Anti-Anti-Gun Agitprop Contest Entry by Dan Zimmerman | Apr 15, 2014 | 26 comments facebook twitter linkedin email By Cliff H. Submit your [Zhivago] doctored image to email@example.com with the word DA! (all caps) in the subject field. The winner gets a brick (500 rounds) of Thunderbolt .22LR. comments William Burke says: April 15, 2014 at 20:07 Oh my GOD, Cliff H.!!! WINNER! My new lock screen iPad Mini image. Thanks. Absolutely great! Reply Anmut says: April 15, 2014 at 20:21 I submitted mine – are you guys only running one a day? Reply Dan Zimmerman says: April 15, 2014 at 20:35 It depends on the volume of other posts in the queue. If we have space available, we’ll run two. Reply Calvin says: April 15, 2014 at 20:38 This is not the best; that would be giving the others undeserved credit. Rather, this is the only one so far that is any good. ETA, because I can’t be the only one: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_spacebo_mean?#slide=2 Reply Cliff H says: April 15, 2014 at 21:09 Thanks, Calvin. (Spacebo) It is in fact Russian for “Thank you.” Pronounced: Spah -SEE-bah. Can be heard frequently in Crimea these days whenever Putin is discussed. Reply scurvy dog says: April 16, 2014 at 15:18 Actually it is spasibo, according to Russia Today. I actually thought it was spaceba. Some of these anti-anti-gun agitprop posters have obvious misspellings. Kind of reduces their effectiveness and gives the gun-grabbers yet another angle to ridicule us from. People who can’t spell shouldn’t be making propaganda posters. Before you jump down my throat and call me a grammar Nazi, think about why it’s important to be disciplined about spelling and grammar as it relates to our efforts to win hearts and minds and defend our cause. Reply Cliff H says: April 16, 2014 at 23:30 Any transfer from the Cyrillic characters to Roman alphabet is problematic. You can go with Russia Today, which would result in spasibo and the uninitiated would attempt to pronounce this as spah-sib-OH, which will result in hearty laughter from Russians, assuming they can figure out what the hell you just tried to say. In Cyrillic the “c” represents our “s” sound, but there is no roman letter for the Cyrillic “p”, the “i” looks to us like a backwards capital “N”, but is pronounced “ee”, and the “b” is similar to, but not the same as our lower case “b”. Allowing for the missing “p” and backward “N” the closest spelling of Thank You would be Cpacibo. That would be TOTALLY confusing for an English speaker and would look to a Russian like “srasibo.” (phonetically) In my experience it is also commonly rendered as Spacebo by actual Russians (I can show you the texts from my ex-wife), although I do see by a quick search that the official transliteration spelling is as you discovered: spasibo, so we seem to have a difference of official opinion and personal experience. In addition, in Russian the “o” always takes a soft, or “ah” sound (really more of a “uh”) unless it is the emphasized syllable in the word. Since in Spacebo/spasibo the emphasis is on SEE, the “o” is soft and the word is pronounced Spah-SEE-bah, not Spah-sih-BO. Sixpack70 says: April 15, 2014 at 20:45 Bloomberg Дурак! Reply Cliff H says: April 15, 2014 at 20:58 So was the Psycho in “IT!” (by Stephen King). Assuming you meant “clown” and not just “fool.” (Wish I had a Cyrillic keyboard/font, would have made the poster even better.) Reply Sixpack70 says: April 15, 2014 at 21:50 I just use copy and paste. I type in the latin spelling and it usually will show me the cyrillic. My wife is Ukrainian so she sometimes uses that word, on me. Reply Cliff H says: April 15, 2014 at 21:54 I heard it often as well. Herb says: April 16, 2014 at 08:21 Eta Xorosho! How do I type cyrillic on this site? Anyone? Reply Rokurota says: April 16, 2014 at 10:28 Ochyen Horrorshow indeed! If you can’t activate the international keyboard, use Google Translate and paste. Reply Cliff H says: April 16, 2014 at 14:20 Nice “Clockwork Orange” fascist reference. +100 Interweb points. Hal says: April 15, 2014 at 20:49 Ha! Win. Why even bother… Reply g says: April 15, 2014 at 21:52 Winner! Reply Cliff H says: April 15, 2014 at 21:56 As an added bonus, not extra charge: The Helpless Vassals Song (To the tune of The Horst Wessel song) Bloody shirt on high! Our ranks tightly closed! MDA and MAIG march with quiet, steady step. Children shot by gun-loving whackos March in spirit within our ranks. Everyone shot by gun-loving whackos Marches in spirit within our ranks. Clear the streets for the anti-gun battalions, Hear in the media our storm of derision! Millions are looking upon Obama full of hope, The days of free healthcare and free iPhones dawns! Millions are looking upon Obama full of hope, The days of the Second Amendment are almost gone! For all the people, the call to disarm is sounded! For civilian disarmament we are prepared to fight! Already Bloomberg’s banners fly over the streets. The illusion of safety will be ours in a little while now! Soon Bloomberg’s banners will fly over all streets. All the guns will be only memories in a little while now. Bloody shirt on high! Our ranks tightly closed! MDA and MAIG march with quiet, steady step. Children shot by gun-loving whackos March in spirit within our ranks. Everyone shot by gun-loving whackos Marches in spirit within our ranks. Reply Dr. Michael S. Brown says: April 15, 2014 at 22:20 Ah, I like this one! Uncle Bloomberg looks the part of the friendly dictator. Reply Dean says: April 15, 2014 at 22:20 His expression interests me. Has he spotted someone with a sugary drink? Perhaps severe abdominal distress? Or is he grimly facing the reality of 2A? Reply ready,fire,aim says: April 15, 2014 at 22:34 not the best …but the cream is starting to rise to the top Reply rlc2 says: April 16, 2014 at 00:37 Comrade Bloomberg activates the new Pravda: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/us/bloomberg-plans-a-50-million-challenge-to-the-nra.html?action=click&contentCollection=U.S.®ion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article Reply Paul T. McCain says: April 16, 2014 at 04:55 This is my favorite one so far, very well done. Kudos. Reply Great Scot says: April 16, 2014 at 05:04 I like this! I’m waiting for a Piers Morgan pic. Reply Gregolas says: April 16, 2014 at 07:21 Well done CliffH. Reply Roscoe says: April 16, 2014 at 12:35 Nice; not so subtle subtlety. Reply JohnO says: April 16, 2014 at 14:31 Best yet! Reply Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.