It appears that the U.S. Senate is getting serious about people using stuff they found on the Intarwebs:
A bi-partisan bill working its way through Congress could drastically change how copyright claims are processed, and would create a system to impose up to $30,000 in fines on anyone who shares protected material online.
In other words, the Congress wants to make it easier to sue people who send a meme or post images that they didn’t create themselves, essentially a giveaway to lawyers who sue unsuspecting suckers for a living.
…and once more, a little more of life’s pleasures is sucked dry by the lawyers and politicians.
One of these days, I can see people going to a party sued by the studios (especially the godless Disney Corporation) just for wearing a character’s costume without prior approval from an attorney at Bloodsucker, Lamprey and Leech LLP.
Having recently been sued (and forced to settle out of court) by some cocksucker and his copyright huckster attorney for using an old photograph (which can be found all over the Internet and which had no attribution when I found it, so copyright was impossible to establish in the first place), I know exactly what’s involved here. (And if he or his shyster butt-buddy should chance to read this: by not identifying you or the work involved, I’m not breaking the terms of our agreement, you money-grabbing motherfuckers. It’s the principle I’m talking about — not that either of you would even begin to comprehend the word. FOAD.)
So as of today, expect to see only memes and such created by myself (e.g. see below), unless linked to the site of origin.
And that goes for the lawyers’ little lickspittles in the Senate as well. FOAD all of you, too.
I read this report with sadness:
A man has sued his unfaithful estranged wife after discovering that he is not the father of her eight-year-old son.
The man wants the woman to return ‘every penny’ he spent on the child he thought was his but was actually fathered by someone she had an affair with.
He also wants damages to compensate for distress and wants her to reveal the name of the other man.
My sadness is because of the effect all this will have on the child. For the cheating ex-wife? Not a smidgen of pity.
In the old days, a child born within the marriage was assumed both legally and morally to be the child of the husband — and it made a great deal of sense. Nowadays, with morality in tatters but with scientific tools such as DNA testing, that old standard is unnecessary.
In fact, I believe that all babies should get DNA-tested at birth. If the baby is born to a married couple and the husband is found to be not the father, then the actual father should be identified and forced to pay child support. If the woman is unmarried, of course, then the same should apply. (If she doesn’t know who the father is, then everything that follows is her own fault.)
Adultery that results in pregnancy should carry a penalty of some sort. The husband should not be penalized for his wife’s infidelity and carelessness. Good grief: if sperm donors are being forced to pay child support (as is beginning to happen in Europe — pure foolishness), then Roger The Lodger should have to face the same consequence.
After the Supreme Court punting on the topic of counting only U.S. citizens in the 2020 Census — what? — I was heartened to see this new development:
A high-profile conservative leader called Thursday for the impeachment of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. after he provided the crucial fifth vote in the Supreme Court decision heading off President Trump’s goal of including a question on citizenship on the 2020 census.
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union and husband of top Trump White House aide Mercedes Schlapp, said the ruling showed the chief justice was not the conservative-minded jurist he’d been touted to be, noting his previous decision essentially preserving Obamacare.
“I’m for impeaching the chief justice for lying to all of us about his support of the Constitution,” Mr. Schlapp tweeted. “He is responsible for Robertscare and now he is angling for vast numbers of illegal residents to help Dems hold Congress. Enough Deception from GOP judges on the Constitution.”
Considering that most of the past censuses (censi, to be pedantic) in our history did in fact include the citizenship question, I guess I thought it would be a slam-dunk decision in favor of the measure.
And then came Roberts. Just as he did with fucking ObamaCare, he found some sliver of legal minutiae to enable him to vote on the side of the socialist USSC judges instead of with the traditionalist constructivists.
The hell with impeachment: warm up the tar and start plucking those geese…
Seen at this guy’s blog:
I’ll take “ALL OF THEM” for $600, Alex.
Somebody explain to me why we should ever — ever — trust the fucking FBI again, when they get involved in this kind of bullshit, trying to entrap a U.S. citizen into committing several federal crimes.
When did they do this? In 2017: after Donald Trump’s inauguration as POTUS.
And under whose auspices did they do this? Why, those of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and DOJ prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, of course.
Why did they do this? All in the cause of trying to bring down President Donald Trump and overturn the fully-legal election result of 2016.
So to repeat myself: somebody explain to me why we should ever — ever — trust the fucking FBI again. With anything.
Whatever Lindsey Graham’s been drinking these past few months, can we set up an IV line of the stuff for Senate RINOs like Susan Collins? This is excellent:
A day after the attorney general said the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found Trump’s campaign did not conspire with Russia, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said: “We will begin to unpack the other side of the story.”
He said it was time to look at the origins of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for former Trump adviser Carter Page, which was based in part on information in a dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer who co-founded a private intelligence firm.
Graham told reporters he planned to ask Barr to appoint a special counsel to investigate the FISA matter, which is already being probed by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog, Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Give ’em a fair trial, then hang ’em. After we’ve taken down the rotting corpses of the various mainstream media reptiles, that is.
Ye Olde Hanging Tree is going to get a workout over the next couple years… well, it should, anyway.