WaPo: The Life Cycle of a Right Wing Fake Outrage

PJ Media helps spread a ridiculous conspiracy theory
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Congratulations to PJ Media for unlocking a new achievement — being officially noticed by the Washington Post as one of the originators of a crazed anti-Obama conspiracy theory: Reining in the Rumors About EPA ‘Drones’.

It was a blood-boiler of a story, a menacing tale of government gone too far: The Environmental Protection Agency was spying on Midwestern farmers with the same aerial “drones” used to kill terrorists overseas.

This month, the idea has been repeated in TV segments, on multiple blogs and by at least four congressmen. The only trouble is, it isn’t true.

It was never true. The EPA isn’t using drone aircraft — in the Midwest or anywhere else.

The hubbub over nonexistent drones provides a look at something hard to capture in American politics: the vibrant, almost viral, life cycle of a falsehood. This one seems to have been born less than three weeks ago, in tweets and blog posts that twisted the details of a real news story about EPA inspectors flying in small planes. …

First a couple of Twitter users got it wrong. Then, at 2:51 p.m. June 1, the Web site pjmedia.com posted a blog item with the title, “EPA Using Spy Drones to Fly Over Midwestern Farms.” It provided a link to a foxnews.com on the Fox News Web site — which discussed the lawmakers’ letter but didn’t actually mention drones.

That same afternoon, the falsehood spread to television. On a Fox News Channel “ensemble opinion show” called “The Five,” Fox contributor Bob Beckel said,“They are drones, they are flying overhead.”

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102 comments

1 Obdicut  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:16:54pm

"They are drones, they are flying overhead" sounds like a Neutral Milk Hotel lyric.

2 Randall Gross  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:19:05pm

PJM: jumping right in the bunker with the Harpy and Alex Jones.

3 freetoken  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:20:48pm

When I was a kid these kind of idiotic conspiracy stories were hid in newsletters and weird, small run magazines.

Then, late night radio (the most successful of which was Art Bell, but there were others) became the home of loony ideas.

Then... then there came the internet, and Fox News, and finally all the idiocy found a home base, and the fields of online blogs and Youtube videos flourished with conspiracies.

4 Kragar  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:21:42pm

I guess they expect us to think that those black NSA helicopters are leaving the chemtrails?

OF COURSE ITS THE EPA DRONES, MAN!

(Got any weed?)
///

5 Achilles Tang  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:25:10pm

Airplanes are used to do all kinds of aerial mapping, over farms even, for all kinds of very good and beneficial reasons and have been doing so since airplanes were invented. Satellites do this kind of thing to, just from higher up, and mostly they are not manned either (although they probably can't detect pot farms as easily).

I don't get the problem with cheaper to operate drones. What is wrong with these conspiracy loons, do they all belong to the NRA?

6 Killgore Trout  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:31:18pm

Happy solstice!

7 Kragar  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:33:28pm

re: #6 Killgore Trout

Happy solstice!

PAGAN!

8 simoom  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:38:12pm

Heh, has anyone noticed Rep. Issa's twitter avatar? It's like some sort of weird, Capitol Hill, stick figure cop:

Image: Twitter_Open_normal.jpg

9 Eventual Carrion  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:42:47pm

re: #6 Killgore Trout

Happy solstice!

May your corn, soy and hemp bloom into glorious fruition.

10 freetoken  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:44:15pm

Let me take this opportunity to rant:

If one looks at the comments over at the DailyCaller link in the article it becomes evident immediately that the DailyCaller's commenter-community is dominated by socially and emotionally challenged individuals.

As with creationism, I think our society ought to take more seriously the reality that there is a element of mental illness involved. Here I include adaptation disorders in "illness", broadly defined.

Social maladaptation is non-trivial and really does impact us all. Because as a nation we have been so rich in natural resources, and because we have two centuries of military successes, our wealth has afforded us to have so much useless noise in our public discussions.

Distractions have little notice when one is wealthy.

I do wonder, though, as this century progresses and the reality that infinite resources do not lie at our doorstep confronts us, whether we will tolerate such destructive idiocy anymore. Paranoia is bad, but at the group level it can be horribly destructive. Eventually we'll just become too inefficient and unresponsive to world events, and we'll just fall apart locally as we become unable to muster real social (group) action to address what needs to be done.

I contend this is already happening, around me. When I walk around and see infrastructure that is crumbling, when I see homeless people (in large number here in San Diego where it never snows), when I see houses abandoned because payments can't be made and there are no new buyers (and these houses do weather and fall into disrepair), and so on... when I see these things I wonder to myself whether this will spread and get worse, or whether as a community we will work together to make the entire society a better place.

However, if our community is filled with people in fear of each other, paranoid about any authority figure or organization, it will be impossible to make the community better.

To me, the merchants of fear (in this particular instance the DailyCaller) are among the lowest of the lows in our society. It's self-destructive idiocy.

11 makeitstop  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:45:16pm

re: #6 Killgore Trout

Happy solstice!

Summer sure knows how to make an entrance. Today's temperatures broke records in NY.

And Happy Solstice to you, too, KT.

12 Killgore Trout  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:46:57pm

re: #9 RayFerd

May your corn, soy and hemp bloom into glorious fruition.

I grew some amaranth this year.
Image: image.jpg
It's a real crowd pleaser!

13 goddamnedfrank  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:48:11pm

The drone story was just put out there to hide truth, that the EPA is using black magic to touch you in your swimsuit area.

14 Eventual Carrion  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:48:47pm

re: #12 Killgore Trout

I grew some amaranth this year.
Image: image.jpg
It's a real crowd pleaser!

Nice.

15 Mattand  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:50:16pm

re: #13 goddamnedfrank

The drone story was just put out there to hide truth, that the EPA is using black magic to touch you in your swimsuit area.

Well, that explains the rash and the mixed feelings of elation and guilt.

16 Killgore Trout  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:55:35pm

CSM: House panel cites Eric Holder for contempt. Will he go to jail?

Technically speaking, it’s possible he could end up in the slammer. But don’t hold your breath – it almost certainly isn’t going to happen. In the modern era, citing an administration official for contempt is often just a tactical maneuver in a larger Congress-White House dispute. It can put some added pressure on the administration, sure. But the executive branch has lots of ways to delay the resulting legal proceedings.

17 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:57:21pm

re: #8 simoom

Heh, has anyone noticed Rep. Issa's twitter avatar? It's like some sort of weird, Capitol Hill, stick figure cop:

Image: Twitter_Open_normal.jpg

He's a playschool cop. Haha

18 Targetpractice  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:01:04pm

re: #16 Killgore Trout

CSM: House panel cites Eric Holder for contempt. Will he go to jail?

I'm already hearing wingnuts who are sporting wood over the idea of Boehner throwing Holder in the slammer til November. The odds of it happening, when both he and Cantor wanted Issa to wait til he could get bipartisan support for the contempt motion, tells me that they'd rather just punt to the Senate and be done with it.

19 kirkspencer  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:04:12pm

re: #18 Targetpractice

I'm already hearing wingnuts who are sporting wood over the idea of Boehner throwing Holder in the slammer til November. The odds of it happening, when both he and Cantor wanted Issa to wait til he could get bipartisan support for the contempt motion, tells me that they'd rather just punt to the Senate and be done with it.

Actually, I'm hearing a lot of them talk about impeachment of both Holder and Obama over this.

20 austin_blue  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:04:14pm

re: #18 Targetpractice

I'm already hearing wingnuts who are sporting wood over the idea of Boehner throwing Holder in the slammer til November. The odds of it happening, when both he and Cantor wanted Issa to wait til he could get bipartisan support for the contempt motion, tells me that they'd rather just punt to the Senate and be done with it.

Can't happen. Obama has invoked Exec Priv. Holder's ass is covered by Teflon unless the R's take the Executive to court.

21 Targetpractice  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:06:14pm

re: #19 kirkspencer

Actually, I'm hearing a lot of them talk about impeachment of both Holder and Obama over this.

Oh yeah, I'm hearing that too. Watergate 2.0, they're gonna haul Holder and Obama to court as part of a package deal.

Never happen, not with less little over 4 months to go til the election. And too many of the old guard still have nightmares about how impeaching Clinton made him even more popular.

22 wrenchwench  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:06:56pm

re: #18 Targetpractice

I'm already hearing wingnuts who are sporting wood over the idea of Boehner throwing Holder in the slammer til November. The odds of it happening, when both he and Cantor wanted Issa to wait til he could get bipartisan support for the contempt motion, tells me that they'd rather just punt to the Senate and be done with it.

sporting wood

Boehner

Holder

You did that on purpose, didn't you.

23 Targetpractice  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:07:31pm

re: #22 wrenchwench

sporting wood

Boehner

Holder

You did that on purpose, didn't you.

My subconscious has a dirty mind, apparently.

/

24 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:07:44pm

re: #18 Targetpractice

I'm already hearing wingnuts who are sporting wood over the idea of Boehner throwing Holder in the slammer til November. The odds of it happening, when both he and Cantor wanted Issa to wait til he could get bipartisan support for the contempt motion, tells me that they'd rather just punt to the Senate and be done with it.

Wingnuts and their pals have irrationally hated Holder from day one. I don't get it. OTOH, maybe I do.

25 Amory Blaine  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:08:31pm

Rest assured, gaggles of powerful wingnuts are gathered as we speak to contemplate the fallout of pursuing harsh measures.

26 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:08:37pm

re: #18 Targetpractice

Oh and wingnuts with wood. Thanks.

27 freetoken  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:10:13pm

re: #6 Killgore Trout

Happy solstice!

Happened a bit over an hour ago. Forgot that this being a leap year that the calendar date would happen on the 20th and not the 21st.

Of course, as the Earth precesses these things will change. We should live to be so old as to see it.

28 b_sharp  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:11:13pm

re: #23 Targetpractice

My subconscious has a dirty mind, apparently.

/

Subconscious. Yah, right.

29 engineer cat  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:11:59pm

spying on Midwestern farmers with the same aerial “drones”

and exactly what would these drones be expected to find out besides the fact that nothing interesting ever happens in a cornfield anymore?

30 austin_blue  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:13:33pm

re: #19 kirkspencer

Actually, I'm hearing a lot of them talk about impeachment of both Holder and Obama over this.

Over what? They are refusing to release documents from Feb 2011, after the media broke the story that F&F happened. They have released everything about the planning and implementation of F&F, including the fact that there were similar anti-gunrunning programs in the previous administration. The R's are looking for a conspiracy or a cover-up that can't have happened because the story was out there already.

It's probably similar to Waco, when an ATF operation, planned during the 41 administration, was initiated thirty days after Clinton's inauguration. Everybody blamed it on Big Gay Janet. I doubt she even knew it was happening.

High crimes and misdemeanors?

Pish tosh. Pshaw.

31 b_sharp  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:14:14pm

They aren't drones, they're contracted private props. The EPA straightened this out the day after it hit the fan.

32 Amory Blaine  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:14:20pm

re: #29 engineer cat


All kinda interesting stuff happens in the cornfield.

1. Mob burials.
2. Strange cults of children raising hell.
3. Corn growing.

Ahh I got nothin else.

33 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:14:42pm

Gotta love how a Democratic president brings out the CTers on the right.

34 CuriousLurker  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:15:00pm

re: #12 Killgore Trout

I grew some amaranth this year.
Image: image.jpg
It's a real crowd pleaser!

So are you gonna use it to make your own tie-dyed shirts? It's a great color. I think you'd look positively smashing in an amaranth colored shirt! //

35 engineer cat  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:15:00pm

re: #30 austin_blue

Over what?

democratic presidents must be impeached, and obama has maliciously refused to provide grounds

36 Targetpractice  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:16:04pm

re: #30 austin_blue

Over what? They are refusing to release documents from Feb 2011, after the media broke the story that F&F happened. They have released everything about the planning and implementation of F&F, including the fact that there were similar anti-gunrunning programs in the previous administration. The R's are looking for a conspiracy or a cover-up that can't have happened because the story was out there already.

It's probably similar to Waco, when an ATF operation, planned during the 41 administration, was initiated thirty days after Clinton's inauguration. Everybody blamed it on Big Gay Janet. I doubt she even knew it was happening.

High crimes and misdemeanors?

Pish tosh. Pshaw.

Apparently invoking executive privilege is now an automatic sign of guilt...unless your name is Bush...or Clinton...or Reagan...

37 jaunte  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:16:14pm
[Adrian] Smith, co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus and the Congressional Rural Caucus, said Tuesday the operations in many cases are near homes so “landowners deserve legitimate justification given the sensitivity of the information gathered by the flyovers.”

The letter asks nearly two-dozen questions including why the inspections are being conducted, how many flights have occurred and whether they have resulted in any enforcement activities.

“Nebraskans are rightfully skeptical of an agency which continues to unilaterally insert itself into the affairs of rural America,” Smith added.

Why is it the revenooers bizness if I have any cattle to take tax deductions offa?

38 engineer cat  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:16:26pm

re: #32 Amory Blaine

All kinda interesting stuff happens in the cornfield.

1. Mob burials.
2. Strange cults of children raising hell.
3. Corn growing.

Ahh I got nothin else.

in the good old days farmgirls and farmboys found many interesting things to do in cornfields, but these days there are only employees there

39 HappyWarrior  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:17:13pm

re: #37 jaunte

Why is it the revenooers bizness if I have any cattle to take tax deductions offa?

Would Smith be saying this if McCain or Romney were president? Magic 8 ball says all signs point to no. Seriously sick of this shit.

40 engineer cat  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:21:55pm

landowners deserve legitimate justification given the sensitivity of the information gathered

does this mean that they will also now become concerned over the degradation of 4th amendment rights by the "patriot" act, or is that one still covered by "if i ain't got nuthin to hide i don't care if ennybody is spying on me"?

41 austin_blue  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:23:46pm

re: #37 jaunte

[Adrian] Smith, co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus and the Congressional Rural Caucus, said Tuesday the operations in many cases are near homes so “landowners deserve legitimate justification given the sensitivity of the information gathered by the flyovers.”
The letter asks nearly two-dozen questions including why the inspections are being conducted, how many flights have occurred and whether they have resulted in any enforcement activities.

“Nebraskans are rightfully skeptical of an agency which continues to unilaterally insert itself into the affairs of rural America,” Smith added.

Why is it the revenooers bizness if I have any cattle to take tax deductions offa?

>>They should be more worried about them little panel vans that drive around and count them strips on the money they've got hidden in their bedsteads to hide it from them Bildenburgers an' them Rosicrucians.

An' them Black Helicopters with them UN Blue Helmets flying' 'em.

42 Locker  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:25:27pm

Yea except those twitter users didn't "get it wrong"... they did it on purpose to drum up attention for their hack associates. It's just another version of james o'spleef hiding in the twitterverse.

Gotta love those PJ fools getting busted out though. Hilarious.

43 engineer cat  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:28:47pm

re: #41 austin_blue

An' them Black Helicopters with them UN Blue Helmets flying' 'em.

seriously, i have seen a number of police suvs bearing the legend Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service about town lately

like so

[Link: www.flickr.com...]

um, whazzup with that???? who is being protected from whom??

44 Locker  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:30:58pm

re: #43 engineer cat

seriously, i have seen a number of police suvs bearing the legend Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service about town lately

like so

[Link: www.flickr.com...]

um, whazzup with that??? who is being protected from whom??

Hey if they are tough enough to enforce copyright infringement then they can handle little crap like martial law. Come on man... get with it.

45 Killgore Trout  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:36:16pm

re: #34 CuriousLurker

So are you gonna use it to make your own tie-dyed shirts? It's a great color. I think you'd look positively smashing in an amaranth colored shirt! //

Rajgara parathas
My hookah gives me the munchies.

46 kirkspencer  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:36:58pm

re: #43 engineer cat

seriously, i have seen a number of police suvs bearing the legend Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service about town lately

like so

[Link: www.flickr.com...]

um, whazzup with that??? who is being protected from whom??

Well, that one's an FPS vehicle sitting outside a federal building. It's about as unusual as seeing a schoolbus outside a school.

47 Achilles Tang  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:37:04pm

re: #29 engineer cat

spying on Midwestern farmers with the same aerial “drones”

and exactly what would these drones be expected to find out besides the fact that nothing interesting ever happens in a cornfield anymore?

Data on how much is planted over a large area. Data on who is cheating on farm subsidies. Data on forestry management (who is cheating on over cutting).

There are lots of things about drones that dishonest people might not like, aside from missiles.

48 darthstar  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:41:54pm
49 freetoken  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:46:20pm

Iran, oil, and reality:


Japan passes law to insure Iran oil imports

Japan's parliament approved government guarantees on insurance for crude oil cargoes from Iran on Wednesday, paving the way for it to become the first of Iran's big Asian oil buyers to get round new European Union sanctions, Reuters reported.

Last month IEA said Iran's oil exports have decreased from 2.5 mbd to less than 2.0 mbd, and this figure is expected to fall even further to 1.5 mbd in the second half of 2012.

The law will take effect on June 27, a government official who requested anonymity said on Tuesday.

It allows the Japanese government, which has succeeded in getting a waiver from U.S. financial sanctions, to provide cover of up to $7.6 billion for each tanker carrying Iranian crude bound for Japan in the event of accidents.

[...]

The big Asian buyers of Iranian petroleum have reduced their imports... by about a fifth. However, I suspect that is about as much as they'll be able to cut.

And, if Iranian exports are reduced to around 1.5 mb/d one has to wonder what oil prices will be if the global economies come out of recession.

50 bubba zanetti  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:57:42pm

"“It is truly an invasion of privacy,” said Chuck Folken, who runs a farm and cattle feedlot in Leigh, Neb. Farmers worry about photos of private homes and back yards winding up in government files. “We don’t need our own government . . . flying over us, taking pictures of us, telling us what we’re doing wrong.”"

For fuck's sake.

The USDA has been flying over your farm and taking nice aerial photos as part of the National Aerial Imagery Program for years.

Before that it was the USGS as part of the Digital Ortho Quarter Quad program.

And of course, the Aqua and Terra satellites fly over every 6 hours.

51 freetoken  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 5:59:25pm

CDC report on pregnancies released today:

Estimated Pregnancy Rates and Rates of Pregnancy Outcomes for the United States, 1990–2008

In 2008, an estimated 6,578,000 pregnancies resulted in 4,248,000 live births, 1,212,000 induced abortions, and 1,118,000 fetal losses. The 2008 pregnancy rate of 105.5 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15–44 is 9 percent below the 1990 peak of 115.8. The teen pregnancy rate dropped 40 percent from 1990 to 2008, reaching a historic low of 69.8 per 1,000 women aged 15–19. Pregnancy rates have declined significantly for non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic teenagers. Rates in 2008 for non-Hispanic black and Hispanic teenagers were two to three times higher than the rates for non-Hispanic white teenagers. Pregnancy rates for women in their early 20s declined to the lowest level in more than three decades, although the declines have been more modest than for teenagers. Pregnancy rates for women aged 25–29 have changed relatively little since 1990, while rates for women in their 30s and early 40s increased.

52 Kruk  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:03:52pm

re: #7 Kragar

PAGAN!

What is Ultima VIII, Bob?

/Gaming geek.

53 freetoken  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:08:15pm

The topic that no one wants to discuss yet it won't go away:

Frank Rich: Romney can’t say the word Mormon

54 Kruk  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:12:09pm

re: #22 wrenchwench

sporting wood

Boehner

Holder

You did that on purpose, didn't you.

You gotta know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run...

55 Killgore Trout  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:13:17pm

re: #53 freetoken

The topic that no one wants to discuss yet it won't go away:

Frank Rich: Romney can’t say the word Mormon

More surprisingly: Joy Behar is now a pundit.

56 jaunte  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:14:29pm

पण्डित?

57 freetoken  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:17:15pm

re: #56 jaunte

そうですか。。。

58 Killgore Trout  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:17:28pm

re: #56 jaunte

पण्डित?

Interesting etymology.

1) scholar, a learned man, teacher, philosopher, pundit
2) a Hindu Brahmin who has memorized a substantial portion of the Vedas, along with the corresponding rhythms and melodies for chanting or singing them; a pundit
3) incense

59 Charleston Chew  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:18:18pm
...the Web site pjmedia.com posted a blog item with the title, “EPA Using Spy Drones to Fly Over Midwestern Farms.” It provided a link to a [Link: [Link: www.foxnews.com…]...] on the Fox News Web site...

On a Fox News Channel “ensemble opinion show” called “The Five,” Fox contributor Bob Beckel said,“They are drones, they are flying overhead.”

A nice illustration of the self-referential feedback loop that sustains bs. From Fox to PJ and back to FOX.

Of course, Fox is such a tight ship that it can often sustain that loop in-house. A morning show tells the official GOP "lie of the day", then an afternoon show can say "it's being reported that...", and by evening they can go with "the story everyone's talking about".

60 bratwurst  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:18:38pm

Ерунда!

61 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:21:37pm

re: #53 freetoken

The topic that no one wants to discuss yet it won't go away:

Frank Rich: Romney can’t say the word Mormon

Hush hush. He wants the presidency bad. I'm hoping he's honorable enough to do a speech ala Kennedy & Obama, but we'll see.

62 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:24:31pm

re: #59 Charleston Chew

A nice illustration of the self-referential feedback loop that sustains bs. From Fox to PJ and back to FOX.

Of course, Fox is such a tight ship that it can often sustain that loop in-house. A morning show tells the official GOP "lie of the day", then an afternoon show can say "it's being reported that...", and by evening they can go with "the story everyone's talking about".

And my dad, love him dearly, is their demographic fool believer. Gah

63 freetoken  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:26:58pm

re: #61 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

Mitt already made "the speech", when he went down to Texas to bow before the Christian fundamentalists.

What many seem to be avoiding is the essential patriarchal nature of not only Mormonism but the specific role of a Mormon Bishop, a role which Mitt played.

Questions still exist on how authoritarian such roles can be, and in Mitt's case, how it played out in the case of pregnant women or women who were somehow found out of place in the supposed Mormon family utopia.

64 engineer cat  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:28:00pm

re: #61 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

Hush hush. He wants the presidency bad. I'm hoping he's honorable enough to do a speech ala Kennedy & Obama, but we'll see.

"i am not the clueless millionaire candidate for president; i am the republican party's candidate for president who happens also to be a clueless millionaire"

65 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:29:14pm

re: #63 freetoken

Mitt already made "the speech", when he went down to Texas to bow before the Christian fundamentalists.

What many seem to be avoiding is the essential patriarchal nature of not only Mormonism but the specific role of a Mormon Bishop, a role which Mitt played.

Questions still exist on how authoritarian such roles can be, and in Mitt's case, how it played out in the case of pregnant women or women who were somehow found out of place in the supposed Mormon family utopia.

Release the docs or you are in contempt!

66 engineer cat  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:32:23pm

re: #63 freetoken

somehow found out of place

religious communities can forgive the sinners but not the impossible

67 jaunte  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:34:07pm

re: #50 bubba zanetti

Farmers worry about photos of private homes and back yards winding up in government files.

World's most boring file search.

68 Gus  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:35:05pm

Was only a matter of time before the wingnuts created their own drone conspiracy theories.

Americans.

69 Gus  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:36:19pm

re: #55 Killgore Trout

More surprisingly: Joy Behar is now a pundit.

Yep. And Michelle Malkin is a journalist.

[Crowd roars in laughter.]

70 freetoken  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:42:33pm

Everything is bigger in Texas Australia:

Australian mega-brothel gets go-ahead

71 Digital Display  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:44:09pm

Hi Lizards!

72 freetoken  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:46:31pm

Variations on this story have been popping up on the wires the past couple of days:


Killings of environmentalists appear to be on rise

The eulogies called Chut Wutty one of the few remaining activists in Cambodia brave enough to fight massive illegal deforestation by the powerful. The environmental watchdog was shot by a military policeman in April as he probed logging operations in one of the country's last great forests.

Nisio Gomes was the chief of a Brazilian tribe struggling to protect its land from ranchers. Masked men gunned him down in November; his body, quickly dragged into a pickup, has not been seen since.

Around the world, sticking up for the environment can be deadly, and it appears to be getting deadlier.

People who track killings of environmental activists say the numbers have risen dramatically in the last three years. Improved reporting may be one reason, they caution, but they also believe the rising death toll is a consequence of intensifying battles over dwindling supplies of natural resources, particularly in Latin America and Asia.

[...]

Nothing will stand in the way of our glorious capitalist future.

73 Kragar  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:48:40pm

re: #70 freetoken

Everything is bigger in Texas Australia:

Australian mega-brothel gets go-ahead

AWESOME!

74 prairiefire  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:50:24pm

B Sharp and other lizards with arachnophobia ~ don't click through. [Link: imgur.com...]

76 jaunte  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:51:44pm

re: #75 Kragar

You can tell it's the original writing because all the little letters in it are so consistent.

77 Kragar  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:53:30pm

re: #74 prairiefire

B Sharp and other lizards with arachnophobia ~ don't click through. [Link: imgur.com...]

Click this instead.

78 Kragar  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:54:33pm

re: #76 jaunte

You can tell it's the original writing because all the little letters in it are so consistent.

King James Version what?

79 austin_blue  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:57:19pm

re: #75 Kragar

Joe the Plumber: Bible more accurate than science books because its never been revised

He really said that? Really?

Who knew that the Old Testament and the New were written in English from the gitgo?

Nice channeling, Ancient Peoples Inspired By God!!

80 jaunte  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:59:22pm

Who says we need teachers to learn how to count?

81 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 6:59:42pm

re: #74 prairiefire

B Sharp and other lizards with arachnophobia ~ don't click through. [Link: imgur.com...]

You got bit by a quarter? I hope George has had his rabies shots.
;)

82 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:00:33pm

re: #77 Kragar

Click this instead.

Dark Side point.

83 bratwurst  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:00:49pm

re: #75 Kragar

Joe the Plumber: Bible more accurate than science books because its never been revised

Another of McCain's sins: unleashing this nitwit on the body politic.

84 Dancing along the light of day  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:01:04pm

re: #71 Digital Display

Hi Lizards!

Hi Digi!

85 austin_blue  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:01:05pm

re: #80 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Who says we need teachers to learn how to count?

The slash makes progressive/marxist a single word, silly!

86 jaunte  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:01:48pm

re: #85 austin_blue

Inconceivable!!/really?

87 prairiefire  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:03:13pm

Out the end of the Lava tube:[Link: imgur.com...]

88 austin_blue  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:04:08pm

re: #86 jaunte

Inconceivable!!/really?

Well, duh.

Secret/muslim.

Closet/commie.

Foreign/born.

America/hating.

&c.

89 prairiefire  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:04:44pm

re: #77 Kragar

Click this instead.

Yuchhhh.

90 Kragar  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:04:53pm

re: #82 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste

Dark Side point.

"Anything for the great powers!"

91 Gus  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:10:31pm

re: #80 jaunte

[Embedded content]

Who says we need teachers to learn how to count?

That's sort of like Conservative/Nazi.

//

92 jaunte  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:11:37pm

re: #91 Gus

Didn't you used to have that hump on the other side?

93 b_sharp  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:13:06pm

re: #89 prairiefire

Yuchhh.

I see nothing.

94 Eventual Carrion  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:14:04pm

re: #92 jaunte

Didn't you used to have that hump on the other side?

What hump?

95 austin_blue  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:15:24pm

re: #94 RayFerd

What hump?

Yes! He vas my...boyfriend!

96 Eventual Carrion  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:17:56pm

re: #95 austin_blue

Yes! He vas my...boyfriend!

What knockers!

97 austin_blue  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:19:58pm

re: #96 RayFerd

What knockers!

Thank you, Doktor!

98 b_sharp  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:23:08pm

What happened to the 'no Mel Brooks before #200' rule?

99 jaunte  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:23:54pm

re: #98 b_sharp

"Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said."
-- Mel Brooks

100 Kragar  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:24:08pm

re: #94 RayFerd

What hump?

My humps!

101 b_sharp  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 7:27:46pm

I prefer Fergie.

Although Alanis does sarcasm well.

102 Patricia Kayden  Thu, Jun 21, 2012 1:49:05pm

So drones are another lie ginned up by the Rightwingers? Interesting how they're able to get their lies reported as facts by the mainstream media.


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