‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus’ at Supreme Court

It looks like free speech may win out after all. Just brilliant how such a ridiculous example went all the way to SCotUS and will now, in a sense, become a banner case (sorry, had to) for free speech.

From the Reuters article:

In its first major student free-speech rights case in almost 20 years, U.S. Supreme Court justices struggled on Monday with how far schools can go in censoring students.

In a case involving a Juneau, Alaska, high school student suspended for unfurling a banner that read “Bong Hits 4 Jesus,” several justices seemed wary about giving a principal too much authority at the expense of the student’s right to express his views.

“It’s political speech, it seems to me. I don’t see what it disrupts,” a skeptical Justice David Souter said.

“And no one was smoking pot in that crowd,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, referring to the group of students standing near the banner as the Winter Olympic torch relay passed by in January 2002.

Read the whole article.

Further insight on the case here, here and here.

Modest Mouse Does it Again

Pick it up now. I’m still in review mode on this, but, it has me flashing back to Pitchfork’s 2000 laying down the gauntlet with the death-wish branding 9.8 rating (on the heel’s of Kid A‘s death-defying 10.0) on Moon and Antarctica back in 2000.

They’ve moved on, and keep moving up.

After hearing many of these songs last November at The Wilshire, I’m elated to hear far-tighter studio versions. Modest Mouse’s evolution continues and a bridge has been crossed with We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, but the water keeps rising.

Some day you will die and somehow something’s going to steal your carbon
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