Docket #15-002: Shiny Happy Fun Time!

Patent and Trademark Office

Lovely building the PTO’s got there.

Amanda Knief, Managing Director of American Atheists, joins the podcast in her first episode as co-host. Amanda is a fellow lawyer, though not practicing at present, since her time is mostly spent managing a national non-profit organization. She’s the author of Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government, worked as a lobbyist for the Secular Coalition in Washington, D.C., and served as legal counsel for the Iowa State Legislature. Finally, some credibility on this podcast!

On this week’s oh-so-uplifting docket: political corruption and the ongoing Rick Perry prosecution, the ACLU thinks the owner of the D.C. football team is an asshole but that’s his right, 47 U.S. Senators managed not to commit treason but did maybe kinda sorta break some other laws, and we discuss what it actually takes to prove that something is a hate crime.

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