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A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling criticized as an approval of “mob rule” in public schools, has been taken to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The case arose in 2010 when school officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California, south of the Bay Area, barred students from wearing shirts bearing the U.S. flag on the Cinco De Mayo Mexican holiday, “because other students might have reacted violently.”

The “mob rule” criticism came from 9th Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain in his minority dissent of the court’s decision not to rehear the case.

“It is a foundational tenet of First Amendment law that the government cannot silence a speaker because of how an audience might react to the speech,” he wrote. “It is this bedrock principle – known as the heckler’s veto doctrine – that the [majority] panel overlooks, condoning the suppression of free speech by some students because other students might have reacted violently,” he wrote.

“In doing so, the panel creates a split with the 7th and 11th Circuits and permits the will of the mob to rule our schools,” he said.

The request for review by the Supreme Court was announced Monday by Freedom X and the Rutherford Institute, which are working on the case with the Thomas More Law Center.

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Kale vs. Chick-fil-A: A Play in 8 Acts

In 1995, Chick-fil-A introduced its “Eat mor chikin” campaign—a campaign that plays on the joke that cows have a vested interest in humans liking to eat chicken.

As the fast-food chain’s website cheekily explains, “These fearless cows, acting in enlightened self-interest, realized that when people eat chicken, they don’t eat them. Today, the cows’ herds have increased and their message reaches millions—on television, radio, the internet, and the occasional water tower. Needless to say, Chick-fil-A fully endorses and appreciates the monumental efforts made by our most beloved bovine friends.”

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10 t-shirts for gun nuts that will make you laugh-sob for humanity

Some are funny, others offensive and still others just plain stupid. All are depressing in their own special way

Gun-themed T-shirts make for some of the best comic material in the world. And online retail sites, such as Patriot Depot, not only sell “funny” gun T-shirts, they also provide an explanation on why the particular T-shirt is “funny”—in case the humor isn’t self evident. I recently took a trip through the online retail world, and came away with these 10 contestants for funny-crazy.

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We Buy An Obscene Amount Of Clothes. Here’s What It’s Doing To Secondhand Stores.

Many of us can’t get enough of “fast fashion” — hyper-trendy clothing that moves from catwalk to retail floor at breakneck speed. While this is great for you rarely having to wear the same outfit, there are some serious implications of consuming clothes in ever-increasing volumes. What happens when you’re sick of your bedazzled loafers or upset that your $10 jeans are starting to wear out?
You likely turn to thrift shops. But are all of our discarded novelty tees and color-block cardigans really doing our favorite secondhand shops any favors? We set out to answer that question.

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F1: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W05 leads Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W05

Mercedes not preparing ‘Hamilton’ or ‘Rosberg’ title t-shirts

“I have seen some excellent races from Lewis (Hamilton) this year,” said former F1 driver Mark Webber, “and he will be very strong in Abu Dhabi.

“He always is,” said the Australian, who echoes the sentiments of the majority of the paddock who agree Briton Hamilton is the title favourite.

But Webber insists that Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, although 17 points behind, is still in the reckoning.

“It doesn’t matter who was strong where – that was then, this is now,” he said. “Both have done an incredible job this year,” he told the Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten.

Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion, is putting his money on countryman Hamilton.

“Lewis will do it,” he is quoted by the German newspaper Bild.

“I simply cannot imagine a race situation now where he loses the title to Nico, who I think knows that Lewis is just a little bit better than him.”

John Booth, the team boss at Marussia, told the Mirror that if Rosberg does snatch victory from Hamilton at the last hurdle in Abu Dhabi, “It would be a travesty”.

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Ad-free social network Ello turns to branded t-shirts for revenue

When people wondered how Ello would makemoney without ads, this is probably not what they had in mind. The company today announced a partnership with Threadless to sell Ello-themed shirts designed by independent artists.
The Threadless store will cycle through new designs on the 1st and 15th of each month – the custom designs will only be sold for 14 days each. The first design was created by Chuck Anderson, a Chicago based commercial artist, and costs $35.

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Teespring nabs $35M because t-shirts last longer than tweets

Well-known VC names are giving big dollars to a t-shirt company. Seriously.

Teespring, a company that, from the outside, looks like a Kickstarter for custom t-shirt designs, is announcing today that it has raised a whopping $35 million in new funding from Khosla Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz.

Anyone can create a t-shirt through the service (uploading or creating a design on the spot), pick out fabrics and other features, receive a quote for the wholesale price of each shirt (depending on quantity goals), set a campaign deadline (or not), and set a sale price.

So far, Teespring has had all sorts of folks use the service, from school organizations to sports teams to startups selling swag to fans. Some people have even built their own businesses out of Teespring campaigns.

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Don’t Go Broke Buying Merch: A Band T-Shirt Strategy You Need to Know

You might not admit it to anyone, but I’ll bet seeing a fan wearing your band’s t-shirt is one of the secret little highlights of your musical life. A striking band logo, a sweet design, qualityfabric. Of course you want to print up quality t-shirts to sell to fans at your gigs and on your website. And you want to see your fans wearing those shirts out there in the world, helping to spread the word about your music.

When it comes to ordering t-shirts, most musicians hope to get two-sided silk screen printing with lots of colors on dark color tees,… and in small quantities. But here’s the problem: all of those elements are expensive! Set up costs for the order (and screens for each color) are pricey if only amortized over a small quantity of t-shirts. So we asked our friends at Merch.ly if they had any advice for musicians that want to order great looking t-shirts but don’t have tons of cash to drop.

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T-Shirt Company Under Fire For Selling Pro-Eating Disorder Merchandise

T-Shirt Company Under Fire For Selling Pro-Eating Disorder Merchandise

“Beautiful,” “alluring” and “graceful” are not words usually associated with eating disorders – serious, life-threatening illnesses that impact millions of people every year in the United States.

However, those are the adjectives used to describe anorexia and bulimia on T-shirts available on Spreadshirt.com, an international seller of custom merchandise. (The cringeworthy shirts are designed by user IOANAcolor andinclude slogans like “Beautifully Bulimic,” “Alluringly Anorexic,” “Gracefully Gaunt” and “Breathtakingly Bony.”)

The company’s CEO Philip Rooke is now the subject of a Change.org petition started by Matan Uziel, a resident of Israel who was outraged by the site’s products.

“Apparel websites unfortunately have been promoting and glorifying fashion’s deadly diseases … by providing platforms for ignorant individuals,” Uziel writes.

Uziel – who notes that the site also sells “Nazi chic” merchandise – hopes to convince Rooke to remove the T-shirts from the website.

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