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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Mithros View Post
    There's a world of difference between a tribes name and a racial slur. And remember, the Native Americans were kind of genocided and Washington DC was the capital of the country that did the bulk of the killing and land theft. The Redskins most rabid fans call themselves the "Hogs", they could easily change their name to the Pigskins, and everyone calls them the 'skins anyway.

    It's hard to imagine a team name being more offensive. You'd have to have something like a Football team in Rowanda calling themselves the Inyenzis to come close.
    These decisions shouldn't be made on whether or not a name is offensive. That's FAR too subjective a standard as people are prone to be offended by damned near anything and it opens the door for claims of offense solely for political or economic reasons.

    The standard needs to be one of whether or not the trademark causes substantial harm to the general public or to public order.

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    No problem- lots of Irishmen in the USA.

    And quite a few who claim to be Irish.
    Only when the Irish Car Bomb shots come out.

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I don't know if you meant to make a funny or not, but this made me laugh out loud. Well done!

    And yeah I'm also white and am offended by that name. That & "Easy Blonde" are both now on my **** list. I need to get 4 of my blonde friends to agree, and I'm going to the Patent Office.
    I lean left on quite a few things however I find this whole thing retarded. They pulled the same crap here with Chief Illiniwek who was the official mascot and symbol of the University of Illinois until 2007. He was deemed offensive. Totally stupid.
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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I don't know if you meant to make a funny or not, but this made me laugh out loud. Well done!

    And yeah I'm also white and am offended by that name. That & "Easy Blonde" are both now on my **** list. I need to get 4 of my blonde friends to agree, and I'm going to the Patent Office.
    I'm not offended, but I thought the Cracker Barrel comment was hilarious.

    If I didn't have so many true life examples of my own blonde stereotypes being true, I'd have to agree on the blonde stuff, but I exemplify the stereotype. Thank goodness I can laugh at myself, as I've pulled some real doozies.
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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    No, but that's a different question.

    People have the right to be offended, and some people are simply hyper-sensitive. We, however, as a society at-large, should recognize this and not pander to it. For example, I have heard people say that discrimination is "whatever the receiver says it is". That's patently absurd. There needs to be some baseline for society to work with.
    But why? So long as there are no artificial barriers to choices, opportunities, access imposed by our public institutions, why do we need any other baseline at all?
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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by HenryChinaski View Post
    I lean left on quite a few things however I find this whole thing retarded. They pulled the same crap here with Chief Illiniwek who was the official mascot and symbol of the University of Illinois until 2007. He was deemed offensive. Totally stupid.
    Yup, I remember that story with the Chief but forgot about it until you mentioned it. If I recall, the NCAA held them hostage by banning them from post season games until they killed the Chief.

    UGH this **** drives me nuts!

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I'm not offended, but I thought the Cracker Barrel comment was hilarious.

    If I didn't have so many true life examples of my own blonde stereotypes being true, I'd have to agree on the blonde stuff, but I exemplify the stereotype. Thank goodness I can laugh at myself, as I've pulled some real doozies.
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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaius46 View Post
    And even if the was offensive or demeaned or belittle what of it? That is no basis for formulating law.
    You can argue that if the name is offensive to enough people the owner should change it out of respect to their sensibilities. But as a matter of law, or government regulation? Nope. Goes too far.T
    Yes. I prefer for public opinion to take care of such things. I don't want an angry mob descending upon me if they don't like my business name or the way I choose to do business, and I think organized boycotts or other pressures to damage a person or business because of a politically correct concept is evil and should be illegal. But if I choose to do what offends so many customers that they choose not to do business with me because of that, I am a fool and deserve the consequences.
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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Dan Snyder might want to give the name change some more thought at this point in time. While I think it's pure thought police idiocy that this happened, maybe his team will stop being such losers if he changes the name to something different. Like The Washington Cavalry.

    You can't reason anyone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into in the first place.

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    Re: Patent office cancels Redskins trademarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    These decisions shouldn't be made on whether or not a name is offensive. That's FAR too subjective a standard as people are prone to be offended by damned near anything and it opens the door for claims of offense solely for political or economic reasons.

    The standard needs to be one of whether or not the trademark causes substantial harm to the general public or to public order.
    I agree, this whole thing is asinine. When government starts enforcing Political Correctness, government has gotten way too big and way too powerful. I would assume that government should have other things to do that need tending too, that are much more important, like getting our debt under control, solving the immigration problem, fixing the economy, jobs, etc.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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