I believe we have reached the point where absolutely nothing surprises me anymore. If power players in government can’t get their way using one method, they’ll keep trying alternative paths, until they get the desired result–legal, or not.
From the Washington Times:
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”
The landmark case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans. It was the second time such a case was filed.
“This victory was a long time coming and reflects the hard work of many attorneys at our firm,” said lead attorney Jesse Witten, of Drinker Biddle & Reath.
Federal trademark law does not permit registration of trademarks that “may disparage” individuals or groups or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.” The ruling pertains to six different trademarks associated with the team, each containing the word “Redskin.”
“We are extraordinarily gratified to have prevailed in this case,” Alfred Putnam Jr., the chairman of Drinker Biddle & Reath, said. “The dedication and professionalism of our attorneys and the determination of our clients have resulted in a milestone victory that will serve as an historic precedent.”
Freedom has been exceedingly scarce in history, and it’s amazing it lasted in the United States as long as it did. The dark cloud of tyranny has arrived and, absent a spiritual reawakening, that cloud will descend as Orwell’s proverbial boot on the face of any mere human who dares to defy the will of the imperial President.
And just to remind ourselves how stupid, ridiculous, and petty our government is, here’s Harry Reid devoting precious time in the Senate to an oh so important topic:
Countless people are being slaughtered in Iraq… the IRS is persecuting Americans based on their beliefs, and covering up evidence… the President is making up law… the Federal government is illegally dumping violators of our immigration laws in cities across the nation, and illegally paying for legal representation for these lawbreakers… and the leader of the Senate is talking about what?!?