A Bug in My Ear Pt. 1
Thursday, October 12, 2006

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Alright, alright. So the Letter to the Editor I barbequed earlier by itself hardly poses a threat to the Republic, the only reason it raised my hackles to the point of having to address it was that I became aware of it the same day as I received the following email. The email sent me on a wild goose chase of inquiry on the web and I’ve chosen some relevant bits to share with you. You are under no obligation to care about any of it. I just think the email and the reactions to it, along with the Letter to the Editor and all others like it, are symptomatic idiosyncrasies/idiosyncratic symptoms at the heart of the national polarity. (More on the specific Democratic and Republican ways and means in the next blog. Maybe.)

Text of the EID stamp email that I (and apparently thousands of others over the past five years) received:

*I hope no one uses one of these stamps on a Christmas Card to me. I would rather not get the card in the first place.
I love all of you and I LOVE MY COUNTRY.

Subject: FW: Fwd: Don't Buy It

Believe it or not, the US Post Office is set to
Re-release this stamp on 10/6/2006!!!!


How ironic is this??!! They don't even believe in Christ and they're getting their own Christmas stamp, but don't dream of posting the ten commandments on federal property?

USPS New Stamp

This one is impossible to believe. Scroll down for the text.
If there is only one thing you forward today.....let it be this!*

italicized items from 2nd Urban Legends example
Dear Fellow Patriotic Americans,

REMEMBER the MUSLIM ASSASSIN SIRHAN SIRHAN in 1968 who still lives after depriving us of BOBBIE KENNEDY
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of PanAm Flight 103,
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993,
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon,
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the military Barracks in Saudi Arabia,
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the American Embassies in Africa,
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the USS COLE.
REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11/01.
REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks.

Now the United States Postal Service REMEMBERS and HONORS the EID MUSLIM holiday season with a new commemorative first class holiday postage stamp.

I strongly urge you to REMEMBER to adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT this stamp when purchasing your holiday stamps at the post office. To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those AMERICANS who died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors. I also strongly urge you to pass this along to every Patriotic AMERICAN you know, whether by email or otherwise.


(Versions of the email are posted on Snopes, Boycott Watch, Break the Chain and Urban Legends (has two!), with comments cited below) The first thought to cross my mind was what about all the atrocities committed by “the Church” over the centuries. Fortunately there are LOTS of sites devoted to that topic; I chose a fairly comprehensive one to cite here. (Some salt grains may be required…) But before I could react or respond to the anti-Muslim sentiment, I had to find out about the stamp and what “EID” meant in the first place. For all I knew, it could mean “Fk you, USA!” Thankfully, it’s quite the opposite.

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Monday, October 16, 2006 3:57 PM


OK, Now I am going to have to go out and buy a book!


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