Archive for August 15th, 2008

John McCain Keeps Lawyers Busy

McCain and the GOP respect copyright laws about as much as they respect campaign finance laws (and eavesdropping laws, and torture laws, and habeas corpus laws…):

Jackson Browne is suing John McCain for using the song “Running on Empty” in a campaign ad — and the veteran rocker is also calling the candidate a great pretender when it comes to standing up for constitutional rights.

Browne, one of rock music’s most famous activists for liberal causes, is “incensed” that the presumptive Republican candidate for president has been using Browne’s signature 1977 song “Running on Empty” in campaign commercials, according to the singer-songwriter’s attorney. Browne filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against both McCain and the Republican National Committee on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting the use of the forlorn arena anthem or any other Browne compositions, as well as damages.


[Browne lawyer Lawrence] Iser said the lawsuit “is not politically motivated. It’s a copyright infringement lawsuit, pure and simple, but the fact that Sen. McCain has used this song in a hit-piece on Barack Obama is anathema to Jackson.”

Iser claims the McCain campaign has a track record of using music without permission.

“They used a John Mellencamp song until he made them stop and he used an ABBA song and a Frankie Valli song — it’s ridiculous and it’s setting a terrible example,” Iser said. “It’s shocking that they don’t even attempt to get permission. There’s no copyright difference between using a song to sell cars or by people running for president. The music industry continues to suffer due to lack of respect for intellectual property rights, and a candidate for president has a duty to lead by example and ensuring their campaign does as well. The copyright protections are derived from the Constitution itself.”

And let us not forget when they ripped off Wayne’s World, too.  So much for the GOP being the pro-commerce, law-and-order party – they’re more like the Napster party.

August 15th, 2008 at 08:54pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,McCain,Music

Overcome By Awesome

It’s a Terminator head DVD player. I… have no words.

(From, by way of Engadget)

1 comment August 15th, 2008 at 07:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Movies,Technology

Toobz Goin’ Down

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy:

New information filed late Thursday by federal prosecutors says Sen. Ted Stevens made more than $100,000 in profit off a Florida real estate deal after a friend secretly loaned him $31,000 interest-free to buy a condominium.


Stevens failed to report the personal loan in the condo deal when he filed his 2001 Senate financial disclosure forms, prosecutors said in their motion.

Court filings filed late Thursday also reveal other new evidence that prosecutors intend to use to prove Stevens didn’t just make innocent paperwork mistakes when he failed to disclose the value of Veco’s renovations to his Girdwood home.

They say he also failed to disclose that Bill Allen, the former Veco CEO, installed a backup generator — at Stevens’ home and at the senator’s request — that Stevens never paid for.

In the same motion, prosecutors also allege Allen provided a new Jeep Cherokee to Stevens’ daughter in 2005 and that Stevens asked Veco for help getting a job for an unnamed son and grandson.

There are “multiple instances of Allen providing, at Stevens’ request, things of value to benefit two of Stevens’ children and one of Stevens’ grandchildren,” prosecutors say.

Prosecutors said other evidence they plan to introduce will include “communications between Stevens and a personal friend that demonstrates Stevens’ consciousness of guilt.”

Yeah, I’m starting to think Ted really might be toast.  Even if he doesn’t go to prison, I don’t see any way his campaign can survive all of these revelations of crookedness.  They certainly seem to be affecting his fundraising.

August 15th, 2008 at 11:42am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans

Friday Quote And Monkey Blogging

This week’s quote is from the kidnapping thriller, Mercy:

Who are you, mister? Some exploding white crumb who’s been eaten by the rats and the gutter dogs?

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s monkeys…

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August 15th, 2008 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

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