Zombie update (OK, I lied)
Actually, I didn't lie, because I did leave myself the out that if anything else came up I might still comment. But wouldn't you know it that I couldn't go more than a few days without commenting on this incident again. As a followup to my last rant about this story, I've found a few other bloggers who are of the same opinion that I am: That the Kentucky law against "terroristic threatening" is a bad law and that the police are using a frighteningly (to free speech advocates, at least) loose interpretation of the definition of "terroristic threatening."
James Bow says: The possibility that this was an attack on free speech weighed heavy on me.
Matthew Rossi says: More unfortunate is the society that thinks that they can stop these awful things by declaring criminal everyone who suggests openly that they might have a dark side. It's in these societies that mental illness festers and grows, that people who truly are sick don't seek help for fear that they will be declared enemies of society.
M. Valdemar says: Call me a cynic, but I think the most likely truth in this story is that Poole is lying and the courts are overreaching. What we've got here is real Clash of the Titans, bluegrass-style.
Bottom line: The Kentucky law, in my opinion, is a bad, bad law. It is a threat to the First Amendment and should be repealed or overturned.
OK, now no more posts on this topic for a while.
Also, I promise that my first decent-sized post after Grand Rounds tomorrow will be medicine- or science-related. It may even be on par with some of my best (as seen in Essential Orac on the sidebar), but I'll leave that to the reader to judge...