Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Worst timed product release ever

In light of the tragic political assassination attempt in Arizona, one might think it would be in extraordinarily bad taste to go ahead and release this tribute to atrociously bad manners. But no:
A South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components inscribed with “You lie” – a tribute to the infamous words of 2nd District Republican Congressman Joe Wilson when he shouted at President Barack Obama during a congressional speech about national health care reform in the fall of 2009.

“Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver,” reads a portion of the company’s website. [...]

The product “is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Joe Wilson or his campaign,” according to a line of text at the bottom of the page. A picture of Wilson holding a rifle and standing in the company's gun shop appears on the same page. The company offers the components, marked “MULTI to accommodate most builds,” for $99.95 apiece.
Oddly, not seeing that Wilson has made a statement distancing himself from the release. So get 'em while they're hot. The website advises “Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!”

Noticing a 999 theme here. Ironically, 999 has a particular significance:
In numerology, 999 is the point of transformation, an inverted 666, the moment at which we shift a crisis in the direction of an opportunity. In Taoism, this is known as ‘wei-chi’, a Chinese character which means both ‘crisis’ AND ‘opportunity’.
How fitting. They never miss an opportunity to capitalize on the madness of the far right. A cynic might even think that's why their leading spokesmouths and apologists are so desperate to continue cultivating the climate of hate which provokes the anger.

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11:56:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

The level of loonies in the gun related press and marketing is stupendous. I've been getting enraged e-mails about Obama's secret plan to disarm America, which when you read it cites a discussion the UN had a while back about controlling the international arms trade to keep WMD's out of places like Liberia and the Ivory Coast. A discussion that never seems to have gone anywhere, never seems to have had anything to do with Obama and wouldn't affect US gun laws even if it were passed. The idiots are demented with anger about it.

Obama doesn't have to say anything - he doesn't even have to be Obama, he can be the UN secretary general, he can be the guy on the street -- could be the Fuehrer, could be the local priest

Sometimes Satan, you know he comes as a man of peace. . .

12:24:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

The Fogg Armory is pleased to announce Fogg's limited edition Joe Wilson Ramrod, suitable for cramming greased wads of idiotic comments, insults and random demonstrations of impaired cognitive ability down your barrel. Get yours now.

And always load up your Glock with a box of Hamtrammk Hollow points! Let the world know just how hollow your points are!

Why do you say about people who take "you lie" as a banner to rally around when the only lie told that day was the accusation of dishonesty itself?

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