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Liberty is the Fruit from Which All Progress Grows

In triumph, when our cause is just

(h/t THE right scoop)

I had the opportunity to attend the Douglas County (GA) Tea Party, but opted to not go.  Douglas County is on the opposite side of traffic-burdened Atlanta from me, and the event started just one hour after work.

Today, I found out that I should have braved I-285’s daunting traffic corridor.  At the end, I’d have been treated to this:

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Filed under: liberty, politics, socialism, speech, tea party

Tebow’s Ad a Success of Modesty

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I’m a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan.  As such, I was pretty happy to see Florida lose to Alabama in the SEC Championship game.  I was even slightly glad to see Tim Tebow cry when the game ended.  But I got over it and even got upset at the people who rode that horse for weeks; because despite putting the hurt on Georgia three of his four years at Florida, Tim is a class act and an overall really nice guy.  I wouldn’t be surprised if, when he gets to the NFL, he gets a reputation along the lines of Doug Floutie or Darrell Green, who are considered to be among the nicest, most consciencious guys to ever don the uniform.

So, in case you missed it, here’s Tim Tebow & Mom’s Super Bowl Ad:

Yeah, that was worth all the shouting and harranging by the National Organization for Women (the same organization that supported Bill Clinton in defending his sexual harrassment lawsuit).  This and other “women’s” groups and “pro-choice” groups spent many hours in the weeks preceding the Super Bowl denouncing the ad as “inappropriate” for the venue, “anti-choice” and “anti-women.”

I’ve been wanting to say all this ever since I saw the ad last night, but amazingly enough, a pro-choice liberal has already said it all for me.  She said it almost a week before the ad aired, and there is very little I could add to the conversation that would be at all helpful.  But I’ll still try.

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An Open Letter to the Oxford University Press

Timothy Barton
President, OUP USA
Oxford University Press
198 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016 U.S.A.
Phone: 212-726-6000

Dear Mr. Barton,

I am writing this letter as a formal complaint.  It has come to my attention that the New Oxford American Dictionary has defined the term “teabagger” as “a person who protests President Obama’s tax policies and stimulus package, often through local demonstrations known as “Tea Party” protests (in allusion to the Boston Tea Party of 1773).”  I believe this definition is in error and must be corrected if the New Oxford American Dictionary is going to continue in the “Oxford Tradition” as the “Definitive Record of the English Language.”

The verb “to teabag” is a sexual act that involves oral stimulation of the male genitalia, the details of which I will not describe here except to say that what one does with a tea bag in a cup of water is highly descriptive.  This term was later adopted by participants in multiplayer First Person Shooter games, who would, after defeating an opponent, have their on-screen character kneel over the head of their opponent’s virtual corpse to simulate the sexual act as an act of domination over the vanquished foe. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Company We Keep

So, a consortium of bidders for the Saint Louis Rams has apparently dropped conservative Talk Radio jockey Rush Limbaugh, based upon racist statements which he is accredited to have said.

The National Football League’s owners and commissioner were uncharacteristically vocal about the issue:

Limbaugh’s bid ran into opposition from within the image-conscious NFL on Tuesday when Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would vote against the radio personality. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the commentator’s “divisive” comments would not be tolerated from any NFL insider.

The league tries to avoid getting snared in controversial issues outside sports, which has caused Limbaugh trouble in the past. In 2003, he was forced to resign from ESPN’s Sunday night football broadcast after saying of Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb: “I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.”

Apparently, the “image-conscious NFL is just fine with drugs, DUI, manslaughter, domestic violence and-oh, yeah–dog fighting, but having a conservative viewpoint in politics and being critical of the NFL promoting a player based upon his race is unacceptable. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Cult of Obama

(H/T David Hinz)

Adolf Hitler created a cult of personality around him to propel his party’s victory in the Reichstag from a simple change of government into complete domination of the German state, with him as Mein Fuhrer. To do this, his propagandists promoted his image and his party’s symbol, the reversed-turned Swastika in a white circle, everywhere possible. He enacted socialist policies based on nationalism and fascist economics, where government heavily regulates businesses and props up failing but “critical” corporations. He and his propagandists used existing sentiments in Germany to promote those evil Jews as the cause of all of his nations problems leading up to the Great Depression; he then stole the wealth of this group to pay for his grand schemes.

Obama has done much the same thing. His symbol is his American-Flag inspired “Heartland O.” He has gone about enacting fascist economics and his Jews are those evil Wall Street bankers. His part dominates the government.

Now, we see this:

This is real, not a photoshop

This is real, not a photoshop

Disgusting.

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Painting History with the Sands of Time

I’m normally not a fan of performance art. There are occasional exceptions.

(H/T Moe Lane)

The events that it represents are of the German invasion and occupation of Ukraine in World War II.

Filed under: media, speech

Crossing Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter (D-GA) has done many good things in the days since his presidency.  Habitat for Humanity has been one of his personal causes, building homes for families that would otherwise never have had a chance to own a house.  He has been a champion for humanitarian causes and has at least tried to build peaceful relationships between warring neighbor countries and groups.  I have tremendous respect for much of what he has done since leaving office in January, 1981.

President Carter has also done a number of things that I strongly disagree with.  This week he inserted himself into the debate about Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), stating that he believed the congressman’s “You lie!” outburst during President Obama’s speech last week was borne of racism.  He went on to say that Americans who oppose the President’s policies did so not because they disagree with those policies, but because the man is black.

“I think it’s based on racism,” Carter said. “There is an inherent feeling among many people in this country that an African American ought not to be president, and ought not to be given the same respect as if he were white. And this has permeated politics ever since I’ve been involved in it back in the 1960s, not only in the South, but also in many places throughout the nation.”

He added, “And the outbursts that we see, the scatological language, the sign that I saw on television last night, “We should bury Obama with Kennedy,” for instance, and “Obama is a Nazi,” and Obama’s picture with Hitler’s moustache on it—those kinds of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate over whether we should have a national program in health care. It’s deeper than that.”

I saw the very same reports President Carter saw.  I saw the signs protesters were carrying.  I did not see, in any of the reporting that I watched or have researched since, any signs saying that President Obama should be buried with the recently deceased Senator Ted Kennedy.  Rather I saw people with signs to bury “Obamacare.” That is the colloquial term being used by many to describe HR 3200, which is the Democrat’s proposed health care reform bill. Read the rest of this entry »

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David and Goliath: A Politico Story

David & Goliath.  Linked from Photobucket.
The Capitol News Company owns POLITICO, a news website about politics in Washington. Capitol has issued a “Cease-and-Desist” letter to Stephen Gutowski, owner of The College Politico.

The gist of the letter is, “We own the word ‘politico’ and if you don’t hand over your domain (website) within ten days, we’ll sue you.” You can view the letter in its entirety here.

Trademarks are an important part of intellectual property protection. What good does it do for FedEx, McDonald’s or Nike to build their unique brand and establish their name if someone else can use that name to sell something similar, or even something completely different? Protecting a unique identifier such as a brand or company name is important. That is also why choosing a name that is unique is important, since these are easier to protect and less likely to be found invalid later on.

I am not a legal scholar, but some basic common sense should be applied whenever the issue of trademark infrigement is brought up (and yes, I understand that common sense is wholly uncommon in our time, especially in a court of law). In this case, we’re talking about the common sense concept of “enforceability.”

A little background:

Capitol News registered as a trademark the words “POLITICO” and “CAMPUS POLITICO” in December, 2006 and December, 2007, respectively. You can find this information at the US Patent and Trademark Office here. These are legally registered trademarks and are valid under US law.

There’s just one problem: With very, very few exceptions, it is not possible to simply trademark a word in common usage, even if it used rarely. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kanye West is a Douchebag

I normally try to keep the ad-hominem removed from my writing. I also try to not post about the utterly irrelevant, as the myriad of entertainment awards shows almost always are.

However, Kanye West made sure to prove himself an asshole tonight, and I felt obliged to point it out to everyone.

Kanye West is a gay fish.

Unfortunately, the folks at WordPress still believe that YouTube is the only source for video on the internet, so I can only share the Kanye West – Fishsticks episode of South Park by linking it. (WARNING: Not Safe For Work or small children)

I don’t watch MTV at all, so the VMAs were not on my radar.  Thanks to social media like Facebook and Twitter, I found out about this:  Interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, Kanye ran on stage, took the mic, and stated his belief that Beyonce Knowles should have won the award.

Well, guess what? Your vote only counts once, Mr. West. The other thousands-upon-thousands (millions?) of people who voted seemed to disagree with you.

You lose.

Kanye seems to like to prove that he’s a douchebag. Remember this bit of stupidity?

What a jackass.

UPDATE: Reports are that Beyonce gave Taylor Swift a chance to give her acceptance speech during her (Beyonce’s) own time on stage. Classy.

UPDATE: The link may not last (one has already been pulled), but the video is available:

UPDATE: Viacom (parent company of MTV) is clearly embarrassed. They made a copyright claim against the video linked above and got the Associated Press to pull its video of the incident. They must want this story to die.

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