Sunday, March 04, 2007

You are what you wear on your t-shirt

I'm not going to talk about the professional shrew who will not be named here again, but Digby brings up an interesting point. Although many on the right denounced her ill-advised remarks, do they really reject her content, or are they just displeased with her timing? As Digby points out, one can draw some conclusions from the merchandise they purchase.
The annual CPAC gathering has been selling items like "Happiness is Hillary's face on a milk carton" and "Muslim = Terrorist" bumper stickers like they were going out of style since they started. A popular t-shirt bears the legend - Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required.
In fact, the enormously popular Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, which is run by a guy who calls himself Emperor, sells that one as the official t-shirt of his site. This guy also pimps for vendors who sell t-shirts and other paraphernalia with such charming democratic and tolerant legends as:
Pro-life for the innocent, not for people who enjoy seeing planes flown into our buildings

Who needs enemies on the outside when you have Congressional Democrats on the inside

Jihad, I'll give you jihad you miserable, ragheaded, heathen bastards

Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions

Even on Drugs Rush is right

It will be a great day when all children go to private schools and the money wasted on public education goes to building bombers
But perhaps one can't gain a full appreciation for the depth of their compassion without seeing the graphics, so click the links on these. I mean there's nothing threatening about protected by 2nd Amendment security, right? Club Gitmo is just a laugh riot and who could deny the tolerance in this map of patriots and evildoers or the oh so hilarious to do list? And there's no question about their respect for environmentalists and women.

Not to mention what could be more conducive to civilized debate than flashing such sentiments as these on their chests?

Save the seals, club a liberal

Liberals of the world ignite

Club liberals, not sandwiches

The best way to change a liberal mind is with a rock

Don't tread on me liberal
Certainly nothing demonstrates the conservative's deep and abiding respect for their political opponents as a do not resuscitate t-shirt. And you simply must scroll down to see which "tipping point" bloggers endorse this product line. And let's not neglect our high profile milbloggers who advertise I club hippies.

My pal, Michael van der Galien seems to think conservatives have turned against she who will not be named. I hate to disagree with him but I have to question the sincerity of many of those who spoke out, most probably out of political expedience. I have to think these two may have been the most honest about how they really feel about it.

I think Digby put his finger on the real truth here. "This hideous face of the Republican Party has been obvious to those of us who have been paying attention for a long, long time. It is the single most important reason why our politics have devolved into a filthy grudge match."
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So. Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler and My Pet Jawa represent the entire conservative movement now?

Interesting you note the advertisements on Mudville Gazette, rather than the content. I love what Greenwald is doing to the leftosphere.

This one is kind of phoned in, Libby.

- Joe

10:41:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm sorry if this one offends you Joe but I didn't phone it in. I thought about this one a long time before I posted it.

No I don't think it represents the whole conservative movement but it describes a large and vocal part of it. The rightwingnuts, and I don't include you or many other right wing bloggers in that group by the way, have been making a huge deal out of the profanity in Leftopia. A few loose nutcases on HuffPo saying they wish Cheney had been hurt is being hurled around as "proof" that the left are haters and the rightopians are holding themselves out as some paragons of virtue.

The point of this is the dog guy and Jawa are major voices on the right - not just some anonymous commenters. And the Do Not Resuscitate t-shirt line is endorsed by Reynolds, Malkin and a few other high profile bloggers.

The dog guy and Jawa are high in the rankings. They have large audiences and they call themselves conservatives. They don't drop the f-bomb much but they do regularly talk and laugh about hurting liberals, killing hippies and shooting moonbats. How is that less obscene and what's civil about it?

Using the right's own logic, can't I then extrapolate from that evidence that this proves something about that group? And how is that any different from when you make your points based on Kos or DU?

11:14:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Oh and as far as Mudville Gazette, this post wasn't about content, it was about t-shirts. That being said, I don't read them much but I've always thought of them as a respectable site which made it all the more disturbing to find the product sold there. They only sell a few different logos. A few Love Your Country styles and then a I Club Hippies?

It strikes as really UnAmerican for men who say they're fighting for everyone's freedom to be advertising violence against their fellow Americans. I was sad to find it there.

11:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

even on on drugs rush is right is funny and even a little self effacing.

3:00:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Lester - sometimes I wonder how we remain cyberfriends. Rush is a pompous, lying, windbag who is largely responsible for creating the whole shock jock incivility that plagues us now.

You ususally seem like such a reasonable guy. I don't know how you can support the man.

4:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't. I just think the slogan "even on drugs rush is right" is funny and honest. do you get it?

10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

OOOOOHHH! Now I get Lester. LOL. I have a very dry sense of humor. I often miss the obvious jokes.

7:12:00 PM  

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