You may not have heard about Justin Carter because he's just a kid in San Antonio who apparently made a tasteless joke among friends on Facebook. What he wrote was this:
"I'm f---ed in the head alright. I think I'ma (sic) shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them."
He was arrested, has been in jail for months, and is actually facing 10 years in Federal prison for what may simply have been a stupid wisecrack.
Before international terrorism came along, back when I was a teen, I remember some tasteless jokes we thought were funny. When we told those jokes, it was just among friends and there was no way people outside our circle could even know what was said.
Some of the things we joked about when I was a teen, like dead baby jokes, today might be considered terroristic in today's America.
Bear in mind, all the authorities have are his words. They found no plans, weapons, or terroristic devices. Have we reached the point where a child can be at risk of possibly doing hard prison time based on words alone?
Read more about his case here. What do YOU think?
The young women apparently used drugs and raped the men at gunpoint.
We do not have a justice system. We have a judicial system. There is a vast difference. We may never have had a justice system, but there is even less today.
I have always felt we took the wrong tack when we opted for a system based on confrontation instead of investigation.
In some other democracies, notably France, a trial is based on a judge conducting an investigation of the facts. American trials often turn into a s/he said s/he said situation.
Instead of both sides hiring experts whose job it is to bolster just their side of the case, in France the judge appoints or hires the experts from a pool of dispassionate investigators. You don't get a gun expert working for the prosecution opposed by one working for the defense, as in America, which often just confused juries.
Read more about how the two justice systems compare here.
Yep, it's Texas once again.
It seems that between Texas and Florida they account for about half the craziness in the country.
Texass and Florrduh are great Murikan states. Gawd Bless 'Murika! Amen.
According to court documents, Justin wrote "I'm f---ed in the head alright. I think I'ma (sic) shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them."
Jack Carter said his son followed the claim with "LOL" and "J/K" -- indicating that the comment wasn't serious.
It was a sarcastic joke in reply to an insult. This is the norm in the world of gamechat and I've seen far worse comments than this, far far worse. Jesus. What is the world coming to?
He was stupid and disgusting in public. He should be grounded for a week.
Sitting in jail since February? You gotta be phuckin' kidding me. We incarcerate more people than any other country in the world. People routinely do more time for selling drugs than killing someone. Our judicial system and penal code is outdated and overly aggressive. If the context of this situation is not considered then a lot more adolescents can expect to visit the pokey.
Authorities generally, seem to find out about a person, and start joining the dots after the fact of shooting or bombing, whatever. This teenager as are most, thick, for posting this stupid statement on Facebook. This statement wasn't just tasteless, it could well have been dangerous, and for once, authorities had to be seen doing 'their job'.
Do their research on him, give him a fright by taking him in and questioning - but jail, is another matter.
In the scheme of things, who knows what goes on in a teenagers brain, but that is another discussion. Even when authorities do find a potential bomber, and their background checks are obviously a problem etc. they still let them go to continue their plans - this particular teen found over zealous authorities, that is his problem.
On this site, I have talked about how it is imperative babies be marinated before bar-b-queuing, the resulting marinade makes them tastier and tender :)
At airports in Australia, one can't make a joke about carrying a bomb, or blowing up planes - you will be escorted off by two big burleys - people have to learn when to shut up - talking about dead babies is really different from putting on Facebook for all to see a really stupid statement in the climate of fear and wariness that is prevalent these days. But, I can't imagine what this kid is going through, just think of the trauma his parents must be going through.
In the US, we still have people, adults, who make jokes about bombs either in the airport or on the plane. One wonders if they've been living under a rock.
this particular teen found over zealous authorities, that is his problem.
That is OUR PROBLEM!!!
All of us, everyone of us, in every country throughout the world.