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#1 LFC

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 11:02 AM

Attacking the media and social media with lawsuits seems to be the latest strategy for the wingnuts. The parents of the Covington kid (with help from right-wingnut lawyers) is suing CNN and WaPo for $275M and $250M respectively, numbers that automatically make it obvious that the suits are based upon nothing but pure bullshit.


Now Devin Nunes is getting in on the Wingnut Frivolous Lawsuit Express™ by suing Twitter fro $250M (sounds like a popular figure) over several joke accounts that mocked him.

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is seeking $250 million in damages in a lawsuit filed against Twitter and several troll Twitter accounts — including one called “Devin Nunes’s Mom” and another called “Devin Nunes’ Cow” — for “shadow banning conservative,” Fox News was first to report.

In the complaint filed on Monday, Nunes alleges that Twitter has a history of “knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory – providing both a voice and financial incentive to the defamers – thereby facilitating defamation on its platform,” the lawsuit reads. Nunes attorney told Fox News that the suit is designed to “hold Twitter fully accountable for it’s abusive behavior and misconduct.”

During an interview with Sean Hannity on Monday evening, Nunes told Fox that the lawsuit was just the “first of many” actions he intends to take to stand up to what he, and other conservatives, like Donald Trump Jr., sees as fakes news and a social media campaign against conservative voices.

“We’re actually going after Twitter first because they are the main proliferator and they spread this fake news and the slanderous news,”


Nunes says more lawsuits are coming. As is always the case if you want to know what the right-wing is doing then just look at what they're accusing the other side of doing. It never fails. Bonus chootspah (Michele Bachmann pronunciation) points for the last sentence I quoted.

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Nunes told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that his $250 million suit is the “first of many.” The former chair of the House Intelligence Committee said he was going after Twitter first because the social media website is the “main proliferator” in spreading “slanderous news.”

“The case we’re basically making is this was an orchestrated effort,” he said, after directing viewers to Fox News’ website to read the suit. “So people were targeting me, there (were) anonymous accounts that were developed. Look, there are not supposed to be — these accounts aren’t supposed to exist. Twitter says they don’t have accounts that do this.”

He went on to suggest that his personal cyberbullies was comparable to the Russian trolls who interfered with the 2016 election.

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 11:04 AM

The guy sitting in for Josh Marshall this week calls it.

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I wanted to flag a story from Monday night that is both comically absurd but also has a sinister side: Republican Congressman Devin Nunes’ announced lawsuit against Twitter and three Twitter accounts who he claims have defamed him.

You can read Nunes’ complaint here. Much of the suit reads like pure dada nonsense, especially since Nunes is going after two joke accounts with the handles Devin Nunes’ Mom and Devin Nunes’ Cow. This leads to the immortal line, “Like Devin Nunes’ Mom, Devin Nunes’ Cow engaged in a vicious defamation campaign against Nunes.”

Among the allegedly defamatory statements made by Devin Nunes’ Cow was the claim that “Devin’s boots are full of manure. He’s udder-ly worthless and its pasture time to move him to prison.” Aside from taking umbrage at bad bovine puns, Nunes also floats the theory, popular on the whack-a-doodle right, that Twitter is censoring conservatives. The mix of wounded pride and paranoia makes the entire complaint a perfect example of contemporary Republican touchiness.

As tempting as it is to simply mock the suit, it also has to be said that it is part of something more disturbing: the rising use of legal actions, especially by right-wing forces, to shut down political opponents. As Susan Hennessey, a legal scholar at the Brookings Institute, noted, the suit “is a politician attempting to abuse the judicial process in order to scare people out of criticizing him by proving that he can cost them a lot in legal fees.”

Peter Thiel’s support of a suit that destroyed Gawker is the prime example. Thiel’s success seems to have emboldened the right in general. Amid Trump’s chatter about wanting to loosen libel laws and similar talk from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, we’ve seen lawsuits or threatened lawsuits from Joe Arpaio, Sarah Palin, and Roy Moore, among others. As with the Nunes suit, many of these seem like jokes, but they have a goal of chilling speech.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 19 March 2019 - 12:47 PM

DC Sessions raised the issue elsewhere of Virginia’s SLAPP law, and how that might backfire on Nunes, but I haven’t read the statute (and probably wouldn’t be able to talk intelligently about it if I did)

Here’s hoping anyway.



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Posted 19 March 2019 - 01:28 PM

Aren't there penalties for filing frivolous suits?
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Posted 19 March 2019 - 01:53 PM

View PostLFC, on 19 March 2019 - 11:02 AM, said:

Now Devin Nunes is getting in on the Wingnut Frivolous Lawsuit Express™ by suing Twitter fro $250M (sounds like a popular figure) over several joke accounts that mocked him.

The case was filed in Virginia, which has a fairly limp anti-SLAPP statute. However, Virginia's does provide for recovery of legal defense costs and the defendants in these cases have both deep pockets and strong incentives to go to the wall.
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Posted 19 March 2019 - 06:12 PM

View PostTraveler, on 19 March 2019 - 01:28 PM, said:

Aren't there penalties for filing frivolous suits?

For all practical purposes, there is no such thing. In witness whereof, Larry Klayman.
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Posted 20 March 2019 - 04:45 AM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 19 March 2019 - 06:12 PM, said:

For all practical purposes, there is no such thing. In witness whereof, Larry Klayman.
I am hazarding a guess that a judge can order a party who has a history of filing frivolous suits against another party to desist. Then if they continue it becomes contempt of court.
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Posted 20 March 2019 - 07:26 AM

In theory, judges have that power. In practice, the system is massively biased against finding any case to be frivolous.
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Posted 20 March 2019 - 09:06 AM

Here's an example of what Nunes is suing over. Pretty funny stuff!

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" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 09:49 AM

More on the Nunes suit. The link goes on to report on how the number of followers of the parody accounts is skyrocketing because of his stupidity.

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What Fox is promoting as a “major lawsuit” may be the most hilarious Devin Nunes moment since he jumped from a moving car, ran to meet two White House operatives at the White House, then began a circus of press conferences about the non-thing of “unmasking” that ended with Nunes blaring confidential info and earning himself a visit to the Ethics Committee. But that was when Nunes at least had blocking every single subpoena issued to collect evidence in the Russia investigations and creating a Russia report written only by Republicans to keep him occupied. Now, unburdened by the pressures of even faking an investigation, Nunes is free to let his conspiracy theories fly.

This time it’s “shadow banning.” Shadow banning is a theory among far-right Twitter users that the site is holding them back by filtering their tweets from the streams of readers. As a result, Trump-loving Twitterites are left to tweet into the void, thinking they are reaching their hoards of eager followers, only to discover their posts have actually been seen by only the latest generation of Russian chat-bots. Nunes is demanding not just a quarter-billion dollars, but the Twitter code so he can prove, prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he would be the most popular kid in class if only They weren’t out to get him.

At the same time, Nunes is suing for $350 million in compensation for people posting mean tweets about him. He wants their money, and he wants Twitter to … unmask them. Or else. Possibly the best thing about this lawsuit is that Nunes is suing the parody accounts Devin Nunes’ Cow and Devin Nunes’ Mom, and his lawsuit is chockablock with examples of their jokes at his expense.

Except that’s really not the best part. The best part is that, just last year, Devin Nunes was the sponsor of the Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act.


And from The Department of You Can't Make This Shit Up we have Nunes's shady attorney who was disbarred for all of 2009, given another 30 days for practicing law while disbarred, and reprimanded in 2010. The guy is a crook and a schlock. In other words they make a perfect pair!
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 09:50 AM

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" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 01:23 PM

Devin Nunes' (sic) Cow now has more Twitter followers than Devin Nunes (sick). One person who pushed people to follow called it an epic self own.

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Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) lawsuit against two Twitter troll accounts has now massively backfired, as one of the accounts has just blown past the California Republican’s total follower count.

As of this writing, the “Devin Nunes Cow” account had an estimated 406,000 followers, while Nunes’ official account had an estimated 395,000.

Andy Lassner, an executive producer at the “Ellen Show” who started the campaign to get the Nunes Cow account more followers, celebrated his achievement by taking shots at Nines and calling him a “pathetic putz.”

“WE DID IT!!” he crowed. “The cow that Devin Nunes is suing officially has more twitter followers than he does!! Devin Nunes’ epic self own is now complete. Congratulations Devin Cow! Thank you for reminding us all what a colossally pathetic putz Devin Nunes is.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 01:29 PM

Has Devin Nunes' Cow yet posted "I fart in your general direction!"?
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Posted 20 March 2019 - 01:38 PM

If he does, he'd best credit Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 01:41 PM

View PostJackD, on 20 March 2019 - 01:38 PM, said:

If he does, he'd best credit Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Of course! It's just that would be a great thing for the cow of a global warming denialist to say.
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Posted 20 March 2019 - 01:55 PM

View PostLFC, on 20 March 2019 - 01:23 PM, said:

Devin Nunes' (sic) Cow now has more Twitter followers than Devin Nunes (sick). One person who pushed people to follow called it an epic self own.

When I was in the Army, we would call that stepping on your poncho. Much cleaner than the other euphemism.
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Posted 20 March 2019 - 02:15 PM

View Postandydp, on 20 March 2019 - 01:55 PM, said:

Much cleaner than the other euphemism.

Yeah, but less of a disincentive too.
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Posted 21 March 2019 - 12:26 PM

Poor dumb Devin. He either can't remember what he said in the past, doesn't grasp the concept of video, or both.

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Back in March 2010, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was an ardent supporter of the rights of those who wish to “smear” or “say what they want” to lawmakers they disagree with.

But in the age of Twitter, when lawmakers can be mocked via fake “cow” accounts, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has grown a bit sensitive.

During an interview with C-SPAN in 2010, right around the time House Democrats were gunning to gather enough votes for their proposal to overhaul health care — a move that would later become a focal point of President Obama’s legacy — Nunes defended the rights of protesters, who shouted the n-word, “homo” and other slurs at Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA).

“Well, I think that when you use totalitarian tactics, people begin to act crazy, and I think there’s people that have every right to say what they want, if they want to smear someone, they can do it,” Nunes said in the video, flagged to TPM by the Democratic Coalition. “It’s not appropriate, and I think I would stop short of characterizing the 20,000 people who were protesting that all of them were doing that. … The left loves to play up a couple incidents or there, anything to draw attention away what they are really doing.”

The defense of protesters who want to “smear” lawmakers is perplexing in the face of the lawsuit Nunes just filed against Twitter and three other Twitter users who have been critical of him online. In his complaint, Nunes claimed that Twitter has allowed users — like a Republican communication consultant and two parody accounts masqueraded as his “mom” and his “cow” — to hijack his name for the “sole purpose of attacking, defaming and demeaning Nunes,” a public figure.

Nunes spokesperson did not immediately return TPM’s request for comment.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 02:09 PM

Gosh, that should get an interesting answer to the interrogatories. Did you ever claim that " I think there’s people that have every right to say what they want, if they want to smear someone, they can do it"?
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Posted 21 March 2019 - 02:40 PM

View PostTraveler, on 21 March 2019 - 02:09 PM, said:

Gosh, that should get an interesting answer to the interrogatories. Did you ever claim that " I think there’s people that have every right to say what they want, if they want to smear someone, they can do it"?

I wonder if there will be a countersuit for harassment. When you literally say out loud and on video that something is OK and then turn around and sue somebody for it because you're the object of mockery then it seems like that's the only reason for the suit. I hope the owner takes him for millions.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer





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