Rudy Giuliani Will Defend Activision In Call of Duty Lawsuit

Update: Judge Dismisses Manuel Noriega’s Publicity Rights Suit Against Activision

“This was an absurd lawsuit from the very beginning and we’re gratified that in the end, a notorious criminal didn’t win,” said Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, who had defended Activision in the case. “This is not just a win for the makers of Call of Duty, but is a victory for works of art across the entertainment and publishing industries throughout the world.”

Nice of the mayor to rub it in, but he ain’t wrong. In dismissing the case, the judge explicitly states that the First Amendment rights of Activision outweigh any publicity rights that may or may not be afforded to Noriega. It’s an important distinction to make, since the judge likely could have simply dismissed the entire suit based on Noriega being a foreign national and not subject to the publicity rights law of California (under which he filed the claim). Instead, the dismissal brings free speech in to play, with a particular eye towards public persons.


“What’s astonishing is that Manuel Noriega, a notorious dictator who is in prison for the heinous crimes he committed, is upset about being portrayed as a criminal and enemy of the state in the game Call of Duty. Quite simply, it’s absurd,” Giuliani said in a press release.

Maybe the SJW from #gamergate can take up Manny’s cause.

via Rudy Giuliani Will Defend Activision In Call of Duty Lawsuit.

Baltimore (I take no Lip, with a cannon on my Hip) Police

On June 15, Officer Vincent Cosom Jr. exchanged words with Baltimore resident Kollin Truss, then was caught on CitiWatch crime cameras punching Truss in the face. The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office said Cosom completed a report after the incident, saying the victim had assaulted him.

On Wednesday, prosecutors charged Cosom with second-degree assault, perjury and misconduct in office. But the attorneys for the 32-year-old Truss said the charges should have been stronger.

Cosum’s case didn’t go through a grand jury, and he wasn’t arrested. Instead, he’ll get a summons to appear in court. Those are some of the things that Truss’ attorneys said are wrong with how the case has been handled.

Just imagine how many 1st degree charges a civilian would be cited for putting a hand out to stop this gang-bashing.

via Baltimore police officer accused of brutality charged | Maryland News – WBAL Home.


Update: Secret Service prostitution investigator resigns after own incident

Local law enforcement in Florida reportedly saw David Nieland, the investigator, going in and out of a building they were surveilling as part of a prostitution investigation. The prostitute later identified Nieland as a client.

He said the allegations were untrue in a statement to the Times. As of Tuesday, he had not been charged in connection with the incident.

Nieland is said to have resigned after he refused to answer questions from the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s Office. The DHS is the supervising agency of the Secret Service.

I am certain No Pressure was exerted on the ‘Lady of Negotiable Affections’ to ID Nieland.

Can this all get more personal and convoluted?  Why, yes….. yes it can.


But some current and former Secret Service agents trace the decline of morale and performance at the agency to its move into DHS, which they say shoehorned the trim and well-functioning Secret Service into a snarled bureaucracy where it became management-heavy and had to compete for its budget with other law enforcement entities.

“So, to combat the morale problems, we hire hookers for our agents when they are on deployment.”

The Secret Service was essentially allowed to run its business unencumbered, with lack of interference,” said Dan Emmett, a former agent at the Secret Service and author of a new book on the subject. “Then this monstrosity of a department called DHS was created, and the Secret Service was unceremoniously ripped from Treasury where it had operated so efficiently.”

via national & world News for Hampton Roads, Va., from The Virginian-Pilot.

Nigerian 419s are Laughing

FAKE profiles?!  I am shocked! Shocked!!

According to a complaint filed by the FTC, JDI Dating and William Mark Thomas operate a worldwide dating service via 18 websites, including, and The defendants offered a free plan that allowed users to set up a profile with personal information and photos. As soon as a new user set up a free profile, he or she began to receive messages that appeared to be from other members living nearby, expressing romantic interest or a desire to meet. However, users were unable to respond to these messages without upgrading to a paid membership. Membership plans cost from $10 to $30 per month, with subscriptions generally ranging from one to 12 months.

FTC Fines Online Dating Site For Using ‘Fake, Computer-Generated Profiles’ To Lure Guys Into Buying Premium Memberships | Techdirt.

Politico: The Turks are no longer reliable allies

Update: Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria

Update: Turkey to Let Iraqi Kurds Cross to Syria to Fight ISIS

Update: Turkey: No new deal with US on using air base

Update: Turkey Allows US to Strike Islamic State From Its Bases

Washington has been pushing Turkey to play a more active role in the broad anti-IS coalition it assembled in Paris last month with little success. However, officials told the Associated Press that Ankara had agreed to allow coalition aircraft to operate from its bases, including Incirlik, around 100 miles from the Syrian border.

The Turkish parliament has passed legislation allowing military operations against IS in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, but so far it has not taken action itself.


Turkey’s absence is conspicuous. It’s the only NATO ally among these Muslim world partners. To be clear, the fight against the Islamic State is not a NATO mission, but it serves as a reminder of how little Erdogan’s regime has done to help preserve order in the Middle East.

In many ways, Turkey has made the fight against the Islamic State more difficult. Apart from permitting some unarmed American drones to fly out of its territory, Ankara has refused to allow the West to operate from Turkish airbases. This has forced strike aircraft to fly their sorties from the Al Udeid airbase in Qatar, Shaheed Mwaffaq in Jordan or Al Dhafra in the UAE. As for the Incirlik air base that NATO operates in Eastern Turkey, Ankara has made it clear that for the time being, it is currently off limits for armed operations.

Politico is just now figuring this out?

Tunisia’s mohammedans suffer election defeat

After Tunisia’s Islamist party Ennahda conceded defeat in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, there were no fireworks, concerts or cheering rallies outside the headquarters of its rival, the secular Nidaa Tounes alliance.

Instead it was Ennahda’s leader Rached Ghannounchi who appeared before jubilant supporters to give what looked more like a victory address than a concession speech.

Ennahda’s defeat was a blow to the first Islamist party to come to power after the Arab Spring revolts of 2011, and Ghannounchi may have been putting on a brave face after a loss attributed to his party’s performance in government.

But Nidaa Tounes’ subdued celebration says more about the complicated task the secularists face in forming a government with Islamists firmly entrenched in Tunisia’s young democracy after the overthrow of the autocratic Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

via Reuters:

Marijuana Legalization Gets Boost From Cops

“Treating marijuana as a crime has failed,” 30 former police officers, sheriffs, prosecutors and judges write in a letter released Wednesday by Yes on 91, the campaign supporting legalization in Oregon. “Arresting and citing thousands of people in Oregon and elsewhere for marijuana-related crimes is a distraction to law enforcement and a misuse of taxpayer resources. The time and money spent should go to make our communities safer. Police resources should be focused on violent criminals, thieves and criminal cartels.”

Signers include Pete Tutmark, former Oregon County deputy sheriff; Kris Olson, retired U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon; Norm Stamper, retired Seattle police chief; Tony Ryan, former Denver Police Department lieutenant; and Stephen Downing, retired Los Angeles Police Department deputy chief.

Does Granny Hate Business?

So now, Granny Hillary Clinton is saying: Never mind, I goofed.

The former senator, secretary of state and first lady on Friday declared that businesses and corporations don’t create jobs. Yesterday, she, ahem, clarified things.

“I short-handed this point the other day,” she said. “So let me be absolutely clear about what I’ve been saying for a couple of decades: Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in America, and workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas.”

Yes.  Next question.

via Does Hillary Clinton Hate Business?.

Reduce Big Sugars’ Federal Pork Diet

USA Today summed up the sugar program well: “North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un could not devise a program less divorced from free enterprise.”

A Department of Commerce report highlighted the cost of the sugar program, including high domestic sugar prices and lost jobs. According to the report, “For each sugar-growing and harvesting job saved through high U.S. sugar prices, nearly three confectionery manufacturing jobs are lost.” A May 2013 Iowa State report found that getting rid of the sugar program would save consumers up to $3.5 billion each year.

via Why the Sugar Program Should Be Eliminated.

Army Set To Change Phys. Requirements For ‘Cyber Warriors’

Military recruiters claim that drawing from a wider body (literally) of potential soldiers will not be detrimental to U.S. military capability. Instead, it simply reflects a shift in what defines a high-caliber soldier in the cyber age.

“One of the things we’re considering is that your [mission] as a cyber warrior is different,” said Batschelet. “Maybe you’re not the Ranger who can do 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups and run the 2-mile inside of 10 minutes, but you can crack a data system of an enemy.”

army strong

Black Dart is the US’ Answer to Drones: War Games

The US military has been experimenting with the use of drones for almost a century, but it’s only recently that technological advances have made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) a game changer in warfare. Today, at least 79 countries field drones; 23 of those countries arm them.

Earlier this year, VICE News was one of the first media outlets ever granted access to the US military’s annual Black Dart exercise, a decade-old joint exercise that focuses on detecting, countering, and defeating UAVs.As we watched tens of millions of dollars worth of military equipment go up against $1,000 drones, Black Dart demonstrated the way rapidly evolving drone technology is challenging the military’s most basic assumptions about controlling the air. (One civilian drone maker we visited told us that the technology he has at his fingertips is outpacing some R&D efforts at big aerospace contractors.) And so Black Dart continues to encourage innovation in the effort to keep the US military one step ahead in the cat-and-mouse game between drones and drone killers.

via Black Dart is the US’ Answer to Drones: War Games | VICE News.

Obama: Voter Fraud is Goddamn Hilarius

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA …. OH…OH….HAHAHAHAHAHA…. it’s about Illinois, get it?HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ….oh my sides…..HAHAHAHAHAHA ….see, I’m from IllinoisHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….get it?HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…….it’s funny ’causeHAHAHAHAHAHA…I was elected to office from Illinois….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..get it?  Doyagetit?HAHAHAHAHA

President Obama poked fun at the checkered political history of his hometown Chicago on Tuesday, reminding voters in Wisconsin to vote early — but not often.

“You can only vote once — this isn’t Chicago, now,” Obama said at a rally in Milwaukee for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.


via Obama: ‘You can only vote once — this isn’t Chicago’ |

AP’s Josh Lederman Performs Written Fellatio on VP Clouseau

Ghads AP, can’t you keep your writers from this verbal slobbering:

It’s the stuff of a campaign manager’s dream: The sitting vice president, in the midst of his own run for president, dashes across Pennsylvania Avenue and bursts into the Senate to cast the deciding vote on make-or-break legislation, saving the day for his party while C-SPAN cameras capture the moment.

For Joe Biden, it could become a reality – in the event of a deadlocked Senate after the midterm elections.

“…vice president’s role as the 101st senator would instantly be elevated…”

“…help him try to rival the rock-star status…”

A creature of the Senate, Biden spent nearly four decades steeped in the chamber’s tradition and camaraderie, and a high-profile return…”

“…create an opening for Biden to play deal-broker behind the scenes, boosting his credibility as a pragmatist…”

Isn’t this act normally kept private?  Ick.

via AP:

Another Step Forward to a Working Holodeck (con’d)

Rather than a tangible screen, the HaptoMime display projects holographic images into the air with the help of reflective surfaces, creating what appears to be floating images. The images don’t only serve an aesthetic purpose — you can manipulate them with your fingers as you would with a regular touchscreen. The technology that allows the system to recognize touch input is simple enough — an infrared sensor detects the location of the person’s hand, which is then matched with the location of the reflected image. This type of technology has been used before, usually boasting to “turn any surface into a touchscreen,” or at least projecting a specific set of touchscreen controls onto any surface. What makes HaptoMime unique is not that the touch display is holographic, but that you can actually feel what you’re touching.

via Haptic holographic display turns thin air into a touchscreen | ExtremeTech.

Minister of Big Hats, Plans Triumphant Return for Spring 2015 Show

Kaesong – North Korea’s own ‘Lil Kim’ Jong Un, The Minister of Millinery, The Clutch of Crutch, The Missile Marauder, announces his triumphant return to the fashion scene.  In a cat walk extravaganza not seen east of Red Square Lil Kim will show the world his explosive new line of bewitching Big Hats.  “el K” has the declared the dark epoch of blue blazer as, “Dead as Hyon Song-wol”  and “Long live the time of mountainous whoppers.”

It is unknown at press time if Deni “The Worm” will return in his stunningly stolid
performance as the premiere pinnacle for Lil Kim’s specters.

MoBH spring set review

Lil Kim and his entourage reviewing his masterpiece, 2014’s Big Hat Hit, “Rubber Swan” at Haute couture, only and one-of-a-kind Duckwalk.

Privacy Not: Verizon Wireless Perminate Traffic Tracking UIDH

Verizon Wireless has been subtly altering the web traffic of its wireless customers for the past two years, inserting a string of about 50 letters, numbers, and characters into data flowing between these customers and the websites they visit.

The company—one the country’s largest wireless carriers, providing cell phone service for about 123 million subscribers—calls this a Unique Identifier Header, or UIDH. It’s a kind of short-term serial number that advertisers can use to identify you on the web, and it’s the lynchpin of the company’s internet advertising program. But critics say that it’s also a reckless misuse of Verizon’s power as an internet service provider—something that could be used as a trump card to obviate established privacy tools such as private browsing sessions or “do not track” features.

I don’t take any Lip, with this cannon on my Hip (DWB case)

Earlier this year, when Merritt was still a high school senior, he was stopped by a police officer as he was pulling into the driveway of his home.

Officer Cory Gay had allegedly been following Merritt for several blocks before he ultimately turned on his police lights. Gay exited his vehicle, then placed a gun to Merritt’s head. He ordered him to the ground and handcuffed him for an alleged “seat belt violation.”

Who gave this fucking dummy a badge and gun?

via Family files $12.5M excessive force lawsuit over teen’s seatbelt arrest | theGrio.