The Washington Redskins will no longer be able to enjoy the trademark protections of their name, thanks to the U.S. Patent Office.
The right-wing outrage right now is over the IRS losing emails from Lois Lerner and even claiming conspiracy that in this age of technology that such a thing could happen. Of course these same Republicans are the ones that cut budgets, which are needed for things like upgrading computer systems. Just last month it was reported that the IRS would have to pay money out to Microsoft to keep running XP on their systems, since the IRS hasn't been given the needed funds to upgrade from the non-supported operating system. It's also been widely known for years that the IRS only retains backups for 6 months, due to high costs. So not having an email retention system, or even prolonged backups really should come as no surprise.
Dick and Liz Cheney have decided to write an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, in which they say how Obama is "so wrong" about so many things, especially Iraq. Since the rise of violence in Iraq, the right has been trying to squash any discussion of exactly what lead us to the war in the first place - namely the lies of people like Dick and Liz Cheney. Now that they have decided to be heard on the issue, the discussion of their advocating and promoting lies that lead to the invasion is very much on the table. Perhaps that's why some of the staunchest of conservatives have even decided to publicly tell the former VP and his daughter to STFU about the issue.
Thom Tillis, the candidate for Senate from North Carolina, has declared that "traditional" population isn't growing. By traditional, he means white people. So African-Americans, Latinos, Indians, etc. are non-traditional? As someone of native-American decent, I will kindly give him a big "fuck you".
D'Souza has traveled so far off the reservation on this one that even Megyn Kelly is calling him out on it.
The conservative Mecca, known as The Heritage Foundation, attacks a Muslim woman during a panel, showing that the right views all people from Islam as nothing but terrorists.
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has ruled against straw-buying of firearms. Straw-buying is the practice of one person buying a firearm for another, which can be used to forego federal background checks. In his dissent, Scalia wrote "The court makes it a federal crime for one lawful gun owner to buy a gun for another lawful gun owner", showing Scalia had no idea what the argument was about. The whole case is about the lawfulness, and how can we be sure that is happening when the recipient is unknown? For that matter, how does the buyer even know if the person he is buying for isn't a convicted felon? But to NRA lapdogs, like Scalia, logic and common sense are always trumped by the mighty wingnut agenda.
According to Michael Steele, there is some serious interest in Eric Cantor becoming the next chairmen of the RNC. If they want the man, who just became the first majority leader in this nation to lose in a primary, to become the man in charge of electing Republicans, I say go for it! It would also really help with the GOP's identity crisis. What shows identity better than the party of big business and special interests then having their leader be Congress' #1 man of big business and special interest? Ohh and can you just imagine the moaning of the Tea Party. Yes - let's make Cantor the head of the RNC. It would be total awesomeness!
Yesterday Eric Cantor announced he would be resigning as Majority Leader, effective July 31. There is only speculation on who his successor will be, but that is couple with one fact - the next Majority Leader will serve during a time when Congress is in session only 27 days (pdf file). Compare that to the 106 days the average American worker will serve in the same time period and you see a problem. But there's also another problem. Between Cantor's last day and the mid-term there are only 12 days in session. No one knows what will happen in November, and the person elected to replace Cantor today, may not be the replacement elected in January. So basically those 27 days have become none, with the controlling party of the House unable to lay out any agenda and too afraid to do anything, especially before November. That makes Congress the biggest welfare recipients in the country.
David Brat, the teabagger that beat Eric Cantor in the primary last night, was on Chuck Todd this morning advocating for the abolishment of the minimum wage, arguing that wages should be based upon productivity. In the above chart, you can see that his arguments fall flat, with productivity rising over the past 40+ years while wages remain flat. Somehow I think a professor of economics would know this simple fact. Of course this is a guy, that is making this argument, while trying to get one of the only jobs in this nation where wages have continually risen, while productivity has continued to plummet. That job - CONGRESS!
The House Majority leader has just lost his primary battle against the Tea Party challenger. Yes, Eric Cantor has now lost his seat.
When I was in school we used to have drills where we hid under desks in case of a nuclear attack. Luckily that was only carried out in drills and we never saw the actual need for it. Now it looks like our children will have a new drill. A company has developed a bullet-proof blanket to help protect children from shooters. Seeing something like this shows a very sad state of our nation. Instead of addressing the core issue, an increase in access to killing machines and a society with no mental health facilities to really help, we are now selling products to hopefully save the lives of our children from an increasing terroristic threat they are all facing - not one from half way around the globe, but rather from people in their own neighborhoods and possibly classrooms. America, you can do better than this!
Obama is making the announcement right now. The GOP and some Democrats have now gotten their blood, so let's see what happens with getting a new secretary confirmed. It's going to take a lot to fix the mess created by George Bush.