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Fountains of Wayne, “A Road Song”

He had an arm like a pro
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Because I love the latest record by Fountains of Wayne, I hereby inflict upon you yet another one of their excellent story songs, titled “A Road Song.” It’s a tale of loneliness and loss, and 40 movies with Will Ferrell.

Liberals Yearn for the Raw Sexual Power of Conservatives. — Kurt Schlichter

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UPDATE at 9/1/14 12:33:54 pm by Gus

A Good Piece at WaPo on the Relationship Between Michael Brown and Friend Dorian Johnson

“Wow, that’s a big dude”
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Here’s an interesting, well-researched article by Wesley Lowery and Darryl Fears on the relationship between Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson — the Friend Who Witnessed His Shooting.

Jim Hoft, Dumbest Man on the Internet, is ranting like a lunatic today about this article, so you know it has to be worth reading: AWFUL. WaPo Writer Wesley Lowery COMPLETELY Whitewashes #MikeBrown’s Filthy Rap Lyrics.

Hoft’s deranged racism is really on full display these days. As I’ve documented, in the past three weeks, Hoft has used white supremacist hate group the Council of Conservative Citizens as a source at least twice (and probably more without linking directly).

Jim Hoft Plagiarized a White Supremacist Hate Site for His Latest Race-Baiting Post
Jim Hoft Links to White Supremacist Site to Smear Michael Brown

And this is no dishonest smear job, like Hoft has been trying to do to Michael Brown since he was gunned down in the street by officer Darren Wilson while running for his life. It’s a documented fact: Jim Hoft is openly using racist sources for his posts.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Tweets Ugly Image, Deletes It, Then Says It Was “Unauthorized”

WTF
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LGF contributor @Gus_802 has a saved copy of the ugly tweet posted by Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s account tonight:

But, uh, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg had nothing to do with his indictment…

And then…

Jim Hoft Plagiarized a White Supremacist Hate Site for His Latest Race-Baiting Post

The Dumbest Man on the Internet adds plagiarism to his resumé
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In today’s episode of the Dumbest Man on the Internet, we find Jim Hoft, the Gateway Pundit, blatantly plagiarizing the website of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist hate group that sprang out of the “White Citizens Councils” formed in the 1950s to fight against school desegregation in Southern states.

When I saw Hoft tweet the link to his post this morning, I had a hunch he might have lifted it from the CCC website without attribution, because he’s used them as sources before, and because this is their racist style. And sure enough, still on their front page, there was the evidence.

Here’s Hoft’s post; note the title: Cops Shoot 18 Year-Old Kansas Teen 16 Times - Media Ignores Story Because He’s White (Video) | the Gateway Pundit

First, the idea that the media “ignored the story because he’s white” is laughably easy to disprove; a Google News search for this poor teenager’s name shows that the media didn’t “ignore” it at all: Joseph Jennings Kansas.

Now, here’s a screenshot of Jim Hoft’s page, because he has a long-standing practice of editing and deleting things when he’s caught:

And here’s a screenshot of the Council of Conservative Citizens’ page (Google cache link); notice that Hoft lifted both videos and the photograph of Joseph Jennings, and Hoft’s title is very similar:

Although the title of Hoft’s post is not a direct copy of the white supremacists’ title, the caption for that photograph is nearly word-for-word plagiarism — he just changed “media doesn’t care” to “media ignores story:”

The white supremacist photo and caption:

Hoft’s photo and caption:

Busted again, Jim.

He dug up a week-old article at Raw Story and included it in his post, apparently to hide his real source, but that photo caption is irrefutably lifted straight from the CCC site. (By the way, what looks like a link to “KMBC” in Hoft’s caption is actually a broken link; it doesn’t lead to KMBC.)

And this is far from the first time Jim Hoft has gotten his stories from white supremacists; see:

Jim Hoft Links to White Supremacist Site to Smear Michael Brown
Racist Source on Conservative Blog: Coincidence or Custom? | Riverfront Times

This is the guy whose posts are often cited all over the right wing blogosphere, and often end up on Drudge Report and Fox News: an unregenerate racist who steals material from white supremacist sites, now without attribution — probably because he’s been caught posting links to them before.

Jim Hoft, Dumbest Man on the Internet, Also Most Hypocritical

Say “cheese”
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Remember when Jim Hoft, fabled Dumbest Man on the Internet, freaked out about a photograph of President Obama taking a “selfie” at Nelson Mandela’s memorial event, labeling Obama the “Narcissist-in-Chief?” And remember how this Obama-bashing meme instantly spread throughout the right wing blogs and made it all the way to Fox News?

AFP Photographer “Sad” to Make Obama Look Bad in “Selfie” Shot at Mandela Funeral | the Gateway Pundit

Well, first of all, this was not a “funeral;” it was a memorial service that included lots of performers and tributes from dignitaries. And it was not a solemn event in a church; it was more like a party, a joyous celebration of Mandela’s life. And for that matter, Jim Hoft was incredibly vicious and mean-spirited toward Nelson Mandela when he died, posting several rants like this one and this one.

But the point of this post: today the DMOTI tweeted this, demonstrating once again that boorish self-absorbed right wing hypocrisy for which he’s infamous — a lovely selfie that he took with a friend at a real funeral, in a church, wearing a polo shirt and a big un-self-conscious grin.

Say “cheese,” Jim.

(I’m posting a screenshot linked to his tweet instead of embedding it, because Hoft has a long-standing habit of trying to delete stuff like this when it gets noticed.)

(h/t: @lawhawk.)

Award-Winning Science Fiction Short From New Zealand: Abiogenesis

Pollination
Arts • Views: 20,189

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In this breathtaking science fiction spectacle, a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation, that has profound implications for an entire galaxy.

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St. Louis Riverfront Times Seeks Juvenile Records of Officer Darren Wilson

Turnabout
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In a brilliant move, St. Louis alternative newspaper Riverfront Times responds to the Post-Dispatch: Riverfront Times Seeks Juvenile Records for Officer Darren Wilson.

In response to a number of inquiries today, the Riverfront Times confirms that it is seeking the juvenile records of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot and killed Michael Brown.

After the Post-Dispatch announced Friday that it is seeking the juvenile records for Brown, many people on Twitter asked that the same scrutiny be placed upon Wilson, who is currently under investigation for the shooting death of the unarmed 18-year-old man.

This is just one avenue of many in our continuing commitment to cover a significant news story for our community.

We have taken this action as a professional news organization, independently and not in conjunction with any other organization, as we seek to report facts and not rely on innuendo or speculation.

If that statement sounds familiar, here’s why.

UPDATE at 8/30/14 11:35:01 am by Charles Johnson

However…

Friday Night Jam: Fountains of Wayne, Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart

Fighting off a cold, murdering a campfire song
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Update: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Is Trying to Get Michael Brown’s Juvenile Records

Wow
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch responded a few minutes ago to my request for information, in a way that can only be described as extremely disappointing.

Here’s their statement: Post-Dispatch Seeks Juvenile Court Records.

In response to a number of inquiries today, I wanted to confirm that the Post-Dispatch filed a petition last week with the St. Louis County Family Court seeking the release of any juvenile court records it may have relating to Michael Brown.

The court filing is just one avenue of many in our continuing commitment to cover a significant news story for our community.

We have taken this action as a professional news organization, independently and not in conjunction with any other organization, as we seek to report facts and not rely on innuendo or speculation.

Note that this statement specifically contradicts the claim made by blogger Chuck C. Johnson:

But regardless, there’s absolutely no way that this information is relevant to the current police shooting case. Juvenile criminal records are sealed for a very good reason — to prevent exactly this kind of character assassination. It’s disgusting to see the St. Louis Post-Dispatch join the right wing effort to poison the well and smear a dead 18-year old.

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