Caught On Camera of the Day: A reporter for the Tennessean alt-weekly Nashville Scene was arrested Friday night at the Occupy Nashville protests on Legislative Plaza, and managed to catch the entire sorry affair on camera.
In the mostly audio-only video, Jonathan Meador can be heard properly identifying himself to police as a member of the press before being shoved unapologetically to the ground and handcuffed.
A trooper is heard instructing a fellow officer to charge Meador with resisting arrest. Meador was later charged with public intoxication, despite several witnesses saying he was not drinking or drunk.
A judge promptly ordered the release of all arrested protesters, saying police did not provide Occupy Nashville with sufficient forewarning that overnight occupation of the plaza was banned. A Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman told the Tennessean they plan to review the video and “will respond appropriately.”
Reporter John Farley, working for WNET MetroFocus — which is part of New York’s PBS station — wrote the story after being arrested himself, on “disorderly conduct” charges. What was his disorderly conduct? Apparently it was attempting to interview some of those women who were pepper sprayed by Bologna. He properly identified himself to the police as a reporter, but they did not care. He was still arrested and spent nine hours in custody. While some of the others in custody with him were, in fact, protestors, some were merely bystanders trying to record what was going on. He notes two such stories. The first is of a guy who was working at a cafe right by the pepper spray incident:
This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: A blogger in Taiwan was fined NT$200,000 (US$7,000) and sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years probation for calling a restaurant’s beef noodles “too salty” in a blog post.
In addition to criticizing the Taichung-based restaurant’s food, Liu also complained of cockroaches, and called the owner a “bully.” She was subsequently sued for defamation.
A district court ruled that the bad review “exceeded reasonable bounds,” and ordered her jailed for 30 days. Liu appealed to the High Court, but lost again when the judge decided she was wrong to generalize about the saltiness of the food, as she had only consumed a single dish.
A lawyer who commented on this case reminded bloggers to be “objective and fair” and “supplement their comments with photographs to protect themselves.”
Unfriendly Policy of the Day: Richard Metzger @ Dangerous Minds recently received a rather puzzling e-mail from Facebook, informing him that a photo his site posted on Facebook had been removed for violating “Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,” which prohibits “shares that contain nudity, or any kind of graphic or sexually suggestive content.”
The photo in question? Two men kissing (above).
It gets worse: The photo was associated with a post on his site concerning a London-based “kiss-in” organized to protest the mistreatment of two gay patrons of The John Snow pub — a protest which originated on Facebook. The John Snow protest page has since been removed as well.
Facebook, by the way, does not respond to violation reports with an automatic removal. According to the Facebook Help Center, an administrator “looks into each report thoroughly in order to decide the appropriate course of action,” only removing the offending content if a violation has occurred. So make of that what you will.
Potentially Worse Worst Person Ever of the Day: In her latest video, infamous Poe’s law invoker TamTamPamela has raised the bar for religious extremists and religious extremism spoofers alike by thanking God for shaking Japan awake from the slumber of secularism.
Is she for real? The debate rages on. Either way: Not funny.
Earlier: Worst Person Ever.
I projectile vomited in the first 30 seconds and had to stop the video to gather myself and clean my desk up.
I. Just. Can’t.
Additional win comment of the day:
I just spoke to god and he wants you to get back in the kitchen and STFU.
“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. “
Read your bible, slut.
SHE IS THE DEVIL. END OF STORY. (Lawrence, did you see her other video about atheists?)
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Paging Evelyn Beatrice Hall’s Voltaire of the Day: The Supreme Court, in an 8-1 decision, ruled in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to bring their hateful anti-gay message to military funerals.
Chief Justice John Roberts, in his majority opinion, concluded that “Westboro’s funeral picketing is certainly hurtful and its contribution to public discourse may be negligible, but Westboro addressed matters of public import on public property, in a peaceful manner, in full compliance with the guidance of local officials.”
Justice Samuel Alito, who voted against the ruling, said in his dissent: “I fail to see why actionable speech should be immunized simply because it is interspersed with speech that is protected.”
Fiery Rhetoric of the Day: Things aren’t going well for state workers in Wisconsin. Republicans are working overtime to push the controversial collective-bargaining-stripping “budget repair bill” through without the Democrats, even going so far as to begin voting before the State Assembly was scheduled to meet.
Rep Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) took to the floor of the State Capitol to call the GOP on their shady tactics with a galvanizing speech for the ages.