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9/11 sideshow: “They’re selling bracelets; they’re making money off my dead son."

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9-11 sideshow gift shop items stuffed dog via Gizmodo

"This kind of sacred ground. This is not a moneymaker."

Come and getcher Ground Zero tee shirts! Right here! Getcher 9/11 doggie vests! Yer toy trucks! Yer hoodies! Step right up, ladies and gents! Twenty-four bucks gets you into the 9/11 Museum! Fork out another twenty-two bucks and you getcherself yer choice of a FDNY, NYPD, or Port Authority Police tee-shirts. Hey little girl, how'dja like yer very own stuffed 9/11 rescue dog? Just ask yer folks for a few smackeroos and it's all yours! Right here atcher Ground Zero sideshow, er, souvenir shop!

Or as the New York Post put it in a Sunday story,  the “little shop of horror":

9-11 sideshow gift shop items NY Post little shop of horror

And as Gizmodo put it, The Tasteless Crap That Fills the 9/11 Museum Gift Shop.

Ouch.

9-11 sideshow gift shop itemsVia

WaPo:

Mugs, T-shirts, scarves and other souvenirs have triggered controversy at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which holds unidentified remains of some of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — as well as a gift shop. [...]

Some of the items for sale in the gift shop are clearly intended to tap into the sense of solidarity that emerged in New York following the attacks, like the plain black T-shirts with the tagline “honor, remember, reunite.” But others, like a black hoodie with the twin towers emblazoned on the front, seem more of a vivid and painful reminder of what was lost. And some pieces of New York City Fire Department memorabilia — including a doggie vest and toy truck — seem kitschy or trivial. [...]

Kurt and Diane Horning were founders of the WTC Families for Proper Burial, which sued New York City for the right to bury remains that were in the material and debris from the World Trade Center site; from the beginning, they and other 9/11 families objected to the remains being used as a “programmatic element” at a tourist attraction... “They’re using it basically like a Ringling Brothers sideshow attraction,” Horning said Monday. "We were dismayed about that."

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VIDEO: CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) audience laughs, applauds Obama "is on his way to hell" crack

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not funny Via nataliedee.com

Leave it to the National Rifle Association President David Keene to inspire an outburst suggesting that President Obama is "on his way" to hell. And leave it to a conservative conference to laugh and clap at such a crack:

Keene, speaking at a regional Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) outside of St. Louis, Missouri:

If we remember what it is we’re about, and what it is we want to accomplish, and if we organize around those principles and stand for them, people will stand with us. They will make those calls. They will pound the pavement. They will demand of those who they elect to public office and whose salaries they pay through their taxes that they represent them, and not some mayor from New York, or some president from Chicago who’s on his way to Lord knows where when he leaves office.

Audience member:

Hell! [audience laughter]

Not a word from Mr. NRA admonishing such a hostile and tasteless response from the (likely) "Christian" audience member.

H/t: Think Progress

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Retailer Tesco "very sorry" (again) for their latest "amusing" product: "The Inflatable Gay Best Friend"

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tesco gay best friend dollProduct description, in case you can't read the teeny font:

"Inflatable g*y Best Friend if SEX in the City and Will & Grace taught us anything, it's that g*y best friends are in this season."

The description goes on to say, "We've had the manbag, we've had leg warmers and iPhone fever, now it's time for the new craze. Although not much can be said for his own attire, your Inflatable g*y Best Friend is ready to give you fashion advice, tell you if your bum looks big and b**ch about everyone who doesn't wear Jimmy Choo's."

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Gee, that's not stereotypical at all.

Common sense rule of thumb, generally speaking: Know when to stop. Or in this case, know when to never start in the first place.

Apparently British retailer Tesco doesn't have much common sense, or business sense for that matter. They already got in hot water and apologized for selling offensive "Psycho Ward" Halloween "mental patient" costumes which reinforced stigmatization and misconceptions of mental illness. But, hey, they were "really sorry for any offence caused."

Now they're "very sorry" about their latest offering, an inflatable "g*y best friend." They added the asterisk, I didn't. Yes, they censored the Evil G Word as if it were a vulgarity.

Via Sky News:

It comes a day after the retailer was forced to remove a Halloween costume called "Psycho Ward" from its shelves after it sparked widespread criticism.

On its website Tesco said "The Inflatable g*y Best Friend" was suitable for children aged three to four and was an "amusing gift".

To put it in the Queen's English, we are not amused.

Tesco claims that the doll was "uploaded to the website by a third party seller but was removed from sale immediately because we found it offensive." Offensive? Why, whoever would find that offensive? I mean other than anybody with a functioning brain and sense of decency.

According to the article, the "amusing gift" is still on sale on Amazon.

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VIDEO: Ann Coulter calls Bill Clinton a "forcible rapist" at #CPAC2013

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not funny Via nataliedee.com

Thank you @MzYun for linking me to this tweet from NBC's Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNBC):

tweet ann coulter bill clinton rapist

Ann Coulter:

"The keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention this year was forcible rapist, Bill Clinton."

Did you catch the audience reaction? Everything from gasps and ooohs to laughter and applause. Yes, you all heard it, many in the audience expressed their approval of Coulter accusing former President Bill Clinton of forcible rape, loudly and clearly.

So tasteful. So family valuesy. So rational. Add that to Sarah Palin and Jeb Bush commenting on the failures of their fellow Republicans and it is crystal clear that this party is in total disarray, and that CPAC has allowed them to strut their deranged stuff for the whole world to see.

Additionally, I'm sure rape victims everywhere (not to mention the Clintons) got a real kick out of Ann's little remark. Of course, she'd deny that there's a GOP war on women (or anything else, for that matter), but she's there for the attention and book sales, not political correctness. Sensitivity and taste have nothing to do with her self-serving agenda.

Coulter's oral flatulence urped up so many offensive things that I lost count. I will not post the entire video (nor did I watch it), so you'll have to find it for yourselves; but if you do, make sure you have some Valium and/or a good stiff drink and/or some Pepto Bismol handy.

family values my ass

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