We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In reply to our email, asking Borders to confirm that their cartoon decision was reported accurately, we received the following profession of dhimmitude, dated 4/9:
Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for your expression of concern about our decision not to carry the issue of Free Inquiry magazine featuring cartoons depicting Muhammad. Borders is committed to our customers' right to choose what to read and what to buy and to the First Amendment right of Free Inquiry to publish the cartoons. In this particular case, we decided not to stock this issue in our stores because we place a priority on the safety and security of our customers and our employees. We believe that carrying this issue presented a challenge to that priority.
We value your thoughts and sincerely appreciate that you invested your time to tell us how you feel about the issue. I can assure you that our management team gave careful deliberation to this decision and considered all sides of the issue before reaching this conclusion.
I hope that this information is helpful. If you should have any other questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Hmmmm, sounds like intimidation and coercion to me. If I stick a gun in your face you will most likely give me your money too.
I am providing you this note in conjunction with my exploitation of you via my superior strength and threat of violence, to remind you that your kind cannot fight. I could care less why you can't resist or won't resist because it makes my job easier and by giving you this card I know you will share it with future victims and they will realize the consequences of submission are not as bad as some claim they are."
Hopefully people are avoiding expenditures at Borders over their cowardice.
Borders said: "In this particular case, we decided not to stock this issue in our stores because we place a priority on the safety and security of our customers and our employees. We believe that carrying this issue presented a challenge to that priority."
Yes, crossing or failing to serve the radical Muslims will challenge your safety and security. That's why we call it terrorism and are at war. Companies such as Borders should support their country when it is at war.