I agree with the court turning down the Anti-SLAPP motion, not because I think Mitchell has a chance in hell of winning, but because I think the court wants to get it over with and let Mitchell look like the fool he is in public court.
Think about it; the court upholds the Anti-SLAPP motion, Mitchell comes back later with another lawsuit. Court denies the motion, forces Mitchell to appear in court where he will clown himself. He loses with prejudice and never shows his ugly mug, haircut, and tie again.
As bad as the CCP is, lets not kid ourselves that the Chinese people are just itching for real democracy. China's history is basically warlords. kings, emperors, etc, with the CCP just the latest in a long line of totalitarians.
HK may be different in that it had a few generations of relatively benign British rule, but its gone and it ain't coming back.
The scene: FBI office with agent, owner, and a box full money.
Agent: all you have to do to get your money back is identify it.
Owner: great. thank you for making this so easy.
Agent: opens box, pulls out a 20 and says "can you identify this bill"
Owner: thats a 20 dollar bill. Its mine.
Agent: do you know the serial number? If you can confirm the serial number, you can claim it.
Agent; gestures to box and says "only 2849 bills to go"
I grew up in Lexington, left in 83 to join the Air Force. Never went back. I did not know Lawrence Weathers was the Chief of Police until now. I went to high school with him. We were in the same home room. Never pegged him for a future cop.
Another thing to do requires a bit of luck and timing, but you could drop said phone near an "incident". The police/FBI pick it up and think its the perps. Perp of course denies its his phone, which of course means it is his phone. Fun ensues.
And did they say yes?
?Yes,? Weiss replied. ?He?s the leader of the free world.?
Benioff added: ?When the commander-in-chief says, ?I want to see advanced episodes,? what are you gonna do??
You tell him to fuck off and watch it on HBO like every one else. He's not the King. Yet.
Its cute that people still assume that the FBI really did hack into the phone, given that they have neither revealed what they found or how they did it. I think its very likely they're just liars.
The DoD and Service seals are trademarked? How is that legal?
I don't give the IRS any slack or benefit of the doubt. They wasted a lot of time and money foot-dragging this. Don't tell they didn't have the money for it; the IRS has ALL the money. If they wanted a little extra for computers all they had to was audit a few more people and confiscate their bank accounts and houses.