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Hate Speech.

In President Bush's 2006 State of the Union Address, there was a classic moment. Bush spoke about Social Security, saying how it was unfortunate that Congress did not act on his reform suggestions in 2005.

With that, the Democrats stood and gave themselves a standing ovation. They cheered themselves on for failing to modernize Social Security. Yay for them. How special are they?

You can watch the moment here:

Anyway, it's a video I uploaded back in May of 2006, so I am responsible for moderating the comments.

Here's one of the comments, pending approval:

thank god they didn't go along with bush's bull - hang him for crimes against humanity

I have been debating what to do with this comment. Send it to the FBI? Just click "Remove"? "Block User" entirely? Or approve it so people can respond? Or maybe report it as "Spam" and see if the user gets banned for advocating the assassination of the President?

Incidentally, since the most recent State of the Union Address (2007 version), the star rating of this video has fallen, and fallen, and fallen. It seems as if a lot of people erroneously think that this video is from this year's SOTU. Thus, there have been dozens of totally off-topic comments I have not approved, mostly because they are similar to the one above.

So, what should I do about this comment?

Incidentally, you can read the original Reform Thursday post that linked to and analyzed this video here.

Posted by Will Franklin · 9 February 2007 01:56 PM


Once in a while we get correspondence threatening to the president. When it happens, we telephone the Secret Service and ask them if they want a copy. They always have.

Posted by: Amy Ridenour at February 11, 2007 08:43 PM

I work at a psych hospital. The Secret Service is really attentive when we call - especially since confidentiality rules only allow us to call in clear situations...

I'd be more concerned if your writer wanted to shoot him. I feel fairly secure the Secret Service could intervene in time to prevent a hanging.

Posted by: Assistant Village Idiot at February 12, 2007 05:09 PM