Oh, sure, we ripped off the GOP logo. But we tweaked it a little... we added an asterisk where the third star should be... or is that the first star? Perhaps the tweak will get us off the hook from accusations that we are misappropriating The Official Elephant Logo (Federal Trademark Registration 1908397).
We're probably looking at a cease and desist letter somewhere down the line... or are we? Seems that back in July of 2008, Politico.com reported that the RNC went after Cafe Press for selling shirts and other items adorned with the Official Elephant Logo(OEL). A minor controversy ensued.
Aren't we immune to such legal harassment? After all, we're "on their side" sort of... after all, we're coming from the right... so shouldn't the boys at the RNC look kindly upon us? Not so fast. From the Politico.com article:
Ironically, the pro-Republican shirts could more plausibly be subject to the claim they're "diluting" the GOP brand and could be mistaken for products of the committee itself.On a site with the dubious (and, to some, perhaps somewhat sexual) name of Answerbag.com, came the revelation that the stars in the Official Elephant Logo are not upside down, but leaning to the right. Get it? They lean to the right! Clever or what?
Not clever enough for some folks.
Unbeknownst to us, the OEL is a source of great controversy all by itself. Apparently, Bush Derangement Syndrome has tiny, hairlike roots in the affliction known as Official Elephant Logo Derangement Syndrome. Evidence of the contagion is found in the comments following the seemingly innocent inquiry on Answerbag.com, "Why are the stars on the GOP logo upside down?":
After the GOP changed their logo, some people asked themselves about the reasons and found out that the five-pointed stars pointing down could be interpreted as a satanic symbol...Note: We deliberately left out the link. Because there can be no "interesting discussion" about the OEL being interpreted as a satanic symbol. Just as there can be no truth to the claim that one second of one minute of Art Bell's "Coast to Coast AM" can contain one millisecond of "interesting discussion." Give it up, people. They're stars. They lean to the right.
Here an interesting discussion about this issue:
Perhaps our favorite commenter, "shaman," contributed the following (it helps if you read it in the voice of the white-haired dude who confronts Neo at the end of Matrix Reloaded):
There are no accidents when it comes to designing emblems, logos, heralds and the like. To start with, the GOP logo is not dignified nor even interesting but rather sterile and boring, as are most corporate logos, lacking any character whatsoever...And then, we fell asleep and dreamed of shaman being buried up to his neck in loose sand, his face smeared with tuna oil and a passel of feral cats released while a stack of Marshall amps blared "Stars and Stripes Forever" just behind him.
We think it's a fine logo. It ain't now Sherwin-Williams "Cover The Earth," but it still gets the point across.
Hey, the DNC's logo ain't no great shakes--
Kinda reminds us of the diving horse in Atlantic City. Is that wishful thinking? (More importantly, do I date myself?)
We guess that he's all spunky and kicking and hee-hawing his way to bigger government and higher taxes.
Background: In 1828, Andrew Jackson gets flak for his "Let the people rule" slogan. They label him a "jackass." Jackson, in a clever and brilliantly self-effacing move, uses the jackass as his logo, and later uses the donkey during his presidency to symbolize his "stubbornness when he vetoed re-chartering the National Bank." So says the DNC's official site. Has the Democrat party ever once been that clever and self-effacing since? Probably not. In fact, they've been the complete opposite.
So... It's time the Dems got a new symbol. One that is recognizable and one that explains what they're all about while acknowledging their foibles. Just like Andy Jackson. (Hey... he's on the $20, right? He must know something.)
Ladies and gentlemen, I submit to you the new Democrat Party logo:
It's an automatic sprinkler! It's perfect! It's just like nearly everything the party proposes-- It's expensive to install... it's usually mandatory... it's time-consuming to implement. It's the perfect visual metaphor for the party's policies. And if you've ever seen one of these sprinkler systems go off accidentally, you know what a mess it makes! Oh, sure, if there's a real fire, it'll save lives and maybe even some property. But if Tyler down in Accounting happens to set the trash can in his cubicle on fire, the entire office will get soaked! Plenty of overtime for the entire firm just trying to decipher soaked invoices this weekend!
Party faithful could wear The Sprinkler Pin-- "It says, 'I mean well, but oy! can I make a mess just trying to fix things!'"
In the old days, if Tyler in Accounting sets the trash can in his cubicle on fire, Robert the Republican in the next cubicle will toss a can of caffiene-free Diet Dr. Pepper on it. Problem solved. Not so any more. We long for the old days.
Note to shaman: Spare us the link to Automatic Sprinkler Systems: Facts and Myths. We're going for the joke here.
Further note: Okay, it kinda looks like a vagina... but that's a bonus! Gotta go for the youth vote! (And it's a heckuva lot more life-affirming than "Vote or Die!")