Minnesota graphic artist Dan McCall creates T-shirt with NSA logo saying "The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens" -- and the NSA forces him to stop. The NSA says the logo is their intellectual property, but we all know why they really put the kibosh on it, and anyway I'm pretty sure the phrase "peeping while you're sleeping" isn't actually part of their logo. Now Mr. McCall is suing the NSA for what I imagine any reasonable judge would conclude in about thirty seconds is a breach of his First Amendment rights. I wish him luck, success, and an appropriate amount of earthly riches.
Citizens for Tax Justice profiles 12 tech corporations that could avoid paying over $11 billion in taxes using the old "executive stock option" ploy. But a stock option isn't a payment, since the executive can decide to exercise the option to buy stock at will. And if it isn't a payment, it isn't any kind of "operating expense," and thus shouldn't be deducted as such. At least, that's how it'd work if we were a sane, moral, and decent society.
Craigsville, VA mother dresses son in Klan outfit for Halloween, then goes after her critics, saying it's a "family tradition" to wear it on Halloween since her brother wore it on two occasions some seven years apart, and adding that the local KKK raises money for "the St. Jude's." Well, St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes. What's more disturbing? The boy requested the damn outfit because he saw it in a movie and thought it was cool. I hope, somehow, he doesn't morph into a bitter adult, full of unjustified anger about all the rejections he earned throughout his life.
North Carolina Republican Congressional candidate reregisters as Democrat, issuing a lengthy statement excoriating the extremism of the current Republican Party. All of which he's right about, even inspiring about, but n.b. that the Cook Political Report rates the Third District as a +16 Republican district (meaning Republicans have a 16-point voter registration advantage), that NC-3 already has a sitting two-term Rep who won with 62% and 67% of the vote in 2010 and 2012, respectively -- and that Mr. Thigpen, if elected, would be a Blue Dog, and thus would likely confuse "conservatism" with "service to corporate power."