Thursday, June 21, 2012

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So apparently the proprietor of, Matthew Inman, had a federal lawsuit filed against him by rival comedic website for "maliciously accusing FunnyJunk of criminal conduct."

The ridiculousness of this accusation lies in the fact that only made such statements because was using Mr. Inman's material without giving him any credit, and making a decent amount of profit as a result.

In simple terms, was using's material, and instead of amending this issue they decided to utilize the legal system to gain even more monetary benefits.

Consequently, has hired a (rather photogenic) lawyer who is requesting that Mr. Inman pays $20,000 in reparations for his supposed misdeeds.

I don't know about you, but this proves to me that the U.S. legal system is utterly useless in many respects. It's the only way to explain how the victim ended up being charged with a $20,000 fine for a crime he did not commit.

I can just picture the proprietors of rolling around in their gold plated Benjamins laughing at this entire situation. For them, this is another easy legal money maker, another website which they can take advantage of while skipping merrily all the way to the bank.

Unfortunately for them, their path of narcissistic, pompous, and morally corrupt greed ends here.

Mr. Inman has, in his unique fashion, added some positivity to this otherwise unfortunate sequence of events.

Instead of providing the proprietors of with a check for $20,000, has pledged to raise an equal amount of money for donation to the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society.

So you see, there is some hope and humanity left in the world after all. In many ways this case reflects a greater struggle occurring today, one where the morally bankrupt fight for power and control over those few good souls who actually try to make the world a better place.

And after reviewing everything I've said, I think it is obvious which sides in this case represent the former and the latter.

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Nicholas Garcia (M.A.) is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Davis. He is also a Co-Founder of the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies. Previously, he contributed to and the Davis Humanities Institute.