Owner of civil war reenactment business sues school district that canceled field trips after his far-right social media came to light

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/02/19/james-riley.html

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Suing schools for $10M?

Classy as fuck right there, and never mind about the flagrant bigotry that got his gigs cancelled in the first place.

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Wow, yet another case of the alt-right pissing and moaning about how their “1st amendment rights” are being violated by people not wanting to listen to them.

If anyone is anti-free speech it’s them. They want everyone to be forced to listen to them and will not fucking accept that they don’t have a right to everyone else’s platforms and don’t have a right to be heard.

You have a right to speech. You have no right to be heard, or be free from any consequences.

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a.k.a. I really don’t like my face, so I will hack off my nose to teach it a lesson.

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Destroying your life to own the libs.

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One of my favorite curses to use on such deserving people is “The grave that you dig for me will be the one you rot in.”

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Patrick Henry? An …interesting choice for a role model.

(I once read up on Patrick Henry because I used to frequently drive past a sign on the Autobahn near Heidelberg, indicating the slip road to a “Patrick-Henry-Village”, and got curious.)

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#8

Well, Republican Jesus was already taken, I suppose.

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#9

Republican Jesus is busy:

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o_O

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Here’s my question: if you’re so patriotic, why can’t you bother to read the constitution?

(Also, why do so many “patriots” root for the traitors? Since racism is over, I find this mystifying.)

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I used to teach at a school named after him. School colors were red, white, and blue, and our team/mascot was “the Patriots.” Interesting time.

Still, less awful than if I’d ended up across the county teaching at Lee-Davis High School with their mascot/teams, “the Confederates.”

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So a freedum loving businessman is using a bizarre 1st amendment argument to try to force a government institution to support him in the manner to which he has become accustomed. Huh, turns out government spending is only wasteful and corrupt when it’s not lining your pockets. Nice. Very chic, Very Trump.

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Figures…

This is a British take on it, but transferrable:

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Given that his attorney appears to be this gentleman:

http://www.goeforlaw.com/thomas-bio/ (gotta love that url - the firm is Goe & Forsythe LLP - lawyers, remember we studied law because we are not funny! If you are funny, stop being a lawyer.)

https://dockets.justia.com/docket/california/cacdce/5:2018cv02185/725724

who is an insolvency specialist

this may be more relevant than it appears.

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Why do these assholes not understand…The first amendment says you can say whatever you want, but does not protect you from the repercussions of what you said!!!

This is not a complex thing to understand.

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[Riley has] said he will sell his farm to fund appeals.

Thus does the Market correct itself.

Thank you, Invisible Hand! How can we ever repay you?

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“May your death come quickly, and may your death come slowly”.

I’ve never actually used it, but it’s always there for me. And it doesn’t actually mean anything without potentially meaning its opposite, so it can’t be a threat.

Enjoy.

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That always depends on context, though…

“Nice place you got here…”

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