11 Apr 2006, Comments Off on Easter eggs and Nazis

Easter eggs and Nazis

Author: Helen

Image from http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_022206WABhateeggsJK.530609dd.html

Almost Easter, and the chocolate eggs and other paraphernalia have been in the supermarkets for about two months already.

Irrelevant digression: We’ve come to accept that Easter is now a Festival of Chocolate; I love chocolate; no objection to eating easter eggs. At a stretch I’ll even accept chocolate bunnies and bilbies. But why, for the love-of-god, must they try to flog wheelbarrowloads of non-Easterrelated lollies with it? I’m talking about the easter packages which will include, for instance, one large egg and a surrounding nest of mini chocolate bars or individual chocolates. And all the un-egg-shaped chocolate and mallow stuff. Why is there need for all the extra chocolate items when we’re already going to be climbing the walls with chocolate poisoning?

Irrelevant digression #2: I didn’t know, until I took a training course last year, that “easter egg” is a word for a little bonus which bored developers put into applications you buy. For instance, if you follow these steps in Excel 97, you’ll get a flight simulator.

Anyway, back to what I was going to blog about. No matter how annoyed you are by the ubiquitous chocolate egg, you won’t be half as annoyed as the Washington citizens who woke up to find “words of hate and pornographic images… Plastic Easter eggs loaded with obscenities.” Read more of the story at Orcinus.

The egg layers were, of course, neonazis and the victims were local Hispanic residents. It’s instructive that at a time where antiterrorist hysteria is at its height, where everyone fears the terrorist with a dirty bomb and passengers are searched to the Nth degree at airports , the authorities’ reaction to these containers – because that’s what they potentially were – was so relaxed, it was falling over.


But despite the messages, police say the only crime is littering.

“At this time, we really don’t have much. We have littering. They have a right to free speech. There’s not much we can do … We don’t have any suspects,” said Tumwater Police Det. Jennifer Kolb.

This is contrary to some of what we’ve been told: If there really were pornographic images, then there certainly may have been charges related to that, since these were left on families’ lawns. It’s not a free-speech right to distribute pornography to minors.

Yeah, maybe this sort of behaviour is just offensive, but I can’t help but feel that the parents of the children in those local streets would have found neonazi “Easter Eggs” threatening. Maybe it’s just because I’ve read this story by Saki.

Comments (0)

  • Tony.T says:

    Littering?

    And I, I walked over to the, to the bench there, and there is, Group W’s where they put you if you may not be moral enough to join the army after committing your special crime, and there was all kinds of mean nasty ugly looking people on the bench there. Mother rapers. Father stabbers. Father rapers! Father rapers sitting right there on the bench next to me! And they was mean and nasty and ugly and horrible crime-type guys sitting on the bench next to me. And the meanest, ugliest, nastiest one, the meanest father raper of them all, was coming over to me and he was mean ‘n’ ugly ‘n’ nasty ‘n’ horrible and all kind of things and he sat down next to me
    and said, “Kid, whad’ya get?” I said, “I didn’t get nothing, I had to pay $50 and pick up the garbage.” He said, “What were you arrested for, kid?” And I said, “Littering.” And they all moved away from me on the bench there, and the hairy eyeball and all kinds of mean nasty things, till I said, “And creating a nuisance.” And they all came back, shook my hand, and we had a great time on the bench, talkin about crime, mother stabbing, father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the bench.

  • Helen says:

    I heard that a few months ago as I pulled into a supermarket carpark. I stopped and listened to the whole thing.

    I’d kind of glossed over what he did in my youth – not that the police dept should have acted the way they did – but now I couldn’t help thinking “Tipping a truckload of rubbish by the side of the road, that’s a really friggin’ bogan ignorant thing to do.”

  • Phil says:

    Helen, Helen, Helen….it was the 70s and all of us…all of us…could recite this word for word. And it was all good. You could get everything you want…’ceptin’ Alice.

  • Desert Pea says:

    The nazi sentiment, the intimidatory behaviour?…wrong, wrong, very, very and utterly wrong. Morally reprehensible – and yes, extremely threatening – racial vilification by any other name.

    But if the message said “Easter is a superannuation plan for your local dentist” or “Eat a real egg…you’ll be smarter, live longer and look prettier” – Hell I’d cue for hours for a handful of these little beauties.

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