It’s stories like this that make journalism worthwhile.
In a case that pitted an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union local against a central Jersey town, the high court ruled unanimously that the rodent is protected speech under the First Amendment.
This should come as particularly good news to…
- Rod Blagojevich
- Bernie Madoff
- Tom Daschle
- The banking industry
- The auto industry
- <Insert your favorite here>
Great quote: The state Supreme Court found that the law wasn’t neutral, and therefore was unconstitutional. It said an ordinance “that prohibits a union from displaying a rat balloon, while at the same time authorizing a similar display as part of a grand opening, is content-based.”
Besides, aren’t rats the state animal of New Jersey?
RELATED? Bangladesh crowns champion rat killer. “DHAKA (AFP) – A poor farmer from northern Bangladesh was crowned the country’s rat killing champion on Thursday with a final score of 39,650 dead rodents after a year-long hunt.” That’s a lot of bankers.
I saw the rat a couple of times in the Boston area.
Or maybe there’s a whole family of them.