Get THESE Before They Are Gone.

Certainly is NOTHING wrong with the inherent American sense of humor.

Unless, that is, you are a government asshole. From CNSNews.com

 

Feds Threaten to Prosecute Merchant for Selling ‘Department of Homeland Stupidity’ Coffee Mugs.

  October 31, 2013 – 3:36 PM
By Ali Meyer and Michael W. Chapman
Department of Homeland Stupidity

If the shoe fits………………..

 

(CNSNews.com) – The Department of Justice, on behalf of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has threatened to criminally prosecute a novelty store owner for selling mugs and t-shirts that say, among other things, “Department of Homeland Stupidity” and “The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens.”

The novelty items are sold online at Zazzle.com, which is operated by merchant Dan McCall. The NSA and DHS sent “cease and desist” letters to Zazzle stating that the parody products violate statutes that protect their official seals from misuse.

The NSA and DHS, through the Department of Justice, are “threatening litigation and criminal prosecution if the parody designs weren’t immediately removed,” reported the government watchdog group Judicial Watch.NSA parody t-shirt

NSA parody t-shirt reads “The NSA – the only part of government that actually listens.”

 

While the parody products, such as “NSA: Spying on you since 1952,” have been removed from Zazzle’s website, a federal complaint has been filed by Dan McCall against the DHS and NSA, claiming that the cease and desist directives violate his First Amendment rights.

“As the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland states, “This is an action for a judgment rejecting claims made in cease and desist letters that two government agencies sent to an online vendor of T-shirts, mugs and similar merchandise.

parody mugNSA parody mug that reads: “Spying on You Since 1952”

 

“(a) Contrary to the agencies’ claims, images created by a parodist to comment on the agencies by juxtaposing their names and official seals, or altered versions of their seals, with humorous and satirical words and images, do not violate federal statutes barring use of the agencies’ names and seals, as those statutes are construed to avoid conflict with the First Amendment.

“(b) If the statutes are not construed narrowly to permit such use of the agencies’ names and seals, application of those statutes to bar the speech violates the First Amendment.”

Commenting on the case, Judicial Watch said, “The two agencies at the center of this brouhaha most certainly have bigger fish to fry. So does the Department of Justice (DOJ), the agency that has threatened to prosecute the mug and T-shirt creator.”

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I guess the thin-skinnedness starts at the top with the Petulant Man-Child-in-Chief, and goes to the lowest echelons of bureaucracy.

Normally, I would not urge anyone to patronize one business over another, but I’m hitting Zazzle.com right after I finish this, to get some of these items before Obama’s brownshirts get there to destroy the evidence.

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Clyde

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16 Responses to Get THESE Before They Are Gone.

  1. Kathy says:

    I’m with you, Clyde. Mr. McCall is going to need extra money to fight obama’s bullies. With any other president, this would have been a non-issue.

  2. BrianR says:

    Interesting. I’d say he’ll win his case, as the Supreme Court has already held — YEARS ago — that even “abusing” the flag is covered under First Amendment Free Speech protections.

    If you can crap on the flag, I don’t see how any agency’s SEAL is sacred.

    As usual, Holder’s found something to amuse himself that doesn’t involve actually doing his JOB.

    BTW… Where are the “cease and desist” orders against all the Hollyweird productions that use fake agents (actors) using fake badges (props) and having meetings in fake offices with fake seals in sight (sets) — otherwise known as “movies” and “TV” shows?

  3. Hardnox says:

    This is so absurd that I hope the judge dismisses this outright. This whole administration is run by adolescents.

    • Clyde says:

      I think Brian raised a good point. There already ARE S.C. decisions regarding this type of case. Shit, I believe kindergarteners could run things better than this bushel of pine cones.

  4. bullright says:

    Damn Clyde … like everything, just when you find a good product the government takes it off the market.

  5. upaces88 says:

    Man! Talk about overly sensitive for all they’ve done? Jeeeze!

  6. WTXGunRunner says:

    Great one, Clyde. Guess ‘no sense of humor’ is precisely correct, huh? Thin skinned jerks just hate it when somebody makes a dime for themselves when they aren’t smart enough to do it themselves. LOL, whatever……….

    • Clyde says:

      What kind of humorless asshats are in these places? Thank GOD some in this country have a good sense of humor, AND can PROFIT from it. Thanks, WTX.