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  •  No problem (3+ / 0-)
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    highacidity, xyz, rolet

    It happens. Thanks for correcting.

    •  it was because of the SF Chronicle quote (6+ / 0-)

      that I continued calling him "Senator Thompson"
      the laws against threatening hate speech contain special cases when threats are made against US representatives, from local to state to federal, increasing in severity of sentencing.

      "It's entertainment until somebody is attacked," Spocko said.

      by suskind on Sat Jan 13, 2007 at 01:38:49 PM PST

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      •  Huh (5+ / 0-)

        interesting. I didn't know that.

        I do know that security at the state capitol has tightened up considerably since I've lived near it, and have heard from some staffer types that threats to those folks are really not all that uncommon, though most aren't, of course, terribly serious once they're investigated. It's bad enough without jackasses on the radio pushing people to do stupid shit. Being involved in politics at any level shouldn't come at that kind of risk to life and limb.

        Incitement on the part of people with big megaphones is just inexcusable, and I hope KSFO gets its ass handed to it.

        •  buried in the chronicles of hate speech leg (2+ / 0-)
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          Spit, rolet

          and "fighting words"
          is the exception to the threats against public figures and seated representatives

          hateful threatening speech against the prez is not protected by the 1st amendment, for example.

          "It's entertainment until somebody is attacked," Spocko said.

          by suskind on Sat Jan 13, 2007 at 01:50:07 PM PST

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        •  which is very interesting (9+ / 0-)

          because another hate talk radio host on another station threatened the whole democratic house with violence

          A radio talk-show entertainer whose earlier statements that he "may" have to assassinate members of Congress if the wrong people were elected Nov. 7 now has set a timetable for those killings.

          In a statement on his website, Hal Turner noted that a newspaper has reported that a bill granting amnesty to illegal aliens is expected to be enacted in January, when the Democratic Party takes control of the U.S. Senate and House.

          "ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO INTRODUCES, CO-SPONSORS OR VOTES IN FAVOR OF ANY SUCH AMNESTY WILL BE DECLARED A DOMESTIC ENEMY AND WILL BE CONSIDERED A LEGITIMATE TARGET FOR ASSASSINATION," Turner posted on his website.

          "I am totally familiar with three specific U.S. Supreme Court decisions and those parameters govern what I say and write," he said. He said his comments are "uttered in a context which does not lend itself to imminent lawlessness," do not constitute a "true threat," and could be considered "political hyperbole."
          World Net Daily

          FEDERAL LAW: RADIO & CABLE

          STATUTE

          47 USC Sec. 558
                                                   

               Nothing in this subchapter shall be deemed to affect the criminal

             or civil liability of cable programmers or cable operators pursuant

             to the Federal, State, or local law of libel, slander, obscenity,

             incitement, invasions of privacy, false or misleading advertising,

             or other similar laws, except that cable operators shall not incur

             any such liability for any program carried on any channel

             designated for public, educational, governmental use or on any

             other channel obtained under section 532 of this title or under

             similar arrangements unless the program involves obscene material.

          "It's entertainment until somebody is attacked," Spocko said.

          by suskind on Sat Jan 13, 2007 at 01:58:16 PM PST

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