Thursday, November 17, 2016


Blame it on
The media

PRESIDENT ELECT TRUMP contends that the media and professional rabble rousers are behind the continuing DUMBonstrations.

Most people with eyes to see, hears to hear, and a functioning brain understand that sans media coverage, the DUMBonstrators would act like adults, go home, and prepare for the 2020 campaign.


That probably would not be enough for some of the Clintonites — some U.S. citizens and some foreign nationals. As examples:

    Last week a UK-based journalist, New York Times and Guardian writer Monisha Rajesh, sparked a similar controversy when she tweeted “It’s About Time For A Presidential Assassination!” It’s unclear if her UK employer, the Guardian — never known for truth and accuracy in reporting — sent her packing.

    A Los Angeles Times writer, Steven Borowiec, was fired days before the election for a tweet calling for Trump’s demise.

There is “freedom of speech” and there is “shouting fire in a crowded theater.” The two “journalists” — as a former newspaper printer, reporter, and editor I cringe at calling these people “journalists” — crossed the line and are well into the “crowded theater” where freedom of speech must be tempered with a modicum of common sense.

I don’t recall — that is not to write that it never happened — that any “journalist” published a call for the assassination of Obama, although undoubtedly many may have, in frustration, privately wished for his removal from office.

You won't read this in the NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, or see it on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, or most other national media. You can read it in foreign and tabloid media.

    CEO steps down over online threat to ‘kill’ Trump

    The chief executive officer of a digital security company has been forced to resign, following a series of violent rants directed at President-elect Donald Trump.

    Matt Harrigan, founder and now former CEO of PacketSled, stepped down on Tuesday from his position at the San Diego-based company after a series of Facebook posts on Monday led to a Secret Service investigation.

    In his comments, Harrigan explicitly threatened to murder the president-elect.

    “I’m going to kill the president. Elect [sic],” he wrote, saying he was “getting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts. Find a bedroom in the whitehouse that suits you mother******. I’ll find you.”

    Harrigan even taunted the president-elect’s security detail, writing: “Bring it, secret service.”

    At the end of his extended online rant, Harrigan expressed his disgust with the United States, writing, “In no uncertain terms, f*** you America. Seriously. F*** off.”

    The response was not long in coming for Harrigan, and within hours PacketSled had placed him on leave, and had notified the Secret Service of his stated goal of assassinating the president-elect.

    "PacketSled takes recent comments made by our CEO, seriously. Once we were made aware of these comments, we immediately reported this information to the secret service and will cooperate fully with any inquiries. These comments do not reflect the views or opinions of PacketSled, its employees, investors or partners. Our CEO has been placed on administrative leave."

    Harrigan attempted to play down the incident, claiming his comments were “intended to be a joke, in the context of a larger conversation, and only privately shared as such. Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not engage in this form of rhetoric with any level of seriousness and the comment does not represent my real personal views in any regard.”

    Despite his attempt to walk back the violent posts, however, by Tuesday Harrigan was forced to resign from the company.

While Harrigan — a name now besmirched but once famous in song * — contends his rants were “intended to be a joke, in the context of a larger conversation, and only privately shared as such they WERE published online and that belies his contention that they were only privately shared . There is no privacy on the Internet as any person involved with the medium surely knows.

Did Harrigan commit a federal crime? Currently, “No.”

According to Jack Cafferty once of CNN,

    An appeals court in California has overturned a man's two convictions for threatening to assassinate President Obama. The grounds? Freedom of speech.

    In 2008, two weeks before Barack Obama was elected the first black president in this nation's history, a California man posted violent, racist messages about Obama on an online message board: One posting said, "Shoot the ____" using a racial slur to describe Obama. Another post said Obama would end up with a "50 cal in the head soon."

    The Secret Service tracked down this individual as you might imagine - a guy named Walter Bagdasarian - within weeks. He had a .50-caliber rifle and five other guns and ammunition in his possession when they found him. He was arrested, and after waiving his right to a jury trial, Bagdasarian was convicted by a federal judge of two felonies for threatening to kill a presidential candidate.

    But recently, a court of appeals in San Francisco overturned that decision. In a 2-to-1 ruling, the court said his actions were protected by the First Amendment and that while his words were "alarming and dangerous," they were not illegal.

On the Quora web site, Zev Sero writes that

    Yes, incitement to commit any crime is a criminal offense. But in US law “incitement” has a very specific and narrow meaning. It means speech that is both intended and likely to cause someone to imminently commit a crime. Imminently means right away, as soon as they hear the speech, not some time in the future.

    Speech that merely advocates a crime, while leaving it entirely up to the audience whether to commit it or not, is not incitement. Nor is speech that is calculated to cause a crime to be committed at some time far in the future. No court has yet ruled on the exact time limit, but it’s very unlikely to be more than a few days at most, and probably no more than a few hours.

Cafferty makes no claim to be a lawyer and I suspect Zev Sero is the pseudonym of another non-lawyer; bottom line: caveat emptor.

I’m curious. If Harrigan hates America so much, why doesn’t he pack his bags and join the celebs promising to leave the U.S. if Trump was elected.

Also see:

Tech CEO vows to murder Donald Trump with a sniper rifle, gets fired

CEO of cyber security start-up resigns after threatening to assassinate Donald Trump during an election night Facebook tirade

CEO vows to assassinate President Trump

*   George M Cohan’s Harrigan song lyrics: Harrigan “is a name that a shame never has been connected with, Harrigan, That's me!“


Look up the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 also known as the McCarran-Walter Act Of 1952. Nothng new under the sun.

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