Seriously, South Carolina? I mean, SERIOUSLY!?
Y’all remember President Obama’s BFF 4 LYFE Joe Wilson (R-SC), right? Of course you do. Wilson made headlines last year after he yelled “You lie!” in the middle of Obama’s nationally televised speech about healthcare reform, right after Obama stated that his plan for health care reform did not include covering undocumented immigrants.
I wrote about how appalling it was that Wilson — a member of Congress — would dare heckle Obama during a joint session of Congress. If I recall correctly, my exact words were “I know there’s a black President and all but ding dang, y’all. That doesn’t mean motherfuckers should be acting like they’re on location at Showtime at the Apollo.” 1
Wilson later apologized (likely after Rahm Emanuel held him by his ankles over a balcony Suge Knight-style). Actually, in fairness to Wilson, it was one of the more “sincere” apologies to be offered by someone who done fucked up. There was no “I’m sorry if my words offended some people,” or “I regret that people have taken my words out of context,” or — my personal favorite — “Mistakes were made.” Wilson flat-out said that his remarks were inappropriate and he apologized to the President for his incivility.
So, lesson learned right? I mean, most folks agree that one doesn’t speak to the President in such a manner, right?
Well, not exactly. Wilson has since been lauded as King of Tea Party Mountain, and one company has decided that not only should Joe Wilson’s outburst to be commended, it should be commemorated.
Well, by engraving the phrase “You lie!” on a gun, but of course. And not just any gun — a fucking assault rifle:
A South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components inscribed with “You lie” – a tribute to the infamous words of 2nd District Republican Congressman Joe Wilson when he shouted at President Barack Obama during a congressional speech about national health care reform in the fall of 2009.
“Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver,” reads a portion of the company’s website.
The product “is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Joe Wilson or his campaign,” according to a line of text at the bottom of the page. A picture of Wilson holding a rifle and standing in the company’s gun shop appears on the same page. The company offers the components, marked “MULTI to accommodate most builds,” for $99.95 apiece.
At this point, I don’t even know what to say. “This is fuckery of the highest order.” ??
“What the fuck are they thinking?” ??
“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” ??
I don’t know, y’all. I just don’t know.
This country has gone full retard.
1 Of course I recall correctly. I just looked it up. ::thumps head:: I’m a smart one.
[via Fit News]
[cross-posted here at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]
[UPDATE: My mind melded with Dennis G.’s. His kick ass post is here and he says what I left unsaid about youknowhat-ism.]
What the fuck are they thinking?
You know damn well what they are thinking.
I actually just don’t even anymore. I really don’t.
They’re not going to win an Oscar that way.
Boy oh boy we posted on the same shit at the same time.
Wow, but these assholes deserve the attention.
Maybe they really meant it for Mark Sanford the real “You Lie” man to take along his Appalachian trailing.
Also, the Vanilla Ice reference made my day.
Yep, this certainly makes the Republicans seem exactly like peaceful types who eschew gun violence against politicians with whom they happen to disagree. Yes, indeedy.
I won’t tell you what’s stamped on my AR lower receiver. Something about the tides rolling…
Of course, someone who buys it is going to alter the ‘L’ into a ‘D’. It’ll destroy the collector’s value of it, but it’ll bring a smile to their face no doubt.
Obama should project that photo behind him during his entire speech and just fucking dare anyone to make a sound.
They’re incapable of learning from their mistakes. They really think that anything they do is okay because, in their minds, they rule the world. Asshats.
If anyone has been waiting for the inimitable Fred Clark to weigh in at Slacktivist on this weekend’s events, his post is up, and it’s a good’un.
We’ll find out how sincere Wilson was in his apology by his reaction to this. If you really regret something, you shouldn’t be exactly happy that someone is trying to make money off that, specially not if they are claiming to be your friends.
The item seems to be no longer on sale btw.
I wonder if we’ll ever reach the “too got damn* far” point?
Worse yet what that point will consist of…
*I prefer that to “god damn”, the “t” sound at the end makes it sound harsher.
After living 30 miles or so north of the SC border for the last ten years, I’d have to say that I am not at all surprised by this. Well, wait a minute – I am a little surprised that everything was spelled correctly.
I wonder if they think the timing was unfortunate?
How about Gottverdammt?
South Carolina…just so glad I don’t live there.
HO. LEE. FUCK. Look, I come from redneck central north and even my Ray-gun worshiping buds up there would say “woah, dude – that shit’s fucked up”.
but why a RIFLE? Why not “You lie!” on a nice embroidered pillow, or a set of his & hers bath towels? One would almost think —
Oh dear, what am I saying. Y’all crazy liberals have got me all nervous-like….
If this doesn’t get pulled out of public outrage, the POTUS should just say f#ck it & then ask the the F.O.E.to come on board as his personal secret service agents.
@S. cerevisiae: The UP?
They probably make those too it’s just that the fact they’re selling “You Lie” rifles, especially in light of current events, kind of draws attention to things, to put it lightly.
Stop the earth. I’m getting off. kthxbai.
Engraving an insult (to anyone, let alone the leader of one’s country) on a rifle part for sale as a commemorative item is its own kind of horrible and offensive.
But — this rifle part, if I’m not mistaken, turns the rifle in question into an M-16. Unless you’re an infantryman in a combat zone, you simply have no need for such a weapon and no business having one. Why is the sale of such a rifle part even legal in the US?
@asiangrrlMN: At least you weren’t told you take things too seriously.
@Omnes Omnibus: Who told you that? And, I have been told that many times. It is also true.
This country has gone full retard.
this country is making retards, morons and falling apart zombies look civilized.
@asiangrrlMN: ED Kain in an earlier thread.
@Omnes Omnibus: To be fair, I was quite serious and pissed off at the time.
@Omnes Omnibus: Take it as a compliment!
@Omnes Omnibus: Now you’re tantalizing me to go look. But, I think if one is pissed off, then one should get passionate about it. Otherwise, what’s the point of having beliefs?
@asiangrrlMN: Don’t go look. Those threads are a morass of vitriol, obtuseness, and frustration.
@Omnes Omnibus: OK. I will trust you on that.
South Carolina is envious that Arizona seems to be outdoing it in the craziness race.
John Cole was asking about peak wingnut? Well, this is it. It may go on for a while, though.
Order from Glenn Beck and you get 10% off if you pay in gold, 20% if you use Confederate money!
Oh, and guess what? Doofus had to move to scrub the website because he was breaking the law through misuse of the congressional seal:
Slightly off topic, but now that the Nikki Haley (aka, “The Palmetto Palin”) has been elected Governor, has she come clean on who she was fucking way back when…?
WTF is with the goofy grape purple color?
@Amir_Khalid: Wrong wrong wrong. It is a semi-automatic rifle. It is tasteless and tacky, but not M-16/M-4.
They’re “Ich luge” bullets.
I think the blogosphere needs a “Sherman’s March Commemoration Week”.
@The Raven: No, it hasn’t peaked, yet. It is going to keep getting worse.
Jay Don't Play
Sorry, but that is not an “assault rifle”.
It is a “lower receiver”. A “lower receiver” does not contribute to the functions of an “assault rifle”. In fact, it is merely where the “upper receiver” (the most important and expensive part, the part that makes the “assault rifle” work in the first place) connects to.
The “lower receiver” houses the magazine well and release, where the ammunition connects to the weapon.
However, the ammunition cannot function without the upper receiver. Also, the upper cannot function without the lower, then, you must have a “barrel”, “stock”, and various other gun parts.
So that is just what this is, the “lower receiver”: a gun part.
Sorry to break it to you.
This isn’t an “assault rifle”. It is just a gun part.
Claiming a gun part is an “assault rifle” is like saying my Pirelli tires are actually a Lamborghini cause you know I bet I could put them on a Lamborghini.