Saturday, February 28, 2015

Our Wacky World—2/28/2015

Hint: it's a hoax site.

"Obese 100-year-old crocodile dies from overeating after worshippers keep throwing it chickens and goats for good luck"

Beam me up 
'By attempting to teach men not to rape, what we have actually done is teach women not to care about being raped, not to protect themselves from easily preventable acts, and not to take responsibility for their actions. At the same time, we don’t hesitate to blame men for bad things that happen to them (if right now you walked into a dangerous ghetto and got robbed, you would be called an idiot and no one would say “teach ghetto kids not to steal”).
'I thought about this problem and am sure I have the solution: make rape legal if done on private property. I propose that we make the violent taking of a woman not punishable by law when done off public grounds.'
It just gets better from there. I love how he chose a "ghetto" as an example of a dangerous place; I assume he's white. (Dispatches From The Culture Wars)

Sarah Palin's remarks at CPAC touch on military service:
"’s our duty to elect an honorable commander-in-chief who is willing to make the same sacrifices he sends others away to make."
"One of Palin’s sons, Track, served in Iraq for a year for the Army. Going by her remark, however, her son is more qualified than any of the GOP’s most visible prospective candidates"
I guess you don't need any military experience when you're only running for vice president. (Crooks & Liars)

'Tania Warchol claims that she purchased Fifty Shades of Grey Come Alive Pleasure Gel for Her...from an Adam & Eve store near her home. The complaint notes that the product's packaging promises users will "experience enhanced orgasms and stimulation as every tingle, touch and vibration intensifies." It includes the lines from James' second Fifty Shades novel printed on the box — "I surrender, exploding around him — a draining, soul-grabbing orgasm that leaves me spent and exhausted." It was a bit of a letdown, Warchol claims.'
And it may have been marketed illegally. (Hollywood Reporter)

50 Shits Of Grey

Behold the spectacle that is Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore:
'“If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing, let’s say, salt water, sodium cardonate [sic], through that line, and flushing out the fungus… These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective.”
'Weeks after being removed from her position as Republican Majority Leader over allegations of more than $1 million in tax liens, Fiore made news last Wednesday for her assertion that “young, hot little girls on campus” need to be armed with guns to prevent themselves from being raped'
Think Progress

Yet another clown trying to beat the system:
'El Bey, a self-described sovereign citizen, has made repeated attempts to introduced testimony irrelevant to his case (as is the wont of sovereign citizens having to stand in court of law before a judge)… El Bey has...claimed that the Stamp Act treaty with the queen of England had imposed taxes on alcohol and cigarettes but that the Act “exonerated” Americans of the need to pay any other taxes.'
Breitbart Unmasked

"There is no way the Earth can rotate on itself, says Saudi cleric Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari, who insists our planet is stationary. His explanation comes in a video recording, in what appears to be from a lecture, where he says if the Earth really rotated, how could anyone ever reach China in a plane."
Global Voices Online

And now, a cute baby:

"YouTube's automated takedown tool is known for its flaws, but this week it crossed a line by attacking a purring cat. According to YouTube's Content-ID system both EMI Publishing and PRS own the rights to a 12 second purring loop. The cat in question, Phantom, has filed a dispute and hopes to reclaim his rights."

'Seattle resident Denise Horton’s neighbor was awarded a half million dollars in a default judgment in a dispute over her dog’s barking. Denise failed to report to trial, claiming it was a “bunk.” The bunk caught up to her after the sheriff’s office arrived to serve her with a writ of execution for her house.'
Turley's Blog

'Newly elected GOP Sen. Thomas Croci of Islip introduced legislation this week to create the “New York State Terrorist Registry” to track evildoers who have taken up residence in the Empire State. The registry, which would be accessible to the public on the Web, would be modeled after the one now used to track registered sex offenders living in New York and would require the terrorists.' [sic]
Daily News

Talk radio is losing money:
"More than 50 million people in the U.S. tune in each week to news-talk radio stations that carry advertising, making it radio’s second-most popular format, behind country music, according to Nielsen.
"But many national advertisers have fled from such stations in recent years, seeking to avoid associating their brands with potentially controversial programming. As a result, advertising on talk stations now costs about half what it does on music stations, given comparable audience metrics, according to industry executives."
Crooks & Liars

"It might seem that talk-radio’s critics would have won if that happens. But, in reality, they would have won their battle, but lost their war. If critics force the delivery mechanism away from an advertising-based model, their pleas will be less likely to affect talk radio’s bottom line. Subscribers, unlike advertisers, aren’t likely to be swayed by a social-media campaign (after all, they are fans). As such, executives and hosts will be freer to ignore critics, while profiting from giving fans what they want. In the end, talk radio’s content will exist as long as an audience for it exists."
Talk about missing the point… We don't give a shit if Rush goes to satellite radio and paid streaming to mumble crap to his brain-ill sycophants, you fool. We just want him off the fucking air; made unavailable for the unwashed masses who casually tune in(Breitbart Unmasked)

And now I suppose I should mention Bill O'Reilly's memory lapses...
'After NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for erroneously claiming that he was nearly shot down in a helicopter…in Iraq in 2003, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly went on a tear… He bemoaned the supposed culture of deception within the liberal media, and he proclaimed that the Williams controversy should prompt questioning of other "distortions" by left-leaning outlets. Yet for years, O'Reilly has recounted dramatic stories about his own war reporting that don't withstand scrutiny—even claiming he acted heroically in a war zone that he apparently never set foot in.'
Mother Jones
'O'Reilly responded to the story by launching a slew of personal invective. He did not respond to the details of the story. Instead, he called me a "liar," a "left-wing assassin," and a "despicable guttersnipe." He said that I deserve "to be in the kill zone."'
Mother Jones

Here's the NYT take:
“Fox News channel is news for people who don’t trust the rest of the news media,” said Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University. “They actually want the controversy because it fits this strategy.”

Bill is doubling down on the criticism while everyone at CBS news says it never happened and Media Matters is digging up more dirt. Every day a new claim, every day a new denial.