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Saw this in the paper this morning and wondered what you guys and gals thought...

Twins' G.I. Joe giveaway criticized

Basically, The Minnesota Twins will be giving away an exclusive GI Joe action figure (Duke) painted up with the Team's colors.  These will be given to the first 5000 kids (13 and under) who attend a game this weekend.

It was supposed to be a patriotic move for the 4th of July, GI Joe, Apple Pie and Baseball, but all the crazies have come out of the wood-work saying that GI Joe has no place at the ballpark.

Are the Minnesota Twins sponsoring a war-drive by giving these away to kids?  Or were the Twins just trynig to give away a cool TOY to kids to celebrate the 4th of July?

I am pretty sure that the Twins had NO intention to recruit for the military OR support any particular War with this give-away.  I think they were just trying to give a cool patriotic toy to kids and it seems to be back-firing in their face.  I don't really think that having a GI Joe as a kid will automatically make you a war monger as some of these people seem to think.

Anyone else have thoughts?  Does GI Joe belong at the ballpark or is it an atrocity?


Mikey D:
Goddamn, crazy ass, ******* whack job ass holes.  Can't anything be done now a days without sh!theads getting their panties in a bunch? There are worse things to worry about then a friggin toy.  

Bob Crane:
As a military super power, it is every American's right and responsibility to propagate a healthy dose of war-mongering propaganda to children, through television, films, books and yes- baseball games. If they don’t like it, the silly hippies should move to Afghanistan.

Jesse James:
I'm pretty liberal leaning, but when it comes to sticking your head in the sand on such silly issues as what toys your child plays with, it's just sad.

G.I. Joe represented everything good about our country's military...  He's a role-model, not a propoganda tool.  He fought a terrorist everyone hated...  Even our enemies at the time, the commies.

The only point against him is that Joe does NOT have anything to do, even remotely, with baseball.

Shoulda included Hardball as the G.I. Joe maybe.  :)

Bob Crane:

--- Quote from: Jesse James on July  1, 2004, 01:15 PM ---
G.I. Joe represented everything good about our country's military...  He's a role-model, not a propoganda tool.

--- End quote ---

I respectfully disagree; here are some definitions of the word:

“any organization or plan for spreading a particular doctrine or a system of principles”

“a specific type of message presentation, aimed at serving an agenda. Even if the message conveys true information,”

“the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person”

 There’s no question that G.I. Joe is propaganda; while it may not preach a negative viewpoint, it preaches nonetheless, with its infamous tagline- “A Real American Hero” it states that heroism is built on militaristic principles and bravery weighed on how much damage you inflict on the enemy in the process of defending your home turf.
 My problem with radical left-wingers that freak out about these things is their lack of understanding what the collective spirit of the Nation stands for and the futilities of their constant whining- get with the program, pussies!


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