Increasingly, online rants proving costly

Full story: TwinCities.com

The Internet has allowed tens of millions of Americans to be published writers. But it also has led to a surge in lawsuits from those who say they were hurt, defamed or threatened by what they read, according to groups that track media lawsuits.
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So..am I excluded from this if I am under the influence of a mind altering substance?
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Abbo wrote:
I wish I could take those who misunderstand the concept of freedom of speech by the ears and FORCE them to read this exerpt from the 1st amendment:
"Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..."
It says congress (and by extension that means all levels of government) cannot abridge your freedom of speech. The government and only the government is prevented from doing so. Your boss can abridge your freedom of speech if it has to do with business. So can your spouse. So can I if your standing on my porch and saying something I don't like.
Get it straight for gawd sakes or go back to whatever high school you dropped out of and re-learn it because it's important. Only the government is prohibited from abridging your freedome of speech.
At last, an intelligent comment. May miracles never cease. Please write more at any time, it makes my day.
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Tell It Like It Is wrote:
Let this be a lesson to you posters here who in site, inflame, defame, post hate and make derogatory comments about others. You could be next! The article states, "even those posting anonymously", so beware!
boy this is really scary for the hate mongers who get their jollies spewing hate.
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Obama still sux!
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ok, he might be a nice guy, but his policies and ideaology certainly suck.
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nobody better not defame or hurt my feelings online or i'll sue them for billions of dollars.
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Tell It Like It Is wrote:
Let this be a lesson to you posters here who in site, inflame, defame, post hate and make derogatory comments about others. You could be next! The article states, "even those posting anonymously", so beware!
You are gay right?
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lyla wrote:
<quoted text>boy this is really scary for the hate mongers who get their jollies spewing hate.
YOU are gay right?
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Who the **** do these ******* think they are?

I am so ******* sick and tired of these ******* always trying to **** with things, I wish they'd all just go **** themselves and eat ****.

I mean, I'm not personally one to deliver an online rant, so I shouldn't really care anyway. It's just the principle of the thing.
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I'm in favor of anything that sweeps the blogsphere clean of the neo-con spreaders of disinformation--or at least forces them to apply real facts and truth to their postings.
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Clean Sweep wrote:
I'm in favor of anything that sweeps the blogsphere clean of the neo-con spreaders of disinformation--or at least forces them to apply real facts and truth to their postings.
Oh, please. Then we'd have to do the same thing with you dirtball libs, and all your sensitive little heads would explode.

Since we're on the subject, give us an example of a major conservative figure spreading disinformation -- not just a name, but a real example with supporting detail.

Can you? I know I can counter you at a 10-1 ratio with liberal lies straight from the blabbering mouths of Mr. Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, and every major democrat in DC.

Your turn, turd. Hit me with your best shot, liberal d0uche!

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So when a Conservative wishes three judges dead it's a crime? But we've had countless Liberals wish George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Justice Thomas and many other Conservatives dead and that was considered political speech. Seems like a HUGE double standard. No wonder the blogger was confused and thought it was OK to write what he did. He was only doing what Liberals have done on TV for years.

AS far as the First Amendment (and the rest of our rights) I do understand that my rights end at the tip of your nose. If speech is used to do harm then usually there can and are consequences unless your a Liberal.
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ImpeachTheLyingKenyan wrote:
<quoted text> In your rant about how wrong it is to be a hater, you spewed more hate than any other comment on this forum.
You're a little confused, aren't you? You just proved my point about the right spewing hate by calling the President of the US a "Lying Kenyan" in your user name. Thanks for the confirmation.
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What a dope wrote:
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Your "rights" may end when you spew crap in public and someone whacks your a/s/s for doing it. Just because you have the "right" to say whatever you like in "public", doesn't make it OK to do so. Has nothing to do with politics, although I notice morons like you CONSTANTLY want to make it so. Has every thing to do with common sense and common decency...something you seem to be lacking. I'm not talking about expressing different opinions. I'm talking about the garbage I see posted here. What is so good about some mentally unbalanced idiots being able to post such hate on this site? "First Amendment Rights" were not meant to give everyone carte blanche to say whatever they want. They were meant to allow people to disagree with each other, including the Government, without fear of reprisals. Allot of the crap you see posted on this site is mostly idiots who have no life and just hate the world or want to blame liberals for all the worlds ills, much like yourself. I'm sure our forefathers would agree. BTW, the right spews more hate, especially racist hate, more then any other group. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, buddy!
By posting "spewing crap in public", do you mean like when Barry said that the police "acted stupidly"?,

or when Napolitano, said illegals are not criminals,

Janet Napolitano said what?
By Michelle Malkin April 21, 2009 08:59 AM

or when Napolitano proceeded to label Americans who protested g'ment with their tax and spend sprees - i.e., Taxed Enough Already, in order to accuse them of being a security threat, labeling them (stupidly) as right wing extremists...is that the kind of "spewing crap" you referred to??????????

Confirmed: The Obama DHS hit job on conservatives is real
By Michelle Malkin April 14, 2009 12:01 AM

Just askin'
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WASHINGTON The Internet has allowed tens of millions of Americans to be published writers. But it also has led to a surge in lawsuits from those who say they were hurt, defamed or threatened by what they read, according to groups that track media lawsuits.

"It was probably inevitable, but we have seen a steady growth in litigation over content on the Internet," said Sandra Baron, executive director of the Media Law Resource Center in New York.

Although bloggers may have a free-speech right to say what they want online, courts have found that they are not protected from being sued for their comments, even if they are posted anonymously.

Some postings have even led to criminal charges.

Media law experts say lawsuits over Internet postings are easy to track because many of them arise from local ISP address's. They rarely result in large verdicts or lengthy appeals to high courts.

Media law experts repeat the advice that bloggers and e-mailers need to think twice before sending a message.

"The first thing people need to realize, they can be held accountable for what they say online," Baron said. "Before you speak ill of anyone online, you should think hard before pressing the 'send' button."
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This is part two and/or supportive of my previous QUESTION about statements made by Janet against Americans who feel Taxed Enough Already and speak out against it -

This report, first made public on The Roger Hedgecock Show, should be read by all Americans. Roger Hedgecock's commentary on this report and what it means is available here. The implications of the impact on the civil rights of EVERY American, regardless of their political affiliation or beliefs, is chilling.

Every concerned citizen, from the left, the right, moderate, Democrat, Republican, Independent and those who don't consider themselves "political" should read this report and understand that at any time they may be at risk of being "scrutinized" by the government at the direction of the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS"). Every conscious person who reads it can easily realize that a person who is willing to use the strong arm of the US Government to target heroic men and women who risk their lives for their country for scrutiny as potential threats to their power (Janet Napolitano), should not be trusted to head "Homeland Security", a department which was created to protect citizens against the threat of Islamic terrorism. It was NOT created to further political agendas of those in power nor to terrorize law abiding citizens, including heroes returning from military service to our country.
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We the people... protecting our civil liberties,
do hereby demand the firing of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano

GET THIS REPORT HERE.
A lot of information located on firenapolitano.com , yet there are many other sites. I see where this one even addresses the so-called swine flu emergency crisis, omg, omg, but let us not secure our borders....

Constitution of the United States of America & Related Documents - Be Aware of YOUR Rights Under the
Supreme Law of our Land
DOWNLOAD - The Constitution of the United States
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States
The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10)
Constitutional Amendments 11 - 27

So much information - factual information, not slander or libel.
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dum dums wrote:
how can you be hurt by what you read? i mean grow a set will ya.. can i sue an extremely obese person because i say it hurt me to look at them?
What's more of an issue is being hurt by what OTHERS read about you.
What A Dope

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abuse of power wrote:
We the people... protecting our civil liberties,
do hereby demand the firing of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano
GET THIS REPORT HERE.
A lot of information located on firenapolitano.com , yet there are many other sites. I see where this one even addresses the so-called swine flu emergency crisis, omg, omg, but let us not secure our borders....
Constitution of the United States of America & Related Documents - Be Aware of YOUR Rights Under the
Supreme Law of our Land
DOWNLOAD - The Constitution of the United States
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States
The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10)
Constitutional Amendments 11 - 27
So much information - factual information, not slander or libel.
Geez! Some people ain't got no life. Everything is soooooo serious and doomsday for them. Bummer for you dude.
lyla

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Frankn wrote:
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YOU are gay right?
goodness no,I pity them..

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