Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on June 19, 2014 by Allahpundit

The most controversial name in sports won’t appear again in The Seattle Times’ print edition or on the seattletimes.com home pages as long as I am sports editor.

It’s time to ban the use of “Redskins,” the absurd, offensive and outdated name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C…

We’re banning the name for one reason: It’s offensive. Far from honoring Native Americans, the term colors an entire race. Many Native Americans consider it an outdated label placed on their people…

“I find it as offensive as black people find the N-word,” he said. “They say they’re trying to dignify or honor something with it. It doesn’t dignify us. It doesn’t honor us. It doesn’t make us feel good about ourselves.”

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The normally sleepy U.S. Trademark Trial And Appeal Board, an arm of the PTO, made headlines on Wednesday when it canceled six trademarks registered by the team. Only twice on record has the office tried to use its power to strip away a trademark for being offensive to an ethnic group, and both cases involved the Redskins…

“The decision does not legally force the team to change its name, but I think it adds to the pressure,” said Rebecca Tushnet, a professor focusing on intellectual property at Georgetown University’s Law Center. Neither she nor Beebe could think of another case, aside from those involving the Redskins, in which a trademark was canceled for being disparaging

Disparaging trademarks are denied registration pretty regularly, according to Beebe. For example, the office recently denied a push to register the phrase “Stop the Islamization of America,” USA Today reported…

“I’ve never seen a case of this nature that has had to go back in time to cancel a mark that was registered 40 years ago,” Beebe said. “We’re talking about the meaning of the term in the mid-1960s.”

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“This is a cultural tide-is-turning moment,” Christian Turner told USA TODAY Sports. He is the group director of naming, brand development at Siegel+Gale, a global strategic branding firm.

“The hits have been piling up, and at what point does that pile get big enough to tip the scales?” Turner said. “I think most people watching this see that this is directional, right? Like this will happen, that there will be a name change at some point, so why not get ahead of it and own that narrative?”…

“I don’t believe they have four years” this time, Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) said. “There are going to be many people all across this country just outraged that Mr. Snyder still hasn’t gotten the message yet that this is an offensive term, it is hateful speech and it has no room in such an important American pastime as NFL football.”…

“The Redskins are trying to make an argument based on logic, history and (polling) data,” public relations expert Daniel G. Hill said. “There comes a time when arguing over data points doesn’t work anymore, especially on issues of race. It has reached the point where, for me, I think it is going to be very hard for the Redskins not to eventually change their name.”

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As BuzzFeed’s Joseph Bernstein wrote in a lovely piece about watching the Redskins with his stepfather: “Do Washingtonians want a team they can be proud of in every aspect of its constitution? Should not the name of a team that has been at times a force for racial harmony, a team which today boasts a black quarterback who is the pride of the city, bear a name worthy of its accomplishments? Maybe most importantly, can we make the story of the name change not past versus future, not racist versus progressive, but shame versus pride?”…

Turning the Bullets into the Wizards did not change everything, or turn the franchise around immediately. Not everyone liked the new name, and plenty of people have noted the issues that would accompany a Redskins name change, charging that it was a cynical cash-in to get everyone to buy new gear. And, of course, a name does not make a team excellent.

But the shift did clear the way for fans, be they born Washingtonians or transplants to the area looking to embrace a local franchise, to love the Wizards without embarrassment or reservation. It would be wonderful, and overdue, for the Redskins to remake the team’s image a cause for affirmative pride rather than compromised enthusiasm or outright embarrassment.

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This movement is about the dehumanization of Native Americans on every level — not just in sports, but in media and Hollywood, as well. This is about respect and about the mental stability of our children.

Empirical study has proven that Indian mascots harm the mental health of Native American children. They report to have low self-esteem, a limited sense of social worth and do not believe they can accomplish as much as students from other racial and ethnic backgrounds…

I was asked recently why the mascot issue matters more than the epidemic of poverty on reservations. Or why we are bothered more by a word than the high school dropout rate of Native American students, which is the highest in the country.

It’s not that names matter more, it’s that when we talk about death rates, rape and epidemics in Indian country we don’t always get a response. But when we interrupt sports? We always get a response.

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The Washington NFL team’s trademark attorney was on The Sports Junkies on WJFK-Radio this morning when he was asked if he would call a Native American a ‘redskin’ to his or her face. Raskopf paused at first…

John-Paul Flaim, one of the show’s hosts, then asked, “So what you’re saying is, there’s a context when it can be used as a slur, but the context of the Redskins organization is not as a slur, but as a term meaning Native American?”

“That’s right,” Raskopf said. “It may or may not be used disparagingly, just like many other terms can. So we don’t really think there’s much to that claim, and once you cross the tiny little line that needs to be crossed and realize that we, the Washington Redskins, have made something honorable and successful and imbued that into this brand, there’s no way that anyone can say that we use that mark disparagingly. It’s a mark. What trademark law’s all about.”

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What the decision means, in practical terms: the Redskins aren’t required to change their name, but will no longer have the presumption of ownership of it under trademark law. That would seem to deal a blow to the club’s efforts going forward to prevent third parties from utilizing its name and logo to make money without forging agreements with the Redskins to compensate them.

Experts, though, are quick to point out that business ramifications could be minimal. Even without trademark protection, the club can make a strong argument for presumptive ownership through common law based on their longtime use of the name, which dates back to 1933. “They didn’t surrender their common law trademark rights,” says Mark Sommers, a trademark attorney with Finnegan in Washington, D.C. Think of a common law marriage, where long term couples are still subject to alimony and other legalities even if they never legally married. With product names and logos, common law is largely rooted in consumer protection, the idea being that “you don’t want the public to be confused as to the origin of the name,” says Sommers, who believes the Redskins would have a strong common law case…

The underlying reality is that these things are subjective. Polls have consistently shown that Native Americans are divided on the issue of the Redskins and other Indian-related names of sports teams (no, Native Americans don’t all think alike, they are individuals with varying opinions and political leanings, the same as the broader population). Teams like the Redskins, Braves, Chiefs and others have always maintained that their nicknames derive from respect, and why wouldn’t a team want a moniker that people associate with honor and toughness? Some Native Americans agree, and like the names. Others take offense and want the names changed. Disparaging? It depends on who you ask. That the U.S. government is now in charge of deciding what’s offensive is a slippery slope, to say the least. When it comes to “disparaging” people, why stop at race?

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[L]et’s be frank: It is kind of an odd term. We wouldn’t be OK with “the Washington Blackskins” or the “DC Yellowskins,” so isn’t any color just the same? The first name of the Washington Redskins when it was founded was the Washington Braves (there were four American Indians on the team), so couldn’t Mr. Snyder just return to that name?

Maybe. But the PC police, and hard core liberals like Mr. Reid, would crow. They’ll see any name change as a victory, and worse — let’s be just as frank — move on to the next thing they find offensive. You know how thin-skinned and easily offended the members of the Tolerance Party can be.

But in the end, doesn’t America have more to worry about than the name of an NFL football team? And if 83 percent of Americans — and 90 percent of American Indians — don’t find the word offensive, shouldn’t that rule the day?

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We’re agnostic in the Indian symbol debate, though we’ve never understood why the critics think fans and athletes want their team names to represent something other than strength, courage or pride. If names were meant to convey dislike—of, say, Vikings, Yankees or the Irish—then Redskins owner Dan Snyder would have converted to the Washington Harry Reids years ago…

President Obama couldn’t resist chiming in either, as he never can. “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team, even if it had a storied history, that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” he declaimed in October.

In this Administration that was a political signal to act, and all the President’s patent officers apparently knew to add the Redskins to the target list—at least judging by the majority’s legal reasoning. The ruling is nearly word-for-word identical to a 1990s trademark decision that was later overturned by a federal appeals court. This panel, with new plaintiffs, dusted off the same logic and procedural abuses of the narrow rules of patent evidence to please Washington’s party in power and the perpetually aggrieved. We trust the Redskins will prevail again on appeal…

So there you have it: The Obama Democrats now think government should dictate team mascots.

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How far does this go, and is this a slippery slope? What if supporters of traditional marriage were to trademark the name “Natural Marriage Team” or similar word choice? Homosexuals have increasingly objected to the term “natural marriage” for heterosexual marriages.

Also whether a term concerns something “immoral” or “brings [someone] into contempt” can change over time. Consider actual national groups like Queers for Economic Justice, or local groups like the Queer Alliance Resource Center, which is an organization at the University of California at Berkeley.

Could they get a trademark? Was “queer” disparaging 20 years ago or alleging immorality, but not today?…

Reasonable people can disagree on where to draw the line on such things, or whether government should draw such lines at all. In a free society that treasures freedom of opinion and speech, there is always a danger that government will draw lines that promote a political agenda under the guise of enforcing civility.

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Ratso!

OmahaConservative on June 19, 2014 at 10:42 PM

*snap!*

BISHOP!! :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Winston.

crankyoldlady on June 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM

crankyoldlady on June 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I like… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM

T. W. Shannon coming up on Hannity.

cat_owner on June 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Beer Money…

oscarwilde on June 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Howdy folks :)

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 10:46 PM

“I find it as offensive as black people find the N-word,” he said. “They say they’re trying to dignify or honor something with it. It doesn’t dignify us. It doesn’t honor us. It doesn’t make us feel good about ourselves.”

A leader of the Navajo Code Talkers who appeared at a Washington Redskins home football game said Wednesday the team name is a symbol of loyalty and courage — not a slur as asserted by critics who want it changed.

Roy Hawthorne, 87, of Lupton, Ariz., was one of four Code Talkers honored for their service in World War II during the Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Hawthorne, vice president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association, said the group’s trip was paid for by the Redskins. The four men met briefly with team owner Dan Snyder but did not discuss the name, Hawthorne said.

Still, he said he would endorse the name if asked, and the televised appearance in which three of the Indians wore Redskins jackets spoke for itself.

“We didn’t have that in mind but that is undoubtedly what we did do,” Hawthorne said when asked if he was intending to send a statement with the appearance. “My opinion is that’s a name that not only the team should keep, but that’s a name that’s American.

h/t FX Muldoon

Resist We Much on June 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

HEY, my new Redskins hat is already on it’s way. Made sure it was a model that had Redskins clearly sewn on the back.

I hope every self appointed PC Police wannabe I run across, chokes on it.

Meople on June 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

2014 National Defense Authorization Act
1m
House passes amendment to Defense Appropriations Act that prohibits funds from being used to release, transfer Guantanamo detainees to foreign countries – @frankthorpNBC

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Kittehs ;)

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

We’re banning the name for one reason: It’s offensive. Far from honoring Native Americans, the term colors an entire race.

You must have loved the benediction prayer from Barky’s 2009 inauguration … you know,

“brown can stick around”, “yellow will be mellow” (Orientals love that one), “when the red man will get ahead, man” (a classic in color poetry) and the crowd pleasing, “when white will embrace what is right” as we all know that whitey is an evil devil monster …

But, of course, that wasn’t a sports team, just the official PRAYER of the inauguration of a retarded, dog-eating, third-world America-hater who wasn’t even eligible for the position.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Could they get a trademark? Was “queer” disparaging 20 years ago

…yes…when “gay” used to mean happy!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

“I don’t believe they have four years” this time, Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) said. “There are going to be many people all across this country just outraged that Mr. Snyder still hasn’t gotten the message yet that this is an offensive term, it is hateful speech and it has no room in such an important American pastime as NFL football.”

The exact same Betty who couldn’t find time to attend a Support the Troops rally at the MN state capital back in 2002 even though every single other MN pol managed to make it.

I demand that Betty get the Vikings to change their name, having a hometown team named after a colloquial image of Dark Ages raiders complete with those ridiculous horns which were never worn by actual Vikings is making me feel marginalized and humiliated.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

That’s good news, ty canopfor :)

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 10:49 PM

oscarwilde on June 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Me likey… ;-)

Just a suggestion, Oscar–have you tried linking your YouTube channel to your nom?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Rename the team the Washington JustUs Department Hustlers.

viking01 on June 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Disparaging trademarks are denied registration pretty regularly, according to Beebe. For example, the office recently denied a push to register the phrase “Stop the Islamization of America,” USA Today reported…

Stop the Islamization of America! I rather like that one.

slickwillie2001 on June 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM

While Iraq is in chaos, and thousands and thousands are entering the country illegally every day, the MSM is focused on the Redskins.

No wonder we are in such trouble. Does anyone else besides us even know about the scandals going on?

cat_owner on June 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Beer Money…

oscarwilde on June 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

If your beer can just reads beer.

RickB on June 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

I don’t understand why they are so hung up on this.

Can someone offer me up a good reason why the Senate majority leader has nothing better to do?

I mean other than being batshit crazy?

wolly4321 on June 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Resist We Much on June 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

This is the New America where one single person getting verklempt about anything means it all needs to change and quickly at that.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

https://twitter.com/frankthorpNBC

Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 9m

The House just voted down an amendment, 165-250, to the Defense Approps Bill that would prohibit funding of combat operations in Iraq.

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Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 14m

House just passed an amend to Defense Approps that prohibits funds from being used to release/transfer Gitmo detainees to foreign countries

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

cat_owner on June 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Only those who care to know, the rest, not so much…

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM

2014 National Defense Authorization Act
1m
House passes amendment to Defense Appropriations Act that prohibits funds from being used to release, transfer Guantanamo detainees to foreign countries – @frankthorpNBC

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

The fact that they have to PASS A LAW that says that, just to try to prevent the “President” from doing that very thing, illustrates EXACTLY why Talibama should be thrown out of office on his AZZ and brought up on charges of treason.

Meople on June 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Can someone offer me up a good reason why the Senate majority leader has nothing better to do?
I mean other than being batshit crazy?
wolly4321 on June 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Those squirrels have been awful pesky to keep under control since Harry lost his flutterby net…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I mean other than being batshit crazy?

wolly4321 on June 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

There is no other explanation, except most of the MSM aren’t paying attention to what’s going on anyway.

Dingy Harry makes Thad Cochran look sane.

cat_owner on June 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Someone, and forgive me I forget who, suggested calling the Redskins Red’s Kin, I thought that was brilliant!!

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

This is the New America where one single person getting verklempt about anything means it all needs to change and quickly at that.
Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Does trimming nose hair count?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Someone, and forgive me I forget who, suggested calling the Redskins Red’s Kin, I thought that was brilliant!!

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Yeah, that is a good one…

OmahaConservative on June 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Personally I’ve always referred to them as the Deadskins.

Judge_Dredd on June 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM

TAX GRABBY COMETH:

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Senators propose 12 c/gal gas tax hike to pay for highway, transit programs; Highway trust fund could go broke soon: http://apne.ws/1pg6rtK
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Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase
By JOAN LOWY
— Jun. 18, 2014 5:22 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress’ struggle to pay for highway and transit programs.

The plan offered by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would raise the 18.4 cents-a-gallon federal gas tax and 24.4 cents-a-gallon diesel tax each by 12 cents over the next two years, and then index the taxes to keep pace with inflation. The increase would be applied in two increments of 6 cents each.

The plan also calls for offsetting the tax increases with other tax cuts. Senators said that could be done by permanently extending six of 50 federal tax breaks that expired this year, but they indicated they would be open to other suggestions for offsets.

The plan was immediately embraced by industry and transportation advocacy groups seeking a long-term means to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent. However, it would require a lot of heavy lifting from Congress in the politically charged atmosphere of an election year to pass such a plan before late August, when the trust fund is forecast to go broke.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has indicated he’s looking for means to shore up the fund for about the next six months while working on a long-term plan. That would move debate on a gas tax increase or some other revenue-raising scheme until after the midterm elections in November.

Revenue from gas taxes and other transportation user fees that for decades hasn’t kept pace with promised federal transportation aid promised to states. People are driving less per capita and cars are more fuel efficient, keeping revenues fairly flat. At the same time, the cost of construction has increased, and the nation’s infrastructure is aging, creating greater demand for new and rebuilt roads and bridges.

The last time federal gas and diesel taxes were increased was in 1993 as part of plan to reduce the federal budget deficit. Republicans castigated Democrats for the tax increase, and it was a factor in the GOP takeover of the House and Senate the following year.
Since then, lawmakers have been reluctant to raise fuel taxes despite calls from several blue-ribbon commissions to do so.

“For too long, Congress has shied away from taking serious action to update our country’s aging infrastructure,” Murphy said in a statement. “We’re currently facing a transportation crisis that will only get worse if we don’t take bold action to fund the Highway Trust Fund.”

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, who attempted to increase the gas tax increase in 2010, said he was glad to see the idea “gaining more bipartisan support.”

Since 2008, Congress has repeatedly dipped into the general treasury for money to keep the trust fund solvent, sometimes waiting until the government was the verge of slowing down payments to states. States have complained that the uncertainty over whether federal aid will be forthcoming has limited their ability to commit to larger projects that take years to plan and construct.

“Congress should be embarrassed that it has played chicken with the Highway Trust Fund and allowed it to become one of the largest budgeting failures in the federal government,” Corker said.
The six expired tax breaks identified by the senators as possible offsets for fuel tax increases are a research and development tax credit, certain expensing by small businesses, the state and local sales tax deduction, increasing employer-provided transit benefits to the same level as parking benefits, a deduction for spending by teachers on classroom supplies, and an increased deduction for land conservation and easement donations.

The anti-tax Club for Growth, which is influential with GOP conservatives, issued a statement opposing the plan. Congress should “devolve highway funding to the states and let them fund their own infrastructure needs,” said Chris Chocola, the group’s president.
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Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy

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canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Empirical study has proven that Indian mascots harm the mental health of Native American children. They report to have low self-esteem, a limited sense of social worth and do not believe they can accomplish as much as students from other racial and ethnic backgrounds…

Yeh it wouldn’t have to do with their living situations./

Native Americans’ rate of poverty /unemployment is much higher than that of the general population. One in ten Native Americans die due to alcohol related causes.

What has happened here is the purveyors of this nonsense have given some Native Americans an excuse. So typical of the left wing.

CW on June 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Someone, and forgive me I forget who, suggested calling the Redskins Red’s Kin, I thought that was brilliant!!
Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I’ve also seen photoshops where the feather headdress was kept, but the face was changed to a redskin tater…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I want to be as politically INcorrect as possible, without being too crude ;-)

Amir of the Desert

Yes, they were making fun of them. I enjoy. I do.

Diluculo on June 19, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Whenever I see the San Diego team name, I feel ashamed if I have not paid my credit cards in full that month.

Please make them stop debt-shaming me.

malclave on June 19, 2014 at 10:57 PM

barky’s 2009 inauguration … you know, “brown can stick around”, “yellow will be mellow” (Orientals love that one), “when the red man will get ahead, man” (a classic in color poetry) and the crowd pleasing, “when white will embrace what is right” as we all know that whitey is an evil devil monster … But, of course, that wasn’t a sports team, just the official PRAYER of the inauguration of a retarded, dog-eating, third-world America-hater who wasn’t even eligible for the position. ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 19, 2014 at 10:

Excellent.. I had forgotten about that.

wolly4321 on June 19, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Do we have to end ticket SCALPING?

Meanwhile if they were called the Washington Rednecks that would be just fine now wudn’t nit.

Parmenides on June 19, 2014 at 10:58 PM

bluegill on March 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM
Kiddo, how in the world can you appreciate comments that are totally void of substance and only criticize others? You’re better than that and at least you don’t bother to comment on things that don’t interest you instead of being annoyed at those who do. Geez, one thread out of a day that is free wheeling is hardly the end of the world.
Cindy Munford on March 3, 2014 at 5:23 PM

1) that is a misrepresentation of my comment history.

2) you lecture but fail to lecture the instigator(s). Very telling.

frank on March 3, 2014 at 5:51 PM

OmahaConservative on June 19, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Someone, and forgive me I forget who, suggested calling the Redskins Red’s Kin, I thought that was brilliant!!

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I can’t remember either so it must have been me.

Parmenides on June 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

The Tennessee team name celebrates incest and infanticide. Why doesn’t the government do something about this?

malclave on June 19, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I also like that idea!!

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 11:01 PM

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

That’s good news, ty canopfor :)

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Scrumpy: You betcha, evening scrumpy:0

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Anybody remember the old days, before everybody got so “sensitive,” when every American child knew the rhymes:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones,
but names will never hurt me.”

or the classic:

“I’m rubber. You’re glue.
Whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks on you.”

American kids were stronger back then! Good times.

wren on June 19, 2014 at 11:02 PM

We’re banning the name for one reason: It’s offensive. Far from honoring Native Americans, the term colors an entire race.

It’s not offensive to me. It’s not offensive to any NA I know. It’s just more liberal bullsh*t and the NAs know it. The name redskins was never meant to HONOR them, neither was it meant as a slander any more than the name INDIANa or INDIANapolis was. Shall we change those now too? How about the hundreds, if not thousands, of schools with NA related names, mascots, etc.

This isn’t a very good distraction from the horror show that is the obama administration anyway, but being good little commie b@stards, the liberals have to try anyway I suppose.

Tell you what, if they feel so dadgummed guilty about everything, why don’t we go ahead and speed up that euthanasia program they want so bad and help em out? A neighborly thing to do for the libs!

Diluculo on June 19, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Parmenides on June 19, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Thanks!! It’s a brilliant name and idea :)

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 11:03 PM

“Sticks and stones may break my bones,
but names will never hurt me.”

wren on June 19, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Well, that was fine until I broke a kids arm with a stick after he taunted me with that one just one time too many. Yep, got into a wee bit o trouble on that one.

Diluculo on June 19, 2014 at 11:04 PM

This is the New America where one single person getting verklempt about anything means it all needs to change and quickly at that.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Not quite. I’ve been verklempt about Obama’s lawlessness, pettiness, arrogance, and divisiveness for years and he’s still in the WH.

Resist We Much on June 19, 2014 at 11:05 PM

OmahaConservative on June 19, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Very telling innit OC!! Thanks for posting :)

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 11:05 PM

OmahaConservative on June 19, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Interesting. I’m always told she has one name and has always had only one name. That little exchange is very telling. Funny how Frank decided to answer for her. In her writing style no less.

Judge_Dredd on June 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Jason Mattera asks Hilary Clinton to autograph a copy of her book..and dedicate it to Chris Stevens

lineholder on June 19, 2014 at 11:03 PM

ROTFLMAO… You just know as soon as she got back to her office, the ashtrays were flying and to booze was a flowing as she tried to ease the pain that remark caused. To bad it didn’t cause her to have another stroke.

oscarwilde on June 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

ISIS puts out photo of members chillin’ with John McCain In Syria

This 2013 photograph of John McCain is being circulated by members of ISIS as a photo of him with members of some of their members in Syria.

VorDaj on June 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

The Washington PinkSkins would bring greater awareness to lady parts, equality, global warming and tampons in a sport that is dominated by the scrot sac.

Parmenides on June 19, 2014 at 11:07 PM

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM

The fact that they have to PASS A LAW that says that, just to try to prevent the “President” from doing that very thing, illustrates EXACTLY why Talibama should be thrown out of office on his AZZ and brought up on charges of treason.

Meople on June 19, 2014 at 10:53 PMMeople:

I think, Non KOOL_AID Drinking Dems, and The Right,
are finally realizing that they must Protect the
President from himself, er, America from him.
(sarc):)

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Patent/Trademark Office Allows Marks Disparaging To Women/Blacks

It seems the US Patent/Trademark Office ALSO allows “Figgas Over N1gg@s” to be a living trademark – registered last year (image added to gallery). As well as one that was allowed to expire by the registrant (and never removed by USPTO) entitled “Sucka N1gg@ Informing The Cops”

Resist We Much on June 19, 2014 at 11:08 PM

oscarwilde on June 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Yeah, that just made my day! Loved the fearlessness of Mattera on that one.

lineholder on June 19, 2014 at 11:08 PM

lineholder on June 19, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Did you see the look on her face!! Priceless!!

Pompous biotch…

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 11:08 PM

OmahaConservative on June 19, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Not the only time she was caught confusing her socks either.

oscarwilde on June 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Very telling innit OC!! Thanks for posting :)

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Whats the word Scrumps? We need to to some investigatin’. So put on your Emma Peel leather pants and lets go.

Parmenides on June 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

“I find it as offensive as black people find the N-word,” he said. “They say they’re trying to dignify or honor something with it.

However, in his upcoming CD release called “Redskin Rap” he’s going to use the word like crazy…

…. because he’s entitled…

viking01 on June 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

The HT goes to ShainS for finding the Hagfish/frank gaffe…

OmahaConservative on June 19, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Not the only time she was caught confusing her socks either.
oscarwilde on June 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Amazing “Oopsie” moment you can’t retrieve once you hit “Submit Comment” here…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I posted this to the other HA post on this from yesterday.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2013/12/18/redskins_the_debate_over_the_washington_football_team_s_name_incorrectly.html

That link is to Slate (I know, I know…someone has to do it).

So basically, the natives referred to themselves as ‘red men’ in their native languages, and it was translated into English as redskin. It all turns out that native ‘Mericans are self haters too, like the Jooos and conservative blacks./sarc (shouldn’t have to, but there are a lot of newbies with the latest rounds of open registration).

Another question I can’t get answered by some reliably (il)liberal acquaintances: Why would a team decide on a nickname that they intend to be a disparagement? That is a marketing ploy that only a Soetoro could come up with. It defies logic that you want to name a club after something that you find objectionable.

This whole thing is yet another…SQUIRREL…from the most transparently terrible administration of my lifetime.

H.E. Pennypacker on June 19, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Dan Asnyder has been exhibiting some serious stones so far. But if he wants to absolutely rule the “Real Man Hall of Fame”, he should rename the team “The Washington Democrat Pussies”.

I’m working on the logo next…

MikeinPRCA on June 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM

oscarwilde on June 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Stunning innit :)

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Parmenides on June 19, 2014 at 11:07 PM

ROFL. They can use the costumes from Code Pink’s protest of the RNC as their mascots.

lineholder on June 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

NSA surveillance programs leaked
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US House passes amendment to defund NSA efforts to build ‘backdoors’ into tech services for surveillance – @byersalex
End of alert
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Alex Byers @byersalex · 19m

Yo @jeremyherb, whats the Senate DOD approps sitch? Seems unlikely an amendment similar to Massie’s would get a vote, no?

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Alex Byers @byersalex · 20m

interested to see who felt the need to vote present on that, btw

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Alex Byers @byersalex · 23m

whoa. house just passed massie-lofgren amendment to prohibit backdoor searches of 702 content. could be harder in senate though.

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

So put on your Emma Peel leather pants and lets go.
Parmenides on June 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Diana Rigg ROCKED that roll–Uma Thurmann, while she had the look, didn’t have the panache to pull it off…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

The Washington PinkSkins would bring greater awareness to lady parts, equality, global warming and tampons in a sport that is dominated by the scrot sac.

Parmenides on June 19, 2014 at 11:07 PM

That is priceless! Going show my wife, she’ll love it!

Meople on June 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

ROFL. They can use the costumes from Code Pink’s protest of the RNC as their mascots.

lineholder on June 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Was that the v@gina thingies?

OmahaConservative on June 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

VorDaj on June 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

What a dirtbag… scum…

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Iraq violence
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US House rejects amendment to prevent use of federal dollars toward Iraq combat operations – @thehill
Read more on thehill.com

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/210025-house-rejects-dem-amendment-to-prevent-iraq-military-operation

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Yeah. Great, isn’t it? ;-)

lineholder on June 19, 2014 at 11:14 PM

I’m working on the logo next…
MikeinPRCA on June 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Might I suggest the Eastern Gray Squirrel?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Was that the v@gina thingies?

OmahaConservative on June 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Yes

Resist We Much on June 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM

It’s a good thing the Senate can’t originate bills with all their bright ideas on taxes.

Constitution of the United States of America
Article. I.
Section. 7.

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

INC on June 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

House just passed an amend to Defense Approps that prohibits funds from being used to release/transfer Gitmo detainees to foreign countries

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

When are the Republicans going to wise up and figure out how Democrats think?

Assuming the Obama Administration would even follow this new law, the language does nothing to prevent Gitmo from being emptied on the streets of New York!

Please write your amendments more carefully in the future, Republicans!

wren on June 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Not quite. I’ve been verklempt about Obama’s lawlessness, pettiness, arrogance, and divisiveness for years and he’s still in the WH.

Resist We Much on June 19, 2014 at 11:05 PM

You’re not the correct type of person.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

I find having to use ‘the n-word’ for something I hear every day in my neighborhood to be offensive. Who do I complain to about this?

DemetriusPhalerum on June 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Iraq violence
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Australian soldiers deployed to Iraq to boost security at country’s embassy in Baghdad – @SBSNews
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https://twitter.com/SBSNews

SBS News @SBSNews · 14m

Australian troops sent to Iraq to boost embassy security http://bit.ly/1ss501a

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SBS News @SBSNews · 16m

#Breaking Australian soldiers have been deployed to Iraq to boost security at the embassy in Baghdad

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Was that the v@gina thingies?

OmahaConservative on June 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

It was. Made me want to cringe in shame for own gender…what woman in her right mind goes out in public in a v@gina costume?

lineholder on June 19, 2014 at 11:16 PM

I’m a little surprised this subject made QOTD. Oh well…. Hello!

KCB on June 19, 2014 at 11:16 PM

The team names Hairy-Reid Psychos or Pederasts aren’t taken?

viking01 on June 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM

US House rejects amendment to prevent use of federal dollars toward Iraq combat operations – @thehill
Read more on thehill.com

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/210025-house-rejects-dem-amendment-to-prevent-iraq-military-operation

canopfor on June 19, 2014 at 11:14 PM

I am so confus’ed now???!!! // ;)

Scrumpy on June 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM

You’re not the correct type of person.
Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

*gasp!* Democrat?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 19, 2014 at 11:18 PM

It was. Made me want to cringe in shame for own gender…what woman in her right mind goes out in public in a v@gina costume?

lineholder on June 19, 2014 at 11:16 PM

You are not anywhere near the classlessness of those tw@ts. You are a real lady with class and dignity and the sense God gave you…

OmahaConservative on June 19, 2014 at 11:18 PM

KCB on June 19, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Good evening, sir. How are things in the great state of TX today?

lineholder on June 19, 2014 at 11:19 PM

So frank really was bluegill.

hawkdriver on June 19, 2014 at 11:20 PM

RWM; my ancestors were called ‘Covenenters’ and were brought to this continent as slaves. Where do I line up?

DemetriusPhalerum on June 19, 2014 at 11:20 PM

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