Rhode Island Cops Vigilant In Face of Scourge of People Making Fun of State Representative Scott Guthrie

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  1. Dan says:

    You got me all outraged at Guthrie, but left me giggling with "spotty douchebro." Pretty sure that constitutes cyber-bullying in the state of Rhode Island, Ken.

  2. En Passant says:

    Pretty sure that constitutes cyber-bullying in the state of Rhode Island, Ken.

    Rumor has it that he is posting from Outer Mongolia, which has no extradition treaty.

  3. Bear says:

    "…the America of "I'm entitled not to be offended,"…"

    FIFY.

    Still … all in all, I wish I could get my state legislators to pay that much attention to me. (I can't get a canned email form letter out of "my" reps. If I want something done, or need info, I have to talk to a Manchester rep.)

  4. Jack B. says:

    I don't see why anyone would want to make fun of Rep. Guthrie; I thought he was great in The Big Lebowski.

  5. I was Anonymous says:

    I wouldn't be one bit surprised to find that Guthrie is in the pocket of the Pony Lobby. Same for Kettle.

  6. Matt says:

    Sheesh, grow up, report the page to Facebook, be done with it.

  7. stakkalee says:

    Say what you will about his petty, wasteful use of state funds, but Guthrie has one fine moustache; I'm man enough to admit I'm a little jealous. Spotty Douchebro could take some lessons – he looks like a middle school class treasurer.

  8. Conrad says:

    If you look at the comments on the coventry patch article there are a few people miffed about the misuse of government resources and childish behavior.

    Namely using statehouse computers to post badly drawn cartoons.

  9. Shelby says:

    Why no outrage about the pathetic mockery of a poor man who had a ferret die on his face?

  10. C. S. P. Schofield says:

    " And not even because of his 'stache! "

    Migod! What the ^&*&%$ is that!?! It looks like a squirrel crawled onto his upper lip, and died there!

  11. mcinsand says:

    >>This is the real America — the America of butthurt,…

    A painful lesson learned: laughter-snorted tangerine through the nose does not feel good.

    However, articles like this make me think that we should enjoy Reddit while we can. A post isn't meaningful unless the OP is thoroughly insulted in the comments at least once. I feel more insulted when I'm not insulted. On second thought, who would the OP sue: the person that insulted or those that didn't?

  12. It's a short step from violence to sarcasm.

  13. Tizzy says:

    At least Spotty was smart enough to not talk to the cops without an attorney. From the police report it states that the cops called him, he said he'll call back in 15 minutes. 5 minutes later his attorney called the detective and told the cops, "Spotty is not going to talk to you."

  14. nhrpolitic13 says:

    Of course, the real leade here was "Rhode Island Reports 2013 With No Homicides, No Violent Felonies; Assigns Authorities To Address 'Quality of Life' Issues". But as usual, Ken, you have buried the truly important in the usual sensationalist drivel that today's media adore.

    So nice to see that the single person taking the hit for this was the "young communications director" – sounds like the appropriately powerless person to take things out on.

  15. Cat G. says:

    How dare a senator impugn the honor of a representative! (State, in both cases.) It's almost like they have no idea of how to politely tell each other to snort their own taints.

    What has become of the world that our elected officials can't take the kind of things that will only be guaranteed if they ever get elected to higher office? OH DEAR GOD (FSM), never let them get into a higher office.
    It's almost as if Guthrie believes people should respect him for being a State Rep… nah, he can't be that stupid. Maybe the 'stache is leach of some kind sucking all the sense of perspective out of his head?

  16. ZarroTsu says:

    B-but if he doesn't have access to taxpayer's money, how will he fund his grande latte urge?

    You're just a big stupid poopie-head, Ken! A BIG STUPID POOPIE-HEAD!!

  17. ZarroTsu says:

    I'm also suddenly curious; has anyone ever gotten sued for defamation over literally calling someone a 'poopie-head'?

    I'm not sure what my reaction would be.

  18. Patrick Maupin says:

    @ZarroTsu:

    Figuratively speaking, any good lawyer should be able to literally make the case in under 2 minutes that literally mean figuratively.

  19. Carl Sagan sued Apple Computer for obliquely calling him a butthead, so I'd be surprised if no one has been sued for hurling such an epithet more directly. As the proverb says, you can always sue anyone for anything; not having the suit thrown out as frivolous is another matter.

  20. Wick Deer says:

    Maybe the response satire page would deal with marijuana legalization.

    That way, the pot would be calling the Kettle . . .

  21. That Anonymous Coward says:

    I'll give you misuse of the computer as a valid reason to let someone go, petty but we need to set an example.
    I think the better example is a bill for all of the time wasted looking into this freaking morons butthurt claims being delivered to him.
    While a REAL crime might have been happening they were busy chasing down someone who made him feel bad…
    Perhaps if we stopped letting these things slide or get spun in the media and stuck to it we could end this type of jackassery.
    You wasted time, money, effort, and possibly let other people face danger… how are you a good example of a leader?
    Pay for your stupid witch hunt and set the example of eating humble pie for overreacting and dragging everyone else with you.

  22. nidefatt says:

    I'd like to have the beginning of this post corrected from "the real America" to "the east coast" or better "New England."

  23. CheshireLion says:

    Am I the only one that thought that Kettle guy is kind of cute and mount worthy? He doesn't have that creepy senator smile down yet.

  24. AlphaCentauri says:

    Migod! What the ^&*&%$ is that!?! It looks like a squirrel crawled onto his upper lip, and died there!

    Seeing a man with a moustache that droops that low is a portent of a severe winter. If only he had been brought to our attention sooner ….

  25. Red Tonic says:

    @nhrpolitic13

    After a long day of handling terribly literal minded Rhode Islanders at work, I couldn't tell if your comment was sarcastic or not. Then I started giggling like a maniac. Good work, sir.

  26. Fasolt says:

    Comedy gold from the link Ken posted on the Sagan v. Apple case:

    "Plaintiff's libel action is based on the allegation that Defendant changed the "code name" on its personal computer from "Carl Sagan" to "Butt-Head Astronomer" after Plaintiff had request that Defendant cease use of Plaintiff's name."

    How in the hell did that case even make it that far? Did Sagan actually browbeat those attorneys into filing that? Did they tell him he had a case? Maybe Apple should have called him Beavis Astronomer instead. Of course, that might have been libel as well.

  27. Sami says:

    That 'stache is the Merv Hughes taken that one step too far for dignity.

  28. MrSpkr says:

    I learn so much from Popehat. For example, tonight I learned that the GOP in Rhode Island has no spine and apparently recruits its candidates from local middle schools. I also learned that Civentry, RI police are only half-morons and can be made to see truth. I also learned today long time elected RI officials like to misuse taxpayer resources and the criminal justice system to go after opponents.

    Most importantly, however, I learned that RI State Representative Scott Guthrie is suffering from butthurt in the first degree. I also learned that he can be reached at 31 Maplewood Drive, Coventry, RI 02816. Accordingly, as an act of Christian charity, I intend to send him, via Federal Express, a tube of Boudreaux's Butt Paste to use as a balm in his afflicted area.

    I also learned that Rhode Island has 74 (!!!!) state representatives. That's like one for every city block in the state, right?

  29. nlp says:

    I also learned that Rhode Island has 74 (!!!!) state representatives. That's like one for every city block in the state, right?

    I think it's one per cow.

  30. Jon says:

    But you missed the most mockable thing about Spotty D: He still lives with his parents (according to the Patch article).

  31. Clownius says:

    @Sami

    Lay off Merv Huges. There was a time and a place for a 'stash like that. It was the porn industry in the 80's. He could also play cricket so hes forgiven for landing in the wrong industry.

    Wearing such a thing today suggests someone needs help.

  32. Darryl says:

    You gotta love how judges speak. From the Sagan opinion: "the only remaining assertion is the bare statement that Plaintiff is a "Butt-Head Astronomer." Clearly this phrase cannot rest on a core of objective evidence."

  33. KeithB says:

    Here is a case in australia.

    A Catholic archbishop is a "strong advocate for freedom of speech" except when his ox is being gored:
    http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2014/02/06/christians-muslims-unite-for-censorship/

  34. sinij says:

    Sheesh, grow up, report the page to Facebook, be done with it.

    Substituting corporate profit-driven censorship for government ignorance/malice driven censorship is such a drastic improvement for free speech.

  35. proofreader says:

    Addendum to the Providence Journal story:

    "The facts are not identical, but there is precedent for prosecution.

    John A. Leidecker, an assistant executive director of the National Education Association, was found guilty in September 2011 by a District Court judge of one misdemeanor count of stalking then-Rep. Douglas W. Gablinske, D-Bristol, in 2010 over the Internet.

    Leidecker has appealed Judge Stephen M. Isherwood's ruling to the Superior Court.

    That case involved Leidecker's creation of a fictional e-mail constituent named Walter Flatus, who corresponded via email with a fake Representative Gablinski, with an "i" instead of an "e."

    It thus appears Mr. Leidecker was not fortunate enough to be a politician, only a union representative.

  36. ZarroTsu says:

    @Patrick Maupin

    Supposedly, or so I've heard, they changed the Webster-defined definition of 'literally' to ALSO mean 'figuratively'. You may face-palm, unless I'm mistaken.

    @The Invisible Man

    See, if he won, I'd have to throw my computer out the window. Fortunately for the pedestrians outside, that is not the case.

  37. Piper says:

    @sinij

    Sheesh, grow up, report the page to Facebook, be done with it.

    Substituting corporate profit-driven censorship for government ignorance/malice driven censorship is such a drastic improvement for free speech.

    Actually, it's against facebook's ToS to do this. From the ToS: "You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission."

    Violating the ToS and being reported for it is not censorship in any way shape or form, and if you are a regular reader of Popehat, you should know that by now.

  38. Yon Anony Mouse says:

    Furthermore, reporting to Facebook doesn't waste taxpayer money.

  39. 205guy says:

    I dunno, before they found out who it was and that it was clearly satirical, there was somebody impersonating an elected representative. How should that have been handled, and by whom?

  40. CJK Fossman says:

    Actually, it's against facebook's ToS to do this. From the ToS: "You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission."

    CFAA anyone? If complying with the ToS is a precondition for using the site, then violating the ToS is a federal felony. Because unauthorized access.

  41. Pablo says:

    The charge is a misdemeanor, and Lori Drew could tell you how it doesn't apply to TOS violations.

  42. proofreader says:

    Slightly off-topic, a former Providence police officer, "injured" on the job and collecting a tax-free disability pension, shot a firefighter neighbor in the back during a dispute about a tennis ball hitting the policeman's car. The former cop was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

    Despite his conviction, the cop still receives $60K per year in jail while the firefighter's family has to make due with considerably less, even though the firefighter had seventeen years of service while the cop only worked on patrol for six months.

    Rhode Island justice.

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