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  • Mar 3rd, 2015 @ 2:32pm

    It's not the library board...

    For the record, it wasn't the library board that ordered the removal. It was ordered by Tim Herbst, the town's First Selectman exercising some questionable judgement and even more questionable authority in the matter.

  • Mar 3rd, 2015 @ 1:22pm

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    The motivation however seems to be more because area Catholics objected to the subject matter and threw the IP argument in in order to allow the town's first selectman to "do the right thing" - without acknowledging the incident was motivated solely by religious considerations.

    Fr. Brian Gannon, pastor of one of the town's Catholic churches - and the one who started the controversy - was quoted as saying:

    "She (Mother Theresa) would have never picked up a banner and walked with these women at all."

    Odd his knowing that considering the only person who could confirm that is deceased.

    The comes the usual I'm not advocating for censorship...but argument.

    Again from Fr. Gannon:

    "I really feel very strongly that out of respect for who Mother Theresa is, the painting should not go back up. This has nothing to do with censorship, but with using someone's image in a true depiction of who they are."

    Of interest, it was Fr. Gannon who contacted the Order of the Missionaries of Charity regarding the painting - and it was allegedly they who informed the Town of Trumbull that the use of Mother Theresa's image represented a copyright violation. Unfortunately, the local press has been unable to get a confirmation from the Order that such a notice was ever given - by them - to the town.

    Sorry. But this is total bullshit. Especially in a state that has been relatively free of this 'religious' nonsense so far.

  • Feb 28th, 2015 @ 8:14pm

    Re: It's not fraud when you GAMBLE and lose.

    Just because you consider it a "gamble" or a "wager" doesn't make it so. There are laws that apply. And they don't consider any of this to be a wager.

  • Feb 28th, 2015 @ 8:07pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Fraud in the purely legal sense has nothing to do with your intentions. Many people are surprised to discover just how specific and precise the laws that deal with fraud are.

    If you make a promise, accept money, and fail to deliver that's a breach of contract. And that alone can be grounds for being charged with fraud. Even failing to deliver within the timeframe promised can sometimes do it. Which is why online businesses seldom hit your charge card until they actually ship your order. There are rules for how long you can hold money and not deliver.

    And all your good intentions and/or lack of experience won't count for much by way of a defence if you end up in court.

  • Feb 28th, 2015 @ 7:57pm

    Re: Re: Kickstarter No-Show

    That's bullshit. Kickstarter gets their fee for listing a campaign regardless of whether the project delivers as promised or not. Since they act as the medium through which the funds are collected there is some responsibility beyond their making excuses, suggesting we all be understanding and patient, and turning a blind eye as much as they do.

    Sooner or later they're going to get caught up in the loop and get hit with some serious legal action no matter how many disclaimers they issue. And that will be unfortunate. Because it risks poisoning the well for crowdfunding in general. And that's too valuable a source of funding to lose because of their "three monkeys" attitude.

    Kickstarter doesn't get to have the final word on what the limits of their liability may or may not be. When you act as the middleman that collects and distributes funds, it's questionable whether or not some extrapolation of the "safe harbor" rule applies. Whenever money changes hands, it tends to change everything.

  • Feb 20th, 2015 @ 7:24am

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    What matters the law or threat of legal challenge when, to date, the US and UK response has invariably been: "Yes, we broke the law and exceeded our authority. Fuck you!"

  • Feb 12th, 2015 @ 7:36pm

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    The fact that this misguided and immature child has no respect for our democratic institutions or the Constitution is bad enough. But to then make him a school principal is inexcusable.

  • Feb 9th, 2015 @ 1:49pm

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    I'll bet Ms. Perry's lawyer is frantically searching for some venue that they hope will be sympathetic, and where a judge will try to legislate from the bench on their behalf rather than just back down right away.

    If not, they'll probably do some more sturm & drang before they let it go.

    It's not so much that you be proven right as it is you not be proven conclusively wrong when it comes to attorneys.

  • Feb 4th, 2015 @ 3:12pm

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    How about charging Holder with contempt? The legislature can do that.

  • Feb 2nd, 2015 @ 1:57pm

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    Not that I'm holding my breath, but the happiest day of my life will be when the ICC over at the Hague finally grows enough balls to issue an international arrest warrant for some of these people.

  • Jan 26th, 2015 @ 9:35am

    Do as Google does

    I can't help agreeing with the other posters that suggest broadcasters and streaming services just remove pre-1972 music from their playlists if copyright fee hunters start making good in their threats to file claims and reverse how the pre-72 rule has been interpreted for decades.

    Musicians depend on distribution more than anything else. That's what put the recording industry's attorneys and businessmen at the top of the food chain in music. Even though they didn't create the music themselves.

    Today's musician depends on search engines and streaming. If some misguided individuals become too intent on reversing the clock, let them do without. After a (small) initial outcry from the listening public, their songs will rapidly fade into a well-deserved oblivion.

    Being a child of that era, and therefore a fan of that sort of music, I'll miss it. But not too much or for too long. Because any time somebody tells me "Take it or leave it - and we need you answer now!" my first, last, and final answer will always be: "No."

  • Jan 26th, 2015 @ 9:23am


    If I didn't know better, I'd almost think you were trying to get a rise out of somebody here. Please forgive us if we decline to take your obvious bait.

  • Dec 20th, 2014 @ 7:35pm

    Re: "Says who?"

    To which I say to the DoJ when declaring their investigations invariably reveal no wrongdoing: "Says who?"

    Where exactly does it say the DoJ gets to forever and amen be the sole decider in such matters? Says who? And while you're at it, show me where. :-)

  • Dec 20th, 2014 @ 10:15am

    Says who?

    The chief of police has announced a policy that I doubt he has the legal authority to make or enforce. Perhaps the ACLU could ask him to present the statute that gives him the authority to do so?

    Any time a government employee (no matter how lofty their title) unilaterally makes up a "rule", our very first question should be: "Says who?"

  • Dec 8th, 2014 @ 5:40pm

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    What's going to be even funnier is the US response to the warrants that are bound to be issued by the International Court for war crimes and "crimes against humanity."

    At the very least they'll ruin Dick Cheney's whole day. And that can only be a good thing even though nobody of any importance will ever stand trial as long as the US government can do anything to prevent it.

    And it can, unfortunately.

  • Dec 5th, 2014 @ 1:04pm

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    I find it ironic that the complaint motivating Target and Walmart to pull it was initiated by three people who were offended because of the violence they experienced in real life while engaged in what is also considered by many to be an immoral and/or criminal activity.

  • Oct 14th, 2014 @ 6:55am

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    Can you say: "Scared shitless BUT still trying to look like you're not?"

  • Aug 20th, 2014 @ 6:49am

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    Colorado is pretty far away for me. Is there any place local where I can take his Gestapo 101 course?

  • Aug 14th, 2014 @ 6:06am


    The assertions made for breastfeeding tend to be heavily exaggerated when viewed purely from a scientific perspective.

  • Jul 5th, 2014 @ 10:08am

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    This article's author Barry Eisler has 40 products currently listed on Amazon.

    Draw from that what conclusions you will.

    I don't think there are any truly candid parties on either side of the table in this dispute.

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