This is up there as being one of the stupidest lawsuits in the history of lawsuits. The White House
is suing issued a cease and desist order to The Onion for using the presidential seal in its of the weekly radio address. What’s even more hilarious is the law that requires satirists “apply for an exception” to use the presidential seal, which is like applying for a permit to use the American flag:
Citing the United States Code, Mr. [Grant M. Dixton, associate counsel to the president,] wrote that the seal “is not to be used in connection with commercial ventures or products in any way that suggests presidential support or endorsement.” Exceptions may be made, he noted, but The Onion had never applied for such an exception.
The Onion was amused. “I’m surprised the president deems it wise to spend taxpayer money for his lawyer to write letters to The Onion,” Scott Dikkers, editor in chief, wrote to Mr. Dixton. He suggested the money be used instead for tax breaks for satirists.
Because of this image, we’re fully waiting for either our satirist tax-break or a presidential lawsuit (seriously, how rad would it be to explain goatse [safe for work] to a judge in a frickin’ courtroom?).
Update: It has come to our attention that the person writing the titles for our posts is a complete idiot (The Onion has been given a stern cease and desist with a finger-wagging, not being sued). We apologize for the screwup and have sacked the title-writer.
Another Update: It has come to our attention that one shouldn’t use HTML in the titles of posts. For this absurdity, we have sacked the replacement title-writer and had his family shot. We regret the inconvenience.