Saturday, January 17, 2009

I Am Being Threatened.

Note this comment from an anonymous Watching You on my last posting.

Dear Mr. Rat, Please be advised that I have notified the artist of the poster you have included on the right of your blog the Hope poster which you have defaced to include the word "No". I hope there's a lawsuit in it for you. I don't think you can steal someones artwork, deface it and use for your own purposes. Just because your idiotic president left you (and the rest of us) without hope, does not mean that hope isn't possible. I feel sorry for you.

First his "name" makes me think of Orwell's "Big Brother is Watching You".

OK so he wants to see me sued. Does he have any idea how many defaced pictures of his Messiah are all over the net. Does he care about the defaced pictures of Bush, Palin and McCain? Finally this was a political poster and defacing of political posters is part of what happens.

I briefly considered taking it down but decided not to. This guy is nothing but a bully who is trying to intimidate those who do not agree with him into silence but as long we speak freely we are still free. This guy seems to think that those who don't agree with Obama need to cower before him. By not taking it down I am sending him a message - - that I will not be cowed. The First Amendment is first and foremost about political speech and no one has the right to say Free speech for me but not for thee. Silencing those who don't agree with them is what dictators do, not freely elected presidents. Oh I doubt that Obama even cares what I have done as he has larger concerns but people like Watching You want the whole country to just shut up and let Obama do his thing, which is the opposite of what they did with Bush.

As far as defacing the picture goes, maybe he should troll the net a bit more and he will find some that make mine look benign. Secondly I don't get a penny off this site so I don't see why he would sue me when some are selling similar items. More to the point is they start small, little blogs like mine, but there are individuals who want to squelch all criticism of Obama from the public discourse and it starts with little stuff like this.


Blogger Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Don't you dare take it down!

I'd like to see them try to sue you and all the rest of us -- thousands, millions, billions of us!

I'd like to be a fly on the wall when he/she walks into an attorney's office with this nutcase proposal. The would laugh himself silly.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Skip said...

The guy didn't evn have the kahoneys to leave a link to himself, I guess it shows the bottom of the gene pool oos protected and empowered by thier ability to hide behind a false identity
Keep the poster up.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

It's an honor to make some whackjob like this upset. Piss on him.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Average American said...

Who else wants to steal shoprats picture and put it on their blog? I just did.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Just the first step in silencing any and all opposition to "the one."

Next step will be repealing the First Amendment...

12:45 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

Its just another 'sour grapes' photoshop job. Heck, remember all the Bush ones?

1:46 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

"Notifying the artist?"

This idiot must be kidding. There is a SPECIFIC WEBSITE where it ASKS you to create an Obama saying using SPECIFICALLY that graphic. I don't have that URL on my favorites at the wife's house.

There is also this website:

That person is advocating written VIOLENCE AGAINST you, Shoprat, with threats.


2:17 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

The graphic to which Anonymous refers is ALL OVER the internet. And primarily I doubt his ability to even SOURCE that graphic at all, it's THAT ubiquitous.


2:18 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

"I guess it shows the bottom of the gene pool oos protected and empowered by thier ability to hide behind a false identity"

I think every body here except me is hiding behind some sort of silly alter-ego. Heck, I'm the comics fan, you guys are all supposedly the paragon of virtue. Why hide who you are? Gayle at least uses her first name.

Still, that guy is an asshat. Although I disagree with your view of Obama it does not bother me if you defaced his poster. Hey, do what you want! Next time you post about Brittny with no panties I want a photo!

Also, I'd like to see a little more humor, you neocons need to lighten up and enjoy life.

4:10 PM  
Blogger dmarks said...

Are there any neoconservatives here? I have seen plenty of regular ol' conservatives, but no neo's. Not yet, anyway.

5:41 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

tim There is a difference between spouting an opinion behind a blog name and making threats, however silly they may be, anonymously.

dmarks yeah we have one neo-con who visits regularly. Me? I am a theocon.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Z said...

DO NOT REMOVE IT! Your instinct is right, Shoprat! GOOD!

Average has the idea all of us will be needing to follow soon..ALL OF US DOING what one of us has been threatened about. ALL OF US STANDING UP TO THIS STUFF.

BB-Idaho..very fair comment!

BZ: is it true Obama's hired a BRAND manager? Maybe this is the guy? After what they did to Joe the Plumber, who knows!? Intimidation seems to be the new law of the land.

I just keep thinking of all the BUSH/MONKEY posters and CHENEY SHOULD DIE stuff. Then the Huffington Post having to close down the day of Tony Snow's death because so many joyful libs were waxing eloquent on their excitement at that dear man's early demise....
THIS 'NO HOPE' poster is a problem?

7:34 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Tim: NeoCon?? Hell, I'm a GeriCon! And in terms of humor, doesn't sound as though Mr. Wah Ching U has much of one either.


7:36 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Z: oddly enough, yes, I seem to recall The One and His Minions refusing to speak with MSM outlets and individuals who DARED to hurl more than the weensiest softball at His Oneness. Imagine that!


7:38 PM  
Blogger Skip said...

Tim... I am using my real name, I was actually refering to his "threat" and not leaving any way of rebuttle, I for one never claimed to be the "paragon of virtue" as you state, Hell, if you were to ask SR I am probably farther from that than you can imagine, I am not political,nor am not a religious person, so think what you may, If Captain America is wondering that is mr real picture too hmmmm.....

7:57 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

"Theocon", I love it!

I am so glad you kept it up, SR. Libs can dish it out but they can't take it when we dish it back to them.

8:06 PM  
Blogger dons_mind said...

lol personally i'm geriatric.....

i love the "mr rat" lol

9:22 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I think every body here except me is hiding behind some sort of silly alter-ego.

What gave me away?!

i love the "mr rat" lol

Can I call you "shop"?

1:26 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Good for you, Shoprat. The "rat" didn't even leave a link or any way of contacting him, so it's obvious he's not only a rat but a total coward. And you are exactly right, there are far worse graphics out there of Obama. This one is mild.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Ducky's here said...

Since the poster is so commonly used public in various forms and you aren't using the image for financial gain I doubt anything is actionable.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Ducky's here said...

... of course, the matter of having no hope after the end of the most destructive regime in American political history should cause much more concern.

11:30 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

I will accept this.
Bush may possibly have created a situation that allowed the always-fatal virus of socialism to seriously infect our society.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

BZ captures my thoughts on this. But sometimes wouldn't you just like to pound these leftists idiots who try to intimidate us?

Keep up the good work, Shoprat!

2:59 PM  
Blogger dmarks said...

"... of course, the matter of having no hope after the end of the most destructive regime in American political history should cause much more concern."

The change you are referring to (the most destructive regime being over) occured 8 years ago this month. You are quite out of date.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Average American said...

As stated above Shoprat, I stole your picture and have it posted on my blog. I would invite all your readers to do the same.

4:13 AM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

Lies and intimidation are all the dark side knows...that and name-calling...keep it on the site -shoprat!!!

8:41 PM  
Blogger a red voice said...

I'm glad you're not taking it down. I'm going to add the picture to my site too.
That picture is all over the internet. Meaningless threats!
Who does he ("anonymous Watching You") think he is a spy or a nark for Obama's SS?

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the tribe sent their bravest and fiercest lawyers to meet the strangers and they immediately began to chant, "Sue them! Sue them! Sue them!"

Gary Larson
(I wouldn't want Mr. Larson to sue me so I gave him credit.)

7:32 PM  
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