Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Porno Panic Purged

The commission saw the error of their ways, and came down from their panicked about porno position and, thanks to Bill Ganz, rescinded their anti free speech rule.

This was the rule which stated that anyone who wanted to address the commission and use an audio/visual presentation had to have the AV vetted by the city staff ahead of time. This was passed last meeting while Timothy Steven’s paid ninja was handing Steven’s DVD over to be shown as part of his allocated 3 minutes.

Noland paled under her painted tan and not realizing that Stevens, playing a joke on her, had redirected her computer to a porno site every time she tried to access his site, gasped that Ninja Jim couldn’t be allowed to show the DVD as Stevens’ site is nothing but porno. This would be funny if it were not so pathetic. A panel of elected officials, panicked about the possibility of something inappropriate, stomped on one of our most cherished freedoms.

Pam Militello, who spoke next, had a PowerPoint presentation showing weeks of photos of the Cove Shopping Center with lots of empty spaces day after day, which graphically demonstrated that the need for a parking garage there is a myth. The visual effect of slide after slide of empty spots was much more powerful than just talking about it, but she was denied her right to show her presentation. I am looking forward to the next regular scheduled meeting at which we will see both Stevens’ and Militello’s presentations, or, if not, I will certainly want to know why.

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