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PMRC hearings

2020-09-20 17:37:53.386561+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

35 years ago the Senate held hearings on rock lyrics. It was a First Amendment showdown for the ages.

Frank Zappa:

"The PMRC proposal is an ill-conceived piece of nonsense which fails to deliver any real benefits to children, infringes the civil liberties of people who are not children, and promises to keep the courts busy for years, dealing with the interpretation and enforcement problems inherent in the proposal's design. It is my understanding that, in law, First Amendment issues are decided with a preference for the least restrictive alternative. In this context, the PMRC's demands are the equivalent of treating dandruff by decapitation."

Dee Snider:

"This was the Reagan years. Conservatives were reigning, and Al Gore was very much a conservative Dem," Snider said. "He changed his cloak when he started with [Bill] Clinton, and suddenly he was Mister Hipster."

"There was a point when I was doing my testimony — I think I said his wife had a dirty mind — if he could have me taken out and shot, he would have. His eyes were so hostile and infuriated because I was taking them at every turn. No matter what they tried to throw at me, I had an answer for it — except for the name of the fan club."

Via Sensible Endowment, in the comments there there was a link to current events: Twisted Sister singer to anti-maskers: Don’t use our song:

In a tweet Wednesday, Snider called the stunt “moronic,” and shared a video that was recorded by an upset customer inside the Target at Coral Ridge Mall in Fort Lauderdale. The video had more than 30 million views.

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#Comment Re: PMRC hearings made: 2020-09-20 21:47:43.288075+00 by: TheSHAD0W


I'm for maximizing liberty. If you don't want to wear a mask, you don't have to wear one.

If you want to wear a mask, that's your right too. If you want to forbid people from going without masks in your store, that is *also* your right.

It's your right to protest that decision. You can wave a sign and yell on the sidewalk in front. You can boycott the store and encourage others to do the same. But you can't trespass.

When a store is required by law to mandate mask wearing, I don't like it. But I can't insist you flout or protest the law. Throwing a tantrum at the store doesn't help. Throw your tantrum at the government seat instead.

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