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Maine July 4th Parade Spectators Speak Out on Reagan Coffin Float of Bobbing Head:"Nancy Who?"
July 10, 2004 | fight_truth_decay

Posted on 07/10/2004 1:30:37 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay

Letters to the Editor of The Lincoln County News in Damariscotta, Maine speak out in July 8th weekly edition on "anonymous[4th of July]parade float" depicting former President Reagan bobbing in and out of his coffin with a reference to his Alzheimer's disease, "Nancy who"?

GOOD TASTE NOT CENSORSHIP

To the Editor:

I attended the 4th of July parade in Rond Pond this year for the first time. Even though I don't agree with their politics, I found the anti-Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld floats quite amusing. But the float showing Ronald Reagan in a coffin with a headstone was in extremely poor taste. Also the attached sign that said "Nancy who?", mocking Reagan's Alzheimer's disease was disgusting! In a nation of rapidly declining morals people not standing up/talking/wearing hats during the Star Spangled Banner and general disrespect for our country and what it stands for, I suppose one must not be offended. Whoever ran the parade should have had the decency to ban this flaot. That is not censorship, just good taste!

Jack Corson Pemaquid Lake

APPALLED BY UNPATRIOTIC PARADE ENTRIES

To the Editor:

It is always exhilarating to come back to Maine for the summer and see Mainers celebrating summer with such verve. To me this means houses being painted, gardens planted, flags displayed and the Round Pond 4th of July parade.

Yesterday I took friends from Florida to the parade, wanting to show them the wonderful spirit of the people of Maine. Instead I was terribly embarrassed and disappointed. Whas has always been such a fun, positive event was marred by serious negative attacks on the President of the United States.

Parades in the past have had positive political advertising and even fun political mockery. But yesterday, rather than positive or fun political floats, I was stunned by deeply negative and serious attacks on our president. These anonymously produced attacks were distasteful, inappropriate and unpatriotic. I was appalled as were my guests.

Betsy Kinkle Walpole

EDITORIALLY SPEAKING FREE EXPRESSION AND RESPONSIBILITY

Freedom of speech means allowing someone you disagree with to state their opinion. This is difficult if the ideology is the antithesis of what you believe.

Freedom of speech also means choices. Do you want to put things a certain way in order to elicit the most intense reaction to your words?

Suppose you area at a 4th of July parade, a very public venue, intending to celebrate the hard fought birth of American independence and these United States. Imagine your surprise that one flat depicts former President Ronald Reagan bobbing in and out of this coffin and there is a reference to his Alzheimer's disease, "Nancy who?"

The anonymous parade float creator has the right to promote a demean depiction of the moving and stirring national eulogy to Pres.Reagan last month. However, the right to free expression comes with the responsibility for good taste and acceptable behavior. The opposite is true in this case.

Those who temper their statements and opinions with less shock and stridency are much more likely to strike a chord with someone with a dissenting viewpoint. Exhibitionism for the sake of making a point is an immature affront to a very serious freedom we all share. (The editor)

Following the parade a crowd of about 100 (locals and tourists) took in the hard rock band -the Round Pond Rangers, ate blueberry pie and attended an art display on the pier.

Round Pond


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: 4thofjuly; alzheimers; nancyreagan; natashamayers; noahmyers; oil; parade; pauljumar; ronaldreagan; roundpond; suv; whitefield
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Over at the Whitefield 4th of July parade, maybe 20 minutes away, artist Natasha Mayers acknowledged 2004 is a "year that's polarized, so maybe people can't be as open" to other viewpoints. At the same time she wasn't prepared to hear the parade was not "an appropriate occasion for a political statement" such as "Petroleus,God of Grease and War" skit she and about 20 others performed. A large sign read "Americans gave up health care, veterans benefits, education for this? The End is Near".
Cardboard mini models of gas gussling SUV's bore such license plates as "Puppet State-Gov 4 RNT", Terror State-May B-US", "State of Denial-WMD 4 SALE",and "State of Emergency-911 GWB, The Anxious State."

Noah Myers fed the gaping jaws of a Hummer SUV various simulated body parts as the driver, Paul Jumar, shouted: "I'm getting hungry! Feed me!" When one young woman cried out in protest, Myers quickly yelled:" God Bless America and all its oil companies!"

[Note: Letters to the Editor above are not shown on line and I have transcribed them from the "dead tree" paper edition.]

1 posted on 07/10/2004 1:30:38 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: All

Correction in spelling: Natasha Mayers, Noah Mayers.


2 posted on 07/10/2004 1:34:36 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
The editorial is online.

It strikes me that the 'anonymous' float idea is pretty much asking for scum to turn out.

3 posted on 07/10/2004 1:36:55 PM PDT by atomicpossum (I give up! Entropy, you win!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Why wasn't a match or lighter dropped on any of them?

Because nobody wants the responsibility to stand up for our country.

We are now a nation of cowards - and with such will be no better, if not worse than frnace or germany - socialist pigstys


4 posted on 07/10/2004 1:38:30 PM PDT by steplock ( www.spadata.com)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Sigh.

Thanks for posting this.

Thank God, Maine has only about four or five electoral votes.

5 posted on 07/10/2004 1:42:39 PM PDT by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and sign up for a monthly donation.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

This goes hand in glove with the report of the 4th of July parade in Bainbridge Island, Washington. An Iraqi veteran, marching in uniform in the parade, was "treated" to numerous yells of "Baby Killer!"

Independence Day celebrations are in danger of becoming nothing more than a vehicle for the loonies to parade their extremism and hatred of America.


6 posted on 07/10/2004 1:43:47 PM PDT by lonevoice (Some things have to be believed to be seen)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Are there pictures of this thing?

I don't think we should let their side forget they do things like this.


7 posted on 07/10/2004 1:44:29 PM PDT by shadowman99
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To: fight_truth_decay
Coming soon to a city near you:


8 posted on 07/10/2004 1:47:40 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: fight_truth_decay

While it is true that we are afforded "free speech" in this country, such displays from the left (and the near riotous protests after the 2000 election) have shown that we may not have a peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next for very much longer.


9 posted on 07/10/2004 1:49:02 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: weegee

Methinks that "WE" are better prepared for such and eventuality than "THEY" are?


10 posted on 07/10/2004 2:01:50 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: steplock

I agree. I support free speech but this transcends everything.

What kind of idiots run that town??


11 posted on 07/10/2004 2:02:43 PM PDT by ZULU
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To: Taxman

Heaven help them if they try anything stupid. Maybe I should say "send em to hell and maybe hell will help them."


12 posted on 07/10/2004 2:06:49 PM PDT by crz
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To: shadowman99

Pictures are only in the paper edition-sorry.


13 posted on 07/10/2004 2:12:26 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: crz

That would be the plan!


14 posted on 07/10/2004 2:15:08 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: shadowman99; fight_truth_decay; All

mailto:lcn@lincoln.midcoast.com

To telephone us: The Lincoln County News (207) 563-3171

For mail: The Lincoln County News (ATTN: Website Coordinator), PO Box 36, Damariscotta, ME, 04543


I pulled this off your link.

How disgusting. Hey, Ron Jr.....NOW how do you feel???


15 posted on 07/10/2004 2:17:08 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Hair? Ya wanna talk about hair? President REAGAN had a NICE head of hair!!)
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Peace Action Maine New Members in 2002-the Mayers
16 posted on 07/10/2004 2:17:43 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: TexasCowboy; Gabz; Mo1; Texas Termite; Darksheare; RottiBiz; glock rocks; Fawnn; Fiddlstix

Here, please.


17 posted on 07/10/2004 2:20:17 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Hair? Ya wanna talk about hair? President REAGAN had a NICE head of hair!!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Liberal scum = liberal scum.


18 posted on 07/10/2004 2:22:17 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Thanks for the Ping

This is SICK! Just Plain SICK!
Disgusting!

19 posted on 07/10/2004 2:25:22 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: fight_truth_decay
Natasha Myers, says she's doing it all "For the Children".

www.mainething.com/ artists/natasha_mayers/
[excerpt from her site]
Natasha Mayers is Whitefield's prime mover when it comes to the ARTS ! Since the 1970's she has been the single handed force behind making sure that ART is up front and in our town, and in our schools and everywhere else it belongs.
When our school boards felt forced with their limited funds to cut the important Art program , it was Natasha who researched, motivated, created and got funding for some of the most innovative volunteer Arts programs in Maine - for our children.

20 posted on 07/10/2004 2:25:59 PM PDT by Darksheare (The Gangsta Spector of Defeat!)
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To: steplock

If flag burning is freedom of speech, why not float burning?


21 posted on 07/10/2004 2:27:32 PM PDT by BykrBayb (5 minutes of prayer for Terri, every day at 11 am EDT, until she's safe. http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Checked out the "artsts" name.
And found some interesting crap about her..
POst 20 shows thr first two lines on her website.
Not even two lines into the spiel it says she does it all 'for the children'..


22 posted on 07/10/2004 2:28:02 PM PDT by Darksheare (The Gangsta Spector of Defeat!)
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To: Fiddlstix

Between this and the desecration of the flag at the RR Ranch....I'm seeing red.


23 posted on 07/10/2004 2:30:01 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Hair? Ya wanna talk about hair? President REAGAN had a NICE head of hair!!)
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To: Darksheare

Bull PUCKY. She doesn't do ANYTHING for MY child!!!

These people are ....... oh never mind.


24 posted on 07/10/2004 2:31:08 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Hair? Ya wanna talk about hair? President REAGAN had a NICE head of hair!!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Yup.
Being an artist of a sort myself, I know that some of these people really ARE insane.
Considering the 'art' she's doing, she is more into politics rather than actual creativity and furthering someone's abilities in art.

It was interesting to see the liberal disclaimer not two lines into that site saying that she's doing it 'for the children'..


25 posted on 07/10/2004 2:36:45 PM PDT by Darksheare (The Gangsta Spector of Defeat!)
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To: Darksheare
from your site:

"Natasha had helped children and adults in scores of towns create murals. From Maine to Ohio, from the Soviet Union to Granada, Nicaragua - from Nigeria to our State Prison, She has helped people express themselves. Some of her most rewarding work has been with people at the Augusta Mental Health Institute."

However Mayers was not a part of the bobbing head Reagan coffin; remember that person or persons were anonymous. How the float drove itself must be another story.A good reporter would have sought out that information!
26 posted on 07/10/2004 2:42:12 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Not my site, HER site.
She was part of the mental Ipecac skits afterwards.

As for teh float driving itself, twas a miracle!!
*snort*
The reporter should be beaten with a typsetter's board, anonymity wouldn't have been possible had that float lampoon Teddy 'Swimmer' Kennedy's drive off a bridge or Clinton's 'tearful' Wellstone funeral walk.


27 posted on 07/10/2004 2:48:36 PM PDT by Darksheare (The Gangsta Spector of Defeat!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

The person(people)responsible for this stupid display aren't operating with a full deck.


28 posted on 07/10/2004 2:50:37 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: Brad's Gramma; TexasCowboy; All
How sad, how very sad.

America supports freedom of speech, but what does this say for our great country? People who "speak" this way are feeding those who want to take us down to our knees, to disembowel this great nation.

Liberals take note.... you're playing into the enemy's hand.

Logan's Nana (because he's too young to write this!!)
29 posted on 07/10/2004 2:52:55 PM PDT by Texas Termite (Freepers are Frabulous !!!)
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To: Texas Termite
Liberals take note.... you're playing into the enemy's hand.

And what they fail to realize is the enemy would kill them, in a heart beat, the same as they would us.

30 posted on 07/10/2004 2:56:41 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Hair? Ya wanna talk about hair? President REAGAN had a NICE head of hair!!)
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To: weegee

I remember this. It was in Cologne, Germany.


31 posted on 07/10/2004 3:00:42 PM PDT by sauropod (Hitlary: " We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: fight_truth_decay

I'll bet, somehow, Clinton is responsible for this.


32 posted on 07/10/2004 3:05:41 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: fight_truth_decay

bttt


33 posted on 07/10/2004 3:08:38 PM PDT by stands2reason (Kerry/Edwards: TERRORISTS FLEE FROM BETTER HAIR!!!)
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To: ZULU

I guess you didn't read about the 4th of July parade on Bainbridge Island (Seattle), where they booed a Marine veteran, called him a murderer and a baby killer, after the MC called attention to him by asking him what he was a veteran of.

These people have all joined in the coalition of the wild-eyed and I suggest that we point that out, every chance we get. We should have people dressed as Al Gore, Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Moore at every election event, carrying a sign that says, "The coalition of the wild-eyed supports John Kerry."


34 posted on 07/10/2004 3:11:16 PM PDT by Eva
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Freedom of speech doesn't mean you can say ANYthing you want. You can't yell 'Fire' in a crowded theater. Free to be rude? Free to be insulting? Free to lie? Is that the kind of freedom you want? "Freedom" has a meaning, a context.

I hope people watching the parade turned their back and continue to do so when the Reagan flat creator comes around.


35 posted on 07/10/2004 3:20:01 PM PDT by gentlestrength
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To: Eva

The sentiments I feel about these people and what I would I like to do to them I can't express on this board or the moderators would ban me.

I think things here in the U.S. are deteriorating rapidly to a point I have before witnessed since the Viet Nam War.


36 posted on 07/10/2004 3:28:50 PM PDT by ZULU
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To: steplock
nobody wants the responsibility to stand up for our country.

It's coming bro......

37 posted on 07/10/2004 3:49:10 PM PDT by Indie (Ignorance of the truth is no excuse for stupidity.)
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To: Brad's Gramma
And what they fail to realize is the enemy would kill them, in a heart beat, the same as they would us.

Ironic that the terrorists hate the Western culture because of the liberalism, isn't it?

38 posted on 07/10/2004 4:22:49 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: South40

Scratch the surface of a liberal, and you'll reveal a fascist.


39 posted on 07/10/2004 6:18:19 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (A Fireman in the NAVY was promoted more times than Lieutenant junior grade John F'n Kerry.)
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To: Texas Termite; Brad's Gramma
Well, I always knew there was some reason why I missed Maine in my travels.
Now I know.
40 posted on 07/10/2004 6:20:13 PM PDT by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: ZULU
I think things here in the U.S. are deteriorating rapidly to a point I have before witnessed since the Viet Nam War.

I agree, there is something growing in this country that does not bode well.

There is a book which I have not yet read called The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe which describes how certain seemingly harmless events helped to form the foundation of major "turnings" in our country's history. What is significant about this book is the prediction that the Fourth Turning is due to arrive within the next few years......

41 posted on 07/10/2004 6:36:03 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (After 30+ years dealing with idiots, I still haven't earned the right to just shoot them.....)
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To: Taxman
"Methinks that "WE" are better prepared for such and eventuality than "THEY" are?"

Yup.

42 posted on 07/10/2004 6:37:22 PM PDT by blam
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To: fight_truth_decay

"That is not censorship, just good taste! "


Wrong!...stand up for what it is...censor it and the results are of good taste!


43 posted on 07/10/2004 6:40:29 PM PDT by Hotdog
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To: fight_truth_decay

Yes, it is.


44 posted on 07/10/2004 8:22:17 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Hair? Ya wanna talk about hair? President REAGAN had a NICE head of hair!!)
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To: lonevoice


What happened to the people who yelled "baby killer"?

Something, I hope.


45 posted on 07/10/2004 9:23:42 PM PDT by California Patriot (California Patriot)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Let's just say they are the enemy...and I guess that would make them playing into their own hands...;)


46 posted on 07/10/2004 10:10:23 PM PDT by bt_dooftlook
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To: Hot Tabasco

Already here. We are raising the "Hero" generation now.


47 posted on 07/10/2004 10:22:17 PM PDT by calenel (Peace Through Strength, and when necessary, Peace Through Victory!)
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To: California Patriot
Nothing at all. Here's the thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1168098/posts
48 posted on 07/10/2004 10:26:07 PM PDT by lonevoice (Some things have to be believed to be seen)
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To: fight_truth_decay

From the web site:

---Natasha had helped children and adults in scores of towns create murals. From Maine to Ohio, from the Soviet Union to Granada, Nicaragua - from Nigeria to our State Prison, She has helped people express themselves. Some of her most rewarding work has been with people at the Augusta Mental Health Institute.---

http://www.mainething.com/artists/natasha_mayers/index.htm


49 posted on 07/10/2004 11:22:33 PM PDT by claudiustg (Go Sharon! Go Bush!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

No floats with a Clinton statue shaking his wing-wang??


50 posted on 07/11/2004 12:07:17 AM PDT by GeronL (wketchup.com)
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