Sunday, August 27, 2006

A T-shirt designed by Lucianne Goldberg's systems administrator is taking the readers of by storm:

Lucianne recently gave the nod on a T-Shirt ... and without fail the LDot family took us by surprise. In 36 hours, we sold all but 12 of our first order of shirts. We are currently taking "backorders" until the next order of 108 shirts arrives....

Wow, must be a really cool shirt!

Er, um ... here's what it looks like:

Apart from the obvious (and conceivably actionable) resemblance to the Major League Baseball logo, this shirt raises the question: Hunh? What the hell is a "farm team infidel"?

The designer is so happy you asked. (You may need to take notes -- this is complicated.)

...It's simple. Those who walk in harm's way in service to our nation are Major League Infidels. These men (and women) are tactical operators and professional soldiers who have the training and the knowledge to decrease the effectiveness of those who work daily to bring America to its knees.

Farm Team Infidels are those who support those in the "big league". Farm Team Infidels also reject the politics of those who hate our military, capitalism and our right to keep and bear arms.

Do you:

* Believe that America is the strongest yet most generous nation on the planet?
* Support our Military
and their mission as the most vital fighting force on the planet?
* Own a firearm or would like to own a firearm? (Be careful, freedom isn't free, owning firearms is an expensive hobby).
* Believe that gun control is a firm grip and perfect sight alignment?
* Feel the desire to wear clothing that shows your Infidel pride?

If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, then you are a Farm Team Infidel. Thank you for being a productive member of society!

Er, yeah ... right. Clear as a bell.

So here's what I'm trying to figure out: Did the people who raced to buy this shirt do so because they like the idea that this is a super-secret-triple-acrostic code phrase that only a small, select in-crowd finds comprehensible?

Or is it just that you could sell anything to right-wingers -- ferret-vomit sachets, anything -- if the merchandise is accompanied with a sales pitch saying that a purchase will offend America-hating, capitalism-hating liberal scum?

Beats me. All I know is that I hope the buyers get their shirts in time for Labor Day barbecues, where they'll wear them just to piss off any liberals who happen to be invited, and the liberals will just say, "What? 'Farm Team Infidel'? Uh, I don't get it."


UPDATE: In comments, uncle grumpo notes finds the logo for Major League Infidel. The same basic idea, but with a somewhat different design, is here (enlarged view here). As grumpo says: "So this is not even an original thought, it's a fanboy response to an obscure and bizarre, though at least original, piece of wingnuttery. Imagine having to explain that at a barbecue."

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