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  1. I'm not outraged but I wholly agree with apologizing. It's flat out rude.

    Posted on January 1, 2014 - 09:20 PM #
  2. Broadway
    Member

    >> It's flat out rude.
    I think if there is ANYONE who rules the rudeness roost it's liberals...sayin.
    >>offensive things they say?
    Now a new meaning of "offensive"...disagreement...

    Posted on January 1, 2014 - 09:29 PM #
  3. Andy_brown
    Member

    "I think if there is ANYONE who rules the rudeness roost it's liberals...sayin."

    There is nothing more vulgar than a conservative who preaches one set of moral values and lives a completely different one. That, Broadway, is rude. You may not agree with harsh language but it by no means is the only measure of rudeness. Liberals have done a lot more for this country than conservatives. Tell you what, Broadway, I'll list some of what liberals have done for this country and you counter with a list of stuff conservatives have done.
    O.K.?

    Here is a list of programs, legislation, and achievements that we would not have if extreme right wingers had their way. Some items on this list were indeed passed or created by Republicans, but that doesn’t make them conservative achievements. It only means that at one time, Republicans favored liberalism and progressivism or that they were willing to work with Democrats for the common good.

    1. The 40-hour work week.
    2. Weekends
    3. Vacations
    4. Women’s Voting Rights
    5. The Civil Rights Act of 1964
    6. The right of people of all colors to use schools and facilities.
    7. Public schools.
    8. Child-labor laws.
    9. The right to unionize
    10. Health care benefits
    11. National Parks
    12. National Forests
    13. Interstate Highway System
    14. GI Bill
    15. Labor Laws/Worker’s Rights
    16. Marshall Plan
    17. FDA
    18. Direct election of Senators by the people.
    19. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Workplace safety laws
    20. Social Security
    21. NASA
    22. The Office of Congressional Ethics. Created in 2008.
    23. The Internet
    24. National Weather Service
    25. Product Labeling/Truth in Advertising Laws
    26. Rural Electrification/Tennessee Valley Authority
    27. Morrill Land Grant Act
    28. Public Universities
    29. Bank Deposit Insurance
    30. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    31. Consumer Product Safety Commission
    32. Public Broadcasting/Educational Television
    33. Americans With Disabilities Act
    34. Family and Medical Leave Act
    35. Environmental Protection Agency
    36. Clean Air Act
    37. Clean Water Act
    38. USDA
    39. Public Libraries
    40. Transcontinental Railroad and the rail system in general
    41. Civilian Conservation Corps
    42. Panama Canal
    43. Hoover Dam
    44. The Federal Reserve
    45. Medicare
    46. The United States Military
    47. FBI
    48. CIA
    49. Local and state police departments
    50. Fire Departments
    51. Veterans Medical Care
    52. Food Stamps
    53. Federal Housing Administration
    54. Extending Voting Rights to 18 year olds
    55. Freedom of Speech
    56. Freedom of Religion/Separation of Church and State
    57. Right to Due Process
    58. Freedom of The Press
    59. Right to Organize and Protest
    60. Pell Grants and other financial aid to students
    61. Federal Aviation Administration/Airline safety regulations
    62. The 13th Amendment
    63. The 14th Amendment
    64. The 15th Amendment
    65. Unemployment benefits
    66. Women’s Health Services
    67. Smithsonian Institute
    68. Head Start
    69. Americorps
    70. Mine Safety And Health Administration (This has been weakened by conservatives, resulting in recent mining disasters.)
    71. Food Labeling
    72. WIC
    73. Peace Corps
    74. United Nations
    75. World Health Organization
    76. Nuclear Treaties
    77. Lincoln Tunnel
    78. Sulfur emissions cap and trade to eliminate acid rain
    79. Earned Income Tax Credit
    80. The banning of lead in consumer products
    81. National Institute of Health
    82. Garbage pickup/clean streets
    83. Banning of CFCs.
    84. Erie Canal
    85. Medicaid
    86. TARP
    87. Bail Out of the American Auto Industry
    88. Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
    89. Wildlife Protection
    90. End of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
    91. Established the basis for Universal Human Rights by writing the Declaration of Independence
    92. Miranda Rights
    93. Banning of torture
    94. The right to a proper defense in court
    95. An independent judiciary
    96. The right to vote
    97. Fair, open, and honest elections
    98. The right to bear arms (Do you really think extreme right wingers would allow anybody besides themselves to have firearms if in power?)
    99. Health care for children and pregnant women
    100. A stable and strong government established by a Constitution
    101. The founding of The United States of America
    102. The defeat of the Nazis and victory in World War II
    103. Paramedics
    104. The Brady Handgun Act
    105. The Glass-Steagall Act (It has since been repealed and we’ve been paying the price for it.)
    106. Oil industry regulations (The Gulf paid the price after conservatives tore many of these regulations down.)
    107. The Affordable Care Act which makes insurance companies more honest and fair.
    108. Woman’s Right to Choose
    109. Title IX
    110. Affirmative Action
    111. A National Currency
    112. National Science Foundation
    113. Weights and measures standards
    114. Vehicle Safety Standards
    115. NATO
    116. The income tax and power to tax in general, which have been used to pay for much of this list.
    117. 911 Emergency system
    118. Tsunami, hurricane, tornado, and earthquake warning systems
    119. Public Transportation
    120. The Freedom of Information Act
    121. Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery
    122. Antitrust legislation which prevents corporate monopolies (These laws have been savaged by conservatives, which is why corporations are getting huger and competition is disappearing leading to less jobs and high prices.)
    123. Water Treatment Centers and sewage systems
    124. The Meat Inspection Act
    125. The Pure Food And Drug Act
    126. The Bretton Woods system
    127. International Monetary Fund
    128. SEC, which regulates Wall Street. (Conservatives have weakened this regulatory body, resulting in the current recession.)
    129. National Endowment for the Arts
    130. Campaign finance laws (Conservatives have gutted these laws, leading to corporate takeovers of elections.)
    131. Federal Crop Insurance
    132. United States Housing Authority
    133. Soil Conservation
    134. School Lunch Act
    135. Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act
    136. Vaccination Assistance Act
    137. Over the course of nearly 50 years, liberals contributed greatly to the eventual end of the Cold War.
    138. The creation of counterinsurgency forces such as the Navy Seals and Green Berets.
    139. Voting Rights Act, which ended poll taxes, literacy tests, and other voter qualification tests.
    140. Civil Rights Act of 1968
    141. Job Corps
    142. Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965
    143. Teacher Corps
    144. National Endowment for the Humanities
    145. Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966
    146. National Trails System Act of 1968
    147. U.S. Postal Service
    148. Title X
    149. Kept the Union together through Civil War and rebuilt the South afterwards.
    150. Modern Civilization

    Posted on January 1, 2014 - 10:19 PM #
  4. missing_kskd
    Member

    Ouch! Another brutal list.

    Go ahead guys. Anybody feeling like the GOP isn't getting a fair shake is completely free to make their own list.

    :)

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - 12:38 AM #
  5. Valerie ring
    Member

    Skybill's trolling thread reminds me of one of my 2014 New Years resolutions. Go fishing more!

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - 06:19 AM #
  6. Broadway
    Member

    150 lies...
    >>preaches one set of moral values and lives a completely different one
    Well at least we try to live righteously, the libs just plain live as close to sin as possible. I think in the current court of public opinion honesty and non-hypocrisy are siding on conservative ideology with the blunders of current leadership.

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - 10:39 AM #
  7. duxrule
    Member

    "I think in the current court of public opinion honesty and non-hypocrisy are siding on conservative ideology with the blunders of current leadership."

    Say WHAT? 8O That statement completely flies in the face of what is ACTUALLY happening in our world. Obama was just named as "The Most Admired Man in the World" for the sixth year in a row.

    President Obama is the Most Admired Man in the World for 6th Year in a Row
    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/12/30/president-obama-americans-admired-man-world-6th-year-row.html

    Because of the TeaBaggers and their "conservative values," Congress' approval rating is at an all-time low, and has been turned into a glacial, ineffective block. That claim has no connection to reality in any way, shape or form.

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - 10:53 AM #
  8. Skybill9
    Member

    "President Obama is the Most Admired Man in the World for 6th Year in a Row."

    Gallup must have asked a bunch of fools and drunks.

    "Congress' approval rating is at an all-time low..."

    As is Ovomit's

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - 11:34 AM #
  9. duxrule
    Member

    Oh, I see...Gallup is to be trusted when they release polls that cast Obama in a poor light, but they're to be ridculed when the reverse is true. Got it. :roll:

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - 11:36 AM #
  10. Andy_brown
    Member

    Broadway can't come up with even a short list of conservative accomplishments . . . because . . . there aren't any. But it sure is easy to come up with a list of embarrassing conservatively created lies just in the past year.

    No matter how many times conservatives embarrass themselves by releasing completely false stories, they just can't help themselves.

    10. Israeli delegation "skips" Obama speech to observe religious holiday

    "Do you remember when Jesse Jackson said that under Obama Jews would lose all of their clout? He was right." - Jim Hoft

    In the first entry on our list: Conservative websites cheered on the Israeli United Nations delegation supposedly "skip[ping]" Obama's speech at the UN General Assembly in September.

    On the morning of September 23, Real Clear Politics posted video pointing out that the "Israeli assembly does not attend Obama's UN address." Rather than try to determine why this may have been the case, numerous prominent conservative sites just went ahead and made up their own answer: "They skipped it because they hate Obama as much as we do!"

    Fox Nation, Jawa Report, and Breitbart TV all declared the delegation was a "no-show." Jim Hoft, as he often does, took things a step further by declaring that "Israeli delegation skips Obama's UN speech." Hoft then labeled this "another historic shift" and decided that "Israel didn't want to hear" Obama's speech.

    The punchline?

    As reported by Reuters, Israel explained that it "was not a boycott" and their delegation was absent due to the Jewish holiday of Sukkot (an absence they had alerted the Obama administration to ahead of time.)

    Most of the aforementioned sites added embarrassing updates to their original posts, but Hoft took the cake with his:

    Update: The Israelis admitted later that it wasn't a boycott- They just skipped it.

    That's not what "skipped" means, Jim.

    9. Conservatives outsource Obama attack to openly anti-Semitic website

    "President Sarkozy called [Obama] "a madman," "a lunatic." Perhaps, I don't know -- but one thing is for sure: Hussein is a muhammadan." -- Pam Geller

    Oftentimes, conservative websites' eagerness to get confirmation from international leaders that Obama is, in fact, the Worst President Ever Ever ™ can get them into hot water.

    In April, numerous conservative blogs, including Fox Nation, NewsBusters, Atlas Shrugs, Jammie Wearing Fool (who later pulled his post without explanation) and, as always, Jim Hoft, picked up an absurdly sketchy report "circulating the Kremlin" that French President Nicolas Sarkozy had called Obama "insane."

    They all sourced a website called the European Union Times, which I suppose sounds vaguely credible, but, based on the content at the site, a more apt name might be the Protocols of the Elders of Zion Weekly.

    As we quickly learned -- thanks to an assist from The Village Voice's Roy Edroso -- the European Union Times' site is not only openly anti-Semitic, but, according to the SPLC, "is registered to the wife of a racist skinhead gang member who was involved in a bizarre stabbing incident" in November 2009.

    The site is filled with red flags that would lead any responsible person to question using it as a source (perhaps least of which is the fact that it was apparently infested with spyware).

    As we documented, in 2009 the EU Times reprinted a story by Ynetnews that was headlined "Anti-Semitism makes it to China?" and discussed a "bestselling book in China" that blames Jewish people for the global financial crisis. The EU Times changed that headline to "China finally Learns the Truth about the Jews." They attached to it this charming image:

    And, for safe measure, the EU Times mixed their anti-Semitism with some 9-11 trutherism. Their homepage featured a graphic called "9-11 Missing Links" that linked to a website blaming Jewish people for the September 11 terror attacks.

    For conservative bloggers, this incident apparently established a new axiom: The enemy of my enemy is my friend, even when he's an anti-Semitic 9-11 Truther.

    8. Global Warming Activist Freezes in Antarctica

    "God looks out for drunks and fools, but not, apparently, retards." -- Ace of Spades

    Due to the fact that conservatives don't have actual science to buttress their belief that the planet is not warming, every winter they resort to pointing out that it is cold outside in December as proof that climate change isn't real.

    The flimsy basis for climate science skepticism also leads them to promote overblown "scandals" like Climategate, ignore actual temperature records, and, apparently, run with stories from satirical websites as if they were actual news items.

    Back in March, Fox Nation, Jim Hoft, Jammie Wearing Fool, and Ace of Spades all picked up a story about a "famed global warming activist freezing to death" in Antartica.

    They were apparently too busy laughing at what they believed was another person's untimely death and relishing the "irony" of the situation to notice the many indications that the "story" might not have been accurate. Specifically, that the website responsible for the story, EcoEnquirer.com, is quite clearly a satirical site, featuring at the time "Breaking News" about the "successful" Bali 2027 Global Warming Conference.

    But if poking around an unfamiliar website before running with one of their stories is too much work for the leading lights of the conservative blogosphere, several passages in the story itself should have stood out as being of questionable validity. Here's my favorite, which was excerpted in full, and in complete seriousness, by Jammie Wearing Fool, Fox Nation and Hoft:

    "He kept talking about when they 'get down to chili', and I thought they were talking about the order in which they would consume their food supplies", Mrs. Schneider recounted. "I had no idea they were talking about Chile, the country from which you usually fly or sail in order to reach Antarctica."

    Sounds real to me.

    7. Obama spends $200 million/day to go to India

    "To put it in perspective, $200 million is enough money to buy a pair of Lanvin sneakers for over 370,000 Indians." -- Doug Powers

    In November, the President went to India. According to an online report at the Press Trust of India, the trip was going to cost "$200 million per day" and use "34 warships" for Obama's protection.

    If you're thinking that sounds ridiculous, then you have more common sense than conservative bloggers, radio hosts, elected officials, and Fox News.

    On November 2, Matt Drudge hyped the article from the Press Trust of India. Conservative websites like Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller, WorldNetDaily, MichelleMalkin.com, and many, many others quickly ran with it as well.

    Of course, there was no way a story this absurd could stay within the confines of the conservative blogosphere, and it was picked up by, among others, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity.

    Once again, conservative media outlets let their commitment to a narrative -- in this case "Obama is an arrogant, free-spending fancy man" -- trump even rudimentary attempts at fact-checking.

    The White House said the numbers have "no basis in reality"; the Secret Service called them "significantly exaggerated"; and the Pentagon called the claim about the 34 warships "absolutely absurd" and "comical," pointing out that such a fleet would constitute 10 percent of the Navy.

    You might think a story like this would give them pause the next time Drudge hypes a sketchy report from the foreign press, but it won't.

    6. What Hawaiian Earthquake? Oh, that one.

    "Either Obama's completely making up stuff now or we all missed some horrible devastating earthquake in Hawaii..." -- Jim Hoft

    In March, Obama was interviewed by Fox News' Bret Baier about health care reform legislation and defended a provision in the bill that would, in his words, stipulate that "if a state has been affected by a natural catastrophe, that has created a special health care emergency in that state, they should get help." Obama added that the provision "also affects Hawaii, which went through an earthquake."

    Jim Hoft, who has never met a story he couldn't botch horribly, proceeded to mock the president, asking in a headline "Um...What Earthquake in Hawaii?"

    Hoft claimed that the president was either "completely making stuff up now or we all missed some horrible devastating earthquake in Hawaii." It will not surprise you to find out that it was the latter.

    Though Hoft was confident that there had not been an earthquake in Hawaii since 1975, the U.S. Geological Survey disagreed, noting that there was a magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Hawaii in October 2006.

    While Hoft probably thinks the US Geological Survey is part of the liberal media conspiracy, President Bush himself declared that "a major disaster exists in the state of Hawaii" due to "an earthquake that occurred on October 15, 2006, and related aftershocks."

    Breitbart TV, Matt Drudge, Hot Air, and Michelle Malkin all quickly picked up Hoft's attempted gotcha, as usual without bothering to see if it was right. The falsehood was even repeated by the hosts of Fox & Friends, who had actually covered the earthquake when it happened.

    How many times does Hoft have to embarrass himself before conservatives learn to check his work before reprinting it? We're still waiting to find out.

    5. Obama Bans Sport Fishing

    "Forget about the frickin' fish! People are losing their rights." -- Glenn Beck

    Back in March, an ESPNOutdoors.com opinion writer took a gander at the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force's interim report on coastal and marine planning and decided that hidden within it was evidence of a federal strategy that "could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing." He provided absolutely no evidence for why this might happen (ESPN eventually acknowledged the column had "errors" and a lack of "balance") but that minor detail didn't slow down the conservative perpetual outrage machine.

    Jim Hoft labeled the story "Obama's latest assault on your rights" and decided that Obama "Will Ban Sport Fishing." Fox Nation ran with Hoft's story at the top of their website, but, responsible journalists that they are, went ahead and added a question mark to the end of their headline.

    Among others, Red State and Michelle Malkin also used the story as evidence of Obama's steadfast commitment to infringing on the rights of the American people.

    The "story" quickly made the leap to Fox Business, where Eric Bolling claimed that Obama was going to "prohibit fishing."

    Then, on March 10, Glenn Beck got a hold of it. And while this story might seem like just another drop in the bucket that is the conservative media's complete lack editorial standards, it provides a nice illustration of the absurd theater that is Glenn Beck's nightly Fox News program.

    Have a look at his performance that night, keeping in mind that you are still free to go fishing.

    4. Conservative Magic Eye: Islam Edition

    "Hard to imagine that's a coincidence. A certain implicit triumphalism involved?" - Mark Finkelstein

    Conservatives bloggers' Islamophobia is so powerful that it regularly causes them to find Islamic symbols and messages hidden in buildings, landscapes, and logos.

    In April, Pam Geller (of course), Jim Hoft, Fox & Friends, and the New York Post all discovered a startling fact: that, in the words of Hoft, "Obama's nuclear summit logo is an Islamic Crest." Of course, it wasn't an "Islamic Crest." It was, as pointed out by Jon Stewart, modeled on the "the Rutherford-Bohr Model of the atom that we all learned about in high school."

    Apparently, conservative bloggers have short memories about these things, because two months prior to embarrassing themselves over the Nuclear Summit Logo, they caused a similarly inane kerfuffle over the Missile Defense Agency Logo. Depending on which unhinged conservative writer you were reading that week, the Missile Defense Logo either looked like an Islamic crescent, the Iranian Space Agency's logo, the Obama campaign logo, the Pepsi logo, or some unholy combination of them all.

    For her part, Pam Geller has probably set the record for discovering secret messages from Islam in the world around her. In addition to finding crescents in government logos, this year she also saw an Islamic crescent in the design for the Flight 93 memorial and uncovered imaginary "Tumbling Star of Davids" in the design of the Park51 community center.

    Speaking of the Park51 center, according to conservative bloggers, not only were they sending messages with the shapes on their walls, but the very fact that they shaped it like a building was a slap in America's face.

    As we covered back in August, when NewsBusters' Mark Finkelstein announced that startling discovery:

    Finkelstein then announced that the "ad was illuminating for another, chilling, reason," which I'll let him explain. Take it away, Mark:

    "Have a look at the screencap below showing the mosque's proposed design [note that the anti-mosque group wasn't misrepresenting the design. See mosque architect's rendering here]. Sure looks a lot like the WTC towers themselves, doesn't it? Hard to imagine that's a coincidence. A certain implicit triumphalism involved?"

    Shocking, right? Look at it just standing there, mocking us with its four sides and rectangular shape - almost like a building.

    It's been a particularly embarrassing year for the crew at NewsBusters.

    That being said, I'm confident that no other "media criticism" from that crew encapsulated the inanity of their entire operation better than Finkelstein parsing the "certain implicit triumphalism" inherent in shaping the Park51 center like a building.

    3. When Mexicans invaded Texas, even after we gave them Arizona

    "Word is coming in that Los Zetas, the highly trained killers formerly with the Gulf Cartel, have crossed into the United States and taken over at least two ranches in the Laredo, Texas area." - Dan Amato

    Worrying about the impending - or, depending on who you ask, ongoing - invasion of America by Mexico is practically a national pastime for online conservative outlets. This year brought us two unrelated, but equally absurd, classics of the genre.

    In July, at his "Diggers Realm" blog, Dan Amato claimed that "word is coming in that Los Zetas, the highly trained killers formerly with the Gulf Cartel, have crossed into the United States and taken over at least two ranches in the Laredo, Texas area." Amato claimed that San Diego Minutemen founder Jeff Schwilk had "tipped me off to this story."

    In an Examiner.com blog post, Kimberly Dvorak echoed Amato's claims and added that "two sources inside the Laredo Police Department confirmed the incident is unfolding."

    Completing the feedback loop for the fabricated story, Amato then updated his post to claim that Dvorak's post meant his scoop was "now 100% confirmed."

    Though stories don't get much more thinly sourced than this one, that didn't stop Breitbart's Big Peace, Michelle Malkin, Weasel Zippers, and Jawa Report from picking it up.

    Shortly thereafter, both the Laredo Morning Times - quoting actual law enforcement officials with the Laredo police department -- and conservative blogger Bob Owens thoroughly debunked the story, leading to yet another round of embarrassing updates to supposedly reputable conservative blogs.

    It's a sad year for conservatives online when this story may not have been the most embarrassing in the "scary Mexicans" genre. In June, Fox News picked up a report - possibly from fringe website "U.S. Border Fire Report," though it's impossible to know where they come up with this stuff - about the U.S. supposedly "giving a major strip of the Southwest back to Mexico."

    Seizing on the Fox segment, Fox Nation, Jim Hoft and several other conservative blogs alerted their readers to the story.

    After contacting the Fish and Wildlife Service, we were told that the story was "ludicrous," and that not only hasn't the land been "given back to Mexico," but that it was first closed in 2006 during Bush's presidency. Oh, and that it is only five square miles, not a "major" swath of land.

    But other than that, this Fox Nation headline was pretty accurate:

    2. Obama skips daughter's soccer game to buy drugs or something

    Reading the story about President Obama breaking tradition and ditching the presidential press pool over the weekend to watch one of his daughter's soccer games, it appears harmless, right? Not so. It is rather disturbing when you dissect it. -- Cat Corben

    Depending on the results of the 2012 election, there are either two or six years left in the Obama presidency. But even with all that time remaining, I think we can safely say that we won't encounter many conspiracy theories about the president that are more insane than this one.

    Back in April, Obama went to his daughter's soccer game in Northwest Washington, D.C. without first alerting the White House press pool. To reasonable people, this was barely worth passing mention.

    To conservative bloggers, it was nefarious evidence of...something.

    In her first and only post at American Thinker, Cat Corben explained that while this press snub "appears harmless," it is "rather disturbing when you dissect it."

    Apparently, by "dissect it," Corben meant "make laughably false and unsubstantiated claims about it."

    In order to insinuate that Obama was not actually watching his daughter play soccer but was instead purchasing drugs or kicking puppies or criminally loitering or some other unspecified and unsavory act, Corben made three assertions -- all of them false or completely misleading:

    Corben: "[T]he area reported that the game was played at appears to be one of high crime." It isn't.
    Corben: Nobody in the press pool was able to "document his whereabouts." They did.
    Corben: "[T]here were no scheduled soccer games for Sidwell Friends April 10." True! And this would have been interesting, but several club leagues had games at the same field. Corben just decided it was a Sidwell game, then pointed out there were no Sidwell games.
    Corben also did some highly scientific Mapquesting to try to prove that the times given for Obama's whereabouts didn't make sense -- a move that Rush Limbaugh later referred to as a "timeline analysis" when he ran with the conspiracy theory on his radio show.

    Yes, despite the fact that this was perhaps the most on-its-face-ridiculous piece of investigative reporting in internet history, Rush Limbaugh and conservative bloggers actually found it compelling.

    Hot Air's Ed Morrissey named it his "Obamaetuerism of the Day." Don Surber headlined a post "Where was the president on Saturday?" and confidently asserted that "there was no soccer game."

    Setting the bar considerably lower was Big Journalism's Ron Furtrell, who picked the story up several days after it had been completely debunked and used it as evidence that the press needs to "grow some and stand up to [Obama]." In his post, the article Furtrell linked to as evidence that Obama ditched the media for "what he said was his daughter's soccer game" was actually an extensive rebuttal of the very "conspiracy theories" Furtrell was pushing.

    Nevertheless, as a writer at Breitbart's Big Journalism, Furtrell continues to give the media advice on how to practice journalism.

    1. Breitbart hires racist sex wizard to write about Shirley Sherrod

    "No doctor in the world knows more about sexual pleasure than I do." -- Dr. Kevin Pezzi

    Near the end of July, Andrew Breitbart and his "Big" websites were the recipients of well-deserved national criticism and ridicule for posting a deceptively edited video and using it to smear former USDA official Shirley Sherrod as "racist."

    Breitbart and his cohorts spent weeks scrambling, unsuccessfully, to find a workable defense -- they parsed the word "editing," accused CNN of putting on imposters to attack Breitbart, and lectured the administration for naively trusting Breitbart's reporting.

    When all else failed, they resorted to outsourcing their dirty work to someone they had found online: the esteemed Dr. Kevin Pezzi.

    Who is Dr. Kevin Pezzi? Apparently Big Government was too enamored with his attacks on Sherrod as racist to attempt to answer that question.

    Had they bothered to do the bare minimum of research -- or simply read the bio he posted on their website -- they would have seen that Pezzi has claimed to have built, among other things, a "robotic chef that will enable people to prepare meals using a touch screen on the device."

    This bizarre detail compelled us to run a quick Google search on the good doctor, and what we found was... interesting.

    In addition to being overtly racist -- having repeatedly used ethnic slurs like "Japs" and "Chinks" to denounce Asians and claimed African-Americans should be grateful for their subjugation by whites -- Pezzi is, by his own description, perhaps the most interesting man in the world.

    Some highlights from his self-described history:

    "A government official once claimed that Dr. Pezzi achieved the highest score ever attained on an IQ test administered nationwide, although Pezzi dismisses this as disingenuous pandering." [Link]
    He has "information about a new cure" for cancer, which he "stumbled upon while reading an editorial and article in one of the many journals I read. The editor said there is good evidence that this new treatment works, and that it truly cures cancer -- not just temporarily treating it, as so many cancer therapies do. However, he lamented that the cure is being overlooked, which he felt stemmed from the fact that there isn't any way for pharmaceutical companies to profit from it." [Link]
    Thanks to his "advanced enlargement techniques" -- apparently gleaned from his discovery of the "second puberty" -- his "penis size went from embarrassingly small (at least to me) to bigger than some porno stars." [Link]
    He "declined an offer to go on a blind date with Katie Couric," because, in part, "my political beliefs would clash with Katie's well-known liberal bias," and "Katie's career will keep her in New York (or some similar megalopolis) for the indefinite future. I can't stand cities." [Link]
    Pezzi has also authored numerous books and launched several websites designed to get you to pay him money for things like "Cranberry Freshness Sorting Machines," "several ways to tighten the vagina," and burglary prevention systems that consist entirely of compact discs with construction noises on them.

    Pezzi also apparently created numerous fake MySpace and Twitter accounts of women that were enamored with his work, often altering (read: increasing the breast size) stock photos of female models to use as their profile pictures.

    A few hours after we posted our Pezzi material, his posts vanished from the Big Government website and were replaced by an "editor's note" explaining that they pulled his writings after being "made aware of other writings from this author which do not reflect the principles and values of this site."

    While this entire incident was bizarre -- and, of course, hilarious -- it did demonstrate that Breitbart and his merry band of hacks are comfortably at home in the conservative online media, where "publish, then (time permitting) verify" is the standard operating procedure.

    But on the upside, if he ever needs a "shed shaped like a lighthouse," now he knows a guy.

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2010/12/29/full-list-most-embarrassing-failures-of-the-yea/174691

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - 12:30 PM #