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October 18, 2009
Barbie Girl Goes Toddler Full Circle

Aqua wrote a song entitled "Barbie Girl" in 1997. It was an amusing parody of most everything Barbie stood for (and something that the co-founder of eMusic played all the time in the office.) Mattel promptly sued Universal Music. Judge Alex Kozinski quipped in the opinion, "If this were a sci-fi melodrama, it might be called Speech- Zilla meets Trademark Kong." In his holding he summed up the battle (which Mattel lost) as, "The parties are advised to chill."

What might this have to do with toddlers? Our youngest has started to enjoy Sponge Bob. During the commercials I just heard Mattel using "Barbie Girl" to advertise... Barbie. Aqua and Universal are getting paid by Mattel...

Truth is stranger than fiction.

Posted by hoffmang at 12:21 PM

October 03, 2009
WaPo Accepts the Second

A Washington Post editorial seems to finally accept that the Second Amendment means something and will be applied both in and outside Washington D.C.

What I find eyebrow raising is this line:

Any Supreme Court ruling should explicitly recognize the authority of state and local governments to craft regulations to best protect their communities. Gun laws that make sense in a densely populated urban area may be unreasonable or unnecessary to protect the public safety of rural residents.

Would the Post agree that state or local restrictions on the publishing of newspapers may make sense in urban areas while not making sense in rural areas? How about state restrictions on which religion you can practice? Maybe the right to be free from unreasonable searches doesn't apply in D.C.? (D.C. actually tried that one.)

One of these days, even staunch First Amendment advocates will realize that their fear of firearms leads them to support the undermining of all civil liberties. It's not unlike the right's fear of sexual autonomy makes them attempt to undermine the Fourteenth Amendment - something we all need revitalized to protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Posted by hoffmang at 08:51 AM

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