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Fact Check: Is Barack Obama Using Jean Ludwig’s Social Security Number?

At Tea Party Brewing: A Place for Patriots, Nancy McKiernen reports the “news” breathlessly, complete with a picture of an official-looking record:

McKiernan goes on to allege that Ludwig is “presumed dead and whose death was either never reported to the SS administration or reported and deleted from the database by someone.”

Why, it’s [...]

#31 Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Rake in Millions in NFL Profit, Pay Sweatshop Workers Pennies

$141,600,000.00: amount of money raked in by the Green Bay Packers in media fees alone during the Super Bowl.

$0.08: amount of money paid to a worker in El Salvador for sewing an NFL-branded t-shirt that retails for $25.

He Should Have Meant it Ironically

Yesterday morning, Tony Caputo sent me a little bit of love mail with this picture attached. Just in case I was wondering whether he agreed, he wrote “I Second That Statement!… A resounding “Amen” to this Sign!!!… This is a great sign… This sign is pure Genius!!!!… The Truest Sign in America Today.”

Tony Caputo [...]

AFA Tea Party T-Shirt? Patriotically Made with Cheap Haitian Labor

The fundamentalist Christian American Family Association is a hairtrigger organization, calling boycotts against companies for the moral outrage of not using the word “Christmas” in advertising, even when, um, they actually do use the word.

The same AFA is calling for Americans to summon up their patriotic fervor to take part in the Tea Party [...]

ILRF Report: Gymboree = Child Labor

Earlier today, I mocked the American Family Association for its call this year to boycott companies that don’t use the word “Christmas” enough in their advertising. Pardon me for being blunt, but a matter like that is utterly trivial compared to something like forced child labor.

Do you have a second grader at home? [...]

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 [...]

Cafepress or Skreened? Comparing Ethics, Base Price and Design Area, the Choice is Clear

There’s more than a little hyperbole out there about changes to the Terms of Service by the print-on-demand merchandiser CafePress, and some of it is more than a bit hypocritical. Buzz Edition tweets, “Artists get shafted by @cafepress Slave labor was abolished…Right?” and Lavender Liberal blogs:

If you recoil at the idea of buying a [...]

Skreened Tops CafePress in Sweatshop-Free Organic Baby Clothing

Back in February, a representative of CafePress assured us in conversations that dark American Apparel shirts would be coming up for sale in the late summer. In the early fall, maybe more American Apparel organic shirts would be coming up too.

Uh huh. We’ve been hearing that line from CafePress for years now. Such [...]

Pro-Obama T-Shirts from Haiti & Nicaragua on Sale at 10/10/08 Columbus, OH Rally

As people lined up for a Columbus, Ohio campaign rally featuring Barack Obama on October 10 2008, t-shirt hawkers lined up right next to them. Here’s what I saw:

Nice design! T-shirt made in sweatshop-notorious Haiti.

Hope that it’s made in sweatshop-free conditions. Believe what you want. Know that this one is made [...]

Pro-Obama T-Shirts from Haiti & Nicaragua on Sale at 10/10/08 Columbus, OH Rally

As people lined up for a Columbus, Ohio campaign rally featuring Barack Obama on October 10 2008, t-shirt hawkers lined up right next to them. Here’s what I saw:

Nice design! T-shirt made in sweatshop-notorious Haiti.

Hope that it’s made in sweatshop-free conditions. Believe what you want. Know that this one is made [...]

Rally Talk: Some Great Aides!

Overheard in line for the McCain-Palin rally here in Columbus, Ohio (110 minutes until doors open and twelve people are in line… Quel enthusiasm):

“I don’t know who they have advising her, but whoever it is, they really need to give her some new advice. I’m sure if she becomes President she’ll be surrounded with [...]