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Elspeth
09-07-2013, 09:25 PM
Interesting way to prevent average Americans from speaking their mind about the most oppressive and invasive agency in the nation:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/357309/nsa-registered-trademark-national-security-marketing-enterprises-worldwide-inc-mark

NSA Is a Registered Trademark of National Security Marketing Enterprises Worldwide, Inc.

By Mark Steyn

America’s money-no-object security apparatus missed Major Hasan and the Tsarnaev brothers and the Pantybomber, but if you make a joke about them they’ll get you in nothing flat:

McCall put up a handful of T-shirts and bumper stickers for sale on the custom goods marketplace Zazzle, which distributes most of Liberty Maniacs’ goods. Each of those items had the NSA logo, plus a common joke as a slogan: “The only part of the government that actually listens.”

“Within an hour or two,” as McCall told the Daily Dot, Zazzle emailed him to say the shirt had been removed from the Zazzle site.

As Zazzle explained to Mr McCall:

Your product contained content which infringes upon the intellectual property rights of National Security Agency.

Which is cute considering that the NSA’s entire purpose is to infringe upon the intellectual property rights of everyone else — literary works from your e-mail account, vocal performances from your telephone. But they’re deadly serious. If Osama bin Laden had made the mistake of wearing a T-shirt saying, “Come and get me, you NSA®©TM pansies,” they’d have got him a decade earlier. The NSA publicist cites Public Law 86-36:

which states that it is not permitted for “. . . any person to use the initials ‘NSA,’ the words ‘National Security Agency’ and the NSA seal without first acquiring written permission from the Director of NSA.”

You can’t use “NSA” without written permission? This may present problems for the National Scrabble Association.

Rockntractor
09-07-2013, 09:49 PM
No more pointing a finger at China saying they have no freedoms are communist or anything else we have grown accustomed too, China is Fascist chrony capitalism and so are we,. do you want to talk about property rights , discuss this with people on the wrong side of the EPA, Dept of Agriculture or the Forestry deptment. then of course there is zoning eminent domain abuses and other local government grabs, grow a pot plant and you can lose your property but murder someone and your land will be waiting when you get out.
This entire government is no better than China anymore, if you find an area where it is don't blink it will be gone. Land of the free home of the brave, yes there are many around that are still brave but free is dissipating rapidly.

Oh but wait, we vote for our leaders, yeah of course we do and 150% of the population votes in critical areas with all of the votes going for the progressives, you cannot keep an electronic vote honest with no paper trail to prove it, it was hard enough with the traditional ballot. we have lost our grip.

DumbAss Tanker
09-07-2013, 09:55 PM
Easy enough to beat...make a parody version of the seal, and use a title like 'Nationwide Sneaky Authority" with the initial letters made prominent.

Retread
09-08-2013, 12:18 AM
A neighborhood group recently removed their entire illegal alien workforce by wearing Invitational Native Sightseers caps and shirts while they picked up litter on the streets.

RobJohnson
09-08-2013, 04:46 AM
A neighborhood group recently removed their entire illegal alien workforce by wearing Invitational Native Sightseers caps and shirts while they picked up litter on the streets.


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