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Archive for 24 July 2008
When I heard about this earlier in the day, I was too angry to even post about it. I thought I had calmed down, but I guess not. This inaction is an insult to ever single military person.
Sen. Barack Obama scrapped plans to visit wounded members of the armed forces in Germany as part of his overseas trip, a decision his spokesman said was made because the Democratic presidential candidate thought it would be inappropriate on a campaign-funded journey.
I thought this was a ‘fact finding’ mission. No, it was a campaign-funded trip. The campaign was getting slammed because he hadn’t been to Iraq since, what, 2004? What does he do? He thinks he’s a rock star, and takes a world tour. Front bands opening his show!
Well, guess what MR B. Hussein, the Germans can’t vote for you. Neither can the French, the Yemens, the Afghanis, etc. No, you ignore the very men and women who have put their lives on the line just so a know nothing piece of work like you can have the opportunity to even run for an office you aren’t qualified to hold! Those men and women keep your sorry ass safe, and you go out of your way to snub them? You are the most worthless piece of work I’ve ever seen.
I don’t give a flying flip what his excuses are, he no longer qualifies as even a slug.
The continuing saga of MPD Enforcer 2.0.
Bloggers try to block Memphis Police lawsuit
Legal firm says police director must prove need to ID writers
The anonymous bloggers at the center of a lawsuit seeking their identities now have nationally known legal representation.
Paul Alan Levy, an attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group, a Washington-based public interest law firm founded by Ralph Nader, will represent the anonymous bloggers at MPD Enforcer 2.0 whose identities are being sought by Police Director Larry Godwin and the city of Memphis.
If I were a judge, I would laugh this clown out of my court.
The lawsuit, filed in Shelby County Chancery Court, asks AOL to produce all information related to the identity of an e-mail address linked to MPD Enforcer 2.0, a blog popular with police officers that has been extremely critical of police leadership. The bloggers operate under the name Dirk Diggler, a porn-star character in the movie “Boogie Nights.”
Does this man have no conscious? It’s obvious that he is not terribly popular, and as far as the blog is concerned, don’t we still have a 1st Amendment? It’s my thought it is run by a cop with MPD, although I might be completely off. The authors don’t mince words, and say exactly what’s on their minds. What is the problem? The problem is, they don’t much care for the director, and he got his feelings hurt. Awww….puir wee babe! (side note: never saw “Boogie Nights”)
Godwin and the city have asked the Circuit Court of Loudon County, Va., to subpoena Virginia-based AOL’s Custodian of Records. The city’s July 10 lawsuit asks that the records produced by AOL be sent to the law offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.
So he had gotten city involved? Does the Mayor approve of his actions? Is the city footing the bill for all this legal wrangling? “The city” = the taxpayers!
Levy said he has been in contact with the city’s lawyer, David L. Bearman, seeking the city’s and Godwin’s legal explanation for the request.
For the life of me, I can’t think of a legal, or logical, explanation for his obsession. But then, I’m not a lawyer, nor am I whining at the taxpayer’s expense. And what does Godwin do after he starts this whole battle? Well, it looks like he’s gone on vacation.
Levy said he saw an article in The Commercial Appeal and “went looking for” the people behind the blog, which is highly critical of department policies, including the handling of the Ashley Scott homicide case. Scott was a popular Bolton High teacher whose husband has been charged with her Thanksgiving Day 2006 death.
We weren’t living here when this particular murder took place, so I’m not familiar with the case. However, the blog does touch on the subject here.
Part of the procedure is that the so-called “John Doe” has to be notified. Then the court and the defendant have to be told what words are allegedly wrongful or false. And then the plaintiff needs to establish evidence that it is wrongful and “articulate the legal basis for contending that the words are wrongful,” he said.
Has the blogger stated a falsehood? Has he lied about Godwin? Can Godwin prove there were falsehoods? Or is the blog just critical about the way Godwin does “business”, and says so, in no uncertain terms?
“Just because you can afford to hire a lawyer and file a complaint doesn’t mean you get to identify your detractors,” he said. “You have to show you have a realistic chance of actually winning a lawsuit before you achieve the relief of taking away the right to speak anonymously.”
I question why Godwin is wasting time and money whining about a blogger? Is he scared some truth might be spread? If a blogger’s right to anonymity is taken away, then we are all going to be under scrutiny. Anyone will be able to file suit against us for expressing our opinion, and you might as well kiss the right of “free speech” goodbye.
From the mind of Fairly Conservative:
A post on a blog called The Northern Muckraker has a post concerning the absolute absurdity of the Larry, Godwin, director of the Memphis Police Department:
The head of the Memphis, Tennessee Police Department, Larry Godwin, has filed a lawsuit against AOL seeking to obtain the email address of a person, suspected to be a Memphis police officer, who posts messages critical of Godwin and the department on a blog.
The seamy underbelly? Godwin and the city have used taxpayer resources to file the lawsuit, and yet Chancellor (Judge) Kenny Armstrong has sealed the case, making it impossible for citizens and journalists to examine the merits of the case for themselves.
Well, which is it? A public lawsuit or not? The peasants are paying for it, so they should be able to see what all the fuss is about, and investigate why their benevolent “authorities” seek to nullify an anonymous person’s First Amendment right to complain about them. If the person posted falsehoods or libel, then let the people know what they were. If Godwin is just peeved about someone kvetching on a Web site, then tough cookies. That’s part of being in a public service position.
In other news, Godwin has announced that he’ll be joining forces with Captain Queeg in order to find out who took the strawberry ice cream from the freezer.
sigh…. I have come to the conclusion, even if it looks nice for a couple of weeks, I can kill a plant with little effort.
I spent a lot of time putting some pretty flowers in pots, with flower feed, and sticking ‘em on the front porch. I even watered the little suckers from time to time. I dead headed ‘em, I even talked to ‘em, but lo’ and behold, they bit the dust. Mostly, I can’t even blame the peacocks, at least not for the couple of months or so. Their numbers have been greatly diminished ( ) and we haven’t seen the last one around in a while. We had NOTHING to do with that!
So, I took an acquaintance’s advice! I stuck silk ones in the wagon!
Hey, if they die, then I KNOW it’s a “conpsicuousy”!
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the other umpteen billion pots, but I’m pretty sure, fake stuff will be in there future. At least until next year.
Now, Queen Moonbat, get off your high horse, talk to your loony bin caretakers, get them to let you out for a few hours, and get our country back on track!
Swiped from silent E speaks.
A Davidson County Clerk’s Office worker forged documents so she could steal more than $2,000 in sales tax payments on vehicles, state Revenue investigators say.
If convicted, she could go to prison for up to two years and have to pay thousands of dollars in fines.
I was under the impression that in order to work for the local, state, or federal level, you had to be honest. Ooooops! Foolish me! I forgot that some of the biggest crooks work for the gubmint! I find it odd that she only managed to steal $2000. Is she that incompetent? (insert sarcasm here)
Tanya D. Payne, 46, of 928 Grenada Ave., was indicted by a Davidson County grand jury on 17 felony counts of forgery under $500, and one felony count of willful failure to pay collected taxes to the state.
I would think that stealing from the taxpayers would warrant a felonies, no matter what the amount is, because in reality, we, the taxpayers are the victims.
Officials from the Davidson County Clerk’s office say security is tight and clerks are monitored.
“We have checks and balances to ensure that people’s money is being handled in a professional way,” said Kelly Farmer of the clerk’s office.
Obviously, someone was asleep at the wheel. Otherwise, how did she manage to steal anything at all?
If convicted, Payne could be sentenced to up to two years in prison and fined $3,000 for each forgery count.
She also faces up to two years in prison and a fine up to $3,000 for failure to turn over the sales taxes.
I realize that with such a small sum, the punishment “fits the crime”, but like I said, she was ripping off the taxpayers, and that should hold a stiffer penalty.
Charles K. Qualls, 52, is being held without bond in Hardin County Jail. He is accused of shooting Charles Garrard, 27, with a .44 Magnum pistol after an argument that began inside the store Tuesday morning.
Garrard was shot as he sat in the passenger seat of a red Nissan truck that Qualls drove to the store.
A witness told police investigators that the men were talking in the truck when Qualls got out of the vehicle, drew a pistol and fired.
He then walked into the store with the gun and then climbed back into the truck, according to a Savannah police report on the incident.
When I drove by there on my way to an appointment, there was a TV camera getting set up. Then last night on the news, they were interviewing the mother in law. Now call me heartless, but if you’ve just lost a family member, are you going to be doing interviews? This is going to be the talk of the town for quite a while. I’m told Garrard was very well liked.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the earthquake struck shortly after midnight at a depth of about 65 miles near the coast of Iwate, which is 280 miles northeast of Tokyo, where shaking was also felt.
Most of the injuries were minor and none was life threatening, said a National Police Agency official on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.
A company policy bars anyone from reporting there were no life threatening injuries? Odd. Prayers for all those affected.
The New York-based YeshivaWorldNews website reports that Tenenbaum was given a polygraph test in 1997 regarding charges of espionage, and that he was urged to confess to having spied for Israel. Among the harassment measures he experienced in this connection, he said, were: anti-Jewish epithets being shouted at him, the confiscation of his computer, the erasure of his name from the e-mail system at the military facility in Warren, Michigan where he worked, and the ransacking of his home by investigators.
I am beyond embarrassed. To think that a government official would treat an Orthodox Jew in such a manner, because of his religion…incomprehensible. And YES, I would be just as embarrassed if anyone of any religion was treated as such. And NO, I don’t think Gitmo should be shut down and the “suspects” released. Israel is our ally. Islamonazis are not.
The Senate will soon consider legislation with an impressive-sounding name — Advancing America’s Priorities Act. But the bill being pushed by Democratic leaders includes lots of lawmakers’ pet priorities, such as a commission on the “Star-Spangled Banner” and the War of 1812, $1.5 billion for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and $5 million for a museum in Poland.
Have the “dipsticks” learned NOTHING?? They can’t secure our freakin’ borders but they can find money to build a museum in Poland? I don’t bloody well think so! Every dime of that money needs to be spent on the security and well being of UNITED STATES CITIZENS! As much as I like the Metro in D.C., and use it on the rare occasion that we visit the area, it is NOT a priority!
During its five-month investigation, the GAO submitted applications for four fictitious businesses for HUBZone certification. For two of the businesses, the investigators listed leased mailboxes as the addresses for the businesses’ principal office, and for all of them the GAO submitted false documentation about employees.
Each of the fictitious applications was approved and received HUBZone certification within five weeks.
Gee, I’m speechless! Who knew that gubmint employees were so incompetent! (insert MASSIVE sarcasm here) Actually, come to think of it, the whole dadburn thing is incompetent!
Opponents of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military denounced it as cruel and unpatriotic Wednesday. Supporters insisted it was needed to maintain military morale and raised the prospect of a rise of HIV infection among service members if gays are allowed to serve openly.
Honestly, I don’t care if someone who honestly wants to serve his/her country is gay or not. However, that being said, there is a code of conduct that needs to be adhered to, and if said patriot cannot follow such rules, then they should not be allowed to serve. That goes for ANY service man, or woman. Personally, I would have issues if my life depended on someone who was, shall we say, EXTREMELY and obviously, light in the loafers, as my dad always said.
Senior presidential advisor Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi said here Wednesday that Iranian nation is the pioneer of justice-seeking in the world.
“Opposition of the global arrogance and world hegemonic powers to the Islamic Republic rooted from the justice-seeking characteristic of Iranians and the revolutionary government,” Samareh Hashemi said in local seminar in this southwestern city.
Excuse me while I clean the coffee off my keyboard. “Pioneers of justice”???? A country that hangs children? Oh yeah, that’s a real role model, alright! (insert sarcasm)
The report released Wednesday by the United States Geological Survey has for the first time put some hard numbers behind the energy potential of the North.
Total undiscovered global reserves north of the Arctic Circle are estimated at 412 billion barrels of oil equivalent — most off the coast of Russia. That’s about one-third of the world’s undiscovered gas and about one-sixth of its undiscovered oil.
So why haven’t the exploration teams been going gung ho to do a little recovery of that untapped oil? Oh yeah, I remember! There are weasels all over the world preventing it!
The IOC had warned of sanctions against Iraq after the country disbanded its Olympic committee and other sports in May.
“In spite of all the joint efforts of IOC and OCA (Olympic Council of Asia), over the last months to find a positive solution with the Iraqi government authorities, we regretfully inform you that the decision of the IOC executive board dated 4 June 2008 to suspend the National Olympic Committee of Iraq is confirmed,” AFP reported the IOC letter to Iraq said.
“We deeply regret this outcome which severely harms the Iraqi Olympic and Sports Movement and the Iraqi athletes but which is unfortunately imposed by the circumstances,” the letter said.
Why do politicians always get in the way!? It just doesn’t seem right. For those seven to have trained so hard to achieve their goals, it’s just heartbreaking. That being said, I won’t be watching any of the Olympics. Why? It’s China. And NBC, which I don’t watch, except for Jay Leno. Once he’s gone, I don’t see any reason to watch ‘em at all.
With Starbucks poised to shutter 600 stores nationwide, the coffee house giant is facing an unusual consumer outcry: Save Our Starbucks.
Several grass-roots campaigns are springing up from Covington to New York and beyond to keep the ubiquitous Java joints open.
Well, file this in the who gives a happy crap category! They saturate the market, and find themselves over extended so should I feel bad? Oh hell no! It’s crappy coffee, crappy service, and snotty customers. I can get a better cup of cappuccino at my local convenience store! Quit yer whining people! There are plenty of other coffee shops MUCH better than Starbuck’s!
4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,