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There’s Free Speech and then there’s this…

Lindsey Stone

Meet Lindsey Stone. She posted this picture taken on a work trip to Washington DC as an example of her questioning authority and being a rebel. I have since seen it reposted many times on Facebook with all sorts of suggestions about what should be done with Ms. Stone. This is without question a pretty reprehensible thing to do. She is an idiot of the highest order but as I told one of my many imaginary INTERNET friends I don’t think a profanity laden tirade given by R Lee Ermey or anything else would change the mind of someone who could physically stand in the Arlington National Cemetery and think that what she did in that picture is the “right” thing to do.

Additionally, what is being overlooked is the person who took the picture, who thought; “Yeah, I’ll press the shutter on this” or “Yeah, that’s a good idea.” That person is getting a free ride and in my opinion just as guilty as Ms. Stone.

Yep folks, free speech in action. It’s her right to be a stupid idiot, as depicted above. But it’s my right to point out that she’s not only an idiot but disrespectful and childish. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out that she had crapped on a cop car or two as well. Enjoy your time in hell, Lindsey, you’ve earned it.

30 comments to There’s Free Speech and then there’s this…

  • -fritz-

    Her name, “Stone” is a good descriptive of her heart!

  • Scott M.

    Coin of the American Realm nowadays,unfortunately.That dirty little digit belongs in your nasty snatch,Lindsey.

  • Daniel Crandall

    Welcome to Obama’s Fundamentally Transformed America.

    Ordering my one-way tickets to New Zealand as soon as I push “Post Comment”…

  • INFJ

    There are two possible explanations: insanity or possession!

  • kishke

    Whose authority is she questioning? That of the dead men? And what courage is required to be a rebel of that stripe? None.

  • Texacalirose

    I have to share this, because I think it appropriate concerning the woman in the photo and the unidentified photographer. It is something that condemns me as much as everyone else who thinks those people are just pieces of refuse who should be shunned:

    What if the Westboro Baptist Church was having a funeral protest at the time and Ms. Stone was responding to them? We humans are sometimes quick to condemn another’s actions at any given time even when we weren’t present or have all the facts and/or experiences of the person when he (or she) acted as she did.

    Just sayin’.

    • Since the woman on her Facebook page stated it was a photo of her rebelling against authorita’…I feel safe in condemning her actions.

      I also am pretty sure that the Westboro Baptist folks don’t have the cajones to come near the Tomb of the Unknowns and try the stuff they pull elsewhere.

      http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/11/20/facebook-photo-of-plymouth-woman-at-tomb-of-the-unknowns-sparks-outrage/

      http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=32934

      Just sayin’

    • Daniel Crandall

      The idiot woman doubled down on her stupidity in her so-called mea culpa:

      ” “This is just us, being the douchebags that we are, challenging authority in general. Much like the pic posted the night before, of me smoking right next to a no smoking sign. OBVIOUSLY we meant NO disrespect to people that serve or have served our country.” ”

      http://gawker.com/5962189/should-this-woman-have-her-life-ruined-because-she-posted-a-stupid-photo-on-her-own-facebook-page

      Obviously she meant to disrespect the authority of those much better than her and her idiot friend who snapped the picture who died in service to America. The only thing these two scumbags, who are no different than the Westboro scumbags, got right is that they’re “douchebags”. This woman is a stupid *sshole. I’m sure someone in the Obama administration can find a nice job for her if she loses her non-profit gig because she posts pictures of herself being a stupid *sshole.

      • Raoul Ortega

        Just another “non-conformist” taking the safe and easy way to show how “individual” it is while whorling for easy attention.

        What’s interesting about that picture is the lack of tattoos and metal protrusions. These days for someone its age that’s actual non-conformity.

    • Texacalirose

      Great! More facts, information fill in what was not obvious to me at first look. I work hard to control my knees (!) to ensure they don’t jerk at every turn. I strive to base my actions/reactions on facts and good ole fashioned gumshoe guts. 99% correct. Keeps head from exploding. Keeps bad guys away.

      Thanks! I enjoyed that!

      (And I could and would kick her ass. Not just “tough talk.)

    • Tracy,txmom2many

      Personally, I wouldn’t like it if she was doing it to Westboro either. I like the way the Patriot Guard handle them. Her way is just trashy and childish, don’t much care who to or why. I think flipping someone off has lost any real message or “rebellion” it ever had. If she can’t come up with something at least original or clever, she should probably just give up and be a drone.

  • 67Cougar

    The companion douchebag who shot the photo has been identified as one ‘Jamie Schuh’. According to CBS Boston, the two have gotten all the attention they could ask for:

    “The photo, taken by co-worker Jamie Schuh, went viral and sparked thousands of angry comments.

    Some of those comments were posted on the Facebook page of their employer, Living Independently Forever, Inc.,(LIFE) a non-profit organization in Hyannis that helps adults with disabilities on Cape Cod.

    The uproar forced the organization to post this statement Tuesday afternoon:

    “On Nov. 19 at approximately 6 p.m., we became aware that one of our employees had posted an offensive, inappropriate photograph on her personal Facebook page. The photo was taken at a national historic site in October by a fellow employee during a trip to Washington, D.C. attended by 40 residents and eight staff. The photo has since been removed from Facebook, and both employees have been placed on unpaid leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

    This photograph in no way reflects the opinions or values of the LIFE organization, which holds our nation’s veterans in the highest regard. We are proud to have veterans serving on our staff and board of trustees, and we value their service. The men and women who have selflessly fought and sacrificed their lives to protect the rights and lives of Americans deserve our utmost respect and gratitude. We are acutely aware that this photo has done a disservice to veterans and we are deeply saddened that it was taken and shared in a public medium.” ”

    All credit to CBS Boston – I’m not trying to plagarize them, merely to share their reporting on the subject …

  • 67Cougar

    Free speech issues are troubling, when you don’t like what’s being said. Yes, the vast majority of folks who visit 3D would agree this bitch is just what she says – a douchebag – me included. However, what would we be saying if this sign was in front of the White House, and her disrespect had been aimed at the current occupier? Would our disgust be the same, or would we be cheering her on?

    Flip that – to all the left wingers out there who are standing up for the bitch and her right to do this at Arlington, what would YOU be saying if it had been in front of the White House? Calling her a racist (or, gasp, Republican) I’d bet)

    Not saying she should get a pass – oh, hell no. We just need to realize that every First Amendment issue has at least two sides to it.

    • I’d say she’s free to “express herself” all she wants, just as those who disagree with it, are free to “express ourselves” right back at her.

    • Daniel Crandall

      Free speech issues really aren’t that troubling. That we’ve allowed the Left to make tolerance a the only virtue and judgement the only sin is what makes freedom of speech problematic. Once one is imbued with this sole virtue and this sole sin, then all things that were once common sense and common decency become troubling, problematic, and difficult to discern.

      Placing this sign before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is one thing. Placing it before the White House is something else entirely. The former is to honor those who gave the last full measure of devotion to these United States. By their sacrifice they’ve proved themselves due the “Silence and Respect” the sign demands. That and the fact that it’s a fricken’ graveyard! Good God, what does it say about our culture that we no longer inculcate a sense of decency and decorum when one is among the dead?

      Placing the sign in front of the White House would be a purely partisan act designed to protect a living politician from criticism. Common sense would demand nearly all stand up in defiance of that placement.

      • Excellent point. Perhaps a more apt comparison – would we cheer on a conservative, who did what this woman did, at JFKs memorial site in Arlington?

      • Raoul Ortega

        If anything, it’s troubling that we need so many signs these days that state something this obvious.

        As for “free speech”, that applies only the gov’t. That its employer won’t get rid of someone who did this on their time shows that all their “regrest” is so much lip motion and posturing.

        • Loyal Goatherd

          Where I was going, too. It’s a sad commentary on America already, that one would have to post a sign to remind people of mannered comportment on hallowed ground. What, prey tell, is next, a sign in the restroom reminding stall visitors to wipe? No sign to state the obvious then no opportunity to make a mockery of the sign.

          I’m sure she smoked in front of a no smoking sign with no fear of enforcement, but if she really wants to confront authority, she should try that crap at the airport or on an airplane. Can you say severe criminal penalties and write a check for a $10,000 fine to fight authority? If she’s serious, she would. A grandstander, ain’t I cool, okay, don’t look too close. Sad

  • 67Cougar

    Absoooluutely. Now, who’s up for doing this at the White House fence?

    • Texacalirose

      Call me around February 2014. I should be living off the grid by then. I can drive off the desert for a trip to DC. I’ll hit the fence. I’m a rail rider from since a long, long time. *o^

  • Penelope27

    Freedom…yes – Rush had interesting insight to this when he was responding to Ron Paul’s farewell speech.

    “We are not looked at as people who believe in freedom, they see us as thwarting their freedom. Figure that. Now, there’s a reason why. I know the answer. That is because on our side, along with freedom, there are natural limits to it that we call: morality.”

  • Raoul Ortega

    So it looks like both of these morons got canned from their jobs. If there’s any reason to feel sorry for them, and I don’t think there is, it’s because of how they got here.

    It sounds like they’ve been doing this for a while, and like most “transgressive” acts intended to provoke, they kept at it, getting more and more outragious until they finally got their reaction. Unfortunately for them, these days it takes quite a bit of effort to get that reaction, but when it does, it’s “fast and furious”. What’s missing is that up to this point there’s probably not a single person around them who said anything negative about what they were doing. And I’d bet that their employers knew, too.

    They probably, honesty thought they’d get another non-reaction, and it would be on to the next piece of “performance art”. But what they found was that there are still lines that can be crossed, but our PC culture has made sure those lines are invisible until you cross them. Just ask the various sports “personalities” who’ve ended their careers with one little comment not much unlike other things they’ve been saying for years. What we, as a society have done is imposed an effective capital punishment for minor trangressions, and then made it unclear what is or isn’t permitted.

    Again, that’s the only reason to feel sorry for them, but the better reaction is the Nelson Muntz “ha-ha!”. They were imitating the professions and didn’t realize that there are different standards for them. So they also got caught up in the culture they are helping to make. There needs to be more “victims” like the two of ‘em, including some of the “cultural trendsetters” who inspire this sort of stupidity and boorishness. But I’m not counting on that.

    • I don’t feel sorry for them at all. Why do they need it explained to them that outrageous behavior at the Tomb of the Unknowns would be considered offensive to more than a few people? If you are THAT stupid, then you get what you deserve.

      They happened to mess with a certain segment of the population who still have standards and aren’t afraid to express their opinions about people who cross the line…too bad so sad.

  • 67Cougar

    Don’t feel sorry for either of them … they’ll probably have job offers from the ACLU and Obama’s DoJ waiting in their inbox on Monday …

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