News Briefs for March 17, 2014

News you can use all St. Patrick’s Day

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  • Parade – Faith and beggorah, magically delicious Guinness and Heineken beer companies have joined Samuel Adams in boycotting the Boston Saint Patricks’ Day Parade over that organization’s ban on LGBT participants. (Think Progress)
  • Louisiana – The state of Louisiana is suing for trademark violation when MoveOn used the state’s motto and logo, you know, in ads and billboards that criticize boy exorcist and volcano scholar Bobby Jindal:

    “We have invested millions of dollars in identifying the Louisiana: Pick Your Passion brand with all that is good about Louisiana. No group should be allowed to use the brand for its own purposes, especially if it is for partisan political posturing,” Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne (R) said in a statement.

    “ has every right to attack Gov. Jindal, the state’s refusal to accept Medicaid or, for that matter, me personally. But they do not have the right to use our protected service mark, which is used solely for the purpose of promoting and marketing Louisiana. We own the mark and its use is under the direction of my office, not the Office of the Governor.”

    “With dubious circumspection, I’ve concluded that Bubba, er, Bobby had nothing to do with it,” Dardenne did not add. “Excuse me, gotta text the Governor for my next task,” he did not conclude. (Livewire)

  • What Have You Done For Me Lately – Wingnut hero and former Congressional Quarterly columnist Craig Crawford says that Walter Cronkite’s Vietnam Moment is proof that CBS has liberal bias. Cronkite’s (highly mythological) ‘Vietnam moment’ is rumored to have led President Johnson to turn off the TV at the White House, turn to his aides, and say, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.”

    (Raw Story)

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3 Responses to News Briefs for March 17, 2014

  1. syrbal-labrys says:

    Again, Guinness qualifies for my favorite forbidden enjoyment by being a class act! I am allergic to barley and therefore rarely drink beer — but when I do, 8 times out of 10, it is a draught Guinness.


  2. Bruce388 says:

    “Walter Cronkite’s Vietnam Moment is proof that CBS has liberal bias.” Walter just recognized the reality on the ground.

    I just looked up Craig on Wikipedia. He was old enough to participate in our excellent Vietnamese adventure but he passed on the opportunity. Of course that was decades before “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”


  3. Dimitrios says:

    And so, on this fine March morning, thousands of Irish and would-be-Irish Bostonian celebrants dry-humped their way along the prejudicial parade route through the bowels or their fine metropolis without the official sanctions of said celebrants most important social lubricants.

    ‘Tis a foine ironic sight, sure it ’tis!


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