Thursday, June 29, 2017

Is filming someone and posting it online without their consent and commenting on it legally actionable? #cyberbullying #harassment

Today I saw a post on Facebook by a person, who filmed a woman at a local restaurant. The woman was allegedly trimming her nails at the restaurant. The poster identified the restaurant in the post and talked about how "unsanitary" the woman was. Then hundreds of people joined in and mocked the woman and disparaged the restaurant. The video was shared many times apparently without the woman's consent. Is this legally actionable?

Possibly. The restaurant may have potential legal claims for an unfair light tort claim, defamation, and other claims.

The woman may have grounds for the tort of appropriation if the poster makes any money from the post or if the woman suffers and "injury" (disparagement).  She also may have claims for defamation, harassment (if she is made aware of it), intentional infliction of emotional distress, and possible cyberbullying .

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

#Sketchbook nonsense

The #Netflix show #ThirteenReasonsWhy is inaccurate from a legal standpoint

Clay's mom is a lawyer, the lawyer for the defendant school. Clay is a potential witness. In fact he's a key witness for the plaintiff as he's talked about in the tapes; he's listed in the tapes; he knew about the poem, which was distributed in the English class; he talked to the guidance counselor and gave him the tapes;  and he played a role in Hannah's suicide or so she says. There's no way on Earth Clay's mom could continue to represent the school. If she did, this would give the plaintiff's lawyer all kinds of grounds for appeal were this to go to trial.

I read the book too, but there is nothing about a legal case in it. It was added to the show, and I think it took away from the show. But it was put in because people wanted to believe Bryce would somehow be held accountable. He likely wouldn't have criminally, but he may have been civilly. I'm still not sure he would have, though.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Is this what we are? #notmypresident


Watch out for him #microstory #inkdrawing

He killed a man once, but the evidence didn't prove it. People near him die mysteriously, but we all know he killed them.

Monday, June 26, 2017

If #Obamacare is repealed by the GOP #HealtcareBill, then #Medicaid won't survive

The cuts are drastic and deep, especially to Medicaid. I'm not sure if you've seen the statistics, but 47% of all births in the U.S. are covered by Medicaid. Many of these won't be covered if there are $800 billion in Medicaid cuts. That's not all that far from a trillion dollars. The Trump people are denying there are cuts.

20% of all people in the United States rely on Medicaid for their medical care. These are the most vulnerable people in our population.

1.4 million seniors rely on Medicaid to pay for their assisted living. Many of these seniors will be kicked off Medicaid under the new health care bill.

This is only the beginning of this cruel bill that only benefits the rich.

If you see these two coming, run #microstory #pencilsketch

They are coming for you.

And their victims never live to tell.

They shot a man a man to death just last week, and the D.A. declared it a clear case of self-defense. But the man had no gun.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Not the kind of lawyer you want to be #pencilsketch

The kind who doesn't do anything but play golf when he's at lesisure. We all know that type. Don't be him.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The disabled shouldn't be dragged away #HealthcareBill

Today police dragged disabled people out of their wheelchairs in Washington. And what did they do? They dared to protest in front of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. God forbid people not want to be excluded from health coverage due to preexistibg conditions or to have huge cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. So the solution is drag them off, but that won't silence them. It won't silence those of us who oppose these Geatapo tactics.

Raise a hand up against the lunacy.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Privilege is not getting shot by the police #micropoetry

I don't fear getting shot by the police
for doing nothing.
Not everyone is so lucky
to be free of such thoughts.
Never living under the burden
of such realities.
Bliss is unknowing.

#RighttoBearArms if arms defined differently #Merica

Let's say arms really means arms. Then what will these gun nuts say?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

How is this truck safe? #roadhazard

Its tires are too big. Its cab is too high. It tears up the road making our taxes higher. It shouldn't be street legal, but it is.


Friday, June 16, 2017

#MichelleCarter found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for telling her boyfriend via phone to, "Get back in," his carbon monoxide filled truck

Carter, who was 17 at the time, told her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy to, "Get back in," his carbon monoxide filled truck. Prior to the call, Roy sealed the windows with duct tape; he connected a hose to the tail pipe; and he fed it into the window where he filled it with carbon monoxide. Then he called Carter after he stepped out of the car. He told her he was trying to kill himself with carbon monoxide. When he asked for her advice,  she told him to, "Get back in." He got back in the truck, and police found him dead the next day. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carter was tried in front of a Massachusetts judge. The judge justified the ruling by saying:

 “She admits in subsequent texts that she did nothing, she did not call the police or Mr. Roy’s family,” Judge Moniz said. “And finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction: ‘Get out of the truck.’” From New York Times article.

This judge relied on voluminous online correspondence between the two in making his ruling. It certainly sends a message to people, and it should cause many to rethink what they say online, on the phone, and in person. Whether or not this message will continue to resonate remains to be seen.

Live tree among the stumps #inksketch

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Little troll #micropoetry

A little man with big ears
tells lies
by not saying anything at all.
"I don't recall"
or he doesn't want to.

Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability

Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability: In the U.S., less than half of all people who apply for disability benefits — about 45 percent — are ultimately accepted, says Lisa Ekman with the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives. Getting a hearing takes an average of nearly 600 days. 'It is not easy to get disability benefits, and it's a very complicated and difficult process,' she says.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Long standing policies...I believe they are written down #SessionsHearing #ObstructionofJustice

#SessionsHearing is on now

Here is the link.

Will #DonaldTrump fire Special Counsel Robert #Mueller ?

I suppose he could, but history has show us it isn't a good idea. Nixon fired Archibald Cox in the "Saturday Night Massacre," and this led to Nixon resigning to stave off impeachment. Trump surrogates--Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and Newt Gingrich--are urging firing Mueller. This isn't a good group to seek advice from, but Trump does get his news from Fox. So what do you expect? Regardless, he is getting horrible advice.

If Trump fires Mueller, it will be strong evidence of obstruction of justice and likely result in a deeper probe. Ultimately, Trump will likely be out of office before the end of his first term. I don't see him withstanding all of this.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hollow eyed #micropoetry

Vengeance stared past me
Into the pit of his darkness
If it wasn't me,
It'd be someone else.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Guillotine #Microstory #Pendrawing

Ronnie saw a hole with a sign over it. "Look in here, and you will see some money."

He stuck his head in the hole.


#RealityWinner is a hero #freerealitywinner

Leaks are needed sometimes. Some information cannot be hidden, and we need to know what the Russians did. They hacked into our machines. They threw our election to Trump. This cannot be permitted. We muse know.

Reality Winner is a hero. She shouldn't be criminally charged. She is exposing treason.

The Justice Department miscalculated in charging her. This is only part of the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Blue Shoes #Microstory

Ronnie paid too much for the blue shoes. And he lost them in the woods after drinking all alone while sitting on a log, trying to get closer to nature. He had gotten closer, and now he had poison ivy on his feet.

"I should have worn socks and laid off the box wine," he said aloud. He sat alone at an Appelebee's with itchy feet waiting on a steak.

Can't cover it all up #micropoetry #sketchbook

Leaves rot 
to reveal 
what's under them.
Dense now
but fallen tomorrow. 

#SCOTUS Refuses North Carolina Racial Gerrymandering Case

The Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal or the North Carolina legislature. The 4th Circuit ruled two of North Carolina's congressional districts were unconstitutional drawn based on race. 28 legislative districts were also deemed unconstitutional. It is up to the lower court as to whether it will conduct a hearing on ordering special elections. This could have a major impact on the 2018 midterm elections. It is seen as a victory for African American voters because the districts as drawn "packs" black voters into districts thus diminishing their vote. Ruling information.

#DonaldTrump and the hatred he fosters are at the heart of #Orlando

This is Trump's America. Homegrown terrorists. He will try and deflect the blame because that's what he does, but this is because of the availability of guns and due to hate. The blame for both lies at the feet of our Russian president, Donald Trump.

Friday, June 2, 2017

The cuts to a major disability program in Trump's budget

The cuts to a major disability program in Trump's budget: When Budget Director Mick Mulvaney assumed the podium in the White House briefing room last week and previewed the administration's 2018 budget, Heather Block's fears quickly turned to outrage.

Too hot #micropoetry #ParisAccord #ParisClimate

The world's gone crazy
or maybe it's just too hot.
Steamy and stifling.
But not as bad as it will be.
The orange haze
and will kill us all.