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“Hail To The (Insert Politically Correct Team Name) …”

WASHINGTON REDSKINS’ FOOTBALL TEAM TRADEMARKS REVOKED … All hail Barack Obama … Because the leader of the “free” world has nothing else on his plate, he’s re-engaging his vendetta against the National Football League (NFL)’s Washington Redskins for having what he considers to be a politically incorrect team name. Never…

WASHINGTON REDSKINS’ FOOTBALL TEAM TRADEMARKS REVOKED …

All hail Barack Obama …

Because the leader of the “free” world has nothing else on his plate, he’s re-engaging his vendetta against the National Football League (NFL)’s Washington Redskins for having what he considers to be a politically incorrect team name.

Never mind that only 30 percent of Native Americans agree with him …

Oh, and never mind that the government shouldn’t have a damn thing to do with sports.

All that is lost on Obama, apparently, who has launched a major salvo in his war against the white man (Daniel Snyder) who has a team of (mostly) black men named after red men.  By a 2-1 vote, Obama’s U.S. Patent Office has ruled that the Washington Redskins’ nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that trademarks for the name must be canceled.

Unreal …

This is your federal government at “work,” people.

“(Redskins owner) Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it’s just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing and change the name,” U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid said.

Ah, yes … the mantra of big government: Do what we command, or else.  In fact such a negotiating position is eerily reminiscent to the terms laid out to the original “Redskins” back in the day.

The contemporary football Redskins remain defiant …

“Today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo,” a statement from the team read.

That’s true … although if the Redskins lose their appeal of this ruling, it would make it virtually impossible for them to protect the profits associated with team merchandizing.

Snyder has vowed he will not change the team’s name – and polling shows that 80 percent of Americans support his position.

Obama’s activist trademark judges apparently don’t care what the majority of Americans (or the majority of Native Americans) think.

“While this may reveal differing opinions within the community, it does not negate the opinions of those who find it disparaging,” trademark judge Karen Kuhlke wrote. “The ultimate decision is based on whether the evidence shows that a substantial composite of the Native American population found the term ‘Redskins’ to be disparaging.”

Again … unreal.  This is pure thought control: Government-imposed censorship of a private entity – all to kowtow to a “minority within a minority.”

Ridiculous …

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90 comments

CorruptionInColumbia June 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Having some Native American ancestry, I have always thought this whining about sports team names was just silly. If it were done in a way that was derogatory of Native Americans, I could understand. Being that the idea, as I perceive it at least, is to have a team name that inspires an image of a fierce and formidable opponent, I do not see what the problem is. That they would chose a name synonymous with a people who fought bravely to defend their homeland should be a source of pride for Native Americans.

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junior justice June 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm

+1000 – me too, CC……

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RogueElephant June 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm

That’s the way I have always looked at it.

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Buz Martin June 19, 2014 at 7:29 am

Not so with this particular one. “Redskins”, despite what Hollywood did with it in the past, is an extreme pejorative, worse than “brass ankle”, and actually the NA equivalent of “nigger.” It originally referred, not to our native ancestors, but to the bloody scalps that mercenary whites, Indians and “mixed-bloods” brought for monetary reward or to score points with different nationalist factions seeking hegemony in the “New World.” Most of the team nicknames, in my personal opinion, are no big deal This one is. BUT I don’t agree with the heavy-handed and over-reaching use of an office of the fed g to punish the team owner. Not at all.

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Buz Martin June 19, 2014 at 9:43 am

Also, it should be noted that there is credible refutation of the point of view I stated. No cut and dried, black and white resolution to it all that’s entirely sane, equitable and just. But the momentum of history is toward an eventual change of name for the team. For better or worse.

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Centrist View June 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm

What will they do about these mascots?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/18/offensive-mascots_n_4277317.html
Freeburg Midgets
Orofino Maniacs
Pekin Chinks
Centralia Orphans
Coachella Valley Arabs
Laurel Hill Hoboes
Wahpeton Wops
St. Bonaventure University Brown Squaws
Robstown Cottonpickers
Akron East Orientals
Frisco Coons
Rhode Island School of Design Nads

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Smirks June 18, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Go Nads!

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junior justice June 18, 2014 at 2:12 pm

–ya know, Smirks, I saved that one for you!

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Stay in the closet June 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

We all know he’s a secret ball juggler.

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junior justice June 18, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Doesn’t Benedict College’s fight song go—-
Bend an arm!
Bend a leg!
Bend a dick!
Bend a dick!

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jimlewisowb June 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm

FUCKIN FUNNY

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junior justice June 18, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Nothing — it would not give ‘little potus’ and his backroom boys any recognition. Anyway, one school they won’t mess with is the one (I can’t remember which one) are called the “JASPERS”.

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Bill June 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I must admit a lack of information here. Who would find the “Jaspers” derogatory or offensive? Especially if you selected it to apply to yourself.

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junior justice June 19, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I think the Jaspers were a Jesuit college basketball team that used to play the Gamecocks.

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Tom June 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Did you google these? Because I know the Pekin Chinks name was changed to the Pekin Dragons, in the 1980s, because of complaints. Also are any of these registered trademarks. Because if they are not, this is not relevant to what the P&T office is doing with the Redskins.

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Jan June 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm

You know if you had read the Huffington Post article you referenced you would see that almost all of these names have been changed, because people found them offensive. Only a couple remain, and those are probably the least offensive of the bunch. This does not seem to support the premise that people should just ignore names they find offensive. I personally do not care, but I am not a Native American.

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Fat Greg Dulli June 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Obama is a disgrace, his legacy is one of pettiness and insignificance. I’m personally offended by the national chain restaurant, Cracker Barrel. It’s clearly derogatory towards white people. Let’s add them to Obama’s list of entities to screw with. See how childish that sounds?

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Smirks June 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm

It sounds childish because Obama has nothing to do with TTIB’s ruling.

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Fat Greg Dulli June 18, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Sure nothing to do with the ruling, but maybe if he kept his fat nanny controversy ginning trap shut and do something presidential we could get somewhere as a country. His efforts are spent on completely narcissistic causes.

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Smirks June 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Who gives a shit if Obama voices his opinion? Get over it dude.

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Fat Greg Dulli June 19, 2014 at 12:21 am

He should have a glass of STFU and stop being such a race baiting sociopath.

Tom June 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Pretty sure I have seen a lot more race baiting from folks like you on this web site than from Obama. Between your fake black accents, calling Obama half black, and references to Mayorhood and derogatory statements about minorities in general, I think its a joke for you and a few others who post here to complain about race baiting by anyone. So I guess it takes a race baiting sociopath to know one.

If an Indian Tribe is offended by the name, they have the right to complain. They did and they won. Now the team will appeal, and it will be up to a higher court to decide the result. This has all happened before. Nothing new, and long before Obama was President; even before he was a Senator.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm

…calling Obama half black

That’s what counts for *race baiting* these days?

euwe max June 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

Sure it is… it sets up cognitive dissonance in racists.. not knowing where on the bus Obama would sit, or how the bus driver would know, only going by sight.

Having to recode all of the IRS and unemployment forms to the thirty-seconds of a race.

Which also leads to interracial marriage confusion… “hey… I just got the DNA test back, he looks like George Clooney, but he’s 1/32 black! No daughter of MINE…”

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 20, 2014 at 9:41 am

But, you see, Obama is half black. Also half white.

Trust me, If TBG was a black man, TBG would refer to Obama as “half white”.

euwe max June 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

Where should he sit on the bus? Can he eat at Walgreens? Does he have to drink half from the “Whites” fountain, and half from the “Coloreds” fountain? Can he make a half-hearted attempt at courting a White woman?

If TBG was half black and half white, WWTBGD?

Not Fox News Or Beck June 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Goddamnit, Smirks! These cats don’t want to hear stuff like that…

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Fat Greg Dulli June 18, 2014 at 2:42 pm

No jackass, I’m aware that Obama didn’t have a vote… he’s just the one stoking the race fire.

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Tom June 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I am pretty sure that is the Indian Tribe that filed the complaint.

Fat Greg Dumbfuck June 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Obama had nothing to do with this. But don’t let reality get in the way of your stupidity.

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jimlewisowb June 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Wonder if Obama and Reid would piss in their pants if the University of South Carolina and Oregon State University played in a bowl game

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major major June 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

They’d probably send in the University of Southern California to make sure that nothing resulted from that game.

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a face in the crowd June 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Didn’t whites take offense to Po’ Folks?

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junior justice June 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm

One of the cutest and best girlfriends I dated waitressed at Po’ Folks — and I liked eating there.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 18, 2014 at 11:15 pm

…and I liked eating there.

We are still talking about Po Folk’s, right?

*Tried to resist… Tried to be mature…. Just. Couldn’t.*

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junior justice June 19, 2014 at 10:01 pm

heh! heh! (and I was trying to be sly)

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Didn’t whites take offense to Po’ Folks?

None that TBG knows of.

Country fried steak, mashed potatoes/gravy, collards and some sweet tea in a Mason jar would hit the spot ’bout now.

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Tom June 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I am pretty sure you are trying to come up with the phrase “po white trash.”

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Silvio Dante June 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Haley to the Redskins!

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Smirks June 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm

“Obama’s Patent Office”

http://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/v?pno=92046185&pty=CAN&eno=199

The three judges that voted on this:

Kuhlke – Appointed in 2005 (who wrote the opinion)
Cataldo – Appointed in 2006
Bergsman – Appointed in 2006

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark_Trial_and_Appeal_Board

(Read how these guys are appointed too.)

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Smirks June 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Should also note:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-patent-office-cancels-washington-redskins-trademarks-1403103213

In 1999, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the name was
disparaging and should be changed, but the Redskins were able to
overturn the decision in federal court.

“Obama’s Patent Office”

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James June 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Please this is a fact free zone. Facts are confusing and generally biased against Republicans and Libertarians.

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John June 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Will doesn’t care about facts. You know this. He knows this. It’s easier pandering to the masses.

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Godslayer June 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm

” It’s easier pandering to morons.” There. Fixed it for you.

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Tunes'n'News June 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Activist trademark judges? That’s just silly. It’s a legal matter not a political matter, and was decided on legal grounds. 2-1 decision indicates it was actually a close case. Stick to high school grade SC statehouse rumors and palace intrigue (i.e., your wheelhouse).

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Original Good Old Boy June 18, 2014 at 3:39 pm

What is considered “disparaging” is open to interpretation. The case was decided within a legal framework, yes, but the ultimate decision was motivated by politics — the politics of hyper-appeasement.

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Tunes'n'News June 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Close case. I’m not sure that I’d agree with the result without reading the opinion and understanding the definition of “disparaging” used in the TM office, and how that’s been handled in the past.

But it used to be that reasonable minds could reach different conclusions on the same issue and co-exist. Not anymore. People we disagree with are extremist, hyper-political enemies bent on transforming or destroying the country and everything we hold dear. I’m not sure a rejected “Redskin” trademark application is a postcard from hell.

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Smirks June 18, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Keep in mind the case has been going on since 2006. 8 years.

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a face in the crowd June 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Look at this way. South Carolina is basking in U.S. freedom of speech, with an alleged military institution (Citadel) allowed to fly the Confederate battle flag, the flag of a military enemy. If this were not the U.S., suffice it to say the flag would not appear there — nor would those who fly it.

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Jackie Chiles June 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Yeah, no other country allows flags of enemies to be flown in their countries. That’s why the American flag is banned in the UK.

Also, we should probably ban any school from having a Mexican flag in it since we fought Mexico back in the 1840s.

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a face in the crowd June 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Ah, classic Southern revisionist BS.

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Jackie Chiles June 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

You seem dumb.

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a face in the crowd June 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

^ Captain of debate team.

Jackie Chiles June 18, 2014 at 2:56 pm

^thinks you can debate people with IQ’s below 80

Original Good Old Boy June 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Did I miss something? Which part of history did he revise?

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a face in the crowd June 18, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I should have said part of the revisionist narrative / dubious justifications, in general.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm

I should have said part of the revisionist narrative / dubious justifications, in general.

PRO TIP:
The First Rule of Holes:
“When you’re in one…stop digging.”

a face in the crowd June 19, 2014 at 10:05 am

The absurdity of the Confederate flag at the Citadel stands.

Lenny June 19, 2014 at 10:17 am

As do your comments.

Jackie Chiles June 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I would note that “Party with Sluts” trademark 4388020 and “The Slutcracker” trademark 3650802, are both registered trademarks.

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junior justice June 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Interesting — can you give us some details on those two items?

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Jackie Chiles June 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Google them. Be sure to turn off the parental setting on google.

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Tom June 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

I am pretty sure if a woman filed a complaint, and asked for the TM to be revoked she would win. See that is the way this typically works. Someone who finds the mark offensive files a complaint. In this case a group of Native Americans who found the mark offensive filed a complaint. They won. This is not the first time this has happened. But by all means, lets pretend it is.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Enough of this politically correct shit!

Let’s “Rock the Vote”…… fo realz!

Snyder/Sterling 16!!!!

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We're all be cocked anyway June 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I’ve a better idea, let’s “Cock the Vote!”

Jeremy/Holmes 16!!!!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Jeremy/Holmes 16!!!!

“Go big or go home.”

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We're all being cocked anyway June 18, 2014 at 6:21 pm

“We’ll create an economy so vibrant that everyone gets a money shot!”

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guest June 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

“Never mind that only 30 percent of Native Americans agree with him …”

Source?

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Vroom June 18, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Good, let’s dispel of that racist, skin-based name… but wait, perhaps there is a non-racist, skin-based name that is actually adored by its membership… I know, let’s rename them the… Washington Skinheads. (hahahaha)

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Jackie Chiles June 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Typing haha in your post doesn’t make it funny.

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Vroom June 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Well, I think the racial sensitivity ironies of modern America are funny as hell… so, go f@ck yourself.

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Jackie Chiles June 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm

If you have to type “haha” to explain that your joke is funny, then you’re doing it wrong. (haha)

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Vroom!! Vroom!! June 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

His name is “Vroom”, cut him some slack.

euwe max June 20, 2014 at 9:11 am
euwe max June 20, 2014 at 9:09 am

It didn’t make you serious, either. I think he was mocking the insipid sense of humor of skinheads in general.

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Jackie Chiles June 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm

you forgot to type haha to make the joke clear.

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junior justice June 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Why not honor our founding editor? — Washington Sic Willies? No one could be offended by that.

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Inciteful June 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I resent that grocery stores insult all us whites by selling crackers. Graham crackers, saltine crackers, toasted crackers and the like. I sick of it. The U.S. patent office should eliminate protecting the insulting, demeaning word “cracker”!

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Thin White Skin June 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Don’t forget white bread too, possibly the trademark “Wonder Bread” specifically as well, as I’ve been on the receiving end of that slur on basketball courts. I was extremely offended.

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junior justice June 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

What about those Oreos? Why is the white only inside the cookie? Why can’t we have WHITE peanut butter? Damn!

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Hail to HNIC June 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm

If I’m the Redskins owner and I lose the appeal I change the team name to the Washington Blackskins and make the my team logo a Lawn Jockey.

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junior justice June 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Washington Political Assholes….

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MyDaddyIsRich June 19, 2014 at 8:52 am

That is why you live in a double wide.

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Hail to the NHIC June 19, 2014 at 10:43 am

Why you knockin double wide’s bro? If it wasn’t for double wide’s where would you get your meth?

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Squishy123 June 18, 2014 at 6:02 pm

I hope they do to change their name, to the Washington Fuckyous. If candy-asses are going to feel offended, let’s offend everyone equally.

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springer June 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Since the majority of players on the team are black … what about … the Washington Niggas

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Mguzman June 19, 2014 at 8:43 am

ObamaNation……..thats what we are!!!! Wake Up! America

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MyDaddyIsRich June 19, 2014 at 8:46 am

Would “girlfriend punchers” offend you?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein June 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm

“Washington Redskins” is a damned offensive name. It is high time something is being done about it. As a libertarian leaning, southern, Jewish, Native American…”Washington Redskins” literally makes TBG sick to his stomach.

Enough is enough, Mr Snyder.

YOU ARE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY!

TBG implores:

PLEASE change the effing name of the team.

TBG suggests:

Maryland Redskins?

Or the more inclusive:

DelMarVa Redskins?

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euwe max June 20, 2014 at 9:48 am

How about Washington Injuns?

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