Monday, October 23, 2006

Live Free or Die

I've started hanging these around the Bay Area as a challenge to the people who've been ripping up my signs: let's see them do the same to a piece of their own country's history.

For those of you who've been wanting to do this yourselves but were nervous about the legality, consider "Live Free or Die." Let's face it, the day that hanging up signs that say "Live Free or Die." becomes illegal in this country, that's the day that America dies.
For me it's a protest against everything we've just given away: the right to a trial, to be able to face your accuser... the right to say that you come from a country that doesn't commit torture. Although I doubt much of my audience will read any of that into it, I think the freeways look a hell of a lot better with them than without.

If nothing else, people will see that somebody felt they had the right to do this. I figure if I keep hanging signs and people keep seeing them, eventually some of them will start doing it too.

I had a brief appearance on Hannity and Colmes last week. They showed some of my signs, summarized the project and then Hannity said what I'm doing is illegal, costing the taxpayers money and that I was (get this) "trespassing on public property." I said it might be illegal in North Korea or someplace like that but that in America when it comes to political speech, public property means my property and I'm free to do as I please. Then he said I was wrong, I said I was right, Colmes tried to say something but failed and then Hannity finished off by saying I was "too cheap to buy a billboard." Not really what you'd call a stirring debate, but it did result in an inbox full of hate mail from Fox viewers.

One of the letters was so succinct and, in its way, beautiful, it could've passed for poetry:

USA - 848
FB - 665


Mimi said...

I like your signs, but am afraid they may be a little unclear about the anti-war sentiment. Have you gotten any feedback on this? Incidentally, my favorite is just the one word: IMPEACH.

nutmeg said...

Damn fine, Scarlet. Lovely how these right wing-nuts use the only language they are fluent in, and the only sentiment they seem capable of; that of violence and hate. Boy am I persuaded to see their point of view!

nutmeg said...

Forgot to say it-Happy Birthday to one of the few citizens who are fighting to remain living in a constitutional Democracy!
May your future contain Habeus Corpus.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Freeway! - Hope you dreams, like a world without Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld etc come true...

VictoriaB said...

Happy Birthday, Scarlet! Your dreams are my dreams; may we live -- free! -- to see them come true.

And thanks for speaking truth to wingnuttery. "Trespassing on public property," fer Godsakes.

Peace, V.

sherry said...

Maybe they'd understand your sign if it was in the words of a founding father...Patrick Henry.

"Give me liberty, or give me death".

Live free or die is the new school way of saying an old school value!

Annie said...

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Paul said...

"Live free or Diebold"

ed kriner said...

Happy Birthday! Take care, be safe and keep on keepin on.

Mungen_Cakes said...

When they get all pissed off, that's when you know you've gotten to them. They have no sensible argument so they bluster and threaten. If bullet boy was right there in front you he wouldn't be so bold I'll bet. He definitely has not enough guts to freeway blog.

Anonymous said...

I assume you have given the police the information about that death threat? I would take that rather seriously and get the police, FBI and the press involved, if for no other reason than to call attention to the violent fanaticism of these nut jobs.

And these days, it's only a matter of time before one of them snaps and actually DOES come after one of us with a gun (they've already shot doctors).

Great work, and a great idea for the signs.

geetee said...

The Reich Wing is absolutely FILLED with KRISSCHIN LUV, isn't it?
Happy Birthday, and keep on keepin' on.

Anonymous said...

I hope you sent along that email threat to the police. Seriously, thats threatening.

yikes! said...

i once made a license plate holder for a friend on april fools day (which is 17 days before her birthday) and I put it on her car sneaky ninja style so for a long time she didn't know who did it but it said "My bush could run this country better" and if you should find yourself with a desire to paint it and put it on some overpasses that would bring a smile to my face. :)

quixote said...

Good for you, going into the belly of the beast like that. Not only does it take all kinds of self-control, but how did you manage to stay focused? I would have been completely sidetracked by the "trespassing on public property" business. How does one do that? Inquiring minds want to know.

azgoddess said...

thanks for speaking for us!!

and i like that 'my bush can run this country better than yours'...thanks for the idea!

Anonymous said...

OUTSTANDING With all , The signage and your birthday. Being from up here in NH I can appreciate your meanings, fighting for my own parental rights. My bithday was also on the 23rd. One of those libra/scorpio things. Hey I need to get hooked up with some NH Hiway Bloggers, I've got some intense locations reconned and possess incredible talent and skill with this type of endevour. 2cnd Recon. USMC. UH _RAH. Need ground support and product developement assistance. Scouts with cell phones and some light machining and welding. This is the stuff that makes all the papers.

Anonymous said...

Scarlet, Belated Happy Birthday! Please let the police know about the threat as others have advised. You do great work. Keep safe!

nunya said...

How did you not laugh in Hannity's face? The guy is an IDIOT. Keep safe and happy birthday.

CleverShark said...

You gotta love the irony that some jerk too lily-livered to put his name on a letter would call you a coward!

It's pretty obvious who the real cowards are. It's only too bad that not all of them can't be sent packing this November. Keep up the good work!

Donnie McDaniel said...

Happy B-Day Scarlet!!

Katrina Blew-Bush Sucks!!

Moda di Magno said...

Oh Scarlett! I congratulate you on your graciousness in the face of stupidity.

Stupidity, thy name is Hannity. (Colmes, BTW is not an acutal person, but a cardboard cutout positioned behind a desk, occasionally near Sean-boy.)

I too want to add my voice encouraging you to contact the police with the bullet boy's email. I'm all for a screaming match with the other side, but a death threat is entirely different.

Happy Birthday!

Morgaine said...

Scarlet -

I hope you notified the authorities of the threatening emails and notified the senders IP as well. Death threats are no joke.

I admire your work more than I can say.

jon said...

I count no less than 4 direct threats in that email. It is an act of terrorism. Send it to the FBI. Maybe they can ship the little fucker to gitmo.

Love your work, btw, and happy birthday. Also, props to whoever's been putting up the impeach bush signs across I-40 in Durham.

Anonymous said...

I've been keeping tabs on all of the happenings with freeway blogger, but I've never really done anything. I really admire you and all the people who post these signs on the highways of America. I've never really seen any in New Jersey. Maybe I'll be the first one here to do it. Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

If somebody killed Joan Rivers I for one would not shed a tear.

Anonymous said...

Mel Gibson for President in 2008.

PS/ Boycott Hollywood!! Hollywood is destroying America--don't buy the bullshit.

Since Joan Rivers calls for the death of Mel Gibson, I will not be sad if some patriot finished her and all her kind off tomorrow.

Desi said...

Scarlett, I wish you would've let folks know to watch the show when you were on.Very cool, even if it was Faux. Report the threat, and always be cautious, these people are freakin' nuts.

I'm not worried that the signs are illegal, I'm just always chicken to stick around to get the photos. :) But, I wish you could've seen the Secret Service pulling down the signs on I-96 last week in MI for chimpy's stumpin' tour. Heh heh.

mailbagno1 said...

live and let live
why kill and die
signage a metaphor
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where to utter the name
of god too is a crime ..
your thought a poem sublime
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i have nothing to sell
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like your sign
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Anonymous said...

Hannity is right, you are a cheap bastard. Just save your welfare checks or your allowance from mommy
and buy a billboard. Nice job on the 'death threat'. Sock puppetry.

sime in the uk said...

why don't the stupid arseholes who say comments like the one above leave their name? typical behaviour of cowards and traitors to humanity if you ask me.

all you right wing idiots can send your hate mail to me at: