (not to mention human) ethics.

Perhaps for her and the rest of his family, that knowledge will ease somewhat the pain of losing one so very special. We join in mourning his death, and in saluting his heroism.

Personally, I'd rather be alive then be a hero; particularly in this useless war, my top priority would be getting out alive, as no doubt Ayro felt. Are we so hungry for heroes that we're willing to rationalize deaths in this way? Perhaps this is intended to ease the pain of death; otherwise, I'd have to ask how being killed while eating makes one a hero. I mourn this young man's death as much as anyone apart from those who knew and loved him; still, why can't these deaths illustrate the tragedy of war rather than be turned into stories of why our troops must die for some abstract idea of macho heroism?

At least someone seems to care about soldiers' lives. I'm surprised it appeared on the same page.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Church and state, sitting in a tree...

Presenting the Christian Coalition's Agenda for the 108th Congress (2003-04)!

1) Making permanent President Bush's 2001 federal tax cuts, including the marriage penalty tax cut

2) Getting votes in the first session of the 108th Congress to confirm President Bush's judicial nominations.

3) Help pass Senator Charles Schumer's bipartisan 'Stop Pornography and Abusive Marketing Act,' the SPAM Act, S. 1231.

4) Passing Senator Lindsey Graham's and Congressman Joe Wilson's 'Holy Sites' resolution Senator Graham's resolution, S.Con.Res.32 and Congressman Wilson's H.Con Res.150 addresses the protection of religious sites mainly in and near Israel [?!!] and the freedom of acess [sic] and worship in these sites.

5) Passing Majority Whip Roy Blunt's and Democrat Congressman Harold Ford's 'Charitable Giving Act of 2003,' H.R. 7. Their bill now has 80 co-sponsors and just one of their bill's provisions would mean an additional $4.3 billion in giving to American [religious] charities.

6) Passing Congressman Spencer Bachus' and Senator Jon Kyl's 'Internet Gambling Enforcement Act'.

7) Getting a vote on Congressman Henry Brown's 'Child Pornography Prevention Constitutional Amendment' in both the House and Senate

8) Passing Congressman Walter Jones' 'Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act.'

9) Passing Congressman Robert Aderholt's 'Ten Commandments Display Act', H.R. 2045

10) Passing the anti-cloning bill, including Senator Sam Brownback's bill in the U.S. Senate

11) Passing Congresswoman Melissa Hart's and Senator Mike DeWine's 'Unborn Victims of Violence Act' (called the "Laci and Connor's" in the U.S. House.)...Their bill would prosecute as a separate offense those who engage in conduct which causes the death or bodily injury of a child - in a mother's womb. [You know, I think that murdering a pregnant woman and her fetus is a bit different than aborting a two-day-old zygote by choice, but that's just me]

12) Passing the 'Child Custody Protection Act in the House and Senate (i.e. protecting parental notification rights for abortions on minors.)

13) Getting a vote on Congressman Ernest Istook's 'Prayer and Pledge' Constitutional Amendment...which proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the United States restoring religious freedom [scaaary!]

14) Support Support Congressman Frank Lucas' 'Pledge of Allegiance Constitutional Amendment'

15) Support Congressman Todd Akin's 'Hands off the Pledge of Allegiance, Federal Courts'

16) Prohibit special civil rights protection based on sexual preference/'domestic partners'.

17) Supporting legislation allowing parental choice in education(vouchers/tax credits/scholarship tax credits, etc.)

18) Supporting legislation barring adoptions of children by homosexuals

19) Supporting legislation prohibiting the physical desecration of the flag of the United States of America.

My question is this: what do any of these agenda items have one crap to do with the teachings and moral philosophy of Jesus? I do see some Hitler in them; but then, he was a fervent believer in the mixing of fundamentalist religion and government, so maybe it all makes sense...

Not quite captions

Time for more fun from the GOP Photo Album! This week's leadoff picture hits a home run:

What the site claims: Chairman Ed Gillespie rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 30, 2004.

But seriously: When the Republicans shut down the stock market, they really shut down the stock market!

What the site claims: First Lady Laura Bush campaigns for Republicans in Minnesota

But seriously: Bill Clinton never let a party switch get in the way of staring at blondes

What the site claims: President Bush discusses entrepreneurship with women small business owners

But seriously: Women...entrepreneurship...labor...21st century...Bush? One of these things is not the same! No wonder the black woman looks bewildered!

What the site claims: Children paint Kids for Bush signs during a Reggie the Registration Rig event in Florida.

But seriously: If only that poor kid could read, then he'd realize that George doesn't like people playing with his fingerpaints

What the site claims: First Lady Laura Bush

But seriously: ...and the other women could not help but laugh when Dubya opened his trenchcoat

If ever you need a shot of self-esteem, then check out with all speed. Seriously.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Ten things overheard at a GOP mixer

1) "That frock knocks me out!"
2) "If it weren't for the grace of the Almighty God, America wouldn't be where it is today: the pariah of the world, in severe economic recession, sharply divided and deeply involved in questionable wars. Praise the Lord!"
3) "In the National Guard, You Can!"
4) "Anyone else feel a draft in here?"
5) "Hmmm...Where'd that National Guard recruiter go?"
6) "That's not what they mean by 'mixer,' Mr. President."
7) "Have you read Plato's Republic? Good! Neither have I!"
8) "Guns don't kill people. People kill people. With guns!"
9) "Here's a stock tip: invest in Scared Shitless Unlimited."
10) "It's gettin' hot in here...don't take off all your clothes...oh! Because nudity is filthy, evil and totally antithetical to civil and godly society."

(Inspired by our good friend Zac of Zac Attack)

A Christmas Carol (W Remix)

Ever have one of those dreams that is so real, so therapeutic and so satisfying that you wake up feeling emotionally fulfilled and orgasmically refreshed? I had one of those dreams on Christmas morning.

The dream involved a visitation to my college campus by George W. Bush, who was there to visit families of the 256th Infantry Division of the Louisiana National Guard (currently deployed in Iraq). In one of those twists possible only in dreams, he was allowed to tour campus without security. The idea behind this was that Bush could present flowers and condolences to family members with minimal intrusion.

Well, you just know I went to town with that.

At one point Bush visited Griffin Hall, which is the language building at the University of Louisiana. I didn't see any families there (like I said, this is a dream, right?) so I had no clue as to why he carried a bouquet of white roses. At one point he passed right by me, with that ever-present smirk on his face and muttering things one could possibly perceive as smug remarks. After giving him a little head start, I decided to follow him.

"Mr. President," I called out, "It's good to see you!"

He turned around and smirked even wider.

"So how come you have yet to attend A SINGLE MILITARY FUNERAL?"

The smirk faded, replaced by a look of momentary look of shock and then a snarl. He swiftly turned around and increased his stride.

"Why do you choose to start wars for no reason, then send out an unprepared military to fight them?"

By this point a crowd of students were witnessing our little exchange. I heard one say, "I told you he was going to do this." Without turning to address either me or the students, Bush briskly turned left at a corner. By then we both were running full-speed.


Bush turned around. His dumbfounded look said it all. Then he gave me his standard response to such allegations (nothing), then walked out the doors into the safety of his security cocoon. At no point during this conversation was I restrained, detained, drawn, quartered, killed or blown up. Like I said, a dream.

I woke up with the odd feeling that I had actually accomplished something. I doubt that; still, that dream was a pretty good start to my Christmas Day. Hope you all had a good time.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Jesus just got older

Happy Holidays, everyone, from the cold abyss of south Louisiana! Not cold enough for snow, just cold enough for cold. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy solstice, Happy pagan heathen holiday, Happy Christmas, Merry Hanukkah, et cetera, etc. from all of us (me) at Not Right About Anything!

Thank you all for your presence (and presents) this past six months! Keep it up!

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

A Republican race riddle

Why is it that, whenever a liberal administration attempts to invite genuine diversity into its ranks, conservatives jeer it as patronizing and racist ("You only want them because they're black!")...

Yet, when the GOP parrots minority Bush clones like Condoleezza Rice, we're supposed to love them just because they're black?

Coddling the criminals

I have jury duty January 24. Somebody please remind me.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Return of the Caption Contest!

The Minor League of Nations Posted by Hello

(From The Drudge Report, via Bartcop)

--That Canadian acid was, like, SOOO good
--Bush wondered why both men were spinning
--Bush goes to war at the drop of Churchill's hat
--Kids these days...
--The New Deal and the Raw Deal
--"That Axis of Evil idea? I stole it!"
--"No, FDR, you can't have polio medicine from Canada!"
--The new Churchill? Close, but no cigar
--FDR: "Honestly, Bush, I'd rather stare at Stalin"
--"Um...Delany? Deleanor? Delorean?"
--Churchill: "No, George, I'm not Winston from the Ghostbusters"
--Bush chided FDR for harboring and using weapons of mass destruction
--Introducing the new IQ quota system for world leaders
--"I'd like to Axis you guys a question..."
--"Why do you guys keep saying "sore thumb"?

Sunday, December 19, 2004

What will future retro be like?

Now that we have finally engaged full-throttle into 1980s retro, I have to wonder: is our current fervent embracing of that decade proof positive that retro is on its last leg?

Even while the decade was still alive and kicking, I had a theory about the 1990s: that it would be one of the least retro-ready decades ever. I see the past few decades in a structure similar to that of my second-grade spelling book: four fresh units with a review chapter. In this analogy, the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties all represent distinct eras with separate attitudes about conformity, dress, pop culture, politics, etc. The 1990s, on the other hand, is the review chapter: a decade so retro-referential that future generations will be hard-pressed to find anything truly original about it. What is the 1990s currently known for? Grunge, hip-hop, Monica Lewinsky and a shitload of retro crazes. Hardly the stuff of songs by Bowling for Soup.

I remember exiting 1999 with the feeling that the past 10 years had been kind of a cultural waste on a large scale. Any decade that brought us the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and NSYNC as cultural icons did bring along a sense of happy vapidity. I guess that was an unintended effect of the Clinton boom. Funny how those things work.

As I sit here typing this toward the end of 2004, I now realize how much I miss that silly decade. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this decade is utterly irredeemable and worthless. I have no doubt in my mind that this decade will not be remembered for its music, movies, fads or pop culture. Instead, it'll be remembered for its politics--The Decade of Terrorism. The decade when humanity took a backseat to aggressive action. The decade that people embraced Godly principles by adopting the most animalistic modes of vengeful behavior. The decade when hypocrisy became not only acceptable, but legitimate. The decade in which the changing of one's mind became inextricably linked with complete moral weakness. The decade that proved, once and for all, just how fervently people will lie to themselves in order to preserve the illusion of the abstract idea of "freedom."

We have five years left of the Bush Decade. Hopefully, future historians will judge this decade without the rose-colored lenses they currently wear. So let's make the best of what's left!

Saturday, December 18, 2004

A Lafayette liberal-lashing link

From the home office in Lafayette, LA comes the latest local site to bust a washboard over my very existence: Unskilled Labor

Under the Net name "Ragin Cajun," the proprietor of this site has been leaving some pretty nasty comments here as of late. I figured the least I could do is give the man (person?) some exposure.

Influences include IMAO, Ann Coulter, Free Republic, National Review Online and a heavy dose of strict Catholicism; I think this person and The Conservative Cajun ought to hook up. At least it wouldn't be a long-distance relationship!

It's Labor. And it's Unskilled. It's Unskilled Labor! Geaux.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Newsflash: racists are stupid

In a related report, geography education hits all-time low

Ah hate 'em Mex'cans! Taintin' ar pure her'tage! Posted by Hello

This lovely picture is from the newly retooled site of the Council of Conservative Citizens, that white-pride bastion that is NOT THE KKK, thankyaverymuch! (Hell, if Trent Lott thinks this organization is just dandy than it's all right--I mean, awl rat--by me.)

The above picture comes from the site's juicy photo album, if you can call it that (It's more like an EP than an album). Anyway, this pic's caption proclaims that it was taken at an anti-immigration rally. Boy, those people sure are focused on letting the nation know of the evil treachery down south! Too bad the photo had to be cropped so much; I harbor no doubt in my mind that this crowd represents but a tiny fraction of those who showed. No doubt at all...

And just where did such an impassioned plea against those dirty immigrants take place? Santa Fe? Phoenix? Southwest Texas? On the banks of the Rio Grande? Taco Bell? Try Asheville, North Carolina! Come on now...surely God's Master Race could have picked a more appropriate location to bitch about Mexicans, somewhere closer to the border...maybe, perhaps, South Carolina?

To recap: we've got a dozen white people, in North Carolina, telling Mexicans to swim back to Mexico. Am I missing something here? Help me out; I'm just a stupid mick.

It's church and state all in one!

Heard tonight at the Iberia Parish Council meeting:

"Please recite the Lord's Prayer in unison."

That's just wrong on so many levels! Here are as many reasons for that as I can stomach to tell (both of them):

1) Separation of church and state is apparently a foreign concept in New Iberia. Of course, that parish's flag evidently contains the word "oiliest" on it, so what else should I expect?

2) I don't need my state-sponsored religion spoon-fed with a hint of kindergarten-schoolmarminess. But apparently everyone there does: "Please let out your innermost morals exactly as I say them."

Whatever happened to religion being a personal thing?

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Not caring about anything

Some of you might wonder why I haven't been musing on political matters as frequently as I had been in the past few months or so. I suppose I could chalk it up to an increased workload at school (culminating in a horrifying and butt-kicking finals week) or the ascending relationship in which I'm currently involved. But the honest truth is that I simply don't care as much as I did a month ago.

Oh sure, I still despise the Republican Party with every fiber of my being. And the consistently continuing ignorance of the average southerner still grinds my gears on a daily basis. Not to mention that the rightward tilt of nearly the whole world has me a little concerned. But very few issues have irked me in the manner that has sparked this blog in the recent past. I realize that this apathy happens in cycles, though, so I'm not concerned with ever having to shut down this site. At least it happened when my column is on hiatus--talk about thinking optimistically!

In fact, having a life outside of political bloggery has been quite refreshing. I highly recommend it for those of you about to blow a gasket or suffer an aneurysm over what has happened in this country. After all, even the slimiest GOP operatives haven't been able to take away sunny days or the ability to have fun with someone special (yet). And a feeling of positivity can go a long way. Remember, people--as well as political parties--will eventually get what they deserve. So live happy!

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Going 1-4 in 2004

Charles Boustany wins runoff like I asked him not to

Chawles, hea's how ya win when facts just ain't ya strong pownt Posted by Hello

LAFAYETTE — Acadiana residents made Republican Dr. Charles Boustany Jr. their next representative in the 7th Congressional District on Saturday.

Boustany received 75,035 votes, or 55 percent, in the race, according to complete but unofficial returns on the Secretary of State’s Web site. His Democratic challenger, state Sen. Willie Landry Mount, earned 61,483 votes , or 45 percent.

55-45 percent--in Republican speak, a license to completely take over the universe.

Mount...had billed herself as the only candidate with experience, while Boustany described himself as the only one giving voters a concrete plan — his “Prescription for Prosperity.”

Boustany, a doctor, has never held public office of any kind. However, he did have a Bushesque catchphrase--"Prescription for Prosperity"--so he won. Voters are stupid.

At public events, he stressed his knowledge of the healthcare industry.

Which, of course, is exactly what holding public office is all about. Expect serious corporate kickbacks in south Louisiana even more than exists now.

His win gives the Republican party a boost in the state that gave its electoral votes to President Bush and Vice President Cheney and elected its first Republican senator, David Vitter last month.

If Louisiana wants to be proud of its ignorance, it can do so without me.

Only 136,518 people cast their votes in the race, compared to the 273,932 who voted on the race during the general election.

In other words, every voter that cared could fit in Lafayette (population: 190,503). What a mandate!

The race was one of two congressional races left undecided after the presidential elections. The other race in the 3rd District, which includes parts of St. Mary, Iberia and St. Martin parishes, saw Democrat Charlie Melancon edge out Republican Billy Tauzin III by less than 500 votes.

So all is not lost--just 99 percent of it!

The national parties both took early interest in the races forking out money for TV ads slamming the opposing candidate. Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry wired $50,000 to Mount and Melancon as a last-ditch effort to help the candidates make it through election day, according to reports from the Associated Press.

Which was nice, but $50,000 barely buys Bush's shoes.

By the way, if the title of this post left you wondering who out my five picks won this year, it was Jimmy Genovese for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hardly any consolation.

At least one recent event gives me hope for the future...

Northside kicks STM's ass

Scrappy underdog high school football team wins 28-22 in double overtime, sends rich boys home

Richard Walker celebrates with family Posted by Hello


The [Northside] Vikings, who became only the second Lafayette Parish high school team to reach the finals, joining Carencro High which accomplished the feat twice in 1992 and 1996, will face John Curtis at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Superdome.

Supporters of Northside High say they hope the victory marks a turning point in perceptions about their school. “All we wanted to do is prove that not only are we humans that live on the north side, but that we have a very good football team,” Allen said. “It’s time that people realize that things have changed.”

For those of you not in Lafayette, just know this: Northside is the impoverished, African-American-dominated high school. St. Thomas More is the whitebread, rich-kid, ultra-private Republican school that actually sued to allow its kids to park in handicapped parking spaces! This matchup represented, literally, the opposite sides of the tracks; race riots have been known to break out at sporting events between the two schools. The division was further stoked by Advertiser reporter Jan Risher writing that Northside was seen as "a poor black school" while STM was seen as "a rich white school." For a while, it seemed that this controversy was being exacerbated by all sides. It didn't hurt matters that STM has a lot more bling-bling than Northside. But last night, at least for now, vindicated the school that just wouldn't quit. Finally, proof positive that money can't buy everything.

I have several friends from both schools--including Nick the Conservative Cajun, STM's gift to the blogosphere (and Murph too, just for balance!). So you can just about see where I fall on this game result!

Maybe there is a semblance of justice left in this universe after all...

Friday, December 03, 2004

Our educated college population II

Make love or war? Both seem creepy... Posted by Hello

From today's Vermilion (the last issue of 2004), it's the ever-popular "Sounding Off!" This section contains the most enlightening views about the campus population at large. Keep an eye on that Donovan Boudreaux guy. If there's a shootout at the University of Louisiana in the coming months, you will have gotten the early scoop here on who is responsible.

And while I'm thinking about it, check out this chestnut from last week's paper:

Next week: "Do you think a college paper should know how to spell 'sophomore?'" Posted by Hello

Do I even need to make a comment about a newspaper that misspells "Journalism?" Well, here's one anyway: putt sum f-urt n2 thuh paypurr!

Vote tomorrow, Louisiana

And please don't vote stupidly

Their love child was bipartisan Posted by Hello

I know I said I wouldn't endorse her, but...Willie Landry Mount for Congress! She's not as bad as Charles Boustany! His anti-Mount commercials are so bad that they're almost like Democratic ads in disguise. Also, every day I've been getting three anti-Mount flyers in the mail for every pro-Mount flyer. I hate that.

Incidentally, my sister told me yesterday that she received a call from George W. Bush urging us to vote tomorrow (which would be today, of course). That guy's such an idiot.

Mount is the best choice because she's bipartisan; when I was in her presence last week at a government meeting, I felt like New Yorkers must feel when Rudy Giuliani walks in the room. Now THAT'S leadership!

Thursday, December 02, 2004

The brainwashing continues

The holy-rollin' fun never stops!

If ever you need a first-hand glimpse into how the religious right works, this e-mail is a pretty good start. Spotting all of the tricks used in this letter would make a pretty good drinking game, if it takes that sort of thing for you to get through life (miserable bastard)...

I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

Sad to say, if Target stores refuse to reverse their policy, thousands poor and needy will not have a very happy Christmas. Why? Because Target stores nationwide have banned the Salvation Army's red kettle campaign. They have told The Salvation Army's bell ringers, "You're no longer welcome here."

Target spokesperson Jennifer Hanson said that allowing the Salvation Army to collect funds as a mission of hope for the hungry, the homebound, and the helpless would violate their 'no solicitation' policy.

Target's new policy is opposite of that with community-minded giants like Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney's, and Big Lots. They believe the Salvation Army serves a critical need by offering kindness to a family in need.

"Last year, bell ringers raised about $8.8 million nationally outside Target stores," Major George Hood, Community Relations Secretary for the Salvation Army U.S.A.

Target's change adds pressure on the charity as it faces budget cuts from other sources and an increasing demand for services.

"We're going to lose 112 days of food service for the hungry because of [Target's] decision," Russ Russell, Salvation Army executive director for development told The Detroit News.

Because of Target's decision 6,000 people, including children, will be forced to go elsewhere to find help.

Please take this action [mindless sheep]:

Tell Target that you will be doing your Christmas shopping this year at Wal-Mart, J.C. Penny's, Big Lots or another store which cares about the poor and homeless. We know Target will block emails through the OneMillionDads email system, so your individual action is critical.

1. Call Target customer service toll-free at 1-800-440-0680, option 2, then option 2 at the next prompt.

2. Call your local Target store and speak with the manager. You can find the number in your local phone book, or through their Online Store Locator.

3. Here is additional contact information for Target:

Target Stores
Chairman Robert J. Ulrich
1000 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 304-6073
Fax: 612-696-3731

4. Finally, please forward this to your family and friends.
Thanks for caring.
Donald E. Wildmon, Chairman

I checked this one out, and the reason that Target stopped allowing the Salvation Army to ring its bells at the door is because of the inundation of non-profits that stormed Target wanting to do the same thing. I'd be willing to bet that a lot of these "non-profits" were groups just like Wildmon's. Groups like the above pitch fits about their Constitutional rights if they are banned from harassing people in public places; rather than deal with them, legislatures and companies are instead rolling back the rules to allow nobody to do anything.

It's for this precise reason that Louisiana drivers can no longer get specialty plates. Rather than face the shitstorm that came after a judge struck down the pro-life license plate, the DMV decided that they weren't going to allow ANY special plates anymore. This happened very recently, and I fear that it represents the direction of the immediate future. (What did I tell you?) Which, of course, is exactly what the holy rollers want; either they get their way, or everything else gets suppressed so that they don't feel singled out. Either way, they win.