Dear Readers: I was listening to Tammy Bruce, who described the saga of Space Ref (a space/NASA-oriented science blog). It seems that this humble science blog, which avidly follows launches of NASA Missions, drew the ire of the White House for using the Obama logo on their website.
The legal basis for the claim is unclear, but the story does sound familiar. In July of 2010, the FBI made a similar demand to Wikipedia for its use of the FBI seal on a Wikipedia entry about, no surprise, the FBI. That claim was made under 18 U.S.C. sec. 701, which is aimed at use of government seals to deceive the public. Wikipedia’s lawyers responded with a detailed letter pointing out, among other things, that their use wasn’t deceptive. The FBI went away.
Cowling’s use isn’t deceptive either. The seal is plainly used in conjunction with the news article and the advertisement is no closer on this blog than ads are on news websites and in most newspapers and magazines for that matter. In fact, the seal of the Executive Office of the President of the United States is used extensively all over the internet, sometimes even in promixity to advertising. Threatening phone calls from the White House only serve to chill free speech.
I humbly submit the following graphic for their future consideration:
Space Ref will be added to the blogroll under Pure Science; my son is an avid space junkie and will appreciate the new site very much.
Dueling Barstools had an interesting quote from Sam Houston made shortly before the American Civil War. It got me to thinking. As of now, President Obama has not declared a state of emergency in Texas, related to the wildfires.The administration handled the Gulf Oil spill badly, and has used the fine of $20 Billion from BP as a slush fund. Obama essentially ignored the devastation in Tennessee that was caused by flooding.
The South must be punished for its failure to support Obama.
Speaking of the country dividing between the earners and the takers, we Tea Party types can prepare for quite a presence of MoveOn.org members and union elites at townhalls this summer that focus on budget solutions: Audience members yell at each other during GOP townhall on Ryan’s budget. As HotAir’s Allahpundit notes: Did the attendees actually admit to reporters afterwards that they were there to express America’s alleged grassroots rage as part of a MoveOn group? Smart. Stick with it, as there’s plenty of pushback.
Speaking of unions, Beers with Demo adds some educational perspective: Missourians curious as to what their higher education tax dollars are teaching the kids these day? How about a little union thug tactics 101? (Video is provided).
Now for some economic news.
W.C. Varones has essential reading: Protecting yourself in a dollar crash
B-daddy takes a look at Tax Breaks, Subsidies and Big Oil today: Finally, with regards to the price of oil and gasoline, the best thing politicians could do for the country is ignore it. It will come back down. If this has the feeling of deja vue, it’s because it is.Then goes on to look at the 2008 oil price cycle.
Now to tie the first portion of this post into the second: Left Coast Rebel reports that Obama’s Tea Party Cousin is outselling the Once on Amazon’s Kindle Store!