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    Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comment

    Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comment

    Earlier this year, Carter and a friend got into an Facebook argument with someone regarding "League of Legends," an online video game with notoriously die-hard fans. Justin's father, Jack, explained to ABC local affiliate KVUE that at the end of the conversation "[s]omeone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head, to which [Justin] replied 'Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts, and the next two lines were lol and jk [all sic]."
    In jail since Feb for something so trivial? This is terrifying that you can be imprisoned for an obvious joke. If you applied this same standard to everyone on the internet... tens of thousands would be in jail.

    The authorities involved in this are evil jerks that should be stripped of their power and up on charges.

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    Re: Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comm

    Ironically I just finished watching this, decided I was going to post it and then saw your thread....

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    Re: Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comm

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    Some of the most dangerous words in all of politics have to be "the state is responsible for public safety". The government was never given that job and yet the people are lead to believe they were.

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    Re: Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comm

    That's ****ed up.
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    Re: Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comm

    I've always been opposed to restrictions on free speech simply because the speech either offends someone, or carries the possibility of harm.

    For example:

    Sexual harassment; as the video report provided in post #2 states, has been determined to be whatever someone who feels "offended" considers offensive. This leads to some really drastic outcomes. Case in point, I attended a recent "training session" where one example used was a man who had a picture of his wife and kids at the beach, where the wife was wearing a bikini. If a female co-worker passing his desk was offended, he would be required to remove the photo and face a counseling session on sexual harassment.

    Offensive speech: I've personally experienced the kind of reaction shown on college campuses where radicals think only their speech should be protected. After leaving the Army I attended a university to get a graduate degree, and was elected to the student government as a graduate senator. A group called "Citizens in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador" [CISPES] held a peace conference. I attended as a visitor, not a speaker, but was asked my opinion of the low turnout for the event by a local newspaper. I merely stated that I thought it would have attracted more notice if the program included more controversy through debates between opposing viewpoints. CISPES immediately reacted by trying to get me impeached. When that failed they would come to senate meetings and disrupt them whenever I spoke, then tried to impede my re-election by disrupting public debates I had with my opponents. (I actually got re-elected by the highest vote for the position in 15 years.)

    I've always felt that words only have the power that each person gives to them. Take the word “nigger;” when a White uses it toward a Black it is “hate speech” and grants the Black the right to strike back with near-impunity due to “incitement.” However, the same word used by a Black against another Black in a violent beat-down…perfectly okay even though it is being used to denigrate the person being beaten.

    You cannot shield people from ideas, nor prevent or even inhibit evil thoughts or deeds by stifling free speech rights. The ideas will simply go underground and people with evil intent will still act regardless. But by allowing laws that limit expression due to offense or fear of the mere possibility of harm, you are only serving to severely restrict your own freedom.

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    Re: Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comm

    I think the addition of eating their still beating hearts pushed this into the realm of "obvious satire".
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    I've got to say that it is shadenfreudalicious to see the rich and famous fucquewads on the coast suffering from the fires.

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    Re: Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comm

    We're talking about Texas here. I wouldn't live in Texas because it seems the insane is running the asylum in that state.

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    So are all the random black people on Facebook and Twitter getting rounded up over their continuous death threats? Funny how you hear about them running their online mouth but there being *zero* consequence afterward. But here we have a teenager that was joking around, which he made sure to write in, and he gets hauled in. Granted, state and local authorities have to be cautious, but the hypocrisy in the U.S. today is starling. If Justin Carter can get arrested then every one of those black people that Tweet death threats should too. It's either all or none.

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    Re: Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comm

    Shooting up a school? Yeah, that's not a red-button issue.

    I'm as big of a proponent of the First Amendment as anyone else, but my God...put limits on your stupidity. Talking about that crap on FB is just retarded beyond measure. We have a bunch of kids these days who want to yell "FIRE!" in a crowded building. Sheesh...

    As much as I am a libertarian, I'm more of a meritocrat. Stupidity like this could really make me imagine an overhaul of today's rights.

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    Re: Teen Justin Carter Jailed In Texas After Making Sarcastic Threat In Facebook Comm

    Quote Originally Posted by 66gardeners View Post
    We're talking about Texas here. I wouldn't live in Texas because it seems the insane is running the asylum in that state.
    this sort of absurd overreaction is definitely not unique to Texas.. it permeates almost all of society....even where you live.

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