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'Totally outrageous': Fury as swastika earrings sell out at Brooklyn jewellery store
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12 Jan 2012 | Victoria Wellman

Posted on 01/11/2012 8:40:46 PM PST by smokingfrog

A cheap jewellery shop in a Brooklyn, New York, neighbourhood has found itself at the centre of an impassioned controversy because of a pair of $5.99 earrings.

Bejeweled, an accessories retailer in the predominantly Polish neighbourhood north of Williamsburg, was caught selling studs in the shape of a swastika by a shocked customer.

According to the tipster, who recounted the discovery on Gothamist, the manager's justification for the offensive merchandise was simply, 'business.'

Though bloggers and reviewers on popular search engine, Yelp, damned the store for selling the earrings, some pointed out that on closer inspection the swastika was in fact backwards and therefore resembled the Buddhist emblem for 'eternity.'

Another manager of the Manhattan Avenue location who was contacted by New York Daily News said of the hype surrounding the case: 'These people are ignorant.

'They shouldn’t say anything if they don’t know anything about symbols. I find this offensive.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bejeweled; brooklyn; justbusiness

1 posted on 01/11/2012 8:40:56 PM PST by smokingfrog
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2 posted on 01/11/2012 8:48:04 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: smokingfrog

People really need to get things clear in their mind before they start freaking out. The Nazi swastika points right and is shown at a diagonal, the Buddhist/Indian/Hindu swastika points left and is shown flat.

The jewelry that is shown in the pic points left — it’s not the Nazi symbol. It’s also found in practically every Buddhist temple in Japan and probably every other nation with a sizable Buddhist population.


3 posted on 01/11/2012 8:50:01 PM PST by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: smokingfrog

People really need to get things clear in their mind before they start freaking out. The Nazi swastika points right and is shown at a diagonal, the Buddhist/Indian/Hindu swastika points left and is shown flat.

The jewelry that is shown in the pic points left — it’s not the Nazi symbol. It’s also found in practically every Buddhist temple in Japan and probably every other nation with a sizable Buddhist population.


4 posted on 01/11/2012 8:50:09 PM PST by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: smokingfrog

The Book of Kells, the famous Irish illuminated manuscript containing the four gospels, has many illustrations of swastikas.

People need to chill on this one.


5 posted on 01/11/2012 8:51:13 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: smokingfrog
Well, we all know why they call them JEWelry Stores. /s

I didn't realize the Brits use two L's instead of one.

6 posted on 01/11/2012 8:52:36 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: SatinDoll

The Navajo have a similar symbol.


7 posted on 01/11/2012 8:53:03 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> - - -)
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No thanks to public education and multiculturalism.


8 posted on 01/11/2012 8:54:36 PM PST by Gene Eric (C'mon, Virginia -- are you with us or against us?!)
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To: smokingfrog

That’s right! I remember seeing them on painted pottery.


9 posted on 01/11/2012 8:54:40 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: SatinDoll

My ten volume set of Kipling from around the turn of the last century all have a right point swastika on the spine, no doubt a reflection of its Indian perspective.


10 posted on 01/11/2012 8:59:05 PM PST by abigkahuna
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To: Ronin

Actually, the only difference is the orientation. I live in India, and see swastikas all the time (there’s one built into a house near my office, made of windows), and they’re all pointing the same as the Nazi version. As I said, the only difference is that the Nazis turned it on one point, whereas the India version sits flat on one side.


11 posted on 01/11/2012 9:01:24 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: smokingfrog

I know someone who made earrings out of parts from an AR-15.

They are anodized, and one pair is blue, the other, pink.

I hope Chuck Schumer is offended.


12 posted on 01/11/2012 9:03:44 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: smokingfrog

Ho hum, much ado about nothing.

Several years ago I visited Seoul Korea on business.

Every inch of the hotel elevator’s interior was embossed with small “Swastika’s”!
Apparently an old time good luck symbol, appropriate to an elevator in a not quite first rate technology country.

BTW, this was during the “Asian Games” and again two years later during the Olympics.

I bet the elevator has not been remodeled.

Oh, and not only did the Navaho use a version, so did some of our own military up to early W.W. II.


13 posted on 01/11/2012 9:12:53 PM PST by Loyal Sedition
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To: Disambiguator

Which part(s)?


14 posted on 01/11/2012 9:18:06 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> - - -)
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To: smokingfrog

Yeah, Hitler ruined it for those cute little mustaches, too.


15 posted on 01/11/2012 9:18:53 PM PST by running_dog_lackey
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To: Loyal Sedition

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/45th_Infantry_Division_(United_States)

The original patch is on the bottom left.


16 posted on 01/11/2012 9:19:46 PM PST by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: Ronin

Idiots.

About 8 years ago a DC councilman got fired after he used the word, “niggardly” in a speech.

Victory by the Grievance Elite comes by being the most shocked, the most aggrieved.

Bye-bye logic.


17 posted on 01/11/2012 9:20:56 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Little Pig
As I said, the only difference is that the Nazis turned it on one point, whereas the India version sits flat on one side.

I wonder how you'd classify a geographic feature, then. I mean, does east-west constitute horizontal? If the axis, to pick a noun, is southwest-northeast and southeast-northwest? LOL!

Here is a swastika, built by the United States Navy with your tax dollars.

It's part of the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

18 posted on 01/11/2012 9:36:32 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: smokingfrog

***The Navajo have a similar symbol.***

So do other tribes. It is part of the lore of the Pueblo Indians and can be seen on the walls of Mesa Verde if you know where to look.

About 40 years ago ARIZONA HIGHWAYS published a series of photos of Indian ruins and there on the wall was a swastika. Needless to say, several letters to the editor were opposed to showing this Nazi “graffiti”.
The editors had to TWICE print the lore of the Pueblos to show this was not graffiti but actual Indian paintings from hundreds of years before Hitler.


19 posted on 01/11/2012 9:48:04 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ronin
The jewelry that is shown in the pic points left — it’s not the Nazi symbol. It’s also found in practically every Buddhist temple in Japan and probably every other nation with a sizable Buddhist population.

They were ornamental decorations on the bus stops on Osan AB in Korea when I was there in the late 80s/early 90s. Oh, and everywhere else I went in Korea.

20 posted on 01/11/2012 9:59:52 PM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Ronin

Come on, even here people freak out first and get the facts later.


21 posted on 01/11/2012 10:11:24 PM PST by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: smokingfrog
Here is the original patch for the 45th Infantry Division of the United States Army.

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22 posted on 01/11/2012 10:30:30 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: smokingfrog
I use swastikas to keep away the Rakshasa.
Better safe than sorry.
23 posted on 01/11/2012 10:40:06 PM PST by Daaave (The flesh eating jinn of Komari.)
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To: smokingfrog; All

Whatever it’s orientation, whatever it’s pre-Nazi history, ....the fact that TENS OF MILLIONS WERE MURDERED under that symbol—in living memory—should cause us to give pause.

People are right to be upset at the owners of this store.

The “Hakencreutz” (German for Swastika, meaning “hooked cross”) has, and rightly should have, a permanent evil association to it—at least outside of the historic Indian or Navajo context.


24 posted on 01/11/2012 10:56:22 PM PST by AnalogReigns (because REALITY is never digital...)
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spelling correction: "Hakenkreuz"

Here's a popular (if risky...since displaying a swastika/Hakenkreuz is still illegal there...) symbol in modern Germany:


25 posted on 01/11/2012 11:01:01 PM PST by AnalogReigns (because REALITY is never digital...)
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To: Daaave

Zombie Apocalypse.......


26 posted on 01/12/2012 1:34:52 AM PST by onona (FR is continuing education)
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To: smokingfrog

Charging handle latches.


27 posted on 01/12/2012 4:56:35 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: smokingfrog
Also: check out the swastika in the center of each of these 1917 Bolshevik banknotes.

Of course in these cases the swastika is the same swastika as that used by the Nazis - not a harmless Buddhist or Amerind symbol. The German National Socialists were a subset of the monstrous Left Wing Totalitarianism that engulfed much of the world in the 20th Century.

28 posted on 01/12/2012 5:07:27 AM PST by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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