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Zombies Win For Free Speech
August 27, 2010
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http://www.aolnews.com/weird-news/artic ... t/19608718

How a Group of Zombies Defended the Right to Free Speech
Updated: 3 hours 47 minutes ago
Tony Deconinck Contributor

(Aug. 26) -- The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the rights of free speech and peaceable assembly -- all it took was seven zombies and a simulated weapon of mass destruction.

Last week, the City of Minneapolis agreed to pay $165,000 to the so-called Zombie Seven, settling a case that over four years came to address far more than zombie make-up.

In 2006, seven friends got together in downtown Minneapolis as the city celebrated a weeklong Aquatennial. They were dressed like zombies and carried a few duffel bags filled with speakers and a microphone in what was supposed to be a piece of social commentary on mindless consumerism -- part prank, part political statement and part lighthearted street theater.

Raphi Rechitsky was one of the participants.

"This was a zombie dance party that a few of my acquaintances put together," he told AOL News. "I thought I would join, have a fun time instead of going out to the bars on a Saturday, get involved in some satirical social commentary and have some fun in the process."

Not long after the zombie gathering began, police came by and asked the zombie protesters to turn down their music and not lurch toward any of the other pedestrians on the sidewalks. The zombies agreed and the police left. The group thought it was settled.

They could not have been more wrong.

An hour later, the police returned. The seven weren't performing anymore; they were watching a drumline perform and had put their equipment away.

But police took them into the station, where a sergeant had a bomb specialist examine the bags. The specialist confirmed that the bags didn't have anything other than speakers and wires, but the group was arrested, booked and jailed for simulated weapons of mass destruction, a state offense punishable by up to 10 years' imprisonment

Jake Sternberg, another member of the group, said the charge was concocted later.

"They knew what we had, because two officers had come up an hour earlier and asked us to turn it down," Sternberg said. "The police were rifling through our bags looking for drugs. They asked us, 'You like to travel, huh? We're going to make sure you never get on a plane again.' They did it on purpose.

"On my record it says 'weapons of mass destruction' and because of that, I can't even get into Canada. Once it's in the computer, it never comes out," Sternberg added. "The (arrest record being expunged) will be added on as a follow-up attachment, but not everybody will read that. That's what I'm facing for the rest of my life."

Rechitsky said the police used it so the group would have to remain in custody.

"Ultimately we were never charged with anything. And this is a part of the traumatizing experience of having this charge over your head while you're in for the weekend without getting bailed out."

Sternberg, who had lost the lower part of his leg from a motorcycle accident, had his prosthetic limb taken way so he couldn't use it as a weapon.

The group sued the City of Minneapolis and 13 of its police officers, but the police were granted a summary judgment by the court.

"It took six months to address the request for summary judgment," Sternberg said. "The judge was saying that because we were wearing 'funny clothes' our behavior and conduct was not protected First Amendment conduct."

The group appealed, and the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the lower court's ruling, prompting the City of Minneapolis to settle the case last week.

The city attorney's office was not available for comment.

Instead of feeling victorious, Rechitsky and Sternberg seem more relieved that it's just over.

"We would have liked to get a formal apology from the city for the abuse we endured; however, what we wanted was to protect freedom of artistic, social and political expression for others in the future," Rechitsky said. "We already won that because of the appeals court decision, who rightly sided with us and the First Amendment.

"The city mentioned that it was in their interests to settle. And I certainly agree with that, because we could have taken this to trial and won, won a much larger settlement that would have cost the taxpayers much more money, but we didn't want to do that. We had already obtained a decision from the appeals court that protected freedom of political expression for others in this position."

Sternberg agreed, but he didn't think he would have changed anything if he faced the experience again.

"I want people to learn from this, I want people to understand," he said. "For me to say that I regret that would be to say that we live in a society where we're afraid to dance on the street. I won't say that. No way."

August 27, 2010
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Zombie power FTW!

The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

August 27, 2010
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All hail our new Zombie Overlords.

War is an extension of economics and diplomacy through other means.

Economics and diplomacy are methods of securing resources used by humans.

Securing resources is the one necessary behavior for all living things.

War = Life

August 27, 2010
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(courtesy of Real6)

Evidently Canada has its share of zombies. 😯

Ottawa Zombies Protest At Parliament Hill, Demanding Brains !!

15 October 2007, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:

Hundreds of angry zombies attempted to invade the House of Commons on Parliament Hill Sunday, demanding brains from their elected officials.

Police acted promptly in pushing back the angry mob, forcing the zombies to regroup and seek out brains elsewhere.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i.....1192753566

August 28, 2010
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What motivates police to do such horrible, dishonest things? What could they possibly have gotten out of that?

Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man. - Albert Einstein

August 28, 2010
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"frrostedman" wrote: What motivates police to do such horrible, dishonest things? What could they possibly have gotten out of that?

It's a well known fact that, in the zombie community, boom-boxes and duffel-bags are the number one way to infect people.

Those crafty brain eaters.

War is an extension of economics and diplomacy through other means.

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August 29, 2010
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"We should befriend the Zombies and welcome them into our homes. Afterall, zombies are mothers and fathers too."

- Rosie O'Donnell

Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man. - Albert Einstein

August 29, 2010
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"frrostedman" wrote: "We should befriend the Zombies and welcome them into our homes. Afterall, zombies are mothers and fathers too."

- Rosie O'Donnell

"I believe... (pause) that the zombies' predicament... (pause) is the cause of... (pause) our intolerance... (pause) to the plights... (pause) of... (pause) other people... (pause) Thank you."

Barack... (pause) Obama

War is an extension of economics and diplomacy through other means.

Economics and diplomacy are methods of securing resources used by humans.

Securing resources is the one necessary behavior for all living things.

War = Life

August 29, 2010
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"Wing-Zero" wrote: "I believe... (pause) that the zombies' predicament... (pause) is the cause of... (pause) our intolerance... (pause) to the plights... (pause) of... (pause) other people... (pause) Thank you."

Barack... (pause) Obama

Pause=waiting for the next line to scroll by on the teleprompter?

Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man. - Albert Einstein

August 29, 2010
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"frrostedman" wrote: [quote="Wing-Zero"]"I believe... (pause) that the zombies' predicament... (pause) is the cause of... (pause) our intolerance... (pause) to the plights... (pause) of... (pause) other people... (pause) Thank you."

Barack... (pause) Obama

Pause=waiting for the next line to scroll by on the teleprompter?

Pause = his lousy way of talking, prompter or not. Homie puts me to sleep with some of the stuff he/they put out.

I miss the days of Theodore.

War is an extension of economics and diplomacy through other means.

Economics and diplomacy are methods of securing resources used by humans.

Securing resources is the one necessary behavior for all living things.

War = Life

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