Major Dad 1984

Cursed By A Classical Education

Let's just say that I intend to use this blog to blow off some steam that I might be feeling with the International/National media, my work situation, or maybe even to tee off on the family in a humorous way of course!

1/15/2005 Merchandise

Have you ever seen any merchandise for the Super Bowl "runner-ups?"

Here's something of a phenomena that's in the news .

Anti-Bush Bracelets Say, 'Count Me Blue'

Apparently there are some entrepreneurial types out there that saw a market for "loser paraphenalia" and filled it. The next amazing thing is that people are snapping it up online at places like liberal/democrat blogs and even on eBay.

Now I might be jumping to conclusions here...but don't you think that the $2-$5 people are shelling out for these little trinkets might be better spent by giving the money to a homeless person, a soup kitchen or a women's shelter? Where's the compassion? Where's the love?

I'm heading out to eBay to see if I can find some Oakland Raider stuff from the 2003 Super Bowl!

Or maybe I should head over to Cafe Press and jump on the Red State bandwagon. You know that conservative Republicans have oodles of money to spend on themselves...and never show any compassion at all. Woo hoo! I'll be rich, wealthy, socially secure!

See you on the high ground!


Read the rest of the longer story!


At 9:13 PM, Blogger Jenni said...

From the article you linked: "But all three ventures also have the aim of raising money for a variety of organizations.

Rothchild, who is selling the bracelets on the Web in packages of 10 for $20, plans to give part of her profits to UNICEF, and Adams has donated money from the sale of her $3 bracelets to Save the Children and Habitat for Humanity.

The McKnights are auctioning their bracelets on eBay and selling them for $3 each on their Web site, where buyers can vote for one of six organizations that will receive a portion of the proceeds."

Is all the money going to those causes? No. But is buying something that expresses your political beliefs and having a portion of the proceeds go to charity never showing "any compassion at all" as you imply? I say no.

I think it's good for people to express their opinions, exercise free speech, and show support for the party or cause of their choice, whether it's the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Susan G. Komen, or the Democratic party. If they want to use a bracelet to do that, I don't think it's something to criticize. And I'd say the same thing if they were red bracelets instead of blue.

At 7:21 AM, Blogger MajorDad said...


1. Believe it or not, I do support free speech of all kinds. I've served this nation in uniform...and like it or not, that's one of the things I'd sworn to protect.

2. Free speech in the form of a trinket that probably costs pennies to produce, but costs 100s of times that production cost seems to be pretty wasteful. Don't you think that all the folks you're protecting would rather have more money go to the charities than just a percentage?

3. There are plenty of ways to exercise your free speech...and if this is how people want to do it, GREAT. Just think that there's some sort of mercenary intent behind the sale of these bracelets.

4. The bracelets simply identify the person wearing it as someone that is not in touch with the majority in this country. If it makes them feel better and keeps them out of post election stress therapy, I'm happy for them.

5. Yes, this is my expression of free speech and is protected by the US Constitution and about 1,000,000 brave men and women in the services that are willing to die to protect my right to it.

See you on the high ground.


At 9:38 AM, Blogger Jim said...

M.D. your point is valid but out of touch as well. 2-5$ is chump change! Seek out the persons driving mega SUVs without anyone else in the vehicle.....(minimum 30-40K + crappy mileage) and you know where this is going. No shortage of wasted recourses going on around us. A little bitter trinket can be fun. When everyone else was wearing "Free Mandela" T-Shirts, I bought one that had a glamour photo of Zsa-Zsa Gabor with bars superimposed on it. It read "Free Zsa-Zsa". I was young and unimpressed by foreign events!

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Mark said...

At least they don't charge £25 and claim that they were wrapped round a tomb in Israel/Palestine seven times.

They may be losers, but a victory for Bush is a loss for every other country in the world.

The higher the ground, the harder the fall.

At 6:08 PM, Blogger DagneyT said...

"Rothchild, who is selling the bracelets on the Web in packages of 10 for $20, plans to give part of her profits to UNICEF"

UNICEF=money down a rathole!

Supporting a demonstably corrupt UN program is indefensible!

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Jenni said...

UNICEF=money down a rathole! = your opinion. Other people might still believe in the organization, and thus want to donate. And they obviously still do, or people wouldn't be donating.

MajorDad, I did not mean to imply that you don't value free speech. I know you do. I was just trying to explain that it is more than just spending $5, it's expressing your beliefs.

At 3:29 PM, Blogger jayinbmore said...

Major Sir,

You know us rich elitist Blue Staters. We have money enough for both the bracelet AND donations to food shelters, as well as a few hundred bucks to send to Oxfam or whatever, not to help out the tsunami victims or anything, but just to show off how rich and compassionate we are. Or wait, is it out of a misplaced sense of guilt? I can never keep it straight. Anyway, after that we meet at the Starbucks, sip our lattes and tell jokes about people who claim to have classical educations but don't recognize the basic fallacy of false oppositions.

From the High Ground? RUFNKM?


At 3:49 PM, Blogger MajorDad said...

Yeah J...I'm FKY! Just you. Nobody else...thanks for playing!

I remain...from the high ground.



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