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Friday, April 6, 2012

Strike a blow for freedom

Before voters go to the polls tomorrow in our ongoing Mayoral Madness tussle with the local divorce lawyer Jody Stahancyk, there's something they ought to know. Were you aware that our opponent once prosecuted the Aladdin Theater for showing the movie "Deep Throat"?

She lost, of course, but she tried to interfere with our access to the thespian talents of Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems! Think twice before voting for someone who is so willing to restrict our important civil liberties. This weekend, use your head and vote for Bojack. What would Pee Wee Herman do?

Comments (12)

Re: "...but she tried to interfere with our access to the thespian talents of Linda Lovelace..."

Perhaps you could reconsider your plaint after reviewing the unhappy and unfortunate career of Ms Boreman:

The Aladdin, intimate venue for countless stunning performances by innumerable artists, most certainly realized greater income from exhibiting "Deep Throat" -- even with the attendant attorneys' fees -- than did Ms Boreman:

"Boreman maintained she received no money for Deep Throat, and that the $1,250 payment for her appearance was taken by [first husband Chuck] Traynor. In 1979, she retained Victor Yannacone, an attorney more frequently associated with environmental lawsuits, to sue for a share of the film's multi-million-dollar earnings. The suit was dismissed without trial by the New York Supreme Court in Mineola, New York, and was never appealed."

"Deep Throat" eventually earned "around $600 million."

It is a misuse of the First Amendment to employ it as cover for what certainly seems to have been a criminally abusive enterprise. Ms Stahancyk may not have been on the side of the angels then, but times have changed and, now, she is viewed as having been nearer than even she might have suspected.

"The film was seized May 5th by the Portland Police at the theater..." oh, I just bet it was...

There once was a DA Stahancyk
who most certainly did not get a big kick
out of boobies and porn
(these things made her forlorn)
sexy films didn't fly with this hick chick.

"Merely reviewing the evidence your Honor." Very, very carefully.

The once was a candidate named Jack,
whose teaching on taxes were exact.
But the vote was well rigged
by those who were prig,
And now a good Mayor we lack.

Win for your title. I see what you did there.

Ms. Stahancyk was not prosecuting Linda's dude for abusing her. She was prosecuting a theater for showing a movie. Big difference.

Before I can render a judgment on the Mayoral Madness election, I think I will need to view the alleged pornographic film again to be sure I make a fair choice.

"I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [hard-core pornography]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that." - Supreme Court Associate Justice Potter Stewart, Jacobellis v. Ohio, 1964.

Ms Lovelace was not treated well by the industry. So personally I boycott this film. But there is no need for government involvement beyond allowing her law suit to proceed.

Where is all the outcry for the black musicians that were totally getting screwed during that same time. Sometimes at gun point. Do we ask the government to shut down distribution of their music?

Probably a bad analogy.

Why is there a photo of Geraldo Rivera associated with the story?

One of my all-time favorites. I bring it out every 5 years or so. It gets funnier every time.


That's Harry Reems.. he was Linda Lovelace's partner in the Deep Throat movie.

He was arrested in the mid 70s on obscenity charges related to this film. The reason I know this was in the mid 70s I lived in Los Angeles. A commercial producer I knew held an art auction to help pay off Harry Reems legal debt. Linda Lovelace had turned states witness against him in an attempt to curtail the growth of the porno industry.

In the mid 70s, there was a big movement to challenge free speech restrictions as related to the pornography industry just like there is against medical marijuana today.

Larry Flynt became influential for his crusade supporting free speech as it related to the porn industry and ultimately won the battle...he also became famous for a battle he had with Rev. Jerry Falwell about some cartoon Flynt made about a fictitious scene with Falwell's mother if I recall right. Falwell lost in court...

Jack,You asked what Pee Wee would do?
Answer: Coming in a theater near you!
Now who would mop up offer him?

That headline!

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