Nov 152011

Racketeering charges for violating website’s terms of service

The Department of Justice is attempting to criminalize uploading videos that break You Tube’s terms of service, along with any other online action that is deemed to contravene a website’s usage policy, in a shocking expansion of cybersecurity laws deemed draconian by critics.

“In a statement obtained by CNET that’s scheduled to be delivered tomorrow, the Justice Department argues that it must be able to prosecute violations of Web sites’ often-ignored, always-unintelligible “terms of service” policies,” writes Declan McCullagh.

Such violations would include creating a fake Facebook profile, lying about your weight on dating websites, or providing any other item of false information that violates a website’s TOS agreement.

Under the DOJ’s new legal framework, an expansion of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), agreeing to a website’s terms of service would be identical to signing a contract with an employer, with similar punishments for breaking that contract.

“To the Justice Department, this means that a Web site’s terms of service define what’s “authorized” or not, and ignoring them can turn you into a felon,” writes McCullagh, pointing out that millions of Americans violate ‘terms of agreement’ policies every single day.

Indeed, in the case of You Tube, users are often informed months or even years later that they may have infringed on the company’s ‘terms of service’ agreement if another user merely complains about the content of their video.

JUST finish the read…

Nov 152011

~ IMO Hope does not have any ‘hope’ of being in the final three. I base this on not JUST last night’s performances but a totality of the season so far. ~ JP

I still contend that either J. R. or Ricky will win…

Ricki Lake’s Argentine Tango

Ricki Lake’s Samba

J.R. Martinez’s Argentine Tango

J.R. Martinez’s Paso Doble

Rob Kardashian’s Argentine Tango Rob has a come a long way, personally & dancing.

Rob Kardashian’s Samba

Nov 152011

URGENT: New York judge rules that ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters cannot bring tents, sleeping bags into Zuccotti Park, saying demonstrators’ First Amendment rights don’t entitle them to camp out indefinitely.

NEW YORK – Wall Street is occupied no more.

A New York City judge has upheld City Hall’s decision to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park, denying a court order issued by attorneys on their behalf, the Associated Press reports.

The eviction began early Tuesday morning when hundreds of police officers in riot gear before raided the New York City park where the Occupy Wall Street protests began, evicting and arresting dozens of protesters from what has become the epicenter of the worldwide movement with other cities, such as Dallas and London likely to follow suit.

Hours later, the National Lawyers Guild obtained a court order allowing the protesters to return with their tents to the park, where they have camped for two months. The guild said the injunction prevents the city from enforcing park rules on the protesters who are now looking for squatters rights, despite park rules banning camping overnight.

Read more…
70 Arrested, Cop Injured, Chaos Continues, Roving mobs

Finally following the lead of every city in America (we use to lead but the Ground Zero mosqueteering Mayor has relinquished that distinction among others.)

It wasn’t pretty, but it was long overdue. “A roving group of several hundred ousted protesters marched north up Centre Street after the cleanup, clashing with police who in at least one case were seen using batons on a group crossing the street in a crosswalk and with a green light. A large crowd of protesters went north and are at Foley Square.”

NYPD raiders roust Occupy rabble, 70 arrested as ‘anarchists’ resist

Good riddance!

The NYPD arrested 70 protesters as they moved in on Zuccotti Park early this morning and began clearing out the thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters who had taken over the space for nearly two months.

More than 1,000 cops marched on the lower Manhattan encampment shortly before 1 a.m. and handed out fliers ordering demonstrators to get out and remove their personal property.

The cops were followed by Sanitation workers, one of whom was overheard saying, “We’re gonna disinfect the hell out of this place.”

The fliers read, “The city has determined that the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park poses an increasing health and fire safety hazard to those camped in the park, the city’s first responders, and to the surrounding community.

~ NOTE: I JUST heard on FNC that they will allow them back BUT no paraphernalia etc. Woosies for allowing THAT!!

Read more from Pamela…

— featured image: Police officers clean up the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in New York after ordering protesters to leave, early Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, police handed out notices from the park’s owner, Brookfield Office Properties, and the city saying that the park had to be cleared because it had become unsanitary and hazardous. Protesters were told they could return, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Nov 152011

James Spann’s Coverage 11/15/89 Hunstville Tornado. Oh James, you look so much better now :)

Nov 152011

Herman Cain’s wife says the claims of sex harassment against the GOP presidential candidate don’t ring true because he “totally respects women.”

Gloria Cain told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren: “I’m thinking he would have to have a split personality to do the things that were said.”

In an interview to be aired Monday during the show “On the Record,” Gloria Cain said she can’t believe the claims he harassed women when he led the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

“To hear such graphic allegations and know that that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman and I know that’s not the person he is,” she said. “He totally respects women.”

Excerpts of the interview were released Sunday.

Four women have now accused Herman Cain of sexually harassing them when he led the National Restaurant Association. He has denied wrongdoing and has been trying to move forward in his presidential campaign.

Cain’s wife of 43 years is often described as “gentle” and “the nicest woman you’ll ever meet.”

The two were married in 1968, have two adult children — a daughter, Melanie, and a son, Vincent — and grandchildren.

Mrs. Cain on Harassment Allegations: ‘This Isn’t Herman’

The Courtship of Mrs. Cain

Herman Cain’s children have a humorous take on his eloquent sense of style

Nov 152011

:: White House Punting on Keystone XL Pipeline? ::

Days after the Obama administration threatened to delay approval of a planned oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico — angering unions while appeasing environmentalists — the company seeking to build the pipeline says it’s willing to reroute the project to get it back on track.

Speaking at a news conference at the Nebraska Capitol, company officials said TransCanada would move the planned pipeline out of the environmentally sensitive Sandhills area of Nebraska, a change the company previously claimed wasn’t possible, as part of an effort to push through the proposed $7 billion project.

The 1,700-mile pipeline would extend from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. It would carry 700,000 barrels per day from the province of Alberta to refineries in Texas. To do so would require it crossing six states.

It is hated by environmentalists but loved by labor groups, who have banked on the estimated 20,000 jobs tied to the pipeline.

The project has become a focus of political debate in Washington because it pits two groups allied with President Obama against each other heading into an election year.

Read more…

Also See: Keystone Pipeline Decision a Political Ploy or a Political Problem?

Nov 152011

Sen. Tom Coburn releases report detailing how millionaires, including former NBA star Scottie Pippin and singer Jon Bon Jovi, receive some $30B from the government through tax giveaways, loan programs.

Subsidizing Scottie Pippen, Ted Turner, and Jon Bon Jovi?

If ever there was a populist blueprint for deficit reduction, this has got to be it.

Each year, millionaires are soaking the government, not illegally, for some $30 billion in benefits from tax giveaways and loan programs, according to a report by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

The Republican senator, a staunch fiscal hawk and equal opportunity scourge of government waste and abuse, released “Subsidies of the Rich and Famous” Monday to little fanfare, saying in an e-mailed statement, “This welfare for the well-off – costing billions of dollars a year – is being paid for with the taxes of the less fortunate, many who are working two jobs just to make ends meet, and IOUs to be paid off by future generations.”

The eye-popping findings in the 36-page report include some eye-catching names, like former NBA star Scottie Pippen and billionaire media mogul Ted Turner, both of whom received farm subsidies courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. Singer Jon Bon Jovi paid property taxes of only $100 last year on a plot of land he used to raise bees. Iconic crooner Bruce Springsteen also got in on the farm subsidy action, for property he leases to an organic farmer. And Millionaire composer-producer Quincy Jones is even singled out for receiving a $25,000 award from the federally-funded National Endowment for the Arts.

Read the rest of the bad news…