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The author seems to take it for granted that the cries of government tyranny have been sincere. The point of that line from politicians and powerful people has been to try to return power to state and local governments precisely so that those politicians and powerful people will have more power, more authority., and less scrutiny. The acts of local government you describe - plundering, attacking the poor, exclusionary policies, re-enacting segregationist policies - are the feature, not the bug for many of those that position themselves as anti-federal government.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119249/fergusons-lesson-local-government-poses-real-threat-liberty

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DirecTV will be interesting as they have become hard-liners with some of these (overpriced) cable sports nets. I wouldn't be surprised to see them ending up being the last to sign on. Hopefully someone will start drawing the line on these ridiculous fees. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/sec-network-getting-nervous-about-lack-of-deals-approaching-launch.html

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@RobinTedlock The only thing I see trademarked is "N.W.A." Not the phrase you noted. Has anyone challenged the mark on the basis of what the N stands for?

4 months ago on Washington’s NFL team name is deplorable. But so is the US Patent Office’s ruling.

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@damien404 Nor is there any right to trademark protection.

4 months ago on Washington’s NFL team name is deplorable. But so is the US Patent Office’s ruling.

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Sorry, but concern trolling over free speech doesn't fly. At all. This ruling does not prevent the NFL or its franchise from using the R-word term. They are free to continue using it. What this ruling does is prevent the team or NFL from preventing *other people* from using the term in its trademarked form. In other words, it merely denies the team the right to exclusive use of a racist slur. To try to paint this as government tyranny or free speech violation is honestly ridiculous. 

4 months ago on Washington’s NFL team name is deplorable. But so is the US Patent Office’s ruling.

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So many problems...


First, just because this is the first Al Michaels has heard of it doesn't mean that it has never been an issue.


Second, the whole argument is absurd. I can just imagine folks in the 1950s - "Segregation hasn't been an issue for 70 years, and now it's an issue? Political correctness!" Isn't it crazy, Al, how some people just can't stand to be disrespected forever? Sorry, but laches doesn't serve as a convenient excuse for racism.


Third, the "doesn't Congress have something better to do" bit is another classic logical fallacy argument from folks that wish an issue would stop making them uncomfortable because they have a position they can't actually defend. Believe it or not, Congress can (and better) work on more than one thing at a time! This is an issue that affects millions of Americans. I know that Congress is supposed to spend most of its time helping out rich folks like Al, but there's nothing  wrong with them sparing a few seconds to deal with other issues.


4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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The article about the frenzy feels a little incomplete without talking to some librarians. What kind of demand are they seeing to check out the book?

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117498/pikettys-capital-sold-out-harvard-press-scrambling

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I have to guess it was Penn State and Northwestern that were contacted by the ACC. Penn State seems obvious. As to the second school, look at who was doing the calling. Why have Wake Forest doing the calling? Small, private school, perhaps? Or maybe because their AD used to coach at Northwestern? Although not a glamorous TV property, Northwestern might be attractive as a play at the Chicago market. 

9 months, 1 week ago on Did ESPN try to help recruit Big Ten schools to the ACC?

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I'd personally bump Enos down a notch pending the UMass/EMU games. I really wonder if UVA ponies up that buyout this year for London and staff. I think they need to give Grobe one more year, but he'd have to make a bowl next season. I'd bump up Paul Johnson a notch. They're basically a .500 squad since their ACC title and if he loses to UGA this year that would make five in a row - with some games in there against some pretty weak UGA teams. He probably will get another year, though, just to pare that buyout down a little more.

11 months, 1 week ago on College Football Coaching Hot Seat Ranking – Monday, Nov. 18

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The Dodgers deal with Time Warner they announced earlier this year is for 25 years starting in 2014. 

1 year, 5 months ago on ESPN unveils SEC Network | April | 2013

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Well, it wouldn't be the first time an Auburn assistant coach was caught handing cash over to a player, rather than using third parties. Just ask Troy's coach.

1 year, 6 months ago on New Auburn scandal not the real scandal

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Nor will firing Kiffin be well-timed for hiring a new coach. How many top-notch coaches are going to want to take over with the knowledge that they can only have 15 initial counters for the next three years? The bowl ban may be over, but the scholarship stuff is just beginning, and it will be awfully tough to convince a great head coach to come in and risk being the one to get blamed when 2-3 years from now the roster is a mess.

1 year, 9 months ago on USC is losing commitments fast and furious, but Trojans fans shouldn't be worried

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Stanford's SID needs to keep the coach very aware before the game of what the coach's pre- and post-game responsibilities will be (as came up w/r/t Joe Paterno at the Rose Bowl a few years back, these interviews are typically contractually mandated), and then the SID (or appointed media relations person) needs to be standing next to the coach after the game and guiding him along from appropriate spot to spot and telling folks to wait their turn. If Stanford doesn't do that, they need to fix it. And if David Shaw doesn't like all of that stuff, too bad - that's part of being a head coach of an FBS program (or, he might want to keep in mind, the head coach of an NFL team).

1 year, 9 months ago on Heather Cox does not appreciate her Rose Bowl interview being cut short

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A "secret memo"? Come the @#$% on. That doesn't pass the most basic smell test. Yes, every one of these competition shows has producers pushing and prodding the show in a way that they think makes for the best ratings, but a secret memo that she never actually saw and just heard about third-hand (which supposedly was overturned by someone throwing one tantrum)? Why would anyone do business with this person given the wild accusations she makes about people she has worked with?

2 years ago on Hope Solo alleges Dancing With The Stars is rigged

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No QB likes someone on their blind side. It can be a QB problem to move like that, but more typically when a QB starts to feel "phantom pressure," it is because he doesn't trust the OL.

2 years ago on Time for Sooners to make serious changes

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You're really missing out. I mean, did you know that Aaron Rodgers' favorite restaurant in Berkeley was La Burrita? Did you know that Summer Sanders' dream job was working for the Pac 12 Network? These are things you would know if you had the Pac-12 Network. You would know them because they get repeated in every single commercial break during a three hour game because they have almost no outside commercial sales and apparently didn't realize that having more than half a dozen network promo ads might be a good idea if they didn't want to drive viewers insane. And you would also know how great and fabulous the Pac 12 is, because that's basically the theme of all of the network's coverage, even during games. Down with DirecTV!

2 years, 1 month ago on DirecTV and the Pac-12 Network: countdown to the suck

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I love that people think its crazy for crew chief umpire (i.e., their manager) to get angry when he's dealing with a raving lunatic, but the same people think its totally understandable - nay, applause-worthy - that the White Sox manager goes nuts. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Video: Hawk Harrelson goes on another anti-umpiring rant

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