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Here's something that ought to terrify the self-appointed gatekeepers of our national discourse in the mainstream media.  Amid their widespread campaign of censorship, especially conservative and libertarian voices, trust in media overall has plummeted to a new low, falling below 50% for the first time ever:



January 22, 2021 • 12:35 PM

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Jester's CourtroomLegal tales stranger than stranger than fiction: Ridiculous and sometimes funny lawsuits plaguing our courts.
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Grim Reaper Faces Grim Decision
Wednesday, January 20 2021

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ lawyers are urging an appeals court to sanction a Northwest Florida attorney known as the “Grim Reaper.”

Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder earned his nickname early in the pandemic by dressing as the Grim Reaper and walking the beaches of Florida while criticizing the state’s handling of COVID-19. Most notably, Uhlfelder filed a lawsuit trying to force DeSantis to close beaches to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Following an unsuccessful ruling, Uhlfelder filed what DeSantis’ lawyers called a frivolous appeal. Now attorneys are considering motions on the possibility of sanctions.

“The many hours spent by this court and the attorneys of the Executive Office of the Governor on this appeal could have been spent on innumerable other pressing matters related to the health, welfare, and safety of Floridians,” DeSantis’ lawyers wrote. “Appellant (Uhlfelder) knew or should have known that filing this appeal was frivolous. Appellant and his counsel should be sanctioned accordingly.” 

But Uhlfelder and his attorneys dispute that the appeal was frivolous or filed in bad faith, referencing Leon County Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll’s comments in his ruling that Uhlfelder “has an understandable concern that he has raised here, and I believe he has pursued this matter in good faith and is seeking what he believes to be an appropriate response to the COVID crisis.” 

Carroll ultimately rejected the lawsuit, saying, in part, that “second-guessing” DeSantis’ actions about beach closures and stay-at-home orders would violate separation-of-powers restrictions established by the Constitution. 

According to news reports, if the appeals court decides to impose sanctions they could include requiring Uhlfelder and his lawyers to pay legal fees.


“The Best Part of Waking Up is [Enough] Folgers in Your Cup”
Wednesday, January 13 2021

A Washington State woman is suing coffee giant Folgers alleging its trademark red canister of coffee falls short on the number of cups it proclaims to make.

Julie Marthaller filed the class action lawsuit last week on the grounds (pun intended) that the canister says it would yield “up to 210 6 fl oz. cups” when it actually “contained only enough ground coffee to make approximately 169 6 fl oz. cups.”

According to the complaint, Marthaller said she would have paid significantly less for the product had she known it didn’t contain the amount of coffee it claimed to contain.

“Therefor, [she] suffered injury in fact and lost money as a result of Defendants’ misleading, false, unfair, and deceptive practices,” the lawsuit claims.

The suit brews up more details, saying the label on the coffee recommends “consumers use one tablespoon to make one serving (6 fl oz cup) of coffee. One tablespoon of Folgers weighs .15 ounces. Using the recommended method, 1 25.4 ounce canister contains only enough ground coffee to make approximately 169 cups of coffee (25.4 ounces/.15 ounces per serving = 31.5 ounces)”.

“Mathematically, the canister can not make more than 169 cups.”

The suit claims the defendants committed fraud and violated Washington’s Consumer Protection Act.

According to news reports, the named defendants, Folgers and Smuckers, have yet to respond. 


Airing Your Dirty Laundry in Court
Wednesday, January 06 2021

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s widow, is being sued by her mother who claims Kobe promised to take care of his mother-in-law for the rest of her life.

According to news reports, Sofia Laine, who is 70 years old, claims her daughter is reneging on promises made to her. She says she was the family’s nanny for nearly 20 years and was "forced" to work around the clock without proper meals or rest breaks. Laine also claims she was never paid for any of this but was promised instead to be taken care of all her life. 

Following Kobe’s death last year, Laine said her daughter ordered her to move out, prompting Laine to file a lawsuit. Bryant counters that her mother only filed the lawsuit to "extort a financial windfall from my family" as she never served as the family’s personal assistant or nanny. "I have always been a stay-at-home mother and my husband and I were our daughters' full-time care givers," Bryant stated. "In reality, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were toddlers."

Laine notes that "[a]lthough I filed a lawsuit, I did not make any public comments and was hoping for the court process to run its course without publicity, as hurtful as it is. I did not want this and do not want this."

Bryant’s statement in response to the lawsuit notes, "This lawsuit is frivolous, disgraceful, and unimaginably hurtful. My husband never promised my mother anything, and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy."


“Un”Lucky Number 7
Wednesday, December 16 2020

Former talk show host Larry King (87) is being sued by wife number seven, Shawn Southwick King (61), who is requesting financial spousal support to the tune of $33,100 per month.

According to media reports, King filed for divorce from Southwick King in 2019, following almost 22 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. 

“My wife is a very religious Mormon, and I’m an agnostic atheist, so that causes little problems,” King said. “We overcame a lot, but it just hit a point where we didn’t get along.”

The couple share two sons and Southwick King claims she put her career as a singer and actress on hold to raise their children. Southwick King says her focus on being an “at-home” mother has made her financially dependent on King.

“Now that the parties are in the process of dissolving their 22-year marriage, [Southwick King] is financially dependent on [King] at this stage of her life, due to the parties’ agreement that she would care for and raise their sons instead of pursuing her acting and singing career,” the lawsuit states. “[Southwick King] seeks temporary spousal support from [King] to meet and pay her living expenses.”

King also has agreed to pay Southwick King a one-time lump sum of $20,000. Friends of Southwick King reportedly said she was “blindsided” by his divorce filing.


“In the Air Tonight:” A Lawsuit
Wednesday, December 09 2020

Famed rock musician Phil Collins' ex-wife, Orianne Cevey, lost a recent effort to have “outrageous” claims admitted in evidence in the couple’s ongoing lawsuit over a $40 million estate.

According to news reports, a judge recently struck from the record Covey’s allegations against Collins that detailed impotence, poor hygiene and mental incompetence. 

“These are outrageous statements that I’m not going to repeat,” Collins’ attorney Brandon Carrington stated.

Collins and Cevey, 46, have been locked in a legal battle over a Miami mansion that Cevey claims Collins promised to give her half of the proceeds from once the estate sells. Collins and Cevey are said to have split after she admitted to an extramarital affair with Thomas Bates, 31, who she secretly married a month later. 


Question of the Week   
Which one of the following was eulogized as “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”?
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Quote of the Day   
"Republican strategist Karl Rove criticized President Joe Biden's inaugural address Thursday on Fox News, accusing Biden of delegitimizing his political opponents.'There was a point in there where he said we're divided as a country between the people who believe in the American ideal and racism, nativism and fear. No, we're divided as a country politically over questions of policy and direction and…[more]
—Michael Ginsberg, Daily Caller
— Michael Ginsberg, Daily Caller
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