October 2012

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Assorted Halloweenish Items

SKELETONS: Police say they don't suspect foul play after the CREEPY discovery of human bones in the roots of a giant oak tree in Connecticut that was toppled by the recent storm. Even if they did, there wouldn't be much…


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Costa Concordia’s Captain Sues for Wrongful Termination

I don't know much about employment law, but I do know this: If you're the captain of a cruise ship and this happens: … you probably can't complain too much about getting fired. Which has not stopped the ex-captain of…



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UPDATE: More on Your Freedom to Tebow

As I mentioned the other day, many media outlets have been reporting incorrectly that Tim Tebow had been granted a trademark on the act of "Tebowing," not just the term. To some extent this may have been a misunderstanding of…


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UPDATE: Birthers’ Record Is Worse Than I Thought

Last week I mentioned that the lawsuit (if you can call it that) filed against me, the President of the United States, and a number of other dignitaries by birther/dentist/lawyer Dr. Orly Taitz had been dismissed. I also mentioned having seen…



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Divided Court Rules 4-3 That Lap Dances Are Not “Artistic”

The ruling by New York's highest court means that the revenues derived from said dances are taxable, because they are not entitled to the exemption in state law for "dramatic or musical arts performances." The majority appears to have compared…


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Tebow Trademarks “Tebowing”?

Photo: AP Various reports, like this one at the Washington Times, have said that Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has trademarked the act of "Tebowing," but I don't think that's true. He has certainly trademarked the word "Tebowing" for use in a variety…


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UPDATE: Hemingway’s Six-Toed Cats Remain

As I mentioned in July 2007 (and again that November), a legal dispute was then raging as to whether the descendants of Ernest Hemingway's six-toed cat Snowball could stay on the grounds of the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West. Snowball's…