Levitating the Pentagon

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I thought I was done posting for the weekend until PVC sent me this link dealing with hippies trying to levitate the pentagon during a peace rally.

After the speeches, about 50,000 people set off for the Pentagon. It took them about an hour and a half to walk two miles across the Memorial Bridge and down a service road to the north parking lot where a second rally was scheduled.
At the other end a group of hippies was trying to exorcize the Pentagon. The brainchild of Abbie Hoffman, the plan was for people to sing and chant until it levitated and turned orange, driving out the evil spirits and ending the war in Viet Nam. The Pentagon didn’t move.

(Thanks PVC!)

Congress Bars Military Funeral Protesters

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From Yahoo! News:

WASHINGTON – Demonstrators would be barred from disrupting military funerals at national cemeteries under legislation approved by Congress and sent to the White House Wednesday

The measure, passed by voice vote in the House hours after the Senate passed an amended version, specifically targets a Kansas church group that has staged protests at military funerals around the country, claiming that the deaths were a sign of God’s anger at U.S. tolerance of homosexuals.

The act “will protect the sanctity of all 122 of our national cemeteries as shrines to their gallant dead,” Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said prior to the Senate vote.

“It’s a sad but necessary measure to protect what should be recognized by all reasonable people as a solemn, private and deeply sacred occasion,” he said.

The most challenging part about freedom of speech is giving voice to people whose opinions you might find deplorable or even just down right sickening. Phelps and his clan of inbred mutant ninja turtles, otherwise known as the Westboro Baptist Church, are a textbook example of this. I disagree with everything that his group stands for, but I disagree with the government banning him from demonstrating even more.

I’m curious as to what others think on this issue.