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4 (And maybe 5) Grounds to Impeach Trump

By my count, there are now four grounds to impeach Donald Trump. The fifth appears to be on its way.

First, in taking the oath of office, a president promises to “faithfully execute the laws & the constitution.” That’s Article II Section 2. 

But Trump is unfaithfully executing his duties as president by accusing his predecessor, president Obama, of undertaking an illegal and impeachable act, with absolutely no evidence to support the accusation.

Second, Article I Section 9 of the Constitution forbids government officials from taking things of value from foreign governments. But Trump is making big money off his Trump International Hotel by steering foreign diplomatic delegations to it, and will make a bundle off China’s recent decision to grant his trademark applications for the Trump brand – decisions Chinese authorities arrived at directly because of decisions Trump has made as president.

Third: The 1st Amendment to the Constitution bars any law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” But Trump’s ban on travel into the United States from 6 muslim countries – which he initiated, advocated for, and oversees – violates that provision.

Fourth: The 1st Amendment also bars “abridging the freedom of the press.” But Trump’s labeling the press “the enemy of the people,” and choosing who he invites to news conferences based on whether they’ve given him favorable coverage, violates this provision.

A fifth possible ground if the evidence is there: Article II Section 3 of the Constitution defines “treason against the United States” as “adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

Evidence is mounting that Trump and his aides colluded with Russian operatives to win the 2016 presidential election.

Presidents can be impeached for what the Constitution calls “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Trump. The practical question is whether there’s the political will.

As long as Republicans remain in the majority in the House, where a bill of impeachment originates, it’s unlikely. Another reason why it’s critically important to flip the House in 2018.

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Nintendo files two game trademarks 

Nintendo Co., Ltd. recently filed for trademark applications for ‘Awazon no Hihou’ and ‘DS Kondate Zenshuu’. The former is the secondary part of the Japanese ‘Virtual Boy Wario Land’ title, the latter being the second part to the Japanese only DS recipe title’ Kenkou Ouen Recipe 1000′.


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Ronnie James Dio’s Widow Calls Gene Simmons’ Devil Horns Trademark Attempt “Disgusting”

By Taylor Berman

Yesterday, news broke that KISS frontman Gene Simmons had filed an application to trademark a hand symbol that looked a lot like the heavy metal horns (never mind that it actually represents the American Sign Language symbol for “I love you”). Today, the widow of legendary metal singer Ronnie James Dio weighed in on Simmons’ attempt, calling it, among other things, “disgusting.”

“To try to make money off of something like this is disgusting,” Wendy Dio told The Wrap. “It belongs to everyone; it doesn’t belong to anyone. … It’s a public domain; it shouldn’t be trademarked.”

Dio told the Wrap that her husband first adopted the gesture from his Italian grandmother, who apparently used it to either ward off evil or give the evil eye. “It’s laughable, I think, quite honestly,” she said, noting that John Lennon and the rock band Coven used the gesture on album covers as far back as 1969. “I think he’s made a complete fool of himself.”

This post Ronnie James Dio’s Widow Calls Gene Simmons’ Devil Horns Trademark Attempt “Disgusting” first appeared on SPIN.

In light of all this trademark business, here’s a few things you guys should know about trademarks: First off, there are two types of trademarks. One is an unregistered trademark, using the symbol ™, which has very very little legal protections behind it. The second is a registered trademark, using the symbol ®, which offers exclusive rights to the trademark holder and the ability to take legal action against those who infringe on the trademark.

It is NOT POSSIBLE for lgbtfans to have a registered trademark that gives them exclusive rights over LGBT Fans Deserve Better because the registered trademark application process takes 4 months at the very least to go through, at least in the US which is where it matters seeing as they want to “protect it from the CW”. This movement hasn’t even existed for 2 months so there’s no way they could have registered the trademark. As well, there’s an opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark before the application has been fully processed, so we could oppose it if we felt it necessary.

Finally, a registered trademark is not enforceable unless you intend to take legal action to protect that trademark. So unless lgbtfans has the thousands of dollars required for legal fees, they wouldn’t be able to truly control the use of LGBT Fans Deserve Better. So even if this registered trademark goes through, you can most likely keep using it without any fear of retaliation. Stay salty guys.

anonymous asked:

Ur a fucking leech asking people for $2000 just to make Blackout happen that's really fucked up I damn sure have better things to spend that money on like that

How is trying to trademark three hashtags (federal trademark applications are $200 a pop!), register as a business and non profit with the state (application fee of $200), paying for hosting the website (we originally had a $100 fee but we are gonna move), commissioning BLACK ARTISTS AND WEB DESIGNERS to redo the site and graphics, and producing merchandise so we can FINALLY become a self-sustaining organization making me a LEECH?

On the contrary my scary cat friend, I’ve lost most of my savings paying for Blackout things in its first year. Me. Marissa. Went flat broke. Paying for our site and expenses. And now I’m asking the very people that we have given to to GIVE BACK TO US so we can FINALLY BE MORE. I have read and budgeted and WORKED so that we can ACTUALLY HAVE LONGEVITY and not fade away because I realize that WE MADE A DIFFERENCE AND CAN CONTINUE MAKING CHANGE.

When BLM gets donations do people call them leeches? Hmm? Will you go call them leeches on anon? I didn’t put up with all this bullshit and do all this work so your scared, know-nothing ass can hide on anon calling me names. Keep your money if you don’t believe in us but I bet come June 6th, your ass will tag Blackout like you ain’t just disrespect the bitch that makes it happen. *preacher voice* Turn to ya neighbor and say ‘PUT SOME RESPECK ON MARISSA’S NAME’.

anonymous asked:

What's going on with this trademark stuff and on a level from 1-10 how angry should I be about it?

You should be very angry about it! They went behind the fandom’s back and filed a trademark application for the movement EVERYONE started but unfortunately for them they got caught and are now only offering half truths about everything as usual.

Remember how I told you guys they tried to bully Mix and I when I started the Tumblr at the beginning of March and threatened to shut us down because apparently they had exclusive rights to anything regarding the movement and no one believed me? Yeah well if they get a trademark they /would/ be able to legally do that. Just imagine…if they’ve been on a power trip thus far how bad it would be if they actually got the trademark. This has to be stopped. Ask them for their case number. We have every right to contest this and if they’re as interested in transparency as they say they are they should provide it and the name of the person/entity who filed for it. We have a right to know who’s behind it.

Update about The Fine Bros

As of 2/2, The Fine Bros have issued a written apology, linked on their twitter (https://medium.com/@FineBrothersEnt/a-message-from-the-fine-brothers-a18ef9b31777#.g8akvckds) and taken down the React World and Update videos. In the post, it states the following:

“We have decided to do the following: 1. Rescind all of our “React” trademarks and applications.*2. Discontinue the React World program.3. Release all past Content ID claims.**”

Now, one could look at a side of the situation, as they apologized and want to move on from the project.

Or, be like me, and keep more of this stance: