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A Chicago area radio host claims he sent a request to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the lame phrase "Obamanation." He weirdly wanted exclusive rights to the lame phrase, he says, to raise money for local charities.

The Patent Office (not unreasonably) refused. But according to the disc jockey, someone in the Patent Office included in the reply a printed screen capture of the Wikipedia entry for the term "butt plug."

I have no idea what this is all supposed to mean. Perhaps the next David Broder column will put it all into perspective by calling for a return to civility and moderation, and fondly recalling the days when there was no place for anal sex toys in American political discourse.

The intrepid scribes at World Net Daily are all over butt-plug-gate like stink on…well…on a butt plug.

There's no truth to the rumor that former senator and '08 presidential aspirant Jonathan Edwards plans to boycott the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in protest.

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  1. Sez the DJ: “I literally screamed for my co-workers. They freaked out just as I did.”

    Literally screamed? Get a freaking grip, willya?

  2. And the point of this story is?

  3. I don’t get it.
    My gut says, no, my gut doesn’t say anything, except that I don’t do enough sit-ups. Who’s the butt plug – Cisco Cotto or Barack Obama?
    I do not get it.

    Can I just move along, nothing to see here?

  4. “It is a Wikipedia entry for a pretty disgusting, unorthodox sexual device,” said Cotto

    Yeah, the story here seems to be:
    RADIO JOCK DOESN’T GET OUT MUCH

  5. I think Warren ‘nailed’ this one.

  6. Mr. Edwards may be the lead attorney in a class action suit filed by consumers who have been harmed by improperly sealed plugs.

    Hey, it worked for pool drains.

    Kevin

  7. Apparently the kids on the street are calling buttplugs, “Barak Obamas” for obvious reasons. I have no idea what those reasons might be, and I made the whole thing up, but still. Buttplugs?

  8. I loved the DJ’s reaction: “I can’t get over it. I don’t get it. I *almost* had to do a double-take.”

    Not the double take… Please not the double take…

  9. And I wanna trademark “Do you smell what Barack’s cooking?” For charity, of course.

  10. The intrepid scribes at World Net Daily are all over butt-plug-gate like stink on…well…on a butt plug.

    Do they claim the liberal mainstream media are just sitting on the story?

  11. Speaking of Obama, has anyone else seen the vid using the old Apple 1984 ad?

    YouTube Link to vid.

    Low cost, well done, and does a good job of bagging on Hillary.

    I have no love for Obama, but it’s a well done bit of viral marketing.

  12. [Insert anal sex joke set-up here]

    “Rectum? Hell, it nearly killed him!”

    [rimshot]

  13. Is this our belated Friday Fun Link?

  14. [rimshot]

    Never mind.

  15. There’s no truth to the rumor that former senator and ’08 presidential aspirant Jonathan Edwards plans to boycott the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in protest.

    Yeah, but I hear some stoolie in the bowels of the Edwards campaign told MoveOn this news could affect the candidate’s emergency evacuation plans.

  16. Maybe it’s just the guys emil sig. A old frat name or something … maybe. Weird.

  17. She probably took a screen capture of a different Wikipedia page, then afterward someone came along and changed the page’s contents to “Butt plug.” It’s the encyclopedia anyone can edit!

  18. It’s our new defense against no-knock raids.

  19. I’m sure that the real explanation for the “butt plug” attachment will turn out to be relatively benign. Most likely, this was an attachment that the Examiner had prepared for a different Office Action that was erroneously attached to this one. This seems to be supported by the Examiner’s statement referring to an attached dictionary excerpt for the word “abomination” that was nowhere to be found. She just attached the wrong document. No big deal. Nevertheless, judging from the DJ’s response to the butt plug pages, it does seem ironic. Interestingly, the Trademark Examiner assigned to this matter is named Karen Bush. Make of this what you will.

    I also think it was funny that the DJ redacted his email address and the Examiner’s office telephone number from the Office Action. Apparently, he is unaware that these are public documents that can be retrieved over the internet without charge. So if you want to send him an email, just write to ciscocotto@hotmail.com. Oh yeah, and he apparently filed the application in his wife’s name, Anna M. Cotto. Pussy.

  20. Jarod – nope, the Examiner’s screen capture shows the butt plug page. She grabbed the butt plug page at 3pm on 2/5/07, and the Obama pages at 9:12am the next day, which is why I think that this is merely a case of mistaken attachment. Although, the Examiner may have been sending a “subtle” hint as to what she thought of the Applicant.

  21. Most likely, this was an attachment that the Examiner had prepared for a different Office Action that was erroneously attached to this one.

    If that’s the case, I wonder what kind of Office Action the Butt Plug page was intended for! Is someone trying to patent a newer, more efficient butt plug?

    Strangely enough, Googling “office action butt plug” brings up some pretty vanilla hits.

  22. To be honest, I forgot about laughing at the randomness of the buttplug entry once I started laughing about Chuck-freakin’-Norris having a column on WND.

  23. Maybe someone meant to link to a Web site about golfing — “The Putt Blog” — and with a few mistyped keys, just made a terrible, embarrassing mistake.

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