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Friday, March 12, 2004

Wired News: Bush Site Unplugs Poster Tool

The Bush-Cheney presidential campaign disabled features of a tool on its website Thursday that pranksters were using to mock the Republican presidential ticket.

The tool originally let users generate a full-size campaign poster in PDF format, customized with a short slogan of their choice. But Bush critics began using the site to place their own snarky political messages above a Bush-Cheney '04 logo and a disclaimer stating that the poster was paid for by Bush-Cheney '04, Inc...

...At Cox's request, close to 200 Wonkette readers sent in slogans which they had slipped through the system. Among them: "Run for your lives," "They sure smell like old people," and the Orwellian, "A boot stomping on a human face forever."

Cox also published lists of words the tool was allowing and, perhaps more tellingly, those it was not. Not surprisingly, it rejected the usual four-letter words and sexual lingo, but it also banned more innocuous terms like "stupid," "evil," "terrorists" and "Iraq." ...

...It accepts a lot. Including "racist" and "homophobe." Go figure. A partial list of words it won't accept:
Dumb
Stupid
Queer
Faggot
Fascism
Evil
Lying
Scum
Terrorists
Sodomy
Rape
Pillage
Fart
Fistfucking
Blowing
Pedophile
Iraq