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Our Last Olympic Gold Hottie?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:35 pm - February 25, 2006.
Filed under: Sports

I have been waiting for two weeks to do this post on our great USA speed skater champ, Apolo Anton Ohno. He finally struck Olympic Gold in Turin/Torino on Saturday!

Leading from start to finish, Ohno upset favored South Korean Ahn Hyun-Soo to win gold in the 500m Saturday. And before the final night was done, he skated to his third medal of these Winter Games.

With a burst at the end, Ohno passed an Italian skater to grab bronze for the Americans in the 5000m relay.

So much for being a bust. For the second Olympics in a row, Ohno is a star.

Congrats to Apolo and to all of our awesome US athletes who give up so much to train and compete in their respective sports.

Three cheers for Team USA!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Maryland May Be Next To Ban Phelps Protests

Posted by Average Gay Joe at 8:38 am - February 25, 2006.
Filed under: Constitutional Issues,Free Speech,General

From 365Gay.com:

Maryland may join a growing number of states to put limits on protests at military funerals amid fears that a conservative church group from Kansas may target funerals with anti-gay picketing.

The bill, to be considered by a House committee Friday, would make Maryland at least the 15th state to regulate funeral protests in response to the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., which believes American military deaths are God’s retribution for tolerance of gay people. Church members have publicly given thanks for soldiers’ deaths at military funerals, raising calls to regulate the protests…

The measure would ban protests at funerals within an hour before they start. It would also make it a crime to obstruct mourners from funerals or burials. Violations would be misdemeanors punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Sponsors conceded that the bill could lead to free-speech lawsuits if it is passed. The measure, like in other states, is modeled after regulation of protests at abortion clinics. Courts have ruled that some limits on free speech, like the laws banning protesters from blocking access to abortion clinics, are allowed…

This may not be a popular position to take, but this bill seems to be an unconstitutional abridgement of free speech. I will admit to having probably the most unChristian view of Phelps and his coterie of nut-jobs and I also despise their protests of military funerals. These wackos offend me greatly given that I am Catholic, gay, and former military, all of which they seem to have problems with (as if I cared). I sympathize and agree with Delegate Mary-Dulany James, who sponsored the bill, that “We shouldn’t have to subject any family to this. I’m stunned anybody would do that when people are grieving.” These people are heartless, cruel bastards and hardly paragons of Christian morality. Yet, I do not have to like these clowns in order to stand for protecting free speech nor is it the job of government to regulate what is acceptable speech at a protest (save in very extreme cases such as incitement to violence). The First Amendment gives no guarantees that one will like what another has to say, only that they have the right to say it regardless. The provision to prohibit “obstruct[ing] mourners from funerals or burials” should pass constitutional muster and is one I could support, but not the portion to “ban protests at funerals within an hour before they start”. That will be tossed out in court as it should be. It pains me to say this, but Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of the ‘Rev.’ Fred Phelps, is right when she says, “They’re going to give away rights that they claim these soldiers have died for? They’re going to spit in their graves – for what? Some words?”. Of course when she also adds that this proposal is “spitting in the face of God”, I have to laugh. She and her group have done this so many times with their anti-Christian behavior it makes one sick.

Standing With Denmark

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 2:14 am - February 25, 2006.
Filed under: War On Terror

(Hat tip – Charging Rhino)

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Where In The World?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:29 am - February 25, 2006.
Filed under: Travel

No, I’m not going to be on TV like Michelle Malkin when she has a posting with this headline. But I am the world traveler these days.

Earlier this week… Milwaukee and Green Bay.

And this evening, I’m in the City by the Bay — San Francisco. *waving to GayPatriotWest to the south*

And back to Charlotte on the red-eye Saturday night. Ugh.

I hope everyone had a great week and a wonderful weekend.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)