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He's so right he's wrong
Palm Beach Post ^ | February 10, 2003 | George Bennett

Posted on 02/10/2003 5:15:00 AM PST by Seeking the truth

Conservative entrepreneur and provocateur Gene McDonald of Boca Raton often gets a rise out of liberals and Democrats. But he recently ran afoul of the organizers of an A-list conservative confab headlined by Vice President Dick Cheney.

McDonald, who markets in-your-face conservative stickers, T-shirts and other paraphernalia through his www.0cents.com Web site, was a vendor at the 30th annual Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Arlington, Va. Along with anti-United Nations, pro-gun and anti-Democrat offerings, his wares included "No Muslims -- No Terrorism" stickers and an "Islam: Religion of Peace" image with a swastika replacing the S in Islam.

CPAC officials told McDonald to remove his Islam-themed merchandise. McDonald said a conference organizer told him Cheney's staff had gotten wind of the stickers and voiced disapproval.

McDonald, a former Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee member, said "No Muslims -- No Terrorism" doesn't slam all Muslims, but "it slams the Muslims who did 9/11."

Some people seeing the stickers might not make that distinction, McDonald conceded. But, he said, bumper stickers aren't supposed to be subtle and "I want to push the envelope. I want to get on the edge with political satire."


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Front Page News; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 0cents; cpac; florida; mediabias; muslims; politicalsatire; terrorist
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I wish to compliment Mr. Bennett on his article.

He was accurate and he promised to put my web site, 0cents.com, in the article.

It was mentioned.

I had told him how angry I was for the behavior of his fellow journalist at CPAC last week.

The Washington Post journalist never identified himself to my wife and furthermore, agreed with her that the "offending" items were OK. Then he writes a slam piece and attributes a quote to my wife as the "unamed booth attendent". Attention, Mr. Kamen, she wore a very prominent name badge!

The second journalist, Salon.com's Michelle Greenburg(?) also never identified herself to me. I asked her if she was from the media. Then she identified herself.

1 posted on 02/10/2003 5:15:00 AM PST by Seeking the truth
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To: Seeking the truth
Good going, matey!

When you're catching flak, that means you're over the target. $;-)


2 posted on 02/10/2003 5:29:05 AM PST by Joe Brower (http://www.joebrower.com/)
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To: Seeking the truth
Gene, typical liberal journalist actions. They would never cover a DU undertaking or some rad-lib meeting calling for the deaths of American soldiers in the same way. They would be called "Alienated youth."
3 posted on 02/10/2003 5:33:30 AM PST by MindBender26 (.....and for more news as it happens...stay tuned to your local FReeper station....)
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To: Seeking the truth
I think I just might have to order a shirt from this guy. The VRWC shirt looks pretty good.

MARK A SITY
http://www.logic101.net/
4 posted on 02/10/2003 5:33:40 AM PST by logic101.net
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To: Seeking the truth

He's so right he's wrong entirely correct!

PS...... and Mrs. mcDonald is very hard to mis-identify. She is a fox!

5 posted on 02/10/2003 5:36:05 AM PST by MindBender26 (.....and for more news as it happens...stay tuned to your local FReeper station....)
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To: logic101.net
Gene is a long time, very loyal, Florida FReeper.
6 posted on 02/10/2003 5:36:46 AM PST by MindBender26 (.....and for more news as it happens...stay tuned to your local FReeper station....)
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To: Joe Brower
Thanks Joe.

What was so depressing from the many College Conservatives were the comments to the effect that we love that "Screw the UN" tee shirt or that "I want you to buy a gun" tee shirt but we can't buy it and wear it on campus as the Administrators or Professors won't let us.

My wife was particularly surprised by the pervasive PC on today's campi.

7 posted on 02/10/2003 5:40:14 AM PST by Seeking the truth (Visit www.0cents.com to see the "banned at CPAC" items!)
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To: logic101.net
FWIW, the VRWC shirt & bumper sticker were very popular at CPAC. This image tied with the "Work Harder" image as the most sold images.

We were also giving out Vast Right Wing Conpiracy 0cents Stamps to everyone in order that they can walk around the convention with this on their badges or clothing!

8 posted on 02/10/2003 5:45:15 AM PST by Seeking the truth (Visit www.0cents.com to see the "banned at CPAC" items!)
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To: MindBender26
I'll pass along that flattering comment to the missus.

She hit the big "50" this year so she's getting really concerned!
9 posted on 02/10/2003 5:57:55 AM PST by Seeking the truth (Visit www.0cents.com to see the "banned at CPAC" items!)
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To: Seeking the truth
You ar enot being completely honest -- there was at least one journalist who appraoched you wearing his identification and who informed you, as he purchased the bumperstickers, that they were indeed offensive...
10 posted on 02/10/2003 7:25:11 AM PST by D.C. Media Hor
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To: Seeking the truth
Regarding the poll on your website. I would like to see all of those things happen, but I voted for the judges first because it will be easier to do things like tort reform, and overturning Roe v Wade, and the patients bill of rights once we have judges in there to help us.
11 posted on 02/10/2003 7:35:01 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Seeking the truth
>CPAC officials told McDonald to remove his Islam-themed merchandise.

I recently watched
the DVD of Monty
Python's "Life of Brian
."

One commentary
features Terry Gilliam
explicitly say

that Python made fun
of Christianity and
Judaism, but

Python never poked
fun at Islam and Muslims
because believers

took their religion
seriously and no one
wanted a fatwah

coming against them.
Amazing. Fear works. Even
with show business types...

12 posted on 02/10/2003 7:46:01 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: D.C. Media Hor
You ar enot being completely honest -- there was at least one journalist who appraoched you wearing his identification and who informed you, as he purchased the bumperstickers, that they were indeed offensive

Absolutely, not true.

If you are the guy who bought the two bumper stickers from me, you were wearing two badges with lanyards.

Both badges were turned with the name/information inside out - meaning I could not see who you were.

Furthermore, this "journalist" (I could not know you were a journalist as you had your ID badges backward), did not offer the opinion until I asked you two questions:
1. Do you mind if I asked you a personal question? You answered "Yes"
2. Do you find these bumper stickers offensive? You answered "Yes, I do. I am very offended" ( close paraphrase)

You then stomped away without continuing the conversation.

Get your facts straight and re-read the Journalist's Code of Ethics.

BTW, I reconized this "journalist" but could not immediately place him.

OK, Journalist Honesty Check Time...

Were you that journalist?

13 posted on 02/10/2003 7:49:40 AM PST by Seeking the truth (Visit www.0cents.com to see the "banned at CPAC" items!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
That is what I would like to see first also. I'm on the same page as you as to why.
14 posted on 02/10/2003 7:50:45 AM PST by Seeking the truth (Visit www.0cents.com to see the "banned at CPAC" items!)
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To: Seeking the truth
...Journalist's Code of Ethics.

Is there such a thing? Got to be on the All-Time oxymoron list.

15 posted on 02/10/2003 7:58:44 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (_*_)
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To: Seeking the truth
Way to go, big guy......BTW, in case you didn't notice, the headline somewhat paraphrases the guy who started the whole thing....Barry Goldwater......
16 posted on 02/10/2003 8:31:42 AM PST by ken5050
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To: Keith in Iowa
Heck, I'm giving him a chance to "fess up".
17 posted on 02/10/2003 8:38:20 AM PST by Seeking the truth (Visit www.0cents.com to see the "banned at CPAC" items!)
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To: ken5050
I knew that I had heard that phrase somewhere...I just couldn't place it.
18 posted on 02/10/2003 8:39:42 AM PST by Seeking the truth (Visit www.0cents.com to see the "banned at CPAC" items!)
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To: Seeking the truth
Yup......"In your heart you know he's right".......
19 posted on 02/10/2003 8:42:43 AM PST by ken5050
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To: theFIRMbss
Oh great...now I got to go into hiding like Rushdie! :)
20 posted on 02/10/2003 8:46:50 AM PST by Seeking the truth (Visit www.0cents.com to see the "banned at CPAC" items!)
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To: ken5050
Now I remember clearly and unfortunately, I see that mushroom cloud and the little girl with the flower. I've often wondered if I actually saw the commercial when it ran that one time or did I see if afterwards.
21 posted on 02/10/2003 10:52:10 AM PST by Seeking the truth (Visit www.0cents.com to see the "banned at CPAC" items!)
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To: Seeking the truth
And I can say I knew ya way back when...way to go, my FRiend!!

Utmost FReegards...MUD

22 posted on 02/10/2003 11:20:19 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (RATS're Spineless, Spiritless POLTROONS!!)
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To: MindBender26
I suppose they'd say that this is an outrage too:

Anyone ever see articles on the hateful graphics/stickers available from the left?

Look at the items from www.akpress.org. This is the face of the anti-globalism/antiAmericanWar movement:

(stickers)
"Bark If You Love Jesus"
"I Don't Know If God Exists But It Would Be Better For Him If He Didn't"

(t-shirts)
"Bomb The Mall"

"Class War - We Have Found New Homes For The Rich"

"Talk Is Cheap"

"Whitey Will Pay"

When the leftists are taken to task, then the PC-police can censor free speech.

23 posted on 02/10/2003 11:22:56 AM PST by weegee
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To: Seeking the truth
You go, Gene!
24 posted on 02/10/2003 11:25:52 AM PST by Nick Danger (these Frenchmen are all cheese and no moose)
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To: weegee
"I may not believe in what you say, but I will die for your right to do so." (Voltaire)


25 posted on 02/10/2003 11:29:34 AM PST by Seeking the truth (Visit www.0cents.com to see the "banned at CPAC" items!)
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To: Nick Danger
Thanks.

I surrender.

(Wait a minute - I'm not French)
26 posted on 02/10/2003 11:31:39 AM PST by Seeking the truth (I'm going on the FRN Cruise - How about you?)
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To: Seeking the truth
The 'No Arabs - No Terror' bumper sticker has been popular in Israel for years.

I think I'll go buy one.
27 posted on 02/10/2003 11:56:37 AM PST by Anti-Bolshevik
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To: Seeking the truth
The mushroom ad was an attack on Goldwater and the left supposedly revised this ad in their antiwar rhetoric this year.
28 posted on 02/10/2003 12:05:17 PM PST by weegee
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To: weegee
Actually that ad is more commonly referred to as "Daisy".

There is an old documentary of political ads titled "And If I'm Elected" (compiled for HBO in the 1980s, released on video) that was hosted by the Smothers Brothers.

It showed ads for all political perspectives and from a number of campaigns. The left ran some other scare ads against Goldwater as well (things with the KKK).

The Clintons just picked up the ball for LBJ.

29 posted on 02/10/2003 12:08:19 PM PST by weegee
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To: Seeking the truth
Did you sell any of my DNC Banners?


30 posted on 02/10/2003 12:08:39 PM PST by smith288 ("Don't worry about me. If something happens, I've just gone on higher.")
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To: Seeking the truth
Good for you, sir. Keep up the good work.
31 posted on 02/10/2003 12:11:00 PM PST by Thorondir
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To: Seeking the truth

32 posted on 02/10/2003 12:19:27 PM PST by Interesting Times
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To: weegee
The mushroom ad was an attack on Goldwater and the left supposedly revised this ad in their antiwar rhetoric this year.

It was in commercials co-created by our old fiends at moveon.org, the online petition site that said it was just about making sure Clinton wasn't impeached, but then became a springboard for Democratic campaigns against GOP figures in the impeachment process (primarily the House Managers).

The "Daisy" ad was created to imply Goldwater was going to push the red button despite the fact that the only President that has ever authorized the use of a nuclear weapon in combat was a Democrat (Truman).

Here's what I think of MoveOn, from January 1999: ''Censure and Move On'' site: Activism For Dummies

33 posted on 02/10/2003 12:22:41 PM PST by L.N. Smithee (Daily Variety Can't Handle The Truth!)
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To: smith288
No, I never was able to use that design.

The graphic's resolution was too low (going by memory here!)

I do remember asking you about that graphic.
34 posted on 02/10/2003 12:29:19 PM PST by Seeking the truth (I'm going on the FRN Cruise - How about you?)
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To: Interesting Times
Great pic, IT. I remember you taking it. (My better half was elsewhere at that moment)

Decent smile, gut sucked in at proper moment, lotta gray though!

You know, the Salon.com gal had it right - a jolly, gray haired guy from Florida!
35 posted on 02/10/2003 12:32:42 PM PST by Seeking the truth (I'm going on the FRN Cruise - How about you?)
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To: L.N. Smithee
Ah, a blast from the past.

FWIW, moveon.org financed the campaign of a Palm Beach County teacher against Rep. Mark Foley. It failed.
36 posted on 02/10/2003 12:37:20 PM PST by Seeking the truth (I'm going on the FRN Cruise - How about you?)
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To: Seeking the truth
Decent smile, gut sucked in at proper moment, lotta gray though!

Many of my own follicles gave up the ghost as soon as they felt the first trickle of gray pigment. Others appear to have succumbed to existential angst.

37 posted on 02/10/2003 12:47:16 PM PST by Interesting Times
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To: Seeking the truth
Too low? I thought I made it to the perfect specification you required? Bummer. Its exactly what they are (DNC) Bummer.
38 posted on 02/10/2003 12:48:09 PM PST by smith288 ("Don't worry about me. If something happens, I've just gone on higher.")
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To: Interesting Times
Yes, you are a bit further down the "follicle challanged" path than I.

However, I have been making up the distance quite rapidly within the past year!

Lately, I've been asking totally bald men how they shave or maintain their baldness. Mining for tips for that inevitable day.

I've asked Darlie several times what she would think if I totally shaved my head.

Everytime I've asked her that, she cracks up laughing uncontrollably.

Not sure how to interpet that yet.
39 posted on 02/10/2003 12:52:41 PM PST by Seeking the truth (I'm going on the FRN Cruise - How about you?)
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To: Seeking the truth
WAY TO GO, GENE!!!

I wish I could have been there, but mommyhood has a way of keeping me at home! *grin* I'm hoping I can make it for next year's CPAC.

I did notice that the "D.C. Media Hor" did a hit and run. Typical and pathetic!!

40 posted on 02/10/2003 12:56:59 PM PST by RMDupree (HHD:)
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To: Seeking the truth
I've often wondered if I actually saw the commercial when it ran that one time or did I see if afterwards.

I saw it when it first ran.
I voted for Goldwater.

41 posted on 02/10/2003 1:03:53 PM PST by carenot
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To: RMDupree
Hello Ruthie!

Good to see you back on here and, as usual, you are very observant re: the "journalist".
42 posted on 02/10/2003 1:04:45 PM PST by Seeking the truth (I'm going on the FRN Cruise - How about you?)
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To: weegee
You might tell them that Whitey has been paying for years.......
43 posted on 02/10/2003 1:26:38 PM PST by MindBender26 (.....and for more news as it happens...stay tuned to your local FReeper station....)
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To: smith288
And then there's this modification of the DNC coordinated Rat.com logo:

to this (I suggested something along these lines and someone create this great graphic of that logo "unfurled")


44 posted on 02/10/2003 1:33:04 PM PST by weegee
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To: MindBender26
So have the "rich". Don't try to persuade them with facts.
45 posted on 02/10/2003 1:35:50 PM PST by weegee
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To: weegee
Looking close at the original, it appears that .COM does continue on but is folded. Hmm...you might not be far from the truth.
46 posted on 02/10/2003 1:59:25 PM PST by smith288 ("Don't worry about me. If something happens, I've just gone on higher.")
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To: smith288
That graphic is even referenced off their own site.
47 posted on 02/10/2003 2:43:14 PM PST by weegee
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To: weegee
That's really clever!
48 posted on 02/10/2003 2:52:02 PM PST by Seeking the truth (I'm going on the FRN Cruise - How about you?)
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To: D.C. Media Hor
You ar[sic] enot[sic] being completely honest -- there was at least one journalist who appraoched[sic] you wearing his identification and who informed you, as he purchased the bumperstickers[sic], that they were indeed offensive...

Apparently, you are lying like a true DC Media Whore...

And you write like one, too...

49 posted on 02/10/2003 7:19:21 PM PST by an amused spectator
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To: Seeking the truth
Well, Gene - I've met you, and I know that you are an honest, concerned citizen.

I've probably read pieces by this "journalist" and formed a completely different opinion of his "journalism".

50 posted on 02/10/2003 7:21:50 PM PST by an amused spectator
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