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1:40pm on Thursday the 20th of June
"BONG HITS 4 JESUS" CASE HEADS TO HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether a high school student had a free-speech right to unfurl a banner that read "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" at a school-sponsored event.

A ruling on the issue, due early next year, is expected to clarify the extent to which school officials can control slogans on banners, T-shirts and the like at school events. In recent years, disputes have arisen over messages involving religion, guns, gays and drugs on T-shirts worn by students.

In March, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that school officials may not "punish and censor non-disruptive" speech by students at school-sponsored events simply because they object to the message. That decision cleared the way for a student to win damages from a principal in Juneau, Alaska, who had torn down the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner.

Joseph Frederick had unfurled the sign on the street outside the school in 2002, as the torch for that year's Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City passed by. Students were released from classes to watch the event, and Frederick apparently hoped the banner would be seen on television.
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Here's the way I see it: a high school kid pulled a prank, got caught, and was punished. That's it, end of story.

Or it should have been - but nope. the kid decides to sue. This is why I hate kids. In my mind there is almost nothing worse than a teenager trying to make a point in court. Or any point, in general.

I'm from the school of thought that anyone under the age of 22 should be ignored. And after that age, they should be only allowed to have opinions on life, government, politics and so on - if they have a real job and pay taxes. A real job does not include working as poets, performance artists, improv instructors, massage therapists, guidance counselors and/or clipboarding for Greenpeace.

I was suspended twice when i was in the seventh grade: one for lighting firecrackers in the classroom, and another for insinuating that i would beat up a teacher if he didn't allow me to move to another desk to see the blackboard (I had broken my glasses during recess). I could have sued, I suppose. But I didn't. I took my lumps and got on with my life. Getting suspended was probably a good thing for me. It taught me that actions have consequences. But more important, I got to sit home for a few weeks and watch the Mike Douglas Show - which was a great show - far better than Merv or Dinah. Mike Douglas used to have weekly cohosts. One time it was john lennon and yoko! They were creepy.

But then again, all people into peace are creepy. It's true. Never sit next to a peace activist on a bus. You'll have to send your clothes to the dry cleaners. Their stench migrates.

But I digress.


The press, however, feels differently about this dumb "Bong Hits" tale. They think it's "important." For three reasons:

-the "bong hits 4 jesus" angle gives them all a good chuckle in the newsroom. A few guys in their mid-forties might even joke about how much pot they smoked in college just to impress the female interns. Note: it won't impress them. They hate men in khakis.

-it involves a teenager standing up to authority, which always makes a good story - even if the story veers from the facts. The facts are simply, that this kid is only doing it because it's getting him attention. and it's the best kind of attention. He's fighting for the first amendment - something Frank Rich can wet his panties over (and you know he wears panties). See next point, which is coming up right now....

-it involves right to freedom of speech, which all reporters love to write about because it makes them feel important. Sober fact: the rest of us don't care.
If anything, the first amendment is overrated. I'm tired of hearing about it, frankly. Wouldn't it be great to ban speech only if it's about freedom of speech? That, in my mind, would be awesome. It would shut up so many pseudo-intellectual bozos who think speaking your mind is far better than shutting up and listening. Once they violate these new laws against speaking about freedom of speech, we could send them to re-education camps in Iran. Let em learn about real human rights violations!

That's all for now. heading off to do fox and friends. I'm thinking of wearing a stripe shirt. Or maybe I'll go solid. Tune in and find out!
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