Sunday, March 7, 2010

Stupid is as stupid does

Hmm. Here's the actual quote from Brokaw's Today show interview:
[Republicans] know the public is very confused and very anxious about cost [of the health care bill].
He says they're confused. (No big surprise there; the healthcare debate is confusing.)

So I've been trying to think of an adjective I could use to describe a headline writer who thinks these two sentences mean the same thing:
1. "The public is very confused [about a specific issue]."
2. "Americans are stupid."
Ah! I've got it. See if you can guess:

S T _ P _ D

Monday, September 14, 2009

Asked and Answered

They're talking about President Obama's activities on the 9/11 anniversary. It would be funny if it weren't quite so pathetic. (And I'm not talking about the part where he didn't know the Cronkite memorial.)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Convenient Omission

Shockingly, this isn't true. Details here, where we do climate....

Friday, July 10, 2009


I love the smell of hubris in the morning.

Friday, June 19, 2009

This Is Some Scary #!*$

No jokes today.

Since Barack Obama's inauguration, nine people in the United States have been the victims of ideological murder by extreme right-wing individuals. By "ideological murder," I mean that these crimes had no personal component; they were motivated solely by ideological considerations.

  • Keith Luke, 22, is charged with the murder of two Cape Verdeans and the rape and attempted murder of a third in Brockton, MA, on January 21. Police say that Luke planned to "kill as many Jews, blacks, and Hispanics as humanly possible."

  • On April 4, Richard Poplawski, an apparent racist who believed that shadowy forces control the government, strapped on body armor and murdered three Pittsburgh police officers.

  • On May 30, Shawna Forde and two others entered the home of Raul Flores in Phoenix, claiming to be police officers, and shot Flores and his nine-year-old daughter to death, while also wounding Flores's wife. Forde is associated with Minutemen American Defense, an extreme anti-immigration group.

  • On May 31, abortion rights activist Scott Roeder allegedly murdered physician George Tiller, one of the few remaining US doctors willing to perform late term abortions.

  • On June 10, white supremacist James von Brunn entered the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and opened fire with a .22 rifle, killing museum guard Stepehn T. Johns.
With this as background, look what happened on Fox Nation when Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced that she was going to refuse to answer 2010 census questions because ACORN will be "in charge of going door to door and collecting data from the American public" (which is categorically false):
Becha I don't [answer the questions]! Becha they hear click, pop, and drop!
Not unless they have a bigger gun than I have. We Texans don't play the roll over and give in game.
I will not fill it out and will run any Accorn people off my property.
ACORN will get to meet my black lab if you show up at my door for the census.
Come on by ACORN. My dogs need the training. You had better get issued police dog training pads. From how it looks I'm not alone and you WILL need them!
It's my property and I have the right to say who is allowed on it. I also, have the right to post a sign advising THAT YOU ARE NOW IN RANGE, PLEASE HOLD STILL.
I guess that's the best job they can get under this dictator? Anyone who helps him cheat to win again will get what's coming to them.
And, lest anyone think that these are all just blowhards, here are two posters who are proud of what they have already done:
When the census person aka Acorn rang my doorbell my 3 german shepards were not happy - to say the least. I just pointed to the dogs and smiled. The Acorn dropped some notice and ran.
I am already in posession of my third notice for failing to cooperate with federal census takers targeting renters. When I asked if they were ACORN employees the feigned ignorance... as though they had never hear of it before.They told me the interview would take about 20 to 30 minutes. I told them it will take me less than two for them to record the information I'm willing to provide. I was marked "uncooperative". I put the butch "b!tc#" (attitude) out and told her to leave the property immediately.
These two unfortunate workers, who were most likely just verifying addresses in preparation for the mailing of census forms next March, almost certainly had no connection to ACORN whatsoever. It's far more likely that they've never heard of ACORN than that they were "feigning ignorance."

And so it has begun already. This is the result of a relentless campaign of ACORN innuendo, half-truths, and falsehoods by conservative media and, sadly, politicians like Bachmann. And if something does happen to a census worker, the media and such politicians will have a difficult time explaining away their role in creating the atmosphere that caused it.

You couldn't pay me enough to be a census worker in 2010.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


This one's going to be real short. I don't think any additional comment will be needed.

President Obama today spoke about health care to an AMA convention in Chicago. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
Though many doctors and Republicans say Obama's health reforms would lead to "socialized medicine," 2,200 members of the American Medical Association rose to their feet in nine standing ovations for Obama Monday, clapped at all his applause lines and only booed him once. [All emphasis added]
OK, you got the part about nine ovations and one booing, right? Good. Without further ado, here's Fox Nation's take on this. Surprise!

See that? No additional commentary needed.

(But aren't you just shocked—shocked!—that FN didn't report it like this?)