This is How Republics Die
Look, I'm a member of the Whitebread Rap Haters Club. I find most of the genre actively repulsive. But you know what? A lot of people probably feel that way about classical music, Finnish heavy metal and/or bagpipes.
So, as a member of the WBRHC, let me be clear about my total, visceral, emphatic and unreserved denouncement of this fascistic nonsense.
Short version: A rapper is being charged with a felony under a California law that criminalizes the "promotion" of gang-bangery.
It should be noted that this is an aggravated case....
"We're not just talking about an album of anything, of love songs," Campagna reportedly told the judge in court. "There is a revolver with bullets"on the album cover, he noted.
Well...I'm glad we had the Douchenugget Asshatt to clarify that for us!
In any event, we can at least take some comfort in the fact that this vile, counterconstitutional, assinine nonsense can't actually involve anything more than a slap on the wrist, right? This is America after all.
Duncan is currently in county jail in lieu of $1 million bail, with his trial reportedly set to begin December 4. If convicted, he faces 25-years-to-life in prison.
The Nobel Prize for Peace has had something of a chequered history in recent years, but both the recipients this year richly deserved their title. In particular, Malala Yousafzai is awe inspiring. The youngest recipient ever, she took a Taliban bullet to the head in retaliation for demanding that women be allowed to go to school.
A Bit of Good NewsBrett Kimberlin, a cyberbully and convicted terrorist has lost his defamation suit against several bloggers who pointed out that he is a genuinely nasty piece of work. This was an important case as it threatened to set a troubling precedent with regard to the ability of individuals to shut down online free speech via lawfare and intimidate those with different political views . Additionally, some of the defendants in the case had endured death threats and SWATTings.
Popehat has a roundup. It is particularly pleasing to me that this was not just a legal victory for the defendants. It was also a thorough, total and ignominious defeat for Kimberlin. Sometimes the good do win.
He did lose this case, which is good. But he still hasn't made good against all of the people who had to spend their time and resources in order to deal with his baseless complaints. So to really, really reach the "stopped getting away with it" point, the following things have to happen:
-The court needs to find for attorney costs for the defendants in this case.
-The judgment for those costs actually needs to be executed - it's easy to get a court order saying "you owe me twenty thousand bucks for legal fees" but a lot harder to actually get the twenty thousand bucks out of someone. Specifically, any assets Kimberlin might own which could be used to pay are almost certain to be transferred out of his name by now.
-He also needs to lose his federal case in the same manner.
-And the appeal to this case.
-And any follow-on cases he decides to file, until the court finally steps in and says "look, you don't even get to file anymore, get out".
Until all of these things happen, he's still getting away with it, because the whole point is that he's forcing people to put time and attention into defending against this crap - because the number one piece of advice any lawyer will give their client is "don't say a word about the case", and that shuts them up.
It's also worth noting that one of the defendants dropped his lawyer before the case went to trial, and Popehat bitched him out for it. Because even if the case is meritless, and should have been thrown out immediately, and WAS thrown out before any of the defense lawyers got to do anything but raise some objections, you need to have your lawyer to cross all the Ts and dot all the Is; basically because it was even remotely possible to lose. It says a lot about the legal system that this is the case.
In fairness to Popehat, he did do a follow-up post today asking for assistance in gathering up the sort of evidence necessary to get a vexatious litigant finding through the courts. Several volunteers have already come forward. Maybe this sort of thing will be easier in the modern era, with computerized records and loose networks being able to club together for what is surely a good cause.
One Hopes That There is a Special Concierge Service in Hell To Give These People the Extra Attention They DeserveSuburban Banshee has an extensive, link-heavy post on the utter monstrousness of Marion Zimmer Bradley, child molester and protector of her child molester husband.
Go read the while thing.
I mentioned this to my friend BOB! last night and he said that he'd heard about a lot of this years ago and had written off the author for that reason. Another friend mentioned yesterday that she'd known about enough of this for years that she had long ago burned Bradley's books.
I, on the other hand, had muddled trough life blissfully ignorant of this.
It's a squalid, foetid affair that involves a couple of truly evil people. That word "evil" gets bandied about a lot, but this is the real deal.
But the reason I'm most angered by this is that the story is actually far worse than the depredations of 2 fiends.
What is REALLY disturbing about this is the fact that elements in the Sci-Fi community had been covering this up since 1963. Oh, they had banned Breen (Bradley's eventual husband) from a con, but no one bothered to call the cops.
This passage from the letter is particularly disturbing...After laying out the fact that Walter Breen is a CHILD MOLESTER, he suggests that Breen be...get this...banned from a con.
I came to this conclusion most reluctantly. I have no axe to grind. And quite apart from my emotional reluctance, I expect some of my friends to get mad at me if I do anything about Walter. Others will be "disappointed" in me because of my "persecution" of Walter, poor innocent Walter who loves and understands children. Also I rather expect some damage in my race for TAFF in 1965.[/quote]
You know, I have something to say to the author of this letter....
Hal 9000, Skynet, and the Krell mind machine, combining their processing power and crunching numbers for a decade could not calculate all the fucks I do not give about your fanboy electioneering. You have, with that paragraph, proven yourself to be a soulless, malignant waste of skin that could be put to vastly better use by burn victims. You know of a child molester and you do not report it to police because you are afraid it will harm your popularity? If ratting out a pederast will endanger ones social standing, then I suggest that it is time to get another peer group. You have no axe to grind? ARE YOU HUMAN?
This was 1963. How many children were raped because no one on this mailing list had the spine to call the cops? (ed: at least 22) Why in the hell didn't SOMEONE call the authorities? Is it because as a member of fandom you'd been bullied and didn't want to cast judgements? If so you deserved every wedgie you got and more...far more. This was not being a beatnik, or some other alternate lifestyle, this was children, and this was a hell of a lot more children who suffered agony and terror because not ONE person in this circle of fen had sufficient ethical grounding to call the police.
The Kitty Genovese story was utter bunk, but this is as real as it gets.
You know what's almost as disturbing than that?
No news here, just a couple of glowing testimonials...well, the only people covering this are the French and the Italians.
Hurrah! We've wiped out the last of the independent farmers and, since they were the only ones producing any food, triggered a famine that killed six million people!
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thu May 1 08:00:05 2014 (PiXy!)
PIXY IS A WRECKER! Break out the plows! We will liberate all of our blogs from the hosting services of his running dog teacher.....
The revolution will be delayed temporarily while the politburo considers options.
If one is on a passionate and not entirely unwarranted tear about casual sexism and the need for respect in fandom, then referring to a male fan who makes an ass of himself as a "sperm sack" might not be the best was to advance this argument.
Funny how it is always feminists who are full of contempt and downright hate. Are they really supposed to be the good guys? Maybe the "casual sexism" is nothing but proper chivalry. I noticed their true nature long ago and I am a big proponent of nicer behaviours they included into "sexist" nowadays. I even think that bagging everything together was a part of a strategy of denormalization... described in feminist books.
Actually, this is not one of those times.
I was too vague.
In this case, the casual sexism was some clerk in a comic store stating that a particular female artist would not be known in 5 years unless she released a sex tape....which is a pretty assinine thing to say.
The person who responded to this attack on her friend by calling him a sperm sack is very vocal about removing gender specific female specific slurs from acceptable use....hence by feeling that this does not advance her overall argument.
The stuff Pete is talking about is indeed pretty infuriating but it should be remembered that US fandom does have some, genuinely squalid problems with the treatment of female fans.
Of course hatred rarely follows logic so this message is lost on the haters, but it's these asshats who get all the press. Given the depths of their hate they don't know much about their professed theology either.
She also has kind words for classy behavior.
The server has responded to the incident,
saying "The offers to help pay me back are much appreciated, but not at
all needed. I’d prefer to let my work ethic and my service do the
talking, nothing else.”
That’s a classy response to a rank hatred.
A work ethic and professionalism....we need more of that in this country.
I can't get my head around this kind of thing. This is the exact opposite of proselytizing, witnessing or attempting to persuade. It's just stupid, it's evil and they're missing the point.
Meh, given how many Leftist "moments" have turned out to be complete lies, I'm going to assume that a Leftist did this to make the Religious look bad, much like all the "Racist" moments at Universities have been done by Leftists, to "Raise Awareness (Once they are caught.)".
Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at Wed Oct 30 20:57:37 2013 (MNAY3)
My first thought these days when encountering a story like this is that it a Mobey (and they frequently are). However this one seems to check out and as the Anchoress points out the restaurant is right down the street from THEM...so I'ts even more believable.
In any event, even if the waiter got stiffed by a Mobey it doesn't hurt to let people know that this sort of asshattery is not something we condone.
Hah! Saw this on Instapundit. It is rich.
It seems that ABC sent a bunch of actors to incite anti-gay asshattery at a blue collar diner in Texas. For comparison they did the same at an upscale restaurant in NYC....because...'Journalism' means that narratives must be reinforced.
I notice they kept the charade up until they found someone who agreed with the "waitress."
I actually work just up the street from that restaurant and used to eat there at lunch all the time. I'm a little surprised they went along with this. They must have done this outside peak hours, and kept the regular staff away, because that place is always packed at lunchtime and you would never have a problem finding another waitress or management to complain to.
Also, this story must have been filmed quite some time ago, because that location isn't a Norma's any more; it's now the Diner of Dallas. (and, btw, highly recommended if you live or are in the area and like diner food.)
Posted by: RickC at Tue Aug 13 18:40:06 2013 (WQ6Vb)