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Man Arrested On Felony Charge For Ebola Joke Inside Cleveland Casino

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posted on Oct, 17 2014 @ 07:29 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen


Comedians should not gamble.





posted on Oct, 17 2014 @ 07:29 PM
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a reply to: WeRpeons

Yeah joking about current events is careless. Guess we should arrest most of the people on mainstream media for inciting panic.



posted on Oct, 17 2014 @ 07:30 PM
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The moderator is correct and here is how this comes to such.

In the USA there are limits to the freedom of speech. You can say just about anything, however, if the speech were to cause a panic or incite a riot or violence, the law does not protect such. It thus becomes a crime.

This guy, may have been joking, but it was in bad taste and right now the last thing a person wants to do is create a panic, as then people could be hurt. People are scared out there, and who can blame them, Ebola is a scary disease and the federal government lies to the public, a very bad combination.



posted on Oct, 17 2014 @ 07:44 PM
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So why hasn't Obama's spokesperson, Major Garret, been arrested and charged for making a joke about ebola while his mic was hot the other day during a press comference?

He even pretended he was symptomatic.
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posted on Oct, 17 2014 @ 07:51 PM
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a reply to: Deny Arrogance

Because he said something like 'we're screwed' and not something like 'his former spouse had recently returned to Cleveland from West Africa and that he was there as a way to avoid her, as she was stricken with Ebola'.

There is a bit of a difference between the two...



posted on Oct, 17 2014 @ 08:19 PM
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a reply to: Elton

So because he mentioned two places from current events in his joke BOOM arrested. Did his wife actually come back from west Africa recently?

It seems like he had just watched the news and cracked a joke. Either way the talking heads on TV cause far more panic than one guy. Let's arrest them too. Fair is fair right? Oh wait America only applies laws unequally



posted on Oct, 17 2014 @ 08:47 PM
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I can understand a charge of disorderly conduct, because alot of people would be alarmed to think they're in the presence of someone who may be at risk of having ebola. It would scare people and harm business. But a felony charge is completely over the top. Is that even legal to just throw around felony charges? If I was him I'd sue big time.



posted on Oct, 17 2014 @ 09:55 PM
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So he said his ex-wife, ex, has ebola and was trying to get away and that means he's at risk? If people follow that everyone is going to be in for some fun. The way they're going about things seems he could have said his ex-wife's friend has ebola and they'd still have gone a bit batty.



posted on Oct, 17 2014 @ 10:20 PM
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Ah....the ole' "Take my wife...PLEASE!" joke.

Seriously though, the media should take some responsibility for inciting panic too! Jeez, I felt like I was exposed to Ebola, and could feel it settling in my eyes and throat, just from sitting at home watching the news! CRAZY!

What kind of panic would set in if someone with psychosomatic symptoms walked into an urgent care shop at a Walmart, for example, complaining of "Ebola like symptoms"?



posted on Oct, 17 2014 @ 10:21 PM
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What percent lethality of a virus does it go from being legal, to illegal. When you get to the crux of the matter that's what it is about.



posted on Oct, 17 2014 @ 11:48 PM
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a reply to: Turq1

It's not the lethality. It's how scary the symptoms are. People are just conditioned not to think logically anymore. Input emotional stimulus output emotional response. We just keep playing the games they want us to play. We need to stop trying to be the pawn that becomes the queen at the other side of the board and just flip the whole thing over. This game sucks balls.



posted on Oct, 18 2014 @ 12:20 AM
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a reply to: tavi45

It is about the lethality. If he said the flu what do you think would have happened, nothing. So at what percent lethality is it illegal, because it wouldn't be if it was the flu he said or if ebola had a much lower mortality rate.



posted on Oct, 18 2014 @ 12:23 AM
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a reply to: Turq1

Flu doesn't liquefy your organs or make you bleed from your eyes. It's the horror movie symptoms that have people afraid.



posted on Oct, 18 2014 @ 12:24 AM
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originally posted by: deadeyedick
Again the deal here is intent. It seems clear that this was a joke with no ill intentions. OVERKILL


So you want to see someone else be detained by a hazmat swat team and think its a joke?

For all we know this man could have been trying to set his wife up. In any case, now's not the time to joke about having ebola. Especially when you say it about someone else and risk their safety



posted on Oct, 18 2014 @ 12:26 AM
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a reply to: BlubberyConspiracy

So we should arrest everyone who makes an Ebola joke? So should I report all the happy little white kids I teach? They joke about it every day. Almost alll of them do.



posted on Oct, 18 2014 @ 01:57 AM
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originally posted by: Hefficide

Freedom of speech has never included anything that could or would incite panic. Yell "fire" in a crowded building and the same thing will happen. If caught you'll end up in jail.


Unless of course, there is a fire but you are afraid of being indicted on criminal charges for pointing the obvious; though that is not the case here. Just highlighting that the adage of "you cannot yell fire in a theater" is a silly one.


With that said, if I were a judge I would drop the charges BUT make the man spend 21 days in isolation for observation just to be sure he was joking. That might teach him the right way to tell a joke.


Agreed but outside of the past couple of months, this "joke" or statement wouldn't have raised an eyebrow and it only has drawn the attention because of some irrational fear. I suspect his lawyer will make that point.



posted on Oct, 18 2014 @ 02:25 AM
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Just out of curiosity, what about the new 'Ebola Hazmat Suits' for Halloween??
Will that get people arrested for inciting panic?

Still in search of a Halloween costume? Consider this Ebola hazmat suit


Strange times indeed....


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posted on Oct, 18 2014 @ 02:33 AM
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a reply to: snarky412

Well those guys are not black guys in a casino. They are just businessmen much like the media. They can't be held accountable, only powerless individuals are ever held accountable. It's the American way.



posted on Oct, 18 2014 @ 02:41 AM
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originally posted by: tavi45
a reply to: snarky412

Well those guys are not black guys in a casino. They are just businessmen much like the media. They can't be held accountable, only powerless individuals are ever held accountable. It's the American way.


Good God almighty......what is with the 'race' crap?

If the stupid man had kept his damn mouth shut, then he would not be in the situation he's in
That's his own damn fault, nothing to do with skin color, only stupidity!!

Do you realize what he caused by making that ignorant remark?
Or is it justified because he is a black man and no one is supposed to say anything to him about it, other wise they will be labeled racists by people like you

Come on, stop trying to find an argument when there is none

His actions is what got him in trouble, NOT his skin color
sheesh....

People just need to use common sense




So should I report all the happy little white kids I teach? They joke about it every day. Almost alll of them do.

Hmmm, a teacher with a crappy attitude towards 'white' kids.....nice
Not racist, are we?? Black's can be racist too you know
That would explain that ignorant remark about the man being arrested because he's 'black' excuse, instead of his ridiculous stunt that did it

Yet you like to preach about 'compassion'.....yeah, right
We can feel your 'compassion' alright in many of your remarks

Funny, not one person we've been around has ever joked about it, what ever there is to joke about
Mostly everyone is leery and cautious and doesn't trust what the CDC says any more, since they are always changing their stories


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posted on Oct, 18 2014 @ 04:05 AM
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Uh I don't hate white people and I'm not racist. How come bringing up race makes white people instantly aggressive and defensive? Feeling guilty? I sure dont. I'm pointing out that both people who had actions taken against them for Ebola jokes so far are black.

Hell if we gave more of a crap about Africa, Ebola would have been stamped out immediately rather than getting to America.

Maybe no one jokes by you (bs since they do it on TV, in government meetings, and in businesses) but it's near constant by me. I've made several jokes myself. So should I be arrested? Should these kids be arrested? One 12 year old girl keeps asking if people want to be Ebola buddies with her. I've heard kids say after they sneeze or cough "yeah i have ebola, hahaha" . If just joking about Ebola is grounds for arrest then me and the kiddies should be arrested right?

How about all the people selling Ebola merchandise like that Halloween costume? Just google it. There's tote bags and jewelry and clothing. That seems like profiteering and inviting fear and panic. Let's arrest them too

How about the people on Fox fear mongering? Should they be arrested for inciting panic? I've heard one lady on Fox literally say that we alike be way more terrified than we are.

Where do you draw the line sir? Apparently at black guy in a casino. Everyone else is fine.



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