Ok, so this is an old story, but when then-Mayor Bloomberg implemented the ban on large sugar sodas, several members of the City Council pointed out that a large number of public school kids in the city don’t get the Phys Ed that’s required by state law. Yikes!
In a masterful example of the art of the defense attorney, Bob McCulloch presented his case before the St. Louis Grand Jury. McCulloch impeached witnesses, showed contradictions in their testimony and weaknesses in their memory. Having thoroughly undermined the prosecution’s case, he then gave the jury a narrative that they could embrace instead: that Wilson shot in self defense because he was being attacked by a hulking teenager who had the look of a “demon.”
The Bitemaster hereby nominates McCulloch for this year’s Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award to be given by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Back in February, NYC Mayor Di Blasio proposed that taxi meters be modified so they wouldn’t charge whenever the cab was driving over the speed limit. Then two days later, Hizzoner’s own motorcade was caught speeding 45 mph in a 30 mph zone, and up to 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Hey Di Blasio, is the speed limit just for the little people?
When Times reporter Mark Leibovich wrote of Governor Christie “he did not halt passage of a same-sex-marriage bill in New Jersey last year,” he must have known that it wasn’t true. In fact Christie had vetoed the gay marriage bill and then fought against the lawsuit that followed. After losing the lawsuit, Christie decided to surrender.
Saying that Christie did not halt passage of a same-sex-marriage bill is like saying that Japan didn’t oppose the Potsdam Declaration.
We thought we had really nailed ExHizzonor Bloomberg on his tech project failures. Turns out, Joe Flood got there first. See his item from December 2010:
If you want the new stronger encryption being added to iPhones, Obama’s Department of Justice considers you a criminal. Gone is the presumption that ordinary citizens should be free from government snooping and gone is the requirement of a warrant. If you’re not a crook, just hand over all your data to the gummint and trust that they won’t misuse it.
Well, now that everyone is piling on Bill Cosby, I thought it would be interesting to see a timeline. Not of the accusations themselves (“In 2012, Mable accused Cosby of . . . “) but of the things he’s accused of (“In 1970, Cosby allegedly forced himself . . . ).
Most of the websites I checked had only the former (boooring!) but TV Guide came through. They’ve detailed what Cosby is accused of doing to various women from 1965 to 2004. That’s right: almost forty years.
A final note: The TV Guide timeline lists no sexual assault accusations against Cosby once he hit about age 67.
“The in-house magazine for the Smithsonian Institution decided that George W. Bush is a more ‘significant’ figure in U.S. history than the country’s first Black president, Barack Obama, who did not make the list.”
And BiteMe names Smithsonian Magazine to its list of the 100 Least Significant Magazines.
Christian pastor Bryan Fischer says that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution only applies to Christianity:
“I have written on numerous occasions that the purpose of the First Amendment was only to protect the free exercise of the Christian faith and to prevent the selection and designation of one Christian denomination as the official church of the United States.” The Establishment Clause’s statement that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” says Fischer, only means that the states can decide among themselves how to treat believers belonging to faiths other than Christianity. “The regulation of every other form of religious expression is reserved to the states, who then have complete latitude to restrain or permit religious expression as they see fit.”
This dude has totally nailed it. So I propose that the Temple of Satan renounce their wicked ways, change their name to the Temple of Jesus and start passing out coloring books in the public schools to promote snake handling, Sedevacantist Catholicism, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, and Family International.
You know what Scientology does to its opponents: it declares them “fair game” and uses investigations, character assassination, legal action and infiltration to eventually destroy them.
That’s what Uber senior vice president Emil Michael wants to do to journalists who write unflattering things about his company. According to BuzzFeed, Michael “. . . suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company.”
Creepy, huh? But Uber apparently is even creepier than that, sometimes using the travel logs of their journalist customers to spy on them.
In fact, the general manager of Uber NYC accessed the profile of a BuzzFeed News reporter, Johana Bhuiyan, to make points in the course of a discussion of Uber policies. At no point in the email exchanges did she give him permission to do so.”
Sure, all the New Technology companies spy on you to make money. But now you have to worry that they’re spying on you to fuck you over.