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That’s not cussing

The 6th circuit:

It cannot be seriously contended that any reasonable peace officer, or citizen, for that matter, would believe that mild profanity while peacefully advocating a political position could constitute a criminal act

Now, I cuss. A lot. And I don’t do it mildly. I wonder how they define mildly? It looks like I may need to find out since Blount County Mayor Jerry Cunningham is an asshat. If you have a problem with the mayor, he wants you to shut up:

Blount County Mayor Jerry Cunningham is dealing some harsh words these days against what he sees as the county’s version of an insurgency – vocal citizen action groups that he says spout persistent criticism without offering any help or solutions.

Cunningham decries “harbingers of gloom and doom” who harp about taxes and county spending practices but decline invitations to “come in and look at the budget and give constructive ideas.”

I don’t have to have a solution to know that something sucks. And, here’s a proposal, I’ll come in with big fat red Sharpie and take it to the budget for you. Says Linda King of Citizens for Blount County’s Future:

“We look for waste and abuse of money,” she said, “and if he thinks people shouldn’t do that, I have a problem with that.”

Good thing she is since the powers that be are only looking for ways to spend our money.

5 Responses to “That’s not cussing”

  1. R. Neal Says:

    The Mrs. and I were talking about that and came to the same conclusion that you don’t have to offer “solutions” to bitch. Besides, just saying “don’t waste so much money” is a solution, isn’t it?

    I believe the Bill of Rights says the people have the right “to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” It doesn’t say you can petition for redress of grievances but only if you offer a different solution.

    But if citizens were to solve all his problems, the mayor would seem redundant. Isn’t that what he was hired to do?

  2. R. Neal Says:

    P.S. I thought about going down there too, and spending the day with the Mayor going over his budget.

    Then I thought, why doesn’t he just post it on their website? What’s he hiding?

    I like how he says these people don’t have the “fortitude” (i.e. “guts”) to come down there and look at his budget. He’s probably going to regret that when a bunch of people with “red sharpies” show up wanting an appointment to see him.

  3. SayUncle Says:

    Maybe we should hold a ‘red sharpie’ protest? Get some folks to show up with them?

  4. straightarrow Says:

    If you do, be sure to notify all the local newscasters that you are showing up at so and so time to avail yourselves of his invitation.

  5. SayUncle » Blount Mayor to Citizens: STFU Says:

    […] I still think a bunch of people should show up with Sharpies at the mayor’s office and ask to look at the budget. […]