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LIVE VIDEO From WBAL on the Baltimore Protests

The National Guard has been called in
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Right Wing Blogger Punked by Harry Reid Hoaxer, Hilariously Refuses to Admit It

Lost in a fantasy world
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As reported yesterday by LGF contributor Philosophus Invidius, a Las Vegas man named Larry Pfeifer pulled quite a prank on right wing blogs, by claiming to have seen Harry Reid’s brother at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where he said he’d beaten up a relative — implying that the relative was his brother, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

For the past month the wingnut crowd has been hyperventilating over Harry Reid’s recent facial injuries, even concocting and circulating stories that it was due to a beating by mobsters. They refuse to believe it was caused by an exercise band accident as Reid said, mocking the idea that this kind of accident could cause such severe injuries.

So Pfeifer’s hoax was cleverly designed to play into this conspiracy theory, by giving them a slightly more believable story. And sure enough, it immediately spread throughout the right wing echo chamber, even making it onto the radio shows of Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh.

You can imagine the damaged egos that resulted when Pfeifer revealed his hoax to the Las Vegas Sun, and no ego is more damaged than Powerline blogger John Hinderaker’s; he posted a rather hilarious attempt to make excuses for falling for the hoax: What Really Happened to Harry Reid? Part 5 [Updated].

Yes, this is is Hinderaker’s FIFTH post on this crazed right wing delusion.

Hinderaker’s post boils down to a rant about Larry Pfeifer being a “liar,” which of course is self-evident. It was a hoax, after all. And it’s incredibly revealing that Hinderaker and practically every right wing blogger on the web just went for it without suspecting it might be false (as if the name Pfeifer used, “Easton Elliot,” wasn’t a dead giveaway by itself) — because these people are so deranged and irrational at this point that they’ll basically fall for anything negative about one of their perceived enemies.

I won’t bother going through Hinderaker’s self-aggrandizing rant line by line; it’s not worth the effort. Instead of admitting he got played, apologizing and retracting his post, he goes on the attack against the guy who punked him. But his opening paragraph shows how ridiculous he is on this subject:

I have written about the severe injuries that Harry Reid mysteriously sustained on New Year’s Eve or New Years Day on five occasions: here, here, here here and here. In each of those posts, I expressed skepticism that Reid’s injuries, including the loss of sight in his right eye, broken facial bones, severe bruising down his right jaw, a concussion and multiple broken ribs, were the result of a breaking elastic exercise band-or, as Reid later changed his story to claim, a slipping exercise band. My constant theme has been to call for an investigation of what appear to be obviously suspicious circumstances, along with contradictory accounts coming from Harry Reid and his office.

Yes, he’s written over and over and over about Harry Reid’s facial injuries, and his “skepticism” that they could possibly have been caused by an exercise band injury — apparently without ever Googling “exercise band injuries” to see if there are any other accounts of similar injuries.

Which, of course, there are; for example:

Woman Injured at Manhattan Gym, Sues for $1M.

A woman has slapped her Manhattan health club with a $1 million lawsuit after leaving a fitness class in far worse shape than she started.

Elizabeth Lapp claims she suffered severe injuries, including permanent loss of vision, when an exercise resistance band snapped loose from her foot and “abruptly and violently” hit her in both eyes.

Sounds a lot like what happened to Harry Reid, doesn’t it?

These kinds of injuries are unfortunately rather common, and this is far from the only report; Google it for yourself and see. And then you’ll have done more research than John Hinderaker.

The Best Part of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner: President Obama’s Anger Translator

“What kind of stupid, short-sighted, irresponsible bull…”
Humor • Views: 11,676


You can almost sense the glee Obama feels when he cuts loose and tells it like it is about climate change deniers like James Inhofe.

Oh, it’s all in fun, of course. Except it’s deadly serious, and Obama isn’t the only one who should be getting angry about it. For real.

Right Wing Bloggers and Rush Limbaugh Fall For Las Vegas Man’s Hoax About Harry Reid’s Injuries

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A Las Vegas man claims he started a false rumor that the injuries suffered by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid several months ago were the result of an attack by Reid’s brother, not an exercise accident.

Larry Pfeifer, a 50-year-old former consultant in the nightclub and entertainment industry, said he fabricated the story after becoming appalled that right-wing political blogger John Hinderaker published a rumor that Reid’s injuries stemmed from an assault by a Mafia enforcer. Pfeifer said he pitched his fake story about the Reid brothers’ supposed fight to Hinderaker, author of the Power Line blog, to test whether the blogger would publish it, as well. When Hinderaker reported it and the rumor was subsequently spread by others in conservative media, Pfeifer says he began plotting to self-report it as a lie to show the lack of credibility and journalistic standards among partisan media figures.

“It was just so outrageous,” he said. “The fact that someone can say something completely false that can destroy somebody’s life, it’s just wrong. Where’s the moral compass?”

Of course Powerline and Limbaugh will say that they only reported the claim and didn’t endorse it. And yet their minions were successfully worked into a lather by this story.

More: The Big Lie: Las Vegan Watches as His Reid Tale Takes Off - Las Vegas Sun News

You can see here the original story, before it gets yanked:

Video: Just Some Giraffes Doing High Dives

Brilliant animation from Nicolas Deveaux
Arts • Views: 12,626


Almost 10 years after “7 tonnes 2” a short film featuring an elephant on a trampoline. I wanted to make a sequel, this time with giraffes … The creation of this film is spread over 1 year and a half.

Thanks to Orange, Arte, Ville de Paris, CNCV, Procirep that allowed the film to come to life.

The film was picked in many festivals, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Bruz (AFCA), Animest (Bucarest), BE film (New York), ShortFilmCorner (Cannes), Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, ….

Prizes : - Festival du Court Metrage 3D de Grenoble : 1st Prix public, 2nd Pris Jury
-Dimension 3 : prix animation
- SIGGRAPH ASIA : Best in Show Award

Production : Cube creative

Year : 2013

(h/t: Thanos.)

LIVE VIDEO: White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Media • Views: 17,790


Yes, it’s time for the annual Media Nerds’ Dinner, otherwise known as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, at which journalists get all dressed up and try to laugh when comedians poke fun at them. Is it media, or entertainment? Who cares! What’s the difference any more, anyway?

A Killer Live Performance by Joe Bonamassa & John Hiatt: “Down Around My Place”

The radio is busted
Music • Views: 16,886


Two of my absolute favorite musicians join forces for a killer live performance of John Hiatt’s “Down Around My Place,” from the album “Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns.”

Stupidest Man on the Internet Does the Birther Boogaloo

Yes, they’re still pushing this ridiculous racist nonsense
Wingnuts • Views: 17,890

DERPJim Hoft, the fabled Stupidest Man on the Internet, is getting his knuckle-dragging readers worked up again with an especially stupid post about President Obama’s estranged brother Malik: Malik Obama: I’d Take DNA Test to See if Barack Obama Is Really My Brother (VIDEO) | the Gateway Pundit.

It’s the same old Birther Boogaloo, the worn out claim that Barack Obama is the secret son of “commie” Frank Marshall Davis, dressed up in some new clothes by fringe weirdo Joel Gilbert, who’s been peddling this snake oil to the right wing base for years. But I’m sure President Obama will run right out and get a DNA test done for these guys; it’s not like he has anything else to do.

Hoft even links to “Birther Report,” one of those crazed right wing blogs that never seems to run out of conspiracy steam.

I always love it when these lunatics post pictures of Obama and Davis side by side, though, trying to point out a resemblance when they actually look nothing alike. But obviously, to Hoft and his readers they all look alike.

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