Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Colbert Coalition takes on NOM

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Colbert Coalition's Anti-Gay Marriage Ad
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorNASA Name Contest

Friday, April 17, 2009

Do you know the difference between a rollergirl and a snack food?

Crackerjack vs. Frito Lay (via Texas Rollergirls)

"Plano-based snack company Frito-Lay North America, Inc. recently put the corporate kibosh on local rollergirl Colleen "Crackerjack" Bell's attempt to trademark her nickname for roller derby competitions. In their opposition, filed April 8, Frito-Lay essentially alleges that their tasty caramel popcorn treat runs the risk of being confused with a bunch of tough ladies who try to bruise each other while skating around a circular rink."Austinist

Frito-Lay claims in their opposition of the roller derby-specific trademark that Crackerjack is merely descriptive, not a proper name; they claim there is a great likelihood of confusion between the candied popcorn and the rollergirl; that use of the word crackerjack by a rollergirl dilutes the connection between the words Cracker Jack and candy popcorn, and/or tarnishes the image of the snack; and finally they claim that Crackerjack is falsely suggesting a connection between herself and candied popcorn, and the insinuation is causing harm to Frito-Lay.

Crackerjack talks about her trademark on Austin Fox and CBS affiliates:
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on CBS -

The story has also gotten coverage in the Madison, WI local press

Balderdash. Or should we say, Poppycock. If you still don’t get it, watch this:

We think that people are generally smart enough to tell the difference between a rollergirl and a snack. If we’re right, please tell Frito-Lay and encourage them to drop this opposition.

friday reads

Glenn Greenwald on Obama's release of the OLC torture memos.

Didgby on "professional" courtesy.

Christy Hardin Smith asks: Which language is from Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn's seminal work The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956 and which is from US Department of Justice OLC memoranda issued in the last few years.

Spencer Ackerman on OCL's medieval documents.

$40M fuel theft prompts global manhunt

Thursday, April 16, 2009

thursday reads

Can Paraguay's President Survive a Scandal?

Gov. Goodhair, jackass.

TMP interviews New York Time's Eric Lichtblau on the ongoing warnetless wiretapping program.

General Growth Properties Inc, the second-largest U.S. mall owner, filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday in the biggest real estate failure in U.S. history.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

tuesday reads

Spanish prosecutors will seek criminal charges against Alberto Gonzales and five high-ranking Bush administration officials for sanctioning torture at Guantánamo. (Scott Horton)

Frankin Wins Again!

Legalize drugs, reduce violence.

#@%*! thieving dwarves

teabagger blowback

Monday, April 13, 2009

monday reads

Soldiers close in on anti-government protesters after day of running battles in Bangkok.

A 5-day standoff with Somali pirates comes to an end.

Scott Horton: Upholding the red Cross

Longer Unemployment for Those 45 and Older

Paul Krugman on those crazy Republicans.