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Terrible SCOTUS decision!

  1. habee profile image96
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    The SCOTUS just decided not to ban the making and selling of dog fighting videos!

    I don't understand this at all. Dog fighting is illegal in all 50 states! It's illegal to sell hunting videos and hunting magazines in Washington, DC, but dog fighting videos are okay. What were they thinking?

    The vote was 8-1. You'll never believe who the lone sensible vote came from - Alito! What happened to the liberal judges when we needed them?

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      cosetteposted 7 years agoin reply to this



      that is disgusting and shameful! yikessad

      shakes head in disbelief

      what is wrong with people?!

      we are going to hell in a handbasket, i fear...

      ugh

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      Poppa Bluesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Free speech must be protected even when it's speech we don't like. Is that any less offensive than "crush" videos where women in high heels crush small animals like mice and kittens? It's a sick world to be sure.

    3. Padrino profile image55
      Padrinoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Justices are charged with interpreting law without emotion, though it is reprehensible to film fighting dogs it apparently is a form of speech protected under the 1st Amendment.

      Any ruling protecting the Bill of Rights is a good ruling!

      1. Jeff Berndt profile image86
        Jeff Berndtposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        The seventh seal may be cracking, but I agree with Padrino and Poppa Blues on this. Freedom of speech means freedom for everyone's speech.

        Note that they didn't rule that dogfighting is legal, just that filming dogfighting is legal. If I were a DA, I'd charge dog fight filmers with accessory to the crime of organizing a dog fight.

        And by the way:
        It's illegal to sell hunting magazines/videos in D.C.!? Really? I imagine that will end up in front of the high court as well.

        Finally, the "crush" videos Poppa mentioned? Ew. I don't even want to know how you know about those.

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          Poppa Bluesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I thought it was part of the case. It was mentioned on NPR.

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    Madame Xposted 7 years ago

    Long live State's Rights!!

  3. habee profile image96
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    I support free speech, but it DOES have limitations - slander, libel, kiddie porn, yelling "fire" in a crowded theater, etc. If it's illegal to do these things, the vile dog fighting and crush videos should fall under the same limitations.

    As for the crush films, what kind of man would be turned on by this sort of thing?? I'm not a sexual prude - I think anything between consenting adults is fine, but no kids and no animals!

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      cosetteposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      so, the ACLU was right, then, when they defended NAMBLA's first amendment rights?

      hmm...





      i am totally in agreement on this. how can they in good conscience not ban these films from being made? i mean you can't just turn on your tv any time of day on any channel and watch an X-rated movie. we HAVE to draw a line somewhere and protect those who have no voice - children and animals. which is why both are abused all the time...because the rights of their abusers are protected.

      1. Jeff Berndt profile image86
        Jeff Berndtposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        "so, the ACLU was right, then, when they defended NAMBLA's first amendment rights? "

        Well, yeah. And when they defend the KKK's first amendment rights, and when they defend (insert any unpopular or disgusting group here)'s first amendment rights.

        NAMBLA can say whatever they want to say. If NAMBLA does what they say they want to do, however, then they're violating someone's rights, and the law.

        I get that this stance will be unpopular (it sickens me that these kind of people even exist!) but if we let the gross-out factor be our yardstick for prohibition, whose gross-out factor do we use? Plenty of people I know would apply the gross-out standard to consenting gay adults. Many people I know would apply the gross-out standard to consenting heterosexual adults who practice bondage. Where do you draw the line? If we base the line on an emotional response, the line will creep and creep until we're only allowed to talk about heterosexual missionary position sex, if we're allowed to talk about sex at all.

        Talking* doesn't hurt anyone. Doing, however, is another story.


        *there are a few exceptions, like inciting others to commit a crime, &c.

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          cosetteposted 7 years agoin reply to this




          we don't, apparently.

          we should draw the line for those who cannot speak - children and animals. they give no consent to people who hurt and harm them. that's not being emotional. that's doing the right thing.

          the ACLU's mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."

          except children.

          and animals. yes they are not people but they deserve our protection nonetheless. the right to free speech shouldn't trump the right to not be tortured and killed for people's amusement.

          1. Jeff Berndt profile image86
            Jeff Berndtposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            "the ACLU's mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."

            except children."

            Wait, what? The ACLU has gone to bat to protect children's freedoms many times. They've defended children's freedom of expression, their freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, etc.

            "the right to free speech shouldn't trump the right to not be tortured and killed for people's amusement." Agreed, and I'd never (and niether would the ACLU, by the way) defend anybody who tortured and/or killed a person or an animal for amusement. But I will (and so will the ACLU) defend people who only talk about doing so. If we don't, everyone involved in producing, for example, the SAW movies and the movie Hostel would be in jail for producing images of people being tortured and killed for people's amusement.

            1. Padrino profile image55
              Padrinoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              You are absolutely correct! Wait, did I say that?

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              cosetteposted 7 years agoin reply to this




              i haven't seen either of those films, but they don't show real acts of violence, so no one is getting hurt, right? but it they showed real torture and murder, wouldn't that be illegal and shouldn't all involved be incarcerated?

              on another note, people participating in fights are not being exploited like animals are. plus they are being paid a boatload of money.

              i am still mad at the judges and they should be ashamed.

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    wordscribe41posted 7 years ago

    I must be completely out of touch with some modern "entertainment", but please tell me these "crush" videos aren't real.  I have never heard of such a sick thing in all my life.  More and more, I MUCH prefer animals to people.  hmm

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    cosetteposted 7 years ago

    i never heard of them either. anyone participating in the creation, distribution or displaying of them should be arrested!

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      wordscribe41posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Completely agree.  Why are they not, I ask?  We have laws against animal abuse.  I'm baffled, sick and horrified.  I'd like to stomp on their bodies in my golf shoes.

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    cosetteposted 7 years ago

    people like that need a good pimp-slapping yikes

    i'm not a violent person but i could administer it smile

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    wordscribe41posted 7 years ago

    Pimp slapping...  lol  I'm not violent either, but I could easily go postal on one of these abusers.  I will even spare a spider's body if possible, but I'm over the top.

  8. habee profile image96
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Bondage doesn't torture and kill helpless animals!

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    cosetteposted 7 years ago

    plus those bondage people consent to that, although why anyone would consent to being trussed like a chicken is beyond me wink

    1. samboiam profile image60
      samboiamposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Don't knock it till you try it. lol

      1. habee profile image96
        habeeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I'll have to agree with Sam on this one!

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    cosetteposted 7 years ago

    big_smile that bear has a very sinister look on his face wink

    and you're right. my apologies smile

  11. Ralph Deeds profile image65
    Ralph Deedsposted 7 years ago

    I'm not a fan of dog fighting videos, but in my opinion, extreme fight shows between humans shown on cable television are just as bad or worse. The only difference in favor of extreme fighting is that the participants are voluntary whereas the dogs are not.

    1. habee profile image96
      habeeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Right, Ralph, and therein lies the difference.

    2. Sab Oh profile image54
      Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      "I'm not a fan of dog fighting videos, but in my opinion, extreme fight shows between humans shown on cable television are just as bad or worse."


      That is ridiculous

    3. rhamson profile image77
      rhamsonposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I think what is sad is that there is an obvious audience that supports these spectacles and is a real snap shot of our society. 

      The extreme violence based video games our young people, many in their thirties, purchase shows at least a fringe element to the aggressive violent world many young people at least dabble with.

      It is no wonder why our young people think little of the ramifications of war and find the reasons for its happening time consuming and a bore.

 
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