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Tuesday, May 31

Satirical Bush Poster Banned After Complaint

Posters that depicted Presnut bush with a Groucho Marx-style mustache and cigar were ordered torn down at a high school after a student complained. Seems the theater students, who had created the posters to advertise a satirical play, countered with new posters with a First Amendment message.

The principal ordered 100 posters removed from the campus of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills tow weeks ago on grounds that they promoted smoking and "endorsing one ideology over another." Gee, didn't Groucho Marx smoke cigars?

The school-funded posters were advertising the student's play, "The Complete History of America (Abridged), " which satirizes the U.S. history.

A senior who supports the presnut wrote a complaint letter to the administration, teachers. The principal asked the drama students to come up with new posters. The new designs all feature a silhouette of bush and a burning cigar, along with inscriptions such as "Free Expression for All (unless you are in high school)" and "What First Amendment?"

This story warmed my heart. Maybe the youth of America aren't as ready as our government thinks to live in a police state. [link to story]

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