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St. Louis Rams' “Don't shoot” gesture was free speech, and the police should ... - Washington Post

“I know that there are those who say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. Well I’ve got news for people who think that way. Cops have First Amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours.”

Set aside for a moment the vaguely threatening tone of the “I’ve got news for people who think that way” statement. What’s even more disturbing about Roorda’s remarks is that he clearly doesn’t know what the First Amendment says, though he is a former cop and current member of the Missouri state House of Representatives.

Whatever you may think about the Rams players, their gesture is a good excuse to sort out some First Amendment issues. What right did those players have to speak, and what right do the police have to tell them to shut up?

To begin with, the First Amendment only protects free speech against government action. That’s all it does. It doesn’t protect the St. Louis players from NFL owners, or league commissioners, or talk radio hosts who disagree with them. But it does protect them from the government. So the person in danger of abusing the First Amendment here is not the football player with the edgy gesture in a public stadium. Or the NFL owner who might want to tell them to shut up to protect advertising. It’s the governmental agent — like, say, a cop — who seeks to punish someone for expressing certain views.

Like it or not, private corporations or entities have the right to restrict speech of employees, and they do it all the time. “Typically an employer can,” says Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center. “You have no guarantee of free speech rights in the workplace, and if you think otherwise, try marching on your boss’s office and demanding a raise.”

In this case, the NFL has smartly decided that to discipline the players is the wrong move. The NFL audience is no doubt polarized on the issues in Ferguson, and to silence the players would seem to take a side. It...


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    5 thanks to more than a week of popular festival aftershows. Consistently popular East Sixth Street watering holes The Jackalope and Blind Pig remained near the top while a newcomer to Austin, Punch Bowl Social at The Domain, claimed the No. 10 spot.

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    12/02/14 ,via Washington Post

    An infuriated spokesman for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, Jeff Roorda, called the display “unthinkable,” and has demanded the NFL discipline Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Kenny Britt and Jared Cook for making their feelings

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    11/18/14 ,via Paste Magazine

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  • Lustre Pearl, Blind Pig sued over claims of over-serving alcohol

    06/04/13 ,via The Business Journal

    Two downtown Austin bars are being sued in separate lawsuits by the parents of two men killed in drunken driving-related crashes. The court documents allege that the bars and employees continued to serve alcohol to the "clearly intoxicated" drivers.

  • Lustre Pearl And Blind Pig Sued For Over-Serving

    06/03/13 ,via Austinist Daily

    In two separate lawsuits, bars Lustre Pearl and Blind Pig are being sued for over-serving patrons involved in drunk driving incidents. W. Gary and Mary E. Whittington of Corpus Christi are suing Lustre Pearl, bartenders Matthew Yager and Natalie Cruz ...

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    11/23/13 ,via Austin Chronicle

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    12/09/14 ,via Billboard

    The duo's 26-date trek kicks off Feb. 18 in Baltimore and travels coast-to-coast until mid-March, when it sets down for three shows (so far) at the South by Southwest Music + Media Conference in Austin ... MI @ Blind Pig Feb. 27 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies ...

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    05/04/10 ,via Michigan Daily

    Last spring, the South by Southwest Festival set the whole country abuzz with praise for a group of young musicians who ran across the streets of Austin with palpable fervor ... hymnal hippie harmonies to the Blind Pig tonight. Local Natives soars ...


  • Blind Man's Bluff

    PublicAffairs. 2008. ISBN: 9781586486785,1586486780. 757 pages.

    Over the course of five years, investigative reporters Sherry Sontag and Chris Drew interviewed hundreds of men who had never spoken about their underwater lives—not even to their wives and children. They uncovered a wealth of classified information: the tapping of undersea Soviet telephone cables, the stealing of Soviet weapons, the tragic collisions of enemy submarines. They tell of medals awarded in secret and deaths disguised with disinformation. Blind Man's Bluff is a critical work of...

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    Globe Pequot. 2011. ISBN: 9780762768202,0762768207. 240 pages.

    Cheap Bastard's Guide to Austin details endless free and inexpensive opportunities available in the Lone Star State's capital city from theater, concerts, and museums to wine tastings, yoga classes, haircuts, and massages––for native and visiting cheapskates alike. Written in a fun, humorous tone, this unique guide offers sound advice on how to live the good life on the cheap!

  • All Music Guide to the Blues

    Hal Leonard Corporation. 2003. ISBN: 0879307366,9780879307363. 755 pages.

    Reviews and rates the best recordings of 8,900 blues artists in all styles.


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