Well, opportunity knocked, then kept walking. Some of you may recall when Kos asked for bumper sticker slogans for the Bush/Cheney reelection effort last summer (lesson learned for Kos: never host your comments on an external site, lest they be lost forever). I responded in the comments, and my slogan (“Compassionate Colonialism”) made the top 15 or so. These slogans made it into an e-mail chain that got circulated widely.
Then late last year, Kos dropped me an e-mail to confirm that the slogan was in fact my submission. I replied that it was (though as it turns out I’m witty but not necessarily original — there are other instances of the phrase “Compassionate Colonialism” that predate mine), and was surprised to find out that it would be included in an upcoming bumper sticker book, Stick it to Bush.
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. They ended up going with 10, not 15, and I missed the cut. Ah well. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in any event. Pick up your copy today!