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Protester In Casey Anthony Trial Convicted and Sentenced

Judge Belvin Perry, who presided over the Casey Anthony trial has sentenced a 64 year old man to 151 days in jail.

His crime?

Handing out flyers that advocated “jury nullification.”

[Mark] Schmidter was arrested in June for distributing pamphlets to potential jurors outside the free-speech zones.

Perry found him guilty of two counts indirect criminal contempt, carrying sentences of 141 and 151 days. Both sentences will run concurrently. Schmidter has also been ordered to pay $500 in fines.

Perry’s permanent order regarding free speech zones, which took effect earlier this [in July], states: “It is prohibited for any person or group to engage in any type of First Amendment activities within the main Orange County courthouse complex grounds, unless the First Amendment activities occur within a designated Exempt Zone…”

The irony of a person serving time for free speech while a person who many believe killed a two year old child is not lost on us here at Raised on Hoecakes.

But there is something else here. Why is it that a judge – any judge – can restrict where people can exercise their right of free speech? They haven’t changed the Constitution, have they? While the First Amendment specifically states that “Congress shall make no law,” that has long been interpreted to mean the government cannot restrict free speech unless it has compelling interests. Was there a compelling interest in a judge saying “you have to stay over here in order to speak?”

When Life Gives You Lemons, Learn to Shoot with Both Hands.

Baltimore Oriole left fielder Luke Scott had surgery to repair a SLAP tear in his right labrum on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. Normally we would not give something like this a great deal of notice. However, the Orioles were the team of our youth and old habits die hard. How much were they the team we lived and died with?

Yes, we were “Junior Orioles.”

Yes, we know the words to “Bomb ‘Em Birds” and can still sing the song.

Yes, we believe that the 1971 Orioles pitching staff – the last staff to have four 20 game winners on it (Palmer, Cuellar, Dobson, McNally) – was one of the greatest staffs of all time.

We loved Boog Powell at first base and believe the Mark Belanger is one of the greatest defensive shortstops of all time.

And we haven’t even talked about the Robinson brothers, Brooks and Frank. (There is a joke in there in case you don’t know.)

We watched games from every level of Memorial Stadium, loving the smell of the hot dogs, the ice cold Coke and the crunch of peanuts under your feet. It was where we learned to keep score in a scorebook, writing down pitches and plays to relive the game in our minds later on.

We listened to Chuck “Go to War Miss Agnes” Thompson in the car and on a little off white transistor radio while sitting on the back porch with our dad.

We sat in section 34 with “Wild Bill Hagy” singing the national anthem and yelling when “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” was played during the seventh inning stretch.

When we weren’t bleeding the blue and white of the Baltimore Colts, we were bleeding orange and black of the O’s.

Conviction Overturned for Man Whose Words Were Not a “True Threat” to Obama.

On October 22, 2008, Walter Bagdasarian, after allegedly drinking heavily that day, wrote the following on the “Yahoo! Finance — American International Group” message board regarding then candidate Barack Obama:

Re: Obama fk the niggar, he will have a 50 cal in the head soon.”

shoot the nig country fkd for another 4 years+, what nig has done ANYTHING right???? long term???? never in history, except sambos.

A retired Air Force officer on the message board contacted the Secret Service. The Secret Service then contacted Yahoo!, who gave the them Bagdasarian’s IP address. The Secret Service then went to Bagdasarian’s house and interviewed him. In the interview, Bagdasarian admitted to having weapons in the house.

An Amnesty Program We Can Get Behind.

Generally speaking, we are not big fans of amnesty programs as it seems to give people a break on a penalty that others have had to pay. However, we can get behind the new amnesty program at the New York City Public Libraries.

Starting today, the New York Public Library will offer amnesty to thousands of children and young adults in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island who have faced the book-borrowing restrictions.

The restrictions on the kids from borrowing books is based on them not paying fines they have incurred for overdue and books that have not been returned.

Actually, “amnesty” may be the wrong word for the program. (It is the term used in the NY Daily New headline, so we went with it.) “Work release” might be a better term.

Another Home Owner’s Association and “First Amendment Rights” Dust Up

A south Bossier homeowners association that requested a family remove a front yard sign supporting their son’s military service because it violated subdivision covenants has now sued the family to do so.

The Gardens of Southgate filed the suit this month against Timothy and Jodi Burr, a Bossier City couple who have lived within the subdivision since 2006. The Burrs placed a large multi-colored banner with a picture of their 20-year-old son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Corey Burr, and the phrase “Our son defends our freedom” in January after Corey Burr was deployed to Afghanistan.

Many will see this as the Home Owner’s Association attacking the freedoms of American citizens to express themselves. In fact, that is what the Burrs are doing:

“This is a restriction of our First Amendment rights,” Jodi Burr said.

The First Amendment prevents the government from restricting speech – not a group that a person voluntarily joins.

Pastor at NASCAR Event Thanks God for “Smoking Hot Wife,” “These Mighty Machines,” and More.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)

The Re-Branding of Campus Crusade for Christ.

The evangelical outreach group Campus Crusade for Christ has decided to change their logo and branding away from “Campus Crusade for Christ” to just “cru.”

Anytime a company or organization decides to change their name and logo there are going to be those who question the wisdom of doing so. Seldom is a rebranding changing ever universally accepted and praised. But this is different. With Campus Crusade for Christ, the rebranding decision is somewhat controversial in that it has left many wondering if the organizations has not fallen for “political correctness.” In addition, the reasons given by Campus Crusade just don’t seem to jive with the new name.

Apparently the two words in the name that were “upsetting” to some were “crusade” and “Christ.”

[Vice president for Campus Crusade Steve] Sellers said several factors were involved in the name change – including overseas sensitivities.

“Our name was becoming more and more of a hindrance,” he told Fox News Radio. He specifically mentioned the word crusade.

“It’s reverted back to some of its meaning related to the Middle Ages – forcing Christianity on different parts of the world,” he said.

Campus Crusade for Christ’s FAQ’s on the issue says:

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