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(Al Jazeera)   Set up a Twitter account making fun of the mayor of Peoria, Illinois? Yeah, enjoy having the cops show up at your workplace and haul you in for interrogation   ( divider line
    More: Stupid, Illinois, Peoria, Twitter, Twitter account, doubts, Journal Star, mayors, raid  
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2014-04-19 12:55:57 AM  
3 votes:
That's some real school Principal levels of spite and insecurity there, Mein Mayor.
2014-04-19 12:10:47 AM  
3 votes:
Well, this ought to generate some mature response, and by mature response, I mean hundreds of fake Peoria mayor web presences.
2014-04-19 12:47:37 AM  
2 votes:

maltedmothball: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: macross87: There once was a mayor from Peoria....

Whom power gave a sense of euphoria...

until a fake tweet, got him  up from his seat...

to legislate common sense moratoria
2014-04-19 12:28:59 AM  
2 votes:

macross87: There once was a mayor from Peoria....

Whom power gave a sense of euphoria...
2014-04-19 12:20:51 AM  
2 votes:
As an aside, seriously---since when is a farking Twitter account considered to be a "trusted source of information"?!  Jeez, what's next? The Onion gets busted for faking news reports?!
2014-04-19 07:32:23 AM  
1 vote:

TheBigJerk: All I can think of is this court case, the facts don't matter, you're going to be convicted Just Because.

This was back in the 1990s when busting comic book stores was all the rage? Remember Mike Diana, the only cartoonist ever convicted on obscenity down in Floriduh?

For some reason the authorities, spurred on by the religious right had a real bug up their ass about comic books, constantly raided comic book stores.

It lead to thousands of stores owners just saying "screw this" and closing up shop.

Freedom! For the children!

2014-04-19 06:31:26 AM  
1 vote:
So America, how is that freedom treating ya?
2014-04-19 03:26:04 AM  
1 vote:

Shadowtag: f it's not marked as parody, I'm pretty sure you can't claim parody or satire as a legal recourse.

It doesn't have to be marked as parody.
2014-04-19 01:26:18 AM  
1 vote:
So, all those defenders against tyranny who went down to the Bundy Ranch in the hopes of starting Civil War II, they're now going to Peoria to show the mayor and police chief that they can't just push people around like that, right?
2014-04-19 01:19:53 AM  
1 vote:
The reason I say that it's not the account in question is because they said that account was suspended in the article.
2014-04-19 01:14:11 AM  
1 vote:
FTFA: "They brought me in like I was a criminal," said Michelle Pratt, a 27-year-old resident who was in the shower when officers arrived at the front door.

Why, yes. That is how they generally handle it when they drag you in for questioning. You thought you had rights or something?
Move along, the rest of you! Nothing to see here.

   There once was a mayor from Peoria
   Who would look in the mirror for euphoria
   He abused his power, detained a lady just out of the shower
   And should be sent to Cambodia

I would revise that slightly for a limerick:
   There once was a mayor from Peoria
   Who would look in the mirror for euphoria
   He abused his power, and a lady in the shower
   And the electorate said no more o' ya.
2014-04-19 01:11:05 AM  
1 vote:
At least they were honest about what the were searching for. Real news would be if a parody twitter account was made, mayor stalks perpetrator plants a pound of coke in the dudes car and has him pulled over. THATS news...and also gangster.....
2014-04-19 01:05:03 AM  
1 vote:
The settlement from this should be quite nice. It is questionable that this qualified as "impersonating" a public official to the point of criminal behaviour, and at most could qualify for libel or slander. A half decent lawyer should be able to successfully argue this to be an abuse of resources.
2014-04-19 01:03:41 AM  
1 vote:

EvaDewer: FTFA:  By March 10, the bio information was updated to indicate it was a parody account. It had about 50 tweets and as many followers.

In my estimation, there is no possible way this action will backfire by causing numerous other people to create additional fake accounts. Furthermore, there is no way that this harassment will lead to greater negative publicity for the mayor than just letting the troll lie would have.

I'm guessing he's never heard of the Streisand Effect.
2014-04-19 01:03:04 AM  
1 vote:
2014-04-19 01:00:02 AM  
1 vote:
If Tom Corbett is an example to go by, this mayor has a governorship in his future.
2014-04-19 12:58:44 AM  
1 vote:
what a dickbag
2014-04-19 12:56:38 AM  
1 vote:
FTFA: No arrests were made in connection with the Twitter account, but one of the residents was charged with possession of marijuana, the Peoria Journal Star reported.

Let's see how that plays out in court.
2014-04-19 12:37:59 AM  
1 vote:

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: macross87: There once was a mayor from Peoria....

Whom power gave a sense of euphoria...

until a fake tweet, got him  up from his seat...
2014-04-19 12:23:50 AM  
1 vote:

jjorsett: Wait, Peoria actually exists? I thought it was a city comedians made up. Peoria. Peoria. Who can say that without laughing?

richard pryor but he grew up in a whorehouse there and I don't think he found it too funny
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