Archive for May 2nd, 2007

Great Moments In Tone-Deafness

I had no idea that Osama bin Laden had chronic shoulder problems…

Today on the House floor, Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) compared the war in Iraq to a Major League Baseball feud, asking fellow members of Congress to “Imagine my beloved St. Louis Cardinals are playing the much despised Chicago Cubs.”

The Cardinals are up by five finishing the top of the ninth. Is this a cause for celebration? Is this a cause for victory? No. Unbelievable as it may seem, the Cubbies score five runs in the bottom of the ninth to throw the games into extra innings. There the score remains until 1:00 AM five innings later. However at the top of the 15th, the Cardinals fail to field a batter. The entire team has left the stadium. … Who wins? We know it’s the team that stays on the field.

Way to lock up that Cubs vote, genius.

May 2nd, 2007 at 08:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Politics,Republicans,Terrorism,Wankers,War


Debbie Schlussel’s lie-to-word ratio is really quite impressive:

In a May 1 weblog post, right-wing pundit Debbie Schlussel speculated that a Canton, Michigan, resident who had allegedly suffered “extensive” injuries to his hand when a homemade “cherry bomb” he and his friends created accidentally exploded might be Pakistani. Asserting that “[s]ince Muslim terrorists are generally more clandestine — and occasionally more clever,” Schlussel said that the alleged cherry bomb maker and his friends in fact “might not be Muslim.” The only basis she cited for her speculation that they might be Pakistani was that, according to her, there is a “large Muslim Paki, er … Pakistani population” in Canton. As Media Matters for America noted when Schlussel used the term in an April 16 blog post, “Paki” is a disparaging term for a person of Pakistani descent. Schlussel used the term “Paki” twice in the May 1 post, and said in her second use of the term: “I would be remiss in not pointing out the large Muslim Paki, er … Pakistani population in Canton. After all, I wouldn’t want to disappoint my friends from the deceptively-named, Nazi-funded Media Matters for America.

In describing Media Matters as “Nazi-funded,” Schlussel linked to an April 18 blog post in which she falsely claimed that Media Matters was funded by philanthropist George Soros and smeared Soros as “a fake Holocaust survivor, who — instead of ‘surviving’ the Holocuast [sic] — helped the Nazis perpetrate it.” The only source Schlussel provided for these claims was David Horowitz and Richard Poe’s thoroughly discredited book The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party (Nelson Current, 2006). As Media Matters has noted, several conservative media figures have distorted Soros’ experience as a 14-year-old boy in Nazi-controlled Hungary to suggest that he collaborated with the Nazis.

So, I count at least two lies and one non-sequitur which is probably also a lie (i.e., the implication that Media Matters is against America) in one 19-word sentence, for a lie-to-word ratio of almost 1:6. But if you hone in on the nitty-gritty part of the sentence after the sarcasm, the true lie-to-word ratio is a very impressive 1:3. I mean, that’s Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh territory.
Well done, Debbie Schlussel. Well done.

May 2nd, 2007 at 07:19pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Republicans,Wankers

And Now, Your Moment Of Zen.

From a WaPo online chat with director David Lynch, who, it turns out, is really into transcendental meditation:

Los Angeles: This is non-book related… but thanks Mr. Lynch for bringing us some of the greatest, most creative, entertaining and thought-provoking films of our time. I was 9 years old when my mom brought home “Blue Velvet” from the video store when she was supposed to be bringing home “International Velvet.” Not quite the same movie.


May 2nd, 2007 at 06:19pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Movies

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

I hate it when this happens:

The late Richard Relleck, a skeptic famed for debunking ghost sightings, apologized today for personally haunting the Relleck country estate.

“I wish I could just disappear,” said the specter of the humiliated investigator, “but the best I can do is become sort of lamely translucent.”

Mr. Relleck had tried for weeks to debunk himself, dismissing his ghostly form as variations in air pressure, reflections of car headlights, or smudges of dirt on the lenses of cameras.

“I guess I’m authentic,” Relleck said. The skeptic’s estate has refused to offer a refund for his book Ghosts Are Unreal!

However, Mr. Relleck will show up at seances and special book ‘sightings’ to discredit his own work, and otherwise live a life of relative paranormalcy.

Sometimes it’s better to just keep your mouth shut…

4 comments May 2nd, 2007 at 07:42am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

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