Plaintiffs leading a lawsuit against online dating website Ashley Madison over a security breach that exposed the personal data of customers must publicly identify themselves to proceed with the case, a US judge has ruled.
Forty-two plaintiffs, seeking to represent users of the website who had their information compromised, had proceeded anonymously against Ashley Madison’s Toronto-based parent company Avid Life Media, the ruling released on 6 April showed.
I really can’t find it in me to have much sympathy for the plaintiffs.
Really, the chutzpah just leaves me sputtering.
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Update, after This Was Drafted*:
Bundy Bund bundled.
It appears that the Feds were using an enforcement technique known as “Give ‘Em Enough Rope . . . .”
*You didn’t think I do all this in real time, did you?
I write a bunch of stuff, then I go off and do other stuff. Then I write stuff. It’s the Great Cycle of Drivel.
One more time: A complaint about “political correctness” means “I want license to be nasty without penalty.”
When I was a young ‘un, back in the olden days, I was forced bused.
I was forced bused right past the black high school to the white high school farther down the road. This clown no doubt would have thought that that was the bee’s knees and the cat’s meow.
Will there come a time when persons who have carnal thoughts be willing to admit that their thoughts are their thoughts, and not some phenomenon foisted upon them by outside agency?
Really, now, if you have a dirty mind, own up to it, take pride in it, revel in it, and, for Pete’s sake, stop blaming others for your carnal thoughts.
They are your thoughts and no one else’s.
I have nothing against dirty minds. Mine’s as dirty as they come.
I do have lots of things against hypocrites and Miss (and Mr.) Grundys.
The Bangor Daily News spotlights the hypocrisy of those who would unleash the hate-full in the name of tolerance. A snippet:
Oddly, Mike Lee, R-Utah, frequently uses the word “tolerance” when talking about the bill he sponsored.
“Our country,” he told NPR in a recent interview, “was founded on a proud tradition of religious freedom and tolerance.”
That freedom, however, meant that Americans were free from a state-established religion. As a result, no one religious view is favored over another, nor should one be forced upon citizens with different beliefs.
Worse, tolerance, in Lee’s view, only goes in one direction. Religious institutions, including colleges and universities that receive federal funding, should be allowed to refuse to hire those who don’t follow their beliefs. Those institutions, however, don’t have to tolerate those whose beliefs and lifestyles don’t conform to their world view.
Read the rest.
From Facing South (full article at the link):
One claim that’s been circulating among Confederate apologists in recent weeks would have us believe that Congress passed a law in 1958 giving Confederate veterans status under law equal to U.S. veterans.
But in fact, the law does not do what Confederate apologists say it does. It certainly does not “pardon” Confederate veterans, nor does not generally give them status “equal to” U.S. veterans.
It’s ironic that the same folks who decry the evul fedrul guvmint would claim its sanction.
Render unto Caesa–oh, wait.
James E. Causey marvels at Scott Walker’s fantasy world, a world in which persons born on third base convince themselves that they have hit triples. A snippet:
Many people are born into circumstances that place them behind the 8-ball from the start. Generational poverty. Poor public school systems. Unsafe neighborhoods. Crime, violence and trauma. Throw systemic racism and segregation into the pot, and it’s a recipe for hard times.
Walker did not mention this during his campaign sermon.
In Walker’s world, opportunities abound if people just work hard enough.
What a fantasy.
More at the link.
Those who have the gold make the rules.
A San Francisco Catholic church has reportedly installed a “watering system” that discourages homeless people by drenching them as they sleep.
KCBS reported that the “no trespassing” signs outside the primary church for Archdiocese of San Francisco, Saint Mary’s Cathedral, did not mention what would happen to the homeless who tried to sleep under the cover of the building’s doorway.
Words fail me.
Dick Polman, citing Aldous Huxley, points out that “some animals are more equal than others.”
Imagine, for the sake of argument, that you or I had a sensitive government job. If you or I were brazen enough to lie to the FBI – if we told the feds, for instance, that we hadn’t shared highly classified material with unauthorized people when in truth we had done it – we’d surely be ticketed for jail. Because lying to the FBI, and sharing highly classified material with unauthorized people, are big-time felonies.
But if you’re David Petraeus – former Army general and bipartisan demigod – and you’ve done those very things, you get a slap on the wrist and a punched ticket to rehabilitation. This is manifestly unfair to the people who have been prosecuted and jailed by the Obama administration for doing arguably less than what Petraeus did, but, hey, Orwell covered that ground in his farm fable 70 years ago.
It doesn’t get much ranker than this, now, does it?
I call shenanigans (emphasis added).
A former University of Oklahoma fraternity member who was shown in a video chanting a racial slur has issued an apology, as have the parents of a second student.
In a statement Tuesday, former OU student Parker Rice called the incident “a horrible mistake” and “a devastating lesson” for which he is “seeking guidance on how I can learn from this and make sure it never happens again.”
Think he would be saying this if he hadn’t got caught?
I’ll suggest some guidance.
Don’t act like a racist bunghole.
There’s some guidance for you.
Daniel Ruth is not amused by the annual nattering over nativity scenes.
Once again, it is time for the annual pie fight over religious displays in public spaces. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas if there wasn’t a Nativity creche set up in the midst of that cradle of spirituality, the Capitol rotunda in Tallahassee.
Or think of it this way. For the better part of 11 months, there are probably more sins, lapses of ethics, payoffs and duplicitous backstabbing in the Capitol than in Game of Thrones. And then in December, Florida’s feedbag of power is supposed to be transformed into an ecumenical haven honoring the Yuletide spirit.
Not just in Florida, folks.
University of Virginia faculty will seek to ban fraternities from campus for at least the rest of the academic year as investigators sort through a report of an alleged gang rape two years ago.
Meanwhile, apologists for the fraternity systems are doing their best to impeach the original report (follow the link).
I was once a college student. Granted that that was a long, long time ago, the charges depicted in the original article were consistent with everything I knew and observed about fraternities at my school and, during a year of grad work, at Mr. Jefferson’s University. I doubt that much has changed since then. Men are still pigs, and most fraternities are still sties.
Animal House may have been a comedy, but in comedy there is truth. The US college fraternity system, like Crabby Appleton, is rotten to the core, as are its apologists and defenders.
Really, now, isn’t it about time for a grand jury?
Keith Boykin considers gunnuttery, as second-amended. A nugget:
When a white teenager named Steve Lohner was stopped by the police last month and refused to show his ID after carrying a loaded shotgun on the streets of Aurora, Colorado (the same city where a mass murderer killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a packed movie theater in July 2012), the teen walked away with nothing but a citation.
But when a 22-year-old black kid named John Crawford picked up a mere BB gun in a Walmart store in Dayton, Ohio last week, customers called the police, who then shot and killed him.
Here lies a racial disparity that’s difficult for honest people to ignore. How can black people openly carry a real gun when we can’t even pick up a BB gun in a store without arousing suspicion? The answer in America is that the Second Amendment doesn’t really apply to black people.
Via the Progressive Populist.