Billion dollar Michael Jackson negligent death case starts in LA

As part of his contract with concert promoter AEG Live, Michael Jackson insisted that they hire Dr. Conrad Murray as his personal physician. Murray, being no fool, supplied Jackson with all the drugs he wanted. Unfortunately, the drugs Jackson wanted killed him.

Murray was eventually convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Now Jackson’s family is suing AEG Live for their role in Jackson’s death.

Oh just Bite Me already — plenty of musicians and singers have died from drugs and IT WAS THEIR OWN DAMN FAULT.

Billion dollar Michael Jackson negligent death case starts in LA –

Surprise! Met Museum of Art lied about ‘suggested” admission entry fees

The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently argued it was granted permission to solicit fees “after the museum received approval from New York City’s Administrator of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs more than four decades ago,” Director and CEO Thomas P. Campbell (2010 salary and benefits: $1.04 million) wrote in a public letter on April 4. But the New York Post obtained all the documents governing the admissions policy between the Met and the city going back over 100 years, to determine if that document actually exists. It does not.

via Met Museum of Art misleading patrons about “suggested” entry fees, documents indicate –

And see our earlier article.

Stupid teens and the Constitution

Jared Marcum, an eighth-grader in Logan County WV, wore his NRA t-shirt to school and refused to remove it. He was eventually arrested and suspended. His step-father, Allen Lardieri, said “I will go to the ends of the earth, I will call people, I will write letters, I will do everything in the legal realm to make sure this does not happen again.”

Marcum is a jerk, but I think it’s protected speech. Also see this list of Supreme Court cases about students.

West Virginia teen suspended, arrested after wearing NRA shirt returns to school in the same shirt – NY Daily News.

Readington Middle School in Whitehouse Station NJ has banned strapless gowns for eight-grade girls at an upcoming dance and the parents are all up in arms about the rule. Mother Charlotte Nijenhuis says the principal “ought to not unilaterally dictate what our children may or may not wear.”

Sure Tinker was an important case, but this is a fucking gown not political speech.

Shit! Rand Paul stands up for Bill of Rights

“I think we can still preserve the Bill of Rights,” Paul said. “I see no reason why our Constitution is not strong enough to convict this young man, with a jury trial, with the Bill of Rights. We do it to horrible people all the time. Rapists and murderers, they get lawyers, they get trials with juries, and we seem to do a pretty good job of justice, so I think we can do it through our court system.”

Now I got one less reason to hate him.

via Rand Paul: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Should Not Be Treated As Enemy Combatant.

Screwed in the Senate but not in the Electoral College

According to Ronald Brownstein in the National Journal, background checks for gun purchasers may never pass in the Senate because of the number of Senators from small, conservative states.

But look at those same states within the Electoral College (which is basically one-man-one-vote), and the pro-gun side is decisively outnumbered.

The upshot is that we’re not getting federal gun control any time soon, but the Dems may have a lock on the Presidency.

Why the Senate Vote May Signal 2016 Problems for the Gun Lobby –

Anonymous investigates teenage suicide, forces police to reopen case

Here’s the sequence:

  • Fifteen-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons of Nova Scotia gets drunk at party, gets raped
  • Classmates or rapists take pictures of the assault and pass them around
  • Rehtaeh is bullied and harassed at school, family moves to new town
  • Harassment continues
  • Rehtaeh commits suicide
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police closes case saying there was “insufficient evidence to proceed with charges.”
  • Anonymous gets involved, threatens to expose the rapists unless RCMP brings charges
  • RCMP — surprise! — reopens case, saying they now have new information


Rehtaeh Parsons Investigation Reopened: New Information In Alleged Rape, Bullying Case.

IRS Doesn’t Need A Warrant To Read Your Email in the Cloud

‘The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 allows government agencies to in many cases obtain emails older than 180 days without a warrant.

‘That’s why an internal 2009 IRS document claimed that “the government may obtain the contents of electronic communication that has been in storage for more than 180 days” without a warrant.

‘The IRS Criminal Tax Division’s “Search Warrant Handbook,” shows that the division’s general counsel believed “the Fourth Amendment does not protect communications held in electronic storage, such as email messages stored on a server, because internet users do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Probably applies to your online backups, too.

via IRS Thinks It Doesn’t Need A Warrant To Read Your Email.

Retired NYPD chief says frisks not racial profiling because there were no complaints

‘A retired NYPD chief of department testified Wednesday he knows why the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic is not racial profiling.

‘ “We don’t get complaints about it,” Joseph Esposito said.

‘Certain groups like the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Rev. Al Sharpton’s organization have complained about it, but not any citizens, he said.

‘ “I have not had anyone come to me and complain, ‘I was stopped because of my skin color,’ ” said the ex-chief.’

Just BITE ME already, asshole.

via Retired NYPD chief says frisks not racial profiling because there are no complaints – NY Daily News.

Anthony Weiner has lost his mind

Former congressman Anthony “Crotch Shot” Weiner is planning to run for mayor of New York.

He could have attempted a comeback by running for his old congressional seat but probably figured his old constituents had had enough of him. He could have attempted a comeback by running for his old council seat but probably figured his old constituents had had enough of him there, too.

Maybe he thinks there are no legislators from Brooklyn that need replacing, so he has set his sights on the Second Toughest Job in America.

Or maybe he can just Bite Me.

Redemption? Anthony Weiner Mulls Possible Jump Into Mayor’s Race: NYT Magazine | New York Daily News.