Saturday, June 16, 2007

Do they really want mob rule?

After an egregious error in this headline yesterday, The Rascal has a lot of nerve lecturing anyone on use of the English language.

But, hey, what the hell.

At issue here is this story in today's Rockford Register Star about disgruntled members of the local Firefighters Union slapping bumperstickers on their private vehicles that read: "Rescue Rockford -- Lynch Larry."

The object of such lovely sentiments, of course, is Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey.

But the firefighters seem not to understand that the word "lynch" is not merely a reference to hanging. It stands for vigilante justice, mob rule, execution without legal sanction (whether by hanging or any other means).

Or maybe they do understand the distinction.

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