May 26, 2010
Just because the people bootleg, that doesn’t mean that you can steal right out in the open…
I was in a store recently and I saw someone totally steal something. Now, I am down with the Stop Snitching campaign and I didn’t report this petty theft that I saw. When I saw it happening, the first thing that ran through my mind was the guy who got killed for staling toothpaste. I ran the numbers and thought that this was small enough that the harm to society was not outweighed by my pledge not to snitch and my desire not to get involved. This person got away scot-free. The same may not be true for Florida Governor Charlie Crist.
Talking Heads singer sues Fla. governor for $1MMay 25, 2010, 3:29 PM EST
MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is being sued for $1 million for using a Talking Heads song in a campaign ad without the band’s permission.
The band’s ex-lead singer David Byrne sued the governor Monday in Tampa for using “Road to Nowhere” in an online attack ad against Marco Rubio. He’s the likely Republican nominee in the race for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat. Crist is running as an independent.
Here is the song, preformed live at the Greek Theater on campus at UC Berkeley.
Crist’s campaign spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
Byrne said in a statement his fans might not respect him as much if he lets his songs be used in ads.
Sen. John McCain was sued for using Jackson Browne‘s song “Running on Empty” during his presidential campaign. The lawsuit was settled and included a pledge by the GOP not to use any musicians’ work without permission.
This is clearly a case of when will they learn. If you stole the music, the crime will be right out on front street for all to see.
Cindy McCain has the brains in the McCain household…comes OUT in support of Gay Marriage and the Prop. 8 fight in CA
January 22, 2010
Maybe if he had listened to his wife, he might be holding down the most important job in the country right now. I gotta give it up for Cindy. She is not a woman who took the loss as a sign that her voice was not valued. Now, Cindy is standing up in the fight in CA against Prop. 8, the vote that took away the ability for Californians to have total choice to decide who they want to have as their partner. John McCain was forced to clarify that he is a discriminator and he thinks that marriage is ONLY between a man and a woman.
Cindy and Meghan McCain, posed for photos endorsing pro-gay marriage forces in California.Mrs McCain appears with silver duct tape across her mouth and “NOH8” written on one cheek. The photo was posted on Wednesday on the NOH8 campaign’s website.
The homosexual rights group opposes Proposition 8 – the ballot measure passed by Californian voters in 2008 which bans same-sex marriage.
Cindy McCain contacted NOH8 and offered to pose for the photo endorsement, the website said.
John McCain’s office said in a statement that the Arizona senator an 2008 Republican presidential candidate respects the views of members of his family but remains opposed to gay marriage.
“Sen McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman,” the statement said.
The senator backed an Arizona ballot measure passed by voters in 2008 that defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
NOH8 praised Cindy McCain’s willingness to publicly endorse a cause that is unpopular within the Republican party.
“The McCains are one of the most well-known Republican families in recent history, and for Mrs McCain to have reached out to us to offer her support truly means a lot,” said a statement on the group’s website.
Meghan McCain said on Twitter: “I couldn’t be more proud of my mother for posing for the NOH8 campaign. I think more Republicans need to start taking a stand for equality.”
November 12, 2009
Don’t let the door hit you in the a$$, Lou. I used to enjoy listening to you, but somewhere, you went off the deep end. You continued the birther movements going with your continued questioning of President Obama’s birth certificate, even though that was an issue already decided. Your boss even sent you a memo, telling you the story is dead.
In part, Klein writes, “It seems this story is dead- because anyone who still is not convinced doesn’t really have a legitimate beef.” Klein asked CNN researchers to dig into the question of why Obama couldn’t produce the original birth certificate. The researchers contacted the Hawaii Health Dept. and confirmed that paper documents were discarded in 2001 when the department went paperless. That reportedly includes Pres. Obama’s original birth certificate.
Then, your rants on illegal immigration bordered on outright racism. Your time has come, you have been surpassed like the remnants of Jim Crow laws. Whatever your thinking on illegal immigration, you are not going to stop it with your racist rhetoric. I can’t wait to see your brand of advocacy.
New York (CNN) — CNN’s Lou Dobbs stepped down from his controversial role as an advocacy anchor at the network at the end of his show Wednesday night, saying he plans to seek a more activist role.
“Over the past six months, it has become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us, and some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving as well as to contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day and to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible,” Dobbs said during his 7 p.m. broadcast.
Dobbs, 64, said he had discussed the issue with CNN President Jonathan Klein, who had agreed to a release from his contract “that will enable me to pursue new opportunities.”
I worry about what those other opportunies are Lou. Are you going to be riding with the rengeade groups that hound illegals and give them a taste of Lou Dobbs Justice? Or, are you going to conintue the meme of the President is not legimatate because of his birthplace? You and Orly would make a cute couple… Media Matters sent out a release questioning you, and the network for your views back in July.
Washington, DC — Today, Media Matters for America called further attention to Lou Dobbs’ continued use of his CNN show and his radio show to legitimize conspiracy theories about President Obama’s birth certificate. Dobbs’ mainstreaming of such claims comes even as other CNN figures — including his stand-in, Kitty Pilgrim — have repeatedly and resoundingly debunked them, calling them “nutty” and “ludicrous.”
“CNN has a very serious Lou Dobbs problem on its hands,” said Eric Burns, President of Media Matters. “All eyes are on CNN to see how the network will handle a host who has clearly become a stain on its journalistic credibility.”
Media Matters released the following web video today on Dobbs’ undermining the network’s credibility: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXmqTmRPAng
The network was happy to see him go. I think that they just got tired of having to defend his nonsensical rants on immigration and his tireless slandering of Latinos and Hispanics. Glenn Beck is keeping a seat warm for you.
“With characteristic forthrightness, Lou has now decided to carry the banner of advocacy journalism elsewhere. We respect his decision and wish him, Debi [Dobbs’ wife], and his family the very best.”
Herein lies the rub. Lou was good, but went off the deep end. I remember watching a lot of his financial stories with interest. He clearly has some down home spun charm that he can use positively, or negatively, and he has gone to the dark side for me. It’s okay to have different beliefs than what I have, and for you to espouse them, just have facts and evidence to back it up.
Dobbs, who is the last of the 29-year-old network’s original anchors, said he was considering “a number of options and directions.”
He cited the growth of the middle class, the creation of jobs, health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change and the U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as “the major issues of our time.”
But, he said, “Each of those issues is, in my opinion, informed by our capacity to demonstrate strong resilience of our now weakened capitalist economy and demonstrate the political will to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C. I believe these to be profoundly, critically important issues and I will continue to strive to deal honestly and straightforwardly with those issues in the future.” Read Dobbs’ full statement about his departure from CNN
Those issues, he added, are defined in the public arena “by partisanship and ideology rather than by rigorous, empirical forethought, analysis and discussion,” and he vowed to work to change that.
During his second stint at CNN, Dobbs positioned himself as “tough, relentless, independent,” lashing out at what he described as the deficiencies and “partisan nonsense” of both major political parties, and injecting advocacy journalism into his coverage of topics ranging from free trade to immigration.
His no-holds-barred, sometimes acerbic style brought him a loyal following, but also attracted controversy both to him and to the network, especially over the subject of illegal immigrants.
Dobbs will continue as anchor of The Lou Dobbs Show, a daily radio show that began in March 2008 and is distributed to more than 160 stations nationwide by United Stations Radio Networks Inc.
Lou, you win a diabolical hater T-shirt as a parting gift….John King will be brought in to replace you. NPR sheads some light on John King.
While Dobbs will continue on his nationally syndicated radio show, he did not specify his new role. CNN announced Thursday that his 7 p.m. weekday time slot will be filled in 2010 by a new show built around longtime CNN political reporter and anchor John King. The selection of King, who strives never to reflect personal ideological positions on the air, is more consistent with CNN’s intended brand as a source of objective reporting.
Remember when you used to do that Lou? The NPR story sheds more light on why it was really your time to go. You didn’t fit in the pattern of fair and unbiased reporting. You seemingly forgot what a reporters job is. You RESEARCH the story and have concrete facts, not just freestyle off the top of your dome.
By his own account, Dobbs was radicalized by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. He evolved on the air into an economic populist and a hard-liner on illegal immigration who often sparked the ire of Latinos.
Dobbs’ ratings rose for many years, but he drew much fire from critics drawn from disparate business, liberal and Latino circles.
In one instance, Dobbs was forced to apologize for his characterization of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce — a mainstream business group — which he said was “effectively an organization that is interested in Mexico’s export of drugs and illegal aliens to the United States.”
Dobbs sometimes overstated or misrepresented the facts as he sought to connect illegal immigrants to crime or other societal ills, a frequent theme. In one instance, Dobbs and a CNN reporter seemed to attribute a startling rise in leprosy cases to illegal immigrants from Latin America. There was no such startling rise — and what cases there were would have been more likely to have had Asian origins.
His radio show took on an even more severe edge.
So, Lou, it was your time to be put out to pasture, or sent to the glue factory.
This is going to be great news for people who actually smoke marijuana legally. The guidelines will also stop the arrests of suppliers to medical marijuana clubs.
Feds to issue new medical marijuana policy
By DEVLIN BARRETT (AP) – 7 hours ago
WASHINGTON — Federal drug agents won’t pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration.
Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.
The guidelines to be issued by the department do, however, make it clear that agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes, the officials said.
The new policy is a significant departure from the Bush administration, which insisted it would continue to enforce federal anti-pot laws regardless of state codes.
Fourteen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
California is unique among those for the widespread presence of dispensaries — businesses that sell marijuana and even advertise their services. Colorado also has several dispensaries, and Rhode Island and New Mexico are in the process of licensing providers, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a group that promotes the decriminalization of marijuana use.
This is great news for people who want to provide relief for others. Think of the possibilities. Now opening up a club doesn’t seem so far fetched.
Attorney General Eric Holder said in March that he wanted federal law enforcement officials to pursue those who violate both federal and state law, but it has not been clear how that goal would be put into practice.
A three-page memo spelling out the policy is expected to be sent Monday to federal prosecutors in the 14 states, and also to top officials at the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration.
The memo, the officials said, emphasizes that prosecutors have wide discretion in choosing which cases to pursue, and says it is not a good use of federal manpower to prosecute those who are without a doubt in compliance with state law.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the legal guidance before it is issued.
“This is a major step forward,” said Bruce Mirken, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “This change in policy moves the federal government dramatically toward respecting scientific and practical reality.”
At the same time, the officials said, the government will still prosecute those who use medical marijuana as a cover for other illegal activity. The memo particularly warns that some suspects may hide old-fashioned drug dealing or other crimes behind a medical marijuana business.
In particular, the memo urges prosecutors to pursue marijuana cases which involve violence, the illegal use of firearms, selling pot to minors, money laundering or involvement in other crimes.
And while the policy memo describes a change in priorities away from prosecuting medical marijuana cases, it does not rule out the possibility that the federal government could still prosecute someone whose activities are allowed under state law.
The memo, officials said, is designed to give a sense of prosecutorial priorities to U.S. attorneys in the states that allow medical marijuana. It notes that pot sales in the United States are the largest source of money for violent Mexican drug cartels, but adds that federal law enforcement agencies have limited resources.
Medical marijuana advocates have been anxious to see exactly how the administration would implement candidate Barack Obama’s repeated promises to change the policy in situations in which state laws allow the use of medical marijuana.
Soon after Obama took office, DEA agents raided four dispensaries in Los Angeles, prompting confusion about the government’s plans.
- Drug Enforcement Administration: http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/
- Marijuana Policy Project: http://www.mpp.org/
Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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October 16, 2009
because the real question is “Why aren’t you butt-A$$ nekkid like all the other wannabe internet stars?”
You had to know that the things that you tittered, I mean tweeted about were going to be a story. Now, I am clearly not the modesty police, but if you didn’t want the Twin Towers to become a story, then why are you displaying them so prominently? Its like you want someone to____________ (fill in the blanks in the comments) clearly look at how large your rack is. I am a fan, and I have been a fan. But, please, stop being so butt-hurt about it. The person who posted the picture is YOU.
Grow up. You have to be responsible for your actions. Would you send your grandmother a picture with your boobies all hanging out? Probably not…
and he has the ability to couch “Because I’ve been ballin on these bitches and they can’t stand the rain…” to sound polite and kind as well….
While much of America had its eyes skyward, tracking what was thought to be a boy in a run-away balloon, President Obama was dealing with another boy very much on the ground.
“Why do people hate you?” asked 4th-grader Terence Scott, posing the final question at the president’s Town Hall Meeting this afternoon at the University of New Orleans.
The youngster seemed earnest and genuinely distressed about harsh words he’s heard people direct at the 44th President.
“They supposed to love you,” said the youngster, “and God is love.”
Son, the reason people hate President Obama is that their candidate didnt win, or that they just hate black people. The guy has been in office less than nine months, but everyone thinks that they can do his job better than he can. It’s like backseat driving. Everyone wants to tell someone else how to do their jobs. Just because you work at Burger King and you have to make it my way, doesn’t mean that you can come to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and tell me how to do my job. You make the burgers, and I will make the policies. See, that is what he wanted to say, but he kept it politically safe, which was the right, and smart thing to do.
“That’s what I’m talking about,” said the president, grateful for words of kindness and support. He was on a trip to explain why it took him nine months to make his first visit as president to a city still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Mr. Obama tried to reassure the kid that it’s not as bad as he thinks.
“First of all, I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me now,” he told the 4th grader. But he conceded that “if you’re watching TV lately, it seems like everybody’s just getting mad all the time.”
“You’ve got to take it with a grain of salt,” the president explained. “Some of it is just what’s called politics.”(CBS)
How do you explain hardball politics to a 4th grader?
“Once one party wins,” said the president, struggling to find the right words, “then the other party kind of gets – feels like it needs to poke you a little bit to keep you on your toes.”
Poke you a little bit? Is that what his political critics and opponents are doing?
“You shouldn’t take it too seriously,” was Mr. Obama’s bottom line advice to the youngster.
Haters hate kid. It’s a fact of life. Here is how the hated on me during the election.
But that couldn’t stop me, they have done far worse. Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? This is what he and others had to go through.
He said a lot of people are losing their jobs or health care or homes to foreclosure. “They’re feeling frustrated,” he said, sounding as though he could forgive them for their bitter words and criticism.
They can’t get over the fact that the oppression is eroding and the control that was once tight as a noose has been gradually reduced. I just rose above the haters.
And as president, he conceded he gets some credit when things go well and some of the blame when they don’t. “That part of the job,” he explained.
“So you’ve just got to keep on going even when folks are criticizing you,” he said.
And after all, said the president, “I’m a pretty tough guy.”
“Are you a tough guy?” he asked his 4th grade questioner. The kid seemed to accept the explanation as he got another hug from the president.
If nothing else, the youngster got a great story to write about in his next composition.
And bloggers have something else to write about too…