Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wearable satire: McFaul pin, O'Malley and Mason T-shirts now on sale

In this economy, unemployed journalists have to hustle. Former Scene/Free Times staff writer James Renner, in a fine display of local entrepreneurial spirit, has come out with a clothing and memorabilia line satirizing some of Cleveland's favorite politicians.

Choose from a Gerald McFaul clambake button, a "Free O'Malley!" T-shirt, or a bumper sticker proclaiming "I was subpoenaed to testify against Jimmy Dimora" (or Frank Russo)!

The "Mason's Mean Machine" T-shirt is named after this story about prosecutor Bill Mason, which Renner worked on this fall with Charu Gupta. (The joke about racial disparities on the front is probably best explained by my blog post here. There are other T-shirts I won't try to explain.)

A few of Renner's products refer to his love of unsolved crimes. "Run, Ted Conrad, Run!" is a reference to his fascinating story about a Cleveland bank robber who got away. "It Was the Bushy-Haired Man" is the perfect Father's Day gift for any dad who's convinced Sam Sheppard didn't kill his wife.

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