It seems a bit crass to put this below Larry’s nice Christmas greeting to all of you. But the photo below the fold cracked me up. First, here’s an image of the decorations put up by a woman named Sarah Childs in New Orleans, as well as part of a news article about what happened to Ms. Child, reported by the CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas:

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman ran afoul of police when she gave her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting, hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger.

Sarah Childs was in a dispute with some of her neighbors in Denham Springs, just east of Baton Rouge, so she decided to send a message with her decorations. Neighbors complained and police threatened to arrest her, so she and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued the city.

A judge ruled in her favor Thursday.

Below is the photo that cracked me up.

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Can you imagine the time wasted by Houston police and the city’s legal teams? I find it unbelievable.

Just so you do NOT get the wrong impression, I am strongly in favor of allowing people to put up Christmas displays, and I side with the ACLU in defending this woman’s right to display the decorations as she wishes.

She’s not screaming “Fire!” in a crowded theater. She is simply exercising her constitutional right to free speech.

I love driving by Christmas decorations. And I am particularly fond of a beautiful statue at a local Catholic church. There is no harm done to anyone that I can think of. Too many people are going overobard with this “politically correct” nonsense. Let people be who they are.

Merry Christmas. and to all, a good night.