Saturday, August 30, 2014

This Week in Conservative Crazy (Abridged Version)

One could actually argue that such a category should be done on a daily basis, to cover all of the current insanity that is the Republican party and its conservative offshoot. A few stories sum up their latest spin machine antics:

1. A nine-year old girl testing out an Uzi, lost control of the gun, killing her instructor (Daily Kos). One could ask why a nine-year old is allowed to shoot an Uzi at all, or why anyone not in the military is, but the NRA had a different take on the issue – tweeting "7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Shooting Range" via @TeamWON,” before later killing the item.

2. Jim Hoft, sometimes called the “dumbest man on the Internet,” continues to report his bogus story about Officer Wilson having his eye-socket broken in the altercation that led to the death of Michael Brown. Even as the story has long since been debunked, his original two anonymous sources were now four anonymous sources (including himself, apparently) and he goes on to decry the liberal media for failing to take the false story seriously, ”CNN really needs to be more responsible with such sensitive information.” But he wasn’t finished yet, continuing to report on the story through a string of race-baiting articles, including decrying “black lynch mobs” and the looting and rioting while claiming poor, innocent Darren Wilson is “struggling” and “in fear for his life.” A recent story explains that Mike Brown’s family calling for an end to protests is actually a calling for protests to continue. (Salon).

3. Speaking of Michael Brown, Ben Stein had a particularly odd take on the events, claiming he wasn’t unarmed because, “He was 6’3”, 300 pounds, and according to what I read in the New York Times on marijuana. To call him unarmed is calling Sonny Liston unarmed or Cassius Clay unarmed.” (Daily Kos) Of course, marijuana has been known as a violence-inducing drug for quite some time and 300 pounders are generally great boxers; who fall down from air punches?

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