Thursday, November 10, 2005

First Amendment (Some Restrictions Apply) 

Courtesy of our esteemed colleagues at Indirect Effect and Machination.org: You are certainly aware that the First Amendment ceases to pertain when President Bush is in the vicinitiy. Did you know that the same rules apply to visiting inbred dignitaries? Leftist author Norman Solomon found out the other day in Point Reyes, CA:
Marin County sheriff's deputies cited and released an Inverness man who allegedly refused to leave a secured area of the Point Reyes Station Farmers' Market before the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived to tour the organic market.

According to Marin County sheriff's Sgt. Ken Canziani, Norman Solomon was holding a sign in an area of the market that was reserved for spectators with security clearance from the U.S. State Department.

Solomon said he was standing alone, holding a green sign that read "War is Not Organic,'' and was passing out fliers with a message about the British government's involvement in the Iraq war when he was cited. Solomon is a self-described writer [cute touch! -- S.] who has written about the Iraq war . . . .

Solomon was cited for "obstructing, delaying or resisting arrest'' and released after the royal couple finished their tour of the market, Canziani reported.

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