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DNC Attorneys Send Cease and Desist Letter to Free Republic
Newsbusters ^ | 05/13/07 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 05/13/2007 5:21:10 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen

The Howard Dean-Kathleen Sebelius-Kansas tornado story has taken an interesting turn.

Scott Johnson at Power Line reported Saturday that attorneys representing the Democratic National Committee have sent a cease and desist letter to Free Republic due to a post at its website --snip-- As an interesting sidebar, the folks at Free Republic don't seem too concerned with Sandler's letter, for the post in question is still available.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsbusters.org ...


TOPICS: Free Republic; News/Current Events; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; dnc; frinthenews; pajamapeoplerule; sebelius
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1 posted on 05/13/2007 5:21:13 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen

Interesting.


2 posted on 05/13/2007 5:28:27 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Kid Shelleen

And that DNC shark who is all worried about truth will send a letter to DU..........??????

Still waiting.
;-)


3 posted on 05/13/2007 5:31:56 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: Kid Shelleen
The MSM will never pick this up. They’d probably be able to see what a sloppy attempt at intimidation this is, yet not want to harm their doltish leaders in the DNC. And at the heart of the matter is just how much of the caterwauling in Kansas about the tornado is actually just Dean’s blame Bush campaign. They’re not going to touch that topic.
4 posted on 05/13/2007 5:32:41 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda knows Iraq's strategic value, yet the Democrats work day and night for our defeat there.)
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To: Kid Shelleen
This thing seems to have legs. Hope some of our big guns pick up on it.

Yhello!

5 posted on 05/13/2007 5:34:33 AM PDT by don-o (We are "THEY")
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To: FrPR
Thank you for posting the original link.....the dems just keep on whining...
7 posted on 05/13/2007 5:39:11 AM PDT by Kimmers (Coram Deo)
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To: PGalt
HI EVERYONE AT THE DNC , DU ,AND CLINTONISTAS AT MEDIA MATTERS. So the DNC and its allies monitor everyone on there enemies list and the FR is top of the list.
The real enemy of the DNC/ Socialist party is the first amendment which they plan to CRUSH of they gain control of all three branches of govt.
So do all you Rudy bashes see how the left operates !
Lets stay united behind all the RNC candidates and fight the real ENEMY of America , THE DNC!
8 posted on 05/13/2007 5:40:03 AM PDT by BurtSB (the price of freedom is eternal vigilance)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Cut the letter into four inch wide strips and put it next to the FR toilet where it can serve it’s true “useful purpose”.


9 posted on 05/13/2007 5:40:47 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: GoldenPup

Ah, but remember: only one square per sitting. We are concerned about the environment, you know.


10 posted on 05/13/2007 5:43:30 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: elhombrelibre
The MSM will never pick this up.

The MSM is slightly brighter than the DNC's lawyers :)

11 posted on 05/13/2007 5:45:17 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: GoldenPup

LOL; It should be framed as a badge of honor..


12 posted on 05/13/2007 5:45:33 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen ( If a liberal weenie supports the UN and has never worn a “Blue Helmet” is he a chicken hawk?)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Since the thread is still up I assume the answer was 'pound sand'.

So someone better call a whaaaaaaaambulance for Howie, and stat. He'll have an aneurysm.

13 posted on 05/13/2007 5:48:31 AM PDT by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a Right Wing 'Gun Nut' Extremist)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Hey Howie-boy...I got ya cease and desist right here......
14 posted on 05/13/2007 5:51:35 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: Vor Lady

Ping!!


15 posted on 05/13/2007 5:51:43 AM PDT by Bunny_with_a_switchblade (I'm sorry,do I know you?)
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To: BurtSB
Rudy IS a leftist socialist:pro-abortion,anti-gun,,pro-homosexual.

Rudy being nominally against foreign enemies isn't a big deal;Stalin wasn't fond of Hitler invading Russia,and the Russians and ChiComs squabble over whose version of sociaalism is more Marxist.Karl Marx turns out to have been a worse enemy of freedom and life than Adolph Hitler,because ten times as many have died from Marxism as Nazism,and people still act as though Karl Marx was a social genius instead of the parasite he was.

16 posted on 05/13/2007 6:00:53 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: don-o

Big guns?
What big guns?
I haven’t seen a Republican with a set of nads since I can’t remember
I’ve seen a whole passel of Trent Lott type sissy boy cheerleaders.


17 posted on 05/13/2007 6:29:12 AM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: BurtSB
So the DNC and its allies monitor everyone on there enemies list and the FR is top of the list.

Very cool, huh. I was just thinking a few days ago that it's been a while since buckhead & co ruffled Danny Boy's feathers an that it was time FR smacked down another one.

18 posted on 05/13/2007 6:31:49 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Joe Boucher
What big guns?

Specifically thinking of Rush and Levin.

I miss Lee Atwater.

19 posted on 05/13/2007 6:33:38 AM PDT by don-o (We are "THEY")
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To: don-o

I’ll buy that.
I was thinking more along the lines of elected repubs.


20 posted on 05/13/2007 7:14:00 AM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: Kid Shelleen

As I read it, Coffee260 was simply reporting on what he heard on a radio show from some talk show host.

Disredarding the constitutional issues, I don’t see how someone can be legally liable for repeating what he hears on the air.

I think this letter from legal counsel is an impermissable intimidation against all legal ethics.


21 posted on 05/13/2007 7:32:08 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: FrPR

Hugh existing thread.


22 posted on 05/13/2007 7:33:30 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Treaty)
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To: Kid Shelleen
DNC Attorneys Send Cease and Desist Letter to Free Republic

If people are discussing what was said on a radio show, they are not the ones making the allegation. If they are now discussing both the radio show and the DNC response, what law is being broken? It is not as if the allegation was originated HERE.

If this is successful, then the right to discuss ANY news event is in question. I doubt this will ultimately be successful.

If the allegation was made here in an original post then it might have a chance based on slander. But I don't think discussing what they perceive as a slander in another venue is fair game for "Cease and Desist".

23 posted on 05/13/2007 7:37:14 AM PDT by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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To: Kid Shelleen
"SOURCES SAY"
We need to preface EVERY post with, "SOURCES SAY:" It's the band-aid.

;-)

snicker...

24 posted on 05/13/2007 7:39:19 AM PDT by bannie
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To: BurtSB

What sort of protection do you think Mr Giuliani is going to be against a resurgence of the Fairness in Media law? He has the same authoritarian proclivities as do the Democrats in Congress. He will “deal” on it when it comes up and make it a little worse or a little less onerous but we will still get it. And this time it will be used as a launch pad for general control of the press. When it passes with a Republican president it will be much closer to impregnable- impervious to repeal because it will have OUR name on it.


25 posted on 05/13/2007 7:40:32 AM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: Kid Shelleen
From the article (from the DNC's letter):
The statement made by Mr. Quinn, repeated on FreeRepublic.com, is demonstrably, unequivocally and absolutely false. Governor Dean had no such conversation with Governor Sebelius, ever.
Demonstrably false? Okay, we're waiting...

{{ crickets }}

26 posted on 05/13/2007 7:41:03 AM PDT by upchuck (Who will support Fred Thompson? Anyone who enjoys a dose of common sense not wrapped in doublespeak.)
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To: GoldenPup
Cut the letter into four inch wide strips and put it next to the FR toilet where it can serve it’s true “useful purpose”.


27 posted on 05/13/2007 7:43:36 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Applewood smoked bacon is the new chipotle.)
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To: don-o

I say that every election season. You would think we could find more than a single “pit bull” in the entire GOP.


28 posted on 05/13/2007 7:47:16 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Conservatives want freedom. Republicans want power.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Here ya go:

http://www.trinitydc.edu/images/20030925_Pelosi_Sebelius.jpg


29 posted on 05/13/2007 7:49:28 AM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: BurtSB
"So do all you Rudy bashers see how the left operates ! Lets stay united behind all the RNC candidates and fight the real ENEMY of America , THE DNC!

We know exactly how the left operates, and Rudy is still a RINO.

Don't preach to us how we need to support ALL RNC candidates, because YOU seem to believe in any old port in a storm.

sw

30 posted on 05/13/2007 7:55:07 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: upchuck
Katie Couric interviews people and will use a phrase like “Some people would say.....” Yet, I don’t hear people rushing to get cease and desist orders for her based on what she is alleging that others are saying. Similarly, someone who states “I heard on the radio that.....” should be in the same category, and rather that sue the person who heard something, go after the people who actually said it.
31 posted on 05/13/2007 8:03:29 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: Kid Shelleen
An ode to Democrats:

They waddle like a duck
the live in the muck
they always pass the buck
and they suck suck suck

32 posted on 05/13/2007 8:06:53 AM PDT by Enterprise (I can't talk about liberals anymore because some of the words will get me sent to rehab.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Looks like DNC Lawyers are about to make the price of free speech go up.

Perhaps another freep-athon is in order to raise legal defense money?

I say file a counter suit back at em!


33 posted on 05/13/2007 8:17:49 AM PDT by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

These are the same people that constantly whine about “Freedom of Speech.” But, then again you are only allowed that luxury if you are in lock-step with their world view. Priceless, you just can’t make this stuff up.


34 posted on 05/13/2007 8:30:22 AM PDT by KC-10A BOOMER (The mission of the US Air Force is to fly, fight, and WIN!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

No surprise here. The pinko socialist RATS would like to do nothing more than stifle free speech.


35 posted on 05/13/2007 8:37:32 AM PDT by KenmcG414
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To: Kid Shelleen

Suck it, DNC.


36 posted on 05/13/2007 8:38:46 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (All the good taglines are taken.)
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To: don-o
This thing seems to have legs.

So does the "Sebelius Scenario"...they've accomplished their mission. Yesterday morning's (Southern California) above-the-fold feature headline reads, "State short on disaster equipment".

37 posted on 05/13/2007 8:43:17 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: Kid Shelleen; coffee260
So the question is, "Did Jim Quinn on the 'Quinn & Rose' XM Satellite radio show state that:

DNC Chairman Governor Howard Dean had called Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) “around 5:00 a.m. one morning after a tornado had destroyed the town of Greensburg, Kansas and discussed with her what to say about the tornado and how to blame the war in Iraq and the Bush administration on a slow response to the aftermath.”

Assuming that is true, what is Dean's gripe?

38 posted on 05/13/2007 8:52:29 AM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Fortunately, the 'Rats don't own the judiciary lock, stock, and barrel - at least not yet. Until they do, this kind of defamation suit is a loser for them, and threatening one is merely an act of intimidation.

Interesting that the DNC seems to be monitoring FR. Perhaps that stems from the exposure here of Dan Rather's fraud re President Bush's National Guard Service during the '04 presidential campaign.

In the paranoid minds of the DNC, we here at FR are definitely part of the vast right-wing conspiracy.

39 posted on 05/13/2007 8:58:25 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93
Interesting that the DNC seems to be monitoring FR.

I guess they worry that their moonbats read us, and that we just might talk sense into some of them.

40 posted on 05/13/2007 9:16:28 AM PDT by freespirited
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To: BurtSB
The scary thing about this is that this kind of censoring of criticism with lawsuits and threats would be commonplace and a lot more serious if the Dems regained the WH - and had more control of the federal courts through judicial appointments.

All the more reason to do everything in our power to see to it that it that there will never be another 'Rat president in our lifetime!

41 posted on 05/13/2007 9:21:52 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: o_zarkman44

I say file a counter suit back at em!
***There’s nothing stopping any particularly wealthy Freepers from doing exactly that. And then you know what? All this stuff becomes part of the court documents and the other side HAS to read it. Hah hah! That’s worth the price of admission right there.

Hey, DNC, my sources on the “airwaves” say that Howard Dean is in the same league as Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and John Tunney who have all met with the KGB at one time or another in order to further the anti-american agenda. Here’s a place to start:

Kennedy’s Comrade: Hunting a KGB Mole in the Democratic Party
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1724508/posts

Where’s my cease & desist order? I want to frame it.


42 posted on 05/13/2007 9:31:12 AM PDT by Kevmo (Duncan Hunter just needs one Rudy G Campaign Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVBtPIrEleM)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Framed after bathroom use. Great!!


43 posted on 05/13/2007 10:03:01 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: SlowBoat407

Terrific!!


44 posted on 05/13/2007 10:04:53 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: wildbill
I don’t see how someone can be legally liable for repeating what he hears on the air.

See the Powerline post.

Repeating a libel second hand is no defense, if you had reason to believe the libel false or if you act with reckless disregard for the truth. Coffee260 simply repeated what he heard (and a confirming email) and presented it "for what it was worth". FR has enough fact checkers to get to bottom of the matter if Dean and Siebelius have alternative explanations.

Seibelius representations about the state of the Kansas National Guard are so at variance with the facts that it naturally brings her motives into question.

45 posted on 05/13/2007 10:14:16 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets ("We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.")
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To: AJFavish; ml/nj; TXRed; ExTexasRedhead; Yaelle; Suzy Quzy; Alamo-Girl; Kitty Mittens; rmlew; ...

Ping!


46 posted on 05/13/2007 10:35:33 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: BurtSB; PGalt
So do all you Rudy bashes see how the left operates !

The real question is: Do all you Rudybots see what you will get if Rudy was to be nominated and elected. He won't be, but he is as left wing as hillary or any other dem and he will be implementing their agenda if he gets elected. You rudybots are too stupid to see it, or are liberals your self. Have a good day and don't cry to hard when Rudy loses.

47 posted on 05/13/2007 10:41:15 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Kid Shelleen

bump bump


48 posted on 05/13/2007 11:51:57 AM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Thanks for the post and link. Powerline goes even further there:
"We therefore associate ourselves with our reader's statements regarding Governor Dean and invite Mr. Sandler to sue us for defamation as he threatens to sue Free Republic. This is to put him and his client on notice, however, that we intend to seek our attorney's fees under federal law for the assertion of a frivolous claim if he does so."

49 posted on 05/13/2007 12:21:02 PM PDT by D-fendr
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To: gitmo
Assuming that is true, what is Dean's gripe?

And that's the $64,000 question :)

50 posted on 05/13/2007 12:24:36 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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