Late Night: Chris Kluwe Scores Win for LGBT

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 8:00 pm

Actually when the Viking’s punter (that’s the guy who kicks the ball on fourth and long) Chris Kluwe spoke up for marriage equality in Minnesota as a private citizen, not as a Viking, it put the team on my radar. Goooo Minnysoooootah!

Kluwe was bucking stereotypes of thick-skulled football players, and setting a positive, inclusionary message since there are plenty of LGBT football fans, and every adult should have the right to get married.

Only Minnesota Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer repeatedly used homophobic language in Kluwe’s presence and spouted Biblical quotes as his justification for his bigotry.

 

Republicans Really Like the Plan to Sue Obama but No One Else Does

By: Friday July 25, 2014 7:00 pm

Next week, House Republicans will vote on their plan to sue President Obama over the employer mandate for the Affordable Care Act. Given how truly bizarre and logically incoherent the goals of the suit are, it makes no sense from a policy perspective, but the politics behind it are incredibly simple.

American Muslims Sue FBI for Allegedly Placing Them on No Fly List After They Refused to Become Informants

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 9:29 am

A lawsuit brought on behalf of four American Muslim men has been filed against the FBI for allegedly punishing them by placing them on the No Fly List when they refused to become informants and spy on American Muslim communities.

Racism Is Not Over, Bob Dylan Getting Sued

By: Monday December 2, 2013 6:30 pm

We don’t trust each other to the point where it’s reflected in our rhetoric and by what dominates our attention. Controversy sells! How often do good things get covered? To what scale? We’re inundated with the sideshow in a circus with no main act.

What do we actually stand for?

GoldieBlox Sues Beastie Boys Over “Girls”: Preemptive Move Claiming Fair Use, Parody

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 4:32 pm

It will be interesting to see how this plays out, especially since Felix Salmon at Reuters points out this isn’t the first time GoldieBlox has used a song without permission for their online videos. The Silicon Valley startup’s first video “GoldieBlox Breaks into Toys R Us” used Queen’s “We Are the Champions” and there was no parody of lyrics at all. I am starting to like this company less and less.

Late Night: Larry Klayman Loses Another Lawsuit Fight

By: Sunday November 17, 2013 8:00 pm

Once again, Sally Jo Sorensen shows why she’s the best blogger in Minnesota.

Spike Lee Sued Over George Zimmerman Tweets: Wrong Address Causes Grief

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 5:41 pm

An elderly Florida couple is suing director Spike Lee over  tweets he made on March 23, 2012, less than a month after shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Drops Yes Men Lawsuit, Avoids Discovery Process

By: Friday June 14, 2013 11:27 am

Shenanigans at the front door of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday reveal that the Chamber has dropped its lawsuit against the Yes Men, the activist duo famous for their elaborate prime-time pranks against Dow Chemical, Chevron, the World Trade Organization, and other giant entities known for putting their profit margins before people and the planet.

The Yes Men went to the Chamber yesterday morning in attempts to convince the business front group not to drop the lawsuit.

That’s right. The Yes Men want to be sued by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Military Service Members Discharged Under Ban on Homosexuality to Receive Full Separation Pay

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 7:35 am

In a settlement reached between the ACLU and the federal government, an injustice will be righted. The Department of Defense cut separation pay in half for any service member who is discharged for “homosexuality.” The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit challenging that discriminatory internal policy of the Department of Defense as unconstitutional. The separation-pay policy is not part of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the DoD can change it immediately without congressional approval.

Some of the Worst Abuse Ever Seen in a Private Prison

By: Saturday April 7, 2012 12:45 pm

Following on the announcement of the removal of all juvenile prisoners in Mississippi from private prisons, the Department of Justice has just released a report of its findings in investigating the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, which is run by the GEO Group. Walnut Grove was the target of the lawsuit that resulted in the prohibition on sending juveniles to private prisons, and it turns out the state was more than justified in ordering such a removal.

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