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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?
Minnesotanative January 26, 2014 at 08:57 am
Interesting when in our own community the police look the other way and allow pot dealers fromRead More another country do their thing. Why not regulate it and get the tax money? It will guarantee that it is a good clean organic variety and we would benefit from the taxes on it. Colorado and Washington and California( medical Marijuana) will be watched closely on this issue.
Eric Anondson January 26, 2014 at 10:40 am
Let's start with reforming drug sentencing around marijuana. It is a true minority of people thatRead More think our drug sentencing minimums are sane and are doing more societal good than societal harm. They are out of all proportion. And then when we fix drug sentencing minimums, we should retroactively revise sentences to all those in Minnesota prisons for drug violations. I'm not convinced "medical marijuana" should be the first hurdle to jump to changing the state's drug policy, we know everything medicinal in "medical marijuana" and regulated and is available over-the-counter by prescription already.
Minnesotanative January 27, 2014 at 10:41 am
Leslie, You stopped me as i entered a DFL event and bad mouth Gov Dayton because he opposed this. ItRead More appears to me that Gov Dayton is taking a guarded, rational approach to this issue. I am happy he is wanting more research on the entire issue. I think he will change his mind on this after the facts are out. But your approach is too extreme. Take some demeanor from Scott Dibble. H
onefastdoggie January 23, 2014 at 07:10 am
So the dome was good enough for the Vikings, but not so for the Twins. Build them a field you cried,Read More and you the tax payer did. The dome is good enough for the Vikings but not so for the Gophers. Build them a field you cried, and you the tax payer did. What is wrong with you folks from Minnesota, I mean what is your deal? Karl, you do know you bought the other 2 stadiums right? Is that it, your pissed because you already bought 2 stadiums for 2 crappy teams and you just cannot handle one more? I guess I could see your point then, but you have to come out and say that.
Mike K. January 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Why didn't the Pohlads and Wilfs go get a loan to build their projects just like everyone else hasRead More to? Because....they use their wealth to buy political favors and get free taxpayer money instead! Also, let's not forget which newspaper owns the majority of the land in this redevelopment and that has been very vocal supporters of the project. Hint: they have a very elderly multi-multi-multi millionaire who somehow thinks he is still relevant.
Leslie Davis January 25, 2014 at 12:19 am
It wouldn't have happened on my watch. Leslie Davis ECHO PRESS Alexandria, Minnesota January 24,Read More 2014 Leslie Davis announces governor candidacy Leslie Davis of Minneapolis has announced his candidacy for Minnesota governor. Born in 1937, Davis is a U.S. Army veteran, father of four grown children and is founder/president of Earth Protector Companies. Now affiliated with the DFL, he will run in the DFL primary this August. “Right now, many Minnesotans are losing jobs, homes, farms, and retirement funds, and many middle class families are being thrown into poverty as fuel, food, housing, medical care and education costs soar,” Davis said. For more information, visit www.LeslieDavis.org
Mike B. January 22, 2014 at 03:31 pm
The Capitol does not have enough Civil War art. And I would correct the author. It was really theRead More War against Northern Aggression, as Lincoln and the northerners started the war against the South, who were correct in standing up to the North for states' rights.
Dan Peterson January 23, 2014 at 08:10 am
It has been fine for a hundred years. In fact very fine. Leave it that way.
Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch
Donald Lee January 20, 2014 at 04:36 pm
This is not news. It is opinion. I think it is also inaccurate at best. You have to remember thatRead More the companies want to control only what they built. It's not as though the internet were sitting there in a field and someone picked it up and doled out parts of it to random companies to "control". "The internet" is nothing more than the collection of communications facilities that those carriers spent hundreds of billions of dollars to build. The very idea of "Net Neutrality" smacks of nationalization of the internet. Is that what we want? I certainly don't. The hand-wringing is entirely unjustified. The FCC order wasn't being followed anyway. The carriers will simply continue doing what they were already doing. The final paragraph of the appeals court decision is an excellent synopsis: -- "This regulation essentially provides an economic preference to a politically powerful constituency, a constituency that, as is true of typical rent seekers, wishes protection against market forces. The Commission does not have authority to grant such a favor." I plan a post with more information.
Donald Lee January 24, 2014 at 11:49 pm
I have posted another view of this. The court got it right.Read More http://mendotaheights.patch.com/groups/donald-lees-blog/p/net-neutrality-in-one-paragraph_7c0209a9
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SomeGuy January 17, 2014 at 09:30 am
By that logic, the state should not regulate youth and alcohol or prescription drugs. KnownRead More health risks associated with overuse - regulation makes sense for minors.
Brandi Stillings January 17, 2014 at 10:01 am
No the state, or government should not have to limit a person's right to do anything. Tanning is theRead More least of our worries. I hate to go on a rant, but look at everything else they can control. It's becoming a dictatorship rather than a democracy. Now, they are drug testing random public school students, demanding we pay outrageous prices for prescriptions, tanning isn't the issue here. Taking away our right to do what we can is wrong. Although, it is unhealthy and teens should know better by now, the most we can do is educate them not demand change.
Tank Murdoch January 17, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Hey kids can get stoned legally in some States, why not take a tan too
Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-District 52B)
Donald Lee January 9, 2014 at 03:18 pm
This sort of proposal needs to be approached with caution. It is essentially a requirement that yourRead More phone be under the control of the network, not you. It's easy to see why this would be useful if it is stolen, but it is also useful to people like the NSA. I doubt that Rep Atkins, not being technically trained, understands the ins and outs of this proposal, but it is not necessarily a good idea. I would oppose it. As it stands today, different brands and models have different anti-theft features. Over time, the best ones will become popular, and the useless ones will die off. This is as it should be, and the state of MN, and the federal gov have no useful role in "mandating" this technological development. In short - this is a bad idea.