Monday, June 27, 2005

Busy week at SCOTUS

Lots of rulings today.

Grokster Responsible

Apparently file-sharing corporations are the only ones responsible for illegal acts done by their products' users. Amazing. The movie industry has posted gains this year and the music industry has posted losses - but I think we know why the music industry loses, yes? It's because their product, by and large, is crap.

If this standard was applied to other companies, we'd have such a fun time. Gun makers, antifreeze makers, car makers, rat poison manufacturers... screwed. All of them. Because their products are often used in illegal actions.

Betamax 1984? What's that?


Supreme Court Won't Hear CIA Leak Case

Mixed feelings. I dislike intensely that the journalists in question (including Novak, that Douchebag of Liberty [cred Jon Stewart]) tried to use confidentiality to protect a high official that was committing high treason. But I don't like the potential abuse of this precedent in putting pressure on journalists to out sources that cops don't like.

I view it as a real blow to what's left of actual journalism. And it makes me sad.

US Supreme Court rules in favour of cable companies

They don't even have to pretend not to be monopolies anymore.

Michigan Law Targeting Poor Defendants Struck Down

Oh, thank fuck. This law was excrutiatingly bad and targeted the poor explicitly.

The Ten Commandments - Not in Courthouses, but fine on the lawn?

Uh, what? So it's fine for the government to post the ten commandments somewhere where we'll have to pay for more upkeep?


And, of course, the worst.

Property Seizures A-OK

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses -- even against their will -- for private economic development.

It was a decision fraught with huge implications for a country with many areas, particularly the rapidly growing urban and suburban areas, facing countervailing pressures of development and property ownership rights.

Basically, if you pay fewer taxes than Joe Blow Inc. *could* conceivably pay, you are fucked.

Of course, considering the quality of accountants you can buy, I doubt sincerely this would work out in favor of the local government.

I really just hate these people today.

I'll write up a post about the horrific family gathering when I have the energy.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Fucking funerals.

Tales of justice denied soon to come. Still in Tulare. You may remember Tulare from "The Grapes of Wrath". It's also known as a stinking pit surrounded by poisonous grapes and carcinogenic water.

Thank FUCK we are not going to ever live here.

Oh, and I am very very very glad that Matthew does not take after any of his family except with the (something of an) exception of his mother. (She's republican. 'Nough said.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

For Fuser...

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Friday, June 17, 2005

Raping Terri Schiavo's Corpse: Good to the Last Drop

Jeb Bush Apparently Doesn't Learn After Having Ass Handed to Him First Umpteen Times

Jeb Bush asked a prosecutor Friday to investigate why Terri Schiavo collapsed 15 years ago, calling into question how long it took her husband to call 911 after he found her.

There's something particularly vicious about a governor using his power to carry out a vendetta.

Oh, and to the people who called me a Nazi for pointing out that her CAT scan showed she was gone, and that her wishes should be respected? Apologies are warranted - but not expected. Godwin's Lawbreakers tend to be cowardly like that.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Winner of the "Silly Bitch 2005" award...

Joining the ranks of notables that bite the hands that feed them is Kansas state Senator Kay O'Connor.
A prominent female state senator has said that she does not support the 19th Amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote, and that if it were being considered today she would vote against it.
But wait! It gets better!
Asked if she supports the 19th Amendment, the Republican lawmaker responded: "I'm an old-fashioned woman. Men should take care of women, and if men were taking care of women (today) we wouldn't have to vote.

"I'm sorry women have not been taken more care of," she said. "We have gotten the short end of the stick."

And for the coup d' grace...
If the measure were up for ratification today, she said, she would not support it.
The stupid! It burns!

You can read the entire article here.

Friday, June 03, 2005

This is an unusual post. Please read.

As some of you know, the former webmistress of has been having serious problems lately. Basically, her former boyfriend and father of her two kidlets died of a heart attack, and his mother swooped in and took things meant for the children in the interim (including a donation made specifically to them).

Annie is trying to get death benefits for her daughter, but is running into serious problems. In the meantime, she's trying to raise money by selling her handmade zafus and zabutons on her site, as well as books and incense.

All her zafus and zabutons are made by hand by a Zen Monk.

If you're interested (and I hope you will be), please go to her eBay store and take a gander.