Sunday, February 27, 2005

The Sliding Scale of Paranoia Part 2

I discussed the low end of the scale in Part 1. For Parts 2 and 3, I will jump to the far end of the scale.

Are you a high school student who wrote a short story about a high school over run by zombies? If so, then move the scale all the way up:
Student Arrested For Terroristic Threatening Says Incident A Misunderstanding

A George Rogers Clark High School junior arrested Tuesday for making terrorist threats told LEX 18 News Thursday that the "writings" that got him arrested are being taken out of context.

Winchester police say William Poole, 18, was taken into custody Tuesday morning. Investigators say they discovered materials at Poole's home that outline possible acts of violence aimed at students, teachers, and police.

Poole told LEX 18 that the whole incident is a big misunderstanding. He claims that what his grandparents found in his journal and turned into police was a short story he wrote for English class.

"My story is based on fiction," said Poole, who faces a second-degree felony terrorist threatening charge. "It's a fake story. I made it up. I've been working on one of my short stories, (and) the short story they found was about zombies. Yes, it did say a high school. It was about a high school over ran by zombies."
Notice that his own grandparents turned him in to the police. That is how they showed concern. Welcome to the Fourth Reich, where family members turn each other in to the State.
Even so, police say the nature of the story makes it a felony. "Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it's a felony in the state of Kentucky," said Winchester Police detective Steven Caudill.

Poole disputes that he was threatening anyone.

"It didn't mention nobody who lives in Clark County, didn't mention (George Rogers Clark High School), didn't mention no principal or cops, nothing," said Poole. "Half the people at high school know me. They know I'm not that stupid, that crazy."

On Thursday, a judge raised Poole's bond from one to five thousand dollars after prosecutors requested it, citing the seriousness of the charge.

Poole is being held at the Clark County Detention Center.
What a way to learn hard truths:
  • Zombies take offense when they are referred to as zombies.
  • Instead of rational discussion expressing concern, family members will have you put in jail on felony charges, so as to better ruin your life and traumatize you.
  • Americans are frightened senseless about the threat of violence, and are anxious to have the State step in and make them safe.
  • Many Americans, after absorbing lies for so long from the media, can no longer discern fiction from fact, and are fearful of creative expression. Unless it comes from approved mass media outlets.
  • All discussions of violence should be limited to State approved violence directed toward the State's chosen target of the day. I wonder if William had written about a high school over run by Iraqis instead of Zombies, would he be sitting in jail right now?
Welcome to the Forth Reich, William. I feel for you. Just be more careful with your stories from now on, you just never know who may decide to turn you in to the Proper Authorities.

Williams tale of woe reminds of this poor guy:
Another man, Richard Humphreys, happened to get into a harmless bar-room discussion with a truck driver. A bartender who overheard the conversation realized that Bush was scheduled to visit nearby Sioux Falls the next day, and he told police that Humphreys--who was actually making a joke with a Biblical reference--had talked about a "burning Bush" and the possibility of someone pouring a flammable liquid on Bush and lighting it. Humphreys was arrested for threatening the president.

"I said God might speak to the world through a burning Bush," he testified during his trial. "I had said that before and I thought it was funny."

Nevertheless, he was found guilty and sentenced to more than 3 years in prison. He decided to appeal, on the basis that his comment was a prophecy, protected under his right to freedom of speech.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

::sigh:: God help my state... er, I mean, Commonwealth. God help my Commonwealth of Kentucky 'cause, you know, commonwealths don't have to do that whole states' rights thing.

11:54 PM  
Blogger catalytic said...

Hi Dee,

We're all in trouble. No state has to do the states right thing:
Get Ready for PATRIOT IIThe use of the term commonwealth appears to be just a way for Kentucky to be uppity:

The use of "commonwealth" in the name Commonwealth of Kentucky doesn't have any particular significance — it means the same thing as "state" and was commonly used in the eighteenth century. [...] The colonial use of commonwealth probably derives from the Commonwealth period in England and might sometimes have been used to distinguish royal colonies from the proprietary colonies. [...]

5:26 PM  

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