Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Why amn't I outraged. . .

About the kid who was suspended for wearing an anti-Obama t-shirt to school? Maybe because his dad is an attention-seeking jerk:

An Aurora sixth-grader says his conservative dad came up with the "Obama — A terrorist's best friend" slogan and did most of the work to emblazoned [sic] it on a T-shirt that got him suspended from school.

But 11-year-old Daxx Dalton said he stands behind the message and believes school officials violated his free-speech rights by suspending him for three days.

The boy also agrees with his trucker dad, Dann Dalton, that school officials are are bunch of "lefties" who wouldn't have disciplined him if the T-shirt had featured his favored presidential candidate, Republican John McCain.

Wouldn't surprise me a bit. But:

Dann Dalton told Fox 31 News, which first reported the story, that he is considering a lawsuit.

Dann Dalton is no newcomer to free-speech controversies.

The father took his two children in a stroller to a 2000 anti-abortion protest outside the Arapahoe County home of a doctor who provided abortions, according to a Rocky Mountain News story.

Neighbors in the normally quiet cul-de-sac at the time complained about weekly protests with abortion foes waving signs declaring "Don't Kill Kids" and calling the doctor "murderer."

Arapahoe County commissioners passed a law limiting demonstrations in residential neighborhoods — requiring protesters to keep moving and restricting the size of their signs.

Dann Dalton said the restrictions had only boosted the protest crowd.

"Hopefully we'll have Greyhound bus tours through the area before long," he said at the time.

During a 2003 Colorado Capitol protest supporting the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Dann Dalton was quoted shouting "Bomb Islam" toward anti-war protesters, according to a Denver Post story.

Lovely. The kid's name is "Daxx," by the way. What movie has this dialogue:
General Broulard: Colonel Dax, you're a disappointment to me. You've spoiled the keenness of your mind by wallowing in sentimentality. You really did want to save those men, and you were not angling for Mireau's command. You are an idealist - and I pity you as I would the village idiot. We're fighting a war, Dax, a war that we've got to win. Those men didn't fight, so they were shot. You bring charges against General Mireau, so I insist that he answer them. Wherein have I done wrong?

Colonel Dax: Because you don't know the answer to that question, I pity you.
(No googling. E. Morris, Jr. is not eligible.)

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