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Documentary Hot Coffee's less than Frivolous Examination of Evolving Injustice

The class wars are alive and well in America and one producer clears the air about what is happening in American courts.

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(SALEM, Ore.) - For years now I have stopped people in their tracks when they start bashing the story about the older lady receiving a sizable settlement from McDonald's for horrific, life-changing burns from their excessively hot coffee; maintained at higher than usual temperatures to make it last longer.

It is that last part that always made me support her; this was never a minor incident, and those who watch the new film Hot Coffee will likely agree once they understand how badly that poor woman's body was damaged by McDonald's.

Viewers will also probably agree with one of the nicest and most genuinely decent guys in politics today; Al Franken, when he says a woman's single 'day in court' over a violent gang rape that required her to receive reconstructive surgery, was not 'frivolous' or a waste of the government's time.

There are events people suffer that no amount of money could ever repay or make right. I had the unique chance to get to know Al Franken during a USO tour when I was covering the war in Afghanistan, and I am very glad to see him in this special program.

But plenty of people would suggest that these matters are a waste of the court's time when they are nothing of the sort.

The documentary looks at a story from former attorney, Author John Grisham, who describes his book 'The Appeal' as, "Completely fiction, and it's completely true". It details the purchasing of a supreme court judge in Mississippi.

Bush Legacy

Remember, it was the seemingly unstoppable former U.S. President George W. Bush who rallied so hard against the ability of common people to seek justice in the form of damage compensation.

The documentary quotes Bush saying:

"In my line of work you've got to keep repeating things over and over and over and again for the truth to sink in... sort of catapult the propaganda".

Fighting for justice in a system stacked against them. - Hot Coffee

He and his ilk cast people who sought to regain something in a light with low life's. He has a lot of room to talk, and of course Bush in his infinite silver spoon riches never would understand the need of a small person to take on the big people in court.

I immediately consider William Coleman; the man who blew the whistle on racism and murder at the Oregon state prison, only to be severely retaliated against by state officials who have much to cover up and little to reveal. He was screwed over and abused by every single link in the chain.

Al Franken and Tim hanging out in Kabul, Afghanistan; winter of 2006.

Then, when it was time for the state to pay him back for all of the injustice, he lost everything. The jury was convinced that he was a big scary dangerous black man and the all white jury bought the state's point of view. William was next told he would have to pay court costs. It is disgusting what happens in Oregon. (see: Snitch Sheets, Unresolved Murder and Severe Tobacco Crimes - Tim King Salem-News.com)

God bless Susan Saladoff, Al Franken, and all of the other incredible people who somehow manage to stand tall in the middle of the madness and mayhem.

And now, please prepare to be moved. This is the official trailer for Hot Coffee, the documentary film by Susan Saladoff.

Is Justice Being Served?

From Hot Coffee Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman ranked it in his top ten list. And more than fifteen years later, its infamy continues. Everyone knows the McDonald’s coffee case.

It has been routinely cited as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of America’s legal system, but is that a fair rendition of the facts?

Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end. After seeing this film, you will decide who really profited from spilling hot coffee.


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Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Silver Spoke Award by the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (2011), Excellence in Journalism Award by the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (2010), Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), First-place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Tim was a member of the National Press Photographer's Association for several years and is a current member of the Orange County Press Club.

Break down the walls of oppression and while you do it, 'stay human'.

Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 87 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can write to Tim at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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BG June 16, 2011 9:06 am (Pacific time)

Say Silence Dogood: Accusing whites of anything is not considered racist?!
Since there has already been precedent established, perhaps the KKK would like to help American democracy by showing up at polling places to ensure voter safety?

Oh wait -- racism only works one way, right?

The democrat party can accept a black radical group at the polls confronting voters (2008/Philidelphia), but a white one? Different story.

Democrats have been allowed to get away with the race card for far too long, but now the chickens have began coming home to roost...and I agree with the below poster about looking at the stats.

DJ:  Race card? The 200+ years of slavery continue to come back to haunt you. It's primarily what makes your country The Untied States of America!

TK: Yeah, and the sky is purple outside.  Blacks were being heavily legally discriminated against well into the 1960's and the white people have done this. How sad it must be to be so afraid of everything in life the way this guy must me DJ, we sure get some pathetic thoughts running through here sometimes.


Anonymous June 15, 2011 9:30 am (Pacific time)

Say Silence Dogood that was an interesting rant, but not accurate on many levels. Congress has essentially been trying to cap certain damage awards, not prevent people from getting "just compenstion" when they have been injured. Simply look at malpractice insurance rates that have impacted the various medical specialties, ergo we have fewer people gong into specialties that people need, thus costs as well as wait times go up. In terms of Bush's low IQ as you and others suggest, he seems to have enjoyed numerous successes. I have a private pilots license (fixed and rotary) and have flown helicopters while in the miltary, and have been in numerous fighter jets. Bush flew a rather difficult jet compared to others. As far as his academics, well his transcripts are out there, including his graduate records. Where's Obama's? In terms of white racism, then that's a two-way street, just look at the stats.


Silence Dogood June 14, 2011 8:00 pm (Pacific time)

Uh, 'Anon @ June 14, 2011 2:13pm; your argument is irrational. In case you haven't noticed, medical malpractice, drunk drivers, and people and businesses (or government employees) who don't follow the laws or use common sense and get people injured/or hurt others impact and increase their/employers' own insurance rates (not everyone else) when victims have to file claims for stupidity or lack of responsibility of others. (Educate yourself!) If insureds (and self-insureds like government)weren't increasingly irresponsible (or hiring corrupt and negligent employees)people wouldn't have to even file tort claims. It's usually the insurance companies that jerk everyone's chain in the process of a claim. Lay the blame on the perps and/or their masters, where it belongs, not the injured.

Baby Bush was the mouthpiece of capitalist elite power for eight years, no less than anyone expected him to be the day he was first 'selected'. I doubt he ever had an original thought that he wasn't taught by his father or his handlers. I can hear him now, "Next beer!"

There will never be a 'multitude of groups out there' who can pursue every injustice, as there's such a multitude of injustice in this country that the formation and paid membership of such groups will never keep up with the problem every time it rears it ugly-underbelly, and members would likely experience burnout after a couple years. I'm a white American, over fifty, and even I know that white racism against blacks (and now gelling against Arabs and Hispanics, too) in this country is entrenched from local* to federal government workplaces, and in quite a few private* workplaces, where* I have worked myself (since I was fifteen). It truly sickens me.
It only takes one bad apple white racist in any workplace for the 'white wagons' to circle so as to protect "their own" white peer butts with the hope of saving the whole barrel from being considered tainted and racist. It's called a 'coverup', after the victim speaks up or out..


Anonymous June 14, 2011 2:13 pm (Pacific time)

Bush did what? Hey Tim we have thee branches of government, so Bush had only so much power (he wanted to reduce certain unlimited damage awards to medically related Tort lawsuits because they have been impacting and increasing insurance rates (educate yourself!), regardless of what you think you know or what you think he did.

Tim King: Do I need to remind you that he was the President and sh*t rolls downhill?  He went to great effort to discredit the notion of suing in general. 

As far as justice is concerned, no president has ever had more of a negative impact on the "common man" as Obama and his controllers. Obviously you have a real Jones for someone, but you have no real concept of what's going on.

 Tim King: I don't know why I put up with this insulting garbage, you are wrong, watch the film and know in the meanwhile that your points are all non existent.  Sure, Obama is problematic on several levels, but that isn't who I'm talking about right now and at least, like Clinton, Obama wasn't raised like Bush.  There is a monumental difference   

Regarding Coleman, if he was such a horrible victim of some perceived injustice, then how come the multitude of groups out there who pursue injustice have not come to his assistance? So did Franken smile at you or something? He is an absolutly horrible zionist piece of work. Maybe you should do a little more background review on him?

Tim King: You really don't glean much from the details do you?  Coleman's entire ordeal is about racism, beginning, middle and end.  We did a big story about the lackadaisical NAACP here, we have done many things, but groups are too extended to help.  William  is a person of integrity.  Unlike you, if he wrote here he would be a man and list his name.  I don't know about Franken's role as a Zionist, he seems too logical but at least you raised one possible point that could be valid while wasting my time like this.  Also readers, this individual's other comment to Salem-News.com is in support of big pharma, are you surprised?  

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