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Parents of Soldiers Killed in Action Seek $40B From Anti-War Shirt Seller

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on May 1, 2008

PHOENIX — A Tennessee couple who lost their son in Iraq want an Arizona merchant to pay more than $40 billion in damages to survivors of soldiers whose names are on the anti-war shirts he is selling online.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

A complaint seeking class-action status for the lawsuit by Robin and Michael Read says Dan Frazier of Flagstaff has no right to profit from commercial sale of products that use the dead soldiers’ names without permission.

The change, requested Tuesday in federal court in Tennessee, would cover the heirs of all U.S. service members killed in the Middle East since Sept. 11, 2001, and seek $4 billion in compensatory damages and $36.5 billion of punitive damages.

The Reads’ original lawsuit named only themselves as plaintiffs and sought $10 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

Frazier’s “Bush lied — They died” T-shirts, sold at his site CarryaBigSticker.com, list Iraq war casualties’ names, and Frazier contends he is covered by First Amendment free-speech protections.

“We think it will be clear that this is political expression and not done for profit,” said Lee Phillips, Frazier’s attorney.

The Reads’ amended complaint says Frazier has no right to make a profit from the commercial sale of products using the casualties’ names without permission.

Frazier will ask that the lawsuit be transferred to the federal court in Arizona, which has already begun considering his challenge to an Arizona law barring use of slain service members’ names for commercial purposes without permission, Phillips said.

A federal judge in Arizona said in a preliminary ruling that a portion of that state’s law making violations a misdemeanor crime violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech and the press Arizona is among several states that have enacted similar laws.

The Reads’ attorney, Frank Santore, said in an e-mail that court rules barred him from comment.

This prick in Flagstaff obviously wont have 40 Billion dollars. A more fitting solution to this case is setting up a meet in a dark Flagstaff alley with members of the various units who members are listed on the shirts. There is a very important facet to the 1st ammendment that liberals forget; that the exercise of free speech does not shield one from its consequences.

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10 reasons why Hillary should stay

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on May 1, 2008

May 01, 2008 04:30 AM
Bob Hepburn

Over the last month, Hillary Clinton has come under growing pressure to drop out of what is now a bitter fight with Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Those who want her to quit argue that she can’t win the nomination without a nasty convention battle, that her prolonged presence in the race hurts Obama’s chances in the general election, and that Obama – not Clinton – represents real political change for America.

This assault on Hillary is not limited to Americans. Many Canadians are hooked on the U.S. race, finding it far more intriguing than anything going on in Ottawa.

Clearly, Hillary sparks passion, particularly among women. “I hate her,” a Toronto woman told me forcefully this week. “She’s a liar. She made a mess of health-care legislation. She should quit now.”

But Hillary vows she won’t quit the race before it’s over. She compares herself to Rocky Balboa, of the famous film about an underdog boxer. “When it comes to finishing the fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common,” she said recently. “I never quit. I never give up.”

And she shouldn’t.

Indeed, here are 10 reasons why Hillary should stay in the race:

1. She has strong, well-thought-out positions on topics from health care to Iraq and the environment. If anything, she has a wonk-like obsession with policy.

2. She is smart, has outstanding academic credentials, and was her husband Bill Clinton’s most trusted White House adviser.

3. She has a strong personality, enthusiasm, determination. She has never been afraid to fight for what she believes in.

4. She has a strong team of advisers who could form the backbone of a Hillary White House.

5. She is still winning primaries, and has won almost all the big states, including New York and California, that the Democrats must win in November to gain the White House. While Hillary trails slightly in elected delegates, she is virtually tied with Obama in popular votes. Polls show they are in a dead heat in Indiana while Obama leads in North Carolina, two states with primaries next Tuesday.

6. She is the beneficiary of the political damage inflicted upon Obama by the controversial comments by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who was Obama’s pastor for 16 years. Obama is outraged by the latest assertion by Wright that criticism of his incendiary sermons is an attack on the black church, but polls show his support slips every time Wright opens his mouth.

7. She fares better in polls against Republican nominee John McCain than does Obama. In a USA Today poll taken April 18 to 20, Clinton led McCain 50-44 per cent while Obama led him by 47-44 per cent.

8. She is ahead of Obama in winning support of “super delegates,” who are party officials and elected politicians. This is important because neither she nor Obama will have the 2,024 pledged delegates needed to win before the convention starts. Eighty per cent of those delegates are awarded through primaries; the other 20 per cent are super delegates, who can vote any way they want at the convention.

9. What is so wrong about a “contested” convention? They are rare in the U.S., the last one being in 1952 when Adlai Stevenson won the Democratic nomination. In Canada, though, we see them every time a party holds a leadership race. Here, emotions run high, bitter words are spoken, but no one argues that every candidate except the front-runner should drop out before the actual balloting begins. There will be lots of time after the convention to heal party rifts and focus on beating McCain on Nov. 4.

10. She is carrying the hopes and dreams of millions of women.

Of all the reasons she should stay in the race, this is the one most troublesome for Hillary. Like it or not, she is a trailblazer, the woman with the best chance ever to be the world’s most powerful leader.

“Even women who dislike Hillary and those of us who are ambivalent about her do not want her to throw in the towel now,” said one Toronto woman who is fascinated with the Obama-Clinton contest.

“I want her to prove something for women – that we can fight with everything in us for what we want and play by our own rules, that 40 years of the feminist movement has given us that right. Let’s at least show that this woman has what it takes to go the distance.

“The harder she fights the more I think: `You go girl.'”

Given Hillary’s tenacity, she might just well fight harder – and for longer.

Bob Hepburn’s column appears every Thursday. bhepburn@thestar

Paying Candian journalists for campaign ads is stooping low, this barfer reads like a press release…

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