Georgia state Rep. Earnest Smith (D-Can't Take a Joke) found himself the "victim" of a photo manipulation recently when an Atlanta blogger pasted the politician's face onto the body of a male porn star. And instead of taking the compliment, Smith is cosponsoring a House bill to make "obscene" photo manipulations subject to a $1,000 fine:
"No one has a right to make fun of anyone. You have a right to speak, but no one has a right to disparage another person. It's not a First Amendment right," [Smith] said.
First of all, though there are plenty of constitutional limits on free speech, obnoxious Photoshops of politicians have been around much longer than even Photoshop (and Lincoln in a dress is supposed to be a pro-Lincoln cartoon!).
Second, I doubt that's the real Rep. Smith in the blogger's photo. The real life Smith seems to have skin so thin, it's see-through.
Photo via Keen Collection/Getty Images
Tags: Crime, First Amendment, Georgia, State Legislature
South Dakota already has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, requiring women to visit a "crisis pregnancy center" and wait 72-hours after a doctor's consultation before exercising their constitutionally-protected rights. Now, Kate Sheppard has flagged down an exciting new abortion restriction from the people who believe in a government so small, it fits comfortably inside a woman's uterus:
Tags: Abortion, South Dakota, State Legislature, Women's Rights
When we last caught up with Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield, he was giving unsolicited medical advice by blaming AIDS on a gay airline pilot having sex with a monkey and calling the disease "virtually impossible" to contract via heterosexual intercourse.
There's just one problem with acting like a cartoon arch-villain: each of your evil schemes must be grander than the last. The AIDS thing came after Campfield demanded the word "gay" be banned from Tennessee classrooms, so how has he topped himself now?
Tags: Children, Education, Poverty, State Legislature, Tennessee, Welfare
Hey, New Mexico, how upset are you that Arizona's legislature gets all the attention for being a caricature of what a functional state legislature is supposed to look like?
Apparently, upset enough to consider a bill introduced by state representative Cathrynn Brown (R) that could turn victims of rape and incest felons under New Mexico law by turning abortions into "evidence tampering."
Tags: Abortion, New Mexico, State Legislature, Women's Rights
Not satisfied with being number one in the United States in high school education (correction: number one in high school dropouts), Arizona lawmakers have come up with two hot new proposals to make it harder for students to get their diplomas.
One proposed bill requires students to say the Pledge of Allegiance — current law tells schools to make time for the pledge recitation for "for those students who wish" — unless they're excused "at the request of a parent" who can explain why their son or daughter hates America.
Tags: Arizona, Education, Immigration, State Legislature