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Tom Toles

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  1. Cinci Steve

    Cinci Steve GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    It’s his business TommyTroles!!!!
    I know you Lefties don’t have much experience working your butt off to grow your business, but maybe if we started regulating the stupid names you libs give your kids, you’d sing another tune.

  2. mugens

    mugens GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    That’s a rather stupid statement, and I’m not speaking of Toles…

  3. JmcaRice

    JmcaRice GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    If the NBA can force Sterling to sell the Clippers, why can’t the NFL force Snyder to change the team name ?

  4. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 2 years ago

    @mugens

    True, but typical of the kind of posts on this comment board by the ultra c0nservative types! Not even realizing of course that the organization that would be forcing this name change is not the government, but the private business enterprise of the NFL itself. And the whole thing has absolutely nothing to do with either liberal nor conservative business viewpoints. Such ignorance is almost appalling!!

  5. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, about 2 years ago

    @Cinci Steve

    Um…his tax-break, taxpayer-supported business? The NFL is the biggest scam on Earth — screwing local taxpayers out of money to build huge stadiums that don’t pay back, getting massive tax breaks — yeah, he’s not exactly a small businessmen.

  6. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, about 2 years ago

    The righties know Redskin is not racist coz a bunch of rich, white talk-show hosts told them so

  7. meetinthemiddle

    meetinthemiddle said, about 2 years ago

    The trademark thing is a stupid waste of time; we’ve all got bigger fish to fry. States have already successfully limited “speech” on vanity plates (the state has veto power), and there have been several court precedents invalidating ownership of internet domain names, so technically the patent office may be on defensible legal ground, but seriously – don’t we have better things to do?

  8. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, about 2 years ago

    The NFL is the world’s most successful example of socialism, actually. (The only successful example……..) The sharing equally of TV contracts, the salary caps, and so forth. About the name: If anybody can find even one time in any old Western movie where the term “redskin” was used as a compliment, I’ll admit that it happened that one time.

  9. Kip W

    Kip W said, about 2 years ago

    Insult from the left: “You’re mistaken. You don’t know the facts.”
    Insult from the right: “Stupid libs should all freaking die and turn into compost ha ha!!”

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @Cinci Steve

    I know that you are just being jingoistic. Because whatever Conservatives have done So have Liberals. From storming the beaches to starting companies so please don’t bother us with that propaganda you memorized. It is so boring and so WRONG. Thanx.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @meetinthemiddle

    So you are saying we can’t multi-task? time to right a long standing wrong. Or are you fine with it as it is?

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @Godfreydaniel

    No most advanced countries have a healthy mix of Capitalism and Socialism. They work best together. What you are talking about the corporate socialism where the losses are paid for by we the taxpayers, and the profit is there’s with little or no taxation.

  13. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 2 years ago

    ‘Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.’ — Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914).

  14. mdblanche

    mdblanche GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @Cinci Steve

    You seem confused. It’s Snyder that wants the name of his team regulated to prevent anybody else from using it without permission and the government that’s saying it’s going to get out of the way.

  15. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 2 years ago

    The Boston Red Stockings was a baseball team founded in 1870. It went through several name changes, until its owner, a Tammany Hall politician from New York, changed it to Boston Braves in 1912. Tammany Hall used an Indian chief as its symbol, and it operatives were called braves. In 1953 the team became the Milwaukee Braves, and in 1965 the Atlanta Braves, and is regarded as the old team in baseball.


    A football team was organized in Boston in 1932 that also called itself the Boston Braves. The confusion of having both baseball and football teams in Boston with the same name lead to the renaming of the football team Boston Redskins in 1933. Bostonians were by this time famous for having dressed as Indians to throw tea in their harbor, so perhaps the Native American connection seemed appropriate.

    In 1937 the team moved to Washington and became the Washington Redskins.

    At the time, in 1937, no slur against Native Americans was intended, and Indians were considered quintessentially American. The “noble red man” was much in vogue, at least in the eastern states. (The American volunteers flying for France in WWI painted an Indian head on the side of their airplanes.) The Indian head that forms the basis of the Redskins’ logo looks to have been copied from the Indian head nickel still being minted when the team moved to Washington.

    Of course, no Native Americans were consulted in regard to any of this, nor were their opinions considered.

    I don’t give this little history lesson in justification of Dan Snyder’s attitude or that of Redskins’ fans who defend him. It doesn’t matter what folks back in 1937 thought about the name. What matters is the way the consciousness and conscience of the American people have evolved in the last 77 years. The name now seems a relict of the overtly racist past of the United States, and clinging to that name, under these circumstances (it is only the name of a sports team, for God sake), is racist, whether its defenders think so or not.

    Because of Atlanta, they can’t revert back to “Braves” but there is no reason the name cannot be changed to Washington Warriors, which at least has the virtue of alliteration. If the logo were drawn to remove the imputation of caricature (perhaps have it drawn by a Native American artist) it would not have to change.

    But Toles is quite right, the longer Snyder holds out, the worse it gets. The new name could be phased in gradually, so that signage and merchandise would not have be discarded. This really should not be a big deal. Just a matter of good manners.

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