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The entire right wing noise machine fell for a fake story
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When breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro posted his now-infamous fake story about Chuck Hagel and “Friends of Hamas,” it’s noteworthy that the entire right wing media machine immediately jumped on the story and spread it far and wide. It’s difficult to find a right wing website that didn’t run the story; this is how they roll, with nearly instant unison parroting of stories that advance the agenda, whether obviously fake or not.

Today National Review editor Rich Lowry actually posted a correction — which is more than the majority of conservative sites will do: ‘Friends of Hamas’ - by Rich Lowry.

A week or so ago, Capitol Hill was swirling with rumors that Hagel might have been associated with a group called Friends of Hamas. These rumors were mentioned in this space (albeit conditionally and with grains of salt). It turns out that the group doesn’t exist and the rumor was based on a hypothetical question that then spread in a classic Washington game of telephone, as reported here.

This might seem like semi-responsible journalism, but watch: the next time one of these fake outrages floats by, they’ll jump aboard as if this never happened.

UPDATE at 2/20/13 12:45:06 pm

Since Lowry said in his post that the National Review “mentioned” the rumors “conditionally and with grains of salt,” let’s take a look at the words that actually appeared on their site. Call it “fact-checking,” if you will.

First, from Andrew McCarthy: Is Hagel Toast? - by Andrew C. McCarthy - the Corner - National Review Online

As John notes, Ben Shapiro has reported at the Breitbart site Big Peace that one of Hagel’s funding sources is a group purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.” That might make someone a good fit for president of Egypt, prime minister of Turkey, or any number of advisory posts on the White House staff. But given that being a “friend of Hamas” — at least the kind of friend who provides material support to that terrorist organization — is a crime in the United States, it may not be quite what the Senate is looking for in a secretary of defense.

How is that “conditional?” Is the word “purportedly” supposed to give them an out, even though the rest of the paragraph quite clearly treats it as a fact?

Second, from Andrew Stiles: Levin Defends Hagel, Calls GOP Disclosure Request ‘Unprecedented’ - by Andrew Stiles - the Corner - National Review Online.

Rumors abound on Capitol Hill that a full disclosure of Hagel’s professional ties would reveal financial relationships with a number of “unsavory” groups, including one purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.” The GOP aide said it was “noteworthy” that the White House has yet to deny the association. “Maybe it’s not true, but why not provide a list of groups he spoke to and remove all doubt?” the aide said.

There’s that “purportedly” again, followed by dark insinuations that the White House hasn’t denied the accusation.

Pretty obviously, the National Review’s writers pushed this story as factual, and they did much more than simply “mention” it — and Lowry’s attempt to picture it as “conditional” is just as ridiculous as the fake story itself.

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170 comments

1 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:08:37pm

Nobody’s career is going to suffer for this. They will be praised for doing their job, which is that of serving the Higher Truth: that Obama is a _____________-loving ______________-ist, ________________-coddling son of a _____________ who is not fit to be president

2 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:10:12pm

Reading comprehension and critical thinking skills, not a priority amongst conservatives.

3 HappyWarrior  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:10:34pm

They’ll either act like it or didn’t happen or more likely if you ask me blame Hagel, Obama, and the left for it. Why because no true conservative. Still glad the NR retracted it but this is still shit.

4 Slap  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:10:45pm

re: #1 Sol Berdinowitz

Yes, I want all my Presidents to be fir!!!

5 bratwurst  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:10:54pm

Pretty sad when Lowry’s words there are actually regarded as a CORRECTION, in reality it is more like a hand washing. The only thing missing there is words to the effect of “In case anyone was mislead…”

6 wrenchwench  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:11:32pm

What do they mean it doesn’t exist??!??!?

It’s not what they thought it was, but now that they’re ready to recant, it exists.

7 engineer cat  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:14:37pm

verifiable facts and real reality are becoming more and more difficult for the right wing

8 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:15:20pm

Just got a chuckle, one of the posters on the Shapiro article at breitbart has this in his name.

“Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends.”

9 Skip Intro  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:15:34pm

First comment on Lowry’s BS non-apology apology:

Jonathan Goodman • 2 hours ago

You wrote: “As John notes, Ben Shapiro has reported
at the Breitbart site Big Peace that one of Hagel’s funding sources is a
group purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.” That might make someone a
good fit for president of Egypt, prime minister of Turkey, or any number
of advisory posts on the White House staff. But given that being a `friend of Hamas’ — at least the kind of friend who provides material
support to that terrorist organization — is a crime in the United
States, it may not be quite what the Senate is looking for in a
secretary of defense.”

Are you going to apologize for hinting (with a grain of salt only a lawyer could find) that Hagel is a guilty of treason?

Are you going to apologize for the conservative smear machine that works like this? Someone makes up a quote. Someone else quotes it “with a grain of salt”. Someone else quotes with the salt missing. Pretty soon, commenters at this Corner think you said it and its true.

Your apology doesn’t seem to have a grain of remorse.

10 Ghost of Tom Joad  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:16:55pm

To paraphrase what I said before, they’ve all forsaken credibility for hits/viewers. They’ll jump onto any story that they can sell to their particular audience.

11 Bulworth  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:17:52pm

re: #9 Skip Intro

dayum.

12 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:18:54pm

re: #10 Ghost of Tom Joad

To paraphrase what I said before, they’ve all forsaken credibility for hits/viewers. They’ll jump onto any story that they can sell to their particular audience.

That is why morons claims Dim Jim is a successful blogger, he gets the big hits.

13 Bulworth  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:19:10pm
Are you going to apologize for the conservative smear machine that works like this? Someone makes up a quote. Someone else quotes it “with a grain of salt”. Someone else quotes with the salt missing. Pretty soon, commenters at this Corner think you said it and its true.

Your apology doesn’t seem to have a grain of remorse.

That’s just gold.

14 Why I Never!  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:21:38pm

Apologies for going OT so soon—
i got my permanent residency from the UK Border Agency. Big thank you to the LGF community, and a lot of love. :)

15 Skip Intro  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:24:51pm

Poor Rich is really getting a world class ass kicking today.

Glock H. Palin, Esq. • 2 hours ago

Yes, your “reporters” used an unsubstantiated rumor from a known smear-factory about a group with a name that doesn’t pass the laugh-test to accuse a public figure of being funded by terrorists, but it’s not like you did anything WRONG. You gestured vaguely in the direction of a grain of salt, so that absolves you of all responsibility to ensure that the things you publish are true. The rumors were “swirling”, so what did we expect you to do? NOT pass them on until you had confirmed them? No, that’s the sort of thing a *journalist* would do. We know not to expect that here…

16 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:25:10pm

Brian Camenker: No Proof that Bullying Targets Gay Kids, ‘If There Is Such a Thing’

MassResistance head Brian Camenker joined Sandy Rios of the American Family Association yesterday to attack the Department of Education for citing the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s School Climate Survey, which he labeled as “propaganda,” in a memorandum.

He told Rios that the survey on anti-LGBT bullying is “not scientific at all” and doubted its claims “about how transgender kids and homosexual kids — if there is such a thing — are harassed and everything.”

These people are fucking evil incarnate.

17 Professor Chaos  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:25:23pm

Oh yeah, and the whole “endorsed by Iran” thing didn’t happen either:

Let’s stop here for a moment and note that the sum total of the evidence for the claims of Senators Cruz and Inhofe is a statement from Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, who, when asked about the Hagel nomination at a press conference, said that he hoped that the U.S. would seek a different policy course. “We hope there will be practical changes in American foreign policy and that Washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations,” Mehmanparast said.

[Link: prospect.org…]

18 erik_t  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:26:40pm

re: #16 Kragar (Antichrist )

Brian Camenker: No Proof that Bullying Targets Gay Kids, ‘If There Is Such a Thing’

These people are fucking evil incarnate.

Well, wait. How do the gay teachers recruit the kids to be gay kids if there’s no such thing as a gay kid?

KEEP YOUR HATEFUL LIES CONSISTENT, ASSHOLES

19 Vicious Babushka  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:27:48pm

The water is back on now!

20 Jimmah  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:28:13pm

re: #14 Why I Never!

Apologies for going OT so soon—
i got my permanent residency from the UK Border Agency. Big thank you to the LGF community, and a lot of love. :)

FREEEEDOM!!!!!!

21 Bulworth  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:28:24pm

re: #16 Kragar (Antichrist )

MassResistance? Sounds about as legitimate and made-up-on-the-fly as Friends of Hamas. All these networks, alliances, associations and the like among the wingnuts. Almost enough to make one not take them very seriously.

22 HappyWarrior  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:28:28pm

re: #16 Kragar (Antichrist )

Brian Camenker: No Proof that Bullying Targets Gay Kids, ‘If There Is Such a Thing’

These people are fucking evil incarnate.

They really are disgusting people.

23 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:28:52pm

re: #18 erik_t

Well, wait. How do the gay teachers recruit the kids to be gay kids if there’s no such thing as a gay kid?

KEEP YOUR HATEFUL LIES CONSISTENT, ASSHOLES

No such thing as bullying or discrimination against homosexuals, but there totally is a war against Christianity.

Those people make me physically ill.

24 leftynyc  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:29:07pm

re: #8 Kragar (Antichrist )

Just got a chuckle, one of the posters on the Shapiro article at breitbart has this in his name.

“Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends.”

I have that on a t-shirt. Gets big laughs here in NY.

25 HappyWarrior  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:30:55pm

Right wing fundamentalist logic- Gay kids don’t exist and if they do exist, they’re not being bullied or tormented but it’s so hard being a conservative Christian in this country. Sigh, people like this are why I can’t be apolitical even though I’d rather enjoy music than political banter.

26 makeitstop  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:32:27pm

re: #24 leftynyc

I have that on a t-shirt. Gets big laughs here in NY.

I want one!

27 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:32:58pm

re: #24 leftynyc

I have that on a t-shirt. Gets big laughs here in NY.

I need to get it on a bumper sticker.

28 Professor Chaos  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:34:26pm

re: #16 Kragar (Antichrist )

Brian Camenker: No Proof that Bullying Targets Gay Kids, ‘If There Is Such a Thing’

These people are fucking evil incarnate.

Because children and teenagers are so tolerant and accepting of people who are not like them, or who confuse or scare them.

Assholes.

29 Professor Chaos  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:37:21pm

Well, I’ve put this off all day, time to go clear the driveway. Lots of snow with big drifts from high winds last night.

30 HappyWarrior  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:38:56pm

Another angle to this is that it’s not about a kid being gay though that is many times the case. It’s sometimes about a kid being perceived to be gay because he’s shy or whatever. I know for a fact that some kids in middle school thought I was gay because I was shy especially around girls. Nothing wrong with being gay of course but kids will go after the perception. Really, what strikes me about the state of our country is there are a lot of people who are growing with the times. My very Catholic grandmother seems to have come around on gay marriage but there are other people like the asshole that Kragar linked to who still want to live in the darkness or return to a more darker time where homosexuals and others are not only to be treated like outcasts because of who they are but they should be treated like criminals too.

31 leftynyc  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:40:42pm

re: #26 makeitstop

I want one!

Here’s a whole array of products to choose from:

[Link: www.cafepress.com…]

32 Jimmah  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:41:12pm

We haven’t been posting about it, but it’s really been an enormous stress, this whole business of ice’s immigration to the UK - they are actually very strict especially regarding finance - it was extremely nail-biting for us up to the last minute -so today has been a day of non stop and intense celebration!

33 leftynyc  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:41:30pm

re: #27 Kragar (Antichrist )

I need to get it on a bumper sticker.

Here ya go:

[Link: www.cafepress.com…]

34 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:41:56pm

re: #30 HappyWarrior

I was picked on and harassed and considered gay because I was not into sports or muscle cars like “normal” guys, and although I was terribly interested in girls, I was too shy and socially challenged to be able to actually talk to them…

And it sucked massively.

35 Slap  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:42:28pm

re: #32 Jimmah The Unacceptable

Many congratulations!!!!!

When’s the party?

36 HappyWarrior  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:43:47pm

re: #34 Sol Berdinowitz

I was picked on and harassed and considered gay because I was not into sports or muscle cars like “normal” guys, and although I was terribly interested in girls, I was too shy and socially challenged to be able to actually talk to them…

And it sucked massively.

It can be a tough time. I liked college and while high school wasn’t terrible for me. I really reject the whole best time of your life cliche.

37 Charles Johnson  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:45:37pm

Just posted this update:

Since Lowry said in his post that the National Review “mentioned” the rumors “conditionally and with grains of salt,” let’s take a look at the words that actually appeared on their site. Call it “fact-checking,” if you will.

First, from Andrew McCarthy: Is Hagel Toast? - by Andrew C. McCarthy - the Corner - National Review Online

As John notes, Ben Shapiro has reported at the Breitbart site Big Peace that one of Hagel’s funding sources is a group purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.” That might make someone a good fit for president of Egypt, prime minister of Turkey, or any number of advisory posts on the White House staff. But given that being a “friend of Hamas” — at least the kind of friend who provides material support to that terrorist organization — is a crime in the United States, it may not be quite what the Senate is looking for in a secretary of defense.

How is that “conditional?” Is the word “purportedly” supposed to give them an out, even though the rest of the paragraph quite clearly treats it as a fact?

Second, from Andrew Stiles: Levin Defends Hagel, Calls GOP Disclosure Request ‘Unprecedented’ - by Andrew Stiles - the Corner - National Review Online.

Rumors abound on Capitol Hill that a full disclosure of Hagel’s professional ties would reveal financial relationships with a number of “unsavory” groups, including one purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.” The GOP aide said it was “noteworthy” that the White House has yet to deny the association. “Maybe it’s not true, but why not provide a list of groups he spoke to and remove all doubt?” the aide said. 

There’s that “purportedly” again, followed by dark insinuations that the White House hasn’t denied the accusation.

Pretty obviously, the National Review’s writers pushed this story as factual, and Lowry’s attempt to picture it as “conditional” is just as ridiculous as the fake story itself.

38 Charles Johnson  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:46:36pm

Wow, and now the Breitbrats are doubling down on stupid:

Daily News Reporter Admits: Breitbart ‘Friends of Hamas’ Story ‘Accurate’

39 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:46:44pm

re: #36 HappyWarrior

It can be a tough time. I liked college and while high school wasn’t terrible for me. I really reject the whole best time of your life cliche.

It was so great that I haven’t talked to anyone from high school in 20 years.

40 makeitstop  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:47:07pm

re: #31 leftynyc

Here’s a whole array of products to choose from:

[Link: www.cafepress.com…]

Very cool! Ordered, thank you.

41 HappyWarrior  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:48:58pm

re: #39 Kragar (Antichrist )

It was so great that I haven’t talked to anyone from high school in 20 years.

Yeah I haven’t seen most people since graduation. I think I kind of resented being seen as a goody two shoes type because I was quiet, minded my own business, and stayed out of trouble.

42 Eclectic Cyborg  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:49:05pm

Since Buck has (I believe) sauntered off, does that make me the lone Canuck here on LGF?

43 BeenHereAwhile  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:49:06pm

re: #13 Bulworth

J Goodman: “Are you going to apologize for the conservative smear machine that works like this? Someone makes up a quote. Someone else quotes it “with a grain of salt”. Someone else quotes with the salt missing. Pretty soon, commenters at this Corner think you said it and its true.
Your apology doesn’t seem to have a grain of remorse.”

That’s just gold.

The Daily Show did a gag a few years back when POTUS spoke to students at an elementary school, and a teleprompter was set up for a policy speech he was subsequently going to give at the same school.

The Daily Show gag was POTUS Obama ‘needed a teleprompter to even speak to school children’, and the right wing picked it up a new “anti-Obama” right wing meme.

44 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:49:13pm

For anyone who says High School was the best years of their life, I pity you for living such an empty, dull life.

45 Interesting Times  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:50:38pm

re: #42 dragonfire1981

Since Buck has (I believe) sauntered off, does that make me the lone Canuck here on LGF?

Not in the least, there are several others (myself and b_sharp, to name but a few…the others I don’t recall offhand, but I’ll probably know them when I see them)

46 Bulworth  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:50:50pm
“Maybe it’s not true, but why not provide a list of groups he spoke to and remove all doubt?” the aide said.

Yeah.

Same with

“Maybe it’s not true, but why not provide a birth certificate and remove all doubt?” the aide said.

or

“Maybe it’s not true, but why not provide a copy of the long birth certificate and remove all doubt?” the aide said.

Surely Hagel providing a list of groups spoken to would have cleared everything up and eliminated all further inquiries about groups spoken to. //

47 Skip Intro  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:51:18pm

re: #38 Charles Johnson

“Junior League of Hezbollah”? Honest to God, someone fell for that?

Just how stupid are these people?

48 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:51:29pm

re: #38 Charles Johnson

Wow, and now the Breitbrats are doubling down on stupid:

Daily News Reporter Admits: Breitbart ‘Friends of Hamas’ Story ‘Accurate’

I tried reading that 2 or 3 times and seem to miss the part that made even the least amount of sense.

49 Charles Johnson  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:51:53pm

Commenters at Breitbart.com are calling Ben “Manti Shapiro.” LOL!

50 HappyWarrior  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:52:36pm

Someone here on LGF I think made the good point that if a group sympathetic to Hamas existed in the US, they wouldn’t call themselves Friends of Hamas. Anyhow, the whole idea that Hagel is a Hamas sympathizer is absurd. I guess Shapiro would like us to ignore that Hagel was very vocally opposed to them and Hezbollah as well.

51 sattv4u2  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:52:46pm

re: #42 dragonfire1981

Since Buck has (I believe) sauntered off, does that make me the lone Canuck here on LGF?

b_sharp for one

52 Bulworth  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:53:06pm

I loved my high school experience of three decades ago until I came across many of them on Facebook and got deluged with all their teabag party crap. Defriended.

53 simoom  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:53:33pm

On Sen. Cruz’s, Inhofe’s, etc charge that Hagel was endorsed by Iran:

Mathew Duss, Senate Tested, Iran Approved? Complaints about Chuck Hagel grow more cartoonish by the day.

It’s become difficult to keep track of the all the ridiculous charges that have been thrown at Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel over the past few months, but surely one of the most absurd is the idea that the government of Iran “endorsed” his nomination.

Let’s stop here for a moment and note that the sum total of the evidence for the claims of Senators Cruz and Inhofe is a statement from Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, who, when asked about the Hagel nomination at a press conference, said that he hoped that the U.S. would seek a different policy course. “We hope there will be practical changes in American foreign policy and that Washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations,” Mehmanparast said.

These comments are utterly unremarkable. Last November, Mehmanparast responded with almost exactly the same boilerplate language when asked about Obama’s re-election. Senior Iranian government figures have also said similar things when asked about new Secretary of State John Kerry, but for some reason this was not trotted out as evidence that the Islamic Republic sees Kerry as a friend. In other words, the claim that “the government of Iran formally and publicly” praised Hagel’s nomination is simply fiction.

54 researchok  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:53:50pm

re: #47 Skip Intro

“Stupidity is a commodity given out by God in great abundance.”

55 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:55:45pm

Fox News: Al Jazeera America Is A Plot To Activate Muslim Sleeper Cells In Detroit

Host Megan Kelly began a segment about Al Jazeera’s expansion into the American television market by raising questions about the network’s “real anti-American bias.” Contributor Lisa Daftari agreed, veering into blatant Islamophobic fear-mongering in the process:

DAFTARI: The point is they want to differentiate themselves from their sister network, but at the same time, it’s the same thing. They’re having the same type of coverage. They’re apparently expanding to eight cities, including Detroit, Michigan. Detroit, Michigan is a large ex-pat community of Muslim-Americans and sleeper cells have been detected. You can Google this, you can find out all this information. So if you’re trying to set yourself apart the Qatari petro-dollars are backing this, you’re still developing in this area where the sleeper cells have been detected. They’re going to have do do much more to prove to me that they’re different from their sister network.

56 Targetpractice  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:55:53pm

re: #46 Bulworth

Yeah.

Same with

or

Surely Hagel providing a list of groups spoken to would have cleared everything up and eliminated all further inquiries about groups spoken to. //

They’re “just asking questions.” You know, as in “tell us what we want to hear, else we’ll have to think you’re lying.”

57 makeitstop  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:56:01pm

re: #53 simoom

On Sen. Cruz’s, Inhofe’s, etc claim that Hagel was endorsed by Iran:

Mathew Duss, Senate Tested, Iran Approved? Complaints about Chuck Hagel grow more cartoonish by the day.

Man, all four wheels and the spare are flying off today.

58 Eclectic Cyborg  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:56:35pm

re: #45 Interesting Times

Not in the least, there are several others (myself and b_sharp, to name but a few…the others I don’t recall offhand, but I’ll probably know them when I see them)

Nice!

I didn’t think I was, but I wasn’t totally sure.

59 simoom  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:56:56pm
60 Ghost of Tom Joad  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:57:18pm

re: #55 Kragar (Antichrist )

Fox News: Al Jazeera America Is A Plot To Activate Muslim Sleeper Cells In Detroit

and sleeper cells have been detected. You can Google this, you can find out all this information.

Good thing he’s onto them, because I doubt the FBI has learned to use Google yet./

61 wrenchwench  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:58:36pm
A story by Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Joel B. Pollak documenting Saad Hariri’s ties to Hamas ran on the same day that Shapiro’s story ran on Breitbart.com, further developing the story to its factual core.

I think that’s the new ‘fake but accurate’.

62 Targetpractice  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:59:20pm

re: #59 simoom

That that’s considered remarkable is a rather sad commentary on just how poorly the war there has been going.

63 Charles Johnson  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:59:51pm

re: #61 wrenchwench

Hah! I love it when they try to sound all journalist-y.

64 Bulworth  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:59:53pm

re: #55 Kragar (Antichrist )

Ironic. Probably no more anti-American network these past four years then Faux Noise. According to Faux Noise, a majority of American people are ‘takers’, American voters are uninformed, etc. And Faux doesn’t much like America’s elected leaders. How could Al Jazeera or any other network top that anti-Americanism?

65 Interesting Times  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:00:12pm

re: #63 Charles Johnson

Hah! I love it when they try to sound all journalist-y.

66 Lidane  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:01:15pm

re: #15 Skip Intro

Poor Rich is really getting a world class ass kicking today.

Rich Lowry should have been fully discredited when he looked at Caribou Barbie and saw starbursts. The rest is details.

67 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:01:38pm

re: #60 Ghost of Tom Joad

Good thing he’s onto them, because I doubt the FBI has learned to use Google yet./

“They’re going to google us? WHY DIDN’T WE THINK OF THAT?”

68 dragonath  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:01:39pm

re: #61 wrenchwench

I think that’s the new ‘fake but accurate’.

Why do they need an “editor”?

69 wrenchwench  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:04:19pm

re: #68 dragonath

Why do they need an “editor”?

They don’t know what an ‘editor’ is for, that’s certain.

70 simoom  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:05:22pm


71 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:05:30pm

Boehner Presses On With Futile Effort To Pin Sequester On Obama

It’s a pervasive effort by a handful of lawmakers and operatives to deflect attention from the fact that they’ve decided to allow the sequester to kick in. And for the most part, the press has done an admirable job identifying the spin war as a distraction. Party leaders agreed to it, House Republicans voted overwhelmingly for it and President Obama signed it into law — all that matters now is whether and how they address it.

But Republicans continue to pretend that White House officials bear the bulk of the responsibility for its continued existence and consequences — that by introducing the idea into debt limit negotiations back in July of 2011, they committed the only sequester sin that matters. That amounts to hoping the very people they’re spinning will forget the sorry history of that indelible crisis.

72 Interesting Times  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:06:35pm

re: #61 wrenchwench

I think that’s the new ‘fake but accurate’.

It reminds me of this brilliant observation by Shiplord Kirel:

Many years ago, I read an article about a missionary who went to New Guinea to work with some barely contacted tribes. The culture of one of these tribes was such that they openly admired lying and treachery. When the preacher told them the story of Judas’s betrayal, for example, they responded with a low whistle of admiration.

I don’t know whether this missionary’s tale was true, but it rather reminds me of the Lubbock Republicans: They are, themselves, pathological liars. They have little regard for education and knowledge because they can simply invent whatever “facts” they require, rather than working hard to acquire them. They apparently think this is a good thing, a sign of power and status. The only reason they dislike being called liars is the implication that they aren’t getting away with it. If you call them out, you haven’t impugned their honesty, you have impugned their skill and power. It therefore does no good to prove to them that Mitt is lying, they actually admire him for it.

73 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:07:23pm
74 Vicious Babushka  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:09:44pm

re: #42 dragonfire1981

Since Buck has (I believe) sauntered off, does that make me the lone Canuck here on LGF?

b_sharp, romantic heretic

75 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:09:56pm

Kincaid: Al Gore Introducing the US to Demonic, Islamist Forces

Yesterday, we reported on how Accuracy In Media’s Cliff Kincaid and Rick Wiles of TruNews believe that President Obama is supporting a global Islamist movement and should be arrested.

But that’s not all.

According to Wiles, people are having strange dreams where people eat a “fake manna” that represents “Lucifer trying to replicate what God did and feeding his people,” leading to a new demonic “spiritual transformation.”

Kincaid linked those dreams back to… Al Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV, which he claims proves that Al Gore is pushing a demonic Islamist force into America.

Seriously?

76 Jimmah  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:09:59pm
The entire right wing noise machine fell for a fake story

Seriously Charles, are you happy with smearing an entire right wing noise machine like this?//

Passes out onto fainting couch (manufactured by Captain Sensible Industries. Inc)

77 HappyWarrior  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:10:32pm

re: #75 Kragar (Antichrist )

Kincaid: Al Gore Introducing the US to Demonic, Islamist Forces

Seriously?

This is what we’re dealing with sigh.

78 freetoken  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:11:09pm

re: #75 Kragar (Antichrist )

Kincaid: Al Gore Introducing the US to Demonic, Islamist Forces

Seriously?

As serious as Friends of Hamas.

79 Jimmah  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:12:07pm

re: #20 Jimmah The Unacceptable

FREEEEDOM!!!!!!

Gus, have you any explanation for this downding, other than sheer unadulterated butthurt?

80 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:12:25pm

I did not know Manti Teow’s girlfriend was having bad dreams.

81 calochortus  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:12:45pm

re: #71 Kragar (Antichrist )

That’s taking personal responsibility for their actions!
/

82 lawhawk  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:13:16pm

re: #50 HappyWarrior

Yup. Any Senator and Congressman, indeed anyone who’s familiar with the Arab Israeli conflict and the WoT would know that any group with the name Hizbullah or Hamas would automatically raise eyebrows because those groups are on the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organization list. Both Hamas and Hizbullah are on the list since 1997.

By being placed on the list, there are legal ramifications:

It is unlawful for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide “material support or resources” to a designated FTO. (The term “material support or resources” is defined in 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(1) as ” any property, tangible or intangible, or service, including currency or monetary instruments or financial securities, financial services, lodging, training, expert advice or assistance, safehouses, false documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel (1 or more individuals who maybe or include oneself), and transportation, except medicine or religious materials.” 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(2) provides that for these purposes “the term ‘training’ means instruction or teaching designed to impart a specific skill, as opposed to general knowledge.” 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(3) further provides that for these purposes the term ‘expert advice or assistance’ means advice or assistance derived from scientific, technical or other specialized knowledge.’’

Representatives and members of a designated FTO, if they are aliens, are inadmissible to and, in certain circumstances, removable from the United States (see 8 U.S.C. §§ 1182 (a)(3)(B)(i)(IV)-(V), 1227 (a)(1)(A)).

Any U.S. financial institution that becomes aware that it has possession of or control over funds in which a designated FTO or its agent has an interest must retain possession of or control over the funds and report the funds to the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

That, in a nutshell, was why Friedman went and used the over-the-top name Friends of Hamas when asking his sources in the Senate whether Hagel had any skeletons in the closet.

Now, the RWNJs and outlets like NR are still trying to hold on to the fake but accurate/truthiness aspect. They found a smear they could really sink their teeth into despite the fact it’s bogus and are doubling down on the derp.

Now, Breitbart’s claiming that Hagel’s in trouble because the Atlantic Council are pro-Hamas because Saad Hariri supposedly backs Hamas.

Mind you that if the name Hariri sounds familiar, it’s because Rafiq Hariri, his father, was assassinated by Hizbullah/Syria laid the foundation for the Cedar Revolution and the March 14 movement. Saad is considered pro-West, and his statements have gotten him in trouble with Syria to the point of Assad’s regime issuing arrest warrants for him providing material support to anti-Assad rebels.

Hariri has been acting as an intermediary between Hamas and Fatah in trying to get reconciliation within the Palestinian Authority. That doesn’t necessarily make him a friend of Hamas or supporter of Hamas.

Most of the rest of what is written about Hariri and his ties to Hamas online are lockstep with Joel Pollak’s claims - and I haven’t been able to verify those claims from other sources.

FWIW, here’s a list of supporters of Atlantic Council, and you’ll note a whole boatload of big names - from private endowments and foundations, to branches of the US military, NATO, foreign governments, and major corporations.

83 simoom  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:13:30pm
84 freetoken  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:14:54pm

Already playing the Persecution angle:

Ted Cruz: Obama ‘is the most radical president’ ever

[…]

During an appearance at a weapons manufacturer in Texas on Tuesday, Cruz accused both Democrats and Republicans of trying to “silence” him for using McCarthyism to smear Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel with suggestions that the former Nebraska senator had taken $200,000 from North Korea.

“Washington has a long tradition of trying to hurl insults to silence those who they don’t like what they’re saying,” Cruz told the crowd.

[…]

Did Cruz also buy into the Friends of Hamas fakery?

85 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:15:35pm

re: #84 freetoken

Already playing the Persecution angle:

Ted Cruz: Obama ‘is the most radical president’ ever

Did Cruz also buy into the Friends of Hamas fakery?

Big time.

Ted Cruz is a fucking moron.

86 Gus  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:16:40pm

re: #79 Jimmah The Unacceptable

Gus, have you any explanation for this downding, other than sheer unadulterated butthurt?

Yes, of course. Why in the world would I be butthurt. Posting information about my personal exchange with Iceweasel. Perfectly acceptable. Hey, I’ve had other conversations with people here buddy. I would never in a hundred years reveal that information. You have cross a boundary that can never be recrossed unless you make a full and sober apology.

87 sattv4u2  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:17:52pm

re: #45 Interesting Times

Not in the least, there are several others (myself and b_sharp, to name but a few…the others I don’t recall offhand, but I’ll probably know them when I see them)

Why,, you all look alike?!?!

//

88 freetoken  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:18:33pm

I see that the AFA is back on the Obama is the “spirit of Antichrist” kick again.

It must sell well to be a repeat.

89 Vicious Babushka  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:18:58pm

re: #87 sattv4u2

Why,, you all look alike?!?!

//

Their heads break in two when they talk.

90 Ghost of Tom Joad  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:19:38pm

re: #85 Kragar (Antichrist )

Big time.

Ted Cruz is a fucking moron.

I think it’s worse. He’s got an obvious agenda and will say or support anything to further it.

91 sattv4u2  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:20:24pm

re: #79 Jimmah The Unacceptable

Gus, have you any explanation for this downding, other than sheer unadulterated butthurt?

I dunno,,

Maybe something about posting in public what should have remained private

Nothing big! GUS just being over sensitive!! After all, it was ‘comedy”

92 freetoken  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:21:55pm

And now, the sweetly titled “Honeygate”:


Five individuals, two companies charged in honey smuggling

Five people and two honey processing plants were charged by U.S. authorities for their involvement in smuggling and mislabeling honey from China.

In one of the largest honey anti-dumping cases in U.S. history, the individuals and companies allegedly mislabeled Chinese-origin honey in an attempt to skirt more than $180 million in anti-dumping duties.

[…]

93 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:23:01pm

I think they upper classes went hunting in England just to have excuses to slip off into the woods and have sex.

94 simoom  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:23:12pm

Heh:

[Link: www.mediaite.com…]

On a hunch, I decided to see if the White House was also covering for Hagel’s involvement with “Fox and Friends of Hamas,” which also might not exist, but is also a string of words containing the name “Hamas.” So far, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest have refused to deny the connection, or the group’s existence. Watch this space.

95 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:23:40pm

re: #92 freetoken

And now, the sweetly titled “Honeygate”:

Five individuals, two companies charged in honey smuggling

Honey dumping sounds like a kinky fetish.

96 Jimmah  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:24:52pm

re: #86 Gus

Yes, of course. Why in the world would I be butthurt. Posting information about my personal exchange with Iceweasel. Perfectly acceptable. Hey, I’ve had other conversations with people here buddy. I would never in a hundred years reveal that information. You have cross a boundary that can never be recrossed unless you make a full and sober apology.

I asked you why you downdinged that comment. You still haven’t answered.

97 wrenchwench  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:27:06pm

re: #96 Jimmah The Unacceptable

I asked you why you downdinged that comment. You still haven’t answered.

Get back in your corner.

(You said it was good advice.)

98 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:27:07pm

Nothing like a flame war to pass the afternoon.

99 Ghost of Tom Joad  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:27:18pm

re: #96 Jimmah The Unacceptable

I asked you why you downdinged that comment. You still haven’t answered.

Gus, have you any explanation for this downding, other than sheer unadulterated butthurt?

Do you have any other reason to complain about….a downding…other than….oh…say sheer unadulterated butthurt?

100 Why I Never!  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:27:46pm

re: #86 Gus

Yes, of course. Why in the world would I be butthurt. Posting information about my personal exchange with Iceweasel. Perfectly acceptable. Hey, I’ve had other conversations with people here buddy. I would never in a hundred years reveal that information. You have cross a boundary that can never be recrossed unless you make a full and sober apology.

I think you’re acting like an asshole, and i find it disturbing since I like both of you.

101 freetoken  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:28:02pm

Trying to put a period after yet another long history of abuse by Catholicism:

Irish P.M. apologizes to Magdalene women

102 Gus  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:28:25pm

re: #96 Jimmah The Unacceptable

I asked you why you downdinged that comment. You still haven’t answered.

The answer is right in front of you but apparently that requires some self-reflection which you are seemingly unable to do at this time.

103 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:28:41pm

For those of us watching at home;

104 sattv4u2  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:29:12pm

re: #99 Ghost of Tom Joad

Do you have any other reason to complain about….a downding…other than….oh…say sheer unadulterated butthurt?

I’m downdinging that comment for ,, ummm,, errr,,, ahhh,,, sumfin that I’ll think about later!!

105 freetoken  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:29:23pm

re: #100 Why I Never!

I noticed your current Karma is at 66,609.

You aren’t part of Obama’s Spirit of the Antichrist, are you?

106 kirkspencer  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:29:44pm

re: #86 Gus

Yes, of course. Why in the world would I be butthurt. Posting information about my personal exchange with Iceweasel. Perfectly acceptable. Hey, I’ve had other conversations with people here buddy. I would never in a hundred years reveal that information. You have cross a boundary that can never be recrossed unless you make a full and sober apology.

Wait. Does this mean you’re just going to run through and downding everything Jimmah says, regardless of it’s point, just because he said it?

107 Gus  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:29:55pm

re: #100 Why I Never!

I think both of you are acting like assholes, and i find it disturbing since I like both of you.

Really? So after what Jimmah did we’re both equally assholes?

108 Gus  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:30:12pm

DARVO.

109 Jimmah  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:30:13pm

re: #97 wrenchwench

Get back in your corner.

(You said it was good advice.)

Say it to Gus - he went back in his corner before me.

110 Gus  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:30:32pm

I’m out. Will lurk though.

111 Lidane  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:31:25pm

Proving that the stupid on Faux News crosses party lines:

112 kirkspencer  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:31:43pm

re: #106 kirkspencer

BOTH of you are going to act this way, and muddy up threads all over the place?

Please stop. Seriously. Please. From someone who has no authority here, who has no access to actions, who has enjoyed conversations with you both…

Please stop. I don’t want to see either of you go.

113 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:31:47pm
114 Lidane  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:32:22pm

re: #84 freetoken

Did Cruz also buy into the Friends of Hamas fakery?

Cruz buys into the Agenda 21 fakery, so it wouldn’t shock me.

115 lawhawk  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:32:57pm

re: #103 Kragar (Antichrist )

I was going to go with this:

116 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:32:59pm

Pope’s Gamer Status FAQ

Benedict must relinquish all admin rights to his ventrilo channel, twitch.tv account, and the twitter handle @papwncy. He must also remove the Holy Gamer Tag of p0pe from his name, playing as 3endix until he joins a new clan/team/guild.

117 klys  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:33:02pm

Things that are bad ideas:

Posting while high.
Posting while drunk.
Posting while extremely emotional.
Posting first, thinking second.

Posting someone else’s private correspondence, whether to you or another party.

I second the calls for folks to take a break and, for what it’s worth, respect Gus for stepping back now.

118 Jimmah  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:33:13pm

re: #110 Gus

I’m out. Will lurk though.

Ok fudgepacker :)

Btw if you want to come visit us in Scotland the invitiation is open , believe it or not.

Drinks are totally on us!

119 sattv4u2  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:33:31pm

re: #111 Lidane

Proving that the stupid on Faux News crosses party lines:

{sigh}
Beckel, like too many on both sides that are ultra partisan, never had a filter between his brain and his mouth

120 bratwurst  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:34:06pm

This seems apropos:

121 sattv4u2  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:34:07pm

re: #117 klys

Things that are bad ideas:

Posting while high.
Posting while drunk.
Posting while extremely emotional.
Posting first, thinking second.

Posting someone else’s private correspondence, whether to you or another party.

I second the calls for folks to take a break and, for what it’s worth, respect Gus for stepping back now.

hear hear!

122 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:36:30pm

Fox News co-host under fire for rape remark

A Fox News co-host is facing a backlash for questioning the prevalence of rape on college campuses.

“When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?” Bob Beckel, a liberal co-host of Fox News’ “The Five,” asked his four colleagues on Tuesday’s show.

“What are you talking about?” co-host Eric Bolling responded. “It’s rampant.”

“In particular, date rape on campus,” co-host Dana Perino added.

123 freetoken  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:36:54pm

Laura Bush And Dick Cheney To Appear In Ads In Favor Of Gay Marriage


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124 Vicious Babushka  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:39:49pm

Instead of eating each other, here is a juicy wingnut for you to laugh at & make fun of.

125 Charles Johnson  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:40:04pm

re: #122 Kragar (Antichrist )

Beckel is an idiot. The perfect “liberal” for Fox News.

126 klys  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:40:07pm

I laughed so hard last night when the Daily Show revealed why Russians took the meteor totally in stride while driving. The whole segment is worth watching but this was totally my favorite part.

(If there is nothing here it’s because I’m trying to figure out how to embed a YouTube video and failed horribly.)

127 Lidane  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:40:49pm

re: #125 Charles Johnson

Also a bunch of idiots:

128 Vicious Babushka  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:40:56pm

re: #126 klys

I laughed so hard last night when the Daily Show revealed why Russians took the meteor totally in stride while driving. The whole segment is worth watching but this was totally my favorite part.

(If there is nothing here it’s because I’m trying to figure out how to embed a YouTube video and failed horribly.)

All you do is copy & paste the URL. Magic!

129 Charles Johnson  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:41:40pm

re: #126 klys

I laughed so hard last night when the Daily Show revealed why Russians took the meteor totally in stride while driving. The whole segment is worth watching but this was totally my favorite part.

(If there is nothing here it’s because I’m trying to figure out how to embed a YouTube video and failed horribly.)

I was going to post that one shortly…

To embed a YouTube video here, just paste in the address of the video’s page at YouTube, and it gets automatically converted to an embedded video.

130 calochortus  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:41:46pm

re: #128 Vicious Babushka

All you do is copy & paste the URL. Magic!

Heck, it’s so easy even I have done it. And that is saying something.

131 freetoken  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:42:16pm

Between the big money Republicans doing a deal on immigration in the face of xenophobic tea partiers, and national level Republicans openly pushing for Gay Rights, I wonder how long it will be before the religious right foot soldiers officially abandon the GOP, or officially kick out the “RINO”s?

132 Jimmah  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:42:49pm

Sorry to keep celebrating but -

Nas Ne Dogonyat, bitches! :-)

133 klys  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:42:52pm

re: #128 Vicious Babushka

re: #129 Charles Johnson

It was too simple for me. I needed it to be more complicated.

Or at least, I kept trying to make it more complicated.

134 Bubblehead II  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:42:54pm

re: #126 klys

(If there is nothing here it’s because I’m trying to figure out how to embed a YouTube video and failed horribly.)

Just highlight the You Tube URL, right click on your mouse, select copy and then paste it into the comment entry box.

135 Vicious Babushka  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:43:02pm

re: #127 Lidane

Also a bunch of idiots:

Next thing you know, they will be suggesting that people should work FOR FREE.

Oh wait, don’t “unpaid interns” do that already?

136 Ghost of Tom Joad  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:43:04pm

re: #125 Charles Johnson

Beckel is an idiot. The perfect “liberal” for Fox News.

Worst. Defense. Of. Gun. Control. Ever.

There’s a reason that Bob Beckel’s job is to represent “liberals” on Fox News. On the off-chance that he stumbles onto a progressive position you can be sure he’ll defend it so incompetently Roger Ailes will be very happy he’s nominally not on his side.

137 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:43:34pm

re: #126 klys

I laughed so hard last night when the Daily Show revealed why Russians took the meteor totally in stride while driving. The whole segment is worth watching but this was totally my favorite part.

Video

(If there is nothing here it’s because I’m trying to figure out how to embed a YouTube video and failed horribly.)

THE POOR MOO-COWS!!!

138 freetoken  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:44:32pm

re: #136 Ghost of Tom Joad

It’s the same reason that NBC had hired PaleoPat: put someone on TV that can be readily identified with the stereotype for the purposes of entertainment.

139 klys  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:44:47pm

re: #137 Kragar (Antichrist )

My husband occasionally ‘watches’ it with me (reads on the couch next to me is more like it) but he was laughing so hard he was almost crying.

140 EPR-radar  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:45:39pm

re: #136 Ghost of Tom Joad

Of course. A liberal staffer on Fox news is there because he or she was hired by Ailes to push the RW agenda. IOW, being a patsy, and being too incompetent to realize the role is that of a patsy, are requirements for the position.

141 Lidane  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:46:22pm

re: #135 Vicious Babushka

Next thing you know, they will be suggesting that people should work FOR FREE.

Oh wait, don’t “unpaid interns” do that already?

I could rant for days about unpaid internships.

It’s not free labor. It’s someone paying for the privilege of working somewhere on the off chance that maybe possibly they’ll be valued enough to end up a file clerk. =P

142 Charles Johnson  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:47:43pm

You can also post Daily Show and Colbert videos in comments by doing the same thing — go to the page for that video and copy/paste the address.

143 Decatur Deb  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:47:59pm

‘Afternoon, all. In the last 12 days or so I’ve been online about an hour, and got about an hour total of CNN. No Colbert or Stewart. Now that I can cruise the blogs again, what is there to delight? SOS.

144 kirkspencer  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:48:14pm

re: #131 freetoken

Between the big money Republicans doing a deal on immigration in the face of xenophobic tea partiers, and national level Republicans openly pushing for Gay Rights, I wonder how long it will be before the religious right foot soldiers officially abandon the GOP, or officially kick out the “RINO”s?

Years.

I know I am repeating myself, but the GOP is pretty much done with people leaving it for now. What’s left wants to keep the name of the party, and will try to force the others to do the leaving. One side has money and position, the other has (a bit less) money and numbers. It’s pretty close to an equal fight.

The thing is, the reason they’ll fight instead of pick up their marbles and start anew is the way the game is rigged. Back when Perot looked like he was actually going to create a powerful third party, the powers that be re-wrote the rules in such a fashion that the GOP (and the Democratic party as well) gets the Big Bucks. The way they did was to say that the two largest parties get the big share, any other parties that cross another threshold get less, and anyone who doesn’t cross the threshold gets nothing.

See, if they leave to form another party they no longer cross the threshold. The big bucks stay with whoever claims (successfully) to be the heirs of the Big Party, and those bucks stay until it’s shown they’re not as big (next presidential election).

It’s about money and power, and the ones who keep the name get it. So everyone who’s going to leave has pretty much done so already.

145 Mattand  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:48:46pm

re: #131 freetoken

Between the big money Republicans doing a deal on immigration in the face of xenophobic tea partiers, and national level Republicans openly pushing for Gay Rights, I wonder how long it will be before the religious right foot soldiers officially abandon the GOP, or officially kick out the “RINO”s?

None of this will come to pass. The “moderates” are too spineless to leave the party, mostly out of Stockholm Syndrome. Look at the last election, and some of the supposedly moderate Republicans here.

They went right ahead and voted GOP anyway, despite the obvious anti-woman, bigoted, torpedo-the-budget-to-screw-Obama bent the Republicans have taken. And then when they’re pressed on it, they either shrug their shoulders or refuse to say who they voted for.

146 klys  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:48:52pm

re: #142 Charles Johnson

The biggest issue with that segment is you have to sit through the bit about the horsemeat scandal to get to the meteors. But the meteors was just …brilliant.

147 stabby  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:49:54pm

“The right wing noise machine fell for a fake story”

Excuse me but all of the stories inside the right wing noise machine are falsified this just happened to be one that wasn’t constructed carefully and so wasn’t deniable!

148 Jimmah  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:50:54pm

Cider from eleven baby :)

149 leftynyc  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:52:13pm

re: #145 Mattand

None of this will come to pass. The “moderates” are too spineless to leave the party, mostly out of Stockholm Syndrome. Look at the last election, and some of the supposedly moderate Republicans here.

They went right ahead and voted GOP anyway, despite the obvious anti-woman, bigoted, torpedo-the-budget-to-screw-Obama bent the Republicans have taken. And then when they’re pressed on it, they either shrug their shoulders or refuse to say who they voted for.

I do wonder if the moderates would have come out for Santorum or Bachman.

150 Romantic Heretic  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:53:19pm

re: #42 dragonfire1981

Since Buck has (I believe) sauntered off, does that make me the lone Canuck here on LGF?

Nope. I’m Canadian. Still live here in fact. :)

151 Why I Never!  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:53:22pm

re: #105 freetoken

I noticed your current Karma is at 66,609.

You aren’t part of Obama’s Spirit of the Antichrist, are you?

I am! But I don’t wanna talk about it anymore….

152 Kragar (Antichrist )  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:53:44pm

re: #149 leftynyc

I do wonder if the moderates would have come out for Santorum or Bachman.

Everyone knows the only reason Romney lost was that he wasn’t conservative enough.

153 EPR-radar  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:53:53pm

re: #149 leftynyc

I do wonder if the moderates would have come out for Santorum or Bachman.

We will probably see in 2016. I do not think the GOP nominee in 2016 will be another establishment type like Romney. Some variety of the crazy will be nominated then.

154 Lidane  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:54:46pm

*sigh*

My state is full of reactionary dipshits:

Anti-Muslim Hysteria Returns: Texas Lawmakers Consider Ban on ‘Religious or Cultural Law’

They say they’ve pulled it from consideration for now, but I don’t buy it. This garbage will surface again.

155 RadicalModerate  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:57:13pm

Profiling you say? What racial profiling?

Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker detained briefly at LAX

Los Angeles (CNN) — The first Palestinian filmmaker nominated for an Oscar was briefly detained by U.S. officials who questioned the validity of his Academy Awards invitation as he and his family arrived in Los Angeles for this weekend’s event, his publicist told CNN on Wednesday.

The brief detention of Emad Burnat, a West Bank farmer who spent five years making his “5 Broken Cameras” home video in his village of Bil’in, was quickly criticized by fellow documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, whom Burnat had contacted for help while being questioned at Los Angeles International Airport.

U.S. authorities also placed Burnat’s wife and 8-year-old son, Gibreel, in a holding area at the airport Tuesday night, Moore said on his Twitter account.

“Apparently the Immigration & Customs officers couldn’t understand how a Palestinian could be an Oscar nominee. Emad texted me for help,” Moore tweeted. “After 1.5 hrs, they decided to release him & his family & told him he could stay in LA for the week & go to the Oscars. Welcome to America.”

156 stabby  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:58:06pm

re: #149 leftynyc

I do wonder if the moderates would have come out for Santorum or Bachman.

Imagine the wailing from the Bryan Fischers when one of those loses a national election. They’ll be calling for God’s punishment, mass destruction and saying that Satan has finally won.

It was amazing how the non-regular bloggers at PJMedia all came out to push Bachmann. They wanted her SO much.

157 calochortus  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:58:08pm

re: #154 Lidane

*sigh*

My state is full of reactionary dipshits:

Anti-Muslim Hysteria Returns: Texas Lawmakers Consider Ban on ‘Religious or Cultural Law’

They say they’ve pulled it from consideration for now, but I don’t buy it. This garbage will surface again.

Wait, they want to ban “Judeo-Christian” values in our laws?

158 leftynyc  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 1:59:41pm

re: #152 Kragar (Antichrist )

Everyone knows the only reason Romney lost was that he wasn’t conservative enough.

If they nominate a Santorum, that’ll bring out the wingers - but will the moderates turn out to vote someone so far to the right as President?

159 RadicalModerate  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 2:01:35pm

re: #154 Lidane

*sigh*

My state is full of reactionary dipshits:

Anti-Muslim Hysteria Returns: Texas Lawmakers Consider Ban on ‘Religious or Cultural Law’

They say they’ve pulled it from consideration for now, but I don’t buy it. This garbage will surface again.

Undoubtedly it will. Given the number of Muslim mosques and community centers that have been vandalized and have had attempted firebombings in Texas recently (more than half a dozen separate incidents in the past year alone), it is a dead certainty that the level of hysteria will not abate anytime soon.

160 stabby  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 2:01:40pm

re: #158 leftynyc

Whether Republicans would vote for Santorum or not, he’d scare all of the sane people so much that we’d elect a loaf of bread to keep him out.

161 Why I Never!  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 2:02:50pm

in case it’s not already completely obvious, Jimmah and I are drunk-posting. We’re very excited that I have residency now and we were at the pub.

162 Jimmah  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 2:02:55pm

A map of what is unacceptable:

163 Jimmah  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 2:04:51pm

re: #161 Why I Never!

in case it’s not already completely obvious, Jimmah and I are drunk-posting. We’re very excited that I have residency now and we were at the pub.

Ignore this. Not a drop has has passed my lips tonight. As for iceweasel…:)

164 Mattand  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 2:10:23pm

re: #149 leftynyc

I do wonder if the moderates would have come out for Santorum or Bachman.

I think they would.

165 Jimmah  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 2:15:17pm

re: #35 Slap

Many congratulations!!!!!

When’s the party?

Already happening :)

166 Dr Lizardo  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 2:16:22pm

re: #60 Ghost of Tom Joad

Sounds like Fox News is afraid of some competition. Well, that and pandering to Islamophobic RWNJ wackadoodles.

167 Kronocide  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 5:55:41pm

Has right wing journalism ever had a ‘fine hour?’

168 Locker  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 6:45:08pm

re: #14 Why I Never!

Apologies for going OT so soon—
i got my permanent residency from the UK Border Agency. Big thank you to the LGF community, and a lot of love. :)

Congratulations kid! My best to the both of ya’ll… make him cook you something nice.

169 labman57  Wed, Feb 20, 2013 9:05:02pm

Disinformation 101: conservative pundits and politicians take turns making crap up and then proceed to cite each other (“There are stories out there that blah, blah, blah occurred/was said/etc.”) as justification for propagating the fallacious stories.

This is what happens when your primary sources of “factual” information are the online blogosphere, local supermarket rags, or in some instances, purely hypothetical scenarios presented by members of the news media in the form of “what if?” queries. Anyone can tell anyone anything about anything — it doesn’t make it necessarily true.

Unfortunately, the dissemination of nonsensical rumors and inflammatory innuendo is a trademark of most conservative shock jocks, right wing bloggers, and the fine journalism observed at media outlets owned by News Corp.

170 Robur  Thu, Feb 21, 2013 7:25:47am

You just cannot repair retarded!! They have become so violently stupid it boggles the mind.


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