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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:47 AM
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Mo. neo-Nazis join `Adopt-A-Highway' trash cleanup
A neo-Nazi group has joined the state's "Adopt-A-Highway" volunteer litter pickup program, taking advantage of a free speech court fight won four years ago by the Ku Klux Klan.

The Springfield unit of the National Socialist Movement has committed to cleaning up trash along a half-mile section of Highway 160 near the Springfield city limits.

Two signs noting the group's membership in the Adopt-A-Highway program went up in October but drew attention only recently when the group picked up litter as part of a gathering in Springfield.

The state says it had no way to reject the group's application. A 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling arising from a similar effort by the Ku Klux Klan says membership in the Adopt-A-Highway program can't be denied because of a group's political beliefs. At the time, the state could reject applications for the program from groups that denied membership based on race or had a history of violence.

"It's a First Amendment thing, and we can't discriminate as long as they pick up the trash," said Bob Edwards, a spokesman for the transportation department's office in Springfield.

The state can deny an organization's application only if it has members who have been convicted of violent criminal activity within the past 10 years.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090122/ap_on_re_us/nazis_h...
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TheDebbieDee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:53 AM
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1. This isn't the first time this has happened in Missouri...........
but in the past, some state highway organization like MODOT or the Highway Commission has countered the racists efforts by naming their assigned stretch of highway the "Rosa Park Expressway" or the "Vernon Jordan Parkway" or something.

Maybe I'll go google for more info on how this was handled in the past.
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navarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:55 AM
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3. ha! THAT'S a great idea
rename everything they do after MLK
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navarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:54 AM
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2. unreal
after they're done, put 'em to work cleaning up their own vile phyches.
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:59 AM
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4. It's kind of ironic...
Since that work used to be done by chain-gangs of black prisoners.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:06 PM
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5. Illinois nazis. I hate Illinois nazis
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Cirque du So-What Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:31 PM
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6. Including the Simpsons' hometown, there must be two dozen Springfields in our fair nation
but I knew immediately which one was the subject of this story as soon as the name of the city was announced.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:47 PM
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7. Well, don't forget this sign in southern MO during the campaign:
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Cheap_Trick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:36 PM
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8. How fitting. Trash picking up trash.
Do they jump in the bags for pick up when they're done?
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:44 PM
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9. God Bless the Bible Belt !
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DailyGrind51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:46 PM
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10. Maybe they'll get run over "accidentally"?
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