Effigies of Republican and Democrat candidates merit very different treatment
A University of Kentucky student and another man were arrested yesterday, accused of hanging a life-sized likeness of Barack Obama from a tree on the campus. The two men. ages 22 and 21 were being held at Fayette County Detention Center on charges of disorderly conduct related to the hanging of the effigy. They were also charged with burglary and theft at a fraternity house where police said the materials came from.
The men were each being held on $7,600 bond, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Meanwhile, a “bloody” effigy of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, with a noose affixed around its neck, has finally been taken down from a West Hollywood home, after the homeowner discussed the situation with the city’s mayor. The homeowner referred to the display as a “decoration” which he said, “should be seen as art.”
The hanging mannequin was part of a larger Halloween display that included an effigy of John McCain coming out of the chimney engulfed in fake flames. The display has drawn national attention and a visit from the Secret Service, which decided there was no threat.
Although local politicians and city officials called the images offensive and urged their removal,
no charges were filed, according to Los Angeles CBS 2.
So one guy chats it up with the mayor and the other two are cooling their heels in the can with a load of charges hanging over their heads? That’s the best indicator of today’s political climate.