Not really, but how else am I supposed to get you to read my post without an interesting title? So this morning I decided to make a movie trailer in iMovie for the first time. It doesn’t go to any particular movie, it goes to an internet saga which I’ve been covering here and there. I have entitled it Revenge Porn 2 – The Revenge of Revenge Porn. Very catchy right? In it I give a brief view of why Craig Brittain is complete filth, and barring any major event, it should be my last post on this scumbag for some time.
I might go ahead and make an actual site to chronicle all of Brittain’s activities and the damning evidence we have on him, however I have other projects that need some work and he is hardly worth my exclusive attention. For now, I leave the subject thoroughly covered and hopefully you will share this story with others.
If revenge porn is something you are interested in stopping, I suggest you go to endrevengeporn.com and sign the petition. Remember that revenge porn isn’t a First Amendment right, it’s an immoral attempt to monetize other people’s images and victimizes the subjects.
Adam Steinbaugh uncovered this post below by Craig Brittain in which he claims he went to Stanford and graduated with “Latin Honors.” Luckily for Brittain lying in the comment section of YouTube isn’t illegal, but making up blatant bullshit is probably still a crap shoot. Chalk it up to another example of the Brittain/Trahan duo’s philosophy of “when confronted with resistance, lie, lie, lie.”
Another great take away from today was Brittain claiming that he was no racist as his YouTube comments would show. However with a little research (google) and no need for luck I found a couple of examples of Brittain’s further disassociation from the truth:
Here we have the denial.
Then we have the truth.
Of course we also have Steam profiles linked to Brittain’s IP address.
Brittain of course will find reasons to act racist but not actually be racist. Probably he will use the usual excuses of youth or misanthropy. Just as Brittain always blames his bad behavior on anything that he thinks will stick. An arrest for evading a police officer and driving away with the officer attached to his car? Panic attack. Blatant, repeated racism? He likes to make people upset. Creating a revenge porn website? He couldn’t find a job. Life must be quite convient for a person who lacks all personal responsibility. It can’t hurt when you have a blind follower who doesn’t even realize he’s being ruined by supporting you.
So as always we are left with Craig Brittain denying any wrong doing and lying through the teeth as he does so. For a man of such small stature he sure contains a lot of bile.
So Chance Trahan, a cohort of Craig Brittain’s is accusing people online of causing him to lose his job. Unfortunately for him the person who decided not to retain his service dropped a sledgehammer on that argument. “He asked to help and after a few emails we realized he was incompetent. Socially as well.” That stings. The acting irrationally part doesn’t really jump out on the highlight reel as a bright spot either. What scum bags need to realize is that whenever they blindly make baseless accusations, good people have a way of uncovering the truth. Often the truth happens to be embarrassing to the villain, happily so in my mind.
Censors aren’t always the people in power, time and time again small people try to quiet others through any means possible. Brittain and Trahan are no different as they displayed recently in the comment section of an article about them. A moderator cleaned it up some, but if you look at the link filled posts of the two schmucks imagine about a hundred more attempting to drown out all conversation. It’s also quite ironic that people who claim to want free and open expression are very much against anyone’s opinion being voiced about them. Of course maybe chastising someone for publishing unwilling victim’s nude pictures is somehow worse than publishing unwilling victim’s nude pictures in Mr. Trahan’s world.
Wether Trahan was a full contributor or minor player in the formation of Craig Brittain’s endeavors, he now sits squarely in his master’s yard. Loyalty is an admirable quality in a dog, however a person must first ask is his loyalty being misused? I do not fault the dog who protects his master with his teeth, if that is what Mr. Trahan wishes to be then as a dog I would not fault him. Men stand up for what is right and against what is wrong, they do not follow blindly but with the full truth of their actions. As a man then, I must despise Mr. Trahan, because the full truth of his support is a disgusting affirmation of Mr. Brittain’s cowardly venture.
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln. If people would just listen to President Lincoln, they could avoid a lot of embarrassing situations.
Take Christopher Dietz of Dietz Development for instance, he must have been very upset about a review on Yelp so he sued the reviewer and made sure hundreds of thousands of people saw it. It’s one thing to take a licking in private, but it’s entirely another thing for your disgrace to go national news. Already picked up by CNBC, Forbes, Ars Technica, Politico, etc. Dietz has inadvertently triggered what we on the internet call “The Streisand Effect.” The Streisand Effect is named after Barbra Streisand who in the process of trying to get photos of her house off the internet (which had a total of 4 or 5 views beforehand) alerted the general public that those photos were available and suddenly they were viewed millions of times.
Now we have Dietz, who was so unhappy with a review in which Jane Perez said he put her doors on crooked and might have accessed her home inappropriately, that he had to sue her for $750,000. It’s the classic case of a censor trying to make a defendant fold with a sum so large you’d have to be crazy to litigate. What censors don’t realize is that there is another condition other than mental insanity that would make a person fight back, it’s called passion. Passion for what is right, passion for justice, passion for our Constitutional rights. When you pit a person who has served our country in the military (Jane Perez) against a bully and a censor, I know whose side I am going to choose 10 out of 10 times. w
Anyone who uses Yelp knows that you have to take individual bad reviews lightly. Business owners should know that encouraging happy clients to leave positive feedback is the best way to combat negative reviews. Once I left a scathing review of a local business and the manager contacted me personally to assure me the experience was not typical and that if I gave them a second chance I’d see that, which I did, and I promptly updated my review to express my new opinion. What Dietz has effectively done is spread the word about his bad review, not worked to deliver positive impressions to combat the negative, and told all future clients that if they aren’t happy with his work, he’ll just sue them. That is not how you repair your reputation.
Jane Perez now faces an uncertain legal and financial future because she wanted to share her opinion of a contractor on Yelp. Unyielding to the staggering sum she is being sued for, Perez has found legal assistance in the ACLU and Public Citizen with star attorney Paul Levy helping her cause. Even if and when she prevails she can be assured substantial legal costs, for that reason she has setup an Indiegogo fundraiser to help offset these burdens. I have already kicked in, I hope you will to, lets send a message to bullies that our opinions aren’t fodder for their legal escapades. Let’s remind Dietz that sometimes as Lincoln said, it’s best to just roll with the punches.
The Department of Homeland Security was formed to bring 22 separate government agencies under a single organization in order to better direct their missions and increase interagency communication. Unfortunately this new agency has not bucked the trend of big government in Washington D.C. and has wasted billions of dollars of taxpayers money with little accountability, apparently lining it’s own employees pockets all the while. Couple this ongoing waste with the Obama administration’s lack of transparency and you have a recipe for rampant unaccountability.
A recent report from the department’s inspector general that the $430 million radio system the department has deployed was only usable by 1 of 479 surveyed employees. Additionally only 20 percent of the radios were even able to access the shared channel they were designed to implement. In response to the report’s recommendation that DHS overhauls the office overseeing the radio system DHS liaison Jim H. Crumpacker wrote, “DHS believes that it has already established a structure with the necessary authority to ensure” that its various agencies can communicate. A preposterous assertion when only one person surveyed can even use the communication equipment correctly. The fact that the agency doesn’t even seem concerned that it can’t accomplish one of it’s founding goals is a warning sign to all Americans.
This isn’t the first time the DHS has been found to be spending millions of dollars with diminishing returns. In 2006 the New York Times reported that more than 9,000 employees had spent at least $420 million dollars on government issued credit cards. Some of these expenditures include 2000 unused dog boots, a beer brewing system, $7,000 in iPods, and $2,492 in rain jackets for use at a firing range that closes when it rains. Another credit card bought boats for $208,000 at twice the retail value, maybe someone got cash back?
Looking at the budget requirements of the DHS highlights the built in waste the department is underwriting. Compared to the FBI the DHS budgets approximately $27,000 more per employee. With 240,000 employees this amounts to $6.4 billion of the department’s $60.4 billion budget. Compare this to the Texas Department of Safety and you see an increase of $110,000 in per employee budgeting. The New York Police Department operates at $130,000 less per employee than the DHS. How does a department that has consolidated the resources of 22 agencies spend more money than single departments not less?
In the time span of the DHS founding in 2002 to 2010, the DHS increased contracting from $3.4 billion to $14 billion according to the Center for Strategic & International Studies. These massive expenditures are coupled with the fact that a congressional report in 2008 found that the DHS had spent a whopping $15 billion on failed contracts, a number so large that it could fund the FBI for 2 full years.
“KPMG was unable to express an opinion on the department’s balance sheets as of September 30, 2010 and 2009, and the related statements of custodial activity for the years then ended. DHS was unable to represent that certain financial statement balances were correct and was unable to provide sufficient evidence to support its financial statement”
The DHS is so incapable of keeping track of the money it spends auditors were unable to verify the department’s accounting statements. KPMG goes on to list six significant deficiencies in DHS accounting and six laws and regulations that the DHS is violating. The DHS has become a caricature of government waste and it’s leadership accepts no responsibility to American taxpayers to correct these deficiencies.
This is just another example of unaccountable federal agencies burning through money that we are borrowing to spend. The DHS has been given a blank check and has thus far shown itself to be as responsible as a teenager with a credit card. Still there are people in our government who claim that hard working Americans should be paying more to deal with our budget problems. How can we afford to give our federal government more money when it refuses to be held accountable for the billions it’s already wasted?
Lying by telling the truth is an art that seems to be experiencing a renaissance in modern American politics. I could truthfully say that I am undefeated in MMA fighting. What that sentence would leave out is that I fought only amateur fights on private residences against either smaller or out of shape opponents. The one fight I had against someone more athletic and larger than I, I won by submission but at the cost of a broken toe.
The best, most recent example of political use of this strategy is the exchange over the Benghazi attacks between Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney during their debate. President Obama argued that he had called the Benghazi attacks an act of terror saying, “I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror.” When reviewing his quote from the Rose Garden it even sounds accurate, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.” However when reviewing the context of this one sentence it becomes more clear that President Obama is referencing general terror and the 9/11 attacks. (Full Text)
Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks. We mourned with the families who were lost on that day. I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed. And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.
As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it. Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.
So while many people still tout that as a gotcha example of Romney getting his facts mixed up, both sides can easily argue convincingly their point of view. The President’s point of view is easily argued with narrow quotes of his speech and Romney’s can be argued with the context of this quote. These sort of political tactics are akin to arguments I have with my son which go like this.
Me: What are you doing playing video games, I grounded you.
Son: You grounded me from T.V. not video games.
Me: You’re still using the T.V. to play your games.
Son: But I’m not watching T.V.
My son is evidently a future contract lawyer which I am sure is a tough and rewarding profession. Our leaders on the other hand should not be speaking to the American public as if they are contract lawyer or petulant 8 year old. This is why when reading any source of media including sources I personally trust I always fact check entire answers, quotes, or speeches. I am not saying that media sources are all unreliable, reporters should build their articles on good research, however ultimately your learning is your own duty.
Here is an example of twisting words to frame an argument from a recent blog post at geek/law blog popehat. Ken writes innocuously, “sometimes, in court as in life, the bad guys win.” Which I can distort and argue as this:
In a rare moment of defeatism, Ken argues that the bad guys win sometimes. Under this logic Ken is giving all criminals, evil doers, and pedophiles the green light to commit their crimes because as he says “sometimes, in court as in life, the bad guys win.”
In conclusion, check your sources. Also, I invite you to turn Ken’s quote into something more sinister in my comment section.
Glenn Beck created an uproar on the internet recently by auctioning on e-Bay a Barack Obama figurine dunked in “piss” in a mason jar. Unfortunately e-Bay’s lack of humor and inability to read lead to the auction being pulled prematurely. e-Bay claimed that since the listing contained bodily fluids it could not be auctioned. Humorously the auction never contained real urine and though not required by law to respect Beck’s First Amendment rights, e-Bay should have had the spine to resist faux moral outrage generated by the left. e-Bay’s job is not to critique art, it’s job is to sell it. Beck had originally wanted to auction the piece for charity and now is left looking for another way to raise funds with his artwork.
By overreacting to this bait liberals have exposed themselves as censors as much as conservatives did during the Piss Christ episode of the 80’s. This of course was Beck’s intention and by acting in outrage, the left has show itself as easily betrayed by it’s zealotry as they claim conservatives can be. This is America where having the freedom of expression has the side affect of having to deal with other’s freedom of expression. Whoever reported Beck, and I assume it must have been a lot of people, betrayed their un-American values without Beck even breaking a sweat. “Give me liberty of give me death,” applies to freedom of expression, not just of religious conviction or political opinion.
This is a further escalation of the left and their supporters trying to censor the right for disagreeing with them. I myself found my twitter account @dese1ect in twitter gulag as many conservatives recently have. This happens by people filing complaints and mass blocking certain people for disagreeing with them. In fact it’s well documented that left wing activist encourage this activity. My only discernable reason for my account’s suspension was at the time I was communicating my support of Israel. I have no problems with people disagreeing with me, and wether your opinion makes my skin crawl or I agree with you completely, I would never try to silence your opinion. Censors are the first guard of fascism.
Another troubling issue is that certain people have apparently raised human beings such as Barrack Obama to heights held exclusively for religious idols like Jesus or Muhammad. While westerners greatly admonished Islamist reactions to the Muhammad Cartoons they seem just as willing to gnash teeth and restrict other person’s freedom over imagery of their idols if they find such expressions offensive. No man is equal to or above God, truth, liberty or justice.
On a side note, disrespecting an African American is no more racist than disrespecting a white American. Racism is the belief that one race is above another race, not disagreeing with anyone who doesn’t look like you. I have found liberals very willing to partake in accusing conservatives like Beck of racism due to their political beliefs. This further divides our country and downplays the impact of real racism.
Craig Brittain was interview by Bob Garield of “On The Media.” Amazingly he came off even less human than before, which is saying a lot for a guy that victimizes women by taking their pictures, putting them online with their email address or phone numbers, and then demands money from them to take them down. Lets take a look at Craig’s words…
The mainstream media is fueled, ratings-wise, by stories of murder, rape, violence, criminal activity and scandal. By comparison, our website is 100% objective – we post the pictures and the information as-is – we don’t speculate nor degrade nor do we shame anyone who is posted – nor do we make comments on the website – we allow the users to interpret things as they would. One of the reasons our website is so popular is that we do not tell you what to believe.
Craig lets the 10 degenerates who comment on his site any given day to interpret things like a naked woman and her phone number. They let you interpret women under the tag “Herps” which I mean, is totally up to your own interpretation right? He is such a nude revolutionist! He just wants people to be okay with their own and other people’s nude pictures all over the internet. Hell, he’s doing us a favor! He’s a Libertarian who just seeks lassiez-faire nudity right? Or is Craig just a do nothing, unimaginative, fucktard™, who still lives with his parents and can’t even monetize his pathetic porn site without resorting to extortion. Craig you are no a Libertarian, you are a borderline sociopath who is trying to hijack any label that might somehow justify you entitled perceptions to the world.
“Oh the economy is so bad, I have to trick girls into sending me their pics for my extortion porn site.” You live with your parents still, so how is that going for you? The bright lights of moral people are shining upon you, scurry like the cockroach you are. You are pathetic and you’re lucky my child or someone I know didn’t end up on your site. You are also the worse liar in the word, the internet remembers everything, including who was openly registered on domains before you got privacy registrations.
These are my opinions and mine alone. Craig if you want to handle this like men email me.
Today has seen an uptick on news coverage of the Israeli conflict with Hamas. For several days Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel, terrorizing it’s citizens while hiding in the midst of their own citizens. More than 150 rockets attacks have been perpetrated upon the Israeli people. Today Israel struck back with operation Pillar of Defense. Their first target? Ahmed al-Jabari, the head of the Hamas military. This is the difference between Israel and Hamas, Israel targets military infrastructure and leadership, Hamas randomly lobs rockets into Israel. Civilian deaths on the Palestinian side are Hamas’s fault. You don’t hide amongst your people, then cry when one gets hurt after provoking your enemy.
So many people here in America still want to defend Hamas and condemn Israel? If an armed group in Mexico or Canada was firing rockets into the United States what would those same people say? The Obama Administration has never significantly supported Israel and continues to be non comital towards Israel’s self defense. Why does this administration and a large swath of America think that Israel needs to exercise more restraint than we would?
Israel is surrounded by countries that have in the past have called for their destruction, some including Iran still do. These countries have with the Palestinians tried to wipe Israel off the map with fire. In fact they’ve tried to do it twice before on a large scale. How can we as a people living in the comfort of America condemn the Israelis for fighting for their very survival? I can’t, I won’t. I support Israel’s right to defend herself and if it we were in their place know that America would have already done far worse that the Israelis ever have. I think Hamas needs to realize something:
Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthews 26:52
Israel has largely kept their sword sheathed. If things don’t change, the day will come when they fully shed their restraint. On that day Hamas will know justice.
Whenever you talk about teachers, their pay, and how they are undervalued by society, it tugs at people’s heartstrings. To think of them nurturing our youth’s minds while not being taken care of is terrible. I agree teachers do an important job and a lot of times not a very easy one. To argue that teachers are under appreciated based on their pay is logically sound. However until the Teachers Unions are dissipated there will be no true reform of their pay or our education system.
The reason why I feel this way, and you should too, is because the unions have fought tooth and nail to stop an implementation of Merit Pay. You would think that teachers would want to be paid more by simply teaching to (and beyond) expectation. You’d be wrong. The teachers unions are focused solely on one thing, tenure. They don’t care about education standards, they don’t care about your children, they don’t want to become better teachers, they want tenure. This isn’t to say teachers don’t care, but their union as a whole does not.
Tenure is a system that was meant to reward excellence, but in reality rewards mediocrity. From a self serving point of view, the goal of every professional teacher should be to gain tenure. Once tenured, teachers are hard to fire, their hours are guaranteed, they are the last to be laid off, and they get steady pay increases. Tenure is not earned through achievement but through time served. This is why linking pay and tenure to actual performance has been routinely dismissed by teachers unions.
Unless you are inherently bad at your job, wouldn’t you want to be paid based on your skill level? I would think so, most Americans think so, yet teachers unions refuse to literally put their money where their mouths are. So the question has to be, how many teachers are confident they can perform their duties acceptably? It doesn’t seem like many do.
The problem is even worse when you consider that we as a nation spend $800 billion dollars a year on our education system and we are failing to see results. Canada spends $65 billion a year and is beating us in both science and math scores. Maybe part of the reason is we can’t fire bad teachers? You hear about a teacher slapping a kindergarten student and getting suspended, not fired. There was a teacher who told students they couldn’t carry their rosary beads into class, she’s been suspended for months with pay! In the mean time her school had to hire another educator to replace her . We are throwing away good money on bad teachers, all the while we are selling our children short.
So why is this happening? It seems so simple right? It happens because $5.4 million lines a lot of politicians pockets. 95% of which goes to Democrats. Democrats who proclaim their devotion to education, but who never seem to raise the bar for our nation. It’s the vicious cycle of big government. Where inefficiency perpetually reinforces itself. If education was run like a business, teachers would be evaluated yearly. Bad teachers would be first counseled, it cost a lot to train a teacher and fixing their performance is usually cheaper than replacing them. However like all businesses, consistent under performance should mean termination. Tenure was a well meaning idea, however no one should be guaranteed a position for life. Reality dictates that people with no incentive to perform will usually under perform.
Demand merit pay. Demand accountability. Demand a return on your $800,000,000,000 yearly investment.