Other voices | Frank Magazine: The Trout Point Lodge (TPL) vs. Louisiana blogger Douglas Handshoe saga continues!

On May 17, slabbed.com owner Douglas Handshoe filed lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Hancock County, Mississippi. The defendant is listed as John Doe, aka Randall Cajun, because someone using that alias has allegedly been posting defamatory comments about Doug on a few blogging websites; Real-Mailce.blogspot.com, and theamericanzombie.com.

In his suit, Doug is claiming that he has valid reason to believe that Randall Cajun is at least one (or all) of the owners of TPL. As Frankologists will recall, Doug and TPL have been in an ongoing legal drama for years. Doug has accused TPL owners Charles Leary and Vaughn Perret of being involved in some shady Louisiana political goings-on, which they in turn have repeatedly denied. Last year, Chuck and Vaughn celebrated a legal victory stemming from a defamation suit they had been fighting against Doug and slabbed.org. The duo was awarded $425,000 in a decision handed down in Yarmouth Supreme Court on February 1, 2012. The court ruled that Charles, Vaughn and TPL were falsely linked to a Louisiana political corruption scandal by Doug and slabbed.org. However, since this decision was awarded North of 49, the ruling has no jurisdiction or authority in the United States (Frank 658).

And in early 2013, Charles and Vaughn claimed that blogger Doug swiped some copyrighted photographs off of TPL’s website, and then proceeded to post them on slabbed.org without permission (Frank 659).

The pictures in question are everyday shots of Charles, Vaughn and Trout Point Lodge itself, but there are also allegations that slabbed.org had comments juxtaposed next to the swiped pics, which may have (or may not have) included derogatory comments directed towards the TPL owners. Continue reading “Other voices | Frank Magazine: The Trout Point Lodge (TPL) vs. Louisiana blogger Douglas Handshoe saga continues!”

Jim Brown’s Weekly Column: In Obama’s world, who are the bad guys?

Friday, June 14th, 2013
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


My regular morning coffee group gets to the nuts and bolts of what’s wrong with America each morning as we hash it all out over strong chicory and beignets. Quite frankly, the nation would be better served if members of congress would just heed the advice of our over 70 gang who collectively have a lot of common sense. All of us are a bit surprised over the outrage regarding the Obama Administration’s “secret surveillance” program that has apparently been going on for years.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid from Nevada summed it up very well: “Right now I think everyone should just calm down and understand that this isn’t anything that is brand new, it’s been going on for some seven years…” What Reed is saying reflects the same warped view that’s been expressed by way too many voices in both political parties. If our representatives standby and allow the government to abuse power long enough, it becomes okay. We just suck it up, and allow one constitutional provision after another to get thrown under the bus.

Spying on all of us by the government as well as by the private sector has been going on for some time. Like it or not, you are being digitally frisked and strip-searched every hour of every day. Your smartphone, computer, all other electronic communication devices pour out digital bits and bytes that are collected by more groups than any of us can imagine. Even your cable connected TV or DVD player sends out information on what programs and movies you watch. Continue reading…….

Today’s 5 dollar word: Stylometry

Be careful out there. 😉

Stylometry is the application of the study of linguistic style, usually to written language, but it has successfully been applied to music[1] and to fine-art paintings[2] as well.

Stylometry is often used to attribute authorship to anonymous or disputed documents. It has legal as well as academic and literary applications, ranging from the question of the authorship of Shakespeare’s works to forensic linguistics.