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.

Government Still Trying to Force Private Prisons in Florida

By: Sunday January 29, 2012 6:45 am

Florida’s politicians really just can’t take a hint. After they failed to force widespread privatization on the state’s prison system, against the wishes of the director of their DOC (but at the behest of companies that spent a million dollars lobbying the legislature), the asshats in the state legislature are back at it, this time with a vengeance. Even the fact that the GEO Group is under FBI investigation over a deal that brought a private prison to the state, and the state’s Circuit Court ruling the initial push unconstitutional, have failed to slow down the push to privatize.

Private Prisons Don’t Save Money in Arizona

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 2:15 pm

Private prison companies don’t make money by generating more revenue; they make it by cutting costs, in things like maintenance, security, and medical care provided to prisoners. So private prisons simply don’t offer better or even equivalent services and conditions compared to state-run facilities. But the findings of the audit may surprise those who aren’t familiar with this blog or the industry: the state wouldn’t actually save any money by privatizing its prisons. That’s right; even though they pay less, offer less benefits, cherry-pick the cheapest prisoners, and cut corners in every area of operations, private prisons cost just about as much to operate in Arizona as state-run facilities.

Florida’s Politicians (But Not Its Residents) Love Private Prisons

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 10:45 am

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz represents Southwest Ranches, Florida, which has been at the epicenter of a debate over a proposed immigration detention facility. Residents of the town have consistently demonstrated their opposition to the facility, which they feel was designed and planned without much public knowledge of the proceedings.

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