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  • Nov 17th, 2018 @ 7:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Are there really any 'new' jokes?

    Shouldn't that be:

    Gender Identity meets Gender Identity
    Reasonable people meet Haters
    Humans cause global warming until the planet fights back


  • Nov 17th, 2018 @ 4:18am

    Re: Re: Re: but who do you sue?

    Code Enforcement are the guys that write tickets for violations of Local (City, Town, Village) Code.

    Private traffic signals (parking lot stop signs), too many unregistered vehicles on private property, (my favorite) illegal housing of a Farm Animal within Town Limits, etc.

    They also tend to be the Inspectors that check new/renovated buildings to make sure they're up to Local, State, and Federal Code - doors swing the right way, electrical meets NEC, that kind of thing.

    They ONLY handle Administrative Law - tickets and such. No misdemeanors or felonies, if they see/find one, they have to report it to the actual police for action.

    If someone illegally parks in one of my lots, I can have their car towed - I don't recall the law that allows that offhand, I think it's under either trespass or abandonment of property statutes.

    I can NOT "ticket" them, extort them, smash their property, or shoot them for "illegally" parking on my property.

    Nor can anyone I hire to "protect" my lot, even if they're off-duty FBI Super Agents.

    I'm in an Incorporated Village with it's own police force (all six of them), they *may* be able to issue tickets on private and semi-private property like commercial parking lots. If I remember, I'll ask one of them next time I have to stop by their station.

  • Nov 16th, 2018 @ 3:36pm

    Re: but who do you sue?

    He's off duty on on a moonlighting job. It shouldn't BE a case of *police* brutality. Fraud, Extortion, Assault with a deadly weapon, and probably attempted murder charges should be filed against him.

    As to tickets on private property, that's a Code item. "Regular" cops can't issue them. Code Enforcement officers can. If tickets couldn't be issued on private property, there'd be little point to Handicapped Parking spaces.

  • Nov 16th, 2018 @ 3:33pm

    Re: Re:

    The badge isn't causing the court problems. The police Union is.

    I've given up on expecting the average person to actually understand what the badge means, or color of authority, but I DO expect cops to understand it.

    They're *supposed* to be protected from personal charges and/or suits by that authority when performing their LAWFUL duties.

    That so many of them think the badge is a get out of jail free card is ludicrous.

    His actions aren't covered by that authority in this case, he should be treated just as you or I would be in his place.

  • Nov 16th, 2018 @ 11:02am

    Re: Just because can't pay doesn't mean judgment invalid.

    No. They agreed to the $12m. They wouldn't have been hit with an amount anywhere near that high if it had gone to trial.

    Nintendo wouldn't have gotten even close to that amount after trial. Their "mercy" was cutting a deal to accept *on paper* a $12m judgement.

    They won't get a fraction of that - as part of that deal.

  • Nov 16th, 2018 @ 10:57am

    Re: Legal theater

    This particular thing happens all the time, just for lower amounts and you rarely hear of it.

    The $12m wasn't actually Awarded by the Judge. In Civil cases, there's a constant push from the Judge for the Parties to agree to a Settlement. Once they do agree on an amount, it gets put down on paper as this *proposed* settlement has been.

    I've seen $10m "awards" like this levied against already destitute people. They agree just so they can stop being dragged into court over it. If they ever hit the lottery, they'll be hit with all kinds of Demands.

    They're rather like filing a Mechanic's Lien against a house where you've done work and not received payment. The house can't be legally sold until that Lien is Released, by either payment of the past-due amount plus interest, or by the Lien Holder simply signing off on the debt.

    This one was, as the bulk of the article says, a move to set a precedent of Award Amounts that can be used to bludgeon everyone else.

    There will be another Agreement, made and signed in some lawyer's office, where for $50 Nintendo will write off the $12m for Considerations. Which considerations will be a gag order on the entire transaction outside of the original $12m Judgement.

  • Nov 16th, 2018 @ 10:49am

    Re: scared to ROM

    VPN's are *required* to log access in Russia. It's why all the decent VPN providers shut down all their servers in Russia.

  • Nov 15th, 2018 @ 11:57am

    Re: Re: The point being missed here is...

    They're purging the least profitable inventory.

    Facebook isn't going to kick off high profit users/groups, no matter if they start a Nuke the Gay Whales organization.

    If Neo-Nazis suddenly stop buying tons of "memorabilia" and such crap, they'll get parsed out as well. If gays suddenly stop buying from Facebook ads, they'll get weeded out as well.

    Facebook is a BUSINESS.

  • Nov 15th, 2018 @ 11:14am

    The point being missed here is...

    ...Facebook's sales product is... YOU. Users. The mine, farm, and sell, sell, sell all that user data.

    They don't want to boot ANYONE off for any reason - that's an inventory loss each time they do so.

    BIG markets out there for every possible "group", even the most radical hate groups.

    Facebook is a *company*. Companies exist to make money.

    It's not that difficult to figure out.

  • Nov 15th, 2018 @ 4:15am

    Re: Re: Note:

    Not to mention Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution Proper:

    16: To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

    So he's partly right - the States get to appoint the Officers of the Federal Militia.

    I'm too lazy to look up the US Code section on who the Federal Militia is, but as I recall, it's every able-bodied male between the ages of 16 to 65.

    Which is also one of the arguments legalizing the Draft.

  • Nov 14th, 2018 @ 3:46pm

    Re: Re: Back in time...

    Really? I must have missed the classes on French History where they had Political Officers.

    It's the same model. Yeah, the French regulators are "concerned" about it.

    They're putting Political Officers at Facebook to ensure only Correct Thought is allowed to be seen in France. The comparison doesn't just "work", it's the basis for how such institutionalized "correction" is set up.

  • Nov 14th, 2018 @ 3:43pm

    Re: Re: Back in time...

    We've obviously stopped teaching basic Civics. Probably around 1970.

    The ignorance most people display of what cops are allowed to do, how an arrest works, and the basics of the court system is incredible.

    The number of former tenants I've evicted that think the court is going to appoint them an attorney is incredible.

  • Nov 14th, 2018 @ 1:06pm

    Re: NRA

    Me as well. Their brokering GCA'68 out of an un-passable, Un-Constitutional Bill was their most blatant treachery.

    I learned to shoot rifle and pistol on NRA ranges. Try and find an NRA range now. They're nothing more than a private political group, constantly begging money to "fix stuff", 99% of which goes to "overhead".

  • Nov 14th, 2018 @ 12:56pm


    I don't see how an offsite, "remote" recording requires a Warrant - it should be a Subpoena item.

    Which you don't get by shopping a "friendly" judge.

    But the fact that it's been publicized because of this action is a good thing - maybe (yeah, right...) people will wake up to the fact that those damned things listen ALL the time, and keep a recording of everything as well.

    You've gotta be insane to use that kind of "service".

  • Nov 14th, 2018 @ 12:48pm

    Back in time... Have we stopped teaching history to the extent that nobody under the age of 50 or so knows what a Political Officer is, what they do, and how much power they grab?

    Never thought I'd see USSR tactics employed by France. Mussolini, yes. USSR, no...

  • Nov 14th, 2018 @ 8:55am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: so?

    Hmmm... so if I show up at a Pelosi rally as a "journalist", my First Amendment rights trump those of the venue, speaker, and everyone else involved?

    There's zero First Amendment violations here, unless you want to claim the reporters who couldn't speak because this dimwit wouldn't give up the mic.

    The press are INVITED to these conferences. There's nothing, Constitutional or otherwise, preventing revocation of the privilege and expulsion.

    No matter how many suits get filed.

    When their filing gets tossed by the first judge to see it, expect it to be ignored by the press. At best, a "correction" on page 58 in 5pt type.

    While I'm on a rant, where is the TECH in this? The site used to be terrific on TECH issues. Now it's turning into a left-wing bully pulpit where any perceived slight of a leftist person or organization can expect to have "FIRST AMENDMENT! FIRST AMENDMENT!" shouted repeatedly.

    From "It's a clock!" through "Rebellious teenager petulant over being told 'NO' and does it anyway", the site is becoming nothing more than propaganda cheering on all things Left - usually under the guise of "How far can we stretch and rationalize the First Amendment?".

  • Nov 14th, 2018 @ 5:27am


    "Constitutional violation two-fer, offering to separate residents from their Second Amendment rights by using their First Amendment rights against them."

    Plagiarizing my comments, eh? :)

  • Nov 13th, 2018 @ 7:13am

    Re: If it's not total, why bother?

    They're heading towards immunity - in the form of becoming a regulated public utility.

    Which is one of the many reasons they fight tooth and nail to avoid becoming a common carrier dumb pipe.

    Of course, that's exactly what most people WANT.

  • Nov 8th, 2018 @ 8:16am


    Exactly. It's push-back. Bush's policies begat Obama, Obama's policies begat Trump.

    Trump will beget some hard left candidate.

    It's cyclic.

  • Nov 8th, 2018 @ 5:57am

    Re: Re: Winter Is Coming

    New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

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