Thursday, August 13, 2009

About goddamned time

I remember when it was literally an arresting offense (in 2002-03-04) to wear an anti-war T-shirt to Bush rally--if you could even get past the FBI screening out the dark-skinned, young, or otherwise "un-American-looking" people.

Some difference now, huh? At least maybe, finally, the Secret Service is being permitted to recognize when "free speech" shades over into "hate speech" or even "felonious threat":

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Secret Service is investigating a man who authorities said held a sign reading "Death to Obama" outside a town hall meeting on health care reform in western Maryland.

Barbara Golden, the special agent in charge of the agency's Baltimore field office, says an investigation is ongoing but declined further comment.

Washington County Sheriff's Capt. Peter Lazich (LAWZ'-itch) says the sign also read, "Death to Michelle and her two stupid kids."

He says the sheriff's office turned the unidentified, 51-year-old man over to Secret Service agents Wednesday after deputies detained him near the entrance to Hagerstown Community College.

About goddamned time.

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