Apparently, the richest man in the world is not exempt from bullying.
At least that is how Tesla CEO Elon Musk interprets a Feb. 7 subpoena from the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) seeking information about Musk’s compliance with a 2018 settlement that requires Musk’s tweets on “material information about the company” be vetted by company lawyers prior to posting.
Musk clearly has irritated the SEC and, more generally, the Biden administration by controversial opinions that seem to have little, if any, relationship to TESLA.
Musk has exercised what many would consider to be his First Amendment right to communicate with his 63 million followers on Twitter (twice as many as Pres. Biden).
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that a trio of Wood County, TX, officials must answer charges they conspired to retaliate against a police captain because he exercised his First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 to deny qualified immunity to the defendants, local Judge Jeff Fletcher, Sheriff Tom Castloo and former District Attorney James Wheeler.
Quitman Police Department Captain Terry Bevill has charged the trio with conspiring to have him fired and arrested for agreeing to a lawyer’s request to sign an affidavit for a friend
Bevill signed the affidavit in his personal capacity to support a venue transfer for the criminal trial of former Wood County Jail Administrator David McGee. Bevill said McGee would not get a fair trial in the county for facilitating the escape of an inmate and tampering with government documents because of the close personal relationship between Castloo, Wheeler and Fletcher.
The affidavit described Belvill “[a]s a longtime resident and law enforcement officer” who was “familiar with the local players and political climate.”
Castloo, Wheeler and Fletcher subsequently demanded Quitman Mayor David Dobbs fire Bevill, allegedly threatening to refuse to take future cases and to deny support for the police department. After pressure from Dobbs, Police Chief Kelly Cole fired Belvill on the grounds he violated a policy that bars police from interfering with courts.
Meanwhile, McGee’s case was not transferred and a jury found him guilty.
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The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) seems to have jumped the gun on an anticipated executive order by Pres. Joe Biden when it instituted a major change in U.S. prison policy.
The BOP, a division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice, issued a notice on Jan. 13 stating it will henceforth assign “transgender or intersex” inmates to women’s prisons to “ensure the inmate’s health and safety.”
That very provision was included in a draft of an executive order on police reform crafted for Pres. Joe Biden that has not yet been signed because, according to the New York Times, it has precipitated a “near breakdown” between the White House and law enforcement authorities.
The NYT reported Thursday that a copy of the proposed order was obtained on Jan. 5 by a conservative web site, The Federalist.
The NYT fails to even mention that The Federalist article decried a provision in the draft order enabling the BOP to assign male prisoners who self-identify as women to facilities in accordance with their gender identity.
Instead, the Times focuses on a provision of the draft order that allows police to use deadly force only “as a last resort when there is no reasonable alternative, in other words only when necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily injury or death.”
The draft order, dated December 2021, requires “the U.S. attorney general to ‘within 30 days of the date of this order, begin the process of identifying any necessary changes to the [Bureau of Prisons] Transgender Offender Manual … to enable BOP to designate individuals to facilities in accordance with their gender identity.’
The BOP didn’t wait for Biden to sign the executive order and on Jan. 13 issued a revised Transgender Offender Manual.
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You could look at Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy Magazine, as a heroic civil rights crusader.
Or you could get real. He was marketing low-grade porn magazine that exploited not very bright women for money.
More to the point is that Hugh Hefner, who died in 2017, was the father of sexual harassment in the workplace, which continues to be a problem today for millions of workers.
Hefner didn’t invent sexual harassment but he made it appealing and sexy to a generation of men at work. As a result, a generation of young women were forced to deal with the male delusion that female workers want sexual attention on the job. Especially if its your boss!
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Ben Roethlisberger is a great football player but, as a human being, not so much.
As the SFGate recently pointed out, he’s been accused but not prosecuted for (among other things) raping two different women on separate occasions.
For whatever reason, Lori Montgomery, the business editor of the Washington Post, responded in a tweet that claims the retiring NFL great was a rapist are “easily disproven” and “completely FoS.”
Montgomery was given a verbal warning for the tweet by Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee after a WP reporter asked whether employees at the newspaper would feel safe reporting harassment to editors who make similar comments.
In truth, there is considerable evidence of sexual misconduct by Roethlisberger.
In 2010, a 20-year-old college student accused him of raping her inside the woman’s restroom of the Capital City nightclub in Milledgeville, GA, after plying her with liquor. According to news reports, friends of the woman tried to intervene but said they were blocked by Roethlisberger’s bodyguards. The alleged victim was later treated at an emergency room for head lacerations and genital bleeding. Roethlisberger said she slipped and fell in the restroom. Authorities declined to prosecute.
That same year, SFGate reports that another woman came forward and told Sports Illustrated that Roethlisberger raped her after he called her up to his Lake Tahoe hotel room to have her fix his television. When she reported the assault to her boss, her boss threatened to fire her. Again, Roethlisberger wasn’t prosecuted, though he settled a lawsuit filed by the alleged victim in 2011.
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