05 February 2009

God Bless America, giant inflatable rats have free speech rights too.


. . . At least in New Jersey

From the article:
In a case that pitted an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union local against a central Jersey town, the high court ruled unanimously that the rodent is protected speech under the First Amendment.

"The township's elimination of an entire medium of expression without a readily available alternative renders the ordinance overbroad," Justice John E. Wallace Jr. wrote for the court.The super-sized rat, sitting on its hind legs and bearing fangs, is a national symbol used by organized labor to signal a labor dispute. It had been blown up and displayed at a 2005 labor event in Lawrence Township until police enforced a law that bans banners, streamers and inflatable signs, except those announcing grand openings.

I, for one, welcome our new semi-gaseous rodentiary overlords.

1 comment:

Gunnery Sergeant Chimichanga said...

Be it hereby known that one Kristopher John Gazsi has fulfilled his annual quota of the "I for one welcome our [adjective(s)] overlords" meme quota.

Excellent use, sir.