Wall Street Execs Arrested By Feds
FBI agents escort handcuffed former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers
The FBI made a big show of locking up two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers in New York. They’ve been indicted on fraud charges and are being blamed for $1 billion in losses incurred during the U.S. sub prime mortgage crisis, that has brought Wall Street to its knees.
I’m not impressed. Two years ago I might have been, but certainly not now. If the FBI had acted on the tip they received two ears ago, the problem wouldn’t have gotten as ugly as something from Lord of the Rings.
Robert Mueller is bragging about $60 million in recovered assets, when almost a $1 billion dollars in stockholder wealth is gone. Can you not add.
If you had done your job 2 years ago, the public/shareholders would have the other $940 million dollars. Not to mention, all the other former homeowners across the nation that were swindled out of many billions in equity in their homes.
But following FBI headquarters’ policy of protecting the corporation and not the American citizen, you let suspicious behavior go on and on, until one day it all came crashing down in clear sight of everyone.
When Grave Robbing Artists Strike (Part 2)
In another case of blatant copyright theft, rappers Kanye West, Common and Mos Def have been sued by the estate of the late jazz musician Joe Farrell.
His daughter, Kathleen Firrantello, filed suit against them and rightfully so. They used her father’s copyrighted music, without permission or payment and made a bundle off it.
Two months ago, on March 27, 2008, I wrote about Kayne West stealing an indie musician’s song. He too has sued Kanye as a result. West is also on Madonna’s copyright infringing flop Hard Candy as a writer and producer.
Considering Kanye can whine like a woman at the least perceived slight, while repeatedly proclaiming himself the best artist in the world, this conduct is quite hypocritical. You claim you are the best and you’re stealing from people. The best what, thief?
That’s all these mainstream artists do – steal. They are committing crimes, as copyright infringement is a violation of domestic and international law.
I keep citing these cases to illustrate to the public that mass thievery in the area of copyrights is a major issue in Hollywood.
The fashion police should arrest him for that get up
They have no conscience or regard for others’ welfare, property and financial outlook, deeming themselves above the law with the right to steal from anyone, which is wrong.
Hollywood should be ashamed of this terrible practice, especially in light of the fact that they are telling the public to desist pirating their products. Can you say hypocrites.
Many musicians, writers and authors are actively being defrauded out of their life’s work, some even going homeless, their children destitute, due to these willful acts of copyright theft.
Copyrights mean money and these deceitful, untalented stars and executives know that. They are breaking the law and spitting in the faces of hardworking people.
Kanye, Common, Method Man Sued Over Jazz Sample
May 23, 2008, 10:25 AM ET – Rappers Kanye West, Method Man, Redman, Common and their record companies were sued yesterday (May 22) by late U.S. jazz musician Joe Farrell’s daughter, who accused them of using her father’s music without approval.
The lawsuit, filed by Kathleen Firrantello in the U.S. District Court in New York, names the rappers along with various labels owned by Universal Music Group.
The lawsuit said all the rappers used portions of Farrell’s 1974 musical composition “Upon This Rock” in three separate songs — West in “Gone,” Common in “Chi-City” and Method Man and Redman in their song “Run 4 Cover.”
Firrantello is seeking punitive damages of at least $1 million and asked that no further copies of the songs be made, sold or performed, according to the lawsuit.
Story found here
One Going To Jail And One Is Not
T.I. And Remy Ma
TI A/K/A Clifford Harris
Rapper T.I., real name Clifford Harris, was up on very serious gun charges, but with the help of a pricey legal team, was able to avoid jail time, in exchange for one year on house arrest.
TI’s home in East Point, Georgia, the subject of an ATF raid
I didn’t think he was about to start World War III with the weaponry he had in his possession. However, he needs to start adhering to the law, especially considering he has children that would miss him during their formative years, if he is sent to jail. Stay out of trouble.
Rapper Remy Ma, a chatty, braggadocios, sacrilegious rapper, shot her best friend over allegedly stealing $3,000 out of her purse. Today, she was sentenced to 8 years in prison by a New York judge.
I do believe she deserves the jail time, as her friend could have died. That is a human life she placed in mortal jeopardy and over $3,000. She too has a young son, age 8, that she clearly wasn’t thinking about when she pulled the trigger twice.
She needs to thank the judge, as she could have been sentenced to jail for far longer than 8 years. Maybe she will take the time to better herself and find God as many do in prison.
When one is in a jail cell, it gives one time to ponder the choices one has made. Some see the light and some don’t.
BREAKING NEWS: Remy Ma Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison
New York–Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma was sentenced to eight years in prison today by a Manhattan Supreme Court judge for shooting her friend Makeda Barnes-Joseph after the two argued over money after leaving a party.
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In What Universe, You Ask? And No, You Are Not In the Twilight Zone!
Dina Lohan, is the flesh flashing, George Clooney stalking, mother of former actress, Lindsay Lohan. Dina, allowed her daughter Lindsay to have hotel sleepovers with male stars, whilst in her mid-teens.
Dina sat idly by, as her now broke meal ticket became a drug addicted alcoholic before even coming of age. Not to mention, the many DUIs her daughter racked up before age 21, that caused innocent people physical and property damage.
Dina’s daughter Lindsay has further criminally stolen expensive clothing items in two unrelated cases.
Dina’s daughter Lindsay was photographed at age 19, intimately kissing 50-year-old designer and all around perv, Donna Karan, on the mouth, who is also a member of the Kabbalah cult.
Well, Dina has inexplicably been named Mother Of The Year in Long Island, New York. Yes, you read that right.
Now, I like Long Island. I have friends there, but I know not a one of them voted for Dina. So, just how did she get this award. Who did she sleep with or pay off?
Well, actually, the family is broke from the many lawsuits and accompanying legal fees associated with Dina and Lindsay’s misconduct in a number of things, so who did she sleep with?
Seriously, I’m sure there were more deserving moms in Long Island.
Lindsay Lohan in fur coat she stole
A bad mother is not one that tries hard to keep their kid on the straight and narrow, and then for whatever reason, the kid messes up anyway.
A bad mother is one that encourages irresponsible behavior and or sits back and lets it happen unchallenged.
Mother of the Year hiking her skirt up for the camera:
EX YELLS OVER ‘TOP MOM’ DINA
May 8, 2008 — MORE surprised than anyone that Dina Lohan was honored as a “top mom” this week was her ex-husband, Michael Lohan, who called the award from the Mingling Moms Organization “a joke.”
Michael fumed, “Are you kidding! Top celebrity mom? Look at her off-screen antics, her lack of morals and how she conducts herself. I guess they forgot to mention how this top super-mom leaves her kids alone at night and even parties in their presence. Just wait until we go back to court.
“She comes stumbling out of Butter at 3:15 a.m. with bloodshot eyes and a red runny nose, yelling ‘Oh, [bleep],’ when she saw the paparazzi,” Michael raged to Page Six.
Story found here
During the Pope’s visit to America this month, he said a prayer at Ground Zero in New York City:
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling
Two days ago I wrote that I am not a fan of the Harry Potter book series. Looks like I’m not the only one.
Today, an article in the London Telegraph states a New York judge reviewing a copyright infringement claim by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, called her books “gibberish.” Maybe it’s all that “hocus pocus” stuff that threw the judge off.
Dumbledore to J.K. Rowling: What do you mean I’m gay!?
It’s hardly Shakespeare, now is it, and Britain has produced many of the finest English language books in the world. However, J.K. Rowling went for another approach…gay bearded wizard, pardon the pun, and “hocus pocus” – isn’t that like Latin or something (Aisha having a valley girl moment).
Seriously, Rowling is suing regarding a fan site publishing a Harry Potter guide based on her books. The judge has recommended a settlement between the two parties.
As much as I don’t care for the Potter books, the law is the law and it is leaning more toward Rowling’s side. She owns the copyrights and trademarks to the Harry Potter franchise, along with crooked Warner Bros Pictures, who has been hemorrhaging money.
They really need her permission to do this Potter guide, as it will contain items from her copyrights and trademarks. The only exception to this covered by U.S. law is parody and that this spin off book is not.
However, people have written biographies on subjects without their permission and without getting sued, as long as it’s not libelous. Therefore, there’s a little leeway present in this aspect as well.
It’s a strange position for an author to take, suing one’s own fans, but at the same time, I can understand a writer being worried that someone is going to churn out a sub-standard version of their work, destroying the integrity of the original. It really is best to obtain permission first before touching someone else’s work and then abide by their decision.
This judge is being nice in encouraging a settlement between the two parties.
Harry Potter storylines are gibberish, judge tells Rowling
J. K. Rowling heard her work described as “gibberish” by a US judge yesterday at the end of a three-day trial into an unauthorised encyclopaedia of her Harry Potter novels.
Story found here
Turns Out Men Do Find DUIs, Drug Convictions, STDs And Crazy Chicks Troublesome
April 16. 2008
Ron Weasley: I didn’t know a woman could have that many STDs! What exactly is Parisitis!
Though I am not a fan of the Harry Potter series, one of its lead actors, Ron Weasley, accurately summed up Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton to a tee.
Paris “free clinic” Hilton
When asked why he won’t get a place in Los Angeles, like his co-star Daniel Radcliffe, who bought a second home away from London, in New York, he squarely blamed the vapidity that is Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
He hilariously said of former actress Lindsay Lohan:
“I met Lindsay last summer and she talked about herself a lot. She said she was going to win an Oscar before she turns 25. I just kept thinking, ‘But you can’t act’.”
Paris with one of the fugly shoes in her clothing line. I hope that’s the only one. It looks like she killed a lizard to get it done.
Regarding Paris Hilton he stated:
“I haven’t met Paris and don’t want to either. She and Lindsay are the type of girls you need to stay away from.”
Well said Weasley. Sites all over the world are laughing in agreement at your statements. Who knew they were bad for tourism. source
Story found here
March 13. 2008
People in Hollywood are pondering the prospect of the prostitute of former New York governor Eliot Spitzer becoming a star.
I think it is in very poor taste. I’m not saying brand her with a scarlet letter and toss her to the wolves, but to give her deals in the face of this terrible scandal would be rewarding bad behavior.
At this point she has done nothing to prove or redeem herself. To reward her conduct would be to add insult to injury to Spitzer’s wife and children. The last thing they or the nation needs is to see her prancing around on TV and singing some suggestive song, like the one that was on her MySpace page before the account was cancelled.
Her MySpace site received traffic due to the scandal this week and nothing else, as it had been online for quite some time and received an average amount of attention before the story broke.
She knew what she was doing is illegal. She could have gotten a regular job, but she wanted to live a luxury lifestyle and turned to prostitution to get it. She is currently living in a building where units rent for up to $11,000 per month.
Yes, God can forgive her and Eliot for committing adultery and for the trauma they’ve caused his wife and children, not to mention upsetting many people in the country, but neither of them should be rewarded for their illegal conduct, as neither of them are victims.
Could woman in Spitzer scandal become a star?
NEW YORK (Billboard) – Could Ashley Alexandra Dupre, the aspiring singer embroiled in the prostitution scandal that toppled New York governor Eliot Spitzer, have a music career?
Top talent scouts are weighing in on her chances after the 22-year-old racked up millions of MySpace views and launched much-sought-after new songs on priced-by-demand Web site AmieStreet.com since the Spitzer story broke.
Before Dupre’s MySpace page was deleted Thursday, it had received 4,612,397 views and her song “What We Want” touted 711,334 plays. According to the New York Times, two tracks Dupre released to AmieStreet.com this week received thousands of listens and their prices rocketed from free to the maximum price of 98 cents Thursday. The number of blog posts mentioning Dupre also rose over 750% in the last 48 hours according to Nielsen BuzzMetrics. http://www.pr-inside.com
Story found here
Was Homeless And On Drugs
March 12. 2008
Today, Eliot Spitzer resigned from his post as Governor of New York, handing over the reins to David Paterson, who is now the first black man and legally blind man to hold the post. Congrats to him. It’s regrettable it wasn’t under better circumstances.
In another first, but an unsavory one, it is being said that Spitzer is the first Governor in 95 years to be forced out of office in New York.
The Smoking Gun and the Drudge Report web sites have posted the identity of the 22-year-old prostitute “Kristen” who is named in legal documents in the Spitzer case.
Her real name is Ashley Alexandra Dupre (born Ashley Youmans). She is an aspiring singer with a MySpace page. She has been living in New York since 2004 and was homeless and on drugs.
She was paid $4300 for sex with Eliot Spitzer. It was also revealed he had spent $80,000 for sex with women from the Emperors Club prostitution ring.
Legal experts expect Spitzer to be indicted. The prostitute has retained an attorney, Don D. Buchwald, regarding possible criminal charges.
It was also revealed Spitzer’s security detail did not detect the FBI surveilling him. Well, clearly they didn’t have the FBI agent from the Pimp C funeral doing surveillance that day.
(You blended right in – parking lot full of black guys and a lone white guy in a government issue car shooting photos. You should be a spy in the Middle East, they’d never spot you).
“Kristen” A/K/A Ashley Alexandra Dupre is one of several Emperors Club prostitutes. Other as yet to be named clients of the prostitution ring include a federal judge and entertainment industry members.
“To move funds from one place to the other, to hide the source of the money … it’s still going to be money laundering,” said John Jay College School of Criminology professor Joseph King. Experts say “Client 9″ could face the following charges:
Money laundering for trying to conceal the source and recipient of financial transactions.
Tax evasion, if he was a knowing party to an all-cash business that wasn’t filing taxes.
Violation of the Mann Act for paying for the trip from New York to D.C. by the call girl known as “Kristen.”
Misuse of state resources, if he used his state-issued credit card for hotels or meals with prostitutes as well as if he was being protected by State Troopers during his dalliances.
And finally, soliciting prostitution.” http://wcbstv.com
Story found here
February 18. 2008
There are more reports surfacing of voter fraud in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Primaries. I wrote about this previously here. Two days ago, there was an article in the Post regarding reports that all of candidate Barack Obama’s votes were not counted:
OBAMA ‘ROBBED’ IN NY
February 16, 2008 — Barack Obama’s primary-night results were strikingly underrecorded in several districts around the city – in some cases leaving him with zero votes when, in fact, he had pulled in hundreds, the Board of Elections said yesterday.
Unofficial primary results gave Obama no votes in nearly 80 districts, including Harlem’s 94th and other historically black areas – but many of those initial tallies proved to be wildly off the mark, the board said…
In some districts getting a recount, the senator from Illinois is even closer to defeating Hillary Clinton. Initial results in the 94th, for example, showed a 141-0 sweep for Hillary Clinton, but the recount changed the tally to 261-136. http://www.nypost.com
Story found here