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Comment: Current, huh? (Score 1) 895

by TPJ-Basin (#32307384) Attached to: Conservative Textbook Curriculum Passes Final Vote In Texas

"We need to have students compare and contrast this current view of separation of church and state with the actual language in the First Amendment," said McLeroy, who like other social conservatives contends that separation of church and state was established in the law only by activist judges and not by the Constitution or Bill of Rights.

Current view? If by 'current' he means 'over the last 200+ years'. In an 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, Thomas Jefferson, then president, declared that the American people through the First Amendment had erected a "wall of separation between church and state." Doesn't sound very 'current' to me.

Comment: Day late and a dollar short (Score 1) 426

by TPJ-Basin (#31311378) Attached to: Court Rules Photo of Memorial Violates Copyright
http://www.jurisnotes.com/IP/articles/trademarkblues.htm "Photographers, agents and publishers are up in arms over the latest legal trend that is growing like bacteria within their industry. New York's Chrysler Building, San Francisco's Transamerica Tower, Daytona Beach, and Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have all been the subject of trademark challenges brought by their owners against photographers and publishers who incorporated original images of each of these properties in posters or advertisements. Reliable sources say that the Dallas Chamber of Commerce has even claimed trademark rights in the Dallas skyline."

Comment: Same story on ESPN.com (Score 2, Informative) 399

by TPJ-Basin (#31194732) Attached to: IOC Claims Olympian Lindsey Vonn's Name As Intellectual Property
http://espn.go.com/action/news/story?id=4921916 "....Rule 41 in the International Olympic Committee's charter, the so-called "Blackout Rule," which bans competitors, coaches, trainers and officials participating in the Olympics from using their name or image for advertising during the Games. Only those whose sponsors pony up a substantial sum to be an official Olympic sponsor receive an exemption from the IOC's executive board."

Comment: Not many were tested for H1N1.... (Score 2, Informative) 423

by TPJ-Basin (#30287358) Attached to: I know X people with diagnosed H1N1 flu, where X is:
According to both my son's doctor and the CDC website, most doctors do not test for H1N1. They will do a 'quick test' for the flu. The results will either be negative, positive for Type A, positive for Type B, or positive for both A & B. So most patients who are tested for flu will not know if they are actually positive for H1N1 since the test is both expensive (approx. $400 and not covered by insurance) *and* performed away from your local doctor's office (and takes a few days). But, as per the research provided by the CDC website, in August of this year, 99.4% of all Type A cases submitted to the CDC were also positive for H1N1. So it's pretty safe to assume that anyone testing positive for Type A flu by your physician is carrying H1N1.

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