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Supreme Court to decide if offensive names such as 'Redskins' and 'Slants' can be trademarked - LA Times
The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether The Slants, an Asian American rock band from Portland, Ore., can trademark its name despite the government’s objection that it is an offensive term.
This clash between free speech and trademark protection has drawn wide attention in part because the Washington Redskins football team is locked in the same dispute.
The court also said it will decide a free-speech dispute involving fees charged to merchants who accept credit cards. Under challenge are laws in California, New York, Florida, Texas and several other states that forbid retailers from disclosing the surcharge to customers who use a charge card.
The Southern Poverty Law Center will be listing the White Lives Matter movement, but not the Black Lives Matter movement, as a hate group on its upcoming “Hate Map.”
Heidi Beirich, the director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report, told Chron.com White Lives Matter will be included on the new Hate Map because it’s a “flat-out white supremacist group.”
“The ideology behind it, the racist leaders, everything about it is racist,” Beirich explained.
Kaepernick passed for 103 yards after kneeling in protest alongside teammate Eric Reid during the national anthem in the Niners’ 31-21 preseason victory over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night.
Kaepernick and Reid, a starting safety who wasn’t playing, declined to stand for the anthem before a preseason game dedicated to military appreciation by the Chargers. Kaepernick has decided not to stand this season to draw attention to American racial injustice, minority oppression and a litany of additional concerns ranging from police brutality to military veterans’ rights.
A woman who visited a hibachi steakhouse in Tennessee says she was sexually assaulted by a toy during her dinner.
Police were called to Hibachi in Murfreesboro this week on a sexual assault complaint, where the Isabelle Lassiter told them she'd been squirted in the face with a toy by a chef.
The toy is meant to look like a little boy that pulls his pants down and "urinates."
Proprietors of the restaurant admit the incident occurred and said the toy is meant to be funny.
But Lassiter isn't isn't laughing, in part because it happened in front of her children.
"It peed on me, basically. Out of his… wee-wee area,” Isabelle Lassiter told WTVF.
Lassiter reportedly police said she felt sexually assaulted because the toy had a penis. However, in the police statement, the officer refuted that claim.
"I observed the toy to have no penis and just a hole for the water to shoot out," the officer wrote.
In reaction to news reports about the incident, Lassiter and her husband released a statement defending the allegations.
"People are missing the point. This was a sexually-oriented toy meant for adults, in front of minor children," the statement read. "We're not trying to make money off of this. If the toy was in a bar, it'd be a different situation, but this was in a family restaurant with 13 to 14 year olds at the table. If people think it's so funny, why don't people go buy that toy and squirt a cop in the face with it and see what happens."
One Day After Obama Touts Economy in Big Speech, Worst Jobs Report in Five Years Posted For May - Katie Pavlich
Yesterday President Obama made a visit to Elkhart, Indiana to tout the so-called economic recovery as a roaring success and reason to elect Hillary Clinton in order to preserve his legacy. He also took the opportunity to slam Fox News for reporting the truth about a slow economic recovery.
Many living in Elkhart rejected Obama taking credit for the economic progress of hard working businesses in the area and a new jobs report out today is the worst we've seen on the employment front in five years. Don't be fooled by a declining unemployment rate, just 38,000 jobs were added last month. People are giving up their job search and leaving the work force, as they've been doing for years.U.S. employers drastically slowed their hiring in May, adding just 38,000, the fewest in more than 5 years and a sign of concern after the economy barely grew in the first three months of the year.
At the same time, the unemployment tumbled to 4.7 percent from 5 percent, the Labor Department said Friday in its monthly unemployment report. The rate, to its lowest point since November 2007, fell for a problematic reason: Nearly a half-million jobless Americans stopped looking for work and so were no longer officially counted as unemployed.
The much-weaker-than-expected jobs report will raise doubts that the Federal Reserve will increase the short-term interest rate it controls at its next meeting in mid-June or perhaps even at its subsequent meeting in late July. Many analysts had expected an increase by July.
The government has estimated that the economy grew at just a 0.8 percent annual rate in the January-March quarter.
Jerry Boykin is the kind of man you’d want teaching your sons – a good and decent man, an honorable man – a Christian man.
For the past nine years the retired lieutenant general has taught leadership and ethics at Hampden-Sydney College, a highly regarded, all-male school based in Virginia. By many accounts – he is beloved and deeply respected by students.
But Gen. Boykin will not be returning to the classroom this fall. That’s because he tells me he's been fired.
The man who was one of the original members of Delta Force and once commanded all of the U.S. Army’s Green Berets – the man who served his nation with honor and distinction for more than 36 years – was ousted because of political correctness.
In March, Gen. Boykin delivered a speech to conservatives and he referenced the national uproar over transgendered people using the ladies room.
He cracked a joke: “The first man who goes into the restroom with my daughter will not have to worry about surgery.”
But militant LGBT activists were not laughing.
“I never said homosexuals. I never said transgenders,” he told me. “I was really talking about these perverts who would use this as a way to get into the bathrooms with our wives and daughters.”
Boykin, who also serves as an executive vice president of the Family Research Council, tells me as many as 150 activists signed a letter written to the college demanding that he be fired.
“They claimed I was calling for violence against transgenders,” he told me. “Obviously it is not true. It was a figure of speech. It was meant to be humorous and it was humorous to the audience.”
You’d think that militant LGBT activists would enjoy a good rib-tickler. Apparently, they do not.
“Political correctness is absolutely out of control,” he said.
Boykin learned just recently that he would not be returning to the college – without warning.
“I was not given a chance to defend myself,” he said. “I was not given an opportunity to explain myself. That’s the sad part of it. The school is better than that.”
Apparently, they are not.
It's early yet regarding the effects of the county penalizing businesses and consumers with their artificial inflation shenanigans, but to consider: The average monthly rate of unemployment in Johnson County in 2015 according to Iowa Workforce Development statistics was 2.6%. That's great and a pretty darn low rate right!? And sure, there are tangibles besides a minimum wage hike that can effect an unemployment rate, this area is after all pretty much a state taxpayer run economy.... But again, consider this: The average monthly rate of unemployment in Johnson County so far in 2016 is 2.9%, after the county government forced wage hike to $8.20/hr on Nov. 1, 2015. We have yet to feel the repercussions of the "You MUST pay!" $9.15/hr on May 1, 2016, but given the data history of cities like Seattle that have enacted government-forced wage hikes, it will mean another increase in the jobless rate. And never mind the rise in area prices for consumer goods....... That cup of coffee from the non-chain establishment, that breakfast at your favorite LOCAL eatery, that trinket or knickknack at the Mom & Pop shop. Don't worry, if you haven't already experienced a price hike or two, you will, and then-some.
"But, wait a minute!" you say.
"Isn't that unemployment rate going the wrong way?"
"But, but, supervisors said the opposite would happen!"
Yep, all true.
Things that make you go hmmmmm......... And see, I told you so......
This story is developing.... Like I said, it's early in the government-telling-local-businesses-how-to-pay-wages game. But remember, county supervisors like Rod Sullivan PROMISED us that more jobs would be created with a forced wage hike. He PROMISED us that artificially inflating pay would mean increased buying power. He PROMISED us that government telling businesses how to go about their business would stimulate the local economy.
So far, that hasn't been the case.
Stay tuned, more monthly unemployment rate information is pending, along with consumer price data!
Pssst, hey Rod, government forced higher minimum wage increases cause unemployment. They also cause UNDER-employment, which is many ways, is an even worse thing. You're not fixing anything, you're actually making matters worse.
CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Of all the pressing issues the White House needs to focus on, Obama spends time on.... TV? Really?
WASHINGTON — President Obama will announce on Friday his support for opening the market for cable set-top boxes, singling out the devices in millions of homes as a clunky and outdated symbol of corporate power over consumers as he introduces a broad federal effort to increase competition.
In an unusual step, Mr. Obama will weigh in personally on a pending proposal at the Federal Communications Commission, filing comments that encourage it to loosen cable companies’ grip on the boxes. And he will sign an executive order calling on every federal agency to send him proposals within 60 days for steps they can take to promote competition in a range of industries and better protect consumers.
Neil Cavuto Clashes With ‘Million Student March’ Organizer in ‘Socialist’ Shirt After She Claims Capitalism Has Been Proven ‘Illegitimate’ | TheBlaze.com
“We’re spending our money on wars, we’re spending our money on tax breaks for big, wealthy corporations,” Scruggs said. “This system of capitalism has proven itself illegitimate, and it cannot provide basic things like education, shelter [and] health care.”
Scruggs, a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “the candidate of Walmart, Wall Street and war.”
Cavuto pressed Scruggs on what her ideal tax rate would be.
Scruggs replied that she wants to see taxes raised for “those who are making billions of dollars” and “Wall Street bankers.”
“Billionaires, not millionaires,” Scruggs said.
Watch the debate below: