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Williama Bozeman was stunned was stunned when the government's central bank in 2017 went to war with him "out of nowhere" by filing a federal lawsuit and two challenges to his patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. (Associated Press/File)

EDITORIAL: Feeding the trolls

Government patent examiners are overwhelmed, which is the only explanation for some of the patents they grant. U.S. Patent No. 5,443,036, for example, protects the "invention" of using a laser pointer to exercise a cat. U.S. Patent No. 7,171,625 protects double-clicking on a mouse. Even the online Web merchant Amazon has a patent on the "one-step process" of buying with an online shopping cart. Something is obvious, of course, only after someone else thinks of it. Published November 14, 2013

A gender-neutral restroom at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., is seen here in 2007. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EDITORIAL: Potty parity in California

Nutty ideas are as native to California as sunshine and earthquakes. The state lived up to its reputation by becoming the first in the nation to protect the potty "rights" of transgender kindergartners and certain middle-school students. A coalition of conservative groups calling itself Privacy for All Students, eager to preserve potty privacy, is now trying to redeem the state's reputation by giving voters a chance to kick this can not down the road, but out of the schoolhouse. Published November 13, 2013

This undated image provided by Bedsider.org shows a package of estrogen/progestin birth control pills. (AP Photo/Bedsider.org)

EDITORIAL: Obamacare slouches into bad taste

The government is looking for the panic button. The Obamacare administrators are desperate for customers, and they're turning to the squalid and the sordid to sell the government health care scheme nobody wants. The "Thanks, Obamacare" advertising campaign, for example, depicts a woman standing next to a scruffy man who needs a bath, giving him a thumbs up with one hand and offering pills with the other. "OMG, he's hot," she says. "Let's hope he's as easy to get as this birth control." Published November 13, 2013

Time magazine cover featuring New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. "The Elephant in the Room.'

EDITORIAL: The Republican 'resurgence'

Beware political prophets claiming to know the outcome of the next election. Such prophets are frauds. The whims of voters, being human, are notoriously fickle. Quinnipiac University polling, as reliable as any, now reveals that the current winds favor Republicans, proving only that voters have forgotten the government shutdown and have moved on, even if most of the pundits haven't. Published November 13, 2013

Police officers walk near a crime scene Friday, April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. A tense night of police activity that left a university officer dead on campus just days after the Boston Marathon bombings and amid a hunt for two suspects caused officers to converge on a neighborhood outside Boston, where residents heard gunfire and explosions. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

EDITORIAL: A lesson from the street

Posting public information isn't a crime, nor is taking a photograph of a public official conducting business on a public street. Nevertheless, Taylor Hardy, a journalism student, must appear in court Thursday in Boston to explain why he recorded a Boston police sergeant reacting violently to his filming of cops apparently engaged in the people's business on a public street. Published November 12, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The Obamacare asterisk

About 40,000 customers are said by the government to have signed up for Obamacare in the 36 states that depend on the federal government's online site for signing up for health insurance. That's not much more than a thousand per state in the first six weeks. It's less than one customer for each of the 50,000 Obamacare "navigators" who were hired to persuade consumers to share President Obama's signature achievement, and how to do it. Published November 12, 2013

** FILE ** Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds his fist to supporters as his companion Cilia Flores applauds during a pro-government May Day march in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

EDITORIAL: Trouble in Paradise

Sometimes the government can make life better for everyone. This is the socialist dream. Most of the time the government fails, usually miserably, as with President Obama's miserable attempt to manage the nation's health care. So far his administration has been unable to manage a website. Socialist dreams always die hard, as the common folk — and the uncommon folk as well — are learning in Venezuela in the wake of the Hugo Chavez experiment in economic fantasy. Published November 12, 2013

**FILE** A pharmacist at Marquier's Pharmacy in Newark, N.J., holds a bottle of the prescription drug Ritalin on March 26, 1996. Ritalin, manufactured by Ciba Pharmaceuticals based in Summit, N.J., is prescribed for hyperactivity in children but has been abused by some adolescents who take larger quantities to get high. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Playing doctor

President Obama is shredding health insurance policies across the nation, throwing millions of people who trusted him off the policies they were told they could keep. What's remarkable about this shell game is that the Obamacare changes have absolutely nothing to do with making Americans healthier. A vigorous population comes from better medicine, and better medicine is never wrought by the stroke of a president's pen. Published November 11, 2013

Frustrated families wait in the rain for evacuation flights in Tacloban, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.  Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport here on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rain-lashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

EDITORIAL: Celebrating tragedy

The typhoon that slammed into the Philippines laid waste to vast stretches of the island nation. Houses were leveled, and wreckage was strewn as far as the eye could see. Thousands died. Officials are racing against the clock to find the missing among the 2.1 million displaced families. U.S. Marines were dispatched to lend the appropriate hand in the benevolent search-and-rescue mission. Published November 11, 2013

FILE - This May 31, 2012 file photo shows a display of various size soft drink cups next to stacks of sugar cubes at a news conference at New York's City Hall. It’s one of our most personal daily decisions: what to eat or drink. Maybe inhale. Does banning trans fat from our food mean the government is getting serious about cracking down on all sorts of other unhealthy stuff: Soda? Salt? Cigarettes? Alcohol? Probably not. In fact, in some states, they’re easing the way for marijuana.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

EDITORIAL: Banning convenience

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray apparently wants to be Mayor Bloomberg when he grows up. And it's not just about Big Gulps. The mayor wants to ban drink cups of all sizes, so long as they're made of convenient Styrofoam. That's a headache for coffee drinkers and businesses in the nation's capital. Coffee is to the capital what aviation fuel is to the airlines, and banning Styrofoam cups wouldn't reduce waste very much. Published November 11, 2013

EDITORIAL: Curtains for the cameras

The courts are reconsidering the legality of revenue cameras, and that's bad news for the municipal taxaholics everywhere who prey on motorists to balance their budgets. Several cities in Missouri reluctantly pulled the plug on their red-light cameras last week after the state Court of Appeals said the robotic cameras have been violating state law. Published November 10, 2013

Illustration: Tax day suckers by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Cheap at the price

Apologies are inexpensive, even when delivered with a lollipop. President Obama says he's "sorry" about the Obamacare fiasco, but what he's mostly sorry about is the damage done to his credibility. Mr. Obama acknowledged, belatedly, that the health care takeover with his name on it has caused millions to lose their insurance coverage despite his ironclad assurances that they never would. Published November 10, 2013

This comic book cover image released by Marvel Comics shows character Kamala Khan on the "Ms. Marvel" issue. The new monthly Ms. Marvel is debuting as part of the Company’s popular All-New Marvel NOW! initiative. (AP Photo/Marvel Comics)

EDITORIAL: Heroic and politically correct

The publishers of comic books are obsessed with the politically correct. Diversity and quotas are more important than dispatching evil. Spider-Man has been reimagined as a black Hispanic teenager. The Green Lantern is out of the closet. Early next year, Marvel Comics rolls out a Muslim superheroine. Published November 10, 2013

Emily Miller on CNN. Nov. 8, 2013.

VIDEO: Emily Miller on CNN about Guns & Ammo firings over gun-control editorial

CNN's Krya Phillips interviewed Emily Miller about Guns & Ammo magazine forcing editor Jim Baquette to resign and firing writer Dick Metcalf over an editorial calling for more training to get a concealed carry permit. The debate looked at the role of social media in the uproar, advertisers and the First Amendment vs Second Amendment. Published November 8, 2013

State Senator Wendy Davis, who is running for Texas Governor, takes the slide on a tour of Rackspace Hosting Inc. Monday Oct. 7, 2013 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Edward A. Ornelas) MAGS OUT NO SALES SAN ANTONIO OUT

EDITORIAL: Wilting across Texas

Politics is a contact sport, and Texas Democrats have no bench. Republicans hold all 27 statewide elective offices, including judgeships. Democrats haven't seen the inside of the governor's mansion since a fatal campaign gaffe by the Republican candidate nearly a quarter-century ago sent Ann Richards to take up residence for a single term. Published November 7, 2013

Actor Boris Karloff in 1931's "Frankenstein." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: Labeling scary food

Science often comes to conclusions that are unclear and contradictory. One study says cellphones, eggs and salt will kill us; the next day another study says no, they won't. It's foolish to enact laws based on headlines and sensational studies. Published November 7, 2013

Jury selection for Dontae Morris, right, is underway in an Orlando, Fla. courtroom on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, before Circuit Judge William Fuente. The judge in the foreground is asking prospective jurors questions about prior knowledge of this case. In back is Morris and members of his defense team. (AP Photo/Tampa Tribune, Jay Conner, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Nullification by jury

Federal prosecutors are furious at a Montana-based group that posted signs at the Judiciary Square Metro stop reminding District of Columbia residents of their rights under the law. The offending message, sponsored by the Fully Informed Jury Association, says simply, "Good jurors nullify bad laws." Nothing angers lawyers and judges like the empowerment of those who aren't a member of their club. Published November 7, 2013

Emily Miller on CNN/HLN. Nov. 7, 2013.

VIDEO: Emily Miller on CNN HLN on Toronto Mayor Ford smoking crack and Marion Barry

CNN HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky interviewed Emily Miller about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitting to smoking crack but refusing to leave office. The panel debated the comparison to former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry getting caught smoking crack. The second segment is a debate over NFL policies after Miami Dolphin Jonathan Martin left the team because of how teammate Richie Incognito treated him. Published November 7, 2013

Sean Connery as James Bond

EDITORIAL: The nonessential spy

The phrase "nonessential personnel" re-entered the lexicon during last month's government shutdown as 800,000 of these lucky people were rewarded with an unexpected paid vacation. Two free weeks off is nice, but this "government service" pales in comparison to the laid-back lifestyle at the Environmental Protection Agency, where an employee can miss 2 years of work without anyone noticing. Published November 6, 2013

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, delivers his concession speech during a rally in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Cuccinelli was defeated by Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

EDITORIAL: A lame result in Virginia

The days following an election are spent reflecting on the lessons drawn from what went wrong and what went right. For Virginia Republicans, not much went right. For Democrats, just enough went right to win. Published November 6, 2013