1. Woodhall Hollow says:

    Thanks for the laugh EW!

    So I would guess that this will open up quite a floodgate of profanity on some radio/tv stations who will not cut off a caller of forgets herself and says â€shit!†And when Dobson et al get their undies in a bundle about the lack of decency in US culture, we can all blame it on Cheney!

  2. P J Evans says:

    People with common sense in government!

    Wanna bet that it gets appealed to Roberts, Alito, and Thomas?

  3. hauksdottir says:

    The Court doesn’t say that it approves of repetitive vulgarity as a substitute for the richness of an extensive vocabulary. It does apply the law fairly, though.

    If Cheney curses and McCain curses and Bush curses (all professional well-educated authoritative men) and they are neither fined nor reprimanded, then they can’t really punish others without coming across as hypocritical. Given the number of preachers who engaged in sex of all sorts, gambling, drugs, etc., it is quite probable that they have used the word in question, too.

    After we have leaders who restore their own moral and ethical authority, we’ll have some high ground for condemning the actions of others.

    Furthermore, Americans deserve to know when their leaders spew foul language… casually or in the heat of the moment… without the politeness of bleeping or editing. When Bush gives the finger to reporters, they need to publish his contempt and jeers just as they cover his photo-ops.

  4. orionATL says:

    my wife read me this decision this morning. we shared a good laugh.

    i can’t think of a better way to illustrate what â€free†speech is about,

    and how difficult speech â€guidelines†are to establish and maintain in an open society.

    i’ve no problem with a society or a culture saying they will not support certain vulgar speech, but i prefer it be handled as in the don imus matter.

    not by law or fiat but by economic and social pressure, where sufficient consensus and pressure exists.

  5. freepatriot says:

    And the men who hold high places

    must be the ones who start

    to mold a new reality

    closer to the heart

    Neil Pert

    raise your hand if you think george is one of those men …