Trademarked Hate Speech

I was overjoyed to see that the Asian-American band called “The Slants” has heard from a unanimous Supreme Court that their band name is legal. They had been denied the right to use their band name based on a trademark law called the Lanham Act. It was a part of the Lanham Act that the…

Bright Line Distinctions

Well, the Eurotrash section of the German Parliament, in league with the social justice warriors at the German Justice Ministry, are proposing that Facebook and other social networking sites be fined FIFTY MEGABUCKS if they don’t remove all so-called “hate speech” from their websites. And how, you may ask, can either we or the social media…

Paying the Dane-Geld

Back around the year 1000 in England, the Vikings raiding the English coast on their longships were often called “Danes”, because some of them were from Denmark. And like most folks, these  Vikings were not dumb. Early on they just raided, fought battles. But after while they wised up. They turned it into your basic…

Forbidden Words

You might have heard this story. There was a poor benighted fool in Europe the other day, in one of those countries that’s only about half the size you think it is. He said something very wrong, criminally wrong, forbidden words for which he was arrested, tried, and convicted. At the time he was giving a…