Beach Party at the Swamp !

Yes, we have nice beaches here 🙂

Saturday night Open Thread. Bring your favorite music, food and booze. Snipe Hunt at midnight with NBD 😛

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Fail Friday Open Thread

Remember all that glorious Sierra snowpack? Thanks to this oppressive heatwave it is all melting. Fast.

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Thank You, Nancy Pelosi!

This is an open thread.

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Happy Summer Solstice via Stonehenge

Some thousands of people gather to celebrate the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in Salisbury, England, at sunrise early Wednesday June 21, 2017. The prehistoric monument, Stonehenge is about 5000-years old and is thought to have been constructed to mark the movement of the sun and other heavenly objects according to Pagan rites. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

And maybe Tropical Storm Cindy could hang a left to cool you guys off in the Southwest. I think I hate hot more than cold.

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Meet Hipster Douchebag Ken

The good thing is these special snowflakes will never reproduce – they have no genitalia.

This is an open thread.

Fat Slutty Barbie

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June 20, 2017—>GA-06

Tomorrow! The Dems have spent $50 million in this district, Pajama Boy can’t even vote in this district! Over to you President Trump….

Meet Karen Handel

Overnight Open Thread !

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SCOTUS Rules 8-0 There Is No “Hate Speech” Exception To First Amendment

Good news:

Supreme Court rules the government can’t refuse to register trademarks considered offensive

The Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the federal government’s practice of refusing to register trademarks that officials deem to be offensive on racial, religious or similar grounds.

The justices ruled, 8-0, in favor of Simon Tam, the front man for an all-Asian-American rock band known as “The Slants.”

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had refused to register the band’s name, citing a law that denied trademarks that disparage individuals, institutions, beliefs or national symbols.

The result in the closely-watched case could doom legal challenges to other trademarks many consider offensive, such as that for the Washington Redskins football team. The team’s owners backed the musician’s attack on the anti-disparagement rule.

The eight justices who considered the case held unanimously that the clause banning registration of disparaging trademarks violates the First Amendment.

“It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote.

Alito had the full support of the justices for the conclusion that trademarks are private speech, not government speech.

“It is far-fetched to suggest that the content of a registered mark is government speech. If the federal registration of a trademark makes the mark government speech, the Federal Government is babbling prodigiously and incoherently,” Alito wrote. “It is saying many unseemly things…. It is expressing contradictory views. It is unashamedly endorsing a vast array of commercial products and services. And it is providing Delphic advice to the consuming public.”

I really hope this is the beginning of a trend.  Slant Lives Matter.

BTW – Neil Gorsuch did not take part in the decision.

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