They Say It’s Too Easy To Sue, But Nothing Could Be Further From the Truth

I sued the Los Angeles Times in 2016. They know that they will probably lose if my case ever makes it to trial so they have been using every trick in the legal playbook to delay and dodge justice. If I’m lucky, I will get a trial four years after I filed (five years after the events involved). Yet proponent of tort reform continue to insist that it’s too easy to sue in the United States.

32 thoughts on “They Say It’s Too Easy To Sue, But Nothing Could Be Further From the Truth

    • Same old same old.
      Right now Boondocks is re-running the Iraq war run up. Of course all Boondocks is reruns but a nice bit of History.
      Much like Bibi’s work.
      At the time any fool with a pc could have uncovered this tidbit

      http://www.newsweek.com/exclusive-defectors-secrets-132803
      “Hussein Kamel, the highest-ranking Iraqi official ever to defect from Saddam Hussein’s inner circle, told CIA and British intelligence officers and U.N. inspectors in the summer of 1995 that after the gulf war, Iraq destroyed all its chemical and biological weapons stocks and the missiles to deliver them.”

      The wheels on the bus go round and round…..

      • Henri old ducks
        I know Sweden made bestiality a crime in 2014. But in 2013 you could still have sex with animals.

        I know about Göran Lindberg.
        “In January this year, following a six-month investigation, Lindberg was arrested. At the time of his apprehension he was allegedly on his way to meet a 14-year-old girl in a hotel encounter that was also due to feature a number of other men. It was said that in his car was a bag containing leather whips, handcuffs and a blindfold.”

        I know about the Sammi.
        I know what SAPO is.
        I know that Malmo had a shitload of murders conspiracies Kurt Wallander had to clean up.
        I know Saga Noren is way cool.
        I enjoyed Jägarna, but thought the second wasn’t as good.
        Äkta människor was better than the Brit version.
        Jordskott was kind of odd, and the second series really did not evolve the first.
        I watch a LOT of foreign tv. But only Nordic tv understands sorrow as Asians do.
        Sweden loves it’s royalty as much as the Brits do.
        And there seem to be some way cool Mid-Summer celebrations, and maybe graduation ones.
        I know you pretend to be more intelligent than you really are.Then again, everyone lies all the time. Even in anonymous forums.
        And while you support the Greens in the US they do jack shit. It’s not like you can call the local office with a political matter and have the Greens intervene.

        I know according to Bloomberg Sweden has rising crime rates.

        https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-16/crime-wave-engulfs-sweden-as-fraud-sexual-offences-reach-record

        A survey by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention showed that 15.6 percent of people suffered one or more offences against the person (defined in the survey as assault, threats, sexual offences, robbery, fraud or harassment) last year. That’s up from 13.3 percent in 2015 and the highest number recorded since the annual Swedish Crime Survey started in 2006.

      • «Damn near everywhere you turn someone was humping an animal. Just like Sweden until 2014.» Wizard, old fool, that bestiality occurred in Sweden prior to 2014 and continues to occur today after the passage of the law to which your refer is a given, just as is the case elsewhere when humans and other animals of the appropriate size and possessing the appropriate orifice interact. That it was and is widespread is a notion which perhaps only the most ignorant – or persons enjoying the IQ scores you mistakenly assign to the bottom half of the population in your country – could entertain….

        Henri

      • «I know Sweden made bestiality a crime in 2014. But in 2013 you could still have sex with animals.» Of course, in the Shining City on a Hill», there are alternatives to bestiality…. 😉

        Henri

      • «Of course, in the Shining City on a Hill», there are , there are alternatives to bestiality….» And given that they are a most innovative people, they have managed to devise yet another alternative…. 😉

        Henri

      • The sex with inanimate objects was covered in an episode of Nip/Tuck nearly a decade ago.
        “Then it was revealed that Taper is an objectum sexual, meaning a person who falls in love with and feels a sexual attraction toward inanimate objects. Of course, we all think this is absolutely crazy (because it is!) and it predictably outraged Sean and Christian (pictured, left), who got a nice joke in about liking nice cars, but never sticking his dick in a tailpipe.”

        I want to know who invented the dildo attached to a sawzall?

        “A Northwestern University professor is defending a controversial after-school demonstration, which featured a naked woman “being repeatedly sexually stimulated” by a device he called a “fucksaw” in front of students.

        The Daily Northwestern reported Tuesday that Prof. John Michael Bailey, who teaches a popular Human Sexuality course at the school, often holds after-class events which include everything from “a question-and-answer session with swingers to a panel of convicted sex offenders.”

        Last week, the after-class event featured a naked woman being stimulated by a motorized sex toy called a “fucksaw” on stage, the paper reports. The woman was not a student.

        The A.V. Club Chicago explained the toy in question:

        The “fucksaw” in question is basically a dildo attached to a reciprocating saw which, when cranked up to full blast, can drive a person to orgasm.”

        Not to out do Sweden Washington state contributed this
        “The Enumclaw horse sex case was a 2005 incident in which Kenneth Pinyan[2] (1960 – 2005), a Boeing engineer residing in Enumclaw, Washington,[3] died from injuries received during receptive anal sex with a stallion at a farm in an unincorporated area in King County, Washington, near the city of Enumclaw. Pinyan distributed zoophile porn under the alias Mr. Hands.[4][5]

        During a July 2005 sex act, videotaped by a friend, Pinyan suffered a perforated colon from receptive anal intercourse with a stallion and later died of his injuries. The story was reported in The Seattle Times and was one of that paper’s most read stories of 2005.[6] It was informally referred to as the “Enumclaw horse sex case”.[7] Video footage of Pinyan and a horse was later disseminated through the Internet.[8]

        Pinyan’s death rapidly prompted the passing of a bill in Washington prohibiting both sex with animals and the videotaping of the same. Under current Washington law, bestiality is now a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.[9]

        A documentary of the life and death of Pinyan, and the life led by those who came to the farm near Enumclaw, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival 2007 under the title Zoo. It was one of 16 winners out of 856 candidates for the festival,[10] and played at numerous regional festivals in the United States thereafter.[11] Following Sundance, it was also selected as one of the top five American films to be presented at the prestigious Directors Fortnight sidebar at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.[12][13]

        After Pinyan died,[2] Pam Roach, a member of the Washington State Senate and a Republican from Auburn, crafted a bill that would ban bestiality in Washington State.[24] Senate Bill 6417, which made bestiality a Class C felony, passed on February 11, 2006 with all 36 state senators voting for it. Bestiality had been legal in Washington state since 1976; It was incorporated in Washington’s Sodomy criminal statute RCW 9.79.100 and repealed by the state legislature in 1975. Mudede wrote “It was an almost comically easy law to pass.”[2] Bestiality had no political support in Washington state, and no group in Washington state advocated for bestiality.[2] The law is RCW 16.52.205(3). Mudede wrote that reading RCW 16.52.205 “is very much like reading hardcore porn.”[2] In addition, the law prohibits “videotap[ing] a person engaged in a sexual act or sexual contact with an animal” “either alive or dead.” Because of the provision against videotaping, Mudede stated that the law “points an angry finger directly at James Tait.”[2]”

        Denmark hits it in 2015
        “Until the new law was passed on Tuesday, sex with animals was still legal in the country as long as the animal was unharmed.

        Activists claimed the strange law was difficult to prove, and was making Denmark a hotspot for animal sex tourists.

        Hungary, Finland and Romania are now the only EU countries where bestiality, or zoophilia, is legal.”

        Now for the REAL eye opener
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_bestiality_by_country_or_territory

        Laws affecting zoophilic activities vary across different countries and other sub-national jurisdictions. In general, these laws regulate performing or receiving sexual activity from non-human animals, or the sale, distribution, and ownership of zoophilic pornography

      • Perhaps, Wizard, it is neither necessary nor wise to expose your fetishes in quite such detail on a public forum ?…

        Henri

      • “Perhaps, Wizard, it is neither necessary nor wise to expose your fetishes in quite such detail on a public forum ?…

        Henri”

        Sadly Henri I’m a pretty vanilla guy.
        I’m just well informed on crazy shit from around the world.
        Other people choose to ignore the ugly and strange but I see it as trend indicators.
        As of 2018 what is normal? And today’s definition will not be tomorrows.
        Go dig up a copy of Rape of the A.P.E. See how far we have transitioned from that point.
        Then read some Genet and wonder if we have gone far enough.

      • «Sadly Henri I’m a pretty vanilla guy.
        I’m just well informed on crazy shit from around the world.» Information, which, of course, arrives in your inbox of its own accord, thanks to the algorithms of certain providers of so-called «social media» – and of course, utterly unrelated to web searches you have made….

        About as plausible a story, Wizard, as your elucidation of the graph of a Gaussian distribution, like that seen for IQ scores…. 😉

        Henri

      • About as plausible a story, Wizard, as your elucidation of the graph of a Gaussian distribution, like that seen for IQ scores…. 😉

        Henri

        Reeks of third world shithole logic.
        Then again you did reply to this topic
        “SYNDICATED COLUMN: America is one of the Few Cultures with Insults for Smart People”.

        I’ll assume you are some French nancy boy who regularly takes a Thai sex tour. Then you return home and demean everyone you know, cry when your car is torched in a protest.
        Collect insurance, rinse and repeat.
        Meanwhile you can maintain the pretense of intellectuality because you vote Green.

        If you can comprehend the depth of what Phil Ochs was singing in 1966. and apply it to your jaded self, I’ll leave you with this.

        I cried when they shot Medgar Evers
        Tears ran down my spine
        I cried when they shot Mr. Kennedy
        As though I’d lost a father of mine

        But Malcolm X got what was coming
        He got what he asked for this time
        So love me, love me
        Love me, I’m a liberal

        I go to civil rights rallies
        And I put down the old D.A.R.
        I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy
        I hope every colored boy becomes a star

        But don’t talk about revolution
        That’s going a little bit too far
        So love me, love me
        Love me, I’m a liberal

        I cheered when Humphrey was chosen
        My faith in the system restored
        And I’m glad the commies were thrown out
        Of the A.F.L. C.I.O. board

        I love Puerto Ricans and Negros
        As long as they don’t move next door
        So love me, love me
        Love me, I’m a liberal

        The people of old Mississippi
        Should all hang their heads in shame
        I can’t understand how their minds work
        What’s the matter don’t they watch Les Crain?

        But if you ask me to bus my children
        I hope the cops take down your name
        So love me, love me
        Love me, I’m a liberal

      • « I’ll assume you are some French nancy boy who regularly takes a Thai sex tour.» You seem to enjoy making unwarranted «assumptions», my dear Wizard – but then, given the quality of your previous posts, perhaps you’re simply too stupid to know better…. 😉

        Henri

  1. Oh, hell, it’s easy to *sue* – winning against deep pockets is what’s hard.

    Let’s play poker – I’ll bring a million dollars and you bring a hundred. No matter how good a player you are, I’m taking home your hunnert bucks.

    Fun fact: corporations account for about 95% of the ‘frivolous’ lawsuits in this country. They’ll sue with no hope of winning, just to slow down the other guy. That’s YOUR tax dollars at work.

    • @CH

      “corporations account for about 95% of the ‘frivolous’ lawsuits in this country. They’ll sue with no hope of winning, just to slow down the other guy.”

      RIght.

      The point of anti-SLAPP suit legislation (strategic lawsuit against public participation) was allegedly to keep the deep pockets from paper-working the little guy into dropping valid suits.

      From the way it’s working, it looks like the corrupt wrote a law specifically to service the interests of the corrupt.

      • «From the way it’s working, it looks like the corrupt wrote a law specifically to service the interests of the corrupt.» US legislatures – at all levels – are filled with lawyers. A cynic would say that lawyers write laws so as to facilitate disputes as to what they really mean – a sort of WPA for lawyers….

        Fortunately, I am not a cynic…. 😉

        Henri

      • Henri
        Then allow these tales of Diogenes the Cynic to enlighten you.

        The stories told of Diogenes illustrate the logical consistency of his character. He inured himself to the weather by living in a clay wine jar[4][20] belonging to the temple of Cybele.[21] He destroyed the single wooden bowl he possessed on seeing a peasant boy drink from the hollow of his hands. He then exclaimed: “Fool that I am, to have been carrying superfluous baggage all this time!”[22][23] It was contrary to Athenian customs to eat within the marketplace, and still he would eat there, for, as he explained when rebuked, it was during the time he was in the marketplace that he felt hungry. He used to stroll about in full daylight with a lamp; when asked what he was doing, he would answer, “I am just looking for an honest man.”[24] Diogenes looked for a human being but reputedly found nothing but rascals and scoundrels.[25]

        According to Diogenes Laërtius, when Plato gave the tongue-in-cheek[26] definition of man as “featherless bipeds,” Diogenes plucked a chicken and brought it into Plato’s Academy, saying, “Behold! I’ve brought you a man,” and so the Academy added “with broad flat nails” to the definition.[27]

        It was in Corinth that a meeting between Alexander the Great and Diogenes is supposed to have taken place.[34] These stories may be apocryphal. The accounts of Plutarch and Diogenes Laërtius recount that they exchanged only a few words: while Diogenes was relaxing in the morning sunlight, Alexander, thrilled to meet the famous philosopher, asked if there was any favour he might do for him. Diogenes replied, “Yes, stand out of my sunlight.” Alexander then declared, “If I were not Alexander, then I should wish to be Diogenes.” “If I were not Diogenes, I would still wish to be Diogenes,” Diogenes replied.[5][6][7] In another account of the conversation, Alexander found the philosopher looking attentively at a pile of human bones. Diogenes explained, “I am searching for the bones of your father but cannot distinguish them from those of a slave.”[35]

      • «Then allow these tales of Diogenes the Cynic to enlighten you.» I attempted several times to respond to our Wizard’s kindness in retelling the legends about Diogenes from Sinope with the appropriate Greek phrase, but it wasn’t published. Is Ancient Greek banned on Ted’s site ?…

        Henri

      • Henri
        I think it’s all the Bestiality from ancient Greece which causes that.
        Damn near everywhere you turn someone was humping an animal.
        Just like Sweden until 2014.

      • «Damn near everywhere you turn someone was humping an animal. Just like Sweden until 2014.» You seem to know almost as much about Sweden as you do about IQ calculation (and everything else you write about), Wizard….

        Henri

    • ” No matter how good a player you are, I’m taking home your hunnert bucks”

      It all depends on the boundaries one sets.
      Personally I’m a Pyrrhic victory kind of guy.
      Sure a corporation can and will shut you down legally.
      But tv and film teaches us that everything can be solved with extreme application of violence.
      So do the Clintons.
      Arkancide ring any bells?
      The real issue is if rules only apply to the little guy, then it’s time to change the game.

      Moscow rules
      Assume nothing.
      Never go against your gut.
      Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
      Do not look back; you are never completely alone.
      Go with the flow, blend in.
      Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.
      Lull them into a sense of complacency.
      Do not harass the opposition.
      Pick the time and place for action.
      Keep your options open.

  2. Legislatures write new laws every day.

    How are the people (lower case p) to know what is legal when the law is always changing? Does the government make any effort inform the people?

    No.

    The people learn the law the same way cattle learn the will of the cattleman, by by the crack of the whip, the shock of the cattle prod, the barbs of the barbed wire fencing, and by their human analogues.

    And should the enforcers be charged with violating rights of the people, they are exempted from trial by Qualified Immunity.

    Government officials should not be disturbed by this comment because the reality of it is sufficient to terrorize the herd (the people) without them having to lift a finger.

    “Qualified immunity is not immunity from having to pay money damages, but rather immunity from having to go through the costs of a trial at all.”

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/qualified_immunity

    • All laws on the books can be found at the public library. Citizens can bring suit against city, state, county, federal governments and individuals. At some point the plaintiff may even request legal council supplied by the court to aid in the suit pro bono.
      The problem is unless you are a nuisance suit guy or jail house lawyer the average Joe has no idea these processes can be pursued.
      On top of the laws there are also various building codes and regulations which are altered frequently.
      Allow the example for SSD. SSD normally denies the first claim. You can not get another court date for at least a year. By which point you should have hired an attorney. Attorneys develop a rapport with certain judges.
      Judge likes your attorney, you win. Judge doesn’t you lose.
      Which meanwhile you can appeal again.
      Each individual judge also has his or her bias.
      These judges are appointed for life and there exists NO PROCESS TO REMOVE THEM. When complaints pile up they get shifted to another jurisdiction or retire.
      Meanwhile, because it is SSD, you can not WORK.
      Rare cases like severe mental illness receive immediate benefits.
      Other than that you have no income and just about lose everything you own.
      If you win you receive back benefits of which a third goes to attorney fees.
      But a percentage of your benefits goes into Medicaid/Medicare (I get them confused).
      Generally you receive less than minimum wage and normally can not hold an outside job.
      Your medical coverage handles most but not all financial needs.
      Meaning you need to dip into what little remains.
      In many states you can not receive any type of Social services because your income is just across the line for various types of benefits.

      • Also some states require you to repay certain benefits like food stamps.

      • COLA increases for SSD/SSI are minimal at best. It seems that under Democrats COLA’s rarely happen.
        Even then some if not all of the COLA gets eaten up with increased Medicare/Medicaid (Once again my confusion) fees.
        And you need to purchase prescriptions, usually at some form of discount. And many medical tests are not covered like MRI.
        Unless you are on the dirt poor level.
        Medicare/ Medicaid (confusion) has a yearly free doctor visit. Actually that costs the taxpayers about $450. Many elderly wait for this visit.
        If you discuss anything outside the yearly visit parameters you get billed for a doctor visit.
        Every doctor understands this and nickel and dimes the system slowly draining it of funds.
        As more boomers retire very little of the pie will remain for their medical needs.
        At some point Grandma or Mom will need a simple blood test, the leech doctor will state it will be billed because the Medicare/Medicaid (confusion) no longer funds that.
        Welcome to the future.

      • You must be one of those people who don’t have a job, and who don’t mind checking for and reading new laws every day.

        I think you are missing the point by reading too literally.

        Or you are a robot.

    • @Glenn –

      “Nobody except lawyers can tell legal from illegal anymore, and they can’t tell right from wrong” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      • Glenn
        If you don’t pay attention you get crushed.
        Not only do I follow CHANGES in laws but also PHRASING from the police and the papers.

        Cleaver Greene: Let’s cut to the chase, Lawrence. What the hell possessed you to bust into this forum?

        Lawrence Fenton: What these so-called important people are doing with words. The way they use language to actually hide what they mean. It’s a form of corruption. The writer, Don Watson, calls them “weasel words,” where corporations and governments complicate what they say so much that there is no longer any accountability or integrity. And once we stop believing in what is being said, once language loses it’s power to connect us, civilization is finished.

  3. It appears to be time for another encounter with the analysis of Michael Parenti:

    “Every ruling class in history has wanted only this: all the rewards and none of the burdens. Their operational code is, We have a lot. We can get more. We want it ALL. … In the final analysis the danger of fascism comes not from skinheads or the militia or the Christian right fanatics, but from the ongoing practices of the national security state and its various enforcement agencies. It comes from the boardrooms of corporate America”

    tinyurl.com/4x7synt

    • “Early in the course of the trial, Black Panther Party activist Bobby Seale was denied his constitutional right to counsel of his choice and was thereafter illegally denied his right to defend himself.[7] Seale requested that the trial be postponed so that his attorney Charles Garry could represent him (as Garry was about to undergo gallbladder surgery). The Judge denied the postponement, and refused to allow Seale to represent himself. Seale vehemently protested the judge’s illegal and unconstitutional actions, and arguing that they were not only illegal, but also racist. The judge in turn accused Seale of disrupting the court, and on October 29, Judge Hoffman ordered Bobby Seale to be bound, gagged, and chained to a chair, citing a precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court case Illinois v. Allen.[7][8] For several days, Seale appeared in court bound and gagged before the jury, struggling to get free and managing to make muffled sounds. Defense attorney Kunstler declared, “This is no longer a court of order, Your Honor, this is a medieval torture chamber.”[9] (This was alluded to in Graham Nash’s song, “Chicago”, which opened with: “So your brother’s bound and gagged, and they’ve chained him to a chair”). Ultimately, Judge Hoffman severed Seale from the case, sentencing him to four years in prison for contempt of court, one of the longest sentences ever handed down for that offense in the U.S. up to that time.[10] Due to the judge’s unconstitutional actions, the contempt charges against Seale were soon overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals.[11]”

  4. Bear wrestling is a brilliant idea, Ted ; are you in training ? But watch out for the animal-rights crowd ; they may not appreciate your support for this «sport»….

    Henri

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