Yikes, it was only eight degrees when I left this morning! In this weather my neighbor with the woodstove will make good use of the old tree he cut down.
As cold as it was, I was surprised by the size of the crowd that showed up for a so-called Decency Rally at UMass today at noon.
It was put on by the UMass Republican Club.
The cause of the uproar was some explicit safe-sex posters put up by the Radical Student Union. The information about sex on the posters were non-controversial, but the illustrations accompanying them were. Here they are, judge for yourself: (click photo to enlarge)
Was it really necessary to have an illustration showing how to suck cock? If so, then I'm willing to give private lessons at low rates. Obviously the posters were intentionally provocative, but what about free speech?
Here Republican Club President Brad DeFlumeri is shown addressing the gathering.
The media was there, such as Bill Peters from the cyberzine Local Buzz. Here Channel 3 is shown interviewing a spokesperson for the Radical Student Union.
Notorious local right-wing activist Ed Cutting can almost always be found at these events.
Also in attendance was Larry Kelly of the popular blog Only in Amherst.
I was glad to see an anti-porn rally and to see it well attended. However, I wish the case was more clear cut. The inclusion of the safe sex message muddies the water, as well as the fact that the images were gay. I think the Republican Club could have chosen a less ambiguous event to try to make their point.
Here is a video of President DeFlumeri reading from a letter he received, plus an overview of the crowd.
The ever astute Robert Novack is back with more brilliant insights:
The impressive Barack Obama win in Wisconsin cut off another possibility for a Hillary Clinton comeback. That means Clinton goes into March 4, where she must win both Texas and Ohio with zero momentum. Time is running out, and signs of panic increase in the Clinton campaign -- as characterized by her odd charges of plagiarism by Obama.
It should be borne in mind that Democrats are determined to enter the Denver convention late in August with the nominee decided. That means that, to have any chance, Clinton will have to regain momentum -- not any easy task with Obama flying high.
With little notice and little effort, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) trounced former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in yesterday's Wisconsin Republican primary. It was perhaps indicative of how serious Huckabee's campaign is that he was in the Cayman Islands Sunday for a paid political speech two days before the Wisconsin primary.
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Finally, here is a great violinist.
Here is a person playing violin on the streets of Northampton recently.