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Comment: Re:copyright protects punk rockers (Score 1) 189 189

Copyright is what keeps Jeb Bush from using Creedence Clearwater Revival songs at his political rallies.

Wrong. Most artists have a system either through their label on their own called licensing. If someone wants to pay an artist to promote a product, or be used to present a lifestyle that is attractive to potential customers or voters. When these political campaigns purchase a license, most artists don't have a veto over it, and take to the court of public opinion to shame the politicians into not using their music. Fuck those artists. If they want to sell their product to a specific ideological crowd, they should say that up front. Those that are 'all about the music' and 'taking a message of $PEACE$LOVE$WHATEVER to the people', and then cry when someone with some media exposure uses their product in a legal contractual way should be given an Iron Maiden treatment. Fuck. Them.

Oracle

Oracle Sues 5 Oregon Officials For 'Improper Influence' 83 83

SpzToid writes: Following up on an earlier Slashdot story, the Oracle Corporation has filed a rather timely suit against five of former governor John Kitzhaber's staff for their "improper influence" in the decision to shutter the Cover Oregon healthcare website, while blaming Oracle to defuse the political consequences. Oracle argues the website was ready to go before the state decided to switch to the federal exchange in April.

"The work on the exchange was complete by February 2014, but going live with the website and providing a means for all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance coverage didn't match the former-Governor's re-election strategy to 'go after' Oracle," Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said in a statement.

Kitzhaber resigned last week amid criminal probes into an influence-peddling scandal involving allegations that his fiancée used her position in his office for personal gain.
Television

Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down 275 275

An anonymous reader writes Fox News and Fox Business were pulled by Dish Network over the weekend, as both continue to argue over a fee agreement. From the article: "Dish said in a statement early Sunday morning that 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks after Dish balked when rates for other networks owned by the media conglomerate were made a part of the negotiations. Tim Carry, executive vice president of distribution at Fox News Channel, countered in a statement that "Dish prematurely ceased distribution of Fox News in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations. It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on Dish were used as pawns by their provider. Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately."
Crime

Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges 234 234

Several readers sent word that California State Senator Leland Yee was arrested today. He's accused of conspiring to traffic guns and commit wire fraud, to defraud citizens of honest services, and bribery. The complant (PDF) also names 25 other defendants. Yee is known for pushing legislation that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors. "Federal prosecutors also allege Yee agreed to perform official acts in exchange for the money, including one instance in which he introduced a businessman to state legislators who had significant influence over pending medical marijuana legislation. In exchange, the businessman -- who was actually an undercover FBI agent -- agreed to donate thousands to Yee's campaign fund, according to the indictment. The indictment also describes an August 2013 exchange in which [former school board president Keith Jackson] told an undercover officer that Yee had an arms trafficking contact. Jackson allegedly said Yee could facilitate a meeting for a donation."

Comment: Re:How is it their fault? (Score 1) 653 653

Yeah, because all the money we have been pouring into school systems the past 30 years made such a difference until now. Our per capita spending per student is abysmal for our ROI. But we keep voting in the people on the school boards who hire the people who make and execute the budgets for the schools, so there is no one to blame but the person in the mirror. I love the cycles where a new administrator in a district will institute a construction program within their first two years so that people will know they are 'serious' about education. The declining average testing scores may not give community pride, but the [INSERT BUILDING OR OTHER EDIFICE NAME HERE] sure is magnificent/breathtaking/bold/needed/awesome. School property is massively underutilized. Too bad people wouldn't be willing to have school in shifts.

Comment: Re:How I see it... (Score 1) 1144 1144

You would quote: " really appreciate it if you could follow the rules on these here bill thingy's" - Is that so? Then please be sure to mention your outrage at the actions our Dear President has taken in arbitrarily moving the requirements for businesses to provide health care for their employees for one year. Please tell me more about how the Executive Branch can choose and pick which parts of a signed law to enforce. Then remember that when a conservative is elected President and pulls the same trick. I bet THEN you start crying, Anonymous Coward. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/07/02/obama-delay-health-care-law/2484623/

Comment: Re:Very un-PC (Score 1) 719 719

I'm a conservative who was once very hopeful that the Tea Party might help turn around the Republican Party (which is more about expanding the government and the debt than anything else). Then I went to a Tea Party rally, where I got to hear all about how it's the duty of all Americans to NOT pay taxes, and how the niggers are taking over. So yeah, audit them. All of them.

Care to share the date, time, and location of those Tea Party rallies where they stated "niggers are taking over?" If it is so commonplace, how has it never been caught on film, audio track, or digital media?

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