Welcome to Arizona. Where dumb shit happens.
State lawmakers voted Monday to enact new laws designed to stop the sale of anti-war T-shirts with the names of dead soldiers — a measure a veteran media lawyer says is “unconstitutional about three or four different ways.”
On a 28-0 margin, the Senate agreed to make it punishable by up to a year in jail to use the names of deceased soldiers to help sell goods. The measure, SB 1014, also would let families go to court to stop the sales and collect damages.
Dan Frazier, a Flagstaff businessman who is selling the T-shirts that have caused all the fuss, told Capitol Media Services he doesn’t intend to halt the sale of the $20 shirts even if Gov. Janet Napolitano signs the measure. He said it’s an illegal infringement on his First Amendment rights.
Rep. Jonathan Paton, R-Tucson, a backer of the measure, doesn’t see it that way. He said because Frazier is selling his shirts for a profit means it is not constitutionally protected political speech.
No pictures of the dead returning home in their flag draped caskets. No photos from their funerals. No appearance from of the President to offer his condolences. And now, no lists of the dead on t-shirts.
This is right up there with Freedom Fries.
We are winning the War on Terror.by