A quick refresher, for those who weren’t paying attention. About 2 weeks ago, Breitbart.com editor (and damned fine radio host) Larry O’Connor posted these 2 tweets:
Pretty random, right? Weeeellll… Not really. Several of us here at The Trenches had been asking questions, in the days leading up to Larry’s admonition, about this particular shirt:
And where could this shirt be found? Well, it was posted in the sidebar of Lee Scammerhan’s website for months, until fairly recently. And it was hosted on the same person’s store at Zazzle. Strangely enough, we noticed a couple of days ago that it’s no longer there:
How strange. Could Larry’s message have gotten through to Lee?
Oh! Well, I guess Larry’s warning wasn’t the reason for Lee’s sudden “crisis of conscience,” huh? Because Larry was talking about people who sold AB t-shirts and kept the money for themselves. So, that exempts Lee. Right?!
Doh! Dammit, Lee! You really need to get a handle on this whole pwning yourself thing. You could put someone’s eye out! But, still, Larry wasn’t talking about Lee, so he’s still sleeping like a baby at night. So, again, why the sudden “crisis of conscience”? Well, our theory is that it just might have something to do with a couple of enterprising gents, who say they were inspired by The Trenches’ work exposing this serial-scamming smut-peddler. The “Texas Panhandlers,” who took their name from this FUBAR post, have set up their own store on Zazzle. And they’ve put up some rather creative designs so far. Unfortunately, you can’t see them, because they’ve all been removed. The Panhandlers thought, at first, that this was merely poor planning on their part. Using images from the public domain, widely available in any Google image search, must be taboo in the eyes of Zazzle, so they allowed their first two products to be pulled from Zazzle without a fuss.
They proceeded to do just that: add new designs, from “original elements.” But that, apparently, wasn’t good enough for Zazzle, either. (Or was it Zazzle?)
Oh? Zazzle was “contacted”? “By whom?”, The Panhandlers wondered. Surely not the paragon of Free Speech, Lee Scammerhan?
Doh! Well, either Zazzle is lying, or Lee is. Hmm. Only one of those two scenarios has precedent to back it up, though.
Oops! A lie? Say it ain’t so! As if we needed more proof that Lee was behind the Texas Panhandlers’ products being removed:
Oh? “Lee Stranahan”? Interesting, given that he was never referred to by that name on the Panhandlers store. But, back to the main topic: why the sudden moral dilemma on Lee’s part, and subsequent removal of the Breitbart shirt from Zazzle? Did Lee’s own personal Jiminy Cricket finally succeed in removing the duct tape placed over his mouth? Or did he get a similar email from Zazzle? The latter seems the most likely, given the odd timeline of events. You see, the Breitbart shirt was removed within two days of the Panhandlers sending this reply to Zazzle:
Interesting, no? So did Scammerhan suddenly get a conscience, or did someone force it on him? (And, if it’s the latter, will he claim it’s not “legitimate conscience”?) Lulz!