Friday, July 22, 2016

Pay Day!

Good news! Republicans are FINALLY helping someone's economy!
It’s been a great week for gay escorts in Cleveland. Male prostitutes contacted by The Post said business is booming and Republican National Convention attendees — most of them married — are clamoring for their services. “Business has been way better. I’ve seen 10 clients so far,” one male escort said. “Most of them were first-timers. You could tell they were nervous, but once they became more comfortable, they seemed to be having a good time.” Another escort said he had already earned $1,600 since Monday — over six times the amount he usually makes. “I normally only make $200 to $300, but I’ve been seeing lots of guys in hotels downtown,” he said, noting the boom in business near the Quicken Loans Arena. The clientele has included mostly married white men between the ages of 40 and 50, said another escort who’s seen eight johns so far.
This is a good time to remind us all of a few of the basics.

The hypocrisy was thick, as was the irony of declaring a war on porn while having these two as prominent speakers.

Melania Trump

Antonio Sabato Jr

If you want your Whacker stared at, there is no better place to go than GOP HQ.

Happy weekend folks! Love ya!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Last of the Mohicans

If only!
Former President George W. Bush in April privately revealed his concerns that Donald Trump could permanently bring down the Republican Party, according to a new report.
“I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president,” Bush said at a reunion for his administration in Dallas, Politico Magazine reported Tuesday morning. 
Most members of the Bush family have been outspoken critics of Trump.
Well you did sort of break the presidency dipstick.

And since we're talking about dying breeds, let's wish a cold and clammy goodbye to this serial harasser.
Roger Ailes’s tenure as the head of Fox News appears to be over.
Mr. Ailes and 21st Century Fox, Fox News’s parent company, are in the advanced stages of discussions that would lead to his departure as chairman, Susan Estrich, one of Mr. Ailes’s lawyers, said in an interview on Tuesday.
The development follows a sexual harassment suit filed on July 6 against Mr. Ailes by a former anchor, Gretchen Carlson. The suit prompted 21st Century Fox to conduct an internal review and it set off an intense round of speculation in the news media and the television industry about Mr. Ailes’s future at Fox News.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Your FOIA Requests are Crashing by Design

Surprise, surprise, surprise!
The FBI is using antiquated computer systems to deliberately foil requests made under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, a new lawsuit alleges.

Ryan Shapiro, a national security researcher and Ph.D. candidate at MIT, has been studying the Freedom of Information Act for years with a particular focus on noncompliance by government agencies. He already has multiple FOIA lawsuits in motion against the FBI, and earlier this month he filed a new one.

In it, he describes numerous attempts to obtain information over the past two years, and the FBI's frequent response that it can't locate what he's looking for.
"When it comes to FOIA, the FBI is simply not operating in good faith," Shapiro said via email. "Since the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI has viewed efforts to force bureau compliance with FOIA as a security threat."

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Law and Order Candidate

I'm tired of this crap, and it's not just because I live my life on the perpetual edge of sexual exhaustion. I keep hearing that Trump is the "Law and Order" candidate. Well, if by "law and order" he means "pissing all over the constitution"then sure.
“Taken together, his policies and positions, if put into place, would violate the Constitution and federal and international law,” says Anthony Romero, the executive director of the ACLU, which reviewed the candidate’s agenda and determined that “Trump’s proposals would violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendments of the Constitution.”

“If put into place, (his policies) would violate the Constitution and federal and international law.” —ACLU on Trump
Trump has from the start of his campaign sparked controversy with statements, actions, and proposals that disregard the First Amendment. He and his aides have created blacklists of journalists, and the candidate has expressed an interest in rewriting libel laws in order to intimidate, punish, and potentially silence critics of powerful individuals and interests. Trump has, as well, proposed schemes to discriminate against Muslims and to spy on mosques and neighborhoods where Muslims live—with steady disregard for the amendment’s guarantee of protection for America’s diverse religious communities.

But that’s just the beginning of Trump’s assaults on the Constitution. Trump has encouraged the use of torture and blatantly disregarded privacy protections that have been enshrined in the founding document since the 18th century. He has attacked the basic premises of a constitutionally defined separation of powers, with rhetorical assaults on individual jurists and the federal judiciary so extreme that House Speaker Paul Ryan described one such attack as  “the textbook definition of a racist comment.” He has proposed instituting religious tests. He has shown open and consistent disregard for the promise that all Americans will receive equal protection under the law.
Golden showers for everyone! #NoCharge

Monday, July 18, 2016

60,000 F*cks Given (All for Science)

I have written here before about the need to update our laws to reflect current HIV/AIDS science. This new analysis further reinforces that need.
Past studies have suggested that the risk of passing the virus to an HIV-negative person was low for people with low levels of HIV in their blood because of antiretroviral therapy.
One study, involving mostly heterosexual couples, found that people who started the therapy early in their infection were 96 percent less likely to pass HIV to a partner than were people who delayed treatment.
But participants in that study regularly used condoms, which also reduce the risk of transmission, Rodger and her colleagues write in JAMA.
The new study, conducted in 14 European countries, involved couples with one HIV-positive partner and one HIV-negative partner who had unprotected sex with each other. In the HIV-positive partner, the viral load had to be less than 200 copies per milliliter of blood.
Overall, the 548 heterosexual and 340 gay couples reported about 60,000 unprotected sex acts during the study.
While 11 HIV-negative participants became HIV-positive, those infections could not be traced back to the HIV-positive partner. Laboratory testing showed the new infections were different from the virus in the HIV-positive partners.
About 33 percent of gay participants and 4 percent of heterosexual participants who were HIV-negative at the start of the study reported condom-less sex with other partners, the researchers write.
Past research, Rodger said, suggests the risk of transmission is very low among heterosexual couples in which the HIV-positive partner has undetectable levels of the virus in their blood.
But there was very little data on men in sexual relationships with other men, Rodger said, adding that more research is needed on the risk of transmission during condom-less anal sex.
“We think the risk from condom-less anal sex is low, but we need to ensure we have a couple years of follow-up to give more precise estimates,” she said.
Laws that were written and passed in the wake of the AIDS crisis and surrounding hysteria have no place in a world where HIV is a treatable and manageable condition, much like diabetes. But if you claim that giving someone a diabetes like condition is worthy of jail-time, watch out fast food CEOs!

Now I can already hear (read) my detractors. "You're saying that HIV positive people don't have to tell their partners."


That's not what I'm saying at all. But these draconian laws discourage people from getting tested and getting on treatment and that leads to higher rates of HIV. Indeed, HIV rates are exploding right here in South Florida.  When something is not working, it's time to try something else.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Vacatur Is Not Just a Town In Illinois!

What are we, in a schoolyard, settle down tipsters, this is nothing more than the simple application of the "exceptional circumstances" doctrine.

And this is after the 11th Circuit ordered the parties to a second mediation!

Actually, the whole thing is a little exceptional.

Happy Friday, plebes!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Richman Greer: Are You Experienced?

Or, I should say, have you ever been experienced?
Richman Greer is proud to announce the unveiling of our new brand and website, which capture our spirit as a results-oriented, forward-thinking law firm, known for successfully resolving complex business disputes and commercial transactions.
The new brand and website underscore Richman Greer's 360˚ perspective on legal issues, highlighting the breadth and depth of our litigation experience and knowledge, as well as our holistic approach to solving client problems and protecting their best interests. Along with practice areas, attorney profiles, representative case studies, news items and awards, the site also showcases the extensive and exemplary community involvement that has distinguished the firm since it was established in 1961. 
Incorporating leading-edge design and the latest technology, the new site provides an engaging user experience that reinforces Richman Greer's stance as a leading, progressive law firm. And of course, in our mobile-first world, our site visitors can readily access the website from their mobile devices.

Good luck with the new brand and website, fellas!

Note: for an interesting history of how the Devo cover of "Are You Experienced" was ultimately removed from public view by a bunch of overcareful Jimi Hendrix estate lawyers (an oxymoron?), read on.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

3d DCA Watch -- I Don't Feel Like Writing About the 3d DCA Today.

Sheesh, on the one day I'm not that interested in doing a 3d DCA Watch and would rather talk about something else, the bunker emits a banner crop(?) of opinions, requiring all to gaze at their handiwork.

So let's gaze:

Horse biting!

I agree with the trial judge on this one.

Major PIP reimbursement decision.

Ok, so there you go.

But all I really wanted to highlight today was this profound moment involving former President George W. Bush -- I know, shocking right?

But in this setting these are beautiful words, simply stated:
Your loss is unfair. We cannot explain it. We can stand beside you and share your grief.
Of course he then quickly reverted to form (oh well).

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

So Now the 11th Circuit Is Making Factual Findings!

Did you know the 11th Circuit can admit brand new evidence, make factual findings based on that new evidence, and reweigh the district court's granting of summary judgment which is then binding on the district court because it's now law of the case!!??
ln other words, the Eleventh Circuit has already considered the evidence that Gillespie now wants this Court to consider. Under the law of the case doctrine, this Court is bound by the findings of fact and conclusions of 1aw of the Eleventh Circuit, including that court's conclusion that Gillespie failed to establish scienter, even with consideration of the documents at issue.
Can someone explain this to me?

Monday, July 11, 2016

It's Monday, Plebes -- Let's Start the Week Off Strong!

Wait a minute -- in the midst of an epic anti-alcohol cruise ship tirade (translation: fun causes injuries!), did Spence just drift into Steve Martin's early classic "What I Believe" bit?

Decide for yourself: