May 27, 2009
Supreme Court Pick Panders to Powerful Douchebag Base
Remember, you heard it here first. Unless you didn’t. I stole it from To Wit.
The Sotomayor panel found that calling administrators “douchebags” and encouraging students to “piss off” the principal was “the sort of language that may properly be prohibited in schools.” It also found that because that language created ”a risk of substantial disruption within the school environment,” it could properly be the subject of discipline even though it occurred off campus.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 27, 2009 10:39 AM
Pales in comparison to, "Bong Hits for Jesus" recently decided by the Supremes, but certainly consistent with a conservative take on "free speech" and student's rights. I would like to know what she would have done with the strip search of the girl over the search for Motrin?
I can't say I'm thrilled with much B.O. actually does, including his nominee FOR SCOTUS, but what do the Repugnutins want, another Clarence Thomas? Seems like they would have to win the presidency to have the nomination they want, wouldn't they? I would have been alot happier with a little more extreme left wing like a defense attorney rather than a prosecutor, but that's just me.
The student in the picture below doesn't seem to be addressing "administrators", so that should be okay in my opinion. Even if he looks a bit hispanic to me. You know, unshaven appearance, unorderly hair, aggressive stance ... ;-)
From the upholding civil rights perspective, the fly in the ointment on the douchebag case is that the student's post on her blog misrepresented the school administration's stance; the administration wanted the students to change the date of the battle of the bands, not to cancel it. Thus, the student was wrong to call the superintendent a douchebag at that point. That statement only later became true much later, after the administrators forbade the student to run for class secretary.
Had the administration in fact already been acting as douchebags at the time of the student's blog posting, I would view this decision as clearly wrong; however, when the facts are properly understood, it becomes clear that at that juncture, it was the student, and not the administration, that was acting like a douchebag.
Verdict: not my favorite case, and I would prefer if Sotomayor had dissented, but properly understood, this case involved not just a Battle of the Bands, but a Battle of the Douchebags, with the battle touched off by the student's either lying about or mistakenly characterizing the administration's actual stance; as such, to me this case is not a biggie.