Senior US lawmakers go after ‘libel tourism’ with journalist shield bill

I sometimes edit pieces posted here or self edit adding “alleged” or “sources claim” with links to those sources to libel proof charges that could be deemed libel without other sources to back said charges up.  One of the perks of living in the USA is that with the right wording I can say just about any fucking thing I want to say.

Hence I am not a fan of libel laws, blasphemy laws or censorship.

Therefore I am elated by this piece on Raw Story”

Senior US lawmakers go after ‘libel tourism’ with journalist shield bill

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 — 8:36 pm

Senior US lawmakers unveiled legislation Tuesday to shield US journalists, authors and publishers from “libel tourists” who file suit in countries where they expect to get the most favorable ruling.

“England, Brazil, Australia, Indonesia and Singapore are just a few of the countries whose weak libel protections have attracted libel lawsuits against American journalists and authors,” said Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy.

“This threat to American free speech must end, and the time to act is now,” Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said as he unveiled the bill with the panel’s top Republican, Senator Jeff Sessions.

The measure would prevent US federal courts from recognizing or enforcing a foreign judgment for defamation that is inconsistent with the first amendment of the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech.

That cherished amendment, backed by a series of US Supreme Court decisions, makes it harder to win a libel suit in the United States relative to many other countries.

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Rev. Billy Graham: Christo-Nazi and Anti-Semite

And you thought Billy Graham, pastor to presidents for the last hundred years or so was just some sweet old mouther of platitudes.  Who knew he was a vicious Jew hating anti-Semite.

From God is for Suckers:

Since 1949, Billy Graham has been the biggest Christian star since Jesus Christ himself.  He has been beloved by Christians around the world, and his “crusades” have always attracted massive throngs that would have made Cecil B. DeMille envious.  He’s the one evangelist people have taken the most seriously and have seen as the most sincere — so much so that he has been the pastor to the presidents.  But all of that should have been called into question when, on Thursday, February 28, 2002, the National Archives released an audio recording of an Oval Office meeting between Graham and then President Richard Nixon.  In reference to the influence the minister thought Jews had on the United States, Graham said, “This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country’s going down the drain.”

“You believe that?” Nixon said.

“Yes, sir.”

Nixon said, “Oh, boy.  So do I.  I can’t ever say that, but I believe it.”

“No, but if you get elected a second time,” Graham said, “then we might be able to do something.”

Do something?  Wow.  Sounds like Billy was ready to fire up the ovens again.  I can see the two of them, Nixon and Billy, standing together in a crowded back yard, each wearing an apron — Nixon’s reads, “I am not a cook!” and Billy’s reads, “Eat this in remembrance of me” — and Billy, holding a spatula, shouts, “Okay, everybody, how do you like your Jews cooked?”

Later in that same conversation, Graham told Nixon that he had Jewish friends in the media who “swarm around me and are friendly to me. … They don’t know how I really feel about what they’re doing to this country.”

So, when Billy was preaching Jesus’s love and forgiveness all those years, apparently it did not extend to Jews … even though Jesus, according to the bible, was a Jew.  Another Jew — hmmm.  Tell you what, Billy, while you’re heating up those ovens, why don’t you grab a hammer and some big nails so just in case Jesus does decide to come back, you’ll be ready for him.

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Every Year, Another Year of Being Post-Trans

Brenda Lana Smith calls her news mailing list “Transsexual Cured”.

Thirty Eight years ago today…  I am always reminded because coincides with the first day of summer.

It took a few years to become post post-op and have it slide into being a matter of history.  Now it is another year survived and lived.  Life becomes filled with the same happiness and disappointments, elation and frustrations as every one else.

One thing that happens is that experience starts telling us that not every thing bad that happens to us happens to us because we are transsexual.

A lot of it has to do simply with being women in a misogynistic world.

I didn’t get a promotion I was working very hard to get.  The brought in someone from outside rather than train me and give me the promotion.  I could get all paranoid behind it or I could look at how the position wasn’t offered as an internally posted position.  I could also look at how my predecessor in my current position was expecting to get promoted for some two years before she resigned.

The lump on the top of my head feels like I hit a glass ceiling.  That if I want to progress upwards I should maybe start shopping my resume.  In this case the failure to get the promotion may not even have anything to do with sexism.  It may well be against corporate policy for some one to move from the sales floor to beyond shift supervisor.

There are other things too.  Long time post-SRS women are not people to go to for advice regarding transition.  So much is different now.

What we have to offer is more in the area of history and experience in being many years past transsexual.

I quip that SRS cured my transsexualism because I have never had the least desire to change my sex since having had it.

On some levels I wouldn’t mind if they simply stated in the DSM that SRS cures GID.  I know that it wouldn’t make the perpetual pre-op sisters of transgender sorrows happy, but they are often less than enchanted with those WBTs who reject the transgender label and get on with living our lives.

And that is what it is about, living, surviving.  It’s called having a life.

The cliches have helped with my being pissed off about not getting the promotion.  The one about another door opens if one door closes seems the most appropriate.  But more important is the hippie perspective, the adage:  I work to live, I do not live to work.

I would have had 50 hour weeks and little energy left for living.  I wouldn’t have had the time or energy to do any of the things I love doing.  I was already postponing my life, the idea of finishing my book until after I retire was looming.

While the money and recognition would have been nice the trade offs would have been costly in terms of things that are important.