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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Don't mock the afflicted

The saddest examples of Teabonics, the photo array of hand-printed signs displayed at Tea Party rallies, are those championing the English language.


  1. But we _are_ supposed to afflict the mockable, aren't we?

  2. I found the signs hilarious until I noticed one that looked Photoshopped. I went back over them and saw several that looked like they might have been altered. I hope I'm wrong.

  3. I like the one denouncing "scholiast policies." Laws with marginalia?