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The Truth will not set you free

03/16/09
The fact that it is true, doesn't mean you can't be sued...

Massachusetts has done it again! By ruling that a company can be guilty of "libel" (the written form of "slander") even though they wrote the truth, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston has set the First Amendment back over 100 years. Basically what happened was that Alan S. Noonan was fired from Staples for lieing on expense reports (essentially stealing) and for some reason, one of the higher ups decided to email 1500 employees why he was fired. The judges on the appeals court applied a 1902 law that defines "actual malice" as being mean, instead of applying the 1964 law that every other court in country uses which defines "actual malice" as disregarding the truth.

But wait...does that mean that Alan is going to sue me next?
Category: Massachusetts
Posted by: sleze

8 year old boy shoots himself with a fully automatic gun

10/28/08
Well not actually THIS kid...

Massachusetts has gone unnoticed for a while. But today, it comes roaring back to the website when an 8 year old kid at a gun club was given a fully automatic Uzi to shoot. As he fired, he lost control of the gun and shot himself in the head.

Over time, I have changed my perspective on guns and think that, generally, they are a good thing. But I think 9 years old should be the minimum age for handling fully automatic weapons.
Category: Massachusetts
Posted by: sleze

Dolores Umbridge investigating underground group that threatens to shut down the school

07/15/08
Settle down! a-HEM, HEM, HEM!

Newly apponted "Chancellor" of Cambridge college is using her Ministry of Magic former FBI training to discover the identity of Dumbledore's Army the author that wrote a detailed newsletter that exposed everything that was wrong with the college.
Category: Massachusetts
Posted by: sleze

Boston close to passing Real Estate Directive 10-289

04/25/08
It's for the public good!

Boston is trying to stop the damage done by the sub-prime housing crisis by passing a new foreclosure relief law. It states that any bank that forecloses on a house that has renters in it has to continue renting until they sell the house or the directive expires. You could make some arguements against this but overall, that's not a bad idea. Protecting good renters from being kicked out because their landlords suck is OK, I guess. But check out THIS part:

"However, the measure would also cover individual homeowners who fell behind on their own mortgages."

Ruh, roh! It looks like this bill would allow anyone in Boston who can't really afford to pay their mortgage to let the bank foreclose, become a renter, and then not pay their rent. Wait, what? It is RIDICULOUSLY difficult to evict a renter in Massachusetts.

For those of you who have read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, see if these quotes from Michael Ross sound anything like Wesley Mouch:

“The United States is facing a national housing emergency (and) the City of Boston is facing a serious public emergency in regards to foreclosures,”

“Lenders have an obligation to fix what’s going on... They’ve crippled the American economy.”
Category: Massachusetts
Posted by: sleze

Drinking and Drugs had nothing to do with Boston Firemen's death...honestly

02/22/08
This beer helps me fight fires...

The Boston Fire Department has concluded that the deaths of two firemen had nothing to do with the alcohol or cocaine in their blood. Why? Because the Department chose not to include the toxicology report in the official report.
Category: Massachusetts
Posted by: sleze

Boston's Police/Civilian Review board - Too secret to publish its findings

02/19/08
We don't want to embarrass the officer who is guilty of police brutality.

It's been a while since Beantown has embarrassed itself but I had faith, and Boston came through. The oversight committee setup to review potential abuses of police authority in Boston is so shrowded in secrecy that the public isn't allowed to attend and no records of the meetings are kept. That's some great oversight-work, Lou!
Category: Massachusetts
Posted by: sleze

Massachusetts does it again...Governor orders everyone to drive home on unplowed roads

12/14/07
Dummmmb da dumb dumb...dummmmmb da dumb dumb DUMMMMMBBB!

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick ordered all state and federal employees to drive home at exactly the same time...on unplowed roads. Be on the lookout as I search my archives...I may actually add a Massachusetts category.
Category: Massachusetts
Posted by: sleze

Guess which state only requires you to serve 2 months of a 20 year rape sentance

11/07/07
Schilling for Governor!

Yet another reason why I should make a Massachusetts category: A Mass judge ruled that a man convicted of rape in 1990 who only served 2 months doesn't have to complete his 20 year sentance.
Category: Massachusetts
Posted by: sleze

You're a parent? Your kids are being asked if you drink or sexually abuse them...during their physicals

10/05/07
You daddy is a bad man!

Does your Daddy touch you like THIS? Yet another reason why I should create a Massachuesetts category. Pediatricians in Mass are encouraged to ask your children if you drink, have guns or finger bang them...without any corroborating reason to do so.
Category: Massachusetts
Posted by: sleze

Watch out Morgan - If your disabled car gets hit by a local cop, it will be your fault

09/24/07
Chief Wiggum wasn't at fault for hitting your car

I don't know if this deserves a "Corrupt Cop" category or a "Boston" category (since Boston just LOVES to come up with silly stories). In today's story, an off-duty Boston cop, Thomas Griffin, crashed into a disabled car on the way home from a bar, killing the occupant, Michelle Vibert. That didn't stop his buddy cop friends from covering it up and placing the blame on her. Imagine if she had a lightbright in her car!
Category: Massachusetts
Posted by: sleze

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