You wouldn't think that being a terrorist in America would have much commercial appeal. The very thought of one—whether he's hiding in the badlands of Pakistan, just a rocket launch from the Afghanistan border, or is a well-respected educator who did bad, bad things four decades ago—is enough for any true, blue American to want to spill a little blood.
So why would Amazon.com expect to get $49.95 for a terrorist Halloween mask? That price is more than the change we need. Could it be because, in this case, the "terrorist" was none other than the man poised to win the U.S. presidential election by a landslide?
You betcha, my friends. If you were willing to shell out more than half a C note, after shipping and handling, you could have bought a terrorist mask that has an uncanny likeness to Barack Obama—the guy McPalin and their hateful hordes have been mislabeling for the past few weeks.
We don't know if this is more wingnut subterfuge or an honest mistake, but the folks at Amazon.com have since removed the classification, thanks to the L.A. Times blog, Top of the Ticket. (Hat tip to the Black Political Thought blog.)
Amazon.com listing had Barack Obama Halloween mask under 'terrorist'
You know that argument the John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign has been relentlessly making that Barack Obama "pals" around with terrorists such as '60s ex-radical William Ayers?
And they say this reflects on his poor judgment because of other associates such as Rev. Jeremiah Wright and newly-convicted Tony Rezko?
And worried Obama PR folks jump right on the e-mail whenever Obama and Ayers and the word "friend" appear together anywhere, even though Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Obama chief strategist David Axelrod have called them friends or friendly.
Anyway, a listing on Amazon.com, one of the largest and most successful online merchandisers in the world, seemed to come down even beyond the Republicans' side -- for a while anyway. With Halloween just days away, they're making a bundle off a $49.95 Barack Obama mask.
Which was displayed on the "terrorist costume" page.
You read that right!
To read the rest of the Top of the Ticket post at http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/10/obama-terrorist.html.
As it turns out, the Democrat Presidential Candidate Barrack Obama Full Vinyl Mask, which is listed as a Jerkyll and Hyde item, can be purchased for a mere $19.95.
Hurry, All Hallow's Eve is just five nights away--although April Fool's Day is about 10 weeks after the presidential inauguration.
Cyber Columnist Monroe Anderson is an award-winning journalist who penned op-ed columns for both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. He is a contributor to EbonyJet.com and The Huffingtonpost.com. You can read his blog at http://www.monroeanderson.typepad.com/