My wife is from Holland and wants to learn about
American history, so we watched the movie "All the
President's Men" last night and, and as I was
explaining the significance of Watergate, I was struck
by how mundane the incident seems in the context of
the last 6 years. I think we are living through an
incomparable time in US history, where we have stories
like this one on almost a daily basis.
--- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...
> Feds pay $80,000 over anti-Bush T-shirts
> Thu Aug 16, 9:31 PM ET
> CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A couple arrested at a rally
> refusing to cover T-shirts that bore anti-President
> Bush slogans settled their lawsuit against the
> government for $80,000, the American Civil Liberties
> Union announced Thursday.
> Nicole and Jeffery Rank of Corpus Christi, Texas,
> handcuffed and removed from the July 4, 2004, rally
> the state Capitol, where Bush gave a speech. A judge
> dismissed trespassing charges against them, and an
> order closing the case was filed Thursday in U.S.
> District Court in Charleston.
> "This settlement is a real victory not only for our
> clients but for the First Amendment," said Andrew
> Schneider, executive director of the ACLU of West
> Virginia. "As a result of the Ranks' courageous
> public officials will think twice before they eject
> peaceful protesters from public events for
> their right to dissent."
> White House spokesman Blair Jones said the
> was not an admission of wrongdoing.
> "The parties understand that this settlement is a
> compromise of disputed claims to avoid the expenses
> and risks of litigation and is not an admission of
> fault, liability, or wrongful conduct," Jones said.
> The front of the Ranks' homemade T-shirts bore the
> international symbol for "no" superimposed over the
> word "Bush." The back of Nicole Rank's T-shirt said
> "Love America, Hate Bush." On the back of Jeffery
> Rank's T-shirt was the message "Regime Change Starts
> at Home."
> The ACLU said in a statement that a presidential
> advance manual makes it clear that the government
> tries to exclude dissenters from the president's
> appearances. "As a last resort," the manual says,
> "security should remove the demonstrators from the