Absolute Moral Authority

Because plain old moral authority just wasn’t good enough — a mesablue production

Honk if you’re an idiot

Posted by mesablue on April 4, 2007

This is interesting. The ACLU is suing the town that I live in. They say that anti-war protestors rights have been violated because a few if them have been ticketed by the local police for causing a disturbance when they picket.

ACLU sues Ferndale over ‘no honking’ policy

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit today against the city of Ferndale and its “no honking” policy for demonstrators.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, alleges the city has arrested protesters who hold signs encouraging motorists to honk their horns as a sign of support. The city also has ticketed motorists who respond to the sign by honking, the lawsuit alleges.

“Holding up ‘honk’ signs and honking in support of sidewalk protests is a time-honored tradition that should be respected by Ferndale,” said Kary Moss, executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, in a news release.

“To censor the political speech of these protesters is to violate a fundamental right that has defined our society.”

A time honored tradition, huh? Where, Berkeley?

I drive by these losers every Monday and give them the old one finger salute. What the article is leaving out is the behavior of these “peace” protestors. Woodward Avenue is eight lanes wide at Nine Mile and has a large median running down the middle of it. For a couple of years, the protestors would cross Woodward and then block traffic for thirty seconds or so after the light had changed as they wobbled their way across the street, taking their time to make sure that they blocked as many people as possible on their way home during rush hour.

The cops told them to stop. They wouldn’t, so they got ticketed. After that, they would cross and then stop in the median waving signs at traffic from both sides of the road causing a mess as people tried to make sure that they didn’t get hippie juice on their cars by accidentally hitting one of the stragglers.

Again, it caused traffic backups during rush hour. One, where I was rear ended by some little old lady who was honking her support for the scum bags. Her loss, as I drive a big Dodge SUV. She didn’t seem to have any remorse or care that she ran into someone while honking for hippies. I let her go, but called the police to complain about the situation. They came out and chased the patchouli odored group back to the side of the street. Several hippies created a big fuss and their signs were taken and they were ticketed.

I really hope that I played some small part in bringing this to a head.

The ACLU has no chance in this one. Ferndale is the most tolerant suburb in the Detroit area. There is a large gay and lesbian community — their new community center downtown was just completed. It is an area of many art galleries and small shops and restaurants. Coffee houses and an actual tea shop for flower children to get their daily potion. In other words, not an area that shuts down freedom of expression or is foreign to tolerating the views of a wide range of different groups that run a little outside of the social norm.

Ferndale’s side was not told in the article. Big surprise.

The protestors were ticketed for repeatedly causing a disturbance and then when warned, to blatently ignore police requests to stop blocking traffic.

This has been going on for a while. For the past several months the hippie crowd has stayed on one corner, I’m guessing until this lawsuit came out.

They are a sad little group. Aging hipsters, young malcontents, a few fake veterans (guy had USMC and Army logos and didn’t know his rank) and a couple of angry, militant lesbians.

They’re gonna lose the lawsuit if Ferndale doesn’t buckle under.

I hope these folks keep up their little protest. They do a great job of showing the people driving by what kind of weirdos are behind the anti-troops movement.

at the Bullwinkle Blog

8 Responses to “Honk if you’re an idiot”

  1. Joe said

    Now I am going to have to remove the “Honk if your Horny” bumber sticker Lisa gave me.

  2. mesablue said

    You drive through Ferndale with that? You’re a brave man.

  3. Joe said

    Your’e right..I am just asking to get rear ended.

  4. jayne said

    Well now you know what my first thought was when you said that you live in Ferndale!

  5. Frankly said

    Heh. Hippie juice. That is the worst. The smell doesn’t go away for weeks.
    And I wouldn’t have let that old lady get off the hook – especially with her lack of remorse. Might’ve caused a bit more trouble for the Peacers, too.

  6. Sobek said

    The First Amendment protects the right to hold up a sign, even one encouraging violation of, say, a noise ordinance. So the “honk if you hate the war” signs are federally protected.

    The honking is not, however, if enforcement of a noise ordinance is neutrally-applied and not done to squelch any particular message. Same thing with hippies blocking traffic — as long as enforcement of the traffic laws is not done for some ulterior purpose aimed at a particular group based on the content of their message, the cops are just fine.

    That said, cities are usually a bunch of wusses that will settle out of court quickly.

  7. michael said

    Wow. Your blog is a trip down memory lane; 5 years ago, I almost bought a house in Ferndale.

    It used to be a fun place to hang out; it’s upsetting to hear about the “protesters” mucking it up.

  8. mesablue said

    Ferndale is still fun, it’s just loaded with lefties so you have to put up with a little looniness.

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