first_imgBy Susan Stamper BrownForty-six million viewers witnessed the unorthodox but predictable clown show congressional Democrats put on during President Trump’s first State of the Union speech. Despite that, an astounding majority of Americans (75 percent to be exact) told CBS News they approved.The same poll found that 81 percent believed Trump was trying to unify the country, 91 percent liked his infrastructure plan, 75 percent supported his national security ideas and 72 percent agreed with his immigration proposals. And, heaven-forbid, sixty-five percent said Trump’s speech made them feel proud.During the speech, the world watched sulky Democrats — who had the same deer-in-the-headlights expression they had the night Trump won the election ‒ effectively boo America and sit on their sorry keisters when Trump talked about things like unity and the fact that ISIS is on the run. They also refused to celebrate that Hispanic and African-American employment is at an all-time low, thanks to the white guy they erroneously call racist.The world watched when Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., bolted from the House chamber when the audience began chanting, “USA! USA” and later offered an ignorant and childish response: “Whoever translated it [Trump’s speech] for him from Russian did a good job.”And, oh my, it was as if Democrats sucked all the air out of the room when Trump said that line which will go down as one for the ages, “Americans are dreamers too.”This is not normal, folks.After the speech, social media lit up with Trump haters who reflexively disliked his speech and ostracized those who didn’t, labeling them “neo-Nazi’s and white supremacists.”The day after the speech, author Stephen King called the train crash with Republicans on board that killed one and left others injured “karma.” The same day, I received a ridiculous email from a reader who called the GOP “GOPigs,” writing, “I hope you caught the lie fest last night and saw the almost instant karma of the Trump train hitting a refuse truck. Lol. Maybe there is a god after all.”I reiterate, joking about trash truck workers being killed and injured is not normal, the same way that it is not normal to suggest that your political opponents “should be lined up and shot” like Art Institute of Washington professor John Griffin posted on Facebook last May while clarifying to followers, “that’s not hyperbole; blood is on their hands.”A little more than a month later, another flaming leftist Democrat with a GOP hit list in his pocket, James Hodgkinson, opened fire on Republican congressmen during a recreational baseball game practice June 14, 2017.Unfortunately, what’s not normal for most Americans has become commonplace for Democrats.In recent years we’ve watched a tsunami of the crazy swamp the Democratic Party, a party which has devolved into a spectacle of the bizarre with its revolt against things most Americans consider custom and ordinary.From dressing up in vagina costumes to shutting down the government because they care more about illegal aliens than military patriots, Democrats have gone full blown cray-cray. They’ve shown us what they are made of and that they hate our president much more than they love America.As this clown show continues, it’s best for normal folks to pop some popcorn and step aside, remembering Napoleon’s maxim to never interfere with the enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself.FOOTNOTE: Susan Stamper Brown lives in Alaska and writes about culture, politics and current events. She is a regular contributor to Townhall and The Christian Post. Susan’s nationally syndicated column is published in scores of newspapers and publications across the U.S.She was selected as one of America’s 40 Best Conservative columnists for 2017, and one of the 50 Best for 2015 and 2016. The City-County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_imgIn the realm of patent assertion, there is one man who stands head and shoulders above the rest: Erich Spangenberg. Of the more than 1,600 companies he has sued for patent infringement in the past decade, the most recent is Atlassian.Not that you’d know it was Spangenberg doing the suing; the action comes from Spangenberg-controlled Pherah LLC, a company that doesn’t even have a website.(Related: Copyright is enough for software)But it does have a ton of lawyers in Eastern Texas. It’s in that district court where Pherah (and a dozen other Spangenberg companies) have filed their patent infringement suits. Pherah’s legal action is just the latest in a string of suits that have been pushing some companies to find new ways of protecting themselves. And in a 2013 interview with The New York Times, he referred to himself as “going thug” on the companies he has sued. On Nov. 19, Pherah filed suit against Atlassian, IBM, TIBCO and Zendesk. On Nov. 27, Pherah followed up with additional suits against Asana, Birst, Clarizen and Intuit. The suit alleges infringement of Patent RE44652, which details a computer-readable data product for managing sales information. Also known as a database of sales contacts, this patent dates back to 1997 and is a tough one to invalidate due to so many custom-built solutions for sales.(SD Times reached out to Spangenberg, but did not receive a reply.)Then there’s Ken Seddon, who is out to stop patent asserters such as Spangenberg. As the CEO of LOT Network, Seddon is tasked with bringing companies together to cut down on patent lawsuits.LOT Network is also known as the License on Transfer Network. And it started at Motorola, said Seddon. “Motorola sent me to law school,” said Seddon. “I spent 10 years at Intel, and spent a lot of time writing patent applications. After a stint at Micron and three years at Apple,” he said, he landed at ARM and then ended up running the LOT Network.last_img read more

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