South Carolina: You Yell Shit at the President, We Engrave it on an Assault Rifle (For a Limited Time Only!)

Seriously, South Carolina?  I mean, SERIOUSLY!?

Y’all remember President Obama’s BFF 4 LYFE Joe Wilson (R-SC), right?  Of course you do.  Wilson made headlines last year after he yelled “You lie!” in the middle of Obama’s nationally televised speech about healthcare reform, right after Obama stated that his plan for health care reform did not include covering undocumented immigrants.

I wrote about how appalling it was that Wilson — a member of Congress — would dare heckle Obama during a joint session of Congress.  If I recall correctly, my exact words were “I know there’s a black President and all but ding dang, y’all.  That doesn’t mean motherfuckers should be acting like they’re on location at Showtime at the Apollo.” 1

Wilson later apologized (likely after Rahm Emanuel held him by his ankles over a balcony Suge Knight-style).  Actually, in fairness to Wilson, it was one of the more “sincere” apologies to be offered by someone who done fucked up.  There was no “I’m sorry if my words offended some people,” or “I regret that people have taken my words out of context,” or — my personal favorite — “Mistakes were made.”  Wilson flat-out said that his remarks were inappropriate and he apologized to the President for his incivility.

So, lesson learned right?  I mean, most folks agree that one doesn’t speak to the President in such a manner, right?

Well, not exactly.  Wilson has since been lauded as King of Tea Party Mountain, and one company has decided that not only should Joe Wilson’s outburst to be commended, it should be commemorated.


Well, by engraving the phrase “You lie!” on a gun, but of course.  And not just any gun — a fucking assault rifle:

A South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components inscribed with “You lie” – a tribute to the infamous words of 2nd District Republican Congressman Joe Wilson when he shouted at President Barack Obama during a congressional speech about national health care reform in the fall of 2009.

“Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver,” reads a portion of the company’s website.

The product “is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Joe Wilson or his campaign,” according to a line of text at the bottom of the page. A picture of Wilson holding a rifle and standing in the company’s gun shop appears on the same page. The company offers the components, marked “MULTI to accommodate most builds,” for $99.95 apiece.

At this point, I don’t even know what to say.  “This is fuckery of the highest order.” ??

“What the fuck are they thinking?” ??

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” ??

I don’t know, y’all.  I just don’t know.

This country has gone full retard.

1 Of course I recall correctly.  I just looked it up.  ::thumps head:: I’m a smart one.

[via Fit News]

[cross-posted here at Balloon Juice]


0 Responses to South Carolina: You Yell Shit at the President, We Engrave it on an Assault Rifle (For a Limited Time Only!)

  1. I think this is where I get off the world, kthxbai.

  2. My brain done give up, too. It’s not about rhetoric. It’s just fucking nuts.

    “The lesson of Tucson: Glock sales soar nationwide after Arizona massacre”

  3. Oh for the love of fuck. Moses on a matzah and Christ on a cracker!


    Thank you for posting this (and the earlier post as well. Go fightin’ truth tellers!). I’ve had something along the lines of A Day and had largely checked out of all things internet and I am grateful (I mean it, damn it! Get your hanky!) to find you on top of things and continuing to tell the damn truth.

    This story is appalling and very, very important, and much as it will give me nightmares, I’m grateful that you shared with the group.

    Now, is their room in your blanket fort? ‘Cause I don’t want to go out there.

  4. I prefer out-there crazy to covert crazy. You can keep an eye on the out-there crazies. You don’t see the covert ones coming.

    I don’t think a person could get a license for a “You Lie” rifle without his/her name showing up on some federal watchlist or other. If you believe differently, you’re probably from Canada or somewhere less paranoid than the U.S.

    OK, who am I kidding with the his/her? Except for Squeaky Fromme, (who obviously knew NOTHING about automatic weapons), I think most attempted assassins have been men, haven’t they? White men, at that. Hmm, off to check Wikipedia. No, apparently both of Ford’s would-be assassins were women. Now that’s fascinating. I guess that makes Ford the opposite of a “woman’s candidate.”

    I keep thinking about that picture from Loughner’s Myspace page, the gun on the U.S. history book, and I think that’s the key. I think people who do such things are trying to become historical figures through violent audacity rather than acting out of any deeply held beliefs. If violence arose from passionate intensity, there would be a LOT more “liberal” assassins. Just look at the Huffington Post comment sections and imagine if they one day started wielding “Hope” rifles. That would be a bad day to walk out of a McDonald’s wearing a fur coat.

  5. Poor Stephen Colbert. That man busts his ass to show the world that South carolinians are not all just a bunch of redneck, inbred ,constitutionaly retarded jackasses, and we just keep pumping out the stupid for the whole world to see. Sadly, my husband’s home state of West Virginia now looks like a high-priced finishing school next to us.

  6. You wrote, “This country has gone full retard.”

    No, Angry Black Lady, no it hasn’t. The far right has gone full retard because of the election of our first black President. It’s been going on for two full years; the reactionaries have gone “over the cliff.”

    As if I need to reinforce your view of their sheer retardation, Beck is calling for nonviolence next to a pose with a handgun in an assault or attack pose:

    Looks to me like he’s “progressive hunting.”

  7. Wow, as a resident of South Carolina I can’t believe these… the headline post…as too, in my opinion, blatant racist anti white rhetoric and from most of the respondents. I’d bet y’all also believe Mumia Abu Jamal is totally innocent of the execution of a Phila police Officer in 1980…but I guess it’s a black and white issue to y’all…damn the overwhelming evidence

  8. Sorry, but that is not an “assault rifle”.
    It is a “lower reciever”. A “lower reciever” does not contribute to the functions of an “assault rifle”. In fact, it is merely where the “upper reciever” (the most important and expensive part, the part that makes the “assault rifle” work in the first place) connects to.
    The “lower receiver” houses the magazine well and release, where the ammunition connects to the weapon.
    However, the ammunition cannot function without the upper receiver. Also, the upper cannot function without the lower, then, you must have a “barrel”, “stock”, and various other gun parts.
    So that is just what this is, the “lower reciever”: a gun part.
    Sorry to break it to you.
    This isn’t an “assault rifle”. It is just a gun part.

    Claiming a gun part is an “assault rifle” is like saying my Pirelli tires are actually a Lamborghini cause you know I bet I could put them on a Lamborghini.

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