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  • Birthers vs. Truthers (or The Battle in Which We All Lose)

    Hey, everybody's got stupid people whom they'd rather would just shut up on their side. No party ideology has a monopoly on idiocy.

    However, if you're a Republican, then the odds are pretty good that the stupid person is you

    Forty-two percent of Republicans say President Obama was born outside the United States, while only 37 percent say he was born here.

    Twenty-five percent of Democrats say President George W. Bush let 9/11 happen, while 63 percent say he didn't.

    At a certain point, you have to wonder if ignorance is a lifestyle choice.


    Tags: 9/11, Barack Obama, Birthers, Conspiracies, George W. Bush, Polls, Truthers
  • Four True Facts About Health Care Hero Jim DeMint

    jim-demint-big-handsGather 'round, kids, it's time to learn a thing or several about Sen. Jim "Waterloo" DeMint, the man who would be king of spreading lies about health care reform. Sen. DeMint is so important to this important cause, he got himself profiled in the New York Times! Let's read this thing!

    TRUE FACT #1: Jim DeMint lets the people decide, not some government-mandated "reality":

    Taking questions from a friendly crowd of 500 people [in Spartanburg, SC] the other day, Mr. DeMint did little to correct their misimpressions about health care legislation but rather reinforced their worst fears.

    TRUE FACT #2: Jim DeMint hates true facts (sorry, Jim, it's true!):

    [In Spartanburg] he fueled speculation that a health care overhaul would cover illegal immigrants, although specific language says it would not.

    TRUE FACT #3: Jim DeMint dislikes the other white meat, enjoys red meat (racism? Communism??):

    The only disruption came from a pig that a farmer had brought to protest "pork" in Washington. The pig, roaming within a few feet of Mr. DeMint, snorted and squealed its way through the event, held in the parking lot of the Beacon, a local burger joint.

    TRUE FACT #4: Jim DeMint is useless/Jim DeMint will be president of Real America:

    Mr. DeMint, 57, is a first-term senator, a back-bencher with little influence in Washington’s corridors of power…. [V]oters seem more interested in whether Mr. DeMint might run for president.

    "I wouldn't get out of my driveway without my wife shooting me in the back," he said in Greenville. "You've got to find somebody who's smart enough to be a great president but dumb enough to want to be president. Right now, I think I'm still too smart to be president."

    Oh, don't get ahead of yourself, Jim. Right now I think you're just too smart to be a Senator.


    Tags: Health Care, Jim DeMint, Republicans, South Carolina, Truthers
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Believing the Unbelievable


    Do you have time to read a not-all-that-long article that is actually pretty smart and well-thought out? (Okay, there's some numbers in it and references to scientific studies, but you can just skim over those parts like I did.)

    If so, I recommend that you read Sharon Begley's Newsweek article in which she explains how belief in death panels and impending socialism is caused by the same kind of thinking that lets people believe that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, that George Bush planned 9/11, and/or that Real House Wives of New Jersey qualifies as a genuine form of entertainment…

    Some people form and cling to false beliefs about health-care reform (or Obama's citizenship) despite overwhelming evidence thanks to a mental phenomenon called motivated reasoning, says sociologist Steven Hoffman, visiting assistant professor at the University at Buffalo.

    "Rather than search rationally for information that either confirms or disconfirms a particular belief," he says, "people actually seek out information that confirms what they already believe." And God knows, in the Internet age there is no dearth of sources to confirm even the most ludicrous claims (my favorite being that the moon landings were faked).

    "For the most part," says Hoffman, "people completely ignore contrary information" and are able to "develop elaborate rationalizations based on faulty information."

    I recommend reading the whole article, even though it doesn't really get to the heart of the matter as far as I'm concerned.

    Chupacabras, I'm telling you. They're conspiring with the Jawas and the Canadians to keep these rumors afloat.

    If only people would read my pamphlet!


    Tags: 9/11, Barack Obama, Birthers, Conspiracies, George W. Bush, Health Care, Kenya, Protesters, Town Hall, Truthers
  • My Sincerest Apologies to the Idiot from Earlier Today


    It appears that I owe a huge, huge apology to the crazy lady in the Barney Frank town hall video from earlier today.

    I had inaccurately assumed that she was an idiot Fox News-watching Republican. But it turns out that she's an idiot Lyndon LaRouche-reading Democrat. Whoops!

    This is so embarrassing for me. I really hate confusing one type of reckless moron who lives outside of reality with another type of reckless moron who lives outside of reality.

    Like, one time I saw this guy on the street screaming about how the president lied to us and is conspiring with foreign powers to kill Americans, and I said, "Look at that stupid Truther," and my friend said, "That's not a Truther. That's a Birther," and then I was like, "I am so sorry for making that egregious error." And then I cried.


    Tags: Barney Frank, Birthers, Conspiracies, Democrats, Health Care, House of Representatives, Lyndon Larouche, Rachel Brown, Truthers
  • Ron Paul Would Spread "The Truth About 9/11" If Only He Had the Time

    Don't act all surprised. Come on, admit it. You knew somewhere deep down in your heart of hearts that Ron Paul must be a Truther…

    Interviewer Girl: Why don't you come out about the truth about 9/11?

    Ron Paul: Because I can't handle the controversy. I have the IMF, the Federal Reserve to deal with… I just have too many things on my plate. Because, uh, I just have to much to do.

    There you go. You heard it right from the congressman himself. He's just got too much on his plate right now. But if he were a little less busy, he'd be out there spreading "the truth about 9/11" alongside the nice people who posted the video.

    Hopefully, after that, he'll find the time in his schedule to come out about the truth about Apollo 11.

    And then, maybe, the truth about Ocean's 11*?

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    *When will all you sheeple accept that, while the first film in that series is well-crafted, pop, escapist fun, it pales in comparison to the third film, Ocean's 13, which features a much more complex plot and better-drawn character relationships? Wake up!!!


    Tags: 9/11, Conspiracies, NASA, Ron Paul, Science & Technology, Terrorism, Truthers