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judge: Louisiana woman can flip finger in holiday lights
hhttp://www.foxnews.com ^ | December 21, 2012

Posted on 12/21/2012 4:54:53 PM PST by BBell

NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana woman ran afoul of police when she gave her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting, hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger.

Sarah Childs was in a dispute with some of her neighbors in Denham Springs, just east of Baton Rouge, so she decided to send a message with her decorations. Neighbors complained and police threatened to arrest her, so she and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued the city.

A judge ruled in her favor Thursday.

"I imagine it will be back up before too long," ACLU of Louisiana executive director Marjorie Esman said of the display.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: christmaslights; denhamsprings; flipthebird; sourcetitlenoturl
The Christmas Season always seems to bring out the best in people. And the worse.
1 posted on 12/21/2012 4:54:58 PM PST by BBell
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To: BBell

I hate neighbors.


2 posted on 12/21/2012 4:57:23 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: BBell

Since that sort of vulgarity is protected, the plaintiffs should have all stood up and flipped off the judge.


3 posted on 12/21/2012 4:58:44 PM PST by DoughtyOne (How about a waiting period for putting crazies out on the streets, say a million years or so.)
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To: BBell

Free Speech. *shrug*


4 posted on 12/21/2012 4:59:35 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: BBell

Sometimes the concept of “Karma” comes in very handy. What goes around, comes around.


5 posted on 12/21/2012 5:01:01 PM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: BBell

License is not liberty. The judge was wrong to deny the community its just power to promote virtue.


6 posted on 12/21/2012 5:05:30 PM PST by Jacquerie ("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: gorush
I hate neighbors.

So move to where you don't have any.

She's allowed to be an obnoxious ass. It's why we're still free.

/johnny

7 posted on 12/21/2012 5:07:29 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BBell

Nothing a brick through the window won’t fix...


8 posted on 12/21/2012 5:10:38 PM PST by TheDon (Criminalizing self defense contributed to the Sandy Hook massacre.)
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To: TheDon

Exactly. This nation wasn’t founded on the courts.


9 posted on 12/21/2012 5:12:02 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
She's allowed to be an obnoxious ass. It's why we're still free.

And we are allowed to be obnoxious right back ar her. Unless she's a part of the "protected" class.

10 posted on 12/21/2012 5:12:13 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell
hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger.

It's just her way of saying Louisiana is number one, bad choice of fingers, but what the hey :)

11 posted on 12/21/2012 5:12:27 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
"So move to where you don't have any."

I always have.

12 posted on 12/21/2012 5:13:41 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: BBell
And we are allowed to be obnoxious right back at her.

I'm sure the local teenagers will find her to be an approved outlet for prankish behaviors.

13 posted on 12/21/2012 5:18:16 PM PST by eldoradude (Let's water the tree of liberty with THEIR blood...)
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To: BBell
And we are allowed to be obnoxious right back ar her.

Right up to the point of sending armed representatives of the government, which happened.

/johnny

14 posted on 12/21/2012 5:18:47 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Jacquerie
License is not liberty. The judge was wrong to deny the community its just power to promote virtue.

I agree.

15 posted on 12/21/2012 5:19:50 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: BBell

The woman is a pea brain.


16 posted on 12/21/2012 5:25:38 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Flycatcher

yup, and society is also allowed to determine local decency standards as well.


17 posted on 12/21/2012 5:27:44 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: DoughtyOne

seems like the judge would have to allow it. we’re all living under the same law, right?


18 posted on 12/21/2012 5:29:18 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: BBell

I normally don’t care for the “holiday” subsitution for Christmas but in this case an exception is warranted.

Nothing Christ-like about such a display.


19 posted on 12/21/2012 5:30:05 PM PST by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: Jacquerie
At least you called it a power. That's what it is, raw use of power.

BTW, look up promotion of virtue and prevention of vice.

That's currently a big thing in parts of the world.

Women should remain covered from head to toe, and not allowed outside or to speak.

/johnny

20 posted on 12/21/2012 5:31:09 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: DoughtyOne

What if it had been in the shape of a...gasp...gun?


21 posted on 12/21/2012 5:34:44 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: BBell
I think its right time for the people of Denim Springs to let Childs know how they really feel about her so called Christmas Decorations! That's right! Take a little drive around her home in droves and voice your horns, etc. I'm sure the neighbors will understand......
22 posted on 12/21/2012 5:40:38 PM PST by classified
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To: BBell

What a peach. *sheesh*

Now the kid a few houses down from me with the drum set doesn’t seem so bad. At least he’s good enough to shut things down by 9pm on the nights where he’s practicing.


23 posted on 12/21/2012 5:40:52 PM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: BBell

“worst”. Just sayin!


24 posted on 12/21/2012 5:49:39 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: Jacquerie

Not true. Who’s virtue? Suppose the community is a bunch of atheists and they don’t want Jesus on your front lawn. No. There is a reason the First Amendment is the first.


25 posted on 12/21/2012 6:06:19 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: The Cajun

LOL!


26 posted on 12/21/2012 6:07:25 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: BBell

Say, a few strategically placed colored paint balls on her roof will blend in just superbly with her vulgar light display. Santa and reindeer wont mind either.


27 posted on 12/21/2012 6:07:43 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: BBell

Every pipsqueak thing is a “CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE” in this country nowadays. Courts must be involved, and deep thinkers must remind everyone of the 1st Amendment, because we never ever heard of such a thing.


28 posted on 12/21/2012 6:09:40 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: BBell

I think I’d like to know what the dispute is about and who started it before voicing an opinion. The finger lady may well have a good reason to flip-off her neighbor. I have one who sure deserves a finger...maybe even a whole fist!


29 posted on 12/21/2012 7:12:44 PM PST by beelzepug ("Why bother creating wealth when you can just redistribute it?")
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To: Jacquerie
License is not liberty.

James Madison on liberty and licentiousness:

The sophistry of a distinction between the liberty and the licentiousness of the press is so forcibly exposed in a late memorial from our late envoys to the Minister of the French Republic, that we here present it to you in their own words:

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/amendI_speechs21.html

30 posted on 12/21/2012 7:17:03 PM PST by Ken H
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To: BBell

I agree that she can do. She just shouldn’t do it.


31 posted on 12/21/2012 9:18:51 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: The Cajun

LSU did get screwed over in the Bowl selections. But there is always next year.


33 posted on 12/21/2012 10:37:22 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: Flycatcher; RIghtwardHo; Ken H
Republican Virtue
34 posted on 12/22/2012 2:37:59 AM PST by Jacquerie ("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: BBell

She can be shunned by Christians in the community, too. She’s an aggressive dark soul...an attention whore.

God sees what she did there.


35 posted on 12/22/2012 9:10:09 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: BBell

Were her neighbors Obama supporters? Just sayin’.


36 posted on 12/22/2012 9:16:49 AM PST by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: MestaMachine

Short rope, high branch...


37 posted on 12/27/2012 11:52:46 AM PST by DoughtyOne (How about a waiting period for putting crazies out on the streets, say a million years or so.)
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