Fear the Beer? Is this an appropriate slogan?

Don’t read too much into this. It’s late and I am a bit snarky at the moment. And this is a clever riff on the Milwaukee Bucks Fear the Deer slogan.

But given the whole nasty environment out of Washington from the Judge Brett Kavanaugh hearings, is this really the slogan we need to use??

rant over.

GOP Decides To Take On The First Amendment in Texas!

I realize that I am not a journalist nor is Blogging Blue a newspaper. But as an individual American expressing myself and publishing my own ideas for all of the world to see…the First Amendment protections surrounding freedom of speech particularly, are important to me. The event(s) that I am about to write about, the link to the original article is included below, occurred in Texas. I am not surprised. Texas looks upon itself as unique within the United States and that is even spelled out a bit in their Constitution. And I doubt that this is the first step in a concerted effort to limit individual rights under the first amendment…but you never know…the local politicians would certainly have been emboldened by the national discussion…even pronouncements coming out of the White House twitter account. At minimum it is a blatant attempt to silence one very vocal opponent. So I need to fire a shot across their bow saying get off my lawn, hands off THE First Amendment.

So here’s what went down: Did Texas woman’s political yard sign go too far? Sid Miller calls her out, and others call the cops. And here’s the sign:

I pulled this sign out of the full photo in the article for emphasis. You can see the entire yard display of a typical raft of political yard signs surrounding this. But here’s the rabbit hole:

Marion Stanford expected the political sign she painted to rile up some folks in her small town of Hamilton in Central Texas.

But she didn’t expect to end up in a heated Facebook exchange with Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, or for the police to show up to confiscate her sign.

“Here we have a political party that is using women,” Stanford said. “I thought the sign represented what is going on now, and we can’t just stand quiet. I wanted to tell people we could stop it with voting.”

Miller, who is notorious for sharing controversial posts to his nearly 800,000 followers, shared a photo of Stanford’s sign with the caption: “This is in Hamilton, Texas and is supposed to be Judge Kavanaugh’s young daughter. Notice my opponent’s sign in the background. The Democrat sleaze knows NO bounds!”

Stanford said she painted the sign last week after watching Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testify about the sexual assault allegations against him.

“That was not Judge Kavanaugh’s daughter,” she said. “The cartoon was made last year by Washington Post cartoonist Ann Telnaes, a Pulitzer Prize winner.”

I tried to find the original Ann Telnaes cartoon for comparison, but haven’t found it so far. But from the hundreds of others that I have scrolled through, this certainly has the edge and flair that you would expect from a Telnaes cartoon.

So is this cartoon a bit rude for someone’s front yard? Maybe so. It is Constitutionally protected speech, that’s a 100% certainty. Do people have a right to contact her and discuss it with her? Again that’s a 100% certainty. You have the right to your speech but you don’t have the right to be protected from the reactions of the rest of humankind. So far, so good.

So who is heaven’s name is Sid Miller that he gets to create a description and backstory about this sign out of whole cloth? It is pretty straight forward. One female figure wearing a skirt, one cartoonish elephant star spangled, one (appropriate) four letter word, and that’s it. The only thing I missed was there seems to be a little bit of questionable contact with the female on the part of the elephant. So where does he get to read in all of the other garbage about daughter’s and sleaze and whatever? You wanna complain about an image you don’t like…you got that right…but once again you don’t get to use your own made up facts. Mr. Miller went out of bounds to stir up his base in an election cycle. We know who’s wearing the sleaze here.

But if that were the end of the story, it wouldn’t be such a heinous attack on free speech. It goes further. Remember that line about the police above? Well this gets weird.

Miller’s post attracted thousands of reactions, with some Facebook users calling Stanford a pedophile and saying that her sign was pornogaphy and that she should be arrested.

Stanford said she began to receive phone calls and was harassed on Facebook. Tuesday evening, she said, police came to her house and said they had received complaints.

“Police told me to remove the sign or they would take it and would arrest me,” Stanford said. “So I let them take the sign.”

This is where the line gets crossed. The police used threats and coercion to remove a sign from private property that is well within an American’s rights under the First Amendment. But the city administrator knows the police crossed the line:

The city manager of Hamilton, which is about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth, denied that police mentioned arrest or forcibly took the sign.

“It’s political season, and a citizen here placed a yard sign that featured a political animal taking an inappropriate position with a young child,” Pete Kampfer said. “A police member visited the owner’s home, and the owner asked the officer to take the sign.”

Kampfer said the city strongly values freedom of speech and the Constitution. The sign is still at the police station.

(emphasis added).

Simple solution…the police should return the sign and it should be placed back in Ms. Stanford’s yard. Or there should be a suit against the Hamilton Police Department post haste.

Mitch McConnell Is Still The Lead Piece Of Pestilence In The US Senate

After the 50 – 48 confirmation vote of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court, every voice in Washington had an opinion and they voiced it. Here’s what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to say:

He (Senator McConnell) said Kavanaugh’s record was one that “speaks for itself” and the ugly process showed his patience and humility. McConnell said the bitterness “fanned the flames” of partisan divisions throughout the country.

Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony last Thursday exhibited his patience and humility? Was Senator McConnell taking his nap during the testimony? Did he miss the replays on Fox News for the next 48 hours?

The biggest threat to the American Democratic Republic isn’t President Donald Trump…it is Senator Mitch McConnell. More on that later.

Democrat Attorneys General: Are You Kidding Me?

From my email inbox this morning…a request from the Democratic Attorneys General Association:

A petition? To who? We have pretty much seen what each side is going to do in the vote for Judge Kavanaugh. Who exactly is going to give this petition any attention? This is the best use of our time and money to oppose this nomination at the eleventh hour?

Here’s the rest of the email:

Friends – Congress is racing to confirm Donald Trump’s extremist Supreme Court nominee, even as Senate Democrats expose Brett Kavanaugh for what he is, and no, he’s not a minivan-driving soccer dad.

Kavanaugh’s nomination has been dangerous from day one. During his confirmation hearing, he refused to say whether a president could be held accountable for crimes – no wonder he’s Trump’s pick! And his anti-choice record became crystal clear when Democrats released anti-Roe v. Wade documents that Trump and Mitch McConnell wanted to keep secret.

After last week’s testimony, it’s clearer than ever that Kavanaugh is unfit to serve on the Supreme Court. And the American people deserve to know the full truth behind recent assault allegations before his confirmation process can move any further.

But the final Senate vote is planned for TODAY. There’s still time to stop this, but it’s URGENT that we hear from 20,000 Democrats before midnight tonight. Add your name right away if you’re committed to protecting our democracy against attacks from Trump and his extremist SCOTUS pick:

(emphasis in the original)

Yesterday I was teasing the Trump/Pence 2020 Campaign for silliness in emails about the Kavanaugh vote. I’ll have to admit that the Democratic AGs here are just as clueless. The vote is scheduled for this afternoon, how exactly will having 20,000 signatures BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, have any value whatsoever…even if anyone who cared was going to look at this. I am assuming this is just another fundraising come on or name and address collection effort hiding behind ‘doing something’.

But really ladies and gentlemen. Can we spend our time and limited resources on actual actions that may be meaningful? A feel good adding my name to a questionable petition doesn’t accomplish much of anything. Can we focus on actually returning to power in Washington and state houses across the nation?

And for full disclosure…this final footnote from the email:

Trump Campaign Can’t Even Tie Its Own Shoes!

from my email inbox from last evening:

Now I did get an updated version about twenty minutes ago but from the timestamps on my emails it took them almost 17 hours to catch and correct the error. Lay off the beer kids! It won’t be a ticket for admission to the Supreme Court going forward…trust me on that.