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U.S. cancels Redskins trademark

Possibly the beginning of the end??

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans,” Theresa Vargas of the Washington Post reports.

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.”


The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker...

A journey through the poisonous, racially divided world that produced a Republican star. (Long article, but wow, very informative.... )

.......... “Have you,” he asked, “sat back and thought about what has been accomplished by yourself and the Republican legislature? Has it really sunk in that you’ve transformed a fiscally reckless state into perhaps the most fiscally sound state in the nation? Has it sunk in, I guess is what I’m saying, do you realize what’s been accomplished?” Walker replied that no, his achievement had not sunk in, because he had been “so busy doing it.”

That accomplishment—effectively eliminating collective bargaining for most public employees in the state, facing down the angry protests that followed, surviving a rancorous recall election—has vaulted Walker into the top tier of Republican presidential contenders for 2016. He is the closest person the party has to an early favorite, and not simply because of Chris Christie’s nosedive from grace or because Jeb Bush is still waffling about his intentions. Walker has implemented an impeccably conservative agenda in a state that has gone Democratic in seven straight presidential elections. Unlike Mitt Romney, or, for that matter, John McCain, he is beloved by the conservative base, but he has the mien of a mainstream candidate, not a favorite of the fringe. His boosters, who include numerous greenroom conservatives in Washington and major donors around the country, such as the Koch brothers, see him as the rare Republican who could muster broad national support without yielding a millimeter on doctrine.

This interpretation of Walker’s appeal could hardly be more flawed. He has succeeded in the sort of environment least conducive to producing a candidate capable of winning a national majority. Over the past few decades, Walker’s home turf of metropolitan Milwaukee has developed into the most bitterly divided political ground in the country—“the most polarized part of a polarized state in a polarized nation,” as a recent series by Craig Gilbert in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel put it. Thanks to a quirk of twentieth-century history, the region encompasses a heavily Democratic and African American urban center, and suburbs that are far more uniformly white and Republican than those in any other Northern city, with a moat of resentment running between the two zones. As a result, the area has given rise to some of the most worrisome trends in American political life in supercharged form: profound racial inequality, extreme political segregation, a parallel-universe news media. These trends predate Walker, but they have enabled his ascent, and his tenure in government has only served to intensify them. Anyone who believes that he is the Republican to save his party—let alone win a presidential election—needs to understand the toxic and ruptured landscape he will leave behind.


and d*mn I hate scott wanker.....

Sheets???? what's the best type of cotton sheets to buy???

I know the thread count is a reason for softness, but what's the best type of sheet for the money??

Ok.....i watch wheel of fortune......but

I can not stand the publican guy........and I swear they don't let the final wheel spin go further then 500.00 dollars. JMHO.

Oregon’s Lone Wolf Has Pups as California Acts to Protect Species

Just weeks ago, news that Oregon’s lone wolf OR-7 may have found love after years of wandering alone caused some big excitement for his fans and wolf advocates, but now there’s even more good news for both him and for gray wolves.

In May, hopes were raised that OR-7 had found a mate after he and an unknown black female were spotted by remote cameras in the same area of Oregon’s Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The sighting, and a decrease in his wandering, also raised suspicions that the two had denned somewhere and may have had a litter of pups who would have been born in April.

Yesterday, wildlife biologists from Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed in an announcement that OR-7 and his mate have indeed welcomed a litter of pups into the world. Only two pups were seen and photographed, but wildlife officials suspect there may be more.

The confirmation marks the first time wolves have been born in the Oregon Cascades since the early 20th century, making it another history-making adventure for OR-7. In 2011, the former loner became famous for becoming the first confirmed wolf west of the Cascades since the last wolf bounty was collected as part of a government-sponsored predator control program in 1947 and for being the first known wolf to venture into California since 1924.

Wolves once ranged widely in California but were persecuted, shot, poisoned and otherwise eradicated from the landscape almost 90 years ago. OR-7′s presence in the state raised hope that wolves would return, along with concerns about how the species would be managed if they did and the usual opposition from hunters and ranchers to giving them protected status.

The news that OR-7 has pups has raised even more hope from many that Oregon’s growing population will eventually make their way to the state and establish territories there. Thanks to the work of their advocates, they may now safely return.


Michael Moore divorce case: Show us the money

Michael Moore and wife Kathleen Glynn have a few things to figure out as they prepare for divorce court in Michigan next month.

Chief among them: What to do with a lakefront mansion that Moore contends his wife wasted millions on, which in turn led to negative headlines about the famously liberal filmmaker like “Moore’s $2M hypocrite house” and “Massive Michigan Vacation Mansion Beyond 99 Percent’s Wildest Dreams.”

The Smoking Gun has all the details and the documents from the divorce case, including an interesting tidbit about Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel being called as a witness. He’s the brother of Rahm Emanuel, who is currently Chicago’s mayor and served as President Obama’s chief of staff from 2009 to 2010.

While the split could be contentious, what’s really interesting are hints about the actual net worth of the high-profile supporter of Occupy Wall Street:

The couple’s real estate holdings include a total of nine properties in Michigan and New York. The duo co-owns a Manhattan condo that was created through the combination of three separate units. … While the couple’s combined assets are likely worth tens of millions of dollars, court records do not contain specific valuations for their property.


Great tennis form years gone by....Martina Hingis and Steffi Graf....

1999 French Open final...... On ESPN Classic. Great tennis.

Just finished watching "The Switch".......

Jason Bateman is pretty good in it.......but the kid, how can his parents have blue eyes, and the kid ends up with brown.....kinda bugs me. Jennifer Anniston is the mother and she is playing the same old part she always plays. Not that great a flick. Anyone else?

Yikes, the eagles are all grown up......

http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles seems like they were just eggs a few days ago..... wow.

Burke says toll roads 'on the table'....

What the hell is this??? I honestly thought that every gas tax that was raised WAS FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR!!! This is nuts. D*mn.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said Tuesday she'd consider toll roads in Wisconsin to help pay for infrastructure she says is crucial to the state's economy.

"I think we should have all the options out on the table, and certainly, toll roads present one of those options, and it's something I would consider," Burke told reporters at a noisy construction site near the ongoing Zoo Interchange project.

Burke said if elected, she'd first review the state budget to see if better prioritizing would solve the issue of funding highway and other infrastructure needs.

Burke questioned Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to prioritize such needs, saying he's taking GPR money to pay for road projects while also adding to the state's long-term debt. She added her concern is "that we're going ahead and spending money without knowing exactly how we are going to pay for things."

"Infrastructure and transportation are absolutely critical to growing Wisconsin's economy," Burke said. "Being ninth out of 10 Midwestern states in terms of job growth is not where we should be. We should be leading, not lagging and making sure that we're making the type of investments necessary."

On the other hand, Burke said projects should be analyzed in advance to make sure they're really needed.

Walker spokeswoman Alleigh Marre said the governor's most recent budget invested more than $6 billion to improve the state's roads, bridges and railways without raising taxes. That figure includes federal funding.

"We are still repaying the Doyle Administration's raid of over $1 billion in transportation funding -- a move Mary Burke defended," Marre said. "That's not responsible budgeting and it's not what Wisconsin citizens deserve from their governor."

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