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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?
High-profile supporters like West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gear and his wife, Sally, are giving legislative leaders new perspectives about medical marijuana. (Patch file photo)
Esoteric Knowledge March 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Carl Babcock: And what's wrong with getting high, Carl?...Do you fear losing a world where everyoneRead More lives under your boot so you can delude yourself with a feeling of superiority? If you want to accuse someone for lying for their own selfish needs, maybe you should look in the mirror first instead of psychologically projecting your personality traits onto others!
Carl Babcock March 10, 2014 at 09:52 pm
Esoteric, Why are you so hostile? 1-Getting high makes a person a hazardous driver, for instance.Read More Better to get high on giving oneself to making the world a better place. 2-not feeling superior, just sharing info! 3-not accusing anyone of being a liar, just sharing info to someone who has been misinformed. 4- Sorry I touched a nerve. Please don't take it personally. Peace.
Jason M. March 12, 2014 at 07:47 am
Spreading misinformation doesn't help anyone.
Proposed legislation could make it legal for Iowans to buy and set off some fireworks, including Roman candles.
Anita Miller March 9, 2014 at 09:49 am
Right now you can get a permit to shoot until last year you only needed house insurance and $50.Read More Last year they require Trining in fireworks or a trained professional to be the one to shoot them. I think they should be sold here but should have the old regulations, and maybe a rule on how much open space you need to be able to shoot them.
James Windust March 9, 2014 at 09:57 am
You can buy Cigarette Lighters, Sparklers, Starting fluid, Kerosene, Gasoline, Solvents, and TarRead More & Bug Remover. Which produce sales tax revenue. And hundreds more. Drop the ban. Enjoy the new tax revenue ( Choice here ) 30-Day usage. Adult must show ID. Do not use 500 Feet from apartment complex, 1000 feet from shopping center, 1000 feet from any private or public owned school, hospital, Zoo, etc. Make it safe for everyone. Let' show Iowa we can be adults, and show our children we do care about safety. Let us make the choice.
David Tiffany March 10, 2014 at 07:01 am
The reporting is inaccurate. The ban was imposed because too many fireworks - explosive, notRead More sparklers - were causing severe injuries and major fires. Fireworks ARE explosives. I do not want us to be another Missouri. I want our citizens - especially our children - to be safe. Keep the law as it is.