The Tea Party vs. Roger Ebert

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There are a few points of etiquette most of us learn early:

  1. Always send thank-you cards.
  2. Don't talk with your mouth full.
  3. Don't mock those who have battled cancer and won.

Those crazy tea partiers? They forgot lesson number three.

It seems they've worked themselves into a tizzy over Roger Ebert's comments on Twitter in response to the case in California where five kids were sent home early from school for wearing American flag garb on Cinco de Mayo. 

In response to the story, Roger Ebert later tweeted the following:

@ebertchicago Kids who wear American Flag t-shirts on 5 May should have to share a lunchroom table with those who wear a hammer and sickle on 4 July.

Funny? Right? Well, the tea partiers weren't laughing.

CNN.com reported response tweets from the Tea Party Tweeters like: “I mean honestly. How many pieces need to fall off @ebertchicago before he gets the hint to shut the (expletive) up” and “You know, @ebertchicago, I’m not as expert on flag etiquette as you. Tell me, which do I fly when you die of cancer?”

Little disclosure: My mother died of cancer when I was 16. But, honestly, I don't think one needs to have lost someone to the scourge to know that is just wrong to be so cruel. 

Look, I'm no Emily Post and I sometimes probably forget to send thank-you notes (okay, all the time) and I even probably chew with my mouth full on occassion, but I don't mock those who have battled courageously for their lives and come out the other side victorious and inspirational.

But then I don't have to defend Roger Ebert. He does a mean job of that himself:

Dear TeePee Tweeters making fun of my cancer: You want ugly? For that you have to look at a mind, not a face.

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