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Taking An Ad Too Far?

An Orange County, Florida, man put up a billboard reading, "Please Don't Vote for a Democrat," And a picture of the World Trade Centers just after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Controversial

"Just looking at it, I'm not thinking about Democrat or Republican, I'm thinking about the twin towers and all the people killed," resident Mary Anderson told Eyewitness News.

The ad went up last week and is causing quite a reaction.

"Why use the twin towers for that purpose?" Anderson questioned.

Mike Meehan is the guy who put up the sign, and the Democrats in Orange County are understandably upset. My question to you, Wizbangers, is this: should this guy (or anybody) be using 9/11 attack images to sell a record?


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Some of the local buzz abou... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Some of the local buzz about this guy seems to be that he's really a Democrat who's doing this to boost his music career.

^^^^^ That would make the m... (Below threshold)

^^^^^ That would make the most sense.

Regardless of purpose, this... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Regardless of purpose, this man is a jack *ss. Rep or Dem I hope someone hires him just to throw his fat *ss off the stage.

The hallowed photographs fr... (Below threshold)
epador:

The hallowed photographs from Kent State and My Lai were fair use back in the day. I bet John Kerry had posters of them on his wall after he left the Navy. Well, maybe before then.

Why have we suddenly decided the Twin Towers are off limits?

Poor taste? I would say so. Inaccurate metaphor - no.

The guy is typical of the r... (Below threshold)
JFO:

The guy is typical of the right. What would you expect? Some class? Some dignity? Some sensibility? Good grief it's just what he's learned from the Chimp-In-Chief and the cowards he's surrounded by.

JFO proves out of his own m... (Below threshold)

JFO proves out of his own mouth just why the Left is increasingly in disarray - and rightfully so!

Looks like free speech to m... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Looks like free speech to me. You may not like it or approve of it, but it's his right. As for JFO's comment; it's "typical" of the left. Lump EVERYONE together. :o)

"The guy is typical of the ... (Below threshold)
cirby:

"The guy is typical of the right."

Actually, he's typical of how the left acts when they want to pretend they're a cartoony-nuts right-winger. Like I said, the word around here is that he's a Dem...

That's a terrible ad. Shou... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

That's a terrible ad. Shouldn't there be a comma after the word please?

"Chimp-In-Chief "L... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

"Chimp-In-Chief "

LOL, he actually threw that in a comment about OTHER people's lack of class, dignity and sensibility. You can't parody someone that ignorant.

Leftist democrats (but then... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

Leftist democrats (but then I repeat myself) have coddled these sub-human vermin since Jimmuh Carter put the Ayatollah in power and began the terrorist agenda with which we are currently blessed. Mike Meehan is finally telling the truth. Neither our media, nor the limp-wrists in the republican party have had the guts he has shown with this long overdue billboard. Good for him. I'd be willing to bet that a majority of residents would like to present him with the key to the city.

JFO is a fool and goes to e... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

JFO is a fool and goes to extraordinary means to prove it. Ignore him and he will fade away. ww

And when a sign appears tha... (Below threshold)
Allen:

And when a sign appears that says, "Don't vote Republican" with Arlington National Cemetery appearing under it, then listen to the crying.

Both would be shamelessly done, but it is free speech.

Democrats find that the tru... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Democrats find that the truth hurts. History will show that they were responsible for 9-11 through what some think of as small things like the Gorlick Wall that prevented the FBI from talking to the CIA about things like 'criminal Arabs, taking flight training, and being able to get dozens of drivers licenses. There were hundreds of small things demanded by liberal democrats that led to the attack not being discovered and will lead to another attack. Just put an Arab in the white house and find out.
Selling a record may have been the drive to put up the sign, but the sign is 100% truthful. Some democrats will live and some will die when another of their coddling terrorist programs bears fruit.

Scrapiron,The only p... (Below threshold)

Scrapiron,
The only people that were responsible for the 9/11 attacks were the terrorists.
I agree with you on the Gorelick wall and the cupidity of so many Democratic actions. But that doesn't make them responsible for the attacks.

I think the leftists on thi... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I think the leftists on this section need to know we don't think it is appropriate, but free speech ala Piss Christ. Bad people do bad things in either party. ww

Haha, the Democratic Congre... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Haha, the Democratic Congress and POTUS sure shit the bed on 9/11, didn't they!

XBradTC is right, though: the people responsible for 9/11 live in Saudi Arabia, not Washington. Fuck off with this nonsense--it's stupid when the Troothers say it and it's stupid when fools like Aged Dog Baby Maximus and Scrapiron say it.

However true or not true th... (Below threshold)

However true or not true the message may be, I don't think either party should be using images from a national tragedy for political gain. I believed this in '04 and I believe it in '08.

Candidates may talk about 9/11 and discuss who's more capable of protecting the country against terrorism after 9/11 (answer: clearly not Democrats), but to use images from the day is tramping on sacred ground and needless propaganda.

Hyper, where is the threat ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Hyper, where is the threat to your barely recognized country? Except for the torture you all did to the combatant housed in Gitmo. The US is sure tired of protecting a wimp country like yours. Sorry, just the truth. ww

Class, respect and dignity ... (Below threshold)
JamesT Author Profile Page:

Class, respect and dignity are not prerequisites to exercise ones First Amendment Rights. The 1st protects the right to offend, not the right to not be offended.

Fellow GOPers, hang on a se... (Below threshold)

Fellow GOPers, hang on a sec. Do something for me here: Consider for a moment all the tasteless, vile and useless things liberals have done and said in the name of free speech over the years (too many to list).

Now, does sinking to (nearly) the same level mean one is justified in doing the same, no matter how right one believes the message may be? No, of course not.

I bet any of us here could come with a better billboard SANS images of 9/11 and still hit the same message (you can't trust Democrats with national security).

We can and should do better.

Class, respect and digni... (Below threshold)

Class, respect and dignity are not prerequisites to exercise ones First Amendment Rights. The 1st protects the right to offend, not the right to not be offended.

Absolutely true. Does that mean you too HAVE to sink to those levels? Or do you show more class and dignity by not going there in the first place?

I think you all know what the answer is.

I think the person placing ... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

I think the person placing the ad has the legal right to post it. There is no law against being an asshole.

Of course, I also have the right to treat him like an asshole as well.

I don't find the image of t... (Below threshold)

I don't find the image of the towers inherently offensive. Upsetting, yes, but maybe we need to be upset sometimes for our own good. I know Dems would like people to forget the images, burnt permanently into my retinas, of the worst attack in this nation's history.

It's not like showing photos of victims. It's not like showing those pictures of doomed people jumping to their deaths while holding hands.

It's not like showing Daniel Pearl's head being thrust toward a camera by Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

No, those images would be truly tasteless. But the message would still be valid: "This is what Dems would allow to happen again, because they are all fired up about terrorists' rights, and want to hamper any possible way of preventing future attacks." But that message is too long for the shortened attention span of most voters.

Maybe to keep it simple for the stupid, the ad could be modified to something more along the lines of: "This guy [picture of KSM] did This [picture of WTC]. Ask your Congressman if his rights are more important than American lives."


Any of you classy righties ... (Below threshold)
LLG:

Any of you classy righties have anything to say about #22? Is he a typical conservative republican?

Any of you classy righti... (Below threshold)

Any of you classy righties have anything to say about #22? Is he a typical conservative republican?

Certainly not. An embarrassing small minority? Unfortunately.

The Message is true, loud a... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

The Message is true, loud and clear. The issue of appropriate and emotions complicate that message.
No question the treason party sucks big time, how to convince ANYONE who doesn't see that fact is the big question.

The ad does not even make s... (Below threshold)
Dave:

The ad does not even make sense. The republicans totally f'd up in there response to 9/11. Constantly implying that Iraq had something to do with 9/11. Then taking resources from the real fight against in Afghanistan.

Oh, by the way, somebody vo... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Oh, by the way, somebody voted "+1" for gianid's bit of cretinous stupidity there. To whomever that was: ease up on the paint chips, sailor!

5 will get you 10 that the ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

5 will get you 10 that the "gianid" above is a sock puppet.

Jamie Gorelick wrote a law ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Jamie Gorelick wrote a law that prevented Intel from talking to Investigation. Good deal. Democrats all. They want to run the show but when their policies result in failure it is either someone elses fault or they scrub history to reflect something other than the truth. If Carter had never been President, Iran would not be a problem. If Clinton had not been President, 9/11 would not have happened. Want to take a chance on Obama?

personally i could care les... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

personally i could care less. Putting a cross upside down in a bottle of urine is more offensive than this. This is chump change compared to most of the things the left gets away with on a daily basis.

Using a national tragedy to sell a cd is about on par with using a funeral to get members of your political party elected. Most of the right doesn't embrace this, yet on the other hand, most of the left actually does grand stand and capitulate at funerals. Paul wellstone for one? How about Corretta scott king's funeral? The trash on the left is far worse than anything that can be attributed to the right.

As a liberal, I can't say I... (Below threshold)
MikeW:

As a liberal, I can't say I like the ad - I think it's nothing short of shameless fearmongering. But you know what free speech means? It means tolerating speech that you find obnoxious, and frankly, I'm not sure it's going to convince anyone who wasn't voting Republican anyway.

It does, however, kill that old canard that liberals are motivated by emotion and conservatives are motivated by logic and reason. Because this guy sure as hell isn't appealing to logic and reason.

Funny isnt it, libs always... (Below threshold)
GianniD:

Funny isnt it, libs always love degrading people with terms such as chimp, but, when used against a lib, they take offense?

Dont dish it if yoo cant take it.

BTW, ever note the only ones who get upset about cartoons are Muslims?

A sock puppet? Is that any... (Below threshold)
GianniD:

A sock puppet? Is that anything like a gerbil smuggler?

Can a libbie please explain why its ok to mock Bush for what, 8 yrs now, but their latest nitwit nominee, too stupid to even know how many states there are, let along a dozen or so other flip flops, all of a sudden needs a 'no sarcasm, no satire' protection around him?

After reading most of the c... (Below threshold)
Tracer:

After reading most of the comments on this site, I'm reminded of the thoughts of J.S.Mill which paraphrased say

Seems that he was referring to this blog

AS this billboard only depi... (Below threshold)
Vegas Vic:

AS this billboard only depicts the SECOND attack. Maybe he should make sure the democrats get credit for the first one the failed to stop also. (it's only fair!)

GianniD -'Cause he... (Below threshold)

GianniD -

'Cause he's "special"?

I didn't know there were pi... (Below threshold)
the struggler:

I didn't know there were pictures of the trade center burning.I thought it was illegal to show them.

Dave, a cross in urine offe... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Dave, a cross in urine offends Christians. America consists of a plurality, all of whom ought to have been offended by 9/11. Piss Christ? Not so much.

"Chimp" was a comment about his simian intellect. "Coon" is a racial epithet uttered by knuckle-dragging kerosene drinkers. Calling Bush a moron is the same as hurling racial epithets at Obama? Okay, dipshit, you've made your point: GianiD is dumber than Scrapiron. And he's sexist, too! Quick, call somebody a faggot and complete the trifecta!

Hmm, OK, I think Im getting... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Hmm, OK, I think Im getting the lib logic. Rationalize a slur, and its not really a slur?

So, can I call Osama a monkey, for his simian intellect, because he believes there are 57 states(or 60 if you trust his math)? And, we all know about Larry Sinclair.....

Speaking of racists, didnt Dem primaries prove black Americans are most racist of them all, and didnt jackass jackson also drop the N word when speaking about the Osama?

Actually, the coon reference is a black and white and grey all over reference(grey since he doesnt really stand for anything).

I don't think anyone was tr... (Below threshold)
JFO:

I don't think anyone was trying to say you're the only racist in America, just one of many.

Your attempt to rationalize and justify is laughable, pathetic and sad.

Obama is black? Really? I h... (Below threshold)

Obama is black? Really? I hadn't noticed. Huh. Why is that so important to his supporters. Who cares?

I was too distracted by the fact that he's Red.

Its totally unfair to place... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Its totally unfair to place a majority of the blame for 9/11 on democrats.

It did occure during a republican administration.

Prior to 9/11 Bush received National Intelligence Estimate that stated Al Qaeda planned an attack using planes. In fact all Bush had to do was read the title of the NIE to know it was going to happen.

>It did occure during a rep... (Below threshold)

>It did occure during a republican administration.

What makes you think Democrats would have cheered Bush on to enact the strict security measures, the foreign terrorist wiretaps, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the Patriot Act, all without having been attacked yet?

They want to prevent him from doing it AFTER the attacks. They sure as hell would have not allowed it beforehand. And unfortunately, most Americans would also have been against it as too draconian and hawkish.

But some of us have learned the lesson of 9/11. The Dems have only learned how to bend over backwards for those who want to destroy our civilization.


Korla, why do you hate the ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Korla, why do you hate the Constitution so much? Seriously, what have civil liberties ever done to you that would make you detest the fundamental legal tenets of your society to the point of using national security to justify a disregard for the founding document of your own country?

Sad. Very sad.

Again: who the hell keeps v... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Again: who the hell keeps voting "+1" for GianiD? The guy is an evil son of a bitch. Yeah, plus one!

> what have civil liberties... (Below threshold)

> what have civil liberties ever done to you that would make you detest the fundamental legal tenets of your society to the point of using national security to justify a disregard for the founding document of your own country?

Thank you for so poetically summing up the Democratic notion that national security is unconstitutional, and that American lives take a back seat to the comfort of foreign terrorists.

That is why they must be defeated. Again. And always.

> That is why they must be ... (Below threshold)

> That is why they must be defeated. Again. And always.

The Dems, that is, in addition to their terrorist friends.




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