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Data Mining The First Grade

Last night, my wife and I received the papers you see here as a part of our first.grader’s information packet. The children’s magazine Highlights would give the.classroom a thousand stickers in exchange for our names, address, telephone numbers and email addresses.

There was no promise that the information would not be shared, or used [...]

Yes We Can Offer You Anti-Obama Merch

Rich Weitzman writes in today with a pointed question:

Enough with Bush, that is old news. Where are your anti-Obama products??? Especially since this moron just started a war in Libya???!!!

That’s a good question, Rich, and I have what I hope is a good answer: that we do offer anti-Obama products of various sorts, [...]

Popular Bumper Stickers August 2010: Welcome Back Barack, Shoo Republicans

In the month of August 2008, the following were our five best-selling bumper stickers:

1. Librarians Against Palin bumper sticker 2. People With One House Against McCain bumper sticker 3. Republicans for Barack Obama bumper sticker 4. I Like Obama, But is America Ready for a President with Brains? bumper sticker 5. Hope, Not Fear: [...]

A Year After Designer Pay Cuts, No Slowdown at CafePress

Last year, when the print-on-demand corporation CafePress introduced higher prices for buyers and lower compensation for graphic designers, many outraged designers for CafePress reacted by declaring their intention to leave CafePress behind and take their activity elsewhere. The call went out: Boycott CafePress!

A year later, however, there’s no sign of decreased activity by designers. [...]

CafePress Enters Period of Deferred Maintenance, Disabling Newsletter

A classic sign of trouble for an institution — be it educational, religious, governmental or economic — is a pattern of deferred maintenance in which easily fixed problems remain unfixed. Deferred maintenance can be a sign of bureaucratic inattention or poor leadership, but it can also be imposed from outside an institution by external conditions. [...]

Artistic and Ethical Disaster: CafePress Removes Designer and Product Discretion. Take Control of Your Destiny. Get Off the Marketplace!

The last time that CafePress made changes to its terms of service, it did so openly. The t-shirt, button and bumper sticker printer did not make that mistake again, making a quiet but fundamental change today that may nevertheless push more people away from doing business there.

Corporate, Capitalist CafePress CafePress is a “print on [...]

Organizing For America Expiring

It’s a sad little example of what’s happened on a larger scale to the once-apparently unstoppable energy of the Obama for America network. The group, now called Organizing for America, has had to expire its program of bumper sticker distribution in support of health care reform, because it couldn’t summon the resources to keep it [...]

Audition Call for Actresses Pretending to Be Waitresses Against Gay Marriage

Apparently unable to find any actual waitresses or teachers in the state of Maine who oppose gay marriage, James Stiles of the anti-gay Stand for Marriage Maine will be hiring an actress to pretend to be a waitress who is against same-sex marriage. The pretend waitress will pretend to sound sincere in an actual TV [...]

Liberal Humorists for Sarah Palin in 2012

I miss Sarah Palin already. I’ll always cherish the happy moments. The warm grins over the repeated use of the word “also” to end a sentence, the special feeling we all got from discovering another connection to witch hunters, the secret hope that Sarah Palin might donate part of her $150,000 wardrobe to a goodwill [...]

Shop Like a Sheep or an Odd Bird: Election Store Sorted by Popularity

What sort of political animal are you, anyway? Are you a sheep, looking to follow the herd with the hottest political button out there right now? Or are you an odd bird, looking for a bumper sticker that others have overlooked or disdained, something with a message that will distinguish you from the rest?

Be [...]

I'm Voting for "That One" Pro-Obama Bumper Sticker and Button (But What's the Big Deal?)

For the apparently considerable number of you who are upset with John McCain’s reference to Barack Obama as “That One” in last night’s debate:

Click on any image to nab one for yourself.

I have to say that personally, I don’t understand why people are seizing on John McCain referring to Barack [...]