May 3, 2009

WHAT Were They Thinking?

I heard this tidbit on Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me! this morning and, if I didn’t know the producers of the show are absolutely scrupulous about getting their facts straight, I wouldn’t have believed it.

This week it came to the attention of the Obama administration that FEMA had put out a coloring book for small children. Entitled, “A Scary Thing Happened," it was included as a pdf file on the children's page on the FEMA website.

When they discovered the coloring books the new admin ordered the book pulled from the site. They declared the subject matter inappropriate for children. Duh.

The subject of the coloring book?
Can you guess?
I’ll give you a hint:
On one of the pages, the children were invited to color a picture that featured 2 airplanes flying into the side of a tall building.

Yep. This coloring book, designed for four to eight-year-olds, depicted the details of the happenings on September 11, 2001.

The book was published in 2003—about the time that things were starting to get back to normal in most communities across the country. Well, our government couldn’t have THAT!
I suppose it was decided that one way to keep the fear in the consciousness of the public was by attacking our children. After all, if the children are having nightmares, their parents will be reminded to be afraid—be very afraid. And let the government do whatever it wants to do in the name of keeping us safe.
Here's one of the pictures the children were invited to color:


libhom said...

Using FEMA funding for psyops coloring books targeting children is so typical of how low the Bush regime was willing to sink.

two crows said...

hey, libhom--
this shocked even me. I just sat there swearing at the radio. and, 'Wait, Wait,' is my humor interlude for the week. not THIS week.

Ramona's Voices said...

I saw the inside picture on CNN and went looking for how it happened and who put it out. I wrote about it, too, on my blog. Yes, it shocked me, and I'm sure FEMA latched onto it for its fear factor, but when I saw who put it out--a county crisis group in Minnesota--I didn't quite see it as sinister. Just stupid.

But LOL at where you first heard about it! Sure put a damper on your fun, eh?

two crows said...

hey, Ramona--
thanks to you for researching this in more depth than I did. I've followed up now and modified my post.

'Wait, Wait' called it a 'coloring book' and stopped there. and that's where I stopped.

yeah, Minnesota may have acted in all innocence. tornadoes are bad enough but, at least, they're not malevolent.

FEMA's inclusion of 9/11, though ---- well, I'm hanging onto my view of their sinister motives.

libhom said...

By the way, will these coloring books join the rest of the coloring books in the Bush "Presidential" Library.

two crows said...

good question, libhom--
my vote is yes. then there will be something he can read there.

Mauigirl said...

That is just disgraceful!

two crows said...

hi, Mauigirl--
yeah, if you can't frighten the adults, attack the kids.

thank god that time is over and may we never return to anything like it.