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Formula One driver Nico Rosberg had a grand plan to honor his native Germany winning the World Cup. The German Grand Prix will be held in Hockenham, Germany. The 29 year old driver for Mercedes Benz “Silver Arrow” team planned to sport a helmet which celebrated Germany’s fourth World Cup victory in Rio de Janeiro.
Unfortunately, trademark troubles threw a spanner in the works for this Formula One tribute. F.I.F.A. gave a red card to the design as the trophy’s likeness was protected. F.I.F.A issued a firm but friendly denial to Rosberg’s design.
“We appreciate Nico Rosberg’s desire to congratulate the German team and have
therefore been in discussions with the Rosberg team, who have now found a
solution whereby he will still be able to show his support for Germany without
using FIFA’s intellectual property in a commercial context.”
If only the international football organization was consistent in protecting its trademark from Formula One racers. In 2006, Jarno Trulli raced in the French Grand Prix with an image of the trophy on his helmet celebrating Italty’s victory, and he suffered no sanctions.
Rosberg tweeted that he understood F.I.F.A.’s trophy trademark prohibition.
Rosberg tweaked his helmet design to include four gold stars marking Germany’s World Cup wins.
Seasoned political junkies realize that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) brought S. 2578 to a vote as a cheap political stunt which had no actual chance of passage but would gin up a liberal base through identity politics and scare tactic campaigns during a tough election cycle. While the bill won the votes of all Democrat Senators and a few RINO Republicans (Murkowski, Kirk, and Collins), it failed the cloture vote 56-43, with the Senate Majority Leader switching sides for the ability to vote on it again later.
While this vote on S. 2578 was doomed for legislative failure is instructive. Senate Democrats seem to care more about partisan politics and elections than respecting Federalism, the First Amendment and Religious Liberty. Cruz quoting JFK spotlights the progress (and arguably the devolution) of the modern Democrat party. And the episode shows how Christianity is endangered even in America,
After five and a half years of the Obama Administration, certain policies illustrate how our President is seeking to fundamentally transform America.
A quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi popular with the “Si, se puede” crowd is: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” But considering illustrated Obama actions, one wonders. Gutting of our space program to be Muslim outreach; transforming the IRS into a political weapon against domestic “enemies”; Obamacare rules which entice businesses to convert employees into part time workers to dump them into public health exchanges; and overwhelming the U.S. Border Patrol with a flood of OTM illegal immigrants along with hamstringed rules which basically turns them into babysitters.
It would seem that a Pogo-ism is more apropos: “We have met the enemy and it is US.”
We are not destined to such flummoxing funny paper fortunes if enough of us can be drawn away from digital bread and circuses and act upon what is truly important and consistent to our time tested values.
During a tough interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News Channel, Patricia Ireland speaking on behalf of the National Organization for Women (NOW) sought to justify NOW’s labeling of the Little Sisters of the Poor as part of the “Dirty 100″ in light of the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014) Supreme Court ruling.
Ireland deflected the denigration of the Catholic nuns as being like the “Dirty Dozen” with other corporations, presumably for fundraising efforts. But Kelly does not let her off than easily, suggesting that the nuns be considered “Groups with whom we disagree”.
The former NOW President kept insisting that the Little Sisters could “opt out” of the Obamacare contraception mandate. Except the alleged work around forces the Sisters to sign the Form 700 document permitting others to provide the abortifacients which are anathematic to their faith.
Ireland offered patronizing lip service to the nuns’ living their faith and helping the indigent infirmed. But what she does not realize is that if the Little Sisters of the Poor are eventually forced to pay for such unwanted services ordered by former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius then they will move out rather than contravene their consciences.
Ireland insisted that I.U.D.s, which is one of the abortifacients in question, does not kill eggs in the uterus. Well, that’s not quite true. Generally, inter-uterine devices act as spermicide to prevent fertilization but copper I.U.D.s are touted as an emergency contraceptive for five days after intercourse. Most sperm dies within two days after ejaculation (even in the uterus), thus the emergency contraceptive quality of such I.U.Ds intimates that it prevents the implantation of the blastocyst thereby killing a fertilized egg.
Ireland incorrectly asserted that the Supreme Court had ruled on the “opt-out” provision. Hobby Lobby covered closely held corporations with conscience objections but Obamacare opt-outs for non-profits has not been decided yet (although SCOTUS has offered a unanimous injunction pending appeal on January 24th, 2014).
Ireland’s fatal rhetorical faux pas was her bon mot that Supreme Court decisions do not affect the reality. The hostess of the Kelly Files jumped in and asked if Roe v. Wade affected the reality. T o borrow an oft uttered Ireland phrase from the interview “Bless her heart.”