Thursday, August 20, 2009

This joint could use a little humor..

..and what better place to start,than with those zany kids over at the New York State Supreme Court?

In a decision handed down earlier this week,New York Supreme Court Judge Joan Madden ruled that Canadian born model,Liskula Cohen,has a right to pursue litigation against the anonymous blogger who posted her photo on the website,..'Skanks of New York'.
The good folks over at Google,who support the blog hosting service,Blogspot.com,complied with an order to provide Ms. Cohen with the e-mail,and IP address of SoNY's owner.
(I harbor no ill will toward Google,by the way.
A court order is a court order,and that's a rant for another time).

No doubt,the question that all of you will quite naturally be asking yourselves right about now is,..'Oh my Gawd!..How is this unforeseeable turn of events gonna affect Sling??' ..

Well just settle down dammit!..Jeez,..you people are so high strung.

Let us not forget that the litmus test for whether or not statements can be deemed slanderous,libelous,or defamatory,is if they can be shown to be demonstrably untrue!
So,under the circumstances,I'll just have to make a few minor adjustments in the tenor of my blog..

I'm pretty sure I'm covered when I call Rush Limbaugh a 'Morbidly obese,pusillanimous draft-dodging drug addict,with a profoundly over-inflated ego,and hygienic proclivities that lean toward the malodorous'.
..Because,..you know,..that's a given.

I will however,need to scour my archives and delete any references to George Bush as that 'Irretrievably Fascist religious fanatic,with the mental prowess comparable to that of a lone spear of boiled okra,whose eight year reign of terror was directly responsible for the catastrophic collapse of the world's economy!'

..The last thing I need,is an unruly mob of irate farmers suing me for defamation of okra.

25 Comments:

At 11:12 AM , Blogger jp said...

Liskula Cohen is a skank.

George W. Bush is a jackass.

Come and get me.

 
At 12:28 PM , Blogger laurent said...

Okra, I love her show.

 
At 1:31 PM , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

i love okra fritters...do not demean my fecking okra fritters.
i'm watching cspan with barney frank...i love him to..he's getting so pissed..he's going to whack someone.

 
At 1:42 PM , Blogger Sling said...

JP- Pretty bold statements there buddy!
..maybe you should keep a low profile for a while,just in case.

Laurent- Oh,..don't even get me started on Miss Okra.

Yellerdawg- Great..Now I have the Okra Fritter crowd on my ass.
I love it when Barney gets his dander up!

 
At 1:49 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

I have no idea who she is....
From what I hear..she is a skank.

 
At 2:52 PM , Blogger rosemary said...

I saw her skank once with a stalk of okra...really. Rush is a paragon of assholedness and he should be glad we all feel they way you do, sling. As for GWB.....did you know he is going to have a Library....wonder what it will be filled with? Legos?

 
At 3:08 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Sage- That's a dirty rumor,and I'm sorry I ever started it.

Rosie- ..and yet,..the body of evidence in favor of the anonymous blogger does seem to be mounting.
..no pun intended.

 
At 4:48 PM , Blogger jan said...

Okra farmers are not to be trifled with what with their torches and pitchforks.

 
At 5:54 PM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

i thought a skank was a male skunk.

live and learn.

 
At 11:23 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Jan- Like my dear old Grandma used to say,'You'd rather sandpaper a wildcat's ass than mess with okra farmers!'..

Billy P.- It's a little known fact that 'Skank' and 'Skunk' are both derived from the Latin 'Sleazius Skankonium'...I hope that clears things up for you.

 
At 12:56 PM , Blogger secret agent woman said...

SOmetimes these issues are so complicated. I mean, that seems pretty harmless and I can't believe google had to hand out the identity of the blogger. But once I ran across a blog done by a slimy prick who posted photos of the faces of women he'd slept with along with photos of their genitals, without their knowledge or consent. I'd like to see google force the shithead to hand over his balls.

 
At 1:18 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Secret Agent Woman- I agree..The issues are extremely complicated.
The adage 'Freedom of speech doesn't give anyone the right to yell FIRE in a crowded theater' gets stretched pretty thin in this age of the internet.
I know,because I'm out there testing the limits myself.
It's my understanding that the site 'Skanks of New York' was created for the sole purpose of humiliating Ms. Cohen.
Like the site you spoke of,that just seems unnecessarily spiteful,even to me.
Should that merit censor,or censure?
..I think perhaps the latter.

 
At 1:27 PM , Blogger cs said...

Someone is going to turn us in...I just know it!!!! We're going to be on THAT list in the W-house and and we're all gonna get those phone calls at dinner time from the department of official E-hate-mail....gads-zooks now what we gonna do??? I best start plantin' cucumbers again...hear those skanks like the cukes.

 
At 1:45 PM , Blogger Sling said...

CS- I live for the day that I can be officially declared a threat to National Security because of something I'd written!
(sigh)..It's the little things.

 
At 5:44 PM , Blogger Citymouse said...

oh well... so I get suied.. I got nothing to give....

 
At 5:46 PM , Blogger Sling said...

MOUSE!..You naughty girl.
I keep trying to find your blog to no avail.
..Like you,they can sue till they turn blue for all the good it'll do 'em.

 
At 9:12 AM , Blogger just me said...

Ouch, I hate that strip search!! But I love Okra...George Bush is more like a turnip.

 
At 9:15 AM , Blogger just me said...

Rosemary, I have to say that George Bush is not smart enough for Legos yet....maybe alphebet blocks...maybe...

 
At 10:06 AM , Blogger rosemary said...

Sling....I have had the best laughs with this post and the comments...I had Steve read it yesterday.....he laughed until he cried...and then said that maybe the problem was that GWB had fried okra for brains.

 
At 8:30 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Just me- I like fried okra,and even pickled okra,but boiled okra has the consistency of snot.
Hence the comparison.

Rosie- You made my day!
I'm so glad you got some grins outta the thing. :)

 
At 5:15 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Oh, that's too funny! :) Okra itself might be offended, too. *grin*

 
At 7:02 PM , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

i just read billy's comment and nearly choked to death from laughing..oh lordy..

 
At 11:07 AM , Blogger BrightenedBoy said...

I was really quite upset with that ruling. One of the first things that even high school government students are taught about libel and defamation is that when an individual enters public life, he is making a decision to sacrifice some of his privacy.

People say absurd things about public figures all the time, but it's usually covered as opinion or satire. Normally libel can only be established if the offender has claimed specific factual information about another person, i.e., "This model slept with so and so on August 29th, and I witnessed it" not, "This model is a dirty skank."

This sets a horrible precedent and I hope it's appealed as soon as possible.

 
At 11:10 AM , Blogger BrightenedBoy said...

P.S.

Did you happen to catch that ridiculous red-headed CNN reporter who called anonymous bloggers "cowards" and said that the court decision was finally holding them "accountable?"

Once again, injecting her personal opinion into the news. Journalism is in a sad state. No one cares to hear what this silly woman thinks about the bloggers who report on her unprofessionalism and ineptness as a reporter, or about anything else for that matter. Telling the public what's on her mind is not her job.

 
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