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Death threats for Tea Party coloring book publisher

Wayne Bell is publisher of Really Big Coloring Books in St. Louis, Mo. and produces, well, what else? really big coloring books -- giant ones two feet tall and a foot and half wide on a range of kid-friendly topics such as African American leaders, dinosaurs and careers in agriculture. Squeezed in among the fairy tales and horses books are a few religious titles such as "Superheroes of the Bible" and "Story of Creation and the Ten Commandments" and "Noah and the Ark."

Bell also turns out smaller coloring books, 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, through a subsidiary called coloringbook.com. By a weird quirk, sales at that unit suddenly reflect political trends nationwide. Bell's President Obama activity and work book is marked down from $3.99 to $2.99, while the company's Tea Party coloring book goes for its original price of $3.59 and, according to Bell, is selling so fast he has to keep printing more to keep up with demand.

But not everyone apparently is thrilled by the hot-selling Tea Party title. Bell went on Fox News on Thursday to reveal he's the target of death threats for his kiddie book. He claimed he had some "horrible, nasty, vitriolic stuff" directed at him, with one person even wishing to put Bell in a "chloroform headlock."

Bell claims the coloring book isn't political but said it was needed for the 2-10 set. This young crowd must be very hip to the latest political debates, for one passage in the book reads: "When taxes are too high, the high tax takes away jobs and freedom." As an educational aside, the book also tells its young readers: "In 1773 we had a Tea Party and this led to freedom from high taxes. Today we are having another Tea Party and this will lead to freedom from high taxes again! Ask grandma and grandpa what this means. Ask your friends what this means. Are you going to have your own Tea Party?"

Judging from the comments on the site, the Tea Party book is a real hit with grandma and grandpa. Says one grandma in Richland, Texas: "Thanks Fox for letting me know! I ordered one for my grandson this morning but will be ordering many more for the children at our church." A grandma from -- wait, can this right? -- Wasilla, Alaska, said: "I ordered 51 books -- one for our Grandson and 50 to sell through our Tea Party Organization Conservative Patriots Group, Wasilla, Alaska."

Christopher Knight writing on the Culture Monster blog of the Los Angeles Times frets over the semi-literate content of the book -- and this in an educational product for children. Knight quotes the book as saying government is "suppose [sic] to use our tax dollars" wisely, and federal debt has "become a life style because as [sic] this will bankrupt our country." He adds: "Run-on sentences are rife, which would have caused my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Adams, apoplexy."

By Steven E. Levingston  | October 1, 2010; 5:21 PM ET
Tags:  tea party coloring book; kids and tea party; obama activity book; children and tea party;  
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Of course grandma and grandpa tea party love this book. It's at their reading level.

Posted by: jonfromcali | October 1, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

These coloring books are selling like hotcakes, tens of thousands a day. WTG, guy. Ignore the creeps who make crazy threats. They are the Progressive losers who are going to feel the real pain of the Tea Party on November 2.

Posted by: priley8104 | October 1, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The text within the book isn't the only thing that's riddled with errors. Consider the perfectly absurd claims about taxes. I guess Bell doesn't have any memory of the federal tax brackets of the recent past, or of the tax increases of the 1980s. One would assume Grandma and Grandpa might remember, but perhaps involvement in the tea party inflicts mass amnesia.

Posted by: AnotherHagman | October 1, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers (aka, the Republican base) = the 2010 version of The KKK

Posted by: DrainYou | October 1, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

While Progressives are attempting to remove portions of history in the classroom and replace it with their version of history, they are unnerved by a coloring book that doesn't follow their agenda. Dangerous people.

Where is their outrage over the threats against the publisher? By the way, the publisher is a liberal.

Posted by: bethg1841 | October 1, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Agreed with DrainYou.

You wanna talk about Obama giving a speech to school kids as INDOCTRINATION? *THIS* IS INDOCTRINATION. All he did was tell him to reach for the stars and study hard. This goes beyond age-appropriate information (if you can call it information). They're kids. Let them be kids. Don't roll 'em up in your political BS. For the record, the Boston Tea Party was done by LIBERALS of the day. It was ACTUALLY based on something. The colonists in LIBERAL MASSACHUSETTS decided that they didn't want to pay higher taxes on tea, so they said to hell with your tea. Today, however, there are some idiots going around saying that their taxes are too high, when they're the lowest they've been in at least 50 years. They were out in full force not a month after Obama was sworn in - where were they when Bush was screwing the gov't up left and right?

Oh, that's right, they were the ones who voted for that idiot twice and didn't have the balls to admit that he was a walking punch-line, a failure, and the ACTUAL WORST President in modern American history.

I'm not saying that I agree with the death threats, but I know why those people are angry. The teabaggers are a bunch of racists and idiots. Look at their signs. Listen to their rhetoric. Hateful, uninformed pieces of trash.

And they want to run this country? HA! Run it into the ground. Disband Social Security, Medicare, and the Department of Education? Make women have the babies resulting from incest and rape, no exceptions? Undo everything Obama's done to stabilize the system and try to bring America back from the brink (I guess they forgot it was on the brink under Bush)?

No thanks. They don't even understand that you can't cut taxes, reduce spending (not defense, of course), maintain all possible benefits of gov't, get rid of programs that provide those benefits, and somehow reduce the deficit while all of this is happening. They don't understand how gov't works and yet they run for office.

You think it's gridlocked now? This country will go down the tubes faster than anything with these kinds of dopey people in power.

We need regular people to get back power from those who currently control Congress - moneyed interests. That, most Americans can agree on. But look at who's backing the Tea Party - MONEYED INTERESTS.

Republicans are Republicans and white reactionaries are white reactionaries. This is no different.

Liberals have almost always been on the right side of history in this country. From the revolution, to abolition, to workers rights, to suffrage, to the right to equal education, to civil rights for all people - the liberals of their day have come through. We can't let right-wing tyranny win. Dumbbells without a cause.

Why are they so angry, anyway? They're Republican masters are the ones who caused the mess. That's what you get for being so stupid as to believe tax cuts for the wealthy would bring YOU prosperity. Didn't work under Reagan, either. Idiots

Posted by: fbutler1 | October 1, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The Tea Baggin' crowd are cross-bred remnants of the KKK and the John Birch Society whose IQ hovers around room temperature.

Posted by: HillRat | October 1, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Any chucklehead can claim he's receiving death threats. Did this particular chucklehead report them to the police? Because if he didn't, he's just another whiny teabagger claiming victimhood in front of the Fox cameras.

Posted by: hellslittlestangel1 | October 1, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I like that tag: "Where tomorrow's must-read political books are discovered today"

Of course, on this particular **today** you're writing about a teabagger coloring book. So I probably won't bother reading your column **tomorrow**.

Posted by: hellslittlestangel1 | October 1, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Reason # 1,043 why teabaggers are idiots. The Boston Tea Party was mainly a protest over the monopoly of the East India Company. Those who protested the loudest were actually tea SMUGGLERS who were breaking the law.
Tax levels are at their lowest since 1950. Do you really think teabaggers know that? Oh, that's right, they don't because they are idiots. It's time to call the teabaggers for what they are, idiots.

Posted by: fishman2 | October 1, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I saw this on Rachel yesterday, and some of the pages are laughable, some are just fine (IMO), and some are typical right-wing stuff.

But what I keep thinking about is these wild-eyed psychos go nuts when the president gives his annual "stay in school, study, respect your parents" pep talk to schools, saying he's "indoctrinating" America's children. And then they go and create something like this for PRE-schoolers?

Hypocrisy, thy name is Tea Party.

Posted by: MadamDeb | October 1, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

The colonists in LIBERAL MASSACHUSETTS decided that they didn't want to pay higher taxes on tea, so they said to hell with your tea. Today, however, there are some idiots going around saying that their taxes are too high, when they're the lowest they've been in at least 50 years. They were out in full force not a month after Obama was sworn in - where were they when Bush was screwing the gov't up left and right?
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I have a theory that Armey and the Koch brothers dreamed up the Tea Potty a few years before, as they realized the tax cuts were set to expire, and then when the economy tanked, and then Obama was elected, they doubled down on the "taxed enough already" crapola, which very few in the Me-Party even pay, I'm sure.

Posted by: MadamDeb | October 1, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I will nw make sure our church, schools, etc always check for his labla, and make sure they go unsold. What a horrible, distorted, attempt to brainwash little kids to a complete lie.

Posted by: cadam72 | October 1, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

While Progressives are attempting to remove portions of history in the classroom and replace it with their version of history, they are unnerved by a coloring book that doesn't follow their agenda. Dangerous people.

Where is their outrage over the threats against the publisher? By the way, the publisher is a liberal.

Posted by: bethg1841 | October 1, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

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Put your teabagger coloring book down and quit drinking the Drano. You obviously cannot read or more importantly understand what you read. The only people trying to change school curriculum and history books are those nutcases in Texas, all like you, dimwits. Progressives have nothing to do with it except in your little warped brain. If you ever read books written by progressive people you might learn that America put men on the moon, Iraq is a nation in the mideast, and that Canada is a country in North America not a state like Sarah Palin believed. Try not post about things you have no concept of, you just look like a teabagger. fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | October 1, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Tea Partiers are the most economically illiterate people on the planet. Anyone who believes that we'll cut spending enough to balance the budget and pay down the national debt is just plain nuts.

Of course the real Tea Party wasn't about high taxes. It was about taxation without representation. Prostituting our history is no problem for these folks, though.

Posted by: st50taw | October 2, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant marketing campaign! Go on Fox News to tout your Tea Party coloring book and they fly off the shelves.

Posted by: rogerward | October 2, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

When a liberal gets death threats, the media blames all conservatives.

When a conservative gets death threats, the media criticizes his grammar.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 2, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Commie lib types making death threats because someone exercises 1st Amendment rights. "Dog bites man."

This isn't news. Why an article about it?

Posted by: illogicbuster | October 2, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

[W]hat the Internet and it's cult of anonymity do is to provide a blanket sort of immunity for anybody who wants to say anything about anybody else, and it would be difficult in this sense to think of a more morally deformed exploitation of the concept of free speech. - Richard Bernstein in the New York Times.

Posted by: Assegai | October 2, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

These coloring books are selling like hotcakes, tens of thousands a day. WTG, guy. Ignore the creeps who make crazy threats. They are the Progressive losers who are going to feel the real pain of the Tea Party on November 2.

Posted by: priley8104 | October 1, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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What proof do you have that it is Progressives making any kind of threat? It is more likely someone like you doing that. Progressives nor anyone else besides whoever wrote this article could care less about a freakin propaganda coloring book designed to indoctrinate ignorant, gullible people into hating everything that isn't like them.

And, please tell us where tens of thousands of these books are selling everyday? You can't really believe that crazy stuff can you?

Posted by: catmomtx | October 2, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

While Progressives are attempting to remove portions of history in the classroom and replace it with their version of history, they are unnerved by a coloring book that doesn't follow their agenda. Dangerous people.

Where is their outrage over the threats against the publisher? By the way, the publisher is a liberal.

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Hahahaha, I believe it is Republicans, extreme right wing Texans that are trying to rewrite history.

HISTORY

March 18, 2010|By Daniel Czitrom, Special to CNN


As a co-author of an American history textbook that was effectively banned in Texas eight years ago, I get a strong feeling of déjà vu all over again as I follow the state's latest curricular wars.

Historians and teachers have reason to be deeply concerned over the latest actions taken by the Texas Board of Education regarding social studies curriculum standards.

The board has moved aggressively to put its hard-right conservative stamp on what students need to learn about the American past. Among the changes made by the board was the elimination of Thomas Jefferson from a list of thinkers who had inspired revolutions around the world. Conservatives object to Jefferson's support for a clear separation of church and state..
This trend is troubling in terms of the writing and the teaching of U.S. history.

In 2002, the school board, egged on by well-funded conservative organizations, excluded "Out of Many: A History of the American People," ostensibly for an offensive passage discussing prostitution on the Western frontier.

They want an American history that ignores or marginalizes African-Americans, women, Latinos, immigrants and popular culture. Rather than genuinely engaging the fundamental conflicts that have shaped our past, they prefer a celebratory history that denies those fundamental conflicts.

Conservative textbook activists believe that somehow what they call the "revisionist" history of recent decades needs to be "balanced." Hence their insistence that, for example, textbooks stress the superiority of American "free enterprise" -- they think the word "capitalism" is too negative. And they insist books stress, as school board chairman Don McLeroy put it, that "America was built on Biblical ideals."

Posted by: catmomtx | October 2, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

It is so much fun to see the hate comparing us , A Proud "Teabagger" to the KKK and the angst from the Progressive, Statist, Liberal folks who have posted about the coloring book. I just want to let you know that I'm one of the MILLIONS of redneck,unwashed ,backwoods ,rabble that CLING TO THEIR REliGION AND THEIR GUNS AND live in flyover country. You sit in your basements in your underwear blogging about how bad it is going to be when we invade DC.

You need to know that we are coming to take back our Govt. Remember NOV. in 2010. The day after WE take over the Congress , We will begin work to take over the White house .

Oh ,by the way ,Remember State and local Races ,School Boards, and all other opportunities for us to take OUR the country back from you guys who your slimy moss covered fingers which are now around the throat of this great country.

You are like the Bad guy in the movie Ghost when little demons come out of the ground to hual his sorry butt back into the underground where you belong. I love to hear your WHINING!!!!!!!

One last thing , If you are so upset with the thought of seeing ,over time everything that you believe in being dismantled brick by b rick, then I have a suggestion move to that great liberal bastion of liberal thought , Zimbabwe. Be sure to take Allen Greyson with when he is unemployed.

Posted by: Guod1 | October 2, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

It is so much fun to see the hate comparing us , A Proud "Teabagger" to the KKK and the angst from the Progressive, Statist, Liberal folks who have posted about the coloring book. I just want to let you know that I'm one of the MILLIONS of redneck,unwashed ,backwoods ,rabble that CLING TO THEIR REliGION AND THEIR GUNS AND live in flyover country. You sit in your basements in your underwear blogging about how bad it is going to be when we invade DC.

You need to know that we are coming to take back our Govt. Remember NOV. in 2010. The day after WE take over the Congress , We will begin work to take over the White house .

Oh ,by the way ,Remember State and local Races ,School Boards, and all other opportunities for us to take OUR the country back from you guys who your slimy moss covered fingers which are now around the throat of this great country.

You are like the Bad guy in the movie Ghost when little demons come out of the ground to hual his sorry butt back into the underground where you belong. I love to hear your WHINING!!!!!!!

One last thing , If you are so upset with the thought of seeing ,over time everything that you believe in being dismantled brick by b rick, then I have a suggestion move to that great liberal bastion of liberal thought , Zimbabwe. Be sure to take Allen Greyson with when he is unemployed.

Posted by: Guod1 | October 2, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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