When computers and political correctness go just a bit too far: We noticed recently that Google disapproved of several of our listings of campaign items. Curious, we called Google to find out what we could possibly be wrong with listings for civil war envelopes, bobbleheads and campaign buttons. Instead, we got an interesting lesson in what happens when computers make decisions in the world of political correctness.
Our listing for 100 Magazine and Protective Bags for storing publications was rejected. The reason? The computer thought the word "magazine" was referring to the type of magazine used in weapons rather than the type you and I read everyday. No, I'm not kidding.
The next listing was for a Tea Party Patriot bobblehead. Could it be that someone at google doesn't like the Tea Party? Is it a Democratic conspiracy? Or maybe they don't like Sarah Palin? (after all there some people that might agree with that) No, the reason it was rejected is because they thought "tea party " was some type of supplement, and supplements are not allowed to be advertised on Google without permission. No, we don't make this stuff up folks.
The third one was equally amazing. But at least we got a chuckle out of it. Apparently Google thinks we're now porn kings. Many of you will remember the famous commercial that Republican candidate Bob Dole was seen in promoting Viagra many years ago. Well, there was also a campaign button that we sell that says "Elizabeth Dole Causes Erectile Dysfunction" that was an Anti Bob Dole campaign buttons from the 1990's. So the ad was rejected as pornography. Of course, not only is this an historical item, but the commercial played in prime time on national television.
So I guess we're now Porn Kings and Queens. Do you think this rates us a visit to the Playboy mansion?