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  •  They're not trying to co-opt anyone. (9+ / 0-)

    They're trying to build their reputation as the buzzword for evil.

    That gets people to hit them.

    And when people hit them, they file suit, and they get money.

    "Furthermore, if you think this would be the very very last cut ever if we let it happen, you are a very confused little rabbit." cai

    by JesseCW on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:42:20 PM PST

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    •  For bullying to work, (5+ / 0-)

      it's necessary that the bully co-opt enough others who, while they may not even sympathize with the bully's aims, are afraid of crossing him or (less often) her at least to the point of neutralizing them and not taking up the victim's cause. Once bystanders get what's going on and stop tolerating the bully's behavior or at least not interfering with it, the bully turns into a coward, flees and pleads victimhood.

    •  A little judicial discression might be warrented (4+ / 0-)
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      Crashing Vor, worldlotus, suesue, gffish

      I recall a rather famous British libel case against Leon Uris for a statement he made in one of his books that turned out to be false (or, at least, unproven,) The libeled plaintiff won the case, and was awarded a penny in damages.

      How long would the Phelps' business model survive judges finding for them and then awarding them damages of $1.00?

      (I'm assuming they are so odious they don't dare present their case before a jury.)

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 04:13:21 PM PST

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