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Jon Daniel, angry young man, and Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria. (The mayor's photo is on the right, if you couldn't tell.)
Quixote April 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm
There’s actually nothing surprising about Twitter parodists being viciously tracked down byRead More the police, because if we don’t speak up for everybody’s rights, we better be ready for our own rights to be trampled on when we least expect it. It starts with criminalizing deadpan satire in the form of “Gmail confessions” intended to embarrass or “injure” a well-connected academic department chairman, and from there it moves to criminalizing Twitter parodies intended to “injure” a city mayor. See the documentation of America’s leading criminal-satire case at: http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/ and consider, in particular, the NACDL’s statement that if certain individuals “feel aggrieved by online speech with academic value, they have remedies in tort,” rather than in criminal courts. http://raphaelgolbtrial.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/raphael-golb-amicus-brief.pdf Note, incidentally, that the Peoria chief of police “said the intent of the account was not clearly satirical. 'I don’t agree it was obvious, and in fact it appears that someone went to great lengths to make it appear it was actually from the mayor,' he said.” This argument was first employed precisely in the New York “Gmail confession” case. That case, despite being widely reported on in the press, has been largely ignored by legal commentators, so it’s not at all surprising that the police now feel free to go after the creators of satirical Twitter accounts embarrassing to wealthy and powerful members of the community, whether they be politicians, university presidents, or anyone else ordinary people might choose to mimic and mock on the Internet.
SportzFan April 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm
The article said the twitter account had only about 4 dozen followers...so why Mr. Mayor are you soRead More worked up? Really...you let these punks get to you that much? Your reaction was so over the top I think you need to question if you are the right person to lead your city.
Marlon St. John April 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm
It is truly disturbing that there is more than one judge in Peoria willing to sign their name to aRead More warrant that sweeps up every device with a built-in memory to address tweets that are open communication. Why didn't they just go ahead and freeze their bank accounts and impound their cars, too?
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Bob McBride November 12, 2013 at 07:56 am
Lets see how obscure I can make this.:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: I spend a lot of timeRead More traveling the Greater Milwaukee area, going in and out of communities. Every one seems to have at least one small shopping strip that at one time was a bustling center of local commerce. In its heyday, it housed small, locally and family owned businesses that thrived due to local loyalty and, perhaps, a small local restaurant that functioned as a meeting place for the locals. Maybe a drug store and a small laundromat - a hairdresser, or kid's clothing store - locally owned shoe store - an insurance agent, maybe. Gradually, due to changes in management and ownership of the small strip and all that can bring (less concern about upkeep, keeping tenants happy, etc) some or all of the familiar local venues began to shut down or move away from the small strip. In the place of the restaurants and other stores that locals tend to gather at are chain check cashing places, seasonal tax prep services, fly-by-night cell phone operations and too many empty storefronts. All the kind of stuff one might find in such locations that were once a destination and now a place of last resort, just prior to it being abandoned altogether, declared blighted and demolished. A sort of stage 3 terminal community cancer. This is Patch.
Bob McBride November 12, 2013 at 09:17 am
BTW, the OMB, under this administration, is primarily a source of partisan spin. Anyone who wouldRead More think they're providing useful information by reposting the conclusions of this organization is either patently clueless or being purposely disingenuous.
Credit: Santa Monica Patch
Bob McBride November 5, 2013 at 06:33 am
Because it's not really "free"? Because the more people who sign up for theRead More "free" versions, the less money they have coming in to support the program? Because the less money they have coming in that way, the more they'll have to get another way, i.e., taxation? Which means they'll cut back on the subsidies and not only will the "free" Obamacare no longer be "free", but all the other subsidized Obamacares will cost more as well. That's why no one who's involved in trying to make this mess work like they said it was going to is talking about it.
Jay Sykes November 5, 2013 at 08:42 am
Yep, it's Free.... <sigh> <slack-jawed>
Credit: Starbucks
Robert October 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm
Here is a novel concept. Except for the 1st disgraceful budget passed by the party in power , not 1Read More other has been passed and sent to the President by both houses. The President submitted budgets, late as he is for everything, that got voted down by every single person that voted. The House has passed multiple budgets that arent even brought up for a vote in the Senate by Reid. The 1st and only budget passed by this administration increased spending for every wish list the Democrats have, why would they want to ever write, vote on or pass another one if they can just do another CR based on the "emergency" spending base line achieved when power got passed to Obama? They will do anything to keep the money flowing , anything. They are addicts and dont care about the consequences of their actions. They havent been held accountable yet, why should the be scared with almost every media outlet being the enabler? The fifth estate has become the fifth column. Wake up ! The Constitution is toilet paper to these people and this country was founded by people who died for it.
AWD October 12, 2013 at 04:22 pm
Starbucks is full of rich white Progressives, I prefer to hang out with rich white Tea PartyRead More supporters.
Johnny Johnson October 14, 2013 at 03:10 pm
Gee Mr President can you put on your big boy pants and sit down to negotiate like any otherRead More President????
Photo of drugs aquired through Silk Road posted online by a Michigan teen
digitalhermit October 7, 2013 at 11:05 am
Sites like Silk Road and the many other dark net sites that are springing up to replace it are justRead More another demonstration of why the "War on Drugs" is an abject failure and will never be won. This is true despite our government administration's insistence to continue spending wasted billions on it. Considering the growing ease with which drugs (both legal and illegal) can be obtained, I agree with the author that it is very important to talk to your kids about drugs early and often and monitor them for behavioral changes.
An exhibit showing the position of rangers at a crash site in Somalia.
AWD October 6, 2013 at 11:10 am
Modern-day Americans have been enduring what many regard as acts of tyranny and have begun to regardRead More the President as not merely incompetent, but bent on a course of action to destroy the nation. ObamaCare was signed into law amid protest from millions it was imposed solely by the Democratic Party when it controlled both houses of Congress. This is the stuff of revolution.