Did Glenn Beck Rape and Murder a Young Girl in 1990?

About a week or so ago, a website called glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com started making the rounds. Now nobody on that site is saying that Glenn Beck raped and murdered anyone in 1990, but they just want proof that he didn’t.

A few people emailed it to me and I didn’t bother to post it. It’s obviously parody using Beck’s slimey techniques against him but I didn’t really think it was worth posting…. Until Glenn Beck decided to sue them for trademark infringement:

Surprising absolutely no one, yesterday Glenn Beck sued the parody/satire website Glenn Beck Raped and Murdered a Young Girl in 1990.

The surprising thing is that Beck isn’t suing the website for defamation of character; he’s suing it for violating his trademark. This is probably so that the lawsuit can remain business-y and not involve Beck’s personal life (or the satire laws that protect entertainment sites), but it seems like a risky way to go.

Ahem, Glenn, you may want to read about the Streisand Effect:

The Streisand effect is an Internet phenomenon where an attempt to censor or remove a piece of information backfires, causing the information to be widely publicized. Examples of such attempts include censoring a photograph, a number, a file, or a website (for example via a cease-and-desist letter). Instead of being suppressed, the information receives extensive publicity, often being widely mirrored across the Internet, or distributed on file-sharing networks.

Update:

From the webmaster of glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com:

To be technical, he’s not suing me in court – at least, not yet. He has contacted my web host, their datacenter, and my registrar. The latter shut me down, but I was able to get the domain running again.

He’s filed a domain dispute against the original domain (which you list, although I registered gb1990.com and the one I’ve posted in the website box here since then) with the aforementioned trademark dispute… Oy.

I Get Email

Let’s open up the mail bag shall we:

I don’t know why you continue to posts links about Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman was a class VIII auditor and Executive Director of the Birmingham Org. He was case Supervisor at the Guardian Office. He’s listed as completing three Scientology courses in 1988 and his family members are heavy-weight Scientologists; father David Gaiman was head of the Guardian Office and is active in Russia.

By promoting his work you are promoting The Church of Scientology.

I don’t really make it a habit of researching the religions or philosophies of family members of authors whose work I enjoy so I really don’t know, nor do I care anything about Neil Gaiman’s father. (I’m not even going to bother googling it)

As to Neil Gaiman, I don’t really care if he’s an atheist, Jew for Jesus or the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard himself (which would mean that L. Ron would actually have learned to write well sometime after his death). I have read and enjoyed a lot of his work and continue to read his blog and twitter feed which to my knowledge are completely Xenu-free. So unless Gaiman jumps on Oprah’s couch or starts lecturing Matt Lauer on the dangers of psychiatric medication, I’ll continue to read him online and off.

Lunch

Today’s lunch post comes from Gregg:

I’m not sure this counts, ’cause it was Sunday’s lunch. But just in case, here’s the story. It was a highly-anticipated visit to The Hat (http://www.thehat.com/, warning: possibly annoying song auto-plays) in Monterey Park, CA, while on a visit to prospective college campuses with my daughter. (We live near San Diego, at least 90 minutes from the nearest Hat.) The sandwich is their Pastrami Dip in its default configuration with mustard and pickles. When eating that sandwich, enough pastrami falls out of it to make another reasonable-sized sandwich. It is, needless to say, delicious.
(Photo taken with Crappy Phone Cam(tm); that’s ketchup for the fries on the right)

Cheers!
Gregg