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Free as a Bird

Just a quick note to highlight a case I thought was humorous.  The Huffington Post reports that it is legal to give a police officer the middle finger.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that flipping the bird cannot be the basis for reasonable suspicion of a potential traffic violation or criminal activity.  Check out the article here.


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  1. Interestingly, it IS illegal in Germany. In fact, signaling anyone with the middle finger in Germany (as well as using a couple of other hand signs less common in North America) can get you arrested. It’s the same with telling jokes that have to do with National Socialism, as well as any use of the swastika, including for “artistic purposes.”


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