☛ The “Political Press,” AKA “People Paid To Lie On TV,” Were Very Wrong | The Awl
this kind of efficient, useful, and LOUDLY POINTED SUMMARY of just how wrong certain pundits got this is why I love reading Choire, Alex, and anything at the Awl.
Why don’t TV news producers stop booking these people when they lie so baldly and get the thing they’re supposed to (politics) so wrong?
Considering that the last four years have seen countless GOP officials describe Obama as a Kenyan anti-colonialist baby-genociding Mao Hitler Stalin Pol Pot crypto-Bin Laden determined to enslave the white race at the hands of one-world United Nations Nazi Communism, maybe likening him to a snack beloved by millions of children and adults can slide.
This in response to the unemployment rate dropping below 7.8% this month, two days after the presidential debate.
This is the former CEO of General Electric, who should know something about economics, yet he buys conspiracy theory ish. Here’s why this is so dumb: if the president could really order the manipulation of the unemployment rate that easily, why wouldn’t he have done it for the past 2.5-3 years?
There’s a strain of conservative that believes the government can’t do anything right, but it’s often that same strain that is more than ready to believe it can pull off conspiracies like this without someone crying foul loudly.
“Mobutu Sese Seko”
I understand they have freedom of speech and freedom of expression, but we have a city to manage. I’m open to suggestions, but civil disobedience will not be tolerated.
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, writing his usual must-read at Gawker, this time on the stupidity that is the bottom-feeding rhetoric that has the presidential candidates referring to each other as “Romney Hood” and “Obamaloney.” (You should probably also follow him on Twitter as @Mobute
Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.
If you ever want to despair for humanity, read the comments on almost any article that deals with rape and sexual assault — many of which fall into the same stupid mentality of the Toronto cop whose comments started the whole “Slutwalk” wave. If you’re mocking them about how they don’t “look” like women, etc., you’re part of the fucking reason these protests go on every year.
This is part of a pledge (PDF file) to protect marriage and family written up by an Iowa religious right group that Michele Bachmann signed. The implications are staggering because they omit:
- how stable are two-parent families when those parents were property?
- those parents weren’t actually allowed to marry
- the implication the president is somehow responsible for the black family and symptomatic of its supposed devolution
- the equivalence between slavery and single parent families going on
As Ta-Nehisi Coates titled a post on this: It’s like they’re proud of being ignorant.
“Foreskin Man” — an anti-circumcision superhero — is anti-Semitic, activists say:
A ballot measure to ban circumcision in San Francisco has taken a strange twist with the publication, by the measure’s sponsors, of a comic book in which an anti-circumcision superhero — blond, buff and handsome —battles evil Jewish characters who recall the stereotypical images of classic anti-Semitism.
“Foreskin Man” was written and created by Matthew Hess, one of the leaders behind the initiative to ban circumcision, the ritual cutting of foreskin on a baby’s penis that, in the Jewish religion, is considered central to the covenant between the Jewish people and God. Opponents consider it painful and barbaric, akin to female circumcision rites in Africa that have attracted international condemnation.
That comic book is painfully stupid. How do you not sit and think when you create a villain called “Monster Mohel” that it would be just a little anti-Semitic?
The actual measure to ban circumcision in San Francisco is stupid in and of itself. There should be no need for a law to dictate what is a personal and often religious choice. (Please don’t even start with me on the comparisons to so-called “female circumcision,” those are ludicrous. You can think male circumcision is genital mutilation and realize there are degrees of how bad that would be by gender.)
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I never thought I’d see a worse tattoo than the stripper with a “Daddy” tramp stamp.
I was so, so wrong.
Once again, proving one can be brilliant yet stupid simultaneously.
☛ Pat Caddell & Douglas Schoen suggest the president should declare he won't run for re-election.
“We do not have time for this silliness” was fine, Mr. President, but personally, I would have gone with this:
Many of you have noted the presence of late of some stupid motherfuckers popping up on television saying I wasn’t born here, despite the fact that I showed you the short-form version of this thing three goddamned years ago and it would require a conspiracy to time-travel and plant both fake newspaper and medical records that you know would not happen. Government isn’t that fucking coordinated. So we’ve (and by “we” I mean you, media) been talking about a bunch of shit that has not one whit to do with skyrocketing gas prices, an unemployment rate in the double digits, three foreign conflicts, and so forth — despite the fact that everyone has known the short-form is acceptable for passports, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, etc. Fine, then. Here’s the goddamned document. Haters, step to the left and eat a bag of dicks. Have a nice day, and God bless America.
Now you know why I’d never run for political office.
This whole thing made me angry enough but then Andrew Sullivan had to pop in my Google Reader asking “What Took Obama So Long?”, which, as anyone who reads him knows, was leading right back into his Trig Trutherism obsession.
NEWS FLASH, ASSHOLE: Trig Palin’s medical records have fuck all to do with Sarah Palin’s quality as a candidate. Even if she’s lying, it’s an issue on the far periphery. Much like the president, why go for stupid, dumb shit like this when there’s so much ammunition you could use on policy matters that affect the entire country?
Oh, right. Because we are a nation of children who can’t stand to fucking discuss actual policy. It doesn’t interest us. We want something easy that leaves us someone to blame.
This op-ed officially puts the pair in the running for “dumbest motherfuckers out there.” How does one spend so long in politics yet write an op-ed based in pure fantasy? If President Obama did as these two advised, nothing would get done anyhow because of GOP intransigence, which is what we have now.
Note: I would have posted this at the World Cup Tumblr but for the desire to keep my own politics out of it.
Gawker, Media Matters, and Wonkette have performed the thankless task of assembling some conservative critics of the World Cup who bemoan the media pushing soccer on us somehow, as it is socialist European claptrap. This belies a complete lack of understanding of the sport in favor of political ranting and point-scoring against the imagined socialist, soccer-indoctrinating Left.
(I know quite a few people who are just as geeked for this tourney as I am and they’re nowhere near commies.)
Anyone who’s read about the ungodly-huge transfer fees in club soccer can destroy the myth of the sport being Euro-socialist. There is no salary cap. Teams can spend as much as they want and can afford on a squad. In the most popular of domestic leagues in Europe, there are no playoffs. You play every other team twice and whoever has the most points at the end of the season is the league champion. And if you happen to finish in the bottom three, you’re moving down a league. That’s as brutally capitalist as it gets.
In fact, it makes MLS look bad because our domestic league relies on the franchise model that other major sports go with, without the threat of relegation.
Floppers? Yeah, that can be a problem, but consider it this way — it looks like they’re flopping, but you imagine running full speed and having someone’s cleat dig into your leg or flip you over. That’s probably going to hurt. It looks like acting, but even the best acting job on fouls has a bit of pain in it.
Basically, most of soccer’s most strident critics aiming to make political points are stuck with an image of AYSO kids’ competition, and some misguided belief that the idea of sport is to build character by breaking kids down and introducing them to fixed concepts of winning and losing. I’ve had youth tee-ball games that end in ties too because time is up. Same with basketball. This Slate piece shows us how close soccer really was to being a major sport in the U.S. when pro sports were a very nebulous prospect.
Essentially, these folks have bent the facts to prove their thesis to the exclusion of anything that would contradict it.