More and more we are reminded that while there is freedom of speech, there are also consequences for what you say… The government can’t prohibit your speech, but employers can. Oh, and if your speech is a direct threat at a cop or the president, then yes, the government can punish you.
Parents, do yourself a favor, use PC Pandora computer monitoring software to know what your kids are doing and saying on Facebook.
Is there anyone out there that does not consider this a direct death threat that the guy is obviously willing to commit his life to?
November 9, 2012
Tattoo on Facebook aimed at cop lands gang member in jail
By Mary Lynn Smith and Randy Furst, Star Tribune
A graphic tattoo and Facebook post aimed at a Minneapolis police officer have landed a St. Louis Park man in jail.
The Hennepin County attorney charges that the tattoo Antonio Frasion Jenkins Jr., 20, put on his arm and on Facebook was a terroristic threat against the officer.
Not so fast, said Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota.
“This is the United States of America and we have a Bill of Rights, and that’s a messy thing oftentimes,” he said.
While the images are disgusting and disturbing, Samuelson said, they’re not criminal.
The tattoo on Jenkins’ left bicep depicts a person holding a semi-automatic handgun with the barrel of the gun partially in the mouth of a pig, according to a criminal complaint. The tattoo includes the officer’s name (although it’s misspelled), his badge number and an expletive directed at police. The Facebook post on Jenkins’ page also includes a message about the tattoo: “My tattoo iz a pig get’n his brains blew out.” According to the criminal complaint, 18 people gave the post a “thumbs-up” (or “like”) response. CONTINUE READING›
She got off easy. Just imagine if people talked about ANY OTHER PRESIDENT the way the talk about the current one… Just imagine…
November 10, 2012
Racist anti-Obama Facebook post gets woman fired
A California woman seems genuinely surprised that calling the president by the n-word and wishing for his assassination might be, well, a big deal.
By Chris Matyszczyk, cnet.com
“I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal.”
These are words so many of us have used, just before someone slapped us across the chops.
So it has proved for Denise Helms, a 22-year-old woman from Turlock, Calif., who used Facebook to express her own miffedness with the re-election of the president.
As Fox 40 in Sacramento records it, she wrote: “Another 4 years of this n*****. Maybe he will get assassinated this term.” CONTINUE READING›
Isn’t there a saying about making sure you are prefect before pointing out the flaws in others…?? Freedom of speech, sure… but it’s going to come right back at you.
November 14, 2012
Fox 19 anchor back on the air after suspension for calling Rachel Maddow an ‘angry young man’ on Facebook
Tricia Macke, an Ohio news anchor for Fox 19, was suspended over disparaging comments she made about the MSNBC host on her personal Facebook page.
By Meena Hart Duerson, New York Daily News
Tricia Macke of Fox 19 News (l.) called MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow an ‘angry young man.’
A Fox news anchor was back on the air Tuesday night following a 2-day suspension for calling MSNBC host Rachel Maddow an “angry young man” on Facebook.
Tricia Macke, an anchor for Ohio’s Fox 19, took to her personal Facebook page last month to rant against the cable news personality, writing “Rachel Maddow is such an angry young man” on Oct. 12.
She was quickly criticized by her Facebook followers, who compared the comment to making racist jokes.
“I am sorry,” Macke wrote to one such fan. “I should have said antagonistic.”
Commenters then took issue with the fact that the anchor did not acknowledge that her choice of words in calling Maddow a “man” was offensive.
“I knew what I was saying,” Macke responded. CONTINUE READING›
Threaten the president online or in public, face the heat. Let me just do a quick cut and paste from above, too: “Just imagine if people talked about ANY OTHER PRESIDENT the way the talk about the current one… Just imagine…”
November 15, 2012
Christopher Castillo Arrested After Threatening To Kill Obama On Facebook
By Britney Fitzgerald, The Huffington Post
Some people just don’t know when to stop talking, or when to stop posting on Facebook.
A Florida man was arrested this November after posting threatening messages about President Barack Obama on Facebook. When Secret Service agents came to question 28-year-old Christopher Castillo about his violent comments, The Smoking Gun reports that the situation quickly deteriorated.
On Nov. 1, Castillo wrote the following on Facebook, apparently in response to Obama’s views on health care:
That’s the last straw, if he gets re-elected I’m going to hunt him down and kill him watch the life disappear from his eyes. CONTINUE READING›