Monday, December 03, 2012



Mocking the First Amendment in Ohio

30 days in jail for play-acting?

Now, please don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending this idiot. I’m simply defending his constitutional right to express himself as an idiot.

He and his 9-year-old son were filmed in front of a school bus imitating the limping gait of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. The two reportedly made a habit of imitating the girl’s limp at the school bus stop in full view of she and her classmates.

Yes, they were cruelly mocking her.  Apparently there is some sort of ongoing feud between the two families involving their children. The disabled girl’s family members it seems were in the habit of calling the man’s 9-year-old son, who suffers from seizures and ADHD, a ‘retard.’

The man, William Bailey, 43, pleaded no contest to reduced misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing at a municipal court in Canton, Ohio. The judge gave the man the maximum sentence for his “crime.” His son won’t face any charges because of his young age and because prosecutors thought he was acting under the influence of his father.

Am I missing something here? Imitating someone’s limp is disorderly conduct? Mockery of this sort is aggravated menacing? If that is so, surely the cast and crew of Saturday Night Live are going to have to turn themselves in.

Limping is not a crime. Imitating a limp is not a crime. This guy was not thrown in jail for limping. He was jailed for his thoughts! He was convicted for expressing his mind! He was persecuted for exercising his rights of free speech!

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11 comments:

Bird of Paradise said...

No freedom of anything under a dictatorship

Anonymous said...

No free speech (or free limping) in the "Land of the Free" - how ironic!

Anonymous said...

It's true limping is not a crime, nor is making fun at someone else. But gross stupidity should be a crime, which means both these families would be jailed and sterilized so they could not infect the gene pool any further.

Anonymous said...

No real surprise in this. So-called hate crime laws are nothing if not additional punishment for improper thought. College campuses are the breeding ground for rules against improper, read non-PC, speech or thought.The media routinely lambast anyone who dares go against certain "protected" groups either directly or inadvertently. Witness the handwringing and finger pointing when a Halloween display of a hanging zombie looks like a lynching to some dolt of a protected class.

The libs took over the education system and the entertainment media, indoctrinated the young and stupid and have succeeded, in 50 years or so, in bringing the glory of Western civilization to it's knees. "Stupid is as stupid does" though, because they'll be destroyed along with the rest of us.

It's been said that, "in the land of the blind, a
one eyed man is king." Wrong. "In the land of the stupid, an intelligent man goes insane."

Anonymous said...

not illegal but cruel and stupid and moronic.

Anonymous said...

Only in a nation of weak, gullible, sheep. Just wait until they find out what their weakness and stupidity will really cost them.

Go Away Bird said...

Deaf/mutes are smarter then buricrats and liberal politicians

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as free speech in that country. You are free to speak, unless that speech annoys a government official in some manner.

Use the Name, Luke said...

When the general population lacks—or refuses to exercise—self-control, the only remaining method to maintain a civil society is through external control; otherwise known as a tyranny.

Anonymous said...

Luke, you hit the nail on the head. Our society continues to reject religious beliefs which urge self control, moderation and respect for others such as "love your neighbour as yourself". This is exacerbated by government officials who misread the constitutional protection of the freedom of religion and try to exclude religion.

Kee Bird said...

Big Brotherism and 1984 comming via the UNITED NATIONS and WASHINGTON D.C.