Jackson Browne Suing John McCain for Using Lyrics in Campaign Ad

August 15, 2008


Jackson Browne doesn’t want John McCain running on anything fueled by his lyrics. The singer-songwriter sued McCain and the Ohio and national Republican committees in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday, accusing them of using his song “Running on Empty” without his permission.

The lawsuit claims the song’s use was an infringement of his copyright and will lead people to conclude he endorses McCain. The suit says Browne is a lifelong liberal who is as well-known for his music as for being “an advocate for social and environmental justice.”

The advertisement mocks Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s contention that if U.S. drivers got regular tuneups and drove on properly inflated tires, they could save the same amount of oil that would be gained by offshore drilling. According to the suit, “Running on Empty” plays in the background of the ad criticizing the remarks.

Robert Bennett, chairman of the Ohio party, said the ad was pulled when Browne objected. He called the lawsuit a “big to-do about nothing.”

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers disavowed the ad, saying it wasn’t a product of the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign.

Browne’s lawsuit contends the Ohio Republican party released the ad on behalf of McCain and the RNC. The RNC did not return a phone call seeking comment.

The suit notes that other musicians, including ABBA and John Cougar Mellencamp, have asked McCain to stop using their work.

Browne’s attorney, Lawrence Iser, called the ad’s use of the song “reprehensible.”

The 59-year-old singer claims his reputation has already been damaged and is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

Browne released “Running on Empty” – the song and an album by the same name – in 1977. According to the lawsuit, the album has sold more than 7 million copies.

Browne’s financial success has aided Democratic candidates over the years. Campaign finance records show he contributed $2,300 to Obama’s presidential campaign last year and $2,000 to the Illinois senator’s campaign coffers in 2004.

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Woman Falls Facefirst in Hospital and Goes Unhelped and Dies

July 1, 2008


A video released Monday by lawyers suing Kings County Hospital shows a woman dying on the floor of a psychiatric emergency room while people nearby ignore her.

The lawsuit alleges neglect and abuse of mental health patients at the facility. The video shows the 49-year-old woman keeling over and falling out out of her chair on June 19. She lies facedown, thrashes about, and goes unattended for an hour before someone even realized was had happened and helped.

The agency that runs the municipal hospital, the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp., fired several staffers as a result.

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Schwarzenegger’s Answer to Overcrowded Prisons is to Build More

June 22, 2008

A federal magistrate has rejected an attempt by the state to keep certain documents secret as courts decide whether to cap California’s overcrowded prison population. California’s 33 adult prisons were designed for roughly 100,000 inmates but currently hold 159,000. Inmate advocacy groups say the crowding has led to numerous problems, including and not limited to neglectful health care and poor mental health treatment.

A special panel of three federal judges had already set a June 27th date to convene a hearing to decide whether to go ahead with a November trial on a set of lawsuits that have been consolidated. Inmate advocacy groups that brought the lawsuits opposed the administration’s request, and federal Magistrate Judge John Moulds in Sacramento issued a ruling Friday generally siding with the plaintiffs and limiting the administration’s request.

In pretrial motions, the state sought to prohibit public disclosure of certain documents classified as sensitive communications or part of internal deliberations. The Associated Press filed written opposition with the court. This written statement suggests the administration’s motion was too broad and had the potential to improperly keep some records from the public.

The administration sought to, for example, define sensitive communications as those that include “budget change proposals for government agencies that are not defendants in this proceeding.”

Judge Moulds said only documents that clearly would jeopardize prison security if they were made public should remain secret. He also ruled that any personal information on inmates and state employees would be redacted. This seems like an even-handed distribution of secrecy when appropriate, as defined by the judge. The administration can and likely will appeal Moulds’ decision to the three-judge panel, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spokesperson. They are currently reviewing the decision.

The ruling comes as court-appointed mediators attempt to negotiate a settlement. Under the proposed settlement, 27,000 inmates would be released before serving their full sentences and a population cap would be set.

According to state Sen. George Runner, Republican state lawmaker who have intervened in the lawsuit will reject any settlement that includes a prison cap formula. In an almost predicatable fashion, he said Republicans agree that crowding needs to be reduced but believe it can be done by adding nearly 38,000 new prison and county jail cells through a building program approved by the Legislature last year. Spending more money on jailing the people than treating them, since much of the overcrowding comes from drug-offenders.

In addition, a federal receiver is seeking $7 billion in state money to add 10,000 hospital and mental health beds whose funding had been cut by Reagan administration.

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People Of Lesbos Suing Lesbian Group Over Name

June 10, 2008


Three people, two women and a man, from the Island of Lesbos told a court this week that gay women insult their home’s identity by calling themselves lesbians. In a lawsuit, they are seeking to ban a Greek gay rights group from using the word “lesbian” in its name. Ironically, the island of Lesbos, also known as Mytilini, was the home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love among women, and thus a major travel destination for gay women.

The lawusit proports that the Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece “causes confusion by using a geographic term in connection with (the group’s) special character and social action,” said Dimitris Papadelis, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs from the island.

Plaintiff Dimitris Lambrou insisted the lawsuit “is not an aggressive act against gay women.”
The court is expected to issue its decision in the next six months.

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Defending the Clean Shaven, Another Smart Move By Police

May 29, 2008

Houston city officials seem willing to spend a lot of money in the face of economic hard-times to defend the police department’s ban on beards. The City Council on Wednesday unanimously voted to authorize spending up to $150,000 to defend the city in a lawsuit challenging the no-facial hair policy. Four police officers filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in November claiming the policy is discriminatory. The officers say the prohibition on beards and goatees is unfair for men who suffer a skin condition that reacts negatively to shaving. The condition can cause severe irritation, rashes and ingrown hair. “The lawsuit is pending and we have to defend ourselves,” Councilman Ron Green said. “But we’re basically saying we want new police officers, but we don’t want police officers with beards”. According to a city memo, the police department instituted the policy in 1993 so uniformed officers would look conservative and professional.
Those standing behing the lawsuit said the policy unfairly effects their earning potential, both within the department and at secondary jobs.

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Not Rob Lowe But His Wife

May 1, 2008

Apparently, after the first nanny-sexual-misconduct case was filed, another one of Rob Lowe’s nannies has filed a case with sexual misconduct being the charge. Instead of it being pointed at Rob, this time the case is being filed against his wife. Laura Boyce accuses Lowe’s wife of the following:

– Walking around the house naked resulting in complete exposure of herself to Boyce.

– Asking Boyce about the size of her boyfriend’s penis.

– Asking questions and trying to figure out how she could have sex with Boyce’s boyfriend, given his 7′ height (he’s a former NBA player).

– Using her forearm to suggest her perception of the size of Boyce’s boyfriend’s penis, according to her imagination.

– Telling Royce that Rob Lowe’s “”cockrings were broken” and allegedly showing them to her.

– Telling Boyce about her sex life with Rob.

– Talking about the size of her children’s penises.

– After allegedly calling in sick, Sheryl allegedly screamed that Boyce “got strep throat from sucking ni***r d**k. I mean black d**k.”

Stay tuned to see where yet another Hollywood nanny story goes a little nutty. No pun intended.

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DNC Sues To Stop McCain Heist

April 15, 2008

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With all the divisive fighting between Clinton and Obama McCain is slowly creeping from the top bedroom window with the jewels in his sack. OK, perhaps it’s not quite that nefarious but this story is pivotal. After eight horrific years of the American people being stonewalled and lied to (regularly) by its leader(s) this year’s elections are about Change (which translates to TRUTH). This year the American people would like to insert a leader that can hold a little accountability.

 

The DNC is not asking for an indictment, they do not claim to know all the facts. The DNC is asking for all the facts. The DNC’s official statement from the DNC’s Executive Director Tom McMahon on CNN reads; “Despite Sen. McCain’s apparent belief that the reforms he championed apply to everyone but himself, there is a compelling public interest in determining whether Sen. McCain agreed to participate in the matching funds program so he could get a loan for his campaign, then violated the terms of that agreement so he could ignore the spending cap and raise unlimited money from lobbyists and special interests…”

 

The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) MUST investigate the going’s-on with John McCain. If, he in fact broke laws or even bent them to his liking, he should be held accountable before he manufactures false data to justify a war. His lack of candor or perhaps even his honesty will be indicative of his Presidency should he win the nomination. And crooked, manipulated facts are plentiful and served up regularly by its leaders here in the United States, a little truth and honesty would serve us all better now and in the long run. So McCain, drop the jewels and come clean NOW! Leave the double talking, truth bending egregious BS to our current Commander-In-Chief.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/04/14/dnc.mccain/index.html

 

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