June 08, 2008
Sin Orden, No Hay Libertad, Kid. And Donít You Forget It!

Something to think about later today, perhaps during services when you get tired of wondering why the guy in front of you didnít shave his neckó

Martha Bridegam passes on this link, which will take you to a spot on Amazon where you may or may not lay out $50.18 for the last remaining Playmobil Security Checkpoint. Just a little something for that four- to seven-year-old in your life. Or, if a boy, he may prefer the Kidís Pimp Suit Costume ($39.99).

Comment on the Security Checkpoint would be superfluous; 48 other revolted citizens have already done the job, and very ably. So donít fail to click on the customer reviews.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 08, 2008 09:04 AM
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I started out thinking this listing must be a joke (the seller's info says "not a real vendor") but the product seems to be real. Playmobil is evidently a real company with a significant worldwide fan base.

Truth is weirder than fiction, isn't it.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on June 8, 2008 2:09 PM

Hmmm... on further searching, this item seems to have been buzzing around the Net quietly for some time. Apologies if it seems stale, but I certainly hadn't heard of it & it doesn't quite seem to have hit the blogging big time.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on June 8, 2008 6:09 PM

I'm holding out for the Liberty Bell Set. You do know that you have to go through a similar screening at the checkpoint to see the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, don't you? Since we were talking about the death of irony.

Posted by: Buck on June 8, 2008 8:22 PM

Fortunately, what doesn't kill irony makes it stronger. Nobody has done in irony completely yet.

Seen the security cameras in Placa George Orwell?
http://www.shipmentoffail.com/fails/2008/05/1984-fail/
http://www.netcharles.com/orwell/pics/spain/01-spain.htm

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on June 9, 2008 11:54 PM

Thanks for the links, Martha. Kind of discouraging, in the comments section of the first one, to see how many people drew a total blank on Orwell, 1984, Big Brother, and the Spanish Civil war.

Posted by: Duff Orben on June 10, 2008 8:12 AM

Yes. Depressing. Between Orwell's presence on high school mandatory-reading lists and his dishonest adoption by the right wing, not enough critically minded people read the guy.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on June 10, 2008 11:53 AM
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