Talkin' trash to the garbage around me.

01 March, 2006

Stupid is as stupid does

The public reaction to the cascading scandals in Congress and the White House - slack-jawed stares - has suddenly become more understandable in that "oh-my-fucking-god" kinda way:
Americans apparently know more about "The Simpsons" than they do about the First Amendment.

Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances.) But more than half can name at least two members of the cartoon family, according to a survey.

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It also showed that people misidentified First Amendment rights. About one in five people thought the right to own a pet was protected, and 38 percent said they believed the right against self-incrimination contained in the Fifth Amendment was a First Amendment right, the survey found.
You can listen in on our phone conversations, but you'll take my hamster when you pry it from my cold dead fingers.

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