Friday, June 20, 2014
In a landmark decision, the US Patent and Trademark Office has decided to retroactively revoke many trademarks for the Washington Redskins football team on the grounds that their name and team logo are "disparaging to Native Americans." Which is nothing to take lightly; just hearing the word "redskin" causes Elizabeth Warren's high cheekbones to flush with anger.
The ruling is intended to put additional pressure on the team owners to change the franchise's name to something less offensive to Liberals and more appropriate to our current political climate, like the "Washington Overlords" or "Crashing Hard Drives."
Frankly, Hope n' Change doesn't give a rat's rear end about either football or political correctness, but we don't much like the idea that the Patent Office is now putting themselves in the business of regulating free speech (in this case by removing the financial value of a trademark). Nor do we like the idea of such regulation being contingent on finding someone - anyone - who feels offended.
Because if that's the new standard, we're pretty sure we can find waaaay more people who are offended by the word "Washington" than "Redskin."
From The Vault: Chief-in-Chief (Nov 9, 2009)
Last Thursday morning, the president took time out from his busy, busy schedule of making government promises to apologize for 200 years of breaking government promises.
During his speech to an assembly of Native American tribes, the allegedly-American president said that he "understands what it means to be an outsider," (perhaps because he attended private schools) and said "only in America can the adopted son of Crow Indians grow up to be president." Huh?
It turns out that Barack Black Eagle was "adopted" in 2008, at the age of 46. When it comes to "growing up," we suppose that it's better late than never...
Update 6/20/14 - Isn't it odd that Chief Running Gag was pleased rather than offended that his "Indian name" referred to his skin color? Then again, maybe his administration only thinks that names mentioning red skin are offensive.