UPDATE 1:44pm: The page is now gone from Amazon!
UPDATE 1:17pm: This has just been posted on the Amazon web page for this product: "This item is sold by: Stickergiant P.O. Box 301, Hygiene, Colorado, 80533, and the matter has been referred to the Boulder Sheriff's Department." Let's hope it helps.
See this lovely thing? This was posted on an Amazon Associates Shop this morning by a vendor called "Militaria".
This vendor also offers Hunting Licenses for terrorists & Yankees, and bumper stickers with such words of wisdom as "There is nothing that can't be controlled by the use of high explosives." Now, I disagree with a lot of what they have to say but I agree they have a right to say it -- however bigoted, racist, and inflammatory. But 6 people, including a 9 year old child, are dead in Arizona and this moron thinks it's a joke.
I don't blame Amazon because I appreciate their Amazon Associates program which gives a great marketplace to vendors BUT I hope they respond when abuses like this are pointed out. But what kind of a mind does it take to find humor in this? Fortunately Amazon is being bombarded with negative reviews on the page where this is posted. I contacted Maureen Flatley, the woman from Essex who exposed the recent ebook on Amazon that was a handbook for pedophiles. She was interviewed on Anderson Cooper and the page was taken down. Maureen Contacted Amazon and we can only hope they will act accordingly.
But ever since the horrific shooting in Arizona the hate-mongerers and their minions have been back-pedaling at a furious pace and scrubbing their web sites and social media pages of anything that makes them looks bad -- which in some cases is a lot.
I was impressed by Keith Olbermann's impassioned commentary and especially by his repeated apologies for anything he might have said to add to the venom. He called on both sides, right and left, to stop -- just STOP -- the inflammatory rhetoric.
And, while I want to believe that everyone, on whatever side of the political spectrum will heed his words, I'm not holding my breath.
Yesterday I was absolutely stunned by the abundance of apologists who were posting excuse after excuse for the hate-mongering of people like Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh - America's own Axis of Vileness. Palin's infamous map of targeted Congress people with cross-hairs over her targets was re-invented as "surveyor's marks" (right) and compared to a chart issued by a Democratic organization some months earlier featuring bull's eyes on certain states. Of course what the poster conveniently forgot to mention was that a.) the bullseyes were on entire states with no name attached to them and b.) nobody got killed. As Michael Moore Tweeted yesterday: "If a Detroit Muslim put a map on the web w/crosshairs on 20 pols, then 1 of them got shot, where would he b sitting right now? Just asking."
I was not in the least surprised by Fox News "reporter" Megyn Kelly's blatant and pathetic attempts to belittle or shame the brave Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik for his outspoken condemnation of hate-mongering. The only thing that surprised me was that it took Fox that long to try to tear that brave man down. I was equally impressed with how poised, honest, and righteously he handled her increasingly pathetic questions:
I want to believe that everyone is going to take a lesson from this but the ones doing the most protesting are the ones sounding the most guilty. I have issued invitations all over the internet for those complaining that the left is just as much to blame to find a list that can compare to this one assembled by The Daily Kos. So far no one has.
I want to believe we will learn from this and tone it down. I want to believe that people will grow up and stop trying to justify the unjustifiable in the name of their own agenda. I want to believe all that.
Paul Krugman's "Climate of Hate" column.
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