28 May 2007

Pushing the envelope or doo nothing

This latest news on the new dimension of freedom of speech has made a serious impact on my understanding of Politically Correct evolution of our species. Up till now I have always imagined the political correctness mechanism as a kind of a noose that is getting tighter and tighter around our larynges, reducing our ability to utter certain words and/or sentences.

However, this imagery could not be farther from the glamorous reality. Here comes and eye-opener:

A jury in northeastern Colorado has ruled that a pile of dog doo left in the entrance of the office of U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., was protected political speech, acquitting a critic of the congresswoman who admitted dumping the load.

According to a report in the Greeley Tribune, a Weld County jury found Kathy Ensz, a 64-year-old retired university professor, innocent of charges for depositing, the, well, deposit.
I am not going into the political allegiance or, indeed, gender of the two heroes of this saga, both are irrelevant (I am sure) to the main thrust of this post. Main import is that of the new way of freely expressing your political platform in the framework of the PC speech.

By the way, I don't know whether you have noticed, but the same PC envelope does not include a permission to name that material that was delivered by the professor on the doorstep of the congresswoman.

Which, if my memory of inglorious pre-PC days does not lead me astray, was called just dog shit once...

P.S. I cannot wait for a derivative of this new ruling that will allow slinging the stuff at opponents in the Congress and/or Senate sessions.

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