Representing: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Preamble: Judy Vincent is the mother of Scott Vincent, a Marine who died in 2004 fighting for his country in Iraq. At her son's memorial, Ms. Vincent spoke lovingly of him: "He loved his country, he loved his family and he loved God. That says a lot for a young person." Corporal Vincent first served in Afghanistan and had volunteered for a second tour in Iraq. Friends say he was destined to be a US Marine; his chosen motto for the high school yearbook was 'Semper Fi.'
Fighting Liberal Terrorism: Last year Ms. Vincent learned that Cpl. Scott Vincent's name was among 1,700 included on a T-shirtbeing sold by a man in Arizona over the Internet. The man, an obvious anti-war zealot and Bush-hater was selling shirts with an imprint on the front saying "Bush Lied" while the back reads "They Died". Upon finding out that her son's name was being exploited by a liberal lunatic, Ms. Vincent pushed for Oklahoma legislators to pass a law that makes it a misdemeanor to use a soldier's name or likeliness for advertising purposes without consent. The law goes into effect in November. The shirt vendor “has the right to voice his opinion, as we all do,” Ms. Vincent said. “But I do believe the First Amendment stops when you use a person's name or likeness to make a profit. I don't care what he thinks about the war. I do care that he's making money off my son's death.”
Status Quo: The shirt vendor, who identifies himself on his Web site as Dan Frazier, recently issued an open letter to family members who contacted him to protest the use of their loved ones' names on the shirt. While praising the bravery and sacrifices of the soldiers, and insisting he was not trying to degrade their service, he refused to stop selling the merchandise "no matter how many requests I receive."
"Every name matters, and will be retained to help underscore the horrific loss of life that has been caused by President Bush's rush to war under false pretenses," the letter states.
(Any chance the loons at the Daily Kos prepared this moronic statement for Mr. Frazier?)
The good news: Frazier said he probably would run out of the merchandise before the new legislation took effect. He said it sold poorly and he is "unlikely" to make any more.