Backpage sues Cook County over credit card kerfuffle (From the mouth of Liz McDougall XI)

Liz McDougall

Liz McDougall

In response to the major credit card companies cutting all ties with Backpage, they have filed a lawsuit against Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff Tom Dart. The suit asks for damages for the revenue they’ve lost from their ‘adult service’ ads.

Let’s hear from Backpage’s legal team including head legal weasel Liz McDougall…

“Sheriff Dart’s actions to cripple Backpage.com and all speech through the site are an especially pernicious form of prior restraint,” the suit said. “He has achieved his purpose through false accusations, innuendo, and coercion.”

Liz McDougall, general council to Backpage.com LLC, said, “Our goal is to ensure that one elected official, particularly a county sheriff, cannot dictate what speech is or is not appropriate.”

I love how Backpage and McDougall act like they’re the only ones entitled to rights. Sheriff Dart has the right to ask the credit card companies to assist on ending online sex trafficking. The credit card companies have every right not to do business with whomever they want. None of which is a violation of Backpage’s right to free speech. I also find it ironic that Backpage is accusing anyone of coercion since so many of the girls and women that have been advertised on their site have been coerced, a lot off times violently, into sexual slavery.

This is an act of desperation from a company that’s sinking fast. Hopefully they won’t be able to stay afloat much longer.

It pays to have a charity in Backpage’s pocket

An alleged accurate representation of what Backpage gives o charity.

An alleged accurate representation of what Backpage gives to charity.

Normally I don’t post links from biased news sources. One News Now touts itself as an American Christian news outlet. However, this article is spot on when it comes to Backpage escaping justice because of the outdated Federal Communications Decency Act.

Specifically the article about the lawsuit in Massachusetts filed by three women who were trafficked on Backpage while underage and why the suit was dismissed.

“It allows for service providers who make good-faith efforts to protect children from pornography, from sexual exploitation, and even prostitution,” explains Donna Rice Hughes, who heads Enough is Enough. “If they make a good-faith attempt to protect children, then they will have civil immunity from any type of prosecution.”

What good faith efforts are Backpage realty making? By good faith efforts do they mean getting a discount for using anonymous payment methods or having the head of a supposed human trafficking charity in your back pocket, or the part where they might try to move overseas to avoid US prosecution?

That doesn’t sound like good faith to me. Instead it sounds a lot like Backpage trying to cover their own ass while raking in a cubic assload of dough on the exploitation of women and children.

Taft Union High gunman takes plea deal

Taft Union High School

Taft Union High School

After a mistrial, his mom claiming that he was the victim, and the potential lawsuit against the school, Taft Union gunman Bryan Oliver has entered into a plea deal which sees him go to prison for 27 years. However, he will be eligible for parole in 13 years. He was facing a life sentence on attempted murder charges for shooting Bowe Cleveland in the chest with a shotgun that saw Cleveland be placed into a medically induced coma. If Oliver is released on parole he’ll be in his early 30s.

After a mistrial I’m actually surprised that Oliver took the plea. I thought there would have been a good chance he would have been acquitted if they had gone to trial again. I’d rather see him go to jail for 13-27 then walking out free.

UPDATE 4/25/2015: Back in February Oliver was sentenced to 27 years and 4 months in prison.

Family of Taft Union High shooter files claim against school

Taft Union High School

Taft Union High School

Recently the family of the victim of the Taft Union High school shooting has filed a claim against the school on the grounds that the school failed to protect the victim. No wait, I read that wrong,. The family of the gunman filed the multi-million dollar claim for the school allegedly failing to protect their precious snowflake.

I guess it wasn’t enough that Bryan Oliver’s mommy claimed that her son was victim and not the student he shot in the chest with a shotgun but now it sounds like she’s trying to cash in on her son’s violent and psychopathic behavior.

Not only do I hope that Oliver is found guilty during his retrial later this month but I hope the family of Bowe Cleveland sue Oliver’s family for every penny. You relinquish any claims of victimhood when you shoot an unarmed kid in the chest.

UPDATE 6/7/2015: Oliver’s mom has been dismissed from the lawsuit against the school. I wish I could say it was because a judge thought she deserved no money but it was actually because she waited too long to file.

Mass. lawsuit against Backpage (From the mouth of Liz McDougall IX)

Backpage attorney Liz McDougall

Backpage attorney Liz McDougall

For those of you outraged by the picture and are ready to accuse me of misogyny please read the entire post before jerking your knee.

A number of lawsuits have been filed against Backpage this year for their prostitution ads by trafficking victims. I haven’t really been posting about them because they’re always dismissed under the guise of Backpage’s free speech. Another one has been recently filed in Massachusetts by two women who were turned out by pimps on Backpage when they were 15 and 17 respectively. Unfortunately I’m sure this one will be eventually dismissed as well since the law is actually on Backpage’s side due to the antiquated Communications Decency Act of 1996.

However, this particular lawsuit caught my eye because Backpage’s head legal weasel and corporate whore (we’re not there yet) Liz McDougall has commented on this particular lawsuit.

“We do more than any other online service provider to try to prevent the use of our service for any kind of human sex trafficking,” McDougall said.

No, no you don’t. That has to be a bold-faced lie if I ever heard one. As I’ve posted before Backpage represents 82 percent of all online prostitution and 80 percent of all their ads are for prostitution. So statistically you’re doing a whole lot of nothing when it comes to preventing trafficking on your website.

Now as far as the picture goes I did not place the caption on it because Ms. McDougall is female. I placed it there because I think that there’s no way in hell she can possibly believe the bullcrap that she is spreading on Backpage’s behalf. Since she’s more than likely only doing it for the money that makes her a whore in my eyes. Go back and read some of the other things she has said and tell me that she isn’t. And if you still want to call me a misogynist then that is your right but just remember I actually care about the women and girls that are being trafficked against their will on Backpage while it’s obvious that Liz McDougall does not.

UPDATE 1/19/2015: The cities of Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California are both going to file friend of the court briefs in support of the lawsuit.

UPDATE 5/18/2015: As expected the lawsuit was dismissed citing the much outdated Communications Decency Act however, lawyers for the plaintiffs plan to appeal all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. Sadly I think that Backpage will completely move operations overseas before they can be held responsible for their actions.

UPDATE 6/22/2015: The victims who were trafficked on Backpage have already started the process to appeal the lawsuit’s dismissal.

Texas bill would allow sex trafficking victims to sue Backpage

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Lawmakers Expect Fight Against Anti-Trafficking Bill:

This story is a couple of weeks old but still relevant.

In the Texas senate a bill called Senate Bill 94 would allow victims of sex trafficking to sue any publisher “of an advertisement that led to their victimization.” That means that any sex trafficking victim that was advertised in Texas would be able to sue websites that they were advertised on like Backpage and other sites but mostly Backpage.

As usual though the free speech argument is being thrown out there but I still don’t see how profiting from sexual slavery is a free speech issue. As I am fond of saying while people are quick to defend the supposed First Amendment rights of sleaze like Backpage barely anyone is willing to step up to protect the victims’ Thirteenth Amendment rights.

I’m sure the Federal Communications Decency Act will come up as well which holds websites harmless if their users participate in illegal activity on their website. That law was passed in 1996. It’s old enough to drive now. In internet years that makes it an archaic law. I’m sure the drafters of it did not have a major website profiting from child prostitution in mind when the law was written. Again in internet terms, this law is about as up to date as prohibition.

But no it’s more important for Backpage to be able to advertise women and girls for sex than it is the well-being of the women and children sold. And people wonder why I think humanity is a lost cause.

ICP sues FBI. WTF?

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The Insane Clown Posse Will Sue The FBI:

Last year the FBI named Juggalos as one of the most dangerous gangs in the country. Think about that for a second. The FBI, the nation’s law enforcement, supposedly the brightest minds in criminal investigation, have put Juggalos on the same threat level as Crips, Bloods and MS-13. Ninja please.

While it pains me to say this it takes brains and effort to run a large gang, something most Juggalos are severely lacking. While I have been down on the clowns as it were, having the feds classify them as a gang is an extreme waste of taxpayer money. While there are gangs of Juggalos not all Juggalos are gang members. For the most part they’re either suburban white kids with no taste in music or stoners who are so baked they don’t realize that painting your face like an idiot is for kids at birthday parties.

Having said that the band that started it all, Insane Clown Posse, are now suing the FBI to get their fans declassified as a gang. This isn’t a waste of the legal system at all. Not to mention do you really want to piss off the FBI? I’m not saying it’s right but they could make ICPs life a living hell if they wanted to.

Anyway the while situation is laughable. I would think that the FBI would have better things to do with their time like, oh I don’t know, fight human trafficking rather than picking a fight with a bunch of retarded mimes.

Whoever wins, we all lose.

3 teen sex trafficking victims sue Backpage (From the mouth of Liz McDougall IV)

Someone asked that Liz gets the Jim Buckmaster treatment so there it is.

Someone asked that Liz gets the Jim Buckmaster treatment so there it is.

Backpage.com led to exploitation, says suit involving 2 Pierce girls:

3 Washington teenagers sue Backpage.com:

Speaking of Backpage, Washington and lawsuits, because we were you know, three teenage girls from Washington State are suing the Village Voice Media owned Backpage.com. The suit alleges that Backpage did little or nothing to prevent the girls from being sold for sex on their website. Basically Backpage has a button that says ‘click if you’re 18′. Yeah, that works. Two of the girls suing were 13 when they were sold on Backpage, the other was 15.

One of their pimps I’ve blogged about before. Baruti Hopson found the 15-year-old girl as a runaway before turning her out on Backpage. He raped her and kept all her money keeping her in sexual slavery to him.

Of course no lawsuit involving Backpage wouldn’t be complete without their head legal weasel and corporate whore, Liz McDougall chiming in. Settle in folks. It’s a long one.

Seattle attorney Liz McDougall, general counsel for Backpage’s corporate owners, said the lawsuit will not pass legal muster and is barred by federal law.

McDougall offered sympathy for the young women.

I wonder if she offered sympathy while counting the money she made from Backpage that was made off of these girls? But I digress…

“The commercial sexual exploitation of children is an abhorrence in our society,” she said. “It is appalling as a street crime and it is appalling as an Internet crime,” McDougall wrote in an e-mailed note.

“The stories of the girls identified in the complaint are tragedies. However, the commercial sex exploitation of children is an extremely complex problem on the streets and online, and it must be fought intelligently.

“Backpage.com is at the forefront of fighting it intelligently online with a triple-tier prevention system and an unparalleled law enforcement support system.”

It’s not complex at all. If Backpage shuts down the adult section it will decrease the number of women and children being trafficked nationwide. That was seen when craigslist shut down their erotic services section. As far as your triple layered prevention cake, it’s a lie. (See what I did there.) Joking aside my site is a testament to the fact their so-called preventions aren’t preventing shit. As far as your law enforcement support system being unparalleled I call bullshit on that as well because your system seems to be letting the cops handle all the pimps and sex traffickers while VVM props up a dying print industry on the victims of trafficking.

She finishes up by saying…

McDougall, attorney for Backpage, said shutting down the website won’t fix the problem.

“Unless the Internet is wholly shut down, the end result of the current strategy will be that our children are advertised through offshore websites who do not endeavor to prevent such activity,” she wrote.

Ah yes, the mystical ‘underground’ I keep hearing about. If it’s underground that means it’s not as prevalent in mainstream society as it is now. That would mean that there would be fewer victims of sex trafficking than there are now. Besides, law enforcement has plenty of experience in dealing with the underground. As for these ‘offshore sites’ she keeps referring to well thanks for giving the traffickers ideas and those sites wouldn’t have near the reach and publicity that Backpage does now.

At what point did you start believing your own lies Liz?

Backpage child trafficking lawsuit dismissed

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Federal judge dismisses teen’s sex trafficking lawsuit against website:

I originally posted about the lawsuit against backpage here. For those of you who may not remember a 14-year-old girl from st. Louis sued backpage after she was prostituted on the site by 27-year-old Latasha Jewell McFarland. The lawsuit accused backpage of knowingly turning a blind eye to the trafficking of children that happens on their site. Unfortunately the lawsuit was recently dismissed.

The presiding judge threw out the suit based on the Communications Decency act which basically absolves any website of responsibly for content posted by its users. This act was put into place in 1996. In internet terms it might as well have been put in place during the Paleozoic era. I’m sure that when it was enacted in 1996 that it’s authors had no idea that this is what it would be used to protect, that it would be used to absolve those who know that children are being trafficked on their site and refuse to do anything about it.

This is not an argument about a ‘free internet’. This is an argument about real people who aren’t so free. The Communications Decency Act needs to be revised in the name of justice.

Sex offender sues MySpace

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34-year-old Cory Hubbard is a convicted sex offender. He was convicted back in 2008 for using MySpace to lure a 13-year-old girl to a motel.

He’s suing MySpace because he says they violated his privacy because the court order used to gain his information was from Georgia but should have held no weight in California where MySpace is based. MySpace voluntarily gave police Hubbard’s information.

If you think that’s ludicrous check out what his lawyer had to say…

“Big Brother needs to jump through certain hoops,” said Joshua Millican, the lawyer who is behind the Hubbard litigation. “Otherwise we have no protection.”

So basically what he’s saying is that the privacy rights for child molesters outweigh the safety and security of their possible victims.

Good luck with that and let me know how that turns out. No judge in the country wants to be the judge that ruled in favor of pedophiles.