Double Standards

Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2008 08:57 am
Unlike the nothing that happened to the guy who hung the Palin effigy in LA, which he finally took down:

A University of Kentucky student and another man were arrested Thursday, accused of hanging a life-sized likeness of Barack Obama from a tree on the campus.

The incident was one of several in recent weeks involving effigies of the presidential candidates or their running mates. No charges have been filed in four other cases that have made national headlines.

UK Interim Police Chief Joe Monroe said the men "expressed remorse for a stunt that had gotten out of hand."

Arrested were Joe Fischer, 22, a UK student, and Hunter Bush, 21, both of Lexington. Both were being held at Fayette County Detention Center on charges of disorderly conduct related to the hanging of the effigy. They were also charged with burglary and theft at a fraternity house where police said the materials came from.

Lt. Tina Strange, a deputy jailer at the detention center, did not know who the men's attorneys were. She said they were each being held on $7,600 bond.

Monroe said the two men told detectives they decided to hang the effigy after seeing media reports about a Sarah Palin effigy in California.

Witnesses who saw the effigy Wednesday said it was life-sized with an Obama Halloween mask, a suit jacket and sweat pants. It was found hanging from a tree with a noose around its neck.

UK President Lee Todd said the effigy violates the university's code of ethics, and Fischer faces punishment that could include expulsion.

"As outrageous and offensive an act as the effigy was, I truly believe it has mobilized our campus, the community and the state in an effort to battle racism," Todd said Thursday.

It was the second time in about a month such an effigy was found on a college campus. George Fox University, a small Christian college in Oregon, recently punished four students who confessed to hanging a likeness of Obama from a tree.

Meanwhile, a Redondo Beach, Calif., woman removed a Halloween effigy of Barack Obama that was hanging from her balcony with a butcher knife in its neck. She took it down Thursday after neighbors complained.

In West Hollywood, Calif., a man removed an effigy of GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin from his yard Wednesday after several weeks of complaints.

And in Clarksville, Ind., a man had hanged an inflatable doll made to look like Obama from a tree. He took it down Wednesday, and authorities said it didn't appear to violate any state laws.
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Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2008 08:58 am
What a load of ****. "battle racism"... yet the incident in Hollywood was never reported as such.... fuckwits!!!!
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Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2008 10:13 am
Not ignoring you, there just another thread on this topic: http://able2know.org/topic/124782-1
Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2008 10:15 am
Sorry 'bout that!
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Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2008 02:32 pm
A University of Kentucky student and another man were arrested Thursday, accused of hanging a life-sized likeness of Barack Obama from a tree on the campus.

This event was not on private property (owned by the perpetrators). It seems pretty clear why this event would be treated differently from the others.
Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 07:57 am
Hmm you don't loss your first amemdment rights if you are off your private property and as students they have a right to be on campus.

However the Universiy surely have a right to throw them off campus for such behaviors.

Arresting them however is over the top.
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 08:24 am
University police say 22-year-old student Joe Fischer and 21-year-old Hunter Bush turned themselves in Thursday afternoon. Both men were jailed Thursday on charges of disorderly conduct, burglary and theft.
Sound like the cops look around for something to charge them with and somehow I don't think the charges above will fly very far.
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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 08:37 am
Alleged McCain sign bombers charged with felonies

11:46 AM PDT on Monday, October 13, 2008

By kgw.com Staff

Fire-bombers charged with 8 counts PORTLAND -- Two men have been charged with felonies for fire-bombing a John McCain campaign sign in the Sellwood area of Southeast Portland.

Leslie Leudtke and Kevin Robinson, both 23, are accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at the SE 17th Avenue sign, which sits in Gene Scrutton’s yard.

Leudtke and Robinson each face eight charges, including four felony counts for the manufacture and possession of a destructive device.

Leudtke faces a ninth charge of reckless burning.

"I think [they are] bitter about someone that doesn't want to vote for their candidate so they are going to try and intimate me," Sutton said.

Portland police say political vandalism is on the rise.

This week, West Linn officers recovered two dozen campaign signs that someone stuffed into a portable toilet.

Does this even things up?
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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 07:08 pm
all of this **** is gonna get out of control and someone's going to get hurt or worse.
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