Musician/Comedian Faces 20 Years In Jail For Silly Video No Different Than Done On TV & In Movies

from the that's-not-right dept

Slashdot points us to yet another example of overzealous prosecutors going after someone with felony charges for a joke (perhaps done in poor taste). In this case, it involves 21-year-old musician/comedian Evan Emory, who performed childrens' songs in front of some elementary school kids. Later that day, after everyone else had left, he also performed and recorded another song with sexually explicit lyrics. He then cut the footage of the two songs together, to make it look like he was singing the explicit song to the kids. This is, admittedly, in extremely poor taste -- but as the Slashdot post notes, it's no different than what has been regularly done on various TV shows and in movies. The Slashdot post has even more examples, but those three all seem to be pretty "mainstream" and well-known examples of this tactic.

Yet, when Emory did it, he was arrested, charged with a felony for "manufacturing child sexual abusive material" and now faces 20 years in prison. Emory appears to be deeply remorseful, and notes that he obviously never intended to harm any kids, and searches of his house and computer showed no evidence of any actual child porn. But it doesn't seem to have stopped prosecutors from their plans to charge him with this felony. The prosecutor seems to be willfully ignoring the intent of the video:
"If you insinuate that you want to have sex with young children in Muskegon County and put that in the Internet, you've got a problem with the law," Tague said.

"As prosecutor of Muskegon County, I feel I have a strong obligation to vigorously defend all the children in our county. To insinuate on a tape that you want to perform perverted acts on children is clearly within the scope of the law with which Mr. Emory is charged."
Except, of course, Emory did not insinuate he wanted to have sex with those kids. It was a (crass and tasteless) joke video. I'm all for law enforcement prosecuting real child abusers to the fullest extent possible under the law. But going after folks like Emory here seems to make a mockery of the law, and take away efforts from stopping those who actually do want to do harm to children.


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    Richard (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:01am

    Why should they change their minds?

    He weighs the same as a duck....

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:03am

    If you seek a stupid prosecutor, look about you...

    Great... another story about some prosecutor from my home state Michigan being stupid... must be something in the water.

     

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    Anonymous Poster, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:06am

    When I first read this story, I literally could not speak for a few minutes afterwards. That is how angry I was about this.

    This is a flagrant attempt at destroying his First Amendment rights under the guise of the old "think of the children" boogeyman.

    It's just another reason why I stay far away from children in any situation whatsoever.

     

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    Havoc (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:20am

    Becoming typical now

    It is far worse than out of control, prosecutors trying new 'expanded' definitions of various laws to make a name for themselves, looking for re-election. None is so foolproof as 'protecting the children', because, win or lose, they always claim they were trying to protect the children. The sheep buy it. Worse, they re-elect them.
    Past time to make frivolous prosecution a felony, prison time the only option, also making judges responsible for even trying these 'expanded' laws.
    Maybe that'll rein in some of this stupidity.

     

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    DS, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:21am

    Re: Why should they change their minds?

    Or a copy-write infringer...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:23am

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    >> It's just another reason why I stay far away from children in any situation whatsoever.

    An interesting thought -- I wonder if the over bearing righteous chest thumping of (many) breeders, and those who do inane things to "protect the children" will have an unintended effect of reducing the "demand" for things like parents (i.e. making more people consciously decide to remain childless), teachers, and other lifestyles/occupations that entail interaction with children?

     

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    Matthew A. Sawtell, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:25am

    You just can't cure stupid...

    Mr. Evan Emory is going to love either Jackson or Marquette Prison, because in the end, you just can't cure stupid. Why do I say that, because he was stupid to think that 'YouTube Celeb' = 'Old School Celeb'. This is not the age of Ted Nugent or Steven Tyler, where you had a legion of Record Execs and Lawyers shielding their 'artists' from the long arm of the law about actually sleeping with underage girls. It's the 'YouTube Age', where you get to deal with all the day-to-day crap that goes along with being a 'celebrity'.

     

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    Richard (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:25am

    This subject has become a minefield

    You can tell this ubject has become a mire of irrationality because people like Mike feel the need to write things like this:

    I'm all for law enforcement prosecuting real child abusers to the fullest extent possible under the law. But ...

    Seriously - why do you feel the need to write this every time? Do you think people will believe that you are somehow in favour of paedophilia if you don't?

    It seems to me that political correctness has meant that criticising all kinds of activities that used to be regarded as immoral is now off limits - but of course we all agree about this one. Old fashioned adultery damages far more children - but of course too many of us are involved - whereas child porn is perpetrated by them.

    There is a quote here somewhere (something about motes and beams and eyes) that a lot more people would do well to remember.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:25am

    Re: Becoming typical now

    Don't forget jailing judges who get reversed for allowing any of this insanity through their court without at least a precedent.

     

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    Overcast (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:31am

    So - could this be used for 'sexual innuendo' in Disney movies and other similar concepts?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:32am

    "Seriously - why do you feel the need to write this every time? Do you think people will believe that you are somehow in favour of paedophilia if you don't?"

    You know why! Because he would get accused of it if he didn't as would you or me or anyone else.

    You are quite correct of course, anytime a situation occurs,
    such as muslims being expected to start any conversation about islam in the west with a disclaimer against fundamentalists etc, then it is a distraction and a weakening of the point actually under discussion.

     

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    Richard (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:34am

    Re: You just can't cure stupid...

    Stupid - No - Naive - maybe stupid is a better description of the people responsible for this witchhunt.

     

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    P3T3R5ON (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:39am

    Relivent perhaps

    People say "I'm going to kill you" all the time behind peoples backs and to their face too... yet they don't ever do it. Would somebody be arrested for saying that in Muskegon County? Cause that's what this sounds like according to the arrest of Evan.

    He never said those words to the kids, the video makes it look like it but you can make a video or photos say or do just about anything. What if I release a video of me killing somebody that I actually didn't kill?

     

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    The Infamous Joe (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 11:54am

    Re: This subject has become a minefield

    Seriously - why do you feel the need to write this every time? Do you think people will believe that you are somehow in favour of paedophilia if you don't?

    You're not new here, you should know the answer to this: That's *exactly* what would happen. Hell, every time Mike says that arists need to learn that they can make more money giving away their music instead of locking it down and attacking "pirates", he says that he is against piracy, yet how many times have you read someone accuse him of being "pro-copyright infringement" or of "fowarding the pirate agenda"?

    Imagine if Mike *didn't* clearly state those things every time. Yikes.

     

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    TheStupidOne, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:05pm

    Criminal Acts

    So let me get this straight, this guy did something perfectly legal (Performing age appropriate material for children) then did something else legal (Performed material not appropriate for children without children present) then edited it to appear to be something illegal (performing sexually explicit material to children) and he was charged with the crime he appeared to commit.

    Apply this exact same idea to any movie or TV show that features a crime and suddenly all the actors are responsible for the murder, drugs, rape, theft, espionage, sabotage, and every other illegal activity their character commits.

     

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    Wifezilla (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:05pm

    Is anyone else thinking of the Will Ferrel Funny or Die sketches with little Pearl? That was not a problem, but a video in which the vulgarity is NOT ACTUALLY presented to the children warrants an arrest?
    http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/74/the-landlord-from-will-ferrell-and-adam-ghost-panther-m ckay

     

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    ErikH, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:10pm

    remember, prosecutors in the US are elected politicians

    Tony Tague, the prosecutor quoted, was re-elected in 2008 and will have to win elections in the future if he wants to keep his job.

    Prosecutors have strong incentives to keep their conviction rates high, and indeed Tague prides himself on his. From Tague's own site:

    "Citizens can rest assured that crime in the community is taken seriously and that law breakers are held responsible for their actions. As a result of this continuing 'tough on crime' stance, the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office, on an annual basis, has one of the highest felony jury trial conviction rates in the state of Michigan."

    Tague must realize that he will not win this particular case. Given his high conviction rate, that makes this case an aberration. However, once one remembers that Tague is a politician elected to office, his actions are easily understood. Like Cuccinelli, Tague doesn't mind losing witch hunt cases - the positive publicity far outweighs the strike on his record.

    Election of prosecutors has interesting effects. Incidentally, from a Norwegian perspective, electing prosecutors seems rather crazy and bound to politicize the justice system. In Norway, police attorneys advocate for the state in all but the most serious cases which are handled by a special office - and NOT by politicians seeking to generate attention for their next election campaign. The American justice system is certainly unique.

     

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    Doug B (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:13pm

    Did he get authorization from the parents?

    While I don't think he should be charged criminally here, seems to me the parents could have grounds for a civil suit against him. Did they authorize the use of their children in his video?

     

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    Jay (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:18pm

    Re: remember, prosecutors in the US are elected politicians

    Ya know... I never really thought about that part...

    How can we take away the incentive of high conviction ratings may just make our justice system side more with normalcy than the inane witch hunts that seem to occur from the elected office.

    You know that win or lose this case, Emory's name will be in shambles, "justice" has prevailed, and the state has gotten ever more powerful in silencing speech...

     

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    MikeC (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:20pm

    Re: Disney Sexual innuendo

    Always a girl for the guy with a nice car.....

     

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    MikeC (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:22pm

    Re: Re: Disney Sexual innuendo

    Don't know if YouTube linked showed:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kl4hJ4j48s

    But when Jasmine smiles when she first sees the magic carpet over the balcaony, it was the first thought I had. Always a girl for the guy with a nice car.

     

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    MikeC (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:22pm

    Re: Re: Disney Sexual innuendo

    Don't know if YouTube linked showed:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kl4hJ4j48s

    But when Jasmine smiles when she first sees the magic carpet over the balcaony, it was the first thought I had. Always a girl for the guy with a nice car.

     

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    Richard (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:39pm

    Re: Re: This subject has become a minefield


    You're not new here, you should know the answer to this:


    Of course - but the answer reveals something doesn't it?

     

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    Christopher (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:48pm

    Need I say it? FIRST AMENDMENT FREE SPEECH! These prosecutors are asking for a butt whooping in the courts, to be mild about it.

     

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    Christopher (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Did he get authorization from the parents?

    You don't have to 'authorize the use of anyone' in a non-monetary video. You can use someone's appearance as you damned well please, as long as you are not CHARGING for the thing in question.

     

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    Christopher (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:51pm

    Re: Criminal Acts

    Bingo! The fact is that this law is in violation of human and First Amendment rights, and shouldn't have been passed in the first place

     

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    Christopher (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 12:54pm

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    The fact is that children don't need to be protected from sex. I had sex with adults as a child by 7 and knew what it was from 4 after reading my parents college health book.
    That is my viewpoint of all children, coming from asking people when they first did 'sexual' things, even if they didn't know that name for it.

    I am all for going after people who physically force or drug children or anyone else into sex.... but this is going way too far and turning pedosexuals into a boogie man that society is using to replace the homosexual boogie man and heterosexual outside of marriage boogie man.

    Simply put, if a child doesn't want someone to touch them sexually, all they have to do to get that person to leave them alone is yell "DON'T TOUCH ME THERE!" and that person will back off and run away.

    Another fact? Most 'child sexual abuse' in this country is better called consensual sexual touching/sex between adults and children.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 1:03pm

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    It already has.
    A highly respected woman who would be a terrific mother has chosen not to have children because she fears this crazy "protect the children" thing that causes normal behavior to become a crime because some pervert saw something perfectly innocent and interpreted it from his own distorted perspective.
    Essentially, because parents now go to jail for non-criminal behavior like bad housekeeping, or because a wily two year old slips out of the house in his nightwear, or because someone makes a joke, she is afraid to start a family.
    She is intelligent, hard working, healthy, and responsible, but her genes will be lost. Will it eventually turn out that only the irresponsible breed?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 1:18pm

    Re: This subject has become a minefield

    Because AJ.

     

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    DS, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 1:20pm

    Re: Re: You just can't cure stupid...

    Naive to their stupidity...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 1:30pm

    "But going after folks like Emory here seems to make a mockery of the law"

    Wait.. you mean the law is not a mockery itself? Or maybe you mean it mocks the American people? Either way, hilarious...

    We keep hearing (and Mike posting) how people confuse the actions for the US govt. with the actions of the people... doesn't the people vote for their govt? Then allow this to happen? Then bitch at it? I love it. Assured drama every time. Priceless.

     

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    Almost Anonymous (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 1:32pm

    Re: remember, prosecutors in the US are elected politicians

    Yep, that's it in a nutshell. The more "sexual offenders" he can prosecute, then theoretically the better he'll look to his constituency. And in point of fact, scratch that 'theoretically', the sheep will look at the numbers never caring about the underlying details.

     

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    Chargone (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 1:58pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    i find both of the above two posts disturbing for entirely different reasons... though the one I'm replying to somehow doesn't surprise me. (I'm remembering the story of the guy who got pepper sprayed for daring to pick up his daughter from the park...)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 2:03pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    She is intelligent, hard working, healthy, and responsible, but her genes will be lost. Will it eventually turn out that only the irresponsible breed?

    Heh, ever seen the movie "Idiocracy"?

     

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    Chargone (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 2:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: This subject has become a minefield

    that people are stupid?

    seriously, when coffee cups need a warning that their contents may be hot, (just off the top of my head... there are far more absurd warning labels out there) and fanfiction needs lables saying that the author does not own the copyright on the characters there in (despite being hosted on a site containing nothing but fanfiction), and one can sue and Win based on the lack of such things, of Course such disclaimers are going to become necessary...

    and that's before even taking into account that most of the people who respond to techdirt posts and disagree with them fail at reading comprehension and just love to latch onto exactly that sort of idea.

    (admitting there is a problem, admitting that the current attempts at solution don't work, and proposing a way of turning the problem into an advantage/a different way to solve it is not the same thing as supporting the problem... or it's cause.)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 2:18pm

    Re: Criminal Acts

    Apply this exact same idea to any movie or TV show that features a crime and suddenly all the actors are responsible for the murder, drugs, rape, theft, espionage, sabotage, and every other illegal activity their character commits.

    That's why states like Michigan have no movie industry. They'd rather leave all that money to California and prosecute people that make videos they don't like. You got money problems Michigan? Maybe you deserve it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 2:30pm

    deep inside the judge loves children

     

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    FuzzyDuck, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 2:41pm

    Nipple sucking babies

    How many women have their babies suck their nipples!? Isn't that like using babies for some sex game?

    OK that's a joke... but a world in which some perverts will see breast feeding in that light doesn't seem to be far off...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 2:48pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    From what I've seen (anecdotal evidence at best) the poorer/less well educated have tons more children than professional, well educated, well informed individuals. My personal theory is that is the cause of stupid laws being passed to 'protect the children'. The uneducated don't know how to protect their own children, and the well educated don't have as many to protect.

    Note: I come from an uneducated 'poor' family. I love my family, but they tend to remind me of the Clampetts. All is not lost, but we do seem to be filling the gene pool with toxic sludge.

     

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    solo-man, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 2:55pm

    must be time for re-election. cant think of any other reason a person in such a respected position would act so stupid other than to convince people he's looking after their (and their childrens) best interests!

     

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    Huph, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 3:08pm

    Re: Re: Did he get authorization from the parents?

    That's not even kind of true, and is a dangerous idea to spread around. Just because you're not charging for something DOES NOT mean you're free and clear to do whatever you want. "Commercial Profit" is only a weighted factor, and it is certainly not the totality of the litmus test.

    For instance, slander and libel are often committed without a profit-motive, often using the likenesses of individuals, yet are still illegal.

    And in a day and age where things are uploaded to Youtube, where they display ads, it means that there is no longer anything such as a non-commercial video/song/etc. Youtube profits, at the very least. (The musician obviously profits from the publicity, as well)

     

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    The eejit (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 3:14pm

    Re: Re: You just can't cure stupid...

    "there's only one thing worse than useless - useless and oblivious."
    -Hugh Laurie, House

     

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    The Infamous Joe (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 3:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Did he get authorization from the parents?

    I think both of you are wrong.

    The *public* school he was *invited* to is public property. You don't have an expectation of privacy in public spaces.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 4:37pm

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    Did you say the judge loves to be deep inside children? If you did, prepare for a lawsuit buddy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 6:33pm

    Everyone seems to be skating over what brought this to light. Some parent(s) were made aware of the video and then started screaming how something had to be done to protect their children.

    Elected official vs Parents/Voters who demand that something be done. He is appeasing them, and who cares if its a mockery of the law, the parents get exactly what they want. They ruin this guys life for having dared make a dumb, but legal, video that made them angry.

    I would cordially invite the prosecutor to get warrants for the parents homes and computers. They more than likely are guilty of real crimes. Letting your child surf the web without monitoring them, leaving sexually explicit images where a child can access them, and I am sure a bunch of other things they don't consider illegal but that are. If you want to protect the children then you need to use that double edged sword both ways.

    They searched his home looking for pedophile trophies (like underwear) and found none, how soon until they look again and magically find some? If kids underwear in the home is all it takes to tag someone as a pedophile aren't these parents screwed?

    Just because your offended by something and have a child does not give you magical rights to special justice. If your kid saw this video, is it not your fault for not making sure your child was supervised on the internet where the pedophiles just pop out of the end of a wire directly into your home?

     

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    freak (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 6:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Eh all hope ain't lost.

    Stupid people die more often, remember? That's what survival of the fittest is about . . . smart people might breed less often, but they have a higher rate of survival. And the higher rate of survival actually matters more than the rate of breeding because stupid people don't always produce stupid kids, (They might be stupid due to circumstance, ie: less education, mutations can occur, the mixing of genes can produce a smart child, recessive genes can surface, etc. etc.).


    . . . it's just a pet peeve of mine that people sometimes use an incomplete idea of evolution to justify eugenics.
    And I know that's not what you were doing, but the first step was there, (the incomplete idea of evolution, assuming that the higher rate of breeding meant human kind was becoming stupider).

     

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    Jesse (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 6:56pm

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    ????????????

     

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    freak (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 7:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Just a couple of follow-up thoughts:
    1) I don't have the data, I don't know if the breeding rate IS actually higher for 'stupid people'.
    2) I don't know how to differentiate between 'stupid people' and 'smart people' except through over-generalization
    3) I don't know if 'smart people' survive more often, but if it is safe to assume stupid people breed more often, that's probably also a sage assumption, or at least cogent.
    4) I assume intelligence is genetic. This may not be true, or true enough to matter.
    5) The difference between survival and breeding rates only needs to be very, very small, about a tenth of a percent effect, to have the necessary effect of evolving towards the higher survival percentage in a normal animal population. .1% is well within the noise caused by the randomness of the environment, AFAIK. Animals are effected by the environment much more than humans since they do not have, say, planes to fly in food from far away, or central heating to turn on when it gets cold. Or medicine.
    6)Yes, within more strict definitions, the last paragraph doesn't mean much. I'm not writing a scientific paper, just understand that, AFAIK, a very small difference will still trend the way I suggested it would. It would just take longer the less extreme it is.



    Sorry, it just bothers me to leave i's undotted and t's uncrossed where I would expect them from other people.

     

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    freak (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 7:17pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "6) Yes, without* more strict definitions [. . .]"

     

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    vbevan (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 9:58pm

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    Wow, this comment really scares me...maybe you can argue kids know enough about sex to give consent in the late teens sometime and sure some before 18, but 7?

    That's really sad for you. The fact you don't realize it is even worse. I really hope this is a troll. I mean, how do kids know to yell "DON't TOUCH ME THERE" if they are being abused by their parents?

    On another note. Is their a link to the video causing all the outrage? I can't find it through the article links?

     

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    vbevan (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 10:15pm

    Re:

    What I find more funny is that Americans whinge about there government when only half of them even bother to vote, and that's in a good year.

    So basically, every second American complaining about his government could have done something about it but didn't.

     

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    RadialSkid (profile), Feb 21st, 2011 @ 10:44pm

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    ...such as? Voting between two branches of what's effectively the same political party, like everyone else?

     

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    Jade, Feb 21st, 2011 @ 10:51pm

    I work at a school and the rules for "To protect the schools reputation from staff being accused of indecent dealings with children" is 3 times longer than "To protect the children" - Note the first rules are "schools reputation" rather than the actual staff member. They are so full of shit in a major way and this is a perfect example. The bullshit rules actually put kids in a lot of danger.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2011 @ 1:31am

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    This reminds me of a documentary I saw a long time ago about child rapists. One of the rapists was explaining that when he as his co-rapists molested the boys they had abducted, they were able to arouse them. They then used this as proof that the boys in fact wanted to be raped.

    It's very much like the other excuse rapists use about women wearing provocative clothing and thus wanting to be raped.

    Very frightening.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2011 @ 1:36am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: This subject has become a minefield

    there are far more absurd warning labels out there

    You mean like peanut butter or even packets of nuts having a label stating the product may contain nuts?

     

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    Shawn, Feb 22nd, 2011 @ 7:36am

    Wow

    Just further proof that the movie Clerks, if made today, would not survive. This very stunt was played in that now well known comedy when Randall is ordering videos. Amazing.

     

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    Rick Berlin (profile), Feb 22nd, 2011 @ 8:05am

    Prosecutor won't learn

    Our DA here in Muskegon is nicknamed "TV Tony". He loves the publicity that flows in child porn cases.

    He may have oversteped himself again. In 2009 he had a conviction overturned in a case of a sleazy elected official was caught with some 100,000 collected images burned onto CDs. TV Tony went after him full force, as a producer of kiddie porn, despite the lack of evidence the he in anyway was producing or distributing child porn. It fell on the Michigan Supreme Court to overturn this overly broad interpretation of the law that he was able to sell to the jury.

    http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2010/07/michigan_supreme_court_rules_f.html

    I predict Tony Tague will plea bargin this case down, or face another slap in the face from the Michigan Supremes.

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Feb 22nd, 2011 @ 11:44am

    Selective Prosecution

    I have to agree that this seems like a bit of selective prosecution. The article quotes the Muskegon County Prosecutor saying that the law also has a provision for those "who make it appear that the children were actually abused."

    Well, that would cover a whole heck of a lot of Hollywood movies. "Taxi Driver" anyone? Or there was that more recent one with that creepy little child actress Dakota Fanning who played a kid who was raped.

    If those aren't examples of "making it appear as if children were actually abused", I'm not sure what is.

    But those are big corporations with lots of money and lawyers. This guy is a nobody without the resources to fight back. And therein lies the difference.

     

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    prometheefeu (profile), Feb 23rd, 2011 @ 9:57am

    Since when is it illegal to say you want to do something illegal? Who gets harmed in such a case?

     

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