Sign Language

From NOLA:

Anti-Obama sign in Uptown neighborhood draws controversy

There are several political signs attracting all kinds of attention in one Uptown neighborhood.

On Wednesday, crowds gathered at the corner of Calhoun and Coralie streets, looking at several signs depicting President Barack Obama as either a dunce, a puppet or a crying baby in a diaper.

“It disrespects the nation — and President Barack Obama represents our nation,” said Skip Alexander, as he looked at one of the signs. “He represents everybody, not some people.”

Dozens of protesters came by the house in the 1500 block of Calhoun throughout the day, demanding the sign come down.

“He wouldn’t do that to [President] Bush, I’m sure. It’s just insulting. It’s insulting,” said C.C. Campbell-Rock. “He’s going to have to take them down.”

“This is nothing put pure racism,” said Raymond Rock. “This is a disgrace.”

The home is owned by Timothy Reily, who declined to be interviewed about the signs. Former Mayor Ray Nagin showed up at the house and went inside to speak with Reily. He emerged later and would not comment on what they discussed.

Some neighbors tell Eyewitness News that Reily has been putting the signs up for months. Some of the protesters learned about the signs through a local radio station on Wednesday morning.

“He can put up a sign if he wants to. It doesn’t bother me,” said Harold Gagnet, a neighbor.

“I think it’s fine. It’s on his property,” said Katherine deMontluzin. “He can say whatever he wants.”

The signs have created such a firestorm of controversy, though, that police came to the scene– called in by City Council Member Susan Guidry. She represents the district where the home is located. Guidry said she was concerned about public safety and was trying to figure out if the sign was even legal. She also said she spoke to Reily, but didn’t get far.

“We have to determine that there is a zoning law that prohibits perhaps the size of the sign, perhaps the way that it’s erected, that it is leaning over onto public property,” Guidry said. “Whatever we can use, we will, but of course, we do have to balance that with First Amendment rights.”

Yet, the signs remain in place, fanning the flames of a free speech debate on both sides of the fence.

Didn’t any of these people take civics in high school? You don’t have to be a lawyer to know about freedom of speech.

But there is also basic common sense – if somebody is trying to get attention with an offensive sign or a “racist bake sale,” the worst thing you can do IS GIVE THEM ATTENTION!!!

It’s like arguing with a troll – you only win if you don’t.

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31 Responses to Sign Language

  1. WMCB says:

    It’s all about racism, straight up, because no one ever did that to Bush:

  2. yttik says:

    “He wouldn’t do that to [President] Bush, I’m sure…”

    Really? I imagined all of Bush’s “dope on a rope,” “a village in Texas is missing an idiot,” ” chimp in chief,” stuff?

    Irreverence for our leaders is what we do in America. It’s national past time. It’s a beautiful thing : )

  3. yttik says:

    The whole concept of cartooning presidents in diapers goes way back in our history. Even Mark Twain said, “Politicians and diapers should be changed often, and for the same reason.” Obama is not being singled out, he’s being treated like everyone else.

    Some of the political cartoons from the olden days are really frightening. LOL, they actually scare me, like when they drew a president’s face on a rotting carcass or put his head on the body of a snake with a large rodent in it. Ick.

    • Dario says:

      As a rule, blacks don’t get too much into politics, and therefore I’m not surprised that those who are upset about the signs think Obama is unique. I think W was the subject of the most negative cartooning. I may be wrong on this. Sometimes they were actual cartoons make him to look like a chimp. The Nation cartooned him to look like Alfred E. Newman of Mad magazine. Toles cartoon had Cheney being the ventriloquist and W was the puppet.

  4. ralphb says:

    Just another incident of the humorless, intolerant fauxgressives in action. Sort of like these asshats from PETA.

    PETA Doesn’t Give a Shit About Humans

    Charles Wickersham, a 21-year-old guy, was bitten by a shark while fishing with his friends in the Bay Area near Anna Maria Island.
    In response to Wickersham’s accident, those heartless pricks are launching an insensitive ad campaign against all types of fishing. They’re using a man, who almost died, as their soapbox. Their rallying call. Might as well accuse him of being Michael Vick, why don’t you. Their photo, which will be plastered across benches and billboards in the Bay Area, shows a shark chewing on a bloody human “drumstick” (leg) with the tagline: “Payback is Hell. Go Vegan.”

    PETA’s campaign director Ashley Byrne said:
    “We are very glad that Mr. Wickersham is going to be ok, but we do hope that this painful and frightening experience makes him think about the pain and fear that he’s causing to fish — and other fisherman are causing to fish.”
    PETA, next time, please remember where you came from. Or I’ll have to start PAETPETA, People Against the Ethical Treatment of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

    • Dario says:

      Do people pay attention to PETA? I know I don’t.

    • PETA’s a bit loony. I don’t think most members know that the leaders stated goal is to eventually make it illegal to have pets. Because all animals are equal and thus having pets is tantamount to slavery. Understandable as a philosophy actually. But I don’t think they really believe it, because the leader has also stated that humans are not up to the level of other animals and getting rid of humans would be a good thing.

      So this advertising effort is consistent with their real philosophy and long term goals. If you think PETA about being nice and responsible pet owners, you’re a sucker.

  5. Valhalla says:

    Somehow I feel that these are the same obots who had no problem with that guy in CA who hanged Sarah Palin in effigy in ’08.

  6. Dario says:

    Looking at human history, it lends me to believe humans don’t care about humans also.

  7. ralphb says:

    Apparently now people have trouble understanding The Onion is satire.

    The Onion’s tweets about Capitol gunfire prompt panic, mockery–wheres-the-humor/2011/09/29/gIQASpCI7K_blog.html

  8. Dario says:

    No jokes allowed

    The Onion, a satirical newspaper, wrote this on its Twitter feed Thursday morning:

    BREAKING: Capitol building being evacuated. 12 children held hostage by group of armed congressmen. #CongressHostageThu Sep 29 14:44:50 via HootSuiteThe Onion

    The newspaper followed the “breaking news” tweet with a link to a satirical article suggesting that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is serving as spokesman for a “bipartisan group” of congressional hostage-takers. Subsequent messages appeared to provide real-time updates of the completely fictional situation.

    The Capitol Police reacted angrily.

    “It has come to our attention that recent twitter feeds are reporting false information concerning current conditions at the U.S. Capitol,” Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said in an e-mail statement. “Conditions at the U.S. Capitol are currently normal. There is no credibility to these stories or the twitter feeds. The U.S. Capitol Police are currently investigating the reporting.”

    • yttik says:

      “The Capitol Police reacted angrily.”

      Maybe we’re not paying enough attention to what is REALLY going on in congress. I mean, if the capital hill cops didn’t see the satire behind suggesting a bunch of congresscritters had gone off the deep end and were taking hostages, one wants to ask why? What made you guys think that this could have been real?? Just how unstable are our congresscritters, anyway?

    • myiq2xu says:

      Media Having Trouble Finding Right Angle On Obama’s Double-Homicide

      More than a week after President Barack Obama’s cold-blooded killing of a local couple, members of the American news media admitted Tuesday that they were still trying to find the best angle for covering the gruesome crime.

      “I know there’s a story in there somewhere,” said Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, referring to Obama’s home invasion and execution-style slaying of Jeff and Sue Finowicz on Apr. 8. “Right now though, it’s probably best to just sit back and wait for more information to come in. After all, the only thing we know for sure is that our president senselessly murdered two unsuspecting Americans without emotion or hesitation.”

      Added Meacham, “It’s not so cut and dried.”

      Since the killings took place, reporters across the country have struggled to come up with an appropriate take on the ruthless crime, with some wondering whether it warrants front-page coverage, and others questioning its relevance in a fast-changing media landscape.

      “What exactly is the news hook here?” asked Rick Kaplan, executive producer of the CBS Evening News. “Is this an upbeat human-interest story about a ‘day in the life’ of a bloodthirsty president who likes to kill people? Or is it more of an examination of how Obama’s unusual upbringing in Hawaii helped to shape the way he would one day viciously butcher two helpless citizens in their own home?”

      “Or maybe the story is just that murder is cool now,” Kaplan continued. “I don’t know. There are a million different angles on this one.”

  9. DeniseVB says:

    A couple of years ago Zombie put up a collection of Bush Hate photos after someone was arrested for threatening to kill Obama on a sign.

    scroll down to see the photos….

  10. ralphb says:

    Cain statistical tie with Romney in Florida

    A new poll by Survey USA of likely Florida primary voters shows Mitt Romney ahead in the GOP nomination race at 27%, but the second-place finisher comes within the margin of error — and it’s not Rick Perry:

  11. thepalinexpress says:

    K, we are missing the assassination movie, folks! *clap, clap*

  12. Three Wickets says:

    Of course we’ll be seeing many more stories like this in the coming year, and of course they will really be primarily about the mainstream media effect on the electorate. Not sure people today want to see the mainstream media coddling BO as much as they did in 2008. I sure don’t. I usually find it patronizing…as in let’s make a special effort with this president, and let’s throw in a nobel prize though he hasn’t done anything yet, maybe give him an encouraging pat on the head. As a minority myself, I hate that shit.

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