Former U.S. Marine Adam Kokesh would have broken the bank yesterday outside Middleboro Town Hall if the town?s controversial cussing bylaw was on the books.
In a fiery tirade, the Internet radio host bashed the idea of handing out a $20 fine for swearing in public. He was joined by about 40 at the rally ?most hell-bent on cursing the assault on the First Amendment.
Now, try to imagine a protest in Cambridge where people walk around with extra large sodas and picket signs.
In a strange twist this move by the town is actually an improvement on a decades old law that made it a criminal offense to swear in public. The new ordinance includes the decriminalization of other behavior deemed unlawful like drinking alcohol in public and possessing marijuana. Still, a fine for swearing seems a bit much. So now you just get a ticket for swearing or drinking on a sidewalk instead of going to jail. That's progress, I guess.
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