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September 15, 2005

Man mows obscenities into his lawn

From the Omaha Channel...

An Omaha man mowed an obscenity into his lawn, and now his neighbors are upset because they don't want their children to see the nasty language.

The homeowner, who neighbors told KETV NewsWatch 7 has the last name Miller, cut a two-word expletive into his front lawn after being warned by the city about excessive grass and weeds around his house. His house is near 68th Street and Park View Lane. The phrase is about 30 feet long across his yard....

City codes dictate that lawns taller than 10 inches can be ticketed, but Parks and Planning officials said that unless the grass that formed the expletive met that criterion, there was nothing they could do to force its removal.

Let me see if I've got this right: They'll fine, harass and even try to take the home of people who dare display an American flag, but if you want to write obscene words in your lawn — then they claim there's nothing they can do? How much you wanna bet that if one of the neighbors were to take their lawn mower over to the guy's house and erase the message, the police would arrest the neighbor for trespassing.

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 15, 2005 06:30 AM

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Who fined, harressed or took the home of people who displayed an American flag? Where I live/used to live, the ACLU made sure that you could

a) do whatever the heck you want with your own property, including promoting patriotic, religious or even obscene messages

b) state property was not used to promote any message than what the state is constitutionally supposed to promote

Posted by: Blackpriester at September 15, 2005 01:31 PM

Here in reality people are constantly harassed for displaying the American flag. There are cases in Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas and Kentucky to name but a few.

Of course those are states in the real world, not "where you live/used to live" which sounds like it may be one of those chemically induced states.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at September 15, 2005 04:37 PM


you Chritians sure are a friendly bunch, just like JC told you to be. Start the ad-hominems right away, won't you?

Why do you try to insult me ("chemically induced state") when all I did was comment on your post?

As for your sources:
These were all cases not in the least comparable to the one in your post. For one, these condo owner share their property with the rest of condo owners (and therefore the association), so legally they have "shared property". This is not a conflict of the state vs. a private persons free speech, but rather two rights of free speech colliding.

What YOU want is the city to prevent a homeowner from modifying his home according to his wishes.

- BP

Posted by: Blackpriester at September 16, 2005 02:32 PM

BP has a good point. I think it's pretty FUNNY and CLEVER that this guy mowed this in his lawn. Christian bumper stickers and fish are offensive to me, but I would never try and tell someone to remove it from their PERSONAL property.

Posted by: ss at September 24, 2005 04:05 PM

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