Police selling Boston Marathon bomber Christmas calendar

Following on the news yesterday of AT&T’s controversial Facebook commemoration of the anniversary of September 11, a police foundation in Watertown, Massachusetts is raising money off of a calendar devoted to the Boston Marathon bombing.  They plan to have the calendars delivered in time for Christmas.

And you didn’t know what to get your mom.

The Watertown Police Foundation is asking residents to submit their own photos from the April 19, 2013 manhunt for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.


And lest anyone think perhaps this is going to be a tasteful calendar of – well, I’m not sure how exactly any images from that day in a calendar could be tasteful – the police foundation has a few sample images that they’ve associated with the calendar, including one of the boat where Tsarnaev was hiding:



According to the Boston Globe, the proceeds from the calendar are going to help the local police department, and that’s certainly a worthy cause.  But something smacks a bit of bread & circus to me when I think of memorializing a terrorist attack in a Christmas calendar (why not an advent calendar too?).  It’s the same feeling many had in response to AT&T’s 9/11 commemoration as well.

Of course, the burning question on everyone’s mind: Would Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s bullet-riddled body be more appropriate as Miss May or Miss November?

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22 Responses to “Police selling Boston Marathon bomber Christmas calendar”

  1. LanceThruster says:

    April is the cruellest month

  2. Gary says:

    I know that they probably need the cash, but I think this one goes too far.

  3. Indigo says:

    Times are tough all over and this really is the Second Great Depression. Mammon rules.

  4. samizdat says:

    “…salute the valor of the Watertown Police in dealing with those events…”

    Yeah, ‘cos putting a town on lockdown is all kinds of courageous.

    I will be sick.

  5. samizdat says:

    Hey, now, Patriot, freedom costs a buck-0-5. That sh** adds up.

  6. cole3244 says:

    southie ignorance strikes again.

  7. fletcher says:

    The Neurotic Right-Wingers Association? Oh well, things go better with Koch (both the American brothers and Ilsa).

  8. fletcher says:

    Why not? She already took part in a Chicago fast-food drive-in’s promotion that promised Hot Dogs 1/3 Off in July.

  9. karmanot says:

    Comes with an NRA bumper sticker.

  10. karmanot says:

    Drives me absolutely berserk.

  11. karmanot says:

    Hey, how about a patriotic Calendar of droned dead children?

  12. Thom Allen says:

    I wonder if Lorena Bobbitt will consider getting in on a piece of this action. That would leave an incredibly bad taste in the mouth.

  13. Thom Allen says:

    Incredibly bad idea for Newtown and the rest of the world. Hard to believe that there won’t be an outcry from parents, townspeople and others over this. What’s next? The autopsy photos of the kids and adults who died?

  14. Charlie says:

    Yay let’s celebrate one of the most unprofessional, cowardly, and overly aggressive police actions of all time. While we’re at it let’s declare Martial Law just for funsies and make this a truly special Christmas(lots of sarcasm)

  15. Strepsi says:

    lol — and ewww. But you’re right:


  16. A_nonymoose says:

    But, but, Rolling Stone!!!

  17. public_servant_watch says:

    Yes a calendar as a Christmas gift memorializing how the corrupt government hides its crimes against the people by framing a 19 year old kid which includes shooting him in the mouth after finding him unarmed is very appropriate in this terrorist state we call the USA!

  18. nyrob says:

    Wow how selfish and insensitive can can one corporation be? To use the horrible misfortunes of others to sell products and services is alarming and incredibly obtuse which i won’t forget!

  19. GaiusPublius says:

    I assume we all get that this is a PR job to glorify aggressive (and militarized) policing, right? Sales and marketing.


  20. pappyvet says:

    If I buy one will I get a set of John Wayne Gacy tea cozies at no extra charge?
    Keep that fear burning,after all the pre-made bomb shelter business is very up and coming

  21. BeccaM says:

    Because nothing expresses wholesome Holiday Cheer more than memorializing a terrifying act of violence and mass mayhem, and hanging it on the wall so you can be reminded constantly of the days you spent locked up in your house, crapping your pants in abject fear, and the recurring nightmares of blood and severed limbs strewn across streets you can’t bring yourself to walk down anymore…

    Yeah, hell of an idea there.

  22. nicho says:

    I’m guessing that the cover — or centerfold — will be a photo of cops in their storm trooper gear festooned with American flags.

    But come on, give them a break. America is nothing if not the land of maudlin exploitation for commercial gain.

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