New Rule: Anyone who masterminds the murder of thousands of innocent people via terrorist attack is allowed to be posthumously mocked via T-shirt.
This rule is a gentle reminder to the folks throwing a fit over a certain garment featuring a certain deceased scumbag.
The shirt was made to support the Loggers' Playday, a street fair, parade, and performance show in Hoquiam on Sept. 10 that's dedicated to the area's logging history.
Keep in mind that this is a logging festival, celebrating loggers--not traditionally the most subtle folks.
As numerous newspapers are reporting, outrage over the shirt has grown steadily, and there is even one group that's printing competing shirts that say "My Hoquiam is a Hate Free Zone."
Hate-free is good. No one should be promoting hate.
But a goofy, patriotism-slathered cartoon of a hulking American and a dead terrorist leader strapped to a log with the rather ingenious play on words "Osama Bin Loggin" is not promoting hate--it's promoting a logging festival.
If the shirt is guilty of anything it's cheesiness, not hate-mongering.
The designers, after all, left out the gaping bullet hole in Bin Loggin's noggin and could have easily included a bunch of porn movies floating in the water next to him for added disgrace.
Plus, the shirt lampoons Bin Laden specifically, not any group of people. And he's a man who, frankly, deserves to be hated.
In the world of outrages, the design of a small town's logging-festival T-shirt is hardly worth the sweat. And let's face it, not using the pun "Osama Bin Loggin'" for a logging event would have been a true outrage.