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And we let these people vote?

That was my first thought this morning, when I saw this segment of Fox & Friends ….. “…and we actually let these people vote?”

As it turns out, maybe Fox & Friends was actually pranked?

According to The Blaze, this…. recent college graduate is an aspiring comedian. So maybe this was just a publicity stunt?

Whether it was just a publicity stunt or… for real… one has to wonder how in the world we actually let these people vote. Our future is in the hands of these people, who seem to take nothing seriously. Is it really all just a joke to them?

UPDATE:  As it turns out, Max Rice did indeed “prank” Fox and Friends this morning. Max Rice could not even vote in 2008, because as it turns out, he was only 16-years-old at the time.

From Business Insider:

Rice said that he didn’t go on air intending to punk Carlson and Fox, but that he felt like a “character” in Fox News’ “movie” when the network fed him talking points and a narrative.

The Business Insider article states that Mr. Rice forwarded them email correspondence he had with Fox News staffers, claiming:

“They gave me a paragraph full of bulls**t talking points. … They basically gave me a speech and they thought I was supposed to have it memorized.”

SWAT-ting: A Prank or Dangerous?

Have you heard of this? SWAT-ting is falsely placing a call to the 9-1-1Operator and reporting a serious crime in progress using another’s name or address.

By using new technology the perpetrator is able to make it look like the call is placed from inside the ‘victim’s’ home. The 9-1-1 Operator dispatches an Emergency Response Team, sometimes SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics). Police arrive anticipating something horrendous while the victim innocently answers the door.

It seems this originated as a prank played by youth with technological know how who were able to spoof the telephone number, tricking Emergency Services into seeing the victim’s phone number and address. Using this harassment tool to target political speech is more recent.  Within the past month two outspoken, controversial conservative bloggers have been targeted. Erick Erickson of the RedState.com website was hit. The emergency dispatcher was told that, “I just shot my wife. . .” “I’m going to shot someone else, soon.” Accordingly, police were sent to his home. In an interview with CNN Erickson shares the experience. The 9-1-1 call is chilling in its serious tone.

This week blogger Aaron Walker, author of Archangel, had a similar incident. Both of these men and their families were put in significant danger when police arrived at their homes looking for a murderer.

Calling 9-1-1, pretending to be someone who you do not like is no joke. Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia wrote to the Attorney General urging him to investigate this matter. These hoaxes may be life threatening. Americans value Freedom of Speech, whether one agrees with the speech or not. This type of harassment,  hoping to silence these speakers, should not be tolerated.