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Mourning in America


Thanks to AliceH from D-Pud for kicking my tail, I’ve finally got a production version of Zombie Reagan up on the Zazzle site. Two Reagan shirt/mug variants and a bumper sticker. More to come.

Sadly, the product AliceH particularly wanted — Zombie Reagan postage stamps for mailing those critical government forms — is not to be. Violation of the postal guidelines:

• Result: Not Approved
• Policy Violations:

o Design incorporates the name or likeness of a current or former world leader or politician, or a local, regional, national or international leader, religious figurehead, or politician.

I was hoping the undead version wouldn’t count.

Anyhoo, thanks to Alice (and Ace!) I’m well on my way to a cool twenty bucks!


Comment from BuckNutty
Time: October 28, 2009, 7:08 pm

It is awsome

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 28, 2009, 7:51 pm

Well, I’m placing my order friday for the Zombie reagan bumper sticker. maybe the coffee mug as well….

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 28, 2009, 8:00 pm

Heh. You doesn’t has to testify, Scoob.

I’m still not sure about the color on that bumpersticker. I think I should have stuck to red-white-blue for the type, instead of mixing in some zombie green. But I was sitting here idly doodling away at it when I got the Ace link, so I whisked it out the door.

In fairness, given the opportunity, I’d never finish anything.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 28, 2009, 9:34 pm



Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 28, 2009, 10:42 pm

The latest iteration catches the original vibe without being too gross-out. I love it.

Is there non-recurring expenditure for other designs? Because the “Help Us Zombie Reagan…You’re Our Only Hope” is my favourite slogan. I would love a shirt with that. Now I have to work out how my Costa Rican debit card can be used to buy Weasel swag.

Also, I am so working out how to do that scrolly magnifier thing they have. I’m not going to peek at Zazzle’s code: that would be wrong. But it should be a fairly straightforward CSS/DOM JavaScript deal.

Comment from BuckNutty
Time: October 28, 2009, 11:20 pm

I agree-“help us..” is my favorite, the one about making Carter shut up is great, but if I could suggest one “if Berry is afraid of Fox News, wait until I get a hold of him…” or somethinglike that

Comment from bad cat robot
Time: October 28, 2009, 11:35 pm

oo, zazzle lets you customize the shirts! I tried adding the “help us” slogan on the back, looks quite nice.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 29, 2009, 8:20 am

Nah, I can put up as many as I like for free. “Help us” coming up, then.

Meanwhile, all my stuff with the Nobel medal image was pulled for “copyright violations” today. Damn thing is over 100 years old, was substantially altered by me and is satire. Plus, there’s other stuff in the Zazzle marketplace with the Nobel on. I’ve written a nastygram back and we’ll see.

Not that I expected much from those. It’s the principle of the thing.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 29, 2009, 10:04 am

There. Help us, Zombie Reagan…on a shirt, a mug and a travel mug. It takes an hour or so for things to become visible sometimes, though.

They have lots of options for stuff…I wish they’d let me let y’all pick out your own stuff. I’ll have to go on the forums and ask if there’s a way.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: October 29, 2009, 11:44 am

Nice stuff, I put a few items on Cafe Press, but not only does no one actually know they exist, but they charge so much at the site I have to put things to outrageous prices in order to make a profit, I’m not sure anyone would want to buy something.

Maybe I should look at Zazzle.

Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: October 29, 2009, 11:53 am

Make some stamp sized stickers with Zombie Reagan with 0 cents (or pence) on them and the masses will buy them. (The masses are asses after all.) And I’ll be right there with them. Decorative stamps for the upcoming holidays.

Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: October 29, 2009, 12:55 pm

Crap onna stick, I really wanted the Nobel one. We’re going to their lousy country next year and DH wanted a shirt to wear that said how he felt.

Hope they let you put it up.

Comment from Pupster
Time: October 29, 2009, 2:00 pm

I’m holding out for Weasel-wear. Who doesn’t love weasels?

Nobody, that’s who.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 29, 2009, 2:27 pm

Well hang on, Mrs C. I sent a complaint letter and haven’t heard back all day, so we’ll see on that one.

Hope nobody bought the Help Us mug. On closer examination, it looks like it was cropping badly. I’ve fixed it now. As a point of information, I totally can’t see anything about purchasers, so y’all are off the hook 🙂

Comment from BuckNutty
Time: October 29, 2009, 4:04 pm

I hate to ask this but…

Yesterday I bought a mug that had the design on both sides. I want to get a Help Us travel mug but the design is oriented for a right handed person. If it’s easy to do, could you do a double sided mug option? Then you can pick the type of mug you want it on.

Sorry. If it’s a pain, don’t do it. I can live with the current one.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 29, 2009, 4:16 pm

ZOMG — you’re left handed?!? Get the fuck off of my blog, you ebil bastard!

Oh, wait…you has some moneys?

It’s funny — I deliberately had to screw with it to make it so the design reads outwards for a right-hander. That’s not the default. Which I thought was strange. And then it looks blank in the products list.

No, it’s easy for me to make variations. I wish they’d make it easy for you to do yourself. It seems such an oversight, I’m probably just missing something.

No mug preference?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 29, 2009, 4:45 pm

Okay, two-sided it is. And it looks like you can then put it on any mug in the range, so that much is customizable anyhoo.

Comment from BuckNutty
Time: October 29, 2009, 5:15 pm

Thank you

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 29, 2009, 5:41 pm

Weird. That got flagged as spam.

Though there was a whole series of comment spam that consisted of a link in the username and “thank you” as the entire message.

Incidentally, I have been hammered with one particular comment spam for a couple of weeks now. It always appears on the same thread, it’s a LONG list of links in cyrillic, and I get maybe ten of them a day. Weird.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 29, 2009, 6:54 pm

Hey weasel and Uncle B, what think yous about the cat being out of the bag?


You knew it, this confirms it, does anyone else care, does this matter, or is everything pretty much down the toilet pipes. We’re all gonna die, doesn’t matter to no one.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 29, 2009, 8:15 pm

It’s a scandal, PnB. On all sorts of levels. And it’s pretty huge, so I can’t really do justice to it in a comment.

I would like to point out, cravenly, that I am technically part of the problem. And that any ‘solution’ is likely to come down hard on A Weasel, unless I’m lucky enough to make it to a British passport under the old rules.

It’s not that they mind Americans and Aussies and Canadians and sech. It’s that nobody’s allowed to name the kind of immigrants that are the problem.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 29, 2009, 8:40 pm

Sorry, PnB. I just wrote you a long, impassioned response.

And then had to delete it.

There is much to be said about all this but I am too angry to say it.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 29, 2009, 8:52 pm

We’re being overrun by foreign weasels!

But seriously, this is another entry in the litany of awfulness that makes the modern Labour party quite the most wicked administration that the UK has had since, when? the Second Reform Act, at least (I’m tempted to go way back to Stephen and Maud, but that’s a stretch). For all their professed abandonment of Red orthodoxy, there’s something very Stalinist in treating masses of people as means to an end. Note that the goals were not positive ones: that these immigrants might better themselves and the UK, but that it would shatter indigenous culture and punish the Conservatives. That is fundamentally treasonous. I think the reason that there has not been more of an uproar about this is that the scale of it is hard to grasp. It is an enormity in its true sense.

If and when the backlash occurs, a huge number of thoroughly blameless people will be victimised for the sake of Gramscian spite. This is real lamppost and length of rope time.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 29, 2009, 8:58 pm

There’s a real rage building here, David. It’s hard to see where it’ll go, but there is the possibility it will go somewhere…not nice at all.

I know I hang out on some fringe-y blogs, but there is a real sense of the boiling point being reached. Brits, as I’m sure you know, are slow to react but nasty and unpredictable when they finally do.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 29, 2009, 9:03 pm

One important arm of the pincer of fascism is Europe. Britons have NO say in three quarters of the laws going into effect.

We were in a hardware store today and Uncle B discovered that the last useful pesticide was banned in September, and a load more perfectly ordinary chemicals are due to be banned in January. Lye, for example. All EU directives.

And that’s part of the immigration problem — they have NO control over immigration from EU countries. It’s not even under discussion. Anyone from Europe can move anywhere in Europe at will.

So the Canucks and Yanks and Aussies get grilled at the airport while the Krauts sail through. That doesn’t sit well, given all that went down in the 20th C.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 30, 2009, 1:15 am

I’m reading Antony Beevor’s Stalingrad at the moment. I was born thirty years to the day after the Nazis rolled into Poland. It’s been a while since a volume of history has made me cry, but this did it. There were horrors enacted in Europe, within living memory, of an awfulness that is almost hallucinatory. The EU was formed, in part, on the idea that if you were going to have Germans wandering around bagging all the sun loungers next to the pool it were best they were not doing it from behind the gunsight of a Pz.Kpfw. IV. That’s a sound notion. But like most things it has succumbed to a) decent politicians’ unerring inability to grasp the law of unforeseen consequences and b) Public Choice Theory, which pretty much mandates the hanging of the entire politico-bureaucratic class with piano wire.

As for the boiling point being reached – I don’t know. Have we still got it? Part of me hopes so, part of me dreads what might ensue. We may be too etiolated a populace after decades of watch-your-back PC nonsense. But if not, oh boy. As I have said here before, when in times of doubt, reach for your Kipling. Us Brits might grow polite, and then people are going to die.

Et Dona Ferentes

BTW, as near as I can scan it, the above is in a weird, rather martial meter. 15 foot tertius paeon, if I’m correct. Any classicists care to comment?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 30, 2009, 9:50 am

You are absolutely right, David. It’s hard to imagine the scale and horror of the wars of the 20th C and the EU was an attempt to keep anything like them from happening again, ever.

As it is, a United States of Europe is just the most onerous of many tyrannies imposed in the name of “never again.”

Kids here are hammered with lessons about WWII, most of them wrong. For example, the Nazis are taught as an example of what happens when people are excessively prideful of their own countries — and, therefore, patriotism is always dangerous and potentially malignant. All other cultures are superior to your own…which, honestly, the sooner it slides off the face of history, the better off we’ll all be.

What was once an attractive quality of self-effacement in Britons has morphed into a pathological and destructive self-loathing. Worse, there’s a whole generation which believes that there really is no such thing is “British” — how could there be any such thing, when the island has been invaded a few times in the last ten thousand years? I describe it as an auto-immune disease.

Still, down here on the coast, there’s an awful lot of the old Britain still around. I’m guessing, away from London and other city centers, there’s a lot left everywhere.

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