The world has gone mad

Spartacus is not a fan of President Trump.  To the extent that this matters to anyone but Spartacus, but Spartacus has supported somethings the President has done, but has criticised other things.

But this item from the US just shows how insane some section of the US are.  This really is Trump Derangement Syndrome.  Criticize him for his policies.  Criticize him for his character.  Criticize him for the company he keeps.  But to take President Trump (et al) to court because he blocked you on Twitter is just insane.

More insane though is the court finding in your favour and instructing President Trump to unblock people from his personal (not White House mind you) twitter account.  And on the grounds of infringing on the 1st amendment of the US Constitution.  You see, on 23 May the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York said:

social media posts on the president’s and other officials’ accounts were represented public comment and blocking users violated their free speech rights under the First Amendment.

Next thing, the same court will find it illegal, under the First Amendment, to stop people throwing faeces because it would infringe on peoples’ rights of free expression.

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37 Responses to The world has gone mad

  1. Confused Old Misfit

    NAOMI REICE BUCHWALD
    UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

    Why are so many of these certifiably mad decisions mad by female judges?
    Now, I’m only going on anecdotal evidence and I do love the ladies so don’t haul out the misogynist line.
    But this is an impression I’m getting.

  2. “Spartacus is not a fan of President Trump”.
    Me neither.
    But, like Ross Cameron, I happen to think he is the world’s greatest living human being.
    And you would too, if you had any inkling of the war currently waging between the good guys and the bad guys, behind the facade of nonsense presented by the Meeja.
    That’s all.

  3. .

    social media posts on the president’s and other officials’ accounts were represented public comment and blocking users violated their free speech rights under the First Amendment.

    Equally nutty ideas are trotted out here, to wit, Apple etc MUST carry fuckwit Alex Jones content.

  4. Mark

    Actually, this decision is potentially good – logically, if it is illegal for any public official to block you from their feed, it is also illegal for Twitter to “shadow ban” you…

    Not that logic is followed in these cases

  5. JohnL

    Why are so many of these certifiably mad decisions made by female judges?

    Blond?

  6. Genghis

    Ya know, if he just stopped his twitter account he might seem a better person.

  7. But it’s even worse than that, Spartacus.

    This decision has been made independently of leftist tech giants blocking the other side of politics, overriding those very same 1st amendment rights without judicial censure.

    The selective application of rules is far, far worse.

  8. This is going to backfire on the Left. If Trump and every other public official cannot block users, then it will be interesting to see who on the Left has to start unblocking users:

    Total number of elected offices: 537 (President, Vice President, 435 US House Members, 100 Senators). According to the Census data, there are more than 87,000 local and state governments constituting more than 511,000 offices.

  9. stackja

    NYT WaPo twitter block DT?

  10. cohenite

    Public officials = public comment: private comments on FB, Google etc not public comment; neat eh?

  11. gbees

    “blocking users violated their free speech rights under the First Amendment.” I’m lost. I thought free speech meant you could speak your mind but it also meant that someone doesn’t have to listen to you speak if they don’t want to. What does this ruling mean for Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Spotify de-platforming Alex Jones (InfoWars)?

  12. H B Bear

    Ya know, if he just stopped his twitter account he might seem a better person.

    No way. Every time The Donald sends a Tweet somewhere in the world a MSM j’ismist is given the sack. He is personally sending Big Media the way of the candlestick makers.

  13. MichelLasouris

    And there I was thinking that Mad Gillain Triggs had gone back to the UK. Seems they don’t want her either. Can’t we just declare her to be stateless person\? That’ll fix the interfering bitch

  14. MichelLasouris

    Next thing, we will have Short one pre-selecting Triggs as a Captains Pick in an upcoming election for the Socialists…….God forbid

  15. Confused Old Misfit

    Ya know, if he just stopped his twitter account he might seem a better person.

    He seems damned fine to me!
    For a septuagenarian he handles the digital age far better than the magic black fellow.

  16. Stimpson J. Cat

    Welcome to My World.

  17. Tel

    http://www.econtalk.org/frank-dikotter-on-maos-great-famine/

    Slightly off topic but gives a good sense of perspective about political tragedy, what goes wrong, and how easily people can go nuts in large numbers. This is a good book to get into school libraries perhaps.

  18. candy

    Trump’s twitter comments are about the most exciting thing in politics around the world, who doesn’t read them and take an interest?
    I have a hunch that other world leaders are envious.

  19. Confused Old Misfit

    I have a hunch that other world leaders are envious.

    If they are not, they ought to be. His communication skills are ominous.

  20. Tom

    If there was no Trump Derangement Syndrome, it would have been much harder to enjoy pushing America’s corrupt, evil ruling class back into the swamp, while its lapdog media tells us fascism and the end of liberty are all for our own good.

    And we would have been deprived 0f the entertainment of watching the dumbest people ever born struck down by a force of nature they don’t understand and can’t stop.

    TDS would be only half the fun if God Almighty hadn’t given POTUS45 a Teflon shield. Zap!!! Kapow!!! Blam!!! Take that, godless commo hordes!!!

  21. BoyfromTottenham

    Freedom of speech US style – take a look at Breitbart news today. Lots of articles showing ‘Antifa’ and their ilk holding placards urging overthrow of the US government, chanting ‘Death to America”, antagonising the police, etc. Twitter has nothing compared to this. These ratbags are getting mighty close to crossing the free speech / sedition border. And maybe that is just what Trump is waiting for. I’m sure the US has suitable laws to stop outright sedition and insurrection. Does DJT have the guts to act?

  22. Delta

    So what happens if Trump doesn’t unblock this account?

  23. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Leftism = shit.

  24. Tel

    So what happens if Trump doesn’t unblock this account?

    The he creates a special “Executive Privilege” carve-out just like every President has done since Teddy Roosevelt.

  25. Confused Old Misfit

    So what happens if Trump doesn’t unblock this account?

    I would imagine that the decision was subject to appeal immediately it was given. So, POTUS need not do anything.

  26. Lawrence Ayres

    I would accept a twitter was a function of freedom of speech if the person sending the message used their own name. They know they are replying to the president but he does not know them. The first amendment when written did not envisage a time when one could send a message instantly, a long distance and anonymously. At the time you could eyeball your critic or read his newspaper so you knew who you were dealing with and respond accordingly. Anonymous sniping is cowardly.

  27. Pete of Perth

    If DT deleted his Twitter account, would they go the way of Altavista?

  28. Macspee

    Nothing in the Constitution requires the provision of facility of any kind to give vent to speech acts. As someone pointed out, if DT closes his account he cannot be required to open a new one to give trolls an outlet for their bile.

  29. Tel

    They know they are replying to the president but he does not know them.

    I’m sure the President could know exactly who it was if he picked up the internal phone and got the right people together.

    Unmasking and then leaking details to the press… hmmm, where have I seen that strategy before? Perhaps Susan Rice can explain how it works.

  30. Mr Black

    The left uses its corrupt judges to force illegal and unpopular policy onto the citizens all the time. The right, to it’s shame, tolerates this.

  31. struth

    Using the judge’s logic, free speech means you get to use others platforms and they can’t stop you so lets all jump on the set of CNN and give our point of view when the camera is rolling.

  32. stackja

    Appointed by: Bill Clinton.

  33. stackja

    You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it.

    Art Buchwald

  34. Alexi the Conservative Russian

    US population = 326 million while total number of US Senators = 100
    OZ population ?25 million? while total number of Oz Senators = 76

    Can you see the problem?

  35. Alexi the Conservative Russian

    Yes, we only need 8 senators ( 1 per 3.26 million plebs) or better still none.

  36. Kneel

    “The he creates a special “Executive Privilege” carve-out just like every President has done since Teddy Roosevelt.”

    Oh yes. And he can deliberately make it unenforceable, make them Dimocreeps and followers take it to court to get it struck down. Change a few words, rinse and repeat. In the mean time, he can do what he wants while the Dimocreeps waste thousands millions to “fix” this “problem”. All the while completely distracted from the real work he’s doing. Man, has he got their number or what?

  37. LBLoveday

    MichelLasouris wrote: “And there I was thinking that Mad Gillain Triggs had gone back to the UK.”
    Griggs is the “star attraction” at the upcoming Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali.
    “Even Madder” Clem Ford will be there as usual, but it seems Flim Flannery, who infested the show last year, won’t.
    An event definitely to be missed.

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